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Third seed Halep out of Wimbledon LONDON: Third-seeded Romanian Simona Halep was knocked out of Wimbledon on Monday, losing in the first round 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 to Jana Cepelova of Slovakia.Halep reached the semi-finals 12 months ago, just a month after finishing runner-up at the French Open.The 22-year-old Cepelova, ranked 106 in the world, had won only one match on the tour all year before Tuesday.She goes on to face another Romanian, Monica Niculescu, for a place in the last 32.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Federer, Nadal race through as Wimbledon sweats LONDON: Seven-time champion Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 winner, raced into the Wimbledon second round Tuesday as the tournament sweltered in near record-breaking heat.Second seeded Federer, bidding to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles and take his majors tally to 18, enjoyed a 67-minute 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 win over Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia, the world number 88 he beat at the French Open this year.Federer will face Sam ...

Brutal Kvitova begins title defence in style LONDON: Petra Kvitova began her Wimbledon defence as she left off in last year's final with a brutal exhibition of power tennis, dismantling Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 6-1 6-0 in a 35-minute rout on Tuesday. The Czech second seed has form for leaving the Centre Court crowd feeling slightly short-changed after battering Eugenie Bouchard in 55 minutes to lift the Rosewater Dish trophy 12 months ago. Bertens was overwhelmed by Kvitova's relentless barrage of winners and ...

Sevens on up, XVs needs reforming, says Lapasset PARIS: Rugby Sevens' growing popularity and competitiveness ahead of its return to the Olympic programme next year has led to a rethinking of XV's role in the game, World Rugby president Bernard Lapasset told AFP.The 67-year-old Frenchman, speaking on Tuesday ahead of a lucrative sponsorship announcement of both the men's and for the first time the women's sevens series, said there was a need for a new system for the XV's version of the sport."We ...

UEFA 'worried' by Italian match-fixing PRAGUE: UEFA said Tuesday it had been shocked by reports that Italian second division games have been fixed for 100,000 euros.UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino reacted after the president of Serie B club Catania reportedly admitted to buying the results of five matches in the past season."We are of course sad to learn what is happening. We are worried that a second division club can fix five matches paying 100,000 euros per match," Infantino told ...

Yasir Shah Lands Into Top Ten of ICC Ranking Only after 9 Tests played, Pakistani leg spinner Yasir Shah has broken into the top 10 of the ICC Test bowling rankings. He’s 9th with career best 750 points. Yasir Shah due to his magical performance has emerged to his career best position, despite of a defeat. Bowler Yasir Shah helped Pakistan to secure stunning victory over Sri Lanka in the first test match in Galle when he took 7 wickets in the second innings ...

Don’t lose hope yet, Rashid Latif tells Pakistan Rashid Latif, the former Pakistan captain has suggested Pakistan cricket team, not to lose hope after losing second Test opposite Sri Lanka by 7 wickets.However, Sri Lanka came out on top in their race against rain by reaching the 153-run target in just 26.3 overs for a loss of three wickets.According to local media reports Latif said, “All isn’t lost for Pakistan, so they must not panic. Instead, they should focus on the third Test ...


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