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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 and reach his 10th Australian Open quarter-final on Sunday. In an often breathtaking clash laden with sumptuous shot-making, the Spaniard was rocked by the hard-hitting Schwartzman
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CORTINA D‘AMPEZZO, Italy (Reuters) – Italian Sofia Goggia won a second successive women’s downhill in front of an elated home crowd, with the American duo of Lindsey Vonn and overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin also enjoying a podium finish in a thrilling race on Friday. The fired-up Goggia, who was also victorious in Austria’s
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – China’s growing influence over women’s tennis moved up a notch on Thursday when the southern metropolis of Shenzhen was announced as the new venue for the season-ending WTA Finals from 2019 to 2028. Shenzhen, which already hosts a WTA tournament in early January, will take over from Singapore on the back of
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Seed slayers Belinda Bencic and Zhang Shuai were brought back down to earth at the Australian Open on Wednesday as they both failed to follow up their first-round exploits. Swiss Bencic, who knocked out last year’s runner-up Venus Williams on a day of shocks on Monday, slumped to a 6-1 6-3 defeat
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ZURICH (Reuters) – Manchester United enjoyed the biggest revenue of any European club in the last financial year after a 32 percent increase propelled them above Real Madrid and Barcelona, UEFA said in an annual report published on Tuesday. The European Club Football Landscape report said revenues among Europe’s 700-odd top-flight clubs totaled 18.5 billion
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TORONTO (Reuters) – Olympic gold medal ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will carry Canada’s flag into the opening ceremonies of the Pyeongchang Winter Games, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)announced on Tuesday. Virtue and Moir, gold medal winners on home ice at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games and silver medalists four years later in
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Defending champion Roger Federer was quickly into his majestic stride with a straight-sets victory over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his opening match at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The 36-year-old Swiss turned the evening clash on packed Rod Laver Arena into an exhibition as he struck 41 winners to breeze past a
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Ninth seed Johanna Konta skipped past Madison Brengle into the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday, the Briton overpowering her American opponent 6-3 6-1 in 66 minutes on Hisense Arena. Australia-born Konta, who reached the semi-finals at Melbourne Park two years ago, brushed off an early exit in her Sydney
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A ruthless Rafa Nadal preserved his creaky knees for tougher tests down the road by routing Dominican journeyman Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1 6-1 6-1 to sail into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday. Playing his first competitive match since pulling out of the ATP Tour Finals with knee trouble
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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A dominant Europe won eight of the 12 singles matches against Asia on Sunday to rally from behind and successfully defend their EurAsia Cup title with a 14-10 victory in Malaysia. Arjun Atwal’s Asia had led the third edition of the biennial matchplay contest following the opening two days of fourballs
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(Reuters) – Picking a women’s singles champion at the Australian Open could resemble a lucky dip this year with Serena Williams’ continued absence again leaving the door ajar. Who will kick it open is a question that a legion of tennis pundits find difficult to answer with any degree of certainty. The American, who won
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(Reuters) – Nine-times world rally champion Sebastien Loeb withdrew from the Dakar Rally on Wednesday while defending champion Stephane Peterhansel stretched his lead after the last full stage in Peru. Loeb, who won Tuesday’s stage for Peugeot and was second overall, halted five kilometers into the 266km stage from San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa,
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PASADENA, California (Reuters) – U.S. television network NBC, broadcaster of this year’s Super Bowl, will show any players who kneel during the pre-game national anthem to protest racial inequality, the game’s executive producer said on Tuesday. Several dozen National Football League players kneeled, sat or locked arms during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in the regular season,
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ZURICH (Reuters) – Forty-two Russians have lodged appeals against bans issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday. The athletes were among 43 disqualified from events, banned from participating in future Olympics and in some cases stripped
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PARIS (Reuters) – Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli just wants to enjoy herself and play big matches when she returns to competitive tennis in March after more than four years in retirement. The Frenchwoman quit tennis in 2013 weeks after winning her maiden grand slam title at Wimbledon, saying her body could no longer cope
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LONDON (Reuters) – Three-times grand slam champion Andy Murray underwent hip surgery on Monday but is optimistic about his chances of returning in time for Wimbledon and believes he can still challenge for major titles. The 30-year-old Briton has not played a competitive match since hobbling to defeat by Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon quarter-finals
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