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Seeds Matosevic, Istomin advance in Atlanta ATLANTA: Australian eighth seed Marinko Matosevic and Uzbek sixth seed Denis Istomin advanced to the second round of the $568,000 ATP Atlanta Open with straight-set triumphs Tuesday.In the first American hardcourt warm-up event ahead of next month's start of the US Open, Matosevic beat Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos 6-0, 6-2 while Istomin ousted US lucky loser Rajeev Ram 6-1, 6-4.Next up for Matosevic is American Tim Smyczek, who ripped countryman Ryan Harrison 6-0, 6-2.A victory in that second-round affair would send the Aussie against either US top-seeded defending champion John Isner, who received a first-round bye, or American wildcard Robby Ginepri, who outlasted Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-0.Istomin booked a second-round date with Slovakian Lukas Lacko, who downed US wildcard Nathan Pasha 6-2, 7-5.American Jack Sock beat Colombia's Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2, 6-4 and will face Aussie qualifier Michael Venus, who replaced third seed Gael Monfils after the Frenchman ...

Australia squad for Rugby Championship SYDNEY: Australia on Wednesday named a 32-man-squad for the Rugby Championship against New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina which begins next month:Australia squad: Props: Ben Alexander (Brumbies), Pek Cowan (Western Force), Sekope Kepu (Waratahs), Scott Sio (Brumbies), James Slipper (Reds). Hookers: Nathan Charles (Western Force), James Hanson (Reds), Tatafu Polota-Nau (Waratahs). Locks: Sam Carter (Brumbies), James Horwill (Reds), Rob Simmons (Reds), Will Skelton (Waratahs). Back-rowers: Scott Fardy (Brumbies), Scott Higginbotham (Rebels), Matt Hodgson (Western Force), ...

Cavaliers gain salary room for possible Love deal CLEVELAND: A salary-dumping deal Tuesday by the Cleveland Cavaliers could help the new NBA team of superstar LeBron James swing a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves for star center Kevin Love.The Cavaliers obtained guard John Lucas III and forwards Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy from Utah for second-year guard Carrick Felix, a second-round pick in next year's NBA Draft and $1 million.All three players who went to Cleveland have contracts that are not guaranteed for ...

A's make 10-year Oakland stadium lease deal OAKLAND: The Oakland Athletics announced a 10-year lease extension deal with the city council to continue playing Major League Baseball games at the team's 48-year-old home ballpark.The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will meet next Tuesday to consider the deal but are expected to approve the plan that will ensure the team remains in Oakland."We are pleased to hear today that the A's owners are agreeing to the terms the City Council approved last week ...

UEFA shuts PSG stands over abuse of disabled Chelsea fans GENEVA: French club Paris Saint-German were ordered by UEFA to close part of their stadium as punishment for their supporters' abuse of disabled Chelsea fans during their Champions League quarter-final match in April.UEFA said that it had ordered a one-match closure of sectors 104 and 105 of the Parc des Princes, the club's home stadium in the French capital."The sanction has been imposed for the discriminatory conduct of some Paris Saint-Germain supporters towards disabled fans ...

Expect biting words as Tyson praises Holyfield LAS VEGAS: Mike Tyson will serve as the presenter for fellow former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield at next month's Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, Hall officials announced Tuesday.Tyson infamously bit a chunk out of Holyfield's right ear leading to his disqualification in their 1997 showdown at Las Vegas, a rematch of Holyfield's victory seven months earlier.Now Tyson will praise Holyfield's career achievements in a speech during an August 9 gathering that ...

Taele signs for Bayonne BORDEAUX: New-Zealand born Samoan international Pelu Taele has signed for two seasons with Top 14 outfit Bayonne from relegated Biarritz, his new club confirmed on Tuesday.Taele passed his medical on Monday evening and will join his new teammates at a training camp at Hagetmau in southwest France later on Tuesday.The 32-year-old second row forward had been with Biarittz since 2009 after previously playing for Saracens, Parma and Leeds Tykes.He played just eight matches last season, ...


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