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Williams assured of year-end No. 1 ranking after Sharapova loses SINGAPORE: Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time on Thursday when Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, lost for a second time at the WTA Finals.Sharapova only had a slim mathematical chance of leapfrogging Williams for the top spot and needed a strong showing at the WTA Finals.But the Russian's chances of finishing number one for the first time in her career ended when she was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at Singapore's Indoor Stadium.Sharapova also lost her opening match against Caroline Wozniacki and although she cannot reach the number one ranking spot, she still has a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals if she wins her last group match against Agnieszka Radwanska and Wozniacki beats Kvitova.Williams also finished the year number one in the world in 2002, 2009 and last year. The American won her ...

World Cup seeds Switzerland slide out of FIFA top 10 LONDON: Switzerland, who were among the top seeds for the World Cup finals this summer, have dropped out of FIFA's top 10 world rankings after a poor start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.Portugal, who surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to Albania in their opening European qualifier, have moved back into the top 10 for the first time since July and are in ninth place in the listings published on Thursday.Switzerland, who lost to England ...

Pakistan delay test on Ajmal's remodelled action KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has deferred banned off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's trip to England for an independent test of his remodelled bowling action.Ajmal, Pakistan's frontline spinner, has been banned from bowling for his illegal action and PCB is keen to get him back before next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.The PCB cricket committee, in a meeting on Wednesday, decided the 37-year-old spinner will continue to mend his action under former ...

Pakistan 328-5 at lunch in first Test DUBAI: Pakistan, resuming the second day on 219-4, reached 328-5 at lunch in the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Thursday.Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on 56 and with him Sarfraz Ahmed was 27 not out as Pakistan added 109 runs in the morning session.Pakistan lost skipper Misbah-ul Haq to Steven Smith for 69. He added 93 for the fifth wicket with Shafiq.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Pakistan press on despite losing Misbah DUBAI: Pakistan continued to bat solidly despite losing skipper Misbah-ul Haq as they reached 328-5 at lunch on the second day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Thursday.Misbah misread a googly from part-timer Steven Smith and was caught at mid-on after scoring a solid 69 and adding an invaluable 93 runs for the fifth wicket with Asad Shafiq.At the break, Shafiq was batting on 56 and Sarfraz Ahmed was unbeaten on 27 ...

Wozniacki beats Radwanska in Singapore SINGAPORE: Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki beat Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 7-5, 6-3 at the WTA Finals in Singapore Wednesday to take top position in White Group of the season finale.Wozniacki, who earlier beat Maria Sharapova in three sets, will qualify for the semifinal if the Russian beats Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic later Thursday.Wozniacki took three hours to beat Sharapova in a slugfest on Tuesday and expected another long match against Radwanska but was relieved ...

Pakistan 328-5 v Australia - first test, lunch DUBAI: Pakistan reached 328 for five wickets at lunch on the second day of the first test against Australia at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat.Scores: Pakistan 328-5 (Younus Khan 106, Misbah-ul-Haq 69, Asad Shafiq 56 not out, Azhar Ali 53; Mitchell Johnson 3-33) v AustraliaCopyright Reuters, 2014


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