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  • Meet Coco: potentially China’s next Li Na

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — China has begun its search for the next Li Na, and one of the juniors with the talent to replace the country’s two-time Grand Slam champion may speak better English than…

  • Lleyton Hewitt says next Australian Open likely his last

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lleyton Hewitt plans to have one more shot at his home Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open, next year before likely retiring and taking over as the country’s Davis Cup captain.…

  • Madison Keys new American star born at Australian Open

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — After Madison Keys walked off the court from the biggest match of her young career, she received quite a compliment from her celebrated opponent. The opponent was No. 1-ranked Serena Williams,…

  • McIlroy a shot behind clubhouse leaders at Dubai Classic

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy bogeyed the final hole to miss out on a share of the clubhouse lead during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday. McIlroy settled…

  • Williams, Sharapova to meet in Australian Open final

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams came up with a big service winner to close out the tiebreaker, and bounced around behind the baseline like she’d won a title. After holding on to win the…

  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Sharapova doesn’t dream tennis

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Maria Sharapova has played at the Australian Open for 12 years, but she apparently still has some trouble with a strong Aussie accent. After beating Ekaterina Makarova on Thursday to set…

  • End of 9-game losing streak rare bright spot for Creighton

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Devin Brooks and James Milliken jumped around together in an embrace at midcourt after the final buzzer. A few minutes later Brooks was in the locker room performing the dance he…

  • Spieth ready for big show _ Phoenix and Tiger

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Tiger Woods faced dozens of reporters and cameras, a big gathering in a crowded section outside the clubhouse at the TPC Scottsdale. Just then, Jordan Spieth walked on a path above…

  • Carroll, Belichick both have sons on Super Bowl staffs

    PHOENIX (AP) — Nate Carroll almost passed on the chance to own a Super Bowl ring. Following the 2012 season when Gus Bradley was hired as the head coach in Jacksonville, Carroll was offered a…

  • Australian Open at a glance

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A look at the Australian Open on Thursday: Weather: Sunny, high of 22 Celsius (72 Fahrenheit). Attendance: Day: 14,795. Men’s Singles Semifinal Match: No. 6 Andy Murray vs. No. 7 Tomas…

  • What to watch at Aussie Open Friday: No 1 vs defending champ

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For the third consecutive year, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka will play each other at the Australian Open. Based on the previous two outcomes, expect it to last for a while.…

  • Serena Williams to maintain No 1 ranking after Melbourne

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will remain No. 1 and No. 2 in the WTA rankings, regardless of who wins when they meet in the Australian Open final on Saturday. Sharapova…

  • Stanford eases past short-handed Washington, 84-74

    SEATTLE (AP) — Two days after Washington dismissed 7-foot center Robert Upshaw for an unspecified team rules violation the Huskies clearly were not prepared to face Stanford Wednesday night. Not the case for the Cardinal.…

  • Who’s who in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial

    A list of who’s who in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez: ___ AARON HERNANDEZ The 25-year-old was a star player with the Patriots with a $40 million contract…

  • Openings expected in murder trial of ex-Pat Aaron Hernandez

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors in Massachusetts are expected to lay out their case against former New England Patriots star player Aaron Hernandez, as they deliver opening statements in his murder trial days before…