Venus Williams, Federer through to semifinals in Australia

There are also three thirtysomething women in the semifinals. Eastern time . It's the first time they've played in an Australian Open final together since 2003, when Serena won what Venus has described as a "battle royal". Now she is into semifinals for the second time in three majors - after a six-year absence from the last four - and for the 21st time overall.

Real can't hide from harsh Celta reality

It was the 62nd minute when Real Madrid equalized, courtesy of a direct free-kick by Cristiano Ronaldo. But Danish midfielder Daniel Wass restored Celta's lead with a low shot from the edge of the area in the 85th. Real are in Vigo trailing 2-1 from the first-leg. 'Maybe if we played a few more minutes we could have won it. Obviously, the striker is not the player to be blamed by the knock-out but Los Blancos are having problems in the attacking line, as they are not converting their ...

James Bree: Barnsley starlet set to join Aston Villa

Barnsley captain Conor Hourihane is also said to be on the brink of a move to the West Midlands, and the signing of Tykes team-mate James Bree is on course to be finalised after the 19-year-old agreed a three-year deal with the Villains. The Sun claim that Bruce has seen off a host of Premier League opposition to lure Bree to Villa Park. I've been at Barnsley since I was young and it's helped me develop.

Roger Federer produces wonderful backhand victor against Kei Nishikori

The 35-year-old Swiss, seeded 17th, had shown rust in his earlier matches but was in spell-binding touch with 40 winners, wrapping up the match with an imperious crosscourt backhand. Murray's loss, coming three days after Novak Djokovic's defeat to Denis Istomin, has thrown the draw wide open, with the likes of Federer, Raonic, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka all primed to capitalise.

AFC Championship X-Factors for the Steelers and Patriots

The Steelers know this because that's happened to them a number of times against Brady. Believe it or not, the Steelers want the Patriots throwing the ball 40 to 50 times , not having balance like they did in their 27-16 win at Pittsburgh earlier this season.

Kerber still in search of the icing on the cake

Despite losing her serve in the opening service game, Kerber was solid in the opening set, controlling the result with 3 breaks, enough to grab the opener by 6-2. With things looking very tight in the first set with only a break of serve separating the two in the scoreboard, Kerber made the breakthrough once again as she saved two game points in the process to extend her lead to two breaks of serve and also gave herself a chance to serve out the set.

Johanna Konta "Looking Forward To The Challenge" of Caroline Wozniacki

Johanna Konta became the third British player to reach the third round of the Australian Open with an assured 6-3 6-2 victory over Japan's Naomi Osaka. Konta, who advanced to the semifinals on debut here past year before losing to eventual champion Angelique Kerber, will next play either 17th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki or Donna Vekic.

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony says conversation with Phil Jackson was 'short'

A awful charge call on Derrick Rose and a blatant no call on his drive to the hoop in the final seconds helped cost the Knicks another game they had in their control. Of course, Anthony is far from the only problem facing the Knicks- his contract just remains the biggest obstacle in a badly needed rebuild. They would have to get some type of haul in return that will help them in the future.

Chinese FA reduces limit on foreign players

Under the rules, a club will only be able to field three foreign players in its starting line-up, (the previous rule allowed for four non-Chinese players per team). Chelsea midfielders Oscar and John Mikel Obi have already moved to China this month, while former Manchester United and Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez reportedly became the world's highest-paid player when he joined Shanghai Shenhua last month.

Australia vs Pakistan 2nd ODI: Hafeez's 72 brings Pakistan level

It was the first win for Pakistan against Australia in Australia across all formats since their victory in an ODI at the WACA in January, 2005 . Qasim further added that Hafeez utilised Junaid Khan to perfection which led to the Australia batting line-up coming under pressure from the onset.

UFC's Dana White makes Mayweather 'real' offer for bout with McGregor

Mr. TMT pocketed between $220-230 million for his fight against Manny Pacquiao, and he said that he wanted $100 million for this fight on First Take. If Mayweather could sneak in a jab in a blur, he could also grab a piece of any action anytime he wants to.

Mauricio Pochettino: Jan Vertonghen injury "looks bad"

The only blot on Spurs' afternoon was seeing Jan Vertonghen, the Belgian center-back, be carried down the tunnel, in tears, after going over on his ankle. They're still a strong and well-drilled side who can grind out games but they also have players like Matt Phillips , Nacer Chadli and Salomon Rondon who give them a legitimate attacking threat.

