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Del Potro receives Indian Wells wildcard INDIAN WELLS: Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has received a wild card into Indian Wells, the first ATP Masters tournament of 2015, organizers said Wednesday.Tournament director Steve Simon announced the invitation to del Potro along with 11 other wildcards a week before women's first-round play begins in the combined ATP and WTA event.Argentina's del Potro, who won the 2009 US Open, reached the quarter-finals at Sydney in January.He then had left wrist surgery on January 19, and will be playing just his second tournament of 2015.Del Potro has played in the hardcourt tournament in the California desert five times, with his best result a finals appearance in 2013.Ten American wildcards were announced on Wednesday.They include Ryan Harrison and Tim Smyczek, who battled Rafael Nadal in a four-hour, five-set second-round match at the Australian Open in which Smyczek was lauded for allowing Nadal to replay a serve late ...

Swanson strike gives St Johnstone rare win over Celtic GLASGOW: A sensational volley from Danny Swanson condemned Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic to a shock 1-0 defeat by St Johnstone at Parkhead on Wednesday.The Hoops headed in to their rearranged fixture hoping to open a formidable nine-point gap over Aberdeen - who they thrashed 4-0 on Sunday - at the top of the table.A bright start saw the hosts come close through Anthony Stokes, Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong but St Johnstone grew in confidence ...

Ishikawa, De Jonge among PGA Puerto Rico hopefuls RIO GRANDE: Japan's Ryo Ishikawa, returning to the site of his best US PGA Tour finish, and Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge are among those seeking success at the PGA Puerto Rico Open.While the world's 50 top players are among the stars competing in this week's World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship at Doral, lesser lights of the circuit seek a victory in this $3 million tournament at Trump International.Ishikawa finished second to George McNeill at the ...

Murray banks on home boost in USA Davis Cup tie LONDON: Andy Murray said on Wednesday that the support of the Glasgow crowd could give Great Britain the edge in this weekend's Davis Cup World Group tie against the United States.The world number five helped his team to a 3-1 victory over the USA at the same stage of last season's tournament and said he was confident of pulling off a repeat in the first-round tie at the Emirates Arena."For all of us as a ...

Busquets suffers high ankle sprain MADRID: Spanish international Sergio Busquets had to be stretchered from the pitch during Barcelona's Copa del Rey semi-final, second leg match against Villarreal on Wednesday with a serious looking ankle injury."Busquets has a high ankle sprain in his right ankle," Barcelona said in a statement."He will undergo more tests on Thursday to discover the exact extent of the injury."The 26-year-old had his ankle stood on by Villarreal midfielder Tomas Pina in the build-up to the ...

Schalke fan jailed for firing flares in stadium BERLIN: A Schalke 04 fan was on Wednesday jailed for 18 months for setting off pyrotechnic flares during a Bundesliga match which hospitalised eight people two years ago.Despite a nationwide ban on pyrotechnics in Germany's top flight stadiums, the 24-year-old student from Gelsenkirchen was convicted of setting off the fireworks during Schalke's match against Eintracht Frankfurt in November 2012.The unnamed supporter, a member of Schalke's 'Hugos' ultra fan group who has repeatedly appeared in front ...

Barca into Cup final thanks to Neymar double MADRID: Barcelona eased into their fourth Copa del Rey final in five years as they completed a 6-2 aggregate win over Villarreal with a 3-1 win at El Madrigal on Wednesday.Neymar had missed a penalty in Barca's 3-1 first leg win three weeks ago, but made amends after just three minutes when he turned home Lionel Messi's cross.Jonathan dos Santos gave the hosts hope with an equaliser on the night against his old club, but ...


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