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Australian Open: Rafa Nadal retires, sending Marin Cilic into semifinals

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 03:27:07 +1300

Croatian Marin Cilic is through to the semifinals of the Australian Open after No 1 seed Rafael Nadal retired from their quarterfinal on Rod Laver Arena.

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Tragedy reminds Olympian Peter Burling of sailing dangers ahead of Volvo Ocean Race

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:08:07 +1300

An incident-packed fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race has served as a timely reminder to Peter Burling on the dangers of the gruelling round the world race.

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Boxing Day test at MCG a step closer for Black Caps as Cricket Australia confirms preliminary discussions

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:47:46 +1300

Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed New Zealand is in the running to play the coveted Boxing Day test in Melbourne late next year, pending International Cricket Council approval.

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Glenn Maxwell makes Big Bash point to selectors in Melbourne Stars loss

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 03:07:19 +1300

Glenn Maxwell overcame conjunctivitis and two neck pains to whack his highest Big Bash League score but his Melbourne Stars still couldn't beat the Sydney Sixers at the SCG.

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Tiger Woods brings the buzz in first PGA start of the year at Torrey Pines

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:03:33 +1300

Monday broke peacefully at sun-drenched Torrey Pines, with soft breezes drifting in off the Pacific Ocean and a sense of calm floating over this 36-hole public golf resort.

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Australian Open: Briton Kyle Edmund into semis with upset of Grigor Dimitrov

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 03:01:17 +1300

Little-known Kyle Edmund is incredibly one win away from supplanting three-time major champion Andy Murray as the British No 1 after surging into the Australian Open semifinals.

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Queenstown's Ben McLachlan reaches semis of Australian Open men's doubles

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 22:26:01 +1300

Queenstown's Ben McLachlan will contest the semifinals of the men's doubles event at the Australian Open.

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Melbourne Stars batsman Kevin Pietersen ruled out of Sydney Sixers BBL clash

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 21:50:35 +1300

Melbourne Stars batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of what should have been his penultimate Big Bash League game, against the Sydney Sixers, with back soreness.

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Swansea's Federico Fernandez butchers nose celebrating winner against Liverpool

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:50:48 +1300

Swansea City defender Federico Fernandez may have enjoyed the winning goal in his side's 1-0 victory over Liverpool with too much vigour after suffering a suspected broken nose when celebrating Alfie Mawson's 40th-minute strike at the Liberty Stadium on Monday (Tuesday NZT).

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Aussie footballer jailed for 12 months for kicking opponent in the head - report

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:16:58 +1300

An Australian Rules footballer has been jailed for 12 months for kicking an opponent in the head, reports Nine News Gold Coast.

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New Zealand squash star Joelle King beaten in tough tussle in New York

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:11:00 +1300

Kiwi squash pro Joelle King pushed eight-time world champion Nicol David hard before bowing out of the second round in her latest tournament.

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Demarcus Cousins' historic NBA triple-double lifts Pelicans to overtime win

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:43:23 +1300

DeMarcus Cousins became the first NBA player since Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1972 to have as many as 40 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in an NBA game on Tuesday (NZT).

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Rugby's fastest man Carlin Isles 'ready to put the hammer down' in Sydney Sevens

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:31:11 +1300

It will be a case of 'catch me if you can' on Friday when Carlin Isles, regarded as rugby's fastest man, looks to inflict more pain on Australia in the Sydney Sevens.

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Heavenly showing from Australia's Lloyd Pope sparks Shane Warne comparisons

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:26:37 +1300

When Australia's one-day woes looked set to continue, a ginger headed reincarnation of Shane Warne saved the day.

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Mischa Zverev cops massive Australian Open fine for 'unprofessional' performance

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:13:01 +1300

German Mischa Zverev has been slapped with a grand slam-record $US45,000 ($NZ61,426) fine for an "unprofessional" first-round performance at the Australian Open.

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Tennys Sandgren in the spotlight at Australian Open, on and off court

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 18:03:03 +1300

Before he made the Australian Open quarterfinals, it seemed the only interesting thing about Tennys Sandgren to casual sports fans was his name.

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Who is Novak Djokovic's 'truly incredible' Australian Open conqueror Hyeon Chung?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:41:16 +1300

He's the soft-spoken South Korean with all the hallmarks of a stereotypical teenager: glasses, braces and a boyish grin.

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Timing everything for Seth Rance as IPL auction, T20 date with David Warner's Australians looms

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:22:17 +1300

This time last year Seth Rance had already been through one Indian Premier League auction and was wondering what more he had to do to get noticed.

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Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski on mend for New England Patriots ahead of Super Bowl

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:06:02 +1300

In the two-week run-up to the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots will face plenty of questions about Tom Brady's right hand and Rob Gronkowski's head.

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All Blacks legend Sean Fitzpatrick admits that rugby will never stamp out doping

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:55:53 +1300

Legendary All Blacks hooker Sean Fitzpatrick believes rugby will never be able to stamp out doping and wants harsher punishments for offenders.

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