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MELBOURNE, Australia - After the clock ticked past midnight, Andy Murray became aware that it was officially Australia Day and he already knew from the crowd reaction what to expect in the quarterfinals.Murray, a two-time Grand Slam champion and three-time Australian Open finalist, fended off racket-smashing Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5 in a fourth-round match that started Sunday but continued into the early hours of Jan. 26, the national holiday that regularly occurs during the Australian Open.Midway through his match against No. 10-ranked Dimitrov, who beat him in the Wimbledon quarterfinals last year, Murray heard a distinctive roar that started somewhere in the distance and echoed through Rod Laver Arena.I heard a lot of noise — I had to ask my box what it was for, he said. It was for 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios, who came back from two sets down and saved a match point to beat Andreas Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 8-6 on Hisense Arena — the No. 3 court at Melbourne Park — to become the first Aussie male to reach the last eight at the Australian Open since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005, and the first male teenager since Roger Federer in 2001 to reach two Grand Slam quarterfinals.Kyrgios has developed quite a reputation for his audacious blend of shots, for his crowd interaction, for his outbursts and for his results: as a wild-entry with a No. 144 ranking at Wimbledon last year, he beat then No. 1-ranked Nadal in the fourth round. That was after hed saved nine match points and come from two sets down to beat Richard Gasquet in the second round.As a couple stood to leave Hisense Arena on Sunday during the fifth set — one in which Kyrgios let a 4-1 lead slip and then had to save break points — he called out to them: Hey, where are you going? The show, evidently, was not over.His first words after the win, as the crowd continued to chant and scream like soccer fans: Thanks mate. Feels so good.Its crazy, he said. When I saw I had finally won the match it was incredible — it was the best feeling I ever had. Its just massive confidence.Murray, who was broken when serving for the second set and lost the subsequent tiebreaker, rallied from 5-2 down in the fourth set to beat Dimitrov, who shattered his racket on the court after surrendering his last service game.Murray has a 10-0 winning record against Australian players, but hasnt come across anyone quite as precocious as Kyrgios.I would say maybe hes more confident than I would have been at that age ... he obviously backs himself a lot, Murray said. Im going to have to play a great match to win against him.Hes had an unbelievable tournament so far and hes only going to keep getting better. Hopefully my streak doesnt end in a couple of days.The high-energy night matches overshadowed the day session Sunday, when Nadal continued his comeback from a long-term injury layoff with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 win over towering Kevin Anderson to set up a quarterfinal against No. 7 Tomas Berdych, who had a 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-2 win over Bernard Tomic.The chance to be in the quarterfinals after a tough period of time for me is a fantastic result, said Nadal, who didnt let a small thing like his superstitiously and carefully positioned water bottles being knocked over bother him too much. I was playing better than the days before. The way that I improved my level is not the most important thing; obviously the victory is.No.2-ranked Maria Sharapova won the last eight games of her 6-3, 6-0 victory over Peng Shuai and will next play seventh-seeded Eugenie Bouchard, who had a see-sawing 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 win over Irina-Camelia Begu. French Open finalist Simona Halep beat Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-2 to set up a quarterfinal against No. 10 Ekaterina Makarova, who beat Julia Goerges in straight sets.Bouchard made it to the last four at the first three Grand Slam tournaments of 2014, including a semifinal loss on debut at the Australian Open and a semifinal loss to eventual champion Sharapova at the French Open.Shes playing really well, confident tennis. So aggressive, Sharapova said of the 20-year-old Canadian. I have a tough match ahead of me, but I always look forward to that. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. . Pistorius denied the allegation that he said to the close friend of the girlfriend he killed: "How can you sleep at night?" The accusation by Kim Myers provided a bizarre twist during the trial of the world-famous double-amputee Olympian, who is facing 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder for shooting dead Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model, at his home last year. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. . A fully booked flight forced me to leave two hours later. After a nice meal in which I studied the stats of the Argo win, I prepared to leave the restaurant. As I was gathering my things to leave many large individuals began to walk up and wait for tables. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link.) - The New York Jets have named Mike Maccagnan their new general manager. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. . Scott scored a career-high 30 points, Jeff Teague added 28 and the Hawks rallied to beat the New York Knicks 107-98 on Saturday night. "We were down Paul, down so many bodies," Scott said. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. . Hoefl-Rieschs exit — from the downhill course into safety nets, then airlifted from the slope by helicopter — left Anna Fenninger of Austria favourite to win her first giant crystal trophy one month after becoming an Olympic champion. SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum wants nothing more than to return to his old dominant self in the very place where he has been at his best before. