INDIAN WELLS, California: Maria Sharapova didn’t need too much time out in the chilly wind at Indian Wells, sweeping into the third round with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Francesca Schiavone.
Rome: Mario Balotelli grabbed the headlines again as 10-man AC Milan consolidated their grip on third place in Serie A with a 2-0 win Friday at lowly Genoa which extended their unbeaten league run to 10 games.
LEON, Mexico: Frenchman Sebastien Ogier leads following the first seven specials on the second day of the Rally of Mexico here on Friday.
MONTAGNE DE LURE, France: Australia’s Team Sky rider Richie Porte broke clear to win the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice race at the mountaintop finish on La Montagne de Lure on Friday and seize the overall lead.
Dublin: France captain Thierry Dusautoir said he was hoping to leave the pitch after the Six Nations match with Ireland on Saturday with a smile on his face having recorded their first win of the tournament.
The Hague: The International Criminal Court on Friday postponed the trial of Kenyan vice-presidential hopeful William Ruto on charges of crimes against humanity until May 28 to give his lawyers more time to prepare.
Islamabad: Pakistan cricket team’s manager Naveed Akram Cheema on Friday rejected reports of rift between captain Misbah-ul-Haq and T20 captain, Mohammad Hafeez, saying that the reports were part of a ‘negative campaign’ to dent Pakistan’s confidence ahead of its ODI series against South Africa.
Manchester: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson on Friday dismissed suggestions Wayne Rooney could leave the club in the summer after being left out against Real Madrid in midweek.
New Delhi: Ex-Pakistan Skipper and pacer Waqar Younis has been appointed as a bowling coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad for the upcoming Indian Premier League in April-May.
DUNEDIN, New Zealand: A superb 171 on debut from Hamish Rutherford steered New Zealand to a commanding first innings lead over England on the third day of the opening Test at University Oval on Friday.