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Chan’s woes in Melbourne continue

By Dave Carroll

Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan and Zheng Jie of China failed in their attempt to capture the women’s doubles title at the Australian Open yesterday, falling to a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) defeat to Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in 1FULL STORY

Durant, Klay Thompson named reserve All-Stars

Reigning MVP Kevin Durant and first-time All-Star Klay Thompson were selected to the NBA All-Star game as reserve players, the league announced on Thursday. Durant, who was named MVP of the 2012 All-Star game and will be appearing in the marquee affair for the sixth consecutiveFULL STORY

England lower order thwart India

England face Australia in tomorrow’s tri-series final after winning their one-day international against India at the WACA Ground in Perth yesterday by three wickets. Set a modest 201 to win after another disappointing batting effort by India, England stumbled early before recovering to edge their wayFULL STORY

UAE finish third with win over Iraq

The United Arab Emirates overcame a 10-man Iraq 3-2 in an action-packed Asian Cup third-place playoff yesterday to complete an impressive tournament for Mahdi Ali’s side. Ahmed Khalil netted twice before Ali Mabkhout converted a second-half penalty for his fifth goal of the tournament to takeFULL STORY

Confusion surrounds David Ginola’s bid for FIFA presidency

Former France winger David Ginola’s bid for the FIFA presidency was plunged into confusion on Thursday following an announcement that his team would refund donations from his supporters. His campaign Web site, Team Ginola, was taken down and replaced with a statement that read: “A hugeFULL STORY

Five-goal Sharks blitz sinks Anaheim

Patrick Marleau, Barclay Goodrow and James Sheppard each had a goal and an assist as the San Jose Sharks used a five-goal second period to beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 on Thursday night. Joe Pavelski scored in the first as the Sharks improved to 4-0-1 againstFULL STORY

Disaster plants seeds for New Zealand Cup dream

When South Africa rolled New Zealand for 45 in a Test innings two years ago little did they know they had also sown the seeds for the Black Caps to become strong contenders for the Cricket World Cup next month. Notables such as South Africa skipperFULL STORY

Villarreal set up semi-final against Barcelona

Villarreal won 1-0 against Getafe to advance to a Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona on a 2-0 aggregate score on Thursday. Athletic Bilbao are to meet RCD Espanyol in the other semi-final. Villarreal entered with a 1-0 lead from the opening leg and held Getafe inFULL STORY

Rookie Jang Ha-na takes four-shot lead in season opener

South Korean rookie Jang Ha-na fired a seven-under 65 to leap four shots clear of the field after the second round of the season-opening LPGA Tour’s Coates Golf Championship on Thursday. The 22-year-old Jang completed 36 holes at 12-under-par 132 in the event, which was suspendedFULL STORY

Morne Steyn holds out hope for spot at Rugby World Cup

Paris has had its fair share of South African rugby exiles, plying their trade with capital and Top 14 rivals Stade Francais and Racing-Metro. When Morne Steyn touched down in the French city of lights in the summer of 2013, he was heralded as Stade’s starFULL STORY

Mourinho combative as Man City come calling

Scarred in different ways by their recent cup exploits, Chelsea and Manchester City face off at Stamford Bridge today for a pivotal match in the Premier League title race. Both teams were dumped out of the FA Cup by lower-league opposition last weekend, but while ChelseaFULL STORY

Woods struggles in first tournament of the year

Tiger Woods admitted it had been “a grind” after he labored to a 73 on Thursday in the opening round of the Phoenix Open, his first full-field tournament of the season. Ryan Palmer fired a seven-under 64 to lead the PGA Tour event at TPC Scottsdale,FULL STORY

Asian nations face long run to become competitive

China and South Korea have produced world-class athletes in several winter sports, but alpine skiing events are notable exceptions. As South Korea prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, it is a situation the host country might be keen to change, but one former ski championFULL STORY

Drones spotted, but not halted, raising concerns for security at sports venues

As Major League Baseball’s top players took the field at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis last July, a covert radar system scanned the sky above the 40,000-seat stadium for what security experts said was an emerging threat to public safety: drones. Using finely tuned detection programsFULL STORY

SPORTS BRIEFS

FOOTBALL Team sleep through alarms Two false fire alarms that rang through the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl hotel was not enough to rattle the team as several players said on Thursday that they slept through the blaring noise. A false alarm during the night on MondayFULL STORY

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