Nadal, Tsonga win 1st round matches
DOHA TOP seed Rafael Nadal and third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga went through tough times before clinching their first round victories of the season-opening Qatar ExxonMobil Open Tennis Tournament on Tuesday.
|PSG will be top club in Europe: Ancelotti |
|DOHA PARIS Saint-Germain (PSG) coach Carlo Ancelotti has promised to transform the Paris-based Qatari club into a big force in European football by attracting new players during the current transfer window.
Ancelotti told reporters on Monday that PSG would go ahead with its plan to make it big in the European football regardless of British star David Beckham. He was reacting to the announcement made by PSG President Nasser al Khelaifi that negotiations with Beckham had collapsed.
"David Beckham is not coming," al Khelaifi said. "We feel a little disappointed.
However, both sides agreed it would be better that we don't do the deal today. Maybe in the future." PSG Sporting Director Leonardo said "He will not come to PSG," and cited "family reasons" for the 36- year-old former England captain's decision not to relocate from Los Angeles to Paris.
Talking about the team's present condition after two days of training in Doha, Ancelotti said, "I think we can improve this team, improve the organisation, the play, the personality and the pride of this team. The players have the quality to win the league.
|Australia tops India as 13 wickets tumble at SCG |
|SYDNEY AUSTRALIA were on top after a remarkable start in the second Test against India on Tuesday, recovering from a shaky opening to their innings on a day that saw 13 wickets tumble.
India were skittled for 191 off 59.3 overs and the hosts lost three early wickets before recovering to 116 for three at the close, to trail by just 75.
At stumps, skipper Michael Clarke (47) and former captain Ricky Ponting (44) had restored the Australian innings with an unbroken 79-run stand.
Young Australian paceman James Pattinson ripped the heart out of the tourists' decorated batting line-up with four wickets after India won the toss in the 100th Test played at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Skipper MS Dhoni topscored with an unbeaten 57 as the tourists fell apart again after being routed for 169 in last week's first Test in Melbourne, which they lost by 122 runs inside four days.
Amid the carnage, Sachin Tendulkar, Test cricket's greatest run-scorer, again failed in his pursuit of his 100th international century as he was bowled off an inside edge for 41.
|Chelsea back in title race: AVB |
|CHELSEA manager Andre Villas-Boas claimed his team are back in the Premier League title race following their lastgasp victory over Wolves.
Frank Lampard's dramatic 89th-minute goal eased the pressure on Villas-Boas as Chelsea ended a four-game winless streak at Molineux.
Although still eight points off top spot having played a match more than the two Manchester clubs, Villas-Boas backtracked on his previous suggestion his team are out of the title reckoning following a weekend of shocks at the summit.
"If we go on a winning streak of five or six games, which we are capable of, we can still be fighting for this league," Villas- Boas said.
"What December proved is that the top teams can drop points. Maybe the 90 points margin becomes a little bit unreal bearing in mind the happenings at the top of the table." However, match-winner Lampard admitted he was lucky to escape a red card for a first-half lunge on Adam Hammill which earned him only a booking.