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Welsh Open: Mark Selby, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ding Junhui suffer shock defeats

Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Steve Davis 9-8 to win his first Welsh Open in 2004 World number one Mark Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan have been knocked out of the Welsh Open. Iran’s Hossein Vafaei defied a world ranking 37 places below Selby to win 4-3 in the last 16 in Cardiff. Joe O’Connor, ranked 102nd, beat world number eight Ding Junhui 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals. Earlier, Switzerland’s Alexander Ursenbacher, ranked 71 in the world, beat five-time world champion O’Sullivan 4-2. However, Ursenbacher’s celebrations were short-lived as he fell 4-2 against…

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Isner defeats Tomic to advance to New York Open quarters

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 16, 2018 John Isner of the U.S. in action during his group stage match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge (Reuters) – John Isner made quick work of Australia’s Bernard Tomic to advance to the quarter-finals of the New York Open on Wednesday with a 7-6(7) 6-4 victory. The big-serving American sent down 27 aces, won 85 percent points on his first serve and did not face a single break point as he wrapped up the match…

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Thompson defeats hometown hope Rubin at New York Open

(Reuters) – Australian Jordan Thompson put an end to local hope Noah Rubin’s chances at the New York Open on Monday with a 6-7(7) 7-5 6-1 first-round victory after the Nassau County native was bothered by a sore shoulder late in the match. In a battle of baseline specialists it was Rubin who was the sharper at the outset, grinding out a tight first set before errors began to pile up in the second. The 22-year-old had his shoulder looked at by a trainer during a medical time out prior…

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What do the Commons defeats mean for Brexit?

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images It took little more than an hour for the government to be defeated on three fronts in the Commons on Tuesday, in what the papers are calling a day of mayhem and humiliation for Theresa May. But what does it all mean for Brexit? 17:45 GMT: The most significant defeat. Pro-European Conservative rebel Dominic Grieve wins support for his amendment, which he says will give Parliament a direct say in what happens if Mrs May’s deal is rejected by MPs in a vote next Tuesday. This…

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News Daily: PM fights on after defeats, and US-Russia probe latest

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up here Taking back control? Day one of the Brexit deal debate ran long into the night, and Theresa May will be hoping for a less tumultuous session when it resumes later. The PM suffered an extraordinary three defeats in the Commons on Tuesday at the hands of MPs determined to wrest control of the Brexit process from her. As a result, the government has agreed to publish in full the legal advice it has received about the deal –…

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Howell defeats Rodgers in playoff for first win in 11 years

FILE PHOTO: Jan 11, 2018; Honolulu, HI, USA; PGA golfer Charles Howell III tees off on the ninth hole during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament at Waialae Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports – 10537540 (Reuters) – Charles Howell III birdied the second playoff hole to defeat fellow American Patrick Rodgers and win the RSM Classic in Georgia on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory in 11 years. Both players had finished 18 holes at 19-under 263 and recorded pars on the first…

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Paris Masters: Karen Khachanov defeats Novak Djokovic in final

Victory at the Paris Masters marked Karen Khachanov’s fourth career title Russia’s Karen Khachanov defeated incoming world number one Novak Djokovic to win his first Masters 1000 title at the Paris Masters. The 22-year-old beat Djokovic 7-5 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes to end the Serb’s 22-match unbeaten run. Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic, 31, will still overtake Rafael Nadal at the top of the world rankings on Monday. “It means the world to me,” said world number 18 Khachanov. “It’s one of the biggest titles in my…

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Meghan defeats Harry in New Zealand gumboot toss

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan threw rubber gumboots on Tuesday as children cheered in a competition in New Zealand’s largest city of Auckland, though Harry’s team ended up losing to his wife’s side. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend an event unveiling the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy in Redvale, North Shore, New Zealand October 30, 2018. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS A 6.1 magnitude earthquake felt by thousands of people in New Zealand did not disrupt the schedule of the couple, who are on…

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Anderson defeats Chardy and rolls into third round

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fifth-seed Kevin Anderson advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday with a 6-2 6-4 6-4 victory over France’s Jeremy Chardy. Aug 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Kevin Anderson of South Africa celebrates match point against Jeremy Chardy of France in a second round match on day three of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports The match was a relative sprint compared to the four hour, 14 minute-long…

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Argentina abortion: Senate defeats bill legalising it at up to 14 weeks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Anti-abortion activists have been celebrating outside parliament Argentina’s senate has rejected a bill which would have legalised abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. After a marathon debate, 38 senators voted against it and 31 in favour. Its defeat means lawmakers must wait a year to resubmit legislation. Currently abortion is allowed in Argentina only in cases of rape, or if the mother’s health is in danger. Demonstrators on both sides of the debate gathered outside parliament as voting took place. No going back…

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