Friday 6 December 2019

In brief: Super Federer weaves magic


Roger Federer stole the show with a magical between-the-legs shot as the world's top four players sparkled on their way into the third round of the Shanghai Masters yesterday.

Federer cut American John Isner down to size in a 6-3 6-4 win, while world No 1 Rafa Nadal overcame Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 6-4.

World No 2 Novak Djokovic eased past Ivan Ljubicic 6-3 6-3, while No 4 Andy Murray thrashed Chinese wildcard Bai Yan 6-2 6-2. In the day's only upset, holder Nikolay Davydenko was beaten lost 6-4 7-6 by Russian compatriot Mischa Zverev.

Meanwhile, Limerick's Conor Niland beat Belgium's Niels Desein in the second round of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Rennes 4-6 6-1 6-4.

Formula 1

RUSSIA will become the next multimillion-pound member of the Formula One fanclub today as Sochi bids to convert its Winter Olympics site into a Grand Prix racetrack.

F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone is in the Black Sea resort where he will meet Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to thrash out the details.

But it is expected that F1 will stage a Grand Prix somewhere around the site where the Winter Olympics are being held in February 2014.

Sochi is expected to have to invest about €150m to build a racetrack near the site, as well as paying €30m in commercial fees.


The game's Soaring Stars team was yesterday unveiled, with All-Ireland Junior champions Antrim dominating the line-up.

The Saffrons, who defeated Waterford in the Junior final replay have five players selected on the team, while the Deise have four. The remaining places are shared by Roscommon, Kildare, Down, Armagh, Laois and Meath.

Antrim captain Jane Adams, along with team-mates Rhona Torney, midfielder Kerrie O'Neill and forwards Michaela Convery and Shannon Graham, receive their first Soaring Star awards.


Sachin Tendulkar attributed the "fantastic" 2-0 series victory against Australia to a collective effort by the India team.

India completed a clean sweep by winning the second Test in Bangalore by seven wickets yesterday. Tendulkar played a crucial role in the victory by clocking up an unbeaten 53 on the back of a first-innings double-century.

In all, Tendulkar scored 403 runs in the two Tests. His efforts earned him the man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series awards.

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