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Monday, January 20, 2014

Kiwis thrashed

Constantijn Jonker scored a hat-trick as the Netherlands thumped New Zealand 7-2 to win the inaugural Hockey World League in New Delhi on Saturday. The Dutch, who stunned reigning world champions Australia in the semi-finals, outplayed the Black Sticks in a one-sided final at the Dhyan Chand Stadium in the Indian capital.

Injured duo

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed Gaston Ramirez and Dejan Lovren needed hospital treatment after suffering injuries in his side's 2-2 draw at Sunderland on Saturday. Pochettino's team squandered a two-goal lead at the Stadium of Light and to add to the Argentine's frustration he is now sweating on the fitness of two key players.

Loan deal

Manchester United midfielder Anderson completed his loan switch to Fiorentina in Serie A on Saturday. "ACF Fiorentina has finalised the transfer of Anderson Luis De Abreu Oliveira on loan from Manchester United FC," said a statement on the Fiorentina website.

Aussies top

Australia's men will be re-crowned the world's number one hockey team despite missing out on the bronze medal in controversial circumstances at the World League Finals in New Delhi. Australia's final position of fourth, coupled with Germany's seventh place finish, will see the Kookaburras leapfrog the Olympic champions in the rankings.

Pakistan trails

Opener Ahmed Shehzad scored a maiden century but Pakistan toiled for runs in their bid for a series-levelling win against Sri Lanka in the third and final Test in Sharjah on Saturday. The 22-year-old right-hander made 147 in only his second Test as Pakistan reached 6-291 at stumps on the third day, still 137 runs behind Sri Lanka's first innings total of 9-428 declared.

Azarenka storms

Australian Open defending champion Victoria Azarenka has stormed into the fourth round and her first clash with American Sloane Stephens since a controversial semi-final last year. Second seed Azarenka booked the meeting with 13th seed Stephens by thrashing Austria's Yvonne Meusburger 6-1 6-0 in exactly an hour on Saturday night.

Sweet revenge

Wellington Phoenix extracted sweet revenge for their fourth round defeat by Melbourne Victory with a 5-0 win at Westpac Stadium on Saturday. Outplayed and defeated 3-2 at AAMI Park in November, the Phoenix returned the favour is spades over third-placed Melbourne, in the process extending their unbeaten run to five games.

Durant rampant

In a day of key games for the top NBA teams in the West, Oklahoma City beat Golden State 127-121 with Kevin Durant scoring a career-high 54 points. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers increased its Pacific Division lead by downing New York, and Dallas edged Phoenix. Durant made 19 of 28 field goals and 11 of 13 free throws in his third straight game with at least 36 points.








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