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Date registered: September 28, 2014

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  1. Selection and weather doubts cloud Australia’s plans for Bangladesh rematch — September 3, 2017
  2. Grigor Dimitrov dominates Nick Kyrgios to win Cincinatti Masters final — August 20, 2017
  3. Britain’s Adam Blythe finishes third in second stage of Vuelta a España — August 20, 2017
  4. Maria Sharapova handed wild card for US Open — August 15, 2017
  5. Cricket Australia inch towards agreement over pay dispute with players — August 2, 2017

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Sep 03

Selection and weather doubts cloud Australia’s plans for Bangladesh rematch

• Handscomb could replace Wade behind the stumps for second Test

• Steve O’Keeffe expected to come into team as third spinner in Chittagong

Australia will head into the second Test against Bangladesh with an unsettled line-up and an unfavourable weather forecast that threatens to doom them to a humbling series defeat.

Heavy rain and storms have lashed Chittagong on the southeast coast in the build up to Monday’s second Test, and they are expected to continue throughout the week.

Related: Defeat to Bangladesh was painful but hardly Australian cricket’s lowest ebb | Adam Collins

Related: England’s Ashes audition puts spotlight on Westley in West Indies decider

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Aug 20

Grigor Dimitrov dominates Nick Kyrgios to win Cincinatti Masters final

• Australian fails to replicate earlier tournament form
• World No11 beats Kyrgios in straight sets to seal win

A frustrated Nick Kyrgios has lost the Cincinnati Masters final to Grigor Dimitrov in straightsets. Kyrgios went down 6-3 7-5 on Sunday, with the Australian unable to maintain the form which saw him beat world No1 Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.

Both men were playing in their first Masters final and they played some impressive tennis, including a 23-shot rally in the fifth game.

Related: Little sympathy for Tomic and Kyrgios but let’s not misplace our humanity | Jacob Steinberg

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Aug 20

Britain’s Adam Blythe finishes third in second stage of Vuelta a España

• Blythe follows in slipstream of Yves Lampaert and Matteo Trentin
• Tour de France winner Chris Froome is 16th but improves overall standing

Adam Blythe finished third in the second stage of the Vuelta a España while his fellow Briton Chris Froome improved his overall standing.

Blythe crossed the line at the end of the 203.4km route from Nîmes to Gruissan just behind the Quick-Step Floors pair of Yves Lampaert and Matteo Trentin, with Team Sky’s Froome eight seconds off the pace in 16th.

Related: Chris Froome has eye on history but Vuelta a España could spring surprises | William Fotheringham

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Aug 15

Maria Sharapova handed wild card for US Open

• Former world No1 given first grand slam entry in more than 18 months
• The US Open starts at Flushing Meadows on 28 August

Maria Sharapova has been granted a wild-card invitation for the US Open’s main draw. She is among eight women who were given entry into the 128-player field by the US Tennis Association on Tuesday.

The former world No1 and winner of five major titles, including the 2006 US Open, will be participating in her first grand slam tournament in more than a year and a half.

Related: Rafael Nadal to replace Andy Murray as world No1 next week

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Aug 02

Cricket Australia inch towards agreement over pay dispute with players

  • CA say negotiations have advanced to ‘final details’
  • Steve Smith reiterates deal must be done before two-Test tour of Bangladesh

Cricket Australia is on the verge of agreeing a new pay deal with the players’ union, ending a long impasse and avoiding the need for arbitration. A CA spokesman said on Wednesday that negotiations had advanced to the “final details” after days of lengthy talks with the Australian Cricketers’ Association.

Australia’s top 230 players have effectively been unemployed since the last five-year agreement expired on June 30 and an A tour of South Africa has already fallen victim to the lockout.

Related: David Warner criticises Cricket Australia’s handling of pay dispute

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Jul 19

Quade Cooper omitted from Wallabies squad – but Cheika leaves door open for return

  • Playmaker left out of Australia’s extended Bledisloe Cup training squad
  • Eleven uncapped players named by coach Michael Cheika

Quade Cooper has been omitted from Michael Cheika’s extended Wallabies squad ahead of next month’s Bledisloe Cup opener against the All Blacks, although the coach indicated the decision would not spell the end of the flashy but often unpredictable playmaker’s international career.

The move leaves Bernard Foley as the only specialist flyhalf in the extended squad picked by Cheika for a series of training camps starting north of Sydney next week. Kurtley Beale, a utility back who recently returned from England, was recalled to the squad for the first time since the 2015 World Cup and is only other potential No10 in the initial group.

Related: Under-prepared Wallabies need match-hardened Brumbies for Bledisloe Cup

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Jul 14

Warren Barguil delights home fans with Tour de France win as Landa moves up

• Polka-dot jersey wearer gets the best of four-man final sprint
• Fabio Aru stays in yellow but Mikel Landa gains time for Sky

Like wasps around a broken pot of jam, the throng around the yellow jersey swarms on a daily basis, steadily becoming more menacing. Fabio Aru managed to hold the maillot jaune on a spectacular Bastille Day stage which went to Warren Barguil – the first Frenchman to win on the Fête Nationale in 12 years – but the Italian looks a provisional tenant at best.

His Astana team were blown away, while Team Sky played a classic pincer move after losing the yellow jersey on Thursday, pushing Mikel Landa up the standings into a threatening fifth overall. Ireland’s Daniel Martin also closed in, albeit by only a few seconds.

Related: Tour de France: Warren Barguil wins stage 13 on Bastille Day – live!

