French side La Rochelle reached the Champions Cup quarter-finals on their first appearance in Europe's premier club competition with a 16-7 win over Harlequins as holders Saracens sneaked through on Sunday. England's Saracens beat Northampton Saints 62-14 on Saturday but faced an anxious wait to see if they would advance as one of the top three runners-up. La Rochelle, who lie second in the Top 14, qualified at the top of Pool 1 and will take on Scarlets, who became the first Welsh team to reach the last eight in six years by beating three-times champions Toulon 30-27 on Saturday.
Yahoo - 21.01.2018 19:31
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Thomas Muller and the returning Robert Lewandowski scored two apiece as Bayern Munich earned a come-from-behind 4-2 win over struggling Werder Bremen despite an underwhelming showing from the champions. Bremen took the lead through Jerome Gondorf and hit back again after Muller and Lewandowski – back from a knee injury – had turned things around, a Niklas Sule own goal levelling matters in the 74th minute. Inevitably Bayern fought back and equalised four minutes before half-time, with Muller netting his third league goal of the season in style.
Yahoo - 21.01.2018 17:29
Watford fired manager Marco Silva on Sunday, blaming Everton’s recruitment of the Portuguese boss for his failure, and it seems his replacement has already been identified as Javi Gracia. The Hornets have been poor for some time, and their drop from chasing an unlikely European position to a spot on the fringes of the relegation race does stretch back to time Everton was repeatedly asking to hire Silva. What Silva did in the first quarter of this season and his lauded attempt to save Hull City last season may recall his overachievement at Estoril in Portugal, but the 40-year-old worked wonders at league powers Sporting CP and Olympiacos.
Yahoo - 21.01.2018 15:55
Serie A giants battle for Sturridge Roma and Inter will go head-to-head for the signature of Daniel Sturridge, reports Corriere dello Sport. The Liverpool striker has been out of favour under Jurgen Klopp and is eager to secure a January move to salvage his World Cup dream. The Giallorossi and Nerazzurri, who meet in a mouthwatering clash in the league on Sunday with both competing for a Champions League spot, will make offers for the 28-year-old. Roma have entered the race after interest emerged from Chelsea for star striker Edin Dzeko, whom they are prepared to sell high on at nearly 32 years of age, but not until a replacement is secured. That's unlikely Emerson Palmieri, who is on his way
Yahoo - 21.01.2018 11:56
Theo Walcott helped Everton fight back for a draw against West Brom, but his debut was overshadowed by a serious leg injury to teammate James McCarthy. Theo Walcott helped Everton fight back for a draw against West Brom, but his debut was overshadowed by a serious leg injury to teammate James McCarthy. Theo Walcott helped Everton fight back for a draw against West Brom, but his debut was overshadowed by a serious leg injury to teammate James McCarthy. Everton's James McCarthy will undergo surgery on Monday on the double leg-break he suffered against West Bromwich Albion, according to Press Association Sport. Sam Allardyce's under-performing side claimed their first Premier League point since Boxing Day in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Goodison Park but their efforts were overshadowed by McCarthy's horror injury in the second half. The injury occurred when West Brom striker Salomon Rondon kicked McCarthy's leg as the midfielder nicked the ball off hi...
ESPN - 21.01.2018 11:52
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's move from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal has not moved any further forward with negotiations between the two clubs yet to begin. On Saturday, Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed that Arsenal had made their first enquiry to sign Aubameyang, who is currently suspended from first-team duty for missing a pre-match meeting. But Watzke said he has had no contact yet from his opposite number at Arsenal, Ivan Gazidis. He told Bild on Sunday: "We were contacted by Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis, where he informed us that he intends to talk to us. That, however, did not happen yet. There are no current talks." German football magazine kicker reported that Arsenal had
Yahoo - 21.01.2018 11:00
Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Nacho each netted a brace as Real Madrid overcame an early deficit and thumped Deportivo at the Bernabeu. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Nacho each netted a brace as Real Madrid overcame an early deficit and thumped Deportivo at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said that "we all needed this" after both Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Sunday's 7-1 La Liga win against Deportivo La Coruna at the Bernabeu. A fast start brought half-chances for both Ronaldo and Bale, but the relegation-threatened visitors struck first when Lucas Perez broke down the left wing and crossed for Adrian Lopez to knock home at the back post. Madrid were soon back in the game though when defender Nacho sidefooted home Marcelo's pull-back,...
ESPN - 21.01.2018 10:41
Sergio Aguero tormented Newcastle once again as Premier League leaders Manchester City got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.The Argentinian, who scored five in a game...
Transfermarkt.co.uk - 21.01.2018 09:55
Ronaldo's head injury caused him a mild scare during Real Madrid's big win on Sunday. They say beauty is only skin deep but that didn't stop Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo from verifying it on someone's phone this Sunday. Ronaldo suffered a head wound when scoring a brave diving header in his team's 7-1 La Liga win at home to Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday evening but couldn't wait until he left the field to see how bad it was. And so, he commandeered the phone of a club physio so he could immediately see the damage done. It had seemed that Ronaldo was set for another personally...
