Bills’ Hamlin faces long recovery, family spokesman tells AP
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — A family spokesman for Damar Hamlin tells The Associated Press the Buffalo Bills safety still faces a long rehabilitation despite enjoying a remarkable recovery some three weeks after having to be resuscitated on the field during a game in Cincinnati. Jordon Rooney says Hamlin still requires oxygen and is having his heart monitored regularly to ensure there are no setbacks or after effects. Rooney provided the update to emphasize Hamlin still faces hurdles since being discharged from Buffalo General Medical Center on Jan. 11, and began making regular visits to the Bills facility this week.
Wembanyama, even with eyes always on him, seems unfazed
PARIS (AP) — All eyes are on French basketball phenom Victor Wembanyama. And that doesn’t seem to bother the 19-year-old NBA draft prospect. He and his family sat just off the court at the game Thursday in Paris between Detroit and Chicago. A maze of people surrounded him as he walked to his seat because they all wanted to get a peek at the talk of the basketball world. But Wembanyama wasn’t bothered by the attention. He’s enjoying his French season and the NBA is getting ready to welcome him in a few months. Commissioner Adam Silver says it’s important for him to not add to the pressure Wembanyama is facing.
Murray match highlights how tennis can be an all-night sport
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray was pleased with the result but not happy about the circumstances after finishing an Australian Open victory after 4 a.m. His marathon raised anew the issue that tennis has shown it is that rare sport where folks sometimes need to play all night. Murray and others pointed out that is not good for anyone involved. Not the players, the spectators, the officials or the ball kids. It does not seem like anything will change to prevent these sorts of late finishes from happening in the future. Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley says there is no need to alter the schedule.
Korda of US stops 2-time Australian Open runner-up Medvedev
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sebastian Korda has eliminated two-time runner-up Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (7), 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the Australian Open’s third round. It is the latest in a string of victories by young American men against top players at Melbourne Park. Korda is the son of 1998 Australian Open champion Petr. He equaled his best showing at any Grand Slam tournament by reaching the round of 16. The No. 7-seeded Medvedev won the U.S. Open two years ago and made it to the final in Australia in 2021 and 2022. Jessica Pegula, Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff are all breezing through the Australian Open’s women’s bracket so far.
Shiffrin places 4th in downhill; record chase goes on
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — American skier Mikaela Shiffrin’s pursuit of a record-breaking 83rd World Cup victory will go on for at least another day. Shiffrin finished half a second behind winner Sofia Goggia in fourth place in a downhill on the course that will be used for the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics. Shiffrin remained tied with former teammate Lindsey Vonn for the women’s record with 82 wins each. Two more races are scheduled for Cortina over the weekend. Goggia finished 0.13 seconds ahead of two-time world champion Ilka Stuhec and 0.36 ahead of Kira Weidle. Shiffrin was faster than Goggia through the first three checkpoints but finished 0.50 behind.
Attorneys: Jamaica’s Usain Bolt missing $12.7M from account
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Lawyers for sprinter Usain Bolt say more than $12.7 million is missing from his account with a private investment firm in Jamaica that authorities are investigating. Attorney Linton P. Gordon on Wednesday provided The Associated Press with a copy of a letter sent to Stocks & Securities Limited demanding that the money be returned and threatening further if it isn’t. Gordon says Bolt’s account once had $12.8 million but now reflects a balance of only $12,000. Stocks & Securities Limited did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company says on its website that it is closely monitoring the situation.
Loyola Marymount ends No. 6 Gonzaga’s 75-game home streak
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Cam Shelton banked in a go-ahead runner with 13 seconds left and Loyola Marymount snapped No. 6 Gonzaga’s 75-game home winning streak with a 68-67 victory. The home streak for the Bulldogs was tied with Long Beach State (from 1968-74) for the eighth-longest in Division I history. Shelton scored 27 points to lead the Lions, who hadn’t won in Spokane since 1991 and had lost 25 straight overall to the Zags. Gonzaga had won 93 straight games against unranked opponents with 69 of those coming at home. Gonzaga’s streak of 36 straight wins in the month of January also ended.
Angel Reese scores 30, unbeaten No. 3 LSU edges Arkansas
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Angel Reese had 30 points and 19 rebounds to tie a LSU record with 19 straight double-doubles and the third-ranked and unbeaten Tigers pushed their program-record winning streak to 19 games with a 79-76 victory over Arkansas on Thursday night. Arkansas was in position to take the lead from LSU (19-0, 7-0 SEC) in the final minute, but Erin Barnum’s 3-point attempt with 24 seconds to go rimmed out and Reese snagged the crucial rebound. LSU freshman guard Flau’jae Johnson, whom Arkansas fouled moments later, hit two free throws to make it 77-74 with 16 seconds left. She added two more with four seconds left to finish with 19 points.
Dani Alves arrested in Spain for alleged sexual assault
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Brazilian soccer player Dani Alves has been arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Barcelona. Police say the alleged act took place on Dec. 31 at a night club in Barcelona. Alves will appear before a judge. The judge will decide on the charges. A charge of sexual assault in Spain can mean anything from unsolicited and unwanted sexual groping to rape. Police say they cannot give any details on the case. Alves is a former Barcelona defender who now plays with Mexican club Pumas. He denies any wrongdoing.
Is there a Netflix curse on Australian Open tennis players?
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tennis is abuzz with tongue-in-cheek talk about a “Netflix curse” during the Australian Open. There are folks drawing a line from the streaming service’s new docuseries about the sport to the recent rough times for Season 1 protagonists. Only one of the 10 players featured prominently across the five episodes released last week remains in the singles competition at Melbourne Park heading into Saturday. That is Felix Auger-Aliassime. He is a 22-year-old from Canada who said he hadn’t heard of the supposed “curse” until his girlfriend mentioned it to him Friday.