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Sharapova reaches quarters

Melbourne: Resurgent second seed Maria Sharapova's Australian Open campaign kicked into overdrive yesterday as young guns Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep scraped into the quarter-finals.

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MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal looked at his best after recent problems as exciting Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios won a memorable five-setter to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open yesterday.

Iraq get nod as Iran plea rejected

SYDNEY: Iran's protest that Iraq fielded an ineligible player in their stormy Asian Cup quarter-final was shot down following lengthy deliberation by tournament organisers yesterday.

West Indies pull one back

PORT ELIZABETH: All-rounder Andre Russell smashed a match-winning half-century as West Indies claimed a nail-biting one-wicket victory over South Africa in the fourth one-day international at St George's Park last night.

Kiwis wrap up one-day series in style

DUNEDIN: New Zealand wrapped up their one-day series against Sri Lanka with a game to spare yesterday when Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor orchestrated a 120-run win in game six.

South Korean coach accepts the 'favourite tag'

SYDNEY: South Korea coach Uli Stielike has been around football too long not to know all the mind games that go on. For most of the Asian Cup, his mantra has been that his team had no chance.

Bahrain to take part in GCC tennis

THE GCC Youth and Juniors (under-18 and under-14) Tennis Championships kicked off yesterday in Kuwait City.

Ritz Carlton score over BCC 'A'

RITZ Carlton defeated BCC 'A' by 28 runs in the BFC Professional League organised by Cricket Bahrain Association and supported by Cebarco.

Ogier races to victory in Monte Carlo

MONACO: Two-time world champion Sebastien Ogier won the Monte Carlo Rally yesterday, the Volkswagen driver holding off his Finnish team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala for the Frenchman's third success in the iconic opening leg of the world rally championship.

Djokovic analyses Muller through video

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic has never played his next opponent Gilles Muller at the Australian Open yet will intimately know what to expect through extensive video analysis.

Compton ties for lead as Kuchar fades

LA QUINTA, United States: Erik Compton, a runner-up at last year's US Open, fired a five-under par 67 to grab a share of the lead after Saturday's third round of the US PGA Tour Humana Challenge.

Qataris barge into last eight

DOHA: Hosts Qatar edged through to the quarter-finals of the World Handball championships with a narrow and bad-tempered 29-27 over Austria yesterday.

Aldridge stars in Portland victory

PORTLAND, Oregon: Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge reversed his previous decision to have thumb surgery and turned out for the Trail Blazers on Saturday, helping them to a 103-96 win against Washington.

Dongfeng pursuers catching up on them

SANYA, China: Dongfeng Race Team's hopes of becoming the first Chinese entry to win a leg in the Volvo Ocean Race were hanging by a thread yesterday.

Patriots 'did everything right to win'

FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts: Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick explained how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating.

Arsenal book last 16 berth

London: Holders Arsenal won through to the last 16 of the FA Cup with a hard-fought 3-2 victory away to Brighton and Hove Albion yesterday as West Ham and Aston Villa also avoided the embarrassment of becoming the latest Premier League clubs to be knocked out by lower league opposition.

Pogba stars as Juventus sink Chievo

MILAN: Paul Pogba hit his fourth goal in as many games to inspire Juventus to a 2-0 win over Chievo as the Serie A champions moved eight points clear of Roma yesterday.

Malaga rally to hold Bilbao

BARCELONA: Malaga fought back for a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league yesterday, four days before the two play for a spot in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey.

Congo march into quarters

BEBIYIN, Equatorial Guinea: The Republic of Congo advanced to the quarter-finals at the African Cup of Nations after beating Burkina Faso 2-1 yesterday.

Win or bust for Zambia

EBEBIYIN, Equatorial Guinea: Former champions Zambia must defeat Cape Verde today to keep alive their hopes of reaching the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals in Equatorial Guinea.

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