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January 26, 2019

TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Osaka wins women’s final

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Naomi Osaka has won the Australian Open with a 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT’-oh-vuh).

Osaka adds this trophy to the one she collected by beating Serena Williams in a chaotic U.S. Open final last September. The 21-year-old is the first woman to win two major championships in a row since Williams picked up four straight in 2014-15.

Osaka also becomes the first tennis player from Japan to reach No. 1 in the rankings. Osaka was born in Japan, though she moved to New York at age 3.

Sunday’s men’s final will be a matchup of the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked players in the world as Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) meets Rafael Nadal for the 53rd time.

Djokovic is 6-0 in Australian Open finals, and another victory will give him the men’s record for most titles in Australia. Nadal is aiming to be the first man in the Open era — and the third in history — to win each of the four Grand Slam titles at least twice. The 17-time Grand Slam titlist has lost three finals at Melbourne Park since winning his only title there in 2009.

WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S BOBSLED

American snaps Germany’s 24-race bobsled winning streak

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Elana Meyers Taylor of the United States won a World Cup women’s bobsled race Saturday, ending Germany’s 24-race winning streak in World Cup and Olympic bobsled races going back to last season.

Meyers Taylor and push athlete Lauren Gibbs finished their two runs in 2 minutes, 16.11 seconds. They beat the German sled driven by Stephanie Schneider and pushed by Lisa Sophie Gericke by six-tenths of a second, a huge margin in any sliding sport.

Germany prevailed in the last five World Cup two-man, four-man and women’s races last year, plus did no worse than a tie for gold in those three events at the Pyeongchang Olympics. A German sled prevailed in the first 16 races on the World Cup bobsled circuit this season.

Meyers Taylor was the last driver to beat the Germans, doing so last season with push athlete Lolo Jones.

The gold was the first won by the U.S. at the World Cup level in any sliding sport this season, including skeleton and luge.

WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S SUPER-G

Schmidhofer denies Goggia on comeback

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Austrian skier Nicole Schmidhofer denied Sofia Goggia a fairytale comeback by winning her first World Cup super-G on Saturday.

Schmidhofer, the super-G world champion, finished 0.23 seconds ahead of Olympic downhill champion Goggia, who was racing for the first time after breaking a bone in her right ankle while training in October.

Lara Gut-Behrami, who had been going for her third consecutive super-G win in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, was third, 0.45 off the pace.

Lindsey Vonn is skipping the weekend’s races to give her troublesome knee injury a chance to recover, and American teammate Mikaela Shiffrin is also taking a break.

NBA-ALL-STAR-3-POINT CONTEST

Curry accent: Brothers Steph, Seth Curry in 3-point contest

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Golden State star Stephen (STEH’-fen) Curry has told ESPN that he and brother Seth Curry of the Portland Trail Blazers will be taking part in the 3-point contest during the NBA’s All-Star weekend.

They’ll be squaring off Feb. 16 in Charlotte, their hometown.

Stephen Curry told ESPN that the contest “will be fun with the Curry brothers,” adding that he knows his brother is “going to be gunning for me, though. That’s the problem.”

The NBA has not released the full field of competitors for the All-Star Saturday Night events.

This will be the sixth time Stephen Curry has been in the contest and the first for Seth Curry. Their father, Dell Curry, was a two-time participant.

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