• Highway to Hell: Mayer wins famed Kitzbuehel downhill
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    Highway to Hell: Mayer wins famed Kitzbuehel downhill

    Austrian Matthias Mayer delighted home fans and achieved "every skier's dream" by streaking to a classy victory in Saturday's fabled downhill in Kitzbuehel, the most prestigious and testing on the World Cup circuit. Norway's reigning world downhill champion Kjetil Jansrud, winner

  • Tail-end assault puts England on course for series win
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    Tail-end assault puts England on course for series win

    England took a big stride towards securing a series win when they posted a first innings total of 400 on the second day of the fourth and final Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday. South Africa, needing a win to level the series, were 11 for no wicket in reply at tea. England

  • Kyrgios into Nadal grudge match as shocks rattle Australian Open
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    Kyrgios into Nadal grudge match as shocks rattle Australian Open

    Home favourite Nick Kyrgios went five sets to ensure an Australian Open showdown with Rafael Nadal on Saturday as a series of shocks caused carnage in the women's draw. Kyrgios survived the longest match of his career to beat Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (6/8), 6-7 (7/9), 7-6

  • Opening eagle inspires Wu into Dubai lead
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    Opening eagle inspires Wu into Dubai lead

    An opening eagle and four birdies lifted China's Wu Ashun into a one shot lead after Saturday's Dubai Desert Classic third round. Leading the chasing pack was France's Victor Perez, who matched Wu's 67 to follow up his rounds of 73 and 66. A further shot behind in a tie for third were

  • Shiffrin fourth as Curtoni leads Italian sweep of second Bansko downhill
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    Shiffrin fourth as Curtoni leads Italian sweep of second Bansko downhill

    Late starter Elena Curtoni led an Italian podium sweep of the second women's World Cup downhill in Bansko on Saturday, with American Mikaela Shiffrin fourth. Shiffrin, winner of Friday's first downhill, finished behind Curtoni, who started with bib number 28 for her maiden World Cup victory

  • Kyrgios sets up Nadal showdown after five-set thriller
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    Kyrgios sets up Nadal showdown after five-set thriller

    Firebrand Nick Kyrgios scraped past Karen Khachanov Saturday in five thrilling sets to set up a grudge match against top seed Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open fourth round. "Mate, it was crazy, I don't even know what to say right now, it was insane, I have no words for how I'm feeling

  • Highway to Hell: Mayer wins famed Kitzbuehel downhill
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    Highway to Hell: Mayer wins famed Kitzbuehel downhill

    Austrian Matthias Mayer delighted home fans by streaking to a classy victory in Saturday's fabled downhill in Kitzbuehel, the most prestigious and testing on the World Cup circuit. Mayer, gold medallist in downhill at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and in the super-G in 2018, clocked 1min 56.59sec down

  • Medvedev cruises to set up Wawrinka last-16 clash
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    Medvedev cruises to set up Wawrinka last-16 clash

    World number four Daniil Medvedev eased past Alexei Popyrin in straight sets Saturday to set up a last-16 clash with former Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka. The tall Russian had few problems dispatching the unseeded Australian 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena as he steps up his quest for a maiden

  • Evans takes Monte Carlo lead from Toyota teammate Ogier
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    Evans takes Monte Carlo lead from Toyota teammate Ogier

    Welsh driver Elfyn Evans took over the Monte Carlo lead from his Toyota teammate Sebastien Ogier at the midway point of the world championship's season opener on Saturday. Ogier, going for his eighth Monte Carlo win, led overnight but after clocking the quickest time in the 10th stage Evans held

  • Prix d'Amerique, France's tribute to American soldiers, celebrates centenary
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    Prix d'Amerique, France's tribute to American soldiers, celebrates centenary

    The Prix d'Amerique, founded as a tribute to the American soldiers who fought in World War I, celebrates its centenary on Sunday with last year's winner Belina Josselyn facing 17 rivals in pursuit of trotting's most prestigious prize. First run in 1920 at Vincennes, the hippodrome on the

  • Muguruza claims Svitolina scalp as top women's seeds tumble
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    Muguruza claims Svitolina scalp as top women's seeds tumble

    Elina Svitolina became the sixth top 10 women's seed to exit in the Australian Open third round after she was well beaten by unseeded Garbine Muguruza on Saturday. Two-time Grand Slam champion Muguruza won 6-1, 6-2 and faces Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan or Dutch ninth seed Kiki Bertens in the last

  • Federer's fans and a knockout punch: Australian Open briefs
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    Federer's fans and a knockout punch: Australian Open briefs

    Brief stories from the Australian Open on Saturday: - Biggest fans - Roger Federer is adored around the globe -- even when he's playing the home favourite. Australia's John Millman, and many observers on social media, said the Swiss star had the lion's share of crowd support in their five-set

