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Zvonareva, Jankovic to clash in Doha 2010 opener


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    The big one                                                                                                                                                                       TODAY’S
                                                                                                                                                                                      GOLF THOUGHT
                                 TENNIS                                                                                                                                               What other people may
                     WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS                                                                                                                                                find in poetry or art muse-
                                                                                                                                                                                      ums, I find in the flight of a
                                                                                                                             Tuesday, October 26, 2010                                good drive.
                                                                                                                                                                                      –Arnold Palmer

                                                             RARING TO GO
                                                                                                                                                                               Must one win
                                                                                                                                                                               Grand Slam to
                                                                                                                                                                               become No. 1?
                                                                                                                                                                                    RAAJIV TRIPATHI                one title and finalist in two
                                                                                                                                                                                           DOHA                    Grand Slams this year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Russian hailed
                                                                                                                                                                               DO you need to win the              Wozniacki for reaching the
                                                                                                                                                                               Grand Slam to be declared           peak but chose to with-
                                                                                                                                                                               the world number one?               draw herself from the con-
                                                                                                                                                                               Or, should it depend on             troversy. “She (Wozniacki)
                                                                                                                                                                               the assessment of your              has been the most consis-
                                                                                                                                                                               year long performance as            tent player this year, so it’s
                                                                                                                                                                               per the WTA ranking sys-            fair enough that she’s No 1
                                                                                                                                                                               tem?                                in the world. The ranking
                                                                                                                                                                                  The elite eight, who will        system works both ways.
                                                                                                                                                                               be fighting tooth and nail              “I’m a person who does-
                                                                                                                                                                               for the top honours of the          n’t really think about sta-
                                                                                                                                                                               WTA         Championships           tistics or anything. I’m just
                                                                                                                                                                               from Tuesday at the                 trying to think about it (No
                                                                                                                                                                               Khalifa        International        1 ranking or Grand Slam
                                                                                                                                                                               Tennis        and    Squash
                                                                                                                                                                               Complex, include three
                                                                                                                                                                               players who reached the
                                                                                                                                                                               pinnacle of the rankings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    QT            Analysis
                                                                                                                                                                               without a Grand Slam title             Wozniacki, the
                                                                                                                                                                               – Caroline Wozniacki of                newly-crowned
                                                                                                                                                                               Denmark, Serbian Jelena                world number 1,
                                                                                                                                                                               Jankovic and Belgian star              said: “It is my
                                                                                                                                                                               Kim Clijsters.                         dream to be the
                                                                                                                                                                                  Apart from the trio,                world number
Kim Clijsters (left) of Belgium and Francesca Schiavone of Italy during a press conference for the WTA Championships, in Doha, on Monday. (MANEESH BAKSHI)                     Dinara Safina of Russia                 one. I am savour-

Zvonareva, Jankovic to
                                                                                                                                                                               had also fuelled the con-              ing the new-
                                                                                                                                                                               troversy last season when              found glory. It
                                                                                                                                                                               she rose to become the                 feels great."
                                                                                                                                                                               numero uno of the
                                                                                                                                                                               women’s tennis. Among               title). I’m just trying to
                                                                                                                                                                               the four players, only              concentrate on my game,

clash in Doha 2010 opener
                                                                                                                                                                               Clijsters has been able to          trying to improve it all the
                                                                                                                                                                               silence her critics by win-         time in order to push
                                                                                                                                                                               ning the US Open three              myself to the limits. Every
                                                                                                                                                                               times.                              time I’m playing out there,
                                                                                                                                                                                  Wozniacki, the newly-            I’m challenging myself.
                                                                                                                                                                               crowned world number 1,             That’s important for me,”
                                                                                                                                                                               said at a press conference,         said Zvonareva, the 2008
                                                                                                                                                                               “It is my dream to be the           runner-up in Doha.
       ARINDAM NAG                                                                                              ORDER OF PLAY            New Haven and Tokyo by                world number one. I am                 Clijsters sought to end
                                            WTA PRIZE MONEY                                           White Group                        taking the field for second            savouring the new-found             the controversy saying,
                                                                                                      Vera Zvonareva (Russia) v          match of the day. The third           glory. It feels great. It’s         “The consistency is also a
THE crème de la crème of                                Singles (all amounts in dollar)               Jelena Jankovic (Serbia)           match of the day between              something that I’ve always          big part of being a profes-
women’s tennis will vie for        Winner (if undefeated)                               $1,550,000    Maroon Group                       Schiavone and Stosur will be          dreamt of since I was a lit-        sional tennis player. I
top honours at the WTA             Winner (if loses 1 RR match)                         $1,450,000    Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) v     a re-enactment of the French          tle girl. To achieve that           think almost anybody can
Championships opening at           Winner (if loses 2 RR matches)                       $1,350,000    Elena Dementieva (Russia)          Open 2010 final. With both             goal, it’s a good feeling.”         go to a tournament, do
the Khalifa International          Runner-up (if undefeated in RR)                      $780,000      Francesca Schiavone (Italy) v      players filled with mutual                Jankovic, who faced a            well and beat the No 1
Tennis and Squash Complex          Runner-up (if wins 2 RR matches)                     $680,000      Samantha Stosur (Australia)        respect for the other, a              barrage of questions after          player in the world. You’re
in Doha from Tuesday.              Runner-up (if wins 1 RR match)                       $580,000                                         humdinger is on the cards.            becoming the No 1 in                not considered the No 1
   This is going to be the         Semifinalist (if undefeated in RR)                    $400,000      While Wozniacki goes into             Apart from Schiavone, the          2008, defended the Dane             player until you’re actually
third and last occasion for                                                                           the tournament with 7270           other winner of a Grand               and was justified in doing           at the top,” added Clijsters,
                                   Semifinalist (if wins 2 RR matches)                   $300,000
the tournament to be staged                                                                           points, the Russian has 6096       Slam title in fray this year is       so. “Being No 1 is about            who is making her seventh
in Doha as it will move over       Semifinalist (if wins 1 RR match)                     $200,000      in her kitty. The Danish ten-      Kim Clijsters who beat                playing well through the            appearance at the season’s
to Istanbul from next year.        Round Robin (2 wins)                                 $300,000      nis sensation will also try to     Zvonareva to defend her               whole year. It’s not about          finale.
   The tournament, which           Round Robin (1 win)                                  $200,000      silence all those who under-       Flushing Meadows title.               winning one tournament                 Clijsters also praised the
offers $4.55 million as prize      Round Robin (no wins)                                $100,000      mine her number 1 ranking             Another highlight of the           and then fading away.”              ascent of Wozniacki. “She
money, will register the par-                                                                         for failing to win any Grand       2010 Championships is that               The Serb congratulated           is a great player. After
ticipation of top eight                           Doubles (per team) (all amounts in dollar)          Slam by winning the cham-          it is the most international          Wozniacki for her success.          reaching the final of the US
women’s players and the            Winner                                             $375,000        pionship. Zvonareva has two        since the round robin was             “She played consistently            Open last year, she showed
best four doubles teams in         Runners-up                                         $187,500        Grand         Slam      finals      introduced with eight sin-            throughout the year. I              the tennis world that she
the world. However, because        Semifinalists                                       $93,750         (Wimbledon and US Open)            gles players drawn from               think at this moment, she           belongs up there.
of injury, world number 3                                                                             under her belt.                    seven countries. Azarenka is          deserves to be No 1 and the            “She brings beauty to
and 5 Serena Williams and        Wozniacki, world no 2 Vera            1972.                             Zvonareva, who had got          the only player in the cham-          ranking shows it. So with-          tennis. She has a good
Venice Williams, respective-     Zvonareva, former world                 With just one former         the better of Jankovic twice       pionship to have never                out a Grand Slam or with a          head on her shoulders,”
ly, are giving the champi-       number 1 and current world            champion in the field in the    this year in Dubai and             reached a Grand Slam final.            Grand Slam, I think                 said Clijsters.
onship a miss.                   number 4 Kim Clijsters,               person of Kim Clijsters,       Wimbledon, will renew her             In the doubles’ section, the       becoming No 1 in the                   But the Belgian indicat-
   The    Williams      duo’s    world number 6 Francesca              chances are that the champi-   rivalry here by playing the        line-up is led by Gisela Dulko        world is in itself great. Not       ed Wozniacki is not far
absence from the tourna-         Schiavone, world number 7             onship this year will throw    opening match of the tour-         and Flavia Pennetta followed          many players are able to            from winning a Grand
ment has benefited world          Samantha Stosur and world             up a new victor when the       nament at 5pm. Elena               by the pairs of Vania King and        do that, so congratulations         Slam title. “She’s just 20
number 9 and 10 Elena            number 8 Jelena Jankovic.             final is played next Sunday.    Dementieva, who is making          Yaroslava Shvedova, Kveta             to her!”                            years old and has achieved
Dementieva and Victoria            French Open 2010 winner               The championship will        her 10th appearance in the         Peschke       and     Katarina           Another player knocking          so much. So I don’t think
Azarenka, respectively. The      Schiavone and runner-up               also witness intense battle    championship, will also get        Srebotnik and Lisa Raymond            on the doors of No 1 rank-          in a couple of years’ time,
two have filled up the last       Stosur are making their               for the season-ending world    an opportunity to settle           and Rennae Stubbs.                    ing is Russian Vera                 we’ll be asking the same
two slots. Others in fray are    debut in the tournament,              number 1 ranking between       scores with Wozniacki for                                                Zvonareva winner of only            question again.”
world number 1 Caroline          which is being played since           Wozniacki and Zvonareva.       being on the loser’s side in               SEE ALSO PAGE 35

