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  • Danielle Collins continues Australian Open run to reach semi-finals

    American beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three setsCollins reaches her first grand slam semi-final in MelbourneDanielle Collins continued her remarkable grand slam breakthrough by defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to reach her first semi-final at the Australian Open. The 25-year-old arrived at Melbourne Park having never won a match in the main draw of a slam but recovered from a set down to win 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in two hours and 16 minutes. Continue reading

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  • Saints 'unfairly deprived' of Super Bowl place by missed call, says team owner

    Gayle Benson speaks out against officials in statementOwner will ‘aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies’NFC Championship Game: Saints lose to Rams in overtimeA day after her New Orleans Saints lost the NFC Championship Game to the LA Rams after a late missed call by the officials, team owner Gayle Benson issued a strong statement of disapproval. “I am thoroughly disappointed by the events that led to the outcome of yesterday’s game,” Benson said. “Getting to the Super Bowl is incredibly...

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  • Tom Brady was already the greatest QB of all time – now he's just rubbing it in

    The New England Patriots quarterback stepped up with his team’s season on the line and time running out on Sunday. Then he did it again in overtime Did you feel the inevitability? Tom Brady in overtime, needing to put together a drive to win the game and send the New England Patriots to their ninth Super Bowl. And, of course, he delivered, because Brady always delivers. He marched his team down the field with the confidence and presence of the greatest to ever play quarterback. Related: Tom...

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  • Simona Halep v Serena Williams: Australian Open last 16 – live!

    Live updates from the Rod Laver ArenaBarty fights back to send Sharapova outEmail Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 8.12am GMT The players are out on court. We’ll have tennis soon! 8.08am GMT Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev meet on Rod Laver Arena once Serena Williams and Simona Halep are done. Meanwhile Borna Coric and Lucas Pouille have split the first two sets in their fourth-round match, while Kei Nishikori and Pablo Carreno Busta are playing out a tight first set. Continue reading

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  • Tom Brady brilliant in the clutch as Patriots beat Chiefs to set up Rams Super Bowl

    New England Patriots 37-31 Kansas City Chiefs (OT)Patriots quarterback leads two late drives in thrilling winRams reached Super Bowl LIII with victory over SaintsThe New England Patriots are headed to their third straight Super Bowl, once more thanks to Tom Brady’s brilliance. The five-time NFL champion guided the Patriots 75 yards after winning the overtime coin toss, and Rex Burkhead’s two-yard touchdown lifted New England past Kansas City 37-31 for the AFC championship on Sunday night. The...

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  • Rams beat Saints in overtime to make Super Bowl after 'missed' call

    Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal clinches game for LASaints felt they should have got call late in regulationLos Angeles Rams 26-23 New Orleans Saints (OT)The Los Angeles Rams beat the New Orleans Saints in overtime, thanks to a 57-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein, in the NFC championship game after a wild and controversial ending to the fourth quarter. Related: AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots v Kansas City Chiefs – live! Continue reading

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  • AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots v Kansas City Chiefs – live!

    Teams meet at Arrowhead Stadium for place in Super Bowl LIIIEmail David with your thoughts or tweet him @LengelDavid 11.16pm GMT Bundle up? There always seems to be a playoff game in the bitter cold and this year it’s in Kansas City. The Arctic blast is blowing over Arrowhead Stadium, a weather system which will bring temperatures to around 20 degrees Fahrenheit or -6 Celcius at game time, considerably warmer than its been in the region lately.Tom Brady is wearing his comically oversized coat...

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  • 'It’s time to say goodbye': Lindsey Vonn hints at immediate retirement

    Injuries have taken toll on 34-year-old American skierVonn had been planning on retiring at the end of the yearLindsey Vonn may have competed in her last ski race. After failing to finish a World Cup super-G on Sunday as she battles pain in both of her knees, Vonn said immediate retirement “is a possibility.” The 34-year-old quickly clarified her comments by adding: “But I’m emotional right now. I have to really think clearly about that. It’s not a decision I make lightly or quickly.” She was...

