MELBOURNE — Belinda Bencic sent an early shockwave through the Australian Open by dumping last year's finalist Venus Williams out of the first round with an impressive 6-3 7-5 win on Monday, Jan. 15. The 20-year-old Swiss played the 37-year-old American great to perfection, soaking up the fifth-seed's firepower and attacking her wavering serve with abandon under the roof at Rod Laver Arena.
Sportscaster Keith Jackson, who brought a folksy, excitable demeanor and down-home exclamations such as "Whoa, Nellie!" to 40 seasons of play-by-play calling as the authoritative voice of college football for ABC Sports, died at age 89, his employer ABC reported on Saturday, Jan. 13. The legendary sportscaster died late on Friday surrounded by family. "For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football," said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co , which owns ABC.
KAPALUA, Hawaii — World No. 1 Dustin Johnson eased to an 8-shot victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Sunday. Johnson entered the final round with a 2-shot advantage and blew away the field with an 8-under-par 65 at the wide open Kapalua Plantation course on Maui. The 33-year-old, who won four times last season, picked up four birdies on the first nine and added three more to go along with an eagle at the par-4 12th hole to shut the door on the competition. His only blemish was a bogey at the 11th.
MAUI, Hawaii—Dustin Johnson offered a reminder that he is still the world No. 1 as he moved within one stroke of second-round leaders Marc Leishman and Brian Harman at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Friday. Johnson recovered from a slow start to run up seven birdies for a five-under-par 68 on the Kapalua Plantation course on the island of Maui. He was deprived of a share of the lead only when Leishman and Harman both birdied the 663-yard, par-five 18th which plunges down the West Maui mountains.
LOS ANGELES - Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler scored 24 points apiece and the MinnesotaTimberwolves continued their best start in 14 years with a 121-104 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Monday night. Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jamal Crawford contributed 19 points off the bench for Minnesota (21-13), which shot a season-high 58.3 percent from the floor. The previous best 34-game start for the Timberwolves was 23-11 in the 2003-04 season.
A man fired as a food worker at Green Bay, Wisconsin's Lambeau Field stadium tried to assault a former co-worker with his car on Friday and crashed it into a storage room near the playing field of the National Football League's Packers, police said. The 20-year-old man, whose name was not released, was taken into custody a few minutes after the incident began and left no tread marks on the field dubbed the "Frozen Tundra," for its fabled football games in wintry conditions.
U.S. broadcaster Dick Enberg, who charmed sports fans with his "Oh My!" declaration as he called some of the most memorable sporting events during the last five decades, died on Thursday, ESPN reported. He was 82. Enberg was found dead at his home in San Diego. His wife Barbara told the San Diego Union-Tribune that her husband failed to catch a Thursday flight to Boston, where they were supposed to meet.
WASHINGTON - White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday said the United States looks forward to participating in the Olympics Winter Games in South Korea in February, after questions arose about security in the neighbor to North Korea, which has recently ramped up weapons testing. "The U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea," Sanders wrote in a tweet. "The protection of Americans is our top priority and we are engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues."
MOSCOW — The favorites to win next year's World Cup in Russia were given a fairly straightforward path to the last 16 with the coaches of Germany, Brazil, France, Argentina and Spain among those likely to feel relaxed after the draw on Friday, Dec. 1. Hosts Russia, despite being the lowest-ranked of the 32 nations taking part, were also breathing a sigh of relief, after learning they will open the tournament against Saudi Arabia before facing Egypt and Uruguay.
SHANGHAI—Three UCLA men's basketball players were arrested in China for shoplifting on Tuesday, media said, a day before President Donald Trump arrived on his first official visit. The players arrested were freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, according to USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and ESPN, all of which cited unnamed sources familiar with the incident. Ball is the younger brother of National Basketball Association rookie Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers.