NISHIKORI STUNS FEDERER IN MADRID Masters

Japan’s world No. 14 Kei Nishikori dumped defending champion Roger Federer out of the Madrid Masters at the third round stage yesterday as he beat the 17-time Grand Slam champion 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. Federer, who returned to the tour in the Spanish capital after a two-month layoff, was broken in the fifth game of the first set as Nishikori went onto seal it comfortably 6-4. The Swiss seemed to have

Djokovic knocked out of Madrid Masters

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was knocked out in the second round of the Madrid Masters after a 6-7 (6), 7-6 (8), 3-6 defeat to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in a match lasting three hours and five minutes. A tight, hard-fought first set was taken by Dimitrov in the tie-break and Djokovic looked to be heading out of the tournament late Tuesday night in the second set when Dimitrov broke his

David Miller Kills RCB

David Miller played one of the finest knock of the IPL season to snatch victory for Kings XI Punjab from the jaws of defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the PCA stadium on Monday. His 38-ball hundred resurrected Kings XI from 64 for 4 and he was chiefly responsible for the 99-run blaze scored in the last five overs of the chase to pull off a coup against a team

Wimbledon hikes prize money by 40 percent

This year’s singles champions at Wimbledon will each receive $2.4 million after the All England Club increased overall prize money by a record 40 percent for the biggest total payout in tennis history. Prize money will total $34.4 million, an increase of $9.9 million from last year. The club called it the largest single increase and biggest total prize fund in the history of professional tennis. Wimbledon also announced Tuesday that it plans to build aretractable

Rajasthan Royals Beats Pune

Ajinkya Rahane struck a scintillating 67 while Rahul Dravid produced an age-defying innings to maintain Rajasthan Royals’ impeccable ‘home’ record as the hosts defeated Pune Warriors by five wickets in a thrilling Pepsi Indian Premier League match, in Jaipur  on Sunday. The dew was a factor in Jaipur, but Rahul Sharma’s long-hops in a game-changing 17th over could not be blamed on the environment alone. With 43 needed off 24

MI crush CSK

Mumbai Indians’ Mitchell Johnson and Kieron Pollard were part of a compelling story in the Pepsi-IPL-VI contest against Chennai Super Kings here on Sunday. A full house rubbed its eyes in disbelief as one of the safest pair of hands put down three catches in succession at point. For Pollard, the three cut shots played by Michael Hussey off Johnson should have been sitters given his high standards. Johnson came

Gambhir, Yuvraj dropped from India's CT squad

Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh have been dropped from the India one-day squad for the Champions Trophy. Dinesh Karthik earns a recall, and Umesh Yadav returns from injury. Shikhar Dhawan, who grabbed the headlines during the home Tests against Australia and has done well in the IPL since recovering from injury, has made the 15. Paceman Irfan Pathan and Vinay Kumar also forced their way into the team announced by BCCI