Mitchell gets 23, Jazz end Clippers’ streak with…

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The offensively challenged Utah Jazz found a way to score points in droves Saturday night.

Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points and helped Utah close out a 125-113 win over the Los Angeles Clippers with their second-highest point total this season.

Despite missing starting guard Rodney Hood because of a leg injury, Utah set season bests for points in the first quarter (39) and first half (76). It never trailed while ending the Clippers’ six-game winning streak.

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) goes to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) goes to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) goes to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

“Just playing with force,” Jazz center Rudy Gobert said. “Being aggressive. Moved the ball. Our defense got a lot of deflections, a lot of steals and got a lot of easy stuff from that.

“It felt good, but at the same time they were scoring too much. So it didn’t feel great. It’s kind of like you’re having fun offensively, but can’t get a stop. If you get stops, the game is over in the third.”

The Jazz drove to the basket at will in the first half, shooting 62.5 percent en route to a 76-59 halftime lead. They began the night ranked 26th in the league in points per game.

“Honestly, we just didn’t have it,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “They played a lot harder than us, which I rarely say. They played desperate.

“We didn’t handle their pressure. They pressured us in the first half. Second half, we were much better. But in the first half, I just didn’t think we were ready for the intensity that they were going to bring.”

Joe Ingles got aggressive and finished with a career-high 21 points, reaching the 20-point mark for just the third time in his career. Mitchell had his 21st game of 20-plus points, most among rookies, and also had seven assists and four rebounds. Derrick Favors had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

“When the ball sticks or stays on one side of the floor, we’re not going to be as efficient,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “We’re a team that needs the ball to move side-to-side. And when it does, Joe’s usually involved in helping it move and he’s the beneficiary, a lot of times, of that movement. He was ready to shoot and aggressive.”

Lou Williams paced the Clippers with 31 points, a franchise-record 10 steals and seven assists, and he helped cut the lead to single digits in the fourth quarter. He’s the first player in league history to reach 30 points, 10 steals and seven assists in a game since steals became a recorded stat. Blake Griffin added 25 points and eight rebounds.

“We’re a very resilient group,” Williams said. “We were out here again tonight with another lineup and we fought hard and fell short. But it’s a very resilient group.”

TIP-INS

Clippers: DeAndre Jordan missed his fourth straight game with a left ankle sprain. … LA allowed 50 points in the paint. … The Clippers were outrebounded 56-34.

Jazz: Gobert played 28 minutes as he works his way back from a sprained knee. He wasn’t as effective as his 23-point, 14-block effort Friday, but was able to play the second night of a back-to-back. He finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

HOOD-LESS

Hood did not play after suffering a lower left leg contusion Friday night. He’s averaged a career-high 16.7 points.

“I think it’s collective,” Snyder said about replacing his offense. “It’s more about us being efficient offensively. We’ve got a little bit of a Chinese water torture as far as how we need to score. Everybody’s got to do a little bit.

“Our guys are great about being unselfish and not caring who gets shots. Different guys are going to get shots. The way we’ve been balanced, we’ve had a lot of guys lead us in scoring and have big nights. That’s what we need.”

QUOTABLE

“I’ve had the most fun that I’ve had in years coaching a group,” Rivers said before the game. “It does remind me a lot of my first year in Orlando, we had that crazy group of guys. It’s just a fun group to coach. They’re extremely coachable. They want to do right. They get along and play together and sometimes you’re fortunate enough to win games.”

UP NEXT

Clippers: Hosts Minnesota on Monday night.

Jazz: Travels to face Atlanta on Monday night.

