Wozniacki eliminated by Sharapova

(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Maria Sharapova smacked a forehand winner - the sort she's hit so many times, at so many key moments, over the years - to take control against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open. Sharapova balled up her fists, shut her eyes, threw back her head and let out a yell.

She showed she's ready to be a Grand Slam factor once again.

Sharapova grabbed the last four games to eliminate Wozniacki 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in nearly 2+ hours Friday and reach the fourth round at Melbourne Park, building the statement-making victory with aggressive groundstrokes that gave her a 37-10 edge in total winners.

Yankees, Ottavino agree on 3 years, $27M

NEW YORK (AP) While shying away from high-priced free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the New York Yankees are boosting their bullpen.

Reliever Adam Ottavino and the Yankees agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is subject to a successful physical. (MORE)

Lefty shoots 12-under 60 in 2019 debut

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) Phil Mickelson still feels as young as ever. He still plays that way, too.

Mickelson began his 27th full season as a pro Thursday by flirting with one of the few feats he hasn't accomplished - golf's magic number. The 48-year-old left-hander still shot a 12-under 60 in the Desert Classic, tying his career-low score he last shot in the Phoenix Open six years ago. It was the most under par he has been in any of the 2,077 rounds he has played on the PGA Tour. (MORE)

Spartans end Nebraska's 20-game home run

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Four nights after Tom Izzo called out Cassius Winston for his poor play in Michigan State's previous game, the Spartans' star point guard responded better than his coach would have expected.

Winston scored a career-high 29 points to go over 1,000 for his career, had six assists and played tough defense on Glynn Watson Jr. while leading No. 6 Michigan State past Nebraska 70-64 on Thursday night. (MORE)

BoSox's Cora unsure on White House visit

BOSTON (AP) Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, a Puerto Rico native who has been outspoken about its need for hurricane relief, indicated on Thursday that he may skip the World Series celebration at the White House over President Donald Trump's policies toward the island.

Cora previously said he would make the traditional champion's visit to Washington to argue for more help for the American island that was devastated by Hurricane Maria. But in the wake of reports this week that Trump tried to redirect funds from Puerto Rico to Florida and Texas, Cora repeatedly prefaced his comments on Thursday with, "If I go ...." (MORE)

 Embiid, Butler help 76ers roll in Indy

 At least 2 QBs plan to transfer from UT

 Rask beats Blues to tie Bruins wins mark

 Silver backs Kanter's London decision

 Heat's Waiters fined for postgame tirade