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Serena Williams, Osaka advance to quarterfinals...Djokovic continues record pursuit...Tennessee on top

January 21, 2019

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams faced her first real test at this year’s Australian Open and emerged with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory over No. 1-ranked Simona Halep to reach the quarterfinals. Karolina Pliskova continued her successful start to 2019 to advance to the quarterfinals for the third consecutive year, beating former No.1 Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 6-1. U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka is into her second Grand Slam quarterfinal after another comeback win. And sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win over 2017 U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic is feeling sore and tired following his late-finishing win over Daniil Medvedev, but thinks he will be OK for his Australian Open quarterfinal match against Kei Nishikori. Djokovic overcame a couple of tumbles to the court and a series of baseline exchanges. Nishikori advanced after a fifth-set tiebreaker over Pablo Carreno Busta. Lucas Pouille advanced to a quarterfinal against Milos Raonic, after beating 11th-seeded Borna Coric. Raonic beat fourth-seed Alexander Zverev on his fourth match point.

UNDATED (AP) — Tennessee is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll after three of the top five teams lost last week. The Vols received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel on Monday, well ahead of No. 2 Duke with 11. No. 3 Virginia received three first-place votes and No. 6 Michigan State had two. Gonzaga and Michigan rounded out the top five. Tennessee rolled over Arkansas and edged Alabama in its two games last week, while Duke, Michigan and Virginia all lost.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A sportsbook operating in New Jersey is refunding gamblers’ bets on the New Orleans Saints due to the widespread belief that the team was victimized by a blown call by referees during Sunday’s loss in the NFC championship game. PointsBet says it will refund point spread and money-line bets on the Saints, who lost the game after officials failed to call a penalty on a Los Angeles Rams defender who leveled a New Orleans receiver long before the ball arrived.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Already without injured star LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers will be missing guard Lonzo Ball for the next four to six weeks after an MRI on Sunday showed a sprained left ankle. Ball was injured in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 138-134 overtime loss at Houston on Saturday night.

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