MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams plays Madison Keys in an all-American semifinal while Maria Sharapova plays Ekaterina Makarova in the other at the Australian Open on Thursday. Andy Murray plays Tomas Berdych in a men's final four. By John Pye. Upcoming, 700 words, photos, with sidebars. Play begins at 0000 GMT.
SHEFFIELD, England -- Christian Eriksen added a late goal to his sublime early free kick to help Tottenham scrape a 2-2 draw with third-tier Sheffield United on Wednesday and secure a place in the League Cup final against Chelsea. SENT. 500 words.
MADRID -- Neymar scored twice to lead Barcelona past nine-man Atletico Madrid and into the Copa del Rey semifinals with a 3-2 victory in a game that went from pulsating to unseemly at Vicente Calderon Stadium on Wednesday. SENT. 600 words.
SOC--AFRICAN CUP ROUNDUP
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea -- The luck of the draw will decide the final quarterfinalist at the African Cup of Nations. The Ivory Coast earned its spot from Group D by beating Cameroon 1-0 on Wednesday, but Mali and Guinea drew 1-1 yet again, meaning they cannot be separated in the standings. By Chris Lehourites. SENT. 550 words.
PARMA, Italy -- Serie A leader Juventus needed an 89th-minute goal from substitute Alvaro Morata for a 1-0 win at last-place Parma on Wednesday to advance to the Italian Cup semifinals. SENT. 400 words.
GENEVA -- The fight to remove Sepp Blatter from the most powerful job in world soccer intensified in Europe on Wednesday. In a surprise entry to the FIFA presidential contest, Portuguese great Luis Figo - the 2001 world player of the year - claimed the required support of five national federations by the entry deadline Thursday. By Graham Dunbar. SENT. 700 words.
SOC--REAL MADRID-RONALDO BANNED
MADRID -- Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended from Real Madrid's next two matches after his violent outburst in last weekend's league game that included kicking an opponent. SENT. 300 words.
LONDON -- Chelsea striker Diego Costa is facing a three-match ban after being charged Wednesday by the English Football Association with violent conduct for stamping on an opponent during the League Cup semifinal win over Liverpool. SENT. 350 words.
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Tiger Woods returned to the Phoenix Open and received cheers, boos and gasps. All on one hole. By Doug Ferguson. SENT. 600 words.
STOCKHOLM -- Javier Fernandez of Spain took a strong lead in his quest for a third consecutive European figure skating championship with a dynamic short program to the raucous rocker "Black Betty" on Wednesday. By Jim Heintz. SENT. 500 words.
SOCHI, Russia -- Against all odds, Sochi now boasts a professional ice hockey team and a steady following of fans who turn the otherwise deserted Olympic Park into the noisy, busy place it was a year ago during the games. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT. 800 words.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian swimming reached new heights in December when it topped the gold-medal table at the short-course world championships in Qatar. The South Americans are a growing power in the sport, and the results seemed to bode well for the host country at next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. By Stephen Wade. SENT. 700 words.
CRI--SOUTH AFRICA-WEST INDIES
CENTURION, South Africa -- Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw both smashed centuries in a record stand as South Africa thumped the West Indies by 131 runs in a rain-affected fifth one-day international on Wednesday. SENT. 400 words.
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