Tennis: Serena Williams’ long winning streak has come to an end in an upset 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 loss to Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia.
Williams hadn’t lost a match since August, one of only four defeats in 2013, and came into the fourth round with 25 straight wins. It was her 70th match at Melbourne Park, a record in the Open era, and she set the mark for most match wins ever (61) at the Australian Open with her third-round victory.
Two-time finalist Li Na, who beat No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-0, will face No. 28 Flavia Pennetta, who upset No. 9 Angelique Kerber 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, in a quarterfinal match.
On the men’s side, third-seeded David Ferrer overcame a sluggish start to post a 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-2, 6-1 win over Germany’s Florian Mayer and advance to the quarterfinals. He will face the winner of the match between seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych and Kevin Anderson.
Also, Novak Djokovic ensured there wouldn’t be consecutive upset losses at Rod Laver Arena when he beat Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-0, 6-2.
Reed sets mark; holds lead at Humana
Golf: Patrick Reed shot another 9-under-par 63 to break the PGA Tour record for relation to par in the first three rounds of a tournament, finishing at 27-under to take a seven-stroke lead into the final round of the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, Calif.
He birdied his final hole on PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Private Course, hitting a wedge to 2 feet on the par-4 ninth. He also had an eagle, eight birdies and a bogey.
Reed broke the tour mark of 25-under set by Gay Brewer in the 1967 Pensacola Open and matched by Ernie Els in the 2003 Tournament of Champions, Steve Stricker in the 2010 John Deere Classic and Pat Perez in the 2009 event in La Quinta. Reed was one off Stricker’s stroke record of 188 set on a par-71 course.
• Mickelson darts up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi: Phil Mickelson surged up the leaderboard with a 9-under 63 to put himself in second place after the third round of the Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) HSBC Golf Championship, while Rory McIlroy was hit with a two-shot penalty for a rules infraction that dropped him into a tie for fourth.
Mickelson barely made the cut but had the best round of the day with nine birdies and an eagle coupled with two bogeys to sit two shots behind leader Craig Lee of Scotland. Lee shot a 69 for a 12-under 204 total.
Officials ruled that McIlroy had taken a drop incorrectly on the second hole and adjusted his score to a double-bogey 7. That gave him a 70 for the round to sit one stroke behind Mickelson and Gaganjeet Bhullar of India (66). • Langer, Couples share lead at Mitsubishi: Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples broke away with birdies on the 17th to top the leaderboard at 14-under 130 going into today’s final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii.
Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett is nine shots back after shooting a second-round 69.
Heat escape Bobcats with overtime victory
NBA: LeBron James had 34 points and eight rebounds, and the Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats for the 15th straight time, 104-96 in overtime Saturday night.
The Bobcats lost point guard Kemba Walker in the third quarter with an ankle injury.
Red Wings’ Tatar tops off shootout win
NHL: Tomas Tatar scored and Jimmy Howard stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout, lifting Detroit past the visiting Los Angeles Kings 3-2.
The Red Wings received a big break late in regulation. Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall’s shot was deflected and bounced off the net out of play, came back and struck goalie Jonathan Quick’s back, and went in to tie the game with 26.1 seconds left.
• Trouba helps Jets slip past Oilers: Winnipeg defenseman Jacob Trouba scored his second goal of the game 1:10 into overtime to lift the Jets over the Edmonton Oilers in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Mark Scheifele also scored for the Jets, who have won three straight since Paul Maurice took over as coach after Claude Noel was fired on Jan. 12.
• Columbus extends steak with SO win: Ryan Johansen scored the only goal in the shootout, and Columbus extended its winning streak to a team record-tying six games by beating Buffalo.
Brandon Dubinsky, David Savard and Matt Calvert scored in regulation for Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves.
Kueng delights home crowd with win
Winter sports: Patrick Kueng gave his home fans a lot to cheer about by winning the shortened Lauberhorn downhill in Wengen, Switzerland.
Kueng clocked 1 minute, 32.66 seconds down a course that had more than a minute of racing cut off due to strong winds to earn his second World Cup victory – and first in downhill.
Hannes Reichelt of Austria finished second, 0.06 seconds behind, and overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was third, only one more hundredth further back.
• Women’s downhill postponed: The women’s World Cup downhill was postponed until today due to bad weather and soft snow conditions on the Olympia delle Tofane course in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
• Holcomb claims fifth 2-man win of season: Steven Holcomb won his fifth two-man bobsled race of the season, pairing with Steven Langton for a World Cup victory with a winning time of 1 minute, 43.72 seconds in Igls, Austria.
Former NFL star Sharper arrested
Miscellany: Former NFL star defensive back Darren Sharper has been arrested on suspicion of rape, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
Sharper, who played 14 seasons in the NFL, was arrested and booked Friday and released on $200,000 bail just before midnight. He faces a Feb. 14 court appearance.
LAPD said it is investigating Sharper in connection with two sexual assaults that occurred in October and earlier this month in the West Los Angeles area.
New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman Remi Braden said in a statement that the NOPD is also investigating an allegation of sexual assault filed against Sharper on Sept. 24.
• Eclipse Awards handed out: Wise Dan, the winner of six of his seven starts in 2013, has won Horse of the Year honors at the Eclipse Awards in Hallandale Beach, Fla., becoming the sixth back-to-back winner.
Also, Todd Pletcher was named horse racing’s top trainer for the sixth time in the last 10 years and Javier Castellano won his first Eclipse Award as horse racing’s top jockey.
• Coleman remembered: Hall of Fame broadcaster Jerry Coleman has been remembered with a service at Petco Park in San Diego that included an F-18 flyover, a 21-gun salute and a eulogy by former Yankees manager Joe Torre
Coleman, 89, died Jan. 5. He won four World Series titles with the Yankees and was the only major leaguer who saw combat in both World War II and Korea, flying a combined 120 missions as a Marine Corps pilot.
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