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US men braced for more Grand Slam misery NEW YORK: The 2014 US Open begins Monday with American men seeking to end a Grand Slam drought now more than a decade long. The signs, however, are not promising.Andy Roddick's 2003 US Open triumph marks the last time an American man hoisted a Grand Slam trophy.For a nation that has produced 51 men's major winners in the Open era -- more than twice as many as any other country -- it's a baffling lack of success.For America's current number one, 15th-ranked John Isner, it's not something to dwell on as the final Grand Slam of the year approaches."American tennis right now isn't the best it has been," Isner said in July. "I'm just worried about myself right now and trying to get back into the top 10."Unfortunately, Isner's build-up to the Open hasn't gone as planned. The former world number nine won the title in Atlanta, but won only ...

Clarke insists Zimbabwe not 'token tour' SYDNEY: Captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday insisted Australia's visit to Zimbabwe was not a "token tour" or World Cup audition but was all about winning as players return to international action.A 14-man squad departed Wednesday for Harare to play a two-week series that also involves South Africa -- Australia's first international commitment since the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh more than four months ago."I think it will be a tough series. It's not a token ...

Carpenter wins rainy 2nd stage of USA Pro Challenge CRESTED BUTTE: Robin Carpenter won a mud marred stage two of the USA Pro Challenge Tuesday, surviving several mountain challenges en route to the biggest victory of his young career.The 22-year-old American used a bold breakaway in the rain over the Kebler Pass to distance himself from the pack and then held on for a seven second solo victory in the 168-kilometre (104-mile) stage.American Alex Howes (Garmin Sharp) posted his second consecutive runner-up finish which ...

No fear as Peaty takes European breaststroke crown BERLIN: When Adam Peaty was a child, his fear of water led to tears at bathtime. Now he is the European 100 metres breaststroke champion.The 19-year-old added the European title to the Commonwealth gold he won three weeks ago to lead a British one-two ahead of Ross Murdoch.Peaty also swam the breaststroke leg as Great Britain won the mixed medley relay in a new world record time.It was a memorable evening for the British who ...

South Africa beat Zimbabwe to take series BULAWAYO: Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell claimed three wickets apiece as South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs in the second one-day international to clinch the three-match series on Tuesday in Bulawayo.McLaren claimed figures of 3 for 21 in eight overs while Parnell took 3 for 28 in nine as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 196 in response to South Africa's 257.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

FIFA urges Russia to cut two World Cup host cities: minister MOSCOW: Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Tuesday that world football's ruling body FIFA has recommended reducing the number of 2018 World Cup host cities."The existing conception of the 2018 World Cup provides the staging of the event at 12 stadiums in 11 cities," Mutko was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.The minister said that based on the experience of the World Cup in Brazil which wrapped up last month, FIFA "recommended staging the ...

Verstappen, 16, to become youngest F1 driver MILAN: Sixteen-year-old Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver in Formula One history next season after being unveiled as Toro Rosso's new signing.The Dutch teenager, son of ex-F1 driver Jos Verstappen, currently races in Formula Three with the Van Amersfoort Racing team having cut his racing teeth on the karting circuit.He will partner Russian Daniil Kvyat in the Red Bull feeder team with 24-year-old Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne deemed surplus to requirements."Ever since I was seven ...


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