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Even without Serena, Aussie Open women's field still tough

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Melbourne, Jan 14 (AP) - Without defending champion Serena Williams in the draw at the Australian Open, there's certainly an opportunity for another player to go on a surprising run and emerge as a first-time Grand Slam champion.
Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko did it last year.
Just don't describe the first Grand Slam of the year as "more open" than usual.
"Whenever I get asked that question, it always comes across in really kind of an almost negative way instead of acknowledging how...

Julio Rocha, jailed former Nicaragua soccer boss, dies at 67

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Managua, Jan 14 (AP)) - Julio Rocha, the former Nicaraguan Football Federation president convicted in the United States in a corruption scandal at FIFA, died on Saturday. He was 67.
Federation president Manuel Quintanilla said his predecessor died after an illness he had had "for several...

Monaco title challenge fades after draw at Montpellier

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Paris, Jan 14 (AP) - Monaco drew at Montpellier 0-0 on Saturday and further relinquished its grip on the French title it won so convincingly last season.
If league leader Paris Saint-Germain wins at fifth-place Nantes on Sunday it will move 11 points clear of Monaco with 20 of 38 matches...

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