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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 2162

January 16, 2019 1:57 AM Verizon deepens ties with Apple, offers free Apple Music to some U.S. customers

(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) said on Tuesday it will include free Apple Music subscriptions in some of its top-tier U.S. data plans, deepening its ties with the iPhone maker. Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is increasingly turning for growth to its services segment, which includes businesses such as iCloud storage, Apple Music and the App Store 2143

January 15, 2019 7:10 PM Netflix raises prices for U.S. subscribers

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) is raising monthly fees for its U.S. subscribers by between 13 percent and 18 percent, the video streaming pioneer’s first price increase since 2017 as it spends heavily on original content and international expansion. Prices for its popular standard plan, which allows streaming on two devices at the same time, will rise to $12.99 per month 1844

January 15, 2019 12:10 PM Factbox: Dan Evans v Roger Federer

In his first Grand Slam appearance since serving a 12-month drug ban, Evans battled fellow qualifier Tatsuma Ito to reach the second round. The Briton relies on his sliced backhand to gain an advantage in rallies and he is looking to break into the top 50 for the first time since 2017. But he will be wary of how easily Federer dispatched him at Wimbledon 163

January 15, 2019 9:10 AM Tottenham's Kane suffers ankle ligament damage, back in training early March

Harry Kane will be sidelined for two months after scans confirmed ankle ligament damage, and the Tottenham striker looks set to miss both legs of the Champions League last-16 showdown with Borussia Dortmund. Kane had to wait until Tuesday for a scan as the swelling went down on his ankle, but Spurs' fears have now been confirmed. A club statement read: "Following 238

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 135

January 14, 2019 9:45 PM Kyler Murray enters name in NFL draft, but A's can still negotiate with Heisman Trophy winner

The Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner has given himself the option to choose the NFL over Major League Baseball, for which he has a contract with the Oakland Athletics that includes a $4.66 million signing bonus. A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Murray actually submitted the paperwork Friday. The A's, who selected 106

January 14, 2019 9:34 AM China to collect samples from moon this year

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will launch a probe to collect samples from the moon around the end of this year, a space official said on Monday, weeks after Beijing hailed the successful touch down on the far side of the moon. The Chang’e-4 lunar probe landed on Jan. 3 and transmitted the first-ever “close range” image of the far side of the moon. China’s 128

January 14, 2019 8:18 AM Wife of federal worker wins the lottery amid shutdown crisis

There was a gold lining for one family negatively affected by the government shutdown. Carrie Walls, the wife of a federal worker who isn’t getting a paycheck because of the impasse, picked up a $100,000 check and a brand-new SUV after winning the Virginia lottery. As 800,000 government workers lamented missing pay Friday, Walls, who served in the Air Force 143

January 14, 2019 12:17 AM Renault-Nissan's Ghosn received 7 million euros from Dutch JV: Les Echos

PARIS (Reuters) - Ousted Renault-Nissan alliance chairman Carlos Ghosn was paid 7 million euros ($8 million) through a Dutch joint venture between Nissan and Mitsubishi, French financial daily Les Echos reported on its website on Sunday. Les Echos said that Nissan and Mitsubishi in June 2017 set up joint venture Nissan Mitsubishi BV (NMBV) in the Netherlands 142