Nadal’s claycourt streak ended by bold Ferrer

Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:53pm EDT (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal’s 30-match claycourt winning streak ended on Friday when the world number one was stunned 7-6(1) 6-4 by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals. Sixth seed Ferrer, who had beaten Nadal on clay only once 10 years ago and was brushed aside by the muscular left-hander in the French Open final last year, relied on his devastating forehand to prevail in over […]

‘Renaissance man’ Gasol happy to control his own destiny

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:01pm EDT (Reuters) – Considered by many to be the ‘Renaissance man’ in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Spanish forward Pau Gasol is delighted finally to be the sole architect of his ‘revival’ as he eyes his playing future. The 33-year-old from Barcelona has faced more than his fair share of trade rumors since joining the Los Angeles Lakers in February 2008 but now he can […]

Djokovic cruises, Nadal claims 30th clay win in a row

Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:50pm EDT (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic lost just one game to join Roger Federer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals after Rafa Nadal breezed to his 30th consecutive win on clay on Thursday. Nadal barely broke sweat in his 6-1 6-3 thrashing of Italy’s Andreas Seppi while Federer recovered from a break of serve in the first set to beat Czech Lukas Rosol 6-4 6-1. Champion Djokovic demolished Spain’s Pablo Carreno […]

Brazil unveils $10 billion infrastructure budget for Rio Olympics

(Reuters) – Brazilian authorities unveiled an infrastructure budget of 24.1 billion reais ($10.76 billion) for the Rio 2016Olympic Games, 25 percent more than planned, as they try to reassure the world they can deliver facilities on time. The budget covers 27 projects in urban development and public transport, including 8 billion reais for a newly added fourth metro line for Rio, Brazil’s congested second largest city, where getting around town is an ordeal. Other initially envisaged […]

Nadal recovers from shaky start to go through

Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:06pm EDT (Reuters) – Claycourt machine Rafael Nadal recovered from a stuttering start to beat Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4 6-1 and reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday. The world number one, whose eight-year reign in the principality ended last year, conceded an early break but eventually proved too much to handle for Gabashvili on centre court. Nadal, who is on a 29-match winning streak on […]

Tippett to coach Canada at world championship

Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:14pm EDT (Reuters) – Dave Tippett, coach of the National Hockey League’s Phoenix Coyotes, will coach Canada’s men’s ice hockey team at next month’s world championship, Hockey Canada said on Wednesday. Tippett, who represented Canada at two Olympics as a player, serving as captain in 1984 and winning a silver medal 1992, will be assisted by fellow NHL head coaches Paul Maurice (Winnipeg Jets) and Peter DeBoer (New Jersey Devils). “As […]

Atlanta awarded Major League Soccer expansion team

By David Beasley ATLANTA Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:15pm EDT (Reuters) – Atlanta has landed a Major League Soccer expansion team that will play beginning in 2017 in the city’s new open-air stadium downtown, officials announced on Wednesday. Arthur Blank, owner of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons team and a co-founder of Home Depot Inc. purchased the new franchise, which will be the league’s 22nd team, he told reporters. “This is an exciting day […]

Prosecutor wraps up Pistorius grilling in murder trial

(Reuters) – The prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ended his five-day cross-examination of the double amputee track athlete on Tuesday with a stark summary of how he shot his girlfriend, insisting he killed her deliberately after an argument. “You fired four shots through the door whilst knowing that she was standing behind the door,” said prosecutor Gerrie Nel, known in South Africa as “The Pitbull” for his hectoring style of questioning. “She […]

Pacquiao defeats Bradley to regain title

(Reuters) – Manny Pacquiao scored a unanimous decision win over Timothy Bradley to regain the WBO welterweight title on Saturday and avenge a highly controversial loss to the American in June 2012. Two judges scored the fight 116-112 for Pacquiao, while a third saw it as a 118-110 win for the Filipino. In their previous fight, Bradley was awarded a split decision victory that many observers felt Pacquiao had won clearly. “He threw a lot […]

Pacquiao regains WBO welterweight title; Bradley says Pacquiao was the “better fighter”

Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao won over Timothy Bradley, reclaiming the World Boxing Organization Welterweight title via unanimous decision. After 12 grueling rounds, the three judges’ score cards all favored the Filipino southpaw over the orthodox (right-handed)  Bradley with 116-112, 116-112, 118-110, after the boxing match in the packed MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April13 (April 12 in the U.S.) Pacquiao lost the welterweight title belt  to Bradley in 2012.  But this […]

Tim Bradley And Manny Pacquiao make weight for title fight in Las Vegas

  (Reuters) — Challenger Manny Pacquiao weighed in at 145 pounds for his welterweight title fight against American Tim Bradley in Las Vegas on Friday (April 11). Bradley weighed in at 145.5 pounds. Pacquiao is the only fighter to win eight world titles in as many different weight divisions. A three-time Fighter of the Year, Pacquiao’s resumé includes victories over Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Márquez among others. From 2008 to 2010, five of his seven victories were world title victories […]