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New rules, please, as IPTL starts MANILA: Tennis heads into a brave new era this weekend when the International Premier Tennis League debuts its fast-paced, TV-friendly format which is already making waves in the sport.Scepticism has mingled with curiosity in the build-up to the team event, which will dramatically shorten matches and aims to jazz up tennis as a spectacle by adding DJs and dancers.Attention is guaranteed by an impressive roster of players, including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, as well as former stars like Andre Agassi.Far from the tennis bastions of London, New York and Paris, ties will be played in Manila, Singapore, New Delhi and Dubai, representing new frontiers for the sport.But what most defines the Asia-focused IPTL is its adventurous format: team ties consisting of five one-set matches, with no advantages and the first to six games wins.A 20-second shot-clock between points guarantees quick play, and at 5-5, players ...

Pellegrini revives City's Champions League spirits LONDON: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, with his flagging side trailing 2-1 to Bayern Munich, gave his players a halftime pep talk that sparked a revival and kept their Champions League hopes alive. After Sergio Aguero had put City in front with a penalty following the dismissal of Bayern defender Mehdi Benatia who brought him down, the German champions scored twice in five minutes through Xabi Alonso and Robert Lewandowski. But in the wake of ...
Novak Djokovic continues dominance in ‘ATP’ ranking Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has continued his domination on an unchanged top 10 in the latest world tennis rankings released by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Novak Djokovic clinched the year end No.1 ranking for the third time in his career. He's the seventh man to accomplish the feat at least three times.According to ATP official website, Djokovic has 11,360 points to hold an advantage of 1,585 over Swiss Roger Federer, who added ...
'Offended' Capello won't reply to Panucci criticism MILAN: Embattled Russia coach Fabio Capello said he felt "offended" by criticism levelled at him by his former assistant Christian Panucci, who claimed he quit his post after not being paid.Panucci, a former Italy international, claimed Tuesday that Capello had failed to stand up for him and other team staff when they quit their posts when their salaries from the Russian football federation failed to arrive.But Capello, speaking as a pundit on Sky Sport Italia ...
Shakhtar Champions League campaign cheers war-torn Ukraine KIEV: Shakhtar Donetsk lost a game but reached the Champions League knockout stage giving an emotional boost to war-torn Ukraine, highlighted on Thursday by manager Mircea Lucescu.The Ukrainian champions cannot play their European home games in Donetsk because of the conflict between pro-Russian rebels and government forces that has ravaged the southeastern city.Shakhtar seemed to be barely functioning in their 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday night but had already qualified before the game ...
South Africa ring changes for Wales CARDIFF: South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has made eight changes to his team for Saturday's one-off Test against Wales that falls outside the international window.Meyer has been forced into a handful of changes because of the unavailability of players based outside of South Africa, meaning a raft of up-and-coming players will get the chance to shine at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.Prop Tendai Mtawarira, hooker Bismarck du Plessis, full-back Willie le Roux, and wing duo Cornal Hendricks ...
Aguero up with Messi, Ronaldo: Lampard MANCHESTER: Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard believes that his team-mate Sergio Aguero stands comparison with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo following his stunning Champions League hat-trick against Bayern Munich.Having opened the scoring in the 21st minute of Tuesday's game at the Etihad Stadium, Aguero struck again in the 85th and 91st minutes as City roared back from behind to win 3-2 and keep their hopes of a last-16 place flickering.City will go through if they ...

 



 
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