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Eight-time champion Nadal knocked out of Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo (Monaco)—David Ferrer produced a major upset at the Monte Carlo Masters as the persistent Spaniard stunned eight-time champion Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 in the quarter-finals on Friday. Ferrer, seeded sixth, handed the top seed only his third loss at the tournament a day after Nadal had won his 300th clay match of his career and 50th at the Monte Carlo Country Club.

Motor racing-Alonso breaks Mercedes stranglehold in China practice

Shanghai—Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso broke Mercedes’ stranglehold at the top by setting the fastest time in Friday’s first practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix. Alonso completed 20 laps of the 5.4 kilometre Shanghai International Circuit to end the morning session with a best time of one minute 39.783 seconds, as Ferrari’s new Formula One boss Marco Mattiacci looked on. Nico Rosberg was second in his Mercedes with a time that was nearly four-tenths of a second off Alonso’s session-topping effort.

Liverpool trio on shortlist for PFA player of the year

London—Liverpool trio Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge are on the shortlist for the English Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) player of the year award. Striking duo Suarez and Sturridge have scored 49 league goals between them this season, with Uruguay international Suarez leading the Premier League scoring charts with 29 goals for Brendan Rodgers’ table-topping side.

How to raise sports standards to international level in Pakistan?

Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad

NOTHING unites our nation more than the news of an international level victory in any sporting arena. I am greatly surprised about the fact, that why our successive governments failed to channelise the energy of our youth, towards the various traditional and non traditional sports, to lure them away from the engulfing culture of drugs and related crimes. It should also be understood that Pakistanis not just only love the sports, they also understand its very basics as well. While victories are celebrated like a festival, defeats suffered after putting up a good fight, are also duly appreciated.

Golf: Sharp-shooting Westwood stretches lead in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur—Lee Westwood stretched his lead at the Malaysian Open on Friday, putting on a clinic with his irons as the Englishman moved closer to ending a nearly two-year title drought. Westwood notched a six-under 66 on day two to move to 13-under at the tournament’s half-way point, four strokes clear of Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts and Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines.

WWE wrestlers in Saudi Arabia for live matches

Riyadh—Pro wrestlers with the WWE, including John Cena and former champion Randy Orton, are in Saudi Arabia for three days of matches in the capital, Riyadh. World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. says it is the first time its franchise has held matches in the kingdom. WWE is wildly popular across the Middle East.

IPL deprives Indian players of their rights of voting

Bipin Dani Observer Correspondent

Mumbai—The Indian cricket board’s decision to shift the first leg of the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL) to UAE has deprived many players of their rights to vote in the ongoing elections in India. The voting wave sweeps in the country but many India players will not be able to vote in the Lok Sabha Elections.

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