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Serena Williams of the U.S.A. celebrates after winning her match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 7, 2015.                           REUTERS/Toby Melville

All smiles as Serena downs Azarenka to reach semis

8 July 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Serena Williams reached her ninth Wimbledon semi-final after subduing inspired former world number one Victoria Azarenka in the best women's match of the tournament so far on Tuesday.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland celebrates after winning her match against Madison Keys of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 7, 2015.                       REUTERS/Henry Browne

Radwanska's grasscourt pedigree helps her reach semis

8 July 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Agnieszka Radwanska enjoyed a remarkable turnaround in fortunes as she made her wealth of grasscourt experience count to dispatch American hope Madison Keys and reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for the third time in four years.

Keys and Bacsinszky silenced at Wimbledon

8 July 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - The daughter of two lawyers and a former waitress received their last orders at the Wimbledon on Tuesday when Madison Keys and Timea Bacsinszky missed out on a great opportunity to set up a semi-final date.

Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after winning her match against Coco Vandeweghe of the U.S.A. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 7, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Serena fights off Azarenka, targets Sharapova

8 July 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - The heavy hitting shook the ground and the volume would have raised the Centre Court roof, had it been closed, as Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka traded blows like a couple of prizefighters at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain celebrates after winning her match against Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 7, 2015.   REUTERS/Henry Browne

Tennis-Cocktail of talent helps Muguruza reach semis

8 July 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - A little bit of the Williams sisters' power combined with Maria Sharapova's mental strength and blended in with Martina Hingis' tactical nous -- that heady mix of talent made Garbine Muguruza into the "perfect player" who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Vandeweghe accuses Sharapova of unsporting behaviour

8 July 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - American Coco Vandeweghe accused Russia's Maria Sharapova of unsporting behaviour on Tuesday after going out to the Russian in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

Djokovic offers to apologise to upset Wimbledon ballgirl

8 July 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic promised to apologise to a shaken ball girl for an outburst during his tough five set victory over big-serving South African Kevin Anderson on Tuesday.

5 year old Jade Haddad shows off her Strawberries and cream at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 2, 2015.           REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Wimbledon's famous strawberries now mush

8 July 2015

LONDON (Reuters) - There's a new way to ingest strawberries at Wimbledon this year but the public isn't invited and the famous berries from the nearby English county of Kent aren't eaten with a spoon and don't come with cream either.

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Spain's David Ferrer in action during the second round
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Ferrer a surprise inclusion for Russia tie

7 July 2015

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain's new Davis Cup captain Conchita Martinez sprung a surprise on Tuesday by naming world number seven David Ferrer in her team for next week's Group I tie away to Russia.

Nicolas Mahut of France reacts during his men's singles match against compatriot Gilles Simon at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, May 29, 2015.        REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

France picks Mahut over Monfils for GB Davis Cup clash

7 July 2015

PARIS (Reuters) - France have left Gael Monfils out of their team to play Great Britain in the Davis Cup next week, preferring lower-ranked Nicolas Mahut for his grasscourt and doubles skills - as predicted by Monfils himself.

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Malaysian Football

Super League

Selangor 1 Pahang 3
JDT 2 Police 1
Lions XII 3 Kelantan 0
Felda United 2 Sime Darby 2
Perak 2 Armed Forces 1
Terengganu 4 Sarawak 2

Malaysian Super League

   P  GD Pts
14 10 30
14 9 28
14 10 27
14 7 24
Felda United
14 4 22
14 2 21
Lions XII 
14 1 20
Terengganu 14 -5 17
Sarawak 14 -7 13
12 -9
Armed Forces
13 -8 10
Sime Darby
13 -16 4
UEFA Champions League

First qualifying round (To be played on June 30 & July 1 and July 7 & 8)

First leg: B36 Torshavn (Fro) 1 The New Saints (Wal) 2; Crusaders (Nrl) 0 FC Levadia Tallinn (Est) 0, Lincoln Red Imps (Gib) 0 FC Santa Coloma (And) 0, Pyunik (Arm) 2 Folgore (Smr) 1.

