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Ferrer, doomed to be the man who wasn't there NEW YORK: Once hailed as the bloodhound and bulldozer of men's tennis, David Ferrer may as well have been the man who wasn't there.The 32-year-old Spaniard, widely regarded as one of the finest players never to have won a major, has had the misfortune to be plying his trade in the same era as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.Now, after suffering his earliest US Open exit for five years courtesy of a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 defeat by Gilles Simon on Sunday, even the super-fit Ferrer was feeling the pace.As his third round match slipped away against a player he had previously defeated five times in six meetings, Ferrer wilted in the heat and humidity, leaning on the backboard of the Louis Armstrong court, feeling his side and occasionally gasping for air."It was tough match today. There was a lot of humidity, very sunny, and it was not ...

Inspired Lopez helps Milan win on Inzaghi debut MILAN: Goalkeeper Diego Lopez made an inspired debut for AC Milan as he helped them beat Lazio 3-1 in their first competitive game under new coach Filippo Inzaghi on Sunday. Milan raced into a 3-0 lead in little more than an hour with goals from Keisuke Honda, Sulley Muntari and a Jeremy Menez penalty. But Lazio, who had more chances throughout the game, came back strongly after defender Alex, making his debut after a move ...

Japan, France share spoils in team event CHELYABINSK: Japan and France took home the gold medals in the team competition on the final day of the judo World Championships in Chelyabinsk on Sunday.Japan recovered from losing the first two of the five contests against hosts Russia, under the watchful gaze of Russian president Vladimir Putin, in the final to win the next three and take home the title.It was their fifth team crown but first since 2010.For Russia, winners in 2012, it ...

Chigumbura guides Zimbabwe to remarkable win over Aussies HARARE: Elton Chigumbura hit an unbeaten half-century as Zimbabwe recorded a famous three-wicket victory over No. 1-ranked Australia in a one-day triangular series match in Harare on Sunday for only their second win over their opponents in 31 years.Chigumbura finished on 52 not out and shared an unbroken stand of 55 with Prosper Utseya as Zimbabwe chased down a target of 210 to win with two overs to spare.Zimbabwe's only previous win over the Australians ...

Japanese star Kagawa returns to Dortmund BERLIN: Japanese international Shinji Kagawa has returned to Borussia Dortmund after completing a move from Manchester United on Sunday.Dortmund are thought to have paid around 8 million euros ($10.5m, £6.3m) to resign Kagawa, who had a hugely successful first spell at the German club between 2010 and 2012.After scoring six goals in 38 Premier League games for United, the 25-year-old has now returned to Dortmund on a contract that runs until June 2018."I already said ...

Chelsea seal deal for France striker Remy LONDON: France international striker Loic Remy has joined Chelsea from Queens Park Rangers on a four-year contract, the two Premier League clubs announced on Sunday.The announcement came a day after Chelsea reportedly triggered a £10.5 million ($17.4 million, 13.3 million euros) release clause in the 27-year-old's contract, prompting him to withdraw from QPR's squad to face Sunderland."I feel very happy and very proud," said Remy, who was pictured on the Chelsea website posing with a ...

CAF reject Rwanda Africa Cup appeal JOHANNESBURG: African football governing body CAF have rejected an appeal by Rwanda against their disqualification from the 2015 Cup of Nations qualifiers.The decision means Congo Brazzaville will compete in Group A with title-holders Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan.Rwanda were thrown out of the qualifying competition for using dual-identity player Dady Birori-Etekiama Agiti Taddy in preliminary-phase aggregate victories over Libya and Congo Brazzaville.A Libyan appeal to CAF against the striker failed, but one by Congo succeeded.Birori ...


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