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January 16, 2019 5:14 AM Australia's Barty shines brightly as compatriots stumble

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia’s top-ranked player Ashleigh Barty beat Wang Yafan 6-2 6-3 in a straight-forward affair on Wednesday, propelling the home country’s leading prospect into the third round. The 15th-seeded Barty is the highest ranked local player — either man or woman — in the tournament and is known for her court craft and is an accomplished 2468

January 16, 2019 1:46 AM 7th-grade QB Isaiah Marshall gets scholarship offer from Michigan

Isaiah Marshall, a seventh-grade quarterback at MacArthur Academy in Southfield, Michigan, has been offered a scholarship to play at Michigan, according to his father, Brian. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh extended the offer after watching tape of the 13-year-old signal-caller while visiting the school searching for high school prospects at Southfield 2515

January 15, 2019 8:24 AM PSG confident Frenkie de Jong will choose them over Barca, Man City

Paris Saint-Germain are increasingly optimistic that they will beat Barcelona and Manchester City to the signing of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong this summer, according to ESPN FC sources close to the French champions. The Netherlands international is wanted by a host of Europe's top clubs but PSG, Barca and City have emerged as the 21-year-old's three 147

January 15, 2019 4:38 AM South Carolina HS football player dies during ACL surgery

Nick Dixon, a senior at Spartanburg High School, died during surgery a day after he committed to play in college, according to reports. (Facebook) A high school football standout in South Carolina died during surgery a day after he committed to play in college, according to reports. Nick Dixon, a senior at Spartanburg High School, suffered complications 129

January 14, 2019 6:04 PM Kyrie Irving says desire to win was root of frustration after loss to Magic

NEW YORK -- Kyrie Irving suggested his desire to win got the best of him when he expressed frustration with his teammates after the Boston Celtics' loss on Saturday to the Orlando Magic. "I never want to come from a place where I don't want to sound like, or make it feel like, I don't want to win a championship. Sometimes I may come off and say things 108

January 14, 2019 5:04 PM France to cull wild boar at Belgium border in swine fever alert

PARIS (Reuters) - France will cull all wild boar in a zone along the Belgian border to try and avoid an outbreak of a deadly swine disease after new cases were discovered nearby in Belgium, the French agriculture ministry said on Monday. France has been on alert for African swine fever since the virus was confirmed in September among wild boar in Belgium 136

January 14, 2019 4:52 PM Frederik Andersen returns to net for first time since Dec. 22

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been scuffling lately, but they'll get a boost with the return of goalie Frederik Andersen on Monday against the Avalanche. "I've been working hard on making sure it feels well and feels good to play on, and is something that won't linger," Andersen said after Monday's morning skate. "That's why we took a little bit extra 104

January 14, 2019 4:43 PM Chiefs vs Patriots: 5 things to know about the AFC Championship game

The Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots will face off in the AFC Championship game Sunday, with the Patriots looking to go back to the Super Bowl and avenge their close loss from last season. The Chiefs defeated the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, 31-13, to reach the conference championship. The Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday 467

January 14, 2019 2:59 AM Mavericks' J.J. Barea to have Achilles surgery on Monday

Dallas Mavericks sixth man J.J. Barea will undergo surgery Monday on his torn right Achilles tendon, coach Rick Carlisle said Sunday. Barea was injured during Friday's 119-115 road victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Barea, 34, a longtime Dallas fan favorite who played a key role on the 2011 championship team, has been the leader of one of the NBA's 115

January 13, 2019 11:22 AM Messi scores 400th La Liga goal as Barcelona beat Eibar to extend lead at top

Luis Suarez scored twice while Lionel Messi scored his 400th La Liga goal as Barcelona re-opened a five-point lead over second place Atletico Madrid in La Liga with a 3-0 win over Eibar. Barca came into the match on the back of a defeat to Levante in the Copa del Rey, but were back to winning ways with a relatively simple victory at Camp Nou. He opened 77