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first_imgDjokovic tops Thiem, wins 8th Australian titleMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has won a record-extending eighth Australian Open championship, beating Dominic Thiem (teem) 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. No other man in the history of tennis has won this tournament more than six times.It’s the 17th Grand Slam title for Djokovic, who has five titles from Wimbledon, three from the U.S. Open and one from the French Open. Only Roger Federer, with 20, and Rafael Nadal, with 19, have won more men’s Grand Slam singles trophies.Djokovic’s victory means he will return to No. 1 in the rankings, replacing Nadal.Thiem was appearing in his third major final. He has lost them all. IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Luka Garza bounced back from a slow start to score 25 points and No. 18 Iowa clamped down in the final four minutes to beat No. 19 Illinois 72-65. Garza is the Big Ten’s top scorer, but he didn’t have a point in the first 15 minutes. He wound up making a career-high four 3-pointers and shot 9 of 16 overall. He also had 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season. Andres Feliz scored 17 points for Illinois, which had won seven in a row.PGA-PHOENIX OPEN-KOBE BRYANTPGA Tour remembers Kobe Bryant with 16th-hole pin positionSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The PGA Tour joined players with a 16th-hole tribute to Kobe Bryant on Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, using his two Lakers uniform numbers to cut the final-round pin position on the stadium par 3.The pin was placed 24 yards from the front edge and 8 yards from the left edge, putting it in the back left corner of the green on the rowdy hole that holds more than 20,000 fans. If the 49ers win they’ll tie the record shared by Pittsburgh and New England. The 49ers also are looking to be only the second team to go from 4-12 the previous season to the top of the heap. They haven’t won it all since the 1994 season.The Chiefs are making their third appearance in the Super Bowl, a name their founder Lamar Hunt came up with. But it’s their first time back since 1970, when they beat the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth Super Bowl, the final AFL-NFL matchup. The leagues merged the following season.Weather for the NFL’s biggest game is expected to be perfect. There is a cloudless blue sky in Miami Gardens, Florida — where the temperature is a bit unseasonable by South Florida standards. Forecasters say it’ll be around 61 degrees at kickoff, cooling into the upper 50s as the night goes along.Kick-off is 6:30 p.m. Eastern tonight.TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPEN NBA-NETS-IRVING OUTKyrie Irving out at least a week with right knee sprainNEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving will miss at least a week with a sprained medial ligament in his right knee.The Brooklyn Nets star had an MRI exam Sunday that confirmed the team’s diagnosis after he was injured Saturday in Washington.Irving got hurt in the fourth quarter of a 113-107 loss, when he and Wizards guard Bradley Beal got tangled battling for a loose ball and Irving’s knee twisted as he landed on the court. He stayed down for a couple minutes before remaining in the game for the jump ball — in which he didn’t jump — and then left the court and went to the locker room. Irving had his highest-scoring game of the season the previous night, scoring 54 points in a victory over Chicago.The Nets said Irving will be re-evaluated in a week. He will miss at least home games against Phoenix and Golden State — whose point guard, D’Angelo Russell, he replaced on the Nets — as well as a game at Toronto.Irving previously missed 26 games in his first season in Brooklyn with a right shoulder injury. He also sat out one after returning with hamstring tightness and didn’t play last Sunday after learning of Kobe Bryant’s death while preparing to face the New York Knicks.NHL-SCHEDULEPenguins best Caps 4-3 Associated Press NBA-SCHEDULEPistons beat Nuggets 128-123 in OTDETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 21 points and 17 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons rallied from an early 21-point deficit to beat the Denver Nuggets 128-123 in overtime, snapping their five-game losing streak. Reggie Jackson added 20 points and Bruce Brown scored 19 for Detroit. Drummond fouled out with 2:43 left in overtime.Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) had 39 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for Denver. His 3-pointer with 29.4 seconds left made it 126-123, but Thon Maker answered with an alley-oop dunk at the other end to push the lead to five.Rookie forward Michael Porter Jr. joined the list of injured Denver players, missing the game because of a right ankle problem. The Nuggets are also without Paul Millsap (left knee), Jamal Murray (left ankle) and Mason Plumlee (right foot). February 2, 2020 Update on the latest sports WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Murray made 29 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in the 50th regular-season game between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin (oh-VECH’-kin). The Penguins crept within four points of the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals with an extra game left to play. They’re 2-0 out of their bye week and have won five of seven since Crosby came back. They’ve won 31 of the 50 Crosby versus Ovechkin games dating to their NHL debuts during the 2005-06 season.Sam Lafferty, Patric Hornqvist, Dominik Simon and Brandon Tanev scored for Pittsburgh. Rookie goaltender Ilya Samsonov allowed four goals to lose his first career start against the Penguins.Ovechkin was held off the score sheet and remains at 695 career goals.T25-MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLIowa tops Illinois 72-65 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappNFL-SUPER BOWLThe big day has arrivedMIAMI (AP) — History will be made in this year’s Super Bowl at the Hard Rock Stadium. Either the San Francisco 49ers will equal the most Lombardi Trophy victories with their sixth, or the Kansas City Chiefs will take their first title in a half-century. It’s the first time the Chiefs and the 49ers face off in a Superbowl. Bryant, daughter Gianna and seven others were killed a week ago in a helicopter crash in California.Third-round leader Tony Finau (FEE’-now) and fourth-ranked Justin Thomas have donned Bryant jerseys on the hole. Finau birdied it Friday and Saturday wearing a yellow No. 8 Lakers jersey. Thomas has worn a white No. 33 Lower Merion High School jersey, selecting it over a Lakers jersey that he also brought from his collection.WORLD WCUP-WOMEN’S SUPER-GBrignone wins super-G in overall leader Shiffrin’s absenceROSA KHUTOR, Russia (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) won a women’s World Cup super-G after overall leader Mikaela Shiffrin sat out the race on Sunday, strengthening her runner-up position in the standings. The win left the Italian 270 points short of Shiffrin’s leading tally.The American three-time overall champion decided to skip the races in the 2014 Olympic resort after winning the previous super-G and a downhill in Bulgaria a week ago.Shiffrin, who won the super-G world title and discipline standings last year, was not the only top contender to sit out this weekend’s races. Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova and Italy’s Marta Bassino also refrained from traveling to Russia.last_img read more

