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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.

Kuchar first multiple winner of PGA season

HONOLULU—Matt Kuchar didn't have the start he wanted yesterday in the Sony Open—not with three bogeys in five holes after making just one through three rounds.

The finish was better than he could have imagined.

Kuchar seized control late in the round with back-to-back birdie putts, the second one on No. 16 prompting a rare show of emotion with a fist pump.