Aussie champ Kerber levels Fed Cup tie

BERLIN - Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber got Germany's Fed Cup World Group first-round match against Switzerland back on track with a straight sets win over Timea Bacsinszky on Saturday. Kerber, ranked second in the world, ran out a 6-1, 6-3 winner to make it 1-1 in the rubber in Leipzig, in her first match since beating Serena Williams last weekend to claim her maiden Grand Slam title. The 28-year-old admitted she was still feeling the effects of her Melbourne triumph after an endless round of media interviews on her triumphant return. "I felt the tiredness in the second set, but the spectators here helped carry me through," she said after needing 74 minutes to see off Bacsinszky, ranked 15th in the world. Germany's team captain Barbara Rittner said she was delighted with Kerber's form.–AFP

Kittel crowned Dubai Tour winner

DUBAI - Germany's Marcel Kittel won the Tour of Dubai on Saturday after he outsprinted his rivals, claiming victory in the final fourth stage of the race. He replaced Italy's Giacomo Nizzolo, who had seized the overall leader's blue jersey on Friday but had to settle for sixth place in Saturday's race. Nizzolo took second place in the overall standings, four seconds behind Kittel. "I'm really, really happy. I was dreaming about this moment," Kittel said. "My team was fantastic all day and we did an incredible job to beat all the other teams, staying calm and attacking at the right moment." "There wasn't any major tactic to stop Nizzolo - we just said it's all or nothing and fully concentrated on the final sprint," he said. The German outpaced Italy's Elia Viviani.–AFP

Norris races ahead in Myanmar Open

YANGON - South African's Shaun Norris claimed a seven-shot lead over his rivals Saturday in the third round of the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open, the country's richest sporting event. The one-time Asian Tour winner started the day tied for first with India's S.S.P. Chawrasia but stormed ahead of the pack with a 11-under-par 61 at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club in Yangon. The big drive brought him up to a three-day total of 23-under-par 193 at the tournament, which is sanctioned the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO). "It was definitely a very exciting day," Norris said according to quotes provided by the Asian Tour. "Right from the start, everything went well. I could read the line and was striking it well, hitting the ball into places which I wanted it to be."–AFP

Diamond Paints face Army Remounts in final

LAHORE - Diamond Paints will vie against Army Remounts in the Members Polo Cup 2016 final to be played here at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground today (Sunday) while the subsidiary final will be played between Master Paints/Newage and Master Paints/Habib Metro. This 8-12 goal tournament is calendar event of the Pakistan Polo Association (PPA). After this contest, top three events - AIbak Polo Cup, Punjab Polo Cup and National Open - will be contested here at the LPC. Diamond Paints consists of Mir Shoaib Ahmed, Raja Taimur Nadeem, Ahmed Ali Tiwana and Saqib Khan Khakwani while Army Remounts has the services of Maj Gen Isfandiyar Khan Pataudi, Major Omer Minhas, Major Haseeb Minhas and Raja Samiullah. LPC president Irfan Ali Hyder hoped the finals would be full of excitement.–Staff Reporter

5 skiers killed in Austrian alps avalanche

VIENNA - Five skiers from the Czech Republic were killed on Saturday in an avalanche in the Austrian alps that also engulfed 12 other people, police said. Authorities gave no immediate details on the condition of the other casualties in the incident, which occurred around midday in a valley south of Innsbruck in western Austria. Saturday also saw a number of other avalanches -- the result of instability caused by recent snowfall and a slight thaw -- in which skiers had to be rescued in Austria's Tyrol state, famed for its ski resorts and winter sports. The deaths follow a string of deadly snowslides in the French Alps this season. In the most recent, five soldiers from the French Foreign Legion died near the resort of Valfrejus on January 18 with a sixth dying days later in hospital.–AFP