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Weekend sport round-up: Djokovic and Osaka victorious in Melbourne again

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Novak Djokovic thrived in Melbourne once again as he won his ninth Australian Open on Sunday morning, easing past a frustrated Daniil Medvedev in three sets.

Issues with a quarantine letter the Serb wrote before the tournament, and injury concerns throughout the Grand Slam, made for a ‘rollercoaster ride’, according to Djokovic.

However, the level which top seed Djokovic produced on the court was more than enough to lift his 18th Grand Slam. Two more victories will see him level Nadal and Federer’s joint record.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka also lifted silverware as the 23-year-old won her fourth major and second Australian Open. Deemed by many as the new dominant force in the woman’s game, Osaka comfortably beat American Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3.

Seven points enough for Rangers as Ross County stun Celtic

Celtic suffered yet another shock defeat on Sunday night, as John Hughes’ side ran out 1-0 winners in Dingwall.

Jordan White’s second-half header gave Ross County a second win over Celtic this season, and moved his side out of the relegation places.

A fourth loss this campaign leaves Celtic 18 points behind rangers with only eight games to play. As a result, Rangers now require just seven points to lift the title.

Gerrard’s men outclassed Dundee United on Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 victory at Ibrox. The league leaders welcome Belgian side Royal Antwerp to Ibrox on Thursday night before travelling to Livingston six days later.

Jordan White celebrates his winning goal against Celtic (Credit: Sky Sports)

Josh Kelly brutally stopped by David Avanesyan in sixth round             

Russian champion David Avanesyan was ruthless in the defence of his European welterweight title, as he handed Kelly his first professional defeat.

It was only a matter of time before the fight was stopped, and in the sixth round Britain’s Josh Kelly was forced to retire when trainer Adam Booth threw in the towel.

By this point the Sunderland fighter had been knocked down twice, and despite looking dangerous throughout the first two rounds, was quickly put in his place.

The relentless and punishing performance on display from 32-year-old Avanesyan, was watched by British rival Connor Benn at ringside.

David Avanesyan defends European welterweight title by stopping Josh Kelly (Credit: DAZN)

Emotional Max Homa denies Finau in hometown Genesis play-off win

American Max Homa secured his second PGA Tour win in dramatic style as he overcame Tony Finau in a play-off at the Genesis Invitational.

The 30-year-old from California had an opportunity to seal the tournament in regulation, but a missed 3-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole meant a play-off with Tony Finau was required, as the pair finished on 12 under.

The wait for Finau’s second PGA Tour win goes on as he came up short again, despite posting a remarkable 64 on Sunday to move into contention at the Riviera Country Club.

Max Homa wins Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club (Credit: Sporting Life)

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