Niland falls short in Aussie Open bid
TENNIS: Conor Niland had his dreams of qualifying for the Australian Open quashed when he lost in two sets to Switzerland's Stephane Bohli in the qualifier in Melbourne.
The Limerick man and Irish number one was hoping to qualify for his third straight grand slam event after he made it to last year's Wimbledon and US Open championships.
Nadal back to fitness
TENNIS: Rafa Nadal came up for air for just long enough at a sponsor's event ahead of the Australian Open today to declare the sore left shoulder he has carried into the new season was "good" and that he was "hopefully" ready for the grand slam.
The former world number one cut a slightly dejected figure as he gritted his teeth to smile for cameras outside of Rod Laver Arena on a drizzly day in Melbourne. "My shoulder is good," said the 10-time grand slam champion. "Hopefully (I am ready). I will try my best."