Jan 21

Ivan Cleary appointed Lebanon head coach

The Lebanon Rugby League Federation (LRLF) is delighted to announce the appointment of Ivan Cleary as the new head coach of the national team.

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Jan 21

Henrik Sedin nets 1,000th point, Canucks beat Panthers 2-1 (Yahoo Sports)

Henrik Sedin got mobbed by the rest of the Vancouver Canucks moments after he got his 1,000th career point – and struggled to keep his emotions in check. ”When I saw my teammates come on the ice, I lost it a little bit,” Sedin said after the Canucks…

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Jan 21

Cycling: Australia’s Richie Porte well ahead in Tour Down Under

Porte won at Willunga for fourth-straight year leads Esteban Chaves by 48 seconds going into final dayAustralian cycling star Richie Porte has won at Willunga for the fourth-straight year to confirm his first Tour Down Under title hopes.The BMC team le…

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Jan 21

Lucic-Baroni fires another blast from the 1990s at Australian Open

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni has set a new record of a 19-year gap between wins at a single Grand Slam tournamentMirjana Lucic-Baroni’s fairytale Australian Open continued on Saturday, with the Croat showing the fighting qualities that have seen her overcome personal trauma, financial constraints and injury on a long, long road back to the top. The 34-year-old, who stunned third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in round two, battled from a set down to end the dreams of Greek Maria Sakkari 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to make the fourth round. It has been a memorable tournament so far for Lucic-Baroni, who in 1997 made her US Open debut at just 15 and teamed with Martina Hingis to win the 1998 Australian Open women’s doubles.

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Jan 21

Bairstow replaces Hales for T20 series

Jonny Bairstow will replace injured batsman Alex Hales in England’s Twenty20 squad to face India.

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Jan 21

Australian Open tennis 2017: day six in pictures

The best images of the day from the 2017 Australian Open tennis tournament during day six of competition in Melbourne. Continue reading…

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Jan 21

Tennis – Agassi backs Djokovic to pull out of slump

Tennis - Agassi backs Djokovic to pull out of slump– Tennis legend Andre Agassi on Saturday backed Novak Djokovic to pull out of his slump after he crashed out of the Australian Open. Agassi, describing Djokovic as “one of the greats”, said he could soon be back to his best, comparing the Serb’s nosedive to his own troubles in the late 1990s. Seeking a record seventh Australian Open title, Djokovic suffered a shock upset to 117th-ranked Denis Istomin in the second round.

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Jan 21

Agassi backs Djokovic to bounce back after Australian Open loss

Novak Djokovic loses to 117th-ranked Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open in MelbourneTennis legend Andre Agassi on Saturday backed misfiring Novak Djokovic to pull out of his form slump after he crashed out of the Australian Open. Agassi, describing Djokovic as “one of the greats”, said he could soon be back to his best, comparing the Serb’s nosedive to his own troubles in the 1990s. Djokovic, 29 and seeking a record seventh Australian Open title, suffered the worst in a run of upsets when he lost to 117th-ranked Denis Istomin in the second round.

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Jan 21

Ryan Ellis leads Predators past Oilers 3-2 in shootout (Yahoo Sports)

Ryan Ellis made sure Nashville stayed on track away from home. The defenseman scored in the third period and added the shootout winner as the Predators won their second road game in a row, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Friday night. ”We knew …

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Jan 21

Australian Open: Johanna Konta powers through against Caroline Wozniacki

Konta beats Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1Will play Ekaterina Makarova in the fourth roundJohanna Konta is through to the fourth round of the Australian Open against Ekaterina Makarova – for the second year in a row – after beating the former world No1 Caroline Wo…

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Jan 21

Ascot: Frost causes Clarence House Chase meeting to be called off

Ascot’s Grade One meeting on Saturday, featuring the Clarence House Chase, is called off because of frozen ground.

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Jan 21

Knights update on Pauli Pauli

Pauli Pauli was released from Gosford Hospital on Saturday afternoon following a car accident on Wednesday night.

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Jan 21

Wests Tigers statement on Kyle Lovett

Wests Tigers have today been made aware that a player has been charged by the NSW Police for drug possession.

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Jan 21

Johanna Konta defeats Caroline Wozniacki to progress to fourth round – as it happened

  • Johanna Konta defeats Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1 in Melbourne
  • Britain’s ninth seed plays ruthlessly to announce herself a contender

6.16am GMT

The final analysis

“I definitely played at a very high level today,” Konta says in the aftermath, before paying tribute to her well-beaten opponent Caroline Wozniacki. “She really doesn’t give it to you… I knew it was going to be an incredibly tough one.”

6.09am GMT

Johanna Konta defeats Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1 to progress to the fourth round

Johanna Konta takes it in an hour and 15 minutes, holding a nervy service game to finish it. Otherwise it’s been a commanding performance from the ninth seed, who treated the former world No1 like a hitting partner here in a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

6.02am GMT

2nd set: Johanna Konta* 5-1 Caroline Wozniacki (*denotes next server)

Again Konta produces a majestic winner from a return, falling to her right and rifling a forehand winner down the line. That’s followed by a lovely topspin forehand winner across court to make it 0-30 but Wozniacki admirably pulls herself back into it and avoids the bagel. Good on her. Konta will now serve for the match.

5.58am GMT

2nd set: Johanna Konta 5-0 *Caroline Wozniacki (*denotes next server)

Woznicki is down but nor entirely out, and finally produces her fourth winner of the match off Konta’s first service point, but the Brit than pushes her around in a rally and dispatches another backhand winner, then an ace. She leads that category 4-0 with that one, and follows it with another first serve Wozniacki struggles to lay racquet on.

5.53am GMT

2nd set: Johanna Konta* 4-0 Caroline Wozniacki (*denotes next server)

Oof, another savage return here from Konta against Wozniacki’s tame second serve. I’m actually feeling a bit sorry for the Dane here, and right as I say that another Konta winner off the second serve goes whistling past her. It’s falling away very quickly for the former world No1. She produces a winner to make it 15-30, but goes long with a backhand to offer up two more break points. Konta gets a little overzealous on a return first up, but makes no mistake with another scything return on the second. She’s got one foot in the fourth round now. Meanwhile: Alexander Zverev has just taken the first set off Rafael Nadal – 6-4!

5.49am GMT

2nd set: Johanna Konta 3-0 Caroline Wozniacki* (*denotes next server)

Bang! Konta slaps another incredible winner here – this time a cross-court forehand to leave Wozniacki grasping at thin air, and it’s 40-0 in the blink of an eye. Wozniacki wins one point but that is a minor distraction from the Brit’s total dominance. She’s been ruthless today.

5.44am GMT

2nd set: Johanna Konta* 2-0 Caroline Wozniacki (*denotes next server)

Wozniacki really needs to make a bit of a statement here on serve but again her body language isn’t exactly imposing, which follows on from her serve deserting her. She coughs up two break points and double faults to concede. She’s absolutely battling at Margaret Court Arena.

5.42am GMT

2nd set: Johanna Konta 1-0 Caroline Wozniacki* (*denotes next server)

Konta’s dominance is both statistical and psychological now. She’s hitting it hard and better far more often than her opponent, and Wozniacki is just hanging in and nothing much more. Konta holds easily to get the second set under way.

5.36am GMT

1st set: Johanna Konta* 6-3 Caroline Wozniacki (*denotes next server)

Wozniacki is absolutely battling on her second serve here, and Konta peels off a borderline demoralising cross-court winner of it to make it 15-30, then sets up break and set point with another expertly crafted rally. She takes it! The first set is gone in 42 minutes and Johanna Konta is looking good at Melbourne Park.

5.31am GMT

1st set: Johanna Konta 5-3 *Caroline Wozniacki (*denotes next server)

Konta’s really taking charge now, and bosses the Dane around the court again to set up a big smash to make it 30-0. The Brit is serving very well bar an aberrant double fault, the only point Wozniacki wins as Konta holds.

5.27am GMT

1st set: Johanna Konta* 4-3 Caroline Wozniacki (*denotes next server)

Following the recent trend, Konta starts this Wozniacki service game by caning an emphatic backhand winner across court. At 0-30 she has the Dane on the rack but loops a top-spin backhand wide after a decent rally, doing the same again to bring her opponent back on level terms. There follows a sublime forehand winner from the Brit, who cracks it across court with such precision that Wozniacki is no chance of retrieving it.