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner finalized his $35 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Friday after passing a physical. Now, he is ready to get back to work and build toward a comeback season in 2014. He will begin his off-season workout routine in earnest with a training appointment Monday in the Seattle area. "It gives you that freedom that Ive done it with this group before. I feel like we can do it again, and personally I feel like I can succeed there again," Lincecum said. "As a group, I feel like we have the right tools to make another push. Those are the kind of things you look for when going after an organization. When Im already plugged into one, I dont have to look too far to see what theyve done and what Ive been able to do with them." Just as the Giants had hoped, they signed Lincecum before he went on the free-agent market. Lincecum, who pitched a no-hitter on July 13 at San Diego, reached agreement on the new deal earlier in the week that keeps him with his only major league team through 2015. The contract pays $17 million for next year and $18 million in 15. Lincecums contract includes a full no-trade clause. In addition, he can earn an additional $250,000 each for 210 innings pitched and 220 innings. He would earn $500,000 for another Cy Young, $250,000 for second place, $100,000 (third), $75,000 (fourth) and $50,000 (fifth). If he wins the 2014 Cy Young award, the first-place bonus would increase to $1 million for the following year. In addition, Lincecum would earn $250,000 for NL MVP with additional bonuses for second through fifth place. He would receive $100,000 for an All-Star selection and $50,000 for a Gold Glove. Lincecum will get a hotel suite on the road. The contract also calls for him to purchase 25 tickets to each home game for underprivileged children in the Bay Area. "This was targeted as a baseball signing," CEO Larry Baer said. "This was the right thing for the Giants to keep the rotation strong and keep the teams chances of winning strong. ... Timmy is a very popular guy but I dont want it to be misinterpreted that this was done because hes popular." He just completed a $40.5 million, two-year contract that paid him $22 million this season. Given the uncertainty in the rotation, keeping one of the clubs most notable faces means a lot to manager Bruce Bochy. The Giants, who won the World Series in 2010 and again last year, will not exercise left-hander Barry Zitos $18 million option for 2014, and Ryan Vogelsong might not return. Lincecum said late in the season he is a creature of familiarity and hoped to stay put with San Francisco, which drafted him 10th overall out of Washington in 2006 and quickly promoted him to the majors in May 2007. He pitched the Game 5 World SSeries clincher at Texas in 2010, when the Giants captured their first championship since moving West in 1958.dddddddddddd Then in 2012, Lincecum moved to the bullpen for the playoffs and emerged as a reliable reliever as San Francisco won another title. Lincecum -- the Cy Young winner in 2008 and 09, when he won 18 and 15 games, respectively -- went 10-14 with a 4.37 ERA and 193 strikeouts over 32 starts last year, his third straight season with a losing record. Still, Lincecums strides down the stretch to get back to top form were encouraging for the Giants brass. "He gave us really positive signs as to what hes capable of doing," assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. "He is an important part of our rotation and we are very pleased to have him back for at least two more years." The right-hander joined Hall of Famers Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry, and Kirk Rueter as the only Giants in San Francisco history to win at least 10 games in six straight seasons. "When your last couple years are a collective 4.50 (ERA), thats not the way you want to go out," Lincecum said. "Thats not the guy I am." The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Lincecum earned the nicknames The Freak and Franchise for his quick rise to the majors and his quirky delivery. A four-time All-Star, he is 89-70 with a 3.46 ERA over seven major league seasons. There was some thought he might test the open market and at least listen to any offers from his hometown Seattle Mariners. "Up until this year I hadnt really thought about it. Ive always kind of looked at myself as a Giant, even a couple years ago when there were contract talks and two years before that," he said. "Home is always going to be home to me. Maybe Ill look at that route later on in life as a professional place. Personally, I wasnt ready for that kind of jump." General manager Brian Sabean has now checked off two important items from his to-do list looking forward to what he hopes is a comeback year for the club in 2014. In late September, the Giants signed right fielder Hunter Pence to a $90 million, five-year contract before the season ended. He played every game this year. Zito, who recently took out a full-page newspaper ad thanking Giants fans, will be due a $7 million buyout as he departs following a $126 million, seven-year contract. The move will be made formal at the conclusion of the World Series. Now, San Francisco has a rotation led by Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner. "When you have staples in a rotation like this, mainstay guys who have come up through the organization, myself, Cain and Bummy, thats a pretty good collective group of guys to base your rotation off of," Lincecum said. "I know that I havent had the greatest year, but Ive got to go in with confidence knowing that Im going to get back to where I need to be. Thats pretty much my mindset right now." 20:47ET 25-10-13 Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. 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