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November 15, 2018 12:00 AM Hamilton cool on F1 expansion to new countries

LONDON: World champion Lewis Hamilton has questioned Formula One’s policy of organising races in new countries after this month’s announcement of the Vietnam Grand Prix.Hamilton told the BBC that he would prefer to see more stops in countries with a genuine racing tradition, rather than expanding to new markets.“On the racing side, I don’t know how important

November 14, 2018 12:00 AM Cilic leads Croatian bid to dethrone Davis Cup champs France

ZAGREB, Croatia: World number seven Marin Cilic will spearhead Croatia’s bid for just a second Davis Cup triumph when they face France in Lille later this month, the Croatian tennis federation said Tuesday. Cilic, 30, will be joined by Borna Coric, ranked 12th, as well as Franko Skugor, Mate Pavic and Ivan Dodig, a federation statement said.“Croatia

November 13, 2018 12:00 AM Kuchar survives scare to end title drought

MEXICO CITY: Matt Kuchar survived a late scare to clinch his first title in four years on Sunday with a one-shot victory at the US PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Classic in Playa del Carmen. The 40-year-old American, who had started the final round with a four-shot lead, squeezed home ahead of New Zealand’s Danny Lee after posting a two-under-par 69.Lee had surged 1

November 12, 2018 12:00 AM World champion Momota wins China Open

SHANGHAI: World champion Kento Momota won badminton’s Fuzhou China Open on Sunday to add another title to his already spectacular season. Japan’s world number one survived a spirited challenge from Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen, defeating the fourth seed 21-13, 11-21, 21-16 in 66 minutes.The 24-year-old Momota collapsed to the court floor and lay on his back exhausted 2

November 11, 2018 12:00 AM Momota sails into China Open final

SHANGHAI: World champion Kento Momota fought back from a game down to defeat Olympic title-holder Chen Long and reach Sunday’s final of the Fuzhou China Open badminton tournament. The Japanese world number one will meet Taiwan’s Chou Tien-chen in the decider after beating China’s Chen 19-21, 21-17, 21-17. Top seed Momota is chasing a fourth tournament 1

November 11, 2018 12:00 AM Parbat claims Karachi Club Open juniors 18 title

KARACHI: Parbat Kumar clinched the title of juniors 18 singles at the Karachi Club Open (National Seniors & Juniors Tennis Championship) here on Saturday. Parbat defeated his younger brother Hasheesh Kumar 6-2, 7-5 to capture the title. However, Parbat lost the men’s singles final to Farhan Altaf 6-2, 5-7, 4-6. Similarly, the title of boys under-14 was annexed 1

November 11, 2018 12:00 AM Kuchar takes two-shot lead over Champ in Mexico

MEXICO CITY: Matt Kuchar grabbed a two-shot lead at the US PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Classic in Mexico on Friday, firing his second straight 64 for a 14-under par total of 128. Kuchar, owner of seven tour titles but seeking his first since the 2014 RBC Heritage, was two strokes clear of Cameron Champ, who fired a nine-under par 62 to set an early target on 130. Champ 1

November 8, 2018 12:00 AM Thai golfers dominate first round in China

SHANGHAI: Thai golfers dominated the opening round of the $2.1 million Blue Bay LPGA in China on Wednesday, with the world-ranked 89 Thidapa Suwannapura leading the way. Thidapa shot a four-under-par 68 on the island of Hainan to take a one-shot lead from Thailand’s world number one Ariya Jutanugarn and Canada’s Alena Sharp.Six players were tied in fourth 3

November 8, 2018 12:00 AM Kyrgios seeing psychologists, working on mental health

SYDNEY: Temperamental Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios says he is talking to psychologists and “trying to get on top” of his mental health after another roller-coaster season where he was criticised for his on-court antics. Kyrgios finished his season early in October after an elbow injury forced him out of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.The fiery 23-year-old 4

November 6, 2018 12:00 AM Late eagle lifts DeChambeau to US PGA Las Vegas title

LOS ANGELES, California: Bryson DeChambeau rolled in a 58-foot eagle putt from off the green at 16 on Sunday on the way to a one-shot victory in the US PGA Tour’s Shriners for Children Open in Las Vegas. DeChambeau fired a five-under par 66 in the final round at TPC Summerlin to edge defending champion Patrick Cantlay by a stroke.On a day that saw several 3