5.21am GMT

1st set: Johanna Konta 3-3 *Caroline Wozniacki (*denotes next server)

The start of this Konta service game is held up as a gaggle of Aussie supporters return to their seats a little late with a round of beers. Konta just takes the biscuits, smacking a couple of aces down the middle on her way to a reasonably easy hold.

5.15am GMT

1st set: Johanna Konta* 2-3 Caroline Wozniacki (*denotes next server)

Thump! Konta leans into another thunderous backhand winner – her fifth of the encounter so far to Woznaicki’s zero – in the Dane’s first service point, and makes it 15-30 with a forehand winner after running Wozniacki ragged. Wozniacki won’t buckle though, and regains her composure well to hold comfortably. This seems destined for a tiebreak.

5.11am GMT

1st set: Johanna Konta 2-2 *Caroline Wozniacki (*denotes next server)

Konta returns with her precise, slightly obsessive-compulsive service routine but she’s in a slight spot of bother at 15-30 and an awkward spot in a rally, but Wozniacki goes wide with a forehand. A long rally thereafter is dominated by Konta, who works her opponent wide at every opportunity to set up a pot-away volley. It goes to deuce but with another brutal backhand her opponent can barely lay racquet on, Konta holds.

5.04am GMT

1st set: Johanna Konta* 1-2 Caroline Wozniacki (*denotes next server)

Konta continues to attack at every opportunity, missing the mark slightly with a pair of thumping attempted winners; the first is cross-court and long, the second an attempt at passing Wozniacki down the line but it’s into the net. The Dane cannot reach an almighty winner ay 40-0 but holds, though not quite as emphatically as only dropping one point would suggest.

5.00am GMT

1st set: Johanna Konta 1-1 *Caroline Wozniacki (*denotes next server)

Thwack! Konta rocks into her first service game and quickly batters another pair of huge backhand winners to make it 30-0 in no time. The angle and speed she imparted on the second was superb. Wozniacki, on the other hand, is a little anaemic on her return and it’s over very quickly in a love game.

4.58am GMT

1st set: Johanna Konta* 0-1 Caroline Wozniacki (*denotes next server)

Wozniacki does the honours first and she’s in trouble early as Konta finds her range, then at 30-30 blisters an eye-catching backhand winner down the line to set up an early break point. The Dane saves it with a strong first serve, then another, but she’s having to defend a lot too. Konta has been the aggressor early. It’s a real battle, but Wozniacki eventually holds.

4.54am GMT

Your head-to-head stats: well, there aren’t any. These two have somehow never met, so this one is pure novelty. Let’s do this.

4.51am GMT

Preamble

Hello all and welcome to this enticing round three Australian Open clash between Great Britain’s Johanna Konta and Dane Caroline Wozniacki. Konta enters this one as the ninth seed and slight favourite. Locals reckon they have equal claim on her (at least while she’s doing well) because she was born in Sydney. She’s also a little bit sick of talking about that, it’s safe to say.

2.55am GMT

Russell will be here shortly. In the meantime, check out Kevin Mitchell’s latest on Dan Evans’ unlikely insurrection as he eyes a semi-final clash with Andy Murray.

Related: Insurrection in the air as Dan Evans eyes semi-final with Andy Murray

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Jan 21

Tennis-Konta calls the shots to ease into fourth round

By Melanie Burton MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Britain’s Johanna Konta powered into the fourth round of the Australian Open for the second year in a row on Saturday, comfortably seeing off former world number one Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-1 on Margaret…

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Jan 21

Tennis – Serena juggernaut hits top gear in Melbourne

Tennis - Serena juggernaut hits top gear in Melbourne– A “super-focused” Serena Williams joined sister Venus in the fourth round of the Australian Open Saturday, ruthlessly snuffing out Nicole Gibbs’s challenge as she accelerates towards a record 23rd Grand Slam title. The second seed clinically dispatched her fellow American 6-1, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena, further dispelling any lingering doubts about her early-season form. The win sets her up with a clash against 16th-seeded Czech Barbora Strycova. “It was really good to get this under my belt,” she said. “I always try to take everyone super-serious and I’m always super-focused. …

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