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More upsets as Azarenka, Djokovic fall

Wed., Jan. 22, 2014

Tennis: Victoria Azarenka’s 18-match winning streak at the Australian Open ended in an upset 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to Agnieszka Radwanska today to continue the flow of stars tumbling out of the season’s first major at Melbourne, Australia.

Fifth-seeded Radwanska ended a streak of three consecutive quarterfinal defeats at the Australian Open with a display of versatile shot-making that confused the big-hitting defending champion.

She next plays No. 20 Dominika Cibulkova, who won the last eight games in a one-hour, 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal rout of No. 11-seeded Simona Halep. Azarenka’s loss followed the fourth-round exits of top-ranked Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova and leaves 2011 French Open champion Li Na as the only major winner remaining in the women’s draw.

Li will play 19-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the other semifinal.

In the men’s quarterfinals on Tuesday, three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic was defeated by Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7.

Wawrinka is into the semifinals of a Grand Slam for the first time.

Isner will guide U.S. men: John Isner will lead the United States against a British team highlighted by Wimbledon champion Andy Murray in the first round of the Davis Cup at the San Diego Padres’ stadium Jan. 31-Feb. 2.

Isner, ranked No. 13, retired from his first-round match at the Australian Open because of an injured right ankle.

Joining him on the American roster announced Monday by U.S. captain Jim Courier are Sam Querrey and the doubles team of twins Bob and Mike Bryan.

Durant pours in 46 to beat Trail Blazers

NBA: Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 46 points in the final 3:23 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 105-97.

Durant has scored at least 30 points for eight consecutive games, the longest such streak of his career. He made 17 of 25 field goals, including 6 of 7 3-pointers.

Surging Nets whip Magic: Andray Blatche came off the bench and had a team-high 18 points and reserve forward Mirza Teletovic added 14 points as the Brooklyn Nets continued their resurgence with an eighth win in nine games, beating the visiting Orlando Magic 101-90.

Heat hold off Celtics: LeBron James scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Chris Bosh added 16 and the Miami Heat blew an 18-point lead before rallying to beat the visiting Boston Celtics 93-86.

No. 3 Michigan State wins 11th straight

Men’s basketball: Gary Harris scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, helping No. 3 Michigan State beat Indiana 71-66 at East Lansing, Mich., to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten.

The Spartans (18-1, 7-0) have won 11 straight games, extending their best one-loss start to a season in school history.

The Hoosiers (12-7, 2-4) have lost two straight and four of six.

Longhorns win on buzzer-beater: Jonathan Holmes made a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer at the buzzer to send Texas (15-4, 4-2 Big 12) to a 67-64 win over No. 22 Kansas State (14-5, 4-2) at Austin, Texas.

Sooners rout No. 20 Cyclones

Women’s basketball: Aaryn Ellenberg drained a 3-pointer to start a 15-2 run in the second half that broke open a tight game and sent Oklahoma (12-7, 3-3 Big 12) to its first win in Ames, Iowa, since 2008, pounding the No. 20 Iowa State Cyclones (14-4, 3-4) 75-54.

Blue Jackets win streak reaches seven

NHL: R.J. Umberger scored twice to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to their franchise- record seventh straight win, a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Columbus, Ohio.

Nathan Horton scored in his 600th NHL game. Artem Anisimov had a goal and an assist.

Sounders draft two midfielders

Soccer: The Seattle Sounders added two midfielders in the MLS SuperDraft.

With the 55th overall pick, the Sounders selected Stefano Rijssel, 21, who has played five pro seasons in Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname. With the 77th pick, they took Favio Pereira, 22, a native of Brazil who was a four-year starter at Michigan.

Stadium readiness in doubt: FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke is giving Brazilian organizers only a few more weeks to show that the stadium in Curitiba will be ready in time for the World Cup.

Valcke declined to guarantee the stadium will be part of the tournament that begins in June.


 

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