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Alize Cornet reaches quarterfinals at her 63rd Grand Slam
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Alize Cornet has finally reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament in her 63rd attempt. The 32-year-old beat two-time major champion Simona Halep 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at the Australian Open on Monday. It’s her 17th trip to the Australian Open and her 60th consecutive major.
Cornet will next play Danielle Collins, a 2019 Australian Open semifinalist who beat 19th-seeded Elise Mertens 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in an almost three-hour match to open Day 8 play in Rod Laver Arena. Collins is one of three Americans headed to the quarterfinals. Jessica Pegula (peh-GOO’-lah) and Madison Keys are the others.
In other women’s results, 115th-ranked Kaia Kanepi (KY’-uh kuh-NEP’-ee) upset second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 and Iga Swiatek defeated Sorana Cirstea, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.
On the men’s side, U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev beat 70th-ranked Maxime Cressy 6-2, 7-6, 6-7, 7-5. Medvedev will next play Felix Auger-Aliassime (oh-ZHAY’ al-ee-ah-SEEM’), who wore down 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch) 2-6, 7-6, 6-2, 7-6. Fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas (STEH’-fah-nohs TSEE’-tsee-pas) beat Taylor Fritz 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and Jannik Sinner defeated Alex de Minaur 7-6, 6-3, 6-4.


Auburn jumkps to No. 1 in AP Top 25 for first time in history
UNDATED (AP) – Auburn has climbed past Gonzaga and into the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll for the first time ever. The Tigers beat Kentucky over the weekend for their 15th consecutive win, then scooped up 45 of 61 first-place votes to become the nation’s top-ranked team for the first time since the poll began with the 1948-49 season.
The Bulldogs dropped to No. 2 with 15 first-place votes. Arizona remained third and earned the other No. 1 vote.
Baylor rebounded from consecutive losses while ranked No. 1 to beat West Virginia and Oklahoma, and climbed one position to fourth. Big 12 rival Kansas was right behind in fifth after a pair of heart-stopping wins.
The Boilermakers fell two spots to sixth after losing to Indiana early last week. They are followed by Houston and UCLA, deadlocked at No. 7, with Duke and Michigan State rounding out the top 10.


MLB negotiators to meet in person for 1st time since Dec 1
NEW YORK (AP) – Negotiators for locked-out baseball players and management meet in person Monday for the first time since Dec. 1, the day before the start of the sport’s first work stoppage since 1995.
The players’ association planned to make a counteroffer to management, 11 days after clubs gave the union a proposal when the snail-paced negotiations resumed following a 42-day break.
There is dwindling time to reach an agreement in time for spring training to start as scheduled on Feb. 16. The scheduled March 31 opening day is also increasingly threatened, given the need for players to report, go through COVID-19 protocols and have at least three weeks of workouts that include a minimal number of exhibition games.
Baseball’s ninth work stoppage started Dec. 2, following the expiration of a five-year labor contract.