Update on the latest sports
Gauff wins, Serena loses
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – It’s been quite a day at the Australian Open. A loss for 38-year-old Serena Williams was followed by a big win for 15-year-old Coco Gauff. And Roger Federer barely avoided an upset by edging John Millman in a fifth-set tiebreaker.
Williams was upset by Wang Qiang (wahng chee-ahng) of China in three sets, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5. It was Williams’ earliest exit from Melbourne Park since she also lost in the third round back in 2006. She has won seven of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles in Australia.
Gauff then upset Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 to become the youngest player in the professional era to defeat the defending women’s champion at the Australian Open. This is only the third Grand Slam tournament of Gauff’s career but already her second time reaching the fourth round.
Federer was pushed all the way before recording his 100th match win and reaching the Round of 16 at Melbourne Park for the 18th time. Federer has won six Australian championships among his record 20 major titles. The 38-year-old is the first player to record 100 match wins at two different Grand Slam tournaments. He improved his Wimbledon record to 101-13 last year.
In other action Friday:
– Caroline Wozniacki’s farewell tour at the Australian Open is over. The 2018 champion lost her third-round match 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 to Ons Jabeur at Melbourne Arena.
– The top-ranked women’s player in the world is also the first one into the fourth round at the Australian Open. French Open champion and local hope Ash Barty beat 29th-seeded Elena Rybakina 6-3, 6- 2 in the opening match at Rod Laver Arena.
– Second-seeded Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) easily beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Seven-time Australian Open champion Djokovic needed only 85 minutes to beat the Japanese player.
– No. 32-seeded Milos Raonic (MEE’-lohsh ROW’-nihch) has beaten No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the seventh time. The 2016 Wimbledon finalist had five match points in the third-set tiebreaker and converted his second with a booming forehand winner for a 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory on Margaret Court Arena.
– Tennys Sandgren is back into the fourth round of the Australian Open after beating fellow American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Two years ago, on his Australian Open debut, Sandgren became the lowest-ranked quarter-finalist in 12 years after recording wins over top 10 players Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem (teem).
– Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch) finally has a win over Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open after two losses to the Spaniard at Melbourne Park. Cilic, who won the 2014 U.S. Open and was a finalist here in 2018, beat ninth-seeded Bautista Agut 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-0, 5-7, 6-3 to advance to the fourth round.
– Defending Australian Open doubles champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert have lost 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the first round to Simone Bolelli and Benoit Paire.
Mets to introduce Rojas as their new manager
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Mets plan to introduce their new manager Friday at Citi Field. The team announced Thursday that they have hired Luis Rojas to replace Carlos Beltran, a week after Beltran departed without managing a game.
Rojas, who had been the Mets’ quality control coach, was given a multiyear contract. He becomes New York’s fourth manager in the past 2 1/2 years – and third in four months. Beltran was let go last week as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
The 38-year-old Rojas is the son of former major league All-Star Felipe Alou (feh-LEE’-pay ah-LOO’), who later managed the Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants, and the brother of ex-outfielder Moises Alou, who spent his last two seasons with the Mets from 2007-08.
Rojas and his dad are the fifth father-son duo to both become big league managers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They join Buddy and David Bell, Aaron and Bob Boone, George and Dick Sisler, and Bob and Joel Skinner.
Rojas also becomes the sixth Dominican-born manager in major league history – his father was the first with Montreal in 1992. The others are Manny Acta, Tony Pena, Juan Samuel and Luis Pujols.
NFL player Antonio Brown granted bail by Florida judge
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – NFL free agent Antonio Brown was granted bail on Friday after turning himself in at a Florida jail on charges that he and his trainer attacked the driver of a moving truck that carried some of his possessions from California.
Broward County Judge Corey Amanda Cawthon set a $110,000 bond and imposed conditions including a GPS monitor, no possession of weapons or ammunition, a mental health evaluation and surrender of his passport. Brown also must undergo random drug testing.
The exact timing of his release from jail was unclear.
A Hollywood police statement said Brown’s arrest warrant included charges of burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief. Officials responded Tuesday afternoon to a disturbance call where the alleged victim said Brown and his trainer, Glenn Holt, hit him outside Brown’s Hollywood home.
Holt was arrested and charged with one count of burglary with battery, but officials couldn’t make contact with Brown at the time.
Brown was one of the NFL’s top wide receivers during his nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was traded to the Oakland Raiders last year but released before ever playing a regular season game following several off-the-field incidents. He was then signed by the New England Patriots, who released Brown in September after a second woman in 10 days accused him of sexual misconduct.
NFL-CLERGY ABUSE-NEW-ORLEANS SAINTS
NFL’s Saints fight to shield emails in Catholic abuse crisis
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area’s Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis.
Attorneys for about two dozen men suing the church say in court filings that the 276 documents they obtained through discovery show that the NFL team, whose owner is devoutly Catholic, aided the Archdiocese of New Orleans in its “pattern and practice of concealing its crimes.”
Saints attorneys, in court papers, disputed any suggestion that the team helped the church cover up crimes, calling such claims “outrageous.” They further said that the emails, exchanged in 2018 and 2019, were intended to be private and should not be “fodder for the public.” The archdiocese is also fighting the release of the emails.
The National Football League, which was advised of the matter by plaintiffs’ attorneys because the Saints’ emails used the team’s nfl.com domain, has not commented on the case. NFL policy says everyone who is a part of the league must refrain from “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in” the NFL.
A court-appointed special master is expected to hear arguments in the coming weeks on whether the communications should remain confidential.
NHL-PARALYZED PLAYER HIRED
Paralyzed hockey player hired by Los Angeles Kings
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) – A former Minnesota high school hockey player paralyzed during a game in 2011 says he has achieved a dream of working in the NHL.
Jack Jablonski tweeted Thursday that he has a job as a content coordinator with the Los Angeles Kings working in podcasting, radio and TV.
Jablonski recently graduated from the University of Southern California with a major in communications and interned with the Kings before he was hired full time.
Jablonski was a student at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, when he injured his spinal cord injury in a game on Dec. 30, 2011. He was hit from behind and sent head-first into the boards.