                                                     Zvonareva moves to 2nd ranking                                                      Byrd wins in Las Vegas
                                                     BERLIN Russian Vera Zvonareva moved                                                 LAS VEGAS Jonathan Byrd fired a hole-in-one at

           Sports                                    to second behind Denmark’s Caroline
                                                     Wozniacki at the top of the women’s
                                                     tennis rankings issued on Monday by
                                                     the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
                                                                                                                                         the fourth playoff hole on Sunday to seize victory
                                                                                                                                         in the USPGA Shriners Hospital Open in stunning
                                                                                                                                         style as darkness closed in.
                                                                                                                                            Byrd, 2009 champion Martin Laird of Scotland

                                                        Serena Williams of the United States                                             and Australian Cameron Percy debated whether
                                                     slipped to third, while sister Venus also                                           to keep going after all three remained in the play-
                                                     lost a place to fifth at the expense of                                              off after three holes.
                                                     US Open winner Kim Clijsters of                                                        Byrd’s shot at the 204-yard hole landed some
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Countdown to naming of 2022 World Cup host
                                                     Belgium.                                                                            10 feet short and disappeared into the cup.
                                                                                  QT SPOTLIGHT ON WTA DOHA 2010                                                                                                 Tuesday, October 26, 2010

 Current ranking - 1
 Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
 DOB: July 11, 1990                                          Jankovic looks to                                                                                                                                    SAMANTHA STOSUR OF AUSTRALIA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Current ranking - 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Residence: Gold Coast, Australia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DOB: March 30, 1984

