Women's sports

Serbia's Novak Djokovic makes a forehand return to France's Lucas Pouille during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 25, 2019 - 2:16 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Friday (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Six-time champion Novak Djokovic set up an Australian Open final against second-ranked Rafael Nadal by routing Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. Djokovic extended his streak of Grand Slam semifinal...
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Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic answers questions at a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Kvitova will play Japan's Naomi Osaka in Saturday's women's final. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 24, 2019 - 11:42 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Petra Kvitova has shed her tears. The tears, for a long time private, were in a very public arena this week. A violent home invasion that caused serious knife wounds to her left hand was a punctuation point in her career, as she sees it. There's the before — two...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2018, file photo, Kelly Clark competes in the women's halfpipe qualifying at Phoenix Snow Park at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Though she’s saying goodbye to competition, Clark will remained involved in the sport, mainly through Burton, the snowboard maker that has backed her career through thick and thin. She’s designed an environmentally friendly snowboard for women called The Rise that will go into limited production. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
January 24, 2019 - 11:18 pm
DENVER (AP) — What was perhaps Kelly Clark's most memorable trip down a halfpipe had nothing to do with winning. It was the Winter X Games in 2011. Clark had already secured the title. With one lap left — a victory lap, as they call it in snowboarding — she decided to try something no woman had...
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A family goes through a water cooling walkway at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 24, 2019 - 11:02 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Scorching heat knocked out power to homes and businesses, raised wildfire risks and sent tennis fans looking for water and shade Friday in Australia's second-largest city, which recorded its hottest day in five years. Melbourne reached 42 .8 C (109 F) by early afternoon...
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January 24, 2019 - 7:25 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Forced into 21 turnovers by Clemson's swarming defense, No. 8 N.C. State countered with a strong defensive finish to remain the nation's only unbeaten team. Kiara Leslie scored 13 points, Elissa Cunane added 11 and Erika Cassell 10 as N.C. State topped Clemson 54-51 on Thursday...
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Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale (24) brings the ball up during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
January 24, 2019 - 7:09 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw worried her team might be facing Tennessee at the worst possible time as the Lady Volunteers tried to end their longest losing streak in nearly half a century. Sure enough, the top-ranked Fighting Irish needed to erase a second-half deficit...
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Oliver Jarvis, left, of Great Britain, applies a decal to the front of his car as Mazda Director of Motorsports John Doonan, looks on after Jarvis qualified for the pole position for the IMSA 24 hour race at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
January 24, 2019 - 4:39 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Rolex 24 at Daytona is an annual display of the most gorgeous sports cars in a splashy opening to the North American motorsport season. The action-packed endurance race is a glittery manufacturer showcase that draws deep-pocketed car collectors to a party inside...
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Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates after defeating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
January 24, 2019 - 7:22 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka says she hopes her sponsors will consult with her about how they portray her, but her focus is on her game as she heads into the final at the Australian Open. Osaka was asked about criticism over one of her main sponsors, Nissin Foods Holdings, after...
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This photo provided by Amazon shows Andrea Kremer, left, and Hannah Storm posing for a portrait at Pier 59 studios on Sept. 21, 2018, in New York. Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer had so much fun in their first season calling NFL games on Amazon Prime that they are coming back for an encore. Amazon announced Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, that the veteran announcing duo will return next season to call the Thursday night package on Amazon's prime video service. (Amazon via AP)
January 24, 2019 - 6:20 am
Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer had so much fun in their first season calling NFL games on Amazon Prime that they are coming back for an encore. Amazon announced Thursday the veteran announcing duo will return next season to call the Thursday night package on Amazon's prime video service. "It's...
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Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates after defeating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
January 23, 2019 - 11:59 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Naomi Osaka never made it past the fourth round at any of the first 10 Grand Slam tournaments of her career. Now, still just 21, she's suddenly on the verge of a second consecutive major championship. And the No. 1 ranking, too. Osaka moved one victory away from adding...
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