Wozniacki survives scare, Djokovic fights through haze

World number one Caroline Wozniacki began life at the top with an injury scare Friday, while champion Novak Djokovic said players should have access to oxygen tanks on court after yet another smoggy day in Beijing.
Ecstasy turned to agony for Wozniacki less than 24 hours after she was crowned world number one when she crumpled to the ground clutching her left knee in tears while leading Serbia's Ana Ivanovic 7-6 3-1.
The 20-year-old overstretched as she smashed a backhanded

Salmantinos hail local hero Del Bosque

Vicente del Bosque has been given a welcome more befitting a rock star than a soccer
coach in his native Salamanca this week, where his World Cup-winning Spain team play Lithuania in a Euro 2012 qualifier.
Thousands of cheering and screaming Salmantinos, as locals are known, packed the modest Helmantico stadium on Thursday to hail the mild-mannered 59-year-old and watch their heroes such as captain Iker Casillas train for Friday's Group I match.
Hundreds more were

He was history, now it’s a mystery

Pakistan Friday appointed Misbah-ul-Haq as Test captain for upcoming matches against South Africa and retained Shahid Afridi as limited-overs skipper.
Misbah will lead a 16-man Test squad with wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal left out as he recovers from an operation.
Pakistan will play two Twenty20 matches, five one-day internationals and two Tests against South Africa in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The first T20 will be played on October 26 with the first Test starting on

India, Pakistan gear-up for crucial clash

India and Pakistan will renew their bitter rivalry in a key Commonwealth Games match on Sunday that organisers claim has been sold out at the 19,000-seater Dhyan Chand National Stadium.
Pakistan are still nursing the wounds from a 4-1 mauling at the hands of India in a World Cup tie at this same venue early this year, while the hosts are out to repeat that scintillating triumph before an expectant crowd.
A win against Pakistan will not only resurrect India's faltering

Sense prevails as Afrdi retained captain

PCB Friday appointed Shahid Afridi captain for the limited over series against South Africa later this month and recalled batsman Misbah-ul-Haq to lead in the two Tests next month.
Afridi led the team in the 2-3 defeat against England last month but Pakistan Cricket Board deferred the announcement of the captain on Thursday. A part of the delay was associated with the PCB chief Ijaz Butt, who was not satisfied with the leadership skills shown by Afridi during the England series.