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Australian Open blazes but extreme heat avoided

MELBOURNE Fans frolicked in front of mist fans dotted around Melbourne Park on Tuesday as Australian Open organisers breathed a sigh of relief that this year's tournament might escape the worst excesses of the weather.

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Allardyce fears relegation record at stake with Palace

Sam Allardyce has never been relegated as a manager of a Premier league club but he believes that record is in jeopardy at Crystal Palace, who have only goal difference to thank for keeping them out of the relegation zone.

7:52am GMT

Ibrahimovic tells Pogba to get used to pressure

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told team mate Paul Pogba to embrace the pressure he is under and use it to his advantage, just as the Swedish striker has done throughout his trophy-laden career.

6:34am GMT

De Villiers out of New Zealand tests but scoffs at retirement talk

CAPE TOWN South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has ruled himself out of the team's three-test series in New Zealand in March, but insists he is not retiring from the longest format of the game.

9:29am GMT

Kenya's Sumgong seeks to retain London marathon title

LONDON Kenya's Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong will defend her London title in April against one of the strongest fields ever assembled for a city race, having recovered from a fall to win last year, organisers said on Tuesday.

9:13am GMT

England's Root puts family before IPL riches

England batsman Joe Root will not be available to play in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) this year as he is eager to spend time at home with his newborn son, the 26-year-old has said.

8:50am GMT

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