Second qualifying round (matches to be played on July 14 & 15 and July 21 & 22)

Hibernians FC (Mlt) v Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (Isr), APOEL FC (Cyp) v FK Vardar (Mkd), Qarabag FK (Aze) v FK Rudar Pljevlja (Mne); FK Sarajevo (Bih) v KKS Lech Poznan (Pol); NK Maribor (Slo) v FC Astana (Kaz); FC BATE Borisov (Blr) v Dundalk FC (Irl); HJK Helsinki (Fin) v FK Ventspils (Lat), FC Midtjylland (Den) v Lincoln FC (Gib) or FC Santa Coloma (And); Molde FK (Nor) v FC Pyunik (Arm) or SS Folgore (Smr); Malmo FF (Swe) v FK Zalgiris Vilnius (Ltu); Celtic FC (Sco) v Stjarnan (Isl), FK AS Trencin (Svk) v FC Steaua Bucarest (Rom), FK Partizan (Srb) v FC Dila Gori (Geo), PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (Bul) v FC Milsami Orhei (Mda), CS Fola Esch (Lux) v GNK Dinamo Zagreb (Cro), KF Skenderbeu (Alb) v Crusaders FC (Nir) or FC Levadia Tallinn (Est); B36 Torshavn (Fro) or The New Saints FC (Wal) v Videoton FC (Hun)

*The winners of the second qualifying round will advance to the third qualifying round (to be played on August 18 & 19 and 25 & 26). The winners from the third round will advance to the tournament proper, which begins on Sept 15 & 16.

EPL Results & Standings

Final standings for season 2014/15

English Premier League

   P  GD Pts
Chelsea (c) (q)
38 41 87
Man City (q)
38 45 79
Arsenal (q)
38 35 75
Man United (q) 
38 25 70
Tottenham (e) 
38 5 64
Liverpool (e) 38 4 62
38 21 60
Swansea  38 -3
Stoke City  38 3 54
Crystal Palace 38 -4 48
38 -2 47
West Ham
38 -3 47
West Brom
38 -13 44
38 -9 41
Newcastle  38 -23 39
Sunderland 38 -22 38
Aston Villa 
38 -26 38
Hull (r) 38 -18 35
Burnley (r) 38 -25 33
QPR (r) 38 -31 30

(c) = champion (q) = qualify for Champions League (e) = qualify for Europa League (r) = relegated

NOTE: Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich promoted to the Premier League.

Upcoming EPL Fixtures

SEASON 2015/16

Saturday, Aug 8 - All matches at 10pm unless stated

Arsenal v West Ham
Bournemouth v Aston Villa 
Chelsea v Swansea 
Everton v Watford 
Leicester v Sunderland 
Man United v Tottenham 
Newcastle v Southampton 
Norwich v Crystal Palace 
Stoke v Liverpool 
West Brom v Man City

Saturday, Aug 15 - All matches at 10pm unless stated

Aston Villa v Man United
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Liverpool v Bournemouth
Man City v Chelsea
Southampton v Everton
Sunderland v Norwich
Swansea v Newcastle
Tottenham v Stoke 
Watford v West Brom 
West Ham v Leicester 

Saturday, Aug 22 - All matches at 10pm unless stated

Arsenal v Liverpool 
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa 
Everton v Man City 
Leicester v Tottenham 
Man United v Newcastle 
Norwich v Stoke 
Sunderland v Swansea 
Watford v Southampton 
West Brom v Chelsea 
West Ham v Bournemouth 

Saturday, Aug 29 - All matches at 10pm unless stated

Aston Villa v Sunderland
Bournemouth v Leicester
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v West Ham
Man City v Watford
Newcastle v Arsenal
Southampton v Norwich
Stoke v West Brom
Swansea v Man United
Tottenham v Everton

** Denotes morning match

All matches in Malaysian time

Other Football Results

Women's World Cup

Final: USA 5 Japan 2

Copa America

Final: Chile 0 Argentina 0 (0-0 aet, Chile win 4-1 on penalty)

Third placing: Peru 2 Paraguay 0 


Asian Junior Championships

All Final

Boys’ singles: Lin Guipu (Chn) bt Seo Seung-jae (Kor) 21-16, 21-11.
Boys’ doubles: He Jiting-Zheng Siwei (Chn) bt Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong (Chn) 21-19, 18-21, 21-18.
Girls’ singles: He Bing Jiao (Chn) bt Chochuwong Pornpawee (Tha) 21-16, 21-17.
Girls’ doubles: Du Yue-Li Yinhui (Chn) bt Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan (Chn) 21-14, 18-21, 21-18.
Mixed doubles: Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) bt Choi Jong-woo-Kim Hye-jeong (Kor) 21-8, 21-12.


