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Tourney director on planning Slam in pandemic: 'relentless'

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It could have been canceled at any minute. It still could. Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley was always working on the assumption there'd be...

Facing a Grand Slam great: Dream come true? Big loss? Both?

Ahead of his match against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open, Cameron Norrie hit what sounded like all of the right notes, the sorts of sentiments that express a healthy blend of respect and confide...

Australian Open goes quiet as lockdown keeps crowds away

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Inside an empty Rod Laver Arena, the fluttering of a photographer's camera suddenly seemed all too distracting before a player served. Other sounds not n...

Djokovic skips practice; scheduled to play Raonic at night

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic skipped practice at the Australian Open ahead of his fourth-round contest. With his title defense in doubt because of a side muscle issue, ...

No crowds, but Australian Open will continue during lockdown

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian Open will be allowed to continue but without crowds for at least five days after the Victoria state government imposed a lockdown starting Saturday in respon...

At 39, Feliciano Lopez is not just showing up, he's winning

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Feliciano Lopez doesn't remember much about his first Grand Slam match. It was 2001, the French Open, and he was 19 years old. “I think I got killed in th...

Wawrinka wastes big lead, loses another Australia 5-setter

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Stan Wawrinka has played plenty of memorable five-set matches at the Australian Open. He's won his fair share of them, too, including his epic quarterfin...

Alcaraz, the 'next Nadal', gets first win at Grand Slam

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Carlos Alcaraz had not even played a Grand Slam match when Toni Nadal, the uncle and longtime coach of Rafael Nadal, anointed him the successor of his illustrious nephew. ...

Fans are in, but crowd numbers are thin at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The lines for beer on Day 1 at the Australian Open were noticeably thinner than usual, and the lawn chairs set up in front of the giant television screen in Garden Square w...

McLaren shows new fight and speed at Australian GP

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For three years, McLaren's Fernando Alonso could only dream of having a car reliable enough to compete with the top teams in Formula One. Or at least finish races. ...

Vettel holds off Hamilton to win Australian GP

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel captured the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, holding off his hard-charging Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton in a dramatic start to the new For...

WORLD SPORTS at 0000 GMT

TOP STORIES: CRI--AUSTRALIA-BALL TAMPERING CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Australia cricketers confess to ball tampering in a desperate plot hatched by captain Steve Smi...

Vettel fastest in rainy final practice at Australian GP

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen went one-two in the final practice session ahead of qualifying at the water-logged Australian Grand Prix on Saturday. ...

WORLD SPORTS at 1330 GMT

TOP STORY: SOC--ITALY-ARGENTINA MANCHESTER, England — Lionel Messi and Argentina face a pre-World Cup test against Italy in a friendly. The Azzurri play for the fir...

Mercedes: F1 teams need to work together to avoid split

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said Friday that Formula One teams have a responsibility to try to overcome their differences over the future of the sport in the face of a threat ...