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Jan 11

Australian Open women’s draw: Maria Sharapova draws Tatjana Maria in first round

Top seed Simona Halep draws Destanee AiavaJohanna Konta, seeded ninth, faces Madison BrengleMaria Sharapova will face Tatjana Maria in the first round of the Australian Open as she returns to the tournament at which she failed a drugs test in 2016.The …

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Jan 01

Johanna Konta beats Madison Keys in Brisbane for first win since August

• Konta starts 2018 with 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 comeback victory over US Open finalist• Maria Sharapova opens new year with straight-sets win at Shenzhen OpenJohanna Konta began the new year with an impressive win over Madison Keys at the Brisbane International…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/01/johanna-konta-2018-victory-madison-keys-brisbane-tennis

Dec 22

Sevilla sack Eduardo Berizzo a week after returning from cancer surgery

• Berizzo sacked a week after successful surgery to treat prostate cancer• Sevilla set to face Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions LeagueManchester United’s Champions League opponents Sevilla have sacked their coach Eduardo Berizzo exactl…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/dec/22/sevilla-eduardo-berizzo-manchester-united-champions-league

Dec 05

Champions League roundup: Bayern end PSG’s 100% record but come second

• Kylian Mbappé goal stifles German champions attempts to oust French club• Wins for Barcelona and Juventus, while Roma finish top of Group CBayern Munich ended Paris Saint-Germain’s 100% record in Group B but their 3-1 victory at the Allianz Arena was…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/dec/05/bayern-munich-psg-barcelona-roma-champions-league

Nov 02

Champions League roundup: Borussia Dortmund face early exit

• 2013 finalists miss chances and draw 1-1 at home against Apoel Nicosia• Important home wins for Sevilla and PortoBorussia Dortmund’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League were virtually extinguished when they could only draw 1…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/nov/02/champions-league-round-up-borussia-dortmund-face-early-exit-aubameyang-apoel

Oct 28

Caroline Wozniacki battles through to WTA final against Venus Williams

• Dane beats Karolina Pliskova 7-6(9), 6-3 in their semi-final• Williams comes from a set down to defeat Caroline GarciaCaroline Wozniacki stood her ground in the face of some testing early pressure before pulling away from Karolina Pliskova to eke out…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/28/wta-finals-caroline-wozniacki-reaches-final-karolina-pliskova-singapore

Oct 18

Champions League round-up: Messi hits 100th European goal as 10-man Barça win

• Barcelona beat Olympiakos 3-1 despite Gerard Piqué’s first-half sending off• Basel shock CSKA Moscow with a superb 2-0 away victoryLionel Messi scored his 100th European goal as Barcelona maintained their 100 % winning start in Champions League Group…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/18/champions-league-lionel-messi-century-barcelona-basel-juventus

Oct 17

Champions League roundup: Borussia Dortmund held to draw by Apoel

• Bundesliga leaders Dortmund face missing out on last 16 after draw in Cyprus• Spartak Moscow thrash Sevilla 5-1 in Russia to move level with LiverpoolBundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund face an uphill struggle to qualify for the knockout stages of t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/17/champions-league-roundup-apoel-borussia-dortmund-draw

Oct 14

Maria Sharapova advances at Tianjin Open to first final since ban

• Sharapova overcame Peng Shuai 6-3, 6-1 in semi-final• Rafael Nadal beats Cilic to reach Shanghai Masters finalMaria Sharapova remains on course for a first WTA title since returning from a drugs ban after beating Peng Shuai in straight sets in the se…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/14/maria-sharapova-tianjin-open-final-tennis

Sep 27

Champions League round-up: PSG thrash Bayern as Barça scrape past Sporting

• Dynamic duo had fallen out during league match
• Basel run riot against 10-man Benfica

PSG’s coach Unai Emery said his side’s Champions League victory over Bayern Munich had fulfilled their desire to lead Group B. The French side won 3-0 with goals from Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar.

“We took three points tonight, that’s a good thing,” said Emery. “We wanted to win to take the lead of this group, it is done. It was important for our supporters to enjoy this evening. We were able to adapt tactically against Bayern, who played high [up the pitch] against us.”

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/27/neymar-edison-cavani-psg-bayern-munich-champions-league

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 ChittagongAustralia will head into the second Test against Bangladesh with an unsettled lineup and an unfavourable weather f…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/04/selection-and-weather-doubts-cloud-australias-plans-for-bangladesh-rematch

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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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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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/17/scotland-australia-rugby-union-gregor-townsend

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

Nov 07

New York court upholds dismissal of $650m suit against Bernie Ecclestone

• State had ‘minimal interest’ in claims against F1 chief executive
• They relate to sale of major stake in the motor racing business
• Ecclestone pays his way out of court

A New York appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a $650m (£410m) lawsuit against the Formula One chief executive, Bernie Ecclestone, saying he cannot be sued in the state’s courts over the sale of a major stake in the motor racing business.

In a 2012 suit, the investment firm Bluewaters Communications accused Ecclestone, now 84, of giving a $45m bribe to a German banker in 2006 to secure the deal for the private equity firm CVC Capital Partners.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/nov/07/bernie-ecclestone-f1-new-york-court-appeal

Oct 23

Caterhams F1 future in doubt as Tony Fernandes hits back at Engavest

QPR owner says consortium did not honour obligations Administrators lock out more than 200 factory staff Caterham threaten former owner Fernandes with legal actionThe Caterham Formula One teams future was in doubt on Thursday night with employees loc…

Permanent link to this article: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/oct/24/caterham-f1-team-future-tony-fernandes-engavest-administrators