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GENERAL - Award-winning sports journalist Rebecca Wilson has died in Sydney from breast cancer, aged 54.

SOCCER - Australia remains unbeaten in Asian qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 2-2 draw with Saudi Arabia in Jeddah. South Korea rallied for a 3-2 comeback victory over Qatar, Syria gained a surprise 1-0 away win over China and Japan scored five minutes into injury time for a 2-1 win over Iraq.

TENNIS - The International Tennis Federation has denied it sought a four-year drugs ban for former world No.1 Maria Sharapova of Russia.

RUGBY - Argentina five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez and winger Manuel Montero must pass last-minute fitness tests to take on Australia in Saturday's Rugby Championship clash at Twickenham.

TENNIS - Second seed Rafael Nadal beat French qualifer Adrian Mannarino 6-1 7-6 (8-6) to reach the quarter-finals of the China Open. The Spaniard will face Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.

TENNIS - Elina Svitolina claimed a surprise 6-3 7-5 win over world No.1 Angelique Kerber, while Zhang Shuai ousted fourth seed Simona Halep 6-0 6-3 to advance into the quarter-finals of the China Open.

CRICKET - Veteran batsman Younus Khan will miss Pakistan's first Test against West Indies in Dubai next week as he completes his recovery from dengue fever.

CYCLING - A former team mate of Bradley Wiggins has called into question the British rider's use of a therapeutic use exemption for triamcinolone before his 2012 Tour de France win.

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