DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Defending champion Venus Williams beat an opponent half her age on Monday, winning 6-1, 6-2 against 17-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships.
Despite the age difference, Williams looked physically fitter than her opponent and dominated throughout to earn her 16th straight win in Dubai. She won the tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2014, skipping the event the other three years....
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is set to start workouts ahead of spring training.
Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Tanaka was scheduled to arrive in Florida on Monday night from Japan. Tanaka missed 2½ months last year while rehabilitating a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He returned for two late-September starts.
"So far everything is good," Rothschild said Monday at the Yankees...
LONDON (AP) — Manchester United will host defending champion Arsenal in an FA Cup quarterfinal between two of the biggest teams remaining in the competition.
Monday's draw pitted Arsenal against the winner of United and third-tier Preston, the last game to be played in the fifth round. United avoided an upset by rallying for a 3-1 win and will welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford on the weekend of March 7-8.
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has suspended Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov four games for clipping Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin.
The dangerous hit occurred in the third period of the Stars' 2-0 win over Florida on Friday. Kulikov went low and hit Seguin on his right knee moments after the Dallas forward entered his offensive zone and made a pass.
Kulikov was given a major penalty for clipping and a game misconduct.