Federer wins...AP sources: Flames put Jagr on waivers...Shiffrin skis out...Ligety finishes 3rd
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer has won his 20th Grand Slam singles title with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch) in the Australian Open final. It’s the sixth Australian Open title of Federer’s career, going along with his eight titles in Wimbledon, five at the U.S. Open and one at the French Open. At the age of 36 years, 173 days, Federer also becomes the second-oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era after Ken Rosewall, who won the 1972 Australian Open at 37.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Two people with direct knowledge of the move say the Calgary Flames have placed Jaromir Jagr (YAH’-roh-meer YAH’-gur) on waivers. They say he is on regular waivers, though one person tells the AP that if the 45-year-old clears, he’ll be placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his NHL contract so he can return to Europe to finish the season. Jagr hasn’t played since Dec. 31 because of a lower-body injury.
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin’s six-race winning streak in World Cup slaloms ended today in Switzerland. The American stunned her rivals by skiing out when leading by a full second within sight of the finish, handing victory to Petra Vlhova of Slovakia. It was the final World Cup slalom before the Feb. 14 medal race at the Pyeongchang (PYUHNG’-chahng) Olympics. Shiffrin retained her big leads in the World Cup overall and slalom standings.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Austria’s Marcel Hirscher has claimed his 55th World Cup victory by finishing well ahead of his rivals in Sunday’s giant slalom in Germany, the last before the Olympics. The six-time overall champion finished 1.57 seconds ahead of fellow Austrian Manuel Feller and 1.69 seconds ahead of Ted Ligety (LIHG’-eh-tee) of the United States. Hirscher overtook Austrian great Hermann Maier’s career total of World Cup wins.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Some analysts are pumping the brakes a bit on New Jersey’s enthusiasm over how much money it might get if sports betting is legalized nationwide. Moody’s Investors Service notes that sports betting winnings have been slim in Nevada, accounting for only 2 percent of statewide gambling winnings. The U.S. Supreme Court will decide by June whether to legalize sports betting nationwide in a case brought by New Jersey.