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UAE, Thailand make Asian Cup last 16, heartbreak for India

Thailand players celebrate after midfielder Thitipan Puangchan, left, scored his side's goal during the AFC Asian Cup group A soccer match between United Arab Emirates and Thailand at Al Maktoum Stadium in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Jan. 14. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Thailand's decision to change coaches continued to prove to be a masterstroke but there was last-minute heartbreak for India at the Asian Cup on Monday.

Thailand drew against host side United Arab Emirates 1-1 to qualify for the next round for the first time since reaching the semifinals in 1972.

UAE finished top of Group A and the pair could be joined in the round of 16 by Bahrain, who beat India 1-0 thanks to a last-gasp penalty and will likely progress as one of the best four third-placed teams.

It was a far cry from Thailand's first match in the tournament, a 4-1 loss to India that led to the firing of coach Milovan Rajevac and the appointment of his assistant, Sirisak Yodyardthai, as interim coach.

UAE started strongly and took the lead less than seven minutes in. Ismail Al Hammadi's attempted chip came back off the crossbar but Ali Mabkhout headed home the rebound.

Thailand started to get into the match and leveled four minutes before the break when Thitiphan Puangjan took advantage of panic in the UAE defence to bundle the ball past goalkeeper Khalid Eisa.

The War Elephants finished second, a point below UAE and above Bahrain thanks to a better head-to-head record, having won the match between them 1-0.

Bahrain, who hit the woodwork earlier in the match, were seconds away from going out of the tournament as India managed to fend off wave after wave of attacks.

However, India captain Pronay Halder brought down Hamed Alshamsan in the penalty area and Jamal Rashed converted in stoppage time to send Bahrain into unbridled joy.

The knockout stages begin Sunday, January 20.


On bad hip, Andy Murray out in 1st round of Australian Open

Britain's Andy Murray reacts during his first round match against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Howard Fendrich

Melbourne, Australia (AP) — If this was it for Andy Murray, if this truly was it, he gave himself — and an appreciative, raucous crowd that included his mother and brother — quite a gutsy goodbye, the type of never-give-in performance he's famous for.

What Murray could not quite do Monday at the Australian Open was finish off a stirring comeback and prolong what might just be the final tournament of his career.

Playing on a surgically repaired right hip so painful that pulling on socks is a chore, he summoned the strength and strokes to erase a big deficit and force a fifth set before eventually succumbing to 22nd-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-2, Murray's first opening-round loss at a Grand Slam tournament in 11 years.

"If today was my last match, look, it was a brilliant way to finish," Murray said. "I literally gave everything that I had on the court, fought as best as I could, and performed a lot better than what I should have done with the amount I've been able to practice and train."

Murray, just 31, is a year removed from his operation, and he said that he will decide in the next week or so whether to have a second one. If opts to avoid another procedure, he might be able to play in July at Wimbledon, where he won two of his three major titles, including the first for a British man in 77 years. If he decides for further surgery, then Monday's match might have been his last.

Even with a hitch in his gait, even as he leaned forward to rest his hands on his knees between points, Murray summoned the strength and the strokes to push the match beyond the 4-hour mark.

And the fans tried to will him past Bautista Agut, who had lost in straight sets all three previous matches the two men had played.

They roared when Murray managed to break back to 2-all on the way to taking the third set, with his mom, Judy, smiling widely as she stood alongside other spectators.

They chanted his name when he grabbed the fourth set.

They rose when the compelling contest ended.

"Andy deserves this atmosphere. Andy deserves (that) all the people came to watch him," Bautista Agut said. "He's a tough, tough fighter. A tough opponent. He gives everything until the last point. I want to congratulate him for all he did for tennis."

Afterward, a video was shown in the stadium with tributes to Murray from various players, including rivals Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, along with Nick Kyrgios, Caroline Wozniacki, Karolina Pliskova and Sloane Stephens.

"Amazing career. Congratulations, buddy," Federer said. "I'm your biggest fan."

Federer opened his bid for a third consecutive Australian Open championship, and record seventh overall, with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Denis Istomin at Rod Laver Arena. Nadal, whose 17 career majors are second among men only to Federer's 20, overpowered Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 earlier.

Nadal, who had surgery on his right ankle in November, hadn't competed since stopping during his U.S. Open semifinal in September because of a bad knee.

"It's very difficult to start (again) after an injury," Nadal said. "I know it very well."

Other major title winners who advanced on Day 1, when the temperature approached 90 degrees (33 Celsius), included defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova — who beat Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0 — Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova.

The highest-seeded player to exit was No. 9 John Isner, who hit 47 aces but lost 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) against 97th-ranked Reilly Opelka in an all-American match.

The most attention, though, was drawn by Murray, who is as popular for his success on the court as his attitude away from it.

The stands were dotted with British and Scottish flags and with signs of support. When Bautista Agut entered, he was greeted by a smattering of polite applause. When Murray was introduced, there were full-throated screams, followed by chants of his first name.

As play began, Murray delighted his well-wishers every so often with terrific shots on a full sprint and his trademark, quick-reflex returns. When he flubbed a shot or otherwise let a point slide by, Murray displayed the muttering and leg-slapping self-contempt the world has come to know and expect — and, let's face it, love — from the guy.

For all that Murray accomplished over the years, including reaching No. 1 in the rankings and a pair of Olympic singles gold medals, he never was able to leave Melbourne with the trophy, finishing as the runner-up five times.

When Murray eventually succumbed to his weariness — not to mention Bautista Agut — the arena speakers blared Queen's "We are the Champions," with its fitting line: "And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end."

If this was, indeed, the end, Murray did just that.

"I'd be OK," he said, "with that being my last match."


Jesus keeps up scoring spree, Man City beat Wolves 3-0

Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus, left, scores with a penalty against Wolverhampton Wanderers during the English Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, Monday, Jan. 14. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Manchester, England (AP) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is keeping a close eye on Gabriel Jesus now the young striker's family are no longer with him in England.

