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Like dozens of tour players, Nishikori has been based in the southern U.


S. state for years, honing his game in the sun at the start of each season.

A massive celebrity in Japan and one of the highest-paid players in the game, Nishikori’s straight sets thrashing of David Ferrer on Monday put him into his second quarter-final at the Australian Open.

Having become the first man from an Asian country to reach the final of a grand slam at the U.S. Open, Nishikori’s progress at Melbourne Park will no doubt raise hopes he can go one better in the year’s first major.

People in Florida probably would not be jumping up and down about it, according to fifth seed Nishikori, who booked a quarter-final showdown with defending champion Stan Wawrinka.

“Yeah, (in) Florida nobody talks to me. In Japan, yes, it’s a little bit different,” the 25-year-old told reporters.

“You know, lots of people recognise me. Not easy to walk on the street. But I really enjoy living in Japan because that’s my home. I feel more comfortable living in Japan.

“They have much better food, I have to say. But Florida, they have a great facility in IMG Academy, good players I can train with.

“They have everything. So I really like living in Florida. But maybe after I retire, I might move to Japan.”

Nishikori edged Wawrinka in a five-set classic at Flushing Meadows in the quarter-finals last year on his trailblazing run to the final.

He said he felt his form against ninth seed Ferrer gave him confidence that he might go the extra mile at Melbourne Park to seal his maiden grand slam title.

“Against him I had nothing to lose,” he said.

“So played… almost 100 percent tennis. A lot of confidence coming up. So, obviously it’s going to be a tough opponent next match. But I’ve been playing well. So it’s going to be exciting match.”

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by John O’Brien)

Malaysia Airlines hackers to expose data

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The website of Malaysia Airlines was commandeered for several hours by hackers who referenced the Islamic State jihadists and threatened to expose data taken from the carrier’s servers.


The attack, whose motivation remained unclear, was claimed by the “Lizard Squad”, a group that has taken credit previously for denial-of-service attacks around the world.

It was not clear why the troubled airline was targeted, but the Lizard Squad said on its Twitter feed that it was “Going to dump some loot found on malaysiaairlines苏州半永久, servers soon.”

Visitors to the website on Monday were re-directed to another page bearing an image of a tuxedo-wearing lizard and reading “Hacked by LIZARD SQUAD – OFFICIAL CYBER CALIPHATE”.

It also carried the headline “404 – Plane Not Found”, an apparent reference to the airlines’ puzzling loss of flight MH370 last year with 239 people aboard which tipped the already struggling carrier into crisis.

Media reports said versions of the website takeover in some regions included the wording “ISIS will prevail”.

Normal access to the site appeared to be restored later Monday, but it marked another bout of bad press for the beleaguered national carrier.

The unexplained loss of MH370 and the airline’s poor handling of the crisis severely damaged public confidence in the carrier, sending business into a tailspin.

It has since been taken over by a Malaysian government investment fund seeking to rescue the company.

A few hours before the website was restored, Malaysia Airlines had released a statement confirming its internet domain name had been compromised, re-directing users to the dummy page.

“At this stage, Malaysia Airlines’ web servers are intact,” it said.

“Malaysia Airlines assures customers and clients that its website was not hacked and this temporary glitch does not affect their bookings and that user data remains secured,” it said.

However, the hackers disputed that, releasing on Twitter what appeared to be a screen grab of some airline data including reservations.

“We would like to point out that (Malaysia Airlines) is lying about user data not being compromised,” it said, giving no further information.

The Lizard Squad is a group of hackers that has caused havoc in the online world before, taking credit for attacks that took down the Sony PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live network last month.

The extent of any links with the Islamic State, however, are not known.

Williams into last eight at Aust Open

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Such is the depth of feeling between Serena Williams and the crowds at the Australian Open that the world No.


1 is now happily taking mid-match tactical advice from her fans.

Down a set on Monday and struggling against free-swinging Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, a spectator at Rod Laver Arena yelled out, advising Williams to readjust and use more spin.

The American took the comment on board and turned the fourth-round encounter around, winning 2-6 6-3 6-2 to advance to a quarter-final against last year’s Open runner-up, Dominika Cibulkova from Slovakia.

“My fan coach was yelling out `use some spin Serena’ and I was like `okay, okay’,” said Williams, who remains on track for a sixth Australian Open title and a first since 2010.

“It’s been really great to hear my name throughout the whole stadium.

“I don’t get that everywhere so it feels good.

“When you win often, sometimes people want other people to win and they forget that you want to keep winning too.

“But I get that (level of support) every year in Australia and that’s why this is my favourite place to come.

“I really love it so much.”