ESPN - 21.01.2018 09:42
Eden Hazard was at the heart of Chelsea's attack yet again, as the Blues overcame a spirited Brighton side and ran out convincing winners at the Amex. Eden Hazard was at the heart of Chelsea's attack yet again, as the Blues overcame a spirited Brighton side and ran out convincing winners at the Amex. Eden Hazard was at the heart of Chelsea's attack yet again, as the Blues overcame a spirited Brighton side and ran out convincing winners at the Amex. Gab Marcotti joins the FC panel to report on the latest behind Chelsea's rumoured interest in Peter Crouch, Andy Carroll and Edin Dzeko in the January transfer window. ESPN FC's Steve Nicol assesses rumours around Peter Crouch, Cristiano Ronaldo, Emre Can, Olivier Giroud and many more in Transfer Rater. Craig Burley details how a formation adjustment helped Antonio Conte and Chelsea get back on track against Brighton. Eden Hazard handed over his jersey to a young ...
ESPN - 21.01.2018 07:06
With a move away from North London seemingly closer after every day, take a look back at a selection of his best goals as a Gunner. Arsene Wenger hints Alexis Sanchez's move to Man United is all but done, exclaiming, 'You cannot drive up north and as well play football.' Arsenal had a field day with Crystal Palace, netting four goals in 22 minutes to secure a comfy win at the Emirates. Arsenal had a field day with Crystal Palace, netting four goals in 22 minutes to secure a comfy win at the Emirates. Arsenal had a field day with Crystal Palace, netting four goals in 22 minutes to secure a comfy win at the Emirates. Anthony Martial fired in a shot off the crossbar to see Manchester United past Burnley in a tight affair at Turf Moor. Anthony Martial fired in a shot off the crossbar to see Manchester United past Burnley in a tight affair at Turf Moor. Anthony Martial fired in a shot off the crossbar to see Manch...
ESPN - 21.01.2018 06:32
Harry Kane became Tottenham's record goalscorer in the Premier League with 98 as Spurs breezed past Everton at Wembley. Harry Kane became Tottenham's record goalscorer in the Premier League with 98 as Spurs breezed past Everton at Wembley. Harry Kane became Tottenham's record goalscorer in the Premier League with 98 as Spurs breezed past Everton at Wembley. Mauricio Pochettino explains what makes Harry Kane special after the striker broke Tottenham's all-time Premier League goals record. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Toby Alderweireld is rebuilding his fitness and could return by the FA Cup fourth round. Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino says he's happy with the squad at his disposal and looks ahead to facing Southampton. Tottenham Hotspur will reject even a world-record bid from Real Madrid for Harry Kane in the summer, a source close to the London club has told ESPN FC. Newspaper reports on Sunday sug...
ESPN - 21.01.2018 06:15
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Marin Cilic won his 100th Grand Slam match to beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-6(0), 7-6(3) and reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday. The 2010 semi-finalist recovered from a set down, hitting 73 winners, to defeat Carreno Busta and become just the second Croatian man to reach multiple Australian Open quarter-finals (Goran Ivanisevic). The 29-year-old also equalled Ivanisevic’s record for most Grand Slam quarter-final appearances by a Croatian man (11). Cilic awaits the winner of the round of 16 match between Rafael Nadal and Diego Schwartzman in the last eight. World No. 11 Carreno Busta established a one-set lead, coming from 2-5 down to force a tie-break which he closed out with four consecutive points from 3/2. The 2014 US Open champion responded in the second set, hitting seven aces and dropping just three points behind his second serve to level the match. The Spaniard would serve for a two-sets-to-one lead at 6-5 in the third set after fighting from a ...
ATP - 21.01.2018 07:04
Another milestone victory for Roger Federer... Where have we heard that before? On Saturday, the Swiss added to his Australian Open legacy, notching an unprecedented 90th match win with a straight-set triumph over Richard Gasquet. The defending champion's success Down Under is unrivaled. For the 16th time in his career, Federer will make an appearance in the Round of 16 at Melbourne Park. In fact, the The World No. 2 has not dropped a set through the first three rounds for the first time since 2014. Federer's love affair with the Australian Open began nearly two decades ago, when a precocious 18-year-old with a dazzling one-handed backhand stepped on Rod Laver Arena for the first time. It was the year 2000 and the Basel native would go on to amass a glittering resume, rarely putting a wrong foot in 19 consecutive appearances. With so many memorable wins and epic matches, what are Federer's fondest memories at Melbourne Park? Needless to say, the 36-year-old has plenty to ch...
ATP - 20.01.2018 20:42
In the years to come, Grigor Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios may meet for Grand Slam titles. But on Sunday, two of the most talented players on the ATP World Tour will face off for a spot in the quarter-finals at the Australian Open. Dimitrov won what was at the time the biggest title of his career at last August's Western & Southern Open by defeating Kyrgios — claiming his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. However, Kyrgios has arguably seized momentum in the rivalry — despite trailing in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 1-2 — ahead of their enticing encounter. Just two weeks ago, Kyrgios won his first ATP World Tour title in his home country, Australia, at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp. And in the semi-finals, he came back from a set down to defeat the in-form 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion, Dimitrov. "He played a pretty solid first set. I played a pretty loose game to get broken,” Kyrgios said at the time. “Pretty much from then on...
