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Nadal ends Fognini jinx to reach Beijing final BEIJING: Rafael Nadal stared down his nemesis Fabio Fognini on Saturday with a spirited 7-5, 6-3 victory to reach the China Open final and set up a shot at a redemptive title in Beijing. Nadal has lost three times to Fognini this year, including at last month's US Open, but he redressed the balance with a tight win and will now play Novak Djokovic or David Ferrer for the trophy.The 14-time Grand Slam winner has been far from his best this year but he was clearly buoyed by the victory as he ripped off his bandana and saluted the crowd in the Chinese capital.On a chilly, breezy day, both players started unconvincingly, suffering two breaks of serve each in the opening games with Nadal also sending down three double-faults.They steadied to take it to 6-5 for Nadal but Fognini wobbled as he served to stay in the set, wilting in ...

Messi to Face Jail Sentence in Spain? The Spanish State Legal Service has called for Leo Messi to serve 18-month prison sentence for tax offences committed between 2007 and 2009. Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi and his father Jorge is to stand trial on three counts of tax fraud that could carry prison sentences.Spain’s public prosecutor has recommended a jail sentence totalling 18 months and fines of more than €2m for Jorge Messi for allegedly defrauding the state of €4.2m during ...

Australian state of Victoria to host 2019 Presidents Cup INCHEON: Australia's Victoria state will host the Presidents Cup in November 2019 and the next World Cup of golf in November 2016, it was announced Saturday in Incheon.US PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem told a news conference at the Jack Nicklaus Golf club that the venues and exact dates for two of golf's biggest international team events had not yet been finalized, but would take place "on one of Melbourne Sandbelt's premier courses".It is a ...

Relieved Butt and Asif sign for Pakistan's major team LAHORE: A major Pakistani team Saturday confirmed they had signed Salman Butt and paceman Mohammad Asif, who were last month relieved of sanctions over spot fixing.Former champions Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) said Butt and Asif will feature in their team in the first-class tournament starting in various cities from October 26. WAPDA chairman Zafar Mahmood confirmed the signing."I was told of Butt and Asif's availability so I gave the sports department the go ...

Pressure on Dhoni as Proteas gear for India ODIs KANPUR: South Africa hope to build on their Twenty20 success in India by winning the one-day series starting Sunday as rival skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni prepared to douse the fire around him.The Proteas made a solid start to their 10-week Indian tour by winning both the first two T20 internationals before Thursday's final match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata was washed out.With four Tests looming in the last leg of the arduous tour, South ...

Taylor, Bell gear up with fifties in tour game SHARJAH: James Taylor and Ian Bell hit half-centuries in the drawn two-day game against Pakistan 'A' on Friday, to gear up for the more challenging three-Test series starting next week.Taylor hit 61 and Bell scored 53 as England made an unimpressive 198-9 on the second and final day at Sharjah cricket ground.Pakistan 'A' had made 192-9 declared in their knock.But apart from Taylor and Bell only Jos Buttler made any significant contribution with 39, while ...

Jovial Bae forgets military on march to victory INCHEON: Local hero Bae Sang-Moon delivered a telling Presidents Cup blow for the International team on Friday and said thoughts of impending military service had taken a back seat, for a few days at least.With his fourball match alongside Korean-born Kiwi Danny Lee all square with Americans Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker on the final hole at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, the local hero rolled in a 12-foot pressure-packed birdie putt to ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
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