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Moya spearheads three others into second round

There was so much wind coming off the Mediterranean on Tuesday they took the flags down at Monte Carlo #8211; but that couldn't stop a raft of Spaniards reaching the second round of the Masters Series in Monaco.

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We're not afraid of the Spanish armada of stars, says Welsh wizard Giggs

Ryan Giggs has dismissed suggestions that Manchester United might be intimidated by Real Madrid's galaxy of stars.

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Rising star Nadal gets clay-court lesson from Corretja

Veteran Alex Corretja ended the giant-killing run of teenaged Rafael Nadal, holding off an early assault from the young Spaniard yesterday to survive 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 into the third round of the Barcelona Open.

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Spanish armada begin to lose ground

Double Grand Slam champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov, his form blooming after several seasons of sleepy clay play, sank a leading member of the Spanish Armada as he inflicted a 6- 4, 7-6 (7-4) third-round defeat on Carlos Moya.

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Mantilla makes it to final

Red-bearded buccaneer Felix Mantilla saved face for Spain#8217;s tennis armada yesterday as he assured the clay kings a spot in the final of the Rome Masters, salvaging a win over Yevgeny Kafelnikov 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.

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Spanish armada steam forth

Sizzling Spaniards Albert Costa and Juan Carlos Ferrero raced into the French Open quarter-finals, underlining their claycourt expertise with rampaging wins to move within one match of a repeat of last year's final.

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Martin out to bite Mosquito

A topsy-turvy men#8217;s tournament at this year#8217;s French Open could finish up with the proverbial biter being bitten in today#8217;s final.

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Coach hopes one of his Red Dragons will rule the world

CHINESE head coach Li Yongbo expressed strong hope that one of his players will go on to lift the world title in Birmingham on Sunday.

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Jolly Roger's great milestone

On a wet, cold Thursday, May 16, 1954, Roger Bannister did the unthinkable. He ran the mile in under four minutes. Fifty years on, the feat still remains one of the most momentous in athletics. It broke a long-standing mental barrier. Although Hicham El-Guerrouj now holds the world record of 3:43.13, it is Bannister's run that remains etched in memory.

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Slovakia end Spain’s reign

Slovakia ended Spain's Davis Cup reign yesterday, winning the doubles match in their World Group first round tie to take an unassailable 3-0 lead.