                                                             beat Doha heat
 Birthplace: Odense, Denmark                                                                                                                                                                                      Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
 Height: 5’ 10” (1.77 m)                                                                                                                                                                                          Height: 5’ 7 3/4” (1.72 m)
 Weight: 128 lbs. (58 kg)                                                                                                                                                                                         Weight: 143 lbs. (65 kg)
 Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)                                                                                                                                                                        Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
 Status: Pro (July 18, 2005)                                                                                                                                                                                      Status: Pro (1999)
 Win-loss for                 YTD          Career                                                                                                                                                                 Win-loss for                      YTD Career
 WTA Tour singles titles:        6              12                                                                                                                                                                WTA Tour singles titles:            1        2
 WTA Tour doubles titles:        0               2                                                                                                                                                                WTA Tour doubles titles:            0      22
 ITF singles titles:             0               4                                                                                                                                                                ITF singles titles:                 0        4
 ITF doubles titles:             0               0                      REUTERS                                                                                                                                   ITF doubles titles:                 0      11
 Prize Money:           $3,241,488      $6,491,846                         DOHA                                                                                                       WHITE GROUP                 Prize Money:               $1,790,340 $6,105,650
 Win Loss Record - Singles:59 - 15 232 - 88                                                                                                                                  Seed             Players             Win Loss Record - Singles:45 - 17 311 - 224
 Win Loss Record - Doubles:5 - 9        35 - 52              FROM warm winter boots to                                                                                         2      Vera Zvonareva (RUS)        Win Loss Record - Doubles:14 - 7 325 - 146
 Championship history – Making 2nd appearance at             ice-pick     stilettos,    Jelena                                                                                                                    Championships history – Making singles debut at the
 the WTA Championships after reaching SF in 2009             Jankovic has stepped into the                                                                                     3        Kim Clijsters (BEL)     year-end Championships; qualified for the
 (ret vs. S Williams w/left abdominal strain); first          searing heat of Doha aiming to                                                                                    6      Jelena Jankovic (SRB)     Championships in doubles 4 times (2005, 2006, 2007,
 singles player to qualifify for the WTA                      overcome ill health and poor                                                                                      8     Victoria Azarenka (BLR)    2009); DNP in 2007 due to viral); won doubles title twice
 Championships by winning title in Tokyo.                    form at the season-ending WTA                                                                                                                      (2005, 2206) both w/Lisa Raymond; also doubles SF in
                                                             Championships.                                                                                                                                     2009 (w/Stubbs).
                                                                Given the tournament’s repu-
                                                                                                                                                                                    MAROON GROUP
                                                             tation for pushing players                                                                                      Seed           Players
                                                             beyond their limits, however, it                                                                                 1     Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
  VERA ZVONAREVA OF RUSSIA                                   would be no surprise if the Serb                                                                                                                     JELENA JANKOVIC OF SERBIA
  Current ranking - 2                                        exits Qatar as one of the walk-                                                                                  4     Francesca Schiavone (ITA)     Current ranking - 8
  Residence: Moscow, Russia                                  ing wounded.                                                                                                     5      Samantha Stosur (AUS)        Residence: Dubai, UAE
  DOB: September 7, 1984                                        Jankovic cut a forlorn figure                                                                                                                      DOB: February 28, 1985
                                                                                                                                                                              7     Elena Dementieva (RUS)
  Birthplace: Moscow, Russia                                 at a media conference on                                                                                                                             Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
  Height: 5’ 7 3/4” (1.72 m)                                 Monday, her strained voice and                                                                                                                       Height: 5’ 9 1/2” (1.77 m)
  Weight: 130 1/2 lbs. (59.1 kg)                             subdued demeanour confirma-                                                                                     ing and it was very hot.              Weight: 130 lbs. (59 kg)
  Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)                  tion that all is not well with the                                                                                “I was at home in Serbia and       Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
  Status: Pro (September 2000)                               former world number one.                                                                                       in Moscow, which was zero             Status: Pro (2000)
  Win-loss for....               YTD Career                                                                                                                                 degrees and minus. So I’m             Win-loss for                       YTD Career
  WTA Tour singles titles:         1          10               “I think for me it’s                                                                                         white. You can see I have no          WTA Tour singles titles:              1         12
  WTA Tour doubles titles:         0           5               a change, because                                                                                            tan.” Playing a round robin for-      WTA Tour doubles titles:              0           1
  ITF singles titles:              0            2              I came from Ser-                                                                                             mat in Qatar’s oppressive             ITF singles titles:                   0           1
  ITF doubles titles:              0           0               bia,” said Jankovic,                                                                                         weather takes a heavy toll on         ITF doubles titles:                   0           0
  Prize Money:          $2,744,641 $9,393,530                  who is making her                                                                                            players, even though the              Prize Money:              $1,736,991 $11,169,440
  Win Loss Record - Singles:46 - 17 394 - 187                  third appearance                                                                                             matches are scheduled in the          Win Loss Record - Singles:38 - 20 414 - 210
  Win Loss Record - Doubles:13 - 71 51 - 98                    at the prestigious                                                                                           evening.                              Win Loss Record - Doubles:7 - 6 41 - 60
  Championship history – Has made 3 appearnces at              tournament, which                                                                                               Jankovic hopes her past            Championships history – Making 4th appearance at the
the Championships; in 2004 (l. Kuznetsova, Sharapova           moves to Istanbul                                                                                            experience at the tournament        Championships; made debut in 2007, losing all three RR
and Mauresmo to go 0-3 at the round robin stage); run-         from next year”.                                                                                             will help her adapt quickly.        matches (l. Henin, Chakvetadze, ret. Vs Bartoli w/viral);
ner-up in 2008 (l. V Williams in final, d. No 1 ranked                                                                                                                          “I have to just try my best to   advanced to SF in 2008 (as top seed went 2-1 in RR
Jankovic, No 4 ranked Ivanovic and No 7 Kuznetsova in          The 25-year-old, who had                                                                                     adjust to this heat and the         stage: l. eventual champion and No 8 seed V Williams in
RR, then d. No 5 ranked Dementieva in SF); in 2009 as        strapped herself into a figure-                                                                                 humidity. But I’ve been here        SF) and 2009 (went 2-1 in RR stage with wins vs Safina
an alternate (l. Wozniacki in 3 sets (then withdrew due to   hugging gown and high heels at       Jelena Jankovic of Serbia giving hand prints at Ritz Carlton, in Doha,    in the past. I think whoever        (by ret.) and Wozniacki; in SF l. V Williams in 3s).
right ankle injury)                                          the official tournament the pre-      on Monday. (MANEESH BAKSHI)                                               is going to be the fittest, who-
                                                             vious evening, has exited the                                                                                  ever can survive in these kind
                                                             last two tournaments in China           “I twisted my ankle and had        recently.                           of conditions, is going to do
                                                             and Russia in the second             back problems so that also              “I think for me it’s a change,    the best.” In the Maroon             ELENA DEMENTIEVA OF RUSSIA
  KIM CLIJSTERS OF BELGIUM                                   round.                               resulted in not good prepara-         because I came from Serbia,”        Group, world number one               Current ranking - 9
  Current ranking - 4                                          “I’m having some health            tion, not being able to practice      said Jankovic, who is making        Caroline Wozniacki will face          Residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco
  Residence: Bree, Belgium                                   problems, I have sinus prob-         as hard as I normally practice.       her third appearance at the         Elena              Dementieva,        DOB: October 15, 1981
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
  DOB: June 8, 1983                                          lems,” Jankovic croaked into         That also affected my confi-           prestigious tournament, which       Francesca Schiavone and               Height: 5’ 11” (1.80 m)
  Birthplace: Bilzen, Belgium                                the microphone.                      dence.” Jankovic, who is drawn        moves to Istanbul from next         Sam Stosur.                           Weight: 141 lbs. (64 kg)
  Height: 5’ 8 1/2’” (1.74 m)                                  “I was sick before I came to       in the White Group alongside          year.                                  The $4.5 million tournament        Plays: Right-handed (two-handed
  Weight: 150 lbs. (68 kg)                                   Moscow and I’m still not 100         world number two Vera                   “I came from home, which          is reserved for the top eight       backhand)
  Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)                  percent. I’m not in the form I       Zvonareva, Kim Clijsters and          was very cold. When I showed        players in the world, though          Status: Pro (August 25, 1998)
  Status: Pro (1997)                                         was in the first half of the sea-     Victoria Azarenka, has not been       up here at the airport I was with   Serena (ranked No.2) and              Win-loss for                            YTD       Career
  Win-loss for ......              YTD Career                son, but that’s due to a lot of      helped by the drastic changes in      my winter boots. I went outside     Venus Williams (fifth) are miss-       WTA Tour singles titles:                   2          16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WTA Tour doubles titles:                   0            6
  WTA Tour singles titles:           4        39             injuries.                            climate she has experienced           and I was in shock. I was sweat-    ing due to injury.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ITF singles titles:                        0            3
  WTA Tour doubles titles:           0        11                                                                                                                                                                  ITF doubles titles:                        0            3
  ITF singles titles:                0          3                                                                                                                                                                 Prize Money:                   $1,146,690 $14,117,437
  ITF doubles titles:                0          3                                                                                                                                                                 Win Loss Record - Singles:40 - 16 575 - 271
  Prize Money:              $3,585,060 $19,981,916
  Win Loss Record - Singles:36 - 6         476 - 113
                                                                               KHALIFA COMPLEX READY FOR THE SHOW                                                                                                 Win Loss Record - Doubles:0 - 11 52 - 86
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Championships history – Making 10th appearance at the
  Win Loss Record - Doubles:1 - 2           131 - 54                                                                                                                                                            WTA Championships (most among active players; 2nd is
  Championships history – Making 7th appearance at                                                                                                                                                              Clijsters with seven); competed in this event 2000-2006, 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                and 2009; was present in 2007 as second alternate but not
the year-ending Championships; 2-time champion win-                                                                                                                                                             called upon to play; reached SF on debut in 2000 – saved MP
ning in Los Angeles in back-to-back years – 2002 (as                                                                                                                                                            to d. world No 2 and defending champion Davenport in 1r (only
No 5 seed, d. Rubin, Henin, V Williams (via ret.), S                                                                                                                                                            second time reigning title holder to lose so early) and recovered
Williams in final) and 2003 (first year of round robin for-                                                                                                                                                       from 4-2 third-set deficit to d. Clijsters in QF before falling to
mat; as top seed, d Mauresmo in final); reached SF in                                                                                                                                                            Seles; thereafter, has gone 1-13, falling 1r in 2001 (l. to Pierce,
2001 (as No 3 seed, l. No 3 seed Davenport) and 2006                                                                                                                                                            Mauresmo, Clijsters) and 2006 (0-3); in 2008, as No 5 seed
(advanced through RR stage with 2-1 record; l.                                                                                                                                                                  went 2-1 in RR, falling to No 7 seed and eventual champion V
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Williams in 3s but beating No 2 seed Safina and alternate
Mauresmo in 3s); fell in RR stage with 1-2 record in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Petrova; l. No 8 seed Zvonareva in 3s in SF); doubles champi-
2005; made Championships debut in 2000 (at New                                                                                                                                                                  on in 2002 (w/Husarova); in 2009 went 1-2 in RR, d. V
York, l. Dementieva)                                                                                                                                                                                            Williams in 3s, l. S Williams and Kuznetsova).

 FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE OF ITALY                                                                                                                                                                                     VICTORIA AZARENKA OF BELARUS
 Current ranking - 6                                                                                                                                                                                              Current ranking - 10
 Residence: Milan, Italy                                                                                                                                                                                          Residence: Scottsdale, AZ, USA
 DOB: June 23, 1980                                                                                                                                                                                               DOB: July 31, 1989
 Birthplace: Milan, Italy                                                                                                                                                                                         Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus
 Height: 5’ 5 1/2” (1.66 m)                                                                                                                                                                                       Height: 5’ 10” (1.80 m)
 Weight: 141 lbs. (64 kg)                                                                                                                                                                                         Weight: 132 lbs. (60 kg)
 Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)                                                                                                                                                                        Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
 Status: Pro (1998)                                                                                                                                                                                               Status: Pro (2003)
 Win-loss for                    YTD Career                                                                                                                                                                       Win-loss for                      YTD Career
 WTA Tour singles titles:           2          4                                                                                                                                                                  WTA Tour singles titles:             2         5
 WTA Tour doubles titles:           0          7                                                                                                                                                                  WTA Tour doubles titles:             1         4
 ITF singles titles:                0          0                                                                                                                                                                  ITF singles titles:                  0         1
 ITF doubles titles:                0          1                                                                                                                                                                  ITF doubles titles:                  0         3
 Prize Money:             $2,256,634 $6,845,259                                                                                                                                                                   Prize Money:              $1,177,028 $4,687,325
 Win Loss Record - Singles:39 - 20 448 - 305                                                                                                                                                                      Win Loss Record - Singles:41 - 18 223 - 103
 Win Loss Record - Doubles:17 - 11 184 - 154                                                                                                                                                                      Win Loss Record - Doubles:15 - 7 105 - 46
 Championships history – Making Championships debut                                                                                                                                                               Championships history – Making 2nd consecutive
and is third Italian woman to appear at the year-end                                                                                                                                                            appearance at the Championships; in 2009 went 1-2 RR
Championships after Raffaella Reggi (1986, 1987, 1989),                                                                                                                                                         (d. Jankovic, l. Wozniacki 7-5 in 3s and ret. A Radwanska
and Silvia Farina Ella (2001, 2002); reached doubles SF in                                                                                                                                                      at 4-1 in 3s); sealed final place at Doha by reaching QF in
2006 (w/Peschke).                                                WTA CEO Stacey Allaster (left), QTF President Nasser Ghanem Al Khelaifi (centre) and Tournament Director Karim Alami (right) at the             Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
                                                                 Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, in Doha, on Monday.
34         Tuesday, October 26, 2010
                                                                     THE DOMAIN

  Beach volleyball dress violates human rights: Ali
           RAAJIV TRIPATHI                   “All sports comprise two behav-                                          must wear the revealing dress in            flexibility and variations to accom-       ball and beach volleyball by allow-
                 DOHA                     ioral characteristics – play and
                                          display. A balance between the           QT           Exclusive             the beach volleyball. Besides, the
                                                                                                                      dress of the females doesn’t guar-
                                                                                                                                                                  modate different cultural groups,
                                                                                                                                                                  not by excluding a considerable
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ing girls and women to choose the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            sports dress they feel happy with
  “THE Rule 2 of Olympic Charter          two should be maintained. In the                                            antee any safety from injuries dur-         portion of women who are refusing         or find comfortable or convenient.
  strongly encourages the participa-      beach volleyball, the accent seems      This is the second and              ing the play.                               to wear specific and restricted style      This is what happening in other
  tion of women at all levels in all      more on display than play, which        concluding part of the                Ali also says in paper, “Sports           of uniform,” Ali argues.                  team sports like football, basket-
  sports to strictly apply the princi-    contravenes the motto and slo-          story on alteration of              and culture are integral parts of our          The prevalent women’s sports           ball and handball,” adds the QVA
  ple of equality of men and              gans of the game like volleyball for    dress code by the                   society and their combination ben-          dress in beach volleyball in a way        official.
  women,” said Ali quoting the rules      all, fair play and keep the ball fly-    FIVB for female beach               efits us in terms of health, social          violates the human right funda-              Ali’s forceful and pragmatic argu-
  of the Olympic Charter.                 ing,” Ali continued.                    volleyball players                  cohesion, economic activity, cultur-        mentals, besides having its nega-         ments had their bearing on the
     But Ali says that the very rule of      “Due to body-hugging and short                                           al diversity and quality of life. So        tive effect on the players’ psychol-      FIVB members who matter. And
  the Olympic Charter is violated by      dress, many players from the con-      view, this doesn’t mean volleyball   volleyball should be used a tool to         ogy. “Every individual must have          they decided to enforce new regula-
  the FIVB’s dress code. “It doesn’t      servative families in the Middle       for all.”                            bring people together and bridge            unrestricted chance of practising         tions regarding the dress, which
  place both the men and women            East and South Pacific regions            Ali also contends that there is    the gaps between various cultures.          a sport and maximum flexibility            provide a good choice to women
  players at the equal level as the       decline to join volleyball and         discrimination of dress for men        “Cultural changes need some               in the choice of uniform selec-           players. And it is hoped this new
  dress of the female players has         beach volleyball, despite having a     and women in the volleyball. “The    time before they impact a society           tion,” says Ali.                          dress code will attract the females of
  been designed more with an aim          strong wish be into this sport and     men can cover their body with        and volleyball must tolerate this by           “The FIVB needs to enhance             the places which have conservative
  to show off their physique.             possessing good talent. In my          decent dress while the females       allowing some women uniform                 women’s participation in volley-          culture.

