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Hsieh breezes into fourth round

Taiwanese veteran Hsieh Su-wei reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for only the second time yesterday, when she rolled past Agnieszka Radwanska at the Australian Open. Hsieh, who knocked out third seed Garbine Muguruza in the second round, followed up with an assured 6-2,FULL STORY

Tai heading to final in Malaysia

World No. 1 badminton star Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan is to compete in the Malaysia Masters women’s singles final after defeating longtime competitor Carolina Marin of Spain 12-21, 21-15, 23-21 yesterday in a grueling three-game match. The day opened to a rocky start for Tai, whoFULL STORY

Impey snatches surprise Tour Down Under lead

South Africa’s Daryl Impey took a surprise lead into the final stage of the Tour Down Under after finishing second to Richie Porte on yesterday’s iconic stage to Willunga Hill. Porte claimed his fifth successive stage win at Willunga, when he unleashed his trademark second kickFULL STORY

In today’s finals, watch the defense

Four of the five teams that gave up the fewest points during the regular season are the last four left with a shot at the Super Bowl, something that had never happened since the NFL-AFL merger nearly a half-century ago. Three of the four toughest toFULL STORY

Al-Attiyah wins stage 13, Sainz near second victory

Toyota driver Nasser al-Attiyah on Friday won the penultimate stage of the Dakar Rally, while Carlos Sainz took advantage of a crash by defending champion Stephane Peterhansel to increase his overall lead and boost his chances of winning the world’s toughest rally. Al-Attiyah finished the 369kmFULL STORY

Phelps opens up about battle with anxiety, depression

Swimming great Michael Phelps revealed that he has for much of his life battled severe anxiety and depression, which drove him to consider suicide after his success at the 2012 Olympics. Speaking at a mental health conference in Chicago on Tuesday, the 23-time Olympic gold medalistFULL STORY

IOC cuts pool of eligible Russians to 389

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday said it has created a pool of 389 Russians who are eligible to compete under a neutral flag at next month’s Winter Olympics amid the nation’s doping scandal. An IOC panel whittled down an initial list of 500 toFULL STORY

Failed ski resort looms over Pyeongchang’s legacy

Only an hour’s drive from the Winter Olympics venues in South Korea, a stained mattress lies in an abandoned ski resort, a possible harbinger of the gleaming new facilities’ fate. The Alps Ski Resort was one of the nation’s first winter sports destinations, attracting tens ofFULL STORY

Mancuso hangs cape in last race

Julia Mancuso donned a Wonder Woman outfit to lift her spirits, but the colorful former Olympic champion’s final downhill run was not only sad, but painful. The 33-year-old American, who has battled a hip problem, called time on her stellar career after accepting that a fifthFULL STORY

Fernandez wins sixth Europe title

A flawed routine on Friday could not stop Javier Fernandez becoming the first man in more than 80 years to win six consecutive European figure skating titles as the Spaniard proved he will be among the title favorites at next month’s Winter Olympics. Despite losing hisFULL STORY

Kristoffersen adds a touch of spice to skiing with temper

Winning an Alpine skiing race can involve a long, agonizing wait in front of the cameras to see if any rivals can better the racer’s time. Most skiers react with an expression of mild disappointment if their time is beaten, happily shaking hands with the newFULL STORY

Svindal leads Norwegians in super-G

Aksel Lund Svindal made a triumphant return to the hill where a downhill crash nearly ended his career two years ago. In the opening event of the 78th Hahnenkamm races on Friday, the 2010 Olympic super-G champion led a Norwegian 1-2 finish ahead of Kjetil JansrudFULL STORY

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