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  • Ronaldo apologises for moment of madness

    Three-time World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has apologised to Cordoba defender Edimar for the kick that saw the Portuguese sent-off for the ninth time in his career in Real Madrid's 2-1 win on Saturday. "I apologise to everyone and especially to Edimar for my rash act in the game today," Ronaldo wrote on his official Twitter account. Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure throughout arguably Madrid's worst performance of the season as relegation threatened Cordoba enjoyed the better of the chances. He was bailed out by his teammates as Gareth Bale's free-kick was handled inside the area by Fede Cartabia two minutes from time and, in Ronaldo's absence, the Welshman took responsibility from the spot to send Madrid four points clear at the top of La Liga.

  • Tennis-Student Bouchard ready to be tested by Sharapova

    * Bouchard to meet Sharapova in quarters * Lessons learned from last year, win over Begu (Adds details, quotes) By Greg Stutchbury MELBOURNE, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Eugenie Bouchard will spend Monday 'cramming' for one of the toughest exams of her fledgling career when she faces second seed Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open quarter-finals. The Canadian advanced to the last eight at Melbourne Park on Sunday following a 6-1 5-7 6-2 victory over Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu in the first match on Rod Laver Arena before Sharapova took to the court and dispatched China's Peng Shuai next up. Bouchard, seeded seventh, was pleased to have got through her seesaw battle with the Romanian and while she knew that one practice was not going to fix some of the mistakes she made on Sunday, it would help her confidence to work out some kinks. "I believe in cramming," Bouchard said with a grin.

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