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Tennis: Unseeded Bencic upsets Kvitova to lift Dubai title

(Reuters) – Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic ended a four-year title drought with a 6-3 1-6 6-2 victory over Petra Kvitova in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Saturday. Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Dubai Tennis Championships – Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 23, 2019 Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in action during the final against Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah Victory gave Bencic, 21, her first win over second seed Kvitova, who had breezed past her in straight sets in the…

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ATP roundup: Berrettini upsets top seed in Sofia

Italy’s Matteo Berrettini rallied to upset top-seeded Karen Khachanov in the second round of the Sofia (Bulgaria) Open. Tennis – Australian Open – First Round – Court 3, Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2019. Italy’s Matteo Berrettini serves during the match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi After falling behind 5-2 at the start and losing the first set in a tiebreaker, Berrettini pulled off a 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4 win. “It was a very difficult first set, I didn’t play so well,” Berrettini said, according to Reuters. “But then I…

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Top 25 roundup: KSU upsets No. 13 Kansas

Kansas State used a strong second half to defeat No. 13 Kansas 74-67 in the 290th version of the Sunflower Showdown on Tuesday night at Manhattan, Kan. Feb 5, 2019; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats forward Dean Wade (32) dribbles the ball around Kansas Jayhawks forward Dedric Lawson (1) during the second half at Bramlage Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports The Wildcats (17-4, 7-2 Big 12) took the lead with 16:39 to go on a 3-pointer by Barry Brown Jr. Although Kansas cut the lead to one…

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Bautista Agut upsets Cilic to make Australian quarter-finals

Tennis – Australian Open – Fourth Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2019. Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut reacts during the match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic. REUTERS/Aly Song MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Roberto Bautista Agut held firm in a tense five-set duel to knock sixth seed Marin Cilic out of the Australian Open and book his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final on Sunday. The 22nd-seeded Spaniard captured the decisive break in the ninth game of the final set before serving out strongly to claim a 6-7(6) 6-3 6-2 4-6 6-4 win…

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Top 25 roundup: Syracuse upsets No. 1 Duke in OT

Tyus Battle scored a season-high 32 points as Syracuse knocked off top-ranked Duke 95-91 in overtime Monday night in Durham, N.C. Jan 14, 2019; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward R.J. Barrett (5) controls the ball in front of Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports Elijah Hughes scored 18 of his 20 points in first half, Frank Howard pumped in 16 points and Oshae Brissett had 14 points for Syracuse (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).…

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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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WTA roundup: Barty upsets No. 1 Halep in Sydney

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty stunned world No. 1 Simona Halep in straight sets in the second round of the Sydney International on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2018. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty reacts during the third round match against Russia’s Daria Kasatkina. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge Barty converted four of her seven break chances and struck 26 winners in the 6-4, 6-4 victory, compared to just nine winners by the top-seeded Romanian. It wasn’t the day’s only upset. Qualifier Yulia…

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Top 25 roundup: NC State upsets No. 7 Auburn

Junior Markell Johnson scored a career-high 27 points, buoyed by a big second half, as host North Carolina State upended No. 7 Auburn 78-71 on Wednesday night in Raleigh, N.C. Dec 19, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Markell Johnson (11) controls the ball against Auburn Tigers guard J’Von McCormick in the second half at PNC Arena. The North Carolina State Wolfpack won 78-71. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports Devon Daniels and Braxton Beverly added 15 points apiece. The Wolfpack won despite only getting six points…

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Top 25 roundup: Seton Hall upsets No. 9 Kentucky in overtime

Myles Cale hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds left in overtime to lift Seton Hall to an 84-83 upset of No. 9 Kentucky on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Dec 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Seton Hall Pirates guard Myles Cale (22) puts up a shot against Kentucky Wildcats forward PJ Washington (25) during overtime in the Hoops Classic at Madison Square Garden. Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports The heroics trumped the efforts of Kentucky freshman Keldon Johnson, who hit a miracle half-court shot to force overtime…

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Top 25 roundup: Texas Southern upsets No. 18 Oregon

Trayvon Reed scored 23 points on 9-of-9 shooting as visiting Texas Southern recorded a stunning 89-84 upset of No. 18 Oregon on Monday night at Eugene, Ore. Nov 26, 2018; Spokane, WA, USA; North Dakota State Bison forward Rocky Kreuser (34) controls the ball against Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Filip Petrusev (3) in the second half at McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs won 102-60. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports John Jones added 20 points for the Tigers (2-4), who halted a four-game losing streak. Jalyn Patterson notched 13 points and…

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