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Petra Kvitova to Face Naomi Osaka in Australian Open Final Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic was evenly matched against Danielle Collins of the United States early in the match in Melbourne on Thursday, but once the decision was made to close the roof, Kvitova dominated. On Baseball: Edgar Martinez Confounds Peers Even as He Joins Them in Cooperstown Seattle’s Edgar Martinez has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and his closest competitors can all agree on one thing: He sure could hit. Comeback Season for Robin Lehner Spurs the Islanders’ Resurgence Islanders goalie Robin Lehner leads the N.H.L. in goals-against average and save percentage and is 11-1-1 since mid-December. Nadal Advances to Australian Open Final, Defeating Tsitsipas If Rafael Nadal wins on Sunday, his 18 major titles would place him two behind Federer’s record of 20. To Learn to Win, the Denver Nuggets Had to Lose (Badly) Only one player — Jamal Murray — in Denver’s regular rotation was a top-10 lottery pick, but the Nuggets are making their mark on the N.B.A. anyway.
Lindsey Vonn Puts Off Retirement Lindsey Vonn said, “I am taking things day by day and we will see what happens.” WTA Brings Coaches to the Forefront (Except During Matches) Serena Williams’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, is one of the biggest supporters of allowing in-match coaching. Rockets 114, Knicks 110: James Harden Scores 61 as Rockets Beat Knicks James Harden made 17 of 38 shots en route to a career-high 61 points on Wednesday. Nets 114, Magic 110: D’Angelo Russell’s Double-Double Leads Nets Over Magic D’Angelo Russell had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the Nets’ win over Orlando on Wednesday. Joe Tsai Makes Purchase of the Liberty Official Joe Tsai, a major Nets investor, is doubling down on basketball by purchasing the New York Liberty.
It’s Unanimous: Mariano Rivera Is a Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera in 2011, after he got his 602nd save, passing Trevor Hoffman to take the career record. On Way to Super Bowl, the Patriots Moved the Ball and the Line One reason the Patriots always seem to be the favorite when they play in the Super Bowl: “People love Tom Brady.” Back From Tennis Purgatory, Lucas Pouille Defies Even His Own Expectations Lucas Pouille is on a roll, but will his newly found confidence be enough to beat Novak Djokovic? No Punishment for Russia Over Delay on Doping Data WADA President Craig Reedie has been an advocate for letting Russia back into international sports. On Tennis: Serena Williams’s Absence Gave Her Foes the Chance to Improve This was Serena Williams’s eighth official tournament since her return from pregnancy.
Novak Djokovic and Lucas Pouille Advance to Australian Open Semifinals Lucas Pouille advanced to his first Grand Slam semifinal. ‘I’m So Afraid’: Emiliano Sala Reportedly Sent Message From Plane Emiliano Sala in 2017. He was aboard a small plane that disappeared Monday night while crossing the English Channel, and he and the pilot are feared dead. When Is a Hacker a Whistle-Blower? In Football Leaks Case, a Hungarian Judge Will Decide FIFA President Gianni Infantino has been the target of recent disclosures from Football Leaks. Serena Williams Falls to Karolina Pliskova With Late Collapse Serena Williams, right, forced four match points but fell to Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. 1 Point Away, Serena Stunned by Pliskova at Australian Open Four times, Serena Williams was only one point — a single point — from closing out a victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals.