Update on the latest in sports:
Djokovic to meet Federer in semifinal
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Novak Djokovic has moved to within two wins of an eighth Australian Open title with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (1) victory over 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic.
Djokovic extended his career record against the big-serving Canadian to 10-0, despite having issues with his contact lenses in the third set, to set up a semifinal between two men with a combined 36 major titles.
Djokovic next plays six-time Australian Open winner Roger Federer, who saved seven match points before fending off 100th-ranked Tennys Sandgren in five sets. Djokovic has never lost a semifinal or final he has contested at Melbourne Park.
In women’s action, top-ranked Ash Barty is into the semifinals, keeping alive her chances of being the first Australian to win her national championship in 42 years. Barty beat two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 7-6 (6), 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena and will next play Sofia Kenin. The 21-year-old American beat Ons Jabeur 6-4, 6-4 in the first match of the day at Rod Laver Arena to reach the semifinals at a major for the first time.
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Djokovic offers emotional tribute to Bryant
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – After advancing today at the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic delivered an emotional tribute to the late Kobe Bryant. He wore a green jacket with the letters KB and the numbers 8 and 24 embroidered on the chest and a red heart beneath the numbers.
In an on-court interview with John McEnroe, the 16-time major winner was visibly upset when he spoke about his friendship with Bryant. At a later news conference, Djokovic said he was “heartbroken.” He described Bryant as a “mentor” and “friend,” and said, “When I needed some advice, some support, he was there for me.” Djokovic said it was “heartbreaking” to hear that Bryant and his daughter had died in a helicopter crash.
Bucks seek ninth straight as they host Wizards
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Back from their visit to France, the Milwaukee Bucks carry an eight-game winning streak into tonight’s game at home against the Washington Wizards. At 40-and-6, the Bucks have the best 46-game start in franchise history.
Tonight’s NBA schedule includes eight games. The Clippers-Lakers game was postponed in the aftermath of the death of retired superstar Kobe Bryant over the weekend.
The 76ers host Golden State; the Knicks are at Charlotte, the Raptors host the Atlanta Hawks, and the Celtics visit the Heat. New Orleans plays at Cleveland, it’s Denver at Memphis, and the Mavericks host the Suns.
Blues try to stop losing skid
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – The defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues have lost three straight, but they still lead the NHL’s Western Conference heading into tonight’s matchup against the Flames in Calgary. The only other game on the NHL schedule has the Buffalo Sabres hosting the Ottawa Senators.
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Florida State visits Virginia
UNDATED (AP) – Fifth-ranked Florida State hopes to keep a ten-game winning streak alive when the Seminoles play at Virginia. Number-eight Villanova, winner of six in a row, plays at St. John’s. And the Duke Blue Devils host Pittsburgh, led by former Duke player and assistant Jeff Capel. Duke broke out of a two-game losing skid last week against Miami.
The other games involving ranked teams find number-16 Butler at Georgetown, 17th-ranked Auburn at Mississippi, and number-25 Rutgers against Purdue.