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Venus turns back clock, make semis

Venus Williams continued her astonishing late-career revival by felling Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) on Tuesday to reach her first Australian Open semifinal in 14 years and become the oldest woman to reach the last four at Melbourne Park in the Open era. The quarterfinal will hardly be remembered as ...

Giroux comes through for Flyers in overtime

Jan 23, 2017

Giroux comes through for Flyers in overtime

The Philadelphia Flyers desperately needed a victory, especially on the road, and they got it thanks to their captain. Claude Giroux scored at 3:20 of overtime as the Flyers rallied to beat the Islanders 3-2 Sunday night to end New York’s three-game winning streak. ...

Patriots rout Steelers to reach Super Bowl

Jan 23, 2017

Patriots rout Steelers to reach Super Bowl

The Tom Brady redemption tour is headed to the Super Bowl. After beginning the 2016 season suspended for four games for his role in the “Deflategate” scandal, the New England quarterback relentlessly carried the Patriots to an unprecedented ninth appearance in the title game, ...

Dominant Falcons claim NFC title

Jan 23, 2017

Dominant Falcons claim NFC title

Matt Ryan tumbled into the end zone, slammed the ball to the turf with a thunderous spike, and let out a scream that showed just how much he wanted this game. He wants the next one even more. With another MVP-worthy performance and plenty ...

Federer ousts Nishikori at Australian Open

Jan 22, 2017

Federer ousts Nishikori at Australian Open

Resilient Roger Federer showed there was still life in the 35-year-old’s legs as he overhauled fifth seed Kei Nishikori 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals. After six months out of the game, Federer’s fairy-tale return continued ...

Teen Hirano captures national table tennis title

Jan 22, 2017

Teen Hirano captures national table tennis title

Sixteen-year-old Miu Hirano became the youngest player to win the national table tennis championships in women’s singles Sunday, while Jun Mizutani won a record ninth men’s title. Hirano, who became the first Japanese to win a World Cup tournament in October, defeated four-time champion ...

Zverev earns stunning victory against No. 1 Murray

Jan 22, 2017

Zverev earns stunning victory against No. 1 Murray

Andy Murray won’t be breaking his Australian Open title drought this year after a stunning fourth-round loss to 50th-ranked Mischa Zverev. The five-time Australian Open finalist was unsettled by the left-handed serve and volleyer in a 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 upset loss Sunday that ...

Wild rally from two goals down to beat Ducks

Jan 22, 2017

Wild rally from two goals down to beat Ducks

Known as a steady, minute-munching defenseman, Ryan Suter also had a big game at the other end of the rink Saturday night. Suter, Erik Haula and Jason Zucker scored in a two-minute span late in the third period, and the Minnesota Wild rallied for ...

Vonn claims first win since making return

Jan 22, 2017

Vonn claims first win since making return

Lindsey Vonn is back on top in just the second race of her comeback from a knee injury and a broken arm. The American edged defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut to win a downhill event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Saturday and claim ...

Sungoliath, Wild Knights reach All-Japan Championship final

Jan 21, 2017

Sungoliath, Wild Knights reach All-Japan Championship final

The 54th All-Japan Championship final will feature a matchup between two of rugby’s greatest-ever back-row forwards following Saturday’s semifinals at Hanazono Rugby Ground. George Smith’s Suntory Sungoliath remained on track for the league and cup double as they beat Teikyo University 54-29, while David ...

Nadal rallies past Zverev to reach fourth round

Jan 21, 2017

Nadal rallies past Zverev to reach fourth round

Rafael Nadal held back time, for one tournament at least, when he rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, 6-2 win over German teenager Alexander Zverev to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. The 14-time major winner is on a comeback ...

Nelson, Adams likely to be game-time call for Packers

Jan 21, 2017

Nelson, Adams likely to be game-time call for Packers

The Green Bay Packers may not know the status of injured receivers Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison until just before the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. Coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday that all three receivers would be “given every chance to ...