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 at...how 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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