One of the least remarked upon features of Stanislas Wawrinka’s victory at the Australian Open is that he was 28 years and 304 days old when he accomplished that feat. That makes him the third-oldest first-time Grand Slam champion among Open era players, if you exclude Petr Korda, who won the 1998 Australian Open at 30 but was later busted as a doper.

Rafael Nadal's Barcelona Open winning streak ended by Nicolás Almagro

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Ronnie O'Sullivan trails Joe Perry after world championship tussle

The defending champion has been outshone by Joe Perry over their opening two sessions and O'Sullivan must overhaul a 9-7 deficit in the best-of-25-frame tussle to progress to the quarter-finals.

Nothing could separate the pair in Friday's afternoon session as they took four frames apiece to leave the world No15, Perry, in pole position to cause the biggest upset of the tournament so far.


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Munster aim to go one better as they stand in the way of Toulon double

Toulon are a fusion of international cuisine while Munster are an Irish stew with a sprinkling of foreign spices. The starting lineup of the Top 14 leaders in Marseille on Sunday will be made up of seven different nationalities (only the prop Xavier Chiocci was born in Toulon), while Munster will field 12 Irishmen with one of the three exceptions, the South African back-rower CJ Stander, qualifying to play for Ireland next year.

The Week in Preview: Stuttgart & Barcelona

Nobody ever confused Maria Sharapova with Rafael Nadal, but in her own way she’s built a modest fortress of clay in recent years. Her record at this tournament is a perfect 8-0, and she’s going for a three-peat.

Victoria Coren Mitchell makes poker history

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Michael Schumacher being brought out of induced coma, says manager

The seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is gradually being lifted out of his artificial coma, his management confirmed on Thursday.

A statement released by Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, said: "Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking-up process which may take a long time. For the protection of the family, it was originally agreed by the interested parties to communicate this information only once this process was consolidated."


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