Review Category : National Sports

Williams Sisters to Face Off in Australian Open Final

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) — It’s been 16 years since they first met in their first major final, and now the Williams sisters will match up in the land down under.

No. 2 Serena Williams beat Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the Australian Open final. Her sister Venus advanced after defeating American Coco Vanderweghe in the semifinal round. The final score in that match was 6-7, 6-2, 6-3.

Saturday’s final will be the 29th Grand Slam final for 35-year-old Serena. She will battle it out against her sister, trying to win her 23rd Grand Slam title. With a victory from that match, Serena would surpass Steffi Graf’s record for the most Women’s Singles titles in the Open Era. Williams tied Graf with her 22nd Grand Slam win last year in the Wimbledon final against Angelique Kerber.

Serena last faced her sister Venus, 36, in a thrilling quarterfinal match at the 2015 US Open. This is will mark their ninth Grand Slam Championship opposing each other.

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Roger Federer Advances to Australian Open Final

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Roger Federer will have the chance to add another Grand Slam title to his name after beating Stan Wawrinka Thursday to advance to the Australian Open final.

The No. 17 seed beat Wawrinka, ranked fourth in the world, in five sets: 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3.

The win marks Federer’s sixth time going to the Australian Open final and his 28th overall Grand Slam final. It also comes after the 35-year-old took off the last six months of 2016 to recover from an injured knee.

Federer hasn’t won the Australian Open since 2010, when he went up against Andy Murray. This time around, he’ll either face Rafael Nadal or Grigor Dimitrov. The two play Friday in Melbourne.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 1/25/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Sacramento 116, Cleveland 112 (OT)
Miami 109, Brooklyn 106
Boston 120, Houston 109
Philadelphia 114, Milwaukee 109
Oklahoma City 114, New Orleans 105
Atlanta 119, Chicago 114
Golden State 113, Charlotte 103
Memphis 101, Toronto 99
Dallas 103, NY Knicks 95
Portland 105, LA Lakers 98

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Toronto 4, Detroit 0
Philadelphia 2, NY Rangers 0
Vancouver 3, Colorado 2
Edmonton 4, Anaheim 0

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(5) Baylor 65, Texas Tech 61
Georgia Tech 78, (6) Florida St. 56
Southern Cal 84, (8) UCLA 76
(11) Butler 61, Seton Hall 54
Georgetown 71, (16) Creighton 51
(25) Florida 106, LSU 71

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Oscar De La Hoya Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Omar Vega/CON/Getty Images(PASADENA, Calif.) – International Boxing Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya was arrested early Wednesday under suspicion of driving under the influence.

According to a California Highway Patrol incident report obtained by our partners at ESPN, “A Land Rover was seen speeding on Del Mar Blvd. west of Arroyo Blvd. with mechanical violations. The vehicle was subsequently pulled over and the driver was advised of the reason for the stop. While speaking with the driver of the vehicle, the investigating officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from inside the vehicle. The driver was asked to exit the vehicle.

“While the investigating officer talked with the driver outside of the vehicle, he continued to detect an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver’s breath and person. The driver was shown and demonstrated a series of field sobriety tests. The driver agreed to the tests and failed to perform them as shown and demonstrated. The driver was arrested.”

The CEO of Golden Boy Promotions has a history of drug and alcohol problems, twice checking into rehab. He was scheduled to appear at a news conference Wednesday promoting an upcoming Golden Boy fight card but was a no-show.

De La Hoya was cited and released after the incident.

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Usain Bolt Loses Gold Medal After Teammate’s Positive Doping Result

Nick Caito / ESPN Images(LAUSANNE, Switzerland) — Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is down one Olympic gold medal after one of his teammates was found to have used a prohibited substance in the 2008 Beijing Games.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Wednesday that a re-analysis of Nesta Carter’s samples from Beijing “resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.” As a result, the 31-year-old and the remainder of the Jamaican men’s 4×100-meter relay team has been disqualified.

“The corresponding medals, medallist pins and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned,” the IOC explained.

This means that Bolt now has eight Olympic gold medals instead of nine, and he can no longer claim the “triple-triple” achievement — gold medals in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4×100-meter relay at three straight Olympic Games — he clinched last year.

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Tiger Woods Selects TaylorMade as New Brand of Golf Clubs

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Tiger Woods is choosing TaylorMade as his new brand of golf clubs.

The 41-year-old announced the deal on Twitter Wednesday morning:

After several months of testing and all brands to choose from, the choice is clearly @TaylorMadeGolf. Proud to join the family! -TW pic.twitter.com/Ist3bA5tqN

— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) January 25, 2017

ESPN reports the new deal covers all clubs minus the putter. It is also simply an endorsement deal with no ties to equity in the company, a TaylorMade spokesman told ESPN.

Woods, who has an endorsement deal with Nike, previously used the company’s equipment. However, Nike opted last year to no longer make golf clubs or balls, opening the door for Woods to test out other brands.

Despite the new deal with TaylorMade, Woods is still expected to wear Nike apparel.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 1/24/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

San Antonio 108, Toronto 106
Chicago 100, Orlando 92
Philadelphia 121, LA Clippers 110
Washington 123, Boston 108
Denver 103, Utah 93
Minnesota 112, Phoenix 111

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

St. Louis 3, Pittsburgh 0
NY Islanders 4, Columbus 2
LA Kings 3, New Jersey 1
Boston 4, Detroit 3 (OT)
Montreal 5, Calgary 1
Ottawa 3, Washington 0
Buffalo 5, Nashville 4 (OT)
San Jose 4, Winnipeg 3
Tampa Bay 5, Chicago 2
Minnesota 3, Dallas 2 (SO)

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Marquette 74, (1) Villanova 72
(18) West Virginia 85, (2) Kansas 69
Tennessee 82, (4) Kentucky 80
(12) Virginia 71, (14) Notre Dame 54
(13) Louisville 106, Pittsburgh 51
(15) Wisconsin 82, Penn St. 55
(20) Purdue 84, Michigan St. 73
(22) Maryland 67, Rutgers 55
(23) South Carolina 98, Auburn 69

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Ben Roethlisberger Not Ready to Commit to Another Season with Steelers

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(PITTSBURGH) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is not ready to commit to another season.

“I’m going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options. To consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there’s going to be a next season,” Roethlisberger said on the Cooki and Poni Show, according to ESPN.

Roethlisberger added that he was not saying he was leaning towards retirement but that he hasn’t ruled it out.

The Steelers lost to the Patriots in the AFC Championship 36-17.

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Report: Boston Celtics to Add General Electric Logo to Jerseys

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(BOSTON) — One of the NBA’s most famous jerseys will look a little different next season.

According to ESPN‘s Darren Rovell, the Boston Celtics plan to announce a comprehensive deal with General Electric, including putting its logo on the team’s jerseys.

The NBA approved the plan for advertisements on jerseys in April 2016. Every team is expected to add an advertisement to their uniforms before next season.

The Celtics will formally announce the news at a press conference scheduled on Wednesday morning at GE’s headquarters, according to ESPN.

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Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Laid to Rest

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(LAS TERRENAS, Dominican Republic) — The Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was laid to rest in his native Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

Yordano was killed in a car accident on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles northwest of Santo Domingo.

Hundreds of people traveled with Ventrua’s casket for miles as traffic blocked the roads to the cemetary.

According to the Kansas City Star, Ventura’s teammates and other members of the organization traveled to the funeral. Former Red Sox star David Ortiz was also in attendence.

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