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  • NFC Championship Game: Los Angeles Rams v New Orleans Saints – live!

    Teams meet at the Superdome for place in Super Bowl LIIIEmail Hunter with your thoughts or tweet him @HunterFelt 2.53pm GMT Hunter will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s his preview of today’s game: What the Rams need to do: The Rams need to keep relying on their running game. Everyone was expecting Todd Gurley to have a big game against the Dallas Cowboys last weekend but nobody was expecting CJ Anderson to outdo him, or for both running backs to pick up more than 100 yards each. Now the...

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  • Pavlyuchenkova beats Stephens to set up quarter-final with unseeded American Collins

    Russian upsets No5 seed in late-night three setterDanielle Collins shocks No2 seed Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-2The unseeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won a marathon three-setter against Sloane Stephens 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals and match her best show in grand slams. The match ended in the early hours of Monday in Melbourne. Stephens gave up a 4-1 advantage in the opening set to win it on a tiebreaker but Pavlyuchenkova rallied once again from an early break down to...

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  • Controversial former NFL player Greg Hardy disqualified for illegal knee on UFC debut

    Former Cowboys star was convicted of assaulting womanDonald Cerrone calls out McGregor at UFC Fight NightThe controversial former NFL star Greg Hardy’s UFC debut ended with a disqualification loss after he hit Allen Crowder with an illegal knee to stop the fight in the second round. Hardy left the NFL after he was convicted of assaulting and threatening to kill his former girlfriend. The charges were later dropped after prosecutors said they couldn’t locate the accuser and believed she reached...

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  • Katelyn Ohashi proves smiling can be a serious asset to elite athletes

    Gymnast’s joyful routine is a happy alternative to putting on that grim ‘game face’ in a business where smiling is, well, frowned upon Between Brexit and Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year, aka this Monday– it’s not always been easy of late to sustain the self-satisfied, privileged-white-male grin that greets you in my byline picture. It is perhaps these ambient feelings of dread that have sent me for solace, again and again, to a video of an American university student doing a...

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  • Manny Pacquiao v Adrien Broner: WBA welterweight championship – live!

    Pacquiao defends WBA ‘regular’ welterweight title in Las VegasTweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 3.29am GMT Bryan will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s his lookahead to tonight’s main event. Related: Manny Pacquiao takes on Adrien Broner amid Mayweather rematch speculation Continue reading

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  • Jamaica's racetrack warriors of Caymanas Park – in pictures

    While spending time in Jamaica in the 1980s and 1990s, street photographer Wayne Tibbitts developed a fascination with the Caymanas Park horse racing track in Portmore, the last remaining track on the island. In recent years he has revisited the track gaining behind-the-scenes access and we take a look at selection of these images Continue reading

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  • Australian Open: Halep to meet Serena Williams in last-16 clash worthy of final

    • World No 1 beats Venus Williams for loss of five games• Serena Williams makes short work of Dayana Yastremska A fourth-round collision on Monday that will rip the 2019 Australian Open wide apart brings the official world No 1, Simona Halep, and the best player in the history of the game, Serena Williams, together for the ninth time. The American has an 8-1 grip on that rivalry, but the Romanian comes into the match after beating her sister, Venus, fairly convincingly on day six, 6-2, 6-3 in a...

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  • Australian Open 2019: Simona Halep v Venus Williams and more – live!

    Updates from the day six night session in MelbourneNovak Djokovic regains calm to see off ShapovalovAnd feel free to mail Tom with your thoughts 9.05am GMT Second set: Halep* 6-2, 1-1 Williams (*denotes server): Here we go! A bit of fight from Williams and she breaks straight back. One angled backhand return in particular to make it 0-30 was a thing of beauty, with Williams eventually ending Halep’s run as the Romanian misfires to her opponent’s backhand. 9.01am GMT Second set: Halep 6-2, 1-0...

