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Kerber wins lefty battle to advance

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 Syria

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 scare

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

Bevin wins stage two of Tour Down Under

New Zealand time-trial champion Patrick Bevin yesterday swooped to take his first UCI World Tour stage and claim the overall lead in Australia’s Tour Down Under. Bevin, 27, riding for CCC Pro Team, capitalized on confusion in the peloton sparked by a mass crash inside theFULL STORY

Atlanta airport ready for Super Bowl visitor influx

Atlanta’s airport will be ready to field the tens of thousands of additional visitors expected for next month’s Super Bowl, despite the ongoing US government shutdown, which has left critical airport personnel unpaid, a spokesperson said on Tuesday. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, already the world’s busiest,FULL STORY

Only Japanese-born sumo champion to retire amid injuries

The only Japanese-born yokozuna, or grand champion, in sumo has decided to retire following a disastrous run of form and injury, leaving two Mongolians on top of the ancient sport. Kisenosato, the first Japanese-born wrestler to reach the heights of yokozuna since 1998, decided to throwFULL STORY

Hsieh cruises at Australian Open2019-01-16

By Dave Carroll

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei yesterday cruised into the second round of the women’s singles at the Australian Open, while Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to win a match at the tournament in more than 40 years. Hsieh, the 28th seed, took just 58 minutes to seeFULL STORY

Kohli smashes ton, India level series2019-01-16

Virat Kohli yesterday smashed his 39th one-day international century as India claimed a dramatic six-wicket victory over Australia at a sweltering Adelaide Oval to level the three-match series at 1-1. Skipper Kohli contributed of 104 of his side’s runs as they successfully chased down their victoryFULL STORY

City will pounce on any Reds slipup: Guardiola2019-01-16

Pep Guardiola on Monday said his Manchester City team would be poised to pounce if English Premier League leaders Liverpool falter, following a comfortable 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers that left City four points behind Juergen Klopp’s side. Two first-half goals from Gabriel Jesus, either sideFULL STORY

Viviani wins first stage of Tour Down Under2019-01-16

Italy’s Elia Viviani yesterday slipped through a tiny gap near the finish line to win the first stage of the Tour Down Under as the riders faced the dual challenge of extreme heat and strong winds. Viviani was tucked back in the peloton, behind triple worldFULL STORY

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