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took three wickets for
22 runs of five overs
run win over Com-
bine Colleges & Cam-
puses in the Nagico
at the Queen s Park
Oval, on Friday night.
"It s our time to
educate, develop and
WEBB has urged
members of the con-
federation to "put a
stamp on world foot-
, as they prepare
to launch their quali-
fying campaigns to for
the FIFA 2018 World
DALLAS---Dallas Mavericks owner
Mark Cuban suggests the NBA should
eliminate fan balloting for the All-Star
game, saying the leading total of 1.5
million votes for Golden State's Stephen
Curry was so low it was "embarrassing."
Cuban says the squads should be
expanded to 14 players from the current
12. He said coaches or general managers
or both should choose the teams.
The outspoken owner said the low
total for Curry was evidence that the
"system's broken, absolutely, positively
"And fans are allowed to vote more
than once, right?" Cuban asks. "That's
embarrassing. To think that we couldn't
get people to vote enough times. No one
even tried to hack it. That's how bored
Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista led
Major League Baseball's All-Star fan
voting last year with about 5.9 million
Mark Cuban: NBA should dump fan voting for All-Star game
Djokovic fine-tuned his voice and his
game at the Australian Open yester-
day, advancing to the fourth round
with a straight-sets win over Fernando
Verdasco and then urging the crowd
of 15,000 to sing Happy Birthday to
his mother back home.
After his 7-6 (8), 6-3, 6-4 win, the
four-time Australian champion had a
lengthy on-court interview with Jim
Courier discussing a range of topics
including his childhood memories of
tennis, when "I was constructing little
trophies out of plastic and pretending
I was a Wimbledon champion."
The flashback jogged his memory.
It was January 24, his mother Dijana s
"It s my mom s birthday, can you
sing Happy Birthday?" he asked the
crowd, before singing the whole song
live on camera.
The Williams sisters had their own
celebration of sorts, progressing together
to the fourth round of a Grand Slam
tournament for the first time since
Wimbledon in 2011. Two other Amer-
icans joined them, with 19-year-old
Madison Keys upsetting two-time
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova
with a 6-4, 7-5 victory and Madison
Brengle beating Coco Vandeweghe 6-
3, 6-2 in an all-US match. The two
Madisons will meet in the fourth round,
meaning one will become a first-time
When 18-time Grand Slam champion
Serena Williams noticed that older
sister Venus was advancing to the sec-
ond week, it inspired her own 4-6, 6-
2, 6-0 win over No 26-ranked Elina
When top-ranked Serena walked
onto Rod Laver Arena, Venus was
already down a set and a break on Mar-
garet Court Arena. Venus, who was
diagnosed with an auto-immune con-
dition called Sjogren s syndrome in 2011
and has struggled at the highest level
ever since, rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (3),
6-1 win over Camila Giorgi, and that
inspired her younger sister.
"I thought, Wow, she s been through
so much with her illness, with every-
thing that she s had to do. Gosh, if she
can do it, I m perfectly healthy, I m
fine. I should be able to do it, too," the
five-time Australian Open champion
said. "It just got me so motivated, really
helped me push through those next
two sets at a rapid rate."
She ll have to be at the top of her
game in the next round she meets No.
24 Garbine Muguruza, who beat her
in the second round at the French Open
last year. Muguruza defeated Timea
Bacsinszky 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.
In the other fourth-round match in
that quarter, two-time champion Vic-
toria Azarenka will meet 2014 finalist
Azarenka, the winner here in 2012
and 2013 but who is unseeded this year
because of an injury-interrupted 2014,
had a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 25 Barbora
Zahlavova Strycova. Cibulkova beat No.
19 Alize Cornet 7-5, 6-2.
On the men s side, defending cham-
pion Stan Wawrinka had a 6-4, 6-2,
6-4 win over Jarkko Nieminen and will
have a score to settle in the next round
against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who
beat Vasek Pospisil in straight sets.
Wawrinka lost to Garcia-Lopez in
the first round of the French Open last
year, making him the first first-time
major winner in 12 years to lose in the
first round of his next Grand Slam
No 8 Milos Raonic fired 22 aces in
a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 win over Benjamin
Becker and will next play No. 12 Feli-
ciano Lopez, who had a 7-6 (6), 6-4,
7-6 (3) win over Jerzy Janowicz.
No. 5 Kei Nishikori, the US Open
finalist, beat Steve Johnson 6-7 (7), 6-
1, 6-2, 6-3 and will next meet former
French Open finalist David Ferrer, who
struggled to finish off No. 18 Gilles
Simon in four sets.
Gilles Muller beat No 19 John Isner
7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), 6-4 to set up a fourth-
round clash with Djokovic.
Venus Williams couldn t contain her
delight after her win, beaming a smile
as she turned to wave to all sides of
the stadium. She said the sibling rela-
tionship, and rivalry, helped both of
the Williams sisters.
"I ve been motivated by Serena
though since day one. The way she
faces her life, the way she is fearless
on the court," Venus Williams said.
"We ve had the fortunate relationship
to be able to motivate each other and
grow from each other."
The 34-year-old, seven-time major
winner next faces sixth-seeded
Agnieszka Radwanska, who advanced
with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Varvara Lep-
"I like to win titles ... that s what I
play for," she said. "So, yes, it s great
to be in the second week but is fourth
round my goal when I come to these
tournaments? No." (AP)
Madison Keys of the US, right, is congratulated by Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic after winning their third round
match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Djokovic, Williams sisters
advance at Aussie Open
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