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Humble 'Bengal Tiger' Siddikur eyes Olympic glory DHAKA: During a childhood spent retrieving stray balls on a golf course near his slum in Dhaka, Siddikur Rahman never even got to hear about the Olympics, let alone dream of competing in them."When I was starting out, the Olympics was just not something that I knew anything about," recalls the man who will be Bangladesh's flag-bearer at next month's opening ceremony in Rio de Janiero."It's only really because of my caddie, who is from Malaysia, that I came to appreciate quite how prestigious an event it. He told me how I would make history if I qualified, so then I got serious about it."By finishing in the top 60 Olympic ranking list at last week's cut-off point, the 31-year-old Siddikur became the first Bangladeshi to qualify automatically for the world's biggest sporting event.Bangladesh is the most populous country never to have won an Olympic medal and all previous entrants ...

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Riske rallies to advance at Stanford SAN FRANCISCO: Alison Riske overcame some third-set jitters to beat Varvara Lepchenko 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) and advance to the second round Tuesday at the WTA's Stanford tournament.Riske had to rally twice in the match against the eighth-seeded Lepchenko, dropping the first set and then letting a 4-2 lead slip away in the third before winning it in a tie-breaker. She jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the tie-breaker before clinching the all-American encounter ...

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'Cooler' Querrey wins, Stephens out at Washington WASHINGTON: Sam Querrey made a triumphant start to his first event since stunning top-ranked Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, rallying Tuesday to reach the third round of the ATP and WTA Washington Open.The 28-year-old American outlasted compatriot Bjorn Fratangelo 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-4, avenging a first-round French Open loss in May and spoiling his rival's 23rd birthday in the first hardcourt event on the road to the US Open."Even without the Novak win, it would have ...

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ATP-WTA Washington Open results - collated WASHINGTON: Results on Tuesday from the second day of the ATP and WTA Washington Open (x denotes seed):Men2nd rdDaniel Evans (GBR) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x12) 6-4, 6-4Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR x11) bt Jordan Thompson (AUS) 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7/4)Benoit Paire (FRA x4) bt Jared Donaldson (USA) 6-0, 7-5Sam Querrey (USA x8) bt Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-41st rdYoshihito Nishioka (JPN) bt Ivan Dodig (CRO) 6-4, 4-2, retiredRyan Harrison (USA) bt Stephane Robert (FRA) ...

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Tennis: Bastad WTA results - collated BASTAD: Results from the second day of the WTA event in Bastad on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):First roundLara Arruabarrena (ESP) bt Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1Lucie Hradecka (CZE) bt Teliana Pereira (BRA) 6-2, 6-2Laura Siegemund (GER x6) bt Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 6-1, 6-2Mona Barthel (GER) bt Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ x7) 4-6, 6-3, 3-0 retiredSara Sorribes (ESP) bt Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2Annika Beck (GER x4) bt Sorana Cirstea (ROM) 7-5, 7-5Sara Errani (ITA ...

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Tiger Woods out of last major of the year LOS ANGELES: Ailing Tiger Woods pulled out of the PGA Championship on Tuesday, meaning he will have missed out on all four majors this year because of injury.The former world number one has been sidelined since last August because of back trouble that required surgery and he has since tumbled down to 628 in the world rankings."We have been in contact with Tiger's agent, Mark Steinberg, and he informed us today that our four-time PGA ...

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Federer, Nadal pull out of Toronto Masters TORONTO: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on Tuesday pulled out of next week's Toronto Masters, joining Wimbledon champion Andy Murray in deciding to skip the event.Seventeen-time major champion Federer's last match was his loss to Canadian Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon semi-finals, while Nadal, who has won 14 titles in Grand Slam tournaments, has not played since withdrawing from the French Open in May with a wrist injury.World number three Federer has won the Toronto ...