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Indian women beat Australia by five wickets to win final ODI

ABC Sport - 2 hours 17 min ago

India beats the Southern Stars by five wickets in the third and final women's ODI in Hobart to avoid a series sweep.

Kiwis beat Australia 27-24 to take Sydney 7s title

ABC Sport - 4 hours 2 min ago

A late double from Rieko Ioane gives New Zealand a dramatic 27-24 win over Australia to win the inaugural Sydney 7s title.

Jets stun City with 2-1 win in Newcastle

ABC Sport - 4 hours 37 min ago

A double from Milos Trifunovic gives Newcastle Jets a 2-1 A-League win over Melbourne City on Sunday evening.

Swimming Australia boss criticises handling of London Olympics scandals

ABC Sport - 4 hours 44 min ago

Swimming Australia president John Bertrand criticises previous administrators' response to the drug and bullying scandals that plagued the 2012 London Olympics, saying too much pressure was put on the swimmers.

Froome claims emotional Herald Sun Tour win

ABC Sport - 5 hours 7 min ago

Chris Froome wins the Herald Sun Tour for the first time only a few weeks after also becoming a father for the first time.

Brisbane Bandits clinch ABL title

ABC Sport - 5 hours 34 min ago

Brisbane Bandits win the Australian Baseball League with a 2-0 finals series victory over Adelaide Bite.

Eels knock off Warriors to win Auckland Nines title

ABC Sport - 6 hours 28 min ago

The Parramatta Eels win the Auckland Nines title, defeating the New Zealand Warriors 22-4 in the final at Eden Park.

Glory capitalise on wasteful Phoenix to edge towards A-League finals spot

ABC Sport - 6 hours 49 min ago

Perth Glory edge closer to an A-League top six spot with a fortuitous 1-0 win over a wasteful Wellington Phoenix.

Carreno Busta And Duran Earn Maiden Title

ATP news - 6 hours 52 min ago

Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Duran’s new partnership paid immediate dividends as the pair saved all eight break points faced to down Thomaz Bellucci and Marcelo Demoliner 7-5, 6-4 in the doubles final of the Ecuador Open Quito on Saturday.

Carreno Busta and Duran were playing together for the first time on the ATP World Tour and will split 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and $25,070. The unseeded Spanish-Argentinian team upended No. 2 seeds Purav Raja and Rajeev Ram in the opening round and No. 3 seeds Austin Krajicek and Nicholas Monroe in the semi-finals.

“We were having dinner together at the Australian Open, and I asked Pablo if he wanted to play in Quito together,” Duran said. “Perhaps it was a lucky break.”

“[Guillermo] is a good player with solid returns, serves and volleys, and with him we were a very complete team,” Carreno Busta noted. “It’s easy for me when my partner is playing well.

“We were a bit nervous at the start, since it was our first final. But we were able to take advantage of our opportunities.”

Bellucci and Demoliner had worked hard to get to the final, as all three of the Brazilians' victories this week had come in Match Tie-breaks, including a quarter-final win over defending champions Gero Kretschmer and Alexander Satschko. Bellucci’s busy week in Quito continues, as he will be playing for the singles title on Sunday against Victor Estrella Burgos. The Brazilians will share 150 rankings points and $13,170.

Super Bowl 50: A battle between past and future

ABC Sport - 7 hours 26 min ago

It is quite possible no Super Bowl opponents have ever been so close in position, but so far apart in almost every other way than Cam Newton and Peyton Manning.

Gallop threatens A-League fan bans over flares

ABC Sport - 7 hours 40 min ago

The FFA is investigating flares being set off in the Western Sydney Wanderers fan section, disrupting their A-League clash with Melbourne Victory.

Cam Newton crowned NFL MVP, Brett Favre into Hall of Fame

ABC Sport - 8 hours 27 min ago

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton is named the NFL season MVP, 24 hours before he plays Denver in Super Bowl 50.

Nadal On Collision Course With Monaco

ATP news - 8 hours 41 min ago

In the final of the 2015 Argentina Open, Rafael Nadal topped good friend Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-1 for his 46th career clay-court title and improved his tour-level record against the Argentine to 6-1. Next week, both player could meet again in Buenos Aires, this time in the second round.

Top seed Nadal will have a first-round bye, while Monaco can set up an eighth FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting with his occasional doubles partner by winning his first-round match against a qualifier. The pair won the 2015 Doha doubles title together, and finished runners-up at Vina Del Mar in 2013.

The 31 year-old Tandil native will hope that local support and some home cooking will help him overcome a one-sided rivalry against the Spaniard. Monaco’s only win against Nadal came when the latter retired from their second-round match in Cincinnati in 2007. Monaco has yet to win a set against Nadal on clay, and has been on the losing end of three 6-0 sets in their past three meetings.

On Saturday, Monaco and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga visited Buenos Aires Playa, situated alongside the Rio Plata, to play mini tennis and interact with fans.  Tsonga is seeded third this year in Buenos Aires and Monaco, the 2007 champion, is playing in his first tournament since he sustained a season-ending wrist injury in Kitzbuhel 2015.  Monaco is very happy about the way his wrist feels and has been training hard in advance of his home event.

“These are new feelings after seven months away from the circuit, but I feel good after having a long time to recover,” Monaco said. “I'm thankful I can return here in Buenos Aires because it's one of the tournaments I like the most.

"It's a nice way to pass the time. It was very enjoyable to play with the kids. They are fans of tennis and it's always fun to meet them and visit these beautiful spots around Buenos Aires."

World Rugby probe extra New Zealand player at Sydney Sevens

ABC Sport - 11 hours 19 min ago

New Zealand appeared to have eight players on field when it stole a dramatic Sydney Sevens draw against Australia and World Rugby is looking at possible disciplinary action.

