Djokovic reaches final despite ‘catastrophe’
DUBAI: Defending champion Novak Djokovic described his performance as a “catastrophe” after he reached the Dubai Open final on Friday by virtue of a thigh injury sustained by semifinal opponent Tomas Berdych.
Djokovic also described it as his “worst performance of the year,” during which he only recovered in the second set after Berdych, the man who beat him at Wimbledon last year, began to have trouble with his movement.
Though he struggled on with a diminished service action and a reduced ability to run for his opponent’s increasingly frequent drop shots, Berdych eventually decided to quit with Djokovic leading 6-7 (5/7), 6-2,Del Potro advances to Delray Beach last eight
DELRAY BEACH, Florida: Colombian qualifier Alejandro Falla upset French eighth seed Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP Delray Beach International Championships.
In the night match, Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina crushed Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia 6-1, 6-1. Del Potro will play fifth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals. Anderson easily defeated Florent Serra of France 6-1 6-4 in the other late match.

United not for sale, say owners
LONDON: Manchester United’s American owners insisted Friday that they are committed to the 18-time English champions for the “long term” and will not sell the Premier League club.
The statement, which accompanied United’s quarterly update on its financial results, comes amid continuing media reports the Glazer family have tried to sell the club to the Qatari royal family.

National Seniors Cup to start from tomorrow
KARACHI: The 13th National Seniors Cup matches for the Southern Zone will start with the opening match between Karachi Reds and Karachi Gymkhana Blues at the Karachi Gymkhana Cricket Ground on Sunday (tomorrow).

Cops place giant screens for Pak-SL match
From our correspondent
COLOMBO: Thousands of cricket fans in Colombo have been searching in vain for tickets to the much-awaited Pakistan-Sri Lanka game here at the R Premadasa Stadium on Saturday. After a number of World Cup mismatches here in Sri Lanka, they finally have a big game to go but tickets have already been sold out. Apparently in a bid to avoid any crowd trouble at the venue, the Sri Lankan Police has placed giant television screens in various parts of the city to allow fans to catch some live action — free of cost.

England to be fearless against India, says Broad
BANGALORE, India: England need to be “positive” and “fearless” in their high-profile World Cup clash against crowd favourites India, fast-bowler Stuart Board said on Friday. “The thing about batting in the sub-continent is that you have to have a positive mindset at all times. That is the way we have tried to play our one-day cricket over the last 18 months,” said Broad. “We have been very fearless and if you think a shot is on you take it on. Our batsmen are excited about facing the Indian bowlers. We know they are a world-class attack and team.”

CDGK finalises Cup-screening locations
By our correspondent
KARACHI: The competent city government authorities have finally decided over the venues for screening the World Cup matches here in the city, ‘The News’ has learnt on Friday. An important meeting in this connection was held on Thursday night, presided over by DO sports of city government, Shariq Ilyas, and the locations were reviewed. Sources told that it has been finally decided that the big screens for the matches would be installed in PECHS at Usmania Park, in F.B Area at T-ground, in North Karachi at B-Amman park, in North Nazimabad at Young Fighter cricket ground, along with one in both Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Defence.


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