Monday 18 December 2017

Federer claims Rotterdam title

TENNIS: Roger Federer extended his streak of winning at least one title on the men's tour to 12 seasons by beating Juan Martin del Potro in the World Tennis Tournament final.

Federer, 30, won 6-1 6-4 in Rotterdam yesterday to secure his 71st career title from 101 finals and improve his record against Argentina's Del Potro to 9-2.

Switzerland's Federer, No3 in the World rankings, has won the past five indoor hard court tournaments he's entered, a streak of 24 straight victories stretching back to the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Victoria Azarenka, the No1-ranked women's player, lifted her winning run in 2012 to 17 matches by beating Australia's Samantha Stosur 6-1 6-2 in the Qatar Open final.

Ding seals Welsh crown

SNOOKER: Ding Junhui defeated Mark Selby 9-6 to land the Welsh Open title in Newport.

The 24-year-old Chinese player landed his first ranking title of the season, putting a largely disappointing campaign behind him in impressive fashion.

Ding, a World Championship semi-finalist last season, trailed 2-1 early on but hit back to see off 'The Jester from Leicester' and pocket the £30,000 first prize.

He said: "Mark missed a chance to go 3-1 up but he's very good and I'm very happy to win."

Asked if the victory gives him hope ahead of the World Championship, Ding added: "I'll practise very hard. I got to the semi-finals last year and hope to do better this year."

Wiggins finishes strong

CYCLING: Bradley Wiggins won yesterday's final stage of the Volta ao Algarve as Team Sky colleague Richie Porte landed the overall title.

British rider Wiggins edged out Germany's Tony Martin to win the 25.8km stage from Lagoa to Portimao in 32 minutes and 48 seconds, with Australian Porte in third place.

In the overall standings of the five-stage tour, Porte led the way with a combined time of 19 hours, two minutes and 43 seconds.

Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep team) was 37 seconds behind, with Wiggins a further seven seconds adrift after climbing to third position.

Ponting dropped by Oz

CRICKET: The end appears to be nigh for Ricky Ponting's one-day career after Australia dropped their former World Cup-winning captain for their next two one-day matches against Sri Lanka and India.

National selector John Inverarity cited Ponting's dismal form in the series -- he has amassed just 18 runs from five innings -- as the reason for his axing, and went on to suggest that the 37-year-old's time as a limited-overs international could be at an end.

NBA: NY Knicks 104 Dallas 97, Miami 90 Orlando 78, Cleveland 93 Sacramento 92, Detroit 96 Boston 81, Indiana 108 Charlotte 73, New Jersey 85 Milwaukee 92, Houston 101 Utah 85, Minnesota 92 Philadelphia 91, Phoenix 102 LA Lakers 90.

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