QPlay: Blatter Re-Elected, Federer & Sharapova Through to Round 4
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Blatter Wins Fifth FIFA Term as Prince Ali Finally
Sepp Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after his only challenger conceded defeat in an election overshadowed by allegations of rampant corruption in world football.
Blatter won despite demands that he quit in the face of a major bribery scandal being investigated by U.S., Swiss and other law enforcement agencies that plunged football‘s governing body into the worst crisis in its 111-year history.
Neither Blatter nor Jordanian opponent Prince Ali bin Al Hussein received the necessary two thirds of votes in the first round, with Blatter securing 133 votes against 73 for Prince Ali. However, Prince Ali swiftly conceded.
“I congratulate you if you voted for Prince Ali, he was a good candidate, but I am the president now, the president of everybody,” the 79-year-old Blatter said in his victory speech, knowing he faces a barrage of criticism and countless problems.
French Open: Sharapova and Federer Sail Into Fourth Round
The women’s defending champion Maria Sharapova, seeded second beat Australian 26th seed Samantha Stosur 6-3 6-4 to stay on course for a possible third Roland Garros title, 11 years after winning Wimbledon as a teenager.
Also in the women’s drag, Ana Ivanovic’s campaign picked up momentum when the former champion raced into the fourth round with a 6-0 6-3 demolition of Croatian Donna Vekic on Friday.
For Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur it was the day he had dreamed of while for Roger Federer it was just another day at the office.
The two,met across the net for the first time on Friday when Federer’s class told in a 6-4 6-3 6-2 win to continue his smooth progress at Roland Garros.
Federer, 33, is yet to drop a set in three rounds as he tries to win the title for a second time after his 2009 triumph.
Ali Century Anchors Pakistan to 6-Wicket Win over Zimbabwe
Captain Azhar Ali scored a century on Friday and led Pakistan to a six-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the second one-day international to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Ali, dropped on 53, scored a career-best 102 off 104 balls with eight fours in Pakistan’s solid run-chase of 269-4.
Ali featured in two half-century stands, adding 85 runs with Asad Shafiq (39) and a further 56 with Haris Sohail, who remained unbeaten on 52 for his second successive half century.
Earlier, Sikandar Raza scored an unbeaten 100 off 84 balls and Chamu Chibhabha, replacing suspended regular captain Elton Chigumbura, missed out on his maiden hundred by one run as Zimbabwe posted 268-7.
Ali lost 3-0 to Bangladesh last month in his debut series as Pakistan ODI captain, but his century ensured Pakistan won its first ODI series in 17 months after losing five in a row.
Ronchi Stars on Test Debut, New Zealand 297-8 vs England
Luke Ronchi scored a 70-ball 88 on his test debut as New Zealand went on the attack after a woeful start to close on 297-8 on day one of the second test against England on Friday.
Jimmy Anderson became the 12th player — and first from England — to pass the 400-wicket barrier in tests by removing Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson for ducks in the third over, reducing the Black Caps to 2-2 at Headingley.
Opener Tom Latham (84) led New Zealand’s recovery only to be upstaged by wicketkeeper-batsman Ronchi, who came to the crease with his team struggling on 144-5 and struck 13 fours and three sixes in a flamboyant innings.
Latham and Ronchi — who put on 120 runs for the sixth wicket, at nearly 5 runs an over — fell to Stuart Broad in the space of three balls in the final hour, leaving the match evenly poised going into day two.
England leads the two-test series 1-0.
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