Napoli leads Serie A as Inter suffers shock defeat

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Napoli leads Serie A as Inter suffers shock defeat

Napoli easily beat Frosinone by 5-1 and move on top of the Serie A table just as Inter Milan suffered a shock deafeat to Sassuolo on home ground.

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice to make it 20 goals in all competitions this season, and Napoli moved two points clear of Inter Milan.

There were already speculations earlier that Napoli could potentially win the Italian top flight and take their first league trophy since football legend Diego Maradona lead them to it more than 20 years ago.

Inter Milan was leading the table before their surprising loss to Sassuolo.

The game was heading for a goalless draw when Inter defender Joao Miranda fouled Gregoire Defrel inside the area.

Domenico Berardi netted the penalty to condemn Roberto Mancini’s side to a third defeat in six Serie A games.

Meanwhile, Juventus marked their ninth straight win by a narrow victory of 2-1 against Sampdoria and moved above Inter too, level at 39 points but with goal difference advantage.

Sunderland signs on Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff

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Sunderland signs on Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff

Struggling Sunderland signed on Bayern Munich defender Ian Kirchhoff in their first transfer deal in the January transfer window.

The 25-year old German played in the Champions League with Bayern, and now signed an 18-month contract for an undisclosed fee.

Black Cats manager Sam Allardyce said of the former German youth team player: “He has good pedigree – he started playing first-team football at 17 or 18 years old at Mainz and that he progressed to a club as big as Bayern Munich shows he has talent.”

“He’s frustrated at not being able to play a bigger part in Bayern’s team in the time he’s been there and he wants to experience the Premier League.”

Kirchhoff started his career at Mainz before joining Bayern on a free transfer in 2013.

Playing as a central defender for most of his career, he also showed his versatility by assuming a central midfield role during a loan spell at Schalke.

Sunderland are 19th in the Premier League, four points from safety, and travel to Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday

Kyrgios beats Murray for potential Hopman Cup win

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Kyrgios beats Murray for potential Hopman Cup win

Nick Kyrgios takes his first two wins against Andy Murray in the Hopman Cup, building up hopes for his team to take the trophy.

The 20-year-old Australian had previously lost all of his four meetings against the World number two, three in grand slams last year.

Kyrgios entered the match having lost all four of his previous matches to Murray, three in grand slams last year.

But with Murray battling a leg injury, Kyrgios went to town and trumped the Scotsman in straight sets by 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

Later, he repeated the feat as he partnered with Daria Gavrilova in the mixed doubles, while Murray partners with Heather Watson.

The Britons lost 6-2 6-7 (0-7) 11-9 to the Australian Green team in a tense deciding rubber in Perth.

“I actually did promise a couple of my friends that next time I played Andy, I was going to beat him,” Kyrgios said.

“He’s in the prime of his career. He’s been playing some great tennis. Every time I’ve played him I haven’t played bad.”

“He’s just a great player and today I knew what my game plan was going to be and how he was going to play.”

Later, Watson went on to beat Gavrilova 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 7-5 in a thrilling match to set up a deciding mixed doubles rubber, which Britain lost when Kyrgios served out an ace on Australia’s fourth match point.

Juventus defeats Verona for eighth consecutive Serie A win

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Juventus defeats Verona for eighth consecutive Serie A win

Juventus overpowered bottom-placed Verona 3-0 for an eighth straight league victory, moving ever nearer to first-placed Internazionale.

Paulo Dybala put the defending champions in front with a curling free-kick after eight minute.

Leonardo Bonucci doubled the lead before half-time by redirecting another free-kick from Dybala with a header.

Simone Zaza sealed their victory after being set up by Paul Pogba, rounded the goalkeeper for a third with eight minutes from time.

They are now just 3 points behind Inter Milan, and 2 behind Napoli and Florentina.

Meanwhile, fifth-placed Roma squandered an early lead and drew 3-3 against Chievo, missing a chance to get 2 more points to shorten the gap with Juventus.