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Italian firebrand Fabio Fognini came through an intense five-set epic at the Australian Open Tuesday in a match overshadowed by expletive-laden rants at the umpire, who was slammed as "pathetic". The 12th seed was two sets down when his first round clash against giant American Reilly Opelka was halted by rain on Monday. They returned under blue skies on Tuesday when Fognini emerged a 3-6, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) winner but with an injured hand after hitting his racquet in anger.
Author: AFP
Posted: January 21, 2020, 8:30 am
Fast-rising teenager Jannik Sinner won his first Grand Slam match Tuesday and basked in praise from Roger Federer, who said "we'll see a lot more of" the Italian. The 18-year-old, a former champion skier before switching to tennis, swept past Australian Max Purcell 7-6 (7/2), 6-2, 6-4 at the Australian Open. The win reinforced Sinner's credentials after he won the NextGen ATP Finals in Milan last November -- a tournament that features the eight best men's players aged 21 or under.
Author: AFP
Posted: January 21, 2020, 7:57 am
Anthony Joshua has revealed talks have taken place with Deontay Wilder for a fight later this year and is willing to “throw a curveball” to ensure a third fight with Tyson Fury does not happen. Wilder will defend his WBC crown next month against Fury, with a third fight already agreed between the pair no matter the outcome of the rematch. But Joshua has intentions of forcing an undisputed fight with the American, with talks underway to tempt his fellow world heavyweight champion to meet him instead.
Author: The Independent
Posted: January 21, 2020, 7:56 am
AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran lost their jobs in the wake of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scam, leaving three teams without managers three weeks before the start of spring training. On and off the field, the fallout from one of the biggest scandals in Major League Baseball history is bound to carry over. Fact is, when A's pitcher Mike Fiers went public, MLB was forced to act.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: January 21, 2020, 7:36 am
BOSTON - When his night was complete, the Celtics having built a comfortable 30-point cushion over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers with five minutes to play in Monday's tilt at TD Garden, Kemba Walker slowly made his way down the Boston sideline dapping every person along the way. He started at Brad Stevens, visited with each assistant coach, then all of his teammates, and kept right on going when he reached the training staff. At one point it felt like he might head straight into the crowd and start shaking hands.
Author: NBC Sports Boston
Posted: January 21, 2020, 6:02 am
After first-round exits -- again -- for both Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams, how much longer can they hang on? And why would they want to?
Posted: January 21, 2020, 7:43 am
The conflict simmering between Nolan Arenado and Colorado centers on a winter of inaction less than a year after the team signed the star third baseman to an eight-year, $260 million contract extension, sources said.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 7:42 am
Coco Gauff made a strong statement in her opening-round victory over Venus Williams in Melbourne.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 6:59 am
Damian Lillard had his second 60-point game of the season as the Blazers outlasted the Warriors 129-124 in overtime Monday.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 6:42 am
After only the seventh instance in the history of the Lakers-Celtics regular-season rivalry in which the margin of victory was 30 or more points, the Lakers made no excuses.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 6:36 am
Steve Borthwick will join Leicester Tigers as head coach once he has completed his coaching commitments with England.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 9:56 am
Maria Sharapova is not sure if she will be at the Australian Open next year and is set to drop out of the world's top 350.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 9:55 am
Manchester United are charged by the FA for failing "to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion" during Sunday's defeat at Liverpool.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 9:39 am
New signing Michael Timbs makes his MOTDx debut talking boots at the Adidas Predator launch with Man City’s Ilkay Gundogan and Aymeric Laporte and gets to try the new boots out at Arsenal.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 9:06 am
Johanna Konta makes her earliest exit from the Australian Open by losing to Ons Jabeur in the first round, as Kyle Edmund and Katie Boulter also go out.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 8:38 am

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