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WA javelin thrower Kim Mickle is heading to Rio

ABC Sport - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 8:04pm

Javelin thrower Kim Mickle will be going to the Rio Olympics after a successful throw today, just 10 months after a shoulder reconstruction.

Raonic Reflects On Newfound Fame

ATP news - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 7:53pm
Raonic discusses his impact on tennis in Canada, along with ATP World Tour players and fans.

Djokovic Nishikori Raonic Win In Toronto 2016 Wednesday Highlights

ATP news - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 4:22pm
Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Gael Monfils, Ivo Karlovic and Grigor Dimitrov advance Wednesday at the Rogers Cup. Photo: Getty Images. Watch live tennis: tennistv.com

Shapovalov Wows Crowd With Double Hot Shot Toronto 2016

ATP news - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 4:02pm
Denis Shapovalov delivers a double-whammy hot shot during his second-round match against Grigor Dimitrov at the Rogers Cup on Wednesday. Watch live tennis: tennistv.com

Meet the Aussie swimmers aiming to rebound from London 2012

ABC Sport - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 3:49pm

Australia has assembled a strong swimming team for the Rio Olympics hoping to rebound from the poor showing in the pool at the London Games in 2012.

Olympic athletes who became actors

ABC Sport - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 3:45pm

They may have starred in the Olympic arena, but some athletes struggled for success and only enjoyed embarrassment when they switched the track, pool or the gym for the silver screen.

Kyrgios clearly unhappy with local support

ABC Tennis news - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 3:21pm

Irascible tennis star Nick Kyrgios takes a shot at the support, or lack thereof, from his compatriots after his first-round loss at the Toronto Masters.

Kyrgios clearly unhappy with local support

ABC Sport - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 3:21pm

Irascible tennis star Nick Kyrgios takes a shot at the support, or lack thereof, from his compatriots after his first-round loss at the Toronto Masters.

Crows captain to miss clash with Bombers

ABC Sport - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 3:17pm

Adelaide Crows captain Taylor Walker will miss Sunday's home clash with bottom-placed Essendon as he recovers from an injured ankle.

Polansky Goes Behind The Scenes In Toronto

ATP news - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 3:14pm
Canadian Peter Polansky takes us behind the scenes at his hometown tournament in Toronto, giving an exclusive backstage tour of the player areas at the Aviva Centre.

Scanlan's Rio dream inspired by London disappointment

ABC Sport - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 3:02pm

Missing the London Olympics lit a fire for Australian shooter Laetisha Scanlan and she now finds herself a medal prospect for the Rio Games, writes Luke Pentony.

Vescio reveals what it's like to pioneer women's football at Calrton

ABC Sport - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 2:39pm

Wangaratta-raised Darcy Vescio talks about how she plans to stand up as a role model for women's football, after being named one of Carlton's marquee players in the lead-up to next year's launch of the AFL female competition.

Nishikori Produces Quick-Thinking Hot Shot Toronto 2016

ATP news - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 12:48pm
Kei Nishikori covers some miles before his quick reflexes get the job done at the Rogers Cup. Watch live tennis: tennistv.com

Bryans Get Acrobatic At Cirque Du Soleil

ATP news - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 12:46pm
Bob and Mike Bryan get acrobatic as they attend a rehearsal for Cirque Du Soleil in Toronto. Video courtesy: Rogers Cup

Greyhound trainer suspended over alleged live baiting

ABC Sport - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 12:37pm

Sydney trainer Harry Sarkis is suspended for alleged live baiting after telling an inquiry the rabbits he kept were for food.

Raonic, Monfils Power Through In Toronto

ATP news - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 12:03pm

In his first appearance since reaching the Wimbledon final, fourth seed Milos Raonic wasted little time in disposing of Yen-Hsun Lu in the second round of the Rogers Cup. The Canadian took down the World No. 70 in the Emirates ATP Rankings 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday to atone for a first-up defeat on home soil last year, in which he fell to Feliciano Lopez.

“It’s a good way to start the tournament,” said Raonic. “I look to continue hopefully playing better the next match, which I know is going to be necessary. I would like to do well here. I probably put some extra pressure on myself there. I think I got that behind me very quickly, and I played a solid match start to finish.”

Raonic is bidding to reach his third straight ATP World Tour final after runner-up showings at Wimbledon and the Aegon Championships. He will be hoping to go one better than his previous best at the Rogers Cup – a runner-up result to Rafael Nadal in 2013.

Watch: Spending A Day With Raonic In Toronto

The World No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Rankings hit eight aces and won 80 per cent of first-serve points in the one-hour, six-minute encounter to extend his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against the 32 year old from Chinese Taipei to 3-0.

