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Brutal Kvitova begins title defence in style LONDON: Petra Kvitova began her Wimbledon defence as she left off in last year's final with a brutal exhibition of power tennis, dismantling Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 6-1 6-0 in a 35-minute rout on Tuesday. The Czech second seed has form for leaving the Centre Court crowd feeling slightly short-changed after battering Eugenie Bouchard in 55 minutes to lift the Rosewater Dish trophy 12 months ago. Bertens was overwhelmed by Kvitova's relentless barrage of winners and almost went the entire match without winning a point on the Czech's serve. Kvitova spared her blushes by serving a double fault when leading 5-0 in the second set but the twice champion swiftly wrapped up the match. After walking on court under sunny skies to gentle applause, the Czech broke twice to take the first set in 18 minutes and her 108th-ranked failed to win a single game in the second. Next up for ...

Sevens on up, XVs needs reforming, says Lapasset PARIS: Rugby Sevens' growing popularity and competitiveness ahead of its return to the Olympic programme next year has led to a rethinking of XV's role in the game, World Rugby president Bernard Lapasset told AFP.The 67-year-old Frenchman, speaking on Tuesday ahead of a lucrative sponsorship announcement of both the men's and for the first time the women's sevens series, said there was a need for a new system for the XV's version of the sport."We ...

UEFA 'worried' by Italian match-fixing PRAGUE: UEFA said Tuesday it had been shocked by reports that Italian second division games have been fixed for 100,000 euros.UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino reacted after the president of Serie B club Catania reportedly admitted to buying the results of five matches in the past season."We are of course sad to learn what is happening. We are worried that a second division club can fix five matches paying 100,000 euros per match," Infantino told ...

Yasir Shah Lands Into Top Ten of ICC Ranking Only after 9 Tests played, Pakistani leg spinner Yasir Shah has broken into the top 10 of the ICC Test bowling rankings. He’s 9th with career best 750 points. Yasir Shah due to his magical performance has emerged to his career best position, despite of a defeat. Bowler Yasir Shah helped Pakistan to secure stunning victory over Sri Lanka in the first test match in Galle when he took 7 wickets in the second innings ...

Don’t lose hope yet, Rashid Latif tells Pakistan Rashid Latif, the former Pakistan captain has suggested Pakistan cricket team, not to lose hope after losing second Test opposite Sri Lanka by 7 wickets.However, Sri Lanka came out on top in their race against rain by reaching the 153-run target in just 26.3 overs for a loss of three wickets.According to local media reports Latif said, “All isn’t lost for Pakistan, so they must not panic. Instead, they should focus on the third Test ...

Big economic payback from 'most popular' World Cup SYDNEY: The cricket World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand this year was the most popular ever and generated Aus$1.1 billion (US$844 million) in economic benefits, an official analysis showed Tuesday.Fourteen teams played in the hugely successful tournament in February and March, with Australia winning a fifth world crown after beating New Zealand by seven wickets in front of a record crowd of 93,013 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.An economic impact and benefits analysis ...

Sri Lanka fined for slow over-rate COLOMBO: Sri Lanka have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the second Test against Pakistan in Colombo, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.ICC match referee Chris Broad of England imposed the fines after the hosts were found to be one over short of the target during the Test which they won by seven wickets on Monday.Skipper Angelo Mathews was fined 20 percent of his undisclosed match fees and the rest of ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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