• The Latest: US Open champ Osaka advances at Australian Open
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    The Latest: US Open champ Osaka advances at Australian Open

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the Australian Open (all times local):

  • Nishikori pushed to 5 by a vintage Karlovic in Australia
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    Nishikori pushed to 5 by a vintage Karlovic in Australia

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Kei Nishikori could joke about it later, saying he faced more aces in one match from Ivo Karlovic than he himself would serve in a year.

  • Nishikori comes through epic as Svitolina, Pliskova keep Slam dreams alive
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    Nishikori comes through epic as Svitolina, Pliskova keep Slam dreams alive

    Japanese star Kei Nishikori battled through a draining five-set epic to make the Australian Open third round Thursday as Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova kept their dreams of a maiden Grand Slam title alive. Asia's top-ranked men's player needed an energy-sapping 3hr 48min to get past big-serving

  • 'Mad Marko' would be eye-catching addition to Chinese football
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    'Mad Marko' would be eye-catching addition to Chinese football

    Marko Arnautovic might not have the superstar status of China's biggest football imports, but the volatile West Ham striker will provide goals and drama in equal measure if he completes his proposed move. Arnautovic was the subject of a reported £35 million ($44 million) offer from an unnamed Chinese

  • Australian men's tennis hit by infighting, Twitter rants
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    Australian men's tennis hit by infighting, Twitter rants

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The situation seems mostly nasty these days in Australian men's tennis.

  • Serious CAF tests for hot-shots Simba and watertight Constantine
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    Serious CAF tests for hot-shots Simba and watertight Constantine

    Simba of Tanzania and Constantine of Algeria, who boast the best attack and defence in the CAF Champions League, face serious matchday 2 examinations of their title credentials this weekend. After scoring 15 goals in four qualifiers and matchday 1, Simba are away to V Club of the Democratic Republic

  • Mousa Dembele set to join China's Guangzhou R&F: source
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    Mousa Dembele set to join China's Guangzhou R&F: source

    Tottenham Hotspurs Belgian international midfielder Mousa Dembele is poised to seal a move to Guangzhou R&F, a source at the Chinese club told AFP on Thursday. The 31-year-old will cost about 12 million euros and he is set to become the latest big-name star to join the Chinese Super League (CSL). Dembele

  • Steffi backs Serena to match Court's 24 Slams
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    Steffi backs Serena to match Court's 24 Slams

    Tennis great Steffi Graf has backed Serena Williams to match and even beat Margaret Court's record 24 Grand Slam titles, saying the American's determination and experience will get her over the line. Williams, 37, has won 23 majors so far over a storied career and is gunning to match Court'

  • Women throng Saudi stadium for Italian Super Cup amid controversy
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    Women throng Saudi stadium for Italian Super Cup amid controversy

    Chaperoned by men, thousands of women thronged a Saudi stadium Wednesday for the Italian Supercup final between Juventus and AC Milan, brushing off a controversy over entry restrictions. With painted faces and banners, female football fans entered the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in western Jeddah

  • Sharapova claims underdog status against Wozniacki
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    Sharapova claims underdog status against Wozniacki

    Maria Sharapova has declared herself the underdog in her blockbuster third round clash with Australian Open defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, despite having five Grand Slam titles to the Dane's one. Sharapova has struggled since returning from a drugs ban in 2017 and is seeded 30th at the tournament

  • Derby beats Southampton on penalties in FA Cup
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    Derby beats Southampton on penalties in FA Cup

    SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Derby came from two goals down for the second time against Southampton to eliminate the Premier League club from the FA Cup on Wednesday, winning a penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw in their third-round replay.

  • Atletico crash out of Copa del Rey but Real, Sevilla sneak through
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    Atletico crash out of Copa del Rey but Real, Sevilla sneak through

    Antoine Griezmann scored one and set up another but could not prevent Atletico Madrid tumbling out of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday as Girona progressed on away goals after a thrilling 3-3 draw. Defeat for Real, however, means they have now won only two of their five matches this year while Santiago

  • Southampton rocked as Derby win FA Cup shoot-out
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    Southampton rocked as Derby win FA Cup shoot-out

    Southampton's dismal season hit a new low as the Premier League strugglers were dumped out of the FA Cup by second tier Derby after a penalty shoot-out on Wednesday. In a third round replay heavily influenced by the latest controversy over the use of VAR, Ralph Hasenhuttl's side blew a two-goal