Maintaining his hot streak in front of goal should keep the Brazilian's spirits high.

The 21-year-old Jesus scored twice in City's 3-0 win over 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Monday, extending his spree to seven goals across three different competitions in the past nine days.

Whether he can retain City's sole striker spot ahead of club great Sergio Aguero, who started on the bench after a recent illness, remains to be seen but Jesus cannot be doing any more to impress his manager, Pep Guardiola.

"I know Sergio Aguero is an amazing player and helps me a lot," Jesus said. "When Sergio plays he helps the team, and when I play I want to help as well.

"I play better now and to score goals is important to me."

And having two in-form strikers can only boost City's chances of reeling in Liverpool in the Premier League title race. Liverpool's lead was trimmed to four points by City's win over Wolves, for whom the match was a damage-limitation exercise from the moment center back Willy Boly was handed a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Bernardo Silva in the 19th minute.

By then, Jesus had tapped in a left-wing cross from Leroy Sane, who was found by a searching ball forward from center back Aymeric Laporte, to put City in front in the 10th minute.

Jesus added his second goal from the penalty spot in the 39th after Raheem Sterling was fouled by Ryan Bennett.

City piled on the pressure in the second half — they finished the game with 76 percent possession — but had only one more goal to show for it, with Conor Coady glancing a header into his own net from substitute Kevin De Bruyne's cross.

Since losing back-to-back league games around the Christmas holiday to drop out of the lead and, at one point, be seven points behind Liverpool, City have been in relentless form — winning five straight matches in all competitions and scoring 24 goals in the process. Among them was a 9-0 win over third-tier Burton in the English League Cup, when Jesus scored four times.

Guardiola spoke ahead of the game about the club needing to rally around the striker because he might start to find life difficult after his mother, two older brothers and nephew returned to Brazil following an extended stay in Manchester to help Jesus acclimatize.

And teammates Sane and Sterling could not have handed him easier opportunities to continue his scoring run.

Wolves were potentially tricky opponents for City, given their strong record against the top six in the league. Nuno Espirito Santo's team drew against City at home in August and recently beat Tottenham.

Boly's straight red card put paid to any chance of an upset at Etihad Stadium and Wolves failed to have a shot on target. And neither Boly nor Espirito Santo had any complaints about the decision, with the defender having got the ball in a challenge with Silva only to catch him with the follow-through.

"The game 11 vs. 11 was the same as 11 vs. 10," Guardiola said.

It was the 16th time this season that City have scored three or more goals. This latest victory moved the champion five points clear of third-placed Tottenham, who lost at home to Manchester United on Sunday.

Liverpool will also be wary of City's improved form.

"All we can do is win our own games," Guardiola said. "We spoke many times in the last hours about this to our players. We cannot control what they do. We can control what we do. The only way to do that is by being there. Maybe one day they fail and we try to be there.

"But you can be sure if we don't win, they will be champions."


SAfrica fast bowlers deliver 3-0 series sweep over Pakistan

Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed is bowled out for 0 on day four of the third cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, Jan. 14. (AP Photo/Christiaan Kotze)

Johannesburg (AP) — South Africa's fast bowlers delivered another quick victory over Pakistan on Monday, a 107-run win early on the fourth day of the final test that sealed a 3-0 series whitewash.

South Africa collected the seven wickets they needed before lunch at the Wanderers as the tourists crashed from 153-3 overnight to 273 all out and well short of their target of 381.

The final nail for Pakistan — a run out — came just after midday as the lunch break was delayed with the home team on the verge of wrapping it up.

That series-ending wicket, when Pakistan No. 11 Mohammad Abbas was run out for 9, was the only one of the 60 wickets for South Africa in the series that didn't fall to one of their four fast bowlers.

Abbas was stranded after a mix-up with Shadab Khan, ending their last-wicket partnership of 31 and Pakistan's last stand.

"A 3-0 series win is right up there," said stand-in South Africa captain Dean Elgar, leading the Proteas with Faf du Plessis serving a one-match suspension for over-rate offenses. "That's what we asked the guys for out of this series and we got it. It's a good way to start the year."

Duanne Olivier was Pakistan's chief destroyer, finishing with 3-74 in the final innings and a series-leading 24 wickets in the three tests, just one wicket short of the South African record for a three-test series.

Olivier was man of the series yet only played because fellow fast bowler Lungi Ngidi was ruled out with injury.

Olivier found a hostile edge to his game on his return to test cricket after being out of the team for more than a year. He bowled short and fast throughout to bombard the Pakistan batsmen and give South Africa a new weapon in an already-strong fast-bowling arsenal.

Olivier had top-ranked test bowler Kagiso Rabada, No. 4-ranked Vernon Philander and leading South African wicket-taker Dale Steyn to back him up, a fearsome foursome that South Africa hope could take them to No. 1 in the world.

The four-pronged pace attack saw South Africa to a seventh consecutive series victory at home, a ninth win in their last 11 series anywhere, and up to No. 2 in the test rankings behind India.

"Each bowler brings something different," Olivier said. "Vernon has tremendous skill, KG (Rabada) has raw pace, and Dale's record speaks for itself. For me it was just trying to bring something different to the team and I got rewarded for that. It obviously worked quite well."


4-time Asian champion runner tests positive for steroid

In this Friday, May 9, 2014 file photo, Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain gestures after winning the 400m hurdles at the IAAF Diamond League in the Qatari capital Doha. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

Monaco (AP) — Four-time Asian Games champion Kemi Adekoya has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.

The Athletics Integrity Unit said Monday a "notice of allegation" was sent to Adekoya, a Nigerian-born runner who switched allegiance to Bahrain.