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Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, left, goes up for a block against Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, left, goes up for a block against Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, left, goes up for a block against Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, guards Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, guards Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, guards Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

LosAngeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, grabs a rebound as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, rear, looks on in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

LosAngeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, grabs a rebound as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, rear, looks on in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

LosAngeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, grabs a rebound as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, rear, looks on in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) guards Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) guards Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) guards Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers reacts after a foul in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers reacts after a foul in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers reacts after a foul in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed (35) lays the ball up as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed (35) lays the ball up as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed (35) lays the ball up as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed (35) shoots as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed (35) shoots as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed (35) shoots as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) goes to the basket as Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto (25) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) goes to the basket as Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto (25) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) goes to the basket as Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto (25) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27)and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right rear, battle for the ball in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27)and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right rear, battle for the ball in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27)and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right rear, battle for the ball in the first half during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Man killed in Bathurst glider crash

  • Emergency services were called to Piper’s Airfield in Eglinton, near Bathurst
  • A glider plane crashed into a field and sparked a grass fire just after 1pm Sunday
  • The glider’s 75-year-old male pilot died at the scene

Australian Associated Press

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Jacob Polychronis For Daily Mail Australia

An elderly man has died after his glider plane crashed and sparked a fire in central New South Wales. 

Emergency services were called to Piper’s Airfield in Eglinton, near Bathurst, just after 1pm on Sunday. 

The glider’s 75-year-old pilot died at the scene, while it’s unknown if any one else was on board. 

The crash ignited a grass fire which was contained by firefighters before 2pm.

Police said a crime scene has been established and investigations have commenced. 

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau and Gliding Federation of Australia will assist detectives in the investigation.  

More to come  

An elderly man has died after his glider plane crashed and sparked a fire in central New South Wales

An elderly man has died after his glider plane crashed and sparked a fire in central New South Wales

An elderly man has died after his glider plane crashed and sparked a fire in central New South Wales

Emergency services were called to Piper's Airfield (pictured) in Eglinton, near Bathurst, just after 1pm on Sunday

Emergency services were called to Piper's Airfield (pictured) in Eglinton, near Bathurst, just after 1pm on Sunday

Emergency services were called to Piper’s Airfield (pictured) in Eglinton, near Bathurst, just after 1pm on Sunday

Democrats, GOP exchange charges of blame for shutdown

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress are trying to dodge blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showing few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end a government shutdown.

The finger-pointing played out in both the House and Senate, where lawmakers were eager to show voters they were actively working for a solution – or at least actively making the case the other party was at fault. The scene highlighted political stakes for both parties in an election-year shutdown.

Democrats refused to provide votes needed to reopen government until they strike a deal with President Donald Trump protecting young immigrants from deportation, providing disaster relief and boosting spending for opioid treatment and other domestic programs.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., center, joined from left by, Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., hold a news conference on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure last night, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., center, joined from left by, Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., hold a news conference on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure last night, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., center, joined from left by, Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., hold a news conference on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure last night, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Senate planned a vote by early Monday on a spending extension.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure last night, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure last night, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure last night, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrives for a meeting of fellow Republicans on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrives for a meeting of fellow Republicans on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrives for a meeting of fellow Republicans on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, left, joined by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, center, and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, arrives for a meeting of fellow Republicans on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, left, joined by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, center, and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, arrives for a meeting of fellow Republicans on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, left, joined by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, center, and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, arrives for a meeting of fellow Republicans on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Brendan Fevola gifts Will Smith an AFL ball and jersery

The American actor has expressed an interest in tennis and cricket while in Australia this month to promote his Netflix film, Bright.

And on Saturday, Will Smith couldn’t wipe the smile off his face when he was gifted an AFL football and personalised Carlton jersey from Brendan Fevola.

Taking to Instagram, the footy player-turned-radio host shared a sneak preview of the full interview, which will be broadcast on Fox FM on Monday.

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'Fev gave Will Smith a special gift to remember his time in Melbourne!' Brendan Fevola presents Men In Black legend with AFL football and personalised jersery during interview

'Fev gave Will Smith a special gift to remember his time in Melbourne!' Brendan Fevola presents Men In Black legend with AFL football and personalised jersery during interview

‘Fev gave Will Smith a special gift to remember his time in Melbourne!’ Brendan Fevola presents Men In Black legend with AFL football and personalised jersery during interview

In the clip, Will can be seen holding the ball before being pleasantly surprised by his very own sports jersey.

‘Oh, love that. Love that!’ says the Men In Black star, 49.