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Jul 10

Atthaya Thitikul, 14, becomes youngest player to win on Ladies European Tour

  • Thai amateur wins Ladies European Thailand Championship by two shots
  • Beats Lydia Ko’s previous record of 15 years, nine months and 17 days

A 14-year-old amateur from Thailand has won on the Ladies European Tour, supplanting Lydia Ko as the youngest champion on the circuit. Atthaya Thitikul, aged 14 years, four months and 19 days, clinched a two-stroke victory at the Ladies European Thailand Championship at Phoenix Country Club in Pattaya on Sunday. 

Related: Dustin Johnson: can golf’s world No 1 stay out of the rough?

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Jul 02

Marcel Kittel wins Tour de France stage two as Thomas stays in yellow

• Chris Froome caught in crash 30km from finish in Liège
• German gets the better of rivals in bunch sprint

Chris Froome was caught in a crash before Marcel Kittel won stage two of the Tour de France in Liège.

Froome was one of several general classification hopefuls to fall in soaking wet conditions around 30 kilometres from the finish of the 203.5km stage from Dusseldorf.

Related: Tour de France 2017: Marcel Kittel wins stage two, Thomas stays in yellow – live!

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Jun 21

Novak Djokovic accepts Eastbourne wildcard in bid to find Wimbledon form

• First time Djokovic will play grass court event before Wimbledon
• Heather Watson, Laura Robson and James Ward get Wimbledon wild cards

The three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has accepted a main draw wildcard to play at the Aegon International in Eastbourne starting on 23 June.

This is the first time since 2010 that Djokovic will play a grass court event between the French Open and Wimbledon.

Related: Andy Murray suffers ‘big blow’ to Wimbledon hopes in Queen’s exit

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Jun 17

Johanna Konta beats Rybarikova to reach Nottingham Open final

• Konta downs Magdalena Rybarikova in semi-final 6-2, 7-5
• British No1 will face Lucie Safarova or Donna Vekic in final

Johanna Konta booked a place in the final of the Nottingham Open with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Magdalena Rybarikova. The British No1 and top seed maintained her record of having yet to drop a set in the tournament as she closed in on her first WTA title on home soil.

Playing in the semi-finals of the competition for the first time, Konta was quickly into her rhythm, breaking Rybarikova in the fifth game of the match. She did not look back, breaking the Slovakian again shortly afterwards to confidently take the opening set 6-2.

Related: Nick Kyrgios says Andy Murray is ‘bluffing’ before start of Queen’s defence

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Jun 17

Gregor Townsend hails Scotland’s unity in hard-fought win over Australia

• Scots down Wallabies 24-19 in Sydney Test match
• ‘Against a team that brilliant in attack you need strong bonds’

Scotland beat Australia for the first time in more than four years on Saturday, winning 24-19 in Sydney to avenge two consecutive narrow defeats, including a controversial World Cup exit, by the Wallabies.

Tries from Duncan Taylor, Finn Russell – who is set to be called up to the British and Irish Lions squad along with Allan Dell – and Hamish Watson were enough to see the Scots home with Russell adding the extras following Greig Tonks’ early penalty.

Related: Wallabies fall to defeat as spirited Scotland gain degree of revenge

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Jun 09

Critérium du Dauphiné: Richie Porte takes overall lead ahead of Chris Froome

• Porte misses out on stage six victory in sprint against Jakob Fuglsang
• Poland’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma retains her lead in Women’s Tour

Richie Porte claimed the overall leader’s yellow jersey on the Critérium du Dauphiné after finishing second in a gruelling sixth stage won by Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang on Friday.

Astana’s Fuglsang outsprinted the Australian Porte (BMC) and Chris Froome (Sky) at the end of the 147.5km mountain trek from Villars les Dombes to La Motte Servolex. The Italian Fabio Aru, who was first to the top of the demanding ascent up the Mont du Chat (8.7km at an average 10.3% gradient) after attacking 4km from the top, was caught on the descent by the Tour de France champion Froome, Porte and his teammate Fuglsang, and the Dane narrowly beat Porte in a tight sprint.

Related: What happens in the team car during a cycling race?

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Jun 07

Women’s Tour of Britain: Katarzyna Niewiadoma takes opening stage win

• Lizzie Deignan finishes third behind Marianne Vos
• Richie Porte wins fourth stage of Criterium du Dauphine

Katarzyna Niewiadoma soloed to victory on the opening stage of the Women’s Tour of Britain to seize control of the battle for overall victory.

The 22-year-old Pole, among the pre-race favourites, broke clear with a little under 50km remaining of the 147.5km stage from Daventry to Kettering, and her rivals left it too late to respond.

Related: British Cycling asks Team Sky to quit their shared Manchester velodrome

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May 19

Fernando Gaviria continues Giro d’Italia sprint domination with fourth stage win

• Quick-Step rider the first Colombian to win four stages in one Giro
• Geraint Thomas withdraws from race having suffered following crash

Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria continued to take the Giro d’Italia by storm when he timed his sprint to perfection to win the 13th stage on Friday, taking his tally to four victories in the race.

The Quick Step-Floors rider came from nowhere at the end of the 167km stage from Reggio Emilia to Tortona to blast through a gap and cross the line first.

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Apr 20

Tiger Woods faces six-month recovery after ‘successful’ back surgery

• 14-time major winner undergoes fourth surgery to alleviate ‘ongoing pain’
• Woods has barely played in 2017 and ‘conservative therapy’ failed

Tiger Woods has announced he has undergone successful back surgery. The 41-year-old released a statement on Thursday confirming he had an operation to alleviate “ongoing pain in his back and leg”.

The 14-time major winner announced on his official website: “The surgery went well, and I’m optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain. When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long.”

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