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11:43

Powys traveller site funding expected to be approved

news.bbc.co.uk - Councillors are expected to approve plans to continue funding work exploring potential gypsy and traveller sites in Powys. More... (Wales)
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11:40

Body found in river is missing Monmouth man Liam Stubbs

news.bbc.co.uk - Gwent police confirm a body found in the River Wye is that of Monmouth man Liam Stubbs, who went missing in November. More... (Wales)
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11:32

Fran Halsall: Three-time Olympian retires after 10-year international career

news.bbc.co.uk - British swimmer Fran Halsall, a three-time Olympian, announces her retirement after a 10-year international career. More... (England)
Today
11:24

Patrick Bamford on verge of joining Middlesbrough after Chelsea accept offer

www.guardian.co.uk - Striker leaves Stamford Bridge without ever making a senior appearance Transfer fee for the 23-year-old player could rise to as much as £10mPatrick Bamford is undergoing a medical at Middlesbrough with a view to signing a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Premier League club after Chelsea accepted an initial offer of around £5m for the striker. The transfer fee for the 23-year-old could rise to as much as £10m depending on appearances and various clauses being triggered. Related: Transfer window January 2017: every deal in Europe's top five leagues Continue reading... More... (Football)
Today
11:23

Trump worries Nato with 'obsolete' comment

news.bbc.co.uk - The US president-elect stirs concern among allies and says Germany was wrong to admit 1m migrants. More... (Europe)
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11:23

Afcon 2017: 'We have ourselves to blame' - Mahrez

news.bbc.co.uk - Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez admits his side did not play well in the first half of their 2-2 draw with Zimbabwe at the Nations Cup. More... (Africa)
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11:12

Tunisia attack: Minute's silence at inquests into British deaths

news.bbc.co.uk - Coroner hearing evidence of how 30 British tourists were killed at a Tunisian beach resort in 2015. More... (UK)
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11:07

Australian Open 2017: Andy Murray and Dan Evans reach second round

news.bbc.co.uk - Britain's Andy Murray wins his first Grand Slam match since becoming world number one but is given a stern test. More... (Scotland)
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11:04

Australian Open 2017 day one: Federer, Wawrinka and more - live!

www.guardian.co.uk - Live updates from the first-round games at Melbourne Park Kevin Mitchell: Konta can replicate run to semi-finalsEmail simon.burnton@theguardian.com, tweet @SimonBurnton 11.04am GMT And Melzer nets a straightforward forehand volley, allowing Federer to break straight back. Melzer leads 4-3. 11.02am GMT There’s been a break in the Federer match, meanwhile, and it’s gone to Melzer! He leads 4-2, but is labouring a bit in his next service game, which is at deuce. 11.01am GMT Bang! At 40-0 on the Wawrinka serve, Klizan nails a thunderbolt down-the-line forehand return winner. Phwoar! He kisses his racket in semi-comic gratitude. 10.52am GMT And Klizan serves it out, with Wawrinka moaning about someone in the crowd shouting at a vital moment with the score 15-15. From there it’s over pretty quickly, with an ace - Wawrinka challenges, forlornly - and a smashed winner. 10.50am GMT The first few games of the Federer match are all terribly brief and go with serve. Meanwhile on Margaret Court, Klizan is serving for the fourth set. 10.40am GMT Federer won the toss and chose to receive. 10.39am GMT Wawrinka has just been broken in the fourth set of his match against Martin Klizan. He’s two sets to one up, but 3-4 down in this one. 10.38am GMT Federer is on court and about to get his Grand Slam return under way. He’s the No17 seed for this tournament, and says of his ranking that “I try to see it as being worse for the other guys there than it is bad for me”. 10.23am GMT Next up on the Rod Laver Arena: Roger Federer against Jurgen Melzer. 10.22am GMT In the second round she’ll play Carina Witthoeft, who has completed a 7-5, 7-6 win over Eri Hozumi. 10.20am GMT Not without a worrying mid-match wobble, but comfortable enough in the end. 10.19am GMT Meanwhile on Margaret Court Wawrinka pulled a perfectly-timed break out of the bag to take the third set, and now leads, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 1-0 against Martin Klizan. 10.18am GMT Kerber is screaming to victory here now, rolling out a procession of winners. She stands 0-30 up, 5-2 up, in set two. 10.08am GMT And Kerber then breaks the next game, with Tsurenko suffering inconveniently-timed mid-game finger-cramp. 10.04am GMT Kerber holds serve for 2-2, but not without drama. She had to save a break point, and Tsurenko nailed her return as well, only for Kerber to send a do-or-die, all-or-nothing down-the-line backhand just over the net for a winner. 9.57am GMT Hozumi saved that game, and it’s back at 5-5 in the second set. 9.56am GMT That’s a brilliant point from Kerber, though: Tsurenko hits the baseline with a shot that Kerber only just gets back, and then sends the ball rocketing towards the corner. Kerber hoists up an excellent defensive lob, forces Tsurenko to scurry back, and then pummels her next shot deep and wide for a winner. That should get the juices flowing. 9.54am GMT The winner of the Kerber/Tsurenko match will play whoever comes through the match currently on Court 5. Carina Witthoeft of Germany is very close to sealing that spot, leading Eri Hozumi as she does 7-6, 5-4. Hozumi is serving to stayin the match, and it’s currently match point at 30-40. 9.51am GMT Tsurenko is playing fabulously at the moment, momentum having swung heavily in her favour. Suddenly she’s looking relaxed, swinging freely, and hitting lines. She served at the start of the deciding set, and held well. 9.49am GMT Nick Rubin has indeed wrapped up victory over Bjorn Fratangelo, 6-7, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. He’s seeded to play Roger Federer, who’s next on Rod Laver, in round two. 9.47am GMT And here’s our own Russell Jackson on Nick Kyrgios’s demolition of Gastão Elias. Related: Nick Kyrgios brushes aside injury concerns to beat Gastão Elias 9.46am GMT Here’s the Press Association’s report on Dan Evans’ victory: Britain’s Dan Evans booked an Australian Open showdown with Marin Cilic after he beat Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis to reach the second round. Evans saved three set points against Bagnis before taking the opening set in a tie-break and he never looked back as the British number three sealed an impressive 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, 6-1 victory. He will now face Cilic, the seventh seed in Melbourne, who earlier on Monday had come from two sets down to beat Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz. Evans has never faced Cilic before in his career but the world number 51 has form for upsetting a big name. He defeated Kei Nishikori in straight sets at the 2013 US Open and stretched Stan Wawrinka to five sets at Flushing Meadows last year. Wawrinka saved match point against Evans and went on to win the title. 9.44am GMT Klizan is a break up in the third set against Wawrinka, though it’s still early days (it’s 2-1 in that third set). Still, both of these show-court matches are showing some upset potential. 9.42am GMT Just a few minutes ago Kerber was 5-3 up in the second set, and had the match in her grasp. She just lost the set. It’s been quite the wobble - the set has been absolutely littered with unforced errors from the world No1 - and we now have a game on our hands. 9.36am GMT Sam Groth is the last Australian on court today, but his match against Steve Darcis on Court 8 has a long way to go: the 29-year-old from Melbourne has just taken the first set 6-3. 9.32am GMT That match could of course end in a hurry, but failing that the next to end will be the all-American encounter on Court 10, where Noah Rubin is 4-0 up in the final set against Bjorn Fratangelo. 9.30am GMT Kerber is finding her second set much tougher than the first: having wooshed to a 6-2 success in the opening set against Lesia Tsurenko, the second is currently tied at 5-5. 9.29am GMT Stan Wawrinka has drawn level at one set apiece, and has started to look dominant in his match against Martin Klizan. 9.28am GMT And then there were five. Dudi Sela has just completed a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 win against Marcel Granollers, for whom every set was more miserable than the last, and only five matches are still on court. 9.25am GMT Kyrgios on his nose:I’ve got bad sinuses so I get it a lot. They put something up it that makes me sneeze. It stops the bleeding 9.23am GMT Kyrgios plays Andreas Seppi in round two, the Italian having seen of Paul-Henri Mathieu in four tightish sets. 9.22am GMT Well that was impressive. Poor Gastao Elias was played off the court there. The match lasted an hour and 24 minutes, a blood nose making that statistic seem less embarrassing than it otherwise might. 9.19am GMT Also into round two is Jack Sock, the American 23rd seed, who has beaten Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-6, 6-3. 9.16am GMT Here’s Kevin Mitchell’s report on Andy Murray’s first-round victory: Related: Andy Murray makes hard work of Illya Marchenko in Australian Open first round 9.15am GMT It’s all over on court three, where Tsonga won three sets very comfortably (Monteiro winning six games in all of them put together) and lost the other on a tie break. 9.12am GMT Kerber is a break up in the second set, and looks to be heading towards round two at double-quick speed. 9.12am GMT Steve Johnson of America has wrapped up an apparently humdrum straight-sets win over Federico Delbonis, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. 9.09am GMT Tsonga is about to serve for the match against Monteiro, leading as he does 5-2 in the fourth set. 9.05am GMT Meanwhile, elsewhere in Australia, a little catching practice:WHAT. A. CATCH! #BBL06 pic.twitter.com/RnqXTNGgXD 9.04am GMT Martin Klizan is making things interesting on Margaret Court, winning the first set against Stan Wawrinka 6-4. It’s currently 2-1 in the second, on serve. 9.03am GMT Tsong hasn’t let the loss of the third set get him down: he leads 4-1 in the fourth, having broken twice. 9.01am GMT The first game of the third set of Kyrgios v Elias featured something that wasn’t witnessed in either of the first two sets: a deuce. And it then ended in Kyrgios being actually broken. And now game four has also gone to deuce. With all these actually somewhat-contested games and a few longer rallies, Kyrgios’s sprint to victory has become more of a gentle stroll. This fourth game of the third set should have been over much quicker - Kyrgios was 0-40 up - but he eventually won his sixth break point of the game to level the set at 2-2. 8.48am GMT Dan Evans update: he’s screamed to victory in his first-round match over Facundo Bagnis in three increasingly straightforward sets, winning 7-6, 6-3, 6-1. 8.47am GMT Kerber, having won the first set 6-2, has an interesting start to the second, challenging three consecutive points - the first two successfully - in the opening game. And it’s still only 15-15. 8.41am GMT The battle goes on for Tsonga, who has lost that third-set tie break 7-5. 8.40am GMT The American No23 seed Jack Sock is rocking Court 7, winning the second set against Pierre-Hugues Herbert on a tie break to go 2-0 up. 8.39am GMT Kyrgios takes the second set 6-2, and the match has so far taken 45 minutes, including a lengthy medical time-out. 8.36am GMT Tsonga is potentially on the verge of victory on Court No3, where his match against Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro has gone to a third-set tie break. The Frenchman is already two sets to the good. 8.35am GMT Shuai Peng has completed her victory over Daria Kasatkina in two contrasting sets, 6-0, 7-6. So the No23 becomes the fifth seed to get knocked out of the women’s singles draw so far. Shelby Rogers is the current holder of the shock-of-the-day prize, for her 6-3, 6-1 win over the No4 seed Simona Halep. 8.31am GMT As Kyrgios hogs local attention the Hisense Arena is a lot more full than the Rod Laver Arena, but at least Rod Laver is there, watching Kerber. Who’s just broken to take a 3-2 lead in the first set. 8.29am GMT Kyrgios resumes, after an eight-minute medical time out. 8.28am GMT Kerber just held to love, and looks to be getting into her stride. 8.26am GMT Kyrgios’s momentum has been halted, though it’s not Elias doing the halting, it’s a blood nose. 8.25am GMT Dan Evans update: he’s now two sets up against Bagnis, and a game up (on serve) in the third, thus leading 7-6, 6-3, 1-0. 8.24am GMT Angelique Kerber has had an awkward start to the year, winning one match in two tournaments, losing to Elina Svitolina in Brisbane and Daria Kasatkina in Syndey. It’s very early days in this match, but Tsurenko has won her two service games quite handsomely, and Kerber struggled a bit to win hers, but it’s 2-1, and on serve. 8.20am GMT Then Elias wins the third game of the set to love. 8.19am GMT This is going to be brief: Kyrgios is already a break up in set two, leading it as he does 2-0.6-1. Nineteen minutes. 10pts dropped. Hot damn. That was something, Kyrgios... #NKsprinting 8.13am GMT Hold it, the comeback’s off again: that’s the first set, wrapped up by Kyrgios inside 19 minutes, 6-1. 8.10am GMT Elias has won a game! It’s 5-1 now, and the comeback is on! Um, kind of. 8.10am GMT It’s taken Kyrgios less than 15 minutes to race into a 5-0 first-set lead. It’s the first time he’s ever played Elias, and the Portuguese isn’t enjoying it very much. 8.08am GMT The Hisense Arena looks like the place to be: 8.01am GMT Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is also looking strong. He’s won the first two sets against Thiago Monteiro of Brazil, 6-1, 6-3, and it’s currently 2-1 on serve in the third. 7.59am GMT Kyrgios has started ominously, racing into a 3-0 lead in the first set. 7.47am GMT Kyrgios and Elias are now on court, and their match will get under way very shortly, in front of an absolutely packed house. 7.45am GMT Evans has won that first set, despite at one stage needing to save three consecutive set points, 10-8 in the tie break. 7.39am GMT The first set of Evans v Bagnis has gone to a tie-break. Less close, so far at least, is the No23 seed Daria Kasatkina’s match against Shuai Peng. The Chinese world No83 won the first set 6-0, though Kasatkina has got on the board in the first game of the second set. 7.32am GMT Before that, Marin Cilic has placed his towel on the comeback-of-the-round sunlounger with a 4-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win over Jerzy Janowicz. 7.31am GMT The evening session on the two main show courts starts in half an hour, with Angelique Kerber, the top seed and champion, getting her competition under way against Lesia Tsurenko in the Rod Laver Arena, while Stan Wawrinka takes on Martin Klizan in the Margaret Court Arena. 7.25am GMT There is more British interest today: Dan Evans is on Court 14 as I type, where he’s playing Argentina’s world No55 Facundo Bagnis. It’s currently 5-5 in the first set. 7.22am GMT Svetlana Kuznetsova, the No8 seed, is safely through to round two, wrapping up a 6-0, 6-1 win over the Columbian Mariana Duque-Mariño, straightforward enough even if she needed four match points to do it. This was on the Hisense Arena, so Nick Kyrgios is up next. 7.12am GMT Andrey Rublev, the 19-year-old Russian world No156, awaits in round two for Murray. 7.07am GMT And with an ace, a fine angled forehand crosscourt winner from deep behind the baseline and a service winner that Marchenko optimistically but forlornly challenges, Murray sets up match point. Then, a short rally ends with the Ukrainian overhitting a forehand, and that’s it! 7.04am GMT Murray leads 7-5, 7-6, 5-2, so has two chances to do this, not that it looks like he’ll need them both. 7.03am GMT Hello world!No time for preambles - you join me with Andy Murray about to serve for victory over Illya Marchenko! 12.51am GMT Hello. Simon will be here shortly. Until then, here’s who to watch out for in both singles draws: Related: Australian Open women’s form guide: the players to watch in Melbourne | Molly McElwee Related: Australian Open men’s form guide: the players to watch in Melbourne | Jacob Steinberg Continue reading... More... (Tennis)
Today
11:02

