16 SPORT WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM THE SUNDAY EXPRESS, DECEMBER 30, 2018 New Oz Open policy to counter extreme heat Ronaldo scores twice in Juventus victory AGENCEFRANCEPRESSE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANEWextremeheatpolicythatdictateswhen it is safe to play will be introduced at next month's Australian Open to better deal with frequent oven-like conditions on court. The"HeatStressScale"willbeusedforthe firsttimeataGrandSlamtohelppreventplayersfromfaintingandsufferingexhaustion,relying on more weather-measuring devices at Melbourne Park. Organisers said it followed "cutting-edge researchandtestingintothespecificeffectsof heat stress on tennis players". Newruleswillallowfora10-minutebreak betweenthesecondandthirdsetsinwomen's singles matches when a four -- on a scale of onetofive---isrecordedontheHSSpriortoor during the first two sets of a match. Men will geta10-minutebreatherafterthethirdsetifa four is reached. If theheatstressscalegoestofive,playcan be suspended. Tennis Australia chief medical officer Carolyn Broderick said the scale took into account the effects of heat on the human body including the maximum stress an athlete can safelywithstand,thesweatrateofthatperson and their core temperature. "Thescalealsoaccountsforthephysiologicalvariancesbetweenadults,wheelchairand junior athletes while also taking into account thefourclimatefactors --air temperature,radiantheatorthestrengthofthesun,humidity and wind speed." Previously, organisers could only activate the extreme heat policy and halt play or close roofs when the temperature exceeded 40 degreesCelsius(104degreesFahrenheit)andthe Bureau of Meteorology's wet bulb globe temperature index -- which is used to estimate heat stress in humans -- hit 32.5 Celsius. Suffocating weather at Melbourne Park has caused serious problems with players in the past. Among those suffering at the 2018 tournament was Gael Monfils, with fears for his health in a mid-afternoon match against Novak Djokovic. The Frenchman, known as oneofthefittestplayersontour,lookeddazed andconfusedinhissecondsetandeventually received medical assistance. CRISTIANO RONALDO scored twice and Juventus escaped with a 2-1 win over Sampdoria on Saturday with help from the VAR. Ronaldo's second goal, a penalty, was awarded by the VAR for a questionable hand ball. Then Sampdoria had a stoppage-time goal waved off by the VAR for offside. Sampdoria thought it had become the first visiting Serie A club to score more than one goal at the Allianz Stadium in more than a year when Riccardo Saponara's shot went in off the underside of the crossbar but replays showed the play was offside. “I like (the VAR) a lot because it reduces the number of mistakes,'' Ronaldo said. “It's not easy for the match officials to analyze everything that goes on in a match. We just have to let them get on with their jobs.'' Ronaldo had put Juventus ahead two minutes in with a bouncing shot and Fabio Quagliarella equalized with a penalty before the break to become the first player to score in nine consecutive Serie A matches since David Trezeguet accomplished the feat with Juventus in 2005. Ronaldo's decisive penalty came in the 65th after the VAR decided that Alex Ferrari had used his arm to deflect the ball, even though it appeared as if the defender kept his arm next to his body and didn't move it toward the ball. The brace gave Ronaldo 14 goals in 19 matches this season to move one goal ahead of Genoa's Krzysztof Piatek atop the league scoring chart. Genoa was hosting Fiorentina later. Ronaldo has maintained his form since leaving Real Madrid in the offseason, despite being the subject of a rape allegation in the United States. Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in Nevada in September claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police reopened an investigation into the allegation at her request. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing. Aiming for a record-extending eighth straight Italian league title, Juventus set a record of 53 points at the season's halfway mark with 17 wins, two draws and no defeats. The Bianconeri moved 12 points ahead of second-placed Napoli and 17 ahead of third-placed Inter Milan. “The first half of the season has gone really well,'' Ronaldo said. “ We've won nearly all our games and we're a solid side but there's still a long way to go. We must stay focused and keep working away if we want to achieve great things.'' Napoli was hosting Bologna later, with the southern club's fans expected to show their support for Kalidou Koulibaly three days after the defender was subjected to racist chants during a loss at Inter. Inter was visiting Empoli in its first match since a fan of the club died following clashes with opposing supporters outside the San Siro stadium before the match against Napoli. Sampdoria remained fifth, two points below the Champions League places. MELBOURNE,DECEMBER29 Among those suffering at the 2018 tournament was Gael Monfils. ROME, DECEMBER 29 HIGH AND MIGHTY Nuno Espirito Santo's side levelled in the 72nd minute with a towering header from a corner from French defender Willy Boly. Reuters Wolves bite into Spurs’ title bid Newly-promoted side comes from behind to hand second-placed Tottenham a 1-3 shock defeat AP/REUTERS DECEMBER29 WOLVERHAMPTONscoredthreetimesinthe last 18 minutes to record a shock 3-1 victory over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium on Saturday and deal a huge blow to the London club's Premier League title hopes. Second-placedTottenhamwentontheattack early with Son Hueng-min shooting just wide before Christian Eriksen's curling effort brought a spectacular save out of Rui Patricio. TherewasnothingPatriciocoulddo,though,to stop Harry Kane's opener after 22 minutes