The AIU said on its website the 25-year-old Adekoya tested positive for stanozolol — the steroid sprinter Ben Johnson used at the 1988 Seoul Olympics — in November.

Last August at the Asian Games, she took gold in the 400-meter hurdles and 4x400 mixed relay.

Adekoya switched to Bahrain before the 2014 Asian Games and won the 400 and 400 hurdles. In 2016, she was world indoor champion in the 400, and competed in the 400 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Also Monday, the AIU imposed a two-year ban on Kenyan distance runner Lucy Kabuu for a positive test for morphine.

Kabuu had her results stripped from April to August, including victory at the Milan Marathon, and is banned through July 2020.

She still ranks in the top-30 all-time list in women's marathon for a winning run in Dubai in 2012. A 10,000-meter specialist on the track, Kabuu was the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion and represented Kenya at the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics, placing fifth.


Tearful Murray says Australian Open could be his last tournament

Britain's Andy Murray reacts during a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 11. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

John Pye

Melbourne, Australia (AP) — A tearful Andy Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of the hip injury that has derailed his career.

The 31-year-old Murray said he trained in the off-season with the main goal of making one last run at Wimbledon, where he ended the 77-year drought for British men, but now wasn't sure he'd make it.

In an emotional news conference at Melbourne Park on Friday, when he had to leave the room shortly after his first attempt to get it started, and needed to pause several times to compose himself after returning, Murray said he wasn't sure how much longer he could play.

"I'm going to play (in Australia). I can still play to a level — not a level I'm happy playing at," he said. "But also, it's not just that. The pain is too much really,"

The three-time Grand Slam champion is scheduled to play his opening match against No. 22-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open, where he has reached the final five times but never won the title. The season-opening major starts Monday.

Murray had right hip surgery in January 2018 after prolonged problems with the joint. After two brief attempts to return to the tour, he played only 12 matches last year.

He returned at the Brisbane International last week, where he won his opening match but lost in the second round to Daniil Medvedev, showing visible signs of limping between points and struggling to move around court smoothly.

Murray has had a celebrated career, breaking long Grand Slam droughts for British men when he won the U.S. Open in 2012 and at Wimbledon the following year, and also becoming the only player to win consecutive singles gold medals at the Olympics.

He was considered part of the so-called Big Four in men's tennis with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic — the group of players who dominated the majors.

Now it's likely he'll be the youngest of them to go into retirement. At 37, Federer is in Australia attempting to win the title for the third consecutive year and for a seventh time overall. At 31, top-ranked Djokovic is at Melbourne Park also trying to win a seventh Australian title. The 32-year-old Nadal is ranked No. 2 and confident of extending his career for several years.

Murray has been preparing for the 2019 season knowing that his career could be over within months. In his training program last month, he told his support group that the pain was becoming too much and that he needed to set a date for retirement.

"I spoke to my team and I told that I can't keep doing this, that I needed to have an end point because (I was) just playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop," he told the news conference Friday. "I said to my team 'I think I can get through to Wimbledon' ... that's where I would like to stop playing. But I'm also not certain I'm able to do that.

"I don't want to continue playing that way. I've tried everything I could to get it right and that hasn't worked."

He said he's considering another hip operation, more to improve his quality of life than as a way of returning to the top level in tennis.


Jordan reach Asian Cup last 16, Thailand still in the mix in Group A

Thailand midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin, second left, celebrates his opening goal with his teammates, during the AFC Asian Cup group A soccer match between Bahrain and Thailand at Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Jan. 10. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Jordan became the first team to qualify for the knockout stages of the Asian Cup on Thursday. Thailand now have hopes of joining them in the last 16 after a change of coaches had an immediate impact, with the team earning just their second win in 22 games in the competition.

Group B leaders Jordan followed up their upset win against defending champions Australia in their opening match with a 2-0 victory over neighboring Syria.

In Group A, Chanathip Songkrasin scored the only goal as Thailand beat Bahrain 1-0 and United Arab Emirates beat India 2-0. Bahrain moved top of the group, one point above India and Thailand.

Thailand fired coach Milovan Rajevac following Sunday's 4-1 loss to India and appointed his assistant, Sirisak Yodyardthai, as interim coach.

Sirisak made five changes to the team which lost to India, and Thailand were also helped by some wayward finishing from Bahrain who managed only three shots on target out of 15 attempts.

Thailand grew in confidence as Bahrain failed to translate their dominance into goals, and Chanathip broke the deadlock in the 58th minute after Tristan Do's cross was deflected into his path by Bahrain defender Ahmed Ali Juma.

Chanathip came close to setting up Thailand's second when he picked out an unmarked Adisak Kraisorn but his effort hit the post.

The meeting of Thailand and Bahrain on the pitch came a day after FIFA issued a fresh plea for a "humane and speedy resolution" to an extradition case involving a footballer that has been criticized by human rights groups.

Hakeem al-Araibi, a former international for Bahrain, was granted refugee status in Australia last year after fleeing his homeland, where he said he was persecuted and tortured. He was arrested while on holiday in Thailand in November due to an Interpol notice in which Bahrain sought his custody after he was sentenced in absentia in 2014 to 10 years in prison for allegedly vandalizing a police station — a charge he denies.

"This situation should not have arisen, in particular, since Mr. Al-Araibi now lives and works and plays as a professional footballer in Australia, where he has been accorded refugee status," FIFA said in a statement. "FIFA is therefore calling on all the relevant authorities (in Bahrain, Thailand and Australia) to take the necessary steps to ensure that Mr. Hakeem Al-Araibi is allowed to return safely to Australia where he can resume his career as a professional footballer."

The top two teams in each group and the four best third-place teams advance to the round of 16.

UAE had a disappointing start to the tournament as the hosts needed a late penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw with Bahrain but the team showed a marked improvement in Thursday's victory over India.

