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WATCH | Australian Open: Rafael Nadal storms into R4 with Damir Dzumhur demolition
Australian Open: Physically extraordinary Novak Djokovic is battle ready, says coach Andre Agassi
No. 1 Simona Halep ignores injury, beats Eugenie Bouchard in
Australian Open: Tennys Sandgren demolishes Stan Wawrinka to move into third round in Melbourne
WATCH | Australian Open: Fiery Maria Sharapova cruises to third round
Why Australian Open crowds are becoming more American
Caroline Wozniacki stages incredible comeback to advance at Australian Open
Budding Australian cricketer Arjun Nair suspended for suspect bowling action
2018-01-19 12:26:34 Rising Australian spinner and member of Sydney Sixers, Arjun Nair has been suspended for a suspect bowling action. This was after the 19-year-old underwent a test on January 4, at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane which reported that Nair had bowled with a visibly different action from what he normally does at the BBL. Hence, he was automatically banned from all first-class, List A, and Twenty20 cricket for a period of 90 days   Read More ...
WATCH | Australian Open: Rafael Nadal storms into R4 with Damir Dzumhur demolition
2018-01-19 12:20:43 Top seed Rafael Nadal stormed into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a bludgeoning 6-1 6-3 6-1 defeat of Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur on Friday.   Read More ...
Players turn up the heat on Australian Open weather policy
2018-01-19 10:43:17 MELBOURNE, Australia – French player Alize Cornet has called for the extreme heat policy at the Australian Open to be re-evaluated after she said she nearly fainted in the broiling temperatures during her third-round match Friday at Melbourne Park. The tournament's extreme heat policy calls for the roofs to be closed on the main show courts and play to be suspended on outer courts when the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and the wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT), which takes into account humidity and wind speed, reaches 32   Read More ...
Players turn up the heat on Australian Open weather policy
2018-01-19 10:35:49 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — French player Alize Cornet has called for the extreme heat policy at the Australian Open to be re-evaluated after she said she nearly fainted in the broiling temperatures during her third-round match Friday at Melbourne Park. The tournament's extreme heat policy calls for the roofs to be closed on the main show courts and play to be suspended on outer courts when the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and the wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT), which takes into account humidity and wind speed, reaches 32   Read More ...
Australian Open heat policy could be dangerous: Alize Cornet
2018-01-19 10:21:47 The Australian Open’s extreme heat policy could be endangering the safety of players according to France’s Alize Cornet after she suffered dizzy spells during her third round match against Elise Mertens on Friday. Cornet slumped to the court after serving during the second set of her 7-5 6-4 defeat by Mertens at the Hisense Arena and needed a medical assessment as temperatures pushed past 40 degrees Celsius (104F) at Melbourne Park   Read More ...
Birthday girl Petra Martic reaches last 16 of Australian Open
2018-01-19 10:21:42 Croatia’s Petra Martic celebrated her 26th birthday in style by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday. The world number 81 beat Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum 6-3 3-6 7-5 to set up a clash with unseeded Belgian Elise Mertens. Twelve months ago Martic was ranked 264 after a back injury but she has now reached the last 16 of three of the last four grand slams and hopes to go even further   Read More ...
Coco hit with largest Australian Open fine
2018-01-19 10:16:31 Melbourne - Coco Vandeweghe has been hit with the largest fine of the 2018 Australian Open so far - a (R97 400) penalty for unsporting conduct for screaming an obscenity at her first round opponent, Timea Babos. Vandeweghe said after the match that she was irritated by what she described as excessive celebrating by her Hungarian opponent during their match. The 10th-seeded Vandeweghe was assessed a code violation for the obscenity and delay of game for insisting on eating a banana during a changeover, getting docked a point in the second set of her 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 loss   Read More ...
Australia vs England, 2nd ODI, Brisbane, live cricket score: AUS hit back with Hales, Bairstow dismissals
2018-01-19 10:13:27 England are on course to chase down the target of 271 set by Australia after fifties by Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow in the second ODI in Brisbane. Earlier, Australia rode on opener Aaron Finch’s 106 to post a total of 270/9 from their 50 overs. The hosts started solidly, but were pegged back by two quick wickets from Joe Root   Read More ...
