KEY BISCAYNE, Florida (AP):Novak Djokovic won a record-tying sixth Key Biscayne title and his third in a row yesterday, beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3 in the Miami Open final.The top-ranked Djokovic improved to 28-1 this year. His only loss came when he retired during his quarter-final against Feliciano Lopez in Dubai with an eye infection.Djokovic won his 28th ATP Masters title, breaking the record he shared with Rafael Nadal, and won both Indian Wells and the Miami Open for the third year in a row. He didn’t lose a set in the tournament and tied Andre Agassi’s record of six men’s titles at Key Biscayne.The No. 6-seeded Nishikori lost to Djokovic for the sixth consecutive time and was doomed by an erratic serve. He double-faulted five times and Djokovic repeatedly pounced on his second serve to break five times.The weather was less oppressive than in recent days, with highs only in the 70s, but Djokovic made sure the match didn’t become an endurance test. He broke in three of Nishikori’s first four service games, dominating rallies in part because Nishikori’s shots lacked the precision of earlier matches.Nishikori required treatment from a trainer on his left thigh late in the second set, but his bigger problem was his opponent.- AP
The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots have announced that Anton Devcich will be joining them for the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League which bowls off from August 8.Anton DevcichThe New Zealander will be replacing spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who will now be with South Africa on their tour of Sri Lanka, and then will be representing South Africa ‘A’ until the end of August.Devcich, a 32-year-old spin bowling all-rounder, has had previous experience with the Hero CPL, having played for the Trinbago Knight Riders in 2016. Known for his lavish beard, the batsman has played 16 times for New Zealand, having represented his country in ODIs and T20 Internationals.Speaking about the arrival of Devcich, Patriots Head Coach Donovan Miller hailed the Kiwi as a class player who offers a huge amount with the bat, ball, and in the field. He further noted that Devcich’s experience in international and franchise cricket around the world will be a real asset to the Patriots this season.Meanwhile Devcich and his team will have the chance to show their skills when they open the tournament against multiple time finalists Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Providence National Stadium, Guyana.