There are reports this morning that two tankers have been attacked in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz, and that the crews were evacuated safely.The tankers reportedly had flags from Panama and the Marshall Islands but there was no immediate confirmation on the attacks.Earlier reports said a Norwegian oil tanker was hit by a torpedo off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.The two tankers with oil bound for Asia reportedly came under attack this morning in the Gulf of Oman.The Frontline shipping company based in Bermuda said its vessel, the Front Altair, was on fire in the Gulf of Oman, and a Singapore-based company said its vessel, the Kokuka Corageous, was damaged in a suspected attack. The crews of both vessels are reported safe. U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain said it received two distress calls about the attacks, and that a destroyer, the USS Bainbridge, is rendering assistance. The Wall Street Journal says news of the attacks is sending oil prices sharply higher this morning.Iran’s state news agency said the Frontline tanker had sunk, though the owner of the company said it was afloat.One shipping company said it was a torpedo attack, while another source said it could’ve been a magnetic mine.Four tankers were reportedly attacked in the same area last month.The U.S. blamed Iran for those attacks, which Iran has denied.
New Delhi: Ramkumar Ramanathan notched up a straight set win over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil to reach his first ever ATP semi-finals but veteran Leander Paes bowed out after losing his doubles quarterfinal at the Hall of Fame Open grasscourt tournament in Newport.The 23-year-old from Chennai took one hour and 18 minutes to get across Pospisil 7-5, 6-2 in the quarterfinals on Thursday.The 161-ranked Indian will meet American Tim Smyczek in the last four of the tournament.Ramanathan, who had stunned world No. 8 Dominic Thiem at the Antalya Open last year, sent down five aces and converted the three break points that came his way.Paes, who is playing his first match since creating the Davis Cup world record in February for most number of wins in doubles, and his American partner Jamie Cerretani suffered a 3-6 6-7 (3) loss to giant-killers Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Austin Crajicek in the doubles quarterfinals.Jeevan and Austin, who had toppled top seeds Nicholas Monroe and John-Patrick Smith in the first round, will face fourth seeds Spain’s Marcelo Arevalo and Mexico’s Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela in the semifinals.In-form Divij Sharan and his partner Jackson Withrow, seeded second, defeated Australia’s Matthew Ebden and Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (4) 6-3 to set up a semifinal clash with New Zealand’s Artem Sitak and Israel’s Janathan Erlich.Artem and Janathan saw off third seeds India’s Purav Raja and British Ken Skupski 4-6 6-3 10-8 in a thrilling quarterfinal contest. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.