Late nights and upsets continue at Australian Open

THE big sports news overnight was the end of four-time champion Novak Djokovic's 25-match Australian Open winning streak.

Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, avenged a five set at the hands of the reigning champion last year - 2-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 9-7.

In what has been a week of upsets in the Open, the eighth seed meets Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych, who defeated world number three David Ferrer, in a semi-final.

CENTRAL Highlands is today searching for its second win in the Victorian Bushrangers state under-14 boys' cricket championships.

The Highlanders face Western Spirit in Princes Park, Carlton, after losing to North West Wizards yesterday.

They defeated North East Knights on Monday.

Central Highlands is still waiting to open its account in the Dowling Shield - the state under-16 boys' championships.

The Highlanders meet Western Spirit at Melbourne Uni.

The countdown continues to a big Australia Day of sport in Ballarat.

VICTORIAN Country Track and Field Championships begin at Llanberris Athletic Centre on Friday and run until Sunday.

BALLARAT and District Golf Association has its 54-hole open tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

BALLARAT Pacing Cup is part of a 10-race program at Bray Raceway on Saturday might.

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