MELBOURNE, Australia — Things were looking bad for Venus Williams, who was perilously close to an opening-round exit at the Australian Open for the fourth time in six years.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Andy Reid typically begins his postgame news conferences with a rundown of injuries, ranging from the run-of-the-mill bumps and bruises to the more serious stuff that keeps players out awhile.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Frances Tiafoe rolled up his white shirt’s right sleeve, flexed his biceps and slapped the muscle five times. Then he pounded his chest and yelled, “Yeah! Let’s go! Let’s go! Come on!”
LOS ANGELES — Lonzo Ball scored 19 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 17 and the Los Angeles Lakers won for just the fourth time since LeBron James’ groin injury, beating the reeling Chicago Bulls 107-100 on Tuesday night.
METAIRIE, La. — Saints third-year defensive tackle David Onyemata plans to spend Tuesday — the players’ usual day off — performing some extra conditioning work at club headquarters.
LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis had 46 points and 16 rebounds, Julius Randle added 27 points and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 121-117 on Monday night for just their second road win this season against a Western Conference team.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Duke remained firmly entrenched at No. 1 for a fourth straight week in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, which was enough to give its Hall of Fame coach another record.
COSTA MESA — Anthony Lynn often said that the Los Angeles Chargers winning six of their final seven games in 2017 helped serve as a springboard to this season’s success, which resulted in the team’s first postseason berth in five years.
Kyler Murray, the first-round Major League Baseball draft pick and Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback, declared himself eligible for the NFL draft on Monday.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Amaheim general manager Bob Murray was quick to say he isn’t considering firing coach Randy Carlyle after the Ducks’ franchise-record 11th straight loss.
NEW ORLEANS — Saints coach Sean Payton dismisses the premise that the Eagles could derive extra motivation from the widespread perception that New Orleans ran up the score on them when they met in November.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs’ defense had heard the chorus of critics all season long, the ones that claimed their sieve-like line and shaky backfield would spoil young superstar Patrick Mahomes and cost them a chance to chase their first Super Bowl appearance in decades.
LOS ANGELES — Ten minutes after the Rams’ first playoff win in 14 years qualified them for their first NFC Championship Game in 17 years, the dance party was going strong in the Los Angeles locker room.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Given the postseason history involving Indianapolis and Kansas City over the years, Andrew Luck and the Colts have every reason to feel confident heading to Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday.
ANAHEIM — Jake Guentzel scored three times, Phil Kessel got the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied from an early three-goal deficit for a 7-4 victory over the Ducks on Friday night, sending Anaheim to its 10th consecutive loss.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers reacquired catcher Russell Martin in a trade with Toronto on Friday, and also reached one-year deals with their seven remaining arbitration-eligible players.
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Stephen Thompson Jr. scored a career-high 34 points with five 3-pointers and 10 rebounds as short-handed Oregon State beat Southern California 79-74 in overtime on Thursday night.
The Philadelphia Eagles have St. Nick, and he hasn’t let them down in the clutch. The problem on Sunday is that New Orleans has a lot of Saints — and a stronger team.