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Karlovic, 39, defies Father Time to reach second round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Bashing 39 aces to match his age, Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to win a match at the Australian Open in over 40 years as he felled Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, a man 18 years his junior, to reach the second round on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 27, 2018 Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic during his first round match against France’s Corentin Moutet REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes On a sweltering day at Melbourne Park, the towering Croat’s 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(3) 7-6(5)…

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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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ASB Classic: Cameron Norrie beats Joao Sousa to reach Auckland quarter-finals

British number two Cameron Norrie will be in the Australian Open main draw for the first time 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 reached the ASB Classic quarter-finals with a straight-set victory over Joao Sousa in Auckland. World number 93 Norrie beat the Portuguese, who is ranked…

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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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PDC World Darts Championship: Michael Smith beats Nathan Aspinall to reach final

Smith was the World Youth Champion in 2013 Michael Smith had to survive a comeback to claim a 6-3 victory over Nathan Aspinall and book a spot in the PDC World Championship final. Tenth seed Smith stormed into a 2-0 lead but Aspinall gathered himself to level at 3-3 as both players produced some heavy scoring. But Smith then took control of the match and reeled off the next three sets against the world number 73. Smith will play either Gary Anderson or Michael van Gerwen in the final. More…

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Bowl roundup: Clemson routs Notre Dame to reach CFP title game

Trevor Lawrence completed 27 of 39 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 2 Clemson rolled to a 30-3 win over No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday evening in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic in Arlington, Texas. Dec 29, 2018; Arlington, TX, United States; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) looks to pass during the third quarter in the 2018 Cotton Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Clemson…

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PDC World Darts Championship: Gary Anderson beats Dave Chisnall to reach semi-finals

Anderson says he had to see a chiropractor a day before playing Chisnall Two-time champion Gary Anderson powered into the semi-finals of the PDC World Championship by beating Dave Chisnall 5-2 at Alexandra Palace. The number four seed lost only one leg on the way to a 2-0 lead, before taking the third set on a deciding leg. The Scot missed a double nine to go 4-0 up and Chisnall, ranked 12th, capitalised to win the fourth set. But a 130 finish saw Anderson take the fifth set and, though…

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Reports: Rockies, Murphy reach two-year deal

FILE PHOTO: Sep 10, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Daniel Murphy (3) completes a double play after forcing out Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Christian Yelich (22) during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports The Colorado Rockies and free agent second baseman Daniel Murphy have agreed to terms on a two-year, $24 million contract, according to multiple reports Thursday. Murphy, who turns 34 in April, spent last season between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals. He didn’t take the field until June…

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Arsenal 0-2 Tottenham: Spurs reach Carabao Cup semi-finals

Tottenham’s Dele Alli has scored one and assisted two in three Carabao Cup appearances this season Goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli gave Tottenham victory over bitter rivals Arsenal and secured a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea. Son pounced on Alli’s smart ball over the top to put Spurs in front after just 20 minutes at the Emirates. Alli then coolly chipped it over keeper Petr Cech with the outside of his boot in the second half to make it 2-0. The England midfielder was then hit on…

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