Goffin wins one-set shootout to retain Kooyong crown

Belgium's David Goffin retained his Kooyong Classic title in almost farcical circumstances on Friday when he beat Ivo Karlovic 7-2 in a tiebreaker after the final of the Australian warm-up was reduced to a one-set shootout.

Goffin, who will be the 11th seed at Melbourne Park next week, wrapped up …

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Wade, Faulkner complete Australia's turnaround win

Australia 9 for 268 (Wade 100*, Maxwell 60, Hasan Ali 3-65) beat Pakistan 176 (Faulkner 4-32, Cummins 3-33) by 92 runs

Matthew Wade performed a commendable salvage operation for Australia to put up a total that proved well beyond the reach of Pakistan in the first ODI at an enervating …

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Cycling: Nine mountain challenges await Vuelta riders

Complaints from many riders that the Vuelta a Espana has included too many punishing climbs in recent years fell on deaf ears as organizers unveiled another demanding route on Thursday featuring nine mountain finishes.

While the opening stage will take place outside Spain for only the third time, with riders …

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Djokovic faces Verdasco test in Australian Open first round

Defending champion Novak Djokovic will launch his bid for a record seventh Australian Open title with a mouth-watering first round match against Fernando Verdasco.

Spaniard Verdasco knocked compatriot Rafa Nadal out in the opening round last year at Melbourne Park and had match points against Djokovic in their recent clash …

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Peterhansel takes Dakar lead after tending to stricken rider

Peugeot's Stephane Peterhansel took back the overall Dakar Rally lead from team mate Sebastien Loeb on Thursday after regaining time lost in tending to stricken Slovenian bike rider Simon Marcic when they collided on the 10th stage in Argentina.

Marcic broke a leg in the collision along a riverbed during …

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Thomas finds 59 reasons for three-shot lead at Waialae

The long-hitting American took advantage of ideal scoring conditions at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu as he became the seventh, and youngest, player to break 60 on the PGA Tour after he also racked up eight birdies and a lone bogey.

Thomas could have gone even lower as he narrowly …

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Weightlifting: China faces one-year ban after trio stripped of Beijing golds

China faces a one-year ban from international weightlifting competitions after three of its athletes were stripped of their 2008 Olympic gold medals on Thursday following re-tests of samples from the Beijing Games.

The IOC also disqualified five more athletes from both the Beijing and London 2012 Olympics, including Nadzeya Ostapchuk …

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NZ🆚BAN: Shakib⭐ & Mushfiqur Flatten👊 NZ

Bangladesh 542 for 7 (Shakib 217, Mushfiqur 159 ; Wagner 3/124) v New Zealand

A maiden double century from Shakib Al Hasan and a high-quality century from Mushfiqur Rahim led the visitors to a huge total on the second day in Wellington. The pair set a Bangladesh record for the …

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