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Melbourne car rampage: James Gargasoulas jailed for six murders

Image copyright EPA Image caption James Gargasoulas drove his car into pedestrians in Melbourne in 2017 An Australian man has been sentenced to life in jail for murdering six people and injuring 27 more in a vehicle attack in Melbourne. James Gargasoulas, 29, deliberately ploughed a stolen car into pedestrians in the city centre in January 2017. He later told a court in a confusing speech that he had carried out the attack after receiving a premonition. On Friday, a judge described it as one of the worst mass murders…

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Big Bash: Melbourne Renegades beat Melbourne Stars to win title

Melbourne Renegades completed an amazing turnaround to win their first Big Bash Melbourne Renegades produced a stunning fightback to beat Melbourne Stars by 13 runs and win the 2018-19 Big Bash. The Renegades made 145-5 from their 20 overs, with Tom Cooper hitting 43 not out and Dan Christian an unbeaten 38. The Stars reached 93-0 in the 13th over in reply – but the loss of Marcus Stoinis for 39 sparked a collapse of seven wickets for 19 runs. They needed 28 from the final over but the Renegades…

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Djokovic backs Pouille to knock on top-10 door after Melbourne run

Tennis – Australian Open – Quarter-final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 23, 2019. France’s Lucas Pouille celebrates after winning the match against Canada’s Milos Raonic. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (Reuters) – Lucas Pouille may be the Australian Open’s surprise package but his semi-final opponent Novak Djokovic said the Frenchman has the qualities to build on his good start to the season and firmly establish himself as a top 10 player. Pouille burst onto the scene in 2016 with a stunning victory over Rafa Nadal at the U.S. Open and broke into…

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Tennis: Kvitova swats aside Collins to reach first Melbourne final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Petra Kvitova will compete in her first Grand Slam final in five years after ending the fairytale run of unseeded American Danielle Collins with a decisive 7-6(2) 6-0 victory on a scorching afternoon at Melbourne Park on Thursday. Tennis – Australian Open – Semi-final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 24, 2019. Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova shakes hand with Danielle Collins of the U.S. after winning the match REUTERS/Edgar Su The eighth seeded Czech will meet the winner of U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka and seventh seeded…

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Aggressive Sharapova eliminates holder Wozniacki in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova scorched the Rod Laver Arena with her aggressive tennis to eliminate defending Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 4-6 6-3 in the third round on Friday. Tennis – Australian Open – Third Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2019. Russia’s Maria Sharapova celebrates after winning the match against Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki. REUTERS/Aly Song Five-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova, who won her last major at the 2014 French Open, hit 37 winners against 10 from her opponent and converted her second matchpoint to set…

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Aiia Maasarwe: Arrest over killing of Israeli student in Melbourne

Image copyright Victoria Police Image caption Police released these images of Aiia Maasarwe, taken on the night she was killed A man has been arrested over the killing of a 21-year-old Israeli student in Melbourne, Australian police say. The body of Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was found near La Trobe University in the city’s north. She had taken a tram home late on Wednesday after a comedy show. She was attacked while speaking on the phone to her sister, authorities said. A 20-year-old man was arrested in a nearby suburb on…

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Dominant Djokovic shines in Melbourne Park opener

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Top seed Novak Djokovic looked every inch the Australian Open favorite as he kicked off his bid for a record seventh title at Melbourne Park with an emphatic 6-3 6-2 6-2 win over American qualifier Mitchell Krueger on Tuesday. Tennis – Australian Open – First Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 15, 2019. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts after winning the match against Mitchell Krueger of the U.S. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Soaking up the Rod Laver Arena limelight, the Serb moved superbly in his opener and hit 42…

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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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Coach-less Halep admits behind curve at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World number one Simona Halep, flying solo after parting ways with coach Darren Cahill, feels refreshed after a long lay-off to recover from a back injury but also concedes she has risked her Australian Open campaign with scant preparations. Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 10, 2019 – Simona Halep of Romania during practice. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon French Open champion Halep warmed up for her run to the final at Melbourne Park last year by winning the Shenzhen Open in southern China but…

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Tennis: McEnroe plays down Murray’s chances in Melbourne

LONDON (Reuters) – Former world number one Andy Murray is unlikely to last long at the Australian Open and playing pain-free would be a victory for the Scot, according to John McEnroe. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Andy Murray at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Aug 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports Murray, five times a runner-up in Melbourne, has struggled in the aftermath of hip surgery a year ago and is currently ranked 230 in the ATP standings. The 31-year-old three-time Grand Slam…

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