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Rain delays Serena, sets stage for busy Saturday MIAMI: World number one Serena Williams' quest for an eighth Miami crown was temporarily put on hold Friday as rain washed out night matches at the combined WTA and ATP Masters tournament.Stormy weather moved into the Miami area shortly after men's second seed Rafael Nadal won his match over fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-2.Organizers had hoped to wait it out, but finally suspended play for the day, setting the stage for a busy Saturday.Williams, who was to test a knee injury which forced her forfeit a quarter-final a week ago in Indian Wells against eventual champion Simona Halep, will open her campaign against Romanian Monica Niculescu -- the same player Williams struggled to beat in the second round in the California desert.Others caught out by the weather included Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, was is returning after months away with an arm injury.The unseeded Tsonga's match against American Tim Smyczek, who ...

Hawks clinch top seed in East with win over Heat ATLANTA: DeMarre Carroll scored 24 points, Paul Millsap had 21 and the Atlanta Hawks clinched the top seed in the NBA's Eastern Conference with a 99-86 win over Miami on Friday.Al Horford added 15 points and Dennis Schroder had 12 points and 11 assists for Atlanta, who have bounced back from a three-game losing streak with two straight victories.The Hawks had already secured the Southeast Division title.With the win, Atlanta secured the top seed and ...

Rockets nab playoff berth with win over Timberwolves HOUSTON: The Houston Rockets secured their third straight NBA post-season berth on Friday with a 120-110 victory over Minnesota.Houston drained a season-high 20 three-point shots, led by James Harden's six and Jason Terry's five.Harden led all scorers with 33 points, and chants of "MVP" rained down when he touched the ball as fans made their feelings known on his chances of winning the coveted NBA Most Valuable Player award."The guy has been there all season ...

Pressel joins Lee atop LPGA leaderboard CARLSBAD: Morgan Pressel fired record-equalling eight-under par 64 on Friday to join Lee Mi-Rim atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the LPGA Kia Classic.America's Pressel had eight birdies with no bogeys in a round that matched the course record at Aviara Golf Club.Her 10-under par total of 134 tied her for the halfway lead with South Korea's overnight leader Lee, who signed for a second-round 69 that included six birdies and three bogeys.They were ...

Leeds star Peacock agrees Hull KR switch LONDON: Former England captain Jamie Peacock revealed on Friday that he will leave Leeds to join Super League rivals Hull KR in a newly-created role of football manager.Peacock is currently completing a masters degree in sports management and will start his new job when he brings his illustrious career to a close at the end of the season.The 37-year-old's new role will see him responsible for contract negotiations, club strategy, recruitment and pre-season training camps.Friday's ...

Thunder star Durant needs season-ending op OKLAHOMA CITY: Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant needs more surgery on his right foot and will miss the rest of the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder said Friday.Durant, who hasn't played since February 19, will undergo a bone graft that will sideline him a further six months.The news comes a week after the Thunder said their star wasn't progressing as well as hoped after a procedure to alleviate soreness from a screw that ...

Russia qualifier suspended after 'keeper hit by flare PODGORICA: The Euro 2016 qualifier between Montenegro and Russia in Podgorica on Friday was stopped for half an hour after visiting goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was struck by a flare.Akinfeev, 28, was hit on the right shoulder by a flare thrown from behind the goal at the Gradski Stadion just moments after the start of the Euro 2016 qualifying Group G fixture.The CSKA Moscow goalkeeper was stretchered off and taken to hospital as a precaution, while ...


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