Wawrinka stopped in his tracks by Anderson bombardment

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Two metre tall Anderson hurled down 22 aces, the last one on match point, to send Wawrinka spinning to his first loss since he beat world number one Novak Djokovic in spellbinding fashion in the Roland Garros final earlier this month.

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Anderson, the world number 17, now has four consecutive wins against Wawrinka, the first of that sequence being the Swiss’s first loss after he won the 2014 Australian Open.

“That’s a funny coincidence,” Anderson, who is in the process of taking out duel U.S. citizenship, told reporters after moving into the quarter-finals.

“I’ve just played these guys a lot of times, and I think it gives me confidence, knowing the guy I beat today just won the French Open and I watched him playing and beat the best players in the world doing it.

“A lot of things I have worked on came to fruition today.”

Wawrinka, the second seed at the prestigious Wimbledon curtain-raiser who needed only 49 minutes to beat Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday, did not play badly.

But even his lethal backhand could make no impression on the mighty Anderson serve.

He fought hard, saving five match points and he missed a golden opportunity to win the second set before succumbing.

Wawrinka will rue the few chances that went begging on a cloudy day in west London, especially the two set points he had on the Anderson serve at 6-5 in the opening set, and the two in a drawn-out second set tiebreak, the second of which he squandered at 11-10 when he sprayed a forehand wide with the court at his mercy.

Seventh seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon earlier beat Australian teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4 6-2 despite losing the first nine points of the match.

Simon will face Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals after the Canadian third seed beat Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-7(5) 6-1.

Anderson awaits the winners of Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Rafa Nadal’s conqueror Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Top seed Andy Murray was not in singles action on Wednesday. He will face Fernando Verdasco on Thursday.

(Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Tamou thrilled to get under Qld’s skin

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James Tamou will wear the badge of chief niggler with pride if it’s going to help NSW defeat Queensland again.

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Tamou ignited the first fracas of State of Origin II when he and Queensland fullback Billy Slater squared up, with every player on the field running in as tensions almost boiled over.

Slater took umbrage to being pushed in the face by the Blues prop in the 22nd minute, flinging the ball at him.

“The ref called something back and he kept running,” Tamou recalled.

“I thought I’ll try and get him, get in early and try and get under his skin. Hopefully get him off his game.”

The 113kg weapon would happily do it all again.

“I am willing to do my part for the team,” Tamou said.

“If that’s doing all the niggly stuff, I’m willing to do that.”

Tamou, who paid tribute to back-rower Ryan Hoffman and playmaker Trent Hodkinson for calming some of NSW’s hotheads when they were about to cross the line, tipped the series decider on July 8 could get nasty.

“Shots will be fired early I think, with the animosity going into game three,” he said.

“Someone will say something. It’ll be on.

“You saw tonight how frustrated they were and we were.

“Being up in Brisbane, something is bound to happen.”

Tamou noted in the lead-up to the MCG clash that “Queensland’s level of grubbiness outweighs ours, we need to up the ante”.

The 26-year-old suggested after the 26-18 victory that it wasn’t his side’s main focus, but it was certainly something they excelled at.

“We were just fighting fire with fire,” he said.

“They were a little bit shocked by it, that we didn’t take a step back.

“You saw how frustrated they were.

“We got under their skin their skin. They were really close to throwing a punch there … so we really did a good job.”

Tamou quickly added that the job wasn’t done yet.

But as for Slater, he’s hoping the fullback undergoes surgery and they won’t renew acquaintances at Suncorp Stadium.

“I definitely hope he’s not there … he’s the best in the world,” Tamou said.

“He was obviously injured (at the MCG) … a couple of times he stayed down and I was cheering.

“We took him out of the game … we really gave it to him.”

Chile’s Vidal won’t be suspended, coach Sampaoli says

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“He made a mistake that isn’t such a determining factor as to exclude him,” Sampaoli told a news conference at Chile’s training camp in Santiago.

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“What we need is to include him.”

Vidal was charged with drunk driving after crashing his red Ferrari some 18 miles (30 km) south of Santiago on Tuesday night, following an afternoon off from training that he spent at a casino. He is expected to start Chile’s final Group A match against Bolivia on Friday.

Hospital director Sergio Aguilera said three people were hurt including the player, who “had a lightly bruised neck.”

“I had two drinks and had an accident, as everyone knows, and put the life of my wife and other people at risk. And for that I’m really sorry,” Vidal told reporters, his voice cracking as he held back tears.

“I’m really embarrassed and all I can do is ask for forgiveness … and show on the field that this opportunity I’ve been given is worth something,” said Vidal..

After the crash Vidal spent the night in police custody and a judge suspended his driver’s license on Wednesday. The judge opened a 120-day investigation into the accident and will require Vidal to check in with the Chilean consulate in Milan, where he plays for Juventus, while the investigation is ongoing.

