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  • Serena Williams easily wins opening match at Miami Open 3 hours 36 minutes ago

    Key Biscayne: Serena Williams punctuated points on Saturday with theatrics worthy of a Grand Slam final. There were squeals, knee kicks, pirouettes and fist pumps, sometimes all at once. In other words, Williams appeared to be 100 percent. Showing no lingering effects from a recent knee injury, the seven-time Key Biscayne champion...
  • Serena and Venus Williams to play Fed Cup against Italy 3 hours 44 minutes ago

    Key Biscayne: Serena and Venus Williams say they plan to play for the U.S. Fed Cup team next month against Italy. The best-of-five match in Brindisi, Italy will be April 18-19. The United States and Italy are vying to return to the tournament's top tier. "We deserve to be back in," Serena...
  • Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki ease into third round in Miami 2 days ago

    Venus Williams eased into the third round of the Miami Open with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win over Poland's Urszula Radwanska on Thursday while Caroline Wozniacki also progressed. Williams has been away from competition for almost a month but she needed just 66 minutes to beat the younger sister of 2012...
  • Williams appoint Adrian Sutil as reserve driver 2 days ago

    Sepang: Williams have appointed experienced German racer Adrian Sutil as reserve driver for the season, the Formula One team said on Thursday. "I'm delighted to have Adrian join our stable of drivers for the 2015 season," team principal Frank Williams said of the veteran of 128 grands prix. "Having most recently raced...
  • Serena Williams hopes to manage pain while 'going for it' in Miami Open 3 days ago

    Miami: Serena Williams practiced on Wednesday for the first time since a knee injury forced her to withdraw before her BNP Paribas Open semi-final last week but has not lowered her expectations for the Miami Open. Williams, who as the top seed in Miami earned a first-round bye, is scheduled to...
  • Bradley Cooper to make directorial debut with 'A Star Is Born' 4 days ago

    Los Angeles: Hollywood star Bradley Cooper is in negotiations with Warner Bros to direct the third remake of the romantic drama film "A Star Is Born". Based on William Wellman's 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, the project centers on a fading movie star who helps a young aspiring...
  • Oscar winner John Legend on talks on race, Common, Sam Smith, 'Blurred Lines' 6 days ago

    Austin, Texas: John Legend says he's concerned that the "Blurred Lines" verdict could set a scary precedent for artists creating music inspired by others. In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, the Grammy winner said understands why people say 2013's biggest hit song by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke sounds...
  • We only have one home: Pharrell Williams urges action on climate change March 21, 2015

    United Nations: It's time to go "from climate change to climate action" in efforts to save the planet, U.S. pop star Pharrell Williams said at the United Nations on Friday. Singer-producer Williams, 41, partnered with the United Nations Foundation on the International Day of Happiness to raise awareness and call for...
  • Serena Williams withdraws at Indian Wells, Jankovic tops Lisicki March 21, 2015

    Serena Williams withdrew before the start of her BNP Paribas Open semi-final on Friday due to a knee problem, cutting short her return to the event following a 14-year boycott. Williams, who has been absent from Indian Wells since winning the event in 2001 when she says she suffered racist abuse...
  • Serena overcomes slow start to reach Indian Wells quarters March 18, 2015

    Top seed Serena Williams overcame a wobbly start to see off a determined Sloane Stephens 6-7 (3) 6-2 6-2 on Tuesday and advance to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open. Williams, playing her third match at Indian Wells after deciding to end a 14-year boycott of the event where she...
  • World Cup: Dear ICC, take care of the minnows March 17, 2015

    The minnows are here to stay and will do so unless the ICC wants it otherwise. The performance of the lower-ranked teams has improved significantly in the past three World Cups. The 2007 Cricket World Cup had 16 participants and there was a lot of criticism then that the organisers were...
  • Serena Williams breezes into fourth round at Indian Wells March 16, 2015

    Indian Wells: Top seed Serena Williams made short work of Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, obliterating her opponent 6-2, 6-0 in just 53 minutes. Playing her second match at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden after deciding to end a 14-year boycott of...
  • William Porterfield upbeat despite Ireland's ouster from World Cup March 15, 2015

    Adelaide: What should have been a happier occasion for Ireland captain William Porterfield after his first century at the World Cup was tempered by his side just missing out on a quarter-final berth after a seven-wicket loss to Pakistan. But for a player who has been on the ground floor of...
  • World Cup: Pakistan ensure a spot for West Indies in quarters March 15, 2015

    A win against UAE was not good enough for the Caribbean side to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the World Cup as they had to wait for the match between Pakistan and Ireland to finish. The first job was done as West Indies got the better of UAE and...
  • World Cup: Pakistan beat Ireland to take West Indies with them in quarters March 15, 2015

