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January 9, 2019 7:03 PM WTA roundup: Barty upsets No. 1 Halep in Sydney

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty stunned world No. 1 Simona Halep in straight sets in the second round of the Sydney International on Wednesday. Barty converted four of her seven break chances and struck 26 winners in the 6-4, 6-4 victory, compared to just nine winners by the top-seeded Romanian. It wasn’t the day’s only upset. Qualifier Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 79

January 8, 2019 12:21 PM Asian Cup: Iraq stun Vietnam with late Adnan free kick; Saudi Arabia ease past North Korea

Iraq's Ali Adnan scored with a curling free kick in the final minute as the former champions were twice forced to come from behind to beat Vietnam 3-2 in the Asian Cup on Tuesday, while Saudi Arabia eased to a 4-0 win over North Korea in the later game. Italy-based winger Adnan placed his strike high and to the left of Vietnam goalkeeper Dang Van Lam to give 2007 winners 69

January 7, 2019 9:56 PM Mugger targets female UFC fighter, ends up in the hospital

When a would-be thief saw 26-year-old Polyana Viana waiting for a taxi on Saturday outside her Rio de Janeiro apartment, he apparently concluded she was easy prey. He asked her what time it was, she reportedly said, before trying to bully her into giving him her cellphone. He also told her he had a gun. She quickly sized up the situation – it’s second 93

January 7, 2019 9:04 PM USC's Kliff Kingsbury to interview for multiple NFL head-coaching jobs

USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, who has emerged as one of the most coveted candidates for NFL jobs, is expected to interview for head-coaching positions with multiple teams, sources confirmed to ESPN. USC initially had been blocking NFL teams from interviewing Kingsbury, who joined the Trojans' staff last month after being fired as Texas Tech's 57

January 7, 2019 3:30 PM Boy survives horrific injury after bolt pierces skull

A 5-year-old boy somehow escaped a severe brain injury after a water pump explosion caused a metal bolt to pierce his skull, missing his brain by just millimeters. Chhabila Jumar, of Kathariya, India, was reportedly playing in a field near the broken pump while it was being repaired, according to SWNS. At some point, the pump’s fan belt snapped and sent fragments 93

January 7, 2019 10:24 AM Malaysian king abruptly abdicated throne after reported marriage to Russian beauty queen

Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V abdicated in an unexpected and rare move, just after two years on the throne. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun, File) The Malaysian king unexpectedly abdicated Sunday after just two years on the throne -- with some reports pegging his early exit as being related to his marriage to a Russian beauty queen last year. The palace said in a statement 100

January 7, 2019 9:04 AM Bears' Cody Parkey gets support from Kobe, D-Wade

Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey jogged off the field Sunday to boos from fans at Soldier Field, but he's found plenty of support on social media from two of the biggest names in the NBA. Parkey's potential 43-yard game-winning field goal was tipped and hit the left upright and bounced off the crossbar, giving the Philadelphia Eagles a 16-15 victory 47

January 7, 2019 3:12 AM Christian Bale Just Thanked Satan For Inspiring His Performance as Dick Cheney in Vice

Christian Bale seized an opportunity to call out Dick Cheney at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday night. The Welch actor won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for portraying the former vice president in Vice. Bale joked that his wife had told him before he took the stage that “less is more” with his speech. That didn’t stop him from taking 79

January 6, 2019 6:52 PM Fatah withdraws officers from Gaza-Egypt crossing

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – The Palestinian Authority says it is withdrawing its officers from a key crossing point between the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and Egypt. The announcement on Sunday came amid rising tension between the Islamic militant movement, which took control of Gaza in a 2007, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party. The Palestinian 81

January 6, 2019 5:48 AM Hutchinson stops 28 as Leafs blank Canucks

Michael Hutchinson stopped 28 shots to earn his first shutout of the season, Auston Matthews had a goal and two assists and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the visiting Vancouver Canucks 5-0 Saturday night. Andreas Johnsson and Igor Ozhiganov each added a goal and an assist, and John Tavares and Trevor Moore each scored once for the Maple Leafs, who had lost their 89