Brendan wrote in the caption that interviewing the actor was ‘an amazing birthday present’ as he turned 37 on Saturday,

'What an amazing birthday present interviewing @willsmith': The former football star was excited to have spoken with the Hollywood heavyweight for FoxFM

'What an amazing birthday present interviewing @willsmith': The former football star was excited to have spoken with the Hollywood heavyweight for FoxFM

‘What an amazing birthday present interviewing @willsmith’: The former football star was excited to have spoken with the Hollywood heavyweight for FoxFM

'Oh, love that. Love that!' Will can be seen holding the ball like a gridiron ball, and is then pleasantly surprised by being given his own jersey 

'Oh, love that. Love that!' Will can be seen holding the ball like a gridiron ball, and is then pleasantly surprised by being given his own jersey 

‘Oh, love that. Love that!’ Will can be seen holding the ball like a gridiron ball, and is then pleasantly surprised by being given his own jersey 

FoxFM’s Fifi, Fev and Byron shared the clip, writing: ‘Fev gave Will Smith a special gift to remember his time in Melbourne! You can hear the full chat tomorrow morning.’

The exclusive chat will be aired on Melbourne’s breakfast show from 6am on Monday. 

On Saturday, Will also head to the Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch the game between the Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Thunder, which he told reporters was his ‘first cricket match.’

Visit: The actor is Down Under to promote his Netflix movie Bright, where he plays the leading role alongside Joel Edgerton

Visit: The actor is Down Under to promote his Netflix movie Bright, where he plays the leading role alongside Joel Edgerton

Visit: The actor is Down Under to promote his Netflix movie Bright, where he plays the leading role alongside Joel Edgerton

The Men In Black legend has also shown his face courtside at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Before his trip to Melbourne, Will met Australian wildlife and enjoyed a brunch at Bondi cafe Porch And Parlour.

The actor is Down Under to promote his Netflix movie Bright, where he plays the leading role alongside Joel Edgerton.

Netflix’s Bright, which was released on the paid streaming service in late 2017, transports viewers into a world where fantasy creatures exist. 

'You can hear the full chat tomorrow': The exclusive chat will be aired on Melbourne's breakfast show from 6am on Monday, January 22

'You can hear the full chat tomorrow': The exclusive chat will be aired on Melbourne's breakfast show from 6am on Monday, January 22

‘You can hear the full chat tomorrow’: The exclusive chat will be aired on Melbourne’s breakfast show from 6am on Monday, January 22

Chihuahua gets her teeth flossed in wacky video

  • A hilarious video shows a feisty chihuahua enjoy having her teeth cleaned by her owner in their Manhattan Beach, California, home
  • ‘She likes clean teeth,’ states the owner while the pup goes at the floss ruthlessly
  • At one point, the dog’s owner hides the floss away from the dog and goes ‘where did it go?’
  • ‘Why did you take that?!’ she seems to say but clearly this pup is not thrilled to no longer be getting a squeaky clean 

Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com

It is recommended that people floss their teeth at least once a day, but there was nothing mentioned on flossing your dog.  

A hilarious video shows a feisty chihuahua enjoy having her teeth cleaned by her owner in their Manhattan Beach, California, home. 

‘She likes clean teeth,’ states the owner while the pup goes at the floss ruthlessly. 

A hilarious video shows a feisty chihuahua enjoy having her teeth cleaned by her owner in their Manhattan Beach, California, home

A hilarious video shows a feisty chihuahua enjoy having her teeth cleaned by her owner in their Manhattan Beach, California, home

A hilarious video shows a feisty chihuahua enjoy having her teeth cleaned by her owner in their Manhattan Beach, California, home

'She likes clean teeth,' states the owner while the pup goes at the floss ruthlessly

'She likes clean teeth,' states the owner while the pup goes at the floss ruthlessly

‘She likes clean teeth,’ states the owner while the pup goes at the floss ruthlessly

One can’t help but laugh as the dog attacks the small string as her owner asserts, ‘she’s obsessed with it.’ 

The dog continues letting her teeth get knocked around as the camera woman and the dog’s owner continue laughing at the whole ordeal.  

‘It’s minty that’s why right,’ added the owner as the dog grunts in satisfaction to her ‘treat.’ 

At one point, the dog's owner hides the floss away from the dog and goes 'where did it go?'

At one point, the dog's owner hides the floss away from the dog and goes 'where did it go?'

