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WASHINGTON | Wizards’ John Wall needs Achilles surgery; out another year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Already done for this season after one operation, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall now will miss most — if not all — of next season, too, because he needs surgery on his left Achilles tendon, which he tore in a fall at home. Wizards team doctor Wiemi Douoguih said Tuesday in … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Wizards’ John Wall needs Achilles surgery; out another year

MELBOURNE, Australia | Lucky 7: Djokovic routs Nadal for record 7th Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 27, 2019—Novak Djokovic was so good, so relentless, so flawless, that Rafael Nadal never stood a chance. Djokovic reduced one of the greats of the game to merely another outclassed opponent — just a guy, really — and one so out of sorts that Nadal even whiffed on one of his famous forehands … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Lucky 7: Djokovic routs Nadal for record 7th Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia | ‘Amazing’ Djokovic tops Nadal for record 7th Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia —Jan 27, 2019—Novak Djokovic was so good, so relentless, so pretty much perfect, that Rafael Nadal never stood a chance. Djokovic reduced one of the greats of the game to merely another outclassed opponent — just a guy, really — and one so out of sorts that Nadal even whiffed on one of … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | ‘Amazing’ Djokovic tops Nadal for record 7th Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia | Djokovic overwhelms Nadal for 7th Australian Open title

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 27, 2019—Novak Djokovic has won his record seventh Australian Open championship and a third consecutive Grand Slam title by beating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the final Sunday night. The No. 1-ranked Djokovic raised his major trophy total to 15, behind only Roger Federer’s 20 and Nadal’s 17. Djokovic improved to 7-0 … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Djokovic overwhelms Nadal for 7th Australian Open title

MELBOURNE, AustraliaNaomi Osaka wins Australian Open for 2nd major, top ranking

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 26, 2019—So close to victory, Naomi Osaka suddenly was letting the Australian Open final slip away. Three championship points? Gone. A sizable lead? Soon all gone, too. She was playing poorly. She yelled at herself. Slammed a ball. Tugged at her visor’s pink brim. Trudged to the locker room between sets with a … Continue reading MELBOURNE, AustraliaNaomi Osaka wins Australian Open for 2nd major, top ranking

MELBOURNE, Australia | Kvitova thrilled to be in Slam final, 2 years after attack

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 26, 2019—Petra Kvitova really wanted to be the Australian Open champion. Of course she did. That she lost the final at Melbourne Park to Naomi Osaka 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 on Saturday night was “painful, for sure,” to use Kvitova’s words. It was not, however, what caused her eyes to well up during … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Kvitova thrilled to be in Slam final, 2 years after attack

MELBOURNE, Australia | Osaka wins Australian Open for 2nd Slam title, No. 1 ranking

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 26, 2019—So close to victory, Naomi Osaka suddenly was letting the Australian Open final slip away. Three championship points? Gone. A sizable lead? Soon all gone, too. She was playing poorly. She yelled at herself. Slammed a ball. Tugged at her visor’s pink brim. Trudged to the locker room between sets with a … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Osaka wins Australian Open for 2nd Slam title, No. 1 ranking

MELBOURNE, Australia | No. 1 Djokovic to face No. 2 Nadal for Australian Open title

MELBOURNE, Australia —Jan 25, 2019—Novak Djokovic was about as perfect as can be in his semifinal at Rod Laver Arena. Didn’t miss much. Almost couldn’t, really. It was a performance so flawless, so fantastic, that it was easy to feel as if only one man on the planet might have a chance of preventing Djokovic … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | No. 1 Djokovic to face No. 2 Nadal for Australian Open title

MELBOURNE, Australia | Djokovic dominates Pouille; Nadal next at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia —Jan 25, 2019— With every loud squeak of his blue-hued shoes, Novak Djokovic put himself in perfect position to control a point — and step closer to a record seventh Australian Open championship. Djokovic was downright flawless right from the outset of his semifinal against an overmatched No. 28 Lucas Pouille and never … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Djokovic dominates Pouille; Nadal next at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia | Nadal breaks, beats Tsitsipas for 5th Australian Open final

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 24, 2019—Rafael Nadal needed all of 11 minutes in his Australian Open semifinal to show 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas — and everyone else — that the kid’s upset of Roger Federer was not going to be replicated on this night. Not even close. Breaking Tsitispas in the match’s third game and then another five … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Nadal breaks, beats Tsitsipas for 5th Australian Open final