History of Piccadilly Circus as lights are switched off

news.bbc.co.uk - BBC News looks at how the illuminations at Piccadilly Circus have changed over more than a century. More... (England)
Today
11:02

Colin Fleming is new national coach for Tennis Scotland

news.bbc.co.uk - Colin Fleming takes up the new position of national coach for Tennis Scotland, retiring after 10 years on the ATP Tour. More... (Scotland)
Today
10:58

Emily Thornberry calls on UK PM to stand up to Trump

news.bbc.co.uk - Emily Thornberry calls on the PM to stand up to incoming US President More... (Olympics)
Today
10:52

Statement due on flying of nuclear material from Wick

news.bbc.co.uk - The Scottish government is expected to make a statement this week on the transportation of radioactive material from a Highlands airport. More... (Scotland)
Today
10:51

Andy Murray column on Grand Slam nerves, being a Sir and Christmas as a father

news.bbc.co.uk - World number one Andy Murray on the Australian Open, playing in 30 degree heat and his first Christmas as a father. More... (Scotland)
Today
10:51

Andy Murray

news.bbc.co.uk - World number one Andy Murray on the Australian Open, playing in 30 degree heat and his first Christmas as a father. More... (Scotland)
Today
10:49

Glanaethwy yn Efrog Newydd

news.bbc.co.uk - Golwg ar daith Côr Glanaethwy i berfformio yn Carniege Hall yn Efrog Newydd More... (Wales)
Today
10:49

Ex-football coach Barry Bennell denies sex assault charges

news.bbc.co.uk - Barry Bennell pleads not guilty to eight charges of historical sex abuse of a boy aged under 16. More... (UK)
Today
10:45

Pedestrian hit by van dies in hospital

news.bbc.co.uk - A 35-year-old pedestrian dies in hospital five days after being hit by a van on the A91 near Stirling. More... (Scotland)
Today
10:45

Defending Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber survives scare

www.guardian.co.uk - Angelique Kerber defeats Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in MelbourneTsurenko fought back after first set to frighten KerberJust when the Melbourne crowd had concluded that the fourth seed Simona Halep’s shock loss to Shelby Rogers was the untouchable upset on the first day of Australian Open action, up stepped the unheralded Lesia Tsurenko to give the defending champion Angelique Kerber the fright of her life in a tough three-setter at Rod Laver Arena.The world No1 prevailed 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in the end but Tsurenko had for an hour belied her own ranking of 51 and raised serious question marks about Kerber’s ability to win back-to-back titles here. Nothing leading into this match suggested anything other than a regulation win for the top seed, but a bright beginning gave way to a minor ordeal for Kerber. Related: Australian Open 2017 day one: Kerber survives scare, Wawrinka and more - live! Continue reading... More... (Tennis)
Today
10:44

Police investigate shooting near Glasgow primary school

news.bbc.co.uk - Police Scotland confirm there has been a shooting near St George's Primary School in Penilee, Glasgow. More... (UK)
Today
10:33

'Anne Frank link' unearthed at Sobibor camp

news.bbc.co.uk - A pendant found at the gas chambers site could have belonged to a friend of the famous diarist. More... (Europe)
Today
10:31

Alex Thomson: Sailor claims new record in Vendee Globe fightback

news.bbc.co.uk - Welsh sailor Alex Thomson claims a world record as he narrows the gap on Vendee Globe race leader Armel le Cleac'h. More... (Wales)
Today
10:29

Fatal reaction

news.bbc.co.uk - How one woman's rare disorder means a kiss from her husband could end up killing her. More... (Americas)
Today
10:29

Barry Bennell: former football coach pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

www.guardian.co.uk - Bennell denies seven counts of indecent assault and one of attempted buggery All the offences are alleged to have taken place between 1981 and 1986The former football coach Barry Bennell has denied eight child abuse offences.Bennell, 63, wearing a blue polo neck shirt and appearing via videolink at Chester Crown Court from HMP Woodhill, answered “not guilty” to all the charges as they were put to him. Continue reading... More... (Football)
Today
10:22

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss says Manchester United 'play long balls'

news.bbc.co.uk - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Manchester United resorted to long-ball football during Sunday's 1-1 draw. More... (England)
Today
10:17

Body found in search for missing Troedyrhiw man

news.bbc.co.uk - A body is found by police in their search for a missing man from Merthyr Tydfil. More... (Wales)
Today
10:12

Stray cat hoarder evicted from council house

news.bbc.co.uk - A council tenant who "hoarded" up to 18 stray cats in her home, leaving the local authority with a £33,000 repair bill, will be evicted More... (Scotland)
Today
10:07

Reform plans for faith-school admission in Ireland

news.bbc.co.uk - The Irish education minister is expected to announce a change to the role religion plays in the school admissions process. More... (Northern Ireland)
Today
10:05

Henley pensioner rescued after driving car into River Thames

news.bbc.co.uk - A woman in her 80s is rescued unhurt after crashing her car into a pontoon on the River Thames. More... (UK)
Today
10:01

Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez goes to the dogs to find solace from his big city blues | Simon Burnton

www.guardian.co.uk - The workaholic Chilean forward has cut a brooding figure recently but finds comfort in the positive vibrations of his labradors Atom and HumberWith 11 minutes to play at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, the fourth official held up a board bearing the numbers 23 and seven. Danny Welbeck was coming on, and Alexis Sánchez was being replaced towards the end of the 4-0 win against Swansea City. The Chilean walked stroppily to the side of the pitch, brushed past his manager with head bowed, angrily drop-volleyed his gloves and slumped alone on the bench, hiding under the hood of his puffy grey coat. This gifted, workaholic footballer, admired and even adored by millions, thousands of whom were in the stadium with him at the time, seemed utterly apart and friendless. If only at that moment he could have enjoyed the warmth and unquestioning companionship of his two beloved labradors, or just been reminded of their “positive vibrations” and “shiny eyes”.The idea is not as ridiculous as it might appear. Last month Sánchez spoke about his pets, Atom and Humber, whose names are embroidered on his boots much as David Beckham once sported those of his children. “I appreciate their positive energy, especially after I have played a football game,” he said. “Sharing my time with them makes me feel relaxed. Whenever we play away I leave them with my friends. I miss them a lot because they give me a lot of positive vibrations. They look at me with shiny eyes when I wake up every morning. I just love the fact they want to play with me all the time.” Continue reading... More... (Football)
Today
10:00

Kevin Nolan makes instant headway but Notts County must rise from the foot | Jeremy Alexander

www.guardian.co.uk - A vital point and rare clean sheet may have felt like a victory of sorts at Meadow Lane, but with a new broom in the boardroom sweeping in hope, their fledgling manager will need fortune to favour expectationsKevin Nolan, appointed on Thursday, was all but anointed on Saturday. Notts County’s manager had arrived at Meadow Lane the day after Alan Hardy’s takeover from Ray Trew was completed and their first game in charge was the lunchtime derby at home to the Stags of Mansfield. After 10 successive league defeats County were the ones in a rut and the goalless draw was a triumph, their first clean sheet since October.Two hours later Cheltenham’s defeat of Accrington Stanley sent the world’s oldest football league club below the relegation line in League Two but Nolan had seen reassurance enough to justify his pre-match excitement. “I’m really happy that I’m here,” he had said, “and can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.” Afterwards he was “delighted” with the team against a side who had won their previous three games. “We competed from start to finish. I had a chance to work with the players for an hour on Friday and it seems they took it all on board. It proved we are good enough to get results and start climbing the table.” Continue reading... More... (Football)
Today
09:57

