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  1. Vesnina and Pavlyuchenkova put Russia into Fed Cup final

    Vesnina and Pavlyuchenkova put Russia into Fed Cup final

    Sochi (Russia) (AFP) - Elena Vesnina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Sabine Lisicki and Andrea Petkovic in the deciding rubber of the Fed Cup World Group semi-final against Germany on Sunday to put Russia into the final.

  2. Pavlyuchenkova puts Russia 2-0 up against Germany

    Pavlyuchenkova puts Russia 2-0 up against Germany

    Sochi (Russia) (AFP) - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova battled back from a set down to defeat Sabine Lisicki as Russia took a comfortable 2-0 lead over Germany in the Fed Cup World Group semi-final on Saturday.

  3. Kuznetsova fires Russia into Fed Cup lead over Germany

    Kuznetsova fires Russia into Fed Cup lead over Germany

    Sochi (Russia) (AFP) - Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Julia Goerges in straight sets to put Russia 1-0 up in their Fed Cup World Group semi-final tie with visitors Germany on Saturday.

  4. Plushenko set to resume ice-skating career

    Plushenko set to resume ice-skating career

    Moscow (AFP) - Russian figure skating icon Evgeny Plushenko announced on Friday that he will resume his sporting career.

  5. Kuznetsova opens Russia's Fed Cup tie with Germany

    Kuznetsova opens Russia's Fed Cup tie with Germany

    Sochi (Russia) (AFP) - Svetlana Kuznetsova will face Julia Goerges in Saturday's opening rubber of the Fed Cup World Group semi-final clash between the hosts Russia and Germany after Friday's draw.

  6. British snowboarder lands first 1,800 quadruple cork

    British snowboarder lands first 1,800 quadruple cork

    Milan (AFP) - British freestyle snowboarder Billy Morgan has become the first person to land a 1,800-degree quadruple cork, which he pulled off at an event in Livigno, Italy.

  7. Skating star Hanyu top in Tokyo despite spill

    Skating star Hanyu top in Tokyo despite spill

    Tokyo (AFP) - Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu topped the men's short programme at the figure skating World Team Trophy on Thursday, but was steaming mad at himself for taking a tumble.

  8. Russia to face Germany without injured Sharapova

    Russia to face Germany without injured Sharapova

    Moscow (AFP) - Russia's hopes of winning a place in the Fed Cup final suffered a setback as world number two Maria Sharapova dropped out through injury just days ahead of the semi-final with Germany.

  9. Japan's Hanyu aims for redemption at figure skating team worlds

    Japan's Hanyu aims for redemption at figure skating team worlds

    Tokyo (AFP) - Olympic gold medallist Yuzuru Hanyu will carry Japan's hopes into the ISU World Team Trophy in Tokyo this week, determined to bounce back in front of home fans after an injury-plagued season.

  10. Sharapova to miss Fed Cup clash with Germany

    Sharapova to miss Fed Cup clash with Germany

    Moscow (AFP) - World number two Maria Sharapova will miss Russia's Fed Cup semi-final with Germany this weekend in Sochi because of a leg injury, the Russian tennis federation announced Tuesday.

  11. Sharapova to spearhead Russia against Germany

    Moscow (AFP) - World number two Maria Sharapova will spearhead Russia in their Fed Cup World Group semi-final against Germany at Sochi on April 18-19, team captain Anastasia Myskina announced Wednesday.

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