‘SHOANIA’ WISH PAK GOOD LUCK
Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik met Pak-
istan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi at the Na-
tional Cricket Academy in Lahore and
wished him luck for the upcoming World
T20 in the Caribbean.
‘Players will get fair chance’: Retired Jus-
tice Irfan Qadir, who has been appointed to
head the appeals process of the six Pak-
istani cricketers, has promised to give a fair
chance to players to defend themselves.
Astle now hits the speedway: Former New
Zealand cricketer Nathan Astle will sit be-
hind the wheel of a sprint car at Ellesmere
Raceway, as he embarks on a new sporting
direction — driving in a speedway series.
Ntini joins Kent: South Africa pacer
Makhaya Ntini is to join Kent as their first
overseas player this season, the English
county announced on Friday.
Verdasco, Soderling in final: Fernando Ver-
dasco reached his second final in two weeks
after beating David Ferrer 6-7(3) 7-5 6-1 in
the Barcelona Open semifinals on Saturday.
Sweden’s Robin Soderling bt Dutchman
Thiemo De Bakker 6-1 6-4.
Roddick skips Rome Masters: Andy Roddick
will miss next week’s Rome Masters due to
personal reasons, the World No.7 said on his
website on Saturday.
Hewitt to lead Australia: Lleyton Hewitt has
confirmed he will play for Australia in their
Davis Cup clash against Japan next month,
Tennis Australia said on Saturday.
Oudin to assume leading role: Teen sensa-
tion Melanie Oudin will assume the leading
role when the United States meet Russia in
their Fed Cup semifinal this weekend in
Balotelli to meet Inter officials: Rebel Inter
Milan striker Mario Balotelli will meet
with club officials after next week’s Cham-
pions League semifinal against Barcelona
to discuss his future, his agent said.
Schumi, Vettel to defend title: Michael
Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel will de-
fend their Race of Champions title on home
soil with Duesseldorf set to host the 2010
event, it was announced Saturday.
Fraser retakes lead: Opening-round leader
Marcus Fraser carded a two-under-par 70
for a two-day total of