Murray apologises for Djokovic defeat by offering fan free tickets to Australian Open opener Andy Murray has faced Novak Djokovic in four Australian Open finals Julian Finney/Getty Images print Andy Murray has offered a supportive fan free tickets to his opening match of the Australian Open as an apology for being thrashed by Novak Djokovic on Thursday. Murray, who is coming back from a long-term hip injury, won just two games against world No. 1 Djokovic during the practice match, which finished incomplete at 6-1, 4-1 and was played in front of a sizeable crowd at the Margaret Court Arena. Editor's Picks The Aussie Open draw has ensured that defending champ Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic can't play each other until the final. On the women's side, Serena Williams has drawn into the same section as No. 1-ranked Simona Halep. 1 Related Responding to a fan's Instagram post , Murray replied: "I'm sorry I couldn't be more entertaining today. Thanks for the support... if you'd like to come along and watch my match on Monday or Tuesday I'll sort you a ticket." The fan, Australian teenager Jordyn Kollmorgen, posted that Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, was the inspiration behind her love for tennis. "Still in absolute shock that I finally got to see the man behind my love for tennis in action today," she wrote. "It was Muzza that showed me just how entertaining tennis really could be and for that I thank him with my whole heart." Murray faces No. 22 seed Roberto Bautista Agut in what is a tough first-round match to start his Australian Open return. The former world No. 1 missed the tournament last year after undergoing hip surgery and competed in just six tournaments in 2018. Facebook Messenger ABOUT COOKIES To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies? Yes
The Cowboys wanted other quarterbacks over Dak Prescott. Sean Payton settled for the Saints job. Here's how these teams were built by accident. 2 Related In 10 games played during the regular season, Badgley made 15 of 16 fields goals (94 percent), including a franchise-long 59 yarder in a Week 14 contest against the Cincinnati Bengals . Badgley also made 27 of 28 extra points (96.4 percent). However, Badgley had a touchback on only 9 of his 54 kickoffs during the 2018 regular season. That 16.7 percent rate was the worst in the NFL among players with at least 10 kickoffs in 2018. The Chargers are concerned with explosive Patriots return man Cordarrelle Patterson, who averaged 28.8 yards per return during the regular season, including one taken back for a 95-yard touchdown. "They have one of the best kick returners that I've seen in a long time," Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said this week. "So that's going to be a heck of a challenge for our special teams. It's a good thing we have one of the better cover units in the league right now, but that's going to be a heck of a challenge." The Chargers did hold returners to 21.7 yards per kickoff return in the regular season, the eighth-best rate in the league. Rose kicked in two games for the Chargers at the end of the 2017 season, making 1 of 3 field goals and 5 of 6 extra points. Rose had touchbacks on 8 of his 9 kickoffs for the Bolts last season. He also played in eight games for the Redskins as an injury replacement for Dustin Hopkins . Facebook Messenger ABOUT COOKIES To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies? Yes
print MADRID -- Spanish police are investigating 28 professional players for match-fixing, including one who participated in last year's US Open. Authorities did not immediately disclose any of the names of those implicated in the operation that dismantled an Armenian organized group that allegedly bribed athletes for betting purposes. Police say 15 people were arrested, including some of the tennis players, after 11 houses were raided. Luxury vehicles, a shotgun, credit cards and 167,000 euros ($191,000) in cash were seized. European Union law enforcement agency Europol, which supported the operation led by Spanish authorities, says at least 97 matches from lower-tier Futures and Challenger tournaments were fixed.
Kohlschreiber defeats Fognini to reach Auckland semifinals Philipp Kohlschreiber is aiming to win his ninth ATP Tour title Hannah Peters/Getty Images print Former Auckland champion Philipp Kohlschreiber rolled back the years to upset No. 2 seed Fabio Fognini and advance to the semifinals of the competition on Thursday. Kohlschreiber, 35, broke world No. 13 Fognini twice in both sets on his way to a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 win. The German, who won the ASB Auckland Classic in 2008, will face Tennys Sandgren in the final four after the American defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 7-6 (5). In the other half of the draw, Britain's Cameron Norrie beat American Taylor Fritz 7-6 (3), 6-3 to advance to his fourth ATP semifinal and set up a meeting with Jan-Lennard Struff . Norrie fired 11 aces and saved all four break points he faced during the match, breaking his opponent in the penultimate game of the second set to wrap up the win. Norrie will face Fritz at the Australian Open next week after the players were paired during the first-round draw on Thursday. Struff advanced following a three-hour contest against No. 4 seed Pablo Carreno Busta . Struff won two tiebreaks as he edged the Spaniard 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 7-6(7). Facebook Messenger ABOUT COOKIES To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies? Yes
Match Commentary 14' Goal! Churchill Brothers 0, Gokulam 1. Marcus Joseph (Gokulam) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Salman K.
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SYDNEY -- Aliaksandra Sasnovich advanced to the Sydney International semifinals by beating Timea Bacsinszky 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday. The 33rd-ranked Sasnovich reached the quarterfinals last week in Brisbane. Sasnovich will next face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova , who beat 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-1 in a match twice suspended by rain. Ashleigh Barty , who beat top-seeded Simon Halep on Wednesday, advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Elise Mertens , breaking the Belgian player's serve six times. "I thought it was a little bit of a slow start, but it was good to get the ball rolling mid to late in that first set," Barty said. Barty will next meet seventh-seeded Kiki Bertens , who beat Yulia Putintseva 6-2, 6-2. In men's quarterfinals, eighth-seeded Andreas Seppi upset top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, No. 3 Diego Schwartzman beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (1), and Alex de Minaur beat Jordan Thompson 7-6 (4), 6-3. Facebook Messenger ABOUT COOKIES To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies? Yes
140d Alyssa Roenigk Alize Cornet cruises into Hobart International semifinals Alize Cornet of France plays a shot during her singles quarter final match against Greet Minnen of Belgium. Robert Cianflone/Getty Images print Former Hobart International champion Alize Cornet is one step closer to again lifting the trophy after dispatching Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen to reach the semi-finals. Sixth-seed Cornet, who won the event in 2016, overcame a fall and grazed knee to win 6-1 6-4 on Thursday and is yet to drop a set at the tournament. "I fell pretty hard on the hand, but I think it's all good," Cornet said. The Frenchwoman served for the match at 5-2 in the second set but was broken as Minnen struck some clean winners. "To finally close it out at 5-4, I was pretty tight, so I'm happy I could finish the match. To be in the semi-final is a great start to the year," Cornet said. Cornet will meet Sofia Kenin for a place in the final, with the 20-year-old American continuing her impressive run by beating veteran Kirsten Flipkins 7-5 7-5. In Thursday's night semi-finals, former world No.7 Belinda Bencic meets Ukranian 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska .