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Chan and Zheng cruise into doubles semi-finals

By Dave Carroll

Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan and Zheng Jie of China cruised into the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Australian Open yesterday. The cross-strait duo defeated Klaudia Jans-Ignacik of Poland and Andreja Klepac of Slovenia 6-1, 6-2 in just 1 hour, 6 minutes in their quarter-final atFULL STORY

Draw enough for Tunisia and DR Congo to qualify

Tunisia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) became the latest two teams to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Monday after playing out a 1-1 draw in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. The result, coupled with a goalless stalemate betweenFULL STORY

Hosts strike early, set up South Korea showdown

Australia struck twice early on and then soaked up the pressure as they downed the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 2-0 yesterday to set up an Asian Cup final against unbeaten South Korea. Quickfire goals from defenders Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson in the first 15 minutesFULL STORY

New Orleans too good for Philadelphia

Anthony Davis had 32 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots as the New Orleans Pelicans stretched their winning streak to four games with a 99-74 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. Ryan Anderson scored 19 points and Eric Gordon added 13 for New Orleans,FULL STORY

Kobe Bryant to have surgery on shoulder

Kobe Bryant was to have surgery today on a torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant seriously aggravated a lingering shoulder ache while dunking last week in New Orleans. The star guard and the Lakers decided on MondayFULL STORY

Dongfeng win third leg of Ocean Race

Dongfeng Race Team, led by French skipper Charles Caudrelier, claimed a slice of Volvo Ocean Race history yesterday when they became the first Chinese entry to win a leg of offshore sailing’s most prestigious event. After more than 23 days sailing from Abu Dhabi, Dongfeng arrivedFULL STORY

Armstrong says he would have doped again in early era

Banned cyclist Lance Armstrong says he would not have needed to resort to doping in the sport’s current era and what happened years ago should be seen in the context of the times. “If I was racing in 2015, no, I wouldn’t do it again, becauseFULL STORY

S Korean swim star ‘shocked’ by drugs test result

Olympic swimming gold medalist Park Tae-hwan has been left “shocked” by a positive doping test, which his agency has attributed to an injection given to the South Korean swimming star during chiropractic treatment ahead of last year’s Asian Games. Park won the 400m freestyle crown atFULL STORY

Pakistan cricketer Sohail left shaken by hotel ‘ghost’

Pakistan team management says cricketer Haris Sohail was left “visibly shaken” after a ghostly encounter in a Christchurch, New Zealand, hotel room. Sohail fled what he believed was “a supernatural presence” that shook his bed at the Rydges Latimer hotel, taking refuge in the room ofFULL STORY

Higuain brace sends SSC Napoli third

Gonzalo Higuain struck a controversial brace including a late penalty in a 2-1 win over Genoa to send Rafael Benitez’s SSC Napoli up to third place in Serie A on Monday. Higuain opened the scoring for the hosts in the seventh minute and fired Napoli backFULL STORY

Potters avoid joining FA Cup casualty list

Stoke City easily avoided joining the growing list of famous FA Cup casualties as fine goals from Bojan Krkic and Victor Moses inspired a 4-1 win at Rochdale in the fourth round on Monday. Mark Hughes’ side traveled to Spotland hoping to ensure there was noFULL STORY

Spurs look to salvage their standing as Cup specialists

Tottenham Hotspur’s reputation as a club that thrives in knockout competitions was dented by an FA Cup exit at the hands of Leicester City at the weekend, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men remain close to reaching the League Cup final, nonetheless. Only third-tier Sheffield United stand inFULL STORY

We’ve won nothing yet, Son warns South Korea

South Korea forward Son Heung-min has warned teammates and an expectant nation to keep their feet on the ground after his side reached their first Asian Cup final in 27 years. The South Korean pin-up’s sparkling performances have put his country within touching distance of aFULL STORY

Dutchman Michael van Praag to run for FIFA presidency

Dutchman Michael van Praag became the fourth man to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency when he joined the race on Monday, saying it was time to bring soccer’s governing body back to normal. The 67-year-old president of the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) andFULL STORY

SOCCER SHORTS

SPAIN Getafe rally to claim win A late goal by Pablo Sarabia gave Getafe a 2-1 comeback win against RC Celta de Vigo in La Liga on Monday. Charles had given the visitors the lead when he latched on to a long throw-in and beat Getafe goalkeeperFULL STORY

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