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  • Victoria Azarenka beats Venus Williams for first time at Qatar Open Yesterday

    Doha: Victoria Azarenka defeated Venus Williams for the first time on Friday, rallying for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory to reach the final at the Qatar Open. A two-time champion in Doha, Azarenka made adjustments in the second set and took a 5-1 lead in the third. Azarenka had 36 winners...
  • Agnieszka Radwanska lines up Qatar quarter-final with Venus Williams 2 days ago

    Doha: Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska brushed aside Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday to set up a quarter-final with Venus Williams in the Qatar Open. Radwanska, who had lost both their previous meetings, including the Indian Wells final in March last year, dropped just 11 points in her seven service games. The...
  • As it happened: Ireland vs UAE, Worlds Cup 2015, Match 16 4 days ago

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) When Ireland and United Arab Emirates face off in a one-day international for the first time, in their Pool B match of the 2015 World Cup at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, it will be with the backdrop of the larger...
  • World Cup 2015: Ireland look for second win against UAE 4 days ago

    When Ireland and United Arab Emirates face off in a One-Day International for the first time, in their Pool B match of the 2015 World Cup at the Brisbane Cricket Ground on Wednesday (February 25), it will be with the backdrop of the larger picture. Wednesday's match will see cricket...
  • Cricket World Cup: Khurram Khan eyes UAE success against Ireland 4 days ago

    Brisbane: The United Arab Emirates believe their Pool B match against Ireland in Brisbane on Wednesday offers them a "wonderful opportunity" of a World Cup win, according to batsman Khurram Khan. Both associate or non-Test nations know each other well, having played each other repeatedly in various lower-level International Cricket...
  • World Cup: Associate teams have pulled their weight, says William Porterfield 5 days ago

    Melbourne: The four non-Test playing nations at the World Cup have performed well in cricket's global showpiece and it wouldn't be the same tournament with less teams, according to Ireland skipper William Porterfield. The International Cricket Council is chopping the 14-team format to one with 10 for the next World Cup,...
  • Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka wins at Qatar Open 5 days ago

    Doha: Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka beat Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-3 in the first round of the Qatar Total Open on Monday. The Belarusian, who won in 2012 and 2013, was forced to withdraw last year due to a foot inflammation. Returning to Doha as a wild card entrant, Azarenka needed just 66...
  • Maria Sharapova less fixated on top spot but eager to beat Serena Williams 6 days ago

    Mexico City: Regaining the world's top ranking in women's tennis is less important to five-times grand slam winner Maria Sharapova than it was when she was younger, but the Russian is eager to beat dominant player Serena Williams. Williams beat Sharapova, who is ranked number two, to claim her 19th grand...
  • World Cup 2015: Impressive start by the four Associates February 19, 2015

    It's been a decent start for the four Associate Members at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. While results show only one victory from four matches, it was satisfying to see that all games were competitive. Ireland, the perennial Full Member slayers, were first up in...
  • World Cup 2015: I tried not to feel the pressure, says Sean Williams February 19, 2015

    Zimbabwean all-rounder Sean Williams, awarded the Man-of-the-Match for his all round performance against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a World Cup Pool B encounter, said he batted according to the match situation and patiently built up his innings not allowing pressure get the better of him. Chasing a formidable 285,...
  • World Cup 2015: Williams, Ervine help Zimbabwe survive UAE scare February 19, 2015

    Had it not been for the bright red of Zimbabwe's strip and the matt grey of the United Arab Emirates', it would have been difficult to tell which team was which, so well matched were the two at the Saxton Oval in Nelson on Thursday. As it turned out, the...
  • Venus Williams loses to Safarova in third round in Dubai February 18, 2015

    Dubai: Defending champion Venus Williams is out of the Dubai Tennis Championships after losing on Wednesday in the third round in straight sets to 11th-seeded Lucie Safarova. The eighth-seeded Williams looked listless in the humid 93 degree F (34 C) temperatures as Safarova cruised to a 6-4, 6-2 victory. "I think...
  • Pharrell Williams has deal for 'Happy' picture book, 3 more February 17, 2015

    New York: Pharrell Williams has a 'Happy' deal for a series of children's picture books. The Grammy Award-winning performer has an agreement with Putnam Books for Young Readers for four picture books, starting with one inspired by his hit song. Putnam announced Tuesday that the book, 'Happy' will be published Sept. 22...
  • Venus Williams beats player half her age at Dubai Championships February 17, 2015

    Dubai: Defending champion Venus Williams beat an opponent half her age on Monday, winning 6-1, 6-2 against 17-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships. Despite the age difference, the 34-year-old Williams looked physically fitter than her opponent and dominated throughout to earn her 16th...
  • William Porterfield says Ireland's World Cup wins are no 'upsets' February 16, 2015

    Nelson: After his team caused one of the great upsets in World Cup history, beating the West Indies by four wickets, Ireland captain William Porterfield felt the need to express his distaste for the word "upset". Porterfield has been part of Ireland's great World Cup victories - over Pakistan and Bangladesh...
  • Jim Carrey takes dig at suspended journalist Brian Williams February 16, 2015

