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Tuesday, Jan 16

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Sublime Federer breezes through Melbourne opener

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Defending champion Roger Federer moved smoothly into his majestic stride with a straight-sets win over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his opening match at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

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Djokovic delighted after elbowing out Young

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic was delighted with his return to the grand slam arena after a long injury layoff, the Serb having dealt American Donald Young a 6-1 6-2 6-4 thrashing to reach the second round of the Australian Open on…

Monday, Jan 15

23

Mkhitaryan left out by United as City drop Sanchez interest

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MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan was left out of the squad to face Stoke City in the Premier League on Monday amid reports he may be part of negotiations to bring Arsenal forward Alexis…

Sunday, Jan 14

08

Tennis: Roger Federer says he should not be favourite at 36

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer says a 36-year-old should not really be considered a favourite for the Australian Open, although when the man in question is himself, no one was taking him seriously.

Thursday, Jan 11

11

Last-minute North Korean visit sends Olympics planners scrambling

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's late announcement it will send a large delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea has eased concerns over any Pyongyang threat during the games, but it does create headaches for planners over…

05

Thiem an Australian Open doubt after Kooyong withdrawal

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Dominic Thiem's preparations for the Australian Open suffered another setback on Thursday when the world number five was forced to pull out of the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament.

Wednesday, Jan 10

07

Nadal begins new era without mentor Toni in Australia

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BARCELONA (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal showed that talk of his demise had been exaggerated by winning the French and U.S. Open titles last year although he faces a battle to repeat those feats without his lifelong coach and uncle Toni while…

Monday, Jan 8

18

Murray undergoes hip surgery, eyes Wimbledon return

LONDON (Reuters) - Three-times grand slam champion Andy Murray underwent hip surgery on Monday but is optimistic about his chances of returning in time for Wimbledon and believes he can still challenge for major titles.

06

Walking wounded make opening slam hard to predict

(Reuters) - For good reason a two-week grand slam can be described as a 'last man standing' marathon of mental and physical endurance, which makes Roger Federer's haul of 19 all the more incredible.

Saturday, Jan 6

18

Coutinho to join Barca in club record move - Spanish media

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Liverpool’s Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho is on the verge of signing for La Liga leaders Barcelona in a club-record deal, according to Spanish media reports on Saturday. Barcelona-based daily Sport said the two…

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FA to investigate Holgate-Firmino Mersyside derby row

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - The Football Association have opened an investigation into a clash between Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and Everton’s Mason Holgate in Friday’s FA Cup third round tie. “The FA can confirm that referee Bobby…

01

Late goals give Man United 2-0 win over Derby

MANCHESTER (Reuters) - Late goals by in-form Jesse Lingard and fit-again striker Romelu Lukaku helped Manchester United to reach the FA Cup fourth round as they ground out a 2-0 home win over Championship (second-tier) side Derby County on…

Thursday, Jan 4

14

Tennis: Murray pulls out of Australian Open with hip injury

LONDON (Reuters) - Former world number one Andy Murray will miss this month's Australian Open after failing to recover from the hip injury that has kept him out of action for nearly six months.

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Bellerin earns Arsenal 2-2 draw in Chelsea derby classic

(Reuters) - - Arsenal and Chelsea made a mockery of talk of player fatigue at the end of a festive slog of Premier League action as Hector Bellerin's stoppage-time stunner earned the hosts a 2-2 draw in a scintillating derby on Wednesday.

