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Serena and Maria ready for semis battle

Serena Williams sounded a warning to her teenage nemesis Maria Sharapova as the two rivals emerged from the Melbourne Park furnace to reach the Australian Open semi-finals yesterday.

Grieving Benin lose in penalty shoot-out, Nigeria triumph

Benin lost to Egypt in a penalty shoot-out at the semi-final stage of the African Youth Championship on Wednesday, 10 days after their goalkeeper was murdered following a defeat in their opening match.

Serena gets Grand Slam show back on the road

ON the eve of the Australian Open, above a story charting the dip in fortunes of the Williams sisters, a Melbourne newspaper asked in a headline: #8220;Is the show almost over?#8221;

Suker questioned in murder probe

Former Croatian international striker Davor Suker was questioned by police here relating to an investigation into a mafia-style murder of a local football agent, who was his close business associate, police said on Tuesday.

Murder probe: Barton’s brother wanted

Troubled Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton made a televised appealed to his 18-year-old brother yesterday, urging him to contact investigators about the weekend axe-murder of a black teenager in Liverpool.

Pearce hails Joey after away win

B>LONDON:/BManchester City boss Stuart Pearce singled out Joey Barton after the midfielder scored one of the goals in the 5-2 demolition of Charlton in the English Premier League at The Valley on Sunday.

No matches in Uruguay after murder

Uruguay promised drastic measures on Monday to find and punish the murderers of a soccer fan who was beaten to death at a bus stop following a match at the weekend.

Killer of tennis stars’ sister jailed

A street gangster convicted of shooting and killing the half-sister of US tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years in jail for manslaughter.

Zhang Yimou to direct Beijing ceremonies

Internationally acclaimed Chinese film maker Zhang Yimou will direct the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, organisers announced yesterday.

AEK fan faces attempted murder charge

One of the AEK Athens football supporters arrested after a riot on board a ferry bringing fans back from Iraklion after Wednesday's Greek Cup final, has been charged with attempted murder.