S.C. standout expects to play
South Carolina coach Dawn Staley says whether All-American A’ja Wilson plays Sunday against No. 6 Tennessee on her sprained right ankle depends on the senior’s pain tolerance.
Wilson stepped on someone’s foot late in a win over Auburn on Thursday night. She was helped off the court and missed practice Friday because she was receiving treatment.
Staley says Wilson told her after the she would be ready to against the Lady Vols (15-1, 3-1) for the ninth-ranked Gamecocks (14-2, 3-1).
Staley says the 6-foot-5 forward must be strong mentally to handle the pain from her ankle sprain if she wants to be effective against Tennessee.
Wilson has missed four games due to injury out of 125 the past four seasons, two each during her sophomore and junior seasons.
Utah athletic director Chris Hill has been fined $10,000 and reprimanded by the Pac-12 for inappropriate language and public comments regarding men’s basketball officiating after Sunday’s loss to No. 11 Arizona State.
Kerber wins 8th match in a row
In Sydney, Angelique Kerber won her eighth consecutive match of the new season, coming from 3-1 down in the final set to beat qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 to reach the Sydney International final on Friday.
Kerber, a former No. 1 and the 2016 Australian Open champion, won all four singles at the Hopman Cup and now all four in Sydney en route to the final.
She will face Ashleigh Barty, who beat Australian compatriot Daria Gavrilova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the other semifinal.
In men’s semifinals, Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev booked a spot in the final by upsetting fourth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Medvedev will next play Australian 18-year-old Alex de Minaur, who defeated Benoit Paire of France 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
In Auckland, New Zealand, former champions Juan Martin del Potro and Roberto Bautista Agut will meet today in the final of the ATP Tour’s ASB Classic.
Second-seeded del Potro, champion in 2009, beat four-time champion and eight-time semifinalist David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 in just under two hours while Bautista Agut, the 2016 champion, defeated Robin Haase 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) in a three-hour marathon.
In Hobart, Australia, Elise Mertens will defend her Hobart International title in the final after eliminating 2015 champion Heather Watson 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.
Mertens will play Mihaela Buzarnescu.
Wagner, Miner to skip event
Ashley Wagner and Ross Miner withdrew from the Four Continents Championships later this month after they failed to make the U.S. Olympic team.
Wagner, who helped the U.S. win team bronze at the Sochi Olympics four years ago, ripped the judges after finishing fourth at the U.S. Figure Skating championships last week. She was passed over for the team headed to Pyeongchang, South Korea, in favor of U.S. champion Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen.
Miner was the silver medalist at nationals but was left off the Olympic team through a complex set of selection criteria.
– From wire reports