Tuesday 16 January 2018

In brief: Broad hails toss call after seeing off India

CRICKET: Stuart Broad toasted a "fantastic toss to lose" after he initiated India's demise on day one of the fourth Test. Touring skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni ignored warning signs in the shape of morning drizzle and dank grey clouds at Old Trafford and opted to bat first.

Broad and James Anderson duly worked wonders with the new ball, reducing India to eight for four in a riotous opening burst and finishing the job for 152 after Dhoni counter-punched with 71. Broad took the last four wickets in a single spell to return six for 25 and England then moved to 113 for three by stumps.

Tennis: Tsonga shocks No 1 Djokovic

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga condemned world No 1 one Novak Djokovic to a shock 6-2 6-2 defeat as the third round of the Rogers Cup in Totonto was rocked by upsets.

The Wimbledon champion was joined at the exit door by another grand slam winner, Australian Open champion and third seed Stan Wawrinka, who was beaten 7-6 (8) 7-5 by South African Kevin Anderson. French 12th seed Richard Gasquet was also a third round casualty, pulling out of the tournament with abdominal pain and handing twice Canadian champion Andy Murray direct passage into the quarter-finals.

Racing: Murtagh on the mark at Southwell

Steuben landed a gamble as he gave Johnny Murtagh a first winner as a trainer at Southwell. The eight-year-old had been off the track since October 2012, when he finished down the field in a Yarmouth handicap for Barney Curley.

Subsequently transferred to Murtagh's care, Steuben was sent off the 11/10 favourite for the £10 Free Bet At 32RedSport.com Handicap, but made hard work of justifying his cramped odds in the nine-runner heat.

The Murtagh-trained Bwindi had also been the subject of market support as he tackled the Macmillan Roseland Business Park AI Eastmidlands Handicap under Kieren Fallon.

The rider was pushing his mount along in the early stages of the one-mile-and-six-furlong heat and looked out of it at the top of the straight. Bwindi made up ground in the final furlong, but finished second behind Moving Waves.

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