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Cameron Norrie beaten by Tennys Sandgren in ATP final in Auckland

Norrie, who has a Scottish father and Welsh mother, was born in South Africa and grew up in New Zealand Australian Open 2019 Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January Coverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV and online from 19 January. British number two Cameron Norrie was beaten in his first ATP final, losing 6-4 6-2 to Tennys Sandgren at the Auckland International in New Zealand. Norrie,…

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Tennis: Kenin upsets Cornet to reach Hobart final

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Fed Cup – World Group Final – Czech Republic v United States – O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic – November 11, 2018 Sofia Kenin of the U.S. celebrates during her match against Czech Republic’s Katerina Siniakova REUTERS/David W Cerny (Reuters) – Big-hitting American youngster Sofia Kenin reached her first WTA final when she stunned sixth seed Alize Cornet 6-2 6-4 at the Hobart International on Friday. In windy conditions, unseeded Kenin kept her composure to land 77 percent of her first-serves in play and broke her…

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Stan & Ollie: The story of Laurel and Hardy’s final tour

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s slapstick comedy was hugely popular during the early classical Hollywood era of American cinema The critically acclaimed film Stan & Ollie is released in UK cinemas on Friday. It documents the legendary comedy duo’s final tour, which came to an abrupt end in the English city of Plymouth in May 1954. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy made their first appearance as a comedy pairing in 1927, in the silent short film Putting Pants on Philip, and soon developed an…

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Australia v India: Hosts face battle to save final Test after follow-on

Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris only had to survive four overs of the second innings before the weather intervened Fourth Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (day four) India 622-7 dec: Pujara 193, Pant 159*, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4-178 Australia 300 (Harris 79, Labuschagne 38, Yadav 5-99) & 6-0 India lead by 316 runs Scorecard Australia face a final-day battle to save the final Test after being forced to follow on by India in Sydney. The hosts resumed on 236-6 in reply to India’s 622-7 but lost Pat Cummins to the sixth…

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WTA roundup: Pliskova into Brisbane final

Fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova advanced to her second career Brisbane International final with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Donna Vekic of Croatia on Saturday in Australia. Tennis – Brisbane International – Women’s Semi Finals – Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, Australia, January 5, 2019 Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova in action during her match against Croatia’s Donna Vekic REUTERS/Patrick Hamilton “I felt like I have control about everything I am doing,” said Pliskova, who won here in 2017. Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, overcame a rough start to win in one hour and…

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Tsurenko stuns Osaka in Brisbane to book Pliskova final

(Reuters) – Japan’s Naomi Osaka lamented her poor attitude following a straight sets thrashing by Lesia Tsurenko in the Brisbane International semi-finals on Saturday but the U.S. Open winner said defeat came with a valuable lesson. Tennis – Brisbane International – Women’s Semi Finals – Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, Australia, January 5, 2019 Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko in action during her match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Patrick Hamilton World number five Osaka was beaten 6-2 6-4 in 65 minutes by Latvia’s Tsurenko, who comfortably broke her opponent’s serve four times en…

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Hopman Cup: Angelique Kerber & Alexander Zverev lead Germany to final

Zverev and Kerber won all three of their group matches, beating Australia, Spain and France in the round-robin stage Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber and ATP Finals winner Alexander Zverev took Germany into the Hopman Cup final with victory over hosts Australia. World number two Kerber beat Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-4 to give the Germans an early lead in the best-of-three tie. And their spot in Saturday’s final was secured when world number four Zverev beat Matt Ebden 6-4 6-3 in Perth. Defending champions Switzerland, who are represented by Roger Federer…

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Pep Guardiola: Man City boss says ‘every game is a final’ after win over Liverpool

Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool: Pep Guardiola proud of ‘incredible’ players Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said that “every game is a final” after his side moved to within four points of leaders Liverpool with a 2-1 win. Leroy Sane’s fine low finish inflicted a first defeat of the league season on Jurgen Klopp’s visitors and kept the defending champions in touch. “We knew that if we won we would be in contention to fight for the Premier League, if we lose it is over,” Guardiola said. “I don’t remember a…

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Patriots earn bye, Eagles reach playoffs on final day of season

(Reuters) – The Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles used victories in their season finales on Sunday to secure the final playoff spots in the National Football League (NFL). Dec 30, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) tackles Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (25) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Indianapolis won 33-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports The Super Bowl champion Eagles beat Washington 24-0 to grab the final wild card spot in the NFC after Minnesota lost to Chicago. Philadelphia…

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NFL: Patriots earn bye, Eagles reach playoffs on final day of season

Dec 30, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass against the New York Jets in the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (Reuters) – The New England Patriots crushed the New York Jets 38-3 on Sunday to secure a first round bye in the playoffs while the Philadelphia Eagles trounced the Washington Redskins 24-0 to set up a meeting with the Bears in Chicago. The lowly Jets had no answer for Tom Brady and the resurgent Patriots…

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