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No champagne yet, says Aussie boss Postecoglou NEWCASTLE: Australia boss Ange Postecoglou said the Socceroos were not popping champagne corks yet after they sank United Arab Emirates 2-0 on Tuesday to set up an Asian Cup final against South Korea.The hosts took a lightning quick lead in Newcastle through Trent Sainsbury after only three minutes, with left-back Jason Davidson adding the second shortly before the 15-minute mark.UAE battled gamely to get back into the match but Australia were solid in defence and ran out comfortable winners at Hunter Stadium to make their second-straight Asian Cup final."In the dressing room now there are no champagne corks being popped," Postecoglou told reporters after the match. "The players are already in recovery mode. Staff are already planning for the next step. "That part of my job is really easy. I have good people around me and the players are absolute professionals," added the 49-year-old.Postecoglou added that the players needed to ...

Deans to coach Barbarians against Ireland and England LONDON: Former Australia coach Robbie Deans will take charge of the Barbarians for their two upcoming matches against Ireland and an England XV in May, the club announced on Tuesday.Deans, who led the Wallabies from 2008 to 2013, is assembling a high quality side with Australia's Berrick Barnes, New Zealand's George Whitelock and Argentina's Tomas Cubelli being the first three names in his squad.The match against Ireland will be played at Thomond Park in Limerick ...
Berdych ends Nadal tyranny, Murray charges on MELBOURNE: Iron-willed Czech Tomas Berdych ended eight years of tyranny under nemesis Rafa Nadal to storm into the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday before his next opponent Andy Murray restored British colonial rule to the floodlit centre court.Maria Sharapova inflicted another grand slam reality check on Eugenie Bouchard and will play an all-Russian semi-final with plucky lefthander Ekaterina Makaraova, who thrashed third seed Simona Halep on a surprising day at Melbourne Park.In the evening session, ...
Williams sisters look to turn back clock in quarters MELBOURNE: Serena and Venus Williams will be looking to turn back the clock almost six years when they play their quarter-finals at the Australian Open on Wednesday.The American sisters face the possibility of meeting each other in a grand slam for the first time since the 2009 Wimbledon final if they can first overcome tricky opponents on Rod Laver Arena, with Venus having the toughest challenge.The 34-year-old will have to deal with teenage compatriot Madison ...
Kyrgios bows out with good memories and another broken racquet MELBOURNE: Teenager Nick Kyrgios bowed out of the Australian Open on Tuesday having shown further proof of his prodigious talent but he leaves Melbourne Park with three smashed racquets, code violations and concerns about his on-court histrionics.The 19-year-old Australian was handed a code violation for an audible obscenity in his 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3 quarter-final loss to Andy Murray and was lucky not to receive another when he smashed his racquet during the second set tiebreak.A ...
Early salvo sends Australia into Asian Cup final NEWCASTLE: Australia stunned United Arab Emirates with two goals in the first 14 minutes to reach a second successive Asian Cup final with a 2-0 victory at a rain-soaked Newcastle Stadium on Tuesday.The Socceroos lost to Japan in the final four years ago and will now take on another East Asian power in South Korea in Sydney on Saturday looking to seal a first continental title at their third attempt.Defenders led the way for the ...
Sharapova eclipses Bouchard as dark horse looms MELBOURNE: Second seed Maria Sharapova sent rising star Eugenie Bouchard into a tailspin with an imperious display Tuesday, setting up an Australian Open women's semi-final with enigmatic fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova.Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova, 27, flicked aside the Canadian seventh seed 6-3, 6-2 in their glamour quarter-final clash as her quest for a second Australian title gathers pace.But she faces an unknown quantity in dark horse Makarova, seeded 10th, who humiliated third seed Simona ...


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