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  Simona Halep seals semis spot without hitting a ball
Posted by: nairrk - Today 06:39 PM - No Replies

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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.

Under the round robin format, the Romanian had been virtually certain of qualifying after winning her first two matches, but she needed Bouchard to take at least one game from Williams to seal her progress.

And Canada`s Bouchard, beaten soundly in her opening matches, fought off break points against the world number one to go 1-0 up in their first set in Singapore.

Halep, 23, has been in great form in her first appearance at the eight-player season finale and she stunned Williams 6-0, 6-2 on Wednesday -- the 18-time Grand Slam-winner`s worst loss since 1998.

Simona Halep seals semis spot without hitting a ball | Zee News

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  Kashyap, Srikanth jump seven spots in BWF rankings
Posted by: nairrk - Today 06:37 PM - No Replies

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New Delhi: Parupalli Kashyap and Kidambi Srikanth gained seven places each in the latest badminton world rankings released today while top women's player Saina Nehwal moved a spot to be sixth.

Srikanth is now ranked 16th and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kashyap 21st.

Women's player P V Sindhu remains in 10th position after losing her opening match at the French Open Superseries in Paris yesterday.

Malaysian Lee Chong Wei and Li Xuerui of China continue to top the men's and women's rankings.

Kashyap, Srikanth jump seven spots in BWF rankings | Zee News

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  2nd ODI: New Zealand v South Africa at Mount Maunganui
Posted by: nairrk - Today 06:15 PM - Replies (1)

South Africa tour of New Zealand [October 2014], 2nd ODI: New Zealand v South Africa at Mount Maunganui, Oct 24, 2014

Match scheduled to begin at 10:30 local time (21:30 GMT) 03:00 IST (24th Oct)

Teams (from):

New Zealand Squad
BB McCullum*, CJ Anderson, TA Boult, DG Brownlie, MJ Guptill, MJ Henry, TWM Latham, MJ McClenaghan, NL McCullum, KD Mills, JDS Neesham, L Ronchi†, TG Southee, DL Vettori

South Africa Squad
AB de Villiers*, HM Amla, KJ Abbott, Q de Kock†, JP Duminy, F du Plessis, Imran Tahir, R McLaren, DA Miller, M Morkel, WD Parnell, AM Phangiso, VD Philander, RR Rossouw, DW Steyn

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  Serena Williams on verge of year-end No. 1 ranking after Maria Sharapova loses
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Serena Williams was on the verge of clinching the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time on Thursday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, lost for the second time at the WTA Finals.

Sharapova was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at Singapore`s Indoor Stadium, leaving her with only the slimmest mathematical chance of leapfrogging Williams for the top spot.

At the every least, the Russian needs to reach the final and rely on Williams bowing out before the final to take the stop spot, but the odds are now heavily stacked against her.

Even if Sharapova wins her final group match against Agnieszka Radwanska, she needs other results to go her way just to make the semi-finals.

Williams previously finished the year ranked number one in the world in 2002, 2009 and 2013.

The reigning U.S. Open champion was due to play Genie Bouchard on Thursday night.

Serena Williams on verge of year-end No. 1 ranking after Maria Sharapova loses | Zee News

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  Flintoff signs for Brisbane Heat
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Andrew Flintoff is the third foreign player to join Brisbane Heat after New Zealand's Daniel Vettori and West Indies' Samuel Badree

Former England allrounder Andrew Flintoff has signed with Brisbane Heat for the upcoming Big Bash League season, becoming the third foreign player to join the side after New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori and West Indies legspinner Samuel Badree.

"I'm excited to be coming back to Australia and especially to Brisbane which has always been a favourite spot of mine to play," Flintoff said. "[The coach] Stuart Law and I have had a few conversations and I'm clear on what we're looking to achieve in the competition. The Heat squad has some exciting talent and I'm looking forward to catching up with Dan Vettori again."

Flintoff, who turns 37 in December, had previously agreed to play for Queensland in the interstate Big Bash competition in 2010, but was forced into retirement due to a knee injury. At the time he had planned to continue in the limited-overs formats, but The Oval Test against Australia proved to be his last professional match until the recent English season, when he made a surprise return for Lancashire in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Flintoff only played three matches due to further injury setbacks, but thumped an eight-ball 20 in the final against Warwickshire, although he could not haul his team over the line.

"I really enjoyed my T20 season with Lancs and having the opportunity to keep playing is something I am very pleased about," Flintoff said. "It's going to be great heading out to Brisbane and getting into the swing of things for the BBL in December. I've seen from afar how the BBL has evolved so quickly to become a world class competition and it's a challenge that I am certainly up for."

Despite an international career spanning 11 years, Flintoff played only seven T20Is. Overall in Twenty20 cricket, he has scored three half-centuries, and picked up 36 wickets from 32 matches.

The Heat coach Stuart Law welcomed having a "champion fella" in the team, and said Flintoff's vast experience boded well for the side.

"I've told Fred we signed him to win games of cricket, so that means we want him bowling 140km/hr, hitting sixes and using his experience around the group to get the job done,'' Law said. "He's an enormous competitor and so I know he is coming out for the right reasons.

"The Brisbane fans will quickly discover he's a champion fella and I'm sure they will love having him with the team. He's a wonderful person and we're looking forward to having Fred and his family with us at the Heat over the summer."

Big Bash League 2014-15 : Andrew Flintoff signs for Brisbane Heat | Cricket News | Big Bash League | ESPN Cricinfo

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