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Long haul: No. 1 Halep fends off Davis in 3:45 marathon

Long haul: No. 1 Halep fends off Davis in 3:45 marathon

After wasting three chances to serve it out, then saving three match points, Simona Halep finally fended off American Lauren Davis in a third-round win that took 3 hours, 45 minutes and equaled a record at the Australian Open.For top-ranked Halep, already playing with an injured left ankle, the 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 victory on Saturday was a testament to her renewed self-belief.The third set took 2:22 and momentum swung, with 11 service breaks and two medical timeouts — for Davis to get treatment for toes on both feet — before Halep converted on her first match point.Halep had chances to serve for the match in the 9th, 11th and 15th games of the third set but was broken each time by the No. 76-ranked Davis, who then blew three match points from 0-40 on Halep's serve in the 22nd game.'Definitely was a very tough match, so long,' said Halep, who has twice reached the final at the French Open but never won a Grand Slam singles title. 'I never played the third set so long, so I'm really happy I could stay and win it. I'm almost dead.'It equaled the longest women's singles match at the Australian Open in terms of games played: Chanda Rubin's win over Arantxa Shanchez Vicario in 1996 was also 48 games. In terms of duration, it was almost an hour shorter than the record 4:44 that Francesca Schiavone needed to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2011.'I just feel that my muscles are gone,' said Halep, who badly twisted her left ankle in the first round. 'My ankle is, I don't know how it is because I don't feel it anymore! But ... it was nice to win this match.'Halep, who lost in the first round here in 2016 and last year, said she was mentally stronger now.'I was down love-40. She had three match balls. It was not easy, but I just kept playing. I just kept believing that it's not over,' Halep said. 'For sure I'm stronger mentally, and I could resist like for every moment in the match. That makes me very happy, and I think the big win is that I could handle it.'Davis lost the three previous times she'd played in the third round of a major, but did everything possible to stay in the match, keeping long rallies alive to put pressure on Halep.The 24-year-old American finished with roughly twice the number of winners (52 to 27) against slightly more than double the unforced errors (73-39), and broke Halep's serve six times.'We were both fighting our hearts out. Every point was super long,' Davis said. 'I got to the point where I was so tired, I just told myself to swing and move. I didn't feel any pressure.'Halep will play the winner of the later match between local hope Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka.U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys advanced 6-3, 6-4 over Ana Bogdan and will next play No. 8 Caroline Garcia, who beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.Sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova had 11 aces and beat No. 29 Lucie Safarova 7-6 (6), 7-5 in a match featuring just one service break.The 17th-seeded Keys, who lost in the U.S. Open final last year to Sloane Stephens, saved three break points serving for the match, finally clinching it on her first match point when Bogdan netted a backhand.Keys missed last year's Australian Open after undergoing surgery to repair her injured left wrist. She then played only one match after the U.S. Open before shutting down her season early to let the wrist heal. It's helped her start the new season feeling mentally fresh, as well.'I finished the U.S. Open and I was exhausted,' she said. 'So as amazing as that run was, the combination of being exhausted from that and having a wrist that still wasn't 100 percent perfect, I just needed to kind of shut it down, calm down, and then I was really excited to start the new season.'On the men's side, fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem beat Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 to move into the fourth round for a sixth consecutive major._____More AP coverage: www.apnews.com/tag/AustralianOpen

