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Klopp confident Liverpool's defensive injuries just short term
Liverpool's central defensive injury problems should be cleared up soon, manager Juergen Klopp said as the Premier League leaders prepare for Saturday's test at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Kenin upsets Cornet to reach Hobart final
Big-hitting American youngster Sofia Kenin reached her first WTA final when she stunned sixth seed Alize Cornet 6-2 6-4 at the Hobart International on Friday.
Svensson shoots flawless 61 as Spieth struggles in Hawaii
Adam Svensson shot a stunning nine-under-par 61 to take a one-stroke lead as Jordan Spieth struggled in the opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii on Thursday.
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Rallying - Dakar Rally
Peru hosts the 2019 Dakar Rally - stage five is from Moquegua to Tacna.
11 Jan 15:00 ET / 20:00 GMT
Rallying - World Rally Championship 2019 season launch
The World Rally Championships holds the official launch for the 2019 season at the Autosport International in Birmingham.
12 Jan 04:30 ET / 09:30 GMT
Soccer - France - Ligue 1 - Lyon v Reims
French soccer match where Olympique Lyonnais face Reims in their first Ligue 1 game of 2019.
11 Jan 14:45 ET / 19:45 GMT
Soccer - AFC Asian Cup - Vietnam v Iran
Vietnam play Iran in the AFC Asian Cup Group D match at Abu Dhabi's Al Nahyan Stadium.
12 Jan 06:00 ET / 11:00 GMT
Soccer - AFC Asian Cup - Kyrgyzstan v South Korea
Kyrgyzstan play South Korea at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.
11 Jan 11:00 ET / 16:00 GMT
Soccer - AFC Asian Cup - Yemen v Iraq
Yemen play Iraq in their AFC Asian Cup Group D match at the Sharjah Stadium.
12 Jan 08:30 ET / 13:30 GMT
Soccer - England - Premier League - West Ham United v Arsenal
West Ham United welcome Arsenal to the London Stadium.
12 Jan 07:30 ET / 12:30 GMT
Tennis - WTA International - Hobart International
The WTA hosts a Premier International event in Hobart, Australia.
Tennis - Nadal, Halep preview Australian Open
Former champion Rafa Nadal and women's top seed Simona Halep preview the Australian Open among leading contenders at Melbourne Park
12 Jan 19:00 ET / 00:00 GMT
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Tennis - WTA Premier - Sydney International
Action from the Sydney International final.
12 Jan 23:00 ET / 04:00 GMT
Tennis - ATP 250 - Sydney International
The ATP hosts a World Tour 250 tournament in Sydney.
Tennis - ATP 250 - Auckland Classic
The ATP hosts a World Tour 250 event in Auckland, New Zealand.
Cricket - South Africa v Pakistan - Third Test
The final test of the three test series between South Africa and Pakistan is hosted at the Wanderers in Johannesburg
12 Jan 03:30 ET / 08:30 GMT
Cricket - Australia v India, first ODI, Sydney
Australia play India in the first one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground
12 Jan 21:20 ET / 02:20 GMT
Golf - PGA Tour - Sony Open in Hawaii third round
Coverage of the PGA Tour event at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.
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