MELBOURNE, Australia | Osaka vs. Kvitova for Australian Open title, No. 1 ranking

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 24, 2019—Naomi Osaka never made it past the fourth round at any of the first 10 Grand Slam tournaments of her career. Now, still just 21, she’s suddenly on the verge of a second consecutive major championship. And the No. 1 ranking, too. Osaka moved one victory away from adding the Australian Open … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Osaka vs. Kvitova for Australian Open title, No. 1 ranking

MELBOURNE, Australia | Osaka beats Pliskova; faces Kvitova in Australian Open final

MELBOURNE, Australia —Jan 24, 2019— Naomi Osaka never made it past the fourth round at any of the first 10 Grand Slam tournaments of her career. Now, still just 21, she’s suddenly on the verge of a second consecutive major championship. And the No. 1 ranking, too. Osaka moved one victory away from adding the … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Osaka beats Pliskova; faces Kvitova in Australian Open final

MELBOURNE, Australia | Nadal into 30th Slam semifinal; ends Tiafoe’s Melbourne run

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 22, 2019—Rafael Nadal is back to feeling healthy. Probably not a coincidence that he’s back in the Australian Open semifinals. Playing his familiar brand of court-covering, ball-bashing, opponent-frustrating tennis, Nadal claimed 20 of his first 23 service points and saved the only two break chances he faced, ending American Frances Tiafoe’s best Grand … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Nadal into 30th Slam semifinal; ends Tiafoe’s Melbourne run

MELBOURNE, Australia | Child is father of the man: Federer loses to Tsistsipas, 20

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 20, 2019— Merely getting the chance to play against Roger Federer at a Grand Slam tournament is a thrill for many a young tennis player. Beating Federer? Well, that’s a whole other story. Federer’s bid for a third consecutive Australian Open title ended in a surprising 6-7 (11), 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (5) … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Child is father of the man: Federer loses to Tsistsipas, 20

MELBOURNE, Australia | Federer, 37, shocked by Tsitsipas, 20, at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 20, 2019—Roger Federer‘s bid for a third consecutive Australian Open title ended in a surprising 6-7 (11), 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (5) loss to 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, the first player from Greece to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal. The key stat Sunday night: Federer failed to convert any of the 12 break points … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Federer, 37, shocked by Tsitsipas, 20, at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia | ‘Don’t cry’: Serena consoles Australian Open foe; Halep next

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 19, 2019—It was all a bit overwhelming for the latest opponent who could do nothing to slow Serena Williams at the Australian Open. So Dayana Yastremska, an 18-year-old from Ukraine, found herself wiping away tears as she walked to the net. Williams knows what it’s like to be the one weeping after a … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | ‘Don’t cry’: Serena consoles Australian Open foe; Halep next

MELBOURNE, Australia | All of 17, Anisimova of US scores upset at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 18, 2019— All of 17, never the winner of a Grand Slam match until this week, Amanda Anisimova is making quite a first impression at the Australian Open. Anisimova showed precisely why there are those who consider her a possible future star, producing one spectacular shot after another Friday to upset 11th-seeded Aryna … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | All of 17, Anisimova of US scores upset at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia | Defending champ gone: Sharapova ousts Wozniacki in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia —Jan 18, 2019— Maria Sharapova smacked a forehand winner — the sort she’s hit so many times, at so many key moments, over the years — to take control against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open. Sharapova balled up her fists, shut her eyes, threw back her head and let out … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Defending champ gone: Sharapova ousts Wozniacki in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia | Strong start, finish lift Serena past Bouchard in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 17, 2019—Serena Williams figured it was important to get off to a strong start against Eugenie Bouchard in the Australian Open’s second round Thursday. “Serena,” she said she told herself beforehand, “you’ve got to come out hot; you’ve got to come out firing.” No problem. Seeking her eighth title at Melbourne Park and … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Strong start, finish lift Serena past Bouchard in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia | 11 years later, Djokovic tops Tsonga again in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 17, 2019—All these years later, although with much less on the line, Novak Djokovic again got the better of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open. The No. 1-seeded Djokovic beat Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the second round at Melbourne Park in a rematch of their 2008 final. This one started Thursday night … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | 11 years later, Djokovic tops Tsonga again in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia | With Bob back, Bryans win in Australia; a lesson for Murray?

