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After defeating David Goffin at the Australia Open, Dan Evans laments the lack of depth in British tennis. Dan Evans knocked out former world No. 7 David Goffin to join Heather Watson in making Britain’s best second-round showing in five years at the Australian Open. With victories for Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu, a quartet of British athletes made it through the early rounds, though Evans warned them to be cautious. He will now face France’s fast-rising Arthur Rinderknech, and he admitted that more depth in the UK was required to back up some of the eye-catching performances at the…

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The federal government will rebate visa application fees for backpackers and international students heading to Australia in an attempt to address the workforce shortage.Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Wednesday the (dollar)630 fee for international students would be covered for the next eight weeks.He said there are 150,000 international students and 23,500 backpackers with visas and his message was clear – “come on down”.”We want you to come to Australia and enjoy a holiday here … move all the way around the country,” Mr Morrison said.”At the same time, join our workforce and help us in our agricultural sector, in…

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Ralf Rangnick says Paul Pogba will be determined to return with a bang for Manchester United and suggested the chance to earn a new deal elsewhere could even form part of his motivation.Having left for Juventus in 2012 and rejoined for a then world record fee four years later, the midfielder will again be leaving Old Trafford this summer unless he signs an extended contract.Pogba has been the subject of widespread speculation throughout his time at United, with the midfielder saying he could be ready for a new challenge in 2019 and agent Mino Raiola making numerous comments about his…

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By Andrew MacAskillLONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet with his Cabinet on Wednesday to review restrictions to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in England as he seeks to move attention away from parties held at his residence during coronavirus lockdowns.The restrictions, known as “Plan B” measures, were introduced by the government last month as the Omicron strain spread rapidly across Britain. They included guidance to work from home where possible, masks for indoor settings and vaccine passports for mass events.Johnson will address parliament on Wednesday and hopes to reset his agenda following criticisms after…

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BRIGHTON, England, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Chelsea’s winless run in the Premier League stretched to four matches on Tuesday, as a 1-1 draw away to Brighton and Hove Albion saw their slender titles hopes suffer yet more damage.Hakim Ziyech’s opportunist strike gave Thomas Tuchel’s side the lead against the run of play in the 28th minute.But Brighton were rewarded for their endeavour when Adam Webster thundered a header past Kepa Arrizabalaga on the hour after some intense home pressure.Chelsea began to dominate late on but could not force a winner as Brighton dug deep to preserve their point.Having been title…

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