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Barty storms into second round after stuttering start

World number one Ash Barty made a stuttering start to her bid to end the host nation's 42-year wait for an Australian Open champion before rallying to beat Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko 5-7 6-1 6-1 on Rod Laver Arena on Monday.

Nadal begins Australian Open campaign against Dellien

Spain's Rafa Nadal will begin his quest for a 20th Grand Slam title against Bolivia's Hugo Dellien at the Australian Open on Tuesday, while organizers are confident a rain-hit opening day will not hold up the tournament.

Coco Gauff defeats Venus Williams at Australian Open

New year, new grand slam, same result.

N.B.A. Midseason Power Rankings: The Clippers Have Room to Improve

Their two stars, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, have played just 18 games together.

Gauff completes double eclipse of Venus

Coco Gauff shone on her Australian Open debut on Monday as she knocked Venus Williams out of the first round in a repeat of her stunning victory over the seven-times Grand Slam champion in the Wimbledon opener last year.

Briton Evans pats stomach after fulfilling comeback win

Dan Evans, urged to "miss a few meals" earlier this month by Britain captain Tim Henman, patted his stomach after completing a brave five-set comeback win over American Mackenzie McDonald to reach the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.

Gymnastics: Miller keen to see Biles eclipse her in Tokyo

Shannon Miller thinks her time as the United States' most decorated Olympic gymnast will come to an end this summer and the 42-year-old will in Tokyo cheering on Simone Biles as she bids to supplant her.

Serena puts aside air quality concerns to clear first hurdle

Serena Williams put aside her concerns about the air quality at Melbourne Park as she breezed into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday to remain on course for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title.

Sports need to do more to combat climate change: lobby group

The bushfire smoke that hampered the buildup to the Australian Open highlights the need for Tennis Australia to be doing much more to combat climate change, the country's national environmental lobby group said.

Shapovalov shouts at chair umpire in shock first-round exit

Canadian young gun Denis Shapovalov raged at the chair umpire before succumbing to nerves as he crashed out of the Australian Open first round 6-3 6-7(7) 6-1 7-6(3) to unseeded Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.

In Olympics-heavy policy speech, Japan PM says Games mark new era for nation

Six months before the Tokyo Olympics open, the Games are already inescapable in Japan - including dominating Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy speech to parliament on Monday.

Rust-free Federer launches Melbourne campaign with sublime win

Roger Federer showed no signs of rust from his lack of match practice ahead of the Australian Open as the third seed launched his campaign for a record 21st Grand Slam title by hammering American Steve Johnson 6-3 6-2 6-2 in the first round on Monday.

What We Learned in the N.F.L.’s Conference Championships

The Chiefs came back to beat the Titans and the 49ers crushed the Packers. The matchup is set for Super Bowl LIV.

BWF approves synthetic feather shuttlecocks from 2021

Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Monday it has approved synthetic feather shuttlecocks for its international tournaments from next year as it bids to cut down on waste.

Osaka fires back at social media troll after Melbourne win

Defending champion Naomi Osaka fired back at a social media user who jeered her arrival on court before her 6-2 6-4 victory over Czech Republic's Marie Bouzkova in the Australian Open first round on Monday.

NHL roundup: Penguins come from three down to beat Bruins

Bryan Rust's tiebreaking goal in the third period capped the Pittsburgh Penguins' comeback from an early three-goal deficit Sunday to give them a 4-3 victory over the visiting Boston Bruins.

San Francisco’s run game is too much for Packers.

The 49ers ride Raheem Mostert’s four scores to return to Super Bowl.

Serena sweeps past teenager Potapova in Melbourne

Seven-times Australian Open champion Serena Williams looked in ominous form as she opened her 19th campaign at Melbourne Park with a 6-0 6-3 trouncing of Anastasia Potapova on Monday.

49ers to clash with Chiefs in Super Bowl

The San Francisco 49ers will meet the Kansas City Chiefs in next month's Super Bowl after they won their conference championships on Sunday.

George Kittle’s quiet night has had a huge impact.

He has been San Francisco’s most dangerous target this season.

Baylor’s Handling of Rape Cases Still Follows Ken Starr

At Baylor, Mr. Starr correctly surmised that the university’s sexual assault crisis stretched far beyond the football team. What he did, or did not do, about that cost him his job.

First half: All Niners.

Running back Raheem Mostert carries his team to a 27-0 lead over the Packers.

Modest Mahomes talks up team mates after win over Titans

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes produced a dazzling 27-yard touchdown run in leading Kansas City to victory over Tennessee in Sunday's AFC Championship game but took little credit for the score, instead thanking his team mates for opening up a path to the end zone for him.

Mostert’s fourth score makes it look easy.

Did we say running back Raheem Mostert is having the game of his life?

Rodgers finds Graham to set up Packers’ second score.

The Packers may have found a rhythm, even if it’s getting late.

Osaka tested but into second round in Melbourne

Defending champion Naomi Osaka overcame a patchy and error-prone performance to advance to the second round of the Australian Open on Monday with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Czech Marie Bouzkova.

Packers come out firing.

Aaron Rodgers hits Aaron Jones for Green Bay’s first score of the game.

Aaron Rodgers throws an interception.

Cornerback Emmanuel Moseley picked off Aaron Rodgers on second-and-15.

Packers mistakes dig a deeper hole.

Things are going from bad to worse for the Packers.

Tevin Coleman carted off.

The San Francisco running back took a hit to the shoulder. His return is questionable.