Enric Mas: I want to win the 2019 Tour de France

After his podium finish at the Vuelta a España last year – in only his second Grand Tour – expectations surrounding Enric Mas are as high as ever. The rider dubbed ‘the next Alberto Contador’ heads to the Tour de France for the first time in 2019 and his own hopes are just as high, as he insisted he’ll be there to try to win it. Related Articles Mas discussed his Tour debut last week, sitting down in front of the media at Deceunicnk-Quick-Step’s team presentation in Calpe. Moments beforehand, Quick-Step manager…

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De Villiers to play PSL matches in Lahore

Former South Africa batsman AB de Villiers will play two matches in Lahore for Lahore Qalandars in the upcoming Pakistan Super League on March 9 and 10. De Villiers, who said he had “a role to play in helping international cricket return to Pakistan,” will be one of the most high-profile cricketers to play in the country since the terror attack in Lahore in March 2009. De Villiers, who had retired from international cricket at the end of IPL 2018, was picked by Lahore Qalandars in the draft in November…

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Alex de Minaur Beats Pedro Sousa To Advance At The Australian Open | ATP Tour

Can Alex de Minaur‘s 2019 get any better? The 19-year-old Aussie won his maiden ATP Tour title on Saturday, beating Andreas Seppi of Italy to take his hometown title at the Sydney International. Two days later, on Monday, the right-hander matched his best performance at his home Grand Slam, dismissing Portugal’s Pedro Sousa 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 at the Australian Open. “The body is feeling good,” said De Minaur. “This is why you put in the hard yards in the pre-season, to be able to back it up day in and…

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Quinton de Kock on the tricky art of batting with the tail

Quinton de Kock‘s fourth Test hundred gave South Africa a dominant lead of 380 over Pakistan in the third Test at the Wanderers, and the visitors would not have been chasing nearly as much had de Kock not been able to string together some vital partnerships down the order. Occupying the No. 7 position in South Africa’s Test side, scoring runs with the tail is one of de Kock’s main jobs and it is also, he said, “one of the tougher jobs in the team”. Having already batted South Africa…

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De Kock ton stretches SA to 303

PAKISTAN TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA 2018-19 Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Sun, 13 Jan, 2019, 06:44 PM Quinton de Kock stroked his 4th Test century © AFP Quinton de Kock’s enterprising hand of 129 powered South Africa to an impregnable position at Tea on the third day of the Wanderers Test versus Pakistan. The hosts were bowled out for 303 as they set Pakistan a massive target of 381. In the afternoon session, de Kock looked to take the aggressive route. He was helped by the fact that Mohammad Abbas bowled…

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Quinton de Kock century sets Pakistan a daunting 381 for victory

Innings break South Africa 262 and 303 (de Kock 129, Amla 71) lead Pakistan 185 (Sarfraz 50, Olivier 5-51) by 381 runs Quinton de Kock’s fourth Test century, and his first for more than two years, laid the groundwork for South Africa on the third day at Johannesburg, as they set Pakistan a formidable target of 381, 87 more than they have yet posted at any stage of the series. De Kock had just equalled his Test-best score of 129 with a massive six onto the grass banks at midwicket…

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Amla, de Kock push lead past 300

PAKISTAN TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA, 2018-19 Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Sun, 13 Jan, 2019, 03:43 PM Amla fell short of composing his first Test hundred in close to two years. © AFP Hashim Amla (71) and Quinton de Kock (77*) showed the required temperament and technique to wade through tricky phases as South Africa’s lead swelled to 309 against Pakistan at Lunch on Day 3 of the Wanderers Test. When Day 3 commenced, the only chance Pakistan had was to pick up a string wickets. However, Amla and de Kock…

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First-Time Winner Spotlight: Alex de Minaur | ATP Tour

#NextGenATP star Alex de Minaur broke through in a major way in 2018, climbing from No. 208 in the ATP Rankings to No. 31, completing his year by reaching the championship match at the Next Gen ATP Finals. One thing he did not accomplish last season was lifting his first ATP Tour trophy, despite reaching finals in Sydney and Washington, D.C.  De Minaur has wasted little time in 2019 before checking that box, winning two matches on Saturday against Gilles Simon and then Andreas Seppi to triumph at the Sydney…

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Hometown Hero: De Minaur Earns Maiden Title In Sydney | ATP Tour

Alex de Minaur became the youngest Sydney International champion since 2001 on Saturday, beating Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6(5) to lift his first ATP Tour title. The 19-year-old, who improves to 9-2 at the event, is the youngest winner in Sydney since mentor Lleyton Hewitt claimed the title in 2001. Sydney-born De Minaur is the first Australian champion at the tournament since Bernard Tomic in 2013. It marked the young Australian’s second victory of the day after beating Gilles Simon in a semi-final pushed into Saturday by rain. In his second…

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Greipel and Arkea-Samsic eye wildcard for Tour de France

When the Santos Tour Down Under starts on Tuesday, André Greipel (Arkea-Samsic) may be the most obvious gap in the usual line-up of sprinters. But, although he recognises he’ll miss the Australian event, the veteran German sprinter says he is too immersed in his new challenges to get overly nostalgic. Related Articles Greipel has won the Tour Down Under overall on two occasions, and two stage victories last year on the opening and closing days increased his record total of stage wins in the Australian event to 18. But following…

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