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Sabalenka 'just survives' thanks to Philippoussis

World number two Aryna Sabalenka revealed Tuesday that Mark Philippoussis helped iron out her early season serving horrors as she recovered from a set down to make the Australian Open second round. The second seed from Belarus came into the season-opening Grand Slam low on confidence after self-destructing at two warm-up tournaments where her serve left her distraught. It got so bad against world number 93 Rebecca Peterson in Adelaide that...


Australian Open day two: Raducanu beats Stephens, Murray and Kyrgios through – live!

Rolling report: Emma Raducanu won her first-round match against Sloane Stephens in three sets. Join Niall McVeigh for live updates and reaction


AFL ‘corrupting the sport’ through deal with cryptocurrency trading company, says Tim Costello

The AFL has “immoral form” and is “corrupting and compromising the sport” with deals such as its $25m sponsorship deal with cryptocurrency firm Crypto.com, Reverend Tim Costello of the Alliance for Gambling Reform has said. The AFL announced the five-year partnership on Tuesday, saying Crypto.com would be the official cryptocurrency exchange and trading platform for the AFL and the AFLW. Crypto.com is a trading platform for cryptocurrencies,...


Lawrence Okolie explains why he won't fight Canelo Alvarez at cruiserweight

Alvarez has flirted with the idea of moving up to cruiserweight to take on Ilunga Makabu for his world title, but Okolie doesn't feel that he's a realistic future opponent


Court blocks South Korea speed skating champion's Olympic bid: Yonhap

South Korean speed skating star Shim Suk-hee's Beijing Olympic hopes were dashed Tuesday as she lost a court battle over a two-month ban that will rule her out of the Winter Games, local media reported. Shim is one of short track superpower South Korea's most successful skaters, winning four Olympics short track medals, including relay golds at the 2014 and 2018 Games. She was handed a two-month suspension by the Korea Skating Union (KSU) in...


"Everyone is waiting" - Naomi Osaka talks Peng Shuai concern as Australian Open begins

The tennis community united in late 2021 amid concerns over the safety of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, and Naomi Osaka has warned against complacency on the issue as the Australian Open begins


Maro Itoje: ‘Whenever England take the field we should win’

The question is inevitable and Maro Itoje, to his credit, has the punchline ready. “I can assure you I’m not in the middle of a career transition and looking to take to the Old Vic stage,” he says, chuckling. What a letdown. When England’s head coach, Eddie Jones, revealed last year that he had sent his best forward away for acting lessons, surely a West End debut was only a matter of time? It seems not. Instead Itoje is as committed to the day...


Cricket-Australia's Mooney to miss Women's Ashes with fractured jaw

(Reuters) - Cricket Australia said on Tuesday batter Beth Mooney will miss the Women's Ashes series against England after fracturing her jaw in training. Mooney, the world's top ranked Twenty20 batter, will undergo surgery later in the day after being hit in training on Monday, with her return date to be confirmed after the operation. The 28-year...


Tennis-Australia boss Tiley gets board backing after Djokovic debacle

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Tennis Australia's (TA) board has backed embattled chief executive Craig Tiley amid calls for him to be sacked following world number one Novak Djokovic's deportation from Australia. Multiple Australian news outlets called on the board to fire Tiley after world number one Djokovic was cleared to play in the Australian Open w...


Tennis-Showman Kyrgios goes from sick-bed to second round

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios promised COVID-weary fans a show after recovering from his own infection and duly delivered on Tuesday with a tweener-laden 6-4 6-4 6-3 win over Briton Liam Broady on Tuesday to reach the Australian Open second round. Kyrgios matches are box office gold but have dwindled through the pandemic, and t...


Daniil Medvedev's Open warning to Kyrgios

World No.2 Daniil Medvedev, the highest-ranked player in the men's draw, will face home hope Nick Kyrgios in the Australian Open second round in Melbourne.


Alex de Minaur advances at Australian Open

Alex de Minaur is into the second round of the Australian Open after recovering from a set down to beat Italian Lorenzo Musetti 3-6 6-3 6-0 6-3.


Tennis-Red-hot Barty faces Bronzetti in Australian Open second round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Ash Barty will continue her quest for a maiden Australian Open title and end the country's 44-year wait for a homegrown women's singles champion when she takes on qualifier Lucia Bronzetti in the second round on Wednesday. Barty, who is looking to emulate Chris O'Neil's 1978 feat, set the tone with a devasta...


Fast-starting 36ers upset Wildcats in NBL

Skipper Mitch McCarron narrowly missed a triple double as the Adelaide 36ers, in their first NBL game in a month, ambushed the top-of-the-table Perth Wildcats.


