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Name: Agencies
Date registered: September 28, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/everton

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  1. Doukara’s volley brings back memories of Tony Yeboah as Leeds beat Forest — January 25, 2017
  2. Roger Federer beats Kei Nishikori in epic five set Australian Open match — January 22, 2017
  3. Dan Evans beaten in straight sets in first ATP Tour final in Sydney — January 14, 2017
  4. Dan Evans reaches Sydney final after battling past Andrey Kuznetsov — January 13, 2017
  5. Novak Djokovic beats Fernando Verdasco to reach Qatar Open final — January 6, 2017

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Jan 25

Doukara’s volley brings back memories of Tony Yeboah as Leeds beat Forest

Chris Wood scored his 20th goal of a prolific season and Souleymane Doukara cracked in a memorable volley as Leeds beat Nottingham Forest to move up to third in the Championship table on Wednesday.

The two second-half goals clinched a 2-0 win and condemned managerless Forest – who defied their hosts well for 45 minutes – to a 14th league defeat of the season.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/25/leeds-united-nottingham-forest-championship-match-report

Jan 22

Roger Federer beats Kei Nishikori in epic five set Australian Open match

• Federer wins 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
• Swiss will play Mischa Zverev in quarter-finals

A resilient Roger Federer showed there was life in his 35-year-old legs as he overhauled the fifth seed Kei Nishikori 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to book a place in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Related: Australian Open 2017 day seven: Murray dumped out, Federer v Nishikori and more – live! | Les Roopanarine

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/22/roger-federer-kei-nishikori-australian-open-tennis-report

Jan 14

Dan Evans beaten in straight sets in first ATP Tour final in Sydney

• Gilles Müller beats British No3 7-6, 6-2 after five final defeats
• ‘I was hoping it was going to be six losses in finals,’ says Dan Evans

Great Britain’s Dan Evans was denied the first ATP World Tour title of his career after a straight-sets victory by Gilles Müller secured the Sydney International title on Saturday. The left-hander from Luxembourg had lost all of his previous five finals but will climb into the top 30 of the world rankings for the first time in his career after the 7-6, 6-2 triumph over Evans, who was competing in his first ATP Tour final.

Related: Dan Evans reaches Sydney final after battling past Andrey Kuznetsov

Related: Dan Evans pushes Stan Wawrinka to the limit in gruelling US Open defeat

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/14/dan-evans-atp-final-sydney-tennis

Jan 13

Dan Evans reaches Sydney final after battling past Andrey Kuznetsov

• British No3 wins 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to reach final against Gilles Müller
• ‘I’m excited, I’m happy with how I played’ says Dan Evans

Dan Evans has a first ATP Tour title in sight after he reached the final of the Sydney International with a three-set victory against Andrey Kuznetsov on Friday.

The British world No67 had stunned the top seed and world No8 Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals and made the most of Kuznetsov’s misfiring first serve to win a first set that was interrupted briefly by rain.

Related: Johanna Konta wins Sydney title after brushing Agnieszka Radwanska aside

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/13/dan-evans-sydney-andrey-luznetsov

Jan 06

Novak Djokovic beats Fernando Verdasco to reach Qatar Open final

• Novak Djokovic beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 7-6, 6-3
• Serb survived five match points against former top-10 player

The defending champion Novak Djokovic survived five match points against Fernando Verdasco to reach the Qatar Open final on Friday.

Djokovic prevailed 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 after the 42nd-rankedVerdasco, a left-hander and former top-10 player, controlled the first two sets until the latter stages of the tie-break.

Related: Andy Murray made to fight for his quarter-final place in the Qatar Open

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/06/novak-djokovic-beats-fernando-verdasco-qatar-open-final

Jan 04

Andy Murray made to fight for his quarter-final place in the Qatar Open

• World No1 beats Gerald Melzer 7-6, 7-5 to progress
• Novak Djokovic eases through with 6-3, 6-4 win over Horacio Zeballos

Andy Murray had to earn his place in the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open after a difficult 7-6, 7-5 victory against the Austrian Gerald Melzer.

They shared four breaks of serve in an opening set that was taken to a tie-break by Melzer and who fought back from 5-0 down to 6-6 in the first-set decider.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/04/andy-murray-qater-open-novak-djokovic

Jan 04

Serena Williams on shock loss: ‘I’m trying to think of a word that’s not obscene’

• World No2 suffers surprise defeat to world No72 Madison Brengle
• Kyle Edmund into Brisbane quarter-finals

Serena Williams’ Australian Open preparation suffered a jolt when her fellow American Madison Brengle stunned the world No2 by beating her 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4 in the second round of the Auckland Classic on Wednesday.

Playing her first tournament since her semi-final loss at the US Open in September, Serena was left to rue the 88 unforced errors she made in the contest against an opponent 70 rungs lower in the WTA rankings.

Related: Andy Murray starts year with a win against Jérémy Chardy in Qatar Open

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/04/serena-williams-shock-loss-word-not-obscene-tennis-results

Dec 14

New Zealand rugby players and coaches to be tested for recreational drug use

• Move is designed to help those with problems, not to sanction them
• All Blacks coach Steve Hansen believes England can break unbeaten record

New Zealand Rugby will introduce random out-of-competition testing for recreational drugs from next season, not only for players but for coaches and administrators too.

The testing regime was agreed on Wednesday as part of a collective agreement between NZR and the New Zealand Rugby Players Association. Players have previously only been tested on game days but the new agreement will mean all players and others involved in New Zealand’s top competitions being subject to random testing.

