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England hold nerve to beat Australia in second ODI

Second ODI, Brisbane Australia 270-9 (50.0 overs): Finch 106, Root 2-31 England 274-6 (44.2 overs): Bairstow 60, Hales 57, Root 46*, Starc 4-59 England won by four wickets Scorecard England held their nerve to take a 2-0 lead in the one-day international series with a four-wicket victory over Australia at Brisbane. Set 271 to win after Aaron Finch hit 106, the tourists eased to 119-1 only to be checked by the wickets of Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan. Joe Root and Jos Buttler rebuilt before Mitchell Starc removed…

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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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George Alagiah to be treated for bowel cancer for the second time

BBC newsreader George Alagiah is to undergo medical treatment for bowel cancer for the second time. The news was confirmed by the 62-year-old’s agent, who added: “He is in discussions with his medical team about treatment options and the way forward.” Alagiah was previously treated in April 2014, returning to the screen 18 months later. In a statement, the BBC said: “Everyone sends George and his family their best wishes as he undergoes treatment.” Alagiah said: “My brilliant doctors are determined to get me back to a disease-free state and…

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BBC Sound of 2018: Chorister-turned-pop singer Rex Orange County is second

Media playback is unsupported on your device The emotional intricacies of Rex Orange County’s exquisite pop songs have earned him second place on BBC Music’s Sound of 2018 list, which aims to find music’s Next Big Things. Born Alex O’Connor, he grew up in sleepy Haslemere in Surrey, singing in the school choir and disturbing the peace with his drum practice. He briefly attended the Brit School, whose alumni include Adele, Amy Winehouse and Katy B, but released his first, self-produced album before he graduated. Recorded in his bedroom, bcos…

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Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa scores just minutes into second debut for Atletico Madrid

Thursday, January 4, 2018 Diego Costa made his long-awaited Atletico Madrid return on Wednesday night – and wasted no time in getting back among the goals. The striker agreed a deal to re-join the Spanish giants from Chelsea in September but Atletico’s transfer ban meant he was prevented from making his second debut until January. Costa was named as a substitute for Atleti’s first game of 2018, their Copa Del Rey clash away to third tier side Lleida Esportiu. He received a rapturous welcome from the visiting fans when he was…

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Ripple becomes second most valuable crypto-coin

A crypto-currency called Ripple has become the second most valuable virtual cash system. Over the weekend the value of the digital currency hit more than $ 100bn (£74bn) according to some market monitors. This valuation is higher than another popular crypto-cash system called Ethereum. Each Ripple coin is now worth about $ 2.34 – far higher than the half a US cent they were worth a year ago. Bitcoin still remains the most valuable crypto-currency. The value of the 16.8 million bitcoins in circulation is now worth a nominal $…

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