Murray avoids Djokovic fate to reach fourth round

By Ian Ransom
| MELBOURNE

MELBOURNE Andy Murray eased into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a comprehensive 6-4 6-2 6-4 win over American Sam Querrey on Friday.

The raging favourite after champion Novak Djokovic's stunning second round exit on Thursday, top seed Murray also showed no sign of discomfort to the right ankle he twisted in his previous win against Russian teenager Andrey Rublev.

Southee takes five as Bangladesh dismissed for 289

Tim Southee captured his sixth five-wicket haul in test cricket as New Zealand bowled Bangladesh out for 289 in the final five minutes of the first day of the second match at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday.

Southee had Kamrul Islam trapped in front for two in the 85th over, shortly after the game had been delayed for about 10 minutes when Rubel Hossain received medical treatment after being hit on the elbow by Trent Boult.

Southee finished with figures of 5-94, while Boult backed up his new ball partner with 4-87.

'Strange number, Martina who?' Lucky I answered, says Vandeweghe

MELBOURNE Coco Vandeweghe was in two minds whether to answer the call when an unknown number with a strange international dialling code popped up on her telephone last year.

Luckily, she said, she answered it rather than do what she normally does and divert it to voice mail.

Turns out the call was from former world number one Martina Hingis. And she wanted to know if she would play doubles with her at the tail end of 2016, including at the U.S. Open.

Kerber cleans up Pliskova to race into round four

MELBOURNE World number one and reigning champion Angelique Kerber wasted no time in racing into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-0 6-4 victory over Kristyna Pliskova on Rod Laver Arena on Friday.

The 29-year-old German served poorly in the first set and had a minor wobble in the second but recovered her composure to progress comfortably to a meeting with American Coco Vandeweghe.

Holders need vast improvement at Nations Cup

By Mark Gleeson
| LIBREVILLE

LIBREVILLE Holders Ivory Coast will be looking for a vastly improved performance at the African Nations Cup when they meet the Democratic Republic of Congo in Oyem on Friday.

The talented Ivorian squad found the going tough against Togo in their opening Group C game on Monday and a goalless draw represented a tepid start to the tournament.

Vandeweghe rallies in decider to bundle out Bouchard

MELBOURNE Coco Vandeweghe rallied from a break down in the deciding set to sweep past Eugenie Bouchard 6-4 3-6 7-5 on Friday, setting up a potential fourth round clash against defending champion and world number one Angelique Kerber.

The 26-year-old American, who had never advanced beyond the third round at Melbourne Park before, dominated on serve and needed just the one break opportunity to clinch the first set.

Cibulkova broadens her mind on journey to the top

By Melanie Burton
| MELBOURNE

MELBOURNE World number six Dominika Cibulkova took some time to be convinced of the value of using a sports psychologist but having reaped the benefits, the Slovakian believes every top player should give it a go.

Riding high from her career zenith when she won the WTA Finals at the first attempt in October, the 27-year-old says the work she has put in off the court with her Czech mind coach has made all the difference.

Surprise package Bozzelli leads by one in California

American Dominic Bozzelli, in only his sixth PGA Tour start, holed out from 113 yards to eagle the par-four 14th en route to a one-shot lead after Thursday's opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, California.

Bozzelli upstaged high-profile names such as five-time major winner Phil Mickelson and 2011 champion Jhonattan Vegas as he fired an eight-under-par 64 on the Stadium Course, one of three venues hosting the pro-am event.

Monte Carlo first stage cancelled after Paddon rolls

The first stage of the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally was cancelled on Thursday after New Zealander Hayden Paddon rolled his Hyundai, with the car left on its side and blocking the icy road.

Neither Paddon or co-driver John Kennard were hurt but video images appeared to show a spectator tumbling down the rocky bank after the impact. Organisers said the emergency services were tending to him.

Paddon was almost at the end of the 21.25km Entrevaux-Ubraye stage when he lost control as he entered a left-hand corner and hit the bank rear first.

Senegal reach Nations Cup quarters, Algeria on the brink

By Mark Gleeson
| LIBREVILLE

LIBREVILLE Senegal reached the African Nations Cup quarter-finals for the first time in more than a decade after a 2-0 win over Zimbabwe on Thursday ensured the continent’s highest-ranked team would finish top of Group B.

Algeria, who were also among the pre-tournament favourites, are on the verge of an early exit, after they were beaten 2-1 by Tunisia in the group’s other game.

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