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Chan sisters coast into quarter-finals

By Dave Carroll

Taiwan’s Chan sisters cruised into the quarter-finals of the doubles at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California, on Monday. Top seeds Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan, the world No. 32 and No. 22 in doubles respectively, crushed Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm and MandyFULL STORY

Berankis eliminates Taiwan’s Lu from Citi Open

Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun crashed out of the first round of the Citi Open on Monday, beaten by world No. 86 Ricardas Berankis 7-6 (7/1), 6-3. The Lithuanian saved both break points he faced and converted the only one he created to advance to the second roundFULL STORY

Rangers’ Adrian Beltre hits third career cycle

Adrian Beltre became the first major league player since the 1930s to hit for his third career cycle as the Texas Rangers held on for a wild 12-9 victory over the AL West-leading Houston Astros on Monday night. Beltre’s solo homer in the fifth, a linerFULL STORY

Haase proceeds at Generali Open after Monaco withdraws

Two-time former champion Robin Haase of the Netherlands advanced to the second round of the Generali Open Kitzbuehel on Monday after his opponent Juan Monaco pulled out in the second set with a right-wrist injury. The fifth-seeded Argentine, also a former winner in 2007, led 6-2,FULL STORY

McIlroy to practice at Whistling Straits on Saturday: source

World No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy has scheduled a Saturday practice round at Whistling Straits, site of next week’s PGA Championship, a reliable source told Reuters on Monday. The Northern Irishman has not played since rupturing the anterior ligament in his left ankle early last month,FULL STORY

Di Maria to sign US$69m, four-year deal with PSG

Manchester United winger Angel di Maria is to join Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year deal to become the second-most expensive player in French league history. A person familiar with the situation said that Di Maria is expected in Paris later this week to sign theFULL STORY

Lyon reach deal to sign Manchester United’s Rafael

Manchester United’s Rafael is joining Olympique Lyonnais after the two clubs reached a deal over the Brazilian right-back, the French side announced on Monday. The 25-year-old, has passed a medical and will sign a four-year contract with the former multiple French champions. Rafael joined Manchester United withFULL STORY

Sparkling Fiji claim Pacific crown

Fiji fired a warning shot to Rugby World Cup hosts England in Burnaby, British Columbia, on Monday with a sparkling attacking performance to down tough-tackling Samoa 39-29 and win the Pacific Nations Cup. Just under seven weeks from their opening World Cup fixture against EnglandFULL STORY

It’s make or break for ‘lost’ Clarke, Aussie media say

Australia captain Michael Clarke’s Test career could be over if he fails with the bat during the fourth Test at Trent Bridge, Australian media said yesterday, saying he looks “lost” and knows the end is near. Scores of 10 and three during Australia’s eight-wicket defeat byFULL STORY

Money at heart of doping coverup, Victor Conte says

Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) founder Victor Conte, the man at the center of what was the US’ biggest doping scandal, believes the latest drug scandal to rock the sports world is all part of a coverup to protect the bottom line. Track and field wasFULL STORY

‘Iron Lady’ Hosszu sets new record

Girl power prevailed at the FINA World Championships on Monday as three women’s records fell and Hungary’s Katinka “Iron Lady” Hosszu lived up to her nickname. After Katie Ledecky bettered her own 1,500m freestyle world record in the morning’s heats and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom broke herFULL STORY

High divers looking to make a splash at Olympics

In the world of diving, they are the rebels and free spirits. Instead of using a board over a pool, high divers compete outdoors, leaping from 27m in a sport that developed from daredevil jumps off cliffs. Twisting and somersaulting in the air, they fall soFULL STORY

Police locate missing Special Olympics competitor

An autistic teenage Special Olympics athlete who vanished from Los Angeles International Airport was found on Monday afternoon, hours after another missing competitor turned up safe in Northern California. Los Angeles Police Department officer Drake Madison said 15-year-old Shion Isimel of the Ivory Coast has beenFULL STORY

Rio, universities team up to make bay cleanup plan

Rio de Janeiro Governor Luiz Fernando Pezao on Monday signed a deal with several Brazilian universities and research institutes to develop a plan to clean up the polluted waters of the city’s sewage-strewn Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing events are to be held. Pezao hailed theFULL STORY

Ex-rugby player Hayne changing run, ready for 49ers full-contact training

Australian rugby league convert Jarryd Hayne said he is unfazed by the prospect of facing his first full-blooded collision with the San Francisco 49ers as he chases his dream of forging a career in the NFL. The 27-year-old former Australia, New South Wales and ParramattaFULL STORY


GERMANY Schweinsteiger ‘never fit’ Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has cast doubt on Manchester United’s new midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger by saying his former player was never fully fit during the past three seasons. Guardiola said the 31-year-old Schweinsteiger can only be a success at the Premier LeagueFULL STORY


FOOTBALL Bills suspend coach Kromer The Buffalo Bills have suspended offensive line coach Aaron Kromer for six games following an incident last month in which he was alleged to have punched a boy in the face. Battery charges were dropped against Kromer and his son last weekFULL STORY

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