Barbados top netball festival
BELFAST, NI (CMC):
Barbados defeated Northern Ireland 47-38 to win the Inaugural International Netball Festival yesterday.
Barbados led the hosts at each quarter to secure the gold in the four-team tournament which also included St Lucia and Botswana.
Botswana stopped St Lucia 35-28 for the bronze medal.
The Barbadians led 15-10, 22-18, 37-26 and finally 47-38 to win their fourth-consecutive match and a possible ninth ranking in the world, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago.
St Lucian captain Shem Maxwell was voted the most outstanding player of the tournament.
All four teams are preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2014, with the Caribbean qualifiers playing on the opening day - July 24.
Djokovic wins Paris Masters
Novak Djokovic won the last four games in each set to beat defending champion David Ferrer 7-5, 7-5 yesterday in the final of the Paris Masters.
The second-seeded Serb won his 17th-straight match to capture his sixth title this season and the 40th of his career.
Ferrer led 5-3 in each set, but Djokovic came back both times and clinched the victory when the Spaniard sent a forehand into the net.
Djokovic, who still has a slim chance to finish the season ahead of No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the rankings, hit 34 winners to 15 for Ferrer and won 15 of 18 net points.
Djokovic, Federer in same group
Roger Federer has won one title over the past 14 months, at a low-key tournament this summer. The ATP Finals in London are his last chance to compensate somewhat for a feeble season.
"I still have another week where I have to give it all. After, it will be long holidays," Federer said after losing to Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in their first meeting this year in the Paris Masters semi-finals on Saturday.
The pair was placed in the same group at the season-ending, eight-man finals, which starts today.
Federer and Djokovic, who faced off for the 30th time, will be playing in a tough Group B that also includes the in-form Juan Martin del Potro and Richard Gasquet.
Saturday's draw placed top-ranked Rafael Nadal in Group A alongside fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka.
US stun Wales at rugby World Cup
Thrown together at short notice and barely knowing each other's names, the USA Tomahawks were a disorganised rabble as they headed to Europe for the country's first appearance at the rugby league World Cup.
'Shock The World' was their motto.
So far, they are doing just that.
The Tomahawks are on the cusp of a place in the quarterfinals - and a likely meeting with tournament favourites Australia - after beating co-host Wales 24-16 on Sunday for their second-straight group-stage win.