Sunday, January 25, 2015


‘Genie’ moves on

MELBOURNE, Australia—Canadian Eugenie Bouchard had to battle in the opening set, but she hit her winning stride in the second to defeat Caroline Garcia of France 7-5, 6-0 today for a berth in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Adams shines in return

LA QUINTA, Calif.—Blake Adams figured he already was way ahead of the game when he teed off yesterday in first round of the Humana Challenge.
A high spot on the leaderboard was a bonus.
Returning from hip replacement surgery, the 39-year-old Adams shot an eight-under 64 to finish a stroke behind leader Michael Putnam.

Raonic, Pospisil moving on

MELBOURNE, Australia—Vasek Pospisil struggled in draining humidity while Milos Raonic played in cooler conditions as the Canadians charged into the third round of the Australian Open today.

Sens edge reeling Leafs

OTTAWA—The Toronto Maple Leafs fought hard through the last 40 minutes of last night’s game.
But it was the first 20 that did them in.
The Ottawa Senators scored three times in the first period, then held on for a 4-3 win to send the Maple Leafs into the all-star break on a six-game losing streak.

Raonic, Pospisil open with wins

MELBOURNE, Australia—Canadian Milos Raonic finished a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory over Ukraine’s Illya Marchenko with an ace today in the first round of the Australian Open.
Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver, meanwhile, squeezed out a tense win over American Sam Querrey in three hours by scores of 6-3, 6-7 (5), 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Raptors nab win

MILWAUKEE—Terrence Ross finished what he failed to start last night.
Kyle Lowry scored 18 points and was one of six Toronto players to reach double figures in the Raptors’ 92-89 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Patriots romp over Colts

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—No coach has more post-season wins than Bill Belichick.
No quarterback has been to more Super Bowls than Tom Brady.
And these New England Patriots are so much more than that dynamic duo—as the overwhelmed Indianapolis Colts learned.

Deflated ball use probed

NEW YORK—NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the NFL is investigating whether the Patriots used deflated footballs in their AFC championship game victory over the Colts.
McCarthy said this morning he cannot provide any other information now.
The inquiry first was reported by the website for WTHR-TV in Indiana, citing an unnamed source.

Seahawks to defend title

SEATTLE—The loudest stadium in America was silent. A return trip to the Super Bowl was slipping away.
Time for the Seattle Seahawks to show why they are champions.
“You have the belief these guys have in one another, there is nothing you can’t do,” coach Pete Carroll said after an implausible comeback for a 28-22 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship game yesterday.

Pair share lead at Sony Open

HONOLULU—Webb Simpson made his debut with a conventional putter yesterday at the Sony Open—and might have wished he had used one sooner.
One year away from the new rule that outlaws anchored strokes, Simpson ditched his belly putter for a regular one for his 2015 debut and ran off eight birdies over his last 10 holes for an eight-under 62 that gave him a share of the lead with Paul Casey.

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