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AUCKLAND (Reuters) – Experience was more than a match for youthful exuberance at the Auckland Classic on Monday as four-times champion David Ferrer beat Chinese teenager Wu Yibing 7-6(7) 6-4 to advance to the second round. The 35-year-old Ferrer, who was ranked as high as third in the world in 2013, battled it out from
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(Reuters) – Jon Gruden will return as the Oakland Raiders’ head coach, bringing the longtime broadcaster out of the booth and back onto the sidelines. The announcement was made about an hour after Gruden had finished working as an analyst at the NFL wild-card game between Tennessee and Kansas City on Saturday. He will be
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(Reuters) – Qatar’s two-times winner Nasser al-Attiyah took the opening stage of the Dakar Rally in Peru on Saturday while Britain’s defending motorcycle champion Sam Sunderland led the way on two wheels. Al-Attiyah, driving a Toyota Hilux, ended the day with a 25- second lead over Dutch team mate Bernhard ten Brinke after the 35km
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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 Friday. The visitors looked likely to force a replay before Lingard struck with a first-time shot
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(Reuters) – – Tottenham Hotspur endured a night of frustration against London rivals West Ham United but were spared a shock defeat as Son Heung-min salvaged a 1-1 draw with a stunning late equalizer at Wembley on Thursday. Good as Son’s long-range swerving effort seven minutes from time was, it was still only the second-best
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(Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki continued to build on her WTA Finals victory late last year with another impressive performance on her way to a 6-2 6-2 victory over Croatia’s Petra Martic to reach the quarter-finals of the Auckland Classic on Wednesday. The Danish world number three ended 2017 with the biggest title of her career
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(Reuters) – Grateful supporters of the long-suffering Buffalo Bills have overwhelmed Andy Dalton’s foundation as a way of thanking the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback for his role in snapping the team’s 17-year NFL postseason drought. Dalton capped a stunning comeback over Baltimore on Sunday with a last-minute 49-yard touchdown pass in a fourth-and-12 situation. The Ravens’
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(Reuters) – It’s the ninth time he’s designed the Olympic downhill ski course, but Bernhard Russi will still feel his nerves tauten when racing gets under way in South Korea next month. The 69-year-old Swiss knows better than most the excitement of competing at the highest level. He won the Olympic title in 1972 and
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(Reuters) – World number two Garbine Muguruza’s wretched run of injury retirements at the Brisbane International extended to a fourth consecutive year on Tuesday when the Spaniard succumbed to leg cramps in the third set of her opening match. The top seed started well in her second round encounter against unseeded Serbian Aleksandra Krunic, converting
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(Reuters) – The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions rang in the New Year by firing their head coaches, while Arizona Cardinals’ Bruce Arians ended a stellar career when he announced his retirement on Monday after five years at the helm. However, on what traditionally has become known as ‘Black Monday’, the carnage was relatively light
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(Reuters) – Mischa Zverev powered past Australian qualifier John-Patrick Smith 6-4 7-5 to enter the second round of the Brisbane International on Monday. Eighth seed Zverev fired four aces in the match and converted five out of six break points to come through in an hour and 28 minutes. The German will meet the winner
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BRISBANE (Reuters) – Twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova withdrew from the Brisbane International with a viral illness on Monday. The 27-year-old Czech was unable to take the court in her first round match against Estonian Anett Kontaveit and was replaced in the draw by lucky loser Heather Watson. “I‘m really disappointed to withdraw from the
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(Reuters) – Former world number one Novak Djokovic withdrew from next week’s Qatar Open on Saturday and faces a race to be fit for the first grand slam of the year. The 30-year-old Serb had been scheduled to start the new season at an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi on Friday when an elbow injury
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(The Sports Xchange) – Giannis Antetokounmpo caught the inbounds pass and immediately turned to size up his defender. Antetokounmpo took a quick step to his right, crossing over his left leg toward the baseline as he drove around the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Josh Heustis and then elevated toward the basket. The Milwaukee Bucks star needed
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LIENZ, Austria (Reuters) – Italian Federica Brignone upset favorites Mikaela Shiffrin and Viktoria Rebensburg to win the women’s giant slalom World Cup race at Lienz on Friday. Rebensburg led after the first run with Shiffrin second while Brignone was fourth but the 27-year-old overhauled both on the second leg to win by 0.04 seconds from
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LONDON (Reuters) – Formula One entered a new era in 2017 and next year promises another first even if Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton keep on winning. The Briton’s fourth title, in the sport’s first season under new U.S.-based owners Liberty Media after the Bernie Ecclestone decades, has set the scene for an unprecedented battle on
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