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Ronaldo hat-trick spares Real’s blushes

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid survived a scare to beat Japanese side Kashima Antlers in extra time and win the Club World Cup. Real took the lead in the ninth minute through Karim Benzema, but Gaku Shibasaki scored either side of half-time to put Kashima in front. Ronaldo levelled from the penalty spot ...

SPOTY show could be blighted by absence of top three finishers

REPORTED BY KALAHAN DENG The BBC are growing increasingly concerned that next Sunday’s Sports Personality of the Year show could be blighted by the absence of the top three finishers in the public poll. Andy Murray, the runaway favourite to win an unprecedented third title, is training in Miami with head coach Ivan Lendl, and thus will have to accept ...

Australia can find a way out of the darkness

There is no doubt as to the severity of this beating. Australia came to Hobart believing they were the cricketing equal of South Africa, and have had that belief crushed. Steve Smith was quite beside himself at the television post-match interview; the blood drained from his face, the answers to questions coming in a gentle voice from a mind reeling ...

“The idea is to service Melbourne’s north by getting more people to play sport’’

A NEW sports city will be built in Melbourne’s northern suburbs with a $150 million precinct to combine elite and grassroots competition, research and rehabilitation. La Trobe University is in the advanced stages of planning a world-class precinct to combine facilities for a wide variety of sports, student accommodation, science labs and office space. A 60ha site at the university’s ...

Australia’s ODI whitewash to South Africa shows second string side is below international standard

Australia have lost 0-5 in a five-match ODI series for the first time ever. They lost 0-2 in a two-match series against England in 1980 and 0-3 in a three-match series to the same opposition in 1997, but this is the first time that they have been on the end of a whitewash over these many matches. More worrying than ...

Netball: NZ Silver Ferns shock Australian Diamonds 53-51 in Launceston test

Australia has faltered in game two of the Constellation Cup, falling 53-51 in a thriller second netball Test against New Zealand in Launceston. After a crushing 68-56 victory in the first Test in Sydney, the Diamonds couldn’t handle a lift in defensive pressure by the Kiwis. With the remaining two matches in New Zealand, the loss is a big blow ...

Proteas whitewash Australia in ODI series

Australia have slumped to a 31-run defeat in the fifth one-day international against South Africa at Cape Town despite a sensational 173 by David Warner. The left-handed opener’s heroics weren’t enough to prevent Australia making history by losing five matches in a bilateral ODI series for the first time. The Proteas’ 5-0 whitewash was secured thanks to Rilee Rossouw’s third ...

Gareth Southgate: England interim manager ‘still has much to prove’

Gareth Southgate reached the midway point in his four-game tenure as England manager on a torrid night in Slovenia – still searching for the compelling evidence that will land him the full-time job. The 46-year-old walked into a team and a Football Association in turmoil following the hasty departure of predecessor Sam Allardyce after just 67 days, one game and ...

Qatar worlds: Swinkels wins junior women’s TT; U.S. in top-five

Dutchwoman Karlijn Swinkels rode to her first world championship title Monday in the junior women’s individual time trial in Doha, Qatar. The 17-year-old beat Italian Lisa Morzenti by seven seconds on the 13.7km course. France’s Juliette Labous was third, 21 seconds behind. Top-10 results 1. Karlijn SWINKELS, (NED), in 18:21.77 2. Lisa MORZENTI, (ITA), at :7.35 3. Juliette LABOUS, (FRA), ...

West Coast Eagles’ Perth Stadium concerns dismissed by Sports Minister Mia Davies

Western Australia’s Sports Minister has downplayed tensions with Australian Football League clubs over the move to the new Perth Stadium, saying she is expecting a quick resolution. Minister Mia Davies also rejected suggestions the West Coast Eagles could opt to remain at Subiaco Oval even when the new 60,000 seat Burswood venue is completed, amid threats from the Eagles to ...

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