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Bautista Agut overcomes Berdych to lift Doha trophy

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut overcame a mid-match scare to overcome Tomas Berdych 6-4 3-6 6-3 in the Qatar Open final on Saturday for his ninth career title. A day after outclassing world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the season-opening event, Bautista Agut came through another three-setter for his first title in Doha.

Tsurenko stuns Osaka in Brisbane to book Pliskova final

Japan's Naomi Osaka lamented her poor attitude following a straight sets thrashing by Lesia Tsurenko in the Brisbane International semi-finals on Saturday but the U.S. Open winner said defeat came with a valuable lesson. World number five Osaka was beaten 6-2 6-4 in 65 minutes by Latvia's Tsurenko, who comfortably broke her opponent's serve four times en route to the biggest final of her career.

WTA roundup: Pliskova into Brisbane final

Fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova advanced to her second career Brisbane International final with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Donna Vekic of Croatia on Saturday in Australia. "I felt like I have control about everything I am doing," said Pliskova, who won here in 2017.

NHL names four coaches for All-Star Game

Tampa Bay's Jon Cooper, Winnipeg's Paul Maurice, Washington's Todd Reirden and Calgary's Bill Peters will serve as the head coaches for NHL All-Star Weekend from Jan. 25-26 in San Jose, Calif., the league announced Saturday. They are the coaches of the teams with the highest points percentage -- points earned divided by total possible points -- in each of the four divisions as of the regular season's midway point on Saturday.

NBA roundup: Celtics rip Mavs wire-to-wire

Jaylen Brown scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 114-93, wire-to-wire victory over the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Friday night. Jayson Tatum added 18 points and Marcus Smart had 17, including five 3-pointers, to pick up the scoring slack for Boston with leading scorer Kyrie Irving missing a second consecutive game with eye irritation. Gordon Hayward added 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

Federer in fine fettle as Switzerland win Hopman Cup

Roger Federer geared up for his Australian Open title defense in convincing fashion, guiding Switzerland to a 2-1 triumph over Germany on Saturday for their fourth Hopman Cup crown. Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber 4-0 1-4 4-3(4) in the mixed doubles decider to win the trophy at the Perth Arena in a repeat of the 2018 final.

NHL roundup: Penguins win eighth straight

Matt Murray stopped 33 shots Friday for his third shutout this season and the ninth of his career as the Pittsburgh Penguins won their eighth straight game, blanking the visiting Winnipeg Jets 4-0. Murray also tied his career best with a seven-start winning streak. Olli Maatta and Matt Cullen scored 33 seconds apart in the first period, Dominik Simon added a second-period goal, and Kris Letang scored an empty-netter for the Penguins. Cullen also added an assist.

Knicks' Kanter to miss London game, says he fears for his life

New York Knicks center Enes Kanter says he will not go to London for a game with his NBA team because he fears he could be assassinated for criticizing Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Kanter, who is Turkish, expressed his fear after the Knicks' victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. A video of his remarks was posted on Twitter.

Report: USC won't let NFL teams interview Kingsbury

USC will not give NFL teams seeking a head coach permission to interview newly hired offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, ESPN reported Saturday. The New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals had intended to interview Kingsbury.

Report: Steelers to restructure Big Ben, listen to Brown offers

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to restructure the contract of Ben Roethlisberger for the benefit of reducing the impact of trading high-dollar wide receiver Antonio Brown. The Steelers are listening to offers for the disgruntled Brown ahead of the opening of free agency, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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