The accident put Sampaoli in a tricky position, but he ultimately decided to keep Vidal on Chile’s active roster.

Chilean state television showed pictures of Vidal’s badly damaged car. It later showed Vidal, who has three goals in the tournament after scoring twice in Chile’s 3-3 draw with Mexico on Monday, leaving in a police patrol car from the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and had his blood-alcohol level tested.

Local radio station BioBio on Wednesday released footage of the player interacting with police shortly after the crash.

“Stop talking stupid,” Vidal said to the officers. “Are you going to handcuff me? Handcuff me, but you’re screwing all of Chile.”

Hosts Chile are top of Group A in the 12-team tournament with four points from two matches, ahead of Bolivia on goal difference. Mexico have two points and Ecuador none.

(Additional reporting by Gideon Long; Writing by Gram Slattery; Editing by Cynthia Osterman; Editing by Anthony Esposito and Cynthia Osterman)

Olympic champion Jones wins taekwondo gold for Britain

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After team mate Charlie Maddock had claimed gold in the -49kg event on Tuesday, Jones defeated Croatia’s Ana Zaninovic 12-9 in the final to claim Britain’s third gold and fifth medal in total.

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Jones, 22, led 5-0 after a dominant opening period, 8-6 after the second and held her nerve to triumph by three points after a tense final two minutes.

Jones became the first ever British athlete to win Olympic gold in taekwondo in 2012 and was also the winner of the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010.

“I’m just buzzing to be honest,” Jones told reporters. “I got the Youth Olympic Games, the senior Olympic Games so to get the European Games as well and have all three at such a young age is amazing.

“I want to become a legend of my sport so I’m not done yet.”

Jones said Maddock’s success on Tuesday had provided her with extra motivation to emulate her team mate and top the podium in the Azeri capital.

“Charlie did amazing,” Jones added. “She’s only been doing taekwondo a year. It gives me confidence in our programme. I’ve been doing the same training as her, we’re all a team and doing the same thing so it gives you confidence.”

En route to the gold medal, the second seed was nearly beaten by Hungary’s Edina Kotsis in the quarter-final, trailing 2-1 late on before landing a kick to the face of her opponent with just 23 seconds of the final period remaining and progressing 5-2.

In her semi-final, Jones was 7-1 up and cruising against Sweden’s Nikita Glasnovic, but had to withstand a late fightback, eventually prevailing 7-6.

She beat Cypriot Despina Pilavaki 9-1 in the opening round at the Crystal Hall.

The European Games runs until June 28.

(Reporting by Tom Hayward; editing by Toby Davis)

D-Day and birthday looms for Slater

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No prizes for guessing what Queensland fullback Billy Slater’s birthday wish will be on Thursday.

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However, it appears Slater is bracing himself for disappointment.

On the day he turns 32, Slater will consult his NRL club Melbourne’s specialist about his troublesome shoulder in a visit that may end his season.

Slater showed no sign of discomfort despite being heavily targeted in Queensland’s 26-18 State of Origin II loss to NSW in Melbourne on Wednesday night.

However, Slater could not rule out speculation that he may need to go under the knife on Thursday.

“I will see the Melbourne medical staff (on Thursday) and will make a decision from there,” Slater said.

“Everyone knows it is not in a great spot.

“I have a shoulder issue and there are a few different things involved in it.

“I will do what is best for myself, the club and moving forward.”

Slater’s unavailability would be a huge blow for Queensland in the wake of NSW’s series-levelling victory in front of a record Origin crowd at the MCG on Wednesday night.

And it may also have repercussions for Slater’s NRL career.

Now aged 32, Slater is off contract with the Storm this year and it seems facing an uncertain future due to his lingering shoulder complaint.

Origin II was the first match Slater had played since Queensland’s series-opening win in Sydney last month.

“I will have a chat with the medical staff, we have already sourced some other opinions and we will decide what we will do from there,” Slater said.

Queensland coach Mal Meninga admitted he did not know whether he had seen the last of Slater this year.

“No idea, really,” he said.

“I think it’s all about how he pulls up.

“He will be assessed (on Thursday) I imagine by the Melbourne club and I guess we will know later on in the week.”

NSW captain Paul Gallen took exception to Slater’s pre-game admission that he would reassess his year after game two due to the shoulder complaint.

The Blues leader took that as a sign of Queensland “disrespect”, claiming it indicated Slater assumed the Maroons would seal the series with a game two win in Melbourne.

As a result Slater was hammered by the Blues defence in game two.

At one stage Slater took exception to NSW’s rough treatment in the 22nd minute, almost sparking a melee.

Asked if NSW crossed the line, Slater said: “I won’t buy into that.

“Everyone saw what happened tonight.”

