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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tomic regains

No.1 ranking

MELBOURNE - Bernard Tomic has officially regained his Australian No.1 status following his breakthrough success in Sydney. Tomic soared 21 places in the rankings to No.43 in the world on Monday, leapfrogging Marinko Matosevic, who slipped one spot to 49th. With his confidence sky high and fuelled by adrenaline, Tomic says there is no limit to how far he can go at the Australian Open. Roger Federer looms as a hazardous third-round road block, while eight matches — for eight splendid wins — in a fortnight must have taken a physical and mental toll.

Snooker

outburst

LONDON - Australian Neil Robertson was forced to defend an outburst on Sunday as he won the last three frames to beat China's Ding Junhui 6-5 in a tense first-round Masters snooker clash at London's Alexandra Palace. The reigning champion appeared to be heading for an early exit as Ding established a 5-3 lead after several sizeable breaks in the invitational event's opening match. But contributions of 100, 62 and a clinching 90 in the final frame allowed the Melbourne-born Robertson to complete a victory.

Maze wins

ski title

ST ANTON, Austria, - Overall World Cup leader Tina Maze of Slovenia became only the sixth woman skier to win races in all five alpine skiing disciplines with victory in the World Cup super-G at St Anton on Sunday. The 29-year-old finished four-hundredths of a second ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria and .99 of a second clear of Switzerland's Fabienne Suter, for her sixth victory of the season.

Arsenal

anxiety

LONDON - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is growing frustrated with the English Premier League team's "timid" and "nervous" displays at home, saying the players are struggling to deal with the pressure from restless fans. Arsenal's midfield was overpowered in the 2-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday, and defensive lapses led to an early red card for centre-back Laurent Koscielny and the two goals. "We are a bit too nervous to play in a serene way at home, and that shows in the way we start the games," Wenger said. The 60,000-strong crowd at Emirates Stadium voiced its displeasure with referee Mike Dean after Koscielny's send-off, but that's not the first time players have heard boos at home this season after more than seven years without a trophy.

Dramatic

draw

PARIS- Leicester set up a mouth-watering final round clash against Toulouse after a dramatic 15-15 draw with Ospreys in European Cup rugby on Sunday, a result that ensured that no Welsh province will make the knock-out phase. Four-time champions Toulouse notched up a bonus-point 35-14 victory over Italian whipping boys Treviso to sit atop Pool 2 on 18 points. Leicester, themselves twice champions, are just two points adrift and will host the French giants at their Welford Road ground next week knowing that nothing but a win will suffice. Two-time champions Munster earlier kept their hopes of reaching this season's quarters alive with an unimpressive 26-17 win over pointless Edinburgh.





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