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Ruthless Chelsea fight back to sink Man City

ABC Sport - Sun, 04/12/2016 - 8:32am

Chelsea comes from behind to secure a dramatic 3-1 win at Manchester City and forge clear at the top of the Premier League, as their top-of-the-table clash ends in a mass brawl.

AFL player cooperating with police after five-car crash

ABC Sport - Sun, 04/12/2016 - 8:18am

AFL player Jarman Impey was involved in two crashes at Norwood last night before fleeing the scene, the Port Adelaide Football Club confirms.

Port Adelaide 'helping police' over reports player in five-car crash

ABC Sport - Sun, 04/12/2016 - 8:18am

The Port Adelaide Football Club says it is aware of reports one of its players was involved in two crashes at Norwood last night before fleeing the scene.

Cheika frustrated by Wallabies' defeat to England

ABC Sport - Sun, 04/12/2016 - 7:43am

Australia coach Michael Cheika laments the Wallabies' inability to put together a complete 80-minute performance after a second-half slump in their 37-21 loss to England at Twickenham.

Grieving Brazilian town receives bodies from soccer plane-crash

ABC Sport - Sun, 04/12/2016 - 12:47am

Brazil's President bestows honours on the victims of an air crash as 50 coffins are flown in from Colombia, site of the disaster this week that killed 71 people and wiped out a rural soccer team.

Melbourne City limps to 1-1 A-League draw with Brisbane Roar

ABC Sport - Sat, 03/12/2016 - 9:35pm

An under-strength Melbourne City pay the price for their FFA Cup exertions, limping to a 1-1 A-League draw with Brisbane Roar.

Wanderers beat Mariners despite having keeper sent off

ABC Sport - Sat, 03/12/2016 - 6:33pm

A 10-man Western Sydney Wanderers outfit rolls the Central Coast Mariners 4-1 despite goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson being sent off.

Van Gisbergen wins Supercars title despite in-race penalty

ABC Sport - Sat, 03/12/2016 - 5:14pm

Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen secures the Supercars title for 2016 after finishing third at the Sydney 500.

Dodt still in top spot after third round of Australian PGA Championship

ABC Sport - Sat, 03/12/2016 - 4:03pm

Andrew Dodt is still the man to beat after the third round of the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines.

NSW Breakers extinguish Fire to stroll to 18th women's cricket title

ABC Sport - Sat, 03/12/2016 - 2:56pm

The NSW Breakers nab their 18th Women's National Cricket League title with a nine-wicket win over Queensland.

Usain Bolt rues not getting serious earlier in his career

ABC Sport - Sat, 03/12/2016 - 12:22pm

Despite winning an unprecedented nine Olympic sprint gold medals at three successive Games, Usain Bolt says he missed out by not knuckling down earlier.

Maxwell fined by Australian team leadership group for Wade criticism

ABC Sport - Sat, 03/12/2016 - 11:17am

Australia captain Steve Smith reveals all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was fined for his comments about teammate Matthew Wade.

Sporting world stunned by F1 world champ Rosberg's retirement

ABC Sport - Sat, 03/12/2016 - 10:09am

Current and former Formula One drivers and the likes of Usain Bolt react with disbelief to F1 world champ Nico Rosberg's retirement.

Tiger Woods shoots 7-under 65 round at World Challenge

ABC Sport - Sat, 03/12/2016 - 7:55am

Tiger Woods shoots seven birdies, no bogeys at the World Challenge event, raising hopes he might really be back.

Rivalries Of 2016: Murray vs. Nishikori

ATP news - Sat, 03/12/2016 - 5:10am
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Continuing our Season In Review series, ATPWorldTour.com revisits the fiercest rivalries of 2016. Today we feature Andy Murray vs. Kei Nishikori:

With many high-pressure matches, pulsating moments and thrilling finishes, Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori met on four occasions in 2016 and their encounters had it all. Battling in a Grand Slam quarter-final, Davis Cup five-setter, Olympic semi-final and one of the best matches of the year at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the pair provided arguably the most compelling rivalry and the drama between the lines did not disappoint.

