News Summaries from The Sports Network - Sunday, January 25

Jazz lock up G Millsap

Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - The Utah Jazz announced Sunday that the team has signed swingman Elijah Millsap to a multi-year contract.

The Jazz did not reveal terms of the agreement, though the Salt Lake City Tribune reported that the deal is for three years.

Millsap, the younger brother of former Jazz forward and current Atlanta Hawk Paul Millsap, was nearing the end of a second 10-day contract. The 27-year-old initially joined Utah on Jan. 5.

Since being recalled by the Jazz from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League, Millsap has averaged 5.7 points and 2.2 rebounds over 10 games and shot 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from 3-point range.

Millsap averaged 20.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 19 games with Bakersfield prior to his call-up.

Nadal, Murray reach Aussie Open quarters

Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Third-seeded Rafael Nadal and No. 6 seed Andy Murray punched their tickets into the Australian Open quarterfinals on Sunday.

Nadal cruised past South Africa's Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-1, 6-4, while Murray beat 10th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-5.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal beat Roger Federer in the 2009 Aussie final and is a two-time runner-up in Melbourne, including last year when he was stunned by Stan Wawrinka in the final. Nadal, of course, is the reigning French Open king.

"Winning against the No. 15 of the world in straight sets, would be very arrogant if I say I'm not a very high percentage," said Nadal. "Happy the way I played today."

Nadal will play in the quarterfinals here for the eighth time. He will next face seventh-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych, who defeated Bernard Tomic 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

Berdych is through to the quarterfinals in Melbourne for the fifth straight year.

"Well, I'm feeling very good. It's been a great, great run so far," said Berdych. "But, yeah, I just put myself in the best possible position right now. I'm just really looking forward to it."

Murray, a three-time Aussie Open runner-up, was almost taken to a fifth set on Sunday. The Brit saved a set point while serving at 5-2 down in the fourth set, then got it back on serve at 5-5, broke Dimitrov to love -- which prompted the 23-year-old to destroy his racquet -- and then served out.

"Well, I won quite a long game at 5-2 on my serve, and often, you know, if I win that game to love the momentum doesn't really change," said Murray. "But sometimes if you can have sort of a long game, you know, where maybe he feels like he had some opportunities to win the set there, then that game where he goes to serve it out becomes a little bit harder."

The victory sends Murray to an Australian Open quarterfinal for the sixth straight year, and came against an opponent who ended his Wimbledon 2013 title defense in the quarterfinals last year.

Murray also reached his 16th straight Grand Slam quarterfinal. The last time Murray failed to reach the last eight at a major was when he lost in the third round at the 2010 U.S. Open to Wawrinka.

Next up for Murray is Australian Nick Krygios, who rallied past Andreas Seppi of Italy 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 8-6. Seppi was trying to build off his monstrous upset of Federer in the third round.

"I knew it was going to be a tough battle," said Krygios. "He's playing some of the best tennis he's played ever since coming off that win against Roger. I knew it was going to be tough from the get-go. I just had to draw on my experiences of coming back from two sets to love. Paid off in the end."

Krygios, who saved a match point, became the first Australian man to reach the quarterfinals here since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005.

Sharapova, Bouchard to meet in Aussie QFs

Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Maria Sharapova cruised to a win over Peng Shuai on Sunday to set up a marquee meeting with rising star Eugenie Bouchard in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

The second-seeded Sharapova, who is chasing her second career Australian Open title at the age of 27, needed just 75 minutes to knock off the 21st-seeded Peng 6-3, 6-0.

"Well, when you're playing the match you're not thinking about the next one," said Sharapova. "You're thinking about the current match. I wasn't thinking to try to finish it out as fast as I can. I just wanted to do the right things and play the right way. I thought I did a good, solid job of that."

Bouchard, seeded No. 7, had a tougher time against Irina-Camelia Begu but overcame a 61-minute second set to win 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.

The 20-year-old Canadian was runner-up at Wimbledon last year and has been the focus of some attention this week after a male interviewer asked her to "give us a twirl" following a second-round win.

The request drew wide criticism, including from tennis great Billie Jean King, who called it sexist.

Sharapova is 3-0 all-time against Bouchard, with each of their meetings coming in the past two seasons, including a three-set battle in the semifinals of the French Open last year.

"Yeah, well, I would definitely look forward to that match. I think it's always great to play the best players in the world," said Bouchard. "We've had a couple matches, and a good match last year. You know, I think I was close. It was just a tough battle. But I think I've progressed a lot since then, and, you know, I definitely want to keep playing my game no matter what."

Also Sunday, No. 3 seed Simona Halep cruised past Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-2 to set up a quarterfinal meeting with 10th-seeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova, who defeated Germany's Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-2.

Halep, who has yet to drop a set, will play in the Australian Open quarterfinals for the second straight year.

"Yeah, a lot of confidence I have now because I didn't lose a set," said Halep. "I had good matches here in first week, so I'm really happy that I'm in second week now like last year. Here I started to play my best tennis in Grand Slams. So means a lot for me. I really have more confidence now to play the quarterfinals."

It is the third time Makarova has made the quarters in Melbourne after strong runs in 2012 and 2013. She also reached the fourth round in 2014 and 2011.

01/25 14:07:42 ET


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