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri says Premier League leaders Chelsea can be caught

Despite the defeat, Chelsea remain five points clear of closest rivals Liverpool at the top of the table and are still favourites for the Premier League title come May. Kante was an integral part of Leicester's unlikely Premier League title triumph last season following his arrival from Caen, with his form earning a place in the France squad for the first time.

National Football League moving Steelers-Chiefs game to Sunday night because of ice storm

This was hardly a stretch of the imagination, as it only requires two games going in the right direction - New England beating Houston and Pittsburgh beating Miami, last week. The Steelers' late-season adjustment to a run-heavy attack is one of many moves that have worked well for Haley, who's found a smooth landing strip in Pittsburgh after a divorce with Kansas City that many considered messy.

FSU coach insists Grayson Allen did not commit a 'dirty play'

Bacon had another star-worthy outing, scoring 13 points while tallying six rebounds and five assists. Gates shouldn't blame the public for jumping to conclusions, though, as Allen seemingly can not go one game without stirring up some sort of controversy.

Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough suffers broken leg in National title game

Washington's offense was more highly regarded by the advanced metrics heading into the playoffs than Clemson's, and the Tide absolutely smothered them. A natural storyline leading into the game was how Hurts would handle a new voice calling the plays in the biggest game of his life. More importantly, Kiffin's offense was slipping.

Cal Fires Head Coach Sonny Dykes

But that's the obvious implication - especially since Cal plays in the same conference where Kelly rose to prominence with Oregon. Our objective is long-term financial sustainability for our department. Insiders expect CAL to announce Dyke's replacement soon. The Bears regressed to 5-7 this season following the departure of No. 1 overall pick QB Jared Goff and his top six receivers.

Chelsea's Nathan Ake credits Bournemouth for development

However, calls have intensified amongst former Chelsea players in recent weeks for Ake to be recalled to offer cover for Marcos Alonso as left wing-back. Asked if Cherries had received contact from Chelsea about the loan deal, Tindall said: "No, I think Chelsea are very pleased with Nath". Conte has earlier praised the Dutchman's influence in the Bournemouth camp and admitted he is keen on bringing him back in January because of the recall clause included in his contract.

Justin Thomas stays in control at SBS Tournament of Champions

Matsuyama has played this event just once previously, finishing 3rd in 2015 and like Thomas finished off 2016 with a rush winning four of his last five events. Thomas finished 21st a year ago on his first trip to the annual event at Kapalua, a full 19 shots behind victor Jordan Spieth. Justin Thomas and Ryan Moore sit atop of the leaderboard as Americans occupy the top five places.

Real Madrid run riot against Granada to extend La Liga lead

Cristiano Ronaldo was also on target after a pre-match presentation to celebrate his fourth Ballon d'Or win, with Karim Benzema and Casemiro the other Madrid players among the goals to maintain the momentum from the 3-0 midweek win over Sevilla in the Copa del Rey .

World Junior Hockey Championship tonight between Canada and the US

It's been an integral part of the National Hockey League season since the 2005 lockout. It was intense, and a lot of back and forth hockey where the teams threw anything they had left in the tank at each other with the hopes of ending the game before a shootout.

The new Conor McGregor ad for The Pegasus Cup is hilarious/mental

The race is known as the richest horse race in the world with the victor receiving a huge $12million. You can check out the first short, directed by Frank Coraci ( The Wedding Singer ) below. Question: What is it about the sport of horse racing that you like? The second movie, released January 11, is called "Training Day" and shows Lovitz pushing McGregor to adopt what producers described as a "a new and unusual training regimen".

Church shooter Dylann Roof tells jurors: 'There's nothing wrong with me'

The motion - which David Bruck , Roof's standby attorney, said he helped draft - was typed, and it asked the judge to limit the number of victim-impact witnesses that can be called and the way they can be questioned. He saw his father being pulled out of the church on a stretcher. Two other people also survived. For that lack of remorse, for his racially charged motive, for the impact it had on families, Roof deserves the death penalty, Nathan Williams, an assistant US attorney, told ...

Bucks star Giannis opens NBA All-Star voting strong

Among those players is Thomas who is averaging a career-high 27.8 points per game (fifth in the NBA) and has set a number of Celtics records such as most points in the fourth quarter (29 against Miami on December 30) and a career-high 52 points which is the most scored by a Celtics guard ever.

Green Bay Packers to Host Giants in Wild Card

Where the Packers are, as Favre said, "hitting on all cylinders" most is on offense. Sunday back in Lambeau Field will be the first chance to see whether it matters for Playoff Eli this time . My instinct is to pick the Giants to prevail, even though Aaron Rodgers has appeared unstoppable in recent weeks and the game is in Green Bay, Wisconsin .

