Slowed by injury, British No. 1 Johanna Konta makes early Australian Open exit

Johanna Konta wasn't sure even as she celebrated Christmas if she'd make the long trip to Australia for the year's first Grand Slam tournament because of her recovery from a chronic knee problem. It turned out to be a long way to go for two matches. The 2016 Australian Open semifinalist lost her first-round match…

Denis Shapovalov suffers 1st-round meltdown at Australian Open

Canada's Denis Shapovalov lost a lengthy four-set match with Hungary's Marton Fucsovics on Monday in the opening round of the Australian Open. The 20-year-old Shapovalov struggled with his emotions throughout the three hour 14 minute match, losing to Fucsovics 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-1, 7-6 (3)."I think I played really nervous today," Shapovalov said. "Obviously, I…

Aussie Open: Roger Federer launches Melbourne campaign with sublime win

Roger Federer took another step toward a 21st Grand Slam singles title with a routine 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Steve Johnson at Rod Laver Arena. Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova is also through to the second round after beating Katerina Siniakova 6-1, 6-0.Kvitova lost the final here last year to Naomi Osaka. Afternoon rain…

'He deserves to be there': Canadian baseball community wants Larry Walker in the Hall of Fame

Larry Walker's climb toward induction into the hallowed halls of the National Baseball Hall of Fame has been a slow one. The gatekeepers to Cooperstown, the baseball journalists who cast the votes that determine which players go in and which ones don't, have been slow to embrace the Canadian outfielder's career and his indelible mark…