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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.

  • TV star's plastic surgery disaster tests Brazil
    TV star's plastic surgery disaster tests Brazil

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Andressa Urach went from being a single teenage mom nicknamed "Beanpole" to a reality TV bombshell in Brazil thanks to silicone implants, anabolic steroids, a nose job, and gel and botox injections, a fact she wasn't ashamed to share with fans.

  • Golf-Scottsdale's sweet 16th evokes strong memories for Tiger

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Tiger Woods has not competed at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 14 years but he is remembered most by the raucous crowds that gather here at the TPC Scottsdale for his electrifying debut four years earlier. In January 1997, Woods was just three months from clinching his first major title in record-breaking style at the Masters and he gave the fans at Scottsdale a hint of the magic to come with a stunning ace in the Phoenix Open third round. Ten strokes off the lead after 36 holes, Woods arrived at the infamous par-three 16th and watched as his playing partner, fellow American Omar Uresti, hit his tee shot from 152 yards to just three feet behind the cup. "Just smelling and hearing the beer hit behind me on the tee box ... to turn around and see all this beer flying was crazy," Woods told reporters at the TPC Scottsdale on Tuesday after playing nine holes in practice.

  • Soccer-Dutch Cup quarterfinal results

    Jan 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Dutch Cup Quarterfinal matches on Tuesday QuarterfinalTuesday, January 27Twente Enschede - AZ Alkmaar 3-0 (halftime: 2-0) SC Cambuur - PEC Zwolle 2-3 (halftime: 0-1, 90 mins: 2-2) AET Next Fixtures (GMT): QuarterfinalWednesday, January 28Roda JC Kerkrade (II) v Excelsior (1730) Groningen v Vitesse Arnhem (1945)

  • Murray urges Aussies to give Kyrgios time
    Murray urges Aussies to give Kyrgios time

    Andy Murray has urged Australians to allow their rising teen star Nick Kyrgios time to grow up and not be so condemning of his on-court excesses after a headline-grabbing Australian Open campaign. The mercurial 19-year-old showcased his exceptional talent by reaching a second Grand Slam quarter-final inside a year after he made the last eight at Wimbledon. His efforts made him the first male teen to reach multiple Slam quarter-finals since Roger Federer in 2001. It was Murray's greater experience and composure that ended it for Kyrgios in straight sets on Tuesday evening, but the two-time Grand Slam champion was gracious in his praise of the youngster going forward.

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