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Brooksby tops No. 2 Ruud; Jabeur out, too; Djokovic wins

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Jenson Brooksby has eliminated No. 2 seed Casper Ruud in four sets in the second round of the Australian Open. This upset comes a day after Mackenzie McDonald beat defending champion and No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal. So a pair of 20-something Californians have knocked out the top two players in the men’s bracket at Melbourne Park. The main beneficiary might be nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic. He won his second-round match Thursday night. The surprises were not limited to the men. No. 2-seeded Ons Jabeur also lost in the second round. Jabeur and Ruud were both runners-up at two Grand Slam tournaments in 2022.

Bruised Ronaldo scores twice to edge showdown with Messi

Grimacing in pain from his bruised cheekbone Cristiano Ronaldo steadied himself before scoring from the penalty spot for his first goal in Saudi Arabia against a Paris Saint-Germain team featuring old foe Lionel Messi. Messi had already scored early in Thursday’s exhibition game when Ronaldo was flattened by PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas after about 30 minutes in Riyadh. Ronaldo’s cheekbone was bright apple red but he was all smiles after netting his second goal. Messi’s Qatari-backed PSG won 5-4 against a combined XI of Saudi Arabian teams Al Nassr and Al Hilal, captained by Al Nassr’s new signing Ronaldo. Although his team lost Ronaldo edged perhaps the final instalment of Ronaldo vs. Messi as one of the greatest rivalries in soccer history resumed in an unusual location.

Silver, Macron meet to discuss goals with NBA back in Paris

PARIS (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and French President Emmanuel Macron met this week in Paris to talk about ways they can help one another grow the game in France and beyond. The meeting comes with good timing given that French star Victor Wembanyama is about to enter the NBA and the Paris Olympics are about 18 months away. Silver also said the NBA wants to play in Paris again next year. And before that happens, the league is still working with players on a new labor deal. There’s also plans coming together to celebrate LeBron James becoming the NBA scoring leader, which could happen in the coming weeks.

Cowboys-49ers rivalry set for record-tying 9th playoff game

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — For Kyle Shanahan, the chance to coach the San Francisco 49ers against the Dallas Cowboys in a playoff game is a throwback to when that rivalry was the biggest in football. Shanahan’s formative years were spent watching his father, Mike, as offensive coordinator in San Francisco battling the Cowboys in three straight NFC title games. After the rivalry went dormant for more than a quarter-century as the proud franchises rarely enjoyed success at the same time, it is having a rebirth with San Francisco set to take on Dallas for the second straight postseason when they meet Sunday in the divisional round.

Antoine Davis on scoring binge at unheralded Detroit Mercy

DETROIT (AP) — Antoine Davis of Detroit Mercy is the nation’s leading scorer. He recently broke the Division I record for career 3-pointers. He now has 513 and could break the all-division record of 526 soon. Davis is also third on the all-time scoring list, just 18 points from becoming No. 2. After Detroit Mercy plays this Saturday at IUPUI, there is a good chance that only the late Basketball Hall of Famer Pete Maravich will be ahead of Davis on the NCAA all-time scoring list.

In Paris, Bulls and Pistons enjoy sights, culture and opera

PARIS (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are playing a game in Paris on Thursday night. But two nights before the game, the Pistons were the spectators and the City of Lights played for them. The Pistons had a team party at the Paris Opera House to highlight their trip to France’s capital for a game against the Chicago Bulls. It’s been a midseason immersion into French cuisine, wine and culture for both teams. Everybody saw the Eiffel Tower, everybody saw the Champs-Élysées, but both teams decided they couldn’t come to Paris and not make every effort to enjoy the opportunity.

Flyers coach Tortorella defends Provorov’s Pride boycott

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers coach John Tortorella is defending Ivan Provorov’s decision to cite religious beliefs as his reason to boycott the team’s pregame Pride celebration. Provorov cites his Russian Orthodox religion as the reason he did not participate in warmups on Tuesday before the game against the Anaheim Ducks. Tortorella says Provorov “did nothing wrong.” The Flyers wore LGBTQ-themed jerseys and used sticks wrapped in rainbow tape during the warmup. Provorov says his choice was to stay true to himself and his religion.

Stampede outside stadium in Iraq kills 2, injures dozens

BAGHDAD (AP) — A stampede outside a stadium in southern Iraq has killed two people and injured dozens. The stampede occurred on Thursday in the southern city of Basra as spectators gathered to attend the final match in the first international soccer tournament held in the country in four decades. The Iraqi News Agency said some of the 60 people who were injured outside the Basra International Stadium, which holds some 65,000 spectators, are in critical condition. A doctor in the city told The Associated Press that two people were killed. The final match in the eight-nation Arabian Gulf Cup was held later Thursday, with Iraq defeating Oman 3-2.

Bucs oust offensive coordinator Leftwich, 5 other assistants

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Byron Leftwich is out as offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are shaking up their coaching staff after finishing with the only losing record Tom Brady has had in more than two decades as a NFL starter. The 43-year-old Leftwich was fired Thursday, three days after the Bucs were eliminated from the playoffs by the Dallas Cowboys and just two years removed from helping Brady win a record seventh Super Bowl in the quarterback’s first season with Tampa Bay. Five other assistant coaches were dismissed, too, while three others have decided to retire.

Barkley knows postseason runs will help cement Giants legacy

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Saquon Barkley recently studied the NFL record book as if he were preparing for a game. The New York Giants running back hopes to run his way to the top of those lists someday as one of the all-time best but knows he needs to accomplish big things in both the regular season and postseason. The 25-year-old Barkley got his first taste of playoff football in his fifth season with the Giants while helping New York to a 31-24 victory in Minnesota last Sunday. Barkley could add to his growing Giants legacy Saturday night against the Eagles in Philadelphia.