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Two-time champion Higgins beats Day to reach Masters semis

2018 Dafabet Masters Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Dates: 14-21 January Coverage: Watch live across BBC Two, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app. Two-time Masters winner John Higgins moved into the semi-finals of the 2018 event with a 6-1 victory over Ryan Day. The 42-year-old Scot took the opener but a break of 83 from Wales’ Day made it 1-1 before Higgins took control. Higgins, who won the tournament in 1999 and 2006, made breaks of 61, 63, 65, 113 and 80 on his way…

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Allen beats defending Masters champion O'Sullivan in quarters

Media playback is not supported on this device 2018 Dafabet Masters Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Dates: 14-21 January Coverage: Watch live across BBC Two, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app. Defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan said he was “glad” to be out of the 2018 Masters after he lost 6-1 in the quarter-finals to Mark Allen. O’Sullivan, 42, has been struggling with illness during the competition at Alexandra Palace in London. “It is not much fun when you go out there and am not feeling…

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Australian Open 2018: Johanna Konta beats Madison Brengle to move into second round

Johanna Konta began her Australian Open campaign in comfortable fashion with a 6-3 6-1 victory over American Madison Brengle. The ninth seed has a fine record at Melbourne Park having reached the semi-finals and quarter-finals the last two years and is one of a whole raft of contenders for the women’s title. Konta made a few too many errors in the opening set but grew convincingly into the match and was simply far too good for her 90th-ranked opponent. The 26-year-old, who next faces another American in lucky loser Bernarda…

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Konta beats Brengle to reach Australian Open second round

2018 Australian Open Dates: 15-28 January Venue: Melbourne Park Coverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and online. British number one Johanna Konta made swift progress into the second round of the Australian Open with victory over American Madison Brengle. Konta, seeded ninth, won 6-3 6-1 on Hisense Arena, the third show court at Melbourne Park. The Briton had lost three of their four previous matches but was far too…

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Edmund beats Anderson in five sets at Australian Open

2018 Australian Open Dates: 15-28 January Venue: Melbourne Park Coverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and online. Kyle Edmund claimed the best win of his career as he knocked out 11th seed Kevin Anderson in five sets at the Australian Open. Edmund, the only British man in the singles draw, won 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 in the first round in Melbourne. The 23-year-old, ranked 49th, twice came…

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Taylor beats Lewis to reach World Championship final

Sixteen-time world champion Phil Taylor remains on course to finish his career with another PDC World Championship title after beating Jamie Lewis 6-1 to reach the final. Taylor, 57, is competing at his final event before he retires. He will next face Dutchman Michael van Gerwen or fellow Englishman Rob Cross in his 21st World Championship final. “I am over the moon, I really am. I preyed on Jamie’s lack of experience,” said Taylor. Relive Taylor’s semi-final win against Lewis An iconic figure, Taylor has played a key role in…

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Ronaldo beats Messi to win fifth Ballon d'Or

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d’Or award for the fifth time – and the second year in a row. Victory took the 32-year-old Portugal international level with 30-year-old Argentine Messi, who won the most recent of his five awards in 2015. Messi’s ex-Barcelona team-mate Neymar, now at Paris St-Germain, was third. Last season, Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win the Champions League and their first La Liga title since 2012. Ronaldo added the 2017 Ballon d’Or to those he won in 2008, 2013,…

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