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Swans coach 'couldn't believe' how Rampe broke his arm at training

ABC Sport - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 1:37pm

Sydney Swans star Dane Rampe breaks his arm while trying to jump over a chain during a morning run at training.

India edges closer to Dharamsala win, as it happened

ABC Sport - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 1:34pm

India needs 87 runs with 10 wickets in hand for victory over Australia at stumps on day three of the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala. Relive all the action as it happened in our blog.

Nadal Shakes Off Rusty Start To Advance In Miami

ATP news - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 1:30pm

Rafael Nadal recovered from one of the most lopsided starts of his career to advance past the streaky Philipp Kohlschreiber 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday at the Miami Open presented by Itau. The 30-year-old Nadal, playing in his 1,000th career match, improved to 37-11 at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament, one of only three Masters 1000 events Nadal has yet to win.

“One thousand matches is a lot of matches. Obviously that’s good news because that says I am having a long career. During a lot of years, I heard that I’m going to have a short career, so it's something important for me,” said Nadal. “I remember the first match very well because it was at home in Mallorca. It was my first victory on the ATP and was a great feeling.”

The comeback victory for Nadal, a four-time finalist in Miami, sets up a fourth-round clash against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, who beat Argentine Guido Pella 6-4, 6-3. Nadal and Mahut's FedEx ATP Head2Head series is tied at 1-1.

Nadal was the heavy favourite coming into his 15th meeting against Kohlschreiber. He led their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 13-1, and his only loss had come in 2012 on the grass in Halle.

But Kohlschreiber came out swinging, especially teeing off on the Spaniard's serve. The German stabbed at a forehand winner to break in the opening game, and it was a sign of things to come. Kohlschreiber would win 65 per cent of Nadal's service points (13/20) and break three times during the 25-minute opener.

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Nadal looked out of sorts in first set, mishitting balls and struggling to get Kohlschreiber's returns back in play. It looked as if the German were going to continue his Miami hot streak. The 33 year old had come back from a 2-5 double-break deficit in the third set to beat American Taylor Fritz in the second round.

But Nadal left the court after the first set and returned a different player. The Spaniard smashed a forehand down the line for a hold in the opening game and pumped his fist to celebrate getting on the board. The crowd reciprocated with a roar. At 3-2, after chants of “Let's go, Rafa!”, Nadal broke for the first time in the match and coasted through the second set.

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Nadal would play nearly flawless tennis in the decider, dropping only one point on his serve (20/21). He clinched his 822nd win with a forehand down the line that Kohlschreiber couldn't handle.

“He was doing everything good, so that's sport, When somebody is playing the way that he was playing that first set, I lose the set because he was playing too good. That's it,” said Nadal. “But a match is long and the positive thing is I held the pressure well this afternoon after a very tough first set. I resisted well in the first few games of the second set and then I think I played a great second and third set.”

Kohlschreiber should walk away pleased with his opener. It had been more than two years since Nadal had lost any set 6-0, since his 2015 Australian Open quarter-final against Tomas Berdych, which Nadal eventually lost. The last time Nadal had been bagelled to start a match was in January 2008, when he fell in the Chennai title match 6-0, 6-1 to Russian Mikhail Youzhny.

1,000 MATCHES PLAYED CLUB

                                                           + No.                    W-L

1) Jimmy Connors                              1,535                    1,256-279

2) Roger Federer                                1,340                    1,094-246

3) Ivan Lendl                                       1,310                    1,068-242

4) Guillermo Vilas                               1,215                     929-286

5) Andre Agassi                                  1,144                     870-274

6) Ilie Nastase                                     1,085                     780-305

7) John McEnroe                                1,075                     877-198

8) Stefan Edberg                                1,071                      801-270

9) David Ferrer                                   1,034                      696-338

10) Brian Gottfried                               1,004                     680--324

11) Rafael Nadal                                 1,000                      822-178

+ Matches include ATP World Tour, Grand Slam, Davis Cup, WCT

Will the passion for the AFLW inaugural season live on?

