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Battle on

LIVERPOOL - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that his side will not give up on the Premier League title despite the odds being stacked against them on tomorrow's final day.

Rodgers needs leaders Manchester City to lose at home to West Ham United and his side to beat Newcastle United to become the first Liverpool manager to oversee a championship success since 1990.

Sammy retires

ST JOHN'S, Antigua and Barbuda - Darren Sammy retired from Test cricket yesterday just hours after being replaced by Denesh Ramdin as West Indies captain.

Sammy, 30, had been in charge of the Test team since October 2010. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said that he would remain in charge of the Twenty20 international squad.

Playoff draw

LONDON - Wigan were left frustrated as Queens Park Rangers ground out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final at the DW Stadium yesterday.

There was little goalmouth action in a tense battle between two sides desperate for promotion 12 months after crashing out of the Premier Leaguef.

Japan first

MADRID - Kei Nishikori ensured he will become the first Japanese player to make the top 10 of the ATP rankings with a 6-4 6-4 win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez to make the Madrid Masters semi-finals yesterday.

Currently ranked 12th in the world, Nishikori will move into the top 10 when the latest rankings are released on Monday thanks to 13-match winning streak.

In the lead

SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands - Scott Henry shot a five-under-par 67 yesterday to take a two-shot clubhouse lead in the first round of the fog-affected Madeira Islands Open.

The heavy fog that forced Thursday's first day to be abandoned returned mid-morning yesterday and caused a four-hour delay, forcing organisers to shorten the Portuguese territory event to 54 holes.

Stadium ban

LEEDS, England - Keighley player-coach Paul March will be forced to miss his second-tier club's biggest match in their recent history after being given a two-month stadium ban.

A Rugby Football League operational rule tribunal has imposed a two-month suspension for verbally abusing match officials.

Heat in front

MIAMI, Florida-DPA - LeBron James tallied 22 points and Chris Bosh had 18 points and six rebounds as the Miami Heat downed the Brooklyn Nets 94-82 in game two of their Eastern Conference playoff series.

The two-time defending NBA champs took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with game three set for Saturday night in New York.

Jones recovers

MANCHESTER, England - England defender Phil Jones will definitely overcome a shoulder injury in time for the World Cup, according to Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs on Friday.

Jones, 22, suffered the injury in United's 3-1 win over Hull in midweek and there were concerns that he had suffered a dislocation and would not be fit to go to Brazil.

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