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Sharapova suffers injury blow ahead of Australian Open

Former world number one Maria Sharapova’s Australian Open preparations suffered a blow after a thigh injury forced her to retire from the Shenzhen Open quarter-final clash against Aryna Sabalenka on Friday.


Canucks' Pettersson unlikely to play Saturday

Vancouver Canucks rookie center Elias Pettersson will travel with the team for a Saturday game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, even though he is unlikely to play after suffering an apparent leg injury on Thursday night.


Rays announce plan to reduce seating

The Tampa Bay Rays are eliminating approximately 10,000 upper deck seats at Tropicana Field next season, making it by far the lowest-seating capacity of any Major League Baseball stadium.




Cricket - Australia v India, fourth test, Sydney

India take control of the fourth and final test against Australia after racking up 622-7, but Aussie captain Tim Paine can still see the funny side, answering a journalist's mobile phone in the post-play press conference.

5 Jan, 18:30 ET / 23:30 GMT


Cricket - South Africa v Pakistan - second test

South Africa will be looking to extend an already substantial 205-run lead as they resume their first innings on 382-6 after bowling Pakistan out for 177.

5 Jan, 03:30 ET / 08:30 GMT



Soccer - England - FA Cup Third Round - Tranmere Rovers v Tottenham Hotspur

Tranmere face Spurs in the FA Cup 3rd round

4 Jan, 14:45 ET / 19:45 GMT


Soccer-Round up of the day's FA Cup action

Wrap up of the day's FA Cup action

5 Jan, 09:00 ET / 14:00 GMT


Soccer - Spain - La Liga - Alaves v Valencia

Alaves, who are still unbeaten at home, host troubled Valencia in La Liga.

5 Jan, 10:15 ET / 15:15 GMT



Tennis - ATP 250 - Qatar Open

Doha hosts the Qatar Open - an ATP World Tour 250 tournament.

5 Jan


Tennis - ATP 250 - Brisbane International

Action from the Brisbane International semi-finals.

5 Jan, 20:00 ET / 01:00 GMT


Tennis - Hopman Cup

The final of the Hopman Cup.

5 Jan, 03:00 ET / 08:00 GMT


Tennis - WTA Premier - Brisbane International

Action from the Brisbane International semi-finals.

5 Jan, 20:00 ET / 01:00 GMT


ATP roundup- Field Level Media

Results from men’s professional tennis action Friday.

4 Jan, 22:00 ET/ 5 Jan 03:00 GMT


WTA roundup- Field Level Media

Results from women’s professional tennis action Friday

4 Jan, 22:00 ET/ 03:00 GMT



Golf - PGA Tour: Sentry Tournament of Champions third round

Dustin Johnson is defending champion at Kapalua on the Hawaian island of Maui. The event is restricted only to 2018 winners on the PGA Tour.

5 Jan


Tway overcomes illness to lead Tournament of Champions- Field Level Media

Kevin Tway shot a 7-under-par round of 66 on Thursday to build a one-shot lead after the first round of the Tournament of Champions in Maui, Hawaii.

Jan 4



NBA notebook- Field Level Media

News and notes from around the NBA

4 Jan, 20:00 ET/ 5 Jan 01:00 GMT


NBA roundup-Field Level Media

Summary recaps of Friday’s NBA games,

Jan 4, 22:00 ET/ 03:00 GMT



NFL notebook- Field Level Media

News and notes from around the NFL

Jan 4, 19:30 ET/ 5 Jan 00:30 GMT



NHL notebook- Field Level Media

News and notes from around the NHL

4 Jan, 20:00 ET/ 5 Jan 01:00 GMT

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