Juve back to winning ways as Allegri throws caution to the wind

MILAN Serie A leaders Juventus bounced back from a rare defeat with a 2-0 win over Lazio on Sunday after coach Massimiliano Allegri threw caution to the wind with their pride having been clearly wounded by last weekend's reverse at Fiorentina.

Allegri, an often pragmatic coach, fielded an ultra-attacking line up and it quickly paid off as his side brushed aside sleepy Lazio with early goals from Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain on the way to a 27th straight home league win.

Ryding so close to Britain's first World Cup win

VIENNA Dave Ryding came within a whisker of giving Britain their first-ever win in a World Cup skiing race when he finished second behind Marcel Hirscher in the slalom at Kitzbuehel on Sunday.

Ryding, the first Briton to finish on a World Cup podium since Konrad Bartelski's second place at the Val Gardena downhill in December 1981, led after the first leg but was unable to match Hirscher's second run, losing out by 0.76 seconds. Russia's Alexander Khoroshilov was third.

Champions Leicester slip to new low at Southampton

- Champions Leicester City's alarming slump continued with a 3-0 Premier League defeat at Southampton on Sunday that left them just five points off the drop zone and firmly embroiled in a relegation fight.

First-half goals for James Ward-Prowse and Jay Rodriguez plus a late penalty by Dusan Tadic led the Saints to a comfortable win that came at the cost of an injury to key defender Virgil van Dyke, who hobbled off in the second half.

Title aspirants Sevilla stage second fightback in a week

By Richard Martin
| BARCELONA

BARCELONA Sevilla followed last week's recovery against La Liga leaders Real Madrid by staging another stirring comeback to win 4-3 at Osasuna, after twice falling behind, to keep the pressure on Zinedine Zidane's side at the top of the table.

Late goals from Franco Vazquez and Pablo Sarabia secured the points after Sevilla captain Vicente Iborra had scored for both sides after Osasuna had battled gamely in an action-packed clash between teams from opposite ends of the table.

Britain's Fleetwood wins Abu Dhabi Championship

Britain's Tommy Fleetwood came from behind to win his first European Tour title in more than three years at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Englishman posted a five-under-par 67 in his final round to finish 17 under par -- one shot ahead of U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson and 2014 Abu Dhabi winner, Pablo Larrazabal of Spain.

Fleetwood's second tour win came after he began the final round one shot behind overnight leader Tyrrell Hatton.

Top seed Kerber beaten by Vandeweghe in fourth round

By Nick Mulvenney
| MELBOURNE

MELBOURNE Top seed and reigning champion Angelique Kerber was bundled out of the fourth round of the Australian Open by big-hitting American Coco Vandeweghe on Sunday, losing 6-2 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena.

The German world number one's exit followed that of men's top seed and world number one Andy Murray, who lost to Mischa Zverev earlier in the evening on the same court.

Fiery Warner helps Australia seal ODI series win over Pakistan

SYDNEY David Warner's 12th one-day international hundred and brisk fifties from Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head set up Australia for an 86-run win over Pakistan in the fourth match on Sunday as the hosts secured an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.

The diminutive opening batsman smashed 130 for his sixth ton in his last 11 innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground, including his century before lunch in the third test against the same opponents in January.

Federer holds off Nishikori to reach quarter-finals

By Ian Ransom
| MELBOURNE

MELBOURNE A resilient Roger Federer showed there was life in the 35-year-old's legs as he overhauled fifth seed Kei Nishikori 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1 4-6 6-3 to book a place in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

After six months out of the game, Federer's fairytale return continued under the lights of Rod Laver Arena where he emphatically quashed doubts about his fitness in three hours and 24 minutes of high-octane tennis.

Tsonga ends Evans' fairytale to add to British pain

By Ian Ransom
| MELBOURNE

MELBOURNE Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ended the fairytale run of Dan Evans to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday and deliver a second blow for British tennis after the shock elimination of Andy Murray.

The veteran Frenchman, who enjoyed his own storybook run to the final in 2008, took time to find his groove but finished full of running to down the 26-year-old Evans 6-7(4) 6-2 6-4 6-4 in two hours and 53 minutes as twilight fell at the Hisense Arena.

Wawrinka completes Italian job to reach quarter-finals

By Ian Ransom
| MELBOURNE

MELBOURNE Stan Wawrinka's campaign for a second Australian Open title stepped up a gear on Sunday as the hard-working Swiss fended off Italian journeyman Andreas Seppi 7-6(2) 7-6(4) 7-6(4) to reach his fourth quarter-final at Melbourne Park.

The 2014 champion has done it tough in the opening week, but despite the tight scoreline, he was rarely threatened by 89th-ranked Seppi on a sunny afternoon at Margaret Court Arena.

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