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Federer, Nadal, Wawrinka off the mark in Monte Carlo MONTE CARLO: Finalist Roger Federer and holder Stan Wawrinka rolled to quick-fire opening wins at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday as clay king Rafael Nadal also joined the Swiss pair with a solid start.Second seed Federer, a three-time runner-up at the seaside Country Club, took just 54 minutes to dominate Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-1 as the Frenchman sent in a pair of double-faults in the penultimate game while Federer advanced with his third ace on match point a game later.For third seed Nadal, his 6-2, 6-1 second-round success against French wild card Lucas Pouille came as a huge relief after a poor season and just one small South American trophy to hand since winning a ninth Roland Garros title last May."I'm glad to be back here and playing on clay," said the troubled Spaniard who improved his record here to 51 wins and just three losses as he moved ...

Bubba back on course after Masters disappointment SHENZHEN: Bubba Watson hardly had time to wipe the sleep out of his eyes before he was back on the golf course, half a world away from the disappointment that was this year's Masters.As defending champion, the 36-year-old finished on one over par, 19 strokes behind runaway winner Jordan Spieth when play came to end on Sunday at Augusta National.Watson presented the new champion with his green jacket then got on a plane before dusting ...

Pakistani cricketer Raza Hasan tests positive for cocaine Pakistani cricketer Raza Hasan has been banned for two years after being tested positive for the consumption of cocaine. Raza Hassan was tested positive for cocaine at a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) laboratory in India.According to local media reports, “The tests have been taken and they are positive,” said a PCB official. “He will be banned for two years from domestic and international cricket. PCB will soon release a statement in this regard,” the official ...

Mayweather says Pacquiao too 'reckless' to win megafight LAS VEGAS: Floyd Mayweather says it will be two "hall-of-famers" in their prime when he and Manny Pacquiao clash in the richest fight in boxing history on May 2 at the MGM Hotel.In the only Las Vegas news conference he is giving ahead of fight week, Mayweather said Tuesday that he is not worried about spoiling his perfect 47-0 record."He's a future hall-of-famer. I am a future hall-of-famer and we are meeting at the pinnacle ...

Japan's Hanyu aims for redemption at team worlds TOKYO: Olympic gold medallist Yuzuru Hanyu will carry Japan's hopes into the ISU World Team Trophy in Tokyo this week, determined to bounce back in front of home fans after an injury-plagued season.Hanyu, men's individual champion at the Sochi Games last year, is nursing ankle problems and slipped to a disappointing second place behind Spain's Javier Fernandez in the World Championships in Shanghai last month.The 20-year-old told the Yomiuri Shimbun this week that he had ...

Indians hurler Carrasco hit in face by line drive CLEVELAND: Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera on Tuesday in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.The Indians said Carrasco had apparently escaped serious injury, with initial tests showing no indication of concussion or broken bones."He went through all the tests... and there is no fracture," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "It is a contusion to a bruise to the ...

Double-overtime win keeps Pacers' playoff bid on track INDIANAPOLIS: The Indiana Pacers moved one game closer to an NBA playoff berth on Tuesday with a dramatic double-overtime triumph over the Washington Wizards.C.J. Miles scored 25 points and George Hill flirted with a triple-double, delivering 24 points 10 assists and nine rebounds for the Pacers.Indiana moved a game in front of the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth.The Pacers will reach the post-season with a win at Memphis, or ...


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