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Hall of Famer Evert reveals she has cancer

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Former star Chris Evert said she was diagnosed with an early stage of ovarian cancer. The 67-year-old Evert revealed the illness in a story posted on ESPN.COM; she is an on-air announcer for ESPN.

She learned of the cancer last month and began chemothera­py treatments this week.

“I’ve lived a very charmed life. Now I have some challenges ahead of me,” Evert said.

Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, reached No. 1 in the WTA rankings and was inducted into the Internatio­nal Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995.

Her sister, Jeanne Evert Dubin, died of ovarian cancer in February 2020 at age 62.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The nation’s longest-tenured Football Bowl Subdivisio­n coach plans to stick around a lot longer after the University of Iowa on Friday announced it was extending Kirk Ferentz’s contract through the 2029 season.

Iowa athletic officials announced the four-year extension that followed a 10-4 record in 2021. It was Ferentz’s 23rd season at Iowa.

The university said Ferentz would be paid $7 million a year.

Meanwhile, Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum announced he will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

The consensus all-american was the Big Ten’s offensive lineman of the year and received the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center.

GOLF

Russell Henley set the target in the Sony Open by making a 30-foot eagle putt to cap off a big finish, and nobody could catch him in Honolulu.

Nine years after Henley began his rookie season on the PGA Tour by winning the Sony Open, he played his final six holes in 6 under and posted a 7-under-par 63 for a three-shot lead over Haotong Li of China. Only two other players were within five shots of the lead.

SOCCER

U.S. national team midfielder Kellyn Acosta was acquired by Los Angeles FC from Colorado for $1.1 million. Los Angeles used general allocation money to get Acosta. MLS teams can use the fund to sign players or to allocate salaries to get under the salary cap. . . .

Colorado midfielder Cole Bassett left U.S. training camp following a report he has a deal to be loaned to Dutch club Feyenoord.

Bassett left Wednesday night, the U.S. Soccer Federation said.

Bassett, 20, made his MLS debut in 2018 and has 13 goals in 72 regular season games. . . .

Burnley’s shortage of players because of coronaviru­s cases and injuries led to its English Premier League match against Leicester being postponed.

The league accepted Burnley’s case that it didn’t have enough squad members available — 13 outfield players and one goalkeeper — for Saturday’s match. It was the 20th Premier League game postponed since Dec. 12 because players had to isolate. The Premier League’s board will decide Saturday whether to accept Arsenal’s request to postpone its north London derby meeting with Tottenham on Sunday. . . .

Striker Neal Maupay’s late pass forced an own goal from defender Joachim Andersen as Brighton drew at home to fierce rival Crystal Palace, 1-1. . . .

Erling Haaland scored twice to propel Borussia Dortmund to a 5-1 win at home over Freiburg and close the gap on German Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich to three points. . . .

Ghana conceded a late goal to draw with Gabon, 1-1, and also had a player red-carded for a punch on an opponent after the final whistle as their Africa Cup of Nations game in Yaoundé, Cameroon, ended in a melee.

The result left four-time African champion Ghana, which hasn’t won the Cup of Nations since 1982, third in Group C behind Morocco and Gabon. . . .

Senegal continued to struggle at the start of its African Cup and drew with Guinea, 0-0, in Group B, although that result left both teams in good shape to qualify.

WINTER SPORTS

Mark Kondratiuk survived some shaky landings to win the men’s gold medal as his two fellow Russians faded at the European figure skating championsh­ips in Tallinn, Estonia. . . .

The rivalry between

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and

Marco Odermatt emerged again in a World Cup downhill in Wengen, Switzerlan­d.

Kilde edged Odermatt by 0.19 seconds to win one day after his Swiss friend won a super- G in another duel on the storied Lauberhorn hill. They have combined to win 11 of 19 men’s World Cup events this season.

MISC.

Claude Julien was named coach of Canada’s men’s hockey team for the Beijing Olympics, and Shane Doan was named general manager.

Doan and Julien replace St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong and Tampa Bay Coach Jon Cooper, who vacated their positions on the national team when the NHL pulled out of an agreement to send its players to the Olympics last month.

Julien has a 667-445-162 coaching record in 1,274 regular season NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins. . . .

A 20-year-old Frenchman died at the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia when his vehicle was involved in a collision with a local truck, organizers said.

Quentin Lavallée, a mechanic for the PH Sport team, was driving an assistance vehicle when the accident occurred at 11:30 a.m. local time.

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