Tennis bei brutalen 70 Grad Celsius! - Australian Open HEISSen jetzt Australian OFEN
2018-01-19 09:45:56 Im Hitze-Ofen von Melbourne schmolzen die Träume von der nächsten Sensation dahin. Marta Kostjuk (15) wollte die Temperaturen auf dem Platz in der Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne aber nicht als Ausrede für ihr Aus bei den Australian Open gelten lassen. Das Ukraine-Küken verlor in der 3. Runde gegen Landsfrau Jelena Switolina (23), immerhin die Nr. 4 der Welt, 2:6, 2:6   Read More ...
Players get a 'sweet' Nike deal at Australian Open
2018-01-19 09:41:15 MELBOURNE (Reuters) - As Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov and Andrey Rublev of Russia battled on the blue courts at Rod Laver Arena on Friday, it was Nike’s court Melbourne collection that most stood out. The sporting giant’s players have been geared up in striking combinations of black, white and salmon for this year’s Australian Open, to titters of amusement on social media across the first week of the first grand slam of the year   Read More ...
Matt Henry and Martin Guptill take New Zealand to ODI series sweep over Pakistan
2018-01-19 09:13:05 WELLINGTON: Recalled seamer Matt Henry and in-form opener Martin Guptill have combined to steer the Black Caps to a 15-run victory in the fifth and final ODI against Pakistan in Wellington. Guptill's 100 off 126 balls underpinned New Zealand's 7-271, while Henry's 4-53 kept Pakistan on the back foot on Friday as they attempted to prevent a 5-0 series whitewash. Henry was making his first international appearance since the Boxing Day ODI against the West Indies, coming in for the rested Trent Boult   Read More ...
Former Canberra Raider Dave Taylor released for breaking Toronto Wolfpack team protocols
2018-01-19 09:13:02 Two team rules breaches is the reason behind the Toronto Wolfpack releasing former Canberra Raider Dave Taylor just weeks before their season began. Taylor, Fuifui Moimoi and Ryan Bailey were all released for what's believed to be twice breaking team protocols while they were on a week-long training camp in Portugal. The former Queensland State of Origin forward was the Wolfpack's star signing, as they look to gain promotion to the English Super League   Read More ...
Cheyenne Woods to play Canberra Classic
2018-01-19 09:12:50 It's the biggest name in golf and it's going to cast it's big shadow over the Canberra Classic, with Cheyenne Woods set to tee off at Royal Canberra next month. Australian Ladies Professional Golf boss Karen Lunn "couldn't have hoped for a stronger field" with the niece of Tiger Woods joining Australian No.1 Minjee Lee, Laura Davies, Ladies European Tour order-of-merit-winners Georgia Hall and Beth Allen, and 2013 Australian Open winner Jiyai Shin in the event   Read More ...
Australian Open: Physically extraordinary Novak Djokovic is battle ready, says coach Andre Agassi
2018-01-19 09:12:11 Novak Djokovic is 'physically extraordinary' and can emulate Roger Federer by winning the Australian Open in his first tournament for six months, mentor Andre Agassi said on Friday. The Serb arrived in Australia with question marks over his elbow injury and has played two rounds in Melbourne wearing a compression sleeve on his serving arm. The 12-times grand slam champion has re-modelled his serving action to take the pressure off the joint but it held up during a four-set win over Gael Monfils in brutal heat on Thursday   Read More ...
No. 1 Simona Halep ignores injury, beats Eugenie Bouchard in
2018-01-19 08:31:20 The WTA's top-ranked player passed all tests with flying colors, cruising to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Eugenie Bouchard at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne. Halep left fans gasping in concern after rolling her ankle during her first-round win over Destanee Ajava, and even Halep admitted after beating Bouchard that she was worried entering the match. "I was scared," Halep said   Read More ...
