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Nishikori stuns Djokovic in NY

TENNIS: Marathon man Kei Nishikori sweated out a 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 win over world number one Novak Djokovic at a steamy US Open to become the first Japanese man to reach a Grand Slam final.

In a remarkable display of endurance, Nishikori followed up punishing five-set wins over third seed Stan Wawrinka and fifth seed Milos Raonic with an even more extraordinary display of grit, grinding down the top-ranked Djokovic in two hours, 52minutes on a sweltering Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

With the victory, the 10th seeded Nishikori denied Djokovica fifth straight trip to the US Open final.

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GAELIC GAMES: Eamonn Ryan's Cork blasted out a statement of intent as they beat Armagh by 14 points, 5-16 to 2-11, in yesterday's TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship semi-final.

The Rebelettes will contest their ninth final in 10 seasons on September 28 when they face off against Leinster champions Dublin at Croke Park.

Current holders Cork will start as favourites against the 2010 champions after baring their teeth against Armagh.

Nollaig Cleary came off the bench and kicked 1-3 in the second half. Her goal, in the 38th minute, knocked the stuffing out of Armagh.

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KERRY won the All-Ireland Minor B Hurling title with a 3-18 to 2-14 win over Meath for the side's third win in-a-row in the competition.

An early Kerry goal from Fionán O Sullivan was cancelled out by Meath as the sides were level at the break (Kerry 1-7 Meath 0-10). That early goal was to prove crucial. Once Kerry went ahead with three quick points on the resumption, they took control. Brandon Barrett was accurate from both play and frees and Meath were reduced to 14 men for the final quarter when Jack Wall got a second yellow card.

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FORMULA ONE: Lewis Hamilton broke Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg's stranglehold on pole position by qualifying ahead of the leader for today's Italian Grand Prix.

Rosberg had taken four straight poles and six of the last seven. But Hamilton clocked 1 minute, 24.109 seconds at Monza, while Rosberg was second with 1:24.383 and Valtteri Bottas of Williams third in 1:24.697. It is Hamilton's fifth pole of the season and 36th of his career.

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CYCLING: Chris Froome hauled himself back into contention at the Vuelta a Espana with an impressive ascent during yesterday's 14th stage.

Ryder Hesjdal of Garmin Sharp won the gruelling 200.8km test from Santander to Valle de Sabero in the final 200m, but Froome was the main mover on the day and pulled back time on Alberto Contador in the red jersey. Ireland's Dan Martin lies in 10th place ahead of today's 15th stage from Oviedo to Lagos de Covadonga.

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EQUESTRIAN: Teenager Bertram Allen led the Irish trio into the top 12 in the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy yesterday.

The 19-year-old from Wexford claimed seventh place in the Individual final of the showjumping contest.

Over four rounds, and against the best combinations in the world, Allen and 10-year-old mare Molly Malone had just two poles down and a single time fault, leaving far more experienced riders trailing in their wake.

Tipperary-born Denis Lynch went clear in the fourth round to move up to ninth place on All Star, who had been one of the standout horses, while Florida-based Daragh Kenny and Imothep claimed 12th spot.

The result completed a fantastic WEG for the Irish team following on from the eventers' sixth-place finish, securing qualification for the 2016 Olympics.

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GOLF: A hole-in-one helped Graeme Storm take the lead after the third round of the European Masters in Switzerland. The Englishman hit a six under-par 64 to take him to 16-under par and a single shot lead over fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood going into today's final round.

Ireland's Peter Lawrie threatened to record the first 59, but was forced to settle for 62 after he carded nine birdies in his first 14 holes, meaning he needed to find two more in the last four holes to break the magical 60 barrier. However, the 40-year-old Dubliner was unable to take advantage of the par-five 15th and then bogeyed the short 16th.

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RUGBY: Australia capitalised on a yellow card controversially issued to Springboks winger Bryan Habana in his 100th test to beat South Africa 24-23 in the Rugby Championship with a late try by Rob Horne.

Flyhalf Bernard Foley kicked the match-winning conversion after substitute Kurtley Beale helped to seal a 10-point comeback to end the Springboks' eight-match winning streak. With the Wallabies trailing 23-14 with 15 minutes to go, Habana was sin-binned for a high tackle on Adam Ashley-Cooper. Springboks captain Jean de Villiers asked Irish referee George Clancy not to penalise his team-mate, but Beale came on to exploit the advantage.

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WINGER Julian Savea scored two tries as New Zealand again laboured to put away Argentina before eventually grinding out a victory in a tightly-fought Rugby Championship clash at McLean Park in Napier.

Liam Messam and Aaron Smith scored tries for the All Blacks to secure a vital four-try bonus point, while Beauden Barrett kicked a penalty but missed four other kicks before he was replaced by Colin Slade, who kicked a penalty and a conversion. Flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez slotted three penalties for the Pumas, who were unlucky to have a try by Leonardo Senatore inexplicably ruled out by referee Pascal Gauzere.

"Once you get four tries in conditions like this you're going to be very happy," All Blacks captain Richie McCaw said afterwards.

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HUGH HOGAN'S Leinster were well worth their three-tries-to-one, 19-10 win over Munster in the U-19 Interprovincial Championship at Templeville Road yesterday.

Tries from centre Con Callan, number eight Max Deegan and replacement prop Eoin O'Neill took them out to a 19-3 lead by the third quarter.

Munster came back with a seven-point attack not long after, but it was too late to halt Leinster's charge.

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HOCKEY: Avoca made a return to the top flight of Leinster hockey yesterday, but went down 1-3 to Corinthian, who won it with two second-half goals.

Glenanne did well to share the points against Monkstown in a 1-1 draw, Stuart Ronan opening the scoring for Glenanne and David Cole levelling before the break.

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