Querrey ends drought with Delray Beach win

DELRAY BEACH - American Sam Querrey won his first ATP World Tour title in four years when he defeated fellow countryman Rajeev Ram 6-4 7-6(6) at the Delray Beach Open on Sunday. Querrey had not won since Los Angeles in 2012 and had to overcome a break in both sets to claim his eighth career title. "We were both a little nervous today, it wasn't the cleanest match," Querrey said. "I just battled through and happened to hit one great shot in the second set, and it was on match point." He was referring to a pinpoint passing shot that hit the line after he chased down a cross-court forehand by Ram. "Sometimes it feels better to win when you don't play your best, because you know you have another gear," Querrey said. "I had two finals last year, so it feels good to be in the winner's circle."–Reuters

Smalling wants United to show fight

MANCHESTER - Misfiring Manchester United must show some fighting spirit against third-tier Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup if they want to avoid a second successive season without a trophy, defender Chris Smalling has said. The 20-times English champions sit six points off the top four in the Premier League, with their last two outings ending in damaging defeats that have cranked up the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal amid angry chanting from the stands. They lost to relegation-threatened Sunderland before Thursday's 2-1 Europa League defeat by Danish club Midtjylland and Smalling wants a positive reaction from his team mates. "The aggression that you start the game with is something you need to match with the other team, something I don't think we have done recently," he said.–Reuters

Hamlin takes Daytona 500 in photo-finish

DAYTONA BEACH - Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 in an electrifying photo-finish over Martin Truex Jr. on Sunday to put Toyota in Victory Lane for the first time at the Great American Race. Matt Kenseth had looked poised to add his name to the short list of three-time Daytona 500 winners but as the pack turned onto the home straight at Daytona International Speedway his Joe Gibbs Racing team mate surged into the lead and outran Truex to the line to claim victory by a wafer-thin 1/100th of a second. Kyle Busch was third, also in a Toyota, to give the Japanese company an unprecedented sweep of the Daytona podium. Pole sitter, 20-year-old Chase Elliott, and two-time winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. both had their victory hopes ended by crashes. The Hendricks had been among the pre-race favorites.–Reuters

PTF gets equipment donation

ISLAMABAD - On the special invitation of Pakistan Tennis Federation President Salim Saifullah Khan, Erik Simpson, the owner of Volleying Love Club Houston, Texas, visited Senator Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Complex on Monday and met with more than 60 boys & girls of PTF Junior Tennis Initiative programme being held in various schools of Islamabad. He also witnessed the practice session of high performance junior training camp, which is in full swing. Hameed-ul-Haq is supervising this long term coaching camp and is assisted by Shahzad Khan. Simpson brought rackets, tennis balls, t-shirts, tennis shoes, mini nets with accessories, trousers, caps and shorts, which would be distributed to less privileged players. Simpson also promised to support PTF for its Infrastructure Development Initiative. Staff Reporter


Super Nova school win soccer title

ISLAMABAD - Super Nova School girls defeated Beaconhouse Ramps 1-0 to win the 1st All Girls Total Football Championship. Mona El Tannir, Ambassador of Lebanon, Major General (R) Azhar Mehmood Kayani and Henriette Bjoerge from UN graced the final ceremony as chief guests. Twelve teams participated from different schools and colleges as well as remote areas of Gilgit/Baltistan, teams of Hunza Defenders FC, YRS 1, YRS 2, Iqra University, Beaconhouse Ramps, FAST Gold, Roots United DHA, IIUI, COMSATS, Super Nova and Underdogs FC took part in the three-day extravaganza. Eman Ansari of Super Nova was declared Best Player/Top Scorer of the event, Maha of Beaconhouse won Best Goal of the event award while Mahpara of Hunza Defenders FC was declared Best goalkeeper.–Staff Reporter