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Agassi tips 'dynamic' Nishikori to join grand slam club TOKYO: Former tennis great Andre Agassi on Saturday backed Japanese superstar Kei Nishikori to become a grand slam winner, hailing him as one of the greatest shot-makers ever. Nishikori has climbed to number five in the world after a breakout year in which he won four titles and reached US Open final, but Agassi insisted it was only a matter of time before the swashbuckling 24-year-old captures one of the four majors."Listen, he was one match away from US Open," the former world number one told AFP after going toe-to-toe with Nishikori in an exhibition event in Tokyo."Probably the biggest reason for (not winning the title) was the physical wear and tear over the course of the tournament, and sometimes that's a bit unlucky.""There is no question in my mind he believes he can win a slam," added Agassi, 44, who won eight grand slam titles in an illustrious career ...

Scott four back going into Australian Masters finale MELBOURNE: Defending champion Adam Scott admitted Saturday that he was "battling" at the Australian Masters as he moved to within four shots of the lead going into the final round.Scott, chasing his third straight Masters title, said he plans on attacking the pin early in Sunday's final round in Melbourne to put the heat on the front-runners.Australian Paul Spargo is the leader at eight-under par, one shot clear of fellow countryman Michael Wright, who led ...
J-League interest in Adelaide coach Gombau: reports SYDNEY: Adelaide United's Spanish coach Josep Gombau has said he is on the shortlist of candidates to take charge of Japanese club Yokohama F Marinos, according to reports Saturday.Gombau told News Corp newspapers he is aware of being shortlisted for the role at the J-League club."For me it was a surprise last Sunday when an Adelaide newspaper put this news," Gombau said."It's the first moment that I know something and after that I tried to ...
Wenger expects Welbeck to prove van Gaal wrong LONDON: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has been playing with a point to prove as he prepares for his first reunion with former club Manchester United on Saturday.Welbeck has impressed for the Gunners since his £16 million ($25.1 million, 20 million euros) transfer deadline day switch from United.The England international's five goals in 12 appearances have gone some way to silencing the critics, including United boss Louis van Gaal, who said Welbeck wasn't ...
Reds won't dwell on Palace meltdown, says Rodgers LONDON: Brendan Rodgers claims Liverpool won't be affected by the painful memories of their disastrous meltdown against Crystal Palace when they return to Selhurst Park on Sunday.Rodgers' side blew a three-goal lead as Palace staged a remarkable revival in the final 11 minutes to shatter Liverpool's hopes of winning the Premier League title last season.That horror show in south London left then Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in tears and the rest of his team-mates ashen-faced ...
Halep, Kvitova to play in Sydney International SYDNEY: World number three Simona Halep and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will headline the Sydney International women's field in January, organisers said on Saturday.Halep, this year's French Open runner-up to Maria Sharapova, and world number four Kvitova will be joined by the sixth-ranked player and Australian Open semi-finalist Agnieszka Radwanska.Halep, 23, lost in the first round of this year's Sydney International to American Madison Keys and is hoping to make Sydney her ninth WTA title."I ...
Pacquiao relaxed as Algieri has weighty problem MACAU: Manny Pacquiao weighed in at 143.8lb Saturday for his welterweight world title defence, but his opponent Chris Algieri had trouble on the scales ahead of Sunday's fight.Undefeated American Algieri could not make the catchweight limit of 144lb and was still 0.20lb over after a second attempt despite stripping down to his bare essentials at the Saturday morning weigh-in (Friday night in the US) at the Venetian Macau's Cotai Arena.Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) was given ...


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