ABC Sport - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 12:27pm

The AFLW faces some real challenges beyond its inaugural season, writes Neil Cross, most obviously whether it can truly become an elite competition and get the public paying and filling seats.

McLachlan says parity in AFL behind record crowd tally

ABC Sport - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 11:47am

Gillon McLachlan says the prospect of a highly competitive AFL season drove the fans through the gates in record numbers in round one.

Raonic Explains Withdrawal From Miami 2017

ATP news - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 8:40am
Milos Raonic discusses the hamstring injury that forced him to pull out of Miami, ahead of his third-round meeting with Jared Donaldson. Watch live matches at tennistv.com.

Verdasco Rifles Mammoth Forehand Hot Shot Miami 2017

ATP news - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 8:38am
Watch Miami hot shot as Fernando Verdasco rips a scorching forehand winner against Kei Nishikori. Watch live matches at tennistv.com.

Nishikori Survives Verdasco In Miami Marathon

ATP news - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 8:20am
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Second seed Kei Nishikori overcame a third-round test at the Miami Open presented by Itau on Sunday, edging Fernando Verdasco 7-6(2), 6-7(5), 6-1 in two hours and 44 minutes.

Runner-up to Novak Djokovic last year, Nishikori improved to 19-6 at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. Also a semi-finalist in 2014 and quarter-finalist in 2015, the Japanese will look to reach the last eight in Miami for the fourth straight year when he takes on Federico Delbonis next.

"It was definitely a long match," said Nishikori. "It wasn't easy in the third set, but I have a day off tomorrow, so I should be okay."

The 27-year-old Nishikori fired 37 winners, but Verdasco seemed to have an answer for each of them. Aided by persistent swirling winds, the Spaniard used his varying pace and depth to rattle his opponent, inducing 48 unforced errors. The 33 year old forced a first-set tie-break after rallying from a 3-0 deficit, but Nishikori held his ground, firing a lunging half-volley backhand winner from the baseline to take the opener.

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Nishikori looked to be in cruise control after breaking early in the second set and serving for the match at 5-4. But Verdasco would save a match point to break back and eventually forced a decider with a scorching cross-court backhand. Despite relinquishing the lead, Nishikori stayed the course, reeling off six of seven games in the third set to advance to the Round of 16.

"I knew it's going to be a tough one," Nishikori added. "Fernando is a very solid player. He has a great serve and great groundstrokes. I knew it was going to be long rallies.

"But it was a shame when I was up a break in both first and second sets and both went to 7-6. That was something I made some mistakes when I was up a break. But in the third set I was very focused. Even though the first and second were tough, I was trying to play with more energy and I think everything was working well in the third. It was a tough one, but I'm very happy to win today."

In total, the Stadium Court faithful witnessed a combined 20 of 28 break points saved between the Japanese and the Spaniard. Nishikori edged ahead 3-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. They were meeting for the first time since Nishikori claimed a five-set thriller at Roland Garros last year.

The second seed will face Delbonis next, after the Argentine dismissed Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(5), 6-1 earlier on Sunday. Delbonis is into the Round of 16 at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event for the second time, following a fourth-round finish in Indian Wells last year.

Women keep the flag flying as football club racks up 125 years

ABC Sport - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 7:54am

As Evandale Football Club celebrates its 125th year, new female teams are giving the northern Tasmanian club renewed life.

Raonic Withdraws; Young Beats Paire In Miami

ATP news - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 6:38am

Third seed Milos Raonic has announced his withdrawal due to a hamstring injury, ahead of his third-round match against Jared Donaldson at the Miami Open presented by Itau on Sunday.

“It's related to the previous injury I sustained almost four weeks ago, if not a little bit more than four weeks ago, in Delray Beach,” Raonic told the assembled media in Miami. “It's the same muscle in the hamstring up high. It got progressively worse after my first round, after practising yesterday, and it seemed like it was not possible for me to compete today without putting myself at significant risk.

