Global sports roundup

Serena, Federer ease through round

MELBOURNE – Defending champion Victoria Azarenka and five-time winner Serena Williams both recorded easy second-round victories, while Roger Federer also cruised through on a humid day four at the Australian Open today.

Britain’s Andy Murray also won comfortably while Laura Robson overcame world number eight Petra Kvitova in a three-hour battle to join Heather Watson in the third round at Melbourne Park.

Results: Robson defeated Kvitove 2-6 6-3 11-9; Azarenka [1] beat Eleni Daniilidou 6-1 6-0; Williams [3] beat Garbine Muguruza 6-2 6-0; Federer [2] beat Nikolay Davydenko 6-3 6-4 6-4; Maria Kirilenko [14] beat Shuai Peng 7-5 6-2; Murray [3] beat Joao Sousa 6-2 6-2 6-4; Caroline Wozniacki [10] beat Donna Vekic 6-1 6-4; Gael Monfils beat Lu Yen-Hsun 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 0-6 6-1 8-6; Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [7] beat Go Soeda 6-3 7-6 (7-1) 6-3; Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Su-Wei Hsieh [26] 6-2 6-1; Juan Martin Del Potro [6] beat Benjamin Becker 6-2 6-4 6-2


Suarez disclosure irks club boss

Luiz Suarez.

LONDON – Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has promised to come down hard on Luis Suarez after his admission to diving.

In an interview with the media in South America, Suarez admitted ‘falling’ during a match against Stoke in an attempt to earn a penalty.

Rodgers has responded by describing simulation as “unacceptable” and revealed the club is poised to take action.

In the extensive interview with Fox Sports Argentina the Liverpool forward repeated claims that he is treated differently by the media because of his South American background.

He said: “I don’t listen all the nonsense some people say about me. I’m accused of cheating here. People say I throw myself all the time inside the box.

“They said that when we played against Stoke, for instance, and in that case they were right. I invented a foul because we were drawing and I wanted to win.”


Armstrong asked to return medal

TEXAS – Lance Armstrong has been asked to return the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

The International Olympic Committee acted after the International Cycling Union (UCI) disqualified all of Armstrong’s results as a consequence of the American rider being found guilty of systematic doping.

Armstrong, who is widely reported to have admitted his doping past in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, had 21 days to appeal against the UCI’s decision and once it was confirmed he had not done so, the IOC moved.

An IOC spokesman said: “We have written to Armstrong asking for him to return the medal and informed the US Olympic Committee.

“It was a decision taken in principle at the executive board before Christmas. We were waiting for confirmation from the UCI that he hadn’t appealed against his disqualification.”

Armstrong is also facing the prospect of a series of possible legal actions which may be launched after his Winfrey interview is aired.

The False Claims Act lawsuit could see Armstrong forced to repay a substantial sum to the US Government following its sponsorship of cycling through the US Postal Service.


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