At one point, the dog’s owner hides the floss away from the dog and goes ‘where did it go?’

At one point, the dog’s owner hides the floss away from the dog and goes ‘where did it go?’ 

The chihuahua immediately notices and pops up to stare at her owner. 

‘Why did you take that?!’ she seems to say but clearly this pup is not thrilled to no longer be getting a squeaky clean.   

'Why did you take that?!' she seems to say but clearly this pup is not thrilled to no longer be getting a squeaky clean

'Why did you take that?!' she seems to say but clearly this pup is not thrilled to no longer be getting a squeaky clean

‘Why did you take that?!’ she seems to say but clearly this pup is not thrilled to no longer be getting a squeaky clean

Women to get equal prize money at Tour Down Under

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Australian cyclist Amanda Spratt tweeted that the equal pay for this year's Tour Down Under was "a huge step forward for equality"

Australian cyclist Amanda Spratt tweeted that the equal pay for this year's Tour Down Under was "a huge step forward for equality"

Australian cyclist Amanda Spratt tweeted that the equal pay for this year’s Tour Down Under was “a huge step forward for equality”

Women will receive the same prize money as men from this year’s Tour Down Under, the South Australian government said Sunday in what it believes is a world first for a stage race.

The Women’s Tour Down Under is held the week before the men’s event and this year was elevated to a UCI 2.1 classification, one level below Women’s World Tour status.

The men’s TDU, in its final stage Sunday, is the opening race on the men’s UCI World Tour calendar and is a state government-owned event.

“We’re going to be backpaying the… winners of last week’s Santos Tour Down Under so that they receive the same paychecks as the men will for the race that concludes today,” South Australia state’s Tourism Minister Leon Bignell told reporters.

“We’ll be the first stage race in the world to offer parity between men’s races and women’s races.”

Bignell said the prize pool across all classifications for the women’s race would be more than Aus$100,000 (US$79,900), compared with the initial pool of Aus$15,000.

“The broken bones don’t hurt any less because you are a woman. You have to do just as much work as the men to become a top rider, so we think it’s high time in 2018 that women get paid the same as the men do,” he added.

Bignell said he spoke to UCI chief David Lappartient earlier Sunday, who welcomed the move.

“He’s hopeful that other races around the world will follow suit,” Bignell said.

Australian Amanda Spratt (Mitchelton-SCOTT) was the overall winner of this year’s women TDU last week.

“Wow, not that I needed any more reasons to love Tour Down Under. What a huge step forward for equality,” Spratt tweeted after hearing the equal pay news.

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The Latest: Cormier dominates, still UFC 205-pound champ

BOSTON (AP) – The Latest on UFC 220 in Boston, with the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles up for grabs (all times local):

12:05 a.m.

Daniel Cormier has defended his 205-pound title with a dominating performance over Volkan Oezdemir in the co-main event of UFC 220.

Gian Villante, left, and Francimar Barroso exchange blows during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Villante won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Gian Villante, left, and Francimar Barroso exchange blows during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Villante won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Gian Villante, left, and Francimar Barroso exchange blows during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Villante won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Cormier (20-1) had the Boston crowd behind him and Oezdemir (16-1) taking shots in front of him Saturday night, putting him away just 2 minutes into the second round. Cormier raised his hands in triumph as UFC President Dana White wrapped the title belt around his waist. He dropped to his knees on the canvas and said he proved he was worthy of being called champion.

Cormier was awarded the title after Jon Jones was stripped of his light heavyweight championship when he failed his latest doping test.

Cormier had lived in Jones’ shadow for the last few years of his career.

But against Oezdemir, he was worthy of the title.

Cormier nearly put away Oezdemir in the first round with a choke until there was a late save by the bell. But Cormier pinned Oezdemir against the canvas early in the second and finished him off with a series of punches to the face.

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11:45 p.m.

UFC 220 is set for its championship main events.

Rob Font gave the hometown fans a reason to go wild with a dominant victory over Thomas Almeida in the opening bout on the UFC 220 pay-per-view card on Saturday night. Font crushed Almeida with an overhand right to the temple, a knee to the head and Font pounded away until the bout was quickly stopped at 2:24 of the second round. House of Pain blared during Font’s victory celebration inside the cage.

