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UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

Naomi Osaka vs. Petra Kvitova for Australian Open title, No. 1 ranking

Naomi Osaka reached the Australian Open final by beating Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 with the help of 15 aces. Osaka will face Petra Kvitova for the title, and the …


Landon Donovan signs with MASL’s San Diego Sockers

Former U.S. national team and MLS star Landon Donovan is coming out of retirement again, this time to play for the San Diego Sockers of the Major Arena Soccer League.


Madison Hubbell, Zach Donohue back in Michigan to defend U.S. title

For Madison Hubbell and her family, this week’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships are a title defense, a homecoming and a winter sports party all rolled into one. Hubbell and Zach …


Tiger Woods returns to Torrey Pines to face strong field, strong course

Rory McIlroy had a week to remember his first trip to San Diego. He carried Northern Ireland’s flag during the opening ceremony of the Junior World Championship and later had …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 2:29 p.m.

English roundup: Man City completes 10-0 aggregate win in League Cup semis

Manchester City completed the formalities of its one-sided English League Cup semifinal against third-tier Burton Albion by winning the second leg 1-0 on Wednesday for a 10-0 victory on aggregate. …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 5:38 p.m.

Neymar faces anxious wait to determine extent of foot injury

Neymar limped off with a recurrence of a right-foot injury during Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 French Cup win against Strasbourg to cast doubt whether he will face Manchester United in the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 1:57 p.m.

Chelsea signs Gonzalo Higuain on loan in bid to fix scoring problems

Gonzalo Higuain has joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus for the rest of the season, reuniting the Argentina striker with coach Maurizio Sarri. The 31-year-old Higuain scored 36 goals in …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 9:11 a.m.

Lindsey Vonn ‘hopeful’ she can ski again despite ailing knees

Lindsey Vonn isn’t quite done yet. The most successful female World Cup skier in history says she remains “hopeful” that she can fix her ailing knees and race again.


50 years past last men’s Slam, Rod Laver says it’ll happen again

Rod Laver thinks there will be another true Grand Slam in men’s tennis one day. It’s been 50 years since the Australian left-hander became the last man to win all …


Lucas Pouille’s drought-breaking Australian run reaches semifinals

Having an Australian Open champion in his corner has helped Lucas Pouille overcome a drought at Melbourne Park and reach the semifinals. Working with 2006 Australian Open women’s singles titlist …


Howard Fendrich: Don’t write off Serena or Federer just yet

Tempting as it might be, don’t write off Serena Williams or Roger Federer just yet. Sure, both are 37, and they’re showing their age.


1 point away, Serena Williams stunned by Karolina Pliskova at Australian Open

Serena Williams turned her left ankle and wasted four match points on the way to a startling 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 loss to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the …


Golf notes: Tiger Woods diving again, another sign he’s back at full strength

Tiger Woods is feeling stronger than ever with his fused back, and the evidence goes beyond the speed of his swing or how hard he can go after a shot …


Doug Ferguson: Tiger Woods’ biggest moment didn’t last very long

Rarely in sports has such a big moment had such a short shelf life. Even one involving Tiger Woods.


Christen Press scores and U.S. women down Spain 1-0

Christen Press scored in the 53rd minute and the U.S. national team rebounded from a rare loss with a 1-0 victory over Spain in Alicante on Tuesday. The United States …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 1:47 p.m.

Tim Howard says this MLS season will be his last

Colorado Rapids and former U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard says this season will be his last in Major League Soccer. Howard made the announcement Tuesday on social media, a …


Bradie Tennell back to defend U.S. title after whirlwind Olympic year

The whirlwind rise of Bradie Tennell began at last year’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships. That’s where the sprightly teenager stunned a field of veterans to claim her first national title …


Injured Dele Alli out until March in latest blow to Tottenham

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been ruled out until March because of a hamstring problem, further limiting the Premier League team’s attacking options in a key period of the season. …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 2:24 p.m.

Cristiano Ronaldo pleads guilty to tax fraud at Madrid court

Cristiano Ronaldo has pleaded guilty to tax fraud and received a two-year suspended sentence. The Juventus forward was in court for about 45 minutes and signed an agreement which will …


‘Barbecued chicken’: Frances Tiafoe’s Australia run ended by Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is back to feeling healthy. Probably not a coincidence that he’s back in the Australian Open semifinals. Nadal claimed 20 of his first 23 service points and saved …


Petra Kvitova back in Grand Slam semis, a 1st in ‘second career’

Petra Kvitova knew the question was coming after she beat Ash Barty at the Australian Open to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since she won Wimbledon …


Doping agency forgives Russia, but says more work needed

The World Anti-Doping Agency has forgiven Russia for its tardiness in turning over lab data but raised the specter of an Olympic ban if that data is found to have …


Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches 1st Slam semi, plugs YouTube; Danielle Collins wins

Stefanos Tsitsipas followed up his upset of Roger Federer at the Australian Open by beating Roberto Bautista Agut to become the youngest man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since …


Svitolina beats Keys to reach Australian Open quarterfinals

The sixth-seeded Svitolina fended off five break points in game that went to deuce 11 times, contained 28 points, and was pivotal in a momentum-swinging 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win that …


Adam Long wins Desert Classic, beating Phil Mickelson, Adam Hadwin

Adam Long made a 14-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Desert Classic for his first PGA Tour title.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 20, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Lindsey Vonn may be in too much pain to keep competing

What was evident all weekend for Lindsey Vonn became clear to everyone else on Sunday. The American skier’s surgically repaired knees simply don’t let her apply the power she requires …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 11:48 p.m.

Henry Cejudo defends 125-pound belt with record win over T.J. Dillashaw

Henry Cejudo did his part to defend the UFC 125-pound title and perhaps the fate of the flyweight division with a punishing first-round win over bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw. Cejudo …


Manny Pacquiao dominates in retaining welterweight title against Adrien Broner

Manny Pacquiao showed Saturday night in Las Vegas that he’s still got plenty of fight for a fighter on the wrong side of 40. Whether Pacquiao’s dominating win over Adrien …


Phil Mickelson maintains 2-shot lead in Desert Classic

Phil Mickelson made three long birdie putts on the back nine Saturday in a bogey-free 6-under 66 on the Stadium Course at PGA West to take a two-stroke lead into …


Ramona Siebenhofer wins back-to-back downhills, Lindsey Vonn 9th in Cortina

Austrian skier Ramona Siebenhofer won her second World Cup downhill in two days, while Lindsey Vonn finished tied for ninth Saturday in the second race of her return from injury. …