ATP - 20.01.2018 20:28
Tomas Berdych advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the 10th time with an impressive 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 12 seed Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday. The two-time semi-finalist hit 20 aces in the two-hour, 16-minute encounter and broke the Argentine on seven occasions to take sole ownership of the record for the most Open Era fourth round appearances at the Australian Open by a Czech man. Berdych will play Fabio Fognini for a place in the quarter-finals after the Italian ended the run of Julien Benneteau 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in three hours. After trading breaks early in the first set, Berdych made the crucial breakthrough in the sixth game to lead 4-2. The Czech No.1 hit double the number of winners of his rival in the opening set (16-8) and dropped just five points on his first serve in the set to earn the lead against Del Potro, who entered the match with a 5-3 advantage in the pair's FedEx ATP Head2Head series. Berdych broke for the third time in the open...
ATP - 20.01.2018 13:31
If second seed Roger Federer is feeling any pressure to defend his 2017 Australian Open title this fortnight, he certainly is not showing it. The Swiss right-hander won in straight sets for the third match in a row on Saturday evening, ousting No. 29 seed Richard Gasquet 6-2, 7-5, 6-4. “My head’s still spinning from the match point where I got so lucky so I’m just trying to get over that one,” Federer said with a laugh on court after the match. “I think I was able to maybe stay a little bit more on the offensive than he was and maybe I was protecting my own serve a little bit better than him, I don’t know. But the second set was tight, the match was close." To Gasquet’s credit, the Frenchman battled until the end. Federer appeared in cruise control serving at 4-2 in the third set. But the 14-time ATP World Tour titlist found some of his best tennis to save three game points and break back, before playing a solid service game of his own to even...
ATP - 20.01.2018 12:41
Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is finding his form, breaking serve five times to advance to the second week at Melbourne Park for the 11th time with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 victory over No. 21 seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Saturday. “I knew coming into the match that Albert is a great fighter. He grinds, he gets a lot of balls back,” Djokovic said on court after the match. "Obviously for me it’s taking one match at a time. I have some incredible memories in Melbourne Park in the last decade of my career and obviously that comes back every time I land in Melbourne and I play on these courts.” Djokovic is continuing his pursuit of a record seventh Australian Open title. The former World No. 1 extended his FedEx ATP Head2Head series lead against the Spaniard to 5-0 — Djokovic has won all 13 of their sets. The No. 14 seed next plays Next Gen ATP Finals champion Hyeon Chung, who upset fourth seed Alexander Zverev in five sets earlier in the day. &ldquo...
ATP - 20.01.2018 11:42
MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - South Korean Chung Hyeon does not appear especially intimidating with his Zen-like demeanour and white-framed spectacles but as German wunderkind Alex Zverev will testify, the 21-year-old should come with a health warning.
Reuters - 20.01.2018 11:13
Kyle Edmund will attempt to break new ground by reaching his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open on Sunday. Edmund takes on Andreas Seppi next in Melbourne.
Daily Mail - 20.01.2018 09:27
It’s been 24 years since he made his Australian Open debut, yet India’s Leander Paes has shown no signs of slowing down. The 44-year-old Paes teamed up with 32-year-old countryman Purav Raja for a hard-fought second-round win over 2016 champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares on Saturday in Melbourne, edging the fifth seeds 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-6(6) after two hours and 54 minutes. Paes and Raja saved a match point at 5/6 in the decisive tie-break. Paes and Raja’s best results since joining forces ahead of the US Open have come on the ATP Challenger Tour, with a pair of titles last November in the United States. They will look to continue their run in Melbourne when they next face 11th-seeded Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. Paes is a four-time Australian Open finalist and completed his career Grand Slam here six years ago when he claimed the title alongside Czech Radek Stepanek. [ALSO LIKE] The upsets continued in early doubles action, as Hans Podlipni...
ATP - 20.01.2018 08:59
Most returns in tennis land just past the service line, no matter if you are returning first or second serves. There are three main regions to divide up the court when analysing return depth, and as it turns out, the region in the middle of the court acts as a magnet for all returns. An Infosys Serve & Return Tracker analysis of Rafael Nadal returning first and second serves in the Deuce court at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events and the Nitto ATP Finals from 2011-2017 identifies that getting the return really deep is a lot easier said than done. [ALSO LIKE] The three regions separating return depth: Zone 1 - Inside the service box. Zone 2 - Between the service line and baseline / landing closer to the service line. Zone 3 - Between the service line and baseline / landing closer to the baseline. It’s widely accepted that the deeper the return, the more time you take away from the server and make him have to play his Serve +1 ball on the rise. Hitting on the rise is much tou...
ATP - 19.01.2018 22:14