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PARIS - Edinson Cavani scored after just 57 seconds as Paris Saint-Germain beat Apoel Nicosia 1-0 on Wednesday in a scrappy game to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.The strikers fourth goal in as many games threatened to spark a rout, but PSG ultimately flattered to deceive.With injured striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic watching from the stands, Cavani also hit the post while Brazilian winger Lucas spurned other first-half chances.But the well-organized Cypriot side defended resolutely and PSGs performance became disjointed as the game wore on.We deserved to win by a bigger margin, and we should have scored more, PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. We were a bit clumsy but we did what we needed to do.PSG, unbeaten so far this season, has not lost at home in European competition since Nov. 2006 and tops Group F with 10 points —one more than Barcelona, which won 2-0 away to Ajax thanks to two goals from Argentina star Lionel Messi.Hopefully we can finish top of the group, because thats an advantage, even if its a small one, Blanc said. The fact were not conceding goals is a big advantage in the Champions League, and what I saw tonight reassured me that were very solid at the back.Ibrahimovic is nursing a heel injury and hopes to be fit to face league leader Marseille on Sunday.Cavani started at centre forward, flanked by Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore.Having scored a last-gasp winner away to Apoel two weeks ago, it was the total opposite this time — with a well-taken effort signalling the Uruguay forwards return to form after some poor early-season performances.Full back Gregory van der Wiel broke down the right and picked out Cavani just inside the penalty area. With his back to goal, he flicked the ball up, spun and hit a firm shot that goalkeeper Urko Pardo fumbled, as the ball slipped through his fingers and rolled over the line.Apoel missed its only chance to level in the 12th minute when midfielder Nuno Morais whacked a shot high over the bar after goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu had beaten away a header from midfielder Vinicius.After a brief spell of neat possession from Apoel, PSG exposed the visitors weak left flank.Pastore released Lucas after a quick one-two and, from his curling cross, Cavani beat Pardo with a stooping header that hit the right post. The rebound fell to Lavezzi but, with Pastore getting in his way, he was unable to shoot.Lucas saw his angled shot skim just past the left post in the 27th, and soon after he left three defenders in his wake as he burst from midfield before forcing Pardo into a low save.Apoel looked lively at times going forward, only to lose possession too easily.This is our worst performance of the group stage, Apoel coach Giorgis Donis said through a translator. We cant feel sad about it because we didnt deserve anything. We conceded an early goal and lost our concentration.From one failed attack, Pastore carved a hole in midfield and released Matuidi, who then touched the ball on to Cavani, bearing down from the right. But Cavani hesitated, decided against shooting, and then lost his footing as he tried rounding Pardo.With only 64 seconds played of the second half, Cavani almost repeated the his first-half trick but fluffed his shot from the near the penalty spot and, three minutes later, his curling effort went wide of the upright.His goal was the least easy chance he had, Blanc said. Hes a lad wholl always score goals but hes also lacking a bit of spontaneity in front of goal.Lucas then tried jinking his way to goal, but got the ball tangled up in his feet after trying to beat a third defender, and the crowds frustration was audible when Cavani hit a shot well over after Pastores cut-back from the right.Pastore had the next go and saw his effort saved as he tried to dink the ball over Pardo from a tight angle.Cavani should have done much better with 10 minutes remaining, swiping a shot wide and then substitute Jean-Christophe Bahebeck saw his shot charged down in the last minute.Although PSG was rarely troubled, this performance was not one to send fear into Europes other big clubs. Christian Wood Pistons Jersey . The best round belonged to Pat Perez. Tiger Woods didnt come close to claiming either Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open, where the seven-time champion failed to break par in the opening round for first time in his career. 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The Serb is used to arriving at the BNP Paribas Open with the Australian Open in his back pocket, having won the seasons first Grand Slam three straight years. He lost in the quarter-finals in Melbourne in January, and then lost in the semifinals at Dubai last month. "That is a different feel from previous years," he said. So Djokovic is especially eager to hoist the trophy at Indian Wells, where hes a two-time champion. He took a step toward that goal with a 6-1, 6-3 quarterfinal victory against Frenchman Julien Benneteau in just over an hour on Friday. "Im on the right path and playing semifinals, which is always of course a challenge and a good result," he said, "but I want to try to go as far as I can." On the womens side, Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta handed top seed Li Na just her second loss of the year, winning their semifinal 7-6 (5), 6-3. The women combined for eight straight service breaks in the first set, which Li lost with her eighth double-fault. Pennetta then broke the No. 2-ranked Li two more times in the second set and closed out the win with a backhand down the line. Li, the reigning Australian Open champion, fell to 17-2 on the year. She was the top seed for the first time at one of the top-level WTA events. "It was pretty high-level match," said the Chinese star, who made more than 50 unforced errors. "I lose the match, a little bit sad, but I still can see a lot positive. At least, I like the way I hit the ball." Pennetta will play No. 2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in Sundays final. Radwanska beat sixth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania 6-3, 6-4 to reach her first final in eight appearances at the tournament. "Ive been here so many times and finally I did it," Radwanska said. Halep had Radwanska on the run most of the match, but the Polish player was up to the challenge, continually chasing down balls and making well-placed returns. "What I was trying to do was playing aggresssive from the beginning of the match and just trying to go for my shots," Radwanska said.dddddddddddd. "Pretty much all the games, doesnt matter who was serving, it was really tight games. I was better just a few points each set." Halep is projected to move up two spots to a career-best No. 5 in the world in Mondays WTA rankings, the highest ever by a Romanian woman. Djokovic never faced a break point on his serve against Benneteau, the only unseeded player left in the mens draw. The Serb held break points on Benneteaus serve in seven of eight games, and broke him four times during the match. It was Djokovics easiest match so far. He needed three sets to get by Marin Cilic and Alejandro Gonzalez, and had to win a tiebreaker against Victor Hanescu in his opening match. "I felt like I was very focused on the court from the start, and its what I was looking for. First few matches I played good tennis but I had some ups and downs," Djokovic said. "He made a lot of unforced errors, and obviously I just needed to make him play an extra shot and serve well." Djokovic will next play 12th-seeded John Isner, the lone remaining American, in Saturdays semifinals. Isner beat Djokovic at the same stage in 2012 before losing to Roger Federer in the final. Federer, a four-time winner here, will meet Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine in the other semifinal. Isner fired 13 aces to beat 20th-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) in Fridays other quarterfinal. Isner dropped serve twice to fall behind 4-2 in the second set, but broke back to level the score at 5-all and then dominated the tiebreaker. "I had all my energy going for me," he said. "I know I have those serves in my arsenal. Its just a matter of me pulling them out and I went for them." The American is projected to return to the top 10 in Mondays ATP rankings, the first time he has been there since September 2012. "Its hard to stay there," he said. "I fell back, but I have been knocking on the door for quite some time. It feels good to get back in there." ' ' '

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