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Australia v India: Rohit Sharma century in vain as Australia win opening ODI

Richardson took four wickets, including dismissing India captain Virat Kohli One-day international, Sydney Cricket Ground: Australia 288-5 (50 overs): Handscomb 73, Khawaja 59 India 254-9 (50 overs): Sharma 133, Dhoni 51, Richardson 4-26 Australia win by 34 runs Scorecard Rohit Sharma’s 133 off 129 balls was not enough to prevent India from going 1-0 down in the three-match one-day series against Australia in Sydney. The India opener hit 10 fours and six sixes in a sparkling knock but his side fell 34 runs short. Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja and Shaun…

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Quiz of the Week: What was Olivia’s opening line?

It’s the weekly news quiz – have you been paying attention to what’s been going on in the world during the past seven days? If you cannot see the quiz, click here. To try last week’s quiz click here. Why not test yourself on our 2018 Quiz of the Year? 2018 Quiz of the Year 1: Jan – Mar 2018 Quiz of the Year 2: Apr – Jun 2018 Quiz of the Year 3: Jul – Sep 2018 Quiz of the Year 4: Oct – Dec Picture credits: Getty Images,…

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Djokovic, Federer, Serena remain favorites to win opening Grand Slam

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer loom over Melbourne Park for the year’s opening Grand Slam as favorites for the Australian Open as questions remain as to whether one of Generation Next could finally end their stranglehold. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 17, 2018 Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts during his semi final match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge The Serbian world number one and his Swiss opponent have won eight of the nine titles on Rod…

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Sydney International: Johanna Konta wins opening qualifying match

British number one Johanna Konta reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2016 Britain’s Johanna Konta is one win away from the Sydney International main draw after easing through her first-round qualifying match. Sydney-born Konta, ranked 37th in the world, beat 277th-ranked Miriam Kolodziejova 6-3 6-2 in 71 minutes. The 27-year-old won 81% of first-serve points to set up a meeting with Russian 12th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova. Elsewhere, Heather Watson advanced in the Hobart qualifiers, but Katie Boulter suffered a three-set defeat. British number two Watson, who won the…

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Antonio Felix da Costa wins opening Formula E race of season in Saudi Arabia

Antonio Felix da Costa was one of five drivers to receive a fan boost Formula E on the BBC Races for the series will be featured live on the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button. Antonio Felix da Costa won the opening ABB FIA Formula E Championship race of the season in Saudi Arabia. The BMW Andretti driver just held off reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne after a safety car saw the race bunched up in the closing stages in Ad Diriyah. Da Costa started from pole but…

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Chailly’s Attila seduces La Scala audience at season opening

MILAN (Reuters) – An opera based on the 5th century conquest of Italy drew wild applause on the opening night of La Scala’s 2018-19 season on Friday – not least for President Sergio Mattarella. The opera cast after their performance at La Scala theatre during its season opening in Milan, Italy December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo It was the first time Mattarella, who took office in February 2015, had attended the prestigious first night of shows at the Milan opera house that has become a tradition for the country’s high…

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Hockey World Cup 2018: England draw 2-2 with China in their opening game

Hockey World Cup 2018: England settle for draw with China after late equaliser A last-gasp equaliser denied England victory in their opening World Cup game in India, as China salvaged a 2-2 draw. China, ranked 17th in the world, took a surprise fifth-minute lead after a fine solo goal from Guo Xiaoping. Mark Gleghorne equalised at the end of the first quarter and Liam Ansell finished well in the 48th minute before Du Talake struck with a minute left. The other match in Pool B on Friday saw holders Australia…

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Opening on Thanksgiving hurts retailers more than it helps

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As store sales fall and purchases shift online over the Thanksgiving weekend, most U.S. retailers have boosted their web offerings but many still overlook the sales impact from opening their doors on Thursday evening. FILE PHOTO: People carry a television inside a Best Buy during a sales event on Thanksgiving day in Westbury, New York, U.S., November 22, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo It is widely understood that heavy discounting early in the holiday season — both online and in stores — along with retailers opening on…

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ATP Finals: Roger Federer beaten by Kei Nishikori in opening group match

An out-of-sorts Roger Federer lost to Kei Nishikori for only the third time in 10 meetings 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. Roger Federer paid for his errors as he lost to Japan’s Kei Nishikori in his opening group match at the ATP Finals. The Swiss, chasing a 100th career title at the season-ending event, lost 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to the world number nine. The…

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Women’s Six Nations: England travel to Ireland for opening match

England completed a Six Nations Grand Slam by beating Ireland 34-7 in Donnybrook in 2017 England will travel to Ireland for their first match of next year’s Women’s Six Nations as they look to go one better than last season. The Red Roses beat Ireland in their last match of the 2018 competition, but an 18-17 defeat by France the previous week meant they finished second. Next year’s Women’s Six Nations begins on 1 February. England, who won the tournament in 2017, welcome Scotland to Twickenham for their final match…

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