Australian Open 2017 day one: Kyrgios, Evans win, Kerber, Wawrinka and more - live!

www.guardian.co.uk - Live updates from Melbourne Park as Kyrgios faces Gastao EliasKevin Mitchell: Konta can replicate run to semi-finalsEmail simon.burnton@theguardian.com, tweet @SimonBurnton 9.57am GMT Hozumi saved that game, and it’s back at 5-5 in the second set. 9.56am GMT That’s a brilliant point from Kerber, though: Tsurenko hits the baseline with a shot that Kerber only just gets back, and then sends the ball rocketing towards the corner. Kerber hoists up an excellent defensive lob, forces Tsurenko to scurry back, and then pummels her next shot deep and wide for a winner. That should get the juices flowing. 9.54am GMT The winner of the Kerber/Tsurenko match will play whoever comes through the match currently on Court 5. Carina Witthoeft of Germany is very close to sealing that spot, leading Eri Hozumi as she does 7-6, 5-4. Hozumi is serving to stayin the match, and it’s currently match point at 30-40. 9.51am GMT Tsurenko is playing fabulously at the moment, momentum having swung heavily in her favour. Suddenly she’s looking relaxed, swinging freely, and hitting lines. She served at the start of the deciding set, and held well. 9.49am GMT Nick Rubin has indeed wrapped up victory over Bjorn Fratangelo, 6-7, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. He’s seeded to play Roger Federer, who’s next on Rod Laver, in round two. 9.47am GMT And here’s our own Russell Jackson on Nick Kyrgios’s demolition of Gastão Elias. Related: Nick Kyrgios brushes aside injury concerns to beat Gastão Elias 9.46am GMT Here’s the Press Association’s report on Dan Evans’ victory: Britain’s Dan Evans booked an Australian Open showdown with Marin Cilic after he beat Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis to reach the second round. Evans saved three set points against Bagnis before taking the opening set in a tie-break and he never looked back as the British number three sealed an impressive 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, 6-1 victory. He will now face Cilic, the seventh seed in Melbourne, who earlier on Monday had come from two sets down to beat Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz. Evans has never faced Cilic before in his career but the world number 51 has form for upsetting a big name. He defeated Kei Nishikori in straight sets at the 2013 US Open and stretched Stan Wawrinka to five sets at Flushing Meadows last year. Wawrinka saved match point against Evans and went on to win the title. 9.44am GMT Klizan is a break up in the third set against Wawrinka, though it’s still early days (it’s 2-1 in that third set). Still, both of these show-court matches are showing some upset potential. 9.42am GMT Just a few minutes ago Kerber was 5-3 up in the second set, and had the match in her grasp. She just lost the set. It’s been quite the wobble - the set has been absolutely littered with unforced errors from the world No1 - and we now have a game on our hands. 9.36am GMT Sam Groth is the last Australian on court today, but his match against Steve Darcis on Court 8 has a long way to go: the 29-year-old from Melbourne has just taken the first set 6-3. 9.32am GMT That match could of course end in a hurry, but failing that the next to end will be the all-American encounter on Court 10, where Noah Rubin is 4-0 up in the final set against Bjorn Fratangelo. 9.30am GMT Kerber is finding her second set much tougher than the first: having wooshed to a 6-2 success in the opening set against Lesia Tsurenko, the second is currently tied at 5-5. 9.29am GMT Stan Wawrinka has drawn level at one set apiece, and has started to look dominant in his match against Martin Klizan. 9.28am GMT And then there were five. Dudi Sela has just completed a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 win against Marcel Granollers, for whom every set was more miserable than the last, and only five matches are still on court. 9.25am GMT Kyrgios on his nose:I’ve got bad sinuses so I get it a lot. They put something up it that makes me sneeze. It stops the bleeding 9.23am GMT Kyrgios plays Andreas Seppi in round two, the Italian having seen of Paul-Henri Mathieu in four tightish sets. 9.22am GMT Well that was impressive. Poor Gastao Elias was played off the court there. The match lasted an hour and 24 minutes, a blood nose making that statistic seem less embarrassing than it otherwise might. 9.19am GMT Also into round two is Jack Sock, the American 23rd seed, who has beaten Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-6, 6-3. 9.16am GMT Here’s Kevin Mitchell’s report on Andy Murray’s first-round victory: Related: Andy Murray makes hard work of Illya Marchenko in Australian Open first round 9.15am GMT It’s all over on court three, where Tsonga won three sets very comfortably (Monteiro winning six games in all of them put together) and lost the other on a tie break. 9.12am GMT Kerber is a break up in the second set, and looks to be heading towards round two at double-quick speed. 9.12am GMT Steve Johnson of America has wrapped up an apparently humdrum straight-sets win over Federico Delbonis, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. 9.09am GMT Tsonga is about to serve for the match against Monteiro, leading as he does 5-2 in the fourth set. 9.05am GMT Meanwhile, elsewhere in Australia, a little catching practice:WHAT. A. CATCH! #BBL06 pic.twitter.com/RnqXTNGgXD 9.04am GMT Martin Klizan is making things interesting on Margaret Court, winning the first set against Stan Wawrinka 6-4. It’s currently 2-1 in the second, on serve. 9.03am GMT Tsong hasn’t let the loss of the third set get him down: he leads 4-1 in the fourth, having broken twice. 9.01am GMT The first game of the third set of Kyrgios v Elias featured something that wasn’t witnessed in either of the first two sets: a deuce. And it then ended in Kyrgios being actually broken. And now game four has also gone to deuce. With all these actually somewhat-contested games and a few longer rallies, Kyrgios’s sprint to victory has become more of a gentle stroll. This fourth game of the third set should have been over much quicker - Kyrgios was 0-40 up - but he eventually won his sixth break point of the game to level the set at 2-2. 8.48am GMT Dan Evans update: he’s screamed to victory in his first-round match over Facundo Bagnis in three increasingly straightforward sets, winning 7-6, 6-3, 6-1. 8.47am GMT Kerber, having won the first set 6-2, has an interesting start to the second, challenging three consecutive points - the first two successfully - in the opening game. And it’s still only 15-15. 8.41am GMT The battle goes on for Tsonga, who has lost that third-set tie break 7-5. 8.40am GMT The American No23 seed Jack Sock is rocking Court 7, winning the second set against Pierre-Hugues Herbert on a tie break to go 2-0 up. 8.39am GMT Kyrgios takes the second set 6-2, and the match has so far taken 45 minutes, including a lengthy medical time-out. 8.36am GMT Tsonga is potentially on the verge of victory on Court No3, where his match against Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro has gone to a third-set tie break. The Frenchman is already two sets to the good. 8.35am GMT Shuai Peng has completed her victory over Daria Kasatkina in two contrasting sets, 6-0, 7-6. So the No23 becomes the fifth seed to get knocked out of the women’s singles draw so far. Shelby Rogers is the current holder of the shock-of-the-day prize, for her 6-3, 6-1 win over the No4 seed Simona Halep. 8.31am GMT As Kyrgios hogs local attention the Hisense Arena is a lot more full than the Rod Laver Arena, but at least Rod Laver is there, watching Kerber. Who’s just broken to take a 3-2 lead in the first set. 8.29am GMT Kyrgios resumes, after an eight-minute medical time out. 8.28am GMT Kerber just held to love, and looks to be getting into her stride. 8.26am GMT Kyrgios’s momentum has been halted, though it’s not Elias doing the halting, it’s a blood nose. 8.25am GMT Dan Evans update: he’s now two sets up against Bagnis, and a game up (on serve) in the third, thus leading 7-6, 6-3, 1-0. 8.24am GMT Angelique Kerber has had an awkward start to the year, winning one match in two tournaments, losing to Elina Svitolina in Brisbane and Daria Kasatkina in Syndey. It’s very early days in this match, but Tsurenko has won her two service games quite handsomely, and Kerber struggled a bit to win hers, but it’s 2-1, and on serve. 8.20am GMT Then Elias wins the third game of the set to love. 8.19am GMT This is going to be brief: Kyrgios is already a break up in set two, leading it as he does 2-0.6-1. Nineteen minutes. 10pts dropped. Hot damn. That was something, Kyrgios... #NKsprinting 8.13am GMT Hold it, the comeback’s off again: that’s the first set, wrapped up by Kyrgios inside 19 minutes, 6-1. 8.10am GMT Elias has won a game! It’s 5-1 now, and the comeback is on! Um, kind of. 8.10am GMT It’s taken Kyrgios less than 15 minutes to race into a 5-0 first-set lead. It’s the first time he’s ever played Elias, and the Portuguese isn’t enjoying it very much. 8.08am GMT The Hisense Arena looks like the place to be: 8.01am GMT Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is also looking strong. He’s won the first two sets against Thiago Monteiro of Brazil, 6-1, 6-3, and it’s currently 2-1 on serve in the third. 7.59am GMT Kyrgios has started ominously, racing into a 3-0 lead in the first set. 7.47am GMT Kyrgios and Elias are now on court, and their match will get under way very shortly, in front of an absolutely packed house. 7.45am GMT Evans has won that first set, despite at one stage needing to save three consecutive set points, 10-8 in the tie break. 7.39am GMT The first set of Evans v Bagnis has gone to a tie-break. Less close, so far at least, is the No23 seed Daria Kasatkina’s match against Shuai Peng. The Chinese world No83 won the first set 6-0, though Kasatkina has got on the board in the first game of the second set. 7.32am GMT Before that, Marin Cilic has placed his towel on the comeback-of-the-round sunlounger with a 4-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win over Jerzy Janowicz. 7.31am GMT The evening session on the two main show courts starts in half an hour, with Angelique Kerber, the top seed and champion, getting her competition under way against Lesia Tsurenko in the Rod Laver Arena, while Stan Wawrinka takes on Martin Klizan in the Margaret Court Arena. 7.25am GMT There is more British interest today: Dan Evans is on Court 14 as I type, where he’s playing Argentina’s world No55 Facundo Bagnis. It’s currently 5-5 in the first set. 7.22am GMT Svetlana Kuznetsova, the No8 seed, is safely through to round two, wrapping up a 6-0, 6-1 win over the Columbian Mariana Duque-Mariño, straightforward enough even if she needed four match points to do it. This was on the Hisense Arena, so Nick Kyrgios is up next. 7.12am GMT Andrey Rublev, the 19-year-old Russian world No156, awaits in round two for Murray. 7.07am GMT And with an ace, a fine angled forehand crosscourt winner from deep behind the baseline and a service winner that Marchenko optimistically but forlornly challenges, Murray sets up match point. Then, a short rally ends with the Ukrainian overhitting a forehand, and that’s it! 7.04am GMT Murray leads 7-5, 7-6, 5-2, so has two chances to do this, not that it looks like he’ll need them both. 7.03am GMT Hello world!No time for preambles - you join me with Andy Murray about to serve for victory over Illya Marchenko! 12.51am GMT Hello. Simon will be here shortly. Until then, here’s who to watch out for in both singles draws: Related: Australian Open women’s form guide: the players to watch in Melbourne | Molly McElwee Related: Australian Open men’s form guide: the players to watch in Melbourne | Jacob Steinberg Continue reading... More... (Tennis)
Today
09:54

