Melbourne, Jan 20 : Sixth seed Roger Federer on Monday equaled Jimmy Connors record by reaching his 41st Grand Slam quarter-final with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round of the Australian Open.
It was also the 11th straight year that Federer has reached the quarter-final stage at the Melbourne Park.
Federer and Tsonga met twice in the quarter-finals of Grand Slams last year, with the former winning their match at last year's Australian Open and Tsonga prevailing at the French Open in May.
Melbourne, Jan 20 : Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson won the coveted Allan Border medal at an event in Sydney on Monday.
The fast-bowler beat out competition from captain Michael Clarke , who was the favourite to win the award for a record fifth time.
Meg Lanning, just 21-years-old, won the Belinda Clark medal for the best female cricketer of the year.
James Faulkner, who has played just the one Test match during the voting period, was the surprise finisher in third, News. com. au reports.
Johnson took 37 wickets and helped Australia complete the Ashes whitewash.
Melbourne, Jan 20 : Australian captain Michael Clarke could win Allan Border Medal for an unprecedented fifth time, a recent voting has revealed.
Clarke has been the standout Test batsman in the world during the past year, though he missed half of Australia's one-day matches because of injury, News. com. au reports.
If Clarke wins the medal this time again, he is going to go past Ricky Ponting, who has four, the report added.
Clarke scored 1030 Test runs at 45 with four centuries from the beginning of the voting period on February 1, 2013.( ANI)
Melbourne, Jan 19 : Novak Djokovic beat Italian 15th seed Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open here Sunday.
The Serbian is yet to drop a set at Melbourne Park and took the victory in 93 minutes, reports Xinhua.
Djokovic won the opening set with a solitary break.
From the fourth deuce of the opening game in the second set, Djokovic won 14 of the next 15 points to surge to 4-0 and ended the contest.
Djokovic fired off seven aces and converted six break points in the match.
Melbourne, Jan 18 : Danish tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki has failed to fulfill her dream of attaining the first Grand Slam of her career after her third-round exit from the Australian Open on Thursday.
The former world number one, who is engaged to golf ace Rory McIlroy, was defeated 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 by Spaniard Garbine Muguruza Blanco at the Rod Laver Arena on Saturday.
The defeat came after Wozniacki expressed confidence on winning the Australian Open after a successful second round win over unseeded American Christina McHale. (ANI)
Melbourne, January 17 : Justin Bieber is reportedly worried what the cops might find on his phone after they seized it.
Sources have revealed that Police searched the ' Baby' hitmaker's Los Angeles home and took the phone right out of his hands, News. com. au reported.
Insiders said that the cops are interested in texts that could incriminate the 19-year-old singer in the recent egg pelting incident and are also trying to find reference to drugs on his phone. (ANI)
Melbourne, Jan 17 : A Spanish designer has designed an aircraft that is shaped like a whale.
Oscar Vinals designed AWWA Sky Whale would be bigger than the Airbus A380 jumbo jet, and is going to be technologically more advanced, News. com. au reported.
According to Vinals, his plane's belly is going to be so round that it would be able to fit three levels and 755 passengers.
He said that the decks are also going to be divided according to class - first class at the top, business in the middle and economy at the bottom.
Melbourne, Jan 16 : Alastair Cook, who has scored just 246 runs in 10 innings during the Ashes, and was dismissed for four as England were beaten by Australia in the first of five one-day internationals, has been able to retain his place in the squad just because of captaincy, coach Ashley Giles put the entire England team on notice.
Pacer Finn was sent home from England's tour of Australia on Wednesday.
Explaining the decision to send 24-year-old Finn home, England one-day coach Ashley Giles said the player was not selectable at the moment and leaving was for his own good.
Melbourne, Jan 15 : Andy Murray made his disappointment clear by saying that he feared someone could suffer a heart attack if Australian Open organisers insist on play going ahead in 42-degree temperatures in Melbourne.
Extreme temperatures on Tuesday caused players to faint and vomit in a day of extraordinary scenes at the Australian Open.
Canada's Frank Dancevic, fainted after a set and a half of his match and another, Peng Shuai of China, vomited at the side of the court. A ball boy collapsed during another match and many ticketholders chose not to sit courtside because of the intensity of the heat.
Melbourne, Jan 14 : The dress worn by Jennifer Lawrence to 2014's Golden Globe awards has been turned into an internet meme with many making fun of the star's outfit choice.
The 23-year-old star, who won the best supporting actress trophy for her performance in ' American Hustle', has always donned Christian Dior for the event, but the latest dress has created confusion online if the gown was from the same stylish brand, News. com. au reported.
