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  • Iran want life ban for Aussie referee after Asian Cup loss
    Iran want life ban for Aussie referee after Asian Cup loss

    Delegation chief Houshang Moghaddas said Iran would lodge a formal complaint against Williams following the dismissal of their protest that had Iraq fielded an ineligible player. Iran were furious with Williams after he questionably yellow-carded defender Mehdrad Pooladi for simulation in the first half of their rollercoaster quarter-final with Iraq. Williams started to run off before being reminded he had already cautioned Pooladi, and returned to brandish a red card -- an incident which enraged Iran coach Carlos Queiroz. Iran, Asia's top-ranked side, were leading 1-0 at the time but the game finished 3-3 after extra time before Iraq won a penalty shootout 7-6 in Canberra.

  • Vonn powers to St Moritz super-G win
    Vonn powers to St Moritz super-G win

    American Lindsey Vonn made up for a disappointing downhill performance by powering to a stunning victory in Sunday's super-G in St Moritz. It was Vonn's 64th World Cup victory, the 30-year-old having drawn level with, and then passed, the previous all-time record of 62 set by Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proll last weekend in Cortina d'Ampezzo. Starting with bib number 17, Vonn laid down a near-perfect descent of the upper and middle sections, with just two minor mistakes on the tricky, tight bottom third. Tiger Woods' girlfriend touched speeds in excess of 87kph as she timed 1min 23.55sec down the 1.9-kilometre-long Engiadina course, the perfect boost before next month's World Ski Championships on home snow in Colorado.

  • Nadal back to best, Kyrgios wins five-set thriller
    Nadal back to best, Kyrgios wins five-set thriller

    Rafael Nadal looked back to his best after recent problems as exciting Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios won a memorable five-setter to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open on Sunday. Spain's world number three Nadal mastered big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena to set up a last eight showdown with Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych. It will be Nadal's eighth quarter-final appearance as he bids for his second Australian title after losing to Stan Wawrinka in last year's decider. Berdych was too strong for Australia's Bernard Tomic, winning in straight sets.

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