Gatlin pips Powell to win 100m race
DOHA JUSTIN GATLIN of the United States pipped Asafa Powell of Jamaica by a split second to win the 100m race in 9.87seconds, while Allyson Felix (also from the United States) took top honours with a time of 10.92 seconds in the women's race, at the opening meeting of the...
|Tipsarevic beats Djokovic in Madrid Masters |
|MADRID WORLD number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the Madrid Masters on Friday, losing 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 to Serb compatriot Janko Tipsarevic.
Djokovic's quarter-final defeat comes a day after world number two Rafael Nadal was defeated by fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the third round.
Roger Federer, the 16-time Grand Slam champion, who faces Spain's David Ferrer later on Friday, could move to second in the world behind Djokovic should he win the title on Sunday.
Tipsarevic earned only his second career win against Djokovic, who beat him last February in a quarter-final in Dubai.
He claimed the 61-minute opening set on a tiebreaker, then remained collected as Djokovic saved three match points in the eighth game of the second set before losing a game later as Tipsarevic came through on his fourth opportunity.
Meanwhile, top seed Victoria Azarenka saw off China's Li Na with a battling 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win to reach the semi-finals of the Madrid Masters on Friday. The Belarusian world number one will now play either Agnieszka Radwanska, the Polish fourth seed, or American qualifier Varvara Lepchenko.
|Bayern Munich out to down Dortmund in German Cup |
|BERLIN BAYERN Munich is out to break its losing streak to German champions Borussia Dortmund in Saturday's domestic cup final as its Champions League showdown with Chelsea looms.
Dortmund has beaten Bayern both home and away for the last two seasons on its way to claiming back-to-back league titles and Borussia is bidding to win the league and cup double for the first time in its 103-year history.
The last of Dortmund's two previous German cups wins was back in 1989, while Bayern come to Berlin's Olympic Stadium chasing its 16th cup title.
The Bavarians host the Champions League final against Chelsea at its own Allianz Arena stadium on Saturday May 19 and while it could be forgiven for being distracted, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer insists all eyes is on Berlin "All we're thinking about is this final. We've forgotten the other matches," he insisted.
"Obviously, there are a lot of reports about the Champions League final, but everyone saw how overjoyed we were in Moenchengladbach when we made it to the cup final.
|Plenty at stake in La Liga final pairings |
|MADRID THE Spanish league season reaches its climax on Sunday and, while Real Madrid has already wrapped up the title, there is plenty still to play for at both ends of the table.
Madrid ended Barcelona's run of three consecutive championships by clinching the 32nd Liga crown of its history with three rounds of games remaining, but Jose Mourinho's side will still have plenty of motivation for its final game of the season at home to Mallorca.
If it wins on Sunday, it will break a new Spanish league record in reaching the 100- point mark - Barcelona holding the record of 99 set in 2009/10.
Meanwhile, Barcelona go to Betis on Saturday with Lionel Messi looking to take the 'pichichi' award as La Liga's top scorer — currently on 50, he is five ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Valencia will finish third and is guaranteed Champions League football again next season, but the remaining European places are still up for grabs.
Two points clear in fourth, Malaga can seal Spain's final Champions League berth by beating Sporting Gijon at a sold-out La Rosaleda.