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Feng backs Singapore as table tennis toppers GLASGOW: Feng Tianwei insists Singapore can be confident of repeating their dominance of New Delhi in the table tennis at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.World number four Feng is the strong favourite to retain the women's singles title she won four years ago, when Singapore collected six gold and five silvers from a total of 24 medals on offer.The 27-year-old was the flag bearer for her country at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, where she won two bronze medals, two years ago.She is comfortable in her role as team leader and expects the team to be successful in Scotland.She told AFP: "I have been leading the women's team for several years."For this Commonwealth Games, we have a new team but the confidence is high and our younger players have shown a lot of fighting spirit."I believe that the younger players are able to deal with the pressure and perform ...

Querrey, Sela advance while Monfils withdraws ATLANTA: Israel's Dudi Sela and American Sam Querrey advanced to the second round of the ATP Atlanta Open with victories Monday while French third seed Gael Monfils withdrew from the event.Sela ousted American Donald Young 6-3, 6-0 while Querrey blasted 20 aces in eliminating countryman Steve Johnson 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 in the $568,000 hardcourt event, an early warm-up tournament for the US Open.Querrey, who won in 92 minutes after taking the only break of the ...

Cook will never improve: Ponting SYDNEY: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting piled more pressure on under-fire England skipper Alastair Cook Tuesday by saying he will not improve as a player for the rest of his career.England's 95-run defeat by India in the second Test at Lord's on Monday made it 10 successive Test matches without victory for the team -- their worst winless streak in the format for 21 years.Cook, 29, has failed to score a Test hundred in 27 ...

Rodriguez goal consecrated as Real speculation mounts MADRID: James Rodriguez's spectacular volley against Uruguay was crowned the best goal of the World Cup on Monday as speculation mounted that he will soon be unveiled as Real Madrid's latest big money signing.Spanish sports dailies Marca and As said Real had agreed a deal worth between 75 and 80 million euros ($100-$108 million) with the Colombian striker's French club Monaco and he could be presented as a new signing on Tuesday.The 23-year-old is waiting ...

India win 2nd Test against England, lead series 1-0 LONDON: India beat England by 95 runs to win the second Test at Lord's on Monday and so take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Victory gave India their first away win in 16 Tests, a run stretching back to June 2011, and was just their second win in 17 Tests at Lord's.England, set 319 to win, were bowled out for 223.They lost six wickets for 50 runs either side of lunch as India paceman ...

We will be aiming victory against Sri Lanka: Waqar LAHORE: Pakistan cricket teams head coach, Waqar Younis has said that the team will be aiming to play Sri Lanka with a mind-set of victory. "It is a very important series, a step forward to prepare for the World Cup and we will be having victory in our mind when we take on Sri Lanka later this month ", he told reporters here on Monday at a news conference ahead of a training session to ...

Sharma drama leaves second Test in the balance LONDON: India's Ishant Sharma struck off the last ball before lunch on the final day to end a stubborn fifth-wicket England stand that threatened to turn the tide of the second Test at Lord's on Monday.It seemed England would get through the session without losing a wicket when paceman Sharma had Moeen Ali, taking his eye off a bouncer, caught at short leg by Cheteshwar Pujara for 39 made in nearly three hours at the ...


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