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Rose makes '19 debut with top ranking

LA QUINTA, Calif.—The timing couldn't be better for Justin Rose, or for the Desert Classic.

Rose played so much golf toward the end of last year that he wasn't quite ready to fly from his home in the Bahamas to Hawaii to start 2019 against a winners-only field at Kapalua.

Instead, he decided to start at the Desert Classic, an event he has not played since 2010.

Serena cruises in Australian Open return

MELBOURNE, Australia—This was quite a return for Serena Williams. Almost as if she never left.

In her first match at the Australian Open since winning the 2017 title while pregnant, and her first official match anywhere since a loss in the chaotic U.S. Open final last September, Williams looked to be at her dominant best, overpowering Tatjana Maria 6-0, 6-2 in the first round today.

Saints' defence optimistic it can hold up

METAIRIE, La.—Saints' third-year defensive tackle David Onyemata planned to spend today—the players' usual day off—performing some extra conditioning work at club headquarters.

He is among a trio of defensive linemen likely headed for more snaps against one of the best offences in the NFL this Sunday with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

Reid trying to rewrite history of playoff futility

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Andy Reid sat inside an opulent suite high above the field in Arrowhead Stadium six years ago—a sparkle in his eyes and a broad smile hiding underneath his bushy, red moustache.

He just had been fired by the Philadelphia Eagles after a mostly successful 14-year run highlighted by a Super Bowl appearance, and by all accounts he should have been weary and beaten.