Monday, January 24, 2022

Friday’s game in a nutshell | Nation World News

Tennis

Former tennis star Chris Evert says he was diagnosed with early stage ovarian cancer.

Evert, 67, revealed the illness in a story posted Friday on ESPN.com. He is an on-air announcer for ESPN. She was diagnosed with cancer last month and started chemotherapy treatment this week.

Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, reached No. 1 in the WTA rankings, and was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1995.

MELBOURNE, Australia ( Associated Press) – Novak Djokovic is reported to be back in immigration detention after his legal challenge to avoid being deported from Australia without vaccination for COVID-19 was taken to a higher court.

A hearing is set for a federal court hearing on Sunday, a day before the men’s No. 1 ranked tennis player and nine-time Australian Open champion begins his title defense in the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.

The Australian Associated Press reported that Djokovic was back in custody.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on Friday blocked the 34-year-old Serb’s visa, which was originally revoked when he landed at Melbourne airport on January 5.

pro football

HOUSTON ( Associated Press) — Houston Texans general manager Nick Casario says it was his decision to fire head coach David Cooley after just one season, citing differences with Cully about the organization’s path.

Porter’s dismissal left only one Black head coach in the NFL, Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin.

Casario declined to go into details about where he differed with Porter and insisted it was his decision to sack him.

Cincinnati ( Associated Press) — Either the Raiders or the Bengals will win a playoff game on Saturday, and that would be news in itself. Post-season success has been elusive for both teams for a generation.

The Raiders’ most recent postseason win was 19 years ago, a conference championship before losing to Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl. Since then, he has managed only one playoff appearance, one and one wild-card game after the 2016 season.

Cincinnati is in the playoffs for the first time since the 2015 season, but has not dropped out of the opening round since the 1990 season.

ORCHARD PARK, NY ( Associated Press) — Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes has been primed for both freezing temperatures and the Patriots in preparation to host his division rivals in a wild-card playoff game on Saturday night.

The 12-year veteran says the meeting is likely to be an ‘old school slogan-knocking’ as the teams meet for the third time in seven weeks.

The teams split the season series, with Buffalo taking the AFC East title for the second time in a row.

NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Five players, including dynamic pass catchers Cooper Kupp and Davante Adams, are unanimous choices for the Associated Press 2021 NFL All-Pro team.

Colts Jonathan Taylor, Steelers edge rusher TJ Watts, and Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, joining Rams Kupp and Packers Adams in Friday, received votes from all 50 members of a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league. Huh.

Donald is a perennial pick, making the team for the seventh time in his eight pro seasons, and Watts is on it for the third time. Adams makes it a second time, and the other two are newcomers.

college football

Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner Jim Phillips says now is not the time to extend the college football playoffs.

Phillips told reporters on a conference call Friday that with the NCAA beginning the transition to Division I, CFP expansion should not be a priority. He also cited the continuing need for federal law regarding name, image and likeness compensation for athletes.

Extension talks between conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director stalled last weekend. Expectations of a new format to be implemented by 2024 are looming, but have not been declared dead.

HONOLULU ( Associated Press) — Todd Graham resigned as football coach for the University of Hawaii on Friday amid controversy after completing the second year of a five-year contract.

Graham resigned a week after former players and some parents testified before a state legislative hearing criticizing the coach’s management style and relationship with the players. More than a dozen players have entered the transfer portal.

The 57-year-old resigned and gave up the purchase of $1,275,000. Assistant Jokob Yoro will serve as interim head coach while the school is looking for a replacement.

Graham went 11-11 on aggregate during his tenure in Hawaii. He was previously the head coach at Tulsa, Pittsburgh and Arizona State.

LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) – UCLA football coach Chip Kelly on Friday agreed a new four-year contract, leading the Bruins to their best season since 2015.

The settlement was reached two days before Kelly’s original contract ended the $9 million buyout. Kelly said she had discussed returning to Oregon before the Ducks hired Dan Lanning last month.

UCLA had its first winning season under Kelly in 2021. It was 8–4 ahead and closed with three straight wins, including a 62–33 blowout over Southern California.

college basketball

Big-name women’s basketball programs like No. 5 Tennessee and No. 12 LSU are making a comeback to prominence this year. The Lady Walls and Tigers are part of a group of teams that have been taking the national rankings under coaches since 2019.

The list includes No. 15 Georgia Tech, No. 16 Duke, No. 20 Notre Dame, No. 21 North Carolina and No. 23 Oklahoma.

It takes time to be a winner, says Lady Walls coach Kelly Harper, noting: “You don’t just push a button and win the game.”

Boulder, Colo. ( Associated Press) — The No. 2 Stanford women’s team beat No. 22 Colorado 60-52 on Friday night to beat the last remaining undefeated team in Division I basketball to beat season-high 22 turnovers.

It was a fairly undefeated run for Colorado, who was controlling the pace before Stanford’s 12-4 surge in the fourth quarter went a long way to break the streak. This was only the second time in the history of the event that the Buffaloes started 13–0.

“I’m not one for moral victories. I’m always looking for the things we did well, and there will be many more things that we did well,” said Colorado coach JR Payne. “There will also be a lot of things that we need to learn and grow.”

pro soccer

HERRIMAN, Utah ( Associated Press) — Real Salt Lake has signed 14-year-old forward Axel Kaye, the youngest player ever to sign with the Major League Soccer senior team.

The club announced on Friday that Kei, a 6-foot-4 product from RSL Academy, has signed a two-year deal at 14 years and 15 days.

Prior to this, the youngest player to sign with the MLS club was Freddy Addu, who was 153 days older than Kei when he joined DC United in 2004.

transgender athlete

PIERRE, SD ( Associated Press) — A South Dakota legislative committee has approved a bill championed by Republican Gov. Christie Noem to ban transgender women and girls from participating in school sports leagues that match their gender identity.

The bill received approval on Friday in the Republican-dominated Senate State Affairs Committee, clearing a legislative hurdle that has been a significant obstacle to similar South Dakota bills in the past.

Every Republican on the committee approved the bill, despite warnings from opponents that it alienates and threatens transgender students. Opponents also say it exposes schools to legal action for a political reason that has not been an issue in South Dakota.

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