Manchester City hit back to sink Leicester, as Arsenal fire blanks against Everton

Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers have continued their surprising pursuits of the English Premier League top four with away wins. Promoted United won 1-0 at Brighton on Saturday to climb up to fifth and Wolves are sixth after their comeback 2-1 victory at Norwich. Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus is mobbed after scoring his side’s third goal at Etihad Stadium.Credit:AP Ollie McBurnie’s first-half goal was the difference as Sheffield United won their third straight game and remained unbeaten away in the league. “We know they are a good team and it…

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Australia ready to challenge India, says Michael Hussey

Loading It’s unclear if success against India would be enough for Australia to reclaim the No.1 ranking but they would be well on the way to the top spot. Australia were last at the summit of world cricket in 2016 after winning in New Zealand, though they were brought back to earth with a thud by a 3-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka and a rare series loss at home to South Africa, prompting an overhaul of the side. While the ball-tampering bans to Steve Smith and David Warner hurt Australia…

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Phoenix on fire but Sydney escape from Wellington with a draw

“That’s part of football. I’m sure he wanted to score,” said Wellington coach Ufuk Talay. Sydney’s six-game winning streak is now over – call it a seven-game unbeaten streak. Coach Steve Corica will be slightly concerned with his team’s energy levels here but if the mark of a quality team is the ability to grind out results on bad days, he won’t be too worried. “It’s never easy coming here to get a result,” Corica said. “We showed great character from our boys to come back and pick up a…

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Dumont helps Victory hold in goalless draw

Brisbane Roar missed a golden opportunity to cement a spot in the top four of the W-League when they had most of the chances but could not convert against Melbourne Victory in a game that ended scoreless on match day six of the season. The game was played unusually early at 10.30am on Saturday at Epping Stadium as it had been cancelled the previous evening due to hot conditions. Aside from a couple of chances  – when Darien Jenkins made space well but shot tamely in the first half and Natasha…

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Magic Millions maiden off the table for winner Alburq

“The maiden up there is worth $100,000 to the winner; you win a couple of these Saturday races you’re probably better off and don’t have to travel. While it’s a great carrot for maidens, it’s not a huge one in this day and age.” Ciaron Maher and David Eustance trained Yulong January to his third win on end in the 1400-metre open handicap, taking the $20,000 yearling purchase’s winnings beyond $400,000 in just 12 career starts. Yulong January, with jockey Jye McNeil, darts home for the win. Credit:Getty Images Eustace…

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Perth Scorchers in a 11-run win over the Melbourne Renegades

Mitch Marsh has won the battle of the brothers after his explosive batting helped lead the Perth Scorchers to a 11-run win over the Melbourne Renegades at Optus Stadium. Marsh, playing just his second match since recovering from a self-inflicted broken hand, smashed an unbeaten 56 off 22 balls to lift the Scorchers to 7-196 on Saturday night. That knock heaped the pressure on his older brother Shaun Marsh. The 36-year-old produced the goods under pressure to score 55 off 38 balls, including four sixes. Beau Webster was also in…

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Heavy smoke forces BBL match in Canberra to be abandoned

“We thought you could finish a game [based on visibility] … but the air quality was poor, people went down in the stands. The fact you drop a point is not anything compared to what other people are going through.” Loading Cricket Australia says it will closely monitor Sydney’s air quality heading into the New Year’s Test as smoke haze continues to envelop the city less than two weeks before the match. Air quality assessments are now part of the medical briefing conducted before games in NSW as a result…

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A year on from Boxing Day Test fiasco and Australia’s recovery is complete

Boxing Day 2019 brings the Black Caps back to east Melbourne and gives them the opportunity to compete on better terms than what they were served in Perth. They will find unwrapped the Chrissy gift of a slower, lower pitch more akin to what they played England on across the ditch. To perform adequately on the new Perth track without considerable practice and competition is to be invited to ballroom dance on an ice rink wearing your aunty’s knitted Yuletide socks. The significant positive for New Zealand was that they…

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Kiwi great says keep up the bumper barrage

“You need to do something over here when it’s flat,” Bond said. “Even when I worked for England [as a consultant], we talked about using the short ball more. “In England you can put it around the top of off stump and the pitch offers you something. You saw that in the Ashes series [this year] if you could get consistent line and length. But out here there’s no swing and no seam movement, so you have to do something differently. ‘New Zealand has done that and rattled a few…

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Dale Steyn tips banter but no ugliness for Australians on South African return

Warner and Smith were both booed when they played in England earlier this year, while some fans dressed up as pieces of sandpaper. South African crowds came under fire earlier in the 2018 series when fans taunted Warner by donning masks of New Zealand rugby player Sonny Bill Williams, a reference to Warner’s wife Candice being involved in a liaison with Williams more than a decade earlier. Embarrassing: Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi posing with spectators wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks. A pair of South African cricket officials were widely…

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