2021 Australian Open: What to Watch on Tuesday Night

Andreas Milano

How to watch: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern on the Tennis Channel and 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. on ESPN2 in the United States; streaming on the ESPN+ and ESPN3 apps.

Serena Williams thoroughly dominated in her first-round match. Williams won more than twice as many points as her opponent in the 56 minutes that it took to rout Laura Siegemund, a German doubles specialist. Against the unseeded Nina Stojanovic in Tuesday’s match, Williams will look to have a similar outing, keeping her match short and remaining fresh for the later rounds.

Williams isn’t the only one trying to

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Sens drop series opener to Oilers

Andreas Milano

The Ottawa Senators penalty kill came through Monday night but they could only muster one goal in a 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Canadian Tire Centre.

Ottawa (2-10-1) managed to stop the Oilers’ (7-7-0) top 10 ranked power play on all four occasions but couldn’t generate enough offence to get its third win of the year.

“I think we’re all just on the same page,” Paul said about the team’s success on the penalty kill. “We stick together as a group. Everyone is reading off each other and everyone understands what they’re doing.

“I think us coming together

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M.L.B. Will Change Its Baseballs After Record Home Run Rates

Andreas Milano

After years of fielding questions about record home run rates and variations in its baseballs, Major League Baseball informed its 30 teams in a memorandum on Friday of changes to the balls — and how they will be handled — for the 2021 season. Chief among the differences will be a slightly reduced weight and slightly decreased bounciness, the latter of which could reduce home runs.

“As you are aware, M.L.B. has engaged a committee of scientific experts over the last several years to study the construction and performance of the baseball,” said one of the first lines of the

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MLB, players agree on COVID protocols, but DH will not be universal

Andreas Milano

Spring training can start as scheduled next week after Major League Baseball and the Players Association reached agreement Monday night on expanded COVID-19 health and safety protocols, according to baseball sources.

On field, there will be two leftovers from 2020′s abbreviated season: Runners on second base in extra innings and seven-inning doubleheaders. What they could not come to a consensus on, as they did last summer, is a universal designated hitter.

Among the new practices to be employed among players, coaches, and staff is using advanced technology to conduct contact tracing, with the hope the league will be able to

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Larson grateful for 2nd chance in NASCAR after racial slur

Andreas Milano

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Larson loaded his motorhome and drove to Daytona International Speedway by himself, alone for some seven hours to prepare for his return to NASCAR competition.

The excitement of a new season settled his nerves and he felt optimistic about his future.

After serving a six-month suspension for his use of a racial slur that nearly cost him his career, Larson was just appreciative of the opportunity ahead.

“I feel extremely grateful because, you know, I really never thought I would get another chance to race in NASCAR and I kind of accepted that,” Larson

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Steph Curry’s 57 points not enough, more takeaways from Warriors’ loss to Mavericks

Andreas Milano

Hands on his hips, Stephen Curry posed, rocked his shoulders back-and-forth and let out a roar. The dramatic variation of his trademark shimmy punctuated a deep shot from the Mavericks’ logo.

This was Curry’s ninth of 11 made 3-pointers during a 57-point eruption — an all-time performance even for one of the most decorated players in league history. But ultimately, it was one that was squandered as the Warriors fell to the Mavericks, 134-132, Saturday night in Dallas.

The result didn’t prevent coaches and teammates from appreciating the show. Head coach Steve Kerr called it “Sublime.”

“It was ridiculous, the

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