Argentine baseliner Guillermo Coria outplayed Spain's David Ferrer 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday to book a place in the quarterfinals of the Mercedes Cup. \nCoria, seeded second in the 765,000 euro (US$858,900) claycourt event, played close to perfection in a third round match that started 90 minutes late because of rain. \nThe French Open semi-finalist, the highest seed left in the draw after top seed Carlos Moya of Spain bowed out on Wednesday, goes on to meet defending champion Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, who defeated Czech Jiri Novak 7-6 6-4. \nThe 21-year-old Coria, who won the Hamburg Masters and reached the final in Monte Carlo this year, improved his record on clay this season to 25-5. \nLocal favorite Rainer Schuettler, seeded third, followed Coria into the last eight with a convincing 6-4 6-4 win over Spaniard Alex Corretja. \nSchuettler, this year's Australian Open runner-up, will continue his quest for a first title on German soil by playing Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who moved past Moroccan Younes El Aynaoui 3-6 6-4 6-3. \nCorretja, the 15th seed, had saved four match points in his second-round victory over Belgian Olivier Rochus on Wednesday but was never in contention against a determined Schuettler. \nOn a good day for German fans, the unheralded Tomas Behrend, who had knocked out Moya on Wednesday, kept going with a 6-4 6-4 victory over 13th-seeded Max Mirnyi of Belarus. \nBehrend, who had never beaten a top 10 player before overcoming Moya, managed a break in each set and held his nerve to seal victory with a service winner on his first match point. \nThe Brazilian-born German will face Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, the sixth seed, who struggled to beat Finn Jarkko Nieminen 6-7 7-6 6-3 in a close contest that could have gone either way.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is already in Florida with the rest of his Toronto teammates, and he knows the time to take a stand and counter the NBA plan to restart the season has passed, but his opinion on the matter has not changed. “It sucks,” VanVleet said on Monday in a videoconference of his choice to return to the court during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter campaign. “It’s terrible timing, but that’s been 2020 for us. We all know the right thing to do is to not play, to take a stand. Morally, yes, that makes sense, but
Legendary batsman Everton Weekes, the last of the famed West Indies “Three Ws,” died on Wednesday at the age of 95 and was hailed as “a founding father” of the sport in the Caribbean. “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of an icon. A legend, our hero, Sir Everton Weekes,” Cricket West Indies (CWI) wrote on Twitter. “Our condolences go out to his family, friends and many fans around the world. May he rest in peace.” Barbadian Weekes was part of a feared post-World War II West Indies team who also featured Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrell. Walcott died in