Police shelve knife attack on Kvitova

PRAGUE - Czech police Thursday said that they had shelved investigation into last year's knife attack on two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, which had put her career at stake. "Despite extensive investigation, we have not managed to identify the attacker to date," detective Jan Lisicky told reporters. "We shelved the case on November 8, 2017... but... if we find new facts, if we identify the attacker, we will immediately start criminal proceedings," he added. Kvitova suffered career-threatening injuries to her playing left hand as she fought off a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov in December 2016. "She was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The attacker had no idea whom he was facing at first," said Jan Lisicky.–AFP

Serena set to tie knot in New Orleans

WASHINGTON - Tennis superstar Serena Williams is used to hoisting trophies, but on Thursday, it looks like she'll be carrying a wedding bouquet. Music royalty Beyonce and Jay Z, along with actress Eva Longoria are among the A-listers reportedly convening in New Orleans for Williams' wedding to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. People and The Daily Mail, citing unnamed sources, have reported that about 250 guests will be invited to the ceremony at the Contemporary Arts Center in the Big Easy. The Daily Mail said the wedding planning has been shrouded in secrecy and guests would not learn the details until Thursday morning. It said the event would cost more than $1 million and guests would be asked not to bring their cell phones because an exclusive photo deal has been signed with Vogue.–Staff Reporter

Nadal wins doping defamation case

PARIS - Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal won a defamation case against former French health and sports minister Roselyne Bachelot on Thursday after she accused him of doping on television. Bachelot was handed a 500-euro fine by a court in Paris and ordered to pay 12,000 euros in damages and legal fees to the serial Grand Slam winner over the allegation she made to the D8 channel in March 2016. The ex-minister alleged that Nadal had faked an injury in 2012, when he missed the final six months of the season due to knee problems, in order to hide a positive drug test. Nadal has never failed a drugs test and denies ever using banned substances. He had sought 100,000 euros in damages and explained last year that he had decided to take legal action to set an example.–Staff Reporter

Marquez fastest in final 2017 tests

PARIS - Newly-crowned world champion Marc Marquez was fastest on Wednesday in the last free practice session of the year. Riding a prototype of Honda's 2018 bike, Marquez, three days after securing a fourth world title, posted a time of 1min 30.033sec on the Ricardo-Tormo circuit near Valencia. “Today we collected a lot of information, and now it will be very important to prepare well for the next time we’ll be on track, which will be the Malaysia test at the end of January,” said Marquez. His Spanish compatriot, Maverick Vinales posted the second fastest time overall at 0.156sec having topped the charts on Tuesday. His Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi, the nine-time world champion, was third overall with Marquez's Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa fourth, having managed the second fastest time on Wednesday.–AFP

Archers beat Stallions in CAS Polo Cup

LAHORE - Archers defeated Stallions by 3-2½ in the 26th Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Challenge Polo Cup 2017 match played here at the Fortress Stadium on Thursday. Both the teams equally well and gave tough time to each other. But it were Archers who dominated in the end and won the match with a margin of half goal, as the losing side had half goal handicap advantage. From winning side, team work and collective efforts was the key as Hamza Ijaz, Ahmed Zubair and Farasat Ali all contributed in their team’s triumph by scoring one goal each. From the losing side, Rafeh and Sameer contributed one apiece but their efforts couldn’t bear fruit and their team lost the match by half goal margin.–Staff Reporter