Whittaker pulls out with injury, Adesanya wins at UFC 234

Sports 02/10/19, 00:45

Robert Whittaker provided most of the early drama at UFC 234 in Australia and Israel Adesanya quite a lot at the end. About eight hours before their scheduled fight, Australia's UFC middleweight champion Whittaker withdrew from his championship defense against Kelvin Gastelum because of a serious abdominal injury and subsequent emergency ...

Whittaker meets Gastelum, Adesanya takes on Silva at UFC 234

Sports 02/08/19, 18:31

Israel Adesanya can already imagine fighting Robert Whittaker for the UFC middleweight title later this year in a huge stadium full of roaring Australian fans.To make the dream happen, these two Australasian fighters must get past two major obstacles at UFC 234 in Melbourne this weekend.Before Whittaker (20-4) defends his ...

Now No. 1, Osaka wins majors to strains of Jay Rock’s ‘Win’

Tennis 01/26/19, 14:46

Like the 21-year-old she is, Naomi Osaka stepped into Rod Laver Arena for the Australian Open final with a cellphone in her right hand and music in both ears.The headphones she wore carried the swirling brass, bouncing beat and boastful lyrics of Jay Rock's "Win," the same pre-match song Osaka ...

53rd matchup for Djokovic, Nadal in Australian Open final

Tennis 01/25/19, 12:51

It was fascinating to hear Novak Djokovic explain what it will be like to face Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final."The intensity that he brings on the court is immense," Djokovic said. "Without a doubt, probably the most intense tennis player that I have witnessed and played against."Hmmm."It makes ...

Update: Djokovic, Pouille start Australian Open semi

Tennis 01/25/19, 03:47

The Latest at the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):7:45 p.m.Novak Djokovic and Lucas Pouille have started their Australian Open semifinal under the lights at Rod Laver Arena.The top-seeded Djokovic is contesting his 34th career Grand Slam semifinal. He is pursuing a record seventh championship at Melbourne Park and ...

American Collins wishes roof stayed open at Australian Open

Tennis 01/24/19, 03:33

The way Danielle Collins looks at it, the end of her surprising run at Melbourne Park was something of an open-and-shut case.The 25-year-old American was every bit Petra Kvitova's equal during their Australian Open semifinal during the time Rod Laver Arena's retractable roof was open — and she never really ...

Update: Extreme heat means break if match goes 3 sets

Tennis 01/23/19, 22:44

The Latest at the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):2:30 p.m.The extreme heat rule has been invoked for the first women's semifinal as the heat surges toward 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius).That means that there will be a 10-minute break after the second set if the match between Petra ...

Peers, Kontinen 1st into men’s doubles final in Australia

Sports 01/23/19, 22:16

John Peers and Henri Kontinen have combined to become the first pair through to the men's doubles final after beating Leonardo Mayer and Joao Sousa 6-1, 7-6 (6) at the Australian Open.Peers and Kontinen, who combined to win the 2017 Australian Open doubles title, will play either the American team ...

50 years past last men’s Slam, Laver says it’ll happen again

Tennis 01/23/19, 02:22

Fifty years after Rod Laver won the last true Grand Slam in men's tennis, he's fairly confident the feat will be replicated one day, unlikely as it may seem."It's got to happen again," the Australian left-hander said Wednesday at the Australian Open.While Steffi Graf won all four major tennis tournaments ...

Update: Petra Kvitova into Australian Open quarterfinals

Sports 01/19/19, 20:21

The Latest on Sunday from the Australian Open (all times local):12:15 p.m.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is the first player into the Australian Open quarterfinals after beating 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova 6-2, 6-1 to open play Sunday at Rod Laver Arena.Kvitova, who had a WTA Tour-leading five tournament wins last ...

Australian Open: Kvitova, Federer, Nadal in action

Tennis 01/19/19, 19:32

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova opens play at Rod Laver Arena on Day 7 of the Australian Open with a match against 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova.Anisimova has beaten two seeded players on her way to the fourth round and a win Sunday would advance her to a quarterfinal against either ...

‘Old guys’ vs youngsters 3 days in a row at Australian Open

Sports 01/19/19, 06:15

So far the older guys are holding court against the new generation at the Australian Open.On Saturday, 31-year-old Novak Djokovic beat 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.A day earlier, it was 32-year-old Rafael Nadal defeating 19-year-old Alex de Minaur 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.And on Sunday night, the elder statesman of ...

Osaka, Serena Williams set for action at Australian Open

Tennis 01/18/19, 19:29

U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka has started her third-round match at the Australian Open against Hsieh Su-wei on Margaret Court Arena.Serena Williams will continue her bid for an eighth Australian title and an Open-era record 24th Grand Slam singles title overall when she plays Dayana Yastremska later Saturday on Rod ...

Update: Greek stars in early action at Australian Open

Tennis 01/17/19, 20:33

The Latest on Friday at the Australian Open (all times local):12:20 p.m.Greek stars Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari featured on two of the three main show courts at Melbourne Park as rain delayed the start of play on outside courts.It's the first time a Greek man and woman have advanced ...

Australian men’s tennis hit by infighting, Twitter rants

Tennis 01/16/19, 22:31

The situation seems mostly nasty these days in Australian men's tennis.Compared with the genteel nature of past stars like Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall and more recently, the likes of Pat Rafter over-ruling line calls and giving points to his opponents long before video replays existed, Australian men's tennis is ...

Update: Elina Svitolina advances at Australian Open

Tennis 01/16/19, 20:39

The Latest on Thursday at the Australian Open (all times local):12:35 p.m.Sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina has advanced to the third round at Melbourne Park and kicked off proceedings at Rod Laver Arena with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Viktoria Kuzmova.Svitolina will next play either Karolina Pliskova or Madison Brengle, who were ...

Australian Open: Serena, Novak, NIshikori highlight Day 4

Sports 01/16/19, 19:06

Kei Nishikori will be hoping for a better start Thursday in his second-round match against Ivo Karlovic on Margaret Court Arena than he did in his first at the Australian Open.The Japanese star lost the first two sets against Kamil Majchrzak and advanced when the Polish qualifier had to retire ...

Stephens wins battle of ‘Frenemies’ at Australian Open

Sports 01/15/19, 21:28

Sloane Stephens advanced at the Australian Open at the expense of her former doubles partner Timea Babos in a second-round match the women's tour billed as a battle of the so-called "frenemies."Fifth-seeded Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion, dominated the Rod Laver Arena opener 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday but Babos ...

US Open champion Osaka eases into 2nd round in Australia

Tennis 01/15/19, 08:32

The only bug in the system was of the genuine flying variety when Naomi Osaka secured her first win at a major as a Grand Slam champion.The U.S. Open champion beat Magda Linette 6-4, 6-2 to end play at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday at the Australian Open. The only ...

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