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It’s Roger vs Haas at Halle

Halle: Roger Federer will face German wild card Tommy Haas in a bid to win the Gerry Weber Open for a record sixth time on Sunday.

The second-seeded Federer beat Mikhail Youzhny of Russia by 6-1, 6-4 to reach his seventh final while the 87th-ranked Haas defeated defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (5), 7-5 in Saturday’s semi-finals.

Pybus test

Harare: Richard Pybus makes his debut as Bangladesh coach on Sunday when they take on Zimbabwe in the opening game of a tri-nation Twenty20 tournament, here. A depleted South Africa, are the other team.

“It is important to build on the momentum that has been created by the results in the Asia Cup and reach the goals we have set for ourselves,” he stressed.

OBE Luke

London: Luke Donald has been recognised by Queen Elizabeth II for spending almost a year at the top of golf’s world rankings.

The Englishman, who has spent 48 weeks as No. 1 since May last year, was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours list released on Saturday.

Shiv makes cut

Saint-Omer (France): A late slump threatened to jeopardise Shiv Kapur’s chances but the Indian golfer still managed to make the cut with a four-over 75 in the second round of the Saint-Omer Open here.

Sharmila falters

Ascona-Locarno (Switzerland): Sharmila Nicollet’s late recovery came a tad too late as she missed the cut at the Swiss Open with a three-over 75 in the second round of the event here.

Laudrup view

London: Michael Laudrup said that taking over at Swansea City makes up for his regret of never having played in the top flight in England.

The Dane, who was on holiday in Qatar Friday to celebrate his 48th birthday, will travel to South Wales early this week to discuss transfers and sign his two-year deal, worth £1million-a-year plus bonuses.

Drogba visit

New Delhi: Didier Drogba will be in the capital on Sunday to attend the final of a inter-school football tournament organised by a soft drink company.

He will also play an exhibition match along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh.

The event will take place at the Thyajraj Nagar Sports Complex.

India held

Calcutta: The Indian under-22 squad, presently camping in Dubai for the forthcoming AFC U-22 Championship were held to a 2-2 draw in their first practice match against a combined African XI on Saturday. Lalrindika Ralte and Tirthankar Sarkar were scorers.