Nadal dominates Tiafoe ... Soccer’s Emiliano Sala feared dead in plane crash ... Bitter billboards
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal won all of his service games and ended 21-year-old American Frances Tiafoe’s best run at a major with a dominating 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals. The 32-year-old Nadal now faces another much younger opponent, 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, who eliminated two-time defending champion Roger Federer in the fourth round.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Carmelo Anthony is going to Chicago, although it’s only on paper. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Houston Rockets are trading Anthony and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Bulls, in a deal that’s expected to be completed today. The person says Anthony will not wind up playing for the Bulls, because nothing can be finalized until the league office approves the deal. Anthony, who averaged 13.4 points in 10 games with the Rockets, has not played since Nov. 8, and will either be traded by the Feb. 7 deadline or ultimately waived by the Bulls.
PARIS (AP) — Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala was aboard a small passenger plane that disappeared off the coast of Guernsey as he was flying to Wales to join Premier League club Cardiff. An official involved in the air search in the Channels Islands says no survivors are expected to be found. The 28-year-old Sala had spent hours before Monday night’s flight saying farewell to teammates at the French city’s soccer team after Cardiff signed him for a club-record fee last week.
MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has been given a two-year-suspended sentence and ordered to pay a nearly 19 million-euro fine after pleading guilty in a Madrid court today to tax fraud. The Juventus soccer star who was facing charges stemming from his days at Real Madrid, spent about 45 minutes in court to sign the plea agreement. Ronaldo will not have to serve time in prison because judges in Spain can suspend sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders.
NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will be welcomed to Atlanta for the Super Bowl by several billboards saying “Saints got robbed” and “NFL bleaux it,” that’s b-l-e-a-u-x. WDSU-TV reports Louisiana car dealership owner Matt Bowers paid for 10 billboards across Atlanta through Feb. 3. New Orleans Saints fans are still upset over a missed call that likely cost their team a ticket to the Super Bowl. Los Angeles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman committed a blatant pass interference penalty that wasn’t called, leading to a tie score in regulation play and an overtime loss for the Saints.