Khalfan Mubarak chipped India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu to give UAE the lead four minutes from halftime.

India missed a number of good opportunities and also hit the underside of the crossbar before Ali Ahmed Mabkhout sealed the result with two minutes remaining.

In Group B, the result never looked in doubt for Jordan, which scored both their goals in the first half.

Mousa Suleiman netted the opener and had a hand in the second as he crossed for Tareq Khattab to head in at the near post.


Putnam has career-best 62 to lead Sony Open

Andrew Putnam hits onto the 10th green during the first round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Doug Ferguson

Honolulu (AP) — Andrew Putnam didn't get a practice round in for the Sony Open because of a bee sting, and he apparently didn't need one.

Putnam made birdie on half of his holes Thursday at Waialae, none of them tap-ins, and took only 23 putts for an 8-under 62. It was the lowest score of his PGA Tour career and gave him a four-shot lead among the early starters.

Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner and John Chin were at 66, with defending champion Patton Kizzire among those at 67.

Jordan Spieth was hopeful of better in his 2019 debut. He had to wait until his 16th hole, the par-3 seventh, for his first birdie of the year. And that was all he made in a round of 73 that left him needing a low round just to make it to the weekend.

He still managed to keep it entertaining, especially with the new rules.

Spieth, like most players, doesn't understand the visually awkward change of dropping from knee-height instead of shoulder-height. Six holes into his round, his tee shot came up inches short of a sprinkler head. He called for a ruling and was given relief because of the potential of injury or damaging the club. Then, he did what he has done his entire golfing life — he held the ball at the level of his shoulder.

Slugger White, the tour's vice president of competition, stopped him. Had he dropped and played the shot, it would have been a penalty. If not, he could have dropped again from the proper height.

"I'm like, 'Wouldn't it just be a re-drop anyway?' What's the big deal?'" Spieth said. "It's unusual."

He caught himself from dropping shoulder-height behind the 18th green. He also tapped in for par on the opening hole with the flagstick still in the cup, another change that is getting plenty of attention early in the year. And he tapped down a spike mark in the line of a 4-foot putt.

"All in all, I got a test of most of the new rules today," he said.

Putnam, among 23 players who were on Maui last week at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, made it all look so easy. This is his third year playing the Sony Open, so the course is not new to him. But it's unusual for him not to at least get in a practice round.

He was poolside Tuesday when the bee stung him in the foot.

"I couldn't walk, so I had to withdraw out of the pro-am," he said. "I was just sitting around all yesterday and couldn't even hit a shot. Yeah, kind of bizarre how it all worked out."

He shot his 62 despite a bogey on the 15th hole when his pitch came up 12 feet short and he missed the putt.

Putnam didn't miss many in the opening round. Statistically, he made just over 174 feet of putts, from a 5-footer on the closing hole (his shortest birdie putt) to his longest birdie on the 14th at just under 30 feet.

"The hole was very large and the ball was going in," he said. "It was fun."

Snedeker found it a bit more enjoyable, too, once he got his round going. He wasn't under par until a birdie at the turn on the par-5 18th, and he shot 32 on the front, which typically is the slightly tougher side.

It's the same state, different island, but the course couldn't be any different from last week. Kapalua was built on the side of a mountain, with enormous greens and large undulations. Waialae is old school, flat and lined by palms, with smaller greens.

"They are faster and a lot flatter," Snedeker said. "The biggest break you'll see here is maybe a foot of break on a putt. Last week, if you had anything under a foot, you would be excited."


Al-Attiyah, Brabec lead Dakar Rally after dominating stage 4

Driver Sebastien Loeb, of France, and co-driver Daniel Elena, of Monaco, race their Peugeot during stage four of the Dakar Rally between Arequipa and Moquegua, Peru, Thursday, Jan. 10. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

 Lima, Peru (AP) — Driver Nasser Al-Attiyah and rider Ricky Brabec dominated the fourth stage of the Dakar Rally on Thursday to lead their categories overall.

Al-Attiyah strengthened his lead to nearly nine minutes over Stephane Peterhansel after outdueling the Frenchman by nearly two minutes on the split 351-kilometer route of valleys and fesh-fesh — fine dust — between Arequipa and Tacna.

"It was very important to catch Stephane and stay with him all the way,"Al-Attiyah said.

Three decades of racing the world's toughest rally helped Peterhansel endure the fesh-fesh.

"It's like powder, it goes inside the car and you can't see anything," he said.

He saw enough to be the only driver within 20 minutes of the Qatari leader overall.

Nani Roma was nearly 21 minutes back in third, followed by Jakub Przygonski (22 minutes), Yazeed Al Rajhi (nearly 25 minutes) and Sebastien Loeb (50 minutes), who suffered three punctures and came to the finish on a punctured tire.

As it was a marathon stage, drivers were unable to receive assistance or repairs from their crews. That meant Al Rajhi, second overall overnight, suffered when he had to stop near the end. Former champion Giniel de Villiers also lost more time when he stopped to help the damaged Toyota of teammate Bernhard Ten Brinke.

After losing his way on Wednesday, Brabec rode the fourth stage to perfection and increased his gap to the motorbike field the longer the stage went.

By the finish in Tacna, the American was six minutes ahead of defending champion Matthias Walkner, and the new overall leader.

Pablo Quintanilla started the day as the overall leader by a comfortable 11 minutes, but lost it all to trail Brabec by two minutes in second.

Toby Price was third, four minutes down, and Sam Sunderland right behind him after a fall.

Walkner, 21 minutes off the pace on Wednesday, improved to nine minutes back with six stages to go.


Sasnovich, Barty through to Sydney International semifinals

Ash Barty, right, of Australia and Elise Mertens of Belgium embrace after Barty defeated Mertens in their women's singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. 10. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

 Sydney (AP) — Aliaksandra Sasnovich's impressive start to the season continued on Thursday with a straight-sets win over Timea Bacsinszky to advance to the Sydney International semifinals.

