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Tennis: Bautista Agut expects injured Murray to ‘fight’ in Melbourne clash

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut will give no quarter to Andy Murray in their first round clash at the Australian Open and expects the injured Briton to “fight” hard in what could be his last match as a professional. Tennis – ATP – Qatar Open – Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar – January 5, 2019 Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut celebrates winning the final against Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari Three-times Grand Slam champion Murray said on Friday that he may retire after the…

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Federer, Serena click ‘greatest selfie of all time’ after dream clash

(Reuters) – It took 43 Grand Slam triumphs and over two decades to set up the on-court meeting but when the moment finally arrived, Roger Federer and Serena Williams gave the capacity crowd at Perth a night to remember. Federer’s Switzerland beat Serena’s U.S. 4-2 4-3(3) in the mixed doubles decider at the Hopman Cup on Tuesday. The duo hailed each other in the post-match interview before the tennis titans captured the iconic moment in what Hopman Cup on Twitter described as the ‘greatest selfie of all time’. Federer also…

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Federer emerges victorious in historic clash with Serena

(Reuters) – Roger Federer emerged triumphant from a historic first meeting with Serena Williams in the Hopman Cup on Tuesday, but tennis was the true winner as two of the game’s greats treated fans worldwide to an unforgettable evening. Defending champions Switzerland sealed a 2-1 victory over six-times winners United States that left them bottom of Group B but the result mattered little to over 14,000 fans in Perth and millions around the world who had eagerly awaited the contest. Federer and Williams, holders of a combined 43 singles Grand…

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Australia v India: Virat Kohli and Tim Paine clash in second Test in Perth

Spinner Lyon celebrates after taking the wicket of India captain Virat Kohli Second Test, Perth Stadium (day four): Australia: 326 & 243: Khawaja 72, Shami 6-56 India 283 & 112-5: Hazlewood 2-24, Lyon 2-30 India need 175 more to win Scorecard Coverage: Ball-by-ball commentary of every match on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra & BBC Sport website, plus desktop, tablets, mobiles and app. Australia captain Tim Paine and India counterpart Virat Kohli clashed on day four of the second Test in Perth as the hosts closed in on victory.…

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Russia-Ukraine sea clash leaves Mariupol port deserted

Image caption There was little activity at Mariupol this week Times are hard at Ukraine’s major trading port at Mariupol. In fact, it’s almost dead – and workers say things have not been this bad for decades. “If it carries on like this, the number of shipping companies working with us will plummet next year,” says engineer Maryna Pereshyvatlova, who has worked here for 32 years. Ever since conflict broke out in the east when pro-Russian separatists seized parts of the Donbas region, the port has been starved of coal…

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Athletics: Minsk to host Europe v U.S. clash next year

(Reuters) – Europe will take on the United States in a Ryder Cup-style track and field clash in Minsk next year, European Athletics announced on Tuesday. The event, scheduled for Sept. 9-10, will serve as a warm-up for athletes to prepare for the World Championships starting in Doha on Sept. 28. “We are proud to announce there will be a match for the first time since the 1960s,” European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen said in a statement. “We are going to include every track discipline up to the 3,000m…

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Take 5: Top offenses and defenses clash in Week 14

Highlighting Week 14’s excellent slate of matchups are the premier offense-defense battles in Chicago and Kansas City. Dec 2, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Offenses owned these clashes (Rams-Vikings, Jaguars-Chiefs, Saints-Ravens) early this season, but the pendulum swung back in Week 13 (Saints-Cowboys, Colts-Jaguars). Perhaps the Bears can keep that trend going in frigid Chicago on Sunday night. 1. A formula to slow…

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Ukraine-Russia sea clash: Merkel rules out military solution

Image copyright action press/REX/Shutterstock Image caption Angela Merkel said only “sensible dialogue” would solve the crisis German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stressed there is “no military solution”, after Ukraine’s leader urged Nato to send ships to the Sea of Azov. Petro Poroshenko’s request came following a naval confrontation with Russia in waters off Crimea. On Sunday, Russia opened fire on three Ukrainian ships and seized their crews in the Kerch Strait. Mrs Merkel said the crisis was “entirely the doing of the Russian president”. However, she said that “issues like…

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Ukraine-Russia sea clash: Poroshenko urges Nato to send ships

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ukrainian forces have been mobilised in the port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged Nato to send ships to the Sea of Azov following a naval confrontation with Russia off Crimea. He told Germany’s Bild newspaper he hoped the ships could be relocated “to assist Ukraine and provide security”. On Sunday, Russia opened fire on three Ukrainian ships and seized their crews in the Kerch Strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Nato has…

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Ukraine-Russia sea clash staged, says Putin

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage of the collision was posted by the Ukrainian interior minister Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine’s leader, Petro Poroshenko, of trying to boost his ratings ahead of 2019 elections with a naval confrontation off Crimea. Russian FSB border guards opened fire on two Ukrainian gunboats and a tug before seizing the Ukrainian crews. “He had to do something to make the situation more tense,” Mr Putin told an investment forum on Wednesday. Mr Poroshenko has declared martial law for 30…

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