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Steve Smith shades Aaron Finch as Sydney Sixers claim Big Bash victory

Sixers 176-3 beat Renegades 175-5 with eight balls remainingFinch hit 109 not out but Smith’s 66 not out guided Sixers homeSteve Smith proved the sword was mightier than the bludgeon as he and Josh Philippe enabled Sydney Sixers to trump an Aaron Finch…

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Tennis star Ashleigh Barty named 2020 Young Australian of the Year

Barty chasing historic home victory at Australian Open‘It’s about being humble and respectful, giving it a crack’Ashleigh Barty has netted a national prize as she battles to become Australia’s first Open singles champion since 1978. The 23-year-old ten…

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Simona Halep keeping a lid on Australian Open chances after seeds fall

Reigning Wimbledon champ beat Yulia Putintseva 6-1 6-42nd seed Karolina Pliskova is the latest big name to fallSimona Halep is refusing to look ahead after charging into the second week of the Australian Open as fellow top seeds tumbled out. The former…

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‘You start out at 0-0’: John Millman eyes repeat upset against Roger Federer

Millman books Federer showdown with second-round winAustralian hoping for repeat of 2018 US Open win over SwissJohn Millman is looking forward to another dream showdown with Roger Federer after winning his second round Australian Open match on Wednesda…

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‘You start out at 0-0’: John Millman eyes repeat upset against Roger Federer

Millman books Federer showdown with second-round winAustralian hoping for repeat of 2018 US Open win over SwissJohn Millman is looking forward to another dream showdown with Roger Federer after winning his second round Australian Open match on Wednesda…

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Olyroos miss first chance to qualify for Tokyo Olympics, losing to South Korea 2-0

Australia can still qualify for the 2020 Olympics if they beat Uzbekistan in the third place playoff on SaturdayA marauding South Korean frontline lead by Kim Dae-won has cut strips through a timid Olyroos defence to seal a 2-0 victory in their AFC U-2…

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Ashleigh Barty lifts spirits on rough Australian Open day for home players

Barty rallies to beat Lesia Tsurenko 5-7, 6-1, 6-1Stosur, Cabrera, Harris and Smith all lose on day oneAshleigh Barty survived a first-set stumble to storm to an Australian Open first round win over Lesia Tsurenko.The world No 1 responded in ruthless f…

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Western Sydney Wanderers sack A-League coach Markus Babbel

Ex-Liverpool defender third A-League coach axedDeparts post with 10 wins from 41 games in chargeWestern Sydney have pulled the trigger on under-fire coach Markus Babbel, axing the German midway through his three-year contract. It comes in the wake of S…

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Australia eye strongest bowling attack for ODI decider against India

Quicks must counteract flat Bangalore wicket‘We’ve got a series to win,’ says Pat CumminsPat Cummins expects Australia to stick with their first-choice bowling attack for the series decider against India as they try to counteract Bangalore’s flat wicke…

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Ash Barty wins Adelaide International for first home WTA title

Barty beats world No 24 Ukranian Yastremska 6-2 7-5Emphatic win ‘gets the balling rolling’ for OpenAustralia’s Ashleigh Barty has captured her first WTA title on home soil with an emphatic straight-sets victory in the Adelaide International final. The …

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Home hopes dealt blow as Alex de Minaur pulls out of Australian Open

Abdominal injury rules out Australia’s top-ranked manDaily treatment since ATP Cup not enough Top-ranked local hope Alex de Minaur has pulled out of the Australian Open after he was unable to overcome an abdominal injury that flared during the ATP Cup….

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Melbourne Victory sack coach Marco Kurz after 13 A-League games in charge

German pays price for winning just four gamesKevin Muscat’s replacement leaves with club in sixthThe unhappy reign of Marco Kurz at Melbourne Victory has reportedly come to an end just 13 A-League games into his tenure.Kurz took over at the traditional…

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Injury casts doubt on Alex de Minaur’s Australian Open campaign

20-year-old being treated daily for abdominal injuryHome hope pulls out of Adelaide InternationalA devastated Alex de Minaur says he will seek daily treatment on an abdominal injury in the hope of playing in the Australian Open starting next week after…

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Marcus Stoinis overcomes nerves to hammer unbeaten 147 and break BBL record

Stoinis felt uneasy following last week’s homophobic slur‘It didn’t sit well with my character,’ Stars player saysAfter smashing the highest score in BBL history, Marcus Stoinis says he carried the burden of unleashing a homophobic slur last week. The …

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Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara targets for bushfire relief cricket match

Ponting, Warne to captain charity cricket matchMCG or SCG could host BBL final curtain-raiserRicky Ponting and Shane Warne are hoping to persuade Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and MS Dhoni to join their star-studded teams in next month’s bushfire relief…

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Shane Warne’s baggy green fetches $1m in auction for Australia’s bushfire aid

Milestone reached two minutes before auction endsAmount surpasses that paid for Don Bradman’s capAustralian cricket great Shane Warne’s baggy green cap has made more than $1m at auction to aid those affected by bushfires.When bidding closed on Friday m…

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Matthew Wade caught out by BBL rule change after Renshaw’s boundary ‘assist’

‘A bit of a strange one,’ says Hurricanes batsmanElaborate dismissal on ropes catches players unawareKnowing the rule is one thing, but exploiting it will be another according to Matthew Wade after his impromptu cricket theory lesson at the Gabba. The …

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Ash Barty stunned by qualifier Brady in belated first match in Brisbane

World No 1 loses 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to Jennifer Brady 53rd-ranked American adds to win over Maria SharapovaWorld No 1 Ashleigh Barty made a losing start to 2020, stunned by American giantkiller Jennifer Brady at the Brisbane International. The world No. 53…

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Ash Barty stunned by qualifier Brady in belated first match in Brisbane

World No 1 loses 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to Jennifer Brady 53rd-ranked American adds to win over Maria SharapovaWorld No 1 Ashleigh Barty made a losing start to 2020, stunned by American giantkiller Jennifer Brady at the Brisbane International. The world No. 53…

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Thunder’s Chris Green ‘gutted’ by Big Bash ban for illegal bowling

T20 World Cup hopes hit by three-month suspensionBiomechanical tests find spinner’s action is suspectSuspended Sydney Thunder spinner Chris Green is putting his ban for an illegal bowling action into perspective against Australia’s bushfire crisis. The…