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Friday, January 24, 2014

Williams back

INDIAN WELLS, CaliforniaP - Serena Williams has entered the Indian Wells tournament for the first time since vowing in 2001 to never return.

The sisters were scheduled to meet in the semi-finals in 2001, but 20 minutes before the match, Venus withdrew and fans booed them.

Serena went on to win her second title at Indian Wells.

Record chase

SAN DIEGO, California - Top-ranked Tiger Woods says he still feels in the prime of his career, but admits time is vanishing in his chase of the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus.

Woods, a 14-time major winner, makes his 2014 debut yesterday seeking his ninth career triumph at Torrey Pines and his eighth victory at the $US6.1 million PGA Farmers Insurance Open.

Milan beaten

MILAN - Clarence Seedorf's second match in charge of AC Milan ended in a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Udinese in the Italian Cup quarter-finals yesterday.

Mario Balotelli gave Milan a sixth minute lead before they were pegged back by a 41st minute penalty converted by Colombian Luis Muriel.

Good shot

DOHA - Steve Webster shot a sensational albatross on his very first hole at the Qatar Masters yesterday but despite his feat the opening round lead was held by South Africa's George Coetzee after a late birdie blitz.

Englishman Webster, who started out on the par-five 10th tee, saw his five-wood approach from 254 yards disappear into the cup.

Weak side

BELGRADE - Serbia will be forced to field a weakened side, minus Novak Djokovic, against Switzerland in their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie next week in Novi Sad.

Beaten in the last eight of the Australian Open by Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in Melbourne on Tuesday, Djokovic had already made it clear he would not be available for the tie.

Free agent

BERLIN - Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese is a free agent after parting company with Hoffenheim, bringing an end to an unhappy 18-month spell at the Bundesliga club.

The 32-year-old, who won the last of his six caps in a friendly against France almost two years ago, made just 10 league appearances for Hoffenheim after joining them in July 2012 from Werder Bremen.

City buys club

MELBOURNE - While Melbourne Heart fans will be licking their lips at possible star signings for next season, it's off the field where things are really looking up.

English Premier League powerhouse Manchester City, in partnership with a group of owners of NRL side the Melbourne Storm, announced yesterday they had acquired the Melbourne Heart A-League licence.

Falcao injured

PARIS - An injury to star striker Radamel Falcao has overshadowed Monaco's win against minnows Chasselay in the round of 32 of the French Cup.

The Colombian crumbled to the ground following a challenge inside the Chasselay area - for which no penalty was given - just before the interval and needed lengthy treatment before being carried away on a stretcher underneath a blanket.





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