Watch Brighton vs. Chelsea: How to live stream, TV channel, start time for Tuesday's Premier League game

How to watch Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Chelsea


Tsitsipas vows to be 'more daring' after opening win

Stefanos Tsitsipas eased past practice partner Mikael Ymer into the second round at the Australian Open on Tuesday -- but admitted he must be more "daring" as he pursues his first Grand Slam title. It was the second straight year Tsitsipas had faced his long-time friend and occasional practice partner Ymer in Melbourne.


Thorpe’s England job under threat over video of police shutting down post-Ashes party

Graham Thorpe, England’s assistant coach, could be under pressure for his job after a video he shot of Tasmanian police shutting down an early hours drinking session involving players from both Ashes teams became public. Joe Root, the England captain, Jimmy Anderson and Thorpe, as well as Australian players Nathan Lyon, Alex Carey and Travis Head, were the subject of a noise complaint at the team hotel in Hobart at 6am on Monday morning which...


England's 'booze culture' revealed as police break up post-Ashes drinking session

The England and Wales Cricket Board have launched an investigation after they broke up at a post-Ashes drinking session at 6am that included Joe Root and James Anderson.


Loose Pass: Making sense of the Champions Cup weekend

Loose Pass is here to delve into the major talking points in the sport.


Farrell captain and uncapped Barbeary named in England’s Six Nations squad

Owen Farrell will resume the England captaincy for the Six Nations after he was named in Eddie Jones’s 36-man squad but there is no place for Manu Tuilagi. Jones has named six uncapped players including the Wasps forward Alfie Barbeary and the Bath fly-half Orlando Bailey and confirmed Farrell, who is yet to make his comeback from an injury sustained in the autumn, as his captain. It is a show of faith from Jones considering Farrell came into...


Who could make England's 2025/26 Ashes XI?

After a dismal Ashes series for England, we look four years into the future and suggest players who could be involved on the next tour...


Swiatek says smiling Stosur an inspiration

Polish star Iga Swiatek says Australian veteran Samantha Stosur is an inspiration as the pair advanced to the Australian Open second round.


Tennis-Ronaldo-inspired crowd chant leaves Murray 'incredibly irritated'

By Sudipto Ganguly MELBOURNE (Reuters) - For moments during his riveting opening round win on Tuesday at the Australian Open, Andy Murray was under the impression that he was being booed by a section of the crowd at the boisterous John Cain Arena. The British former world number one made his displeasure clear during his post-match interview on co...


Tennis-Raducanu survives Stephens test on Australian Open debut

MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Britain's teenage sensation Emma Raducanu cleared a dangerous first-round hurdle at the Australian Open, seeing off experienced American Sloane Stephens 6-0 2-6 6-1 in a topsy-turvy contest on Tuesday. Raducanu, who rocketed to fame in September with a fairytale run to the U.S. Open title as a qualifier without dropping a set i...


When are the Winter Olympics 2022? Everything you need to know ahead of Beijing Games

We’re just weeks away from the start of the Winter Olympics 2022 in Beijing. Here’s everything you need to know about the sporting event, which marks the second Games to be held during the Covid-19 pandemic


Auger-Aliassime escapes early Open exit

Canadian young gun Felix Auger-Aliassime has kept his Australian Open hopes alive with a five-set comeback win at Melbourne Park.


Tennis-Indefatigable Murray wins Basilashvili thriller to reach second round

By Sudipto Ganguly MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray dipped into the depth of his defensive skills to tame big-hitting Nikoloz Basilashvili during a thrilling 6-1 3-6 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4 win on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Australian Open for the first time in five years. The former world number one, a five-time finalist at Melbourne Park,...


Olympics-Would-be Games spectators disappointed over ticket rules

US-OLYMPICS-2022-TICKETS:Olympics-Would-be Games spectators disappointed over ticket rules


Novak Djokovic facing Grand Slam ban as Wimbledon refuse to guarantee entry

World number one Novak Djokovic could be in grand slam exile as Wimbledon refuse to guarantee entry while the French and US Open ban unvaccinated players


Andy Murray touts deep Australian Open run after winning opening-round five-set thriller

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in a five-set thriller to advance to the second round of the Australian Open


Coulthard awaiting contract release before seeking 2022 Supercars ride

Supercars star Fabian Coulthard is waiting to be released from his existing contract before he can assess options for the 2022 season.


Urena powers Mariners into FFA Cup final

Central Coast have secured their first FFA Cup final berth after a 1-0 win over Sydney FC.


Australian Open schedule 2022: Full draws, TV coverage, channels & more to watch every tennis match

Here's everything you need to know about the 2022 Australian Open, including a full TV schedule, the full draw, betting odds and what matches are happening today.


Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd urge England to appoint Australia legend Ricky Ponting

Both Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd believe one of England’s great old rivals should be the man to take charge in place of Chris Silverwood


Tennis Australia release fresh statement expressing "deep regret" on Novak Djokovic saga

Tennis Australia haven released a statement after Novak Djokovic was deported home, despite the organisation granting him a medical exemption to play in the Australian Open


Biggar to captain Wales in Six Nations in place of injured Jones

Dan Biggar will captain title-holders Wales during the Six Nations in place of the injured Alun Wyn Jones, the Welsh Rugby Union announced on Tuesday. Biggar is set to lead Wales for the first time in the opening game of their Six Nations title defence against Ireland in Dublin on February 5.


Inglis beats US Open finalist Fernandez

Maddison Inglis has sent US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez crashing out in the first round of the Australian Open, continuing the great run of local wildcards.


Cricket-South Africa ponder extra all-rounder for first ODI v India

By Nick Said PAARL, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa captain Temba Bavuma said they are mulling over whether to select a specialist batsman or all-rounder at number six for the opening one-day international against India on Wednesday. South Africa’s form in the 50-over format has been patchy, but as they build towards the 2023 World Cup in I...


Andy Murray "incredibly irritated" by Cristiano Ronaldo inspired distraction at Australian Open

Andy Murray picked up an impressive opening round win over Nikoloz Basilashvili at the Australian Open, but was still left ‘irritated’ post-match


Tennis Australia board breaks silence to ‘commend’ Craig Tiley following Novak Djokovic saga

The Tennis Australia board has come out in support of its under-pressure chief executive, Craig Tiley, while acknowledging it “deeply regrets” the distraction the Novak Djokovic deportation saga caused other Australian Open players. The Jayne Hrdlicka-led board, which has been quiet throughout the two weeks of the scandal, finally broke its silence on Tuesday evening to note it “respects the decision of the immigration minister and the finding...


Dustin Poirier warned about his "biggest weakness" in fight with Nate Diaz

Former UFC lightweight title contenders Poirier and Diaz have been going back-and-forth about a potential welterweight bout later this year


Spanish government spokesperson says Djokovic must get vaccinated

MADRID (Reuters) - Tennis star Novak Djokovic should get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the player is expected to compete in Spain, the Spanish government spokesperson said on Tuesday. "What Mr. Djokovic has to do is get vaccinated, that would be the most sensible thing to do," Isabel Rodriguez told a news conference when asked whether the world ...


England: Eddie Jones targets adaptability after naming Six Nations squad

Planet Rugby features writer James While assesses England head coach Eddie Jones' calls following his squad announcement for the Six Nations.


Tennis-Even 'Spiderman' can't help Watson switch off in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Heather Watson knows the importance of switching off but the British number two finds even a "Spiderman" movie cannot banish tennis from her mind for long, the 29-year-old said after winning her first round match at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The British number two prevailed in a three-setter against Egypt's Mayar Sheri...


Murray targets 'deep run' after Australian Open epic

Andy Murray produced an epic performance to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1 3-6 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 in the first round of the Australian Open.


Raducanu on fire to win on Australian Open debut

Teenage US Open champion Emma Raducanu sent 2017 Flushing Meadows winner Sloane Stephens crashing out of the Australian Open at the first hurdle Tuesday, producing some devastating tennis in a return to form. Raducanu was full of confidence and aggressive, not letting the American into the match, pushing her around the court and producing some fine winners.


Nick Kyrgios swats aside Liam Broady in Australian Open first round

Nick Kyrgios is simultaneously an open book and an enigma. He says what he thinks and does the unthinkable. Sometimes that comes in the form of throwing a tantrum or berating the chair umpire. Other times it is raising funds for communities devastated by bushfires or becoming the pandemic voice of reason. To this day it is unclear whether he has a sizeable chip on his shoulder or genuinely does not give a toss. A similar indecision can also be...


Jake Paul fails to mention Mike Tyson fight in list of goals for 2022

Paul failed to mention a potential clash with Tyson during his planned goals for 2022 which included going to "space", exposing UFC president Dana White and growing Amanda Serrano's career


Payne eyes England Test call as he gears up for T20s

David Payne is bidding to elbow his way into contention for England's Test series in the West Indies in March by making a splash in five T20Is in Barbados.


Cricket-Rahul backs Ashwin, Chahal to put S Africa in a spin

By Nick Said PAARL, South Africa (Reuters) - India captain KL Rahul says South Africa will face a trial by spin in the first two One-Day Internationals of the three-match series starting on Wednesday that will be played on the slower, lower pitch at Boland Park. India had to contend with pace and bounce in their 2-1 test series loss to South Afri...