Tour de France

Stage Four (223.5km): 1. Tony Martin (Ger) ETI 5’28:58, 2. John Degenkolb (Ger) GIA 3 seconds behind, 3. Peter Sagan (Svk) TIN, 4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC, 5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) MTN, 6. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) COF, 7. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) KAT, 8. Tony Gallopin (Fra) LOT, 9. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) ETI, 10. Bryan Coquard (Fra) EUC all same time.

Leading overall standings: 1. Tony Martin (Ger) ETI 12’40:26, 2. Chris Froome (Bri) SKY 12 seconds behind, 3. Tejay van Garderen (US) BMC 25, 4. Tony Gallopin (Fra) LOT 38, 5. Peter Sagan (Svk) TIN 39, 6. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC 40, 7. Rigoberto Uran (Col) ETI 46, 8. Alberto Contador (Spa) TIN 48, 9. Geraint Thomas (Bri) SKY 1:15, 10. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) ETI 1:16.



Fourth Round

Women’s singles: Victoria Azarenka (Blr) bt Belinda Bencic (Swi) 6-2, 6-3; Maria Sharapova (Rus) bt Zarina Diyas (Kaz) 6-4, 6-4; Coco Vandeweghe (US) bt Lucie Safarova (Cze) 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-4); Garbie Muguruza (Spa) bt Caroline Wozniacki (Den) 6-4, 6-4; Timea Bacsinszky (Swi) bt Monica Niculescu (Rom) 1-6, 7-5, 6-2; Madison Keys (US) bt Olga Govortsova (Blr) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1; Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) bt Jelena Jankovic (Srb) 7-5, 6-4; Serena Williams (US) bt Venus Williams (US) 6-4, 6-3.

Men’s singles: Roger Federer (Swi) bt Roberto Bautista Agut (Spa) 6-2, 6-2, 6-3; Giles Simon (Fra) bt Tomas Berdych (Cze) 6-3, 6-3, 6-2; Marin Cilic (Cro) bt Denis Kudla (US) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5; Andy Murray (Bri) bt Ivo Karlovic (Cro) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; Stanislas Wawrinka (Swi) bt David Goffin (Bel) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (9-7), 6-4; Richard Gasquet (Fra) bt Nick Kyrgios (Aus) 7-5, 6-1, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (8-6); Vasek Pospisil (Can) bt Viktor Troicki (Srb) 4-6, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.


Greenbrier Classic

Leading final round scores (US unless stated) *won on second playoff hole: 267: Danny Lee* (Nzl) 63-69-68-67, David Hearn (Can) 68-64-68-67, Robert Streb 68-67-67-65, Kevin Kisner 67-69-67-64; 268: Russell Henley 70-66-69-63; 269: James Hahn 66-67-70-66, Greg Owen (Bri) 65-67-70-67, Andres Romero 67-67-68-67, Chad Collins 65-67-68-69, David Lingmerth (Swe) 67-70-64-68, Bryce Molder 68-64-67-70, Brendon Todd 65-69-67-68; 270: Tony Finau 68-67-68-67, J.J. Henry 68-66-69-67, Morgan Hoffmann 68-67-69-66, Scott Langley 62-69-74-65, Jason Bohn 69-69-61-71, Steven Bowditch (Aus) 68-68-67-67, Sean O’Hair 66-67-66-71, Shawn Stefani 69-67-67-67, Bubba Watson 67-68-68-67.

