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Sharapova reaches Australian Open final for 4th time

Maria Sharapova has reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-2 in a lopsided semifinal on Thursday. The second-ranked Sharapova needed 10 minutes to hold in her opening service game, fending off two break points. She responded to the only service break against her in the first …

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Neymar: Ronaldo should be punished

The Ballon d’Or winner was sent off on Saturday for kicking out at Edimar Fraga and though his rival sympathises with his reaction, the Brazilian says he should be banned Barcelona star Neymar says he understands Cristiano Ronaldo’s frustration boiling over after he was shown a red card during Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Cordoba. …

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Real Madrid: We have not broken Fifa rules

Jan 26, 2015 23:05:00In an official statement, the European champions said they have provided all requested information and hit out at ‘unfounded and speculative’ reports accusing them of wrongdoing Real Madrid are adamant they have fully complied with Fifa rules despite world football’s governing body opening an investigation against them over the acquisition of several foreign …

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South Korea storm past Iraq into Asian final

South Korea stormed into the Asian Cup final with a clinical 2-0 victory over Iraq on Monday, avenging a painful defeat at the same stage eight years ago. Goals from Lee Jeong-Hyeop and Kim Young-Gwon did the job for the Koreans, who dominated a wet semi-final in Sydney to move a step closer to ending …

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Sharapova, Bouchard into quarterfinals at Australian Open

Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal put earlier stumbles behind them to complete convincing wins Sunday and move into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. French Open champion Sharapova was broken once in the first set before winning the last eight games of her 6-3, 6-0 fourth-round victory over No. 21-seeded Peng Shuai, advancing her to …

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Losing Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo, Barca elections and learning to live with Luis Enrique – how Messi got his motivation back

SPECIAL REPORT: The 27-year-old has shaken off problems with his coach to return to his brilliant best in recent weeks. Here, Goal looks at the reasons behind his change in form By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Writer The New Year began badly for Lionel Messi and for Barcelona. The Argentine attacker returned to training …

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