Estrella Burgos Set For Title Defence

ATP news - 11 hours 19 min ago
Victor Estrella Burgos is a win away from successfully defending his Quito title. The 2015 champion advanced to his second ATP World Tour final after dismissing Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 7-6(5) in 84 minutes. The 35 year-old, who won his first ATP World Tour title in Quito 12 months ago, only dropped three points on his first serve (27/30) and closed out the win on his first match point.

Estrella Burgos started the year with opening-round losses in Auckland and at the Australian Open, but found his rhythm on familiar grounds, improving to 9-0 in Quito. He is undefeated against his final opponent Thomaz Bellucci, winning 7-6(5), 7-5 in last year’s Quito semi-final and prevailing in their lone ATP Challenger Tour meeting (Bogota 2013).

“I’ve been feeling very well in Quito," Estrella Burgos said. "The altitude and surface benefits me. I’m happy to have qualified to the final and I’ll try to win the title again. In these circumstances I will always feel like the favourite.

 

“Thomaz is a strong opponent, but not impossible to beat. He has good serve and good forehand. It will be an intense match because we are both warriors and we will give our best. I’ll have to serve well and take control with my forehand if I want to win. If I do that, I can beat anyone.” 

In the other semi-final, third seed Bellucci improved his record at the Ecuador Open Quito to 6-1 with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Pablo Lorenzi in the first semi-final on Saturday. The 28-year-old will play for his fifth ATP World Tour title on Sunday against Estrella Burgos in a rematch of last year’s semi-final match, which Estrella Burgos won 7-6(5), 7-5.

Bellucci came into the match trailing Lorenzi 0-2 in the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry. He dropped serve twice to fall behind one set to love, but saved the next three break points faced and fought back to capture his first tour-level win against Lorenzi in just under two hours.

The No. 35 in the Emirates ATP Rankings is through to his seventh tour-level final (4-2). His last title came in May 2015 on the clay of Geneva (d. Cuevas). The Brazilian finished runner-up in the doubles draw alongside Marcelo Demoliner after losing to Pablo Carreno-Busta and Guillermo Duran in the final.

Super Bowl 50 sees big-wave surfing comp postponed

ABC Sport - 11 hours 56 min ago

The Titans Of Mavericks big-wave event is on hold with all emergency services deployed to supervise the Super Bowl.

Injured Aussie quick Richardson to return home

ABC Sport - 14 hours 13 min ago

Paceman Kane Richardson will return home from New Zealand because of his back injury, with Joel Paris coming in as cover.

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ATP news - 14 hours 38 min ago

Mathieu, Gasquet Set All-French Final In Montpellier

ATP news - 15 hours 8 min ago

When Paul-Henri Mathieu reached his first Open Sud de France final, the year was 2002 and the former World No. 12 was a mere 20 years old.

Fourteen years later, the Frenchman returned to the final following a gritty 7-6(11), 7-5 victory over Alexander Zverev at The Parks & Suites Arena in Montpellier. In 2002, Mathieu toppled Gustavo Kuerten for the title when the tournament was held in Lyon, and he will look to do the same against top seed Richard Gasquet on Sunday.

"I'm very happy with the win today," said Mathieu. "It's a great satisfaction to be in a final again. The last was in Kitzbuhel. To make another one in a couple of months is great for my confidence. Hopefully I will win tomorrow." 

The 34-year-old Mathieu downed 18-year-old Zverev in one hour and 55 minutes, claiming three of four break chances and firing 40 winners. After Zverev stormed back from a 0-3 deficit, the first set came down to a riveting tie-break, which featured 24 points. Mathieu would deny three set points and converted on his fourth as a Zverev mid-rally forehand found the net.

In the second set, the German would save a match point with Mathieu serving for it at 5-4, breaking to draw level. But the Frenchman would break back immediately to 15 with a backhand winner and closed out the match in the following game.

Mathieu advanced to his 10th ATP World Tour final and first since reaching the title match in Kitzbuhel last year as a qualifier (l. to Kohlschreiber). He exacted revenge on Zverev after the teenager prevailed in the final of the ATP Challenger Tour event on home soil in Braunschweig in 2014. The German was bidding to reach his first ATP World Tour final and join Borna Coric (Chennai) as teen finalists this year.

Gasquet, meanwhile, became the eighth active player to reach 25 tour-level finals and just the second Frenchman to do so in the Open Era (Yannick Noah), after turning in arguably the comeback of the year thus far. He prevailed 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 over Dustin Brown in one hour and 39 minutes, overcoming 17 aces by the German. Brown burst out of the gates, claiming nine of the first 10 games in 35 minutes, striking 27 winners. But as quickly as he surged ahead, Gasquet snatched the momentum in his corner, rallying from a 6-1, 3-0 deficit with a run of nine of the next 11 games to take the lead for good.

"I'm happy to fight a lot and I am happy to come back here to the final," said Gasquet. "It was a great match for me to win." 

The top seed and defending champion will feature in a fourth straight Montpellier final. He previously won the title in 2006 (d. Gicquel), '13 (d. Paire) and '15 (d. Janowicz). Gasquet and Mathieu will face off for the eighth time in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry, with the former owning a 5-2 edge. It will be the first all-countrymen final on the ATP World Tour this year. There were four in 2015, including two with a pair of Frenchmen.

Darius Boyd backs bans for Emerging Origin night owls

ABC Sport - 15 hours 46 min ago

Darius Boyd throws his support behind Queensland management's decision to ban eight players after breaking curfew during the Emerging Maroons camp.