MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal is within one victory of a record 21st Grand Slam singles title.
The 35-year-old Spaniard advanced to the Australian Open final for a sixth time with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win Friday over seventh-seeded Matteo Berrettini.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry found his sweet shooting stroke again after a rough stretch and Klay Thompson kept the pressure on from the perimeter and with drives through the paint, healthy again at last.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Antonee Robinson somersaulted a struggling United States into a strong position in World Cup qualifying, just like he did in September.
And when he broke through the freeze in the air and the offense, he celebrated with not a single handstand but a double.
Nadal reaches Australian Open final, within 1 win of record
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Even as he was being ejected from the Australian Open for wearing a white T-shirt with a “Where is Peng Shuai?” slogan in black letters, Max Mok saw an opportunity to amplify the message of concern for the Grand Slam doubles champion and Olympian from China whose well-being has come into question.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger didn't play football like a quarterback. Not today's quarterback anyway.
He didn’t run from contact as much as he welcomed it. The harder the hits, the higher the stakes, the longer the odds, the more Roethlisberger seemed to dig in during a career in which he led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a pair of championships while developing a reputation as a throwback in a city that fashions itself as one even as it has evolved into something far more modern.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):
Rafael Nadal stayed on track for a men’s-record 21st Grand Slam singles title when he beat Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the Australian Open semifinals.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett has agreed to become the Denver Broncos' new head coach.
He replaces Vic Fangio, who was fired a day after the Broncos finished 7-10, their sixth consecutive season out of the playoffs and fifth straight year they've failed to post a winning record.
It has become an annual joke, one that NBA players keep repeating.
For the sixth consecutive year, players had the right to have a significant say in the process of deciding who will start the All-Star Game.
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Eberflus is the new coach of the Chicago Bears, tasked with turning around a franchise mired in mediocrity for much of the past decade.
The Bears announced Eberflus' hiring on Thursday night.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — When the San Francisco 49ers placed the franchise tag on Robbie Gould three years ago, the kicker had a decision to make.
He could re-sign or hang up his cleats after a long, successful career and head back home to the Chicago area to be with his wife and three kids.
BEIJING (AP) — Human rights activists issued a call to action against the Beijing Olympics on Friday, imploring athletes and sponsors to speak out against what they call the “genocide games.”
Speaking at an online press conference organized by the rights group Human Rights Watch, activists representing Chinese dissidents and the minority Uyghur and Tibetan populations urged international attendants to voice their opposition to China's hosting of the Games, which begin next week.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Coveted striker Dušan Vlahović was undergoing a medical at Juventus on Friday to complete what is expected to be one of the biggest moves of the transfer window.
Juventus tweeted a video of Vlahović signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans before he went inside Juventus’ medical facility.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Justin Harding birdied the 18th hole twice at Emirates Golf Club on Friday on the way to taking a three-shot lead midway through the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic.
CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (7-8, 1-4 Big West) at UCSD Tritons (8-11)
San Diego; Saturday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Big West foes UCSD and CSU Bakersfield will play on Saturday.
Tarleton State Texans (9-13, 4-5 WAC) at UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros (6-14, 1-7 WAC)
Edinburg, Texas; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: UT Rio Grande Valley hosts the Tarleton State Texans after Justin Johnson scored 22 points in UT Rio Grande Valley's 87-85 loss to the Abilene Christian Wildcats.
San Jose Sharks (22-19-2, fifth in the Pacific) vs. Florida Panthers (30-9-5, first in the Atlantic)
Sunrise, Florida; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Jonathan Huberdeau and Florida take on San Jose.
New Jersey Devils (15-22-5, seventh in the Metropolitan) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (29-9-2, first in the Metropolitan)
Raleigh, North Carolina; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Carolina hosts New Jersey looking to extend its three-game home winning streak.
Anaheim Ducks (22-16-8, second in the Pacific) vs. Ottawa Senators (13-20-4, seventh in the Atlantic)
Ottawa, Ontario; Saturday, 12:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Anaheim visits the Ottawa Senators after Trevor Zegras scored two goals in the Ducks' 5-4 victory over the Canadiens.
Vegas Golden Knights (25-16-3, first in the Pacific) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (29-10-5, second in the Atlantic)
Tampa, Florida; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay hosts Vegas looking to prolong its three-game home winning streak.
Seattle Kraken (14-25-4, eighth in the Pacific) vs. New York Islanders (15-15-6, sixth in the Metropolitan)
Elmont; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Seattle visits the New York Islanders after the Kraken knocked off Pittsburgh 2-1 in overtime.
