Maria Sharapova’s exhibition match on Tuesday was ended early because of the air quality2020 Australian OpenVenue: Melbourne Park Dates: 20 January to 2 FebruaryCoverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and online; Live text on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app.Coughing fits, retirements and player anger – this week’s Australian…

Media playback is not supported on this device Australian Open: ‘Scared’ Jakupovic retires from qualifier2020 Australian OpenVenue: Melbourne Park Dates: 20 January to 2 FebruaryCoverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and online; Live text on selected matches on the BBC Sport website and app.Dalila Jakupovic, who retired from her Australian Open qualifying…

Iran has fired more than a dozen rockets at two Iraqi military bases hosting US troops, the Pentagon confirmed.    The rockets fired at the Ain al-Asad base in Anbar province and a base in Erbil early on Wednesday came amid escalating tensions between Tehran and Washington.  More:  Iran launches missile attacks on US facilities…

Ashleigh Barty says she donated 30,000 Australian dollars (£15,960) to the RSPCA at the end of last year when the bushfires startedAustralian world number one Ashleigh Barty will donate all of her prize money from the Brisbane International to the bushfire relief fund.The event offers a pot of 1,434,900 Australian dollars (£763,300).”There are a lot…

Kyrgios was part of the Australian team that reached the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup in NovemberNick Kyrgios will donate 200 Australian dollars (£106) for each ace he hits in events held in Australia in January to help those affected by the bushfires.The Australian, 24, earlier called on Tennis Australia to host a fund-raising exhibition,…

Imagine the coniferous forests of the American West and you probably picture tall trees, forest floors littered with pine needles and pinecones, black bears, mountain lions, croaking frogs, and mountain blue birds. Natural forest fires should also be a part of that picture. Over millions of years, the forests of western North America have become…