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Hsieh, Peng head to final in Singapore

By Dave Carroll

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai of China, the No. 2 seeds and defending champions at the WTA Finals in Singapore, stormed into the final with a 6-1, 6-4 semi-final victory over Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia and Anastasia Rodionova of Australia yesterday. Kudryavtseva and Rodionova wereFULL STORY

Royals hold off Giants to take Series lead

The Kansas City Royals followed their formula for success to perfection turning a tight game over to their “monstrous” bullpen to beat the San Francisco Giants on Friday and seize the upper hand in the World Series. After each team claimed a lopsided win in theFULL STORY

Serena Williams to face Simona Halep in singles final

Serena Williams, her insatiable will to win as strong as ever, regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) yesterday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals. The world No.FULL STORY

Impressive West Ham see off champions Man City

West Ham United maintained their impressive start to the season when they beat champions Manchester City 2-1 at Upton Park yesterday to consolidate their place in the top four of the Premier League. The Hammers went ahead in the 21st minute, when Morgan Amalfitano was leftFULL STORY

Korda, Pace share lead in Blue Bay tournament

The US’ Jessica Korda rebounded from an opening double-bogey for a share of the second-round lead yesterday in the Blue Bay LPGA. Korda made seven birdies in a 14-hole stretch — the last three on Nos. 14-16 — and shot a five-under 67 to match SouthFULL STORY

Australia, chasing 438, close fourth day at 59-4

Australia, set 438 to win, closed the fourth day of their first Test against Pakistan on 59-4 in Dubai yesterday. Pakistan grabbed four wickets through their spinners and will push for a win on the fifth and final day for a 1-0 lead in the two-matchFULL STORY

Bangladesh make strong start in Test against Zimbabwe

Shakib Al Hasan claimed 6-59 to spin Bangladesh into a strong position against Zimbabwe on the day one of their first Test yesterday, as the left-arm spinner ripped through the African side on his way to his 12th five-for as the tourists were dismissed forFULL STORY

Streaking Ducks beat Columbus 4-1

Corey Perry and defenseman Sami Vatanen scored power-play goals in the first period as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Friday for their seventh consecutive victory. John Gibson, starting in net for the first time since losing 6-4 in his hometown ofFULL STORY

PGA president fired over Ian Poulter jibe

Ted Bishop has been fired as president of the PGA of America, less than a day after he branded Ian Poulter a “lil girl” on Twitter. The PGA of America on Friday said that Bishop was relieved of his duties after the slur aimed at theFULL STORY

Henley’s putting gets him early lead at Sea Island

Russell Henley has a reminder on his telephone that goes off every day at noon to tell him he is the best putter in the world. He did not need one on Friday in the McGladrey Classic. Playing for the first time since Sept. 14 atFULL STORY

All hail King James: LeBron rules the NBA

His shirt soaked with champagne after winning his fourth title in 2007, Tim Duncan had one more move before celebrating further with his Spurs teammates. He pivoted in a hallway inside Quicken Loans Arena, pulled 22-year-old LeBron James close and delivered a message. “The league isFULL STORY

Olesen leads by three shots at the Perth International

Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen will take a three-shot lead into today’s final round of the Perth International as he looks for his first win in two years at Lake Karrinyup. Olesen fired a five-under 67 in yesterday’s third round and leads the European Tour co-sanctioned tournament atFULL STORY

NFL, Ravens not helping union’s Ray Rice investigation

The attorney leading the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence case says the league and the Baltimore Ravens have not been cooperating. Richard Craig Smith on Friday night said that the NFL has not provided documents and witnesses requested by theFULL STORY

Upset as teenager beats Nadal

Teenager Borna Coric upset second-seeded Rafael Nadal in straight sets on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Swiss Indoors and announce himself as one of tennis’ rising stars. There was no such slip-up for Roger Federer, as the top-seeded Swiss remained on course for hisFULL STORY

UEFA looks naive in its Battle of Belgrade judgement

By Owen Gibson

“Politicians should take care of politics, but sport needs to be a place of brotherhood which brings people together,” Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) president Michel Platini said earlier this year on one of his regular diversions down the blind alley marked “sport andFULL STORY

Bremen loses 1-0 at home to Cologne in Bundesliga

Werder Bremen slumped to a 1-0 home loss to Cologne on Friday, piling the pressure on coach Robin Dutt as the club remains rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga. Anthony Ujah’s 59th-minute strike was enough for promoted Cologne to climb provisionally ninth, while Bremen remainsFULL STORY

Ferrer joins 600-win club with victory in home town

David Ferrer became only the fourth active player to record 600 career wins when he cruised past Thomaz Bellucci 6-1, 6-2 to reach the Valencia semi-finals on Friday. The world No. 5 delighted his home town crowd with victory in just 67 minutes as he wentFULL STORY

Munster make most of yellow card to beat Saracens 14-3

Munster made the most of a yellow card given to Saracens prop Rhys Gill as they defeated last season’s losing finalists 14-3 in a European Rugby Champions Cup Pool One clash at Thomond Park on Friday. However, one consolation for Sarries was that outside-half Owen FarrellFULL STORY

Henley grabs top spot at McGladrey Classic tournament

American Russell Henley vaulted into the lead at the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic after carding a seven-under 63 on Friday at the Seaside Course. Henley moved one shot in front of the field as he finished two rounds at nine-under-par 131. “I hit it well today. IFULL STORY


SOCCER US women clinch berth Carli Lloyd scored two goals as the US qualified for next year’s Women’s World Cup tournament with a one-sided 3-0 win over Mexico on Friday in Chester, Pennsylvania. Christen Press scored for the US in the contest, which also doubled as aFULL STORY

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