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The Sports Matrix: Friday 18 January 2013
Australian Open: Tenacious Robson clinches her place in third round
Laura Robson confirmed her status as one of the most exciting young talents in women's tennis by clinching a stunning 2-6, 6-3, 11-9 victory over world No 8 Petra Kvitova, left, yesterday, sending the Briton into third round of the Australian Open.
Robson recovered from 3-0 and 4-2 down in the third set and failed to serve out for the match when she led 6-5, but completed her victory in convincing fashion after breaking the Czech again.
"I never gave up," said Robson. "I thought: 'I've got to dig in here.' I think some matches you lose the belief a bit, whereas this one I felt like I could always win." MORE
Australian Open: Murray dismisses talk of beefing up
Andy Murray dismissed claims he is broadening across the chest after his 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 win over Joao Sousa which earned a third-round tie tomorrow with Ricardas Berankis. "It's just because of the tightness of the T-shirt," said the Scot. MORE
Football: Rodgers: Suarez's dive 'unacceptable'
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers took a calculated risk yesterday by declaring that Luis Suarez's behaviour had been "unacceptable" and "wrong". The comment came after the forward admitted to diving in his side's draw with Stoke at Anfield in October. MORE
Football: Pardew desperate to keep Coloccini
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says he will sit down with Fabricio Coloccini next week to try to "iron out the issues" affecting the defender, as he hopes to reverse his captain's intention to leave. MORE
Football: United get Schlupp but lose Fletcher
Manchester United have taken Leicester City's Jeff Schlupp on trial with a view to signing him on a permanent deal. But Darren Fletcher has been ruled out for the season after having surgery to resolve his long-term bowel condition. MORE
Golf: Mcllroy admits to 'rust' in Abu Dhabi
Rory McIlroy admitted he was rusty after scoring a three-over par 75 in the first round of the Abu Dhabi Championship. He said: "There was a bit of rust, not playing competitive golf for eight weeks." MORE
Football: Sandro sidelined for rest of season
Tottenham are set to face the rest of the season without their key midfielder Sandro after his knee surgery this week. The club have now put on hold any discussion of possible moves away from the club. MORE
Rugby Union: Easter out as Quins travel to Biarritz
Unbeaten Harlequins, who have already qualified for the next stage of the Heineken Cup, travel to south-west France to take on Biarritz tonight, No 8 Nick Easter will be left at home for the Quins. MORE
Cricket: Gibson set for Warwickshire post
Warwickshire are set to name West Indies' head coach Ottis Gibson as their new director of cricket. The role became vacant when Ashley Giles became England's limited-overs coach in November. MORE
Column: Ian Bell
A bunch of us tried to escape the team hotel here in Ranchi – not an easy task, given that fans are camped outside round the clock – for a nice relaxing 18 holes. MORE
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- 2 Tower Bridge glass walkway 'smashed' by night-time visitor dropping bottle of beer
- 3 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
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- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'