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Reuters Sports News Summary

Updated: 19-02-2019 05:24 IST
Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. Split with Bajin not over money: Osaka

World number one Naomi Osaka was adamant that her shock split with coach Sascha Bajin had nothing to do with money but it was because she was determined that her career would not be about putting "success over happiness". The German had guided the Japanese player to back-to-back Grand Slam titles as well as to the summit of the WTA rankings. But just two weeks after her triumph at Melbourne Park, Osaka abruptly severed ties with Bajin. That led to suggestions the two had fallen out over money. ATP roundup: Monfils tops Wawrinka in Rotterdam

Gael Monfils beat his training partner Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 on Sunday at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament to capture his first ATP Tour title in 13 months. It took one hour and 44 minutes for Monfils to win the match in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Frenchman now holds a lifetime 8-21 record in ATP Tour finals. Tennis player Djokovic, gymnast Biles win top Laureus awards

World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic crowned a winning return to the courts after surgery with the Laureus sportsman of the year award on Monday, while American gymnast Simone Biles won the sportswoman of the year prize. Serbian Djokovic, who 12 months ago had elbow surgery, won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2018, before lifting this year's Australian Open crown, to add to his tally of Grand Slam singles titles and reclaim top spot in the rankings. Boxing: Britain's Fury signs bumper broadcast deal with ESPN

British heavyweight Tyson Fury has signed a broadcast deal under which his fights will be shown exclusively on ESPN platforms in the United States. No financial details were disclosed, but British newspaper the Daily Mail reported on Monday that the deal was worth 80 million pounds ($103 million), while the BBC reported that it covered Fury's next five fights. Serena climbs back to Top 10 in WTA rankings

Serena Williams has made her way back to the Top 10 in the WTA rankings for the first time since the birth of her daughter in September 2017. Williams is No. 10 in the latest rankings released Monday. AAF roundup: Apollos top Commanders, move to 2-0

Garrett Gilbert threw for 393 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday as the visiting Orlando Apollos overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to beat the San Antonio Commanders 37-29 and move to 2-0. Gilbert, an SMU product who appeared briefly for the Carolina Panthers in Week 17, finished 19 of 28 while averaging 14 yards per attempt. His favorite target was Charles Johnson, a former Minnesota Vikings wideout who finished with seven catches for 192 yards, including a 21-yard score. Wideout Jalin Marshall -- an Ohio State product who latched on briefly with the New York Jets in 2016 -- added three catches for 84 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown. Athletics: Semenya accuses IAAF of breach of regulations at CAS hearing

Caster Semenya has said the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) breached confidentiality regulations ahead of her appeal hearing on Monday where she is fighting for her athletics future. The South African 800-metres double Olympic champion is seeking to overturn a new set of IAAF regulations that are aimed at lowering the testosterone levels of hyperandrogenic athletes. NHL roundup: Blues shut out Wild, win tenth straight

Rookie Jordan Binnington recorded his second straight shutout and the third consecutive for the St. Louis Blues, who breezed to a franchise-high-tying 10th straight win with Sunday's 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Saint Paul, Minn. Vladimir Tarasenko extended his point streak to a career-best 12 games with a goal and two assists to stake Binnington, who made 31 saves to win his franchise-rookie-record eighth straight start. Binnington highlighted the performance by denying Wild defenseman Ryan Suter from point-blank range late in the second period, and notched his fourth shutout and improve to 12-1-1 on the season. Top 25 roundup: St. John's topples No. 13 Villanova

LJ Figueroa scored a game-high 22 points and added 12 rebounds Sunday as St. John's rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to upset No. 13 Villanova 71-65 at sold-out Madison Square Garden, boosting the Red Storm's quest for an NCAA at-large berth. Figueroa also added four steals for St. John's (19-7, 7-6 Big East), which also got 19 points from Mustapha Heron and 13 from Justin Simon. Star guard Shamorie Ponds, who entered the day averaging 28.7 points per game over the last two seasons against the Wildcats, made only 2 of 14 shots from the field and was held to 11 points. Australian sports sign up to gender pay equality scheme

Australia's top sports federations have pledged to achieve gender equality in pay for athletes and administrators as part of a blueprint issued by a local advocacy group. The CEOs of Cricket Australia, the National Rugby League and Football Federation Australia, have signed up to the "Pathway to Pay Equality" report by the Male Champions of Change Institute (MCC), which details a milestone-based approach to achieving pay equity between male and female athletes.