Williams and the 24th-seeded Muguruza had split their previous two encounters – both of which were one-sided, in sharp contrast to Monday’s two-hour marathon.

The American had also dropped the first set of her third-round clash against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina.

For the second straight year, the diminutive Cibulkova is also making a run deep into the Open, the No.11 seed from Slovakia charging into the last eight with a 6-2 3-6 6-3 victory over two-time Open champion Victoria Azarenka.

After battling injuries and personal issues in 2014, the Belarusian entered the first grand slam of the year without a seeding, although she shaped as the most dangerous floater in the draw.

But it was Cibulkova who triumphed on Monday, winning in two hours and 10 minutes.

Cibulkova’s best-ever performance at a grand slam came last year at Melbourne Park when she advanced all the way to the final before losing to China’s Li Na.

“Today was an extremely good match from my side, a high level of tennis,” said Cibulkova.

“The first set, the way I played, was just really, really (good) – no mistakes.

“I was going for my shots and I was just doing the right things.

“… then in the third set I just knew I had to go for it more than 100 per cent – to be much more aggressive.”

Excitement machine Madison Keys advanced to her first major quarter-final with a comprehensive 6-2 6-4 victory over namesake and fellow American Madison Brengle.

Keys completed dominated the winners’ count 38-3, progressing to a last-eight clash against compatriot Venus Williams.

The seven-time grand slam winner won through with an upset 6-3 2-6 6-1 triumph over sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

Ali dismissed suggestions Abdulrahman was carrying an injury from Friday’s quarter-final win over Japan, insisting the 23-year-old was ready to go.


“We don’t have any injuries in our team. Omar was not limping and ran normal,” Ali told reporters on Monday.

“Everybody is ready for the game. Hamdan Al Kamali was injured before the game against Japan in training, but we have no other injuries.”

Ali also scoffed at comments by Australian defender Trent Sainsbury that Abdulrahman was ‘not the hardest worker’, refusing to buy into any pre-game trash talking.

“We don’t keep attention about what they are saying here,” Ali said. “Omar Abdulrahman, he shows all the talent and skill and he is one of the best players in the tournament.

“We don’t need to say anything about that… what the Australian team are saying, this is something to concern them. We are only concerned about our team.”

UAE will go into the match at Newcastle’s Hunter Stadium as clear underdogs but not without some hope.

They had to dig deep to beat Japan on penalties after they finished tied at 1-1 after extra time.

They also have a good pedigree in the Asian Cup, reaching the final in 1996 and with real ambitions of emulating that feat in 2015, even if it means upsetting the tournament hosts.

“We will fight and keep going and not let it go very easy. We are very confident in our team and our players that you will see on the field,” Ali said.

“Australia are one of the best in Asia and we have seen them qualify for the semi-finals. They are a very good team with a good group of young and experienced players and they have a good coach.

“When we came here we announced our goal was to achieve the semi-final and our first goal has been achieved.

“Now the second part is that we aim to reach the final and we will work very hard to reach our level and reach the final.”

(Writing by Julian Linden in Sydney; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

US northeast braces for monster snowstorm

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The US northeast is bracing for a monster winter storm, with residents snapping up supplies ahead of what New York City’s mayor warned could be a blizzard “the likes of which we’ve never seen before.


The stage was set for a possibly historic “nor’easter” that would affect an area from central New Jersey to the Canadian border from Monday to Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

Officials in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington urged residents to stay home as they prepared for a storm that could dump up to three feet (about a metre) of snow in some areas.

“We are facing most likely one of the largest snow storms in the history of this city,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference.

“My message to all New Yorkers is to prepare for something worse than we have seen before.”

“Take every precaution, now is the time to get ready for this extreme weather,” de Blasio said. “Don’t underestimate the storm.”

The US Weather Channel referred to the cold blast as a “possibly historic” winter storm, as airlines cancelled more than 1800 flights early on Monday as the weather system neared, according to flightaware苏州半永久,.

Some airlines waved change fees as major delays and widespread cancellations were anticipated.

“This system will be responsible for heavy snowfall and strong winds, with blizzard conditions possible along coastal areas from New Jersey to Massachusetts,” the weather service said.

“Many of the major metropolitan areas will be affected anywhere from Philadelphia through New York City and into Boston,” it added.

Blizzard warnings were in effect along the coast from central New Jersey to the Canadian border.

People were scrambling to pick up storm staples such as shovels, road salt and ice scrapers.

“With a major winter storm approaching the state, I urge New Yorkers to take all necessary precautions and make preparations for the possibility that commutes will be disrupted on Monday and Tuesday,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

No room for romance in ‘pointless’ Coppa Italia

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While the FA Cup is steeped in tradition and giant-killing feats, organisers of the Coppa Italia seem to go out of their way to prevent upsets.