The No. 33-ranked Sasnovich, who made it to the quarterfinals last week in Brisbane, was in control most of the way to beat the Swiss 6-3, 6-3.

Sasnovich will face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova or 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber for a spot in the final. Kvitova and Kerber played later Thursday.

Ashleigh Barty, who beat top-seeded Simon Halep on Wednesday, advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Elise Mertens, breaking the Belgian player's serve six times.

"I thought it was a little bit of a slow start, but it was good to get the ball rolling mid to late in that first set," Barty said.

Barty will meet Yulia Putintseva or Kiki Bertens in the semifinals.

In men's quarterfinals  Thursday, eighth-seeded Andreas Seppi upset top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and No. 3 Diego Schwartzman beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (1).


Kohlschreiber, Sandgren, Norrie, Struff reach Auckland semis

Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany plays against Fabio Fognini from Italy during the quarter finals of the ASB Classic men's tennis tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday, Jan. 10. (AP Photo/Chris Symes)

Auckland, New Zealand (AP) — Former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated second-seeded Fabio Fognini again 6-3, 6-1 to reach the ASB Classic semifinals on Thursday.

Unseeded Kohlschreiber, who won the tournament in 2008, will have to go through Tennys Sandgren to reach another final in Auckland on his 12th visit.

The other semifinal will feature New Zealand-born Englishman Cameron Norrie, a wild card, against Jan-Lennard Struff. Norrie or Struff will reach his first ATP final.

Fognini called for the trainer at one point, and in the second set he made little effort to resist Kohlschreiber's progress to his seventh win over the Italian in nine meetings.

"I'm still improving my game, even at 35 years old. I think you are still able to improve," Kohlschreiber said.

He captured his first service break in the third game, held serve in the following game which lasted 10 minutes and contained five deuces, then clinched the set with relative comfort, breaking Fognini again in the ninth game.

Sandgren, an Australian Open quarterfinalist last year, defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 7-6 (5) without facing a break point.

Sandgren had eight break-point chances but converted only one.

Norrie beat Taylor Fritz 7-6 (3), 6-3, and Struff beat fourth-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (5), 6-7 (8), 7-6 (9) in three hours to ensure no seeds reached the semifinals.


Makeshift Liverpool team lose to Wolves 2-1 in FA Cup

Liverpool's Ki-Jana Hoever, left, vies for the ball with Wolverhampton's Diogo Jota during the English FA Cup third round match at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, Monday, Jan. 7. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

 Wolverhampton, England (AP) — A makeshift Liverpool team containing three teenagers making their senior debuts lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 in the third round of the FA Cup, with a 30-yard strike by Ruben Neves sealing the win on Monday.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp showed where the competition ranked on the current English Premier League leaders' list of priorities by leaving star forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino on the bench until the 70th minute, and they failed to have an impact after coming on.

"I changed a lot because I thought we had to, not because I wanted to," said Klopp, who justified fielding a weakened team by saying some of key players were absent because of illness or "little problems."

Klopp, who also used the wind as a reason for his team's below-par display at Molineux, has yet to progress beyond the fourth round of the FA Cup in his four seasons in charge of Liverpool.

Wolves went in front through striker Raul Jimenez in the 38th minute after James Milner lost possession in central midfield, but Liverpool equalized when Divock Origi scored from the edge of the area in the 51st.

Neves regained the lead for Wolves four minutes later, striking a low and fierce shot inside the near post past the initially unsighted Simon Mignolet.

Klopp started midfielders Rafael Camacho and Curtis Jones — aged 18 and 17, respectively — and sent on another debutant in 16-year-old Dutchman Ki-Jana Hoever in the sixth minute after center back Dejan Lovren sustained a hamstring injury.

Hoever, at 16 years and 354 days, became the youngest Liverpool player in FA Cup history and the third-youngest player to make a senior appearance for the team.

Hoever's introduction meant Liverpool played the majority of the match with a 16-year-old debutant and a Brazil midfielder, Fabinho, as its central-defensive partnership.

"I am not sure what you all would have said if immediately from the beginning our center-half situation was Fabinho and Ki-Jana," Klopp said. "Then probably a few very smart people would tell me that I don't respect the competition or whatever."

Only in the second half did Liverpool find their stride. Xherdan Shaqiri came closest to forcing a replay when he curled in a free kick that was tipped onto the post by Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy.

Liverpool have won the competition seven times, but not since 2006. The Reds lead the league by four points after 21 games and are through to the round of 16 in the Champions League, with those competitions now Liverpool's only chance of silverware this season.

Some of the momentum in their season might have been lost, with the defeat to Wolves coming four days after a 2-1 loss at Manchester City — their first league defeat of the season.

Klopp, who is without injured center backs Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, was unsure about how long Lovren would be out.

"I asked everybody, no signs, nothing, just out of the blue," Klopp said of Lovren's injury.


Al-Attiyah wins opening stage of Dakar Rally in Peru

Joan Barreda of Spain rides his Honda motorbike during the first stage of the Dakar Rally between Lima and Pisco, Peru, Monday, Jan. 7. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Lima, Peru (AP) — Nasser Al-Attiyah made a great start to winning a third Dakar Rally title when he won the opening stage by almost two minutes on Monday.

Al-Attiyah made light work of the 84-kilometer special on the dunes around Pisco along the Pacific coast.

He led by 38 seconds at the first marker, and by 45 seconds at the halfway point.

Defending champion Carlos Sainz, another two-time winner, was second.

Jakub Przygonski was third. The overall champion of the Cross-country Rallies World Cup is trying to become the first Polish winner of the Dakar.

Seven-time winner Stephane Peterhansel was three minutes back in seventh, and Sebastien Loeb was more than six minutes back.

