AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Novak Djokovic’s legal professionals filed courtroom papers Saturday in his problem in opposition to deportation from Australia that present the tennis star examined constructive for COVID-19 final month and recovered, grounds he utilized in making use of for a medical exemption to the nation’s strict vaccination guidelines.
The No. 1-ranked Djokovic was denied entry on the Melbourne airport late Wednesday after border officers canceled his visa for failing to satisfy its entry requirement that each one non-citizens be absolutely vaccinated for COVID-19.
• Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from her semifinal match at a WTA match with an stomach harm, permitting her opponent Veronika Kudermetova to advance to the ultimate on a walkover.
“I had quite a lot of enjoyable enjoying right here in Melbourne. Sadly I’ve an stomach harm which I have to relaxation and put together for the Australian Open,” Osaka stated in a press release issued by Tennis Australia.
ECHL: The Adirondack Thunder scored 4 instances within the second interval to tug away for a 5-2 win over the Maine Mariners at Cross Insurance coverage Enviornment.
Maine took a 1-0 lead simply 52 seconds into the sport when Nick Grasp scored a power-play objective. It was 2-0 early within the second when Nate Kallen scored, earlier than Adirondack pulled approach on targets by Jordan Kaplan, Shane Harper, Jake Ryczek and Robbie Payne.
Payne added his second objective of the sport within the third interval.
The 2 groups face off in opposition to at 3 p.m. Sunday in Portland.
PGA: Jon Rahm matched the low rating of his profession, tied the course document at Kapalua and performed his final 12 holes in 11-under par for a 61. He wanted it simply to catch Cameron Smith at 26 underneath by way of three rounds of the Sentry Match of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii.
In an outrageously low-scoring begin to the brand new 12 months on the PGA Tour, Rahm and Smith pulled away from the remainder of the winners-only subject by going shot-for-shot, putt-for-putt throughout a lot of the again 9 on the defenseless Plantation course.
Rahm capped off his birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie end with putts from simply inside 30 ft and 15 ft. He tied the course document set a couple of hours earlier by Justin Thomas, who was one shot behind when he completed, however 9 pictures again when the day was carried out.
The common rating of 67.7 was the bottom at Kapalua for the reason that Match of Champions moved to the west finish of Maui in 1999. The earlier document was 67.8 set the day earlier than.
OLYMPICS: Alysia Liu joined U.S. champion Mariah Bell and runner-up Karen Chen on the American determine skating crew for the Beijing Olympics, despite the fact that she was compelled to withdraw from nationals following a constructive COVID-19 check.
The 16-year-old Liu was in third place after her brief program when she took a repeatedly scheduled check and it got here again constructive. She instantly advised U.S. Determine Skating she would petition for a spot on the Olympic crew, and the choice committee selected Liu based mostly on her total physique of labor.
Liu, a two-time nationwide champion, stated she’s “feeling effectively bodily and mentally” and has been vaccinated.
• Madison Chock and Evan Bates answered a passionate, near-flawless efficiency by Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue with a mesmerizing, out-of-this-world present of their very own Saturday night time to win their third ice dance title on the U.S. Determine Skating Championships.
With Chock portraying an alien in high fashion, and real-life accomplice Bates an astronaut, the couple danced their approach by way of a medley by French digital duo Daft Punk to earn a career-best 227.37 factors and a standing ovation.
“It simply feels so good to perform targets you set out for your self,” Chock stated, “and this can be a objective we’ve had ever since successful our final nationwide title, getting again on high of that podium.”
Chock and Bates did simply sufficient to carry off Hubbell and Donohue, the defending champions, who had a career-best rating of 225.59 of their remaining nationals look. When it got here to a conclusion, the 2 of them dropped to the floor contained in the Bridgestone Enviornment in an embrace so heat it may have simply melted the ice.
• Clearly again on his recreation, five-time U.S. champion Nathan Chen set a document within the males’s brief program.
With a efficiency filled with excellent footwork and spins – oh, yeah, there have been two huge quads in it, too – Chen despatched a message to all his rivals, right here and overseas. His 115.39 factors beat the nationals mark of 114.13 he set in 2020.
BUNDESLIGA: Borussia Dortmund fought again from two targets down after a lackluster begin to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2 and return some component of pleasure to the Bundesliga title race.
•American ahead Ricardo Pepi made his Bundesliga debut for Augsburg in a 3-1 loss at Hoffenheim.
The 18-year-old Pepi, who joined Augsburg from Main League Soccer’s Dallas on Monday, got here on within the sixtieth minute together with his new crew already 2-1 down.
WORLD CUP QUALFYING: Colorado defender Auston Trusty was added to the U.S. coaching camp roster for retaining Main League Soccer gamers match forward of World Cup qualifiers.
The 23-year-old has performed for youth nationwide groups however not the senior nationwide crew. He was invited to Coach Gregg Berhalter’s first coaching camp in January 2019 however didn’t seem in matches in opposition to Panama and Costa Rica, then didn’t return till final month’s camp. He was not used within the 1-0 exhibition win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
His addition raises the full to twenty gamers coaching in Phoenix by way of Jan. 21, a camp that may embody closed-door scrimmages. Some will be a part of Europe-based gamers after they report back to Columbus, Ohio, for a Jan. 27 World Cup qualifier in opposition to El Salvador.
MEN’S WORLD CUP: Marco Odermatt’s dominant season in World Cup large slalom delivered Switzerland the win it craved after a 14-year wait in its traditional residence race in Adelboden, Switzerland.
On the restrict of his steadiness snowboarding down the steep remaining slope, Odermatt held on to his morning result in be 0.48 seconds sooner than Manuel Feller, who soared from fifth place with the quickest second run.
Alexis Pinturault was third, 0.54 again, and conceded extra factors to World Cup chief Odermatt within the protection of his total title.
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Swedish skier Sara Hector dominated a ladies’s World Cup large slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, and overtook Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin on high of the self-discipline standings.
Hector posted the quickest time in each runs as she prolonged her first-run result in an enormous .96 seconds over the runner-up, former French world champion Tessa Worley.
World Cup GS champion Marta Bassino positioned third, whereas Valérie Grenier got here fourth because the Canadian skier matched her profession finest World Cup end result.
Shiffrin improved from 14th after the opening run to seventh, 2.05 seconds behind Hector, who now leads the American by 46 factors within the GS season standings.
SANTA YNEZ STAKES: Beneath the Stars gained the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes by three-quarters of a size Saturday at Santa Anita.
Skilled by Bob Baffert and ridden by Flavien Prat, Beneath the Stars ran seven furlongs in 1:22.51.
Despatched off because the 4-5 favourite in a subject of six 3-year-old fillies, Beneath the Stars paid $3.80, $2.80 and $2.20.