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Watson downed by Beck after marathon tussle LONDON: After almost three hours of play over three days, British number two Heather Watson was dumped out of Wimbledon 3-6 6-0 12-10 by Germany's Annika Beck in the longest women's match of the tournament so far.Watson, who came within two points of beating eventual champion Serena Williams in the third round last year, clawed her way back into the much delayed first-round clash after losing nine straight games in the second set and start of the third. The frustration showed as Watson, 24, earned a warning for repeatedly smashing her racket at the changeover after the evenly-matched pair traded breaks in the fourth and fifth games of the third set. Watson, world number 55, missed three match points with the score at 10-9 in the decider.Beck, who needed treatment on her ankle after tumbling in the damp conditions before play was abandoned on Wednesday, held her nerve to break ...

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Tomic told to apologise for 'retard' comment LONDON: Controversial Australian Bernard Tomic was ordered to apologise on Thursday after he used the word "retard" in a Wimbledon press conference.Tomic's comments were branded as "damaging and offensive" by a learning disability charity as the world number 19 once again found himself in trouble.The Australian made the comments after being asked how he felt being made to wait for his first round opponent Fernando Verdasco to arrive on court for a match on Wednesday."I ...

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Djokovic hits 30 Slam wins in a row World number one Novak Djokovic racked up his 30th successive Grand Slam victory on Wednesday.According to foreign media report, "The record that I managed to break today is one of the better ones because as a professional tennis player, you always aim to play your best in Grand Slams," said Djokovic who holds all four Grand Slam titles.“Knowing that I won 30 in a row, it's very pleasing. I want to keep on going. Let's ...

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Chiefs bench Cruden for key Crusaders clash WELLINGTON: Waikato Chiefs have chosen folk-hero Stephen Donald over Aaron Cruden as playmaker in their battle for Super Rugby supremacy against Canterbury Crusaders in Friday's historic match in Fiji. Cruden may have been the All Blacks starting fly-half in the first two Tests against Wales, but the Chiefs selectors were swayed by the way 2011 World Cup winner Donald led the side to a 40-7 demolition of the tourists. It is a crucial match for ...

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Murray centre stage as wet Wimbledon plays catch-up LONDON: World number two Andy Murray takes centre stage at Wimbledon Thursday as the All England Club plays catch-up after two days of rain misery.Murray, the 2013 champion, faces Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun, the world number 76 who made the quarter-finals in 2010 beating former runner-up Andy Roddick on the way.Lu underwent right elbow surgery in January and missed the first four months of the season. He returned in May and is currently on an 11-match ...

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Rosberg seeks Austrian hat-trick SPIELBERG: Nico Rosberg is out to confirm his renewed momentum in the title race by completing a hat-trick at one of his favourite circuits at this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.The German increased his lead in the drivers' world championship to 24 points ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by winning the European Grand Prix in Baku after the Briton, again, suffered a series of setbacks.Since the sharp, tight and relatively-short Red Bull Ring returned ...

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Ledecky wins 200m free to set up second Rio swim OMAHA: Katie Ledecky won the 200m freestyle at the US Olympic swimming trials on Wednesday to set up a second title tilt at the Rio de Janeiro Games.Ledecky, who won the 400m free on the opening day of the trials on Sunday, clocked 1min 54.88sec to finish ahead of Missy Franklin (1:56.18) -- a quadruple gold medalist in London who booked her first individual Rio berth after failing to make it in the 100m backstroke.The ...