PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (CMC):
Trinidad and Tobago lost to England by 32 points, to suffer their second straight defeat in their tri-nation series at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Indoor Sport Centre in South Africa, Thursday. The Trinidadians perished 56-24 following their opening loss to South Africa 47-30 on Wednesday.
In a lopsided encounter, the world's third-ranked team started well and maintained a punishing tempo to lead 10-0 within 10 minutes and ended the first quarter 16-2. The Englishwomen continued to frustrate their Caribbean opponents and stretched their lead at the half to 30-10. A late treble of goals ensured the gap remained dominant at 43-17 with 15 minutes remaining.
T&T is using the tour as part of their preparations for next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Russian anti-doping agency says runners Elizaveta Grechishnikova and Ekaterina Ishova have been banned two years for doping. Grechishnikova, who ran in the 10,000 metres at the 2012 London Olympics, has also had all of her results stripped since August 18, 2009. The following day she competed in the 5,000 heats at the World Championships in Berlin.
The anti-doping agency (Rusada) says the bans and disqualifications were ordered by the All-Russia Athletics Federation. Details of the doping offenses were not specified. Rusada says the 29-year-old Grechishnikova's ban expires October 15, 2015. Ishova had all her results disqualified from July 12, 2011. The 24-year-old runner is banned through to October 22, 2015.
Li Na swept past the ailing Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-1 to earn a place in the semi-finals of the WTA Championships at the expense of the world No. 2 and Australian Open champion yesterday. Azarenka hurt her back while serving in the sixth game of the first set and was clearly in pain for the rest of the match. She took a medical timeout and received treatment during several changeovers, but stayed on court despite being hardly able to move and wincing in pain, at one moment coming to tears.
Li won their group 3-0, while Azarenka finished 1-2. Azarenka's defeat advanced Jelena Jankovic before she had to play Sara Errani late yesterday. Jankovic will play defending champion Serena Williams in the semi-finals. Williams swept her group on Thursday. The fourth-seeded Li will play either Petra Kvitova or Angelique Kerber.
GREATER NOIDA, India (AP):
Sebastian Vettel drove 35 flawless laps in the second practice session yesterday to edge Red Bull teammate Mark Webber for the quickest time ahead of tomorrow's Indian Grand Prix. Vettel recorded one minute, 25.722 seconds on soft tyres for his best lap on the Buddh International Circuit, .289 faster than Webber and almost a second quicker than his time of 1:26.683 in the first session. Vettel, who has won both previous Indian GP races from pole, can win his fourth straight world title by placing fifth or better tomorrow.
In-form Lotus driver Romain Grosjean was third fastest with a time of 1:26.220, ahead of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in 1:26.399.
"I'm hopeful of another solid day tomorrow which should give us another strong qualifying position if the evidence of today is anything to go by," Grosjean said. "We'll do everything we can to take the fight to Red Bull."
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso overcame gearbox problems in the morning session to finish the day fifth fastest, ahead of Nico