Update on the latest sports
Bruins and Blackhawks meet at Notre Dame in 11th Winter Classic
UNDATED (AP) — The 11th edition of the NHL’s annual New Year’s Day outdoor showcase features its fourth matchup of Original Six franchises. Today’s edition of the Winter Classic takes place at Notre Dame, where Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks take on Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhehr-ahn) and the Boston Bruins.
The Blackhawks are winless in three previous appearances in the Winter Classic, while the Bruins split their two appearances in the Winter Classic, winning at Fenway Park in 2010 and losing at Gillette Stadium in 2016.
There are two other NHL games on the New Year’s schedule: Philadelphia visits Nashville and Vegas hosts Los Angeles.
5 bowl games on New Year’s Day
UNDATED (AP) — Five bowl games are on the New Year’s Day schedule.
The action starts at noon, Eastern time, when the Iowa Hawkeyes take on No. 18 Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.
No. 13 Penn State vs. No. 16 Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl. The winner will finish with 10 wins, and that would be significant for Penn State and even more noteworthy for Kentucky, which hasn’t done it in 41 years. The Nittany Lions are trying to finish with double-digit wins in three consecutive seasons with the first time since 1980-82. The Wildcats have their best record since going 10-1 in 1977.
Central Florida takes a 25-game winning streak into the Fiesta Bowl in its bid for a second straight undefeated season. Left out of the College Football Playoff, the seventh-ranked Knights have a chance for a second straight undefeated season and self-proclaimed national championship if they can beat No. 11 LSU. LSU is vying for its first 10-win season since 2013.
Ohio State faces Washington in the 105th edition of the Rose Bowl. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer is retiring from coaching after the game against his good friend, Washington’s Chris Petersen, his good friend. The game features a compelling matchup between Ohio State’s high-powered passing offense and Washington’s strong secondary.
No. 14 Texas tries to cap an impressive season when it faces No. 6 Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. The Longhorns have taken a major step forward under second-year coach Tom Herman and a win over the Bulldogs Tuesday would provide more proof that Texas is pushing to get back into the nation’s elite. Georgia just missed on a shot at the College Football Playoff after losing to Alabama in the SEC championship game.
Murray advances in Brisbane in latest comeback from injury
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray has returned to competitive tennis for the first time since September with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Australian wildcard entry James Duckworth at the Brisbane (BRIHZ’-bihn) International. The 31-year-old Murray says he wants to try to enjoy tennis as much as he can because he’s not sure how much longer his latest return from injury will last.
A winner of three major titles and a five-time finalist at the Australian Open, Murray is playing on a protected ranking in Brisbane after sliding to No. 240 in a 2018 season in which he finished 7-5 from 12 matches after surgery on his right hip in January. He missed the last five weeks of the season with an ankle injury.
U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka beat Australian teenager Destanee Aiava 6-3, 6-2 to reach the women’s quarterfinals in a positive opener to her season.
Federer on winning team after facing Serena for 1st time
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer won the bragging rights over fellow tennis great Serena Williams as they faced each other on court for the first time on Tuesday, with Federer spearheading Switzerland’s 4-2, 4-3 victory in a mixed doubles decider at the Hopman Cup.
Federer and playing partner Belinda Bencic overcame Williams and Frances Tiafoe in the Fast4 format in front of a 14,000 capacity crowd.
Federer and Williams have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them.
Defending champion Switzerland will qualify for Saturday’s final if it beats Greece on Thursday. The United States, which lost to Greece on Monday, can’t now advance.