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Published:Sunday | November 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Czechs beat Russia in Fed Cup final


Defending champion Czech Republic clinched its fourth Fed Cup title in five years after Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova won the decisive doubles yesterday against the Russian pair of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina.

The Czechs rallied to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory to take the best-of-five series 3-2, played on an indoor hard court at Prague's O2 Arena, where security was stepped up following the attacks in Paris.

Earlier yesterday, Maria Sharapova came from a set down to beat Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the first reverse singles to give Russia a 2-1 lead.

Pliskova kept the Czechs in the final by defeating Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-4 in the second reverse singles to level the match at 2-2.

Euro 2016 chief pledges strong security


Nervous fans planning to attend next year's European championship in 10 cities across France got a guarantee yesterday from the president of the organising committee that security will come above everything.

"I've said it several times before: security is the biggest thing at stake for Euro 2016," Jacques Lambert said in an interview with sports daily L'Equipe, published in the aftermath of Friday night's attacks in Paris that killed nearly 130 people and left hundreds more wounded.

There is speculation that the tournament - France's biggest sporting event since the 1998 World Cup - could even be cancelled for safety reasons. While acknowledging that "anything is possible," Lambert was adamant that this should not happen.

"Anything is possible, anything is conceivable," Lambert said. "But it would be to admit that for those who attacked us, it was worth it."

Germany vs Netherlands going ahead


Germany's friendly game against the Netherlands will go ahead as scheduled in Hannover tomorrow despite security concerns following the Paris attacks.

The German team, which played France in a friendly in Paris on Friday, is set to gather today.

"The message is clear: We will not be intimidated by terror" German football federation caretaker president Reinhard Rauball said yesterday.

Players were given time off after spending Friday night at the Stade de France because of the terror attacks nearby.