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Ivanovic says 'hard to imagine' faster future for game MANILA: Ana Ivanovic demolished Daniela Hantuchova in a dominating International Premier Tennis League debut on Friday, but said it was "hard to imagine" the game evolving to adopt the much faster format.The Serbian world number five routinely broke her fellow baseliner Hantuchova's serve in a 6-0 match that was over in a whirlwind 15 minutes, as the tournament got underway in Manila."I think it will be hard to imagine" the fast-paced, television-friendly IPTL format replacing tennis as it is played in the men's and women's tours now, Ivanovic told a news conference later."As for rules it's very hard because we've been playing by certain rules for a long long time."The IPTL, which will also have stops in Singapore, New Delhi and Dubai next month, has a team format with ties consisting of five one-set matches, with no advantages. The first to six games wins.A 20-second shot-clock between points guarantees quick ...

Spurs, Legia charged by UEFA PARIS: UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Tottenham and Legia Warsaw for incidents during their Europa League games this week, European football's governing body confirmed on Friday.Legia Warsaw were charged over racist chanting and the use of fireworks by their fans during the Polish club's 1-0 defeat at Belgian side Lokeren on Thursday, while a series of pitch invasions which disrupted Tottenham's 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade are to be investigated.UEFA's disciplinary panel will meet ...
Liverpool's Rodgers joint favourite for the sack LONDON: You would have been hard pressed at the start of the season to find anyone to bet on Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers becoming the first Premier League manager to get the sack, but he is now the bookies' joint favourite. After last season's runners-up spot, a terrible start to this season has left the Reds without a win in five games, 12th in the table, flirting with an early Champions League exit and Rodgers as ...
Real not distracted by record, Ancelotti says MADRID: Real Madrid are focused on preparing for Saturday's La Liga game at Malaga and are not distracted by the chance of setting a club record for consecutive victories, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday. Real have won their last 15 matches in all competitions since a 2-1 La Liga defeat at home to champions Atletico Madrid in September, matching the club's record winning streak set in the 1960-61 and 2011-12 campaigns. "We don't talk ...
Pele improving but still on dialysis SAO PAULO: Brazil football legend Pele's health is improving but he is still receiving an intensive treatment known as hemodialysis for a urinary infection, the hospital treating him said Friday.Pele, 74, "is in better clinical condition," said the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, adding that he was "lucid" and breathing on his own but still receiving hemodialysis, which involves filtering a patient's blood through a machine that cleans it and returns it to the ...
Wenger backs injured Wilshere to bounce back LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger predicted on Friday that Jack Wilshere will "come back stronger" after the England midfielder was ruled out for three months following ankle surgery.Wilshere, 22, damaged ankle ligaments in a tackle by Paddy McNair during Arsenal's 2-1 loss at home to Manchester United in the Premier League last weekend and underwent surgery on Thursday.He previously spent 17 months on the sidelines after sustaining a stress fracture of the other ankle in ...
Sajjad routs India's Manan to storm in IBSF World Snooker semis KARACHI: Mercurial Pakistan cueist Muhammad Sajjad stormed into the semi-final of IBSF World Snooker Championship when by routing Manan Chandra of India 6-1 before the home audience in the last eight round in Bangalore (India) on Friday.Playing quality tactical snooker and displaying masterly cue control Sajjad just fifth frame before racing to a commanding victory."I know I am so close and I am eyeing to win the title for Pakistan," Sajjad from Sargodha said in ...


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