Gian Villante defeated Francimar Barroso by split decision for his sixth straight victory in a slow-paced 205-pound fight that drew heavy boos from the antsy crowd.

Calvin Kattar, another New England fighter, broke open a close fight against Shane Burgos and via TKO in the third round. Kattar staggered Burgos with a series of blows and nailed an uppercut that put Burgos on his back. Burgos absorbed more blows and briefly escaped until referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the fight.

Kattar, who won his 10th straight MMA fight, wowed the crowd then gave a shoutout to the Patriots to the delight of the crowd.

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10 p.m.

K-OW!

Abdul Razak Alhassan caught Sabah Homasi flush with a right uppercut in the first round for one of the more spectacular knockouts in recent UFC history to win a welterweight bout at UFC 220 on Saturday night.

Razak Alhassan knocked Homasi cold with a vicious right that brought a gasp from the sellout crowd at TD Garden. Homasi was motionless on his back for a couple of minutes and eventually needed assistance to sit on a stool in his corner. Trainers placed bags of ice on his back and neck.

Razak Alhassan already beat Homasi in a controversial stoppage at UFC 218. UFC granted an immediate rematch and Razak Alhassan left no doubt about this outcome.

Even with ferocious heavyweight puncher Francis Ngannou on the card in the main event, it’s going to be hard for any fighter to top Razak Alhassan’s KO.

Kyle Bochniak, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, had the home crowd behind him in a unanimous decision win over Brandon Davis. The crowd roared for Bochniak’s walk to the cage and cheered when the decision was announced.

The UFC had five fights ahead on the UFC 220 pay-per-view card.

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9 p.m.

UFC 220 has some star power on the sidelines for the opening fights.

Islam Makhachev needed just one left hand and 57 seconds to knock out Gleison Tibau in the first preliminary bout. Khabib Nurmagomedov was in Makhachev’s corner and pounded a wall in celebration of his fellow Russian fighter’s victory on Saturday night. Nurmagomedov is set to fight Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title at UFC 223 in New York.

UFC President Dana White has refused to strip inactive champion Conor McGregor of the lightweight title. Nurmagomedov’s second fight in UFC was a victory over Tibau. Tibau made his return following a two-year doping suspension.

Enrique Barzola defeated Matt Bessette by unanimous decision in another of the prelim fights. Julio Arce beat Dan Ige by unanimous decision in a bout between two fighters making their UFC debuts. Dustin Ortiz also snapped Alexandre Pantoja’s 11-fight MMA winning streak dating to 2010 with a unanimous decision victory.

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8 p.m.

UFC is back in Boston.

The top MMA promotion returned to TD Garden Saturday night with the heavyweight and light heavyweight belts on the line on the same card for the first time since 2003.

Stipe Miocic (17-2) looks to set a UFC heavyweight division record with a third straight successful title defense when he fights Francis Ngannou (11-1). The 31-year-old Ngannou hasn’t needed to go beyond the first round in any of his last four bouts and has never gone past the second in his 12 pro fights. Ngannou fights just seven weeks after his stunning victory of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218.

Daniel Cormier (19-1) defends the light heavyweight title against Switzerland’s Volkan Oezdemir (15-1).

UFC held its fifth card at TD Garden, the first since 2016, and the company said the arena was sold out.

