• Lakers without James at least two more games
    Sports
    Reuters

    Lakers without James at least two more games

    LeBron James will not travel with the Los Angeles Lakers for the team's upcoming road games to Oklahoma City and Houston, ESPN reported Wednesday morning citing agent Rich Paul. James strained his left groin Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors and has missed 11 games. The Lakers are

  • Sports
    Reuters

    Highlights: Australian Open day three

    (Reuters) - Highlights of Wednesday's third day of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year (all times GMT): 1200 NADAL MARCHES PAST EBDEN Second seed Rafa Nadal eased past local hope Matthew Ebden 6-3 6-2 6-2 to reach the Australian Open third round for the 13th time. The

  • Nadal spins way into third round with near flawless display
    Sports
    Reuters

    Nadal spins way into third round with near flawless display

    Ebden missed a backhand volley off an unexceptional passing shot - and it proved costly. "I started a little bit slow ... then I saved that game at three-all," Nadal said. At one stage, Ebden simply shrugged after Nadal unleashed a wild forehand winner that was yet completely under control

  • Tennis: Kerber wins battle of left-handers to progress to third round
    Sports
    Reuters

    Tennis: Kerber wins battle of left-handers to progress to third round

    The Wimbledon champion broke the 22-year-old Haddad Maia twice in the opening set and converted her first set point when the Brazilian sent a forehand wide for her 29th unforced error in the set. Another wide forehand groundstroke from the Brazilian gave Kerber the match on the Rod Laver Arena.

  • Murray criticizes LTA for failing to make the most of his success
    Sports
    Reuters

    Murray criticizes LTA for failing to make the most of his success

    Andy Murray has criticized Britain's Lawn Tennis Association for failing to build on his success and grow the game over the last decade. Three-times Grand Slam champion Murray went out of the Australian Open in the first round on Monday, and said the match could be the last of his professional career

  • Sports
    Reuters

    Factbox: Novak Djokovic v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    (Reuters) - A look at the records of Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before their second-round match at the Australian Open on Thursday (prefix number denotes seeding): 1-NOVAK DJOKOVIC Age: 31 ATP Ranking: 1 Grand Slam titles: 14 (Australian Open 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013,

  • Back where it all began, Djokovic renews Tsonga rivalry
    Sports
    Reuters

    Back where it all began, Djokovic renews Tsonga rivalry

    Eleven years after their first meeting in the Australian Open final, Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will take a trip down memory lane on Thursday to renew their rivalry in the second round in Melbourne. Djokovic went on to win that memorable match in 2008 for the first of his 14 Grand Slam trophies

  • Soccer: FIFA says in regular contact with AFC over detained Bahraini player
    Sports
    Reuters

    Soccer: FIFA says in regular contact with AFC over detained Bahraini player

    FIFA says it has been in regular contact with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) over the Bahraini soccer player arrested in Thailand in November over a prison sentence in his homeland. The Australian soccer players' union this week called on the AFC to intervene to help secure the release of

  • Wozniacki sets up potential showdown with Sharapova
    Sports
    Reuters

    Wozniacki sets up potential showdown with Sharapova

    Third seeded Wozniacki took just over an hour to secure her second consecutive straight-sets win for a possible match-up between two former world number one players against Sharapova who plays Rebecca Peterson in the second round. Wozniacki made just 12 unforced errors in her second round match against

  • Bryan believes Murray could come back from hip surgery
    Sports
    Reuters

    Bryan believes Murray could come back from hip surgery

    Murray was eliminated from the first round of the Australian Open on Monday, and said the match could be the last of his professional career, with the pain of his right hip having become unbearable. Bryan, who has won 23 Grand Slam titles in men's and mixed doubles, and an Olympic gold medal with

  • Tiafoe announces himself with Anderson upset
    Sports
    Reuters

    Tiafoe announces himself with Anderson upset

    Twenty-year-old Frances Tiafoe created a major upset beating fifth seed Kevin Anderson 4-6 6-4 6-4 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Wimbledon finalist Anderson took a medical time-out mid-way through the four-set match before becoming the highest ranked player to be ousted

  • Novak, Rafa and I still Grand Slam favorites: Federer
    Sports
    Reuters

    Novak, Rafa and I still Grand Slam favorites: Federer

    The top three seeds at Melbourne Park raffled all four of the majors between them last year, with Federer winning his sixth Australian Open, Nadal claiming his 11th French Open and world number one Djokovic sweeping Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. The Swiss master is bidding for his 21st Grand Slam crown

  • NBA roundup: Warriors score record 51 in 1st quarter
    Sports
    Reuters

    NBA roundup: Warriors score record 51 in 1st quarter

    Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson scored 31 points apiece, Kevin Durant had 27, and the hot-shooting Golden State Warriors routed the host Denver Nuggets 142-111 on Tuesday night. The Warriors set an NBA record for a first quarter by scoring 51 points. Overall, Golden State shot 60 percent from the floor

