Kyrgios advances, will face Nadal
Nick Kyrgios put aside a bloody hand, a hamstring issue, a tiff with the chair umpire and a resilient opponent who saved a pair of match points.
When the Australian Open third-round thriller ended after about 41⁄2 hours Saturday in Melbourne, Kyrgios dropped to his back behind the baseline. Guess what’s next for the home-crowd favorite? A much-anticipated matchup with a familiar, but decidedly not friendly, foe: No. 1 Rafael Nadal.
Kyrgios eventually got past No. 16 Karen Khachanov 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (6), 6-7 (7), 7-6 (8) with the help of 32 aces and what sounded like an entire country of supporters in the stands.
Baseball: The Rockies and two-time All-Star SS Trevor Story agreed to a two-year, $27.5 million contract that avoids an arbitration hearing, The AP reported. Last season, Story, 27, had 35 HRs and 23 stolen bases and set career highs in batting average (.294), runs (111) and on-base percentage (.363) . ... The Nationals and 1B Ryan Zimmerman agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract, ESPN reported. Zimmerman, 35, has played his entire career with the Nationals franchise.
College football: Washington State QB Anthony Gordon led the North to three third-quarter TDs in a 31-17 win over the South in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
Figure skating: Alysa Liu, 14, clinched her second straight U.S. championship Friday in Greensboro, N.C. On Saturday, three-time defending champ Nathan Chen, 20, took a commanding overall lead with a championship-record 114.13 points in the short program.
Golf: Wu Ashun took a one-stroke lead ) at the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic. ... Madelene Sagstrom took a two-stroke at the LPGA at Boca Rio in Boca Raton, Fla.
Horse racing: Mucho Gusto, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, won the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Soccer: Valencia beat host Barcelona 2-0, handing Quique Setien his first loss in three matches as manager of the two-time defending La Liga champ.