Angelique Kerber wins Sydney International title
• Angelique Kerber won her first title since the 2016 U.S. Open and extended her winning streak to nine matches with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final on Saturday. The 2016 Australian Open champion and former No. 1-ranked Kerber won four singles matches at the Hopman Cup in Perth last week, helping Germany reach the final against Switzerland, and followed up with five wins in Sydney. In a momentum-boosting buildup to the Australian Open, which starts Monday, Kerber had wins over Lucie Safarova, No. 2-seeded Venus Williams, former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova and Camila Giorgi before beating Barty to claim her 11th career title. In the men’s final, Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev beat 18-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.
• Second-seeded Elise Mertens broke Mihaela Buzarnescu’s serve in the opening game and went on to beat the Romanian 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Hobart International title for the second consecutive year in Hobart, Australia.
Stephanie Mavunga leads OSU women to victory
• Stephanie Mavunga had 20 points and 18 rebounds to lead No. 10 Ohio State to a 77-62 victory over host Indiana. Mavunga, the 2013 Indiana Miss Basketball from Brownsburg, Ind., sank 6-of-12 shots and 8-of-11 free throws. Linnae Harper chipped in with 19 points and Kelsey Mitchell added 15 points for the Buckeyes (16-2, 5-0 Big Ten).
• Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski missed an 89-71 victory over Wake Forest because of a virus. Team officials made the announcement about the 70-year-old Hall of Fame coach about 40 minutes before tip-off. Associate head coach Jeff Capel, who ran the team in his absence, said Krzyzewski woke up Saturday feeling ill but is feeling better.
• Georgia junior defensive tackle Trenton Thompson is entering the NFL Draft despite a decline in production in 2017. Thompson had three sacks and was named MVP in Georgia’s Liberty Bowl win over Texas Christian following the 2016 season. He had no sacks in 2017. He had 38 tackles, including 3½ for loss, this season.
Canadiens center struck in head, taken to hospital
• Montreal Canadiens center Phillip Danault was stretchered off the ice after he was hit in the head by a slap shot from Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara. Danault was moving and speaking to medical staff before he left the ice. The Canadiens say Danault has a head injury and was taken to a hospital for further exams.
• Federica Brignone won the penultimate women’s World Cup super-G before the Pyeongchang Olympics in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria. The Italian beat Lara Gut of Switzerland by 0.18. Lindsey Vonn finished 1.43 off the lead in ninth place.
— ABJ/Ohio.com wires
Sports news roundup, Jan. 13: Kerber wins title in Sydney