History to be made at Roland Garros
NOVAK Djokovic and Rafael Nadal set-up a history-making French Open final on Friday courtesy of devastating straight-sets, semi-final wins which confirmed their mastery of the men's game.
|South Koreans rout hosts Qatar 4-1 in World Cup qualifier |
|QATAR lost to South Korea in a Group A match of Asia's final round qualifier of the 2014 World Cup at the Al Sadd Stadium in Doha, on Friday. South Korea won the match by 4-1.
Qatar is still looking for its first ticket to the World Cup finals finals and a win over the South Koreans could have put them in a right frame of mind for the remaining matches in the grueling year-long campaign. Qatar had begun its campaign on a promising note by defeating Lebanon 1-0 in a away match last week.
South Koreans, the Group A top seed, came from behind with an inspiring performance to cancel Qatar's 22nd minute lead. Al Sadd's Yousef Ahmad Ali scored the opening goal.
Within four minutes, Lee Keun Ho scored the equaliser for South Korea after he managed to get the ball off a cross from the brilliant Kim Bo Kyung and to put the ball into the net.
South Korea scored its second goal in the 56th minute when defender Kwak Tae Hwi headed home a corner kick to beat the helpless Burhan. The towering Kim Shin Wook made it three for South Korea in the 64th minute, when he unleashed a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. With ten minutes to regulation time, Lee Keun Ho scored his second goal of the match to make it 4-1. A corner was dealt with very poorly by the Qatari defence line allowing the striker a free header from that range.
|Memorial win boosts Woods for US Open |
|WITH his long victory drought behind him, Tiger Woods arrives at the 112th US Open at The Olympic Club seeking to end yet another dry spell — four years without a major championship title.
A victory at The Memorial in his final US Open tuneup had fans atwitter, but after an erratic season that has included two USPGA Tour victories, a disappointing Masters and a whiff of injury, Woods said he'll leave it to others to make the definitive statement "Tiger's back".
"I won," Woods said of the significance of his Memorial triumph, drawing a laugh.
"I'm sure by Tuesday I'll be retired and done, and then by the time I tee it up at the US Open it might be something different. I'll let you guys figure that out." A first major triumph since he hobbled to victory at the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines on an injured left leg would settle the question.
Woods snapped a 17- month win drought in March at Bay Hill. But two weeks later he finished only 40th in the Masters, his worst performance at Augusta National as a professional and the first time he had finished outside the top 25 in two straight majors as a pro.
|ICC picks Malinga to promote World T20 |
|THE International Cricket Council on Friday named Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga as the event ambassador for the World Twenty20 to be held in the island nation later this year.
The explosive fast bowler with the sling-arm action is expected to play a key role in Sri Lanka's fortunes in the 12-nation event starting on September 18.
Malinga will be the "face" of the World Twenty20 advertising campaign in the host nation and will promote the event globally, the ICC said in a statement.
"His distinct, stylish and colourful personality is synonymous with the intensity of Twenty20 cricket," the governing body added.
Malinga, 28, who gave up Test cricket last year to prolong his limited-overs career, said he was "honoured" to play a part in the first World Twenty20 to be hosted by an Asian nation.
"I sincerely thank the ICC for giving Sri Lanka the opportunity to host an event of this magnitude and I invite all cricket fans to show their support and unite in the spirit of the game," he said.