Qatar to send 318                                                                                    Tendulkar
                                                                                                     named in
                                                                                                                                            Return of fit-again players
                                                                                                     all-time Test                          boosts India for Kiwi Tests
players to Asiad                                                                                     World XI
                                                                                                                NEW DELHI
                                                                                                                                                      NEW DELHI

                                                                                                                                            INDIA was on Monday boost-
                                                                                                                                            ed by the return of three key
         TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK                                                                        SACHIN Tendulkar is the only           players for the three-Test home
                     DOHA                                                                            Indian batsman to find a place          series against New Zealand
                                                                                                     in the ESPN-Cricinfo’s all-time        starting next month.
THE Qatar Olympic Committee on Monday                                                                Test World XI.                            Opener Gautam Gambhir,
announced that 24 national sport federations                                                            Tendulkar is also the lone          veteran batsman Venkatsai
will compete in 28 events during the upcom-                                                          player from the current gener-         Laxman and seamer Ishant
ing 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou city of                                                            ation to make the cut along-           Sharma, who all missed the
China from November 12 to 27.                                                                        side legends Don Bradman,              second Test against Australia
  Qatar’s contingent will have 318 athletes,                                                         Viv Richards and Garry                 in Bangalore due to injuries,
the highest ever Qatari contingent for any                                                           Sobers.                                were included in the 15-man
sports event. Total strength of the delegation                                                          Curiously, West Indian bat-         squad.
will be 478, which will include technical and                                                        ting legend Brian Lara missed             Gambhir and Sharma suf-
                                                                                                     out on a berth.                        fered knee injuries, while
  The Qatari delegation for the                                                                         The jury had one former             Laxman was troubled by back
  Guangzhou Games will have                                                                          captain from each of the top           spasms which he picked up
  56 female athletes as well.                      Khaleel Ibrahim al Jaber.                         Test-playing teams - Ian               during a match-winning 73 not
  Such a high number of female                                                                       Chappell, Clive Lloyd, Tony            out in the first Test in Mohali.
  athletes in the contingent is                    and karate.                                       Greig, Duleep Mendis, Ali                 India enhanced their reputa-
  indicative of growing populari-                    The QOC confirmed that all arrangements          Bacher, Intikhab Alam, John            tion as the world’s top-ranked       VVS Laxman: Back into the team.     (AP)

  ty of sports among women in                      have been made to receive the delegation in       Wright, Ajit Wadekar. Besides,         Test team by winning the first
  the country.                                     china. The administrative body under the          the panel also had four cricket        match by one wicket and the sec-     came in for Gambhir, hit a          Zealand are also due to play
                                                   chairmanship of Khaleel Ibrahim al Jaber,         historians and writers.                ond by seven wickets to sweep        maiden Test century (139) in        five one-day internationals
                                                   director of QOC Sports Affairs Department,           Lara along with Sunil               the short series 2-0.                Bangalore, while Cheteshwar         from November 28 to
administrative officials as well.                   will fly to Guangzhou on Tuesday to finalise all    Gavaskar featured in the sec-             The return of Gambhir and         Pujara marked his debut as          December 10.
   The events that would be contested by           preparations for reception of the Qatari dele-    ond World XI, which also has           Laxman creates a selection           Laxman’s replacement with a         I n d i a ’ s T e s t s q u a d : Mahendra Singh
Qatari athletes include handball, football, bas-   gation.                                           the likes of Barry Richards,           headache — albeit a nice one         fluent 72 in the same match.         Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-cap-
ketball, volleyball, athletics, shooting, eques-     The Qatari delegation for the Guangzhou         George Headley, Wally                  — for the hosts ahead of the           The second Test will be           tain), Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay, Rahul
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Venkatsai Laxman,
trian, swimming, fencing, golf, tennis, table      Games will have 56 female athletes as well.       Hammond, Imran Khan, Alan              first Test against the Black          played in Hyderabad from            Suresh Raina, Cheteshwar Pujara,
tennis, wrestling, cycling, boxing, chess,         Such a high number of female athletes in the      Knott, Bill OíReilly, Fred             Caps in Ahmedabad from               November 12 and the third in        Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Amit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma,
squash, bowling, billiards, weightlifting, sail-   contingent is indicative of growing popularity    Trueman,              Muttiah          November 4.                          Nagpur from November 20.            Shanthakumaran Sreesanth.
ing (3 sports), taekwondo, judo, gymnastics        of sports among women in the country.             Muralitharan and SF Barnes.               Opener Murali Vijay, who            Daniel     Vettori’s   New        C o a c h : Gary Kirsten (RSA).

                                                                                                        Pakistan ready to take on
                                                                                                        South Africa in T20 series
                                                                                                                   ABU DHABI

                                                                                                        PAKISTAN captain Shahid
                                                                                                        Afridi hoped his beleaguered
                                                                                                        side is focused enough to
                                                                                                        counter a spirited South
                                                                                                        African team in the back-to-
                                                                                                        back Twenty20 matches start-
                                                                                                        ing on Tuesday.
                                                                                                           Pakistan’s recent tour to
                                                                                                        England was rocked by spot-
                                                                                                        fixing allegations which
                                                                                                        prompted a Scotland Yard
                                                                                                        investigation and the suspen-
                                                                                                        sion of three of their players by
                                                                                                        the International Cricket
                                                                                                           Test captain Salman Butt,
                                                                                                        Mohammad           Asif      and
                                                                                                        Mohammad Aamer were
                                                                                                        charged for violating various
                                                                                                        code of conduct during the
                                                                                                        Lord’s Test against England in
                                                                                                        August, a controversy which
                                                                                                        Afridi said is a thing of the         Pakistani Twenty20 cricket team captain Shahid Afridi (right) holds the trophy with South Africa’s
                                                                                                        past.                                 Graeme Smith during a ceremony, in Abu Dhabi, on Monday. (AFP)
                                                                                                           “My players are profession-
                                                                                                        al and have put all the contro-       “But we still have ample talent     Morkel and Dale Styen were          two one-day in Abu Dhabi
                                                                                                        versy behind them,” Afridi            to counter South Africa who         still recovering from various       before the last three limited
                                                                                                        said at the launching ceremo-         are a very good side in the         injuries and may not be able to     over matches in Dubai.
                                                                                                        ny of the series in which             shorter form of the game.”          play the first Twenty 20.              Dubai will also stage the
                                                                                                        Pakistan will also play five             South African captain                Botha hoped at least two of      first Test, while the second will
                                                                                                        one-day internationals and            Johan Botha agreed Pakistan         the three players will be avail-    be played in Abu Dhabi.
                                                                                                        two Tests.                            will miss the talent of Asif and    able for the second Twenty 20,
                                                                                                           The series is Pakistan’s           Aamer.                              also to be played here on           Squads:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      P a k i s t a n ( f r o m ) : Shahid Afridi (Capt),
                                                                                                        home series shifted to United           “You always miss quality          Wednesday.                          Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez,
                                                                                                        Arab Emirates over security           players and surely Pakistan            “Playing Pakistan is always      Shahzaib Hasan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Khan, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Fawad
                                                                                                        fears.                                will miss the two (suspended)       a great challenege and they         Alam, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Saeed
                                                                                                           Afridi said the team has           bowlers, but we too have            knocked us out in two major         Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Abdur Rehman, Shoaib
                                                                                                        ample talent to counter the           injury problems in the team         Twenty20 matches,” said             Akhtar, Tanvir Ahmed, Zulqarnain Haider.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      S o u t h A f r i c a ( f r o m ) : Johan Botha
                                                                                                        South Africans.                       and when such things happen         Botha of Pakistan’s wins over       (Capt), Loots Bosman, AB de Villiers, Jean-
                                                                                                           “We know we are without            other players step in,” said        South Africa in the second and      Paul Duminy, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis,
                                                                                                        two of our best bowlers in            Botha.                              third World Twenty20 in             David Miller, Graeme Smith, Albie Morkel,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin
                                                                                                        Aamer and Asif,” said Afridi of         Allrounder Jacques Kallis         2009 and 2010 respectively.         Peterson, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron,
                                                                                                        the two suspended bowlers.            and fast bowlers Morne                 The two sides play the first      Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
                                                                                                         THE FIELD                                                                                   Tuesday, October 26, 2010
                                                   Benitez complains against outcome                                                                 Spanish footballer collapses                  Rosenborg retains Norwegian
                                                   ROME Inter Milan coach Rafael Benitez
                                                                                                                                                     during game, survives                         league title
                                                   complained that his team had been robbed                                                          MADRID A chaotic scene was wit-               OSLO Rosenborg completed a successful
                                                   of victory against Sampdoria claiming that                                                        nessed on Sunday during a football            defence of its Norwegian league title on

