• Young guns shine as Arsenal move into FA Cup fifth round
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    Young guns shine as Arsenal move into FA Cup fifth round

    Mikel Arteta hailed Arsenal's "hungry" youngsters after Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah fired their side into the FA Cup fifth round with a 2-1 win against Bournemouth on Monday. Arteta turned to youth at Dean Court and Saka, Nketiah and Joe Willock repaid the Arsenal manager's faith

  • Vardy set to return for Leicester's semi-final showdown
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    Vardy set to return for Leicester's semi-final showdown

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers expects Jamie Vardy to return from injury for Tuesday's League Cup semi-final second leg at Aston Villa. Vardy missed the club's FA Cup fourth-round win at Brentford on Saturday after suffering a glute injury during last week's win against West Ham. It was

  • Liverpool were warned over possible winter break clash: FA
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    Liverpool were warned over possible winter break clash: FA

    Liverpool were warned about the possibility of an FA Cup fourth-round replay during the mid-season break before the start of the current campaign, the Football Association has said. Manager Jurgen Klopp said neither he nor his first-team stars would be present for their replay at home to Shrewsbury,

  • Rui Pinto: hacker who targetted football and Angola's 'princess'
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    Rui Pinto: hacker who targetted football and Angola's 'princess'

    Prosecutors in Portugal have denounced him as a criminal hacker, but his supporters describe the man behind the "Luanda Leaks" revelations as a public interest whistleblower. Rui Pinto, the Portuguese self-taught hacker already tied to the "Football Leaks", has now come forward as

  • Talking points from European football this weekend
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    Talking points from European football this weekend

    Kobe Bryant's death sent fans from the football world into mourning, while new Barcelona boss Quique Setien is already under pressure following his side's dismal La Liga defeat at Valencia and Erling Braut Haaland continues to thrill. AFP Sport looks at four things we learned from a busy weekend

  • Women's tennis tour to test coaching from stands this season
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    Women's tennis tour to test coaching from stands this season

    The WTA is going to test out allowing coaching from the stands at non-Grand Slam tournaments for the rest of this season. The tour said Monday that the change amounts to letting coaches offer the sort of hand signals and simple instructions that happen currently even though they have been against the

  • Nadal praises Kyrgios after weathering storm to make Open quarters
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    Nadal praises Kyrgios after weathering storm to make Open quarters

    World number one Rafael Nadal praised showman Nick Kyrgios Monday after weathering a fierce storm to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals and keep alive his quest for a 20th Grand Slam title. The Spanish top seed came through a riveting clash on Rod Laver Arena 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/4) to

  • Nadal settles Kyrgios score to keep heat on Federer record
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    Nadal settles Kyrgios score to keep heat on Federer record

    Rafael Nadal won a grudge match with Nick Kyrgios to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals and keep the heat on Roger Federer's record for Grand Slam titles on Monday. The world number one, labelled "super salty" by Kyrgios after he criticised the Australian's behaviour last year

  • Zverev halts Rublev streak to reach Melbourne quarters
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    Zverev halts Rublev streak to reach Melbourne quarters

    Germany's Alexander Zverev ended the hot streak of his close friend Andrey Rublev of Russia to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals for the first time on Monday.

  • 'Like Brad and Jennifer' - coach Martinez back to boost Muguruza
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    'Like Brad and Jennifer' - coach Martinez back to boost Muguruza

    Former world number one Garbine Muguruza powered into the Australian Open quarter-finals on Monday, underlining her return to form since reviving her partnership with Conchita Martinez -- who joked they were tennis's Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. Unseeded Muguruza, who suffered a torrid run of

  • Vintage Wawrinka upsets Medvedev in 'best match since surgery'
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    Vintage Wawrinka upsets Medvedev in 'best match since surgery'

    Former champion Stan Wawrinka said he played his best match since knee surgery threatened to derail his career as he upset world number four Daniil Medvedev Monday to race into the Australian Open quarter-finals. The popular Swiss star, who beat Rafael Nadal in the 2014 decider, dug deep to come from

  • Court gets recognition, without addressing Australian crowd
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    Court gets recognition, without addressing Australian crowd

    Margaret Court was present but didn't address the crowd at a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of her calendar-year Grand Slam in 1970, a tricky event for Australian Open organizers trying to balance recognition of the achievement with their responsibility to promote inclusion in sports. Court

  • Barty, Jabeur out to extend Melbourne runs with history in sight
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    Barty, Jabeur out to extend Melbourne runs with history in sight

    Top seed Ashleigh Barty steps up her bid to end the host country's title drought and Tunisia's Ons Jabeur is chasing more history in the Australian Open quarter-finals on Tuesday. The world number one Barty is under huge pressure to win in Melbourne -- the last time an Australian woman triumphed

