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Pained Murray says Australian Open could be his swansong

Saturday, 2019-01-12 07:45:03
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Andy Murray speaks to the media during a press conference at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 11, 2019. (Reuters)
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Andy Murray may retire after the Australian Open, with the severe pain from his troublesome right hip having become almost unbearable for him to play on, the former world number one said on Friday.

* Big-hitting American youngster Sofia Kenin reached her first WTA final when she stunned sixth seed Alize Cornet 6-2 6-4 at the Hobart International on Friday. Kenin will meet Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in Saturday's final after the Slovakian outlasted Swiss Belinda Bencic 7-6(2) 4-6 6-2 in a 2-1/2 hour encounter.

* Fifth seed Petra Kvitova raced past Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1 6-2 in a rain-delayed encounter at the Sydney International on Friday to set up a title showdown with home favourite Ashleigh Barty.

* British number two Cameron Norrie reached his first ATP Tour final after beating German Jan-Lennard Struff 7-5 4-6 6-3 at the ASB Classic in Auckland on Friday. Norrie will play the title match against the US opponent, Tennys Sandgren.

* UK motorcyclist Sam Sunderland was on Friday (Jan 11) promoted to fifth stage winner on the Dakar Rally after sportingly stopping mid-race to help a fellow rider who had fallen and suffered a head injury.

* Olympique Lyonnais lost ground in the race for second spot in Ligue 1 when they were held 1-1 at home by Stade de Reims while second-placed Lille cruised to a 3-1 win at Caen on Friday.

* Major League Soccer said on Friday it renamed its Coach of the Year award after the late Sigi Schmid, who won two championships during a career in which he set the league's all-time record for wins. Schmid, who served as head coach of the LA Galaxy, Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders during his 20 years in MLS, died on Christmas Day last year.

* Sevilla agreed a deal with La Liga champions Barcelona to sign striker Munir El Haddadi, the clubs said on Friday. The Spain international, 23, was out of contract at the end of the season and moves for a cut-price EUR1 million (892,638 pounds).

* A mixed shuttle hurdles race is one of two new mixed events introduced to the programme for this year's IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, the IAAF said on Friday.

* Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas has completed his move to French team AS Monaco from Chelsea, the clubs said on Friday. The 31-year-old, who played for Arsenal from 2003-11 and Chelsea from 2014, won the World Cup with Spain in 2010 and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.

* Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund are set to sign Argentine defender Leonardo Balerdi in the current transfer window after reportedly agreeing a fee of 16 million euros (US$18.45m).

* A world heavyweight title rematch between Britain's Tyson Fury and WBC champion Deontay Wilder could take place in the United States in the first half of this year, promoter Frank Warren said on Friday.

* Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has been banned for one international match over the insulting comments he made on social media about opponents Spain following his side's 3-2 Nations League win in November.

* Nottingham Forest have parted company with Spanish manager Aitor Karanka a year after he arrived, the Championship side said on Friday. Forest are seventh in England's second tier, 12 points adrift of leaders Leeds United and four points off the playoff places.

Reuters, CNA