Tuesday 21 November 2017

Sharapova all about revenge

TENNIS: Maria Sharapova was set to embark on a revenge mission for the second time in three days this morning as she was due to take on Victoria Azarenka in the final of the Australian Open.

Sharapova reached the title-decider with a three-set victory over Petra Kvitova, avenging her loss to the Czech in last year's Wimbledon final. With Azarenka also having won in their past two outings in which a trophy was at stake, Sharapova is eager to put the record straight.

"She's a really good player and I haven't had great success against her in the last couple of events," said the Russian. "I'd really like to change that."

Meyer named new Springboks coach

RUGBY: The South Africa Rugby Union has named Heyneke Meyer as the new head coach of the Springboks.

The 44-year-old Blue Bulls rugby executive will now begin preparing for his first match in charge, against England in Durban on June 9. "Having been involved with the Blue Bulls for so long, I've experienced first hand how passionate South African rugby supporters are," said Meyer.

Meyer, who takes over from Peter de Villiers, coached the Blue Bulls to Super 14 glory in 2007.

Booed Higgins still able to top Trump

SNOOKER: World champion John Higgins dumped Judd Trump out of the Partypoker.com Snooker Shoot-Out last night.

The veteran Scot beat Trump 62-16 in their 10-minute match.

Higgins, 36, who was booed by the crowd at one stage for playing safe, booked his spot in the last 32, taking place this evening. The Scot said of the quickfire format: "It's a lottery. If you get through the first few rounds you can look forward to maybe doing something."

Warren reaffirms his hold on DeGale

BOXING: Frank Warren Promotions, the management team behind James DeGale, has insisted the Olympic gold medallist remains under contract to them until April 2013.

The 24-year-old had earlier said in a statement that he would be moving on from manager Warren's stable. However, his management company said: "We have seen the press reports in which James DeGale states that he is to split from manager Frank Warren. This is not true; James DeGale is under contract until 14 April 2013."

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