Women's sports

Romania's Simona Halep smiles during a press at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 12, 2019 - 8:32 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Simona Halep was trying on her new shoes when she got the news direct from the draw about her tough section containing both Serena and Venus Williams at the Australian Open. Even before she contemplates possible back-to-back matches in the third and fourth round against...
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Britain's Andy Murray wipes tears from his face during a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A tearful Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of a hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)
January 11, 2019 - 5:26 pm
The outpouring of sadness and respect in Britain over the news of Andy Murray's imminent retirement makes it easy to forget the emotional barrier that existed for so long between the Scottish tennis great and sports fans in his own country. Grumpy, sulky, petulant, cold. That was the initial view...
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FILE - In this June 24, 2010, file photo, John Isner of the United States, left, and France's Nicolas Mahut pose for a photo next to the scoreboard following their epic men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon. The Australian Open and Wimbledon are finally doing what the U.S. Open has done for decades: figuring out a way to end a fifth set before it becomes another 26-24 slog or _ perish the thought _ 70-68. While some fans and others might still like the idea that a match could go on and on and on forever, or seemingly forever, players such as John Isner are thrilled about the change. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool, File)
January 11, 2019 - 1:32 am
Andy Roddick knows a thing or two about playing a tennis match that just won't seem to end. The Hall of Famer once won an Australian Open quarterfinal that ended 21-19 in the fifth set. He also lost a Wimbledon final against Roger Federer that went to 16-14 in the fifth set, a 2009 epic that...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2018, file photo, Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki celebrates after defeating Romania's Simona Halep in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Wozniacki will be defending a Slam title for the first time after winning in Melbourne a year ago. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)
January 11, 2019 - 1:31 am
When Serena Williams was at her best, there was never much doubt that she'd be the favorite at pretty much any tournament she entered. While she was off the tour becoming a mom, women's tennis was as wide open as ever. Could the Australian Open, where play begins Monday (Sunday EST), end the recent...
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Notre Dame's Jessica Shepard (32) has the ball knocked away from behind by Louisville's Bionca Dunham during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
January 10, 2019 - 10:07 pm
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — As far as Arike Ogunbowale and coach Muffet McGraw were concerned, No. 1 Notre Dame's 82-68 victory over No. 2 Louisville on Thursday night was just another Atlantic Coast Conference game in January. "Any game in the ACC is a big win; there's a lot of great teams and a lot...
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Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is checked into the Washington Capitals bench by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
January 10, 2019 - 9:09 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom scored in the third period after missing a game, helping the Washington Capitals win their 14th straight over the Boston Bruins with a 4-2 victory Thursday night. Backstrom, who sat out Wednesday's game against Philadelphia with an illness, glided in to the Bruins'...
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January 10, 2019 - 10:10 am
BOSTON (AP) — Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is recovering from a broken elbow suffered in a fall on the stairs. Raisman in a Twitter post says "I survived two Olympic Games and 19 years of gymnastics without ever breaking a bone ... the stairs got me ... I fell and broke my elbow." She also...
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Defending men's champion Switzerland's Roger Federer holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup as he leaves Margaret Court Arena following the official draw ceremony ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
January 10, 2019 - 2:15 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are each aiming for a record seventh men's Australian Open title and the draw has ensured they can't play each other at Melbourne Park until the final. Serena Williams already has seven Aussie titles, and is a strong contender to add...
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Simona Halep, right, of Romania shakes hands with Ash Barty of Australia after Barty won their women's singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
January 09, 2019 - 6:21 am
SYDNEY (AP) — Ashleigh Barty broke Simona Halep's serve in the final game to beat the No. 1-ranked Halep 6-4, 6-4 in a second-round match Wednesday at the Sydney International. It was Halep's first match since October after a lengthy layoff due to a herniated disc in her back. Halep won last year's...
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Slovakia's Petra Vlhova celebrates after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Flachau, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
January 08, 2019 - 4:01 pm
FLACHAU, Austria (AP) — Petra Vlhova of Slovakia won a women's World Cup night slalom Tuesday, denying Mikaela Shiffrin a record-equaling eighth consecutive win in the discipline. Racing in dense snowfall, Vlhova was third after the opening run but posted the fastest second-run time. Vlhova fell on...
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