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denko retired in the first set,
sending Vasek Pospisil through
to the semifinals at the Rogers
Pospisil had a 3-0 lead when
his opponent informed the chair
umpire he could not continue.
Pospisil will next play the winner
of the afternoon quarter-final
between Canadian Milos Raonic
Latvian Ernests Gulbis.
After the match, Davydenko said
he has bronchitis. The Russian has
been ranked as high as No 3 in the
world but currently holds the No
Pospisil, a wild-card entry, upset
American John Isner in the open-
ing round and then topped Czech
veteran Radek Stepanek. The 71st-
ranked Pospisil followed that up
with a stunner on Thursday when
he knocked off fifth-seeded Tomas
Berdych of the Czech Republic. It
was the Canadian's first win over
a top-10 player. (AP)
Canada's Vasek Pospisil serves to Nikolay Davydenko from
Russia during quarter final play at the Rogers Cup tennis
tournament yesterday in Montreal. (AP PHOTO)
Canada's Pospisil through
to semis in Montreal
defeated Sara Errani 7-6 (1), 7-5 yes-
terday o reach the semifinals of the
Radwanska, seeded third, will play
the winner of the late match between
top-seeded Serena Williams and Mag-
dalena Rybarikova of Slovakia.
In other quarterfinals, fourth-seeded
Li Na of China faces Dominika Cibulko-
va of Slovakia and defending champion
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic
takes on Sorana Cirstea of Romania.
Radwanska gained a measure of
revenge against Errani, an Italian seeded
fifth. Errani eliminated Radwanska in
the quarterfinals of this year's French
In the first set, Radwanska took the
tiebreaker with a drop-shot volley that
forced a wide return from Errani. In
the second set, the Pole won when
Errani returned long on double match
Radwanska tops Errani to
make Rogers Cup semis
Gareth Batty will miss the Friends
Life t20 finals day after being banned
for two matches for his "appalling"
conduct in Surrey s quarter-final win
Batty was penalised for two level
two breaches by an ECB Cricket Dis-
cipline Commission on Friday, trig-
gering an automatic suspension.
The 35-year-old will therefore miss
Surrey's semi-final clash with Hamp-
shire and the final, should Surrey reach
the competitions' climax on August
17.Batty clashed with Somerset's Peter
Trego during Tuesday's quarter-final
in an incident labelled as "appalling"
by the England and Wales Cricket
Somerset's Craig Kieswetter was
also reported by umpires Tim Robin-
son, Michael Gough and Steve
O'Shaughnessy but escaped a ban
after a level one offence.
He received a reprimand and three
penalty points---short of the nine
penalty pionts which triggers an auto-
Gerard Elias QC said: "This was a
high profile televised match with much
at stake for both sides. In these cir-
cumstances, the Cricket Discipline
Commission expects players to have
regard to the image of the game and
their place as role models, and to con-
trol their emotions accordingly.
"Gareth Batty was not merely a
player but was the Surrey captain.
His conduct as such was appalling.
Not only was he involved in deliber-
ately and inappropriately physically
confronting a batsman he had just
dismissed, he subsequently engaged
in a foul mouthed tirade at the bats-
"Plainly, he acted contrary to the
spirit of the game and in a way which
brings cricket into disrepute and
failed to set the leadership example
Batty banned for finals day
Liverpool s principal owner
John W Henry has insisted the
club will not be selling Luis
Suarez this summer.
The American has said it would
be "ludicrous" for Liverpool to
allow the Uruguay striker to join
a rival Barclays Premier League
club and stressed it was too late
in the transfer window to seek a
Suarez has made no secret of
his desire to leave Anfield, hoping
to join a club that can offer him
Champions League football.
But Henry has now stressed he
will have to stay with Liverpool
and join their push for a top-four
finish next season.
Henry said, according to the
Liverpool Echo newspaper: "We
are not going to sell Luis.
"He is one of the best players
in the world. I have no reason to
believe that he won't continue to
"The club is headed in the right
direction and this episode is not
going to stop us. It is what we
are all focused on right now."
Liverpool's target is the elite
level of European football, and
captain Steven Gerrard has said
recently that Suarez holds the
key to how the club will perform
in the new campaign.
Henry knows the significance
of Champions League football,
which as well as offering the
prospect of challenging for a tro-
phy Liverpool have won five times
also offers huge financial bene-
Henry said: "I think for all of
the top clubs it's extremely
important. Especially for Liver-
pool, since we have not been in
Europe and are not in Europe this
year---and we haven't been in the
Champions League for a while -
obviously to sell Luis to a rival
for one of those positions would
"I have told Ivan Gazidis that
Luis is not for sale. I am unequiv-
ocal on that."
Henry stressed Arsenal would
be wasting their time with anoth-
er offer for Suarez, having had
an offer of £40million plus
The suggestion from the Suarez
camp that such an offer should
trigger a clause allowing him to
leave has been dismissed out of
hand by Liverpool.
And Henry ruled out granting
the 26-year-old his wish to join
Arsenal, or any other side.
Henry said: "Luis Suarez is a
Liverpool player come what may."
He stressed Liverpool were
simply not in a position to allow
their most potent goalscorer to
depart, with the Barclays Premier
League season beginning on Sat-
urday week and the club deter-
mined to improve significantly
on last season's seventh-placed
"It's not finances, it is football.
That's why I said at this point,
this late in the window, everyone
has already moved and we haven't
identified anyone who hasn't
already moved - or isn't mov-
ing---to replace him," Henry said.
"So it's for football reasons and
especially not to Arsenal. I think
we made that clear early on."
Ben Coley previews the FA
Community Shield and can t see
Wigan causing Manchester United
The Community Shield is a tra-
dition which most certainly has its
place in the football calendar, and
this year's renewal is no different.
But from a betting perspective
it's undeniably difficult to get excit-
ed about the prospect about Pre-
mier League champions Manchester
United taking on Championship
Of course, the Latics have a com-
petitive sharpness advantage having
started life under Owen Coyle with
a thumping 4-0 victory over Barns-
ley last weekend.
"I thought Wigan were devas-
tating" was the reaction of oppo-
sition manager David Flitcroft and
it was an undeniably impressive
performance, one which Coyle
thought could've yielded an even
greater margin of victory.
But in reality, what is that worth
here? If we stretch the boundaries
we could say one goal, but almost
certainly not enough for Wigan to
remain competitive against
The champions, of course, are in
a similar position to Wigan. A new
era begins under David Moyes and
he'll be keen to pick up silverware
as early as possible---even if it's not
silverware as we know it.
Crucially, United face an
extremely testing start to the Pre-
mier League campaign with three
of their first five games coming
against top-six rivals, so the oppor-
tunity to establish some momentum
here is one which cannot be missed.
It's been a quiet summer so far
for United and their new manager.
Only Uruguayan right-back Guiller-
mo Varela has joined the ranks to
provide competition for Rafael and
the big talking point has been the
Wayne Rooney situation.
But again, while a lack of fresh
faces may spell trouble for those
upcoming Premier League tests,
Wigan are likely to be taken apart
piece by piece.
No team really enjoys playing
United, but Wigan have struggled
more than most. In 16 meetings of
the sides, United have emerged vic-
torious on no fewer than 15 occa-
sions and 12 of those wins have
come along with clean sheets.
Henry: Suarez going nowhere
United should keep it clean
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