Farah keen to back up for Wests Tigers

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Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah hasn’t ruled out playing against Manly on Friday night, two days after his problematic shoulder was poleaxed in State of Origin II.

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Farah was in doubt for the MCG clash after hurting his AC joint in the series opener at ANZ Stadium.

The NSW hooker required a pain-killing injection to make it through Wednesday night, when Queensland regularly tried to test the injury.

Farah could be forgiven for wanting to rest, but says he’s keen to back up against the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval.

“Less than 48 hours because we’ve got a game on Friday night,” Farah said, when asked how long he would need to rest.

“I haven’t been named, but I spoke to JT (coach Jason Taylor) the other day. He just said he didn’t name me and he’ll see how I pull up.

“We’ve got the early flight home, myself and Woodsy (NSW and Tigers prop Aaron Woods).

“First and foremost we’ll just work on our recovery, then make a decision.”

Farah admitted to harbouring doubts over whether he’d be fit enough to get through Origin II, even as late as kickoff in Melbourne.

“You come out here and put your balls on the line and say you’ll be ok,” he said.

“You don’t know.

“There was doubt .. but the thing that kept me sane before the game was just telling myself I’d done the work.”

Farah completed contact work last weekend, all but confirming his place in the MCG fixture watched by a record crowd of 91,513.

“I got through contact on Saturday and Sunday, even though Loz (NSW coach Laurie Daley) and the medical staff told me they didn’t want me doing contact,” he said.

“I felt it was important, not only for myself but to show the boys I was ready.

“I didn’t miss a session all week.”

The 31-year-old suggested the injury would improve before the series decider in Brisbane on July 8, even if he keeps playing.

Farah had no complaints with the way he was treated at the MCG.

“I knew they were coming. That’s to be expected, when you go out there for an Origin game there’s no hiding,” he said.

“At the back end of the match I was starting to feel it, but I had to get through.

“It was a great effort by the boys, but it’s one-all and the job’s not done.”

Warriors on high alert over Roberts

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Gold Coast centre James Roberts’ outstanding run of form has the Warriors on high alert ahead of the clubs’ NRL clash in Robina.

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The speedster grabbed two more tries in the Titans’ 28-14 win over Canterbury last Sunday to take his season’s tally to 13.

He also dotted down against the Warriors in a 32-28 victory in Auckland on Anzac Day.

The two sides meet again on Saturday, with Warriors coach Andrew McFadden wary of the threat posed by the 22-year-old.

“They obviously have some real strike,” he said of the Titans.

“That Roberts is a real handful and they’re going to be a good challenge.”

The job of marking Roberts will go to rookie Solomone Kata, who also got a brace against the Sydney Roosters at the weekend to take his own try haul in his debut first-grade campaign to 11.

McFadden was pleased with the way Kata, 20, defended against the more-experienced Blake Ferguson in that game.

“I thought he was terrific against a very high-quality player,” he said.

“Not dissimilar players, but with Roberts you have to handle him as a team, because he comes back through the middle as well as out wide.

“It will be something that everyone will be on high alert for.”

The Warriors’ 25-21 loss to the Roosters dropped them to 10th on the table, although they trail the eighth-placed Titans by only a narrow for-and-against difference.

For McFadden, it was the familiar story of errors and less that water-tight defence that proved costly last Saturday night.

“If we had been a bit better defensively, we could have closed that out,” he said.

“I think we just let it slip with a few soft tries, so certainly very disappointed with that.”

Inglis returns to form for Maroons

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One thing appears certain after Queensland’s 26-18 State of Origin II loss to NSW on Wednesday night – Greg Inglis is back.

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But the Maroons still questioned one aspect of a revitalised Inglis’ game two effort – his crucial disallowed try.

Showing no signs of his illness-marred game one display, Inglis brought an Origin record 91,513-strong MCG crowd to its feet when he scooped up a Mitch Pearce loose ball and raced 90m to cross in the 68th minute and gift Queensland the lead.

Or so they thought.

The video referee ignored the whistleblower’s “try” recommendation and ruled Michael Morgan had knocked on while jolting the ball free from NSW No.6 Pearce in the lead-up.

“It was a tough one. It was awarded a ‘try’ (by the on-field referee) so there was a lot of doubt over whether it was knocked on,” Queensland coach Mal Meninga said.

“But that was the rub of the green – a lot of things went against us and the opposition capitalised on it.”

Queensland captain Cameron Smith was more adamant on Inglis’ effort.

“It was a 50-50 call. (But) I didn’t think there was a knock-on there,” he said.

“I thought when the ball came out it headed towards our try-line – but I was wearing a Maroon jersey though wasn’t I?”

Maroons fullback Billy Slater also thought it was a try.

“Those little decisions didn’t go our way tonight,” he said.

“But we lost the game, we didn’t complete as good as we did in the first one and that certainly hurt us.”

