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Air Jordan climbs aboard Federer express NEW YORK: The US Open is a celebrity magnet, but the sight of NBA icon Michael Jordan watching tennis great Roger Federer compete creates a stir even among jaded New Yorkers.Jordan, known for his love of golf, not tennis, turned out to see 17-time Grand Slam winner Federer kick off his bid for a sixth US Open title in Flushing Meadows on Tuesday.In a courtside interview with ESPN, Jordan admitted he knew nothing about tennis -- but even he could appreciate Federer's smooth movement on court."He's a good athlete," said Jordan, who sat in Federer's box and received cheers when his image was shown on Arthur Ashe Stadium's video screens."I know he played basketball a bit."Federer and Jordan -- who both have long associations with apparel maker Nike -- met for the first time in New York on Monday, Federer posted an Instagram selfie of the two.In his 6-3, 6-4, ...

Tiger's better off without a coach, says Els SINGAPORE: Ernie Els said Wednesday Tiger Woods should forget about hiring a new coach after splitting with Sean Foley and could return to major-winning form on his own.South African Els said Woods had never been the same since he stopped working with Butch Harmon in 2003, and that he didn't like the direction he had taken under Hank Haney and then Foley.But he said injury-hit Woods, far from looking at the embers of his career ...
Wawrinka in action at US Open on Wednesday NEW YORK: Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka will headline centre court action at the US Open on Wednesday when he faces unseeded Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci in their second round clash. The Australian Open champion lost his only previous head-to-head clash with Bellucci, but that was on clay back in 2009. Wawrinka made a good start in the final grand slam of the year when he beat Jiri Vesely in straight sets in the first round on ...
Pacquiao to train future China world champions MANILA: Philippines sports legend Manny Pacquiao said Wednesday he is to open a Chinese government-backed chain of boxing academies across China to train potential future world champions.The Chinese government will embark on the first "Manny Pacquiao Boxing Education Institute" in Beijing, with others to be built elsewhere in China later, Pacquiao announced on Manila's ABS-CBN television in a telephone call from Shanghai."The plan is to share with them my boxing knowledge," said the 35-year-old World ...
Federer hits season 50 as teen duo rock US Open NEW YORK: Roger Federer claimed his 50th win of 2014 on Tuesday as the 17-time major winner got his campaign for a record sixth US Open off to a battling start.The great Swiss, playing in his 60th successive Grand Slam event and bidding to become the oldest major winner in over 40 years, defeated Australia's Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) to register his 23rd win in 24 night matches in New York."It was a ...
Serena into US Open second round NEW YORK: Two-time defending champion Serena Williams moved smoothly into the second round of the US Open on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-1 win over fellow American Taylor Townsend.Williams, owner of five US Open titles overall, needed just 55 minutes to get past her young compatriot and set up a meeting with another young American, Vania King.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Federer, Serena in cruise control as teen duo rock US Open NEW YORK: Five-time champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams reached the US Open second round on Tuesday, but found themselves sharing the headlines with teenage upstarts CiCi Bellis and Borna Coric.Federer claimed his 50th win of 2014 as the 17-time major winner, playing in his 60th successive Grand Slam and bidding to become the oldest major winner in over 40 years, defeated Australia's Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) to register his 23rd win in ...


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