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Kyren Wilson and Mark Allen level in Masters final

Kyren Wilson and Mark Allen shared the opening eight frames of the Dafabet Masters final to leave the contest tantalisingly poised at 4-4 ahead of the final session.

Leicester Tigers v Racing 92 ? European Rugby Champions Cup ? Pool Four ? Welford Road

Leicester finish with a flourish but end Champions Cup campaign with a loss

Head coach Matt O’Connor denied Leicester Tigers were in crisis after losing their final European Champions Cup pool match at home to Racing 92, their eighth defeat in nine matches in all competitions.Leicester’s 23-20 defeat means they finished bottom of their pool for the first time in their history and have now failed to reach the knockout stage for three out of the last four years.The two-time European champions won just one game, at home to Castres, who thrashed the Tigers 39-0 in the return.O’Connor admitted the run of losses was ‘not the best run’ of his coaching career but insisted there was no crisis at the club.He said: “I wouldn’t imagine it’s a crisis. There are a few reasons for it and it’s been across a couple of different competitions. The reality is we have to make sure we are better.”The Tigers, who recalled 13 regulars after the defeat by Castres, produced a battling performance in freezing conditions in front of a sparse crowd, fighting back from 14-0 down after 11 minutes to level the scores at 14-14 seven minutes into the second half.Scrum-half Maxime Machenaud’s third penalty of the second half in the 76th minute earned Racing 92 victory.However, the visitors had to survive a dramatic finale when Leicester turned down a penalty which would have earned them a draw, in a bid to go for the win.O’Connor said: “It was disappointing. We fought our way back into it quite well.“But against a side as good as Racing, you can’t afford to give them a 14-point start, and it was always going to be difficult to chase that down in those conditions.“It was hard. The lads were really cold at half-time and they understood the battle was going to be in the second half and, unfortunately, we could not do enough.“But I thought some of the forwards were outstanding, they put in a huge shift, which is going to be important for us moving forward.“The performance was more of what we are about. We spoke in the week about making sure everyone delivered, and they did.“It’s disappointing to lose at home in front of our fans. That hurts a lot but we will use that to drive us through the back end of the Premiership.”England centre Manu Tuilagi did not play and O’Connor explained: “He trained well but he had a tight calf yesterday and we did not want to risk him, given the run-in and today’s conditions. He should be OK for Gloucester.”Flanker Brendon O’Connor scored Leicester’s only try, while England fly-half George Ford kicked 15 points.Machenaud scored 18 points, including a try, for the visitors, while centre Henry Chavancy also crossed the whitewash.The win puts Racing on 19 points and earns them an all-French quarter-final clash against Clermont Auvergne.Coach Laurent Labit said: “I am proud of the result because it’s never easy to win away, especially against an English club.“Leicester did not have anything to win, or lose, except to play for honour. That’s why they did not take that last penalty, they did not want a draw, they wanted a win.“It’s good for Racing, we are still alive and we hope to win a European title one day.”

Kyle Edmund is through to his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open

Australian Open – day seven wrap

Kyle Edmund became the first British man apart from Andy Murray to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals in 33 years with a four-set victory over Andreas Seppi on Sunday.

Caroline Wozniacki celebrates after defeating Magdalena Rybarikova

Caroline Wozniacki hits form at Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki is confident but taking nothing for granted as she tries to chase down a first grand slam title at the Australian Open.

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace for Real Madrid

Rampant Real Madrid return to form in emphatic style

Cristiano Ronaldo was left bloodied as he scored a late double to help Real Madrid end their winless LaLiga run with a 7-1 rout of lowly Deportivo La Coruna.

Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur ? Premier League ? St Mary?s Stadium

Kane moves on to 99 Premier League goals but Spurs held at Southampton

Tottenham missed the chance to move into the Premier League’s top four as Southampton delivered a battling 1-1 draw for their under-pressure boss Mauricio Pellegrino.

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Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruna – Story of the match

Cristiano Ronaldo was left bloodied after he scored a late double as Real Madrid ended their winless LaLiga run with a 7-1 rout of lowly Deportivo La Coruna.

Nick Kyrgios (left) and Grigor Dimitrov shared an intense moment at the night after their memorable clash

Nick Kyrgios backs Grigor Dimitrov to win Australian Open

Nick Kyrgios told Grigor Dimitrov to believe he can win the Australian Open after the Bulgarian came out on top of a fierce battle under the lights on Rod Laver Arena.

England?s Tommy Fleetwood holds the trophy after he won the Abu Dhabi Championship

Tommy Fleetwood triumphs again in Abu Dhabi

Tommy Fleetwood admitted he had been determined to retain his hunger after successfully defending the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Javi Gracia replaces Marco Silva after he was sacked

Javi Gracia replaces Marco Silva as Watford manager

Javi Gracia has been appointed as Watford’s new manager following the dismissal of Marco Silva.

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Zidane reveals Ronaldo’s cut is not serious after Real hammer Deportivo

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane revealed Cristiano Ronaldo had suffered no lasting damage after being left with a nasty cut to his head during the 7-1 demolition of Deportivo La Coruna.

Victor Vito has coached newcomers La Rochelle to the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup

Vito finds room for improvement despite La Rochelle’s run to quarter-finals

La Rochelle may have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup at the first attempt, but their double World Cup-winning back row man Victor Vito says they still have a lot to learn and work on.

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young

Dai Young wishes Saracens well after Wasps fall short

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young accepted that his team did not deserve to progress to the Champions Cup quarter-finals despite finishing their campaign in style with a 26-7 bonus-point win over Ulster at the Ricoh Arena.

Bayern Munich v Celtic ? UEFA Champions League ? Group B ? Allianz Arena

Muller reaches century of Bundesliga goals against Werder Bremen

Thomas Muller reached a century of Bundesliga goals as Bayern Munich fought back to beat Werder Bremen 4-2.

Harry Kane's 99th Premier League goal was not enough for Tottenham to beat Southampton

Illness not an excuse for sloppy Spurs, says Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham’s players were hit by a virus last week but insisted that was no excuse for their sloppy display against Southampton.

Johann van Graan has guided Munster to the Champions Cup quarter-finals

Van Graan proud as Munster secure home quarter-final in Champions Cup

Head coach Johann van Graan said he was very proud to be part of a Munster set-up which earned a precious home quarter-final in the Champions Cup after routing Castres 48-3 at Thomond Park.

Harry Kane scored his 99th Premier League goal to earn a point for Spurs

Southampton v Tottenham – story of the match

Tottenham missed out on the chance to move above Liverpool and into the top four after a 1-1 draw against Southampton on Sunday.

Saracens v Northampton Saints ? European Rugby Champions Cup ? Pool Four ? Allianz Park

Saracens to face Leinster for a place in Champions Cup semi-finals

Holders Saracens will face top seeds Leinster in a mouthwatering European Champions Cup quarter-final.

James McCarthy sustained a double leg break in the 1-1 draw against West Brom

Everton midfielder James McCarthy to undergo surgery on Monday

James McCarthy will undergo surgery tomorrow on the double leg break he suffered in Everton’s 1-1 draw against West Brom at Goodison Park, Press Association Sport understands.

Alexis Sanchez is closing in on a move to Manchester United

Sanchez posts jet video as move to Manchester United draws closer

Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United is inching closer after the Chilean posted video on Instagram of him boarding a private jet.

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