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Williams beats Wozniacki in three-set thriller to reach WTA final SINGAPORE: Serena Williams regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6 6-3 7-6 (6) on Saturday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals.The best of friends off the court, the pair slugged it out like two prizefighters for more than two hours until Williams delivered the killer blow to end a contest filled with drama and escalating tension.The world number one looked to be on the ropes after losing the first set and smashing her racquet in frustration, then falling 5-4 behind in the third set.But Wozniacki, who lost to Williams in last month's US Open final, failed to serve out the match and the American made her pay, winning the tie-breaker.Williams remains on course to win the elite season-ending championship for the third year in a row.She will play either Simona Halep or Agnieszka Radwanska in ...

Shiffrin sets the pace in giant slalom SOLDEN: US skier Mikaela Shiffrin set the fastest time over the first leg of Saturday's World Cup giant slalom, the first event of the season.Shiffrin took full advantage of being first down the slope to set a time of 1min 17.92sec, finishing 0.09sec clear of Anna Fenninger of Austria.France's world champion Tessa Worley, returning from injury, was third, 0.42sec off the pace.Last year's winner here, Laura Gut of Switzerland, recovered after a poor start to ...
Hosmer makes first World Series hit count SAN FRANCISCO: Eric Hosmer celebrated his 25th birthday with his first hit of the World Series on Friday -- driving in a crucial run in Kansas City's narrow 3-2 triumph over San Francisco.Hosmer and Royals teammate Alex Gordon had entered game three of the World Series a combined zero-for-13 at the plate.Each was retired in his first two at-bats, before coming up with the hits that plated the Royals' two runs in the sixth inning.Gordon ...
Marquez grabs pole for Malaysian MotoGP SEPANG: Recently crowned world champion Marc Marquez will start on pole position for Sunday's Malaysian MotoGP, surpassing the record for the most poles in a single season.The Spanish Repsol Honda rider clocked a record lap time of one minute 59.791 seconds in Saturday qualifying at Sepang, 0.182 seconds ahead of his team-mate and compatriot Dani Pedrosa.It was Marquez's 13th pole of the year, breaking the previous record of 12 front-row starts in a season jointly ...
'Rabona' all in the past for Pochettino LONDON: Mauricio Pochettino will demand his Tottenham Hotspur side forget about Erik Lamela's stunning Europa League goal and attempt to revive their Premier League campaign when Newcastle United visit White Hart Lane on Sunday.Lamela's 'rabona' strike was quickly installed as a strong favourite to be goal of the season -- but Pochettino showed no emotion as the ball hit the back of the net and indeed appeared more concerned by Spurs' defensive frailties as they ...
Hearts confident ahead of Edinburgh derby GLASGOW: Hearts goalkeeper Neil Alexander says his teammates are brimming with confidence ahead of Sunday's Edinburgh derby against Hibernian in the Scottish Championship.The Jambos have won nine and drawn one of their opening 10 matches to top Scotland's second tier in their bid to make it back to the top flight at the first time of asking.Injury ruled Alexander out of his side's 2-1 win over Hibs at Tynecastle in August but has played an ...
Friends reunited as Mourinho, van Gaal clash MANCHESTER: Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal insist their friendship will survive whatever happens when Chelsea look to cement their position on top of the Premier League with a statement victory at Manchester United on Sunday.Mourinho has never hidden his distain for some of his managerial rivals, with Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Aston Villa's Paul Lambert crossing swords with the Chelsea boss already this season, and the prospect of a crucial clash with a team ...


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