Sharapova to return next month as Brisbane wildcard

Former world number one Maria Sharapova will return to tournament action at the Brisbane International next month after being awarded a wildcard to play in the Australian Open warm-up. The 32-year-old Russian, who last played a competitive match in the first round of the U.S. Open in August, has dropped to 133rd in the world after a season in which a long-standing shoulder injury restricted her to eight tournaments. The five-times Grand Slam champion will join current world number one Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka and Karolina Pliskova in a strong…

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Jamie Vardy: Is Leicester City player the best striker in Europe?

With a shot-conversion rate better than anybody in Europe’s top five leagues and having become more efficient than ever courtesy of Brendan Rodgers’ new tactics, Jamie Vardy seems to be in the form of his life. His club Leicester, shock champions four seasons ago, are flying again in the Premier League, thanks in large part to a formidable scoring run from the ex-England man. So is Vardy playing better than ever? Is he, even, the best striker in Europe? “He’s too good, he’s ridiculous. He gets quicker and quicker at…

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