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Djokovic seals last-four spot

TENNIS: World number one Novak Djokovic powered into the semi-finals of the Indian Wells ATP tournament with a commanding 6-3 6-4 victory over Spaniard Nicolas Almagro yesterday.

The top-seeded Serb, winner here in 2008 and last year, will face big-serving John Isner in the last four tomorrow after the 11th-seed American edged past France's Gilles Simon 6-3 1-6 7-5.

"It's satisfying to play well," said the Aussie Open champion.

In today's other quarter-finals, three-time champion Roger Federer was set to face Juan Martin del Potro before twice winner Rafael Nadal will take on David Nalbandian.

Newbridge ease into Junior final

RUGBY: Newbridge College beat Terenure College 14-3 to book their spot in the Leinster Schools Junior Cup final at Donnybrook.

The Kildare side will now meet St Michael's on Sunday week, and it will be their first runout in the showpiece since losing to Blackrock in 1998.

It took fly-half Jimmy O'Brien just 10 minutes to make his first mark as he put full-back Ruairi Cleary over. Gavin Burke hit a well-struck conversion.

Almost immediately, the 2010 winners bounced back as No8 Lorcan O'Dea slotted a penalty to cut the gap to four points.

The match-sealing moment came on 53 minutes for 'Bridge as Jake Howlett crossed. Burke added the extras to seal the win.

Manassero takes Andalucian lead

GOLF: Eighteen-year-old Matteo Manassero was the man to catch after a course record-equalling start to the Andalucian Open in Aloha, Spain, yesterday.

The young Italian star, still in with a chance of qualifying for next month's US Masters, fired an eight-under-par 64 for a three-stroke lead.

Manassero is 63rd in the world and has this tournament and next week's Hassan Trophy in Morocco to try to make it into the top 50 for Augusta.

Thorpe reaches 200m semi-final

SWIMMING: Ian Thorpe advanced to the men's 200m freestyle semi-final after finishing joint second (1.49.16secs) in a heats swim at Australia's National Swimming Championship, which also act as the country's Olympic trials.

NBA: New Orleans 89 Washington 99, Dallas 101 Charlotte 96, Denver 90 Oklahoma City 103, Utah 111 Minnesota 105 (OT), LA Clippers 87 Phoenix 91.