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Monday, February 18, 2013

Nani crash

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom - Manchester United winger Nani has been involved in a car crash with an unmarked police car, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) confirmed on Saturday. Nani's Bentley Continental was in a collision with the unmarked police Ford Mondeo which was responding to an emergency call on Friday in Stockport, Cheshire, near Manchester. Neither driver was hurt but the passenger in the police car, a volunteer special constable, received minor injuries GMP said.

SA fightback

CAPE TOWN - Robin Peterson and Dale Steyn led a South African fightback which left the second Test against Pakistan evenly poised at the end of the third day at Newlands on Saturday. Pakistan were 3-100 at the close, a lead of 112. Peterson hit 84 to enable South Africa to get within 12 runs of Pakistan's first innings total of 338 and Steyn bowled at blistering pace to take two wickets as Pakistan lost their first three second innings wickets for 45 runs. At that stage South Africa were slightly on top but Azhar Ali and captain Misbah-ul-Haq shared a largely cautious partnership of 55 to see Pakistan through to the close without further loss.

Nadal in final

SAO PAULO - Rafael Nadal struggled into the Brazil Open final on Saturday by downing world No.111 Martin Alund in three sets and later said he was handicapped by nagging knee pain. The former world No.1, who is recovering from a left knee injury, battled hard on the clay surface but finally overcame his 27-year-old Argentine opponent 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-1 in nearly two hours. Sunday's (today Fiji time) final will pit the 26-year-old Spanish star against Argentine David Nalbandian, who whipped Italian Simone Bolelli 6-3 7-5 in 85 minutes in the other semi-final.

Late winner

PARIS - An injury-time Rod Fanni goal gave Marseille a barely-deserved 1-0 win over Valenciennes on Saturday to move the former champions within five points of leaders Paris Saint Germain. With PSG fans drooling over the prospect of David Beckham making his debut for the club against longtime rivals Marseille next Sunday the latter, whose last league crown came in 2010, were determined to set themselves up as realistic title challengers. The southerners laboured for much of the game but Fanni took the hosts onto 46 points from 25 games, five shy of PSG ahead of the Parisians' encounter Sunday at Sochaux, but one ahead of Lyon, who travel to Bordeaux.

Qatar showdown

DOHA - Serena Williams celebrated her recapture of the world No.1 ranking with her best performance of the year in a 6-3 6-2 trouncing of Maria Sharapova to reach the Qatar Open final on Saturday. Spectacularly heavy hitting carried the 15-time grand slam title-winner into Sunday's final against top seed and defending champion Victoria Azarenka. Saturday's defeat for French Open champion Sharapova was the Russian's first in Doha where she had won the title in both her previous appearances.

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