  • Navratilova, McEnroe blast 'homophobic' Court as controversial great honoured
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    Navratilova, McEnroe blast 'homophobic' Court as controversial great honoured

    Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe lined up to criticise Margaret Court's "homophobic" views on Monday as the Australian Open marked 50 years since the controversial tennis great's 1970 calendar-year Grand Slam. Navratilova said the devout Christian's deeply conservative views

  • Players pay respects to Kobe Bryant at Australian Open
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    Players pay respects to Kobe Bryant at Australian Open

    Nick Kyrgios wore a Los Angeles Lakers No. 8 jersey to honor Kobe Bryant on Monday ahead of his most important match of the Australian Open against top-ranked Rafael Nadal, paying his respects without needing to say a word. Fifteen-year-old Coco Gauff had Bryant's numbers 8 and 24, along with the

  • Kontaveit into first Grand Slam quarter after illness, surgery
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    Kontaveit into first Grand Slam quarter after illness, surgery

    Anett Kontaveit says that reaching her first Grand Slam quarter-final on Monday helps banish the heartbreak of pulling out of the US Open with an illness that torpedoed her 2019 season and required surgery. The 24-year-old became the first Estonian woman to reach the last eight in Melbourne after battling

  • Thiem dumps adviser Muster after barely two weeks
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    Thiem dumps adviser Muster after barely two weeks

    Dominic Thiem has dumped 1995 French Open champion and former world number one Thomas Muster as an adviser just weeks after hiring him, but insisted Monday "nothing bad happened". The world number five, who is chasing a maiden Grand Slam breakthrough at the Australian Open, brought Muster

  • Thiem edges closer to his mum getting a kangaroo tattoo
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    Thiem edges closer to his mum getting a kangaroo tattoo

    Dominic Thiem edged closer to his mum getting a kangaroo tattoo after the world number five swatted aside an error-prone and underarm-serving Gael Monfils to book a maiden Australian Open quarter-final on Monday. It set up a last-eight showdown with either world number one Rafael Nadal or temperamental

  • Steady Nadal beats animated Kyrgios in 4 at Australian Open
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    Steady Nadal beats animated Kyrgios in 4 at Australian Open

    Rafael Nadal left the muttering and the preening, the underarm serving and the 'tweening, to his younger, flashier opponent, Nick Kyrgios. Surely, Nadal was content to collect the win in the latest installment of their rivalry. The No. 1-ranked Nadal kept his thoughts to himself and limited his

  • Halep shrugs off 'stress' to race into Australian Open quarter-finals
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    Halep shrugs off 'stress' to race into Australian Open quarter-finals

    Simona Halep admitted that she launched her Australian Open title bid "stressed" and tired but warned she is now in full flow after surging into the quarter-finals on Monday. The two-time Grand Slam champion defeated 16th seed Elise Mertens 6-4, 6-4 and plays Estonian 28th seed Anett Kontaveit

  • Federer wary of Sandgren as Djokovic semi looms
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    Federer wary of Sandgren as Djokovic semi looms

    Roger Federer has faced most top players on tour but never his Australian Open quarter-final opponent Tenny Sandgren, and he is wary of the American as he attempts to set up a potential last-four clash against Novak Djokovic. The Swiss great swept into the last eight for a record 15th time at Melbourne

  • The Latest: Nadal beats Kyrgios to reach QFs in Australia
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    The Latest: Nadal beats Kyrgios to reach QFs in Australia

    Rafael Nadal has beaten Aussie hope Nick Kyrgios in four sets to reach the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament for the 41st time. The 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4) win allowed Nadal to join Jimmy Connors in third place on the all-time list of Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances, behind only Roger

  • Leeds sign forward Jean-Kevin Augustin to boost promotion push
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    Leeds sign forward Jean-Kevin Augustin to boost promotion push

    Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds announced on Monday they had signed France Under-21 international Jean-Kevin Augustin on loan from RB Leipzig as they push for promotion to the Premier League. The forward, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Monaco, is Leeds' third signing during the January

  • Liverpool held at Shrewsbury as Man Utd, Man City cruise in FA Cup
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    Liverpool held at Shrewsbury as Man Utd, Man City cruise in FA Cup

    Liverpool let a 2-0 lead slip as League One Shrewsbury earned a FA Cup fourth round replay at Anfield thanks to a 2-2 draw, whilst Manchester United and Manchester City cruised into the fifth round on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp showed his focus is very much on a first Premier League title for 30 years as

  • Real Madrid go top with gritty win over Valladolid
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    Real Madrid go top with gritty win over Valladolid

    Real Madrid moved top of La Liga for the first time since October on Sunday after grinding out a 1-0 win away at Real Valladolid to make Barcelona pay for their surprise defeat to Valencia. It is 16 weeks since Madrid last finished a round top of the pile and it looked like a scrappy contest at the