He will meet #NextGen qualifier Jared Donaldson after the American sent last week’s Umag champion Fabio Fognini packing. Donaldson snapped the Italian's five-match winning streak with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 result. The American, ranked No. 147 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, was particularly impressive on serve. He only faced three break points compared to 11 for Fognini.

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Gael Monfils is on a seven-match winning streak after prevailing over local favourite Vasek Pospisil. The No. 10 seed found another gear after a tough opening set to move into the third round, 7-6(6), 6-0.

Neither player faced a break point in the opening set, but Pospisil squandered a set point on his serve in the tie-break at 6/5, allowing Monfils to take the next two points and the set. The second set was one-way traffic for Monfils, with the Frenchman winning 11 of the last 13 points to take the match.

Monfils, a winner last week at the Citi Open, will next play seventh seed David Goffin. The Belgian advanced to the third round after Sam Querrey was forced to stop play in their match due to a back injury while trailing 4-6, 1-2. Goffin also defeated Querrey in the second round of last year’s Rogers Cup. Monfils leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Goffin 1-0, but they haven’t played each other in more than three years.

In an all-American second-round match, No. 16 seed Jack Sock defeated Donald Young, 6-4, 6-3. Sock didn’t face a break point in the match and lost just nine points on serve, improving his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Young to 3-0. He will now play second seed Stan Wawrinka for a place in the quarter-finals. 

Djokovic Embracing Veteran Status

ATP news - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 11:32am

It’s hard to imagine being called an elder statesman at age 29, but Novak Djokovic has become a veteran figure on the ATP World Tour in his 13th season as a pro.

Making his 10th appearance at the Rogers Cup, the top seed was forced to be on top of his game from the first ball in a tricky opening round against Gilles Muller. Djokovic advanced into the third round in two tight sets after having to serve to stay in both of them.

But whether it’s performing in front of full stadiums or trying his hand at an exhibition ball hockey game last weekend in Toronto, Djokovic is embracing his role as one of the most-watched figures in the sport.

“I'm obviously doing everything in my own power and my own field of influence to be a positive example on and off the court. I'm very connected emotionally to this sport,” said Djokovic. “I feel that bond and I try to be honest and transfer that passion on the court and off it… So I hope people can relate to that and recognise that.”

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Rather than shying away from the elder statesman label, Djokovic is embracing it. He was among the players elected last month to the ATP Player Council, joining Andy Murray and other top players in serving a two-year term through June 2018.

“As somebody that is on top of the game and has at this moment [a] certain influence, I can try to use that influence and contribute in a good way to the sport,” said Djokovic. “Roger Federer has done that for a long time and Rafael Nadal was also in the council for a long time. I think it's good that the best players in the world are getting involved.”

Having already left an indelible mark on the court, the Serbian said being on the Player Council now provides with him an opportunity to do the same off the court.

"[It’s] making a positive difference in the sport for the future generations as well, not just for us. We are talking about the seasons to come, '18, '19, '20,” said Djokovic. “Who knows if some of us will still play at that time, but we can do something that is going to leave a mark of our legacy on the sport. Not just as tennis players, but as people who try to live a better sport for future generations.”

Berdych/Stepanek Reach Last Eight In Toronto

ATP news - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 11:15am

Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek ousted fourth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-1, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday. The Czech duo, who reached the semi-finals at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Paris last year, saved all three break points they faced to advance after 65 minutes. They next face either sixth seeds Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil or Nick Kyrgios/Jack Sock.

Earlier in the day in singles, Stepanek topped Canadian wild card Peter Polansky to set a third-round meeting with World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Watch Toronto Doubles Matches Live Online

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Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo needed a Match Tie-break to fend off Marin Cilic and Marin Draganja. The third seeds, who hold four titles together (2015 Paris, ’15 Roland Garros, ’15 Acapulco and ’13 Shanghai), won 7-6(4), 6-7(4) 10-5 to advance to the quarter-finals. 

Fifth seeds Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau topped John Isner and NextGen player Alexander Zverev 7-6(1), 6-0. The Romanian duo won 92 per cent of their first-serve points en route to a 57-minute victory and a quarter-final berth.

Marcin Matkowski and Max Mirnyi advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 7-6(5) win over Lukasz Kubot and Alexander Peya. The Polish/Belarusian pair saved seven of the eight break points faced to set a meeting with top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan

Also in doubles action today: Third seeds Ivan Dodig/Marcelo Melo vs Marin Cilic/Marin Draganja.

Cate Campbell says London swimming team debacle is long forgotten

ABC Sport - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 9:39am

Rio gold-medal hope Cate Campbell says the Australian swim team has 'well and truly put the matter to rest' with regards to a difficult London Games.

Cate Campbell says London swimming team debacle is long forgotten

ABC Sport - Thu, 28/07/2016 - 9:39am

Rio gold-medal hope Cate Campbell says the Australian swim team has 'well and truly put the matter to rest' with regards to a difficult London Games.