Cricket NSW board member Danny Bhandari banned for making 'avoidable hand contact to head' of opponent
2018-01-19 08:26:16 Cricket NSW director Danny Bhandari's future on the board is in doubt after he was handed a two-game ban for making physical contact with an opponent by a grade-cricket judiciary. Bhandari, a prominent Sydney businessman, was found guilty on Thursday night of making "avoidable hand contact to the head" of an opponent while playing for University of NSW against Manly in a second-grade match   Read More ...
Australian Open 2018: 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk's dream run ends
2018-01-19 08:26:04 The dream run of 15-year-old Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk has come to an end at the hands of countrywoman and world No.4 Elina Svitolina, who reached the final 16 at Melbourne Park for the first time. Svitolina only had positive words for her teenage opponent, who charged through qualifying and then set Melbourne Park ablaze by knocking out China's Shuai Peng and Australian Olivia Rogowska   Read More ...
Dragons prop Paul Vaughan eyeing elusive Blues jumper in 2018
2018-01-19 08:24:33 Powerhouse Dragons prop Paul Vaughan has set his sights on the rep jumpers many thought he was unlucky not to claim in a career-best 2017 season. Deemed surplus to requirements after four years in Canberra, Vaughan was the form front-rower of the competition over the first half of the season, forcing himself into the NSW selection frame. The four-time Country representative was overlooked by Blues selectors but is confident he can make a compelling case, having signed a new deal with the Dragons until the end of 2021   Read More ...
Australian Open 2018: Nick Kyrgios needs a coach: Andre Agassi
2018-01-19 08:24:28 Nick Kyrgios won't fulfil his unheralded talent unless he finds a coach, according to tennis royalty Andre Agassi. Kyrgios has performed brilliantly thus far in the Australian summer, and has drawn praise from several tennis greats about his on-court transformation. But Agassi, who is coaching six-time Melbourne Park champion Novak Djokovic, believes Krygios can only take himself so far without help   Read More ...
Toronto Wolfpack release Dave Taylor and Fuifui Moimoi without explanation
2018-01-19 08:24:25 Dave Taylor is preparing to return to Australia to weigh up his future after being released by the Toronto Wolfpack. The former Australian forward, ex-Parramatta cult figure Fuifui Moimoi and Ryan Bailey were on Thursday released by the North American franchise just two weeks out from their season opener. It's understood Taylor will return to Australia to be with his family and see his two young children   Read More ...
Australian Open 2018: Britain's Kyle Edmund defeats heat and Nikoloz Basilashvili en route to fourth round
2018-01-19 08:24:14 K. Edmund df. N. Basilashvili 7-6, 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5. When Kyle Edmund sat down in his post match media conference, he could barely talk. After 3 hours and 34 minutes on a sunbaked show court two, he had nothing left to give. It took every ounce of him to overcome Georgian Nikoloz Basilahvili in five sets, including a single game that lasted 20 minutes   Read More ...
Matildas star Sam Kerr on the move in United States NWSL
2018-01-19 08:24:11 Matildas superstar striker Sam Kerr has been traded from Sky Blue FC to the Chicago Red Stars in a National Women's Soccer League draft-day day deal. Perth Glory star Kerr recently won the AFC women's player-of-the-year award and has been in hot goal-scoring form for the Matildas. The NWSL is the major women's professional football league in north America. AAP.   Read More ...
Ellia Green on cusp of playing return at 2018 Sydney Sevens
2018-01-19 08:24:04 The Australian women's sevens team have been given a major boost leading into the Sydney Sevens next week with news speedster Ellia Green is on track to make her playing return after nine months on the sideline. The former sprinter set her sights on a hometown return after her second major operation in two years but needed to receive the all-clear from team medicos after her first run up at Narrabeen this week   Read More ...
Moving the Australian Open to beat the heat will do more harm than good
2018-01-19 08:19:08 Calls for the Australian Open to be moved from January due to Melbourne's summer heat are off the money and short sighted. Yes, Thursday and Friday were hot days at the tennis. The temperature was up around 40 degrees in the shade and almost 70 degrees on Rod Laver Arena. Crowds were down about 10,000 on the previous two days and the players were required to play in gruelling, perhaps even dangerous, conditions   Read More ...
