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Latest – The Breakers have ended their six game losing streak and claimed their first win of the ANBL season with an 88-83 victory over the Bullets last night in Brisbane.

Yanni Wetzell of the Breakers.

Yanni Wetzell. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Yanni Wetzell top scored for the Breakers with 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

The visitors lost three of the four quarters but held on thanks to a strong start which gave them a 26-19 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Breakers were ahead by 17 lead in the third quarter before the Bullets started to mount a comeback.

However, the New Zealanders keep their cool and stayed ahead to snap their winless run to start the season.

Import Jeremiah Martin score ten points in the final quarter.

The Breakers remain last in the ANBL standings and next play Tasmania on January 14.

Premier League sides win FA Cup matches but not all one-way traffic

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur were given scares before eventually beating lower-league sides in the third round of the FA Cup, while West Ham United ousted Leeds United in an all-Premier League clash.

Liverpool came from a goal down to win 4-1 against third-tier Shrewsbury Town, while Tottenham left it late before fighting back and then pulling away to beat Morecambe 3-1, with a battling display in the second half.

David Moyes’ West Ham won 2-0 against Leeds, who were without 10 first-team players including striker Patrick Bamford.

Wolverhamtopn Wanderers beat Championship side Sheffield United 3-nil.

Reuters

Nadal and Barty win titles before year’s first grand slam

World number one Ash Barty was in imperious form as the Australian handed Elena Rybakina a 6-3 6-2 defeat at Memorial Drive to win the Adelaide International and claim the 14th WTA title of her career.

Barty, who won the event in 2020, dominated against the 22-year-old seventh seed from Kazakhstan to win in just over an hour, as she hits form a little more than a week ahead of the start of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

“The work that I do with my team behind the scenes puts me in the best possible position to play good tennis time, and time again each and every time we’re asked,” Barty told reporters. “I certainly feel pretty good coming into the summer.

Meanwhile, top seed Rafael Nadal beat American qualifier Maxime Cressy 7-6(6) 6-3 to win the Melbourne Summer Set 1 ATP 250 event and build up momentum heading into the Australian Open.

The Spaniard, playing his first competitive tournament since August, was largely untroubled as he wrapped up the win in an hour 48 minutes.

“I’m coming back from some challenging moments and injuries, so it means a lot to be here,” the 20-times Grand Slam champion said, before praising his opponent.

“Congratulations Maxime, it’s a great start to the season. I wish you all the very best for the rest of the season and your career.”

Reuters

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