Australia's Wade hits maiden ODI ton in Brisbane romp

Australia's Matthew Wade struck his maiden one-day century to help secure a comprehensive 92-run victory over a disjointed Pakistan in the first one-day international in Brisbane on Friday.

Blanked in the preceding test series, Pakistan began well by reducing Australia to 78 for five in the 17th over at the Gabba.

Wade's unbeaten run-a-ball 100, brought up off the final delivery of the innings, and Glenn Maxwell's brisk 60 helped the hosts to recover, however, and post 268 for nine.

It's still all about Serena at Melbourne Park

By Nick Mulvenney
| SYDNEY

SYDNEY For the last few years the main question regarding the women's draw at the Australian Open has been who or what can prevent Serena Williams from adding to her impressive collection of Melbourne Park titles.

The answer for most of that time has been injury and, until proved otherwise, most deem it wise to continue working on the assumption that, even if not fully fit, Williams remains more than a match for any player on the women's circuit.

Tokyo governor urges golf venue to allow women members

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike has asked the Kasumigaseki Country Club, venue of golf competition of the 2020 Olympic Games, to admit women as full members.

"I feel very uncomfortable about women not being able to become a regular member in this era," Koike told reporters on Friday.

The club situated in Saitama Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, also bars women from playing there on Sundays, according to a Kyodo news agency report.

Unbeaten in 40, Real Madrid has bigger targets

MADRID Real Madrid's advance to the King's Cup quarter-finals with a draw giving them an aggregate 6-3 victory over Sevilla extended their unbeaten streak to a record 40 matches in all competitions - but coach Zinedine Zidane says it is not enough.

"The treble (La Liga, Champions League and King's Cup) is the goal that everyone wants," Zidane told after the match. "But this is far off and that is only achieved day after day."

This season, Real have won the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup. They are atop La Liga and in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Burnley will spend wisely despite profits, insists Dyche

Burnley manager Sean Dyche said they would not be changing their business plan when it comes to new signings after UEFA reported they were among the 10 most profitable clubs in Europe for 2015.

The Clarets, who have spent only three seasons in the top flight since 1976, had an operating profit of 54 million euros (47.09 million pounds), the 10th highest on the continent, according to a report published by European soccer's governing body on Thursday.

Cricket - Pradeep rips through South Africa as Sri Lanka rally

JOHANNESBURG A magnificent spell of hostile fast bowling from Nuwan Pradeep hauled Sri Lanka back into contention as they reduced South Africa to 398 for eight at lunch on day two of the third and final test at the Wanderers on Friday.

Pradeep (4-73) found fire on a responsive wicket in an exhilarating pre-lunch spell to take four wickets for 15 runs in seven overs as he ripped through the South African middle order.

India's Dhoni says team will see even more success under Kohli

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, widely seen as Indian cricket's best captain, said on Friday the team would do even better under his replacement, Virat Kohli, days ahead of a limited-overs clash with England.

Kohli had a squad of young players and fast bowlers that could produce an unprecedented run of wins, Dhoni said in his first comments to the media since stepping aside from captaining the limited-overs side earlier this month.

Kohli took over, becoming the skipper in all three formats of the game.

'Sir Andy' seeks end to Australian Open agony

By Ian Ransom
| MELBOURNE

MELBOURNE Having snatched Novak Djokovic's world number one ranking in a thrilling late-season raid, Andy Murray will bid to storm the Serb's Melbourne Park fortress and capture an elusive Australian Open title after five agonising near misses.

Murray enters the year's first grand slam in unknown territory, rated as top seed for the first time in his 12th campaign and with a 'Sir' in front of his name as the recipient of a knighthood from Britain's New Year's honours list.

Konta crushes Radwanska to win Sydney title

SYDNEY Britain's Johanna Konta overpowered Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 6-2 in a one-sided victory in the final of the Sydney International on Friday to claim her second career WTA title.

The Sydney-born world number 10 reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open last year and will be a major threat again next week going by her form in this week's warm-up.

The 25-year-old had lost both her previous meetings with 2013 champion Radwanska but simply brushed aside the world number three with a 82-minute display of aggression and power at the Olympic Tennis Centre.

Livermore says Hull buying into Silva's philosophy

Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore has said "no stone is left unturned" under the new manager Marco Silva as the basement club target a run of positive results in the second half of the Premier League season.

Livermore, who missed Tuesday's League Cup semi-final first leg defeat at Manchester United with illness, praised the impact made by the 39-year-old manager in his first week at the club.

"He's (Silva) very thorough, no stone is left unturned," Livermore told British media. "He's been great. The boys are buying into it and hopefully we can continue."

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