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  • Sixth seed Svitolina fires into Aussie Open second round

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    Sixth seed Svitolina fires into Aussie Open second round

    MELBOURNE, Jan 15 — Big-serving sixth seed Elina Svitolina blasted into the Australian Open second round with a 6-1, 6-2 win over qualifier Viktorija Golubic today. Svitolina,...

  • Karlovic, 39, defies Father Time to reach second round

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    Karlovic, 39, defies Father Time to reach second round

    MELBOURNE, Jan 15 — Bashing 39 aces to match his age, Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to win a match at the Australian Open in over 40 years as he felled Poland’s Hubert...

  • S. Korea seek to lift ‘curse of the fake gold’

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    S. Korea seek to lift ‘curse of the fake gold’

    SEOUL, Jan 15 — South Korean football officials have presented the children of four dead players with gold medals in what is being seen as an attempt to lift a supposed curse on...

  • Former champion Azarenka dumped from Open at first hurdle

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    Former champion Azarenka dumped from Open at first hurdle

    MELBOURNE, Jan 15 — Former world number one and two-time champion Victoria Azarenka was dumped from the Australian Open at the first hurdle today, throwing away a one-set lead...

  • Harden’s 57 points fuel Rockets, Parker feted in San Antonio

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    Harden’s 57 points fuel Rockets, Parker feted in San Antonio

    LOS ANGELES, Jan 15 — NBA scoring juggernaut James Harden poured in a season-high 57 points yesterday to power the short-handed Houston Rockets to a 112-94 victory over the...

  • Zverev overpowers Bedene to move into second round

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    Zverev overpowers Bedene to move into second round

    MELBOURNE, Jan 15 — Alexander Zverev overpowered Aljaz Bedene to win their first round clash at the Australian Open 6-4 6-1 6-4 today, although it was not until the German lost...

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    Penang FA: State govt helped sort out 80pc of wages owed to players

    BATU KAWAN, Jan 15 — The crisis surrounding the delayed salary payment of the Football Association of Penang (FAP) players and officers will soon be over. The assurance...

  • Japan Olympic chief denies corruption allegations

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    Japan Olympic chief denies corruption allegations

    TOKYO, Jan 15 — The head of Japan’s Olympic Committee today denied involvement in a suspect payment made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Games, while apologising for any...

  • S. Korea’s top sports body apologises for sex assault cases

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    S. Korea’s top sports body apologises for sex assault cases

    SEOUL, Jan 15 — The head of South Korea’s top sports body today apologised for a litany of sexual assault cases between young athletes and their coaches and vowed to impose...

  • Ominous Serena, Zverev make Open statements

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    Ominous Serena, Zverev make Open statements

    MELBOURNE, Jan 15 — A focused Serena Williams sent an ominous Australian Open warning with a 49-minute first-round demolition today as young gun Alexander Zverev comfortably...

  • No one likes you! Tomic blasts Davis Cup skipper Hewitt

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    No one likes you! Tomic blasts Davis Cup skipper Hewitt

    MELBOURNE, Jan 15 — Firebrand Bernard Tomic has launched an extraordinary attack on fellow Australian Lleyton Hewitt, saying “no one likes him any more” while claiming he...

  • Murray’s agony: ‘It’s so sore I even hate walking the dogs’

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    Murray’s agony: ‘It’s so sore I even hate walking the dogs’

    MELBOURNE, Jan 15 — Andy Murray has opened up about the personal agony of his battered right hip after losing an epic Australian Open five-setter, saying he can’t even enjoy...

  • Barcelona first team to spend half-a-billion euros on wages, study finds

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    Barcelona first team to spend half-a-billion euros on wages, study finds

    MADRID, Jan 15 — La Liga champions Barcelona became the first football team to spend over half a billion euros in wages after their staff costs shot up by 42 per cent over the...

  • India coach quits after late heart-break at Asian Cup

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    India coach quits after late heart-break at Asian Cup

    SHARJAH, Jan 15 — India coach Stephen Constantine stepped down Monday after an injury-time Bahrain penalty floored his side 1-0 and denied the cricket-mad nation a historic spot...

  • Wagner leaves bottom-club Huddersfield by mutual consent

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    Wagner leaves bottom-club Huddersfield by mutual consent

    LONDON, Jan 15 — Huddersfield Town parted company with manager David Wagner by mutual consent yesterday, with the German leaving the club at the bottom of the Premier League...

