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Reuters Sports News Summary

Updated: 06-01-2019 10:28 IST

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

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.

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.

Golf: Woodland maintains lead, McIlroy in pursuit in Hawaii

Gary Woodland followed up a spectacular eagle on 15 with a birdie at the last to restore his three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy at the PGA Tour's Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Saturday. The American, who moved to 17-under 202 after three rounds, said he had to keep his emotions in check during his five-under 68 after learning of the death of his grandmother the night before.

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.

49ers S Exum fined $53K for hit on Robert Woods

The NFL on Saturday fined San Francisco 49ers safety Antone Exum Jr. $53,482 for a hit he put on Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods last Sunday. This fine marks the third time Exum has been penalized this season for a hit.

Jets F Ehlers out until mid-February

Winnipeg Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers will be out until mid-February with an upper-body injury, head coach Paul Maurice told reporters Saturday. Ehlers, who turns 23 on Feb. 14, left Friday's 4-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins following a collision with Sidney Crosby on his first shift of the game. Ehlers, who appeared to hurt his left shoulder, returned for a shift but immediately left again and was ruled out.

NFL notebook: Steelers weigh decisions on Ben, Brown

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to restructure Ben Roethlisberger's contract 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.

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.

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.

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