The following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Tennis Nick who? De Minaur steps out of Kyrgios shadow
The loss of Nick Kyrgios to injury robbed the Australian Open of one of its biggest drawcards but it has been a blessing in disguise for Alex De Minaur as fans rally around the home favourite. The Australian number two soaked up the cheers of a raucous Rod Laver Arena crowd on Saturday as he booked his place in the last 16 for the second year in a row with an emphatic 7-6(0) 6-2 6-1 win over Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi.
NFL-Beyond the ‘yips’: Dallas kicker Maher faces mental battle in playoffs
Dallas Cowboys kicker Brett Maher must tame his inner nerves in Sunday’s divisional round of the playoffs against the San Francisco 49ers, after a record four missed extra point attempts in his last outing shook fans to their core. He sent his first two disastrous failed attempts wide to the right and a third to the left before halftime in Monday’s 31-14 triumph over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, only to miss another PAT in the third quarter.
Soccer-Brazil’s Dani Alves jailed on remand in Spain over sexual assault allegation
A Spanish judge ordered Brazil soccer player Dani Alves to be jailed on remand without bail over an alleged sexual assault of a woman in a Barcelona nightclub, the regional court system said on Friday. The 39-year-old, who has denied any wrongdoing, was taken to the Brians 1 jail outside Barcelona, said a source with knowledge of the matter.
Soccer-Piovi penalty gives Racing 2-1 win over Boca in Argentine Super Cup
Racing Club’s Gonzalo Piovi scored a 98th-minute penalty as they beat Boca Juniors 2-1 to lift the Argentine Super Cup after coming from behind at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates on Friday. Facundo Roncaglia gave Argentine league champions Boca the lead in the 17th minute but Racing’s Johan Carbonero equalized within three minutes and it was level deep into stoppage time.
NBA roundup: Lakers rally, end Grizzlies’ 11-game win streak
Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, LeBron James added 23 and the Los Angeles Lakers used some late-game heroics from Dennis Schroder to earn a 122-121 victory over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies. The result ended the Grizzlies’ 11-game winning streak, which tied a franchise high. Schroder, who scored 19 points, had a steal, a layup and three free throws in the final 13 seconds to help the Lakers pull out the victory after they trailed by as many as 13 points late in the third quarter.
Tennis-Rublev rolls on, Pliskova through to last 16 at Australian Open
Fifth seed Andrey Rublev avoided a third round banana skin in the form of Briton Dan Evans at the Australian Open on Saturday after former world number one Karolina Pliskova sailed into the last 16 of the women’s tournament. Red-headed Russian Rublev has found Evans a handful in the past but swept aside the 25th seed 6-4 6-2 6-3 with 60 winners on a glorious afternoon at Melbourne Park.
Australian Open 2023: Day six on Saturday
Highlights of the sixth day of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Saturday, all times local (GMT +11): 1430 BENCIC INTO LAST-16
Soccer-Juventus handed 15-point deduction for transfer deals
Juventus have been deducted 15 points for the current season by an Italian soccer court investigating its transfer dealings, the national soccer federation (FIGC) said on Friday. With 20 games left to play this season, Juve were third in Serie A, 10 points adrift of leaders Napoli. The points deduction would push them down into mid-table, outside the spots for European competition.
Soccer-Chelsea understand risk of long-term contracts: Potter
Chelsea manager Graham Potter said the length of contracts being handed to their new signings carried an element of risk but he supported the club’s strategy. Chelsea signed Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Mudryk on an eight-and-a-half-year contract while defender Benoit Badiashile and winger Noni Madueke have agreed seven-and-a-half-year deals during a busy transfer window for the Premier League side.
Baseball trout excited about possible WBC duel with Ohtani
As Los Angeles Angels teammates Mike Trout has had a front row seat to appreciate Shohei Ohtani’s Babe Ruthian skills. A three-time American League most valuable player, Trout just might get an even closer look when the team mates find themselves in opposite dugouts at the March 8-21 World Baseball Classic (WBC).
(With inputs from agencies.)