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Dan Evans sealed a convincing victory after an hour and 56 minutes at the Australian Open

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:48:40 GMT

Britain's Dan Evans booked an Australian Open showdown with Marin Cilic after he beat Argentina's Facundo Bagnis to reach the second round. Evans saved three set points against Bagnis before taking the opening set in a tie-break and he never looked back as the British number three sealed an impressive 7-6 6-3 6-1 victory.




The Australian Open has not been a happy hunting ground for Aljaz Bedene in recent years

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:29:56 GMT

Aljaz Bedene became Britain's first casualty of the Australian Open after he lost in four sets to Dominican veteran Victor Estrella Burgos. Estrella Burgos, who turns 37 later this year, is the fourth oldest singles player in the men's draw in Melbourne but he proved too strong for an inconsistent Bedene, winning 7-6 7-5 0-6 6-3.




Packers upset top-seeded Cowboys in NFL playoff thriller

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:02:09 GMT

Rodgers threw a 36-yard pass to a toe-dragging Jared Cook on the sideline, and Mason Crosby kicked a 51-yard field goal as time expired, sending the Packers to the NFC championship game with their eighth straight win while thwarting a huge Dallas rally in a 34-31 victory in the divisional round of the playoffs Sunday. The throw on the run from Rodgers to Cook -- confirmed on review -- wasn't nearly as debatable as Dez Bryant's famous catch that wasn't in the Cowboys' divisional round loss to Green Bay two years ago.




Premier League clubs criticised in report into disabled access

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:45:47 GMT

Premier League clubs could face heavy fines and even points deductions if they fail to meet an August deadline to become compliant with disability access requirements, according to a report by the Culture, Media and Sport select committee. The report states that four clubs - Chelsea, Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth - are likely to miss the deadline and also criticises West Ham for reducing provision for disabled supporters since it took over the Olympic Stadium.




Evening whisky key to long-running life, says oldest British Olympian at 100

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:15:06 GMT

Britain's oldest living Olympian Bill Lucas celebrates his 100th birthday alongside his wife Sheena at Belgrave Harriers running club in Wimbledon, London. A whisky every evening is the key to a long life, according to Britain's oldest living Olympian who is celebrating his 100th birthday.




Petr Cech: Every goal counts in Premier League title race

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:33:21 GMT

Goalkeeper Petr Cech welcomed Arsenal's 4-0 win at Swansea by insisting every goal could count in the chase for Premier League glory. Arsenal ruined Paul Clement's first league game in charge of Swansea as a first-half struggle turned into a second-half stroll.




James DeGale survived a 12th round knockdown to escape with a majority draw against Badou Jack

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:50:50 GMT

James DeGale climbed off the canvas in the final round to claim a majority draw against Badou Jack in their world super-middleweight unification title fight at the Barclays Center in New York. IBF champion DeGale knocked down Jack in the opening round but the WBC titlist grew into the bout and finished the stronger of the two, flooring the Londoner, who got to his feet to hear the final bell.




Murray thinks experience of coach Lendl could prove crucial to future success

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:31:56 GMT

Sir Andy Murray believes his coach Ivan Lendl can be the key to him ending his Australian Open hoodoo and staying as world number one. Murray begins the first grand slam of the year against Ukraine's Illya Marchenko on Monday and for the first time at a major tournament is placed top of the rankings and number one seed.




Johanna Konta plays Kirsten Flipkens at the Australian Open on Tuesday

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:31:55 GMT

Johanna Konta describes her tennis career as maturing like a fine wine but the British number one's champagne moment may still be yet to come. Konta heads into the Australian Open not just with an outside chance of claiming her first grand slam title but as one of the favourites in an highly unpredictable women's draw.




NFL: Patriots through to AFC Championship game

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:20:03 GMT

Dion Lewis had a 13-yard touchdown reception, a 98-yard kickoff return for a score, and a late 1-yard touchdown to help the Patriots hold off the Houston Texans 34-16 and advance to an NFL-record sixth straight conference title game. New England will host the winner of tomorrow's Pittsburgh-Kansas City matchup next Sunday for the right to play in the Super Bowl in Houston on Feb. 5. "Whoever we play next week is going to be a great football team," Tom Brady said.




Devin Booker has 39 points, Suns beat Spurs in Mexico City

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 05:02:36 GMT

The 20-year-old Booker scored a career-high 39 points for the second game in a row and the Phoenix Suns beat the San Antonio Spurs 108-105 on Saturday in the fifth regular-season game in the country. Booker, whose grandfather is from Mexico, was 12 of 22 from the field.




The Latest: Seattle's Shead leaves with knee injury

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:29:04 GMT

Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal during the first half of an NFL football NFC divisional playoff game, Saturday, Jan. 14,... . Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, left, speaks with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson before the first half of an NFL football NFC divisional playoff game, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Atlanta.




Thousands turn out for Clemson football parade, celebration

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:00:08 GMT

Around 70,000 smiling, cheering football fans turned out for the biggest party Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has thrown yet at Death Valley to celebrate the school's first national championship in 35 years. Last year, more than 30,000 people showed up for Swinney's pizza party when Clemson was picked for its first College Football Playoff berth after the 2015 season.




Gilles Muller denies Dan Evans in Sydney final

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:22:29 GMT

Gilles Muller secured the first ATP World Tour title of his career with a straight-sets victory over Great Britain's Dan Evans at the Apia International Sydney. The left-hander from Luxembourg 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 main tour final.




David Sullivan: I won't let Dimitri Payet leave West Ham this month

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:22:28 GMT

France star Payet this week rocked the Hammers by telling them he wants to quit the club and has refused to play against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon. The 29-year-old, who signed a bumper A 125,000-a-week five-year contract last February, is understood to want a move back to former club Marseille.




Eoin Morgan has backed England to continue playing 'explosive' one-day cricket

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:00:54 GMT

Eoin Morgan backed England to continue playing "explosive" one-day cricket in India but home captain Virat Kohli believes that commitment to attack could be their downfall. England lost the Test leg 4-0 before Christmas but their limited-overs unit has been a different proposition since a selection overhaul following the 2015 World Cup, winning five of the seven series since then.




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Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:43:21 GMT

Sir Andy Murray has branded Michael Downey's resignation as chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association "disappointing" and another example of short-term thinking at the top of British tennis. Downey announced on Thursday he would be quitting in June after only three years in the role and instead returning to his previous post as head of Tennis Canada.