    Two days before the eighth anniversary of one of the great World Cup upsets, Pakistan knew that there was no margin for error against Ireland in the final Pool B World Cup clash on Sunday (March 15). When William Porterfield, the Irish captain, helped himself to a composed hundred, the...
  • Williams driver Valtteri Bottas out of Australian GP with back injury March 15, 2015

    Melbourne: Williams driver Valtteri Bottas has been ruled out of competing in the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday due to a back injury suffered in qualifying for the Formula One season-opening race. The Finnish driver suffered what the team called "soft tissue damage" in his lower back during Saturday's session. After being...
  • World Cup: Porterfield upbeat ahead of must-win game against Pakistan March 14, 2015

    When Ireland take the field on Sunday (March 15) against Pakistan in Adelaide, they, whether they are keen on the task or not, will be carrying the flag for the associate nations. None of the others have been able to defeat a full member at this World Cup, and if...
  • Serena Williams grinds out victory in Indian Wells return March 14, 2015

    Indian Wells: An error-prone Serena Williams beat Monica Niculescu 7-5, 7-5 in her first match at Indian Wells in 14 years on Friday, receiving a warm welcome from the fans in sharp contrast to the booing that drove her away as a teenager. Williams rallied from a 5-3 deficit in...
  • World Cup: Misbah-ul-Haq recalls 1992 success ahead of Ireland clash March 14, 2015

    Adelaide: Much has been mentioned about the last time Pakistan and Ireland played at the World Cup, when the Irish ensured the then No. 4-ranked team went home early from the 2007 tournament. On Saturday, a day ahead of another Pakistan-Ireland match in which the winner at Adelaide Oval will qualify...
  • Indian Open Snooker: Welshmen Mark Williams, Michael White in semis March 13, 2015

    Mumbai: Veteran Mark Williams and young Michael White, representing the rich Welsh legacy, entered the semi-finals of the Indian Open World ranking snooker tournament on Friday with contrasting victories that underlined their skills and dexterity. The 39-year old double World champion and 15th ranked Williams held off England's Robert Milkins 4-1,...
  • Serena Williams says 'right time' to end Indian Wells boycott March 13, 2015

    Serena Williams said on Thursday her decision to end a 14-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open after suffering racist abuse in the 2001 final came down to "timing." Williams had skipped the showpiece event at the desert resort after winning her second title here by beating Kim Clijsters in...
  • Serena Williams' U-turn on Indian Wells praised by peers March 12, 2015

    Serena Williams' decision to end a 14-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open has been warmly welcomed by her peers with good friend and rival Caroline Wozniacki saying it was "great for tennis". Williams had skipped the showpiece event at the desert resort of Indian Wells after winning her second title...
  • Profiles of teams and drivers for the 2015 Formula One season March 11, 2015

    The evidence of pre-season testing strongly suggests the fight for this year's championship will again be a case of Mercedes vs the rest. The switch of four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull to Ferrari, and Fernando Alonso from Ferrari back to McLaren, will provide interesting subplots, but the...
  • Mercedes again the team to beat in Formula One 2015 March 11, 2015

    Two of Formula One's top drivers have made lucrative moves to new teams in 2015, so fans might think there will be a shake-up to last season's established order. They would be wrong. The evidence of pre-season testing strongly suggests the fight for this year's championship will again be a case of...
  • World Cup 2015: Ireland rue lack of exposure after India defeat March 10, 2015

    Hamilton: Skipper William Porterfield believes a lack of exposure against the bigger teams was hurting Ireland after they lost by eight wickets to defending World Cup champions India in Hamilton. The defeat leaves Ireland possibly needing to beat Pakistan in Adelaide on Sunday to make the last-eight while India ensured top...
  • World Cup: Ravichandran Ashwin varied his pace well, says William Porterfield March 10, 2015

    Hamilton: Ireland captain William Porterfield was all praise for Ravichandran Ashwin, saying the Indian off-spinner varied his pace well which eventually proved to be decisive in restricting his side to 259 in the World Cup match on Tuesday. Ashwin in his first spell of eight overs gave away only 19 runs,...
  • ICC World Cup 2015: Bowlers doing a good job, says MS Dhoni March 10, 2015

    Hamilton: Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday heaped praise on his bowlers for bundling out every team that India have played so far in the ongoing cricket World Cup, saying they have stepped up to the challenge nicely and are doing a "really good job". India beat Ireland by eight wickets...
  • World Cup: India's dominance continues against Ireland with fifth win in a row March 10, 2015

    Nothing changed as India crossed Tasmanian borders. It was business as usual in New Zealand for the defending champions - a fifth win in a row over the Irish who stay alive despite an eight-wicket hammering at the hand of the Indians, which gives MS Dhoni's boys a 5-0 record...
  • Serena Williams to play first match at Indian Wells March 10, 2015

    Indian Wells: Top-ranked Serena Williams will play her first match at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday night in her return to the tournament she has boycotted since 2001. She will meet the winner of a first-round match between Monica Niculescu of Romania and Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia. Williams has won the...