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Monday, January 07, 2013

Squash final

LONDON - Seven-time world champion Nicol David eased into the title match at the World Series Squash Finals on Saturday with an 11-5 11-8 win over France's Camille Serme. The world No.1, who won the tournament in 2012, will face England's Laura Massaro in Sunday's women's final in a repeat of the pair's World Open final showdown won by the Malaysian star in the Cayman Islands last month. Massaro overcame compatriot Jenny Duncalf 6-11 11-8 11-9 in her semi-final.

Sainz wins

PISCO, Peru - Former champion Carlos Sainz of Spain rebounded from missing last year's Dakar Rally by winning the first stage of this year's race around Pisco in Peru on Saturday. Drivers had to rally only 13 kilometres after driving down the Pacific coast from the official start in Lima. Sainz, the 2010 champion who's trying out new buggys with teammate and 2011 winner Nasser Al-Attiyah, won his 25th Dakar stage.

New twist

KAPALUA, Hawaii - For those who think the US PGA Tour season never ends, here's a new twist: This one can't get started. For the second straight day, the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua on Maui in Hawaii was postponed on Saturday because of wind gusts topping 65kph that made it impossible to play. Some holes on the back nine are so exposed that when officials dropped a golf ball on the green, it actually rolled up uphill. The tournament was supposed to begin on Friday.

Lazio closes gap

MILAN - Lazio closed the gap on Serie A leaders Juventus to five points on Saturday thanks to two late goals in a dramatic 2-1 win over nine-man Cagliari. The Biancocelesti were kept on a level footing by the determined visitors from Sardinia in a comparatively incident-free first half. But Vladimir Petkovic's men made their intentions far clearer in a dominant second half when Abdoulay Konko's 79th minute strike levelled Marco Sau's opener for Cagliari before a late penalty from Antonio Candreva sealed the win.

Ankle injury

LOS ANGELES - Australian NBA star Andrew Bogut is confident he will overcome a serious ankle injury to play for the Golden State Warriors again this season. Warriors owner Joe Lacob and the team's coach Mark Jackson have refused to put a timeline on Bogut's return to the court.

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