Joan Barreda showed the focus of his buildup on being fit paid off when he won first motorbike stage by a minute from Pablo Quintanilla. Barreda's Honda teammate, Ricky Brabec, was third.

Barreda had to withdraw last year on the 11th stage while lying second overall because of knee and hand injuries.

This Dakar has been reduced to a 10-stage race on Peruvian sand, finishing in Lima on Jan. 17.


Ferrari replaces Arrivabene with Binotto as team principal

In this June 19, 2016 file photo, Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene grimaces prior to the start of the Formula One Grand Prix of Europe at the Baku circuit, in Baku, Azerbaijan. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Maranello, Italy (AP) — Ferrari replaced Maurizio Arrivabene with Mattia Binotto as team principal on Monday following another failed Formula One title chase.

Binotto, who had been working as Ferrari's chief technical officer, has been with the team for nearly 25 years.

"After four years of untiring commitment and dedication, Maurizio Arrivabene is leaving the team," Ferrari said in a statement. "The decision was taken together with the company's top management after lengthy discussions related to Maurizio's long term personal interests as well as those of the team itself.

"With immediate effect, Mattia Binotto will take over as Scuderia Ferrari's Team Principal. All technical areas will continue to report directly to Mattia."

While Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel won the opening two races of the 2018 season and took pole position in three of the first four races, Ferrari's performance waned as the year went on, enabling Mercedes to win a fifth straight drivers' title with Lewis Hamilton.

Arrivabene had been in charge since the 2015 season, having previously worked for Philip Morris, a key Ferrari sponsor.

Arrivabene's criticism of Ferrari's technical department may have resulted in his ouster.

Having joined Ferrari in 1995 as a test engine engineer, Binotto was involved in the team's golden years when Michael Schumacher won five titles. He was promoted to technical chief in July 2016.

Binotto had reportedly been chosen previously as Arrivabene's successor by former Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne, who died in July.

Binotto was widely credited with creating cars that were competitive with Mercedes over the past two years — which put a spotlight on questionable strategic choices.

Arrivabene was criticized for the way Ferrari handled its home Italian Grand Prix in September, when a lack of team orders prevented Kimi Raikkonen from clearing the way for Vettel at the start — which was followed by contact between Vettel and Hamilton.

There was another tactical error concerning the choice of tires during qualifying for the Japanese GP. Hamilton clinched the title two races later in Mexico — with two GPs to spare — and finished with an 88-point advantage over Vettel.

In four seasons under Arrivabene, Ferrari won 14 races — 13 by Vettel and one by Raikkonen — and finished second three times in the constuctors' standings.

The 2019 season opens with the Australian GP in Melbourne on March 17.

Former Sauber driver Charles Leclerc has been hired to replace Raikkonen for this season, with Raikkonen having gone to Sauber.

Raikkonen was the last Ferrari driver to win a championship in 2007.


Vonn plans return to World Cup at speed races in Austria

In this Feb. 4, 2018, file photo, United States' Lindsey Vonn celebrates on the podium after winning an alpine ski, women's world Cup downhill race, in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti)

Eric Willemsen 

New York (AP) - Lindsey Vonn is planning to return from injury this weekend for speed races in Austria, resuming her quest for the all-time record for World Cup wins.

It will be her first ski races of the season after hurting her knee and sitting out six events.

"I'm NOT done yet!!!," Vonn wrote Monday on Instagram alongside a video on her training during her recovery. "It's been a tough 6 weeks but I'm on skis again and excited to get back in the starting gate. See you in St. Anton this weekend."

St. Anton am Arlberg is hosting a downhill on Saturday, followed by a super-G the next day, with training starting Thursday. It's the first of three consecutive weekends of speed racing.

The women's World Cup record holder needs five more victories to break the overall record of 86 wins, set by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark in the 1980s.

Focusing on her specialties of downhill and super-G, Vonn skipped technical races in October and early November before hurting herself in a training crash at Copper Mountain in Colorado. She hyperextended and sprained a ligament in her knee and suffered a bone bruise on Nov. 19, just over a week before her scheduled season start with two downhills and a super-G in one of her favorite resorts, Lake Louise, Alberta.

Later, Vonn also missed a super-G in St. Moritz, Switzerland, as well as a super-G and a downhill in Val Gardena, Italy.

The 34-year-old American was initially planning to retire at the end of this season, but the injury setback prompted her to announce her participation in one more series of speed races in Lake Louise next season.

Vonn was also expected to compete at next month's world championships in Are, Sweden.

Over her career, Vonn has had a long list of ailments, including torn ACLs, fractures near her left knee joint, a bruised shin, broken ankle, broken arm, sliced right thumb and concussions. She missed the 2014 Sochi Olympics after damaging her right knee.

Still, she was closing in on Stenmark's record toward the end of last season, when she won three of the last four races to raise her tally to 82.

The timing of her comeback seems opportune, with six speed races scheduled over the next three weekends.

Vonn has competed in St. Anton twice before. She won two events on back-to-back days in December 2007, and she placed sixth and fourth, respectively, in January 2013, when she was returning to the circuit after a three-week layoff caused by an intestinal illness.

After St. Anton, the women's World Cup moves to Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, on Jan. 19-20 and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, the following week. Each resort will host one downhill and one super-G.

Vonn has won four overall World Cup titles and 10 medals at major championships, including downhill gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games.


Eagles stave off Bears on missed FG; Chargers edge Ravens

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram (54) sacks Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 6, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Chicago (AP) — Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining against the NFL's stingiest defense, lifting the Philadelphia Eagles past the Chicago Bears 16-15 on Sunday in the final wild-card game.

Former Eagles kicker Cody Parkey hit the left upright and then the crossbar with a field-goal attempt from 43 yards with 10 seconds remaining, silencing the raucous crowd.

