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Ash Barty can buck trend of home pressure at Australian Open

Hewitt, Rafter and Philippoussis fell short, Stosur buckled under the weight and Dokic only made the last eightAnyone who has spent any time in Melbourne over the past week cannot have failed to notice Ash Barty. The 23-year-old’s face adorns posters a…

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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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Big Bash League and the importance of putting on a ‘damn good show’ | Jonathan Howcroft

In its ninth season, the competition remains conscious that it cannot rely solely on on-field successWhen the Big Bash League is on in Melbourne nobody pays closer attention than Jarrah Whyte. Not the players, most of whom will only be on the field aro…

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India level ODI series against Australia despite Smith defiance

India 340-6; Australia 304; India win by 36 runsSeries heads for decider in Bengaluru on SundayIndia’s rejigged batting order fired on Friday as the hosts beat Australia by 36 runs in the second one-day international at Rajkot to level the three-match …

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Djokovic’s Melbourne haven may be hazardous for Nadal and Federer | Kevin Mitchell

Djokovic was near perfect against Nadal in last year’s Australian Open final and, before his bid for a record-extending eighth title, he knows he has the measure of the world No 1 and FedererDan Evans, whose rebirth as one of the wiliest operators on t…

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Djokovic’s Melbourne haven may be hazardous for Nadal and Federer | Kevin Mitchell

Djokovic was near perfect against Nadal in last year’s Australian Open final and, before his bid for a record-extending eighth title, he knows he has the measure of the world No 1 and FedererDan Evans, whose rebirth as one of the wiliest operators on t…

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Johanna Konta fit for Australian Open but will skip GB duty in Fed Cup

• British No 1 managing a knee injury as Melbourne looms• GB hopes in Fed Cup dealt a blow as Konta rules herself outJohanna Konta will be fit to play in the Australian Open but has dealt a massive blow to Great Britain’s Fed Cup chances by announcing …

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India v Australia: second one-day international – live!

Updates from the match in RajkotAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 7.28am GMT How about a really tortured musical segue to kick us off? Ok, ok, well, David Warner’s ton in Mumbai was his 18th in ODIs. He’s only two away from becoming a 20th Centu…

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Hull KR prop Mose Masoe will not play again after suffering spinal injury

Masoe suffered injury during pre-season game at Wakefield30-year-old recovering after undergoing emergency surgeryHull KR prop Mose Masoe suffered a “career-ending” spinal injury in Sunday’s pre-season game against Wakefield, head coach Tony Smith has …

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David Squires on … Melbourne Victory’s coaching hot seat

Our cartoonist looks Marco Kurz’s dismissal and who may replace him in the long termTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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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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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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‘We want to start with a bang’: Mitchelton-Scott shooting for the stars in 2020 | Kieran Pender

Ten years since their creation, the Australian cycling team is intent on becoming a World Tour forceAs origin stories go, it is elegant for its simplicity. In July 2010, Gerry Ryan was at the Tour de France. A cycling fan since childhood, the wealthy b…

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Nick Kyrgios: how tennis’s loudest talent became a hero to the quiet Australians | Russell Jackson

The usually polarising player aced the national mood during the bushfire crisis and has spent a few heady weeks in unfamiliar territoryOf all the immediate outcomes of Australia’s bushfire crisis, perhaps the least predictable, if not the most perverse…

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Storm brings relief to Australian Open but cannot stop tempers flaring

• Heat and smoke from bushfires lessened by thunder and rain• World No103 claims Roger Federer does not care about qualifiersLike farmers in a drought peering into an unforgiving sky, tennis turned to the heavens – and Roger Federer – to break the iron…

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Sport and the climate crisis: time for the travelling circus to just stay put | Marina Hyde

How long can sport, like Hollywood, continue to wave away the contradictions between its activities and its supposed ideals?Someone once told me about a film actor who had developed a powerful ecological conscience, and in this spirit he bought every c…

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‘Our players are our voice’: Big Bash pride game seeks to educate | Megan Maurice

The match at the SCG comes in the wake of recent homophobic slurs made by high-profile playersIn the lead up to the Big Bash League’s pride game this week, the same questions are being heard. Why do we still need to keep doing this? Isn’t inclusion jus…

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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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No soft launch for Australian Open as Melbourne chokes on smoke | Jonathan Howcroft

Stifling air quality marked qualifying for 2020’s first slam, ending hopes for some of a season-changing, main-draw placeThe year’s grand slam action got under way on Tuesday at a Melbourne Park wreathed in noxious fog. Organisers of the Australian Ope…