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Last Australian men’s player slumps out of home Grand Slam

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The last of Australia’s men’s singles players was dumped out of the country’s home Grand Slam in the early hours of Sunday morning in a tournament that has unearthed new local talent and exposed the deep divisions tearing through the ranks. Tennis – Australian Open – Third Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 19, 2019. Australia’s Alexei Popyrin reacts during the match against France’s Lucas Pouille. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Australia’s Alexei Popyrin was the last man standing, losing 7-6(3) 6-3 6-7(10) 4-6 6-3 to France’s Lucas Pouille…

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London’s popularity as tech hub slumps ahead of Brexit

LISBON (Reuters) – London’s popularity among Europe’s tech startup hubs has slumped as Brexit approaches and the city only kept its top spot in an European industry survey published on Tuesday by a narrow margin. Canary Wharf skyline and the City of London can be seen from the Sea Containers building in London, Britain, October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls The survey of 540 tech founders showed that London’s popularity dropped to 41 percent in 2018 in a weighted vote, down from 55 percent in 2017. Berlin followed with 40 percent,…

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Golf: Woods slumps to defeat on Ryder Cup return

PARIS (Reuters) – Tiger Woods made a subdued start to his first Ryder Cup in six years as he and partner Patrick Reed squandered a two-hole lead and lost lose three and one to Europeans Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood at Le Golf National on Friday. Golf – 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National – Guyancourt, France – September 28, 2018 Team USA’s Tiger Woods during the Fourballs REUTERS/Paul Childs With eight holes remaining of the day’s fourth four-balls match, the 42-year-old seemed poised to mark his return with…

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Mirror and Express owner slumps to £113m loss

Image copyright Getty Images The owner of the Mirror and Express newspapers has slumped to a £113m half-year loss after slashing the value of its regional publishing operations. Reach, formerly known as Trinity Mirror, said the £150m charge reflected a “more challenging outlook” for its regional businesses. They include the Manchester Evening News, Daily Record and Liverpool Echo. The results are the first since Reach completed its takeover of the Express and Star titles from Richard Desmond. The £113.5m pre-tax loss for the 26 weeks to 1 July, compares with…

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Tennis: Mannarino slumps to early exit in Lyon

(Reuters) – Fifth seed Adrian Mannarino’s disappointing run on clay continued as he suffered a 6-3 4-6 6-1 defeat by Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the opening round of the Lyon Open on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Davis Cup – First Round – France vs Netherlands – Halle Olympique, Albertville, France – February 4, 2018 France’s Adrian Mannarino celebrates after winning his match against Netherlands’ Robin Haase and the First Round for France REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot World number 71 Garcia-Lopez converted six break point opportunities to inflict a fourth straight defeat…

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Golf: Woods slumps to 55th after birdie-free final round

(Reuters) – Tiger Woods had his first birdie-free round since 2014 to finish equal 55th at the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina on Sunday, his second-worst result of the year. May 6, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Tiger Woods looks over the shot on the sixth tee during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports Woods closed with a 74 to finish at two-over-par 286 at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, 14 strokes behind winner Jason Day. It…

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