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Germans toast Fed Cup win with mid-air slumber party BRISBANE: The Germany team will celebrate reaching their first Fed Cup final since 1992 with a high-flying slumber party as they jet home following their semi-final win over Australia on Sunday. Germany sealed a 3-1 win over hosts Australia at Brisbane's Pat Rafter Arena as world number seven Angelique Kerber fought back from dropping the opening set to beat former US Open champion Samantha Stosur 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 to give Germany an unassailable 3-0 lead.They will face the Czech Republic away in November, 22 years after their last Fed Cup final appearance.Australia won the final "dead" doubles rubber, but the German team kicked-off their party in style.The Germans toasted their success with Danish beer and die Toten Hosen hit "Tage wie diese" (Days like these) pumping out in their dressing room.But they boarded the bus to the airport for the journey home kitted out in pyjamas in preparation for the ...

Chequered flag blunder shortens Chinese GP SHANGHAI: An embarrassing blunder forced the Chinese Grand Prix to be shortened by two laps on Sunday after a steward mistakenly showed the chequered flag early to race winner Lewis Hamilton.Race sources told AFP the "experienced" steward was distraught after unfurling the flag and showing it momentarily to Hamilton, before realising he was a lap too early.Under FIA rules, if the flag is shown early the race is deemed to have finished when the leading ...

Hot Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in China SHANGHAI: Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix comfortably ahead of his team-mate Nico Rosberg Sunday as Mercedes tightened their grip on the season with their third one-two finish in a row.The British former world champion got away smoothly from pole position and finished 19 seconds ahead of Rosberg, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso third in front of the two Red Bulls.Despite winning three races in a row for the first time in his career, Hamilton ...

Katsu becomes youngest Japan LPGA winner at 15 TOKYO: Schoolgirl Minami Katsu became the youngest winner on Japan's women's golf tour Sunday at the age of 15 years and 293 days.Going out one stroke off the pace, the amateur player rolled in five birdies against one bogey for a round of 68 to win the Japan LPGA Vantelin Ladies Open with a total of 11-under-par 205 in the southern city of Kumamoto.South Korean Lee Bo-Mee finished second, one shot back.Katsu broke the Japanese ...

England's Donald takes two-stroke Heritage lead HILTON HEAD ISLAND: England's Luke Donald fired a five-under par 66 to take a two-shot lead on Saturday after three rounds of the US PGA Tour's Heritage.Donald went into the round with a share of fourth place behind the leading trio of K.J. Choi, Jim Furyk and Ben Martin, who topped the leaderboard after the storm-disrupted second round was completed on Saturday morning.Donald, who has two runner-up finishes and two third-place finishes in his past ...

Unbeatens Porter, Quillin defend world titles WASHINGTON: Undefeated Shawn Porter stopped former world champion Paulie Malignaggi in the fourth round Saturday to retain his International Boxing Federation welterweight crown.Porter improved to 24-0 with one draw by hammering Malignaggi before the all-American showdown was stopped 74 seconds into the fourth round, his 15th triumph inside the distance."I definitely needed this victory," Porter said. "To get it like that, to beat this guy, meant a lot."Malignaggi, 33, fell to 33-6 in what might ...

Kerber puts Germany into Fed Cup final BRISBANE: Angelique Kerber put Germany into their first Fed Cup final in 22 years with a fighting victory over Australia's Samantha Stosur in the semi-final in Brisbane on Sunday.World number seven Kerber fought back from dropping the opening set to beat former US Open champion Stosur 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 in two hours 14 minutes to give Germany an unassailable 3-0 lead over Australia.Germany will play either the Czech Republic or Italy in the final.Left-hander Kerber ...


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