TOKYO - Australia's Sam Stosur fought back from a set down against France's Alize Cornet, while former world No.1 Venus Williams showed glimpses of her old power by blasting past German Mona Barthel 6-3 6-1 as both reached the second round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo yesterday. The 12th seeded Stosur was broken twice in the opening set before bouncing back to triumphs.
Still on top
PARIS - Monaco came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with defending French champions Paris Saint-Germain yesterday to keep hold of top spot in Ligue 1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic volleyed PSG into an early lead in the French capital, but Monaco's Radamel Falcao bundled in an equaliser for the visitors as the first clash between the league's two financial heavyweights finished level.
LONDON - Paolo di Canio was sacked as manager of English Premier League basement club Sunderland yesterday. The north-east side's announcement came just a day after a 3-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion left them with just one point from their opening five league games.
Victory at home
LONDON - Bradley Wiggins won his home Tour of Britain yesterday as compatriot Mark Cavendish took his third stage victory of this year's race. Omega Pharma Quickstep sprint specialist Cavendish surged away from An Post Chain Reaction's Sam Bennett of Italy and Italian rider Elia Viviani of Cannondale to take victory in the closing stages of a race that culminated in central London.
SINGAPORKEE, Singapore - Sebastian Vettel took a huge step towards his fourth straight world title yesterday with a superlative victory in Singapore that left his rivals fighting for scraps. The German, starting from pole, fought off Nico Rosberg in the first corner and despite a safety car intervention, he was untouchable as he scored his third win in a row in Singapore.
METZ, France - Second-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon won the 11th title of his career when he outplayed top seed and compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 6-3 in the final of the ATP Metz Open. Simon, whose summer has been plagued by whooping cough and its after-effects, only entered the tournament on a wildcard.
ANKARA, Turkey - The high-profile Istanbul derby between bitter rivals Galatasaray and Besiktas was abandoned yesterday when fans invaded the pitch, throwing seats at tear gas-firing police. There were just two minutes left when supporters of Besiktas, who were losing 2-1 at the time, clashed with police, the private NTV television reported..
MADRID - Real Madrid shrugged off a warm-up injury suffered by Gareth Bale to move back to within two points of leaders Barcelona yesterday thanks to a 4-1 win over Getafe. Angel Lafita's deflected strike had given the visitors a surprise early lead, but Pepe and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty put Madrid in front at half-time before Isco and Ronaldo sealed the win in the second-half.