Entering the year, Murray had dominated the rivalry, taking five of six meetings and refusing to relinquish a set in all his victories. He was ruthless in dispatching Nishikori 6-3, 6-0 in the 2015 Rogers Cup semis, but as the calendar flipped to 2016, so did the Japanese’s fortunes.

Their first meeting came in the Davis Cup first round in March. The Scot needed a win to send defending champion Great Britain into the quarter-finals and it looked to be another straight-set victory. He battled to a two-set lead, but Nishikori would find a second gear, breaking Murray in the third and fourth sets to force a decider in front of a raucous crowd in Birmingham. The home hope would secure the win in the decider, 7-5, 7-6(6), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, but Nishikori gave him all he could handle in a near-five hour thriller.

Armed with newfound belief against Murray, the Japanese would finally turn the tables at the US Open. Despite falling in straight sets in the semis of the Rio Olympics, he entered their third encounter of the year poised to stem the tide.

In a back-and-forth contest that featured 17 breaks of serve, Nishikori was ultimately the more settled player during the match's tightest moments. He took the three-hour and 57-minute contest 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, upsetting Murray to reach his second Grand Slam semi-final and first since the 2014 US Open.

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“I saw some opportunities to come in today so I tried to be aggressive,” said Nishikori. “I saw that's what I had to do, especially against Andy. He has great defense. I don't know why I served and volleyed a lot today... but it was working. I think it was a great mix, serving and volleying and coming to the net."

At no point was Nishikori more clutch than deep in the fifth set. With Murray serving at 5-all in the decider, Nishikori attacked a second serve and approached the net, lunging at Murray's passing shot and connecting on a forehand volley that dropped in for an uncontested winner. He served it out a game later, claiming his fourth of five Top 10 wins in 2016.

Following two five-set battles, Nishikori entered the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals full of confidence against Murray. They would meet in the round-robin stage and with Murray’s year-end No. 1 quest hanging in the balance, an instant classic would ensue. The competitors produced the then-longest match in tournament history at three hours and 21 minutes, before Murray and Milos Raonic broke the record days later.

Nishikori was clutch in the opening tie-break and Murray was left to rue missed opportunities with the set on the line. The Japanese would take it 11-9 after 85 minutes, but the Scot regrouped immediately to secure a break to 30 to open the second set and eventually drew level to force a decider. Each game in the deciding set was competitive, but it was Murray who found a way to break Nishikori in the third and fifth games. He remained in control to prevail 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4, extending his winning streak to 21 straight matches and exacting revenge after the US Open defeat.

"Until this year, we hadn't really played many marathons," Murray said. "It just turned out that this year we played three extremely long matches. The ones in the Davis Cup and the US Open were very tough, long five-setters. But we've played each other 10 or 11 times. It's only really been this year that I remember that we played really, really long matches."

View FedEx ATP Head2Head (Murray Leads 8-2)

Murray vs. Nishikori: 2016 Meetings

 Event  Surface  Round
 Winner
 Score  Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
 Hard  RR  Murray  6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4
 US Open
 Hard  QF  Nishikori  1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5
 Rio Olympics
 Hard  SF  Murray  6-1, 6-4
 Davis Cup
 Hard  1R  Murray  7-5, 7-6(6), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3

'I've climbed my mountain': Nico Rosberg retires from F1

ABC Sport - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 11:47pm

Nico Rosberg stuns Formula One with the shock announcement he is retiring, only days after winning his first world championship with Mercedes.

Glory holds on for 1-1 draw against Victory

ABC Sport - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 9:24pm

Perth Glory stymies Melbourne Victory's attempts to jump back to second on the A-League table, holding on to a 1-1 draw at AAMI Park.

Perth Glory vs Melbourne Victory end game on 1-1 draw

ABC Sport - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 9:24pm

Perth Glory stymies Melbourne Victory's attempts to jump back to second on the A-League table, holding on to a 1-1 draw at AAMI Park.

Dodt maintains lead after second round at Australian PGA

ABC Sport - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 6:10pm

Andrew Dodt holds his lead after the second round at the Australian PGA Championship, with Ashley Hall and Adam Scott among the chasing pack.

Tour de France comes to the Snowy Mountains

ABC Sport - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 5:34pm

Tour de France champion Chris Froome will join 3,500 amateur riders for the first Tour de France event in Australia.