MELBOURNE, Australia " When Mirjana Lucic-Baroni served out her victory over Karolina Pliskova at the Australian Open on Wednesday, making an unlikely return to the semifinals of a Grand Slam after nearly 18 years, she fell to her knees, placed her forehead on the court and wept. By Justin Bergman. SENT: 760 words, photos.
LIVERPOOL, England " Liverpool looks to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Southampton in the second leg of the League Cup semifinals, setting up a likely meeting with Manchester United in the final at Wembley Stadium next month. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2230 GMT, photos.
LONDON " With a bandaged left eye, England coach Eddie Jones was the center of attention at the launch of this year's Six Nations. The cause of the injury remained unclear Wednesday, with varying explanations provided. SENT: 200 words, photos.
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TOKYO " A Japanese sumo wrestler has reached the pinnacle of the country's ancient sport for the first time in almost two decades. By Jim Armstrong. SENT: 290 words, photos.
MADRID " Real Madrid tries to overcome a 2-1 home loss to Celta Vigo in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, while Atletico Madrid defends a 3-0 home win against Eibar. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2300 GMT.
" SOC--MLS-SOUNDERS-CHAMPS BEGIN " Sounders return with Clint Dempsey cleared to practice. By Tim Booth. SENT: 620 words, photos.
MELBOURNE, Australia " Roger Federer certainly knows what to expect in his Australian Open semifinal. And so does his opponent Stan Wawrinka. Both agreed there will be no secrets in the all-Swiss showdown for a place in Sunday's final. By Bruce Matthews. SENT: 950 words, photos.
" HKN--NBA CAPSULES " Spurs beat Raptors, 76ers defeat Clippers. SENT: 685 words, photos.
" BKN--NHL CAPSULES " Blues beat Penguins, Lightning defeat Blackhawks. SENT: 850 words, photos.
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