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									40      Gulf Daily News Sunday, 29th January 2012

Inspired Real make easy work of Zaragoza
        MADRID: Kaka, Cristiano                       Angel Lafita had given the side rock              great consistency in the league. Lafita             with his head before Ronaldo headed high
        Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil scored              bottom of the league an early lead but               surprised Madrid when he opened the                 from close range three minutes later.
        to help Real Madrid beat                   the leaders were dominant throughout                 scoring on ten minutes against the run of              Kaka then found himself in space but
        Zaragoza 3-1 early this morn-              and could have scored more.                          play, turning in a right wing cross from            stretching when he sent the ball wide
ing and move to points clear at the top               The result makes it fifteen wins in               ex-Madrid youth player Carlos Aranda.               before moments later latching on to
of La Liga, ahead of second-placed                 sixteen league games, the home defeat                   However, Madrid were quick to press              a Ricardo Carvalho pass and slotting
Barcelona’s late kick-off game away to             to Barcelona in December being the                   forward and Kaka came close on 25 min-              the ball home for the equaliser on 31
Villarreal.                                        only blip, for a Madrid side showing                 utes flicking wide a Xabi Alonso free-kick          minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                n US and Canada
                                                                                                                                                                                                                book Olympic slots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                VANCOUVER: The United States
                                                                                                                                                                                                                and Canada reached the Olympics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                for the second consecutive time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                by posting semi-final wins at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the CONCACAF women’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Olympic soccer tournament in a

                                                                                                                                                                                                                doubleheader on Friday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The two-time defending gold
                                                                                                                                                                                                                medalists Americans overcame a
                                                                                                                                                                                       n Azarenka               determined Costa Rica team 3-0
                                                                                                                                                                                       poses with               while the Canadians also booked
                                                                                                                                                                                        her trophy              a spot at the London Summer
                                                                                                                                                                                     after defeating            Games behind a 3-1 victory over
                                                                                                                                                                                        Sharapova               Mexico at BC Place stadium.
                                                                                                                                                                                       in the final.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Inset, Azarenka             The US and Canada were to meet
                                                                                                                                                                                       reacts after             yesterday for the CONCACAF
                                                                                                                                                                                        her victory             championship.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                n FA scraps ‘handshakes’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                LONDON: The Football
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Association agreed that no

                                                                                                                                                                                                                handshakes would take place
                                                                                                                                                                                                                in the FA Cup fourth round tie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                between Queens Park Rangers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                and Chelsea yesterday because
                                                                                                                                                                                                                of tensions regarding John
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Terry and Anton Ferdinand.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chelsea and England captain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Terry, who denies wrongdoing,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                has been charged with racially
                                                                                                                                                                                                                abusing QPR defender Ferdinand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                in a league game in October and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Terry is due in court next week.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Following discussions on Friday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                evening and Saturday morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                involving senior officials from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                QPR, Chelsea and the FA, it has

     l Azarenka topples Sharapova
                                                                                                                                                                                                                been agreed there will not be the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                usual team handshake before
                                                                                                                                                                                                                today’s FA Cup fourth round tie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                at Loftus Road,” a FA statement

