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TENNIS

CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIP

HOUSTON, Semi-finals (Saturday): Andy Roddick (2, US) bt Olivier Mutis (Fra) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 l Andre Agassi (1, US) bt Jurgen Melzer (Aut) 6-4, 6-1.

BARCELONA OPEN

BARCELONA, Semi-final (Saturday): Marat Safin (4, Rus) bt Juan Carlos Ferrero (1, Spa) 6-4, 6-3 l Carlos Moya (2, Spa) bt Agustin Calleri (16, Arg) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.

FED CUP, WORLD GROUP

BREE (Belgium): Belgium led Austria 2-0, First round (Belgian names first): Kim Clijsters bt Evelyn Fauth 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 l Justine Henin-Hardenne bt Patricia Wartusch 6-2, 6-1 l LOWELL (Massachusetts): The United States led the Czech Republic 2-0, First round (US names first): Venus Williams bt Daja Bedanova 6-1, 6-0 l Serena Williams bt Iveta Benesova 7-5, 6-1 l BUENOS AIRES: Slovenia bt Argentina 3-2, First round (Slovenian names first): Katarina Srebotnik bt Maria-Emilia Salerni 6-3, 6-7 (1-7), 6-1 l Maja Matevzic lost to Natalia Gussoni 4-6, 2-6 l Tina Krizan/Tina Pisnik bt Natalia Garbellotto/Maria-Emilia Salerni 2-6, 6-3, 4-6 l Tina Pisnik bt Maria-Emilia Salerni 7-5, 6-3 l Katarina Srebotnik bt Natalia Garbellotto 6-1, 6-2 l MOSCOW, Russia leads Croatia 3-0, First round (Russian names first): Anastasia Myskina bt Iva Majoli 6-2, 7-5 l Anastasia Myskina bt Karolina Sprem 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 l Elena Dementieva bt Iva Majoli 6-1, 6-4 l ETTENHEIM (Germany): Germany and Slovakia level 1-1, First round (German names first): Marlene Weingaertner lost to Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 5-7 l Anca Barna bt Ludmila Cervanova 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

FOOTBALL

SPANISH FIRST DIVISION

MADRID (Saturday): Athletic Bilbao 3 (Joseba Etxeberria 36, Ismael Urzaiz 41, Santi Ezquerro 45+1) Real Betis 1 (Fernando 27) l Atletico Madrid 0 Osasuna 1 (Ivan Rosado 44).

ITALIAN FIRST DIVSION

MILAN (Saturday): Atalanta 2 Torino 2 l AS Roma 2 AC Milan 1.

GOLF

HOUSTON OPEN

HUMBLE, Third round (Saturday): 200 Fred Couples (US) l 201 Mark Calcavecchia (US)l 202 Stuart Appleby (Aus) l 203 Trevor Immelman (RSA) l 204 Robert Gamez (US), Scott McCarron (US), David Sutherland (US), Jay Haas (US) l 205 Greg Chalmers (Aus), John Daly (US), John Riegger (US), Steve Flesch (US), Vijai Singh (Fij), Hank Kuehne (US) l 206 Alex Cejka (Ger), Kevin Sutherland (US), Briny Baird (US), Olin Browne (US), Bob May (US), Paul Stankowski (US) l 207 Deane Pappas (RSA), Geoff Ogilvy (Aus), Ernie Els (RSA), Rory Sabbatini (RSA) l 208 Carlos Franco (Par), Ian Leggatt (Can) l 210 Thomas Levet (Fra) l 211 John Senden (Aus) l 212 Hidemichi Tanaka (Jpn), Jose Coceres (Arg).

SPANISH OPEN

TENERIFE, Third round (Saturday): 197 Pablo Martin-Benavides (Spa), Kenneth Ferrie (GBR), Soren Hansen (Den), Santiago Luna (Spa), Paul Casey (GBR), Simon Khan (GBR) l 198 Brian Davis (GBR), Julien Clement (Swi) l 199 Peter Fowler (Aus), Peter Hedblom (Swe), Paul McGinley (Ire), Marten Olander (Swe), Miles Tunnicliff l 200 David Gilford (GBR), Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Fredrik Widmark (Swe), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa), Mikko Ilonen (Fin), Peter Lawrie (Ire), Jose Maria Olazabal (Spa) l 201 Anthony Wall (GBR), Fredrik Andersson (Swe), Jamie Donaldson (GBR), Raymond Russell (GBR), Shaun Webster (GBR), Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), Richard Green (Aus), Graeme McDowell (GBR), Bradley Dredge (GBR) l 202 Marcel Siem (Ger), Mads Vibe-Hastrup (Den), Steve Webster (GBR), Sergio Garcia (Spa), Ivo Giner (Spa), Andrew Marshall (GBR).

CRICKET

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

Chris Cairns, who made 57 for
Nottinghanshire
Results, Division one, At CANTERBURY: Kent 245 (G. Blewett 57, M. Carberry 55) & 411 (G. Jones 104, M. Ealham 82; P. DeFreitas 4/69). Leicestershire 270 (P. Nixon 113 n.o.; M. Saggers 4/75) & 255/6 (P. Nixon 53, D. Brandy 52). Match drawn l At OLD TRAFFORD: Lancashire 354 (M. Loye 113, A. Flintoff 97) & 41/2. Nottinghamshire 275 (C. Read 57, C. Cairns 57; P. Martin 5-54). Match drawn l At LORDís: Sussex 239 (T. Ambrose 51) & 204 (R. Martin-Jenkins 50; C. Keegan 4/36). Middlesex 116 & 330/7 (A. Strauss 83, O. Shah 61; R. Kirtley 4/87). Middlesex won by three wickets l At EDGBASTON: Warwickshire 446/7 decl. (J. Troughton 129 n.o., D. Brown 120, T. Frost 59) & 2nd innings forfeited. Essex 66/0 decl. & 380 (R. Irani 87, D. Robinson 56, A. Flower 55; A. Giles 5/115). Match drawn.

For the book

n President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Sunday sent his best wishes to former world billiards champion Wilson Jones, who is recovering from a heart attack in a Mumbai hospital, and contributed Rs 10,000 towards his medical expenses.


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