Kerber clinches second title of year
STUTTGART • Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber picked up her second title of the year with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over qualifier Laura Siegemund in yesterday's final of the WTA clay-court tournament in Stuttgart.
In an all-German final, Kerber claimed her first win since her Melbourne triumph in January with an impressive display against Siegemund, who had beaten Simona Halep, Roberta Vinci and Agnieszka Radwanska, all ranked among the world's top 10 women tennis players.
Loh, Wong win lawn bowls pairs crown
Evergreen Lawn Bowls Club's Anthony Loh and John Wong beat Singapore Cricket Club duo Edmund Lin and Ganesh S.R. 22-10 yesterday to claim the men's pairs National Championships.
In the women's division, May Lee and Jane Low (The Singtel Recreation Club) beat ELBC's Leng Li Li and Hoe Siok Chin 30-8 at the Kallang Lawn Bowls Green.
Bayern on brink of fourth straight title
MUNICH • Bayern Munich, chasing a record fourth Bundesliga title in a row, sank Hertha Berlin 2-0 on Saturday but had to put the champagne on ice as Borussia Dortmund beat VfB Stuttgart 3-0 to stay within striking distance.
The Bavarians have 81 points with three games to go and can seal the title by defeating Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.
Rossi clinches first win in 10 at Spain GP
JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA (Spain) • Valentino Rossi led from start to finish with a masterly ride to win the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez yesterday ahead of world championship rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez.
Rossi (45min 28.834sec) remains third in the MotoGP standings despite his first win in 10 races, but the Italian moves to within 24 points of championship leader Marquez (45:35.921) and within seven points of Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo (45:31.220).
Pele eager to light cauldron at Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO • Brazil football legend Pele has expressed his wish to light the Olympic cauldron at this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The 75-year-old is widely tipped to officially open the Games at the Maracana stadium on August 5. "I would be very, very happy if that happened," he told NBC. "It would be great if I could be there. Maybe I could bring Brazil good luck."
Inter win watched by Chinese consortium
MILAN • Inter Milan defeated Udinese 3-1 on Saturday under the watchful eye of a delegation of potential investors from China.
Inter are owned by Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir and although the club's former president Massimo Moratti retains a minority share, Italian media reports claim he could sell up. Pictures in Gazzetta dello Sport claimed Zhang Jidong, the chairman of the Suning Commerce Group - one of the privately owned retailers in China - was among the delegation.