Victoria Azarenka beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 Saturday night to win the Australian Open and take over the women's No. 1 ranking, all in her first Grand Slam final.
The 22-year-old Belarusian had her serve broken in the opening game and was down 2-0 after a nervous start before winning 12 of the next 13 games to take the match away from Sharapova, a three-time major winner and the 2008 Australian champion. Read More
Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 17 points, Chiney Ogwumike had 15 points and 11 rebounds and No. 4 Stanford beat Washington 65-47 on Saturday.
Taylor Greenfield came off the bench to score 12 points and spark a late rally for the Cardinal (17-1, 8-0 in the Pac-12), who won their 73rd consecutive home game and 65th straight against a conference opponent. Read More
Natalie Novosel sank six free throws in overtime and Skylar Diggins scored 22 points to help No. 3 Notre Dame rally to beat second-ranked Connecticut 74-67 on Saturday.
Novosel finished with 20 points, including a 10-for-11 showing from the line for the Irish (15-1, 3-0 Big East), who won their 12th straight game.
Notre Dame snapped UConn's 57-game conference winning streak. The Huskies last lost in the Big East to Rutgers in 2008. Read More
Kevin Durant scored 26 points, top reserve James Harden added 23 and the Oklahoma City Thunder eased into their only stretch of three games on consecutive nights by beating the Houston Rockets 109-94 on Friday.
The Rockets fell to 0-5 on the road this season but get a rematch Saturday night on their home floor, where they've won their only two games this season. Read More
Icely Elie scored 23 points and Ebony Rowe added 21 while grabbing 12 rebounds as Middle Tennessee upset sixth-ranked Kentucky 70-58 Wednesday night in the Wildcats' final game before diving into the Southeastern Conference schedule. Read More
Anne Marie Armstrong scored 19 points and led short-handed No. 17 Georgia to an 83-58 win over Furman on Wednesday night.
For the second straight game, Georgia (11-2) played without starting point guard Jasmine James, who sprained her right knee Dec. 20 in a win over Montana State.
Jasmine Hassell scored 15 points, Erika Ford 14 and Meredith Mitchell 12 for Georgia.
Janice Roberts led Furman (8-4) with 13 points. Read More
Thousands of mourners clad in orange and black are gathered in Oklahoma State University's basketball arena to honor two of the school's women's basketball coaches and two others who died when their plane crashed in Arkansas. Read More
The Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach and his assistant were killed when the single-engine plane transporting them on a recruiting trip crashed in steep terrain in Arkansas, the university said Friday.
Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna died in the accident Thursday afternoon in the Winona Wildlife Management Area near Perryville, about 45 miles west of Little Rock. Read More