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Angels still have holes to fill in infield as winter meetings begin

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error With so many games at first taken by Pujols, it might be tough for the Angels to attract a premier first baseman like Eric Hosmer, Carlos Santana or even Logan Morrison.If the Angels are looking for one more big bat, the cleanest fit might be getting an everyday third baseman. Mike Moustakas is the player most often linked to the Angels, but his defense is questionable and he’s never been much of an on-base threat. Otherwise, the third base market is thin.If the Angels go after a lesser player, it would probably be a right-handed hitter to platoon with Valbuena at third.Danny Valencia, a right-handed hitter who crushes lefties and plays first and third, might be a good fit, although there are questions about his clubhouse presence. Right-handed hitting Eduardo Nuñez could also be a possibility, providing the extra benefit that he could be the backup shortstop.Depending on the caliber of player the Angels get, it might squeeze out Cron, who could be a trade candidate.The corner infield decision relates to second in the amount of money the Angels have to spend on that spot, and also on how strongly they desire their second baseman to be able to hit left-handed.Cesar Hernandez of the Philadelphia Phillies is arguably the most perfect fit for the Angels. He is solid defensively, a switch-hitter, arbitration eligible for three more years at a total cost of about $21 million and he has a .372 on-base percentage over the past two years.The Phillies, though, don’t need to trade Hernandez, and it’s likely the only thing that would push them to do so is if they can get a young, major-league ready starting pitcher. The Angels now have six years of control of Ohtani, which makes everyone else in the rotation a little more expendable.Other than Hernandez, there are plenty of available second basemen who could be acquired for little more than money. Starlin Castro is about to be traded from the New York Yankees to the Miami Marlins once the Giancarlo Stanton deal is final. He makes more than $11 million each of the next two years, so the Marlins would likely move him to any team that will take the whole salary, but Castro hits right-handed and is below average on defense.Right-handed hitting Ian Kinsler ($11 million in 2018) and left-handed Jason Kipnis ($30 million over the next two years) are both coming off bad years. If the Angels want either one, and want to pay them, the prospect cost should be minimal.The best free agent second baseman is Neil Walker, who is 32 and has been injured much of the past two years. He is a switch-hitter who has a .355 on-base percentage the last two years, though.The Angels also need a backup shortstop to replace Cliff Pennington and a fourth outfielder to replace Ben Revere. Nolan Fontana and Michael Hermosillo, respectively, are the best in-house candidates.All of that is going to cost enough that the Angels are likely to search the bargain bin for added depth for the pitching staff. Last year, Eppler got Blake Parker, Bud Norris and Yusmeiro Petit on waivers or minor league deals.If the Angels go out of the box and add a marquee pitcher such as Yu Darvish, they would probably have to trade at least one of their young pitchers to fill another hole inexpensively. ANAHEIM — On a day dedicated to celebrating Shohei Ohtani, Mike Scioscia stood at the podium in front of Angel Stadium on Saturday and sent a not-so-subtle message to his bosses.“As we move forward, Billy and Arte aren’t done this winter to make our team the well-rounded team we can be,” the Angels manager said, a nod to General Manager Billy Eppler and owner Arte Moreno sitting to his right.Eppler simply smiled, no doubt aware that even though he’d already earned the Angels’ biggest headlines of the offseason by getting Ohtani, there is work to do as the Winter Meetings hit full swing on Monday outside Orlando, Fla.Ohtani bolsters the rotation and potentially the lineup, as a part-time designated hitter, but the Angels still have a shopping list topped by the need for one or two infielders.center_img The Ohtani deal, however, slightly changed the direction of the search.“We have talked about a little different dynamic of position players and how we can pivot off (the Ohtani) acquisition and best manage 162 games,” Eppler said Saturday.The Angels’ need for a second baseman hasn’t changed, but now their criteria for a corner infielder has shifted.With Ohtani now occupying the DH spot semi-regularly, Albert Pujols is pushed to first base semi-regularly as well. That leaves Eppler to solve a puzzle at first and third.He has Pujols for about 50 games at first; Luis Valbuena at first or third, but not against lefties; and C.J. Cron at first. It’s likely the Angels can afford one player to fill in the gaps.last_img read more

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