Sports News Roundup: Sharapova doles out dreaded double bagel to Dart; Serena ready to claim first Slam as a mum
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Report: Dolphins ponder rebuild, eye 2020 QB class
The Miami Dolphins are pondering a full-scale rebuild that could mean fewer wins in the 2019 season but a shot at one of the top quarterbacks in the 2020 draft, ESPN reported Sunday. Per the report, the Dolphins know their roster is far from where they want it to be, and they "recognize that losing likely will be a part of next season," as they look to improve the offensive and defensive lines.
WADA poised to decide fate of Russian agency
A long-running doping scandal could be heading towards a conclusion when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) receives a report from their Compliance Review Committee (CRC) next week that could confirm Russia's conditional reinstatement. Having, after much stalling, allowed a WADA inspection team access to data in a tainted Moscow laboratory on Thursday, Russian authorities will no doubt say they have met the final demand laid out in a Roadmap to Compliance and call for the conditional status of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) to be lifted.
Tennis-Sharapova doles out dreaded double bagel to Dart
Former champion Maria Sharapova gave hapless Harriet Dart a 6-0 6-0 shellacking to fly into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday and had no words of comfort to offer the British qualifier after leaving her in tears. In the opening match on Rod Laver Arena, the 30th seeded Russian was all over the 131st-ranked Dart from the first point and wrapped up the match in little more than an hour after a ruthless barrage of power hitting.
Lattimore's INT caps Saints' comeback win over Eagles
Overcoming a horrid start and a 14-point first-quarter deficit, Drew Brees threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns and lifted the New Orleans Saints to a 20-14 NFC Divisional Playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore intercepted a Nick Foles pass -- which went through the hands of Alshon Jeffery -- at the New Orleans 33 with 1:52 remaining, and running back Alvin Kamara ran for 12 yards on third-and-10 to kill the clock.
Saints hunt another Super Bowl after ending Eagles long run
Comeback kings the New Orleans Saints are hoping a return to the National Football Conference (NFC) title game next weekend will be a lucky charm. The Saints, who overcame the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles for a 20-14 divisional victory on Sunday, took home the league trophy themselves the last time they made the conference championship in the 2009 season playoffs.
Maroon 5 to play Super Bowl halftime show
Pop band Maroon 5 will provide the halftime entertainment at next month's Super Bowl in Atlanta in a show that will also feature rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi, the National Football League said on Sunday. Maroon 5, a three-times Grammy-winning group led by Adam Levine, will be joined by rising star Scott and Atlanta, Georgia native Big Boi, who was previously one half of rap group Outcast.
Report: NFL owners prepare for work stoppage in 2021
Lost in the headlines of the names and ages of the people NFL teams are hiring to fill head-coaching vacancies is some of the language common in the contracts they sign. Specifically, language reportedly foreshadowing a possible work stoppage in 2021.
Seamless Nadal drubs Australian Duckworth in Melbourne opener
Former champion Rafa Nadal showed no signs of discomfort from his thigh strain as he sailed through to the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-4 6-3 7-5 win over local hope James Duckworth on Monday. The first meeting between the 17-times Grand Slam champion, a winner at Melbourne Park in 2009, and Australian wildcard Duckworth, who is ranked 238 in the world, always had the potential to be an uneven contest.
Serena ready to claim first Slam as a mum: coach
Serena Williams is ready to win her first Grand Slam title as a mother, having arrived at the Australian Open in her best condition since coming back from maternity leave, according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Frenchman Mouratoglou, who has guided Williams to the last 10 of her 23 Grand Slam titles, felt the American great was in "decent shape" when she reached last year's finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
All eyes on Murray as Australian Open gets underway
An emotional Andy Murray kicks off his Australian open campaign against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the night session at Melbourne Park on Monday in what could well be the final match of the Scot's glittering career. Hip surgery a year ago has left the three-times Grand Slam champion in severe pain and the 31-year-old said last week that the year's first Grand Slam could be his last tournament.
(With inputs from agencies.)