Still, there was plenty to be excited about in Inglis’ game two display – and for NSW to be worried about.

Inglis was a shell of himself in Queensland’s 11-10 game one win after spending three nights in hospital while being treated for tonsillitis in the lead-up.

However, the South Sydney captain was back to his barnstorming best in game two.

He combined brilliantly with his “wingman” Darius Boyd to score an Origin record 16th try in the 33rd minute to reduce NSW’s lead to 12-10.

Incredibly it marked his first Origin try since 2013’s game two, snapping a five match drought.

Inglis racked up a remarkable seven tackle busts to amass 128m for the match to confirm he was truly back to his ominous best.

Slater agreed Inglis was impressive but still tried to defend the centre’s underwhelming Origin I display.

“I saw that GI (on Wednesday night) in game one,” he said.

“He didn’t get as many opportunities but he was physical in defence.

“But he was great tonight, probably one of our best.”

Asked about a “fantastic” Inglis’ 90m effort that ultimately led to a disallowed try, Meninga quipped: “I reckon that’s the quickest he’s moved for a while to be honest.”

And it seems he is not showing any signs of slowing down ahead of a crunch Origin III in Brisbane on July 8.

Wawrinka belongs in top four now, says Anderson

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Despite a sensational display to beat world number one Novak Djokovic in the Roland Garros final last week to claim his second grand slam title, Wawrinka is self-deprecating when it comes to comparing himself with the best.

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Anderson thinks the 30-year-old Swiss should now be regarded as equal to Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer.

“I was just thinking about that the other day, actually,” Anderson, who now has four consecutive wins against Wawrinka after his 7-6 7-6 victory on the west London grass, told reporters.

“I think historically, yes (he is right), but in the last year and a half, the six (grand slams), Stan’s won two of them and Novak has two and, you know, nobody else has that.

“So you can make a pretty strong case that I think he’s proved himself to be one of the top four guys in the world.”

Wawrinka, who won the 2014 Australian Open against a less than 100 percent fit Nadal, has risen to fourth in the ATP rankings and was not too disappointed with his loss.

“I think it was in general a good level,” he said. “I did one big mistake on the set point, but that’s it.”

But despite an incredible 18 months he still insists the Big Four has not become a Big Five.

“For sure if you look last two years, I’m number four in the world with two grand slams, Masters 1000, one 500, two or three 250, one Davis Cup, so that’s amazing,” he said.

“But when we talk about the Big Four it’s been 10 years.”

Wawrinka will now stay in London and sharpen his grasscourt game for Wimbledon where he lost to fellow Swiss Roger Federer in last year’s quarter-finals.

“I’m going to practice hard, for sure,” he said. “I am trying to find the right balance between resting and practice. I’m quite tired mentally. Physically, also, but especially mentally.”

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; editing by Toby Davis)

Sandow ‘won’t replace Campese’ say Hull

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Super League club Hull KR have stepped up their search for a new halfback following the loss of skipper Terry Campese for the rest of the season, but coach Chris Chester says they can’t bring in Parramatta’s Chris Sandow because he’s a “full-blown Aussie”.

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Campese, who made a tremendous start to his Super League career, is facing a six-month lay-off after it was confirmed on Wednesday he had suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate knee ligament against Castleford a fortnight ago.

The former Canberra stand-off will undergo reconstructive surgery but Chester insists there are no long-term fears for his skipper, who recently signed a two-year contract extension, and that he will be fit for the start of the 2016 Super League season.

Chester will stick with the versatile Maurice Blair as the halfback partner for Albert Kelly against Warrington on Friday but says he was already on the look-out for an extra halfback for next season.

Rovers have been linked with Sandow, 26, who looks to be on his way out of Parramatta, but Chester says his club are hampered by red tape.

“We’re certainly not bringing in Chris Sandow,” Chester said.

“We haven’t got any quota spots available so whoever we bring in will have to have a European or a Samoan or Tongan passport.

“Terry Campese has got an Italian passport.

“We’ve talked to a couple of players’ agents overseas who have come up with a couple of names but it’s very early days because last week we thought he was only going to be missing for three or four weeks. We found out late last night that it would be six months.

“There are a few good names out there but we can’t fit a quota player in. I’m pretty sure Chris Sandow is a full-blown Aussie.”

Chester says the club will find a role for Campese during his rehabilitation.

“It’s obviously a big blow to the club but more so for Terry because I think he’s been the best overseas signing to come over here this year and definitely a Man of Steel candidate,” Chester said.

“The surgeon’s very confident that he’ll come back a new bloke.

“It’s going to be six months which will take him up to December, so he’ll play some part in the friendlies over January and be ready for the start of Super League.

“He’ll be down at every training session – the boys can learn a lot off him. He knows how to play the game, he’ll make a great coach when he eventually finishes playing.”