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  • Serena takes aim at pocket rocket as Venus finds Keys
    Serena takes aim at pocket rocket as Venus finds Keys

    Top seed Serena Williams is aiming to shoot down Slovak pocket rocket Dominika Cibulkova in the Australian Open quarter-finals Wednesday, as resurgent sister Venus plays the generation game with teen Madison Keys. The American siblings, for so long a dominant force in women's tennis, will meet in a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time since Wimbledon 2000 if they win their respective last eight clashes. Serena, 33, has progressed in typical fashion so far -- drifting along until she needs to flip the turbo and power past an opponent -- while 34-year-old Venus has been a revelation after a long illness. Serena is chasing her sixth Australian title and 19th Grand Slam overall, which would take her to clear second after Steffi Graf's 22 on the all-time Open-Era tally, with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova also sitting on 18.

  • Liverpool scent Chelsea blood as Wembley looms
    Liverpool scent Chelsea blood as Wembley looms

    With Chelsea reeling from FA Cup humiliation, Liverpool will visit Stamford Bridge for their League Cup semi-final second leg on Tuesday with increased confidence of reaching the final. Liverpool were unfortunate not to emerge victorious from last week's first leg at Anfield, drawing 1-1, and they will scent blood after Chelsea were bundled out of the FA Cup by third-tier Bradford City on Saturday. Liverpool's own FA Cup tie did not go quite according to plan, a 0-0 draw with Championship side Bolton Wanderers leaving them with an unwanted replay, but they were at least spared the embarrassment that befell Chelsea.

  • Five Cameroon v Ivory Coast facts

    Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) (AFP) - Five facts on the Africa Cup of Nations Group D match between Cameroon and Ivory Coast in Malabo Wednesday:

  • Allenby stands by initial report of Honolulu ordeal

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - The curious tale of Robert Allenby's bruising ordeal in Honolulu has taken some unexpected twists but the Australian on Tuesday stuck by his original version of events. On Jan. 17, Allenby reported that he had been abducted the previous day from a wine bar, robbed and then dumped from a car in a Hawaii park about six miles (10 km) away after failing to qualify for the Sony Open in Honolulu.

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