Monday, Jan 1

12

Nike advertise Coutinho name on Barcelona shirt

(Reuters) - Sports apparel manufacturers Nike have created a flurry of speculation around the future of Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho after they appeared to use his name in an advertisement on their website to promote Barcelona…

Sunday, Dec 31

23

Controversial penalty earns West Brom draw with Arsenal

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Arsenal were denied victory on their manager Arsene Wenger’s big day as West Bromwich Albion snatched a dramatic late point in a 1-1 Premier League draw on Sunday. In Wenger’s record 811th game in charge, James McClean deflected in Alexis…

Saturday, Dec 30

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Ibrahimovic sidelined for a month with knee injury

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(Reuters) - Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be sidelined for a month with a knee injury, manager Jose Mourinho said. The former Sweden international was not in Saturday’s squad as Mourinho’s men were held to a 0-0…

Friday, Dec 29

22

Man United's Mourinho questions Klopp over Van Dijk signing

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(Reuters) - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has questioned Liverpool’s Juergen Klopp over his club’s decision to sign defender Virgil van Dijk for a record fee by reminding him he was once critical of Paul Pogba’s move to Old…

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Allardyce wants more strikers amid Everton's scoring woes

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(Reuters) - Everton are keen to recruit strikers in the January transfer window and are interested in signing Turkish striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas, manager Sam Allardyce said on Friday.

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Djokovic doubtful for Australian Open after withdrawing from Abu Dhabi event

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(Reuters) - Former world number one Novak Djokovic's preparation for next month's Australian Open suffered a blow after he pulled out of the season-opening exhibition event in Abu Dhabi on Friday due to pain in his right elbow.

Thursday, Dec 28

08

Mourinho gripe over City spending fails to move Wenger

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(Reuters) - Jose Mourinho's gripe about Manchester City's spending power met little sympathy in north London with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saying he had learned to deal with his club's inability to compete with the financial elite for…

04

Bullet point previews of Premier League matches

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Bournemouth’s only victory in five Premier League meetings with Everton came in 2016. *Everton are unbeaten in the last seven league matches, collecting 15 points from a possible 21 to sit ninth in the table with 27 points. *Eddie Howe’s…

Wednesday, Dec 27

13

Kane "proud" to end Messi-Ronaldo duopoly after record-breaking display

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LONDON (Reuters) - Harry Kane said he was delighted to be mentioned in the same breath as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring a hat-trick in Tottenham Hotspur's 5-2 win over Southampton which sent three prestigious records…

Tuesday, Dec 26

19

Kane "proud" to end Messi-Ronaldo duopoly after record-breaking display

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LONDON (Reuters) - Harry Kane said he was delighted to be mentioned in the same breath as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring a hat-trick in Tottenham Hotspur’s 5-2 win over Southampton which sent three prestigious records…

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Cricket: Warner enjoys late Christmas gift on Boxing Day

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Opening batsman David Warner enjoyed a gift-wrapped century after being reprieved on 99 as Australia emerged on top at the close of a meandering first day of the Boxing Day test against England on Tuesday.

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Cricket: Warner grabs lucky ton as Australia slow to 145-2

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - David Warner rode his luck to reach his 21st test century as Australia crawled to 145 for two at tea on day one of the fourth Ashes test against England on Tuesday.

Sunday, Dec 24

08

Cricket-Australia's Starc, England's Overton out of Melbourne test

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Dec 24 (Reuters) - Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the fourth Ashes test with a heel injury while England paceman Craig Overton will also miss the match in Melbourne with a fractured rib.

Saturday, Dec 23

01

Soccer-Arsenal and Liverpool share spoils in six-goal thriller

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Arsenal produced a stunning fightback after a woeful first-half display to overturn a two-goal deficit against Liverpool but were denied an improbable victory as Roberto Firmino salvaged a 3-3 draw for the visitors on Friday. Soccer…

Friday, Dec 8

17

Guardiola says he and Mourinho are like twins

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have enjoyed a rivalry, in Spain and England, that has at times been acrimonious but the Manchester City manager believes when it comes to the desire to win trophies they are…

Sunday, Dec 3

13

UPDATE 2-Cricket-Marsh century puts Australia in charge in Adelaide

ADELAIDE (Reuters) - Australia took firm control of the second Ashes test when an unbeaten century from Shaun Marsh pushed the hosts to 442 for eight declared in their first innings on the second day of the day-night contest on Sunday.