Marin Cilic deployed his powerful serve to ease past fellow Croatian Ivan Ljubicic 6-4 6-3 on Saturday and reach the final of the China Open.
Cilic, who also reached the final in 2009 before losing to Novak Djokovic, will next face Czech Tomas Berdych or Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who were playing later on Saturday.Full Story
Germany coach Joachim Loew is looking for his side to step up their performance against Belgium on Tuesday as they try to make it ten wins out of ten in Euro 2012 qualifying.
Loew enjoyed the 50th win of his career as Germany coach on Friday as his team earned their ninth consecutive win in Group A, defeating Turkey 3-1 in Istanbul.Full Story
Fabio Capello is preparing for life without Wayne Rooney after the striker's dismissal marred England's successful qualification for Euro 2012.
Rooney was shown a straight red card for violent conduct after aiming a needless and petulant kick at Montenegrin defender Miodrag Dzudovic during England's 2-2 draw at the Gradski Stadium on Friday.Full Story
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi enjoyed a commanding debut as Argentina skipper as his country opened their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 4-1 win over Chile on Friday.
Messi scored once while Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain hit a hat-trick to give new coach Alejandro Sabella a triumphant start in his first competitive match in charge.Full Story
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe on Friday called for a zero tolerance policy towards drugs cheats a day after U.S. 400m Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt's ban against competing in next year's Games was overturned.
Merritt won a case in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after challenging the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) controversial rule which states that anyone banned for doping for sixth months or more should miss the next Olympics.Full Story
Italian Flavia Pennetta stunned world number one Caroline Wozniacki with a fierce 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7/2) comeback in the quarter-finals of the China Open on Friday.
The Dane looked to be in control before Pennetta began a fightback, winning the second set to nil, and dominating a third set tie-break.Full Story
Dutch winger Arjen Robben has undergone successful surgery to remedy a troublesome groin problem, his club Bayern Munich confirmed on Friday.
Robben had been left "frustrated" after the injury flared up recently ruling him out of the Netherlands' forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers.Full Story
Former world number one Dinara Safina has retired from professional tennis, her elder brother Marat told media on Friday.
"Dinara (Safina) has decided to end her career," Safin said. "She has taken the decision relatively well. She considers it just to be the end of a period in her life."Full Story
Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola says he does not want a long-term contract with the European champions because he needs to feel free to decide his future so as to perform at his best.
The 40-year-old has preferred to sign one-year contract extensions since he was promoted from Barcelona's B team in June 2008 to replace Dutchman Frank Rijkaard in charge of the senior team.Full Story
Defending champion Rafael Nadal fought off a spirited challenge from Colombia's Santiago Giraldo to reach the semi-finals of the Japan Open on Friday.
The former world number one, playing his first ATP tournament since losing in the U.S. Open final last month, struggled to break Giraldo's serve in the first set and needed a tie-break to set him up for a 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 win.Full Story