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Determined Djokovic ousts defending champion Stan Wawrinka

Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Australian Open final with a five-set win over defending champion Stan Wawrinka that fell flat compared with their previous encounters at Melbourne Park. The top-ranked Djokovic knocked off Wawrinka in a seesawing 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win on Friday night to set up ...

Sharks thrash rival Ducks

Jan 30, 2015

Sharks thrash rival Ducks

San Jose put the game away with an impressive burst in the second period. When it comes to the Anaheim Ducks, the Sharks rise to the occasion. Patrick Marleau, Barclay Goodrow and James Sheppard each had a goal and an assist, and the Sharks ...

Jan 30, 2015

Toyota plans return to World Rally

Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it will return to the World Rally Championship in 2017, participating in the prestigious motor sports event for the first time since 1999. The decision highlights Toyota’s desire to strengthen its technology development and enhance its brand image, company ...

Jan 30, 2015

'Red Army' reveals life in USSR

Audiences understand early on that “Red Army” is more than just a film about hockey. The documentary features plenty of footage of the Soviet Union’s renowned national team scoring incredible goals, undergoing rigorous training and being hailed as a symbol of strength. But there’s ...

Jan 30, 2015

Radionova wins Euro short program

Elena Radionova led a Russian sweep of the top three in the short program at the European figure skating championships on Thursday, in a performance she said was something of an emotional watershed. “I really had fun. It was the first time I really ...

Jan 30, 2015

Gordon cites drinking for problems

Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon said on Thursday that his latest trouble with the NFL results from having a few drinks with teammates. Gordon said in an open letter on Medium that he accepts responsibility for a failed alcohol test that could bring another ...

Jan 30, 2015

Hernandez murder trial begins

With his ex-teammates about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defense table as prosecutors said DNA on a shell casing and security-camera video from his own home ...

Murray outlasts Berdych in tough semifinal showdown

Jan 29, 2015

Murray outlasts Berdych in tough semifinal showdown

Britain’s Andy Murray stormed into his fourth Australian Open final with a commanding four-sets win over Czech Tomas Berdych on Thursday. The two-time Grand Slam champion, seeded sixth, beat the seventh seed 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 and will play either Novak Djokovic or ...

Serena, Sharapova book spots in Australian Open final

Jan 29, 2015

Serena, Sharapova book spots in Australian Open final

Serena Williams weathered a barrage of big serves and heavy groundstrokes early and needed nine match points before beating Madison Keys 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 to set up an Australian Open final against second-seeded Maria Sharapova. Top-ranked Williams, bothered by a cold in recent days, ...

Patriots over painful defeat

Jan 29, 2015

Patriots over painful defeat

The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship — and an unbeaten record — barely eluded them seven years ago in the desert. Not that they dwell on ...

Jan 29, 2015

Ovechkin strikes twice as Capitals blank Pens

Alex Ovechkin scored goals. Sidney Crosby lost faceoffs. Lots and lots of faceoffs. The latest Ovi-Sid showdown was a no-contest. Ovechkin netted twice to take the NHL lead in goals, and Crosby struggled mightily in his return from his latest injury as the Washington ...

Jan 29, 2015

Fernandez way out front at Euros

Javier Fernandez of Spain took a strong lead in his quest for a third consecutive European figure skating championship with a dynamic short program to the raucous rocker “Black Betty” on Wednesday. Fernandez stepped out of his opening, speedy quadruple salchow, and out of ...

Nishikori reflects on Aussie Open exit

Jan 28, 2015

Nishikori reflects on Aussie Open exit

Kei Nishikori’s hopes of reaching the semifinals at all four of tennis’ Grand Slam tournaments this year ended on Wednesday, when he was beaten in straight sets in the Australian Open quarterfinals by Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka. Nishikori was blown out of the first set ...