Abdul Razak Alhassan celebrates a knockout of Sabah Homasi after a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Alhassan won via 1st round knockout. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Abdul Razak Alhassan celebrates a knockout of Sabah Homasi after a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Alhassan won via 1st round knockout. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Abdul Razak Alhassan celebrates a knockout of Sabah Homasi after a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Alhassan won via 1st round knockout. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Kyle Bochniak, right, hits Brandon Davis during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Bochniak won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Kyle Bochniak, right, hits Brandon Davis during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Bochniak won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Kyle Bochniak, right, hits Brandon Davis during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Bochniak won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Abdul Razak Alhassan, top, grapples Sabah Homasi during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Alhassan won via 1st round knockout. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Abdul Razak Alhassan, top, grapples Sabah Homasi during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Alhassan won via 1st round knockout. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Abdul Razak Alhassan, top, grapples Sabah Homasi during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Alhassan won via 1st round knockout. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Julio Arce, right, hits Dan Ige during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Arce won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Julio Arce, right, hits Dan Ige during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Arce won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Julio Arce, right, hits Dan Ige during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Arce won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Kyle Bochniak, left, hits Brandon Davis during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Bochniak won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Kyle Bochniak, left, hits Brandon Davis during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Bochniak won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Kyle Bochniak, left, hits Brandon Davis during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Bochniak won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Dustin Ortiz, left, lands a right on Alexandre Pantoja during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Ortiz won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Dustin Ortiz, left, lands a right on Alexandre Pantoja during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Ortiz won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Dustin Ortiz, left, lands a right on Alexandre Pantoja during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Ortiz won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Dustin Ortiz, left, attempts to punch Alexandre Pantoja during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Ortiz won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Dustin Ortiz, left, attempts to punch Alexandre Pantoja during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Ortiz won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Dustin Ortiz, left, attempts to punch Alexandre Pantoja during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Ortiz won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Julio Arce, left, hits Dan Ige during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Arce won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Julio Arce, left, hits Dan Ige during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Arce won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Julio Arce, left, hits Dan Ige during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Boston. Arce won via decision. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

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China’s waste import ban upends global recycling industry

China has long been the world's dumping ground for waste, with Europe and North America exporting millions of tonnes of recyclable rubbish to the country every year

China has long been the world's dumping ground for waste, with Europe and North America exporting millions of tonnes of recyclable rubbish to the country every year

China has long been the world’s dumping ground for waste, with Europe and North America exporting millions of tonnes of recyclable rubbish to the country every year

For years China was the world’s top destination for recyclable trash, but a ban on certain imports has left nations scrambling to find new dumping grounds for growing piles of garbage.

The decision was announced in July and came into force on January 1, giving companies from Europe to the United States barely six months to look for other options, and forcing some to store rubbish in parking lots.

In China, some recycling companies have had to lay off staff or shut down due to the lost business.

The ban bars imports of 24 categories of solid waste, including certain types of plastics, paper and textiles.

Plastic waste

Plastic waste

Plastic waste

“Large amounts of dirty… or even hazardous wastes are mixed in the solid waste that can be used as raw materials. This polluted China’s environment seriously,” the environment ministry explained in a notice to the World Trade Organization.

In 2015 alone, the Asian giant bought 49.6 million tonnes of rubbish, according to the latest government figures.

The European Union exports half of its collected and sorted plastics, 85 percent of which goes to China. Ireland alone exported 95 percent of its plastic waste to China in 2016.

That same year, the US shipped more than 16 million tonnes of scrap commodities to China worth more than $5.2 billion.

– Filling China’s enormous shoes –

The ban has been like an “earthquake” for countries dependent on China, said Arnaud Brunet, head of the Bureau of International Recycling.

Paper, plastic and textiles are among the 24 categories of solid waste that have been banned by a new Chinese rule

Paper, plastic and textiles are among the 24 categories of solid waste that have been banned by a new Chinese rule

Paper, plastic and textiles are among the 24 categories of solid waste that have been banned by a new Chinese rule

“It has put our industry under stress since China is simply the largest market in the world” for recycled materials, he told AFP, noting that he expected exports of certain materials to tank by 40 percent or more.

Global plastic exports to China could sink from 7.4 million tonnes in 2016 to 1.5 million tonnes in 2018, while paper exports might tumble nearly a quarter, according to Brunet’s estimate.

The decrease will be partly due to a fall in the threshold of impurities China is willing to accept per tonne of waste — higher standards that most countries currently cannot meet.

Some are now looking at emerging markets elsewhere such as India, Pakistan or southeast Asia, but it could be more expensive than shipping waste to China.

Sending recyclables to China is cheaper because they are placed on ships that would “otherwise be empty” when they return to the Asian country after delivering consumer goods in Europe, said Simon Ellin, chief executive of the Britain-based Recycling Association.

The Chinese government says it is concerned about hazardous materials mixed with the waste the country imports to recycle

The Chinese government says it is concerned about hazardous materials mixed with the waste the country imports to recycle

The Chinese government says it is concerned about hazardous materials mixed with the waste the country imports to recycle

Brunet also warned that many alternate countries may not yet be up to the task of filling China’s enormous shoes, since “processing capacity doesn’t develop overnight.”