          Football                                 its visitors’ goal at the San Siro should
                                                   have been chalked off for a foul.The teams
                                                   drew 1-1 with Stefano Guberti giving
                                                   Samp the lead on 62 minutes before
                                                   Samuel Eto’o came to Inter’s rescue 10
                                                                                                                                                     match between Spanish clubs
                                                                                                                                                     Salamanca and Real Betis, when
                                                                                                                                                     Salamanca player Miguel Garcia
                                                                                                                                                     passed out on the field. Garcia, 31,
                                                                                                                                                     lost consciousness as he ran for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sunday thanks to a 1-0 win at home
                                                                                                                                                                                                   over Tromsoe.The side from Trondheim
                                                                                                                                                                                                   in western Norway moved with the win
                                                                                                                                                                                                   eight points clear of its nearest rival and
                                                                                                                                                                                                   with just two games to go until the end
                    ROUNDUP                        minutes from time. But it was an incident                                                         ball in the 60th minute of the second         of the season they can not be caught.
                                                   in the build up to Guberti’s goal that                                                            division match in the El Helmantico             “It’s a great achievement,” said coach
                                                   angered Benitez. Antonio Cassano dispos-                                                          Stadium in Salamanca. Medical                 Nils Arne Eggen. “It has been on the
                                                   sessed Cristian Chivu in brusque fashion                                                          teams ran onto the field to resuscitate        cards for some time now, but you never
                                                   on the flank before crossing for Guberti to                                                        the player who lay motionless on the          know what can happen and if someone
                                                   volley home.                                                                                      pitch, Xinhua reported.                       could catch us.”

Marseille grabs Wenger praises ‘mature’
second spot
after Lille game Gunners after City’s defeat
             AFP                  sion and by keeping things
            PARIS                 simple we managed to dig
                                  ourselves out,” he told
REIGNING             champion     Canal+.
Marseille took advantage of          Lyon and Paris Saint
Rennes’ slip up at home to        Germain earlier laid bare the
Montpellier with a come-          deteriorating standard of the
from-behind 3-1 success at        French top flight, drawing
Lille on Sunday to move into      with bottom side Arles and
second place in the French        losing at home to struggling
table.                            Auxerre respectively.
  Rennes stay one point clear        Lyon may have won all
but its momentum is fading        three of its Champions
after its first loss of the cam-   League matches this season
paign on Saturday, 1-0 at         but they were abject in failing
home to Montpellier.              to conquer an Arles side who
  Loic Remy was Marseille’s       had previously shown them-
inspiration as he netted twice    selves to be out of their depth
against a Lille side who have     at this level with just one
now lost two on a roll to slide   point from its opening nine
out of the top six.               matches.
                                     Coach Claude Puel rued “a
                                  missed opportunity” to move
  Comeback                        up the table after a 1-1 draw in
                                  rain-drenched conditions at
  to victory                      Arles’s modest Avignon
                                     Home fans gave the appar-
  Marseille roared                ent no-hopers a standing ova-
  back and Remy,                  tion after they had secured a
  played in by                    deserved point but Puel was
  Mathieu Valbuena,               frustrated.
  fired in the                       “We were very tired - it’s
  equaliser eight                 annoying as we had the
  minutes after the               chance to get the three
  break.                          points,” said Puel, lamenting
                                  an “apathetic first half”.
  A Yohan Cabaye half-volley         It could have been more
put the hosts on 26 minutes       after Dja Djedje’s 36th-
but Marseille roared back and     minute chip put the hosts          Arsenal’s Samir Nasri (right) and Theo Walcott celebrate a goal during an English Premier League match against Manchester City, in Manchester, on Sunday. (AFP)
Remy, played in by Mathieu        ahead but two minutes after
Valbuena, fired in the equalis-    the restart Jimmy Briand sent                   AFP                   its first win in 10 matches            He said: “I’m very pleased        “I can’t explain (the run         seven goals in seven matches.
er eight minutes after the        home a bullet header from a                 MANCHESTER                against title rivals Chelsea,      because they looked like they      against City, Chelsea and             At the age of 23, Wenger
break before Argentine Lucho      Miralem Pjanic corner to                                              Manchester United and City -       have matured.                      United) but it is true. And in      thinks the French midfielder
put the visitors ahead with a     level.                             ARSENAL manager Arsene             could prove to be a watershed         “We’ve matured in the           some games we were close to         has taken his game to another
deflected effort on 71 min-           Lyon fans were piqued -         Wenger feels his Gunners           moment.                            sense of negotiating the diffi-     winning in the end and just         level.
utes.                             some holding up banners            team are finally showing they          They have long been criti-      culties of the game in an intel-   lost.“For example we lost 2-0         He added: “He is becoming
  Remy then wrapped up the        demanding Puel’s resigna-          are mature enough to end its       cised for their lack of success,   ligent way.“That means not         at Chelsea and when you             more efficient and I think he’s
points nine minutes from          tion.                              long wait for a trophy.            with Wenger regularly insist-      getting a red card, keeping the    watched it again it was diffi-       become stronger physically
time with a majestic header.         Their club, seven league          Wenger’s youthful squad          ing their potential would          ball well, being patient when      cult to understand how we           and you judge a player on his
  “We could hardly have           titles in a row before             have not picked up any silver-     eventually be rewarded.            it was needed. Collectively we     lost the game but the fact that     numbers.
played worse than we did in       Bordeaux broke its sequence        ware since winning the FA             But the Frenchman thinks        completely dominated the           they took two good chances.”          “He got a goal and an assist
the first half,” said Marseille    in 2009, are now 14th in the       Cup in 2005.                       that the manner of the victory     game.“I hope this will give us       Samir Nasri has been cru-         and that’s what you want
coach Didier Deschamps.           table, seven points off the          But its 3-0 victory at           at Eastlands shows his play-       the belief and the confidence       cial to Arsenal climbing to         from a player with a lot of tal-
“But with a bit more aggres-      pace.                              Manchester City on Sunday -        ers are coming of age.             to transfer into other games.      second in the table, with           ent like he has.

