Dubai to appeal massive WTA fine

Shahar.Peer.Dubai, UAE - Dubai officials will make an official protest to the WTA after being slapped with a 300,000-dollar fine for the UAE visa exclusion of Israeli Shahar Peer at the Barclays Championships this month.

Owner Dubai Duty Free is also concerned over an unprecedented requirement that the event lay down a 2-million-dollar bond to make sure that the visa problem is not repeated in 2010.

Delhi-born artist launches first painting exhibition in Dubai

Dubai, March 3 : A Delhi-born artist has launched her first major painting exhibition in Dubai.

Cricket condemns attack on Sri Lankan team

Sri-Lanka Cricket logoDubai, UAE - Cricket's world governing body Tuesday condemned the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan.

"We note with dismay and regret the events of this morning in Lahore and we condemn this attack without reservation," chief executive Haroon Lorgat of the Dubai-based International Cricket Council (ICC) said Tuesday.

"It is a source of great sadness that there have been a number of fatalities in this attack and it is also very upsetting for the wider cricket family that some of the Sri Lanka players and one match official have been injured in this attack.

India can overtake Australia in ODI team rankings

ICC-LogoDubai, Mar. 2 : India will be ranked second in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table if it wins its upcoming five-match series in New Zealand 5-0.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team currently lies in third position, some four ratings points behind second-placed Australia and five behind top team South Africa.

A clean sweep for India will put it ahead of Ricky Ponting's men by a fraction of a point but it would remain just behind the Proteas in what would be an extraordinarily tightly packed leader board with one ratings point separating the top three ODI teams in world cricket.

Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles lost quarterfinals of Dubai Tennis Championship

Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark KnowlesRik De Voest of South Africa and Dmitry Tursunov

ROUNDUP: Djokovic confidence rising after first title of season

Djokovic confidence rising after first title of seasonDubai, UAE  - Novak Djokovic gave his confidence a huge boost on Saturday as he tuned up for next week's Davis Cup tie with Spain with a trophy at the Barclays Championships 7-5, 6-3 over David Ferrer.

The Serb top seed said that prior to the upcoming challenge on clay in front of a Spanish crowd of 15,000 in Benidorm, he feels his game is lifting after securing his first title of a slow-starting 2009 season.

Djokovic won an event which was decimated by late withdrawals, including former winners Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.