The defending league champion Eagles (10-7) squeezed into the playoffs by beating Washington and having the Bears (12-5) help them by knocking off Minnesota in the season finale. Philadelphia thanked its benefactor with a 12-play, 60-yard drive on which Foles, the Super Bowl MVP last February, hit six passes.

Philly plays at New Orleans (13-3) next Sunday.

No team has repeated as Super Bowl champion since New England in 2004, and the Eagles are a sixth seed. The last sixth seed to win the NFL title was Green Bay in the 2010 season.

But these Eagles, led by Foles and a defense down to backups at several positions, seem to have that magical touch like last season.

It was a sizzling ending to a game marked by superior defense and several critical mistakes by the Eagles. They had to survive after Tarik Cohen, an All-Pro punt returner, took back the kickoff following Philly's go-ahead score 35 yards. Mitchell Trubisky completed two passes to get the Bears close enough for Parkey. But his kick took a double deflection and fell harmlessly into the end zone.

He was 11 of 12 in the fourth-quarter on field goals before missing the biggest kick of his career.

CHARGERS 23, RAVENS 17

BALTIMORE (AP) — Los Angeles kept Lamar Jackson grounded, and by the time the rookie got the passing game going it was too late for Baltimore.

Michael Badgley kicked five field goals, and Los Angeles harassed and hounded Jackson during a victory in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.

The Chargers (13-4) will next face the second-seeded New England Patriots (11-5) on the road Sunday. The Chargers last won two games during a single postseason in 2007, when the franchise was in San Diego.

Badgley set a franchise record for field goals in a playoff game. He connected from 21, 53, 40, 34 and 47 yards.

The Chargers built a 23-3 lead in the fourth quarter before Jackson threw two touchdown passes to make it close. Given one final chance to complete the comeback, the 21-year-old Jackson looked every bit like the youngest quarterback to start an NFL playoff game when he lost the ball on his third fumble of the game.

Jackson finished 14 for 29 for 194 yards with an interception. He was sacked seven times.

The Chargers got even for a 22-10 loss two weeks ago to Baltimore (10-7), the AFC North champions.


Fan-turned-coach helps FA Cup 3rd round deliver 3 big upsets

Oldham Athletic's team and coaching staff celebrate after the final whistle of their English FA Cup third round match against Fulham at Craven Cottage in London, Sunday, Jan. 6. (John Walton/PA via AP)

Steve Douglas

London (AP) - Until 11 days ago, Pete Wild had been planning to cheer on Oldham as a fan with his pals in the club’s FA Cup third-round match at Premier League club Fulham.

Wild was indeed at Craven Cottage on Sunday but in the dugout, rather than the stands, guiding the unheralded northern England team to victory in one of three so-called "giant-killings" on a classic day in the famous knockout competition.

Fourth-tier Oldham beat Fulham 2-1 at the same time as non-league team Barnet were stunning second-tier Sheffield United in a 1-0 win despite a gap of 84 places in English soccer's pyramid.

A few hours later, fourth-tier Newport County eliminated Leicester, the seventh-placed team in the Premier League, after a 2-1 win at their atmospheric Rodney Parade ground.

Ruining the day for the romantics were Manchester City, who swept to a 7-0 victory over second-tier Rotherham in their biggest win under Pep Guardiola.

While Guardiola is arguably soccer's most famous coach, Wild is still making his way in the managerial game and was Oldham's youth-team manager until Dec. 26, when he was asked to take charge of the first team on an emergency basis following the firing of the manager after a 6-0 loss.

The 33-year-old Wild accepted the challenge, led Oldham to back-to-back wins in two league games, and has now masterminded one of the biggest FA Cup shocks in recent years .

"It is Roy of the Rovers stuff," said Wild, referring to a now-defunct British cartoon about a fictional soccer player. "It is one you have to savor."

Especially since the manager in the home dugout at Craven Cottage was Claudio Ranieri, the storied coach who led Leicester in their fairytale Premier League-winning campaign in 2015-16.

Ranieri's Fulham were 1-0 ahead with 14 minutes left, only to concede goals to Sam Surridge and Callum Lang. Lang's 88th-minute winner came moments after Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had a penalty saved off his first touch after coming on as a substitute.

"I did not see desire or passion," Ranieri said. "I wanted to see desire — show me I am wrong, show me! I am not wrong."

Aside from the embarrassment of losing to a team three leagues below them, the loss will not do Fulham's confidence any good as the club from southwest London fights for survival in the Premier League. Fulham are in next-to-last place, four points from safety.

BARNET CUT DOWN BLADES

Another of the day's big upsets was also plotted by a caretaker manager.

It was an emotional afternoon for Darren Currie, who led Barnet to their victory over Sheffield United — the club where his uncle, Tony, is regarded as a soccer great and has a stand named after him at the stadium at Bramhall Lane.

"Naturally he'll be hurting," Darren Currie said. "He wants his team to go through, but he's proud of me and what I've done today."

Shaquile Coulthirst scored the only goal of the game, from the penalty spot, to ensure Barnet will be the only non-league side in the fourth round.

Sheffield United, who are in third place in the second-tier League Championship, could end up replacing Fulham in the Premier League but the clubs were united in misery Sunday.

NEWPORT STUN LEICESTER

Nearly a year after holding Tottenham to a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup fourth round, Newport got the job done against another big team in the Premier League.

It felt like history would repeat itself when Rachid Ghezzal equalized for Leicester in the 82nd minute — the same minute that Harry Kane drew Tottenham level 12 months ago.

But this time, there was another twist as Leicester midfielder Marc Albrighton gave away a penalty for handball and Padraig Amond converted from the spot.

It rounds off a bizarre festive period for Leicester, who beat Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton in the league but also lost to struggling Cardiff in the league and now Newport in the cup.

