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Navratilova flays Dokic Sr

Gold Coast: Former world number one Martina Navratilova attacked Damir Dokic on Sunday over the Yugoslav’s homophobic comments about lesbian players.

Navratilova, 46, is playing doubles this week at the Australian Hardcourt Women’s Championships as a warm-up to next month’s Australian Open.

She took time out from her preparations on Sunday to respond to a threat Dokic had made earlier this month to commit suicide if he found out his tennis player daughter, Jelena, was a lesbian.

“It’s a good thing that I am not his daughter then,” Navratilova said. “Maybe it’s too bad I’m not.” Dokic also told a Serbian newspaper that more than 40 percent of women on the world tour were lesbians.

“That’s a pretty stupid comment to make obviously if his sense of worth as a father is whether your daughter is a lesbian or not,” said Navratilova. “If that’s the most important thing to him then I really feel sorry for him.”

De Silva’s explanation

Colombo: Sri Lankan batsman Aravinda De Silva blamed lack of confidence for his team’s poor performance in the tri-nations series in Australia, a news report said on Sunday.

“We shouldn’t be worried about the outcome of this series too much, but should focus on the World cup and get the combination right to do well there,” the Island newspaper quoted De Silva as saying.

Sri Lanka has lost all three matches in the tri-nation series — two to England and one to Australia. Batsmen De Silva, Hashan Tillekeratne, Avishka Gunawardena and medium pace bowler Charitha Buddhika Fernando are leaving for Australia on Monday to take part in the five remaining matches. in the second phase of the tournament beginning January 9.

“It’s going to be tough for us. We need to fire all our cylinders to get to the final from now onward,” De Silva said. Lack of confidence has caused the team’s downfall and he was looking forward to do his best to reverse the trend, he said.

Henman out of Australian Open

Perth: Tim Henman has pulled out of next month’s Australian Open having failed to recover from shoulder surgery in time.

The British number one feels his shoulder has not recovered sufficiently since undergoing arthroscopic surgery in November, he said on Sunday.

“This was a very difficult decision to make. I’ve been working hard and much progress has been made but it’s not quite there yet and I’ve said all along that I was only going to make the trip to Australia if I felt my shoulder was fully recovered,” Henman said.

The news is a blow to organisers of the opening Grand Slam of the year which will also be without last year’s semi-finalist Tommy Haas who is also suffering from a shoulder injury.

Mousumi, Arunava win

Chennai: Top seed Arunava Ganguly of PSB beat Sameer Prabhu of Rajasthan in the boys’ final to win the 64th junior national and inter-state table tennis meet Sunday. Girls’ No. 1 Mousumi Paul of Bengal beat Madhurika Patkar of Maharasthra A. Results: Girls: Mousumi Paul (Ben) bt M Patkar 12-10, 11-7, 11-8, 11-4. Boys: A Ganguly (PSB) bt S Prabhu (Raj) 8-11, 16-14, 10-12, 12-10, 11-8, 12-10.

n Cricket: Sachin Tendulkar programming at 10.30 pm on STAR Sports nCricket: Australia vs England, 4th Ashes Test, Day 5 second session , live from 8 am on STAR Sports nSoccer: Premier League, New Castle United vs Tottenham Hotspur from 5pm on ESPN nGeneral: Sportsline Tonight, live from 8.30 pm on STAR Sportsn Malaysia’s Indra Putra Mahyuddin (right) is challenged by Trinh Xuan Thanh of Vietnam during a play-off for third place in the Tiger Cup 2002 at the Gelora Bung Karno sport stadium in Jakarta Sunday. Vietnam won 2-1. In the final Thailand beat Indonesia 4-2 on penalties. (AFP)


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