Australian Open players fry as Melbourne heatwave continues
2018-01-19 08:01:01 MELBOURNE: The Australian Open's extreme heat policy came under increasing scrutiny on Friday as players struggled through a second consecutive day of 40 degree Celsius (104 F) heat at Melbourne Park. France's world number 42 Alize Cornet was in visible distress during her third round match against Belgian Elise Mertens, and a ripple of concern went through the Hisense Arena crowd when she lay down on the court after serving a double-fault   Read More ...
Australian Open players fry as Melbourne heatwave continues
2018-01-19 07:52:56 MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The Australian Open’s extreme heat policy came under increasing scrutiny on Friday as players struggled through a second consecutive day of 40 degree Celsius (104 F) heat at Melbourne Park. France’s world number 42 Alize Cornet was in visible distress during her third round match against Belgian Elise Mertens, and a ripple of concern went through the Hisense Arena crowd when she lay down on the court after serving a double-fault   Read More ...
Australian Open: Organisers defend heat policy after extreme temperatures
2018-01-19 07:35:53 Australian Open organisers have defended the decision not to stop play for extreme temperatures during the tournament after player criticism. Temperatures on day five reached 40C in Melbourne while six-time champion Novak Djokovic called conditions "brutal" and "right on the limit" on Thursday. But the event has not enforced its heat rule policy which would halt matches. "We are at the end of the day an outdoor event," tournament organiser Craig Tiley said   Read More ...
Hazlewood ruled out of second ODI
2018-01-19 07:29:34 Australian quick Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of Friday’s second ODI against England in Brisbane with illness, while gloveman Alex Carey has been called up to cover for Tim Paine. The Aussies lost the first of the five-match series against the tourists in Melbourne last Sunday, and with Hazelwood on Thursday determined too unwell to play, paceman Jhye Richardson appears set to make his debut on a Gabba pitch expected to provide plenty for fast bowlers   Read More ...
Australian Open: Ruthless Svitolina ends Kostyuk's dream debut
2018-01-19 07:29:15 Elina Svitolina showed not an ounce of sentiment as she gave 15-year-old compatriot Marta Kostyuk a 59-minute lesson in grand slam tennis to reach the fourth round of the Australia Open for the first time on Friday. Qualifier Kostyuk became the youngest player to reach the third round of a grand slam in over 20 years on Wednesday but her dream run was brought to a shuddering halt in a 6-2 6-2 loss to her fellow Ukrainian on Rod Laver Arena   Read More ...
Australian Open 2018: Nick Kyrgios to face childhood hero Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Rod Laver Arena
2018-01-19 07:26:51 Local hope Nick Kyrgios has been elevated to the Rod Laver Arena for his meeting with childhood hero Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open on Friday, when Melbourne Park is again expected to swelter. With world number one Rafa Nadal moved out to Margaret Court Arena for his third round meeting with Damir Dzumhur, 17th seed Kyrgios and Tsonga will share the evening billing with women’s number two Caroline Wozniacki on the main showcourt   Read More ...
Australian Open 2018: Simona Halep fends off fitness fears, reaches third round
2018-01-19 07:26:46 Top seed Simona Halep eased fears over her fitness with a brisk 6-2 6-2 demolition of Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday. The world number one sprained her ankle in her first round match at Melbourne Park on Tuesday but showed no sign of restricted movement in a 65-minute romp on Margaret Court Arena   Read More ...
Australian Open 2018: Players and fans swelter in Melbourne, brace for worse on Friday
2018-01-19 07:26:32 Tennis players and fans sweltered in scorching conditions at the Australian Open on Thursday, braced for a two-day heat wave to worsen with the mercury set to exceed 40 degrees on Friday. Players were handed ice towels to cool down as temperatures soared on the courts at Melbourne Park, reaching 67 at Rod Laver Arena in what has become a right of passage for players in the first grand slam of the year   Read More ...
Australian Open 2018: Roger Federer subdues hard-hitting Struff
2018-01-19 07:26:03 Defending champion Roger Federer needed to knuckle down to end the feisty challenge of hard-hitting German Jan-Lennard Struff with a 6-4 6-4 7-6(4) win in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday. Federer coasted through the opening sets under the lights at Rod Laver Arena but was dragged into a scrap in the third as the 55th-ranked Struff broke his serve and took the match into a tiebreak on a steamy night   Read More ...