Football transfer rumours: Gerard Piqué to Chelsea or Arsenal?

www.guardian.co.uk - Today’s balderdash is also willing to talkWhat if there were no transfers? What if everyone just stayed where they are? Would that be so bad? Lots of people would save some money, there would be much less messing around, and the Mill could take a rest from the constant churning, churning, churning. Maybe we could talk about other things. Maybe we could write that novel.We mention it, at least partly, because going on the transfer whispers on the wind this morning, there might not be too many moves. Diego Costa is apparently ‘willing’ to remain with his current employers, martyr that he is, despite an offer of £600,000-a-week to join Jiangsu Suning; Robert Snodgrass has his eyes on the job at Hull rather than the £4.99 bid made by West Ham; Mauricio Pochettino reckons the lads from the Chinese Super League aren’t sniffing around any of his players. Maybe there really won’t be any transfers.Here’s one, though. Word in Spain suggests that the prospect of Gerard Piqué moving to England isn’t the most outlandish in the world. And why? Because Shakira, who as you’ll know happens to be married to Gerard, wants him to move away from Barcelona because of all the stick he gets in Catalonia. Apparently she thinks that it’ll all be much nicer in England, which does lead us to think she hasn’t been to England much, but if it means she isn’t so stressed while watching matches, we’re all for it. Who’d be keen? London would be their preferred destination, presumably for either Madame Tussauds or the proliferation of rustic burger joints, so that would be Chelsea or Arsenal. We’ll leave you to decide which is more likely to stump up the necessary. Continue reading... More... (Football)
Today
09:53

School support staff 'tired and stressed'

news.bbc.co.uk - Support staff in Scotland's schools are feeling exhausted, undervalued and stressed as a result of cuts, according to a trade union. More... (Scotland)
Today
09:48

Road closed for toppled crane recovery

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Today
09:47

Egypt court upholds ruling halting transfer of islands to Saudi Arabia

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Today
09:46

Stephen Ferris questions Tommy Bowe's omission from Ulster

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Today
09:46

Bowe's Ulster omission questioned

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09:41

Piccadilly Circus lights turned off for site renovations

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09:39

Nearly 1,000 wrong speeding notices for Conwy tunnel

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Today
09:32

Michael Gove: Donald Trump wants trade deal as quickly as possible

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Today
09:31

Nick Kyrgios brushes aside injury concerns to beat Gastão Elias

www.guardian.co.uk - Australian No1 defeats Portuguese player 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in MelbournneWorld No14 gets Australian Open campaign under way with thrashingThe word going around town prior to Nick Kyrgios’ first-round appearance at the Australian Open on Monday was that a triple whammy of back, hamstring and knee injuries had him in serious trouble, and that he’d lacked both the time and physical capacity to even consider breaking any of his rackets in a 10-minute practice hit. Such dire predictions proved unfounded in his straight sets hammering of Gastão Elias, which he won 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to progress to the second round. Earlier in the day a press release issued by tournament organisers claimed that Kyrgios was a 91% chance of winning, which was all well and good until you noted the same probability had been assigned to women’s fourth seed Simona Halep before she was trounced off the court by American Shelby Rogers. These prognostications, it was said, were based on “Elo ratings”. Jeff Lynne was not available for comment after the Halep business, but surely would have had fun watching Kyrgios. Related: Australian Open 2017 day one: Kyrgios, Kerber, Wawrinka and more - live! Continue reading... More... (Tennis)
Today
09:27

'More cyber attacks in north Wales than street crime'

news.bbc.co.uk - More crimes are being committed in cyberspace in north Wales than on the streets, its police and crime commissioner claims. More... (Wales)
Today
09:25

Mushfiqur head injury overshadows New Zealand Test defeat of Bangladesh

www.guardian.co.uk - Player at centre of dramatic scenes after being hit on back of helmet Wicket-keeper returned to the ground after receiving treatmentKane Williamson’s excellent 104 not out led New Zealand to an unlikely seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first Test. But the result was slightly overshadowed by Mushfiqur Rahim being taken to hospital after being hit on the helmet by a bouncer.Mushfiqur took his eye off a shorter delivery from Tim Southee and was struck on the back of his helmet, requiring an ambulance to come onto the Basin Reserve pitch and take the Tigers captain away to a nearby hospital. Related: Bangladesh open for business and ready to take on world after England win Continue reading... More... (Cricket)
Today
09:25

Mushfiqur Rahim head injury overshadows New Zealand Test defeat of Bangladesh

www.guardian.co.uk - Captain at centre of dramatic scenes after being hit on back of helmet Bangladesh player returned to the ground after receiving treatmentKane Williamson’s excellent 104 not out led New Zealand to an unlikely seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the first Test in Wellington. However the result was somewhat overshadowed by Mushfiqur Rahim being taken to hospital after being hit on the helmet by a bouncer.Mushfiqur took his eye off a shorter delivery from Tim Southee and was struck on the back of his helmet, requiring an ambulance to come onto the Basin Reserve pitch and take the Tigers captain away to a nearby hospital. Related: Bangladesh open for business and ready to take on world after England win Continue reading... More... (Cricket)
Today
09:10

Guantanamo Bay: Oman receives 10 released inmates

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Today
09:09

Baby born in police car outside Stoke hospital

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Today
09:03

Australian Open 2017 day one: Kyrgios, Kerber, Evans and more - live!

www.guardian.co.uk - Live updates from Melbourne Park as Kyrgios faces Gastao EliasKevin Mitchell: Konta can replicate run to semi-finalsEmail simon.burnton@theguardian.com, tweet @SimonBurnton 9.03am GMT Tsong hasn’t let the loss of the third set get him down: he leads 4-1 in the fourth, having broken twice. 9.01am GMT The first game of the third set of Kyrgios v Elias featured something that wasn’t witnessed in either of the first two sets: a deuce. And it then ended in Kyrgios being actually broken. And now game four has also gone to deuce. With all these actually somewhat-contested games and a few longer rallies, Kyrgios’s sprint to victory has become more of a gentle stroll. This fourth game of the third set should have been over much quicker - Kyrgios was 0-40 up - but he eventually won his sixth break point of the game to level the set at 2-2. 8.48am GMT Dan Evans update: he’s screamed to victory in his first-round match over Facundo Bagnis in three increasingly straightforward sets, winning 7-6, 6-3, 6-1. 8.47am GMT Kerber, having won the first set 6-2, has an interesting start to the second, challenging three consecutive points - the first two successfully - in the opening game. And it’s still only 15-15. 8.41am GMT The battle goes on for Tsonga, who has lost that third-set tie break 7-5. 8.40am GMT The American No23 seed Jack Sock is rocking Court 7, winning the second set against Pierre-Hugues Herbert on a tie break to go 2-0 up. 8.39am GMT Kyrgios takes the second set 6-2, and the match has so far taken 45 minutes, including a lengthy medical time-out. 8.36am GMT Tsonga is potentially on the verge of victory on Court No3, where his match against Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro has gone to a third-set tie break. The Frenchman is already two sets to the good. 8.35am GMT Shuai Peng has completed her victory over Daria Kasatkina in two contrasting sets, 6-0, 7-6. So the No23 becomes the fifth seed to get knocked out of the women’s singles draw so far. Shelby Rogers is the current holder of the shock-of-the-day prize, for her 6-3, 6-1 win over the No4 seed Simona Halep. 8.31am GMT As Kyrgios hogs local attention the Hisense Arena is a lot more full than the Rod Laver Arena, but at least Rod Laver is there, watching Kerber. Who’s just broken to take a 3-2 lead in the first set. 8.29am GMT Kyrgios resumes, after an eight-minute medical time out. 8.28am GMT Kerber just held to love, and looks to be getting into her stride. 8.26am GMT Kyrgios’s momentum has been halted, though it’s not Elias doing the halting, it’s a blood nose. 8.25am GMT Dan Evans update: he’s now two sets up against Bagnis, and a game up (on serve) in the third, thus leading 7-6, 6-3, 1-0. 8.24am GMT Angelique Kerber has had an awkward start to the year, winning one match in two tournaments, losing to Elina Svitolina in Brisbane and Daria Kasatkina in Syndey. It’s very early days in this match, but Tsurenko has won her two service games quite handsomely, and Kerber struggled a bit to win hers, but it’s 2-1, and on serve. 8.20am GMT Then Elias wins the third game of the set to love. 8.19am GMT This is going to be brief: Kyrgios is already a break up in set two, leading it as he does 2-0.6-1. Nineteen minutes. 10pts dropped. Hot damn. That was something, Kyrgios... #NKsprinting 8.13am GMT Hold it, the comeback’s off again: that’s the first set, wrapped up by Kyrgios inside 19 minutes, 6-1. 8.10am GMT Elias has won a game! It’s 5-1 now, and the comeback is on! Um, kind of. 8.10am GMT It’s taken Kyrgios less than 15 minutes to race into a 5-0 first-set lead. It’s the first time he’s ever played Elias, and the Portuguese isn’t enjoying it very much. 8.08am GMT The Hisense Arena looks like the place to be: 8.01am GMT Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is also looking strong. He’s won the first two sets against Thiago Monteiro of Brazil, 6-1, 6-3, and it’s currently 2-1 on serve in the third. 7.59am GMT Kyrgios has started ominously, racing into a 3-0 lead in the first set. 7.47am GMT Kyrgios and Elias are now on court, and their match will get under way very shortly, in front of an absolutely packed house. 7.45am GMT Evans has won that first set, despite at one stage needing to save three consecutive set points, 10-8 in the tie break. 7.39am GMT The first set of Evans v Bagnis has gone to a tie-break. Less close, so far at least, is the No23 seed Daria Kasatkina’s match against Shuai Peng. The Chinese world No83 won the first set 6-0, though Kasatkina has got on the board in the first game of the second set. 7.32am GMT Before that, Marin Cilic has placed his towel on the comeback-of-the-round sunlounger with a 4-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win over Jerzy Janowicz. 7.31am GMT The evening session on the two main show courts starts in half an hour, with Angelique Kerber, the top seed and champion, getting her competition under way against Lesia Tsurenko in the Rod Laver Arena, while Stan Wawrinka takes on Martin Klizan in the Margaret Court Arena. 7.25am GMT There is more British interest today: Dan Evans is on Court 14 as I type, where he’s playing Argentina’s world No55 Facundo Bagnis. It’s currently 5-5 in the first set. 7.22am GMT Svetlana Kuznetsova, the No8 seed, is safely through to round two, wrapping up a 6-0, 6-1 win over the Columbian Mariana Duque-Mariño, straightforward enough even if she needed four match points to do it. This was on the Hisense Arena, so Nick Kyrgios is up next. 7.12am GMT Andrey Rublev, the 19-year-old Russian world No156, awaits in round two for Murray. 7.07am GMT And with an ace, a fine angled forehand crosscourt winner from deep behind the baseline and a service winner that Marchenko optimistically but forlornly challenges, Murray sets up match point. Then, a short rally ends with the Ukrainian overhitting a forehand, and that’s it! 7.04am GMT Murray leads 7-5, 7-6, 5-2, so has two chances to do this, not that it looks like he’ll need them both. 7.03am GMT Hello world!No time for preambles - you join me with Andy Murray about to serve for victory over Illya Marchenko! 12.51am GMT Hello. Simon will be here shortly. Until then, here’s who to watch out for in both singles draws: Related: Australian Open women’s form guide: the players to watch in Melbourne | Molly McElwee Related: Australian Open men’s form guide: the players to watch in Melbourne | Jacob Steinberg Continue reading... More... (Tennis)
Today
09:01

