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In tennis action, 

Andy Murray lost in straight sets to Yanko Tip-sarevich in the opening match of the Mubadala World Championship in Abu Dhabi. 

This morning, the Serb beat the Olympic champion 6-3 6-4 in the winner-takes-all exhibition tournament. 

Meanwhile, 

Novak Jokovich is targeting to win all 4 Grandslam titles in 2013. 

The Serb will meet David Ferrer in today's semifinal in Abu Dhabi. 

And Jokovich hopes to win this tournament to kickstart a great year ahead.

Onto football news, 

Former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles has had an 11-match ban reduced to 4 matches instead. 

The Fenerbahce player, appealed after being accused of spitting at the referee following his red card against Galatasaray. 

The Turkish Football Federation ruled it was "physically impossible" for him to have spat while berating the referee, because Meireles was speaking all the time. 

He will still have to serve a 4-game ban thou for verbal abuse of the referee. 


Meanwhile, 

Everton and West Ham have successfully persuaded England's Football Association, to overturn the red cards given to Darron Gibson and Carlton Cole last week. 

Midfielder Gibson was dismissed for a challenge on West Ham's Mark Noble in Everton's 2-1 win at Upton Park. 

Now Hammers striker Cole, who was sent off in the same game, is free to play in West Ham's game at Reading tomorrow. 

And Gibson will be available for Everton's home game with Chelsea on Sunday.


Still on football, 

Former Brazilian striker Ronaldinho arrived in India's western state of Maharashtra yesterday.. 

And that's to publicise the making of a new animated film entitled, 'Ronaldinho vs Aliens'.

The 32 year old was welcomed by a a group of traditional drummers and mobbed by fans as he left the airport terminal.

Inspired by the 1996 animated film 'Space Jam' which featured Michael Jordan, this new project is expected to feature Ronaldinho himself. 

Currently playing for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro, his visit was organised by Indian millionaire Balaji Rao, who happens to be the owner of Blackburn Rovers.