“Right now the perspective is going to change a little bit. Obviously the goal through these tournaments being on hard courts was that I can come back as soon as I feel ready. I think that that perspective is going to change to come back when I feel like I'm 100 per cent. That could be in two weeks; that could be a little bit longer. I think the ideology behind when I'm back playing matches and competing, it will be in the sense that that's the best shape my body could be in.”

Raonic, who was forced to pull out of the BNP Paribas Open earlier this month due to the same injury, attempted to play after warming up on Grandstand court, but was unable to proceed. The Canadian had defeated Viktor Troicki in Friday’s second-round.

Donaldson, meanwhile, advanced to his first Round of 16 in Miami and second at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event (Toronto 2016). A qualifier this week at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park, the #NextGenATP American needed three sets to defeat Kyle Edmund in the first round before upsetting 28th seed Mischa Zverev in the second round.

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Two weeks ago, Donaldson's countryman Donald Young had yet to reach the fourth round of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. Now the 27 year old has achieved the feat in back-to-back Masters 1000 events.

Young surged to his best showing at the Miami Open presented by Itau on Sunday with a 7-6(2), 6-4 victory against Benoit Paire. The Frenchman was a perfect four-for-four on break points but saved only five of the nine that came on his serve during the third-round match.

Young, who also made the fourth round in Indian Wells last week, has climbed from No. 88 in January to No. 51 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and will return to the Top 50 after Miami. Key to Young's strong play at Masters 1000 events has been his performance in tie-breaks, as shown against Paire. By winning the first-set tie-break, Young improved to 10-1 in set tie-breaks this season.

He'll next face Italian Fabio Fognini, who outlasted Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and six minutes. Fognini saved both break points in the third set to improve to 3-0 against Chardy in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

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Lyon won't stop believing after strong second day

ABC Sport - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 6:13am

As Australia and India remain locked in a tense battle in Dharamsala, Nathan Lyon says belief is propelling he and the team onwards in their pursuit of history.

Doubles Defence On Display In Crazy Guadalajara Challenger Point 2017

ATP news - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 6:11am
Watch as Johan Brunstrom and Andreas Siljestrom survive this crazy point at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Tyler Wright considered quitting surfing over brother's brain injury

ABC Sport - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 5:00am

Reigning surfing champion Australia's Tyler Wright reveals she nearly quit her world title campaign to look after her brother Owen Wright after he was seriously injured in the surf.

Vesely Rips Tweener Winner Past Sock In Miami

ATP news - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 4:07am
Jiri Vesely rips a tweener winner past Jack Sock during their third-round match at the Miami Open presented by Itau. Watch live matches at tennistv.com.

Nadal Reflects On Milestone Match In Miami 2017

ATP news - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 3:31am
Rafael Nadal talks about his comeback win against German Philipp Kohlschreiber and playing his 1,000th career match at the Miami Open presented by Itau. Watch live matches at tennistv.com.

Lyon does the damage for Australia in Dharamsala

ABC Sport - Sun, 26/03/2017 - 9:26pm

Australia grabs the momentum late on day two in Dharamsala, thanks to a stunning performance from Nathan Lyon.

Nadal Set For 1,000th Match In Miami Action Sunday

ATP news - Sun, 26/03/2017 - 8:48pm

View FedEx ATP Head2Head for the following match-ups & vote for the players you think will win!
Nishikori vs Verdasco | Raonic vs Donaldson | Nadal vs Kohlschreiber

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DAY 5 PREVIEW: Rafael Nadal is playing in his 1,000thcareer ATP World Tour level singles match on Sunday at the Miami Open presented by Itau and he is the 11th player in the Open Era (since 1968) to accomplish the feat: In the last day session match, Nadal brings a 13-1 career record against No. 26 Philipp Kohlschreiber, who defeated the Spaniard the only time on grass in 2012 Halle. Kohlschreiber is trying to break an eight-match losing streak vs. Top 10 opponents since his win over No. 7 Berdych (ret.) in Davis Cup 1R tie in March 2016.

