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Ten­nis

Kristina Mlade­n­ovic and Richard Gas­quet beat Coco Van­deweghe and Jack Sock of the United States on Satur­day to win France’s second Hop­man Cup ti­tle in Perth. Gas­quet, who saved a match point in the third-set tie-break, gave France the early lead by beat­ing Sock 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 in a thrilling sin­gles match lasting two-and-a-half hours. “A lot of great play­ers have won here, so that is why we are happy to have our names on the cup. We are very proud,” Gas­quet said.

Cricket

Aus­tralia ended Pak­istan’s re­sis­tance be­fore the sched­uled tea break on the fi­nal day of the third test to claim an em­phatic third Test vic­tory by 220 runs in Syd­ney and com­plete a 3-0 se­ries sweep. Two months af­ter be­ing plunged into cri­sis and over­haul­ing their side in the wake of a se­ries hu­mil­i­a­tion at the hands of South Africa, Aus­tralia re­asserted their dom­i­nance on their home pitches in some style. “These last three matches, that’s what we’re about, that’s sort of cricket we want to play,” said Aus­tralia cap­tain Steve Smith, who was named Player of the Se­ries. “It’s been a great turn­around and I have been very proud of the last few weeks.”

Ten­nis

Czech Karolina Pliskova crushed French­woman Al­ize Cor­net 6-0, 6-3 with a bar­rage of win­ners to win the Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional ti­tle on Satur­day and sig­nal her in­tent for this month’s Aus­tralian Open. Pliskova, who will rise to a ca­reer­high No 5 in the world rank­ings to­mor­row, dropped just one set through­out the week and con­tin­ued her dom­i­nance in the fi­nal. “It’s nice to join the other names on this tro­phy,” Pliskova said af­ter win­ning the Evonne Goolagong Caw­ley tro­phy for her sev­enth WTA ti­tle.

Rugby League

Promis­ing hooker Adam O’Brien will join four of his for­mer Brad­ford team-mates at Hud­der­s­field as the break-up of the de­funct Bulls con­tin­ues. “I wanted to get back in Su­per League, I wanted to try with Brad­ford Bulls but that hasn’t hap­pened and with what’s gone on at the club in the last few months I just felt like I needed a change for me and my ca­reer,” said O’Brien.

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