Daphne Tan finishes third in Qatar event
DOHA • Singapore national bowler Daphne Tan finished joint third at the PBA-WBT H.H. Emir Cup in Qatar on Wednesday.
She was defeated 422-435 by American Danielle McEwan, the eventual champion, in the semi-finals.
Valencia in top half of La Liga table MADRID • Gary Neville's Valencia moved into the top half of Spanish football's La Liga table on Wednesday as they benefited from an own goal by Malaga goalkeeper Carlos Kameni to win 2-1 at La Rosaleda.
At Levante, Cristiano Ronaldo made amends for recent critical comments of his Real Madrid team-mates with a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win.
Juventus enter Cup final, but only just
MILAN • Juventus held off a remarkable Inter Milan comeback by winning their Italian Cup tie 5-3 on penalties on Wednesday after a 3-3 draw on aggregate to set up a final against AC Milan.
Inter, beaten 3-0 in the first leg of the semi-final in Turin, rallied brilliantly to win the return football match by the same score.
Bayern's perfect home record broken
MUNICH • Bayern Munich suffered a shock 2-1 defeat by Mainz on Wednesday, losing their 100 per cent home record this season, as their lead in German football's Bundesliga was trimmed to five points.
The result shakes up the title race ahead of tomorrow's crunch clash, when Bayern play at second-placed Borussia Dortmund.
Little chance of Hewitt playing
MELBOURNE • Retired two-time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt has poured cold water on fans' hopes that he might return to the tennis court for Australia's Davis Cup opener against the United States today after Nick Kyrgios was ruled out.
The 35-year-old team captain called time on his career six weeks ago and said there was "zero" chance he would play.
Crowe dies after battle with cancer
WELLINGTON • Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe - the cousin of Hollywood star Russell Crowe - has died from cancer. He was 53.
Widely regarded as New Zealand's finest batsman, he played 77 Tests from 1982-1995 and scored 5,444 runs at an average of 45.36.