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Aus Open: Stress-free Zverev cruises past Verdasco

‘Generally, I’m happy outside the court, happy on the court, happy in life. Then I think you play your best.’ Seventh seed Alexander Zverev credited a stress-free life off court for his strong run at the Australian Open after marching into the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 win over Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco […]

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Crawley hits maiden 50 but South Africa fight back

Zak Crawley scored a maiden Test half century before South Africa fought back to restrict England to 192 for four when bad light stopped play early in the opening day of the fourth Test on Friday. Crawley suffered a nasty blow to the head but still made 66 as he and Dom Sibley put on […]

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Court unsure if Serena can topple her Grand Slam record

‘She may equal it but she’s still got to pass it. It’s an ask.’ Australian tennis great Margaret Court said she is unsure whether Serena Williams can surpass her record tally of 24 Grand Slam titles in the wake of the American’s earliest exit in 14 years at the Australian Open on Friday. Williams, who […]

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Nike’s Vaporfly shoes are fast, but are they fair?

Scientific studies as well as anecdotal evidence suggest that Nike’s Vaporfly running shoes, equipped with super-springy foam soles encasing a carbon-fibre plate, can increase running efficiency by between 4% and 6%. British amateur runner and triathlete Holly Grundon was delighted to smash a long-held personal speed target – to finish a half marathon in less […]

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What to expect at Australian Open on Day 4

Red-hot Nadal faces Delbonis, says majors tally not a focus Rafael Nadal’s immediate focus may not be on matching great rival Roger Federer’s tally of 20 Grand Slam titles, but the Spanish world number one would go one step closer at the Australian Open on Thursday with a win over Federico Delbonis. The French and […]

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Sorry, Yonex! Osaka sheepish after racket throw

‘I mean, my racket just magically flew out of my hand’ Naomi Osaka offered a light-hearted apology to her racket sponsor for throwing a tantrum against Zheng Saisai at the Australian Open on Wednesday as the defending champion overcame her frustrations to set up a third-round clash with Coco Gauff. After dropping serve early in […]