In the Italian version, the top eight Serie A teams from the previous season do not enter the fray until the fifth round — the round of 16 — by which time any minnows have long since been eliminated.

Only 78 teams are allowed to enter in the first place, of which just 36 are from outside the top two divisions, compared to the FA Cup’s total of 736 which includes a myriad of amateur and part-time teams.

The chances of upsets are further reduced because of the seeding system, which is based on the previous season’s league positions and allows the stronger team to be automatically drawn at home throughout the tournament.

The result has been complete and utter predictability.

This season’s fourth round, played in December, featured 10 Serie A teams and six from Serie B, who all played away. All eight ties produced home wins and five of the six Serie B teams failed to score a goal.

The fifth round, an all-Serie A affair which finished last week, produced one single away win as Lazio won 3-1 at Torino and left two coaches calling for the competition to be reformed.

Attendances were dismal with holders Napoli playing in front of just 14,000 at home to Udinese and only 10,000 at AC Milan, who kick off the quarter-finals at home to Lazio on Tuesday (2000).

“I reiterate that the Coppa Italia in its current format is pointless,” said Atalanta coach Stefano Colantuono after his side lost 3-1 at Fiorentina.

“All the usual suspects get to the end, save for the odd rare exception. As a smaller or mid-table club, you have to focus on safety in Serie A. This way, it’s just obvious who is going to win.”

Empoli’s Maurizio Sarri branded the tournament “unsporting” after his side were beaten by a hugely controversial penalty awarded five minutes from the end of extra-time at AS Roma.

“If I’m going to be honest, this competition doesn’t interest me at all because it’s unsporting, there are teams who have entered in the fifth or sixth round,” he said.

“There are big clubs who only get involved now and play on home turf. I do not like the Coppa Italia at all.”

(Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne; Editing by John O’Brien)

UK hoax caller boasts about being ‘wasted’

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A hoax caller who was put through to Prime Minister David Cameron after pretending to be one of Britain’s spy chiefs has boasted about being “off my face” on alcohol and drugs, a newspaper reports.


The giggling prankster telephoned The Sun tabloid and described how he had just made a hoax call to communications monitoring agency GCHQ, managing to speak to agency boss Robert Hannigan.

He said he would do again, and just hours later, another hoax call – presumably made by the same man – was made to Cameron’s Downing Street office by someone pretending to be Hannigan.

“I’ve just made complete monkeys out of GCHQ. I’ve got the mobile number of the director,” the unnamed man told the best-selling paper on Monday.

“What’s more, I am off my face on booze and cocaine. I had some spliffs too. I’ve been up all night. I’m utterly wasted. Hilarious.”

He said he could “hardly string a sentence together” but added: “I’m definitely going to do it again. It was so easy.”

A caller later phoned the Downing Street switchboard claiming to be Hannigan and was put through to Cameron on an official mobile phone.

Officials insisted no sensitive data was relayed during Sunday’s calls, but they represent an embarrassing breach that has now prompted a review of security procedures.

“In the first instance, a call was made to GCHQ which resulted in the disclosure of a mobile phone number for the director,” a government spokeswoman said.

“The mobile number provided is never used for calls involving classified information.

“In the second instance, a hoax caller claiming to be the GCHQ director was connected to the prime minister. The prime minister ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax.

“In neither instance was sensitive information disclosed.

“Both GCHQ and Number 10 (Downing Street) take security seriously and both are currently reviewing procedures following these hoax calls to ensure that the government learns any lessons from this incident.”

Former Chelsea striker Sturridge, who scored 25 goals for Liverpool in all competitions last season, has not played for the Merseysiders since August after a series of persistent injuries.


Sturridge travelled to the United States over the Christmas period for treatment on a thigh problem and, having since returned to training with the first team, Rodgers is hoping the England striker will be ready in time to face Chelsea.

“He (Sturridge) trained very, very well yesterday and that was as comfortable as he’s looked,” Rodgers told a news conference on Monday.

“He looked back to normal. We won’t risk it that’s for sure, he’s been out for a long time and we need to make sure he’s ready.”

Raheem Sterling’s stunning individual goal earned Liverpool a 1-1 draw in last week’s semi-final first leg at Anfield.


Premier League leaders Chelsea were dumped out of the FA Cup by League One (third tier) Bradford City on Saturday and Rodgers is wary of a backlash from Jose Mourinho’s side.

“They had a difficult result at the weekend but it doesn’t mean they’re not a dangerous team and an outstanding team,” he said.

“We know it will be a tough game but we are certainly going in with no fear and our strength is in attack.