as theEnglandcaptaincutinsideandunleashed an unstoppable shot from 25 yards (meters). Seventh-placedWolverhamptonuppedits game after the break and a lengthy spell of pressure was rewarded in the 72nd minute whenWillyBolywasleftunmarkedfromJoao Moutinho's corner and powered in a header. Tottenham, which had won five league gamesinarow,triedtorespondbutitwasthe visitors who finished stronger, going ahead in the83rdwhenRaulJimenezrolledtheballinto the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area. Wolverhampton made it 3-1 in the 87th when Harry Winks was caught in possession and Helder Costa ran clean through to beat Hugo Lloris. “We did not dominate the ball in thesecondhalf,''TottenhammanagerMauricio Pochettino said. “We were wrong in the way we tried to play, too much long ball, and our energy dropped. “We have had a very good run in the last few weeks and to keep that level is difficult. Wearenotmachines.''Wolverhamptonmanager Nuno Espirito Santo was delighted with his team's performance. “We had a lot of belief after the equalizer,'' he said. “I would have said a draw was a good result,butIcannotcontroltheemotionsofthe boys if they see space in front of them. To play likethisatWembley—thehomeof football— is a big thing. “We have achieved something very special in getting to the Premier League and it has been a very special year.'' Camarasa hits last-gasp winnerfor Cardiff A92nd-minutegoalfrommidfielderVictor Camarasaandapenaltysavefromgoalkeeper Neil Etheridge ensured Cardiff City beat LeicesterCity1-0fortheirfirstawayvictoryof the Premier League season on Saturday. Claude Puel's Leicester, carrying momentum from consecutive wins against Chelsea andManchesterCity,dominatedtheearlyexchangesattheKingPowerStadiumandcame close with long-range efforts from James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira. Leicester had their best chance of the first half in the closing stages when Jamie Vardy wasslippedthroughbyMaddison,onlyforthe striker to shoot straight at Etheridge. Thehostslookedcertaintoclaimconsecutive home wins for the first time this season whenMaddisonwasclippedinsidetheboxby defenderSeanMorrisonbuttheyweredenied thankstoEtheridge'sstunningsave.Maddison had a chance to make amends from the reboundbutdefenderSolBambadivedintoturn the ball awayfor acorner.WithLeicestersupporters heading towards the exit, Camarasa curled the ball past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichelfromtheedgeoftheboxtosecure a dramatic win for the Welsh side. ThevictorytakesNeilWarnock'sCardiffup to 16th place in the league standings, four points clear of the relegation zone. Etheridge, who will miss the Philippines' AsianCupcampaigntohelpCardiff'stop-flight survivalbid,saidtheresultshouldliftthespiritsinthedressingroomduringthesecondhalf of the season. "Itwasagreatsavetohelptheteambutthe main thing for us today is the great win — our first away from home," the 28-year-old said. "It gives us momentum going into the new year."Wejustneedtokeepfocusingandkeep concentrating. Obviously it’s a very tough league.Tokeeptwocleansheetsinarowisoutstanding. The boys have done very well. "We takeeverygameasitcomes.We’vegotatough game against Tottenham on New Year’s Day but we’ll enjoy this one for now." Mitrovic the hero FulhamboostedtheirPremierLeaguesurvival hopes after Aleksandar Mitrovic scored astoppagetimewinnertogivethema1-0win over bottom team Huddersfield Town at Craven Cottage on Saturday. The result lifted Fulham one place up to 18th on 14 points from 20 games, two more than Burnley who are at home to West Ham United in one of Sunday's four fixtures. Huddersfield have 10 points after suffering their seventh successive defeat. WADA discussing date for Russia lab visit REUTERS MOSCOW,DECEMBER29 MOSCOW AND the World Anti-Doping Agency are discussing a dateforWADAexpertstovisitandreceivelaboratorydata,Russia's sports minister said on Saturday, as Russia's anti-doping agency, RUSADA, stands on the verge of suspension. RUSADA was stripped of its accreditation in 2015 after a WADA-commissionedreportfoundevidenceofwidespreadstatesponsored doping in Russian athletics, but conditionally - and controversially - reinstated in September. If judicial authorities fail to hand over laboratory data by the end of the year, it will again lose its status, raising the prospect of RussiabeingbannedfromasecondconsecutiveOlympicsandremaining shut out of international athletics. Theminister,PavelKolobkov,saidhisministryhadreceiveda letter from WADA president Craig Reedie outlining "the options for organising the process of copying the data from the Moscow anti-dopinglaboratory"andspecifyingtheequipmenttobeused. A WADA team returned from Moscow empty-handed this monthafterRussianauthoritiessaidtheirequipmentwasnotcertified under Russian law. WADAhassaiditsComplianceReviewCommitteewillreview a report by the team when it meets on Jan. 14-15 in Montreal. "Inparallelwecontinuetomakeeffortstoretrievethelabdata andassuchweremainincontactwiththeRussianauthoritiesin that regard," it said in an e-mail on Saturday. Kolobkov said that Russia's Investigative Committee, which is holding the data for its own probe, had approved the equipment to be used. He said WADA and Russia had a "mutual understanding" on theissue,adding:"Wearecurrentlydiscussingadateforthenext visit." Russiawasbarredfromcompetingatthisyear'sPyeongchang Olympics by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after it wasfoundtohaverunastate-sponsoreddopingcover-upscheme at the 2014 Games in the Russian city of Sochi. SomeRussianswithnohistoryofdopingwereinvitedtocompeteasneutrals,however.Theworldathleticsfederation,theIAAF, hasalsoclearedsomeRussianstocompeteinternationallyasneutrals. R.N.I. No. WBENG/2005/20788 VOL. 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