Sand­gren, Nor­rie to meet in Auck­land fi­nal

The Bradenton Herald - - Sports -

Ten­nys Sand­gren is head­ing to the Aus­tralian Open in ca­reer-best form af­ter beat­ing Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2 to reach the ASB Clas­sic fi­nal on Fri­day in Auck­land, New Zealand.

In Satur­day’s fi­nal he will face Bri­tish wild card Cameron Nor­rie, who reached his first ATP fi­nal by de­feat­ing Jan-Len­nard Struff 7-5. 4-6, 6-3.

Nor­rie, a two-time Al­lAmer­i­can at TCU, was born in South Africa and plays for Bri­tain but was raised in Auck­land and con­sid­ers it his home­town.

Ho­bart In­ter­na­tional:

Amer­i­can Sofia Kenin ad­vanced Fi­nals in Ho­bart, Aus­tralia, with a 6-2, 6-4 win over sixth-seeded Al­ize Cor­net. Kenin will play Anna Karolina Sch­miedlova, who Belinda Ben­cic 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-2 in an ear­lier semi­fi­nal.

Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional:

Ash­leigh Barty con­tin­ued her strong run at the Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional with a semi­fi­nal win over Kiki Bertens, beat­ing the Dutch player 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5.

She will play two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova or Ser­bian qual­i­fier Ali­ak­san­dra Sas­novich in Satur­day’s fi­nal.

Gor­don Smith,CEO and ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the U.S. Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion, will re­tire at the end of 2019 af­ter 12 years on the job. Un­der Smith, the na­tional gov­ern­ing body fin­ished the five-year, $600 mil­lion trans­for­ma­tion of the USTA Bil­lie Jean King Na­tional Ten­nis Cen­ter. That in­cluded two new sta­di­ums and a re­tractable roof over Arthur Ashe Sta­dium.

Olympics

Stock­holm bid: Swe­den’s Olympic lead­ers met a dead­line Fri­day to sub­mit a 2026 Win­ter Games host­ing plan af­ter sat­is­fy­ing con­cerns of law­mak­ers in Stock­holm which threat­ened to end the bid last year.

The bid was at risk in Oc­to­ber when Stock­holm’s new city gov­ern­ment coali­tion cast doubts about spend­ing tax­payer money on the event and asked the Swedish Olympic Com­mit­tee for more de­tails.

IOC cor­rup­tion probe: In the lat­est blow to the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee’s ef­forts to rid it­self of scan­dal, mar­ket­ing head Tsunekazu Takeda is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for cor­rup­tion re­lated to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Takeda, who is also the pres­i­dent of the Ja­panese Olympic Com­mit­tee, was placed un­der for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion for “ac­tive cor­rup­tion” Dec. 10, France’s fi­nan­cial crimes of­fice said. 11 a.m.: (taped), FS-FL, FCSA

7 p.m.: PGA: Sony Open in Hawaii, Third Round, GOLF

7:25 a.m.: Premier League: West Ham United FC vs. Arse­nal FC, NBCSN

9:55 a.m.: Premier League: Brighton & Hove Al­bion FC vs. Liver­pool, NBCSN

12:30 p.m.: Premier League: Chelsea FC vs. New­cas­tle United FC, NBC

5:55 p.m.: Mex­ico Primera Di­vi­sion: CF Mon­ter­rey vs. Club Leon, FS1

10 p.m.: Mex­ico Primera Di­vi­sion: Club Ti­juana vs. Ti­gres UANL, FS1 Noon: Vir­ginia at Clem­son, WTOG, WTOGDT

Noon: Louisville at North Carolina, ESPN

Noon: Kansas State at Iowa State, ESPN2

Noon: Bos­ton at Notre Dame, FS-FL

Noon: Prov­i­dence at Ge­orge­town, FS1, FCSA

Noon: Mi­ami (Ohio) at Buf­falo, CBSSN

Noon: Ok­la­homa State at West Vir­ginia, ESPNU

12:30 p.m.: Rut­gers at Min­nesota, BTN

1 p.m.: Mis­sis­sippi at Mis­sis­sippi State, CBS

2 p.m.: Duke at Florida State, ESPN

2 p.m.: Illi­nois State at Loy­ola-Chicago, ESPN2

2 p.m.: TCU at Ok­la­homa, SUN, YES, FCSC, FCSP

2 p.m.: Wake For­est at Mi­ami, FS-FL

2 p.m.: Se­ton Hall at Mar­quette, FS1, FCSA

2 p.m.: VCU at David­son, CBSSN

2 p.m.: South Florida at Tem­ple, ESPNU

2:30 p.m.: Ohio State at Iowa, BTN

3 p.m.: Western Illi­nois at North Dakota, FCSP

3:30 p.m.: Texas A&M at Alabama, SEC

4 p.m.: Kansas at Bay­lor, ESPN

4 p.m.: Ge­or­gia at Auburn, ESPN2

4 p.m.: New Mex­ico at Colorado State, CBSSN

4 p.m.: Pep­per­dine at San Diego, SSN

6 p.m.: St. Louis at La Salle, NBCSN

6 p.m.: Ten­nes­see at Florida, ESPN

6 p.m.: Ge­or­gia Tech at Syra­cuse, ESPN2

6 p.m.: LSU at Arkansas, SEC

6 p.m.: DePaul at St. John’s, CBSSN

6 p.m.: Tulsa at SMU, ESPNU

6 p.m.: Ari­zona State at Stan­ford, PAC12

8 p.m.: Con­necti­cut at Cincin­nati, ESPN2

8 p.m.: Wi­chita State at Hous­ton, CBSSN

8 p.m.: Ne­vada at Fresno State, ESPNU

8 p.m.: Wash­ing­ton State at Utah, PAC12

8:30 p.m.: Van­der­bilt at Ken­tucky, SEC

9 p.m.: Santa Clara at BYU, BYUTV, BYUTVHD 10 p.m.: Gon­zaga at San Fran­cisco, ESPN2

10 p.m.: Wash­ing­ton at Colorado, ESPNU

10 p.m.: Saint Mary’s (Calif.) at Loy­ola Mary­mount, SSN

10:30 p.m.: Ari­zona at Cal­i­for­nia, PAC12

Mid­night: Pa­cific at Port­land (taped), SSN

9 p.m.: Mo­tocross Rac­ing: Mon­ster En­ergy Su­per­cross: Glen­dale, NBCSN

7 p.m.: Bos­ton at Or­lando, FS-FL

8 p.m.: San An­to­nio at Ok­la­homa City, NBAFL, NBAHFL

2 p.m.: Cham­pi­onship Chase: The DIvi­sional Play­offs: (taped), FOX

4:30 p.m.: In­di­anapo­lis at Kansas City, NBC 8 p.m.: Dal­las at L.A. Rams, FOX

1 p.m.: Philadel­phia at New Jer­sey, NHL

7 p.m.: Tampa Bay at Buf­falo, SUN

7 p.m.: Bos­ton at Toronto, NHL

12:30 p.m.: Keith Thur­man vs. Jos­esi Lopez (taped), FOX 4:45 a.m.: Colorado at Wash­ing­ton (taped), PAC12

6:30 a.m.: Utah at Wash­ing­ton State (taped), PAC12

4 p.m.: Texas Tech at Ok­la­homa State, SUN, FCSC

4 p.m.: Bay­lor at TCU, FS-FL, FCSC

4:30 p.m.: Michi­gan at Mary­land, BTN

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