    Los Angeles: Funnyman Jim Carrey made fun of anchor Brian Williams, who has been suspended for allegedly misrepresenting events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003, on the comedy show 'Saturday Night Live'. Carrey, 53, who has been a longtime guest host on the popular sketch, commented...
  • Grammy-winning Indian musician Ricky Kej wants to work with Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer next February 16, 2015

    Bangalore: Indian musician Ricky Kej, who won the Grammy for his collaborative album 'Winds of Samsara' in the New Age Album category, has expressed his desire to collaborate with international music sensations Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer. "One big artiste, I would like to work with is Pharrell Williams. He is...
  • As it happened: Ireland vs West Indies, ICC World Cup 2015, Match 5 February 16, 2015

    (For blog and updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Traditional giant-killers Ireland and under-pressure West Indies possess all the ingredients for a high-scoring clash in their opening World Cup match in Nelson. Both sides feature quality batsmen but relatively inexperienced bowling line-ups for a match they have each targeted...
  • Ireland and West Indies promise run-fest at World Cup February 15, 2015

    Traditional giant-killers Ireland and under-pressure West Indies possess all the ingredients for a high-scoring clash in their opening World Cup match in Nelson on Monday. Both sides feature quality batsmen but relatively inexperienced bowling line-ups for a match they have each targeted as ripe for getting immediate points on the board. Ireland...
  • No surprise if we beat West Indies, says Ireland captain February 15, 2015

    With West Indies in abysmal form in the wake of a crisis over player contracts, Ireland have a good chance to upset the Caribbeans in their World Cup opener on Monday, a result that would surprise no-one, according to their skipper. The most experienced of the four non-test playing nations at...
  • Giantkillers Ireland no longer surprise, says captain February 15, 2015

    Nelson: Ireland are out to prove yet again they can mix it with cricket's top tier nations, with captain William Porterfield saying it should be no surprise if they beat the West Indies on Monday. Despite being woefully short of top level competition compared to the Caribbean cricketers, Porterfield believed the...
  • Serena Williams withdraws from Dubai tournament with illness February 14, 2015

    Dubai: Top-ranked Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Dubai Tennis Championships because of the lingering effects of an upper respiratory illness sustained during the Australian Open last month. Williams suffered from a bad cough in her last few matches en route to winning her 19th career Grand Slam title at the...
  • As it happened: World Cup warm-ups, Day 5 February 12, 2015

    (For Live Blog, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Match 1: West Indies opted to bat against Scotland. Match 2: Ireland opted to field against Bangladesh. Teams: West Indies: Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Jonathan Carter, Denesh Ramdin(w), Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Jason Holder(c), Jerome Taylor,...
  • Formula One: Williams supportive of Marussia comeback February 11, 2015

    Williams are supportive of Marussia's attempts to return to the Formula One grid and would have agreed to them starting the season with last year's car, deputy principal Claire Williams said on Wednesday. "We've been very clear on our position around Marussia and their entry: we want a full competitive line-up...
  • Fed Cup: US defeat Argentina; advance to World Group playoffs February 8, 2015

    Buenos Aires: Venus Williams defeated Maria Irigoyen of Argentina 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday to advance the United States to the Fed Cup playoffs in April and a chance to return to the World Group, which comprises the top eight teams. Williams' victory on outdoor clay gave the United States an unassailable...
  • Serena Williams to end Indian Wells boycott after 14 years February 4, 2015

    World number one Serena Williams has buried the hatchet and will return to Indian Wells to play in the tournament she has boycotted for 14 years after suffering racist abuse. In an interview with TIME magazine, the 19-times grand slam singles champion said she had discovered the "true meaning of forgiveness"...
  • West Indies upbeat over Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo return February 4, 2015

    Sydney: West Indies coach Stuart Williams Wednesday welcomed the return of pacer Kemar Roach and middle-order batsman Darren Bravo to the side preparing for the World Cup starting from February 14. Roach was forced to withdraw from the West Indies side during the series in South Africa due to an ankle...
  • Red Bull, Williams, Mercedes launch their F1 cars for 2015 February 2, 2015

    Jerez: Red Bull and Williams have launched their Formula One cars which they hope will be able to better compete with Mercedes when the new season starts in six weeks' time. Red Bull's RB11 and the Williams FW37 were unveiled on Sunday prior to the first day of pre-season testing at...
  • Australian Open: Foiled again, Sharapova feels Serena breakthrough close January 31, 2015

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova's dreams of a sixth grand slam title were ended by Serena Williams and her wrecking ball serve in the Australian Open final on Saturday, but the Russian was adamant she would some day have the American's measure. Though gallant in defeat, her 6-3, 7-6(5) loss under the lights...
  • Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to win 6th Australian Open January 31, 2015

    Melbourne: Serena Williams stuck out a fist in mock triumph and mouthed "C'mon," careful not to push her point too far. The 33-year-old Williams was closing in on her 19th Grand Slam singles title, her 16th straight win over Maria Sharapova and her sixth Australian Open championship when she was docked...