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Massive tennis fixing ring unraveled

The crooked tennis players knew him as “Maestro.” To European investigators, the Armenian based in Belgium is emerging as the suspected ringleader of an organized gambling syndicate suspected of fixing hundreds of matches and paying off more than 100 players from around Europe. As Roger FedererFULL STORY

Harden scores 58 points in loss to Brooklyn

James Harden on Wednesday scored a season-high 58 points as the Houston Rockets shot an NBA-record 70 three point attempts, but it was not enough to beat the Brooklyn Nets in overtime. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and overtimeFULL STORY

Taiwanese win in Melbourne

By Dave Carroll

Hsieh Su-wei yesterday claimed back-to-back victories at the Australian Open, while fellow Taiwanese Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan also triumphed on their bow at the first Grand Slam of the season. Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh advanced to the third round of the women’s singles with aFULL STORY

Leeds spied on all opponents: Bielsa

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa on Wednesday said he has spied on training sessions of all the club’s opponents this season. Leeds are four points clear at the top of the Championship, English soccer’s second tier, after beating Derby County 2-0 on Friday last week. However, theFULL STORY

Thunder, but no goals as Iran and Iraq share spoils

Iran on Wednesday finished top of their Asian Cup group after a hard-fought, but goalless draw with Iraq at a packed Al Maktoum Stadium. The latest installment in one of soccer’s great rivalries began at a frenetic pace as the teams reprised their classic 2015 quarter-final,FULL STORY

Ronaldo header seals Italian Super Cup for Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday scored the only goal to hand Juventus their first trophy of the season with a 1-0 win over 10-man AC Milan in the Italian Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. AC Milan played the last 15 minutes a man down after Ivorian midfielderFULL STORY

SPORTS BRIEFS

BADMINTON Tai makes Malaysia quarters Tai Tzu-ying yesterday beat Line Kjaersfeldt of Denmark to advance to the women’s singles quarter-finals at the Malaysia Masters. After losing the first set, the world No. 1 ran away with the next two sets and in 41 minutes defeated her worldFULL STORY

Kerber wins lefty battle to advance2019-01-17

German second seed Angelique Kerber yesterday easily won a battle of left-handers against big-hitting Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2, 6-3 to stroll into the third round of the Australian Open. The Wimbledon champion broke 22-year-old Haddad Maia twice in the opening set and converted herFULL STORY

Rogic lifts Australia to ‘helter-skelter’ win over Syria2019-01-17

Tom Rogic’s injury-time thunderbolt on Tuesday settled an Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup thriller as defending champions Australia beat Syria 3-2 to reach the last 16 and knock out their war-torn rivals. The result meant the holders finished second in Group B behind Jordan, whose simultaneousFULL STORY

Newcastle survive Blackburn scare2019-01-17

Newcastle United survived an FA Cup scare at Blackburn Rovers as they blew a two-goal lead before hitting back to win 4-2 after extra-time in Tuesday’s third-round replay. Rafael Benitez sent out an understrength lineup featuring eight changes from Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in theFULL STORY

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