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Sock scents redemption in Auckland AUCKLAND: American fourth seed Jack Sock reached the final of the ATP Auckland Classic on Friday, earning a chance to make amends for a disappointing loss in last year's decider.Sock beat compatriot Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-3 to set up a clash against Portugal's Joao Sousa, who brushed aside Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-1, 7-5 in his semi-final.Sock made the Auckland final last year but was forced to retire due to a bout of flu and concede the title to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.The world number 23 said he was relishing the prospect of a centre court title battle at the Australian Open warm-up tournament."I enjoy being out here, I love playing in front of crowds, I love being on big stages, it should be a fun match," he said."It'd be great to take a title going into the big tournament next week."Sock lost his only previous meeting with Sousa at ...

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Murray, Kerber top seeds at Australian Open MELBOURNE: World number ones Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber were named the top seeds on Thursday for next week's Australian Open with organisers aligning with the current rankings.Scotland's Murray is chasing his first title at Melbourne Park after losing in the final five times, including in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 to Serb rival Novak Djokovic, who is seeded two.Kerber will be defending her first Grand Slam having upset Serena Williams, seeded two this year, ...

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Golf: Furyk named USA Ryder Cup captain facing 25-year jinx PARIS: Jim Furyk was named on Wednesday as captain of the United States Ryder Cup team to face Europe in 2018 when the showdown is held at Le Golf National near Paris and where his team will look to end a 25-year jinx.The 46-year-old succeeds Davis Love, who guided the United States to a 17-11 rout of Europe at Hazeltine in Minnesota last year, when Furyk was a vice-captain.Europe will be skippered by Denmark's Thomas ...

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Boxing legend Manny Pacquio coming to encourage Karachiites Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has invited Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao to visit Karachi. Pacquiao, hailed as one of the best boxers in the game, would provide guidance and encouragement to the amateur boxers of Lyari.Shah extended this invitation while meeting with the Philippines Ambassador to Pakistan Daniel Ramos Espiritu at CM House on Tuesday.Pacquiao, who has been holding the WBO and lineal welterweight titles since 2016, is currently in his third reign ...

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Champion boxer Waseem finally gets reward he rightfully deserves! Waseem Khan, the boxer who made Pakistan proud after becoming World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver flyweight champion back in 2014, is finally getting his due share of recognition as the government of Pakistan approved on Wednesday the Rs30 million grant announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.Waseem aka Falcon Khan has been on cloud nine since successfully defending his title against Philippines Giemel Magramo, back in November last year. It was learnt, that the Rs3 crore ...

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Recharged Bouchard sets up Sydney semi with Konta SYDNEY: Eugenie Bouchard reached her first semi-final for 10 months as she battled intense heat to down higher-ranked Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Sydney International on Wednesday.The former Wimbledon finalist wore down the 27th-ranked Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 in 76 minutes to set up a semi-final with Britain's world number 10 Johanna Konta.It will be the 49th-ranked Canadian's first WTA Tour semi-final since the Malaysian Open in March last year."It's a good step in the right ...

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Muller beats heat to close in on another Sydney semi SYDNEY: Gilles Muller beat the heat to be one match away from a third straight semi-final appearance at the Sydney International following a big-serving victory over Australian Matt Barton on Wednesday.The sixth seed from Luxembourg prevailed over Barton 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 as temperatures nudged 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) to reach the quarter-finals.Muller, who lost to Grigor Dimitrov in last year's semi-final, will next face Uruguayan second seed Pablo Cuevas, who overcame Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-4, ...