• Iran want life ban for Aussie referee after Asian Cup loss
    Iran want life ban for Aussie referee after Asian Cup loss

    Delegation chief Houshang Moghaddas said Iran would lodge a formal complaint against Williams following the dismissal of their protest that had Iraq fielded an ineligible player. Iran were furious with Williams after he questionably yellow-carded defender Mehdrad Pooladi for simulation in the first half of their rollercoaster quarter-final with Iraq. Williams started to run off before being reminded he had already cautioned Pooladi, and returned to brandish a red card -- an incident which enraged Iran coach Carlos Queiroz. Iran, Asia's top-ranked side, were leading 1-0 at the time but the game finished 3-3 after extra time before Iraq won a penalty shootout 7-6 in Canberra.

  • 2 planes evacuated in Seattle, 3rd flight diverted to Dallas

    SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Two planes were evacuated upon arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday due to what a spokesman called a "security concern."

  • Golf-Bill Haas survives final-hole scare, wins Humana Challenge

    (Adds details, quotes) Jan 25 (Reuters) - Bill Haas survived a scare at the final hole to earn a one-stroke victory over five players at the $5.7 million Humana Challenge in the California desert on Sunday. Haas took the sole lead with a 10-foot birdie at the 16th hole at the PGA West Palmer course at La Quinta on his way to his second victory in the event formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic. He carded a 67 to finish at 22-under-par 266 for his sixth PGA Tour victory, leaving the 32-year-old only three short of catching his father, Jay Haas.

  • Madison Keys dumps out fourth seed Kvitova in Melbourne
    Madison Keys dumps out fourth seed Kvitova in Melbourne

    Czech fourth seed Petra Kvitova crashed out of the Australian Open on Saturday, falling in straight sets to unseeded American teenager Madison Keys, who is coached by former great Lindsay Davenport. World number 35 Keys, 19, defeated the reigning Wimbledon champion 6-4, 7-5 in the third round, setting up an all-American last 16 clash with Madison Brengle. Like Davenport, Keys is a big-serving baseliner with powerful groundstrokes, which she used to full effect against Kvitova, who has admitted to struggling with nerves throughout the tournament. The Czech, who was a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park in 2012 but lost in the first round last year, allowed Keys to dictate terms in a poor performance which included six double faults and 32 unforced errors.

  • Tomic tees off at 'ridiculous' Australian Open scheduling

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Bernard Tomic bowed out of the Australian Open fourth round on Sunday with a stinging rebuke of the scheduling following his straight sets defeat by Tomas Berdych. Tomic played his last match on the second show court at Margaret Court Arena, while Rafa Nadal defeated South African Kevin Anderson at Rod Laver Arena's centre court. Organisers have been criticised in the past for putting local players in the prime-time spots in the evening, but couldn't be accused of that on Sunday, with Nick Kyrgios playing a twilight match against Andreas Seppi on Margaret Court Arena.

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