Stories by Dennis Passa

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

Djokovic wins Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title and his eighth career Grand Slam while extending Andy Murray's misery at Melbourne Park.
By Dennis Passa

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Djokovic cruises into Australian Open semifinals

MELBOURNE, Australia, - Novak Djokovic was simply overpowering as he beat Canadian Milos Raonic 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2 in exactly two hours in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open.
By Dennis Passa

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Berdych eliminates Nadal in Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal was knocked out in the quarterfinals by Berdych - who had lost 17 consecutive matches to the Spaniard.
By Dennis Passa

Sharapova cruises to Australian Open semifinals

MELBOURNE, Australia - Maria Sharapova moved closer to another Australian Open title, set to face a fellow Russian in the semifinals who has never beaten her.
By Dennis Passa

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Serena to open Aussie Open agaisnt Belgian

MELBOURNE, Australia - Top-seeded Serena Williams will play Alison Van Uytvanck, of Belgium, in her first-round match at the Australian Open as she begins her attempt to win a 19th Grand Slam ...
By Dennis Passa

Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014

Spieth romps to win Down Under

SYDNEY - Jordan Spieth played the best round of an already impressive career with 8-under-par 63 on Sunday to win the Australian Open by six strokes, making his first trip Down Under a successful one.
By Dennis Passa

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Spieth among leaders at Australian Open

SYDNEY - Jordan Spieth was one of few players to master a wind-swept course at the Australian Open on Saturday, shooting 2-under-par 69 to move into a three-way share of the lead.
By Dennis Passa

Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

Chalmers leads Australian Open by one shot

SYDNEY - Two-time former champion Greg Chalmers took a one-stroke lead Friday at the Australian Open after 5-under-par 66, while marquee attractions Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott weren't far behind ...
By Dennis Passa

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Australian star dies after being struck in the head by ball

SYDNEY - Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died Thursday from a "catastrophic" injury to his head, two days after being struck by a delivery during a match.
By Dennis Passa

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

McIlroy defends title in event that sent him on his way for 2014

SYDNEY - On the eve of the Australian Open - and their first tournament together since September - Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott were doing their best Wednesday to sound like a mutual admiration ...
By Dennis Passa

Sunday, Aug 3, 2014

England edges Australia to win Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW, Scotland - The Commonwealth Games ended with England winning the overall gold medal race and Australia hoping for better things in four years.
By Dennis Passa

Friday, July 25, 2014

Boxers adjusting slowly to fighting without headgear

In a decision last year, the International Boxing Association stopped the use of headgear in male bouts, citing medical experts who said it would help reduce concussions.
By Dennis Passa

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

R&A could allow postal voting on female member issue

HOYLAKE, England - The Royal & Ancient Golf Club will hold a business meeting next week to determine whether to allow club members to vote by proxy for its historic September vote to have ...
By Dennis Passa

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Men's stars still shining at Wimbledon; not so for women

LONDON - The so-called "Big 4" who have won 35 of 37 of the past Grand Slam singles titles are all around for the second week at Wimbledon. The same can't be said on the women's side.
By Dennis Passa

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dodgers sweep Diamondbacks

Yasiel Puig had three hits and two RBI to back a scoreless outing by Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 at Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.
By Dennis Passa

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Kershaw, Dodgers win opener Down Under

SYDNEY - Clayton Kershaw flashed his Cy Young form, Scott Van Slyke homered and the NL West champions opened the Major League Baseball season with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on ...
By Dennis Passa

Friday, March 21, 2014

Arizona starter has a fear of flying

SYDNEY - Nothing like a long flight across the Pacific Ocean to help a guy overcome a fear of flying. Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley doesn't like to fly. Plain and simple.
By Dennis Passa

Saturday, March 15, 2014

MLB hopes series will help drive interest Down Under

Former Boston Red Sox coach Jon Deeble, who's been around Australian baseball for more than 30 years, figures the season-opening, two-game series in Sydney will have a "massive impact" on the ...
By Dennis Passa

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

German wins first gold in ski jumping

Carina Vogt, of Germany, has never won a World Cup event, but she now owns women's ski jumping's first-ever Olympic gold medal.
By Dennis Passa

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Japanese teen takes off in ski jumping

Japanese teen Sara Takanashi has dominated women's ski jumping, which will make its Olympic debut in February.
By Dennis Passa
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