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Federer flies into last four

TENNIS: Roger Federer continued to look the man to beat at Indian Wells as he raced past Kevin Anderson and into the semi-finals.

The 32-year-old's 7-5 6-1 victory was his 10th in a row as he made short work of the man who had dumped out his doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka on Wednesday.

Federer won seven games in a row from 5-5 in the opening set, and he said: "It was a really good match for me."

In the last four Federer will face Alexandr Dolgopolov, who won the battle of the giant-killers against Milos Raonic to reach his first Masters series semi-final.

The Ukrainian knocked out world number one Rafael Nadal in the third round while Raonic toppled Wimbledon champion Andy Murray on Wednesday.

Raonic led 3-0 in the second set but Dolgopolov won five games in a row and clinched a 6-3 6-4 victory.

Li Na will play Flavia Pennetta in the semi-finals of the women's event after the Italian defied a dust storm to defeat Sloane Stephens.

Li came through a long battle to win her Australian Open rematch with Dominika Cibulkova 6-3 4-6 6-3.

CYCLING: Colombia's Carlos Betancur won his second straight stage of Paris-Nice to assume the race lead from Briton Geraint Thomas with two stages to go.

Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale) won the 221.5-kilometre sixth stage from Saint-Saturnin-les-Avignon to Fayence, making his move on the finishing climb to overhaul world champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida).

Thomas (Team Sky) finished fourth, three seconds behind, to relinquish his hold on the race leader's yellow jersey due to Betancur's time bonus.

The Welshman is eight seconds behind Betancur entering today's penultimate stage, the 195.5km route from Mougins to Biot Sophia Antipolis. Costa is 10 seconds further adrift.

GOLF: John Daly shot his highest ever score on the PGA Tour, an astonishing 19-over-par 90, in the second round at the Tampa Bay Championship in Orlando yesterday.

The two-time major champion ran up a 12 at the par-four 16th hole, where he put three balls into the water and an 18 at the par-five sixth hole.

WATER POLO: Ireland secured their place at the top of Group A following the second round of games at the EU 8 Nations Water Polo Tournament at UL Sport in Limerick.

Following victory over reigning 8 Nations Champions Switzerland earlier in the day, Ireland beat Scotland 12-9.