  • New Zealand, Fiji, England command sevens attention
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    New Zealand, Fiji, England command sevens attention

    New Zealand, Fiji and England emerged as the unbeaten sides in the new cut-throat version of the World Rugby Sevens series in Hamilton on Saturday. Under the format, introduced for the New Zealand round and for Australia next weekend, quarter-finals have been scrapped, pool winners progress direct to

  • Rublev tries to block out hot streak after run to Melbourne last 16
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    Rublev tries to block out hot streak after run to Melbourne last 16

    Andrey Rublev's "amazing" unbeaten start to the season showed no signs of slowing Saturday, with the Russian young gun rallying from a set down to dump 11th seed David Goffin from the Australian Open. The 22-year-old extended his unbeaten streak to 11 games, beating the Belgian 2-6, 7-

  • New Zealand, Fiji, England command sevens attention
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    New Zealand, Fiji, England command sevens attention

    New Zealand, Fiji and England emerged as the unbeaten sides in the new cut-throat version of the World Rugby Sevens series in Hamilton on Saturday. Under the format, introduced for the New Zealand round and for Australia next weekend, quarter-finals have been scrapped, pool winners progress direct to

  • Monfils says hand fine after video game nasty
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    Monfils says hand fine after video game nasty

    Gael Monfils dismissed concerns an injured hand was hampering his game on Saturday, saying he was fit and well for his fourth-round clash at the Australian Open. Monfils bruised his racquet hand playing a computer game last month but he said the problem didn't trouble him at all.

  • Nadal crushes Carreno Busta despite late night watching Federer
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    Nadal crushes Carreno Busta despite late night watching Federer

    Top seed Rafael Nadal routed fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta for the loss of just seven games at the Australian Open Saturday despite staying up late to watch Roger Federer's five-set epic the night before. The 33-year-old was in virtuoso form to charge past the 27th seed 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in hot

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    Friday Sports in Brief

    The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area's Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis. ''Obviously

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    Thunder, Wolves battle on 2nd half of back-to-backs

    The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to work more of their road magic Saturday night when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves. Both teams will be contesting the second game of a back-to-back set, with the Thunder having run their winning streak to four with a 140-111 demolition of the Atlanta Hawks on Friday

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    Struggling Cavaliers host wavering Bulls

    The Chicago Bulls have answered a season-high, six-game skid by trading wins and losses over their past eight contests. The Bulls aim to get back on the winning track Saturday when they visit the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have lost six in a row and 11 of their past 13 games. Markkanen is expected to

  • Pretchel's putback helps No. 6 Stanford slip past Colorado
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    Pretchel's putback helps No. 6 Stanford slip past Colorado

    Pretchel made a putback in the final two minutes for the go-ahead points and No. 6 Stanford slipped past Colorado 76-68 in overtime Friday night. Mya Hollingshed hit a 3-pointer with less than 2 seconds to play in regulation to give Colorado a 64-62 lead, but Stanford tied it with a perfect inbound

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    Onyenwere scores 31, helps No. 10 UCLA beat Washington in OT

    Michaela Onyenwere was sitting on UCLA’s bench wearing a boot on her injured ankle and there was nothing she could do to help her team. Onyenwere scored a career-high 31 points and No. 10 UCLA used an 8-1 run in overtime to seize control and beat Washington 85-80. Natalie Chou added 18 points off the

  • Impey edges Porte for race lead in Tour Down Under
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    Impey edges Porte for race lead in Tour Down Under

    Defending champion Daryl Impey took the lead in the Tour Down Under from chief rival Richie Porte as Italy's Giacomo Nizzolo won Saturday's fifth stage in a bunch sprint finish. South Africa's Impey will take a two-second advantage over Porte into Sunday's final stage up the gruelling

  • No. 4 Oregon holds off No. 7 Oregon State 76-64
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    No. 4 Oregon holds off No. 7 Oregon State 76-64

    Sabrina Ionescu knew in the back of her mind that she was one assist away from breaking Gary Payton's Pac-12 record for career assists. Ionescu finished with 23 points and nine assists, and the No. 4 Ducks held off the Beavers' late rally for a 76-64 victory in the first of consecutive meetings

  • Baldwin's flurry leads No. 13 Butler past Marquette in OT
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    Baldwin's flurry leads No. 13 Butler past Marquette in OT

    When No. 13 Butler needed scoring punch Friday night, Kamar Baldwin came up with a flurry. The senior guard scored the Bulldogs' final nine points of regulation, erasing a six-point deficit in the final 2 1/2 minutes, then added 10 more in overtime as Butler rallied for a remarkable 89-85 victory