Daily News Roundup

January 15, 2019

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Australian Open- Day 1 results

Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki successfully opened their Australian Open title defences Monday before Andy Murray took to the court for his farewell match at Melbourne Park — and potentially his last ever.

There was a heavy local flavour to Day One as James Duckworth took on Rafael Nadal only to fall in straight sets, while there was better luck for winners Alex de Minaur and Jordan Thompson.

Ash Barty and John Millman also progressed but Bernard Tomic lost to Marin Cilic.

ROD LAVER ARENA

(30) Maria Sharapova (RUS) defeated Harriet Dart (GBR) 6-0 6-0

(2) Rafael Nadal (ESP) defeated James Duckworth (AUS) 6-4 6-3 7-5

(2) Angelique Kerber (GER) defeated Polona Hercog (SVN) 6-2 6-2

(3) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) defeated Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 6-3 6-4

(3) Roger Federer (SUI) defeated Denis Istomin (UZB) 6-3 6-4 6-4

MARGARET COURT ARENA

Danielle Collins (USA) defeated (14) Julia Goerges (GER) 6-2 6-7 6-4

(5) Sloane Stephens (USA) defeated Taylor Townsend (USA) 6-4 6-2

(27) Alex de Minaur (AUS) defeated Pedro Sousa (POR) 6-4 7-5 6-4

(15) Ash Barty (AUS) defeated Luksika Kumkhum (THA) 6-2 6-2

(6) Marin Cilic (CRO) defeated Bernard Tomic (AUS) 6-2 6-4 7-6 (7-3)

MELBOURNE ARENA

(5) Kevin Anderson (RSA) defeated Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-3 5-7 6-2 6-1

Maria Sakkari (GRE) defeated (22) Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 6-1 3-6 6-2

Tomas Berdych (CZE) defeated (13) Kyle Edmund (GBR) 6-3 6-0 7-5

(22) Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) defeated Andy Murray (GBR) 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 6-2

(8) Petra Kvitova (CZE) defeated Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 6-3 6-2

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Ex-Qld premier Newman wants drug debate

A former conservative leader of Queensland says drugs and their use should be legalised.

Campbell Newman wants a public discussion around drug use after 19-year-old Alex Ross-King died in a suspected overdose at a Sydney festival on Saturday.

It was the fifth such death in NSW since mid-September.

“We need to have a conversation about decriminalisation or legalisation,” the former Liberal National Party leader told The Courier-Mail on Tuesday.

“Imagine if we could divert the resources we’re spending on enforcement to public health campaigns.”

The remarks were in stark contrast to the steps Mr Newman’s government took to strip alcohol and drug services of critical funding when in office, and were quickly hosed down by acting premier Cameron Dick.

He says there are no plans to shake up current laws and instead wants to hear the views of current LNP leader Deb Frecklington.

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Coca-Cola to phase out plastic straws

Environmental groups have welcomed Coca-Cola Amatil’s decision to replace plastic straws with paper in Australian outlets but have warned consumers not to be complacent with disposal.

The company announced on Monday it will phase out plastic drinking straws and stirrers in Australia over the next two months and replace them with fully recyclable and biodegradable paper straws.

Group managing director Alison Watkins said the decision part of the company’s efforts to reduce single-use plastics.

“We’ve heard the community message loud and clear – that unnecessary packaging is unacceptable, and we all need to work together to reduce the amount entering litter streams, the environment and the oceans,” she said.

Clean Up Australia’s managing director Terrie-Ann Johnson says Coca-Cola Amatil is doing the right thing and taking a step in the right direction, but it’s also up to consumers to dispose of biodegradable straws properly.

Last year, straws made up nearly 11 per cent of all plastic rubbish reported to Clean Up Australia.