MELBOURNE, Australia —Jan 16, 2019—Bob Bryan was four months removed from hip replacement surgery when he joined his twin, Mike, for practice sessions in December in the hopes of reuniting the most successful men’s doubles team of tennis’ professional era. It felt, Bob jokes now, like some sort of audition to earn back his old … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | With Bob back, Bryans win in Australia; a lesson for Murray?

MELBOURNE, Australia | Big flex: Youngsters Tiafoe, Fritz stun seeds in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 16, 2019— Frances Tiafoe rolled up his white shirt’s right sleeve, flexed his biceps and slapped the muscle five times. Then he pounded his chest and yelled, “Yeah! Let’s go! Let’s go! Come on!” Forgive the young American‘s exuberance. This was, after all, the biggest victory of his nascent career. Down a set … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Big flex: Youngsters Tiafoe, Fritz stun seeds in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia | Serena Williams wins Australian Open return; Venus gets by

MELBOURNE, Australia  — Jan 15, 2019—This was quite a return for Serena Williams. Almost as if she never left. In her first match at the Australian Open since winning the 2017 title while pregnant — and her first official match anywhere since a loss in the chaotic U.S. Open final last September — Williams looked … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Serena Williams wins Australian Open return; Venus gets by

AUSTRALIAN OPEN ’19: New rule nixes never-ending final sets

Jan 11, 2019—Andy Roddick knows a thing or two about playing a tennis match that just won’t seem to end. The Hall of Famer once won an Australian Open quarterfinal that ended 21-19 in the fifth set. He also lost a Wimbledon final against Roger Federer that went to 16-14 in the fifth set, a … Continue reading AUSTRALIAN OPEN ’19: New rule nixes never-ending final sets

WASHINGTON  | Irving scores Boston’s last 12 in 130-125 OT win at Wizards

WASHINGTON  — Kyrie Irving scored Boston’s last 12 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime to outduel John Wall in a point-guard showdown, and the Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 130-125 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. With his team serenaded by “Let’s go, … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Irving scores Boston’s last 12 in 130-125 OT win at Wizards

WASHINGTON | Nats GM: Corbin, Harper ‘independent’; owner thinks OF gone

WASHINGTON  — As with most things involving the Washington Nationals’ offseason, a day that was supposed to be all about introducing Patrick Corbin morphed into a day about Bryce Harper. Washington announced its six-year contract with Corbin, a heavily back-loaded deal worth $140 million, and the All-Star lefty starter donned a No. 46 Nationals jersey … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Nats GM: Corbin, Harper ‘independent’; owner thinks OF gone

WASHINGTON | Nats GM says Corbin signing ‘independent’ of Harper pursuit

WASHINGTON  — Patrick Corbin put on his No. 46 Washington Nationals jersey as rotation-mates Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg looked on from the front row at the news conference to introduce the lefty starter with the $140 million, six-year contract. The Nationals announced the addition of free-agent Corbin on Friday, the latest in a flurry … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Nats GM says Corbin signing ‘independent’ of Harper pursuit

ICYMI in NFL Week 10: Bowles’ Jets bad; Norman knocks fans

Time to start the “Which coaches are on the way out?” watch in the NFL, and all eyes are on Todd Bowles of the New York Jets at the moment. How quickly it all fell apart for them. After going 10-6 in his first season there, the Jets are 13-29, a .310 winning percentage. How … Continue reading ICYMI in NFL Week 10: Bowles’ Jets bad; Norman knocks fans

Djokovic back at No. 1; replaces Nadal, whose season is over

Novak Djokovic returned to No. 1 on Monday after a two-year absence and is assured of becoming the first man in the history of the ATP rankings to finish a season at the top spot after being outside the top 20 during that season. That’s because the man he overtook, Rafael Nadal, is done for … Continue reading Djokovic back at No. 1; replaces Nadal, whose season is over

LANDOVER, Md. Missed FG after unusual call helps ‘Skins top Cowboys 20-17

LANDOVER, Md. — No one on the winning Washington Redskins or the losing Dallas Cowboys seemed entirely sure about the rule that led to a penalty for “snap infraction.” That flag turned a 47-yard field-goal try into a 52-yarder that slammed off the left upright as time expired. “I don’t know what happened there,” said … Continue reading LANDOVER, Md. Missed FG after unusual call helps ‘Skins top Cowboys 20-17