Some even thought that Lawrence got her inspiration from Ariel's DIY sheet dress from 'The Little Mermaid'. (ANI)
Melbourne, Jan 14 : Scientists are now testing a drug that could boost women's desire for sex and also help them lose weight.
The pill, which is being developed with the help of the people behind Viagra, could be on bedside cabinets by the end of next year, News. com. au reported.
With four in ten women saying that their sex life has lost its sizzle at some point, and Viagra already making over 2.5 billion dollars a year, drug companies have long tried to create a female version.
Melbourne, Jan 14 : Miranda Kerr apparently skipped putting on a pair of panties when she donned a sexy, backless dress with a thigh-high split for 2014's Golden Globe after party .
The Aussie supermodels' Pucci gown had gold chains holding together the sides, News. com. au reported.
The mum-of-one, who recently spilt from actor Orlando Bloom, grabbed a lot of attention at the bash with her dress. (ANI)
Melbourne, Jan 14 : Defending champion Victoria Azarenka beat Johanna Larsson of Sweden 7-6, 6-2 in one hour and 46 minutes to reach the second round at the Australian Open here Tuesday.
The second-seeded Belarussian trailed by 5-6 in the first set while the World No. 91 Swede was going to serve. But Azarenka broke to force a tie-break and won it by 7-2, Xinhua reported.
Azarenka found her rhythm and broke in the third game of the second set to assume complete control.
Melbourne, Jan 8 : England batsman Kevin Pietersen is likely to be sacked by selectors after coach Andy Flower reportedly issued a ultimatum that either 'he or KP' would remain in the team.
The new managing director of England cricket, Paul Downton , will decide the futures of Flower and Pietersen, whose relationship has broken down to the extent they may not both be able to carry on as part of the England Test set-up.
Reports in England revealed Flower is ready to walk away from his post should Pietersen continue playing Test cricket.
Melbourne, Jan 2 : Maria Sharapova outlasted Estonian Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in Brisbane International tennis quarter-finals.
Kanepi, at one stage appeared to silence Sharapova, but the four-time grand slam champion regained her composure to book a likely semi-final showdown with world No. 1 Serena Williams.
According to The Age, Sharapova launched into her trademark screams on each point but little else resembled the world No. 4 as she struggled to find her serving groove against the hard-hitting Kanepi.
Melbourne, January 1 : Bar Refaeli has become the latest celebrity to indulge in the Vampire Facelift, which is used to rejuvenate one's complexion.
The 27-year-old Israeli model posted a pic of herself getting the 1500 dollar facelift on Instagram, News. com. au reported.
Even Kim Kardsashian had got the procedure done and had posted a pic in March.
The new 'vampire facelift' cosmetic procedure, which is popular in America, involves drawing blood from the patient and injecting in the face. (ANI)
Melbourne, Dec 28 - Australian Test 'debutant' and Twenty20 captain George Bailey is reportedly in risk of losing his brief and joyful Test career due to a controversial Decision Review System (DRS) decision following a calamitious batting collapse of the hosts on the second day of the fourth Ashes Test in the MCG.
Although Bailey was given out caught behind for a duck as Australia collapsed to 9/164 on Friday to trail England by 91, but top scorer Chris Rogers (61) claimed that the Tasmanian captain was 'adamant' he did not hit the ball.
Melbourne, Dec 26 : Ever wondered why crawling into the foetal position helps alleviate the pain of a bad news or stressful situation or even physical pain?
There is a mental and a physiological explanation to the relief brought by this position, which has been described as a "natural defensive posture" by sports medicine specialist Dr. Bob Adams.
According to Outside Online , the mental side of things has to do with the womb, where we first felt safe and warm, News. com. au reported.
Melbourne, Dec 19 : Jennifer Lawrence, who believes that calling somebody fat on TV should be illegal, was recently photoshopped by Flare magazine .
The ' American Hustle' star's waist, hips, hair, cheeks, arms, thighs and even her fingers and collarbone were air-brushed on the front cover of the fashion magazine, News. com. au reported.
In the photoshopped version, the 23-year-old actress seems to be wearing more bronzer and heavier eye make-up.
The cover was highly criticized after the original cover shot of the mag was leaked online. (ANI)
Melbourne, December 11 : Paris Hilton has reportedly become the subject of a hoax involving late actor Paul Walker .
The 32-year-old hotel heiress was very angry to learn that a plane was hired by someone to tow a huge 'Rest in Peace' message signed by Paris Hilton over the 'Fast and Furious' star's fan memorial service, New. com. au reported.
Hilton took to Twitter to say that she was horrified that someone had hired a plane to fly by Walker's memorial service with messages from her, as it is disrespectful. (ANI)