Serena Williams to face Karolina Pliskova in Quarterfinals of Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams advances to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open following a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory over No. 1-ranked Simona Halep. “It was a really intense match, and it was some incredible points,” said Williams, who improved to 9-1 against Halep. “I love playing tennis and I love to play here and…

Tobias Harris scores 27 points to guide Clippers past Spurs 103-95

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Los Angeles Clippers (25-21) Tobias Harris had 27 points, nine rebounds and nine assists guiding them to a 103-95 win over the San Antonio Spurs (27-21) on Sunday night at AT&T Arena. “I think they out executed us and out competed us tonight every way, shape and form,” San Antonio…

Watch: George lifts Thunder past 76ers 117-115

PHILADELPHIA — Paul George (31 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals) converted a four-point play with 5.1 seconds left, delivering a 117-115 win for the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. “That’s PG,” Westbrook said. “You don’t get too excited anymore about those I mean they…

Manny Pacquiao defeats Adrien Broner, Ask for rematch with Mayweather

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Manny Pacquiao earned an unanimous win over Adrien Broner on Saturday night in front 13,025 spectators inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Judges scored the fight 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112. “I feel so happy because I did my best in the fight and in training. Thank God…

Pelicans’ Anthony Davis suffers left index finger sprain

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — New Orleans Pelicans (21-25) All-Star Anthony Davis is expected to miss one to two weeks with a sprained left index finger, the team announced Saturday. The former Kentucky Wildcat standout suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 128-112 loss to Portland. He had his fingers taped together and…

No. 1 ranked Simona Halep and Serena Williams to meet at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams earned a third-round 6-2, 6-1 win against 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska on Saturday afternoon to set up a fourth match with No. 1 ranked Simona Halep in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Monday. “I honestly would love to face the world No. 1,” Williams said Saturday, a few…

Griffin records double-double as Pistons beat Heat 98-93, Drummond injured

DETROIT, Michigan — Blake Griffin recorded 32 points and 11 rebounds to bring home a 98-93 win for the Detroit Pistons (20-24) over the Miami Heat (21-22) on Friday night at Little Caesars Arena. “We’ve got to stop dropping our shoulders, dropping our head, or letting whatever is bothering us, bother us,” said Casey, in…

DeMarcus Cousins scores 14 points in Warriors Debut, beat Clippers 112-94

LOS ANGELES, California — DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points in his debut with the Golden State Warriors who captured a 112-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center on Friday night. “I felt like a kid on Christmas,” Cousins said. “This was probably one of the best days of my life being…

Kyle Kuzma scores 32 as Lakers top Thunder in OT

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma — Kyle Kuzma scored 32 points to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 138-128 in overtime. “That was a really nice, big win for our group,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “We got contributions from everybody. This is a really hard place to win at. It’s a playoff…

Wizards beat Knicks 101-100 in London, Beal scores 26 points

LONDON, England — The Washington Wizards (19-26) captured their first ever regular season victory abroad as they defeated the New York Knicks 101-100 at O2 Arena in London on Thursday night. Thomas Bryant scored the game-winning basket on a goaltend with 0.4 seconds left, as the Wizards erased a 19-point deficit fpr the win. The…