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Tennis: Clijsters bids farewell with Venus Williams win

ANTWERPEN: Former world number one Kim Clijsters celebrated the end of her sparkling tennis career with a victory in an exhibition match against American rival Venus Williams on Wednesday. The Belgian, who won 41 career single titles, played her last official match at the US Open in August, but was keen to play for one last time in front of …

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Nadal likely to return in Abu Dhabi event

MADRID: Former world number one Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will return from knee trouble in the Mubadala Championship in Abu Dhabi from 27-29 December. Nadal has had a partial tear in his patella tendon and has not played a match since June when he lost to Czech Lukas Rosol in round two at Wimbledon. But on Tuesday he wrote …

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Australia win Hockey Champions Trophy

MELBOURNE: Australia clinched a record fifth straight Champions Trophy field hockey title with a 2-1 extra-time win over the Netherlands in the final in Melbourne on Sunday. The second-ranked ‘Kookaburras’ went some way to erasing the pain of their bronze medal at this year’s London Olympics with victory over the world number three Dutch in a tense final. After dominating …

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Pakistan beat India; earn bronze medal

MELBOURNE: Pakistan earned its first medal at a Champions Trophy since 2004 after beating India 3-2 in an even and hard-fought bronze medal game at Melbourne Sunday. It is Pakistan’s seventh bronze medal at a champion’s trophy. India is still looking for its first medal since 1982. “This win means a lot to us‚” said Shakeel Abassi after the win. …

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Israel offered me to abandon match: Asif

Pakistan’s newly crowned World Snooker Champion Muhammad Asif has disclosed that Israel had approached him with an offer to abandon match. I rejected the offer, he said in an exclusively interview to Ali Hassan of ARY NEWS. Meanwhile Muhammad Asif also asked to Pakistan sports authorties for hiring snooker coach to take the game to new heights. We got a …

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Hockey Champions Trophy: Australia beat Pakistan 1-0

MELBOURNE: Quarter-final line-up has been completed after this match. Pakistan will play its quarter-final match against Germany. India will play with Belgium while Holland with New Zealand. The hosts Australia will play its match against their rivals, England.

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No fairytale end to Ponting’s Test career

PERTH: Ricky Ponting put on a brave face after he was denied a fairytale ending when dismissed for eight in his final Test innings Monday, bringing the curtain down on a glittering 17-year career. Ponting, the second-highest Test run-scorer of all-time behind India s Sachin Tendulkar, announced his impending retirement before the showdown with South Africa in Perth after a record-equalling …

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Pakistan’s Muhammad Asif clinches World Snooker Championship title

SOFIA: Pakistan’s cueist Muhammad Asif defeated Gary Wilson of England by 10-8 in the final to clinch the IBSF World Snooker Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Sunday. He became the second Pakistani player to win the snooker world cup after Muhammad Yousuf, who claimed the title in 1994. Besides, he is also the third Pakistani cueist to play the final …

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GB, Australia racers win Antarctica Marathon

Great Britain’s Andrew Murray in the men’s division and Australia’s Demelza Farr in the women’s field won the gruelling Antarctic Ice Marathon in sub zero temperatures. Both athletes completed the double after winning the North Pole Marathon earlier this year. The 8th Antarctic Ice Marathon took place in perfect conditions. Forty-six athletes from 15 countries braved the sub-zero temperatures and …

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NZealand eye win, SLanka struggle 47 for 4

COLOMBO: Tim Southee and Doug Bracewell rocked Sri Lanka with two wickets apiece to boost New Zealand’s chances of posting a series-levelling win in the second and final Test on Wednesday. The hosts, needing 363 to win, were struggling at 47-4 in their second innings at stumps on the penultimate day when 17 wickets fell at the P Sara Oval …

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