NI GPs resignation from NHS 'inevitable'

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Today
08:54

Murray & Evans into second round

news.bbc.co.uk - Britain's Andy Murray wins his first Grand Slam match since becoming world number one but is given a stern test. More... (England)
Today
08:53

Man arrested over Cambuslang flat death

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Today
08:24

Newspaper headlines: Imminent assembly election dominates papers

news.bbc.co.uk - The likelihood that Northern Ireland will soon be going to the polls again dominates Monday's front pages. More... (Northern Ireland)
Today
08:24

Polls apart

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Today
08:07

Football transfer rumours: Gerard Piqué to Arsenal or Chelsea?

www.guardian.co.uk - Today’s balderdash is also willing to talkWhat if there were no transfers? What if everyone just stayed where they are? Would that be so bad? Lots of people would save some money, there would be much less messing around, and the Mill could take a rest from the constant churning, churning, churning. Maybe we could talk about other things. Maybe we could write that novel.We mention it, at least partly, because going on the transfer whispers on the wind this morning, there might not be too many moves. Diego Costa is apparently ‘willing’ to remain with his current employers, martyr that he is, despite an offer of £600,000-a-week to join Jiangsu Suning; Robert Snodgrass has his eyes on the job at Hull rather than the £4.99 bid made by West Ham; Mauricio Pochettino reckons the lads from the Chinese Super League aren’t sniffing around any of his players. Maybe there really won’t be any transfers.Here’s one, though. Word in Spain suggests that the prospect of Gerard Piqué moving to England isn’t the most outlandish in the world. And why? Because Shakira, who as you’ll know happens to be married to Gerard, wants him to move away from Barcelona because of all the stick he gets in Catalonia. Apparently she thinks that it’ll all be much nicer in England, which does lead us to think she hasn’t been to England much, but if it means she isn’t so stressed while watching matches, we’re all for it. Who’d be keen? London would be their preferred destination, presumably for either Madame Tussauds or the proliferation of rustic burger joints, so that would be Chelsea or Arsenal. We’ll leave you to decide which is more likely to stump up the necessary. Continue reading... More... (Football)
Today
08:01

Fatherhood Institute: Everything works against fathers

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Today
07:50

Work-life balance 'increasingly stressful for fathers'

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Today
07:47

Dogs rescued from meat farm begin journey to new homes

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Today
07:45

Turkish cargo plane crashes killing 32

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Today
07:41

Andy Murray makes hard work of Illya Marchenko in Australian Open first round

www.guardian.co.uk - World No1 beats Ukrainian 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 Scot next plays Russian qualifier Andrey RublevAndy Murray was relieved rather than elated to come through a ragged opening match in his 12th Australian Open here campaign, beating the determined Ukrainian Illya Marchenko 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 on a sweltering afternoon.It took him two hours and 47 minutes to subdue a player ranked 95 places below him and whom he had defeated for the loss of seven games in under two hours in their only previous meeting, in the second round six years ago. That was before Murray, who had peaked at No2 in the world a year earlier, had won the first of his three slams. He arrives this time as world No1, finally, and with ambitions to end his run of five losing finals, four of them against the player he deposed at the top of the rankings, Novak Djokovic. Related: Andy Murray beats Illya Marchenko in Australian Open first round - as it happened Related: Alex De Minaur wins through to second round on Australian Open debut Related: Aljaz Bedene loses to Victor Estrella Burgos in Australian Open first round Continue reading... More... (Tennis)
Today
07:39

Australian Open 2017: Andy Murray reaches second round

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Today
07:38

Kyrgyzstan plane crash: It landed on top of the village

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Today
07:38

Woman airlifted to hospital after fire in Ayr

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Today
07:22

Recruitment freeze 'puts police at risk'

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Today
07:21

Scottish Gossip: Jonny Hayes, Robert Snodgrass, Rangers, Ian Cathro

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Today
07:18

Andy Murray beats Illya Marchenko in Australian Open first round - as it happened

