Monfils to meet Tsonga in final
DOHA GAEL Monfils had done this before and he did it again, sending home World No 2 and top seed Rafael Nadal disappointed on a dramatic day of the semifinals at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open on Friday.
|Eurosport, Al Kass broadcast partners for U-17 tourney |
|DOHA MILLIONS of football fans across Europe will be able to see the stars of the future in action following the agreement with Eurosport Group to broadcast inaugural Al Kass International Cup U-17. Matches will be shown on Eurosport 2 in 47 countries across Europe and on Eurosport Asia Pacific.
This agreement is further testament to the growing attention being given to the Doha-based tournament as not only are the top teams from around the world participating in this event, top sports channels will be broadcasting it around the world as well. Eurosport is familiar with the venue of the tournament as they are partner of the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence.
Issa bin Abdullah al Hitmi, general manager of Al Kass Sport Channels, said that the efforts Qatar is making in hosting such tournaments, "proves that the country is focusing on developing the field of football to represent an effort that embodies a link between the Arab and the Western world." He also said that " broadcasting the tournament will open another window between Qatar and the rest of the world.
|Australia crushes India, takes 2-0 lead |
|SYDNEY AUSTRALIA crushed India by an innings and 68 runs in the second Test in Sydney on Friday to take a 2-0 lead in the series and leave Sachin Tendulkar still waiting for his 100th international ton.
The home side's big breakthrough came when Tendulkar was dismissed for 80 by man-of-the-match Michael Clarke, precipitating a collapse as India saw their chance of winning a maiden series in Australia slip away.
Clarke, who became only the sixth Australian to score a Test triple century on Thursday, capped a splendid all-round performance when he coaxed an edge off Tendulkar to Michael Hussey at slip after an innings lasting 141 balls.
Tendulkar's dismissal triggered a clatter of wickets with V.V.S. Laxman (66), MS Dhoni (2) and Virat Kohli (9) following in the next seven overs to expose the tailend to the Australian bowlers and inevitable defeat.
Ravi Ashwin was the last man out, caught in the deep by Nathan Lyon for 62 to give Ben Hilfenhaus five wickets as India were all out for 400 in their second innings.
"It's the first series (when) I've been full-time captain in Australia in front of my home fans and the Australian public, so it's important I stand up," Clarke said.
|Jonas' fine strike helps Valencia sink Sevilla |
|MADRID WITH a masterful strike from Jonas, Valencia was able to earn a comfortable 1- 0 victory over Sevilla at the Mestalla on Thursday evening in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey round of 16 clash.
The match began in equilibrated fashion as neither side controlled the contest but instead relied on the pacy play of their respective forwards to create goalmouth opportunities.
Alvaro Negredo was the first to have a clear chance at goal as the Spain international was found unmarked in the 18-yard box by a Jesus Navas cross from the right. The resulting volley found the wrong side of Diego Alves' post, to the delight of the goalkeeper who looked beaten by the striker's attempt.
Jonas responded in the 18th minute, when a strike from outside the box had the Valencia fans celebrating a goal, but Los Che's faithful were fooled as his shot scraped past the post, hitting the netting in the process.
Then the Mestalla erupted once more, but this time the fans had real reason to celebrate.