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TENNIS

Halep, Kerber avoid 3rd-round chaos at Australian Open

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Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber have held Grand Slam trophies aloft, and so have learned to keep their heads down when clusters of highly-ranked players start losing in the first week of majors. Wimbledon champion Halep and Kerber, who won her breakthrough major in Australia in 2016 and has added… Read

TENNIS

Federer tops Millman in 5 sets at Australian Open

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This was the sort of match, riveting and rollicking, that keeps Roger Federer in tennis — even with all of those Grand Slam titles and other accomplishments, even at age 38, even with two sets of twins to raise. Two points from defeat at the Australian Open, in a packed… Read

RUGBY UNION

Six Nations: Fresh feel with new coaches, captains, ideas

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Out with the old, in with the new. That’s the theme heading into the 2020 Six Nations, with only two teams -- England and Scotland -- retaining their coach for the start of the latest Rugby World Cup cycle and four appointing new captains. A total of 47 uncapped players… Read

RUGBY UNION

Extensive review of 'under pressure' rugby in New Zealand

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Rugby in New Zealand is to undergo an extensive review, with the sport's bosses admitting Friday the game was "under pressure" as it faces an All Blacks slump in world rankings and dwindling numbers at the grassroots level. The five Super Rugby clubs and 26 provincial unions have announced a… Read

TENNIS

15-year-old Gauff upsets Osaka at Australian Open

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Playing nothing like what her age or her ranking would suggest, Coco Gauff steadily made her way to her latest Grand Slam upset, eliminating defending champion Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open's third round 6-3, 6-4 on Friday. The 15-year-old American became the youngest player to beat a top-five opponent… Read

TENNIS

Barty advances to Australian Open 4th round; Serena Williams ousted by Wang

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Ash Barty is starting to feel right at home at Melbourne Park. The top-ranked Aussie was the first player to secure a spot in the fourth round of the Australian Open, and thinks she's starting to regain the momentum that helped get her to the top of the rankings and… Read

TENNIS

Future of women's tennis on display in Coco v Osaka part II

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Two of the most exciting young talents in tennis take centre stage at the Australian Open on Friday when 15-year-old American Coco Gauff takes on reigning champion Naomi Osaka. It will be just the second installment of a budding rivalry that could light up tennis for the next decade or… Read

SOCCER

Firmino, Alisson star for Liverpool in 2-1 win at Wolves

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Brazilians playing at opposite ends of the field combined to send Liverpool 16 points clear in the Premier League and closer to its first English championship title in 30 years. Roberto Firmino scored the 84th-minute winner against Wolverhampton, but the leaders were just as indebted to goalkeeper Alisson Becker as… Read

SOCCER

3rd-tier Tranmere beats Watford; to play Man Utd in FA Cup

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Third-tier club Tranmere set up a fourth-round match with Manchester United in the FA Cup after beating Premier League team Watford 2-1 after extra time on Thursday. Watford paid the price for fielding a severely understrength lineup for the replay at Prenton Park, which came just two days after Nigel… Read

GOLF

Woods opens with 69 at Torrey North to start new year

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Tiger Woods had his lowest opening round of the year since 2011. It wasn't enough to be among the leaders Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open, but it was fine with him. Coming off his record-tying 82nd victory in his last PGA Tour start three months ago in Japan, Woods… Read

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