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Agassi a win away from No.1

Houston: Andre Agassi moved within one win of the world No. 1 spot after crushing qualifier Ricardo Mello 6-0, 6-1 at the US Clay Court championships on Friday. Agassi, who will knock Lleyton Hewitt off the top of the ATP Champions Race rankings if he beats Mardy Fish or Jurgen Melzer in the semi-finals on Saturday, took just 43 minutes to overpower Mello.

“To be No. 1 at all is a great accomplishment, so I would certainly feel rewarded in that,” the top-seeded American told the ATP’s official website. “But for me, being No. 1 is also the result of playing the best tennis and improving it day after day. Over a 52-week period, to reach number one would be nice.”

Agassi, the Australian Open champion, completed his 21st victory in 22 matches this year.

Ebdon, Hendry in quarters

Sheffield: Holder Peter Ebdon moved into the quarter finals of the world snooker championship on Saturday with a 13-5 win over Malta’s Tony Drago after a row over how long he spent during a toilet break. Resuming with an 11-5 lead, Ebdon sealed victory by winning the opening two frames of the final session in less than half an hour.

Ebdon was at the centre of controversy on Friday night when he annoyed Drago by playing slower than normal and leaving the arena for an extended toilet break.

On Friday, Stephen Hendry also reached the quarter finals , overcoming Scottish qualifier Drew Henry. Henry came back from 4-7 down to take a surprise 10-9 lead. Hendry, who has won the title a record seven times, drew on his experience to regain the advantage at 11-10 with a 130 break. He then claimed the next two frames to seal a 13-10 win.

Atletico’s celebrations

Madrid: Thousands of Atletico Madrid fans celebrated the club’s centenary by parading the biggest flag in the world through the streets of Madrid on Saturday.

The 1500m flag, emblazoned with the team’s famous red and white colours, was carried by fans from the Neptune fountain — the traditional site used by the club to celebrate its triumphs — to the Vicente Calderon Stadium in the south.

Oliver Kahn wins lawsuit

Hamburg: Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn on Saturday won his fight to stop a computer company selling a game based on last year’s World Cup and featuring the German international.

A court here ordered the firm Electronic Arts not to market the game arguing that by using Kahn’s image they had violated the 33-year-old’s personal rights.

If the company disobeys the order and goes ahead and markets the game it faces a fine of $250,000.

Xavi out of action

Barcelona: Barcelona’s Xavi will be out of action until the end of the season after club doctors decided the midfielder needed surgery to deal with a persistent shoulder injury.

The club medical staff have said he will be operated on next week to solve the problem.

Kapil wins Golf Cup

Mumbai: Former India cricket captain Kapil Dev, participating in the best gross category, won the Western Union Golf Cup with 34 points, while Riyaz Batliwala took the second spot on Saturday.

Ashok Goenka topped the handicap category 016, with 43 points, closely followed by Sharad Divecha.

In the handicap category, Prahlad Banerjee and N.C. Thakur finished with 41 and 40 points, respectively.

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