Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork. [url=]Nike Free Rn Flyknit Herre[/url] .com) - French Open champion Maria Sharapova, Roland Garros runner-up Simon Halep and Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard were among Fridays third-round winners at the 2015 Australian Open. The second-seeded former world No. 1 Sharapova blitzed helpless 31st-seeded Kazakhstani Zarina Diyas 6-1, 6-1 in 61 minutes at Laver Arena. I started really focused, I knew I had a tough, long match previously, so I wanted to start off strong and finish strong, said Sharapova. I think I did a good job of that. Sharapova captured the Aussie Open in 2008 and was the runner-up here in 2007 and 2012. The five-time major champ will face Chinese Peng Shuai in the fourth round on Sunday. Meanwhile, the No. 3 seed Halep fought past American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to reach the fourth round with a 6-4, 7-5 decision. Halep led 4-1 in the second set before Mattek-Sands mounted a mini comeback, only to fall short in the end. Up next for the Romanian Halep will be Belgian Yanina Wickmayer. The seventh-seeded Canadian star Bouchard had a tough first set but ended up cruising in the second to get past capable Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia 7-5, 6-0. I dont think it was the prettiest tennis out there today, admitted Bouchard, who has a big fan base in Australia. Her fourth-round opponent will be Romanias Irina-Camelia Begu. Tenth-seeded Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova defeated 22nd-seeded Czech and last weeks Sydney runner-up Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-4, while Wickmayer pulled off an upset of 14th-seeded former French Open runner-up Sara Errani, of Italy, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. In some other third-round action, the 21st-seeded Peng battled her way past Kazakhstans Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6 (9-7), 6-3, German Julia Goerges topped Czech Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (8-6), 7-5, and Begu dismissed German Carina Witthoeft 6-4, 6-4. Goerges should have her hands full with Makarova on Sunday. The third round is scheduled to conclude on Saturday, including matches for top-seeded five-time Aussie champion Serena Williams, fourth-seeded Wimbledon titlist and last weeks Sydney winner Petra Kvitova and 18th-seeded former Aussie finalist Venus Williams. The 18-time Grand Slam champion and reigning U.S. Open queen Serena will take on 26th-seeded Elina Svitolina, while the left-handed Kvitova will tangle with rising American Madison Keys and the former No. 1 and seven- time Grand Slam champion Venus will encounter talented Italian Camila Giorgi. Also on Day 6, sixth-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska will meet 30th-seeded American Varvara Lepchenko; 11th-seeded 2014 Aussie runner-up Dominika Cibulkova will battle 19th-seeded Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 25th-seeded Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova will face former world No. 1 star Victoria Azarenka; and Coco Vandeweghe will lock horns with fellow American and last weeks Hobart runner-up Madison Brengle. Cibulkova was last years Aussie runner-up to since-retired Li Na. The two-time Aussie Open champ and two-time U.S. Open runner-up Azarenka titled in Melbourne back-to-back in 2012 and 2013 before being slowed by a foot injury last year. She appears to be completely healthy now and ready to make a deep run at this fortnight. [url=]Nike Free DK[/url] . The game marks the rare occasion when two homegrown running backs, Jon Cornish of the Calgary Stampeders and Andrew Harris of the B.C. Lions, will start in the West Divisions battle for a Grey Cup berth. [url=]Nike Free 5.0 Dame Tilbud[/url] .I dont think it comes to mind in this business, in this game, the Philadelphia Flyers forward said. You dont try to lose games. [url=][/url] . With just under five seconds remaining - the Raptors having clawed back from a 19-point deficit and pulled within one - DeRozan took the handoff from Chuck Hayes.MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Yet he defended Russias anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles and said Russia needs to "cleanse" itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate. Putins comments in an interview broadcast Sunday with Russian and foreign television stations showed the wide gulf between the perception of homosexuality in Russia versus the West. A Russian law passed last year banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" among minors has caused an international outcry. Putin refused to answer a question from the BBC on whether he believes that people are born gay or become gay. The Russian law, however, suggests that information about homosexuality can influence a childs sexual orientation. The law has contributed to growing animosity toward gays in Russian society, with rights activists reporting a rise in harassment and abuse. International worries about how gays will be treated in Sochi have been met with assurances from Russian officials and Olympics organizers that there will be no discrimination, and Putin reiterated that stance. "There are no fears for people with this nontraditional orientation who plan to come to Sochi as guests or participants,"; Putin declared in the TV interview. [url=]Nike Free Sko Dame[/url]. . He said the law was aimed at banning propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia, suggesting that gays are more likely to abuse children. Making another favourite argument against homosexuality, Putin noted with pride that Russia saw more births than deaths last year for the first time in two decades. Population growth is vital for Russias development and "anything that gets in the way of that we should clean up," he said, using a word usually reserved for military operations. The law on propaganda has been used to justify barring gay pride rallies on the grounds that children might see them. This has raised the question of how athletes and fans would be treated for any gay-rights protests during the Olympics. When asked about this by the ABC TV channel, Putin said protests against the law itself would not be considered propaganda. Putin then hit back, accusing the United States of double standards in its criticism of Russia, pointing to laws that remain on the books in some U.S. states classifying gay sex as a crime. The U.S. Supreme Court, however, ruled in 2003 that such laws were unconstitutional. Homosexuality was a crime in the entire former Soviet Union, which collapsed in 1991. It was decriminalized in Russia in 1993. The Sochi Winter Olympics run Feb. 7-23. 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