Top Sports Stories (Jan 10, 2014)

Nadal top seed at Australian; Djokovic No. 2

MELBOURNE, Australia — The first major of the men’s tennis season is nearly here, as evident by Thursday’s unveiling of the draws for the 2014 Australian Open. Three-time reigning champion Novak Djokovic was relegated to the No. 2 seed, as world No. 1…

Chicago Tribune January 09, 2014, 10:39 PM (PST)

Chicago Tribune

Another rankless task for UCLA in loss to Arizona

For once, Pauley Pavilion wasn’t better suited as a student study hall. Arizona, the top-ranked team in the nation, was teetering. UCLA was in an eight-clap frenzy and closing fast. Yet all the Bruins had in the end was stiff-upper-lip coach-speak afte…

Los Angeles Times January 10, 2014, 5:26 AM (PST)

Los Angeles Times

Vanderbilt has no word yet on James Franklin

James Franklin may soon be on his way to Penn State, but there was no resolution Thursday as Vanderbilt fans, players and recruits had their patience tested through a full day of mixed messages. Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams said Thursda…

Nashville Tennessean January 10, 2014, 2:10 AM (PST)

Nashville Tennessean

Pogba, Pjanic or Cabaye – who will Paris Saint-Germain sign in January?

There will be no indecent offers or enormous changes in the Paris Saint-Germain squad this January. If something does happen in the French capital this month, it will be in midfield. Any potential arrival will not be a replacement, but a starter who ca… January 10, 2014, 12:36 AM (PST)

No. 22 Gonzaga falls to Portland 82-73

Gonzaga had few answers for Portland’s strong shooting. Bryce Pressley had 16 points and nine assists and the scrappy Pilots beat the 22nd-ranked Bulldogs 82-73 on Thursday night, snapping a 20-game losing streak in the series between the two teams

Daily American Online January 10, 2014, 12:36 AM (PST)

Daily American Online

Fired-up Tomic books spot in final

A fired-up Bernard Tomic put aside the thought of a daunting first-round Australian Open showdown with Rafael Nadal to book a place in his second consecutive Sydney International final. Just hours after the news of his opening-round clash was announced… January 10, 2014, 1:54 AM (PST)

Sang-Moon Bae takes a 1-shot lead at Sony Open

HONOLULU—If the first round of the Sony Open was any indication, it pays to get to paradise early. Sang-Moon Bae said it was too cold in South Korea to do much more than take a long walk, so he showed up in Hawaii five days before Christmas and played

Marin Independent Journal January 10, 2014, 12:36 AM (PST)

Marin Independent Journal

Why Manchester United need two new midfielders in January

Only 263 days after winning the Premier League, you do not so much watch Manchester United these days as you do endure them. They really are that bad. This title defence, barely worthy of the name, is the second worst in the history of the competition January 10, 2014, 12:36 AM (PST)

Sharks beat Red Wings

SAN JOSE — Maybe it was the comforts of home, maybe it was the return of two injured forwards to their depleted lineup. Either way, the Sharks continued their recent dominance of the Detroit Red Wings with a 4-1 victory Thursday night, improving their…

San Jose Mercury News January 09, 2014, 10:18 PM (PST)

San Jose Mercury News

Gracie Gold wins short program at US Championships

BOSTON – (AP) — Gracie Gold redeemed a shaky short program with a fantastic free skate a year ago. Now that she’s mastered the first day of the U.S. Championships, the teenager likely won’t need anything spectacular to make it to Sochi. Gold set a car… January 10, 2014, 1:25 AM (PST)

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