1,000 MATCHES PLAYED CLUB

                                                           + No.                    W-L

1) Jimmy Connors                              1,535                    1,256-279

2) Roger Federer                                1,340                    1,094-246

3) Ivan Lendl                                       1,310                    1,068-242

4) Guillermo Vilas                               1,215                     929-286

5) Andre Agassi                                  1,144                     870-274

6) Ilie Nastase                                     1,085                     780-305

7) John McEnroe                                1,075                     877-198

8) Stefan Edberg                                1,071                      801-270

9) David Ferrer                                   1,034                      696-338

10) Brian Gottfried                               1,004                     680--324

11) Rafael Nadal                                 1,000                      821-178 (going into Sunday)

+ Matches include ATP World Tour, Grand Slam, Davis Cup, WCT

Third round action on Sunday also features No. 2 seed and last year’s finalist Kei Nishikori, No. 3 Milos Raonic, and No. 13 Jack Sock. They are the highest seeds of the six remaining in the bottom half of the draw. On Friday, seeds struggled in opening round matches with a 6-10 record. On Saturday, seeds in the top half of the draw compiled a 12-4 record. There are 15 countries represented in the third round with the U.S. leading the way with five players (most since 2011) followed by Argentina and France with four each and Germany and Spain with three each.

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In the opening men’s match on Stadium, Nishikori squares off with No. 25 seed Fernando Verdasco for the fifth time (tied 2-2). Nishikori won the last meeting in five sets in the 3R at Roland Garros last year. Verdasco is trying to post his first Top 10 win of the season (0-4) and first since last June at the Queen’s Club in London where he beat No. 5 Wawrinka in 1R. Since 2014, Nishikori has won 13 of his past 15 Miami Open matches.

In the evening session, Sock looks for his second win against Jiri Vesely, the No. 2 player from the Czech Republic. Sock won the previous ATP World Tour meeting 6-2, 6-1 in the 2R of 2014 Memphis. Sock is off to a career-best 16-3 start and he is one of four players (Dimitrov, Federer, Tsonga) to capture two titles on the ATP World Tour this season.

On Grandstand, Raonic takes on #NextGenATP American qualifier Jared Donaldson, who lost the previous meeting 6-2, 6-3 on the Canadian’s home soil at ATP Masters 1000 Toronto last July. Raonic is playing his first tournament in a month since being sidelined with a right leg injury, which forced him to concede a walkover in the Delray Beach final (vs. Sock) on Feb. 26, then withdrew from Acapulco and Indian Wells. Donaldson is looking for his first career Top 10 win (0-3). In the next match on, Benoit Paire and surging Donald Young meet for the second time. Paire won the previous meeting on clay at 2012 Casablanca. Young is off to a 12-5 start this season and this is his best showing in eight appearances in Miami.

On Court 1, all three matches are between unseeded players as Federico Delbonis of Argentina takes on Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany for the first time on the ATP World Tour, followed by Nicolas Mahut of France vs. Guido Pella of Argentina in a first-time encounter. In the final match on, Frenchman Jeremy Chardy looks for his first win (0-2) against Italian Fabio Fognini, who won both previous meetings on clay.

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Premiers Sydney FC far too good for Perth Glory

ABC Sport - Sun, 26/03/2017 - 8:28pm

Premiers' Plate winners Sydney FC cruise to victory at Perth Glory to set a record for most points in an 27-round A-League season.

Federer, Wawrinka Roll On In Miami 2017 Saturday Highlights

ATP news - Sun, 26/03/2017 - 7:10pm
Watch Saturday highlights from the 2017 Miami Open presented by Itau, featuring second-round victories from Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Juan Martin del Potro. Watch live matches at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Phoenix thump Newcastle Jets 5-0 in A-League mauling

ABC Sport - Sun, 26/03/2017 - 6:30pm

A depleted Wellington Phoenix find late-season goalscoring form with a 5-0 A-League victory over the hapless Newcastle Jets.