The ban risks causing a “catastrophic” environmental problem as backlogs of recyclable waste are instead incinerated or dumped in landfills with other refuse.

In the US, collectors of recyclables are already reporting “significant stockpiles” of materials, said Adina Renee Adler, senior director of international relations at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).

“Some municipalities have announced that they will either not take certain materials or direct them to landfills,” she said.

Brandon Wright, a spokesman for the US National Waste and Recycling Association, told AFP that some facilities were storing inventory outside or in parking lots.

– ‘Hard to do business’ –

The ban has also created challenges for Chinese companies dependent on foreign waste.

“It will be very hard to do business,” said Zhang Jinglian, owner of the Huizhou Qinchun plastic recycling company in southern Guangdong province.

Plastic waste in Europe

Plastic waste in Europe

Plastic waste in Europe

More than half their plastics were imported, and as prices for such raw materials go up, production will be reduced by at least a third, he said. He had already let go a dozen employees.

Others, such as Nantong Heju Plastic Recycling in coastal Jiangsu province, will “no longer do business” at all, a representative said.

But at the same time, the ban could jolt China into improving its own patchy recycling systems, allowing it to reuse more local materials, said Greenpeace plastics expert Liu Hua.

“In China at the moment, there isn’t a complete, legal and regulated recycling system in place,” he said, with even big cities like Beijing reliant on illegal scavengers.

“When there aren’t resources coming from abroad, there’s a greater likelihood of us improving our own internal recycling.”

British lawmakers this month called on the government to impose a charge on disposable coffee cups and set a target to recycle all of them by 2023 -- or ban them altogether

British lawmakers this month called on the government to impose a charge on disposable coffee cups and set a target to recycle all of them by 2023 -- or ban them altogether

British lawmakers this month called on the government to impose a charge on disposable coffee cups and set a target to recycle all of them by 2023 — or ban them altogether

In Europe, the ban could also have the positive effect of prompting countries to focus on developing domestic recycling industries, said Jean-Marc Boursier, president of the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services.

“The Chinese decision forces us to ask ourselves whether we wouldn’t be interested in making processing plants in Europe so as to export products rather than waste,” he said.

On Tuesday, the EU unveiled plans to phase out single-use plastics such as coffee cups and make all plastic packaging recyclable by 2030.

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Australian Open – first week memories

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Venus Williams was among a string of seeds sent tumbling out Australian Open

Venus Williams was among a string of seeds sent tumbling out Australian Open

Venus Williams was among a string of seeds sent tumbling out Australian Open

Memories from week one at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season:

Day 1

Monday, January 15

American carnage

— Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens and CoCo Vandeweghe — all semi-finalists at least at the 2017 US Open — led a string of seeds sent tumbling out. Men’s eighth seed Jack Sock soon joined them in a calamitous day for American players with only three of the 15 in action progressing. With Venus departing, it became the first time since 1997 that no Williams sister made the second round, with Serena not playing after giving birth to her first child.

Day 2

Tuesday, January 16

‘Don’t be robots’

— Consummate media performer Roger Federer urges his fellow professionals to act themselves and not like “robots” with the press to keep tennis interesting for the sporting public. With some of the greats of the modern game in their twilight years, he understands the need for more players to step up, and open up. “I would like to see more players just being really themselves in front of the press, being more relaxed about it, not worrying so much about making mistakes. You’d rather see that than robots left, right and centre,” he said. The Swiss great said he always tried to “give it a little bit something extra” during his interviews to keep everyone happy.

