MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki said she hoped to be remembered as a hard worker who made the locker room a friendlier place as she waltzed into retirement following her third-round loss at the Australian Open on Friday. Tennis – Australian Open – Third Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, AustraliaRead More →

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy has contended in his first appearance every year dating back to 2014, and he seems primed for another strong performance based on the evidence of his first round at the Farmers Insurance Open on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Golf – European Tour – Alfred DunhillRead More →

The Minnesota Vikings have named Gary Kubiak their offensive coordinator, according to a report Thursday by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. FILE PHOTO – Denver Broncos’ head coach Gary Kubiak holds the Vince Lombardy Trophy as Broncos President and General Manager John Elway looks on after the Broncos defeated the CarolinaRead More →

FILE PHOTO: Golf – The 148th Open Championship – Royal Portrush Golf Club, Portrush, Northern Ireland – July 19, 2019 Belgium’s Thomas Pieters during the second round REUTERS/Paul Childs (Reuters) – Belgian Thomas Pieters carded a five-under-par 67 in difficult conditions to open up a one-shot lead after the openingRead More →

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Dominic Thiem was dragged into an engrossing five-set scrap by former ditch digger Alex Bolt on Thursday but disappointed a vocal partisan crowd by emerging a 6-2 5-7 6-7(5) 6-1 6-2 winner to reach the third round of the Australian Open. Tennis – Australian Open – SecondRead More →

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Order of play on the main showcourts on the fifth day of the Australian Open on Friday (play begins at 0000 GMT, prefix number denotes seeding): Tennis – Australian Open – Second Round, Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 23, 2020 General view as the roof closesRead More →

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Highlights of the fourth day at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, on Wednesday (times AEST; GMT+11): Tennis – Australian Open – Second Round, Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 23, 2020 Ballkids attempt to dry the court with towels during theRead More →

TOKYO (Reuters) – An outbreak of a new virus in China has raised fears of a global pandemic, forcing Japan to confront the possibility of deadly contagion and disruption as it prepares to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. FILE PHOTO: Giant Olympic Rings are installed at the waterfront area, withRead More →

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Having scaled Africa’s highest mountain during the offseason, former world number one Garbine Muguruza hopes to reach new heights at the Australian Open after suffering a tumble down the world rankings in 2019. Tennis – Australian Open – Second Round, Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 23,Read More →

(Reuters) – The UK Anti-Doping agency (UKAD) said it has not received any requests by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to reanalyze blood and urine samples of athletes, including that of four-times Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah. WADA wants to investigate all the athletes who trained with banned coach AlbertoRead More →

(Reuters) – With increased pay, improved travel and a host of new maternity benefits, the WNBA’s latest collective bargaining agreement (CBA) sent up roars of celebration that reached beyond women’s basketball. FILE PHOTO: Jan 30, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; NHL network announcer Pierre McGuire (left) and USA Womens Hockey goldRead More →

LONDON (Reuters) – Tamas Ajan will stand aside as president of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) for 90 days pending investigations into allegations of corruption, the governing body said in a statement on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) President Tamas Ajan of Hungary speaks during a news conferenceRead More →

Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers’ fuzzy, orange mascot, is under investigation for an alleged physical assault of a 13-year-old boy during a photo shoot at the team’s stadium back in November, multiple outlets reported Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Dec 5, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty against the Arizona CoyotesRead More →

Dallas Mavericks starting center Dwight Powell suffered a “severe” right Achilles injury during Tuesday night’s 110-107 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, coach Rick Carlisle confirmed. Jan 21, 2020; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell (7) reacts to an injury during the first quarter against the LARead More →

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Roger Federer displayed imperious form to canter into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday with a 6-1 6-4 6-1 thumping of Serb Filip Krajinovic, leaving the 20-time Grand Slam champion feeling a “little bit sorry” for his opponent. Tennis – Australian Open – SecondRead More →

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Next month’s women’s Olympic football qualifiers in Wuhan have been shifted to Nanjing, the Asian Football Confederation said on Wednesday, following an outbreak of the new coronavirus in the central Chinese city. Nine people are confirmed to have died and as many as 440 infected from theRead More →