Halep edges American in Australia; Venus next; Serena wins
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Push Simona Halep to the brink, and she summons her best. The Australian Open's top-seeded woman got all she could handle from 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin in the second round before taking the last four games to emerge with a 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4 victory that took 2½ hours Thursday.
AP Interview: Europol ties together tennis match-fixer rings
PARIS (AP) — European police agency Europol says it has identified links between match-fixing gambling syndicates being unraveled in Spain and Belgium that are thought to have paid off dozens of players and corrupted lower-level tennis tournaments on a massive scale.
The Latest: Muguruza wins match after 3 a.m. in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the Australian Open (all times local): 3:12 a.m. An Australian Open match that began after midnight is finally over — and didn't end until past 3 a.m.
Gladys Knight to sing national anthem at the Super Bowl
NEW YORK (AP) — Gladys Knight will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at this year's Super Bowl. The seven-time Grammy Award-winner says she's proud to use her voice to "unite and represent our country" in her hometown of Atlanta.
11 years later, Djokovic tops Tsonga again in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — All these years later, although with much less on the line, Novak Djokovic again got the better of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open.
Journalist in Ghana who exposed soccer corruption shot dead
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — An investigative journalist whose work exposed deep-rooted corruption in African soccer and led to the downfall of a member of the sport's high-powered FIFA Council was shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike, police said Thursday.
The Latest: Michigan State votes to oust Engler immediately
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of interim Michigan State University President John Engler (all times local): 9:30 a.m.
Michigan State says Engler resignation effective immediately
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University's Board of Trustees said Thursday that interim president John Engler's resignation is effective immediately.
Strong start, finish lift Serena past Bouchard in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams figured it was important to get off to a strong start against Eugenie Bouchard in the Australian Open's second round Thursday.
Police: Ex-NFL player catches man outside daughter's window
WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) — Police say a former NFL player beat a man after catching him outside his 14-year-old daughter's window. Former cornerback Tony Beckham told Palm Beach County sheriff's officers he was walking to his car on Monday when he saw the man with his hands in his pants, which were down.
Former hockey Olympian Lyndsey Fry giving back in Arizona
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Lyndsey Fry could have continued playing hockey. She had a stellar collegiate career, a degree, an Olympic silver medal placed around her neck, so playing professionally was a logical next step.
Stephen Curry scores 41 points as Warrior hold off Pelicans
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry stepped back time and again and released the ball from way back. Most of the time with at least one defender in his face, too.
Irving's 27 points, 18 assists leads Celtics past Raptors
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving said he regretted criticizing his younger teammates, then he made a call to a former teammate he also owed an apology.
Harden scores 58 points in Rockets' OT loss to Nets
HOUSTON (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie didn't seem to be nearly as wowed by his late-game scoring for the Brooklyn Nets as he was by the fact that his team got an overtime victory on a night James Harden had a season-high 58 points.
Michigan State President Engler says he'll resign next week
DETROIT (AP) — The former governor brought in to help Michigan State University recover from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal resigned Wednesday as the school's interim president amid backlash over his comments about some of the ex-sports doctor's victims.
Soup's off: Peters, Payton downplay gumbo beef in big game
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Peters stood at a podium Wednesday and spoke about his respect for Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints.
Brees first game at 40 his biggest in 9 years
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees is about to play his first game as a 40-year-old — and his biggest game in nine years. When the Saints host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC championship game in New Orleans on Sunday, it'll be the first time Brees, who turned 40 on Tuesday, has played for the conference title since the 2009 season.
The Latest: Michigan State president says he'll quit Jan. 23
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of Michigan State University's interim president (all times local): 6:40 p.m.
Pats' Brady, Chiefs' Mahomes achieve success different ways
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One of them is a sixth-round pick who married a supermodel, became one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history and is still going strong well past his 41st birthday.
Rose makes 2019 debut with the No. 1 ranking
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — The timing couldn't be better for Justin Rose, or for the Desert Classic. Rose played so much golf toward the end of last year that he wasn't quite ready to fly from his home in the Bahamas to Hawaii to start 2019 against a winners-only field at Kapalua.
Crisis infects soccer tournament as Qatar faces Saudi Arabia
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Traveling to the Asian Cup should have been a simple flight lasting barely an hour for Qatar's soccer players.
Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman will retire after 2019
CINCINNATI (AP) — Like his longtime broadcasting cohort used to say, Marty Brennaman is rounding third and heading for home. The Reds play-by-play announcer said Wednesday that he'll retire after the 2019 season, his 46th in Cincinnati.
Boomer Sooner: Tide QB Jalen Hurts transferring to Oklahoma
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley could not help but admire Jalen Hurts from a distance. He respected how the Alabama quarterback who lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa put the team above his pride.
Europeans unravel massive tennis match-fixing ring
PARIS (AP) — The crooked tennis players knew him as "Maestro." To European investigators, the Armenian based in Belgium is emerging as the suspected ringleader of an organized gambling syndicate suspected of fixing hundreds of matches and paying off more than 100 players from around Europe.
Vonn to start injury-delayed final full season in Cortina
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — It's going to be an emotional weekend for Lindey Vonn. Finally ready to open her injury-delayed final full season on the World Cup circuit, Vonn will also be racing in one of her favorite resorts for the last time.

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