French Open

Leading final round scores: 271: Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 68-72-66-65; 274: James Morrison (Eng) 71-68-68-67; 276: Jaco Van Zyl (Rsa) 68-71-64-73; 277: Martin Kaymer (Ger) 69-69-69-70; 279: Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 68-70-72-69; 280: Brendan Steele (US) 72-69-67-72, Francesco Molinari (Ita) 70-69-70-71, Andy Sullivan (Eng) 71-70-69-70, Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 75-70-67-68; 281: Maximilian Kieffer (Ger) 70-70-65-76, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 70-74-65-72; 282: Victor Dubuisson (Fra) 68-70-69-75, Tyrrell Hatton (Eng) 71-68-69-74, Kristoffer Broberg (Swe) 72-69-68-73; 283: Richard Bland (Eng) 76-70-66-71, Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 71-73-69-70, Jorge Campillo (Spa) 70-73-71-69, Jake Roos (Rsa) 73-71-66-73, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 73-69-70-71; 284: Daniel Brooks (Eng) 73-66-70-75, An Byeong-hun (Kor) 71-73-69-71, Jamie Donaldson (Wal) 71-74-69-70, Fabrizio Zanotti (Par) 73-70-73-68; 285: Marcel Siem (Ger) 69-73-74-69, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 69-72-74-70, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 73-71-73-68; 286: Jerome Lando-Casanova (Fra) 74-70-68-74, Mark Foster (Eng) 70-71-68-77, Julien Quesne (Fra) 73-73-73-67; 287: Peter Hanson (Swe) 72-71-68-76, Andrew Johnston (Eng) 73-71-68-75, Anirban Lahiri (Ind) 69-77-70-71.


British F1 Grand Prix

Race (52 laps): 1. Lewis Hamilton (Eng) Mercedes 1’31:27.729, 2. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 1’31:38.685, 3. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1’31:53.172, 4. Felipe Massa (Bra) Williams 1’32:04.568, 5. Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams 1’32:30.923, 6. Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Red Bull 1’32:31.684, 7. Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 1’32:46.473, 8. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1 lap behind, 9. Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1, 10. Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1, 11. Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber 1, 12. Roberto Merhi (Spa) Marussia 3, 13. Will Stevens (Eng) Marussia 3.

Did Not Finish: Carlos Sainz Jr (Spa) Toro Rosso 31st lap, Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 21st, Max Verstappen (Ned) Toro Rosso 3rd.

Did Not Start: Romain Grosjean (Fra) Lotus, Pastor Maldonado (Ven) Lotus, Jenson Button (Eng) McLaren, Felipe Nasr (Bra) Sauber.

Drivers’ Standings: 1. Lewis Hamilton 194 points, 2. Nico Rosberg 177, 3. Sebastian Vettel 135, 4. Valtteri Bottas 77, 5. Kimi Raikkonen 76, 6. Felipe Massa 74, 7. Daniel Ricciardo 36, 8. Daniil Kvyat 27, 9. Nico Hulkenberg 24, 10. Romain Grosjean 17, 11. Felipe Nasr 16, 12. Sergio Perez 15, 13. Pastor Maldonado 12, 14. Max Verstappen 10, 15. Carlos Sainz Jr 9, 16. Marcus Ericsson 5, 17. Jenson Button 4, 18. Fernando Alonso 1.

Constructors’ Standings: 1. Mercedes 371 points, 2. Ferrari 211, 3. Williams 151, 4. Red Bull 63, 5. Force India 39, 6. Lotus 29, 7. Sauber 21, 8. Toro Rosso 19, 9. McLaren 5.

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Sports Calendar


June 26-28: FINA Diving Grand Prix, Madrid, Spain.

June 8-14: Archery World Youth Championships, Yankton, US.

June 3-7: 21st Asian Athletics Championships, Wuhan, China.
June 7: IAAF Diamond League, Birmingham, England.
June 13: IAAF Diamond League, New York, US.

June 2-7: Indonesia Open Superseries, Jakarta, Indonesia.
June 16-21: US Open Badminton Championships, New York, US.

June 4 onwards: NBA Finals, USA/Canada.

June 6: UEFA Champions League final, Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany.
June 6- July 5: Women’s World Cup, Canada
June 11- July 14: Copa America, Chile.

June: Ice Hockey Stanley Cup Finals, venue TBA.
June 3-14: Men’s Field Hockey World League Semi-final 2, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
June 10-21: Women’s Field Hockey World League Semi-final 2, Valencia, Spain.
June 20-Jul 5: Men’s and Women’s Field Hockey World League Semi-final 1, Antwerp, Belgium.