     to capture Australian Open title
                                                                                                                                                                                                                n Hanover sign Diouf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                BERLIN: Bundesliga club Hanover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                96 have signed Manchester United
                                                                                                                                                                                                                forward Mame Biram Diouf on a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                contract until 2014, the club said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hanover, who beat Nuremberg
                  MELBOURNE:                       three-time major winner and the 2008                 and mouthed “What happened?” before  this trophy.” And she paid special credit                          1-0 on Friday to remain in seventh
             Victoria Azarenka                     Australian champion.                                                                      to her grandmother, “the person who
                                                                                                        jogging up to her coach, Sam Sumyk, in                                                                  place in the Bundesliga, are also in
             routed        Maria                      She became only the third woman to                the stands to celebrate.             inspires me the most in my life.”                                  contention in the Europa League.
             Sharapova 6-3, 6-0                    earn the No 1 spot after winning her first                                                   Azarenka has been a distinctive pres-
                                                                                                           “The best feeling, for sure,” Azarenka                                                               Senegal international Diouf
             to win the Australian                 Grand Slam title. Caroline Wozniacki                 said. “I don’t know about the game. Ience at Melbourne Park as much as for                              joined United from Norwegian
                                                   vacated the top spot when she lost in                                                     her shrieks and hoots with each shot and
                                                                                                        don’t know what I was doing out there.                                                                  side Molde in 2009 and spent
             Open women’s title                    the quarterfinals, leaving both Azarenka                                                  seemingly boundless energy as for her
                                                                                                        It’s just pure joy what happened. I can’t                                                               the 2010/11 season on loan at
             and secure the No 1                   and Sharapova to battle it out for the               believe it’s over.”                  white shorts, blue singlet and lime green                          Blackburn Rovers.
ranking yesterday, all in her first                title and the top ranking.                                                                head and wrist bands.
Grand Slam final.                                     The third-seeded Azarenka set up cham-                       Wow                          Against Sharapova, she maintained                               n McCullum to lead Kiwis
  The 22-year-old Belarusian dropped               pionship point with a stunning forehand          At the trophy presentation, her first the frenetic movement that has been the                               NAPIER, New Zealand: Brendon
her opening service game and was down              winner and sealed it when Sharapova           word was “wow.” Then she started gig- hallmark of her campaign in Australia,                                   McCullum will captain New
2-0 after a nervous start before win-              netted a backhand. She dropped on to her      gling. She thanked her support team, her 25th consecutive major. She won the                                   Zealand in their one-day
ning 12 of the next 13 games to take               knees at the baseline with her hands over     saying “You made me realize I can Sydney International title the weekend                                       and Twenty20 series against
the match away from Sharapova, a                   her face. She got up, held up her hands       believe in myself and I can finally raise before the season’s first major and is now                           Zimbabwe in place of Ross Taylor

‘Dream come true’ for new world No. 1
                                                                                                                                                      on a 12-match winning streak,                             who suffered a calf injury during
                                                                                                                                                      including a semifinal win against                         the current one-off Test.
                                                                                                                                                      2011 Australian Open champi-                              McCullum was confirmed
                                                                                                                                                      on Kim Clijsters. She’s the first                         yesterday as captain of the 14 man
            MELBOURNE:              Victoria              “It’s a dream come true,” the 22-year- ous near misses at grand slams, something player since 2004 to win a WTA                                       squads for the three-match one-day
            Azarenka was never going to get            old Belarusian told reporters as the Daphne she said had helped her.                           tour event the week before a                              series and two-match Twenty20
            to the top of the world rankings           Akhurst Memorial Cup sat in front of her.          “It took a lot of hard work...took me a major.                                                        series, which contain six players
            quietly - that was an impossibili-            “I have been dreaming and working so little while to go through a few hurdles,                 A lot of attention before the                          who are new to international
ty when every shot is met with an almighty             hard to win the grand slam, and being number like loss in the semi-final, which was great final was on the grunting of                                   cricket.
grunt approaching 90 decibels as she tries             one is a pretty good bonus for that.”           experience, a few losses in the quarter- both players. In the second
to knock the fuzz off the ball.                                                                        finals,” she said. “(But) I don’t want to game someone shouted “turn
   Her brutal game, bred in Minsk and nur-                               Promise                       look long it took me to come. It’s the volume down,” but there
tured on the courts in Arizona, finally led               The victory at Melbourne Park had been here (and) I’m trying to live the moment.” was nothing after that except
to her first grand slam title yesterday when           a long time coming and fulfilled the promise       Azarenka had acknowledged she had for a few mutterings when the
she overpowered Maria Sharapova 6-3 6-0                that had been evident when she won the been prone to ”meltdowns” and was con- shrieking got really loud.
to win the Australian Open.                            Australian and US Open junior titles in 2005. sidered a ”mental case” in the past and             Finishing off the match in 1
   It also ensured that when the WTA rank-                Azarenka, however, did not win her said she had learned to tone down her hour, 22 minutes at Rod Laver
ings are updated today, she will be the new            first WTA tour title until the Brisbane emotions a little but they were also part of Arena seemed to silence the
world number one.                                      International in 2009 and then had numer- her makeup.                                          critics.
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