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Costa reigns over rain
ABU DHABI: What a historic victory it was for UAE Team Emirates as skipper Rui Costa lifted the coveted ‘Silent Speed’ Ferrari-designed trophy to a thunderstorm of applause at the rain-soaked iconic Yas Marina circuit on Sunday. Australian Caleb Ewan of Orica-Scott won the fourth and final twilight Yas Marina stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour. But it was Costa who won the leader’s red jersey and with it the overall tour, which came
 
 
Hungry Federer eyes Wimbledon crown
DUBAI: After ending a five-year hiatus to finally lay his hands on a major title, when he won the Australia Open, the world number nine Roger Federer has now firmly set his sights on lifting the Wimbledon trophy at the All England Club. The Swiss maestro defied both age and his Grand Slam nemesis Rafael Nadal to win a record 18th Grand Slam title in January. “This win at the Australian Open has been so amazing that I’m still
   
Murray looks to win title in Dubai
DUBAI: Putting the disappointing fourth round Australian Open exit behind, the world No.1 Andy Murray is gunning for Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The top ranking Brit was beaten in a four-set, fourth-round encounter with Mischa Zverev at the first major of the year. Murray makes his sixth career appearance at the Dubai tournament. His best result was reaching the 2012 final where he lost to Roger Federer.
 
 
Pacquiao-Khan bout likely to be in UAE
Manila: Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and British fighter Amir Khan confirmed separately on Sunday that they would face each other on April 23 after weeks of conflicting reports. Pacquiao tweeted: “Negotiations between team Pacquiao and team Khan have come to terms for the April 23 bout as this is what the fans wanted.#PacquiaoKhan”. Khan, 30, a few minutes later posted on his official Twitter feed: “My team and I have
   
Wawrinka plays down career slam talks
DUBAI: Defending champion Wawrinka, who returns to action after injury which kept him from the Rotterdam indoor event earlier this month, has played down any plans of targeting all four majors to complete a career Grand Slam currently. This will be the first tournament for Wawrinka since his loss to fellow Swiss Roger Federer in the Australian Open semi-final at the end of January. “A career Grand Slam is not a goal at the moment
 
 
Spurs second as Kane treble crushes Stoke
London: Harry Kane hit a first-half hat-trick as Tottenham stormed up to second in the Premier League with a 4-0 home demolition of Stoke on Sunday. Kane’s treble took his tally to 17 league goals this season, while his first of the day at White Hart Lane was his 100th club goal. The England forward, 23, who also scored three against Fulham in the FA Cup a week ago, capped an outstanding all-round display by setting up Dele
   
Messi sends Barcelona on top of La Liga cup
Madrid: Lionel Messi struck the winner four minutes from time as Barcelona moved top of La Liga on Sunday with a crucial 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid. All the goals came in the final half hour as Rafinha put Barcelona in front before Diego Godin’s header quickly restored parity. However, so often the thorn in Atletico’s side, Messi registered his 27th career goal against Los Rojiblancos to ease the pressure on under fire Barca
 
 
Australian captain Smith wary of India backlash
Pune: Australia skipper Steve Smith has warned his players against complacency and expects India to come back hard after the hosts’ crushing first Test defeat in Pune. The tourists on Satuarday demolished India by 333 runs inside three days to take a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series with left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe the unlikely hero. O’Keefe claimed a match haul of 12 wickets to help skittle out India for 105 and 107.
   
Always great to play in Dubai, says Federer
DUBAI: After the WTA crown going to Elina Svitolina on Saturday, Dubai tennis fans are set for another delightful offering as Andy Murray leads a trio of Grand Slam champions into the Dubai Tennis Championships, which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. The world number one Murray and seven-time winner Roger Federer could renew the rivalry after being drawn in the same half of the draw. Murray and Federer haven’t
 
 
Wilder stops Washington in 5th round, retains title
Los Angeles: Undefeated Deontay Wilder stopped Gerald Washington in the fifth round on Saturday to retain his World Boxing Council heavyweight world title. The 31-year-old champion started poorly in front of hometown fans in Birmingham, Alabama, and was trailing on the scorecards when he sprang to life in the fifth round, knocking Washington down with a right-left combination. “I said I wasn’t going nowhere. I am still here.
   
Bangladesh’s Rahim relishes chances against SL
Dhaka: Bangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim believes his team has “a good chance” of an upset victory against Sri Lanka given the island nation’s current dearth of heavyweight players. A 16-member squad will leave Monday to play two Tests against the Sri Lankans -- one in Galle on March 7-11 and another in Colombo, which starts on March 15 and will be Bangladesh’s 100th Test. The teams are also scheduled to play three 50-
 
 
Kenya’s Kipsang claims Tokyo Marathon
Tokyo: Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang stormed to victory in the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday in the fastest race ever run in Japan. The former world record holder clocked 2hr 3min 58sec over a flatter course than in previous years as he added the Tokyo title to victories in London, New York and Berlin. Sarah Chepchirchir won the women’s race in a personal best 2:19:47 — the first sub-2:20 in Japan — to complete a perfect day for Kenya.
   
Milan and Lazio post wins as Sampdoria held
Rome: Gianluigi Donnarumma marked his 18th birthday by keeping a clean sheet as AC Milan controversially won 1-0 at Sassuolo in Serie A on Sunday. The goalkeeper only turned 18 on Saturday but the match at the Mapei Stadium was his 60th for Milan, which is expected to tie him to a long-term contract as soon as possible. Considered the heir to Italy’s longtime goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon, Donnarumma has already made
 
 
I’m a clean athlete: Farah
London: Britain’s four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah on Sunday insisted he was “a clean athlete” after a leaked United States Anti-Doping Agency report suggested that his coach had “almost certainly” broken anti-doping rules. “I am a clean athlete who has never broken the rules in regards to substances, methods or dosages and it is upsetting that some parts of the media, despite the clear facts, continue to try to associate me
   
Fichardt wins Joburg Open
Johannesburg: South African Darren Fichardt birdied the last hole on Sunday for a final-round 68 and a one-stroke victory in the rain-affected Joburg Open. The European Tour event was reduced from 72 holes to 54 after the first three days of the championship were interrupted by torrential rain. Fichardt not only topped the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club leaderboard, he also claimed one of three 2017 British Open
 
 
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