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Golf: Olesen leads by three at Perth International

Perth—Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen will take a three-shot lead into Sunday’s final round of the Perth International as he looks for his first win in two years at Lake Karrinyup. Olesen fired a five-under 67 in Saturday’s third round and leads the European Tour co-sanctioned tournament at 16-under 200 from South Korean Sihwan Kim. “It’s been a couple of years since I won, so definitely I’ll feel the nerves,” said Olesen, whose only main tour success came at the 2012 Sicilian Open. ... Sunday, October 26, 2014 Details

USA clinch Women’s World Cup berth

Chester—Carli Lloyd scored two goals as the United States qualified for the 2015 Women’s World Cup tournament with a one-sided 3-0 win over Mexico on Friday. Christen Press scored for the Americans in the contest which also doubled as a semi-final game at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. ... Sunday, October 26, 2014 Details

Racquet-smashing Serena wins Wozniacki thriller

Singapore—World number one Serena Williams smashed a racquet and recovered from a set down as she overcame stubborn resistance from Caroline Wozniacki in a gripping semi-final at the WTA Finals on Saturday. The two-time defending champion started poorly but after her racquet paid the price, she dominated the second set and emerged victorious from a tense deciding tie-breaker to win it 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6). ... Sunday, October 26, 2014 Details

Shiffrin and Fenninger share skiing World Cup win

Sölden (Austria)—US teenage ski star Mikaela Shiffrin and Austrian rival Anna Fenninger tied for victory in the first World Cup giant slalom of the season on Saturday in Solden. They both finished with a combined time for the two legs of 2min 39.85sec after Shiffrin had led after the first leg by the slender margin of 0.09sec. It is not the first time that the resort has seen a tie for first place, in 2002 three skiers shared top spot in the shape of Slovenia’s Tina Maze, Norwegian Andrine Flemmen and Nicole Hosp of Austria. ... Sunday, October 26, 2014 Details

Pakistan spinners leave Australia in tatters

Dubai—Pakistan took a huge step towards victory in the first Test by taking four key Australian wickets after hundreds from Younis Khan and Ahmed Shehzad put them in the driving seat in Dubai on Saturday. ... Sunday, October 26, 2014 Details

Pedrosa tops opening practice for Malaysia MotoGP

Sepang (Malaysia)—Dani Pedrosa, winner of the past two editions of the Malaysian Grand Prix, dominated opening practice Friday as he clocked the fastest time ahead of this Sunday’s race. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

Salahuddin to use newly developed software to work with Sohag Gazi’s suspected bowling action

Mumbai—Saqlain Mushtaq’s contact, which was to expire this week for working with Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action, has been extended for 15 days by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Former Bangladeshi fielding coach Mohammad Salahuddin is not sure whether working with Sohag Gazi for two weeks would be enough for off-spinner to be ready for the re-testing. Salahuddin has been assigned to rectify the 24-year-old suspended off-spinner Gazi’s bowling action in Malaysia. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

Sharapova says Slams are number one priority

Singapore—Maria Sharapova on Friday shrugged off her failure to dethrone Serena Williams as year-end world number one and insisted that winning more Grand Slams will be her main goal in 2015. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

Ryder not ready for New Zealand return: McCullum

Ryder not ready  for New Zealand return: McCullum Wellington—Jesse Ryder’s blistering return to form may not be enough to get him rushed back into the international game, according to New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum. Ryder, who has been kept out of the national side due to multiple off-field incidents, smashed 136 off just 57 balls for Otago against an Ireland side on Thursday. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

Ferdinand set to retire at end of season

Ferdinand set to retire at end of season London—Former England captain Rio Ferdinand is planning to retire from football at the end of the current domestic season, the Queens Park Rangers defender has said. The 35-year-old centre-back, in an interview with British television chat show host Jonathan Ross to be broadcast on Saturday, said he thought this season with QPR—currently bottom of the Premier League—would be his last as a professional footballer. “I probably think the end of this season,” Ferdinand told Ross when asked about when he would retire. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

Day third: Pakistan in command despite Warner’s century

Day third: Pakistan in command despite Warner’s century Dubai—Pakistan’s spin bowlers shared six wickets between them to take control of the first Test against Australia despite a brilliant hundred by David Warner on the third day on Friday. Warner smashed 133 for his ninth Test century and his third in as many innings to match the indomitable Donald Bradman. ... Saturday, October 25, 2014 Details

Flintoff joins Brisbane in Big Bash League

Melbourne—Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff joined Brisbane Heat on a short-term deal in the Big Bash League (BBL) on Thursday, extending his surprise return to Twenty20 cricket. ... Friday, October 24, 2014 Details

Kvitova ends three-year losing streak against Sharapova

Singapore—Maria Sharapova suffered her second straight defeat at the WTA Finals on Thursday, losing to Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-2 6-3. It was a comprehensive defeat for the Russian, who had won her last five matches against the left-handed Kvitova, dating back over three years. ... Friday, October 24, 2014 Details

Golf: Olesen, Wade course records to lead Perth Int’l

Perth (Australia)—Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen and Australian John Wade both fired a course record eight-under 64 to lead the European Tour co-sanctioned $1.75 US million Perth International at Lake Karrinyup on Thursday. Wade carded six birdies and an eagle three in the morning before he was joined later in the opening round by Olesen. ... Friday, October 24, 2014 Details

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