Oct 212018
 
Isner welcomes Wimbledon?s new tiebreak rule

LONDON: Tennis’s marathon man John Isner has welcomed Wimbledon’s decision to introduce tiebreaks at 12-12 in the final set.The American became something of a Wimbledon cult hero when beating France’s Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set in 2010 – a record-breaking duel lasting 11 hours five minutes and spanning three days and in which the last set alone (eight hours 11 minutes) would have broken the previous longest-match record.After his 2010 exploits Isner, 33, was involved in the second-longest Wimbledon match in this year’s semi-finals when he went down 26-24 in the fifth set to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson – a battle lasting six hours and 36 minutes.That led to further calls to bring in sudden-death tiebreaks and Wimbledon’s organisers announced this week that next year’s Championships would use them after 24 games in deciding sets. “I have said all along 12-all is good,” he told BBC Radio 5 on Sunday.“That is sensible – you’re getting people who like the advantage and people who like tie-breaks. It is bucking tradition but a lot of people believe that is not a bad thing.” The world number 10 even joked that the new ruling should be named after him.“The next match that gets to that, they should just say we will now play the Isner Rule,” he said. “I don’t think they are going to do that, but I think I’ve been a big driving force for it.”

Oct 212018
 
Messi suffers arm injury as Barca put four past Sevilla

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi scored and then went off injured as Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-2 on Saturday to move back to the top of La Liga.Messi had to be substituted in the 26th minute at the Camp Nou after falling awkwardly on his right arm, but not before the Argentinian had doubled Barca’s lead with a curling left-footed finish.Barcelona now face an anxious wait, with the Clasico against Real Madrid fast-approaching next weekend.Philippe Coutinho had opened the scoring and Luis Suarez’s penalty, which he also earned, made sure of victory before a three-goal flurry in the final 11 minutes.Pablo Sarabia and Luis Muriel twice reduced the deficit to two, either side of a sweeping volley from Ivan Rakitic. Messi fell to the ground following a tussle with Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez and, as his right hand tried to cushion the landing, his elbow appeared to buckle.

Oct 212018
 
Marquez romps to MotoGP title as Dovizioso crashes

MOTEGI: Japan: Honda’s Marc Marquez stormed to a nail-biting victory in Japan Sunday to capture his third straight MotoGP world championship as Ducati rival Andrea Dovizioso crashed out.The Spanish sensation has now won five championships in motorcycling’s premier class, putting him level with Australian legend Mick Doohan.Marquez, still just 25, trails only the Italian pair of Valentino Rossi, who won the last of his seven championships in 2009, and Giacomo Agostini, whose record eighth came in 1975, in the all-time list.“I feel really, really good,” whooped Marquez after Dovizioso’s late spill confirmed his eighth victory of the season.“I already imagined that it will be (decided) here but the important thing is that when you have the first chance, you do it. “It wasn’t the best circuit to do it but I worked hard all weekend,” added Marquez.“I was able to follow Andrea and decided to attack before the last lap. I was pushing really hard, so he made a mistake — I’m disappointed because he deserves to be on the podium with us.” Marquez started from sixth on the grid at Motegi but quickly knifed through the field and was third by the end of the first lap. He flirted with disaster on lap 14, however, after overtaking Dovizioso at turn nine before running wide at the next corner and spitting up dirt and dust as he battled to control a violent wobble.That heart-in-mouth moment allowed Dovizioso to retake the lead, but Marquez continued to swarm all over the Italian, [Read More…]