June 4-7: The Memorial Tournament, Dublin, Ohio, US; Nordea Masters, Malmo, Sweden; Manulife LPGA Classic, Ontario, Canada
June 8-14: FedEx St. Jude Classic, Memphis, Tennessee, US
June 11-14: Lyoness Open, Atzenbrugg, Austria; Women’s PGA Championship, New York, US
June 18-21: US Open, Chambers Bay, University Place, Washington
June 25-28: BMW International Open, Munich, Germany
June 26-28: Walmart Championship (LPGA), Arkansas, US

May 24- June 6: Roland Garros, Paris, France
June 8-14: Aegon Open Nottingham, UK; Topshelf Open, Holland
June 15-21: Aegon Championships, London, England; Gerry Weber Open, Halle, Germany; Aegon Classic, Birmingham, England
June 21-27: Aegon International Eastbourne, UK
June 29- July 1: Wimbledon, London, England

June 7: MotoGP- Grand Prix de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
June 21: F1 - Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg, Austria.
June 27: MotoGP - Motul TT Assen Grand Prix, Assen, Netherlands.

June 5-16: SEA Games, Singapore.


July 3-5: FINA Diving Grand Prix, Bolzano, Italy.
July 24- Aug 9: Swimming and diving World Championships, Kazan, Russia.

July 26- Aug 2: Archery - World Championships, Copenhagen, Germany.

July 15-19: IAAF World Youth Championships 2015, Cali, Colombia.
July 24-25: Diamond League, London, England.

July 14-19: Yonex Open Chinese Taipei, Taiwan.
July 21-16: Russia Open.

July 4-6: Le Tour de France, France.

July 4: Copa America Final, Santiago, Chile.
July 5: Women’s World Cup final, Vancouver, Canada.

July 6-12: John Deere Classic, Silvis, Illinois, US.
July 9-12: US Women’s Open, Pennsylvania, US.
July 16-19: The Open, St Andrews, England.
July 27-Aug 2: Quicken Loans National, Gainesville, Virginia, US.
July 30-2 Aug: Women’s British Open, Turnberry, Scotland.

July 25- Aug 4: World Junior Championships, Cairo, Egypt.

July 13-19: IPC World Championships, Glasgow, Scotland.

June 26-July: Wimbledon, UK. (Grand Slam)
July 17-20: Davis Cup Quarter-finals, various locations.
July 20-26: WTA Istanbul Cup, Turkey.
July 27-Aug 1: Hamburg Open, Germany.
July 27-Aug 2: Swiss Open, Gstaad, Switzerland.
July 27-Aug 2: WTA Zhonghong Jiangxi Intl Women’s Open, China

July 5: F1 - British Grand Prix, Silverstone, England.
July 26: F1 - Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary.
July 12: Moto GP - German Grand Prix, Sachsenring, Germany.


July 24- Aug 9 : Swimming and diving World Championships, Kazan, Russia.

July 26- Aug 2: Archery - World Championships, Copenhagen, Germany.
Aug 11-16: Archery World Cup Stage 3, Wroclaw. Poland.

Aug 22-30: IAAF World Championships, Beijing, China.

Aug 10-16: BWF World Championships, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Aug 24-30: Vietnam Open GP Gold, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Aug 10-16: Taiwan Open, Taiwan.
Aug 31- Sept 6: Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong.

Aug 8-9: Premier League and Football League season starts.
Aug 11: Uefa Super Cup, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Aug 31: Football transfer deadline day.

July 27-Aug 2: Quicken Loans National, Gainesville, Virginia, US.
July 30-2 Aug: Women’s British Open, Turnberry, England.
Aug 3-9: World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Akron, Ohio, US.
Aug 13-16: PGA Championship, Wisconsin, US.
Aug 17-23: Wyndham Championship, Greensboro, North Carolina, US.
Aug 20-23: Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, Vancouver, Canada.
Aug 24-30: The Barclays, Plainfield, New Jersey, US.
Aug 31-Sept 7: Deutsche Bank Championship, Norton, Massachusetts, US.

Aug 21-30: Men’s and women’s EuroHockey Championships, England

Aug 6-16: ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun, Gabala, Azerbaijan.

July 25- Aug 4: World Junior Championships, Cairo, Egypt.
Aug 5-9: Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia.

Aug 10-16: Coupe Rogers, Montreal, Canada.
Aug: 16-23: Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, US.
Aug 31- Sept 19: US Open, New York, US.

Aug 9: MotoGP Indianapolis Grand Prix, Indianapolis, US.
Aug 16: MotoGP - Grand Prix Czech Republic, Brno, Czech Republic.
Aug 23: F1 - Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
Aug 30: MotoGP - British Grand Prix, Silverstone, England.