Update on the latest sports
WR Larry Fitzgerald returning to Cardinals for 16th season
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Star receiver Larry Fitzgerald is returning to the Arizona Cardinals for a 16th NFL season.
The Cardinals announced Wednesday that they signed the 35-year-old Fitzgerald to a one-year contract. Team president Michael Bidwell says, “No player has meant more to this franchise or this community than Larry Fitzgerald.”
In the finale of his 15th season, Fitzgerald still looked the part of an NFL wide receiver and exceptional pass catcher with four catches for 36 yards. He caught the 116th touchdown pass of his career and became the third player with at least 1,300 career receptions. He matched the franchise record for career games played with his 234th game in a Cardinals uniform and became the second receiver in league history with 2,000 yards receiving against three different teams, joining Jerry Rice.
Fitzgerald’s future was one of the big questions going into the Cardinals’ offseason. Arizona fired coach Steve Wilks and replaced him with former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.
WORLD CUP-VONN’S FUTURE
Vonn ‘hopeful’ she can ski again despite ailing knees
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) – Lindsey Von isn’t quite done yet.
The most successful female World Cup skier in history says she remains “hopeful” that she can fix her ailing knees.
Writing on Instagram, she says “I’m taking things day by day and we will see what happens. I know that I might not get the ending to my career that I had hoped for, but if there is a chance, I will take it.”
The announcement comes three days after Vonn hinted at immediate retirement after failing to finish a super-G in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, citing severe pain in both of her knees.
Vonn has 82 wins – most among women – and four less than overall record-holder Ingemark Stenmark of Sweden.
She says she will not be able to compete in a downhill training run Thursday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Serena ousted by Pliskova…Osaka reaches semis
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Serena Williams’ bid for a record-tying 24th career Grand Slam will have to resume at the French Open.
One point from a berth in the semifinals, Williams dropped the last six games in a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 loss to seventh seed Karolina Pliskova (PLIHSH’-koh-vah) of the Czech Republic at the Australian Open.
Williams had match point when she turned her left ankle, giving Pliskova new life. Pliskova also fought off four match points in continuing a quest for her first major championship.
The meltdown ruined a shot at a U.S. Open final rematch between Williams and Naomi Osaka.
The fourth-seeded Osaka reached the semis at Melbourne for the first time with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over No. 6 Elina Svitolina. Osaka used her aggressive style and big hitting to compile a 31-11 edge in winners, including eight aces.
The other women’s semifinal will be two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIH’-toh-vah) against unseeded American Danielle Collins.
In other action:
– Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) advanced to the Australian Open semifinals when Kei Nishikori retired in the second set after less than an hour of play. Djokovic was leading 6-1, 4-1 when the eighth-seeded Nishikori let the umpire know he couldn’t continue. Nishikori, the 2014 U.S. Open runner-up, played three matches that went to five sets in his first four rounds. Two of those went to the new fifth-set super tiebreaker introduced at the Australian Open this year.
– Lucas Pouille (pwee) has reached the Australian Open semifinals for the first time with a 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-4 win over 16th-seeded Milos Raonic, a major reversal of form at Melbourne Park after losing in the first round here in the previous five years.
– Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai have set up a women’s doubles final against defending champions Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic at the Australian Open. Stosur, who won the 2011 U.S. Open singles title, and Zhang beat Czech pair Barbora Strycova and Marketa Vondrousova 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 today. The second-seeded Mladenovic and Babos beat American pair Alison Riske and Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-2.
Search resumes to find soccer player after plane disappears
LONDON (AP) – The search to find missing Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot resumed today with authorities in the Channel Islands looking at whether the pair may have landed safely and been unable to make contact.
The Piper PA-46 plane disappeared from radar Monday night near the island of Guernsey as it was flying from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff, where Sala was due to start playing for the city’s Premier League club.
Authorities said Tuesday they did not expect to find any survivors, but the latest search is focused on possibly finding a life raft.