Related: Battle for the soul of New Zealand rugby after its year of off-field shame | Eleanor Ainge Roy

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/14/new-zealand-rugby-players-coaches-recreational-drug-use

Dec 14

Brighton extend impressive run at Blackburn to return to the top

• Seagulls are now unbeaten in 15 games after 3-2 victory
• Leeds beat Reading 2-0; Sheffield Wednesday down Barnsley

Brighton extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to 15 games by defeating Blackburn 3-2 to go top, though the Seagulls manager, Chris Hughton, admits Newcastle United, the previous leaders, remain the team to catch.

Shane Duffy scored past the Blackburn goalkeeper, Jason Steele, for the fourth time this year in the league, though the previous three had come when he was a Blackburn defender in the form of own goals, before Dale Stephens and the substitute Glenn Murray scored in the second period.

Related: Stourbridge reach FA Cup third round for first time with Northampton win

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/dec/14/brighton-top-championship-blackburn-rovers-newcastle-united

Dec 10

Russia agrees to IOC demand over retesting for 2012 and 2014 Olympics

Vitaly Mutko, the Russian deputy prime minister and former sports minister has admitted: ‘The IOC has now decided to retest all the samples; let them retest’

Russia has said it will accept an International Olympic Committee plan to retest all drugs test samples given by Russian athletes at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics.

The IOC’s declaration on Friday followed the second and final part of an independent commission report by the World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Professor Richard McLaren. It said that more than 1,000 Russian athletes, including medal winners at the Summer Games in London and the Winter Olympics in Sochi, had benefited from a state-backed campaign of doping and drugs test cover-ups.

Related: IOC’s Rio ban failure exposed by deepening of Russian doping scandal

Related: Russia orchestrated state-sponsored doping cover-up, says Wada report

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/10/russia-doping-olympics-london-2012-mutko

Dec 08

Russian boxer and Romanian weightlifter stripped of Rio 2016 medals

• Olympic flyweight silver medallist Aloian taken to task for stimulant
• Romania’s Gabriel Sincraian tested positive for exogenous testosterone

The Russian boxer Misha Aloian and Romanian weightlifter Gabriel Sincraian have been stripped of their 2016 Olympic medals after failing doping tests at the Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Thursday.

Related: Wada intent on proving systemic doping is not limited to Russia

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/08/russian-boxer-romanian-weightlifter-stripped-rio-2016-olympic-medals

Dec 07

Champions League roundup: Gonzalo Higuaín shoots Juventus to summit

• Striker ends drought to down Dinamo Zagreb and land Group H top spot
• Sevilla qualify for round of 16 after goalless draw in Lyon

Gonzalo Higuaín ended his scoring drought as Juventus defeated Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 to win their Champions League group.

Juventus had already qualified for the knock-out stage, but the victory secured top spot in Group H ahead of Sevilla, who also advanced following a 0-0 draw with Lyon.

Related: Dele Alli breathes life into Tottenham to give them a Wembley win against CSKA

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/dec/07/champions-league-roundup-gonzalo-higuain-juventus

Dec 06

Champions League roundup: Ángel Di María’s late goal is not enough for PSG

• Ludogorets denied a famous victory at Parc des Princes
• Barcelona ease to 4-0 triumph but Messi misses record

Ángel Di María’s stoppage-time goal spared Paris Saint-Germain an embarrassing defeat but the 2-2 draw at home to Ludogorets was not enough to prevent Arsenal from winning Group A.

PSG needed a home win against the unheralded Bulgarian side to guarantee first place but the Dutch forward Virgil Misidjan put the visitors ahead in the 15th minute and the Brazilian Wanderson made it 2-1 in the 68th, shortly after Edinson Cavani had levelled for PSG with an overhead kick.

Related: Arsenal finish as group winners after Lucas Pérez hits hat-trick in Basel

Related: Patrick Roberts goal earns brave Celtic a draw at lacklustre Manchester City

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/dec/06/champions-league-roundup-angel-di-maria-saves-psg-ludogorets

Nov 27

Juan Martín del Potro inspires Argentina to first Davis Cup title in Croatia

• Del Potro comes back from two sets down against Marin Cilic to level tie at 2-2
• Federico Delbonis sweeps past Ivo Karlovic 6-3 6-4 6-2 to seal win

Argentina have won the Davis Cup for the first time after Juan Martín del Potro, playing with a broken finger in his left hand, inspired a stirring comeback against the hosts, Croatia, in the final.

Heading into the final day in Zagreb 2-1 ahead Croatia were on the brink of victory when Marin Cilic surged into a two-set lead against Del Potro, but the 2009 US Open champion battled back to level the match at 2-2 with a 6-7, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 win.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/27/juan-martin-del-potro-argentina-davis-cup-title-croatia

Nov 22

Champions League roundup: Borussia Dortmund and Legia Warsaw set record

• Marco Reus scores hat-trick in stunning 8-4 win for German side
• Karim Benzema scores late winner for Real Madrid at Sporting

Already-qualified Borussia Dortmund crushed Legia Warsaw 8-4 on Tuesday in Group F to set a record for the most goals scored in a Champions League match, helped by a Marco Reus hat-trick.

Rampant Dortmund netted five times in 15 minutes with Shinji Kagawa grabbing two goals while Reus, back after six months out injured, completed the scoring in stoppage time.

Related: Pochettino gamble falls flat in Monaco and Spurs crash out after five games

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/22/champions-league-roundup-borussia-dortmund-legia-warsaw

Nov 19

Italy celebrate famous first win over sorry South Africa

• Italy 20-18 South Africa

Italy claimed their first victory over South Africa on Saturday, beating the demoralised southern-hemisphere giants 20-18 in Florence.

A delirious home crowd gave their team, ranked 13th in the world, a standing ovation after the match as the visitors – ranked fourth – formed a lonely huddle in the middle of the field, reminiscent of their shock loss against Japan in last year’s World Cup.

Related: England v Fiji: rugby union autumn internationals – live!

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/19/italy-beat-south-africa-first-time

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