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Tennis: Nadal battles past Cuevas to reach Paris quarters


World number one Rafael Nadal overcame a second-set blip to reach the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Thursday with a 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 victory over Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas. The Spaniard, 31, had sealed the year-end number one spot for a fourth time on Wednesday, but he was made to work …

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Tennis: Women’s boss wants WTA Finals to close season


– Women’s Tennis Association chief executive Steve Simon said he wants the WTA Finals to become the last event of the season from 2019, meaning a likely swap with the ongoing Elite Trophy in Zhuhai. Simon said the Elite Trophy, which features 12 players ranked roughly from nine to 20, …

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Football: Dempsey double sends Seattle through


Clint Dempsey scored twice as the Seattle Sounders kept alive their dream of retaining the MLS Cup on Thursday with a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Dempsey, who had missed the first leg of the Western Conference semi-final through suspension, pounced for two second-half goals as Seattle advanced to …

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Football: Spurs stun Madrid, join Man City in last 16


– Brilliant Tottenham Hotspur took Real Madrid apart in a 3-1 win over the reigning champions on Wednesday as they clinched their place in the Champions League last 16 along with Manchester City. Dele Alli starred with a brace for Tottenham with Christian Eriksen also scoring before Cristiano Ronaldo s …

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Football: Kurzawa bags hat-trick as PSG blow away Anderlecht

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– Left-back Layvin Kurzawa was an unlikely hat-trick hero as Paris Saint-Germain destroyed Anderlecht 5-0 on Tuesday and sealed their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with two group games to spare. Marco Verratti and Neymar had scored brilliant first-half goals for the hosts at the Parc …

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Liverpool’s Klopp warns over complacency


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned his side against complacency as they prepare to cross swords with Maribor in the Champions League on Wednesday, two weeks after pummelling the Slovenians 7-0. Klopp delved into the history books to underline the lesson for the five-time European champions as they try to …

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Nadal seals year-end No.1 ranking for 4th time


Rafael Nadal secured the year-end world number one ranking with a 7-5, 6-3 second-round victory over South Korean Hyeon Chung at the Paris Masters on Wednesday. The 16-time Grand Slam champion is the oldest man to finish a season at the top of the rankings at the age of 31, …

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Tennis: Nadal set to seal year-end No 1 spot in Paris


– Rafael Nadal will be crowned as the year-end world number one if he wins his first match at this week s Paris Masters, after Roger Federer withdrew from the tournament. The two old rivals have both had stunning seasons, returning to form and fitness with two Grand Slam titles …

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