  • Tottenham investigate alleged racist abuse aimed at Son

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    Tottenham investigate alleged racist abuse aimed at Son

    LONDON, Jan 15 — Tottenham Hotspur are investigating an alleged incident of racism by a supporter towards South Korean forward Son Heung-min during Sunday’s Premier League...

  • Man City ease past 10-man Wolves to cut gap at top

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    Man City ease past 10-man Wolves to cut gap at top

    MANCHESTER, Jan 15 — Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Manchester City beat 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 to cut Premier League leaders Liverpool's advantage to four points...

  • MFL approves Pahang’s application to register Sumareh as local

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    MFL approves Pahang’s application to register Sumareh as local

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 — The Malaysian Football League (MFL) today approves the application of the Pahang Football Association (PBNP) to register its naturalised player Mohamadou...

  • Murray to make career decision ‘in next week’ after Australian Open exit

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    Murray to make career decision ‘in next week’ after Australian Open exit

    MELBOURNE, Jan 14 — Andy Murray said he would make a decision on further surgery that could end his career “within a week” after battling to a gutsy, epic five-set defeat in...

  • Tensions rise as Nadal backs under-pressure ATP boss

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    Tensions rise as Nadal backs under-pressure ATP boss

    MELBOURNE, Jan 14 — Rafael Nadal today threw his support behind ATP Tour chief Chris Kermode as he fights to save his job, and hit out at not being consulted by the players’...

  • Kvitova coasts into Australian Open second round

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    Kvitova coasts into Australian Open second round

    MELBOURNE, Jan 14 — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova strolled into the Australian Open second round with a straight sets win over Magdelena Rybarikova of Slovakia...

  • Cool Federer sweeps into Open round two

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    Cool Federer sweeps into Open round two

    MELBOURNE, Jan 14 — Ageless Roger Federer warmed up for a run at a record seventh Australian Open title today by breezing past Uzbek Denis Istomin to book a spot in the second...

  • Solskjaer basks in win against Spurs but has work to do at Man United

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    Solskjaer basks in win against Spurs but has work to do at Man United

    LONDON, Jan 14 — Manchester United’s victory against Tottenham is a statement win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the team’s reliance on David de Gea’s heroics in goal show...

  • Gutsy Murray out of Australian Open after five-set epic

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    Gutsy Murray out of Australian Open after five-set epic

    MELBOURNE, Jan 14 — Gutsy Andy Murray fought to the end before losing an epic Australian Open farewell match 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-7 (4/7) at the hands of Roberto Bautista...

  • Klopp delighted Fabinho gives him options in central defence

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    Klopp delighted Fabinho gives him options in central defence

    LONDON, Jan 14 — Brazil midfielder Fabinho impressed Jurgen Klopp enough in central defence in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brighton to reassure the Liverpool manager he can be a...

  • Murray’s ‘no friends’ dig at Kyrgios

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    Murray’s ‘no friends’ dig at Kyrgios

    MELBOURNE, Jan 14 — Brief stories from the Australian Open today: No friends Injury-wracked Andy Murray proved he hasn’t lost his sense of humour despite chronic pain from a...

  • Local hope Barty undaunted by Australia’s rich history

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    Local hope Barty undaunted by Australia’s rich history

    MELBOURNE, Jan 14 — Hometown hope Ashleigh Barty denied Australia’s rich tennis history was a burden on the current generation after winning through to the second round at...

  • NextGen champ Tsitsipas first Greek man to win Aussie Open match

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    NextGen champ Tsitsipas first Greek man to win Aussie Open match

    MELBOURNE, Jan 14 — An aggressive Stefanos Tsitsipas today became the first Greek man to win a match at the Australian Open after battling back from a set down to beat Italy’s...

  • Murray likely to have statue erected, says Wimbledon CEO

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    Murray likely to have statue erected, says Wimbledon CEO

    LONDON, Jan 14 — Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is likely to be honoured with a statue at the historic Grand Slam venue, the All England Club’s chief executive told...

  • Ruthless Nadal, Wozniacki fly into Open round two

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    Ruthless Nadal, Wozniacki fly into Open round two

    MELBOURNE, Jan 14 — A ruthless Rafael Nadal showed no mercy in a clinical first round thumping at the Australian Open today with fellow former champions Caroline Wozniacki,...