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Kendall Baker
Kendall Baker, author of Sports
11 hours ago - Sports

Defending champion Naomi Osaka knocked out of Australian Open

Naomi Osaka during her third-round match against Amanda Anisimova at the Australian Open on Friday. Photo: Robert Prange/Getty Images

Unseeded American Amanda Anisimova upset defending champion Naomi Osaka, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-5), in the third round of the Australian Open.

Driving the news: Anisimova, 20, saved two match points and had 46 (!) winners to Osaka's 21. She's now 8-0 in 2022.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
11 hours ago - Sports

Africa Cup of Nations: The Final 16

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Table: Thomas Oide/Axios

The Africa Cup of Nations, the third-largest continental championship in the world, has entered the knockout stage in Cameroon.

State of play: African powers Ghana and Algeria (defending champs) were shockingly eliminated in the group stage, while Gambia and Comoros — two tiny nations making their AFCON debuts — are still alive.

Weekend Austin picks for Jan. 21-23

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Stay warm this winter weekend.

And in these COVID times of ours, double-check that events are a go and peek at public health guidelines before you head out.

Titans hope to block Bengals fans Saturday

Nissan Stadium. Photo: John Amis/AP

Before the Titans and Bengals clash at Nissan Stadium tomorrow, their fans are waging a battle on the secondary ticket market — a game within the game that will determine the extent of Tennessee's home-field advantage.

Walton-owned investment firm makes a bet on kayaks

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Steuart and Tom Walton are in hot water — water brimming with kayaks, that is.

What's happening: Eddyline Kayaks of Burlington, Washington, raised an undisclosed minority equity investment from RZC Investments, owned by the brothers.

13 hours ago - Axios Tampa Bay

MLB squashes Rays' split-city plan

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No, you will not be getting poutine at a Rays game.

What's happening: MLB has officially rejected the Rays' plan to split seasons between Tampa Bay and Montreal, a heartbreaker for team officials who spent more than two years trying to get approval for open-air stadiums in both areas, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

18 hours ago - Sports

Team USA 100% vaccinated against COVID ahead of Beijing Olympics

A Winter Olympics display in Tian'anmen Square, Beijing, China, on Thursday. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

All of the roughly 240 American athletes going to next month's Beijing Winter Olympic Games have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Team USA's top doctor told AP on Thursday.

The big picture: There was no vaccine requirement for American Olympians at last year's Summer Games in Tokyo, and about 100 of the 613 Team USA athletes competing in the event were unvaccinated.

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