  • Sumo-Injury-plagued grand champion Kisenosato retires
    Sports
    Reuters

    Sumo-Injury-plagued grand champion Kisenosato retires

    The 32-year-old was the only Japanese-born wrestler to currently hold the top rank of yokozuna. Kisenosato entered the 15-day tournament in Tokyo with his career already in jeopardy following a miserable run of injuries and form and after losing all three of his bouts decided to retire. "I was

  • Federer fends off British 'mirror' Evans to advance
    Sports
    Reuters

    Federer fends off British 'mirror' Evans to advance

    Having thrashed Denis Istomin in his Melbourne Park opener, third seed Federer faced a different beast in world number 189 Evans, who made a mockery of his ranking and pushed the Swiss hard throughout a high-quality duel at Rod Laver Arena. "It feels like playing a mirror a little bit and that

  • NHL roundup: Habs, Niemi (52 saves) tame Panthers
    Sports
    Reuters

    NHL roundup: Habs, Niemi (52 saves) tame Panthers

    Montreal backup goalie Antti Niemi was incredible in a record-setting 52-save outing, and the Canadiens strung together a three-goal second period to claim a 5-1 win over the visiting Florida Panthers on Tuesday. Shea Weber, Phillip Danault, Max Domi, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Brendan Gallagher scored

  • 'Youth power' key to success for teenager Potapova
    Sports
    Reuters

    'Youth power' key to success for teenager Potapova

    Former junior number one and Wimbledon junior champion Potapova had a strong 2018 in her second year on the WTA circuit when she reached two finals which secured her a season-end finish in the top 100. In her Australian Open debut on Tuesday she played her first round match against Frenchwoman Pauline

  • Atlanta airport says ready for Super Bowl crush despite shutdown
    News
    Reuters

    Atlanta airport says ready for Super Bowl crush despite shutdown

    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), already the world's busiest, expects to see an additional 125,000 passengers ahead of the Feb. 3 game and is bringing in reinforcements to meet the additional numbers, said Elise Durham, the airport's director of communications. More than

  • Australia's Barty shines brightly as compatriots stumble
    Sports
    Reuters

    Australia's Barty shines brightly as compatriots stumble

    The 15th-seeded Barty is the highest ranked local player -- either man or woman -- in the tournament and is known for her court craft and is an accomplished doubles player, while she has also played elite-level cricket. "I felt like today was pretty clean, except for a couple of games where I got

  • WADA will not get report until team out of Russia
    Sports
    Reuters

    WADA will not get report until team out of Russia

    Following two days of meetings at WADA's Montreal headquarters the CRC had said it would submit a report on the Russian Anti-Doping Agency's (RUSADA) code compliance status to the executive committee by no later than Thursday. "The CRC will not send us their report and recommendation until

  • NFL notebook: Eagles still committed to Wentz
    Sports
    Reuters

    NFL notebook: Eagles still committed to Wentz

    "Carson Wentz is the quarterback going forward," Pederson said at a press conference Tuesday. "And in Nick (Foles') case, listen, we'd love to have everybody back throughout the roster, but as I've said many times, it's not about one guy, it's about the team, and we

  • Soccer: Austin becomes latest MLS expansion team
    Sports
    Reuters

    Soccer: Austin becomes latest MLS expansion team

    The city, known more for its legendary live music scene than soccer, was named the North American league's 27th franchise at a ceremony in an Austin pub with MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Austin Mayor Steve Adler in attendance. Austin FC, which is the state capital's first professional sports

  • Sports
    Reuters

    U.S. women's league names Amanda Duffy as new president

    The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced on Tuesday that Amanda Duffy has been named president of the nine-team U.S. league. Duffy, who was the driving force behind the NWSL's commercial arm, first joined the league in January 2017 as managing director of operations before being named

  • Parry to referee Super Bowl LIII
    Sports
    Reuters

    Parry to referee Super Bowl LIII

    John Parry will be the referee for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, the NFL announced Tuesday. It will be Parry's second Super Bowl as referee and third as an official. He refereed Super Bowl XLVI, the New York Giants' second victory over the New England Patriots, and was the side judge in Super Bowl

  • Alpine Skiing: Perfect Shiffrin continues assault on skiing records
    Sports
    Reuters

    Alpine Skiing: Perfect Shiffrin continues assault on skiing records

    Mikaela Shiffrin continued her relentless march towards a third straight overall World Cup title with a giant slalom victory on Tuesday that the dominant American felt was just perfect at the Italian resort of Kronplatz. The 23-year-old moved a practically insurmountable 496 points clear of nearest