January 29, 2023

Below is a summary of breaking sports news.

Tennis Ruthless Rybakina rolls into Australian Open semifinals

Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina became the first player to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open after beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4 in a one-sided match at the Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday. The Russian-born Kazakh looked good from the start and only a 25-minute delay in closing the stadium roof against a passing shower prevented her from completing the opening set within half an hour of arriving on the pitch.

Football-wracked Everton sack manager Lampard, club say

Frank Lampard has been sacked as manager of Premier League club Everton, the club announced on Monday after poor form sent the team into a relegation battle. Lampard’s last game in charge was Saturday’s 2-0 league defeat at West Ham United, which left Everton second to bottom with 15 points after 20 games, ahead of Southampton on goal difference and two points from the safety zone.

Soccer-Arsenal sign Polish defender Kiwior

Premier League leaders Arsenal have signed Poland defender Jakub Kiwior on a long-term deal from Serie A’s Spezia Calcio, the London club announced on Monday. Although the length of Kiwior’s contract was not specified, the transfer was reported by British media to be worth more than £20m (US$24.74m).

NBA Roundup: Thunder win on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s late shot

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 34 points, including a go-ahead bucket with 9.2 seconds left, and the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the undermanned Denver Nuggets 101-99 on Sunday night. Josh Giddey had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Kenrich Williams had 11 points for Oklahoma City, ending the Nuggets’ nine-game winning streak and 16-game winning streak at home.

Baseball ‘Unfinished Business’: Los Angeles Angels Owner No Longer Selling Team

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno said Monday he was no longer interested in selling the team he has owned for 20 years after announcing in August he was looking for buyers.

“During this process, it became clear that we still have unfinished business and feel we can have a positive impact on the future of the team and the fan experience,” Moreno said in a statement.

Soccer-Kane equals Greaves’ record and seals Tottenham victory

Harry Kane became Tottenham Hotspur’s all-time joint goalscorer with the winner in his side’s 1-0 win at Fulham in the Premier League on Monday. Tottenham had been second best at Craven Cottage in the first half but Kane scored a trademark just before half-time to score his 266th goal for the Londoners.

Tennis-Djokovic says injury doubts give him extra motivation

Novak Djokovic said any questions about whether he’s really struggling with a hamstring injury at the Australian Open would only give him extra strength and motivation. The Serb stayed on course for a 10th title at Melbourne Park on Monday after beating Alex de Minaur in the fourth round, although the injury he said he was previously threatening his ability to continue in the tournament .

Rugby tackle height change could make players ‘sitting ducks’: Ireland’s Farrell

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell said lowering the legal tackle height to waist level could result in players becoming “sitting ducks” after England Rugby Football Union decided to make the change in club games from next season to prevent head injuries to reduce. The RFU announcement last week drew criticism, with England internationals Joe Marler and Lewis Ludlow joining amateur players and coaches in voicing their concerns.

Factbox Football Former Everton Manager Frank Lampard

Fact box on Frank Lampard, who was sacked as Everton manager on Monday. Born: June 20, 1978 in London.

The football-stricken Conte insists he is proud to be Tottenham manager

Antonio Conte insists he is proud to be Tottenham Hotspur manager despite a difficult season at the north London club and uncertainty about his future. Back-to-back defeats had raised question marks over Conte’s position, but Monday’s 1-0 Premier League win at Fulham revived Tottenham’s hopes of challenging for a top-four finish.

(With agency contributions.)


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