Reuters Sports News Summary
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
WTA roundup: Pliskova into Brisbane semis
Fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova made her third straight Brisbane International semifinals with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-1 win against Ajla Tomljanovic on Friday in Australia. "It was a very strange match today, but the beginning of the sets was very important," said Pliskova. "I've never had a match like this, but I'm just happy that I'm back in the semifinals."
Canucks' Pettersson unlikely to play Saturday
Vancouver Canucks rookie center Elias Pettersson will travel with the team for a Saturday game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, even though he is unlikely to play after suffering an apparent leg injury on Thursday night. "He's staying with the team," said Vancouver coach Travis Green.
Report: Redskins tell Gruden his job is safe
With eight of the 32 NFL head-coaching jobs available, reporters asked Jay Gruden earlier this week if the Washington Redskins would be the ninth. He admitted he was not sure. On Friday, the team reportedly informed its head coach that he will indeed be back for the 2019 season, according to NBC Sports Washington.
NHL roundup: Habs' Price returns, blanks Canucks
Carey Price, returning from a three-game injury absence, stopped 33 shots for his second shutout of the season as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the visiting Vancouver Canucks 2-0 Thursday night. Price thrived in his return from an undisclosed lower-body injury that bothered him for several weeks. He has now won nine of his past 12 games. Jordie Benn and Jonathan Drouin scored for the Canadiens in their first home game since Dec. 17.
NFL notebook: Gonzalez, Bailey, Reed lead HOF finalists
First-year eligible candidates Tony Gonzalez, Champ Bailey and Ed Reed led the way among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the group was announced Thursday. All three players, who combined for 35 Pro Bowls and 14 first-team All-Pro nods during their careers, last played in 2013, making this their first year of eligibility for induction. All three of last year's first-ballot finalists -- Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher -- were ultimately chosen when the 2018 class was announced in February.
Maradona out of hospital after internal bleeding scare
Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona was released from hospital after being admitted earlier on Friday with internal bleeding in the stomach which was discovered during routine examinations, his daughter Dalma said. "For those who were really worried about my dad I can tell you that he is well," Dalma wrote on twitter after fears over her father’s health spread. "He is going home soon."
Motor racing: Records in focus after serial success, says Mercedes F1 boss
Everyone loves an underdog but Mercedes believe Formula One fans will still have plenty to cheer about next season even if the reigning champions dominate for a record-chasing sixth successive year. Mercedes have won both titles ever since the V6 turbo hybrid era started in 2014, with Britain's Lewis Hamilton now a five times champion.
Sharapova suffers injury blow ahead of Australian Open
Former world number one Maria Sharapova's Australian Open preparations suffered a blow after a thigh injury forced her to retire from the Shenzhen Open quarter-final clash against Aryna Sabalenka on Friday. Sharapova struggled to move on court and conceded the opening set 6-1, with coach Thomas Hogstedt urging the Russian to take her game to the next level or call for a medical timeout.
Tennis: Djokovic beaten by Bautista Agut in Doha semi-final
Novak Djokovic suffered his first defeat of the new season in the Qatar Open semi-finals on Friday, losing in three sets to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut. World number one Djokovic, who was pushed to the limit in his last two matches in Doha by Marton Fucsovics and Nikoloz Basilashvili, failed to find a way past a determined Bautista Agut who won 3-6 7-6(6) 6-4 in two hours and 35 minutes.
Do not leave athletes in limbo: U.S. doping chief
The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) challenged the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Thursday to not leave athletes in limbo and make a quick ruling on Russia's failure to allow access to a data in a tainted Moscow laboratory. A WADA Compliance Review Committee (CRC) will meet at the agency's Montreal headquarters on Jan. 14-15 where they will hear from the five-member inspection team that were not allowed to retrieve data from the laboratory.
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