“There will be great motivation for them to go out there with a Wembley final at stake but I’m sure there will be a wee bit of trepidation.”

With a week to go before the transfer window shuts, Rodgers said he does not expect to make any new signings.

The Liverpool boss also played down suggestions that misfit striker Mario Balotelli, who is yet to score a league goal in 12 appearances since his 16 million pounds move from AC Milan in August, is to leave the club.

“We’ll give Mario every chance,” Rodgers said. “We brought him in to give him every chance to show that he can perform consistently for a team at this level.

“I’ve seen clippings saying this morning (Monday) that’s him over with here and that’s not the case.”

(Reporting by Michael Hann; Editing by Ken Ferris)

Lampard, Terry turned my career around – Drogba

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The powerful Ivorian striker, signed in a big-money deal from Olympique de Marseille 11 years ago, was frequently criticised by reporters for the theatrical way he would go to ground but he said Lampard and Terry made him clean up his act.


“I’m very proud because I managed to push things and also that I learned from my mistakes,” Drogba told Reuters in an interview, his relationship with the media turning full circle on Sunday night when he was honoured by the Football Writers’ Association for his outstanding contribution to the game.

“I tried to learn the culture in order to know them (the media) better, to change. I needed to change the way they were looking at me because it was not the real Didier so I was really sad.

“But I’m really happy because now they know who I am. They know I’m passionate and when I do things I give all my heart.

“Being around players like Frank and John and to see the way Frank was dealing with the press, always clean, a gentleman, I think it helps. You have to take it as an example and for me he was a big example.”

Drogba scored 157 goals in 342 appearances in his first spell at Chelsea, scooping up silverware along the way.

He left in a blaze of glory by scoring the equaliser in normal time and then the penalty shootout winner when the Londoners landed their maiden Champions League title in 2012 against Bayern Munich at the German club’s Allianz Arena.

After short spells in China and Turkey, Drogba made an emotional return when he signed a one-year contract with Chelsea at the start of the season.

While he was returning, his great friend Lampard was leaving, the club’s all-time record goalscorer signing a permanent deal with New York City before going out on loan to Manchester City.


The former England midfielder will be back at Stamford Bridge on Saturday when Chelsea, who have a five-point lead over the Premier League champions, take on City in a title showdown.

“He is going to come back as a legend, the man who helped the club win so many trophies in the last 11 years,” said Drogba who had an almost telepathic on-the-field understanding with Lampard.

“I expect the reception will be fantastic for him. He was involved in more than half of the goals I scored…so I owe him a lot.”

Drogba turns 37 in March but he is not yet ready to hang up his boots and is hoping to be offered a new contract by Chelsea at the end of the season.

“I will certainly be playing next season,” said the Ivorian who is also an ambassador for Turkish Airlines.

“I want to compete, I want to play in the Premier League because it is the best league in the world.”

Of more immediate concern to Drogba, though, is that Chelsea bounce back quickly from their shock 4-2 home defeat by third tier Bradford City in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Next up for the Londoners is the second leg of their League Cup semi-final with Liverpool on Tuesday and the striker has Wembley firmly in his thoughts.

Drogba has a remarkable record at the famous old northwest London venue, having scored eight goals in eight appearances there.

“All I can say is I’ve been lucky to score every time I have been there which makes it a very special stadium for me,” he said with a grin.

(Editing by Alan Baldwin)

Transfer talk won’t distract Dortmund says Hummels

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Last season’s runners-up Dortmund, who were also German champions in 2011 and 2012, are 17th in the league, level on points with last-placed Freiburg after a terrible first half to the season saw them lose 10 of their 17 games.


Centre back Hummels, winger Marco Reus and midfielder Ilkay Guendogan are among several of their players reportedly being targeted by leading European clubs with Dortmund’s possible failure to play in Europe next season fanning speculation.

“I cannot imagine that (distraction) happening,” Hummels told Bild newspaper. “It is not that things have never been written before about us. Even about me there are things being circulated but I am still here.”

Germany international Hummels, whose contract runs to 2017, has been repeatedly linked in recent seasons with a possible move to Manchester United and Barcelona among other clubs.

His Germany team mates Reus and Guendogan have also been linked moves to Spain’s La Liga or the English Premier League.

Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp last week played down fears of a mass exodus of players should the club miss out on Europe.

“I will do it as I have done in the past seven years (at Dortmund),” Hummels said. “I will let things come to me and I am now just looking forward to the Bayer Leverkusen game and the season restart. I block everything else out.”

The Bundesliga resumes on Jan. 30 after the winter break.

Dortmund, despite their poor domestic form, have reached the Champions League knockout stage and face Juventus in the last 16 next month.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ken Ferris)