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After Geraint Thomas beat his Sky team mate Chris Froome this year, all eyes are going to be on their friendship and rivalry next July. It promises to be absolutely riveting. Froome was clearly not at his best this summer, having already raced and won the Giro in May. This time, one suspects, he will […]

U.S. youngsters Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz stun seeds – The Denver Post

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Frances Tiafoe rolled up his white shirt’s right sleeve, flexed his biceps and slapped the muscle five times. Then he pounded his chest and yelled, “Yeah! Let’s go! Let’s go! Come on!” Forgive the young American’s exuberance. This was, after all, the biggest victory of his nascent career. Down a set and […]

Unheralded Australian Kimberly Birrell stuns 29th seed to advance at Australian Open

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Updated January 16, 2019 20:44:30 Photo: Kimberly Birrell belied her lowly ranking to stun Donna Vekic, the tournament’s 29th seed. (AAP: David Crosling) Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell has stunned world number 29 Donna Vekic to reach the third round of the Australian Open. Key points: Kimberly Birrell, ranked 240 in the world, reaches Australian Open […]

Stephens wins battle of ‘Frenemies’ at Australian Open

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AP Updated 10:53 PM EST Jan 15, 2019 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sloane Stephens advanced at the Australian Open at the expense of her former doubles partner Timea Babos in a second-round match the women’s tour billed as a battle of the so-called “frenemies.” Fifth-seeded Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion, dominated the Rod Laver […]

Wada under pressure to ban Russia again after Moscow lab deadline expires

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Wada has faced months of fierce criticism from a series of national anti-doping organisations and athletes following its decision to reinstate Russia’s testing body, which had been suspended since November 2015. Representatives from the governing body have been holding meetings with the Russian authorities for weeks to secure a full technical inspection. Rusada had been […]

Trump fetes champion Clemson with fast food

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WASHINGTON — The scent of burgers, fries and victory wafted through the stately White House on Monday as President Donald Trump saluted college football’s Clemson Tigers for winning the national championship. Trump, a fast food lover, said he even paid for their meal himself because of the partial government shutdown. He did not disclose the […]

Andy Murray never did things easy, but can bow out as one of the all-time great champions

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Updated January 15, 2019 12:46:37 Related Story: Murray’s Australian Open time looks over after gutsy loss to Bautista Agut Related Story: Tearful Andy Murray admits Australian Open could be his last tournament “I’m gonna try this, and it’s not going to be easy.” Choking back tears, those were Andy Murray’s words on Wimbledon’s Centre Court […]

‘I did well at the Europeans, but there are days when I make an idiot out of myself’

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Keeping it real is exactly what the Edinburgh girl is about. Look up her Instagram and you will find videos of her belly-flopping in training alongside picture-perfect moments on the podium – where she was top in 2018 not only at the Europeans but also at the Commonwealths in April. The 22-year-old says posting her […]

New Orleans Saints rally past Philadelphia Eagles, will host NFC title game – The Denver Post

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NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees, two interceptions by Marcus Lattimore, and rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 Sunday to advance to the NFC championship game. Using a dominant ball-control offense after a horrendous start, Brees took the Saints (14-3) on scoring […]

Goalkeeper scores 70-metre free kick, teenage debutant also nets from his own half in separate match

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Updated January 13, 2019 15:54:23 Related Story: ‘Greatest A-League goal ever’: McGree lights up finals with stupendous scorpion kick Related Story: Zlatan scores 500th career goal with ludicrous roundhouse kick Veteran Glentoran goalkeeper Elliott Morris has played over 700 games in his career, unsurprisingly failing to find the net once. But that did not stop […]