No. 9 Michigan State bounces back and routs Indiana 85-57

No. 9 Michigan State bounces back and routs Indiana 85-57

Miles Bridges made a 3-pointer and bounced on his toes with joy, enjoying a game he and Michigan State desperately needed.Bridges scored 22 points to help the ninth-ranked Spartans respond to adversity with an 85-57 win over Indiana on Friday night.The Spartans (17-3, 5-2 Big Ten) had a confidence-boosting performance after going from a top-ranked team to a reeling one. They were slumping after a 16-point loss at Ohio State, an overtime win over Rutgers and an 82-72 setback to Michigan at home.'I was just trying to prove that we weren't soft and that we can compete with any team,' Bridges said. 'We were trying to prove a point.'Michigan State took control with an 18-0 run midway through the first half, led by as much as 23 and was ahead 42-23 at halftime.'We were aggressive and played our game,' Bridges said. 'We had a great sense of urgency.'Nick Ward had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Cassius Winston had 10 points, eight assists and only one turnover and Jaren Jackson had 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks and for the Spartans.The Hoosiers (11-8, 4-3) lost for the first time in four games, falling into a fourth-place tie with the Wolverines and Nebraska.Indiana's Robert Johnson had 21 points and the rest of his teammates struggled offensively. Josh Newkirk scored 14, but missed 12 of 17 shots.'If those two guys can continue to play well, I think we'll be OK,' coach Archie Miller said.The Hoosiers were held to 34 percent shooting.'It wasn't a good offensive showing and they had a lot to do with it,' Miller said.FAMOUS FANAlex Rodriguez, who was in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show, attended the game. He wore an 'Izzone' T-shirt while standing in the student section behind coach Tom Izzo, his staff and players.'I've always been a big fan of Izzo,' Rodriguez said.Izzo became very fond of Rodriguez after hearing him talk to his team at its shootaround and in the locker room after the victory.Rodriguez told the Spartans it bothers him that he ranks fifth on the all-time list with 2,287 career strikeouts.'He talked about how many times he failed,' Izzo recalled. 'What a great message for a team that came off a disappoint week of basketball.'HE SAID ITIzzo, like the school's board of trustees, is supporting university president Lou Ann Simon. Simon is facing growing calls to resign or to be fired by the board as part of the fallout from how the school handled allegations made against former employee Larry Nassar , who has pleaded guilty to multiple sexual assaults.'There is no way I can waver in my support,' Izzo said.BIG PICTUREIndiana: The Hoosiers have to hope Juwan Morgan's injury is not a long-term problem. He hurt his left ankle left in the first half, didn't return and left the locker room on crutches. One of the Big Ten's leaders in scoring, rebounding, steals and shooting was limited to two points on 1-of-5 shooting, three rebounds and one steal in 16 minutes.'Even when Juwan was in there, we didn't have anything going,' Miller said.Miller said Morgan will be evaluated again when the team returned to Indiana.Michigan State: The Spartans desperately needed to get their swagger back and they did, suddenly looking like the team that was ranked No. 1 two weeks ago.UP NEXTIndiana: Hosts Maryland on Monday.Michigan State: Plays at Illinois on Monday, one of seven road games during the final 11 games in the regular season.___Follow Larry Lage at www.twitter.com/larrylage___More AP college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25

Jets WR Anderson arrested in Florida on slew of charges

Jets WR Anderson arrested in Florida on slew of charges

New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson faces a slew of charges in Florida, including threatening a police officer's family and saying he would rape the officer's wife.A Sunrise police report shows the 24-year-old Anderson was stopped early Friday in a sport utility vehicle after it ran two red lights and was swerving while traveling about 105 mph (170 kph) in a 45 mph zone.After he was stopped, police say he made the threats and then boasted about how much money he has. Jail records show Anderson faces nine charges, including threatening harm to a public servant, resisting arrest and traffic violations.The records don't list an attorney for Anderson.'This is a pending legal matter and we will have no further comments,' the Jets said in a statement.The NFL is also aware of the situation and league spokesman Brian McCarthy said 'we will be looking into this matter.'This is the latest legal trouble for Anderson, a 2011 graduate of South Plantation High School. He was arrested in May and charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice after sparring with officials who asked him to leave a Miami music festival. Anderson's next scheduled court date for that incident is on March 19.The league is also investigating that incident, and Anderson could face punishment from the NFL under its conduct policy.Anderson set career highs with 63 catches, 941 yards receiving and seven touchdowns in his second season with the Jets. He was a bright spot in the team's 5-11 season and appeared on his way to a 1,000-yard campaign until quarterback Josh McCown went down with a broken left hand in Week 14.Anderson went undrafted out of Temple in 2016 and signed with New York as a free agent. He made the opening day roster with an outstanding training camp and finished with 42 catches for 587 yards and two TDs. Anderson flourished in the Jets' offense this season, establishing himself as one of the top young speed receivers in the league.___More AP NFL: https://pro32.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

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No. 1 Halep survives Davis in marathon last set Unseeded American Lauren Davis took No. 1 Simona Halep to 48 games before Halep claimed victory. Those 48 games are tied for the most total games in a women's Australian Open match in the Open Era.