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Rose targets career-high ranking SHANGHAI: Justin Rose has set his sights on a career-high ranking of world number two over the final events of the year as he headlines a weakened field at the BMW Masters from Thursday.The Englishman can further his claims in Shanghai after fifth-ranked Henrik Stenson pulled out, joining world number one McIlroy on the sidelines.But Rose believes it might be a step too far to close the gap on McIlroy, who also leads the Race to Dubai, over the European Tour's "Final Series" of four big-money events."I'm not sure I can catch Rory, I haven't really done the maths 100 percent," Rose told AFP at Lake Malaren Golf Club on Wednesday. "The aim is to strengthen my world ranking as much as possible. If I was to play well and win a few tournaments before the end of the season I could get myself to second place in the world ...

Ventura dedicates shutout win to Taveras KANSAS CITY: Even as he pitched in a must-win game of the World Series, Yordano Ventura's thoughts were never far from Omar Taveras on the day his friend was buried.Ventura scattered three hits and struck out four over seven shutout innings Tuesday to spark the Kansas City Royals over San Francisco 10-0 and level Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final at three wins each.The 23-year-old Dominican rookie right-hander dedicated his victory to Taveras, the 22-year-old St. ...

Royals rout Giants, send World Series to Game Seven Missouri: The Kansas City Royals awoke from their hitting slumber in a 10-0 thrashing of the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday to stave off elimination and force the World Series to a decisive seventh game.After a 162-game regular season and three rounds of postseason action, the Major League Baseball championship will come down to one game with the Giants chasing a third title in five years and the never-say-die Royals looking to end a 29-year ...

Giants hitters Pence, Sandoval also shining in Series KANSAS CITY: While Madison Bumgarner has won justifiable praise for his dominant World Series pitching, teammates Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence have come up big for the San Francisco Giants with their bats. The twin forces have not only impacted games with hits, but also with their infectious enthusiasm. Sandoval, the Giants' World Series Most Valuable Player in their 2012 drive to the title, has again been a force in the clutch. The roly-poly third ...

Australia one-day squad to play South Africa SYDNEY: Australia have named the following 13-man squad to play South Africa in the first two games of a five-match one-day international series starting in November.Squad: Michael Clarke (captain), George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson.Copyright Reuters, 2014

Giants' digital ballpark gears up for busy offseason SAN FRANCISCO: Ten years ago, when San Francisco's AT&T Park became the first sport's stadium to offer free Wi-Fi to fans, it was considered a novelty.Fewer than 100 people connected to the network per game that first season, and those that did, did not necessarily endear themselves to their fellow Major League Baseball fans."Back then, people would kind of laugh at you if were using your laptop and popped in a Wi-Fi card (during a ...

England play down Ashton influence LONDON: England coach Stuart Lancaster said there would be no major changes to his side's strategy and tactics during next month's internationals despite the involvement of attack guru Brian Ashton.Former Bath, England and Ireland coach Ashton joined Lancaster's squad at their training base in Surrey, south-west of London, on Monday where the current Red Rose coaching staff tapped into his knowledge.Ashton guided England to the 2007 World Cup final, where they lost to South Africa, ...


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