OTHER RESULTS

Sixth-tier Woking, the lowest-ranked team in the third round, lost 2-0 at home to Watford. There were also wins for Queens Park Rangers, Doncaster and Millwall.


South Africa win 2nd test, seal series against Pakistan

South African Captain Faf du Plessis bats on day four of the second cricket test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday, Jan. 6. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

Gerald Imray

Cape Town, South Africa (AP) — South Africa won the second test and the series against Pakistan by making the 41 runs they needed on the morning of the fourth day on Sunday.

It wasn't as simple as South Africa were hoping, with the Proteas losing stand-in opener Theunis de Bruyn for 4 and seeing Hashim Amla retire hurt on 2 before they reached the simple target.

De Bruyn was opening in place of Aiden Markram, who was injured fielding on the third day.

Still, South Africa got there and were 43-1 to seal a nine-wicket win and a seventh straight series win at home by taking a 2-0 lead over Pakistan in the three-test contest. The final test in Johannesburg starts Friday.

Pakistan fell to a second straight series loss and failed throughout to deal with the South African pace bowling attack.

Pakistan were bowled out for 177 in the first innings at Newlands and South Africa were in control after that, with Dale Steyn's seven wickets in the match the fast bowler's best performance since a career-threatening shoulder injury in 2016.


Austrian Hirscher gets 30th career World Cup slalom win

Austria's Marcel Hirscher, center, winner of an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom, poses with second placed France's Alexis Pinturault, left, and third placed Austria's Manuel Feller, in Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, Jan. 6. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

Eric Willemsen

Zagreb, Croatia (AP) — Marcel Hirscher returned to winning ways Sunday, triumphing in the first men's World Cup slalom of 2019 after he had missed the podium in the last two races.

The seven-time overall champion trailed Austrian teammate Marco Schwarz after the opening leg but posted the fastest time in the final run before Schwarz straddled a gate and failed to finish.

"It was today definitely not the easiest victory I have made so far," said Hirscher, who has won 10 of the last 12 slaloms. "But in the end of the day I am super, super happy. It was quite a hard day of work."

It was Hirscher's 64th career win and 30th in the discipline. Only Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark (40) and Italy's Alberto Tomba (35) have won more men's slalom races.

Hirscher rarely misses out on a podium in consecutive races. The last time he didn't make the podium in three straight races was in February 2016.

After placing 26th in the last slalom of 2018 in Italy and starting the new calendar year by placing seventh in the city event in Oslo, he spoke of "a mini-crisis."

His focus on winning is so big, that he calls finishing 26th or even seventh a "DNF," a did-not-finish.

"After finishing two races with a DNF, it is nice to be back in the finish area with another 100 points. The last two races not scoring points was not fun, it was making me nervous, even after all those years," he said, adding that "the people in Austria want to see me winning, or at least on the podium."

And Hirscher was fast to acknowledge that Sunday's win had "not really" ended his doubts.

"The feeling is a little bit weird with the changing conditions we have this year," Hirscher said. "It is hard to find the right set-up for each terrain and for every condition."

Alexis Pinturault of France was 0.60 seconds behind Hirscher in second, and Manuel Feller of Austria was another 0.02 further behind in third for his first career slalom podium.

Hirscher's main rival in the slalom World Cup, Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway, finished in fifth place.

Pinturault returned to a slalom podium for the first time since winning in Wengen, Switzerland, five years ago.

"I had troubles finding my best level and with my skis and the setup. These were really hard years," said the Frenchman, adding he had put more focus on slalom training again last summer.

Schwarz's half-time lead and Feller's third-place finish underlined the depth of the Austrian technical team.

"We have been a pretty good and fast team the last years, too. We are getting better and better," Feller said. "The coaches did a really good job, we came out of nothing. And with Marcel as our leader, we know how fast we have to be to get to the top."

It was Hirscher's fifth victory on the outskirts of the Croatian capital. No other male skier has won more slaloms at a single resort. Only Stenmark (in both Madonna di Campiglio and Kitzbuehel) and Tomba (in Sestriere) have also recorded five wins at one venue.

Watched by 10,000 spectators along the icy Crveni Spust course, Hirscher started the race with a solid run but still trailed Schwarz, who led an Austrian sweep of the top three in the opening run.

Five days after winning his first World Cup at the city event in Oslo, Schwarz was 0.37 faster than Hirscher, while Feller was 0.42 behind in third. Pinturault was 0.77 off the lead in fifth.

On a course set by his coach Helmut Grassl, Olympic champion Andre Myhrer of Sweden finished 2.71 seconds off the lead and failed to qualify for the second run.

The men's World Cup continues with another slalom and a GS in Adelboden, Switzerland, next weekend.


Nishikori, Pliskova win Brisbane International titles

Kei Nishikori of Japan plays a shot during his final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 6. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Brisbane, Australia (AP) — Kei Nishikori won his first ATP title since Memphis in 2016 with a dominating final set to beat Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the Brisbane International final on Sunday.

The 2014 U.S. Open finalist served for the match at 5-1 in the third set, but Medvedev earned a temporary reprieve when he broke the Japanese player's serve to extend the match.

But Nishikori, who had lost nine consecutive ATP finals over 52 tournaments in nearly three years, broke the Russian player's serve on four consecutive points in the final game to clinch the match in just 2 hours, 6 minutes, at Pat Rafter Arena.

Earlier, Karolina Pliskova won her second Brisbane title, beating Lesia Tsurenko 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 after coming within just two points of defeat.

Serving for the title at 5-4 Sunday, Tsurenko lost 13 straight points. It came after Tsurenko rolled her ankle in the second game of the deciding set.

Tsurenko was 4-0 in her previous WTA finals. Pliskova won her first Brisbane title two years ago.

Pliskova improved her record in Brisbane to 13-2 and joined Victoria Azarenka (2009, 2016) and Serena Williams (2013-14) as the third woman to win the tournament twice.
 


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