Conor McGregor set to take up horse racing?

Eyeing a new challenge after dominating the UFC octagon, the outspoken Irish fighter has taken his skills to the racecourse - albeit in a promotional role for the US$12m Pegasus World Cup Invitational to be held in Florida this month. For the story of the "13th Jockey" how did you train for the big race? Conor McGregor: "I am always in shape". Question: So will any of these techniques make it into your training ritual? However, Mayorga is convinced that life will be very different ...

Pakistan stall Australian assault

Pakistan made a terrible start in response, losing two quick wickets, but the tourists composed themselves to end the day 126-2 at stumps, still 412 runs adrift in their bid to avoid a series whitewash. "If Spidercam hadn't been there, I might've been a chance to get away with that". Debutant Hilton Cartwright made the dream start to his Test career with a glorious cover drive for four on his first ball, before he was bowled for 37 by Imran Khan (2-111).

Hull City announce sacking of Mike Phelan

Gary Rowett is favourite to take over at Hull City after the English Premier League club sacked Mike Phelan with the team two points adrift at the bottom of the ladder. "Someone who isn't aware of what's been going on". "It's a hard task even if he had the whole of pre-season to put his plans in place, but it would appear to be impossible now".

David Warner joins ranks of Bradman after incredible SCG century

It was his 18th test hundred and third at the SCG, following centuries against India (101) in 2015 and the West Indies (122 not out) previous year. Well, that's what most of us thought before David Warner came out to bat. Warner was eventually dismissed for 95-ball 113 shortly after lunch, but the damage had already been done by the explosive batsman, who will be keen on carrying his form in Australia's next Test series against India as well.

Arsene Wenger hints at Arsenal future for striker Olivier Giroud

The difference in rest period is unbelievable in terms of all the teams. 'He wasn't using me, so I didn't see his interest in doing that'. Asked if TV companies are affecting the integrity of the Premier League, Wenger said: "We are privileged in our job".

Chicago Bulls' Fred Hoiberg On The Hot Seat

Instead of getting him more shooters to pair with Jimmy Butler this off season, the Bulls added notoriously poor shooters in Wade and Rondo. Certain buttons are being pushed. K.C. Johnson has reported that Bulls' management isn't actively pursuing a deal involving Rondo, but if he continues to be benched then a trade will be explored.

Man United boss Jose Mourinho: My thoughts on West Ham's red card

And Bilic claimed Dean had been conned by Jones, saying: "I was very surprised by the red card". I said it to the fourth official and to [José] Mourinho, it's not a yellow. But in the stadium here, I must say, nobody thought it was going to be a red card. He said: "I don't like to be happy in defeat and to be proud despite losing points but sometimes it is time for that.

Patriots Clinch Home-Field Advantage

They will play in the AFC Divisional round in two weeks, either January 14 or January 15. In case they are still banged up at wide receiver, newly acquired Michael Floyd played very well against the Dolphins. The Patriots were nine-point favorites. A loss by Miami means facing Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh next week. While the win against the Dolphins was important for securing home-field, it was also a bit of a statement.

Bills close out season with loss to Jets

This is also an appropriate time to bring up a 2003 Eagles-Cowboys game. National and local media reports before Sunday's regular-season finale continued to maintain that Lynn is the favorite to become the full-time replacement for Rex Ryan, although Lynn said after the game he has yet to hear that officially from team owners Terry and Kim Pegula.

Allardyce rejected Chinese riches ahead of Palace move

Palace head to Arsenal on New Year's Day with Allardyce weighing up a potential move for Gunners full-back Carl Jenkinson, also a reported target for Hull, to bolster his defence . Arsenal are now nine points behind league leaders Chelsea. 'Apart from that Mustafi is fit again and we have one or two uncertainties . But if we lose the top, top players from the Premier League then absolutely [it will suffer].

Heisman Trophy victor Rashaan Salaam took his own life, autopsy confirms

Salaam, 42, died at the Eben G. Fine Park in Boulder on December 5. Salaam's mother confirmed to USA Today that her son left a suicide note. The Buffaloes will play Thursday night's Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma State with helmet decals honoring Salaam.

Fired up National Basketball Association star Carmelo Anthony ejected after ugly on-court scuffle

Following the game, the Hawks forward said, "He punched me". The two players then came face-to-face and had to be separated by teammates and officials after Sefolosha gave Anthony a mild shove. Sefolosha received a technical foul on the play. But the offense definitely suffered, and it's ludicrous to pretend they're more unsafe with Lance Thomas in there than Anthony.