Australian Open 2018: Young gun Alexander Zverev tested but moves to third round
2018-01-19 07:25:51 Rising talent Alexander Zverev endured a mid-match lapse but steadied to defeat Peter Gojowczyk 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3 in an all-German battle and reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday. With the thermometer peaking at a stifling 40 degrees Celsius (104 F), the 20-year-old fourth seed was grateful for the relative cool of the evening and looked set for an early bed-time as he raced through the opening two sets under the lights at Hisense Arena   Read More ...
Australian Open 2018: Stan Wawrinka stunned by Tennys Sandgren in straight sets
2018-01-19 07:25:40 Hobbling former champion Stan Wawrinka was knocked out of the Australian Open by American Tennys Sandgren on Thursday, losing 6-2 6-1 6-4 on the Margaret Court Arena. The Swiss 32-year-old looked to be struggling with his movement against the world number 97, clutching his knee throughout the match, especially when forced wide. Sandgren, 26, played rock-solid tennis to claim only his second grand slam singles victory having opened his account against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the first round   Read More ...
Australia vs England Live Score 2nd ODI: Aaron Finch departs after slamming 10th ODI hundred
2018-01-19 07:23:26 Australia vs England Live Score of 2nd ODI: Looking to bounce back in the second ODI against England at Gabba, Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch started strongly for the home side and went on to pile quick runs. England seamers Mark Wood and Chris Woakes started with the new ball but struggled to get an early breakthrough. Eoin Morgan decided to slow down the run rate by employing the services of Moeen Ali within the first 10 overs, and the spin did the trick for England   Read More ...
Australia vs England Live Online streaming: When and where to watch Aus v Eng 2nd ODI, tv coverage
2018-01-19 07:23:18 England started off the limited overs campaign against Australia on a positive note after winning the first ODI of the five-match series in Melbourne. Riding on opener Jason Roy’s aggressive 151-ball 180 on Sunday, the visiting team chased down a target of 305 runs by 5 wickets and 7 balls to spare. While Roy got a hundred, Test skipper Joe Root also chipped in with some valuable contribution and remained unbeaten at 91   Read More ...
Australian Open: Tennys Sandgren demolishes Stan Wawrinka to move into third round in Melbourne
2018-01-19 07:18:50 THE man with the best tennis name since Anna Smashnova was running around wants you to know he’s not angry, but Stan Wawrinka-conqueror Tennys Sandgren is over talking about his moniker. TENNYS was the real winner at Melbourne Park on Thursday night — literally. But, fresh off mauling an injured-riddled Stanislas Wawrinka, the man with the best tennis name since Anna Smashnova was running around — Tennys Sandgren — wants you to know he’s not angry, but he’s over talking about his moniker   Read More ...
Australian Open 2018: Melbourne's extreme heat bites as mercury topped 40 degrees
2018-01-19 07:10:36 Temperatures inside Melbourne Park have begun to drop as the expected cool change slowly filters through the city. Shortly after temperatures peaked just above 40 degrees - a marker that would have been enought for Australian Open officials to enact their discretionary heat policy - the mercury began to slowly drop, with the temperature now hovering in the mid 30s. Brit Kyle Edmund and Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia played out an intense five-set battle that lasted more than three and a half hours, with a single game in the fourth set lasting more than 20 minutes   Read More ...
Australian Open: Heat policy needs to be looked at, Djokovic says, but Federer maintains his cool
2018-01-19 07:06:53 The hottest topic of the Australian Open is once again the heat after a day in which Melbourne sweltered and players just about got roasted on court. He may have been afforded the relative comfort of night-time tennis, but the perma-cool Roger Federer's message differed from some of his cohorts. "I honestly can't complain — the ATP is doing a nice job and there's a lot of physios and communication going on from officials towards us players," the chilled out Swiss said after his comfortable 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) win over 55th-ranked German Jan-Lennard Struff   Read More ...