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China to host WTA Finals for a decade

The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen is to host the WTA Finals from next year for a decade with record prize money of US$14 million for the season-ending event — a move welcomed by players. The elite tournament, which sees the top eight female players battleFULL STORY

Wawrinka dumped from Open; Halep on course for maiden Grand Slam title

Struggling Swiss former winner Stan Wawrinka was yesterday knocked out of the Australian Open by American Tennys Sandgren in the second round. The 97th-ranked Sandgren defeated ninth seeded Wawrinka 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 and will next play Germany’s Maximilian Marterer. It has been tough so far this yearFULL STORY

Viviani sprints past leader to win third stage

Italian Elia Viviani of Quick-Step Floors yesterday capitalized on a lapse in concentration from race leader Caleb Ewan to sweep past the Australian and claim the third stage of the Union Cycliste Internationale season-opening Tour Down Under in Australia. Ewan and his Mitchelton-Scott teammates had theFULL STORY

Late leveler, confusion and red cards before Chelsea win

After being stunned by a late equalizer, Chelsea was left bewildered and infuriated over the experimental video referees. And as frustration grew over the lack of winner against Norwich City in the FA Cup, so did the number of dives by Chelsea players. Chelsea finished Wednesday’sFULL STORY

Tennis players and fans swelter in Melbourne heat

Tennis players and fans yesterday sweltered in scorching conditions at the Australian Open and are bracing for a two-day heat wave to worsen with temperatures set to exceed 40°C today. Players were handed iced towels to cool down as temperatures soared on the courts at MelbourneFULL STORY

Two Koreas’ ‘one flag’ emblematic of once better ties

North and South Korea’s plan to march together under the same blue-and-white Korean Peninsula flag at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea next month marks the revival of an emblem of warmer ties between the old foes from years past. The two countries will beFULL STORY

Taiwanese glide past first round2018-01-18

By Dave Carroll

All three Taiwanese yesterday safely negotiated the first round of the women’s doubles at the Australian Open, with Latisha Chan, Chan Hao-ching and Hsieh Su-wei advancing to the second round at the first Grand Slam of the year. Top seeds Latisha Chan and Andrea Sestini HlavackovaFULL STORY

Ewan overtakes Sagan to win second stage2018-01-18

Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan surged past world champion Peter Sagan to win the second stage of the Tour Down Under yesterday and claim the ochre leader’s jersey in the Adelaide Hills town of Stirling. In a thrilling finish on the uphill climb into Stirling, Ewan clungFULL STORY

Ronaldinho to retire, brother says2018-01-18

Former Brazil and Barcelona midfielder Ronaldinho, who won the World Cup, Champions League, Copa Libertadores and World Player of the Year award, is retiring from the game, his brother and agent Assis said on Tuesday. Ronaldinho has not played a competitive match since 2015, but hadFULL STORY

Chinese fans blast ‘rat’ Tevez over holiday barb2018-01-18

Furious Chinese soccer fans yesterday branded Carlos Tevez shameless and “a rat” after the Argentine striker described his ill-fated spell at Shanghai Shenhua as a “holiday for seven months.” The 33-year-old struggled for form and fitness during a disastrous stint in China, where he was amongFULL STORY

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