Madison Keys into Australian Open semifinal

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Madison Keys continued her resurgent 2022 season by advancing to the Australian Open semifinals for the first time in seven years.

And resurgent might be a major understatement.

Her 6-3, 6-2 quarterfinal win over French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova was her 10th match win in a row and 11th of the new year. She served 11 aces, 27 winners and dropped just one just service game.

Her run in ’22 includes five wins so far at Melbourne Park, starting with a straight-sets victory over 2020 Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin, plus five in winning the Adelaide International – her first title since 2019 – and one at an earlier Melbourne tournament.

Her total number of wins in all of 2021? That same number, 11.

“I did everything I could to rest this off-season and focus on starting fresh and new . . . starting from zero and not focusing on last year,” Keys said in her on-court interview. “I think it’s going well so far!”

Last week, Keys gave more details on how terrible 2021 was for her.

“I was just at a very high anxiety level all of the time,” Keys said. “I wasn’t sleeping as well. It felt like there was literally a weight on my chest just because I became so focused and obsessed with it that I wasn’t enjoying really anything because it’s all that I was thinking about.”

Her year-end ranking slumped to 56th, and it was the first time since 2014 she’d finished outside the Top 20.

In 2015, Keys lost an Australian Open semifinal to Serena Williams, her first trip to the final four at a major. She reached the final at the 2017 U.S. Open and semis at Roland Garros and the U.S. Open in 2018, but hadn’t made it back to the last four in a Grand Slam since then.

The feeling in Melbourne will be vastly different. She could be facing either top-ranked Ash Barty, an Australian, or fellow American Jessica Pegula.

“I’m seven years older and it’s not my first semifinal of a Slam,” she said. “I think I’m a little bit more prepared this time around than I was all those years ago.”

Krejcikova took a medical timeout while trailing 5-2 in the first set from what might have been heat stress, and appeared to be lethargic at times during the 35-minute second set.

Temperatures was peaking toward 32 degrees Celsius (90 Fahrenheit) under almost cloudless skies.

“It was the heat with some physical conditions that started to bother me after five games,” Krejcikova, who is still playing in the doubles draw, said. “I mean, from there on, you know, I just couldn’t put it together.

“I have been struggling with something. Yes, it was happening and I didn’t feel good. I just don’t want to talk about it because I think Madison, she really deserves the win and she really deserves to get the credit. “

Former Tour de France winner Egan Bernal still in intensive care

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BOGOTA, Colombia — Former Tour de France champion Egan Bernal remained in intensive care after undergoing what his team described as “two successful surgeries.”

The 2019 Tour champion from Colombia collided with a bus parked on a road outside Bogota on Monday morning while training with his team Ineos Grenadiers.

Bernal was transferred to the University of La Sabana Hospital near the capital. His team said he fractured his right femur, right kneecap, several ribs and a vertebrae and suffered a punctured lung and chest trauma.

“Doctors were able to medically pin his right leg and stabilize the vertebrae fracture in two separate surgeries last night,” Ineos said. “He is now in an intensive care unit where other potential secondary injuries are being managed, as well as his body’s response to the trauma.”

Bernal had trained with several members of his team recently near his hometown of Zipaquira, which is 2,650 meters (8,600 feet) above sea level. Experts say he may not recover in time for the Tour de France in July.

He is a beloved celebrity in Colombia and President Ivan Duque went on social media to wish Bernal a speedy recovery. Local news channels reported extensively on the accident, with some showing pictures of him lying next to his bike below a red bus.

Bernal was victorious in the Tour at the age of 21, becoming one of the youngest riders to win the prestigious race. He also claimed the Giro d’Italia title last year.

San Francisco 49ers vs LA Rams: How to watch the NFC Championship game

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The 2022 NFL playoffs have far exceeded expectations after a Divisional Round weekend filled with upsets, walk-off wins, and an overtime thriller. The excitement continues this Sunday night in the Championship round. At 6:40 p.m. ET it’s the San Francisco 49ers vs LA Rams in a West Coast showdown. See below for additional information on how to watch the game and for the complete 2022 NFL Championship round schedule.

Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers knocked off Aaron Rodgers and the No. 1 Green Bay Packers 13-10 at Lambeau Field despite not scoring a single touchdown on Saturday night. The 49ers’ defense played a huge role in the win sacking the Green Bay QB five times and holding the Packers to just 10 points–the fewest in Rodgers’ 21 career playoff starts. On offense, Garoppolo finished 11-of-19 for 131 yards and an interception. Deebo Samuel helped set up the game-winning field goal, running for nine yards on third-and-7 with just a minute left on the clock. The wide receiver finished the game with 10 carries for 39 yards and three catches for 44 yards. Samuel took a helmet to the knee on Saturday night but is expected to be in the lineup this Sunday against the Rams.

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Matthew Stafford and the LA Rams defeated Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-27 to advance to the NFC Championship game. The Rams took an early lead on Sunday and were up 27-3 at the start of the third quarter but Brady and the Bucs came back, tying the game 27-27 with under a minute to go in the fourth. Stafford hit WR Cooper Kupp with a deep ball that put LA in field goal position, and the Rams won 30-27. Stafford finished 28-of-38 with 366 passing yards and two touchdowns. Kupp had 9 receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown.

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2022 NFL Championship Round Schedule

Championship Round

AFC Championship Game: (4) Cincinnati Bengals vs (2) Kansas City Chiefs

  • Date: Sunday, January 30, 2022
  • Time: 3:05 p.m. ET
  • Where: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO
  • TV Channel: CBS

NFC Championship Game: (6) San Francisco 49ers vs(4) Los Angeles Rams

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