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Ferrer clinched his 26th career
tournament win after rallying to
defeat Steve Johnson of the United
States 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 at the Erste Bank
The top-seeded Spaniard also
improved to 5-0 in finals this season
aftera also winning in Doha, Rio de
Janeiro, Acapulco, and Kuala Lumpur.
The victory has all but secured him
a spot at next month's season-
ending ATP finals in London.
"I am glad for all the support in my
second final in Vienna," said Ferrer,
who was beaten for the title here by
Andy Murray a year ago. "Am 33
years old. I hope I have two more
years to go."
The 47th-ranked Johnson, who
was playing in his maiden final, made
it hard work for his Spanish
A Redondo Beach, California,
native, the 25-year-old Johnson is in
his fourth season as a professional.
He reached a career-high 37th in
March last year.
Ferrer rallies to beat Johnson in Vienna for 26th ATP title
BRAVO was named
Cricketer of the Yea
by the Trinidad and
Tobago Cricket Boar
(TTCB) at Saturday'
59th Annual Awards
presentation held at
the National Energy
Skills Centre in Couv
"This is the
greatest moment of
my life. To my family,
I love you all."
speaking to reporters
after winning his
Third Formula One
championships in the
United States Grand
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Australia's Adam Ashley-Cooper
scores a try during the Rugby
World Cup semifinal match
against Argentina at Twickenham
Stadium, London, yesterday.
RUGBY WORLD CUP
the Rugby World Cup final against
archrival New Zealand yesterday.
It was the deciding match that trans-
Tasman organisers of the first World
Cup had in mind in 1987, but didn t
eventuate for eight editions.
Australia and New Zealand have each
won the World Cup twice---the All
Blacks in 87 and last time around in
2011, each time on home soil, and the
Wallabies won in 1991 and 99, both
previous times the tournament has
been staged in Britain.
The much-anticipated exhibition of
running rugby between the reinvigo-
rated Wallabies and the Pumas lasted
a half hour or so before both teams
settled primarily into a percentages
game, kicking for territory and sweating
on errors triggered from brutal defence.
The Australians crossed for tries in the
second, tenth, and 32nd minutes and
Argentina stayed in touch with three
penalty goals from the ever-reliable
boot of Nicolas Sanchez.
"We left the game a bit open, which
really suited them. Then we settled
into some structure, which suited us.
The Pumas tried early to play with
the same endeavor and panache that
earned them a 43-20 win over Six
Nations champion Ireland in the quar-
terfinals last week, but it backfired to
Running the ball from deep cost
them dearly, when lock Rob Simmons
intercepted Sanchez to score near the
posts after 68 seconds, the fastest try
in World Cup history. The Pumas per-
sisted with the attacking strategy, but
simple turnovers cost them repeatedly
as David Pocock and Michael Hooper
poached turnover ball.
The Argentines stayed in touch via
the reliable and accurate boot of
Sanchez, and narrowly missed a try
that could have swung momentum in
first-half injury time, when the flyhalf
made a line break, wrong-footed
Mitchell and unloaded to Hernandez.
But the back-of-the-hand flick pass
from Hernandez went to ground in the
Still, even with Diego Maradona in
the 80,025-strong crowd, which heavily
backed the Pumas with football-style
e, ole, Pu-mas,
unable to break
t Rugby World
All Blacks coach:
speculation a non-issue
LONDON---As far as New Zealand
coach Steve Hansen is concerned,
Richie McCaw s off-the-ball contact
with South Africa s Francois Louw in
the All Blacks 20-18 Rugby World
Cup semifinal win is a non-issue.
Video of the first-half incident spread
quickly on social media after the match
on Saturday, with McCaw appearing
to run into Louw, who was kneeling,
as he ran around a ruck.
"Nothing in it, so there s nothing to
talk about," Hansen told a news con-
ference on Sunday. "Everyone s got a
bit excited, so move on."
Hansen was not surprised by the
rampant speculation, because of the
attention his captain drew as "a great
player, maybe the greatest in the history
of the game."
"If he s not in your team then he s
a pain in the rear end. (Some teams
believe if) you can t get him on the
track, then let s get him off the track,
sort of. It s a mark of respect, really.
There will be some people in a twist
about it, but 99 per cent of the people
in rugby, whilst he s not playing against
them, they like him."
Hansen said McCaw will take it in
his stride, as will the team.
"It s like people who complain about
the haka. They come in pairs," Hansen
RUGBY WORLD CUP
South Africa 23, Wales 19
New Zealand 62, France 13
Argentina 43, Ireland 20
Australia 35, Scotland 34
Saturday, Oct. 24
New Zealand 20, South Africa 18
Australia 29, Argentina 15
Friday, Oct. 30
South Africa vs. Argentina
Saturday, Oct. 31
New Zealand vs. Australia
4 tries vs
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