BELGRADE Ousted Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic will lead hosts Serbia against Russia in their Feb. 3-5 Davis Cup first-round tie, the world number two said on Sunday.
"I always look forward to playing in the Davis Cup because it's a very special feeling when we are all together," Djokovic, who suffered a shock second-round defeat by Uzbek Denis Istomin in Melbourne on Thursday, told the Serbian Tennis Association.
"I am convinced (southern Serbian city) Nis will be an excellent host and that we will be victorious in our clash with the Russians."
KOLKATA Ben Stokes hit a brisk half-century and then picked up three crucial wickets to help England to a tense five-run win against India in the third and final one-day international at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.
It was a consolation victory for England and their first on their tour of India after they lost the five-test series 4-0 and both previous ODIs.
Opener Jason Roy hit 65, his third consecutive fifty, before half-centuries from Jonny Bairstow (56) and Stokes took England to 321-8 after India won the toss and chose to field.
BERLIN Bayer Leverkusen's Hakan Calhanoglu struck twice in a 3-1 home victory over Hertha Berlin on Sunday as the visitors missed the chance to move back into the top three of the Bundesliga.
Omer Toprak put the hosts ahead in the 12th minute after a goalmouth scramble and Leverkusen doubled their lead in the 35th with a penalty as Turkey international Calhanoglu sent goalkeeper Rune Jarstein the wrong way.
It was Leverkusen's first Bundesliga penalty goal this season after they failed with their four previous spot kicks.
- Arsenal snatched a dramatic 2-1 victory over Burnley to keep their title hopes on track after the referee Jon Moss awarded penalties to both sides and sent off home manager Arsene Wenger in injury time.
Jon Moss first pointed to the spot on 93 minutes when Francis Coquelin fouled Ashley Barnes and boyhood Arsenal fan Andre Gray converted for Burnley's equaliser.
Yet Arsenal, who had taken the lead through Shkodran Mustafi but then had Granit Xhaka sent off for a wild challenge on 65 minutes, won a spot kick of their own.
LIBREVILLE Rising concerns over pitch conditions are hanging over the African Nations Cup finals in Gabon and highlight a perennial problem for the continent's sporting showpiece.
The condition of the playing surfaces at all four venues – in the capital Libreville, Franceville, Oyem and Port Gentil – have been heavily criticised after serious injuries and matches whose quality has been affected by bumpy surfaces.
MELBOURNE The whiff of sporting upset hung around Melbourne Park on Sunday after top seeds Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber were handed stunning defeats in the Australian Open fourth round.
Britain's Murray was bamboozled by the serve-volley game of Mischa Zverev to exit after 3-1/2 hours on Rod Laver Arena, while fellow world number one Kerber's title defence was ended in little more than an hour by Coco Vandeweghe.
MELBOURNE Barbora Strycova expects to do a lot of running against Serena Williams in their Australian Open fourth round tie at Rod Laver Arena on Monday but the diminutive Czech will be no pushover for the world number two.
"She's a powerful player, and I'm so small," said 16th seed Strycova, who stands just over 5 feet 4 inches (1.64m).
"I run a lot, but ... I have to do it. Otherwise I can't play tennis. Without my legs, I cannot hit a ball!