Los Angeles Kings (22-16-6, third in the Pacific) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (13-22-8, eighth in the Metropolitan)
Philadelphia; Saturday, 1 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Philadelphia hosts Los Angeles looking to end its six-game home skid.
Winnipeg Jets (17-16-7, sixth in the Central) vs. St. Louis Blues (26-12-5, third in the Central)
St. Louis; Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: St. Louis hosts the Winnipeg Jets after Brandon Saad scored two goals in the Blues' 5-1 win against the Flames.
Minnesota Wild (25-10-3, fourth in the Central) vs. New York Rangers (28-12-4, third in the Metropolitan)
New York; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rangers -102, Wild -118; over/under is 6
Detroit Red Wings (18-19-6, fifth in the Atlantic) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (27-10-6, second in the Metropolitan)
Pittsburgh; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Penguins -233, Red Wings +187; over/under is 6.5
Los Angeles Lakers (24-25, ninth in the Western Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (27-22, seventh in the Eastern Conference)
Charlotte, North Carolina; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers take on Miles Bridges and the Charlotte Hornets in a non-conference matchup.
Minnesota Timberwolves (24-24, eighth in the Western Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (38-9, first in the Western Conference)
Phoenix; Friday, 9 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Suns -9.5; over/under is 231.5
Sacramento Kings (18-32, 13th in the Western Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (29-19, fifth in the Eastern Conference)
Philadelphia; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Sacramento aims to stop its five-game losing streak with a victory over Philadelphia.
Brooklyn Nets (29-19, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Golden State Warriors (36-13, second in the Western Conference)
San Francisco; Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Golden State hosts Brooklyn aiming to extend its four-game home winning streak.
Bellarmine Knights (12-9, 6-1 ASUN) at Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (13-8, 3-4 ASUN)
Fort Myers, Florida; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Bellarmine visits the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles after CJ Fleming scored 21 points in Bellarmine's 72-47 victory over the Stetson Hatters.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jaiden Delaire scored 14 points, Harrison Ingram added 12 — including the go-ahead layup — and Stanford completed its first sweep of Southern California in seven seasons, upsetting the 15th-ranked Trojans 64-61 on Thursday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House Oversight Committee will hold a roundtable discussion next week with former Washington Football Team employees about workplace misconduct and sexual harassment.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Chet Holmgren scored his team's opening basket on an alley-oop and never let up as No. 2 Gonzaga pounded Loyola Marymount 89-55 on Thursday night.
The freshman sensation had 21 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots to help the Bulldogs win their ninth straight game.
A look at the upcoming weekend around the Big 12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEKEND
The marquee game of the Big 12-SEC Challenge usually involves Kentucky or Kansas. This year, it involves both.
A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 16 Ohio State at No. 6 Purdue, Sunday. This is the only regular-season meeting between teams in the thick of the conference race.
SEATTLE (AP) — The combo of Terrell Brown Jr. and Emmitt Matthews Jr. carried Washington enough to hang on to a victory despite a late-game drought by the Huskies.
Brown scored 26 points, Matthews added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Washington held on in the closing seconds for a 60-58 win over Colorado on Thursday night.
Saint Thomas Tommies (8-11, 2-5 Summit) at Western Illinois Leathernecks (12-8, 3-5 Summit)
Macomb, Illinois; Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Western Illinois aims to stop its three-game home losing streak with a win over St.
Merrimack Warriors (9-12, 4-5 NEC) at Sacred Heart Pioneers (7-14, 3-6 NEC)
Fairfield, Connecticut; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Merrimack aims to stop its five-game slide with a win over Sacred Heart.
Dixie State Trailblazers (10-10, 3-4 WAC) at Chicago State Cougars (6-14, 2-5 WAC)
Chicago; Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Dixie State takes on the Chicago State Cougars after Hunter Schofield scored 22 points in Dixie State's 85-74 win against the UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Isaiah Thompson scored a career-high 18 points and Jaden Ivey had 15 in his return from a hip injury as No. 6 Purdue defeated Iowa 83-73 on Thursday night.
Thompson came in averaging just 5.7 points per game but shot 6 of 8 from the field — including 4 for 6 on 3-pointers.
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Douglas Wilson scored 23 points to lead five players in double figures and South Dakota State rolled to a 96-61 victory over North Dakota on Thursday night.
Baylor Scheierman had 13 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Jackrabbits (18-4, 9-0 Summit League), who have won nine straight.