Kenin and Bencic fall at first hurdle on day of upsets in Dubai

Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, defending champion Belinda Bencic and third seed Elina Svitolina made swift exits at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after they all fell in the first round on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – February 1, 2020. Sofia Kenin …

Trump issues pardon of former owner of San Francisco 49ers

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a pardon for Eddie DeBartolo Jr., the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers football team, a White House spokesman told reporters on Tuesday. DeBartolo Jr. pleaded guilty in 1998 to a felony charge of failing to report that Louisiana’s former governor, Edwin Edwards, had extorted $400,000 from him to …

ATP roundup: 16-year-old wins debut match in Rio

A late night didn’t bother Carlos Alcaraz on Monday in Rio de Janeiro. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Third Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 24, 2020 – Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in action during the match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay/File Photo The 16-year-old, making his ATP Tour debut, earned …

Mixed martial arts: No fans at One Championship Singapore event due to coronavirus

Asian mixed martial arts promotion One Championship says its Feb. 28 event in Singapore will go ahead behind closed doors due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. Singapore’s tally of 77 cases is one of the highest outside mainland China, where more than 1,800 people have been killed in the epidemic. Fans that had purchased …

ATP roundup: Two seeds ousted in Delray Beach

The only two seeded players in action Monday lost their first-round matches in the Delray Beach (Fla.) Open. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Third Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 24, 2020 – Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in action during the match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay/File Photo Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka …

Golf: Long-serving Australia boss Pitt to resign after ‘difficult’ year

Golf Australia (GA) are looking for a new CEO in the wake of long-serving boss Stephen Pitt’s resignation on Tuesday as the national governing body grapples with a major restructuring that pressured their bottom line. After 11 years in the role, Pitt will depart later in the year having overseen a transitional period that brought …

NHL roundup: Lightning top Avs in OT, run win streak to 11

Nikita Kucherov scored at 3:03 of overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 for their franchise-best 11th consecutive win in Denver on Monday night. Feb 17, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates after the game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory …