U.S. EDGES RUSSIA, HEADS TO SEMIS
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Kieffer Bellows scored his second goal with 7:29 left in the third period and the United States defeated Russia 3-2 in a world junior quarterfinal Tuesday night. The defending champion Americans will play Sweden, a 3-2 winner over Slovakia, in the semifinals Thursday. Canada will play the Czech Republic in the other semifinal.
Ailing Murray pulls out
Andy Murray’s long-term hip injury has forced him out of the Brisbane International in Australia, cast serious doubts over his participation in the Australian Open and has him contemplating surgery. The former world No. 1 pulled out of the Brisbane event after failing to practice, two days ahead of his scheduled return to competitive tennis.
HOPMAN CUP: Roger Federer continued preparation for his Australian Open title defense with a 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) win over Karen Khachanov in Perth, Australia, helping give Switzerland a 2-0 win over Russia. Belinda Bencic beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a later women’s singles match.
SHENZHEN OPEN: Maria Sharapova had 11 aces and saved seven of 10 break points to beat Alison Riske 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and advance to the quarterfinals in China. The five-time major winner will next face Zarina Diyas, who upset third-seeded Zhang Shuai 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 6-4.
QATAR OPEN: Borna Coric beat second-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (10-8) in Doha. Third-seeded Tomas Berdych and fourth-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas also lost in the first round.
Man City pads lead
Raheem Sterling scored the quickest goal of the Premier League season at 38 seconds to send host Manchester City to a 3-1 win over Watford that moved the league leaders 15 points ahead of second-place Manchester United. Also, Fernando Llorente marked his first EPL start for visiting Tottenham with a goal against former club Swansea in a 2-0 win.
ITALY: Serie A leader Napoli was eliminated from the Italian Cup after a 2-1 home defeat to Atalanta.
BOXING: Retired champion Vinny Paz, whose comeback story after a car crash was dramatized in the 2016 film Bleed for This, has been accused of attacking a Rhode Island man and sending him to the hospital.
HORSES: LeRoy Jolley, who trained Kentucky Derby winners Foolish Pleasure and Genuine Risk, died Dec. 18 in Albany, N.Y., from lung cancer. He was 79.
OLYMPICS: Carlijn Schoutens, 23, won the 3,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials in Milwaukee, making her first Olympic team.