Day 3

Wednesday, January 17

What a racket

The ear-busting grunting and screeching of rising Belarusian star Aryna Sabalenka grates on the centre court crowd at the Australian Open

The ear-busting grunting and screeching of rising Belarusian star Aryna Sabalenka grates on the centre court crowd at the Australian Open

The ear-busting grunting and screeching of rising Belarusian star Aryna Sabalenka grates on the centre court crowd at the Australian Open

The ear-busting grunting and screeching of rising Belarusian star Aryna Sabalenka grates on the centre court crowd in her match against Aussie favourite Ashleigh Barty, with fans mocking the 19-year-old, earning a rebuke from the umpire. Long a divisive issue in tennis, Twitter lit up the following day with many calling for more to be done stamp out the racket. The women’s governing body, the WTA, said grunting “is a natural part of the game”, although it did acknowledge fan concerns. “Excessive grunting is being addressed through a commitment to an ongoing educational outreach,” it added, whatever that means.

Day 4

Thursday, January 18

Heat is on

— Melbourne’s notoriously fickle weather dished up a day of 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and it played havoc. Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils copped some of the worst of the scorching conditions in an afternoon match. The Serb called it “brutal” on court while Monfils complained he was suffering heatstroke. Caroline Garcia said her feet were on fire, but ice queen Maria Sharapova said she “loved summertime”. No matches were called off with the weather not considered severe enough to enforce the tournament heat policy.

Day 5

Friday, January 19

Lesson from god

Fifteen-year-old sensation Marta Kostyuk was the youngest woman into the Australian Open third round since "Swiss Miss" Martina Hingis in 1996

Fifteen-year-old sensation Marta Kostyuk was the youngest woman into the Australian Open third round since "Swiss Miss" Martina Hingis in 1996

Fifteen-year-old sensation Marta Kostyuk was the youngest woman into the Australian Open third round since “Swiss Miss” Martina Hingis in 1996

— Fifteen-year-old sensation Marta Kostyuk was the youngest woman into the Australian Open third round since “Swiss Miss” Martina Hingis in 1996, but her fairytale unravelled against fourth seed Elina Svitolina. She lost 6-2, 6-2 and was seen sobbing on her mum’s shoulder. Despite the loss, she relished the “free” tennis lesson from her fellow Ukrainian. “I had the chances, but because I thought, like, she is incredible, she’s a god, I cannot do anything against her, that’s the problem.” Kindly Svitolina predicted Kostyuk had a big future ahead.

Day 6

Saturday, January 20

‘Almost dead’

— World number one Simona Halep said she was “almost dead” after one of the longest Australian Open women’s matches ever. “I never played a third set so long. I’m almost dead,” said the Romanian after finally edging across the finish line 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 against Lauren Davis in 3hr 44min. “My muscles are gone. I don’t feel my ankle any more.” The longest match at Melbourne Park was in 2011 when Francesca Schiavone of Italy beat Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 in 4hr 44min.

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Wozniacki into Aussie Open quarterfinals vs Suarez Navarro

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Caroline Wozniacki is continuing to cash in on her second chance at the Australian Open, reaching the quarterfinals here for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdelana Rybaricova on Sunday.

After her close call in the second round – she had to save two match points and come back from 5-1 down in the third set – No. 2-ranked Wozniacki said she was “playing with the house money” and had nothing to lose.

She has won both matches since in straight sets and will next play Carla Suarez Navarro, who came back from a set and 4-1 down to beat No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki blows kisses to the crowd after defeating Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki blows kisses to the crowd after defeating Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki blows kisses to the crowd after defeating Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

After a tight tussle in the opening four games against No. 19-seeded Rybaricova, a Wimbledon semifinalist last year, Wozniacki dominated the fourth-round match. She even tried a between-the-legs “tweener” from near the baseline for the first time in a tour-level match. She didn’t win the point, but said it was progress.

“I think you can tell my confidence is high,” she said in an on-court TV interview. “I tried a tweener today and it went in.”

She looked at a replay on the stadium screen and joked “I’m admiring myself there.”

Wozniacki could return to the top ranking if she reaches the semifinals at least and a combination of other results go her way.

She has never won a Grand Slam singles title but lost the U.S. Open final twice – to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and to Serena Williams in 2014.

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Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki hits a forehand return to Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki hits a forehand return to Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki hits a forehand return to Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro celebrates after defeating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro celebrates after defeating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro celebrates after defeating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, right, shakes hands with Anett Kontaveit of Estonia after she won their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, right, shakes hands with Anett Kontaveit of Estonia after she won their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro, right, shakes hands with Anett Kontaveit of Estonia after she won their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

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