Australia

Young and free Kyrgios makes Australians rejoice

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MELBOURNE - Teenager Nick Kyrgios ensured his compatriots would wake up to celebrate their national day on Monday by saving a match point against Andreas Seppi to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.

Australian police probe Labor Party member over Syria conflict 10:29am GMT

PERTH, January 25 - Australian police said on Sunday they were investigating a former trade union official and member of the Australian Labor Party following reports that he has travelled to Syria to join the fight against Islamic State militants.

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Nadal, Sharapova charge into quarters as top brass shine 9:48am GMT

MELBOURNE - Former champions Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova charged into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday, as the guardians of the tennis establishment crushed the grand slam dreams of upstart challengers.

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Berdych crimps Australia's day at Melbourne Park 9:42am GMT

MELBOURNE - Tomas Berdych ruined local hopes of a massive Australia Day celebration on Monday when he hammered Bernard Tomic to advance to his fifth successive quarter-final at the season-opening grand slam on Sunday.

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Tomic tees off at 'ridiculous' Australian Open scheduling 8:50am GMT

MELBOURNE - Bernard Tomic bowed out of the Australian Open fourth round on Sunday with a stinging rebuke of the scheduling following his straight sets defeat by Tomas Berdych.

Australia talk up chances of beating UAE at Asian Cup 8:06am GMT

SYDNEY - The United Arab Emirates did Australia a great favour when they upset Japan in the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup but are not expecting charity in return.

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Today is a day to be happy, says encouraged Nadal 7:45am GMT

MELBOURNE - Rafa Nadal savoured the best win of his campaign at Melbourne Park in felling South African Kevin Anderson 7-5 6-1 6-4 to storm into the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday but was reticent to talk up his chances of a 15th grand slam title.

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Student Bouchard ready to be tested by Sharapova 5:34am GMT

MELBOURNE - Eugenie Bouchard will spend Monday 'cramming' for one of the toughest exams of her fledgling career when she faces second seed Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

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American Keys upsets Kvitova to make fourth round 24 Jan 2015

MELBOURNE - American teenager Madison Keys toppled fourth seed Petra Kvitova 6-4 7-5 in an impressive display of clean hitting to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday.

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Williams sisters lead Americans into fourth round 24 Jan 2015

MELBOURNE - Top seed Serena Williams and her older sister Venus led a foursome of American women into the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday, while men's top seed Novak Djokovic survived a nervous start to overcome a feisty Fernando Verdasco.

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Greek leftists Syriza aim for landmark election win

ATHENS - Greeks began voting on Sunday in an election expected to bring to power the radical leftist Syriza party, which has pledged to take on international lenders and roll back painful austerity measures imposed during years of economic crisis. | Video