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Murray pulls out of next month’s Marseille Open

(Reuters) – Andy Murray has pulled out of next month’s Marseille Open as he “may have to undergo surgery again”, the tournament organisers said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Andy Murray at Melbourne Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo Three-times Grand Slam winner Murray has struggled to regain form since undergoing hip […]

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Barty party continues with Sakkari win

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Ashleigh Barty eased past Greek Maria Sakkari 7-5 6-1 to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday, keeping alive local hopes of a home women’s champion. Tennis – Australian Open – Third Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2019. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning the match […]

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Aggressive Sharapova eliminates holder Wozniacki in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova scorched the Rod Laver Arena with her aggressive tennis to eliminate defending Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 4-6 6-3 in the third round on Friday. Tennis – Australian Open – Third Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2019. Russia’s Maria Sharapova celebrates after winning the match against […]

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Kyrgios is better on court than behind mike, says Federer

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Roger Federer’s third round masterclass against American Taylor Fritz at the Australian Open on Friday drew gushing praise from bad boy of tennis Nick Kyrgios during a guest commentary gig for the host broadcaster. Tennis – Australian Open – First Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 15, 2019. Australia’s Nick Kyrgios […]

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Hughton rejects Ince assessment of Solskjaer’s record start

Soccer Football – Premier League – Newcastle United v Manchester United – St James’ Park, Newcastle, Britain – January 2, 2019 Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Luke Shaw during the match REUTERS/Scott Heppell (Reuters) – Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton has praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his record-breaking start at […]

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Tomic denies Hewitt allegations, calls him ‘liar’ – report

Tennis – Australian Open – First Round – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2019. Australia’s Bernard Tomic in action during the match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic. REUTERS/Aly Song MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic has denied compatriot Lleyton Hewitt’s allegations that he had made threats against the former world number one […]

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Aggressive Sharapova eliminates holder Wozniacki

Tennis – Australian Open – Third Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2019. Russia’s Maria Sharapova celebrates after winning the match against Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki. REUTERS/Aly Song MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova scorched the Rod Laver Arena with her aggressive tennis to eliminate defending Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 4-6 6-3 in […]

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Tennis – U.S. teen Anisimova announces arrival with Sabalenka upset

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – American teenager Amanda Anisimova upstaged 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka 6-3 6-2 to storm into the fourth round of the Australian Open and signal the arrival of a new force in women’s tennis on Friday. Tennis – Australian Open – Third Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2019. Amanda Anisimova of […]

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Pogba praises Solskjaer for revitalising United’s attack

Soccer Football – Premier League – Newcastle United v Manchester United – St James’ Park, Newcastle, Britain – January 2, 2019 Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shakes hands with Paul Pogba at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith (Reuters) – Manchester United have rediscovered their attacking verve under caretaker […]

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Tennis – American teenager Anisimova humbles Sabalenka

Tennis – Australian Open – Third Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2019. Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. waves to spectators after winning the match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Young American Amanda Anisimova upstaged 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka 6-3 6-2, hitting her way into the fourth round of […]

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Soccer – No Arnautovic sale without my approval, says Pellegrini

Soccer Football – Premier League – West Ham United v Arsenal – London Stadium, London, Britain – January 12, 2019 West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic is substituted and gestures to the fans REUTERS/David Klein (Reuters) – West Ham United will not sell wantaway Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic without the express approval of manager Manuel Pellegrini, the […]

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Cricket – England call up Wood to replace injured Stone

Cricket – Sri Lanka v England – Fifth One-Day International – Colombo, Sri Lanka – October 23, 2018. England’s Mark Wood gestures at England cricket fans. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (Reuters) – England have called up fast bowler Mark Wood to replace the injured Olly Stone for their three-test series against West Indies that starts in Bridgetown […]

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Federer serves up Fritz blitz to reach last 16

Tennis – Australian Open – Third Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2019. Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts during the match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. REUTERS/Aly Song MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Roger Federer celebrated his 100th match at the Australian Open on Friday by giving young American Taylor Fritz a centre court schooling […]

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Rugby – Talk of deploying Nowell as flanker an ‘own goal’: Woodward

(Reuters) – England coach Eddie Jones has scored a “huge own goal” ahead of next month’s Six Nations opener against Ireland by suggesting winger Jack Nowell could be deployed at number seven, former coach Clive Woodward said. FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union – England Training – Pennyhill Park Hotel, Bagshot, Britain – November 14, 2018 England’s […]

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NBA – Heartache for Knicks as basketball steals London spotlight

LONDON (Reuters) – A game between the struggling New York Knicks and Washington Wizards would barely have registered back in the United States but transported across the Atlantic it stole the London sporting spotlight on Thursday. Jan 17, 2019; London, United Kingdom; New York Knicks forward Luke Kornet (2) and Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant […]

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Tennis – Barty party continues with Sakkari win

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Ashleigh Barty eased past Greek Maria Sakkari 7-5 6-1 to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday, keeping alive local hopes of a home women’s champion. Tennis – Australian Open – Third Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2019. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning the match […]

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Golf – Mickelson flirts with 59 in first start of season

Jan 17, 2019; La Quinta, CA, USA; Phil Mickelson lines up a putt on the sixth green during the first round of the Desert Classic golf tournament at La Quinta Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson came up just short of a magical 59 on Thursday after carding 10 […]

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Dembele and Messi see off Levante but Barca Cup hopes in doubt

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi were on target as the Copa del Rey holders thrashed Levante 3-0 at the Nou Camp on Thursday for a 4-2 aggregate win to reach the quarter-finals. Soccer Football – Copa del Rey – Round of 16 – Second Leg – FC Barcelona v Levante – […]

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Rugby – I’m serious, says Jones after tipping Nowell as England flanker

LONDON (Reuters) – What do you do if you are blessed with an abundance of talented wingers but face a perennial problem at flanker? The obvious answer, if England coach Eddie Jones isn’t taking the media for a ride, is to put Jack Nowell in the number seven shirt. Rugby Union – Six Nations Championship […]

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Dembele and Messi see off Levante but Barca Copa hopes in doubt

Soccer Football – Copa del Rey – Round of 16 – Second Leg – FC Barcelona v Levante – Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain – January 17, 2019 Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates REUTERS/Albert Gea BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi were on target as the Copa […]