Update on the latest in sports:
Nadal faces Tsitsipas next
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Rafael Nadal won all of his service games and ended 21-year-old American Frances Tiafoe’s best run at a major with a dominating 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals.
The 32-year-old Nadal now faces another much younger opponent, 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, who eliminated two-time defending champion Roger Federer in the fourth round.
Nadal has won every set he’s played in the tournament so far, the first time he’s done that en route to the semifinals in Australia since 2009, the only time he won the title.
Soccer star Sala on missing plane
LONDON (AP) – An official involved in the search for a small plane carrying Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala says he’s not expecting the two people on board to be found alive.
The plane disappeared from radar Monday night, as it was flying from Wales to Cardiff, where Sala had just signed to play for Premier League club Cardiff.
The club says it’s “very distressed” about Sala’s fate. Cardiff chief executive Ken Choo says today was to be Sala’s first day with the team.
Ronaldo pleads guilty to tax fraud at Madrid court
MADRID (AP) – Cristiano Ronaldo has been given a two-year-suspended sentence and ordered to pay a nearly 19 million-euro fine after pleading guilty in a Madrid court today to tax fraud.
The Juventus soccer star, who was facing charges stemming from his days at Real Madrid, spent about 45 minutes in court to sign the plea agreement.
Ronaldo will not have to serve time in prison because judges in Spain can suspend sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders.
Former NFL player McFadden arrested in Texas on DWI charge
DALLAS (AP) – Former NFL player Darren McFadden has posted bond after authorities say he was arrested on a drunken-driving charge when he fell asleep in the drive-through lane at a fast-food restaurant in suburban Dallas.
Collin County court records show the 31-year-old was charged with driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest after being found early Monday at a Whataburger in McKinney. McFadden was taken to the county jail.
McFadden played 10 years in the NFL. He was a running back at the University of Arkansas before being drafted in 2008 by the Oakland Raiders. He spent seven seasons with the Raiders and then signed with the Dallas Cowboys, where he played for three seasons before retiring in 2017.
SUPER BOWL CALL-ATLANTA BILLBOARDS
‘NFL bleaux it’: Billboards protest missed call in NFC game
NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) – The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will be welcomed to Atlanta for the Super Bowl by several billboards saying “Saints got robbed” and “NFL bleaux it,” that’s b-l-e-a-u-x.
WDSU-TV reports Louisiana car dealership owner Matt Bowers paid for 10 billboards across Atlanta through Feb. 3, including one outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
New Orleans Saints fans are still upset over a missed call that likely cost their team a ticket to the Super Bowl. Los Angeles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman committed a blatant pass interference penalty that wasn’t called, leading to a tie score in regulation play and an overtime loss for the Saints.
Saints coach Sean Payton talked to the NFL office after the game and was told the penalty should’ve been flagged.
SUPREME COURT-COACH-POSTGAME PRAYER
Supreme Court rejects coach’s appeal over prayer, for now
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a former Seattle-area football coach who lost his job because he refused to stop praying on the field.
But four conservative justices say that they are interested in former Bremerton High School Coach Joe Kennedy’s case and the legal issues it raises.
Lower courts said Kennedy was not immediately entitled to get his job back. Courts rejected Kennedy’s claim that the school district violated his speech rights by putting him on paid leave after he continued to pray at midfield following games.
Justice Samuel Alito says the high court is right to reject the appeal for now, but says he is troubled by lower courts’ handling of the case. Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas joined with Alito.