Tuesday 20 March 2018

In Brief: Federer clinches semi-final place

Switzerland's Roger Federer in action in his Men's Singles Group B match against Spain's David Ferrer.
Switzerland's Roger Federer in action in his Men's Singles Group B match against Spain's David Ferrer.

Defending champion Roger Federer guaranteed his place in the last four of the ATP World Tour Finals with a straight-sets win over Spain's David Ferrer.

The Swiss world No 2, bidding for a record-extending seventh title at the end-of-season finale, dished out yet more punishment to Ferrer in a 6-4 7-6 victory at London's O2, taking his career record over the tenacious Spaniard to 14-0.

Ferrer, darting around the court in his fluorescent lime green top, hung on to Federer's coat tails in the second set to bring the match into a tiebreak, but the Swiss maestro's serve then clicked into gear after something of an off day and he marched into a 6-3 lead.

Still Ferrer refused to accept the inevitable, saving two match-points, but there was no escape as Federer clinched his place in the semi-finals with one round-robin match to spare.


Steffon Armitage has been cleared of doping charges by a French Rugby Federation disciplinary panel, the player's representatives have confirmed.

The Toulon flanker tested positive for morphine, a prohibited substance, following last season's Top 14 final defeat by Toulouse, but he had always vehemently expressed his innocence.

Toulon insisted the result was caused by side-effects from medication Armitage had been prescribed for back pain, which the club said were approved by the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD).


Tommy 'Two Gloves' Gainey (37), winner of his first PGA Tour title at last month's McGladrey Classic, has got straight back into top gear at the Children's Miracle Network Classic.

Gainey -- along with Camilo Villegas -- fired a seven-under round of 65 on the Palm Course at Disney World in Florida to lie one shot behind leader Charlie Wie.

Impressively, Henrik Stenson and Charlie Beljan shot four-under 68s at the tougher Magnolia Course. Swedish Ryder Cup star Stenson is 114th and Arizona native Beljan 139th in Tour money.


Bradley Wiggins and his coach Shane Sutton have been injured in two separate road accidents in the space of just 15 hours.

Wiggins, winner of the Tour de France, was released from hospital after suffering a bruised hand and ribs when he was struck by a van as it left a garage forecourt on Wednesday.

Sutton, head coach of British Cycling, was knocked off his bike and suffered a head injury while riding on a main road in Manchester, yesterday morning.

The 55-year-old Australian, who has helped nurture Wiggins' talent since the early years of his career, suffered a small bleed on the brain and was in hospital.

Irish Independent

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