Andy Murray inched closer to sealing his place at the World Tour Finals with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Fabio Fognini to reach the Valencia Open quarter-finals on Thursday.
LONDON - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers conceded Wednesday that Mario Balotelli had still to prove his worth after the Italian striker's latest lacklustre display for the Merseysiders.
MANILA - Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said Thursday he was still "hungry" to fight, despite a dalliance with professional basketball that has had his team worried sick.
SINGAPORE - Tennis legend Billie Jean King slammed opposition to equal Grand Slam prize money for men and women as "really sad" Thursday and called for more men to follow Andy Murray's lead by hiring a female coach.
Australia got off to a solid start after wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed's brilliant hundred guided Pakistan to a big first innings total of 454 in the first Test in Dubai on Thursday.
SINGAPORE - Serena Williams hit back from her embarrassing defeat at the WTA Finals by demolishing Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 to keep her campaign alive in fearsome fashion on Thursday.
SINGAPORE - Serena Williams said Thursday that she and her sister Venus have received a written apology from the head of the Russian tennis federation after he caused a storm by calling them the "Williams brothers".
SINGAPORE - Simona Halep qualified for the WTA Finals semis without picking up a racquet on Thursday when Eugenie Bouchard won the first game of her match against Serena Williams.
MACAO - India's Anirban Lahiri took an early lead with a brilliant 10-under-par 61 as the Macau Open got under way Thursday, with defending champion Scott Hend a point behind.
LONDON - Organisers are bracing themselves for having to disappoint thousands of rugby fans despite nearly a million tickets being purchased for next year's World Cup in England during last month's general sale.
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