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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 290

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 285

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 55

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 43

January 14, 2019 8:44 PM Defenseman Josh Gorges retires after 13 NHL seasons

Josh Gorges is retiring after 13 years in the NHL, having twice reached the Eastern Conference finals with the Montreal Canadiens. The 34-year-old defenseman announced his decision Monday through the NHL Players' Association. Gorges has been out of hockey since his contract expired with Buffalo last season. His role gradually decreased during his four seasons 26

January 14, 2019 2:00 PM College basketball player suffers gruesome leg injury on drive to basket

Pierfrancesco Oliva suffered a gruesome leg injury Saturday. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) Saint Joseph's one-point loss Saturday would have been tough enough for the men's basketball team, but Pierfrancesco Oliva's gruesome leg injury made it a truly painful night. The Saint Joseph's forward was driving to the basket in the first half when he was met by Duquesne 60

January 14, 2019 10:58 AM Kansas City Chiefs lineman rewards homeless man who got him out of bind with AFC title game tickets

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Jeff Allen during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann, File) A Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman rewarded a homeless man Saturday who helped the player get his car out of the snow before his game against the Indianapolis Colts 74

January 13, 2019 10:55 AM Numbers: Messi makes La Liga history, Dave saves United

Lionel Messi is now the first player to score 400 goals in La Liga, taking 435 games to achieve the feat. The man closest to him is, no prizes for guessing, Cristiano Ronaldo, who got 311 in 292 matches before leaving for Juventus. Messi is the second player across Europe's top five leagues to have scored 400 league goals. (The first, Ronaldo, has 409 at last count) 41

January 13, 2019 10:01 AM Murray much more than just a tennis player, says Mauresmo

PARIS (Reuters) - Andy Murray will leave the sport as more than just a sporting figure, the Briton’s former coach Amelie Mauresmo said on Sunday. Murray, 31, said on Friday that this year’s Australian Open could be his last professional tournament, although the former world number one hopes he can bow out at his beloved Wimbledon. The three-time grand 53

January 12, 2019 5:36 AM Tennis: Umpiring a 'strange occupation', says Kyrgios

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios has had more than his fair share of run-ins with umpires over his career and on Saturday the Australian revealed that he thought it “strange” that anyone would want to officiate on a tennis court. The maverick 23-year-old has been forced to pay out tens of thousands of dollars in fines for swearing, making obscene gestures 35