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October 30, 2010

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October 30, 2010

Beaten Isner hits 1,000th ace of season
MONTPELLIER, France: American John Isner became the fifth player to hit more than 1,000 aces in a season since 1991, as he lost to Gael Monfils in the ATP event here on Friday.
By the end of the match, the towering 25-year-old American had 1,011 aces for the year, having put 12 past the third-seeded Frenchman. Croatia’s Goran Ivanisevic holds the record for the highest number of aces in a season, having recorded 1,477 in 1996.
Another Croatian, Ivo Karlovic, matched the feat in 2007, following in the footsteps of Isner’s countrymen Andy Roddick (2004) and Pete Sampras (1993). The ATP did not begin to record aces until 1991. Isner, the fifth seed, was beaten 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 by Montfils in the Montpellier quarter-finals. Spain’s Albert Montanes outlasted top seed Nikolay Davydenko 3-6, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6.

Home rule in Vienna as Austrians pile into semis
VIENNA: The prospect of an all-Austrian final at the ATP event here swam into focus on Friday after home favourites Jurgen Melzer and Andreas Haider-Maurer both advanced to the semifinals.
Defending champion Melzer advanced without firing a shot, as his German opponent Philipp Kohlschreiber was forced to withdraw with a strained right adductor before their match at the Stadthalle could begin.
The fairy tale continued for lucky loser Haider-Maurer as the world number 157 stunned second seed Marin Cilic 7-6 (7/1), 6-4. Third-seeded Nicolas Almagro advanced with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 win over Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela and will next take on Melzer.
On Thursday, Spain’s Nicolas Almagro beat Colombian Santiago Giraldo 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (3/7), 6-3 and will next face Argentine eighth seed Juan Ignacio Chela, a 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 winner against Grega Zemlja of Slovenia.

Abbotabad win U16 title
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Abbottabad lifted the Pepsi-PCB Under-16 Cricket Stars trophy when they overwhelmed Quetta by eight wickets in a low-scoring

final which held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Friday.
Quetta were bundled out for 46 in the 18th over after they were invited to bat first. Khalil Ahmed top-scored with 12. Khushdil Shah grabbed four for six while Asim Kamal captured three for seven.
In reply, Abbottabad raced to the target in the 17th over after losing two wickets. Mohammad Hanif remained not out on 16 while Mohammad Arsalaan made 14. Ghulam Mohammad and Mohammad Imran shared one wicket each.
Winners Abbottabad were handed over a purse of Rs200,000 while the runners-up Quetta went away with a cheque of Rs100,000 during closing ceremony. Khushdiul Shah from Abbottabad received man-of-the-match award of Rs10,000 while Mohammad Afzal from Karachi got the best batsman award of Rs10,000. Similarly, Sharfuddin (best bowler, Quetta), Muti-ur-Rehman (best wicketkeeper, Peshawar) and Khalid Kail (best fielder, Peshawar) were also handed over awards of Rs10,000 each.

Rhodes to work with Kenya ahead of 2011 World Cup
NAIROBI: South African great Jonty Rhodes has accepted to work as a specialist consultant for the Kenya national team in their preparations for the World Cup, Kenyan cricket officials said on Friday.
The 41-year-old Rhodes, once regarded as the world’s greatest fielders, will assist Kenyan national coach Eldine Baptiste during a proposed three-week training camp at the High Performance centre in Pretoria next month.
“He will use his expertise in batting and fielding, particularly in one day cricket, to hone the squad’s skills in these areas,” said Tom Sears, Cricket Kenya chief executive officer.
“Jonty has tremendous experience and is now one of the most innovative and highly sought after specialist coaches in World cricket so this is a real coup for Cricket Kenya,” he added.
After his retirement in 2003, Rhodes worked as a fielding coach in the South African national cricket team before he joined the Indian Premier League side, Mumbai Lions as their fielding coach in March 2009.
Sears said Kenya was keen to get Rhodes involved in the team’s final weeks of preparations for the 2011 world Cup in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Zimbabwe agree million-dollar sponsorship
HARARE: Zimbabwe Cricket has signed a one-million-dollar sponsorship deal with Reebok to supply kit for the national team over the next three years, an official said on Friday.
“We have reached an agreement with Reebok to sponsor our national team and domestic league for three years,” Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Ozias Bvute told AFP. “The agreement is worth nearly 400,000 US dollars annually.”
Bvute said full details of the agreement would be announced later. The US firm replaces the previous sponsor, local company Faith Wear. The sponsorship deal is part of Zimbabwe efforts to revamp its image before the country returns to Test cricket next year.

Italy given 3-0 win after violence in Serbia game
GENEVA: UEFA on Friday ordered Serbia to play a home match behind closed doors and awarded Italy a 3-0 win after their Euro 2012 qualifier three weeks ago was cancelled because of crowd trouble.
The Serbian Football Federation (FSS) were ordered to play two home matches in an empty stadium, with one match suspended for two years.
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) were also sanctioned with one home match behind closed doors but the penalty was suspended for two years, European football’s governing body said in a statement. The FSS was fined 120,000 euros while their Italian counterparts suffered a 100,000 euro fine.

Asiam, Rohan cruise into St Petersburg Open semis
KARACHI: Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and his Indian Rohan Bopanna teammate bounced back into the match after a one-set deficit against Janko Tipsaveric and Viktor Troicki to cruise into the semifinals of the St Petersburg Open underway at St Petersburg.
The second seeded Indo-Pak express came from behind to record a 3-6, 7-6(4), 10-3 win over their unseeded rival in the quarter-finals. They will now fight it out with third seed Slovakians Filip Polasek and Igor Zelenay, who beat Pablo Andujar and Michael Russell 6-1 6-3 in their quarter-finals of the USD 663,750 hard court ATP tournament.

Two matches decided in inter-school event
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Two matches were decided on the opening day of the 6th Siemens-PVCA Inter-school cricket tournament 2010 played at the Asgher Ali Shah cricket stadium.
Qadri Model School defeated New Standard Secondary School by three wickets and Kamran Public School defeated GBBS Ibrahim Ali Bhai by eight wickets.

City School clinch netball title
KARACHI: The City School (North Nazimabad) clinched the Karachi Girls Netball Cup title after defeating The City School (PAF Chapter) recording a thrilling 15-14 triumph here on Friday at Mini Sports Complex.
Umama Qadri played pivotal role for City School’s triumph in the final scoring 13 goals. In the third place play-off match, Trinity Girls College defeated St Joseph Girls College by 8-4 score.

Sri Lanka squad close to settled for Cup: Jayawardene
PERTH: Mahela Jayawardene said on Friday Sri Lanka’s squad was close to what will be fielded in next year’s World Cup.
The Sri Lankans will use Sunday’s Twenty20 clash at the WACA Ground here as their final tour match preparation for a three-match One-day International series against the top-ranked Australians.
“There’s a lot for us to gain in this series in trying a few different combinations and seeing what suits us,” Jayawardene said. “I think (the squad we’ve brought over) is very close (to what we’ll use at the World Cup). “I think there’s only two or three positions up for grabs. With a few of the younger boys here for us we want to give them a go against a tougher opposition and see how they come up,” he added.

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