  Villarreal follows                                                 Hodgson counts on Torres for resurgence
  Real in La Liga                                                                                                                                       AFP                   of net so we are happy. We          believes the win can act as a
              AFP                 eight-million-euro summer                                                                                          LIVERPOOL                need him to score more goals        springboard for his struggling
             MADRID               move but was helpless as                                                                                                                    to move us into position where      side.
                                  Brazilian Nilmar set up Cani                                                                             ROY        Hodgson        hopes    we need to be.                        They had gone eight games
  VILLARREAL made it a            for a ninth-minute opener.                                                                               Fernando Torres’ first Premier        “He was down, very down           in all competitions without a
  perfect four league home          Atletico went into the                                                                                 League goal since August can       when he came from World             win in Liverpool’s worst start
  wins at El Madrigal defeat-     interval angry at an ignored                                                                             kick-start Liverpool’s splutter-   Cup. Maybe it does get you          to a season in half a century.
  ing visitors Atletico Madrid    penalty claim for an appar-                                                                              ing season.                        down when you are criticised.         He added: “It’s a big ask
  2-0 on Sunday to move           ent foul on Sergio “Kun”                                                                                    Torres bagged only his sec-       “I think he was affected by       having to win these ‘must win’
  above Barcelona on goal dif-    Aguero.                                                                                                  ond goal this term to secure a     the criticism and what he has       games as there’s an opponent
  ference into second a point       Italian international Rossi                                                                            2-1 win over Blackburn at          going on here at the start of the   out there to stop you. But we
  behind league leaders Real      grabbed his fifth goal of the                                                                             Anfield on Sunday that eased        season. He is coming out of         know there’s still a lot of work
  Madrid.                         season in the 52nd minute                                                                                the pressure on Reds boss                                              to do. It’s not all hunky dorry.”
    Goals from Ruben Cani         finishing off a fine Villarreal                                                                            Hodgson.                             Hodgson hopes                       Liverpool were on top from
  and Giuseppe Rossi helped       team move by slipping the                                                                                   The Spanish striker, who          this could be the                 the off but found goalkeeper
  Villareal stretch its unbeat-   ball under goalkeeper David                                                                              has been the subject of criti-       catalyst for Torres               Paul Robinson in fine form
  en league run to seven          de Gea.                                                                                                  cism following his sluggish          to rediscover the                 throughout.
  matches and Juan Carlos           Atletico responded by                                                                                  form, was rewarded for an            form that once                      But Blackburn finally
  Garrido’s team have a flaw-      throwing on Villarreal old                                                                               improved display with the sec-       earned him                        cracked moments after the
  less four wins from four at     boy Diego Forlan five min-                                                                                ond half match-winner.               Europe’s most                     break with Sotrios Kyrgiakos’
  home.                           utes later, however, the                                                                                    The Reds remain rooted in         feared striker.                   header from Steven Gerrard’s
    For Atletico this was a       Europa League champion                                                                                   the bottom three, despite an                                           corner in the 48th minute.
  third successive loss against   could not find a way back                                                                                 improved display seeing them                                             The relief was palpable but
  Villarreal having tasted        into the match.                                                                                          claim only their second league     that now and finding the joy of      the joy among the home fans
  defeat home and away in the       At the summit unbeaten                                                                                 win of a miserable season.         playing and refinding his ener-      was shortlived as a comical
  league last season and the      Real Madrid are a point                                                                                     And Hodgson hopes this          gy again.                           own goal handed Blackburn a
  capital club stay down in       ahead of Villarreal and                                                                                  could be the catalyst for Torres     “You can’t enthuse that into      leveller they barely deserved
  eighth seven points behind      Barcelona with Cristiano                                                                                 to rediscover the form that        a player. He needs to find that      three minutes later.
  pacesetters Real Madrid.        Ronaldo scoring a first ever                                                                              once earned him Europe’s           in himself and here he did            El Hadji-Diouf’s shot trick-
    Uruguayan centre-back         quadruple in Saturday’s 4-1                                                                              most feared striker.               that. It was his best perform-      led towards the goal where
  Diego Godin faced old club      thrashing      of     Racing                                                                                 He said: “He played an         ance of the season.”                Paul Konchesky could only
  Villarreal for the first time    Santander at the Santiago                                                                                awful lot better and looked          Hodgson, under fire this           clear the ball onto Jamie
  since joining Atletico in an    Bernabeu.                          Liverpool’s Fernando Torres after scoring a goal against Blackburn    likely to score on so any occa-    week after talk of dressing         Carragher’s body and in for the
                                                                     Rovers during an EPL match, in Liverpool, on Sunday. (AFP)            sions.“He put one in the back      room unrest at Anfield,              fortunate equaliser.
32          Tuesday, October 26, 2010
                                                                        THE STADIUM

Rangers readies                                                                                                                        RELIEF AT LAST

to face Giants
in World Series
              AP                    going to use nine days or 10
          ARLINGTON                 days for any reason why
                                    things may not go right,
CLIFF LEE threw a bullpen           because in his mind it will
session and took batting prac-      always go right. And that’s
tice on Sunday.                     why he is what he is.”
   The Texas Rangers are get-          Last year, Lee had nine days
ting ready for their first World     off between his NL champi-
Series, and the opener will be      onship series start against the
at San Francisco, where its ace     Los Angeles Dodgers and the
left-hander will be pitching        series opener. He responded
after an extended break and         with a six-hitter, striking out
also taking swings in the           10 and walking none while
National League park, where         allowing only an unearned
the designated hitter isn’t         run.
used.                                  With the first two games in
   Since the AL championship        the NL city for the first time
series didn’t stretch to a Game     since 2001, usual DH
7, Lee will be starting on eight    Vladimir Guerrero likely will
                                    start only one of those games
                                    in the outfield.
                                       “You can best believe we’ll
                                    figure out a way to get Vlad in
                                    there,” Washington said. “In
                                    the starting lineup some kind
                                    of way.”
                                       Guerrero will be making his
                                    first Series appearance in 15        Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mewelde Moore celebrates a first down reception against the Miami Dolphins during an NFL game, in Miami, Florida, on Sunday. (REUTERS)

                                                                        Reed helps Pittsburgh
                                    major league seasons. Asked
                                    whether he would be in right
  Dependable                        field for both those games, the
                                    manager said no. Washington
  CLIFF LEE                         said he hasn’t decided which
  TEXAS RANGERS PLAYER              game Guerrero will start.

