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Hogenkamp puts Netherlands in control in record triumph MOSCOW: Richel Hogenkamp beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in a record four-hour marathon to give the Netherlands a shock 2-0 lead in their Fed Cup opening round tie against Russia on Saturday.Hogenkamp, who is ranked 141 in the world, survived a match point to win 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 10-8 in her first ever meeting with world number 17 Kuznetsova on the hardcourt of Moscow's Olympic indoor arena.The match was the longest singles rubber in Fed Cup history, beating the previous best set in 2005, when Vilmarie Castellvi of Puerto Rico beat Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada in three hours and 49 minutes. Kiki Bertens, ranked 106 in the world, earlier put her country 1-0 up beating 31st-ranked Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-4."I'm very happy that I'm the one who could make it 2-0 today," Hogenkamp told the press. "And of course it feels great to win the longest match in Fed Cup history.""I was ...

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Prevc brothers lead Slovenia to World Cup win BERLIN: Slovenia, led by world number one Peter Prevc and his brother Domen, won the World Cup ski jumping team event on the mythical Holmenkollen, outside Oslo on Saturday.The four-man Slovenian team scored 977.7 points after two rounds, leaving world champions Norway in their wake (945.3) followed by Japan (927.2).Olympic champions Germany led by former world number one Severin Freund, finished off the podium in fourth (915.0) with Austria fifth (910.8).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Record-breaking Dutch stun Russia in Fed Cup PARIS: The Netherlands opened-up a shock 2-0 lead over Russia in the Fed Cup on Saturday on the back of a four-hour win for Richel Hogenkamp against Svetlana Kuznetsova in the tournament's longest ever singles rubber.Hogenkamp, the world number 141, survived a match point to win 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 10-8 in Moscow against world number 17 Kuznetsova, a former two-time Grand Slam champion.At four hours, the match was the longest singles rubber in Fed Cup ...

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Satisfaction all round as France edge out Italy PARIS: France and Italy came away from their tight Six Nations clash at the Stade de France on Saturday equally satisfied.The hosts snatched a 23-21 success thanks to Jules Plisson's penalty four minutes from the end but both France coach Guy Noves and his Italy counterpart Jacques Brunel claimed to be pleased."It's always interesting when you win, even though our aim is to work on consistency and improving things," said Noves, who succeeded Philippe Saint-Andre ...

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Fed Cup results PARIS: Latest Fed Cup results on Saturday:WORLD GROUP IAt Cluj (hard - indoors)Romania 1 Czech Republic 1SaturdayKarolina Pliskova (CZE) bt Simona Halep (ROM) 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2Monica Niculescu (ROM) bt Petra Kvitova (CZE) 6-3, 6-4SundaySimona Halep (ROM) v Petra Kvitova (CZE)Monica Niculescu (ROM) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE)Andreea Mitu/Raluca Olaru (ROM) v Denis Allertova/Barbora Strycova (CZE)At Leipzig (hard - indoors)Germany 1 Switzerland 1SaturdayBelinda Bencic (SUI) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-3, 6-4Angelique Kerber (GER) bt Timea Bacsinszky ...

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Sale defy the odds to stun Leicester LONDON: Sale captain Josh Beaumont led by example as the visitors shattered Leicester's unbeaten Premiership home record with a gritty 10-3 victory at Welford Road on Saturday.Beaumont scored the winning try in the 62nd minute to earn Sale only their second success at Leicester since 2003.The number eight's try and Danny Cipriani's conversion broke the deadlock of a hard-fought match which had been level at 3-3 since the 32nd minute.Leicester started the match as one ...

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England beat Scotland 15-9 in Six Nations EDINBURGH: England defeated Scotland 15-9 in their Six Nations opener at Murrayfield on Saturday in coach Eddie Jones' first match in charge.England, who led 7-6 at half-time, scored two tries while the Scots' points all came from penalties.Earlier in the day, France defeated Italy 23-21 in Paris.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...