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Roger Federer into Australian Open final after Hyeon Chung retires

Roger Federer into Australian Open final after Hyeon Chung retires

Sports
Australian Open: Men's finalVenue: Melbourne Park Dates Sunday, 28 January Time: 08:30 GMTCoverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website. Watch highlights on BBC Two. Roger Federer made it through to a record seventh Australian Open final when South Korean Hyeon Chung retired in the second set of their semi-final.The Swiss led 6-1 5-2 when 21-year-old Chung was forced to call it quits, two games after being treated for a blister on his left foot.Defending champion Federer, 36, goes on to face Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic in Sunday's final.The world number two is seeking a sixth Australian and 20th Grand Slam title.Reaction to Federer's semi-finalGrand Slam winner? What next for Kyle Edmund?Federer was on course to take a two-set lead after just 62 minutes when t...
Australian Open: Vandeweghe gets code violation because she didn't have bananas

Australian Open: Vandeweghe gets code violation because she didn't have bananas

Sports
Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Women's tennis player Coco Vandeweghe received a code violation at the Australian Open because she refused to restart play, due to not having bananas.The No. 9 ranked player in the world lost her round of 128 match 7-6, 6-2 to Hungarian Timea Babos Sunday at Hisense Arena in Melbourne.After falling in the first set, Vandeweghe took a seat in her chair. She then had a conversation with chair umpire Fergus Murphy about why she wasn't ready to play."I'm waiting for the banana. How are they not on court? It's not my fault," she said, according to a video shot by the New York Times.The umpire then asked her to resume play."But why do I have to play under a different set of rules? But I don't have to make myself uncomfortable because it's ill prepared."Vandeweghe also called the...
Australian filmmaker jailed for espionage in Cambodia pleads for release

Australian filmmaker jailed for espionage in Cambodia pleads for release

World
Jan. 11 (UPI) -- An Australian filmmaker detained in Cambodia on espionage charges is pleading for release after more than seven months behind bars.James Ricketson, 68, was in court in Phnom Penh this week to appeal two prior rejections of bail requests. He has been detained since June, when police arrested the documentary filmmaker after he flew a camera-equipped drone over anti-government protesters."I've just been beaten up by the police at Prey Sar prison. There's no evidence that I've done anything wrong," he told reporters, according to the Phnom Penh Post. "We're transported in a tin can -- with no water, no air conditioning. This is the kind of torture that's inflicted on you whether you're innocent or guilty."Ricketson faces 10 years for "receiving or collecting information, proce...
Vicky Pattison set for Australian version of I’m A Celebrity

Vicky Pattison set for Australian version of I’m A Celebrity

Entertainment
WIREIMAGE/GCIMAGESOPPORTUNITY: Vicky Pattison will jet to South Africa at the end of the monthThe reality babe, 30, will jet to South Africa at the end of the month to take part.It is her first major TV role outside of Britain and could launch her as a worldwide star.A source close to Vicky said: “This is a very big deal. It will give her the chance to reach a whole new audience and prove she can be a hit outside of the UK.”Vicky will net £250,000 for taking part in the series, which is filmed in the Kruger National Park. “This is a very big deal” Vicky PattisonShe is due to live in camp for up to four weeks.British cricketer Freddie Flintoff appeared on the first series of the Oz version and won it.Since then stars including Shane Warne have done it.A TV insider said:
Australian lizards are eating the eggs of endangered loggerhead turtles

Australian lizards are eating the eggs of endangered loggerhead turtles

Science
Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Feral foxes are no longer the archenemies of would-be loggerhead turtle moms at the second biggest nesting beach in northeast Australia. The title now belongs to the yellow-spotted goanna.Over the last few decades, scientists have observed the Australia lizard develop a taste for the eggs of the endangered loggerhead turtle. Goannas now frequently raid turtle nests on the Queensland nesting beach.To better understand the threat of Australia's monitor lizards to sea turtles, scientists at the University of Queensland set up camera traps near turtle nests. They watched for a year. The footage showed as many as 400 turtle nests disturbed by reptilian predators."We discovered that only large male yellow-spotted goannas dug open sea turtle nests, but once the nest was opened, o...