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Images: The best sports action from the last 24 hours

Last updated on: October 29, 2010 09:48 IST

South Africa crush Pakistan

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Pakistan's Umar Gul is bowled by South African pacer Juan Theron during their second Twenty20 International match in Abu Dhabi, on Wednesday.

Theron took a career-best 4-27 to help his team clinch a six-wicket victory against Pakistan in the second match.

With this win, South Africa sealed the two-match series 2-0.

Photographs: Reuters


Image: Umar Gul is bowled by Juan Theron

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Wozniacki, Jankovic lose in Doha

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Kim Clijsters got her campaign in Doha off to a successful start with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Jelena Jankovic at the WTA Championships.

Samantha Stosur stunned world number one Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3, while Vera Zvonareva also won her opening match.


Image: Jelena Jankovic

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Lyon knocked out of French League Cup

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Olympique Lyon were knocked out of the French League Cup, losing 2-1 after extra-time, by Paris St Germain, putting coach Claude Puel's position under pressure.

Holders Olympique Marseille, mostly fielding reserve players, laboured into the quarter-finals when the Ayew brothers combined to score in a 1-0 win at National (third division) side En Avant Guingamp.

Lyon, French champions seven years in a row from 2002, have been struggling to find their stride domestically this season and lie 14th in Ligue 1 despite claiming a maximum nine points from their opening Champions League matches.


Image: Olympique Lyon's Jeremy Pied (left) challenges Ceara of Paris St Germain

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Arsenal thrash Newcastle

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Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner made goalscoring returns from injury as Arsenal thrashed Newcastle United 4-0 away to reach the last eight of the League Cup.

Bendtner, making his first start of the season after recovering from a groin problem, thumped a header goalwards and Ryan Taylor's attempt to clear it ended with the ball rebounding off his goalkeeper Tim Krul and over the line.

Walcott, in his first start since injuring his ankle playing for England in early September, broke clear to put Arsenal two up eight minutes into the second half but Newcastle were furious that Bendtner, who was returning from an offside position, collided with home defender Mike Williamson, taking him out of the action.

Bendtner completed his busy night when he collected a pass from substitute Cesc Fabregas to cut in and curl home an excellent third goal four minutes from time with Walcott adding a breakaway fourth in stoppage-time.


Image: Arsenal's Theo Walcott scores a goal past Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul

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Kickers oust Borussia Dortmund

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The Bundesliga's top two were dumped out of the German Cup by lowly opposition, leaders Mainz 05 going out to Alemannia Aachen and Borussia Dortmund beaten on penalties by Kickers Offenbach.

Dortmund suffered a painful defeat as they went out against third division Offenbach, missing two of their penalties in a shoot-out they lost 4-2 after the match had finished goalless.


Image: Kickers Offenbach's goalkeeper Robert Wulnikowski saves the decisive penalty against Borussia Dortmund

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Cavaliers start off with a win

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The Cleveland Cavaliers began the post-LeBron James era with a stunning 95-87 victory over the heavily favoured Boston Celtics.

Making the victory all the sweeter for jilted Cavaliers fans was the fact that their season-opening win came over the Celtics, something James and his new team the Miami Heat were unable to do in the NBA curtain-raiser on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Miami Heat registered a 97-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers to bounce back after Tuesday's 88-80 season-opening loss to the Boston Celtics.


Image: Miami Heat forward LeBron James (right) tries to evade a challenge from Thaddeus Young of Philadelphia 76ers

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Canadiens beat New York Islanders

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Montreal Canadiens registered a 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders in the NHL hockey match at the Bell Centre in downtown Montreal.

The highlight of the contest was the second period fight between New York Islanders forward Zenon Konopka (left) and Montreal Canadiens forward Travis Moen.


Image: Montreal Canadiens' Travis Moen (right) lands a punch on Zenon Konopka of New York Islanders as they fight during the second period

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Ronaldo still scoring goals

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Veteran Ronaldo showed he still had the appetite for goals as his first half strike saw Corinthians register a 1-1 draw against Flamengo.

The former Brazil striker opened the scoring after 30 minutes but Diogo levelled scores in the second half.


Image: Ronaldo

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Abu Dhabi set to unveil Ferrari theme park

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From slow camel rides in the desert to owning the fastest rollercoaster in the world -- Abu Dhabi is elbowing its way onto the global stage as a tourist destination and could end up outshining glitzy neighbor Dubai.

This week the emirate is opening a Ferrari theme park, complete with rollercoaster, right next to its new racing circuit where the second Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is due to take place a fortnight later, another major crowd-puller.

The 80,000 sq m (861,100 sq ft) indoor Ferrari theme park, which sits on the $40 billion Yas Island development of Aldar Properties, will be able to host up to 10,000 visitors a day.

A top draw of the 20 attractions on offer at the theme park, is likely to be what is billed as the world's fastest roller coaster with a speed of 240 km (149.1 miles) per hour, creating the feel of being inside an F1 car.


Image: Visitors attend the opening of the world's biggest indoor theme park Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi

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Aerosmith band members enjoy Cavaliers victory

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American hard rock band Aerosmith's lead singer Steven Tyler (left) and bassist Tom Hamilton sit courtside during the first half of the Boston Celtics game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Cleveland Cavaliers began the post-LeBron James era with a stunning 95-87 victory.


Image: Aerosmith's lead singer Steven Tyler (left) and bassist Tom Hamilton

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