  • Atletico eliminated by Girona in last 16 of Copa del Rey
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    Atletico eliminated by Girona in last 16 of Copa del Rey

    MADRID (AP) — Antoine Griezmann's late goal couldn't save Atletico Madrid as its defense faltered in a surprising elimination to Girona in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

  • Henry's Monaco draws 1-1 with Vieira's Nice in French league
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    Henry's Monaco draws 1-1 with Vieira's Nice in French league

    PARIS (AP) — Old friends Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira had to split the points as Monaco drew 1-1 with French Riviera rival Nice on Wednesday in a scrappy match featuring three video reviews.

  • Henry, Vieira reunion ends in stalemate on Cote d'Azur
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    Henry, Vieira reunion ends in stalemate on Cote d'Azur

    It was honours even between Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira as the old France and Arsenal teammates clashed for the first time as coaches on Wednesday in a controversy-laden 1-1 draw between Monaco and Nice. It was a spicy encounter, with Allan Saint-Maximin putting Nice ahead before youngster Benoit

  • Ronaldo seals Italian Super Cup for Juventus
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    Ronaldo seals Italian Super Cup for Juventus

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal to hand Juventus their first trophy of the season with a 1-0 win over ten-man AC Milan in the Italian Super Cup on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia. Ronaldo -- signed by the Italian giants last year from Real Madrid as they target a first Champions League title since

  • Serena faces off with Bouchard as Djokovic turns back clock
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    Serena faces off with Bouchard as Djokovic turns back clock

    In her first tour match since losing an US Open final mired in controversy, Williams delivered an ominous warning in a 49-minute opening round thrashing here of Tatjana Maria. Next in the firing line is Canadian Bouchard. Williams, who is bidding to match Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam

  • Crisis infects soccer tournament as Qatar faces Saudi Arabia
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    Crisis infects soccer tournament as Qatar faces Saudi Arabia

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Traveling to the Asian Cup should have been a simple flight lasting barely an hour for Qatar's soccer players. Instead, it involved a circuitous route to the United Arab Emirates via Kuwait, lasting more than five hours.

  • Bielsa admits Leeds spied on all opponents this season
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    Bielsa admits Leeds spied on all opponents this season

    Leeds United's iconic Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted on Wednesday he has spied on training sessions of all the Yorkshire side's opponents this season, adding more fuel to the debate over the tactic. Bielsa's side are four points clear at the top of the Championship, England football

  • Juventus beats Milan to win Italian Super Cup in Jeddah
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    Juventus beats Milan to win Italian Super Cup in Jeddah

    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Amid a background of protests and political outrage, Juventus beat 10-man AC Milan 1-0 in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to win the Italian Super Cup for a record eighth time.

  • Europeans unravel massive tennis match-fixing ring
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    Europeans unravel massive tennis match-fixing ring

    PARIS (AP) — The crooked tennis players knew him as "Maestro." To European investigators, the Armenian based in Belgium is emerging as the suspected ringleader of an organized gambling syndicate suspected of fixing hundreds of matches and paying off more than 100 players from around Europe.

  • 'Proud' Son sparks Koreans to Asian Cup win as Iran fire blanks
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    'Proud' Son sparks Koreans to Asian Cup win as Iran fire blanks

    An effervescent Son Heung-min inspired title-chasing South Korea to a comfortable 2-0 victory over China on Wednesday to finish top of their Asian Cup group. Iran, joint favourites with the Koreans, also advanced as group winners despite being held to a goalless draw by bitter rivals Iraq, while Kyrgyzstan

  • Ronaldo seals Italian Super Cup for Juventus
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    Ronaldo seals Italian Super Cup for Juventus

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only goal to hand Juventus their first trophy of the season with a 1-0 win over ten-man AC Milan in the Italian Super Cup on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia. Ronaldo -- signed by the Italian giants last year from Real Madrid as they target a first Champions League title since

  • GLOW Founder’s New Wrestling League Avoids ‘Demeaning’ Characters
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    GLOW Founder’s New Wrestling League Avoids ‘Demeaning’ Characters

    Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) founder David McLane is bringing back his other league, Women of Wrestling (WOW), to TV on Friday. And when it returns, his promotion won’t have the “demeaning” branding of female pro wrestlers that he sees elsewhere.“They’re branded as ‘Superheroes,'” McLane told