www.guardian.co.uk - World No1 takes his time to see off Ukrainian opponent 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2Murray wins through after two hours 47 minutes on court in Melbourne 7.14am GMT After two hours and 47 minutes on the court - far longer than he would have wished - Andy Murray is through to the second round. Illya Marchenko was relentless for two sets, making life very difficult for the world No1, breaking his serve three times in eight to begin. But from there, Murray found a way out of the second set, then pressed home the advantage to finish it off in a relative stroll. Far from his most fluent outing, but ultimately doing what he had to do. That, I suspect, is all that matters for those of you waking up in the UK. Your boy is through in straight sets, and has taken the first in a long series of steps required over the next fortnight to win his first Australian Open title. Related: Andy Murray beats Illya Marchenko in Australian Open first round - as it happened Related: Australian Open 2017 day one: Nick Kyrgios in action - live! 7.06am GMT Third set: *Murray 7-5, 7-6, 6-2 Marchenko (* denotes server): “It hasn’t been the afternoon we anticipated,” is the view of the TV caller. Not wrong, but to be fair to Murray he did fight back well from the moment he went down a break in the second set. Broader point would be that he shouldn’t be losing the plot quite as easily as he did earlier on. The final service game gets to 30-all, the motions gone through by both, the match closed out when Marchenko pings it long. And that’s it! 7.03am GMT Third set: Murray 7-5, 7-6, 5-2 Marchenko* (*denotes server): A straightforward service game for Marchenko, Murray reluctant to expend any unnecessary energy at this stage. Murray to serve for the match after the change of ends. 7.00am GMT Third set: Murray *7-5, 7-6, 5-1 Marchenko (*denotes server): One more for the Marchenko highlight reel. He doesn’t get a chance to play on this stage very often, and can be proud of that lobbed winner. It brought a smile to his face. But it didn’t do that much damage, Murray given a short ball to put away at 40-30. Sure enough, he obliged. One game away. 6.57am GMT Third set: Murray 7-5, 7-6, 4-1 Marchenko* (*denotes server): Error after error from Marchenko. He looks spent. And he’d be weighed down as well by the opportunities he threw away in the second set. Sure enough, a break point comes and is secured when the Ukrainian whacks the ball out when attempting a tired forehand. Murray in the final stretch here. 6.54am GMT Third set: *Murray 7-5, 7-6, 3-1 Marchenko (*denotes server): Easy points for Murray to 40-0, the third of which an ace out wide. Marchenko reviewed - he has to - but the technology confirms that the line was clipped. The Brit does the rest. The support box copping less stick from their boy now. Relief for @andy_murray as he manages to secure the break to lead a tiring @imarchello 2-1 in the third #AusOpen #7TENNIS pic.twitter.com/mPvzcpQqyx 6.49am GMT Third set: Murray 7-5, 7-6, 2-1 Marchenko* (*denotes server): After battling so hard for so long, Marchenko is just about gone here, evidenced by two double faults. Murray didn’t miss the chance to attack, claiming a break from deuce when the Ukrainian pushed a forehand crosscourt a tad too far. The shadows are creeping over Rod Laver Arena, the match having lasted nearly two and a half hours. Surely the world number one will run through this set fairly easily from here and be out of here inside three hours. 6.44am GMT Third set: *Murray 7-5, 7-6, 1-1 Marchenko (*denotes server): 46 per cent for Murray’s first serve so far today, but he’s relatively fluent here compared to the previous set, finishing it off to 15 with a nice little forehand crosscourt. A rare ace in that game as well, which will encourage him as both players will surely start labouring. It isn’t streaming hot out there, but it is warm enough. 6.41am GMT Third set: Murray 7-5, 7-6, 0-1 Marchenko* (*denotes server): After a trip to the gents between sets, Marchenko is focussed on serve, forcing Murray into a couple of errors after landing a forehand winner earlier in the game. Needs to keep making his first serve.Another tought one, but @andy_murray gets there! He wins the tiebreak to take the second set 7-6 over @imarchello #AusOpen #7TENNIS pic.twitter.com/tmarVfFIyt 6.32am GMT Let’s hope no one has to ever watch that again. Murray fumed at his support staff periodically while missing far more opportunities than those he took. Marchenko ran to the net repeatedly to put the Scot under pressure, but lacked the necessary polish to finish him off after an early break. A tie-breaker was required, Murray’s big serve and forehand combination coming good at long last. 6.30am GMT Second set tie break: Murray 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) Marchenko: At long last, Murray has won the set! He earned three set points via a huge ace down the middle, then got there with the final of those when back on serve, Marchenko unable to return a huge forehand. Phew. 6.26am GMT Second set tie break: Murray 7-5, 6-6 (4-2) Marchenko: Quick update while they change ends. First three points against serve then Murray up 4-1, but the sixth point ends after a long rally with a Marchenko winner. Murray is angry for not hitting a winner himself when the opportunity came earlier in the slogathon, not hitting it hard enough. 6.20am GMT Second set: Murray 7-5, 6-6 Marchenko* (*denotes server): We are off to a tie break! There is no doubting who the crowd are with based on that game, Marchenko smashing a forehand winner down the line at 30-15 much to their joy. But a forehand slice next up is ill-considered and into the net. But he held his nerve again, landing another forehand winner to win his way into the decider for the set. 6.17am GMT Second set: *Murray 7-5, 6-5 Marchenko (*denotes server): It’s taken nearly two hours, but finally some Murray genius. Looking in the hole, and at deuce a second time, he get out of the service game after executing a picture-perfect forehand lob over Marchenko who came to the net to try and find a way through. The game should have been wrapped up by Murray way back at 40-15, but the Ukrainian landed a crosscourt forehand to keep on track, before getting on a roll. The result: he has to serve to stay in the set again. 6.08am GMT Second set: Murray 7-5, 5-5 Marchenko* (*denotes server): Nerve held by Marchenko, after it looked quite the opposite as he second-guessed himself at 30-15, pulling out of a smash and clobbering long. But Murray went long himself to give him the game point, and he made no mistake putting away a volley after a sound serve. Has to be a tie-breaker here. 6.03am GMT Second set: *Murray 7-5, 5-4 Marchenko (*denotes server): Murray holds. He went down 15-30 early, but smashed his way out of trouble, forcing three consecutive Marchenko errors from the back of the court - who will now serve to stay in the set. That happened fast.Frantelle water tastes very average and I'm glad Sir Andy Murray agrees pic.twitter.com/Yjh3irNA25 6.00am GMT Second set: Murray 7-5, 4-4 Marchenko* (*denotes server): There is the break back from Murray! A big deflection off the net ended the final rally after a game of plenty of emotion, both players roaring upon winning a point. Murray was deflated early when missing a forehand at 15-all, but his opponent then did the same, before giving a break point with a poor backhand. Tit for tat with errors but forced and unforced. But we’re back on serve, Murray helped too by it not being a change of ends, able to quickly capitalise on the momentum of the break-back. 5.52am GMT Second set: *Murray 7-5, 3-4 Marchenko (*denotes server): Murray is very fortunate there to hold on, it requiring four deuce attempts after Marchenko landed winners with the backhand down the line then across the court. But the fortune for Murray came at the end. A serve was called long, but the Scot challenged it - on the proviso that if the technology ruled it in that he would win the point, consulting the chair umpire on this point. He did, and it was. There’s a bit of confusion on the TV call as to whether he’s allowed to make that inquiry when deciding if he goes upstairs. Murray, it’s also observed on the TV, is talking to his support staff after every point. They won’t be making a commemorative DVD of this one. So scrappy. 5.42am GMT Second set: Murray 7-5, 2-4 Marchenko* (*denotes server): Big fist pump from Marchenko’s coach when Murray’s backhand goes into the net at 40-30. Three winners on the forehand side belies the pre-game intel that it was his backhand that Murray had to be most aware of. His volleys are especially effective when racing to the net more by the game. Sir @andy_murray in action at @AustralianOpen today @theage_photo @theagesport pic.twitter.com/HlRVNFsC8v 5.36am GMT Second set: *Murray 7-5, 2-3 Marchenko (*denotes server): Hard held, Murray wins the game to 30. Not a flattering game, all points were the product of errors. It’s turning into a right scrap here. Murray remains a break down, but Marchenko is still plenty of pressure himself. All told, Murray has been broken in three of his first eight service games. Not for nothing. But the pressure back onto the Ukrainian, needing to keeping winnings gams with his relatively fragile serve. 5.32am GMT Second set: Murray 7-5, 1-3 Marchenko* (*denotes server): “Bizarre behaviour” is the observation on the TV commentary. “It has cost him this game... it is concentration.” Murray is filthy again as Marchenko closes out his service game via winners with his forehand and backhand after Murray twice hit into the net. 5.28am GMT Second set: *Murray 7-5, 1-2 Marchenko (*denotes server): Murray broken! A crosscourt forehand winner from the back of the court gave Marchenko his first point against Murray’s serve this set. He converted this small window into four points on the spin, the last a forehand winner down the line executed perfectly. Can he keep his nerve and consolidate the break? 5.22am GMT Second set: Murray 7-5, 1-1 Marchenko* (*denotes server): Marchenko’s first point of the set comes at 0-15, but he has to work hard for it with a couple of smash attempts, Murray scrambling well. He then comes to the net with rapid pace to nail a little crosscourt backhand volley. That’s real pretty. And he closes out the game with a big serve down the middle that Murray barely gets a racquet on. Gotta admire this guy’s resilience. 5.19am GMT Second set: *Murray 7-5, 1-0 Marchenko (*denotes server): Is it the case that after doing so much to get back into that first set that Marchenko will struggle to stay with Murray now? It’s world number one’s easiest service game yet, his opponent not able to get into any point. A couple of winners, a couple of errors. 5.16am GMT The Ukranian is extremely unlucky not to get that set into a tie-break. Murray is rusty. And angry. Marchenko is far less polished, and prone to disappointing errors, but utterly committed to the cause. It isn’t pretty, but it is a good little contest. 5.14am GMT First set: Murray 7-5 Marchenko* (*denotes server): Hard not to feel for the Ukrainian here, who does so much right before routinely making rally errors. Murray is sitting back and waiting, knowing by now that it will surely come. In turn, he earns a set point at 30-40. And it happens again, missing long. He’s won the set. 5.11am GMT First set: *Murray 6-5 Marchenko (*denotes server): To the net again goes Marchenko, profiting from a Murray error early in the game. He nearly does it again from close-range after a lengthy rally at 30-15 but misses. The crowd let out a big sigh when the ball is signalled out. They’re picked their guy, and fair to say it isn’t the Brit. He needs to dig deep with his second serve, and gets a bit of luck after a poor backhand error from his opponent, but Murray is first to six and Marchenko will again be serving to stay in the set. 5.03am GMT First set: Murray 5-5 Marchenko* (*denotes server): Murray was right before the game about his opponent today being a scrapper. He’s excellent here again, chasing down balls all over the court gets the game to 30-all. Vision of Murray from the change of ends comes on the TV of him saying that phrase over and again “shocking movement.” It’s a proper tantrum. Meanwhile, Marchenko gets to 40-30 after putting away a volley, then wins the game with a big wide ace. All of a sudden, we’re level at five games all! 4.59am GMT First set: *Murray 5-4 Marchenko (*denotes server): That’s the break back! Excellent game from the lesser-fancied man. It began with a long rally and an error from Marchenko. To be fair to Murray, he forced him into the passing shot after attacking the net. Should have done better, but hit it into the net himself. Makes it 15-all. Murray is kept to the back of the court with the Ukrainians hard-hit backhand, eventually making an error himself. He’s serving for the set but a bit of work to do then from 15-30. An easy point brings parity at 30, but deft touch at the net at the end of another rally generates a break point. Murray is good enough to see it off with a big serve, but another break point comes after Marchenko slays a backhand winner down the line, shot of the set so far. A chance to get back on serve... and he takes it! A break back and we are on serve. Another winner down the line, just falling in. Rewarded for gutsy tennis. Andy Murray is fuming at the change of ends according to the commentary. “Shocking movement,” he is reported to have said time and time again. What’s that all about, I wonder? This #AusOpen let's all refer to Showcourt 2 as Tina Arena. @collinsadam 4.52am GMT First set: Murray 5-3 Marchenko* (*denotes server): Marchenko fights back from 0-15 then 30-all to stay in the set with a successful forehand smash and his first ace of the match. Adam Hirst is into it on the email, observing that it was more Steve Harmison than Andy Murray (poor old Harmy, always getting tagged with that) in the first game. But now? More this, he says. 4.46am GMT First set: *Murray 5-2 Marchenko (*denotes server): Huge Murray serve to begin, an easy point. But Marchenko has every right to fist pump when making a lovely little crosscourt forehand. Murray is back on top soon enough, his serve too powerful. At 40-15 Marchenko sends a decision upstairs in hope as much as anything, but the technology confirms the call. He will now serve to stay in the set. 4.43am GMT First set: Murray 4-2 Marchenko* (*denotes server): Comfortable start to Marchenko’s game before a familiar theme plays out - the Ukrainian missing long at the end of an attritional rally. 