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Tennis: Kerber wins battle of left-handers to progress to third round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – German second seed Angelique Kerber easily won the battle of left-handers against big-hitting Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2 6-3 to stroll into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Tennis – Australian Open – Second Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 16, 2019. Germany’s Angelique Kerber in action during the match against Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia. REUTERS/Edgar Su The Wimbledon champion broke the 22-year-old Haddad Maia twice in the opening set and converted her first set point when the Brazilian sent a forehand…

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Charley Hull wins Ladies European Tour event in Abu Dhabi

Hull is likely to be a key player for Europe in this year’s Solheim Cup Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open final-round leaderboard -8 C Hull (Eng); -7 M Skarpnord (Nor); -3 C Hedwall (Swe), N Larsen (Den), J Ewart Shadoff (Eng), A Van Dam (Ned), L Sobron (Spa) Selected others: -1 A Boulden (Wal); +3 G Cowley (Eng), C Matthew (Sco); +4 L Davies (Eng) Full leaderboard England’s Charley Hull earned a wire-to-wire win in the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi to claim her second Ladies European…

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Dakar Rally: Sam Sunderland wins stage after helping hurt rival Paulo Goncalves

Sam Sunderland is second overall in the Dakar Rally, which consists of 10 stages and is held in Peru British motorcyclist Sam Sunderland was promoted to stage five winner on the Dakar Rally after stopping to help a fallen rider. The 29-year-old lost more than 10 minutes while he tended to Portugal’s Honda rider Paulo Goncalves. Sunderland finished in 14th, more than seven minutes behind Frenchman Xavier de Soultrait. But stewards gave him back the time he spent with Goncalves, meaning he became stage winner and lies second overall. Sunderland…

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Octavian wins the BBC Sound of 2019

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA year ago he was penniless – now Octavian’s the BBC’s Sound of 2019 Maverick, genre-defying rapper Octavian has won BBC Music’s Sound of 2019. Endorsed by Drake, but entirely self-made, the 23-year-old has perked ears with a series of unpredictable EPs that juggle grime, house, pop and gospel. He beat pop singer King Princess and balladeer Grace Carter to take the title, which has previously gone to Adele, Sam Smith, Haim and Sigrid. “That’s lit,” the Southeast Londoner told the BBC.…

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NBA roundup: Popovich ties for 3rd on wins list

DeMar DeRozan had 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and Gregg Popovich continued his climb up the NBA’s career wins list as the visiting San Antonio Spurs defeated the Detroit Pistons 119-107 on Monday. Jan 7, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives to the basket agasint Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Bullock (25) during the third quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports Popovich earned the 1,221st victory of his career, tying him with Jerry Sloan for third on the…

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Soccer: Woman coach scores wins for Syrian men’s team

FILE PHOTO: Maha Jannoud, 32, coaches during a training for al-Muhafaza Sports club men’s team in Damascus, Syria December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki DAMASCUS (Reuters) – On the soccer pitch, Maha Jannoud barks out instructions to the players just like any other coach, but with one difference: she is a woman in what has been very much a man’s world. Jannoud, 32, who previously played for the Syrian national women’s team, believes she is the first woman in the Middle East to coach a professional men’s side. Dressed in a…

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NHL roundup: Pacioretty wins it again as Knights edge Devils

Max Pacioretty scored the game-winning goal for the second straight game, and Malcolm Subban had 36 saves to pick up his first home win of the season as the Vegas Golden Knights moved back into a first-place tie in the Pacific Division with a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas. Jan 6, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty (67) looks to control an incoming pass ahead of New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle (11) during the second…

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Johanna Konta retires from Sydney International as Heather Watson wins in Hobart

Johanna Konta (right) spoke with tour physio Belinda Smith before retiring British number one Johanna Konta is out of the Sydney International tournament after retiring from her second-round qualifying match. It is understood Konta suffered a neck injury, just a week before the Australian Open starts on 14 January. Konta called a halt to play 18 minutes into her match against Russian Ekatarina Alexandrova when 4-1 down. Compatriot Heather Watson reached the Hobart International main draw with a qualifying win over Isabelle Wallace. Watson, 26, the British number two and…

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FA Cup round-up: Wins for Man Utd, Brighton, Burnley and West Ham

FA Cup: Goal, no goal or penalty – did VAR get it right? Twelve-time winners Manchester United are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after overcoming Reading and will be joined in Monday’s draw by fellow Premier League teams Brighton, West Ham and Burnley. A penalty by Juan Mata – awarded after consulting the video assistant referee – and Romelu Lukaku’s third goal in as many games proved enough to beat their Championship opponents 2-0 at Old Trafford. The first goal of the day was scored by…

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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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