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  • Angry Wozniacki battles past Bertens after tantrum

    January 19, 2018 2:17 PM 2

    Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki shakes hands with Netherlands' Kiki Bertens after winning thematch at the Australian Open, Melbourne January 19, 2018. — Reuters picMELBOURNE, Jan 19 — Second seed Caroline Wozniacki overcame a late temper tantrum to forge into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-4 6-3 win over Kiki Bertens today. Serving for the match

  • Kyrgios takes down idol Tsonga to reach fourth round

    January 19, 2018 12:00 PM 2

    Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates winning against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France at the Australian Open, Melbourne January 19, 2018. — Reuters picMELBOURNE, Jan 19 — Nick Kyrgios toppled his childhood idol Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a tense clash to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open today and raise home fans’ hopes of a first men’s champion in 42 years

  • Brazil great Pele collapses with exhaustion

    January 19, 2018 11:56 AM 3

    Pele has been taken to hospital for kidney and prostrate problems in recent years and also underwent hip surgery. — Reuters picSAO PAULO, Jan 19 — Brazilian football great Pele has collapsed with exhaustion and been forced to cancel a long-planned trip to London this weekend, the Football Writers Association (FWA) said today. The FWA was due to host a dinner

  • Harimau Malaya drop to 175 in latest Fifa ranking

    January 18, 2018 3:40 PM 6

    Football Association of Malaysia president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said he took full responsibility for the drop in Malaysia’s world ranking. — Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 — Malaysia has dropped one rung to 175 in Fifa’s world football ranking, the worst ranking yet for the Harimau Malaya squad. Kuwait moved up to 174 after collecting 100 points

  • Man City’s Otamendi extends contract until 2022

    January 18, 2018 6:07 AM 7

    Nicolas Otamendi has made 118 appearances for City since arriving at the Etihad Stadium from Valencia in 2015 and won the League Cup in his first season in England. — Reuters picMANCHESTER, Jan 18 ― Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi has signed a contract extension until 2022, the Premier League club have announced. The 29-year-old Argentina international

  • Sharapova too hot for Sevastova, reaches Australian Open third round

    January 18, 2018 3:51 AM 5

    Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after beating Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia at the Australian Open in Melbourne. ― Reuters picMELBOURNE, Jan 18 ― Maria Sharapova suffered a late wobble in the blazing centre court heat before easing past 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 7-6(4) to reach the third round of the Australian Open today. With the temperatures

  • Powerful Pera sends ninth seed Konta out of Australian Open

    January 18, 2018 3:24 AM 6

    Bernarda Pera of the US hits a shot against Johanna Konta of Britain during the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne. ― Reuters picMELBOURNE, Jan 18 ― World number 123 Bernarda Pera sent ninth seed Johanna Konta tumbling out of the second round of the Australian Open today with a 6-4 7-5 upset in blazing sunshine on court two. A lacklustre

  • Report: Nainggolan Chinese talks back on

    January 17, 2018 3:46 PM 10

    Nainggolan's (right) €50 million transfer to Guangzhou fell through early this week because the total cost would have reached €70 million. — Reuters pic ROME, Jan 17 — Serie A challengers Roma have reopened talks with Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande for the transfer of midfielder Radja Nainggolan, according to reports in Italy today. Roma want to cash in on the talented

  • Liew Daren sends Son Wan Ho packing at Malaysian Masters

    January 17, 2018 12:38 PM 6

    Liew beat Son (pic) in straight sets, 21-15, 21-13. — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 — Professional player Liew Daren upstaged Son Wan Ho to easily reach the second round of the Malaysia Masters 2018 at Axiata Arena, KL Sports City, Bukit Jalil, here, today. The qualifier beat the fourth seeded player from South Korea in straight sets, 21-15, 21-13, to set up a meeting

  • Kyrgios deals with distractions to down Troicki

    January 17, 2018 10:42 AM 7

    Nick Kyrgios of Australia hits a shot against Viktor Troicki of Serbia at the Australian Open in Melbourne January 17, 2018. — Reuters picMELBOURNE, Jan 17 — Nick Kyrgios was niggled by off-court distractions as he overcame Serbian journeyman Viktor Troicki in straight sets to reach the third round at the Australian Open today. The explosive Australian