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Tennis – Battling Kvitova downs Barty to claim Sydney title

(Reuters) – Petra Kvitova warmed up for the year’s first Grand Slam by coming from behind to beat home favorite Ashleigh Barty 1-6 7-5 7-6(3) and win her second Sydney International title on Saturday. Kvitova, the 2015 champion, surrendered her serve in the opening game and struggled to recover from her poor start, with the Czech’s usually lethal backhand disintegrating amid a flurry of unforced errors in the first set. The world number eight hit her stride in the second, staying within touching distance of Barty until pouncing to take…

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Ex-Cardinals OF Duncan battling brain cancer

FILE PHOTO: St. Louis Cardinals’ Chris Duncan runs the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets in the sixth inning of Game 5 of their NLCS playoff baseball series in St. Louis October 17, 2006. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES) Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan is battling a recurrence of brain cancer and has left his radio show in the city to fight the disease. “If you pray, please keep him in your prayers,” said a tweet from Duncan’s radio show, The Turn, in…

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England women 27-19 Canada: Lark Davies scores twice in battling victory

Poppy Cleall (right) celebrates her try Autumn internationals England(15) 27 Tries: Davies (2), Cleall, Smith, Scott Cons: Daley-Mclean Canada(7) 19 Tries: Tessier, Alarie, Holtkamp Cons: Miller, Harvey England needed two late tries to secure victory over a resilient Canada at Castle Park in Doncaster. Two tries from Lark Davies and one from Poppy Cleall gave England a comfortable lead within the first half hour. Canada’s Alex Tessier scored just before half-time, and they went within three points with a breakaway try from Elissa Alarie. But tries from Kelly Smith and…

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Radio 1’s Greg James on breakfast and battling Taylor Swift fans

Greg James feels well prepared for the higher profile that comes with hosting the Radio 1 breakfast show. Thanks, in part, to some angry Taylor Swift fans. From Monday, your morning routine might be a little different. The argument with your snooze button and the double-shot latte order will broadly remain the same, but if you’re one of Radio 1’s five million breakfast listeners, there will be a new voice keeping you company. Greg is moving to mornings after six years of presenting the station’s drivetime programme. It’s a show…

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Battling Marterer no match for rampant Nadal

(Reuters) – Maximilian Marteter probably wondered what all the fuss was about when, two games into his first match against the best claycourt player ever on Monday, he led French Open champion Rafael Nadal 2-0 on the Spaniard’s favorite patch of red dirt. Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 4, 2018 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winnning his fourth round match against Germany’s Maximilian Marterer REUTERS/Charles Platiau The German youngster quickly discovered just what it feels like to be on the receiving end of a pummeling…

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Djokovic still battling as he edges past Bautista Agut

PARIS (Reuters) – Former champion Novak Djokovic wore down obdurate Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut to grind out a 6-4 6-7(6) 7-6(4) 6-2 victory in the French Open third round on Friday. Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 1, 2018 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his third round match against Spain’s Robert Bautista Agut REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Still fighting to find the form that took him to 12 majors, Djokovic huffed and puffed and demolished a racket in anger near the end of the second set,…

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