15-all. He makes a smash then lands a powerful first serve, giving the chance to serve it out at 40-15. He needs both attempts, but gets the game when Murray flays a forehand long. 4.39am GMT First set: *Murray 4-1 Marchenko (*denotes server): After breaking Murray to begin, Marchenko has lost his way since, illustrated at 30-15 when trying to flog a crosscourt forehand but hitting the frame, the ball landing closer to the crowd than the court. Murray wraps up an easy service game. 4.36am GMT First set: Murray 3-1 Marchenko* (*denotes server): Marchenko won just the seven games against Murray when they met here in the second round of 2011’s Australian Open. It’s a crisp serve/put away to begin this service game after the change of ends. But sure enough, a double fault isn’t far away. Plenty of those so far. Murray comes off best in a long rally as well, Marachenko missing long. Murray afforded two break points, he needs only one when the lower-ranked man tries get the top seed running, but is wide by a foot or more. 4.31am GMT First set: Murray* 2-1 Marchenko (*denotes server): The most physical rally to date goes to the world number 93, Murray unable to return a backhand when stretched wide. Another rally favours the same man, set up for a couple of forehand smashes by Murray, nailing the second. But from 30-all to 40-30 when Murray nails a 208kph ace down the T. And game when he goes it again. Much better. Got there the hard way, but we’re on serve.Jasveer Jassi on the email reports that he’s just woken up in the middle of the night to watch Murray. “Should be an easy match,” he predicts. Presumably written before it began. 4.26am GMT First set: Murray 1-1 Marchenko* (*denotes server): Marchenko catches the bug, double faulting himself after missing a backhand. When hitting a forehand volley into the net he’s given Murray the chance to break right back from 0-40. He does exactly that, at the first time of asking, when he whacks a second forehand into the net in succession. Terrible tennis everywhere to begin. 4.24am GMT First set: Murray* 0-1 Marchenko (*denotes server): Murray broken right away! A shocking start for the world number one, three double faults allowing the game to drift to deuce, before missing long twice. His first serve is all over the place in particular, abusing himself into the effects mics to the amusement of the commentary team. Don’t think anyone expected that. 4.18am GMT Andy Murray has won the toss. He’s elected to bat. Only kidding. He’ll serve. 3.59am GMT Fair to be so blunt? 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When you do the right things, good things happen on the court. 3.52am GMT Third set: *Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 Bellucci (*denotes server): There it is! A couple of aces (his 11th and 12th of the match) help Tomic to match point and his serve doesn’t let him down at that point. Tomic through into the second round with a minimum of fuss. Excellent stuff from the Australian. 3.48am GMT Third set: Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 5-4* Bellucci (*denotes server): Tomic finally breaks the run of service points won and he continues the momentum with a fantastic forehand winner, hit back across the face of Bellucci, who is left with no chance. It’s perfect timing really; he goes on to break and will now serve for the match. 3.45am GMT Third set: *Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 4-4 Bellucci (*denotes server): Make that 20 points in a row. Looks like the rising temperature is getting to the players now. 3.44am GMT Third set: Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 3-4 Bellucci* (*denotes server): These last four games have been won to love as both players’ resistance to serve wavers a little in the heat. That’s 16 points now that have been won by the server. And the tempo of the match has drastically reduced. 3.42am GMT Third set: *Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 3-3 Bellucci (*denotes server): Tomic holds as the tension builds for Bellucci - he knows a slip now could well mean the end of the road for him. 3.41am GMT Third set: Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 2-3 Bellucci* (*denotes server): And another! So perhaps this is as good a time as any for some stats.First serve percentage: Tomic 63-77 BellucciWinners: Tomic 8-8 BellucciTotal points won 25-16 Bellucci 3.37am GMT Third set: *Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 2-2 Bellucci (*denotes server): One of those games that makes a liveblogger’s job tough - Tomic holds serve without incident, and with not even a crap chant from the stands to mock, that’s your lot. 3.34am GMT Third set: Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 1-2 Bellucci* (*denotes server): Tomic’s radar is out slightly this game and a couple of heavy-handed baseline shots go long at the other end, helping Bellucci along the way. 3.31am GMT Third set: *Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 1-1 Bellucci (*denotes server): No problems for Tomic as he gets his name on the scoreboard this third set. “We love you Bernie, we do” cry the Fanatics. Really, their repertoire hasn’t changed in the past 10 years. Understandable if they’re keeping it simple so others can join in, but with no one else game in the entire arena, you have to ask questions. 3.28am GMT Third set: Tomic 6-2, 6-1 0-1 Bellucci* (*denotes server): Wow, Tomic delivers some wonderful tennis this game - and a glimpse of what he is capable of. Yet Bellucci still manages to hold, after saving a couple of break points. Amazing scenes over on Show Court 3, where Alex De Minaur has forced a final set against Gerald Melzer after a tie-breaker in the fourth! 3.17am GMT Second set: *Tomic 6-2, 6-1 Bellucci (*denotes server): Well, after his last lengthy service game, this one is a cinch. Tomic wraps up the second in double-quick time, and remains well on course for a place in the second round of this Australian Open. 3.16am GMT Second set: Tomic 6-2, 5-1 Bellucci* (*denotes server): Normal service is resumed, in more ways than one this next game. Bellucci falls to 0-40 and Tomic converts on the second break point to move to within a game of the second set. A chorus of “Let’s go Bernie” breaks out among the Fanatics in the stands, a chant that will never get old. Or annoying. Ever. 3.14am GMT Second set: *Tomic 6-2, 4-1 Bellucci (*denotes server): Well this is something of a strange game. Tomic eventually holds, but it’s far from plain sailing. He appears to lose his momentum and allows Bellucci a sniff of getting back into the set. In the end he has to save three break points, although it’s some tame play from Bellucci when it matters most that keeps Tomic in the game. On the second, he simply stands there as Tomic’s looped forehand lands on the baseline. A big serve from the Australian saves a third break point before an ace sets up the eventual hold. That could prove to be a big one for Tomic to have got through. 3.05am GMT Second set: Tomic 6-2, 3-1 Bellucci* (*denotes server): Tomic edges a lengthy rally at 30-15 up when Bellucci goes wide (he challenges but to no avail), and the Australian is gifted two break points. Bellucci concedes on the first with a whimper, his forehand landing meekly in the net. Tomic now a set and a break up - and looking well set. 3.01am GMT Second set: *Tomic 6-2, 2-1 Bellucci (*denotes server): Tomic, for the first time really, struggles slightly on his serve. He comes through though, not least because he pulls a superb winner out of the bag when being put under pressure from Bellucci. His forehand is ungettable and that’s a good hold for the Australian, but you can’t help feel a bit for Bellucci, who did his best to get his opponent running all over the court that game. Tomic’s shot-making was just too good in the end. 2.55am GMT Second set: Tomic 6-2, 1-1 Bellucci* (*denotes server): Another game, another fantastic shot from Tomic, who runs around a Bellucci serve to slap a forehand winner back past the Brazilian. It’s not enough to deny Bellucci the game though, and we’re all square early in this second set. 2.54am GMT Second set: *Tomic 6-2, 1-0 Bellucci (*denotes server): Tomic pulls out the shot of the match so far, a superb double-handed backhand winner down the line on his way to securing the first game of the second set. Cue a not-annoying-at-all solo version of the Beatles’ Let It Be, with lyrics tailored to Tomic, by a brave Australian man in the crowd. Incredibly, he gets a round of applause, although you have to think that was more for effort, rather than any songwriting or execution skills. 2.48am GMT First set: Tomic 6-2 Bellucci* (*denotes server): Oh dear, a double fault comes at a bad time for Bellucci and the Brazilian falls 0-30 down. Tomic manoeuvres his opponent around the court on the next point and sets up three set points. Bellucci saves the first, Tomic is long at the baseline on the second, and on the third, the Brazilian whips a super forehand that Tomic can’t return. Ballsy play from Bellucci. But Tomic soon gets a fourth chance though and this time he takes it, as Bellucci finds the net. Thirty-two minutes and Tomic is a set up! 2.41am GMT First set: *Tomic 5-2 Bellucci (*denotes server): And more of the same from Tomic as he inches towards claiming the first set. No problems at all for the Queenslander in this game as his serve, um, serves him well. This has been a really solid start to his campaign so far. 2.38am GMT First set: Tomic 4-2 Bellucci* (*denotes server): A light smattering of applause signals a held service game for Bellucci. You get the feeling half the crowd didn’t even see that game, such was its brevity. 2.35am GMT First set: *Tomic 4-1 Bellucci (*denotes server): No such messing about in this next game, as Tomic races to another game without fuss. This is good stuff from the Australian. Now to maintain this level for the next hour and a half. 2.32am GMT First set: Tomic 3-1 Bellucci* (*denotes server): Bellucci pings down another ace early on, but the Brazilian is slightly error-prone with his ground strokes and this, coupled with some decent play from Tomic - and an element of luck - means he struggles to hold. A net cord at deuce gives the Australian a chance, but in true Tomic style, he attempts a sliced forehand dropshot to claim the game. It doesn’t come off. Bellucci relies on his serve to get him through and an ace seals the deal to finally get him on the board.Over on Show Court 3, Alex De Minaur has dropped the third set to Gerald Melzer and must find a way to stay in his debut slam in this fourth set. 2.25am GMT First set: *Tomic 3-0 Bellucci (*denotes server): Eight minutes into the match and Tomic has opened up a 3-0 lead. He’s looking comfortable during this quickfire game, in which he encounters little resistance from Bellucci, largely thanks to his own shot selection. 2.22am GMT First set: Tomic 2-0 Bellucci* (*denotes server): Bellucci is a grunter, not the loudest ever heard, but still a grunter. The Brazilian exhales loudly with every shot, in start contrast to Tomic, who manages to keep any noise down. Anyway, it’s been a great start for Tomic, who breaks at the first opportunity, despite Bellucci hammering down the first ace of the match. Tomic seals it when the Brazilian is a fraction long with a volley at the net, with Tomic unable to get near the ball. 2.17am GMT First set: *Tomic 1-0 Bellucci (*denotes server): Here we go then! Bellucci won the toss and elected to receive first so here goes Bernie. And the Australian gets off to an encouraging start, cajoling his opponent around the court on several points before sealing the game with a powerful serve that Bellucci cannot get back. Bellucci does however, give an indication of what he’s capable of, when at 30-0 down he counters with a frankly magnificent return, reaching across to fire a forehand back across Tomic. A high quality first game. 2.12am GMT Tomic and Bellucci are out on court and warming up. Tomic is in a seemingly conservative outfit (white shirt and shorts with black detail), until you look down to his feet. They are ensconced in a pair of bright pink trainers with yellow soles, matched with bright pink socks. Bellucci is in an eye-catching flouro yellow and black shirt with black shorts. And with that, thankfully fashion is done for the day. 2.08am GMT Four-times Australian Open champion Venus Williams is out on court and under way in her match against Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova. Early in the first set the American is a break down, but there’s no doubting her enduring popularity at Melbourne Park.V never goes out of style.#ausopen pic.twitter.com/jUf4wJ9eeN 2.04am GMT Some interesting reading on the ATP’s website about these two players. There’s five years difference in age between the pair but very little in terms of career prize money. Tomic (24) has earned $4,780,593 while Bellucci (29) has $4,690,882 to his name. I say very little, because what’s the odd 90K between tennis players? Anyway, you’ve got to love the detail, right down to the last dollar. 1.58am GMT Tomic and Bellucci will be on court soon as Muguruza has wrapped up victory over Erakovic. The Spaniard wins 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 38 minutes on Margaret Court Arena to progress to the second round, and the day is well under way now. Plenty more to come, so stick with us.I forgot to say, but please do get in touch, on email, or via Twitter. Is this Tomic’s year to go beyond his previous best result of reaching the fourth round at Melbourne Park? Or will it all end in tears? 1.53am GMT Over on Hisense Arena, my least favourite of the main show courts for what it’s worth, Kei Nishikori dropped the first set to Andrei Kuznetsov but the Japanese has roared back in the second to level at a set apiece. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty follows that one, in her comeback to grand slam tennis after a stint playing cricket. Related: Ashleigh Barty turns back on cricket to resume tennis career 1.48am GMT Aiava’s debut Australian Open is over! Mona Barthel wraps up victory in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), in a result that won’t surprise many. Nevertheless, Destanee gets a rousing ovation from the stands as she departs, and she can move into the future with the experience of a grand slam appearance under her belt. Definitely a case of ‘watch this space’ for the young Melburnian. 1.45am GMT The sun is out in Melbourne, and the mercury is rising. A high of 31 degrees is expected today, but of course down there on the court, it can feel far hotter than that for the players. 1.43am GMT That match on Margaret Court between Erakovic and Muguruza is currently in the second set, with the Spaniard - despite being clearly unwell - having taken the first. She was a break down in the second, but has just got back onto serve at 3-4 and is still a chance of wrapping this up in straight sets.And we have our first shock of the Australian Open, with fourth seeded Romanian Simona Halep bundled out of the tournament by American Shelby Rogers, a stunning 6-3, 6-1 winner first up on Rod Laver Arena. 1.31am GMT So, here we go once again. The Australian Open 2016 is under way and one of our first chances to run the rule over the local talent on the sun-bathed blue courts of Melbourne Park comes with a match that pits Bernard Tomic, seeded 27, against Brazil’s world No62 Thomaz Bellucci. In some ways, it’s as an intriguing encounter as a first-round clash can be - rankings suggest Tomic should have few problems in dispatching Bellucci, but of course there is far more to it than that. For starters, it’s Bernard Tomic we’re talking about, the same Bernard Tomic who has failed to win a competitive match this year following a disappointing outing in Brisbane and two defeats in Kooyong. Bernard Tomic, who is about as predictable as the guest list for Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony. And the Bernard Tomic who delights when in the mood, and frustrates when not. 10.16am GMT Mike will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s Russell Jackson with his thoughts on Tomic before this round-one opener. 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Today
04:03

