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Dimitrov stays cool to subdue Kyrgios in thriller

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov kept cool in the Rod Laver Arena maelstrom to knock home favourite Nick Kyrgios out of the Australian Open in a fourth-round thriller on Sunday. Third seed Dimitrov absorbed 76 winners and struck 64 of his own to edge a scintillating duel 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(4). While Australia’s wait […]

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Double delight for Taiwan’s Hsieh at Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Ten years after a stunning run to the fourth round of the Australian Open on her main draw debut, Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei has enjoyed double good fortune at Melbourne Park this week. The willow-thin 32-year-old from the steamy southern city of Kaohsiung will line up in the last 16 again after a […]

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Dimitrov holds nerve to end Kyrgios’s run

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov kept his cool in the Rod Laver Arena maelstrom to knock home favourite Nick Kyrgios out of the Australian Open in a fourth-round thriller on Sunday. Third seed Dimitrov absorbed 76 winners and struck 64 of his own to edge a scintillating duel 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(4). Kyrgios fought […]

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Buttler hundred hands England ODI series victory

SYDNEY (Reuters) – England’s Jos Buttler struck a belligerent unbeaten 100 to set up a 16-run win over Australia in the third one-day international on Sunday, as the touring side took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. The right-handed batsman produced late fireworks to complete his fifth ODI hundred on the last ball […]

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American hero Tennys is good for tennis, says Wilander

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – American outsider Tennys Sandgren’s fairytale run at the Australian Open is just what the sport needs to make it less predictable, according to former champion Mats Wilander. The 97th-ranked Sandgren arrived in Melbourne without a grand slam match win on his CV but the man from Gallatin, Tennessee is now one victory […]

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Pocock’s return from sabbatical delayed by operation

SYDNEY (Reuters) – David Pocock’s return to Australian rugby from his year-long sabbatical will be delayed after the Wallabies loose forward had knee surgery, Super Rugby side the ACT Brumbies said on Sunday. The 29-year-old flanker, who missed the best part of two seasons with knee injuries in 2013 and 2014, picked up the latest […]

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Ethiopia’s Bekele to race London Marathon

(Reuters) – Ethiopia’s triple Olympic track champion Kenenisa Bekele will race the London Marathon in April and line up alongside Briton Mo Farah and Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge for what promises to be a mouth-watering contest. Bekele, 35, regarded by many as the greatest distance runner of all time and holder of the 5,000m and 10,000m […]

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Watford sack manager Silva, blame rival club’s approach

(Reuters) – Watford sacked manager Marco Silva on Sunday after a poor run of results and blamed a rival Premier League club’s “unwarranted approach” to sign the Portuguese earlier this season as the catalyst for the decision. British media reported that Everton had targeted Silva in their quest to replace Dutchman Ronald Koeman before they […]

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Hamburg sack coach Gisdol after Cologne loss

BERLIN (Reuters) – Hamburg SV sacked coach Markus Gisdol on Sunday, a day after their 2-0 loss in the Bundesliga against bottom club Cologne left them in 17th place. Former European champions Hamburg have been battling relegation almost every season in the last few years and club bosses said a change was necessary. “Premature separations […]

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Tennis-Andy who? Briton Edmund reaches first grand slam quarter-final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Britain’s Kyle Edmund reached the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time after coming from a set down to oust Italian Andreas Seppi 6-7(4) 7-5 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday. The 23-year-old, the only Briton in the men’s draw in the absence of […]

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Edmund ousts Seppi to reach first grand slam quarter-final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Britain’s Kyle Edmund reached the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the first time after coming from a set down to oust Italian Andreas Seppi 6-7(4) 7-5 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday. The 23-year-old, the only Briton in the men’s draw in the absence of […]

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Mertens makes maiden major quarter-final in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Belgium’s Elise Mertens progressed to her maiden grand slam quarter-finals in her first appearance in the Australian Open main draw, beating Croatian Petra Martic 7-6(5) 7-5 on Sunday. At the outset, Mertens appeared set for a dominant win after racing to a 4-0 lead in the first set but Martic fought back […]

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Seoul says North Korea’s Olympic participation will aid peace and ease tensions

SEOUL (Reuters) – Seoul welcomed confirmation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that 22 North Korean athletes would compete in next month’s Winter Olympics, saying on Sunday it would aid peace and the easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula. In the first of a series of preparatory visits, North Korean music and arts officials […]

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Sublime Garcia cruises to season-opening win in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Sergio Garcia produced a masterful display of bogey-free golf over 27 holes on Sunday to open his season with a five-shot victory at the weather-disrupted Singapore Open, the Spaniard making his move early and dominating from the front. The 38-year-old U.S. Masters champion signed for a final-round three-under 68 in glorious sunshine […]

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Nadal weathers blast from pocket rocket Schwartzman

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Top seed Rafa Nadal was rattled by a feisty challenge from Diego Schwartzman but held firm to fend off the diminutive Argentine 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday. In an often breathtaking clash boasting some sumptuous shot-making, the Spaniard was stunned by the hard-hitting […]

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Snowboarding – Veteran Clark joins newcomer Kim on U.S. team

MAMMOTH, California (Reuters) – Veteran Kelly Clark qualified for her fifth Olympic Games on Saturday by winning the snowboarding halfpipe competition at the U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth, edging out fellow American and celebrated newcomer Chloe Kim. Clark, the most decorated women’s snowboarder of all time, scored an 89 on her first of three trips […]

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Cilic reaches quarters, celebrates 100th grand slam win

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic became the first man into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open when he ground down Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6(0) 7-6(3) on Sunday. In an entertaining baseline duel at the Margaret Court Arena, sixth seed Cilic blew away Carreno Busta in the tiebreaks to […]

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Free and single-handed, Suarez Navarro makes last eight

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Carla Suarez Navarro struck a blow for one of the endangered shots of women’s tennis as she used her single-handed backhand to great effect to beat Estonian Anett Kontaveit and reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday. The diminutive Spaniard dug herself out of a deep hole, hitting back from a set […]

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Wozniacki gallops into Melbourne quarter-finals

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Second seed Caroline Wozniacki needed only a shade over an hour to book a quarter-final spot at the Australian Open as she thrashed Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 6-0 on Sunday. The Dane dropped a mere six points in the second set as she overwhelmed her 19th-seeded opponent to reach the last eight […]

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Suarez Navarro hits back to reach quarter-finals

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro became the first player through to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open as she dug herself out of a hole to beat Estonian Anett Kontaveit 4-6 6-4 8-6 on Sunday. Kontaveit was bidding to reach the last eight of a grand slam for the first time and the […]