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Halep stuns Williams in Singapore SINGAPORE: Simona Halep stunned Serena Williams 6-0, 6-2 at the WTA Finals Wednesday, dealing the world number one her heaviest defeat in 16 years and denting her chances of a third straight year-end title.The diminutive Romanian exploited some horrendous serving by Williams to clinch her first win against the world number one and go top of Red Group in the eight-player season finale in Singapore.The 23-year-old Halep was the aggressor all the way, leaving Williams, 10 years her senior and the oldest player in Singapore, frustrated with her pinpoint placement and fearless passing shots."Yes, I think it was my best match in my life," said the world number four, the first Romanian to qualify for the tournament since 1998."I'm a little bit surprised, but I knew before the match that I have nothing to lose, just play. She's the best player in the world, she's number one."It's the last tournament ...

Froome considering skipping 2015 Tour PARIS: Chris Froome has said he may skip the 2015 Tour de France because the course, which was revealed in Paris on Wednesday, doesn't suit him.Speaking on his personal website the 2013 champion said he may focus on the Giro d'Italia instead as it is a more "balanced" route whereas the Tour is aimed predominantly at climbers."The team (Sky) and I will have to give it some careful consideration before we make any commitments to ...
Alcaraz is new coach at Levante MADRID: La Liga strugglers Levante have named Lucas Alcaraz as their new head coach, taking over from Jose Luis Mendilibar, who was sacked on Monday after just two months in charge."Lucas Alcarez is the new coach of Levante for the rest of the season with a one-year option," a club statement said late Tuesday.The 48-year-old Alcaraz was coach at Grenada until the end of last season, having taken over at the Andalucian outfit at the ...
Goal hungry Messi targets El Clasico BARCELONA: Lionel Messi took a step closer to the Champions League scoring record against Ajax on Tuesday and now turns his target to the El Clasico with Real Madrid on Saturday and the all-time La Liga goals tally.His partnership with Neymar is blossoming this season after a slow start and he set the Brazilian up for the first goal against Ajax before striking the other in the 3-1 win to give him 69 Champions League ...
Indian Asian Games medal snub boxer suspended NEW DELHI: Indian boxer Sarita Devi was on Wednesday provisionally suspended by the sport's world governing body after refusing to accept her bronze medal at the Asian Games in a protest against judging.It means Devi will not be allowed to participate in the world championships to be held in Jeju Island, South Korea, in November, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) said in a statement.AIBA, which has referred the suspension to its disciplinary commission for a ...
Malaysians shocked by reports Lee failed dope test KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians expressed shock and disbelief Wednesday after reports claimed national icon and badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei had failed a drugs test."Still hope this is not true... Whatever the outcome, we still with you!" one user posted on Twitter."Oh no, say it isn't so!" another wrote among numerous comments posted on social media sites.Malaysia's Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin confirmed late Tuesday that an athlete had tested positive for a banned substance ...
Road warrior Bumgarner brings Giants big win KANSAS CITY: Another dazzling road victory for San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner has staked the Giants an early edge as they bid for a third World Series title in five seasons.The 25-year-old southpaw struck out five and scattered three hits over seven innings in San Francisco's 7-1 rout of host Kansas City in the opener of Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final.Bumgarner stretched his record streak of scoreless playoff innings to 32 2/3 before surrendering a ...

 



 
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