Countdown to UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey - full episode

It was a risky decision for Holm, albeit one that was respected and expected to play out in her favor. Despite her odds of 1/12, Rousey was knocked out in devastating fashion by Holm in the second round. As she went from being the Strikeforce champion to inaugural UFC bantamweight champion, her legend grew to the point where she was being called a once in a lifetime athlete and all time great, an indestructible fighter that might never lose.

Carmelo Anthony Gifts Car to Washington Heights Teen Suffering From Cancer

Smart hit an 11-footer on the next possession and the Knicks missed eight straight shots as the Celtics took a 93-82 edge on a short jumper by Thomas about one minute into the fourth. The Garden of Dreams foundation teamed up with the Carmelo Anthony Foundation in bringing Christmas cheer to Jarell Lara, who suffers from a rare form of cancer.

Rams QB Jared Goff cleared to play vs 49ers Saturday

In July, the National Football League and the NFLPA announced new disciplinary measures for teams that violate the concussion protocol, including fines and the potential loss of draft picks. 'You've got to get off the field.' I was like, 'Why?' They said it was just protocol, whatever it was. They're also 1-6 at the betting window in their last seven games versus an opponent that owns a losing record, are 1-8 against the spread in their last nine conference games, and are 1-9-1 against the ...

Atlanta Falcons lead Carolina Panthers, 20-3 at Halftime

The Falcons lead the NFC South at 9-5, a game ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-6). In the previous meeting on October 2, Jones had 12 catches for 300 yards and on touchdown. Tialavea was called up earlier in the week from the practice squad to help the tight ends group who is suffering from injuries from Jacob Tamme and Austin Hooper.

Is Titans' Marcus Mariota a Top 10 quarterback in the NFL?

Bortles. The Jaguars' third-year quarterback has struggled more often than not this season, but he was efficient and accurate early Saturday - and that was enough to give the Jaguars momentum and a lead they never relinquished. Judging by Mariota's apparent pain, he may have to miss Week 17 as well and could be lost for the playoffs if the Titans earn a postseason berth. With the unexpected loss to the lowly Jaguars, the Titans slipped to 8-7 and saw their playoff hopes fade.

Four areas of focus for Eagles offense vs. Giants week 16

Wentz will get a major boost this week with the return of right tackle Lane Johnson from a 10-game suspension. The Eagles had a chance to upset the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday, but went for the win instead of sending the game into overtime.

Giants, McAdoo fined for using walkie-talkie in win over Dallas

The league took into consideration that the Giants fully cooperated with the investigation and that it was their first violation of the policy. The Cowboys did not file a formal complaint with the league, but with the violation being seen on the broadcast, the league nearly immediately began looking into the situation.

Vontaze Burfict Had A Very Vontaze Burfict Response To An Interview Request

The team was officially eliminated from playoff contention after their 24-20 loss at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, with their season record now sitting at 5-8-1. The Steelers defense, which was terrible in the first half of the season has started to click, linebacker Ryan Shazier is a big part of the turn around after coming back from injury.

Leicester City striker Vardy ban upheld by FA

Vardy was sent off by Craig Pawson in the 28th minute for a two-footed tackle on Potters forward Mame Biram Diouf. The Foxes launched an appeal with the Football Association (FA) and hoped to have Vardy available over the Christmas period.

Netflix US Twitter account hacked

The Netflix US Twitter account - with 2.5m followers - has been compromised by a hacker group. Marvel's main Twitter account has close to 4.4 million followers, almost double Netflix's online following. According to the hackers themselves, the breach happened after previously breaking into the Twitter account of Netflix's Director of Social Media, thus obtaining access to several other accounts belonging to the company.

Ezekiel Elliott: Cowboys RB won't be fined

This why the organization has reached out to the community to encourage them to volunteer on shift at a time at a red kettle location to help collect funds. However, while donations to the kettles may be ramping up these last few days, this is also the week they have the fewest bell ringers volunteer. Thank you for helping us serve millions of people in need every year.

Lionel Messi Is Like a PlayStation Footballer, Says Luis Suarez

Players of FC Barcelona celebrate scoring during the Spanish league football match between Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona , Spain, Dec. However, a virtuoso display from Messi got the finale it deserved as he and Suarez exchanged a one-two before the Argentine prodded between Roberto's legs.

Fans Will No Longer Have Full Control Over NBA All-Star Voting

Fans will account for 50 per cent of the vote, while all current players and a panel of basketball media will each account for 25 per cent. Twitter, Facebook and Google Search, as well as via Sina Weibo and Tencent Microblogs in China.