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Ruthless Sharapova brushes Shvedova aside BRISBANE: Top seed Maria Sharapova began her 2015 campaign in ruthless fashion as she brushed aside Yaroslava Shvedova 6-0, 6-1 in the second round of the Brisbane International Tuesday.Sharapova dominated her opponent in every department as she raced through the first set in just 23 minutes.Shvedova, a qualifier from Kazakhstan, offered more resistance in the second but was no match for the world number two.Sharapova had not played a competitive match since the WTA Finals in October. But there were no signs of rust as she cruised into the quarter-finals."It certainly felt good to start (well) after not playing a match for a couple of months," Sharapova said."Despite all the training, it's such a different feeling to go out on the court and play in front of a crowd in an actual match atmosphere."I wanted to start off sharp and try to do the right things."Sharapova broke her opponent five ...

Hayman set to end playing career TOULON: All Black prop Carl Hayman has said he will retire from rugby at the end of the Top-14 season in France but is still hoping for an unlikely callup for New Zealand's World Cup squad.The 35-year-old tight-head has been in France since 2010 and has played an integral part in Toulon's cash-fuelled drive to the forefront of European rugby.But he has been sidelined by a succession of injuries of late, especially to his back ...
Becker to lead Equatorial Guinea at Cup of Nations PARIS: Argentine Esteban Becker has been appointed coach of host nation Equatorial Guinea and will lead the team at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Tuesday. The tournament, which was only switched from Morocco to Equatorial Guinea in November, begins in just 11 days on January 17 and runs until February 8. Becker led the women's Equatorial Guinea team to the African title in 2012 and takes ...
Luis Enrique under threat as Barca crisis spirals MADRID: Five days of 2015 was all it took for crisis mode to envelop Barcelona as two club legends Andoni Zubizarreta and Carles Puyol left their roles with the Catalan giants following a shock 1-0 defeat to David Moyes's Real Sociedad at the weekend.Yet, worse could still be to come with rumours of dressing room discontent between coach Luis Enrique and star players like Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique bringing Enrique's position under serious threat ...
Champagne makes guarded response to Ali's FIFA bid LONDON: Jerome Champagne, who began his campaign for the FIFA presidency a year ago, said on Tuesday that this year's election for the top job in world soccer is not about personal ambition but concrete proposals for the future of the game.Earlier on Tuesday, FIFA executive committee member Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan declared his intention to challenge for the leadership of world soccer's governing body.Incumbent Sepp Blatter has also declared his intention to ...
Nishikori confident heading into new season BRISBANE: For Kei Nishikori, one of the rising stars of men's tennis, the start of the new year could not come quick enough.The 25-year-old Japanese finished 2014 in a blaze of glory, reaching the final of the U.S. Open, the semi-finals of the season-ending championships in London and climbing to a career best ranking of fifth.His stellar performances last year have boosted his confidence and given him the spur to go on to bigger and ...
Wales prop Jones doubtful for Six Nations LONDON: Wales prop Rhodri Jones could miss the Six Nations Championship after his club Scarlets disclosed on Tuesday that he has suffered a dislocated shoulder.The 23-year-old forward, who has won 13 caps, sustained the injury during the Scarlets' 22-10 Celtic League victory over the Ospreys last Saturday and was due to see a specialist on Tuesday.Jones's front-row colleague Kirby Myhill, meanwhile, has suffered a suspected pectoral muscle tear."Scarlets can confirm that tighthead prop Rhodri Jones ...


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