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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tsonga victory

MARSEILLE - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came back from a set down and saved a match point to defeat Czech top seed Tomas Berdych to win the ATP Tour's Marseille Open 3-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 yesterday. The French number one picked up his 10th ATP victory and second in Marseille after defeating the world number six and a player he had beaten only once in five meetings. Tsonga paid tribute to the rousing support he received on the Mediterranean coast.

Ashwin fined

CHENNAI, India - India's Ravi Ashwin has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee for wearing too many logos on his batting pads on Sunday's third day of play in the first Test against Australia. "The player exceeded the permitted number of manufacturer's logos when he walked onto the field with four logos on the straps of his batting pads," the ICC said in a statement. On-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Kumar Dharmasena and third umpire Vineet Kulkarni laid the level-one charge.

Celtic leads

GLASGOW, Scotland - Celtic moved 21 points clear in the Scottish Premier League by thrashing last-place Dundee 5-0 yesterday, with Joe Ledley scoring twice for the defending champions. James Forrest, Dylan McGeoch and Gary Hooper were the other scorers for Celtic, who have virtually wrapped up the title with three months remaining in the campaign. Dundee's hopes evaporated with the sending-off of Matt Lockwood for a foul on Hooper, leading to the penalty that Forrest converted to make it 2-0 after 50 minutes.

Day stopped

TUCSON, Arizona - Jason Day's run at the World Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain came to an end in the semi-finals at the hands of Matt Kuchar. The American beat the Australian 4 and 3 in cold and windy conditions on a morning when Day couldn't find the magic he had during his earlier matches. The Queenslander played without a birdie and notched four bogeys and a double bogey to take away any chance of a trip to the final. "I played great golf yesterday and just came out this morning a little flat," Day said.

Hull beaten

LEEDS, England - Michael Dobson brought up a half century of tries for Hull KR but the Australian halfback couldn't prevent Salford picking up a first victory of the Super League season yesterday as they ran out 38-34 winners. Hull KR were celebrating a 24-14 lead at halftime, with Dobson having touched down twice to bring up 50 tries for the Robins since arriving from Canberra in 2008. But although he ended up with five goals to his name as well and Hull KR led 34-14 with 30 minutes remaining, Dobson still ended up on the losing side as the visitors picked up their first points of the season.

Second title

BUENOS AIRES - David Ferrer won his second ATP tournament of the year by defeating Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 3-6 6-1 on Sunday to successfully defend his Copa Claro title in the Argentine capital. The top-seeded Ferrer broke his opponent six times - including three in the final set - to clinch the 20th title of his career. He won the Heineken Open last month in Auckland. "Winning 20 ATP tournaments is tough to do," the Spaniard said.

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