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Tennis players Sabalenka and Mertens win doubles in Melbourne

8:10 am: Tennis players Aryna Sabalenka and Elise Mertens have won the women’s doubles tournament of the Australian Open. Sabalenka and Mertens were clearly too strong for the Czech players Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova: 6-2 6-3.

For the Belarusian Sabalenka (22) and Mertens (25) from Belgium, it is their second grand slam title. At the end of 2019 they already won the US Open.

In the semi-finals, the Sabalenka / Mertens duo was the boss of the Dutch Demi Schuurs, who formed a duo with the American Nicole Melichar.

Basketballers Nets book fifth win in a row with the Lakers

8:09 AM: Brooklyn Nets has recorded its fifth consecutive NBA win at the expense of Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers Staples Center made it 109-98. The Nets ruined a special night for LeBron James, who broke his 35,000 point milestone on the NBA’s top scorers list.

James Harden took 23 points on the side of the Nets, Joe Harris was good for 21 points. The visitors could also count on Kyrie Irving, who has recovered from a back injury.

On the side of the Lakers, James was the top scorer with 32 points. 36-year-old James brought his point total to 35,017, making it the third player in NBA history to score more than 35,000 points. He is still 1811 points from number 2 Karl Malone and 3370 from leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Milwaukee Bucks lost for the fifth time in a row. Toronto Raptors was too strong in Milwaukee 110-96. Norman Powell made 29 points for the Raptors. For the home team, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 23 runs, but was unable to convince with only eight hits out of twenty tries.

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