Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sports in brief


Related News/Archive

raonic tops federer in aussie tuneup

BRISBANE, Australia — Milos Raonic got one back on Roger Federer to start the season. After losing coach Ivan Ljubicic to the Federer camp leading into 2016, Raonic achieved something nobody else born in the 1990s has done against the 17-time major winner: beat him twice.

Raonic, 25, broke the serve of Federer, 34, once in each set of a 6-4, 6-4 win Sunday in the Brisbane International final, reversing the outcome of their meeting in last year's final at the Australian Open warmup event.

Ljubicic was in Federer's corner for the final. Carlos Moya, who will join Raonic's coaching crew, won't arrive in Australia until next week.

Raonic won his eighth career title and got his second win in 11 matches against Federer. It was a boost coming off a troubled end to 2015, when Raonic missed the last three weeks with a back problem. He also missed the French Open with a foot injury last year, parted company with Ljubicic and finished out of the top 10.

"With the difficulties I've had … it's maybe a good way for me to show the other guys I will face (in the Australian Open) I've got my stuff back together and I can play some good tennis again," he said.

Federer struggled early in the tournament with lingering flu symptoms.

Raonic "did well," he said. "It was a tough match. (My) legs were a little bit wobbly. Still, considering the week I've had, I'm actually quite happy."


alpine skiing: American Lindsey Vonn won a women's World Cup super-G for her second victory in as many days at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, heating up the battle for this season's overall title with leader Lara Gut of Switzerland. Vonn trailed Gut by 158 points going into the weekend's races but reduced her deficit to 38 after also winning Saturday's two-run downhill.

autos: Maria Teresa de Filippis, the first woman to race in Formula One, has died at the age of 89 in Scanzorosciate, Italy. Formula One made the announcement on its website without providing the date or cause of death. Ms. De Filippis made three starts for the Maserati team in 1958, finishing 10th at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium for her best result.

running: Brazilian Fredison Costa won his third straight Walt Disney World Marathon, and fifth in six years, over a field of more than 26,000 runners. Costa, who has been living and training in the Orlando area the past two years, won in 2 hours, 33 minutes, 24 seconds. Mateus Trindade, also from Brazil, finished second (2:34:49). Natasha Yaremczuk, 35, of Montverde was the first female finisher in 2:52:23. Jennifer Walton of Wesley Chapel was second (3:01:38).

soccer: Swansea was humbled by fourth-tier Oxford for the first big shock of the FA Cup third round in England, and Tottenham needed an 89th-minute penalty from Harry Kane to salvage a 2-2 draw against Leicester. Tottenham secured a replay against Leicester. … Atletico Madrid returned to the top of the Spanish league with a 2-0 win against Celta Vigo. Atletico has 44 points, two more than Barcelona.

Times wires

Sports in brief 01/10/16 [Last modified: Sunday, January 10, 2016 10:07pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Friday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  2. Good news for Rays on Steven Souza Jr. as MRI shows 'no damage' to hip


    The Rays got good news today on RF Steven Souza Jr., as an MRI showed "no damage" to his left hip.

    Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays holds his leg after hurting himself trying to steal second base in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.
  3. Bucs raise prices for single tickets to marquee games


    The Bucs will have single-game tickets for 2017 home games on sale July 28, with a new wrinkle: the best games will cost more for fans.

    Bucs fans cheer Jameis Winston after a victory in their final home game of the 2016 season. Individual tickets for the Bucs' three most coveted home games (against the Patriots, Bears and Giants) will cost more in 2017.
  4. RHP Alex Cobb feeling safer as Rays make playoff push

    The Heater

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throwing in the fourth inning of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
  5. HomeTeam 100: Players 61-70


    Jefferson wide receiver Dontavius Smith during the game between Jefferson High School and Jesuit High School at Jesuit on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.