Andy Murray v Illya Marchenko: Australian Open first round - live!

www.guardian.co.uk - Live updates from the round one match on Rod Laver ArenaEmail Adam your thoughts or tweet him at @collinsadam 3.59am GMT Fair to be so blunt? Probably, for this is the first time that the Scotsman arrives at Melbourne Park as the number one seed. Expectations have never been higher.With that assessment, welcome to our live game-by-game coverage of Andy Murray’s opening round hit-out on this the first afternoon of the 2017 Australian Open. I’m Adam Collins, and I have the great fortune of being here in glorious Melbourne. But to those of you getting up at 4am the UK to follow your guy from the very start of this tournament: respect. 11.59pm GMT Adam will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s Kevin Mitchell on world No1 Andy Murray’s chances at this Australian Open. Related: Andy Murray eager and ready to avenge near-misses at Australian Open Continue reading... More... (Tennis)
Today
03:57

Bernard Tomic beats Thomaz Bellucci in the Australian Open first round - live!

www.guardian.co.uk - Live updates from the match on Margaret Court ArenaEmail Mike your thoughts or tweet him at @mike_hytner 3.57am GMT Here’s Bernie: “Amazing thing to be back. I’m feeling good practising hard doing the right things. When you do the right things, good things happen on the court. 3.52am GMT Third set: *Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 Bellucci (*denotes server): There it is! A couple of aces (his 11th and 12th of the match) help Tomic to match point and his serve doesn’t let him down at that point. Tomic through into the second round with a minimum of fuss. Excellent stuff from the Australian. 3.48am GMT Third set: Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 5-4* Bellucci (*denotes server): Tomic finally breaks the run of service points won and he continues the momentum with a fantastic forehand winner, hit back across the face of Bellucci, who is left with no chance. It’s perfect timing really; he goes on to break and will now serve for the match. 3.45am GMT Third set: *Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 4-4 Bellucci (*denotes server): Make that 20 points in a row. Looks like the rising temperature is getting to the players now. 3.44am GMT Third set: Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 3-4 Bellucci* (*denotes server): These last four games have been won to love as both players’ resistance to serve wavers a little in the heat. That’s 16 points now that have been won by the server. And the tempo of the match has drastically reduced. 3.42am GMT Third set: *Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 3-3 Bellucci (*denotes server): Tomic holds as the tension builds for Bellucci - he knows a slip now could well mean the end of the road for him. 3.41am GMT Third set: Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 2-3 Bellucci* (*denotes server): And another! So perhaps this is as good a time as any for some stats.First serve percentage: Tomic 63-77 BellucciWinners: Tomic 8-8 BellucciTotal points won 25-16 Bellucci 3.37am GMT Third set: *Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 2-2 Bellucci (*denotes server): One of those games that makes a liveblogger’s job tough - Tomic holds serve without incident, and with not even a crap chant from the stands to mock, that’s your lot. 3.34am GMT Third set: Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 1-2 Bellucci* (*denotes server): Tomic’s radar is out slightly this game and a couple of heavy-handed baseline shots go long at the other end, helping Bellucci along the way. 3.31am GMT Third set: *Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 1-1 Bellucci (*denotes server): No problems for Tomic as he gets his name on the scoreboard this third set. “We love you Bernie, we do” cry the Fanatics. Really, their repertoire hasn’t changed in the past 10 years. Understandable if they’re keeping it simple so others can join in, but with no one else game in the entire arena, you have to ask questions. 3.28am GMT Third set: Tomic 6-2, 6-1 0-1 Bellucci* (*denotes server): Wow, Tomic delivers some wonderful tennis this game - and a glimpse of what he is capable of. Yet Bellucci still manages to hold, after saving a couple of break points. Amazing scenes over on Show Court 3, where Alex De Minaur has forced a final set against Gerald Melzer after a tie-breaker in the fourth! 3.17am GMT Second set: *Tomic 6-2, 6-1 Bellucci (*denotes server): Well, after his last lengthy service game, this one is a cinch. Tomic wraps up the second in double-quick time, and remains well on course for a place in the second round of this Australian Open. 3.16am GMT Second set: Tomic 6-2, 5-1 Bellucci* (*denotes server): Normal service is resumed, in more ways than one this next game. Bellucci falls to 0-40 and Tomic converts on the second break point to move to within a game of the second set. A chorus of “Let’s go Bernie” breaks out among the Fanatics in the stands, a chant that will never get old. Or annoying. Ever. 3.14am GMT Second set: *Tomic 6-2, 4-1 Bellucci (*denotes server): Well this is something of a strange game. Tomic eventually holds, but it’s far from plain sailing. He appears to lose his momentum and allows Bellucci a sniff of getting back into the set. In the end he has to save three break points, although it’s some tame play from Bellucci when it matters most that keeps Tomic in the game. On the second, he simply stands there as Tomic’s looped forehand lands on the baseline. A big serve from the Australian saves a third break point before an ace sets up the eventual hold. That could prove to be a big one for Tomic to have got through. 3.05am GMT Second set: Tomic 6-2, 3-1 Bellucci* (*denotes server): Tomic edges a lengthy rally at 30-15 up when Bellucci goes wide (he challenges but to no avail), and the Australian is gifted two break points. Bellucci concedes on the first with a whimper, his forehand landing meekly in the net. Tomic now a set and a break up - and looking well set. 3.01am GMT Second set: *Tomic 6-2, 2-1 Bellucci (*denotes server): Tomic, for the first time really, struggles slightly on his serve. He comes through though, not least because he pulls a superb winner out of the bag when being put under pressure from Bellucci. His forehand is ungettable and that’s a good hold for the Australian, but you can’t help feel a bit for Bellucci, who did his best to get his opponent running all over the court that game. Tomic’s shot-making was just too good in the end. 2.55am GMT Second set: Tomic 6-2, 1-1 Bellucci* (*denotes server): Another game, another fantastic shot from Tomic, who runs around a Bellucci serve to slap a forehand winner back past the Brazilian. It’s not enough to deny Bellucci the game though, and we’re all square early in this second set. 2.54am GMT Second set: *Tomic 6-2, 1-0 Bellucci (*denotes server): Tomic pulls out the shot of the match so far, a superb double-handed backhand winner down the line on his way to securing the first game of the second set. Cue a not-annoying-at-all solo version of the Beatles’ Let It Be, with lyrics tailored to Tomic, by a brave Australian man in the crowd. Incredibly, he gets a round of applause, although you have to think that was more for effort, rather than any songwriting or execution skills. 2.48am GMT First set: Tomic 6-2 Bellucci* (*denotes server): Oh dear, a double fault comes at a bad time for Bellucci and the Brazilian falls 0-30 down. Tomic manoeuvres his opponent around the court on the next point and sets up three set points. Bellucci saves the first, Tomic is long at the baseline on the second, and on the third, the Brazilian whips a super forehand that Tomic can’t return. Ballsy play from Bellucci. But Tomic soon gets a fourth chance though and this time he takes it, as Bellucci finds the net. Thirty-two minutes and Tomic is a set up! 2.41am GMT First set: *Tomic 5-2 Bellucci (*denotes server): And more of the same from Tomic as he inches towards claiming the first set. No problems at all for the Queenslander in this game as his serve, um, serves him well. This has been a really solid start to his campaign so far. 2.38am GMT First set: Tomic 4-2 Bellucci* (*denotes server): A light smattering of applause signals a held service game for Bellucci. You get the feeling half the crowd didn’t even see that game, such was its brevity. 2.35am GMT First set: *Tomic 4-1 Bellucci (*denotes server): No such messing about in this next game, as Tomic races to another game without fuss. This is good stuff from the Australian. Now to maintain this level for the next hour and a half. 2.32am GMT First set: Tomic 3-1 Bellucci* (*denotes server): Bellucci pings down another ace early on, but the Brazilian is slightly error-prone with his ground strokes and this, coupled with some decent play from Tomic - and an element of luck - means he struggles to hold. A net cord at deuce gives the Australian a chance, but in true Tomic style, he attempts a sliced forehand dropshot to claim the game. It doesn’t come off. Bellucci relies on his serve to get him through and an ace seals the deal to finally get him on the board.Over on Show Court 3, Alex De Minaur has dropped the third set to Gerald Melzer and must find a way to stay in his debut slam in this fourth set. 2.25am GMT First set: *Tomic 3-0 Bellucci (*denotes server): Eight minutes into the match and Tomic has opened up a 3-0 lead. He’s looking comfortable during this quickfire game, in which he encounters little resistance from Bellucci, largely thanks to his own shot selection. 2.22am GMT First set: Tomic 2-0 Bellucci* (*denotes server): Bellucci is a grunter, not the loudest ever heard, but still a grunter. The Brazilian exhales loudly with every shot, in start contrast to Tomic, who manages to keep any noise down. Anyway, it’s been a great start for Tomic, who breaks at the first opportunity, despite Bellucci hammering down the first ace of the match. Tomic seals it when the Brazilian is a fraction long with a volley at the net, with Tomic unable to get near the ball. 2.17am GMT First set: *Tomic 1-0 Bellucci (*denotes server): Here we go then! Bellucci won the toss and elected to receive first so here goes Bernie. And the Australian gets off to an encouraging start, cajoling his opponent around the court on several points before sealing the game with a powerful serve that Bellucci cannot get back. Bellucci does however, give an indication of what he’s capable of, when at 30-0 down he counters with a frankly magnificent return, reaching across to fire a forehand back across Tomic. A high quality first game. 2.12am GMT Tomic and Bellucci are out on court and warming up. Tomic is in a seemingly conservative outfit (white shirt and shorts with black detail), until you look down to his feet. They are ensconced in a pair of bright pink trainers with yellow soles, matched with bright pink socks. Bellucci is in an eye-catching flouro yellow and black shirt with black shorts. And with that, thankfully fashion is done for the day. 2.08am GMT Four-times Australian Open champion Venus Williams is out on court and under way in her match against Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova. Early in the first set the American is a break down, but there’s no doubting her enduring popularity at Melbourne Park.V never goes out of style.#ausopen pic.twitter.com/jUf4wJ9eeN 2.04am GMT Some interesting reading on the ATP’s website about these two players. There’s five years difference in age between the pair but very little in terms of career prize money. Tomic (24) has earned $4,780,593 while Bellucci (29) has $4,690,882 to his name. I say very little, because what’s the odd 90K between tennis players? Anyway, you’ve got to love the detail, right down to the last dollar. 1.58am GMT Tomic and Bellucci will be on court soon as Muguruza has wrapped up victory over Erakovic. The Spaniard wins 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 38 minutes on Margaret Court Arena to progress to the second round, and the day is well under way now. Plenty more to come, so stick with us.I forgot to say, but please do get in touch, on email, or via Twitter. Is this Tomic’s year to go beyond his previous best result of reaching the fourth round at Melbourne Park? Or will it all end in tears? 1.53am GMT Over on Hisense Arena, my least favourite of the main show courts for what it’s worth, Kei Nishikori dropped the first set to Andrei Kuznetsov but the Japanese has roared back in the second to level at a set apiece. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty follows that one, in her comeback to grand slam tennis after a stint playing cricket. Related: Ashleigh Barty turns back on cricket to resume tennis career 1.48am GMT Aiava’s debut Australian Open is over! Mona Barthel wraps up victory in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), in a result that won’t surprise many. Nevertheless, Destanee gets a rousing ovation from the stands as she departs, and she can move into the future with the experience of a grand slam appearance under her belt. Definitely a case of ‘watch this space’ for the young Melburnian. 1.45am GMT The sun is out in Melbourne, and the mercury is rising. A high of 31 degrees is expected today, but of course down there on the court, it can feel far hotter than that for the players. 1.43am GMT That match on Margaret Court between Erakovic and Muguruza is currently in the second set, with the Spaniard - despite being clearly unwell - having taken the first. She was a break down in the second, but has just got back onto serve at 3-4 and is still a chance of wrapping this up in straight sets.And we have our first shock of the Australian Open, with fourth seeded Romanian Simona Halep bundled out of the tournament by American Shelby Rogers, a stunning 6-3, 6-1 winner first up on Rod Laver Arena. 1.31am GMT So, here we go once again. The Australian Open 2016 is under way and one of our first chances to run the rule over the local talent on the sun-bathed blue courts of Melbourne Park comes with a match that pits Bernard Tomic, seeded 27, against Brazil’s world No62 Thomaz Bellucci. In some ways, it’s as an intriguing encounter as a first-round clash can be - rankings suggest Tomic should have few problems in dispatching Bellucci, but of course there is far more to it than that. For starters, it’s Bernard Tomic we’re talking about, the same Bernard Tomic who has failed to win a competitive match this year following a disappointing outing in Brisbane and two defeats in Kooyong. Bernard Tomic, who is about as predictable as the guest list for Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony. And the Bernard Tomic who delights when in the mood, and frustrates when not. 10.16am GMT Mike will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s Russell Jackson with his thoughts on Tomic before this round-one opener. 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Today
03:38

Britain's oldest living Olympian Bill Lucas enjoys 100th birthday

news.bbc.co.uk - Centenarian who competed in 1948 Wembley Olympic Games says a daily tipple keeps him going strong. More... (UK)
Today
03:07

Breast cancer patients' distress at withdrawal of Kadcyla

news.bbc.co.uk - Health watchdog NICE has rejected the life-extending drug Kadcyla on cost grounds. More... (UK)