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Tennis: Serena, Azarenka penalised for late Dubai pullouts

Serena Williams, the world number one, and Victoria Azarenka, the only unbeaten leading player on the women's tour this year, have been penalised for their late withdrawals from the Dubai Open. Williams, who had a bad back and withdrew on Wednesday, has had $50,000 forfeited from the WTA's bonus pool, and zero points imposed for one tournament on her world ranking calculation. Azarenka, who had a bruised heel and withdrew on Monday, had $100,000 forfeited from the WTA's bonus pool and zero points imposed for one tournament on her rankings calculation.

AFP sports schedule for Thursday, February 21

AFP sports schedule for Thursday, February 21: FOOTBALL Europa League last 32 second-leg matches, with Spurs facing a tough trip to Lyon, although the English side lead 2-1 - coverage by Andy Scott - while holders Atletico Madrid are up against it as they trail 2-0 going into their away leg with Russian outfit Rubin Kazan. Slugs: Fbl-Eur-C3 GOLF Organisers will hope the snow that halted the first day's play doesn't intervene again at the World Golf Championships Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain, Arizona.

AFP sports schedule for Wednesday, February 20

AFP sports schedule for Wednesday, February 20: FOOTBALL In the Champions League last 16 AC Milan host Barcelona - coverage by Justin Davis - while Turkish champions Galatasaray are at home to out-of-form German side Schalke 04. Previews filed of Thursday's Europa League games. Slugs: Fbl-Eur-C1, Fbl-Eur-C3 GOLF

AFP sports schedule for Wednesday, February 20

AFP sports schedule for Wednesday, February 20: FOOTBALL In the Champions League last 16 AC Milan host Barcelona - coverage by Justin Davis - while Turkish champions Galatasaray are at home to out-of-form German side Schalke 04. Previews filed of Thursday's Europa League games. Slugs: Fbl-Eur-C1, Fbl-Eur-C3 RUGBY UNION Build-up continues to this weekend's third round of Six Nations matches with Scotland and Ireland set to announce the starting line-ups for their match at Murrayfield on Sunday. Master Slug: RugbyU-6Nations TENNIS

AFP sports schedule for Tuesday, February 19

AFP sports schedule for Tuesday, February 19: FOOTBALL In the Champions League last 16 Arsenal host Bayern Munich - coverage by Tom Williams - while in Portugal 2004 champions Porto are at home to Malaga. Previews filed of Wednesday's Champions League games. Slug: Fbl-Eur-C1 TENNIS ATP at Memphis, Marseille and Buenos Aires; WTA at Dubai, Bogota and Memphis Slugs: Tennis-ATP-WTA-USA; Tennis-ATP-FRA, Tennis-ATP-ARG; Tennis-WTA-UAE, Tennis-WTA-COL FORMULA ONE Pre-season testing, Barcelona. Unveiling of Williams' new car.

AFP sports schedule for Monday, February 18

AFP sports schedule for Monday, February 18: FOOTBALL In the FA Cup fifth round, Manchester United face Reading. Siena face Lazio in Italy. Previews filed of Tuesday's Champions League last-16, first leg ties between Arsenal and Bayern Munich and Porto against Malaga. Slugs: Fbl-ENG-FACup, Fbl-ITA-SerieA; Fbl-Eur-C1 TENNIS ATP at Memphis, Marseille and Buenos Aires; WTA at Dubai, Bogota and Memphis Slugs: Tennis-ATP-WTA-USA; Tennis-ATP-FRA, Tennis-ATP-ARG; Tennis-WTA-UAE, Tennis-WTA-COL afp

AFP sports schedule for Sunday, February 17

AFP sports schedule for Sunday, February 17: FOOTBALL In the FA Cup fifth round, Manchester City play Leeds while Huddersfield meet Wigan. In a fourth round replay, Chelsea welcome Brentford. Action also in Spain, Germany, Italy, France and Scotland. Slugs: Fbl-ENG-FACup, Fbl-ESP-Liga, Fbl-ITA-SerieA, Fbl-FRA-Ligue1, Fbl-GER-Bundesliga. TENNIS Rafael Nadal plays David Nalbandian in the Sao Paulo final. ATP also at Rotterdam and San Jose.

AFP sports schedule for Saturday, February 16

AFP sports schedule for Saturday, February 16: FOOTBALL In the FA Cup fifth round, Arsenal face Blackburn, non-league Luton take on Millwall, Milton Keynes Dons host Barnsley while Oldham tackle Everton. Action also in Spain, Germany, Italy, France and Scotland. Slugs: Fbl-ENG-FACup, Fbl-ESP-Liga, Fbl-ITA-SerieA, Fbl-FRA-Ligue1, Fbl-GER-Bundesliga. TENNIS Rafael Nadal continues his comeback in Sao Paulo. ATP also at Rotterdam and San Jose.

AFP sports schedule for Thursday, February 14

AFP sports schedule for Thursday, February 14: FOOTBALL Europa League last-32, first leg matches with Liverpool at Zenit and Sparta Prague welcoming Chelsea. Slug: Fbl-Eur-C3 TENNIS Roger Federer is top seed at the Rotterdam ATP tournament while Rafael Nadal continues his comeback in Sao Paulo. ATP also at San Jose. WTA is at the Qatar Open where Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams lead the field. Coverage by Richard Eaton. WTA also at Cali in Colombia

AFP sports schedule for Wednesday, February 13

AFP sports schedule for Wednesday, February 13: FOOTBALL Second set of two Last 16 first leg Champions League clashes with the pick of the ties featuring Real Madrid hosting Manchester United pitching perhaps the two best managers in club football agianst each other in Jose Mourinho and Alex Ferguson. The other match sees eye-catching Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk at home to exciting German champions Borussia Dortmund. Preview filed for Thursday's Europa League Last 32 matches.
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