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Now: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 3:47 a.m. | Search

Hot and bothered: Temperatures rise, seeds fall in Australia

France's Gael Monfils showers himself with water during his second round match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne on Thursday. (Andy Brownbill / Associated Press)
On a day when shade was a valuable commodity in the searing heat at Melbourne Park, Roger Federer played it cool at the Australian Open. Six-time champion Novak Djokovic, however, complained about the brutal conditions during his second-round win over Gael Monfils, when the temperature peaked at 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

USA Gymnastics ends agreement to train at Karolyi Ranch

Bela Karolyi congratulates Dominique Moceanu after the United States captured the 1996 Olympic gold medal in the women's team gymnastics competition as coach Martha Karolyi, left, looks on. USA Gymnastics announced Thursday that it was terminating its agreement to have the Karolyi Ranch outside of Huntsville, Texas, serve as the National Training Center for the women’s elite program. (AMY SANCETTA / Associated Press)
The long relationship between USA Gymnastics and the Karolyi Ranch is over. The organization announced Thursday it has terminated its agreement to have the ranch outside of Huntsville, Texas, serve as the National Training Center for the women’s elite program. The decision came three days after Olympic champion Simone Biles expressed dismay at having to attend camps there, where Biles says she was sexually abused by a former national team doctor.

Women’s Top 25 capsules: Reserve Azura Stevens leads No. 1 UConn past pesky Tulsa

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 11:11 p.m.

Connecticut forward Napheesa Collier steals a pass intended for Tulsa guard Rebecca Lescay on Thursday night in Storrs, Conn. (Brad Horrigan / Associated Press)
STORRS, Conn. – Azura Stevens came off the bench to score 22 points and lead top-ranked UConn to a closer-than-expected 78-60 win over Tulsa on Thursday night. Napheesa Collier had 19 points and Kia Nurse added 17 for the Huskies (17-0, 6-0 American Athletic Conference), who have never lost in the conference. UConn has won 76 straight regular-season games and all four conference tournaments.

NBA capsules: Eric Gordon scores 30 as Rockets beat Timberwolves 116-98

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 10:55 p.m.

Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon passes the ball as Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns (left) and Jimmy Butler defend Thursday night in Houston. (Michael Wyke / Associated Press)
Eric Gordon scored 30 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 116-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night. James Harden returned to Houston’s lineup after missing seven games with a left hamstring strain and finished with 10 points on 3-for-15 shooting in 26 minutes. Houston went 4-3 in his absence.

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