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Serves, sunsets and koalas: Australian Open 2020 – the tournament’s best photos

As the 2020 Australian Open comes to a close, we take a look at some of our favourite images from Melbourne Park Continue reading…

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Australian Open 2020: day five – live!

Updates from the third round of singles action at Melbourne Park Kyrgios wins war with himself in second roundDeluge of dirt can’t derail seedsJoin in by email or Twitter 1.22am GMT Lleyton Hewitt “retired” in 2016, but he was back on court yet again t…

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‘I’ve had setbacks in my life’: Ali Abbas tries to find relaxation in football | Emma Kemp

The A-League cult hero opens up on his secret satellite dish, post-Asian Cup threats, when Iraq tried to recruit Graham Arnold and his own comeback hopesAli Abbas was 17 when he told Saddam Hussein’s men to go home. Warned them, rather, that US troops …

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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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Australian Open 2020: Barty v Hercog, Djokovic v Ito, and more – live!

Updates from day day three at Melbourne ParkKyrgios lights up day two despite power cutSharapova unsure if she’ll return after early exitAny thoughts? Get in touch on email or tweet @scott_heinrich 2.32am GMT First set: Barty* 4-1 Hercog (*denotes serv…

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Australian Open 2020: day two – live!

Updates from the conclusion of the opening round from Melbourne ParkAsh Barty lifts spirits after rough day for home playersAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 12.15am GMT This is interesting. Anyone who saw Serena yesterday knew she served superb…

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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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Australian Open 2020: day one – live!

Updates from a star-studded day of tennis at Melbourne ParkAsh Barty can buck trend of home pressureAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 11.52pm GMT This promises to be the final sighting of Caroline Wozniacki on court at the Australian Open. The 2…

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Australian Open chief tries to calm furious players over air quality

Tennis Australia says tournament will go on‘It boils my blood,’ says Britain’s Liam BroadyThe troubled 2020 Australian Open will start and finish on time, even if matches have to be moved from the exposed outside courts under the cover of the three mai…

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Australia’s Warner and Finch smash tons to thrash India in first ODI

India 255; Australia 258-0Victory in Mumbai comes with 74 balls to spareAustralia openers David Warner and Aaron Finch both struck superb centuries to complement their bowlers’ inspired display as the touring side handed out a 10-wicket thrashing to In…

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Roger Federer responds to climate crisis criticism from Greta Thunberg

Credit Suisse closely linked with fossil fuel industry#RogerWakeUpNow has been trending on TwitterRoger Federer has issued a cautiously worded response to mounting criticism, including from climate activist Greta Thunberg, over his sponsorship deal wit…

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Mat Ryan to donate A$500 for every Premier League save to bushfire fund

Every save made by a Premier League keeper will add to fundRyan donated A$27,000 last week to charitiesThe Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan has pledged his support to Australian wildlife charities amid the ongoing bushfires in his home country. The Soccero…

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Nathan Lyon spins Australia closer to victory on day three at the SCG

Australia ended day three of the third Test at the SCG with a 243-run lead over New ZealandNathan Lyon took 5-68, his 17th Test five-forAustralia remain on track to finish off their perfect summer, going to stumps on day three of the third Test 40-0 an…

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Marcus Stoinis fined $7,500 for homophobic slur during Big Bash League

Melbourne Stars allrounder avoids suspension after pleading guilty to abusing Melbourne Renegades bowler Kane RichardsonMelbourne Stars allrounder Marcus Stoinis has been fined $7,500 but avoided suspension for a homophobic slur during Saturday evening…

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Novak Djokovic would consider Australian Open delay to avoid bushfire smoke

President of the ATP Player Council says organisers may have to consider delaying the start of the Australian Open if Melbourne’s air quality continues to be affected by bushfires.Organisers may have to consider delaying the start of the Australian Ope…

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Kyrgios, Stosur and others pledge $200 per ace to bushfire relief efforts

ATP Cup promise A$100 per ace to support Red CrossCricket Australia to auction off players’ shirts from TestNick Kyrgios led the way as tennis pledged financial support to help victims of the Australian bushfires. The disaster has seen lives and homes …

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Australia and New Zealand focus on victims as bushfires threaten third Test

Justin Langer: ‘People are suffering … this is just a game’Friday’s Test at SCG may be delayed by bushfire smokeSmoke from bushfires is likely to affect play in the third Test between Australia and New Zealand, which is set to begin on Friday at the …

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Sydney to Hobart race: Wild Oats XI drops off as SHK Scallywag leads way

Hong Kong’s SHK Scallywag takes lead off ComancheNine-time line winner Wild Oats XI is 35 miles off paceNine-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI has dropped off the pace in the Sydney to Hobart, with Hong Kong’s SHK Scallywag leading the fleet.The fi…

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Rising temperatures could imperil future of Boxing Day Test cricket, report warns

Event may need to be played at night or in shoulder season as climate crisis exposes players and fans to unprecedented levels of extreme heatThe Melbourne Boxing Day Test may have to be played at night or moved away from Christmas to November or March …

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Sheffield Shield match abandoned after MCG pitch deemed still too dangerous

Ground staff unable to make pitch playable for Sunday after game halted previous day following player injuriesThe Sheffield Shield match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between Victoria and Western Australia has been abandoned after attempts by ground …