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Struggling Nadal bemoans 'awful', 'negative' exit     BARCELONA: Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal described his performance as "awful" as he crashed out of the Barcelona Open 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) to Italian Fabio Fognini on Thursday.Despite losing to world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters last week, Nadal came to the Catalan capital in high spirits after playing the best tennis of his season to date.However, the eight-time champion was stunned for the second consecutive year in Barcelona as Fognini edged a tight first set before fighting back from a break down three times in the second to seal victory in a tie-break."My play was awful and I didn't deserve to win," said Nadal."Fognini played better than me and deserved to win. Until I resolve the ups and downs I have had too often this season I will continue to be vulnerable."I made more mistakes than normal and didn't manage to ...

Final go-ahead as Inverness defender Meekings has ban overturned GLASGOW: Inverness defender Josh Meekings has won his appeal against a one-match ban and is available for the Scottish Cup final following a controversial reaction to his handball in the semi-final win over Celtic.The 22-year-old Englishman was threatened with a one-game ban by the Scottish Football Association after failing to be punished, despite the presence of extra officials behind the goal-line, during Inverness's 3-2 semi-final win at Hampden Park on Sunday for what seemed a ...

Astana keep licence despite doping shocks PARIS: Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali is free to defend his title in July after his Astana team was allowed to keep its racing licence despite a series of doping shocks, the UCI governing body announced Thursday.At the end of February, the UCI had demanded the team be stripped of its World Tour Licence which would have barred them from the main international races, including the Tour de France and Tours of Italy and ...

England 253-3 at tea ST. GEORGE'S: England were 253 for three in reply to the West Indies first innings total of 299 at tea on the third day of the second Test at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada on Thursday.Joe Root was 51 not out while Gary Ballance was undefeated on 47.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Champion Sharapova dumped out in Stuttgart STUTTGART: Defending champion Maria Sharapova lost her opening claycourt match of the season on Thursday going down 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 to Germany's Angelique Kerber in Stuttgart.The loss was Sharapova's first in the German city after sweeping to the title in 2012, 2013 and 2014 on the back of 13 successive wins.It also means the French Open champion will lose her world number two ranking to Simona Halep next week.Kerber, the world number 14, will face ...

Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal fans to give respect to Fabregas Arsene Wenger has called upon the Arsenal home crowd to give respect to former Arsenal player Cesc Fàbregas. He requests the Arsenal fans to remember the outstanding service that Cesc Fàbregas once gave to them and afford him a respectful reception when he returns to the Emirates Stadium for the first time with Chelsea on Sunday.According to foreign media reports, Wenger said, “I want every player to be respected, and Cesc Fabregas, when he comes ...

Thierry Henry slams Javier Hernandez for ignoring Ronaldo Former Arsenal player Thierry Henry has criticised Javier Hernandez for not celebrating with Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring winning goal against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. He believes that the last winning goal was Ronaldo’s goal but Hernandez swept it away from him. According to foreign media reports, the on-loan Manchester United striker Hernandez swept the ball home from close range after being set up by Ronaldo, he wheeled away towards the fans on his own, while ...


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