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  • Serena Williams consoles tearful Yastremska after sailing into last 16

    Osaka and Svitolina survive Australian Open scaresWilliams loses three games against Dayana YastremskaSerena Williams continued to surge through the Australian Open draw, but Naomi Osaka and Elina Svitolina both survived serious scares to reach the fourth round. Osaka was a set and 4-1 down to Hsieh Su-wei before winning 11 of the last 12 games in a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 victory. Svitolina, who was again watched by boyfriend Gaël Monfils, was arguably even closer to the exit door and struggling with a...

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  • Manny Pacquiao takes on Adrien Broner as shadow of Mayweather rematch looms

    Even at 40, the Filipino senator is still one of the world’s best welterweights entering Saturday’s title defense against Adrien Broner, under which the specter of a Mayweather rematch looms Manny Pacquiao finds himself in a bit of an unusual spot entering Saturday’s welterweight showdown with the profane underachiever Adrien Broner on the Las Vegas strip. The Filipino senator, who celebrated his 40th birthday in December, may well be a silhouette of the hyperkinetic force of nature that...

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  • Alone It Stands: Munster rugby takes down All Blacks, moves on Manhattan

    John Breen’s very Irish play, finally brought to New York, tackles the meaning of sport – and therefore life itself It’s a shame, in a way, that John Breen’s opera from 2014, Breakdown, is not in fact about rugby. In his play Alone It Stands, at 59E59 in New York City until the end of the month, the Irishman turns a maul into a screaming birth. God knows what he could do with a ruck. Like rugby union itself, the play is very simple and hugely complicated. Six actors take on a multitude of parts...

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  • 'I have fought all my life': Gladys Knight defends decision to sing at Super Bowl

    ‘Empress of soul’ says decades of civil rights action have earned her the right to sing on stage in February Singer Gladys Knight has defended her decision to perform the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl after being criticised by supporters of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who used the pre-game tradition to protest against racial injustice. Knight, who is from Atlanta, where the game will be played, said she wanted to “give the anthem back its voice”, and to include Americans...

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  • Katelyn Ohashi's perfect 10 reminded America life could be fun again

    The gymnast’s unbridled exuberance and joy set off a floor routine that captivated millions around the world as a message of hope to all in the face of adversity There’s a reasonably good chance you’ve already seen the video of the American gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s floor exercise from a quad meet in Anaheim last weekend. The two-minute clip of the UCLA senior tumbling and swaying and launching her 4ft 10in form into the air to a frenetic mashup of 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s hits became a viral smash...

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  • Think boxers need meat to succeed? Vegan fighter Bryant Jennings disagrees ...

    At least two vegetarians have captured world titles but meat has long been associated with vitality in the fight game Boxing fans are used to idols with unusual eating habits. Former junior welterweight title-holder Ruslan Provodnikov went in for raw moose liver. Junior bantamweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is partial to a spot of grilled rat. And Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez once ate a breakfast of two dozen raw quail eggs washed down with a glass of his own urine. But to some,...

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  • NFL championship round predictions: Saints slay Rams, Patriots stumble

    The four best teams in the NFL play each other on Sunday. And both games are likely to be decided by the finest of margins Los Angeles Rams (No2 seed) @ New Orleans Saints (No1 seed). Sunday, 3.05pm EST/8.05pm GMT Continue reading

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  • NBA backs decision by Knicks’ Enes Kanter not to come to London

    • Kanter has been critical of Turkish president Erdogan• Washington Wizards 101-100 New York Knicks As the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks rolled into town for the NBA’s ninth London game, the league’s commissioner, Adam Silver, offered his full backing to Knicks’ Turkish center Enes Kanter – who stayed in the US amid reports that Turkey had requested an Interpol red notice for his extradition and arrest on terrorism charges. Related: Turkey reportedly seeking warrant for Knicks' Enes...

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