Asian Cup: Iran want life ban for Aussie referee Ben Williams
Asian Cup: Iran want life ban for Aussie referee Ben Williams

A top Iranian official on Sunday called for a life ban for Australian referee Ben Williams after a bungling display in their tempestuous Asian Cup quarter-final loss to Iraq.

Tomas Berdych undaunted by Rafael Nadal`s superiority
Tomas Berdych undaunted by Rafael Nadal`s superiority

Tomas Berdych said Sunday he is far from downhearted about his long losing streak against Rafael Nadal and their looming Australian Open quarter-final showdown will be a fresh start.

Commanding Rafael Nadal issues title warning in Melbourne
Commanding Rafael Nadal issues title warning in Melbourne

World number three Rafael Nadal`s chances of a second Australian Open crown soared with a commanding win to lock in a quarter-final berth Sunday.

Asian Cup: Iran`s protest over Iraqi player rejected
Asian Cup: Iran`s protest over Iraqi player rejected

Iran`s protest that Iraq fielded an ineligible player in their stormy Asian Cup quarter-final loss was rejected on Sunday, an Iranian official told AFP.

UAE shock Japan on penalties at Asian Cup, enter semis
UAE shock Japan on penalties at Asian Cup, enter semis

Japan were sent crashing out of the Asian Cup on Friday as the United Arab Emirates shocked the defending champions 5-4 on penalties after a pulsating quarter-final.

Roberto Mancini hails Xherdan Shaqiri `class`
Roberto Mancini hails Xherdan Shaqiri `class`

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini hailed the "class" of Xherdan Shaqiri after the Swiss international scored his maiden goal on his full debut to help seal a place in the Italian Cup quarter-final with a 2-0 win over depleted Sampdoria.

Asian Cup: Iran, Iraq seek calm passage to semi-finals
Asian Cup: Iran, Iraq seek calm passage to semi-finals

Bitter rivals Iran and Iraq square off in a potentially explosive Asian Cup quarter-final in Canberra on Friday with the coaches of both teams urging players to keep their emotions in check.

Asian Cup: Past defeats will aid Uzbeks against South Korea
Asian Cup: Past defeats will aid Uzbeks against South Korea

Uzbekistan will harness the pain of almost two decades of frustration against South Korea to drive them to victory in their Asian Cup quarter-final on Thursday, coach Mirdjalal Kasimov said.

Asian Cup: Iraq hope practice makes penalties perfect for Iran test
Asian Cup: Iraq hope practice makes penalties perfect for Iran test

Penalty practice begins on Wednesday for Iraq`s squad as head coach Radhi Shenaishil prepares his side for a quarter-final against old foes Iran by daring to dream of another Asian Cup title.

Ronnie O`Sullivan sets new career century record
Ronnie O`Sullivan sets new career century record

Ronnie O`Sullivan took sole possession of the record for most professional career century breaks when he posted his 776th three-figure contribution on Thursday.

Asian Cup: China, Uzbekistan target quarters
Asian Cup: China, Uzbekistan target quarters

Alain Perrin`s China will look to edge closer to a first Asian Cup quarter-final appearance in more than a decade with a win over 2011 semi-finalists Uzbekistan on Wednesday.

Rafael Nadal crashes out of China Open
Rafael Nadal crashes out of China Open

Rafael Nadal crashed out of the China Open Friday, tiring at the end of a gruelling three-set quarter-final against qualifier Martin Klizan, while reigning women`s champion Serena Williams withdrew injured.

Asian Games: South Korea beat Japan 1-0 to reach football semis
Asian Games: South Korea beat Japan 1-0 to reach football semis

Hosts South Korea beat bitter rivals Japan 1-0 in a feisty Asian Cup quarter-final on Sunday thanks to a late penalty from captain Jang Hyun-Soo.

Andy Murray makes ATP Shenzhen Open semis, Richard Gasquet crashes
Andy Murray makes ATP Shenzhen Open semis, Richard Gasquet crashes

Andy Murray reached the last four of the ATP Shenzhen Open Friday, as he chases points to make November`s World Tour Finals in London.

Maria Kirilenko into WTA Korea Open quarters
Maria Kirilenko into WTA Korea Open quarters

Russia`s Maria Kirilenko reached her first quarter-final of the year on Thursday when she came from behind to beat Czech third seed Klara Koukalova at the WTA Korea Open.

Caroline Wozniacki battles for win in Tokyo
Caroline Wozniacki battles for win in Tokyo

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki battled from behind to beat Jarmila Gajdosova 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 at the WTA Pan Pacific Open Thursday in her first match since losing in the US Open final.

Basketball World Cup: France down hosts Spain to set up Serbia semi-final
Basketball World Cup: France down hosts Spain to set up Serbia semi-final

European champions France beat hosts Spain 65-52 in an epic World Cup quarter-final on Wednesday to book a date with Serbia in Friday`s semi-final.

Andy Murray buoyed by slugfest defeat by Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray buoyed by slugfest defeat by Novak Djokovic

For two sets, Andy Murray went toe-to-toe with world number one Novak Djokovic and battled him to a standstill at the U.S. Open.

Roger Federer, Gael Monfils to clash in US Open quarter-final blockbuster
Roger Federer, Gael Monfils to clash in US Open quarter-final blockbuster

Five-time champion Roger Federer set-up a US Open quarter-final blockbuster against eccentric French star Gael Monfils on Tuesday as the hugely-hyped new generation once again flopped.

Saina Nehwal crashes out of World Badminton Championships
Saina Nehwal crashes out of World Badminton Championships

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Copenhagen: India's star shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out of the World Badminton Championships losing to her familiar foe, Chinese Li Xuerui in the quarter-final.