                                                                        score a thrilling victory
                                       Washington wouldn’t say
  “With Cliff Lee, I
  have no concerns                  which order he would start
  about anything,”                  Colby Lewis and C.J. Wilson
  Ranger manager Ron                in Games 2 and 3. Also unde-
  Washington said.                  termined is whether Tommy
                                    Hunter(notes), 0-1 with a 6.14
days’ rest after striking out 13    ERA in two playoff appear-
Yankees and improving his           ances, will start Game 4 or be
postseason record to 7-0 with       replaced in the rotation by                       AP                   Pittsburgh trailing 22-20 and      ner. The Dolphins (3-3) then      complete out of bounds.              At       Charlotte,     North
a 1.26 ERA in eight starts. The     Derek Holland.                                   MIAMI                 facing third-and-goal at the 2,    lost the ball on downs, gain-        Green Bay (4-3) turned a        Carolina, John Kasay kicked a
bullpen session was his sec-           The pitchers took BP during                                         Roethlisberger fumbled as he       ing only 4 yards in four plays.   pair of third-quarter intercep-    37-yard field goal with 39 sec-
ond since that eight-inning         the team’s two-hour workout         THE officials eventually got it     dived across the goal line on a                                      tions by Favre into touch-         onds remaining to give
outing.                             Sunday at Rangers Ballpark;         right that Ben Roethlisberger      quarterback draw. The play         Packers 28, Vikings 24            downs for the Packers that         Carolina (1-5) its first win of
  “Make the adjustment and          where there were no rem-            fumbled at the goal line. The      was ruled a touchdown as             At Green Bay, Brett Favre       erased the Vikings’ halftime       the season.
push it back a couple of days,”     nants remaining on the field         Dolphins were still left feeling   both teams scrambled for the       threw three second-half inter-    lead, including a 32-yard            The 49ers’ David Carr was
Lee said. “It’s not that big of a   from the confetti and ginger        wronged.                           loose ball in the end zone.        ceptions to his former team       return for a touchdown by          intercepted by Richard
deal.”                              ale bottles that were part of          An officiating mistake              After a replay review, refer-   and Green Bay held on.            Packers linebacker Desmond         Marshall with just over a
  Lee starts a World Series         the celebration Friday night.       negated Roethlisberger’s late      ee Gene Steratore announced          Favre appeared to deliver       Bishop.                            minute left to set up the win-
opener for the second year in a        Lee is excited about the         fumble, and the Steelers           that Roethlisberger fumbled        another signature comeback           Aaron Rodgers was 21 of 34      ning kick. The 49ers fell to 1-6.
row after winning Games 1           opportunity to hit.                 kicked the game-winning            before scoring. But Steratore      win with an apparent touch-       for 295 yards with two touch-        The Panthers tied it when
and 5 last year for                    “Obviously that’s the hard-      field goal in the next game on      said his crew had no clear evi-    down strike to Percy Harvin       downs and two interceptions.       rookie David Gettis, who had
Philadelphia against the            est thing in all sports, to hit a   Sunday. Jeff Reed made an          dence as to which team recov-      with 48 seconds left—but the         Adrian Peterson rushed          dropped a touchdown pass
Yankees. “With Cliff Lee, I         round ball with a round bat. …      18-yarder with 2:30 left,          ered the ball, and the Steelers    play was ruled incomplete on      for 131 yards for the Vikings      earlier in the fourth quarter
have no concerns about any-         It’s the funnest part of the        allowing Pittsburgh to escape      (5-1) were awarded posses-         a replay review. With one         (2-4).                             on fourth down, made a div-
thing,” Rangers manager Ron         game as far as I’m concerned,”      with a 23-22 win.                  sion at the half-yard line,        more chance on fourth-and-                                           ing 23-yard TD grab with
Washington said. “He’s not          Lee said.                              One play earlier, with          allowing Reed to kick the win-     15 at the 20, Favre threwin-      Panthers 23, 49ers 20              1:53 left.

Kiprusoff, Bourque star for Flames                                                                                                            LeBron strikes bond
                                                                                                                                              with Miami coach

SAN JOSE Coach Todd
McLellan didn’t exactly try
put a positive spin on the
Sharks’ shutout loss to the                                                                                                                                 AP
Calgary Flames.                                                                                                                                           MIAMI
  “In the first period, there
could have been two pucks on                                                                                                                  LEBRON James and Erik
the ice and we wouldn’t have                                                                                                                  Spoelstra already seem to
had either one of them,”                                                                                                                      have a solid grasp on each
McLellan said after the 4-0                                                                                                                   other’s language.
setback on Sunday night.                                                                                                                        There was a moment in
  “We were that slow. We                                                                                                                      Miami’s first pre-season
were pushed off pucks. We                                                                                                                     game when James walked
didn’t compete along the                                                                                                                      toward the Heat bench after a
boards. We weren’t playing                                                                                                                    foul, hands outstretched a bit
the way we were supposed to                                                                                                                   as if to ask “What happened?”
play as far as the system                                                                                                                     Without saying a word,
went.Very disappointing.”                                                                                                                     Spoelstra waved his index fin-
  Miikka Kiprusoff made 27                                                                                                                    ger and gestured in a certain
saves for his second shutout                                                                                                                  direction; James nodded and
of the season and 36th overall                                                                                                                quickly returned to the other
and Rene Bourque scored                                                                                                                       end. “I’m very coachable,”
twice. Bourque has six goals                                                                                                                  James said.
this season, five in his last two                                                                                                                The Heat wouldn’t argue         Miami Heat LeBron James during an NBA pre-season game
games. He had three goals                                                                                                                     that point. Sure, James is a      against the Charlotte Bobcats, in Miami, recently. (REUTERS)
and an assist Friday night in                                                                                                                 two-time reigning MVP, a for-
Calgary’s 6-2 victory in                                                                                                                      mer NBA scoring champion,         Eastern Conference champi-         good.”
Columbus.                           Calgary Flames Tim Jackman (right) gets punched in the face by San Jose Sharks Ryane Clowe                an Olympic gold medalist          on Celtics—the team that              It’s been that way from the
  “Any time you’re scoring          during an NHL game, in Calgary, Alberta, on Sunday. (REUTERS)                                             who some think is good            knocked both Miami and             moment this relationship
you want to have the puck on                                                                                                                  enough to average a triple-       Cleveland, James’ former           began.
your stick,” Bourque said. “I                                                                                                                 double this season—and is                                               After James arrived in
feel like I can make plays hap-     emotionally, he wants to be           “I want to see us start to win      Kiprusoff was busiest in the    considered by many to be the        The first major test             Miami in July, Spoelstra went
pen right now.”                     the difference out there,”          some battles,” McLellan said.      second period when the             best player in the game.            of that new bond                 to work getting to know the
  Playing right wing on a line      Flames coach Brent Sutter           “I want to see us not wait for     Sharks outshot Calgary 12-10.           Nonetheless, the Heat          comes on Tuesday                 MVP as a person.
with Niklas Hagman and Olli         said.                               power plays. I want to see us         During one stretch on a         want to see even more from          night when Miami                    He already knew plenty
Jokinen, Bourque has made a           “He finds those areas he           compete 5-on-5. I went to see      power play, San Jose put           him, and they’re working to         opens a season of                about James as a player, just
big impact since his return         can shoot the puck in and he        us get the puck up quick. I        three shots on goal, but           bring that out. James has           title expectations               like every other coach in the
from a head injury, scoring         goes to the net and when he’s       want to see us get to through      Kiprusoff calmly turned them       learned how the Heat like to        in Boston.                       league, but Spoelstra wanted
six times in four games.            in that mindset, in that            the neutral zone quicker. I        all aside—including a sharp        do things; the Heat have                                             to know what made James
  He has three winning goals,       groove to do it he’s a very         want to see an honest              pad stop off Ryane Clowe.          learned how James likes to do     club, out of the playoffs last     tick off the court.
tying him for top spot in the       effective player.”                  forecheck.”                           “They did start shooting a      things.                           spring.                               So they had some lunches
NHL with Chicago’s Patrick            The Sharks, coming off a 6-         Jarome Iginla and Craig          little more at the end of the        The first major test of that       “Whatever the coaching           and long conversations,
Sharp.                              1 victory in Edmonton on            Conroy also scored for             second period, but we played       new bond comes on Tuesday         staff envisions me trying or       sometimes about basketball,
  “He’s a big strong guy and        Saturday night, dropped to 3-       Calgary. The Flames have           smart and it’s pretty nice         night when Miami opens a          wanting to do, then I’m open       sometimes not, and a picture
when he plays that way and          3-1 with its first road loss of      won four of their last five         when you have a lead like          season of title expectations in   for it if it benefits our team,”    began forming in the Heat
he’s very involved in the game      the season.                         games to improve to 5-3-0.         that,” Kiprusoff said.             Boston against the reigning       James said. “And so far, so        coach’s mind.

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