Monday, January 22, 2018

Sports in brief


Emotional Murray wins Brisbane again

BRISBANE, Australia — Andy Murray kicked off 2013 by defending his Brisbane International title, holding off up-and-coming Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7-0), 6-4 and dedicating Sunday's victory to an absent friend.

"He's back home watching. … You're going to get through," Murray said, his voice starting to break.

He didn't immediately reveal the friend's name but signed "For You Perched" on a small plaque.

Murray heads to the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 14, without the pressure that followed him on every previous trip to Australia to end what had been a drought dating to 1936 for British men at majors. Murray won his first major last year, the U.S. Open.


FIFA boss: Don't run from racism

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said players facing racial abuse during games shouldn't walk off the field.

Kevin-Prince Boateng led AC Milan players off on Thursday during an exhibition against Pro Patria that was abandoned because of racist chanting by fans.

Blatter was quoted in Abu Dhabi's the National newspaper as saying: "Walk off? No. I don't think that is the solution. … I don't think you can run away, because eventually you can run away if you lose a match."

He urged local soccer authorities to impose "harsh" sanctions, such as point deductions.

More soccer: Los Angeles defender Omar Gonzalez will return to the U.S. national team after a two-year absence, while Landon Donovan, still deciding if he wants to play, was left off the Americans' training camp roster. … Midfielder Frank Lampard, Chelsea's second all-time leading scorer, will not be offered a new contract by the English Premier League team after the season, his agent said. … Liverpool ousted nonleague club Mansfield from the third round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win, and Arsenal tied Premier League rival Swansea 2-2. … Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored to help their teams win in the Spanish league a day before the two stars and Andres Iniesta vie for the FIFA Ballon d'Or prize, given to the player who was deemed to have had the best season in 2012.

Et cetera

Horses: Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens took third at Santa Anita in California in the first race of his comeback after a seven-year retirement. He was second aboard Jebrica in a $45,000 claiming race until they were caught by a nose. "That's the first time I've knuckled down on one in seven years, and it felt good," said Stevens, who turns 50 in March.

Times wires

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning shut out Blackhawks

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning shut out Blackhawks

CHICAGO — Turns out, Andrei Vasilevskiy is all right.And, believe it or not, so is the Lightning’s penalty kill, which was the unlikely hero in Monday’s streak-snapping 2-0 win over the Blackhawks at the United Center.Vasilevskiy, 23, played like the...
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Lightning angered by slash that has Ondrej Palat out 6-8 weeks

Lightning angered by slash that has Ondrej Palat out 6-8 weeks

CHICAGO — The Lightning got more bad news Monday with wing Ondrej Palat out 6-8 weeks with a lower-body injury. It’s a big blow to a struggling Tampa Bay team, which is now without its top defense­man (Victor Hedman) and now arguably its best defensi...
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Bucks fire Kidd in midst of slump

MILWAUKEE — The Bucks fired coach Jason Kidd on Monday amid a midseason slide that has left the playoff hopeful in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. It was a surprising end to Kidd’s three-plus season tenure in Milwaukee, when the Bucks made th...
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Mrazek strong in goal again as Red Wings blank Devils

NEWARK, N.J. — Petr Mrazek had 37 saves in posting his second straight shutout and third of the season as the Red Wings beat the slumping Devils 3-0 on Monday night. Tyler Bertuzzi, David Booth and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings, who snapped a...
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Tuesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballArkansas at Georgia6:30 p.m.SECProvidence at Villanova6:30 p.m.FS1Kansas at Oklahoma7 p.m.ESPNWisconsin at Iowa7 p.m.ESPN2Oklahoma State at Texas Tech7 p.m.ESPNewsVanderbilt at Tennessee7 p.m.ESPNUDavidson at Dayton7 p.m.CBSSNW...
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MELBOURNE, Australia — Back-to-back shockers resulted in a most unexpected Australian Open men’s quarterfinal. Six-time champion Novak Djokovic and fifth-ranked Dominic Thiem lost within a few hours Monday, leaving Hyeon Chung and Tennys Sandgren pla...
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Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Blackhawks

Matt Peca and Michael Bournival likely won’t be the last callups by the Lightning the next month or so. There are plenty of other deserving candidates at AHL Syracuse, with Adam Erne likely getting a shot had he not been injured. With Ondrej Palat ou...
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High school scoreboard for Jan. 22

Monday’s scoreboardBoys soccerPalm Harbor U. 3, Clearwater 0Boca Ciega 3, Indian Rocks Christian 1Girls soccerClass 4A, District 10: Countryside 7, Clearwater 0; Dixie Hollins 2, East Lake 0Class 3A, District 10: Osceola 14, Gibbs 0...
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NHL All-Star Game Skills Competition gets some changes

Skills Competition gets a new lookThe NHL switched up its format for Saturday’s All-Star Game Skills Competition (7 p.m, NBSCN). There will be six events, including the traditional hardest shot, accuracy shooting, plus a passing challenge, puck contr...
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Vikes’ Shurmur to lead Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was hired as the Giants head coach Monday afternoon. The Giants announced the hiring less than 24 hours after Shurmur and the Vikings were beaten by the Eagles in the NFC title game. S...
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