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Tennis: Wawrinka prevails in tricky Rotterdam opener

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Second Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 17, 2019. Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in action during the match against Canada’s Milos Raonic. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (Reuters) – Three-times Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka recovered from a sluggish start to beat Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-6(4) 6-1 in the opening round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam on Monday. Wawrinka, who suffered a first round loss in Sofia last week, made another shaky start as he sprayed consecutive backhand errors to hand Paire…

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Ireland v England: Brad Shields a doubt for Six Nations opener

Shields was born in New Zealand but qualifies for England through his parents Six Nations: Ireland v England Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday 2 February Kick-off: 16:45 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live Flanker Brad Shields is a doubt for England’s Six Nations opener against Ireland after pulling out of Wasps’ Champions Cup match against Leinster. The 27-year-old, who started England’s autumn internationals against South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, has a side strain according to his club. They did not offer a time-frame for his return…

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Ireland v England: Dylan Hartley not in squad for Six Nations opener

Hartley scored tries against New Zealand and Japan in the autumn, only his third and fourth scores in 97 England caps Six Nations 2019: Ireland v England Venue: Aviva Stadium Date: Saturday 2 February Kick-off: 16:45 BST Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live Co-captain Dylan Hartley is absent from England’s initial Six Nations squad because of a knee injury. The Northampton hooker has not played in nearly four weeks and will not be available for England’s tournament opener against Ireland on 2 February. Four uncapped players make Eddie Jones’…

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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‚Äôs 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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Kyle Edmund loses to world number 185 Yasutaka Uchiyama in Brisbane opener

Edmund had tonsil surgery in the off-season British number one Kyle Edmund suffered a shock defeat by Japan’s world number 185 Yasutaka Uchiyama in the second round of the Brisbane International. Edmund, the world number 14 and third seed, lost 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 to the qualifier. The Briton, who had a bye in the first round, failed to convert two set points in the opening set. He was broken to love in the third game of the second set and Uchiyama went on to wrap it up quickly. Britain’s former…

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Serena wins on return but U.S. lose Hopman Cup opener

(Reuters) – Serena Williams made a winning return to competitive action at the Hopman Cup on Monday but could not prevent the United States from losing 2-1 to Greece in their opening round-robin match. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Mubadala World Tennis Championship – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 27, 2018. Serena Williams of the United States in action during her match against Venus Williams of the United States. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem Williams, playing her first competitive match since losing the U.S. Open final to Naomi Osaka, powered past Maria…

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Cameron Bancroft: Australia opener almost quit to teach yoga

Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft has scored 402 runs in eight Test appearances for Australia Australia opener Cameron Bancroft says he almost quit cricket to teach yoga after receiving a nine-month ban for ball-tampering during a Test match. Bancroft, who admitted using sandpaper on the ball in South Africa in March, was banned with Australia captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner. He returns on 30 December, playing for Perth in the Big Bash Twenty20 League. “You begin to become OK with the thought of never having cricket as part…

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ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic beats John Isner in group opener

ATP Finals Venue: O2 Arena, London Dates: 11-18 November Coverage: Follow live coverage across BBC TV, radio, the BBC Sport website & mobile app. Live text commentary available on selected matches. World number one Novak Djokovic underlined why he is favourite to win the ATP Finals with a commanding win over John Isner in their group opener. The Serb, 31, was in devastating form as he easily dealt with the big serves of American Isner in a 6-4 6-3 victory. World number 10 Isner, making his debut at the season-ending…

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Eating disorders: Hollyoaks bulimia storyline an ‘eye opener’

Image copyright Channel4/Hollyoaks Image caption Hollyoaks character Cleo, whose struggle with bulimia came to a head in an episode in October Calls to the eating disorder helpline Beat have shot up, after Hollyoaks aired a storyline involving a character with bulimia. More people contacted the charity in October than in any other month ever, the charity says – and it thinks the Channel 4 soap had a “significant impact”. People with eating disorders have praised the show for the “hard-hitting” episodes, which saw character Cleo collapse with a heart attack…

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Federer survives scare to beat Krajinovic in Basel opener

(Reuters) – Top seed Roger Federer showed signs of ring rust in his first match at the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday but still had enough in the tank to push past unseeded Serbian Filip Krajinovic 6-2 4-6 6-4 and reach the last-16 in Basel. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Shanghai Masters – Men’s Singles – Semi-finals – Qi Zhong Tennis Center, Shanghai, China – October 13, 2018. Roger Federer of Switzerland in action against Borna Coric of Croatia. REUTERS/Aly Song Playing in front of his home fans Federer struggled to find…

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