Daily Archives: January 6, 2016

Murray will leave Australian Open for early baby

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Andy Murray says that that he would leave the Australian Open early if his wife, Kim, goes into labour early.

The competition is the first Grand Slam of the 2016 season, and it runs from January 18-31 and the baby is due in mid-February.

When the world number two was asked what he would do should his first child came early, he replied “I’m going to fly home.”

“I’d be way more disappointed winning the Australian Open and not being at the birth of the child.”

Murray, a double Grand Slam winner, said the current plan is to compete in the Australian Open and then take February off to spend time with Kim and the baby.

He was speaking while competing in the Hopman Cup event in Perth, where he partnered Heather Watson to a 2-1 win for Great Britain against France.

Murray put Britain ahead when he defeated Kenny de Schepper 6-2 6-2, and then worked together with Watson to defeat De Schepper and Caronline Garcia 6-2 5-7 10-6 in a mixed doubles match that decided the champions tie-break.

Harden “lasered” by fan during Jazz match

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James Harden of the Houston Rockets had the unfortunate experience of having a laser pointer shined at him by a Utah Jazz fan.

“Some guy was lasering me,” Harden said. “I saw it the first time and I thought it was a picture being taken.”

“I went to the foul line again and it happened again. The referee (Tom Washington) caught it before I did. That’s the first time that happened to me.”

Playing in Utah, Harden was on the free throw line when he saw the light.

With risk of temporary blindness as a laser pointer’s light hits a person eyes, security took no chances and searched out the offending fan, who was escorted from the arena.

Jazz officials said the fan was banned from all NBA arenas for one year.

Houston Rockets then rallied on to win the match narrowly by 93 to 91, with Utah Jazz squandering a 15-point second-half lead.

Liverpool gets slight head start for League Cup

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Liverpool is at an advantage as they defeated Stoke City on a visit by 1-0 in the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

The club had lost key midfielders such as Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren to hamstring injuries early on in the game.

Jordan Ibe, who came as a substitute for Coutinho, was assisted by clever build-up work from Adam Lallana and Joe Allen, and struck the far post after 37 minutes of play.

Stoke City had failed to relive the form in which they beat Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United in earlier matches; meanwhile, Simon Mignolet saved any openings the team managed to get.

Liverpool would go into the second leg with a one away goal lead, as they prepare to meet Stoke again on home ground.

They are now the favourites to meet either Everton or Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley.