MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Aryna Sabalenka figures she’ll feel some jitters when she steps out on court to face Elena Rybakina in the Australian Open women's final.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt told reporters Friday that he is baffled over how $12.7 million of his money has gone missing from a local private investment firm that authorities are investigating as part of a massive fraud that began more than a decade ago.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol and will not participate in the 2023 Pro Bowl, a person with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers got a jolt offensively when they made the bold decision in October to trade four draft picks to add Christian McCaffrey to an already deep group of playmakers.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes finished a full week of practice on his ailing right ankle Friday, and Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid pronounced his All-Pro quarterback ready to go for the AFC championship game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Former Carolina Panthers interim coach Steve Wilks is “disappointed, but not defeated” that he didn’t land the team’s full-time head coaching position.
The Panthers announced on Thursday they've agreed to hire Frank Reich as their coach.
Let's play Six Degrees of Steve Wilks, a quick and easy way to connect the dots of racism in the NFL head coaching ranks.
— We'll start with Kliff Kingsbury, a white coach who was fired by Texas Tech in 2018 and somehow wound up as head man of the Arizona Cardinals the very next season.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Winning matches at the Australian Open does not give Novak Djokovic all that much trouble.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — There are still a handful of players left at Florida who remember the exact moment, during a timeout against rival Florida State more than two years ago, that Keyontae Johnson collapsed to the floor and time seemed to stand still.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Rallis had his younger brother draped over his shoulders and was set to dump him to the turf — as a roughhousing brother might do — when he took an abrupt blow to his ribs.
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics and slugger Jesús Aguilar agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract Friday.
The 32-year-old Aguilar batted .235 with 16 homers, 51 RBIs and a .661 OPS in 129 games for the Marlins and Orioles last season.
PARIS (AP) — Motorsport governing body the FIA responded to reported sexist comments made by its president Mohammed Ben Sulayem on his personal website in 2001 by saying they “do not reflect his beliefs.”
MONTREAL (AP) — Montreal Canadiens winger Cole Caufield said Friday he wouldn't be having season-ending surgery on his right shoulder if the team were in playoff contention.
But with the Canadiens near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the 22-year-old Caufield said he decided to have the surgery to protect his long-term health.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Reliever Pete Fairbanks and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons.
The deal announced Friday includes a club option for 2026 which, along with performance escalators and potential bonuses, could significantly increase the amount the right-hander earns.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer will be the next addition to the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.
Mauer will become the 38th member of the group when he's inducted on Aug. 5 before the Twins host Arizona, the team announced Friday.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Almeria eased to a 3-1 win over Espanyol at home on Friday and remained unbeaten since the Spanish league restarted following the World Cup.
Almeria, which was promoted for this season, has gone undefeated in five league games since the end of December.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Long accustomed to being recognized in most every rink he enters in Canada, Paul Henderson enjoys attending his grandson’s college hockey games in relative anonymity while seated with his wife Eleanor in Section 10 of Buffalo’s Harborcenter.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals signed veteran reliever Aroldis Chapman to a $3.75 million, one-year contract Friday, a week after agreeing to terms with the seven-time All-Star, who is coming off a lackluster season with the New York Yankees.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker, coming off the team's fifth consecutive NL East title, signed a contract extension on Friday that runs through the 2025 season.
Snitker, 67, guided the Braves to the 2021 World Series championship before the team won 101 games last season.
LONDON (AP) — England back Elliot Daly was ruled out of the upcoming Six Nations on Friday after injuring his right hamstring while playing for his Saracens club.
First, he cried with joy and shared the news with his family. Then, Thiago Almada needed to catch a plane. Quickly.
The Atlanta United midfielder was called up to Argentina's World Cup squad as an injury replacement mere days before the team's opening game.
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Kraken rookie All-Star Matty Beniers will miss the team’s final two games before the All-Star break after taking a big hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers earlier this week.
Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said after morning skate Friday that Beniers would not play Friday night against Calgary or Saturday against Columbus.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (AP) — England let a dominant start to its chase slip and South Africa won the first one-day international by 27 runs with a memorable fightback on Friday.
Jason Roy made 113 for England and his opening stand of 146 off 118 balls with Dawid Malan (59) appeared to put the visitors on course for an easy win chasing 299.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Every game the Texas Longhorns play feels like an audition for interim coach Rodney Terry.
At some point, the school must decide if he deserves a callback.
ROME (AP) — Benetton and Italy prop Ivan Nemer was suspended until the end of the season on Friday after giving a rotten banana to a Black teammate.
During a secret Santa exchange of gifts at a Benetton team dinner on Dec.
PARIS (AP) — French Rugby Federation president Bernard Laporte resigned on Friday to avoid further embarrassing France's preparations for staging the Rugby World Cup this year.
A Paris court in December found Laporte guilty of passive corruption, influence peddling, illegal interest taking and misuse of corporate assets.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA banned Uruguay players Fernando Muslera and José María Giménez for four games each on Friday for aggressively confronting match officials when the team was eliminated from the World Cup last month.
Rugby’s oldest championship is getting a modern twist with the Netflix streaming service being given a behind-the-scenes look at the 2023 Six Nations for a docuseries released next year.
It should help to broaden the sport's appeal, driving more interest in the United States especially ahead of the country hosting a Rugby World Cup for the first time in 2031, but what is it likely to tell us?
BERLIN (AP) — Union Berlin has signed midfielder Aïssa Laïdouni, who played for Tunisia at the World Cup, adding depth to a team contending for Champions League qualification.
Laïdouni arrived Friday from Hungarian club Ferencvaros after starting all three of Tunisia's games in the World Cup, where the North African nation exited in the group stage.
A look at France’s rugby team ahead of the Six Nations starting on Feb. 4:
A look at Ireland’s rugby team ahead of the Six Nations starting on Feb. 4:
A look at England's rugby team ahead of the Six Nations starting on Feb. 4:
A look at Wales' rugby team ahead of the Six Nations tournament starting Feb. 4:
A look at Scotland’s rugby team ahead of the Six Nations starting on Feb. 4:
A look at Italy's rugby team ahead of the Six Nations starting on Feb. 4:
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain coach Christophe Galtier is unsure if he can retain goalkeeper Keylor Navas amid reported interest from Premier League club Nottingham Forest.
With the January transfer window closing soon, the 36-year-old Navas has been linked with a move after losing his starting position to Italy's European Championship-winning goalie Gianluigi Donnarumma.
LONDON (AP) — A look at some of the best young players expected to play in the Six Nations and who might go on to light up the Rugby World Cup later this year:
CADAN MURLEY, ENGLAND
The 22-year-old Murley is in line for his England debut as part of an overhaul of the team’s wingers by coach Steve Borthwick.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said Friday that offensive coordinator Nate Scheelhaase will coach the quarterbacks after position coach Joel Gordon left for South Florida.
Scheelhaase, who had coached running backs and receivers since he arrived in Ames in 2018, was promoted to OC last month.
Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss at least three weeks with a sprained knee.
The team announced the reigning MVP's anticipated absence Friday, two days after Matthews was injured in Toronto's victory against the New York Rangers.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed produced big first-round finishes at the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday in what could lead to an intriguing showdown as the competition heads to a Monday conclusion.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona and defender Marcos Alonso have reached an agreement to extend his contract until the end of the 2023-24 season, the Spanish club said Friday.
Alonso joined Barcelona as a free agent in September after terminating his contract with Chelsea.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany will host Belgium for a friendly match in March as both teams look to move on from disappointing group-stage exits at the World Cup, the German soccer federation said Friday.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami fired offensive coordinator Josh Gattis on Friday, ending the former Broyles Award winner's time with the Hurricanes after only one season.
The school announced the move in a one-sentence press release, with no other detail: “Josh Gattis has been relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator, Miami head football coach Mario Cristobal announced Friday," read the release, sent from a university spokesman.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lou Lopez Senechal scored 26 points and Aaliyah Edwards added 25 to lead No. 5 Connecticut to a 84-67 victory over Tennessee in a matchup of iconic women's basketball programs on Thursday night.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — It took four days for the No. 2 Ohio State women to go from unbeaten to second place in the Big Ten.
If the Buckeyes don't find a fix quickly, coach Kevin McGuff knows the slide could accelerate.
SYDNEY (AP) — Argentina’s men and New Zealand’s women carried their recent winning form into the first day of the Sydney Rugby Sevens tournament on Friday.
New Zealand and Argentina won their respective titles at the Hamilton, New Zealand leg of the World Sevens Series last weekend.