TENNIS

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)Metal hip, bloody knee and all, Andy Murray produced his biggest victory in years.

Murray built a huge lead, let it disappear completely, then needed to save a match point against Matteo Berrettini – who is nearly a full decade younger and ranked more than 50 places higher – before managing to pull out a 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (10-6) triumph across more than 4 1/2 epic hours Tuesday in the Australian Open’s first round.

This was the three-time major champion’s first victory over a top-20 opponent at a Grand Slam tournament since 2017. That was before Murray thought he would need to retire – and even was given a career send-off at Melbourne Park in 2019, when he exited in the first round a year after his first hip operation.

After a second surgery inserted an artificial hip, Murray decided to try to continue playing. This sort of evening was likely what he had in mind when he pressed on – and when he spent three weeks in Boca Raton, Florida, practicing under the tutelage of coach Ivan Lendl during the offseason.

The 35-year-old Murray is a five-time runner-up at Melbourne Park, with four losses in the final to Novak Djokovic and one to Roger Federer.

The night session matches that followed in Rod Laver Arena couldn’t possibly equal the intensity and drama. First came a 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-1 win for the No. 2-seeded woman, Ons Jabeur, over Tamara Zidansek, followed by nine-time champion Djokovic’s 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 victory over Roberto Carballes Baena in his return to the Australian Open after being deported from the country a year ago for not being vaccinated against COVID-19.

In a match that ended after 1 a.m., the second-seeded man, two-time major finalist Casper Ruud, got past Tomas Machac 6-3, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-3.

FOOTBALL

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) – Brandon Staley will be back for a third season as head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.

The same cannot be said for some of his offensive staff.

The team announced that offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and quarterbacks coach Shane Day have been fired after two years.

Staley has a 19-16 record, including playoffs, in his two seasons. He led the Chargers to their first playoff appearance since 2018 with a 10-7 regular-season mark.

The Chargers fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-30 in Saturday’s AFC wild-card round game after blowing the third-largest lead in postseason history. Los Angeles was up 27-0 late in the second quarter before the Jaguars rallied.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage has movement in all of his extremities after suffering a neck injury and concussion in Tampa Bay’s wild-card playoff game against Dallas.

The Buccaneers said in a statement that Gage remained hospitalized overnight and would undergo more testing a day after being taken off the field by stretcher in a sobering scene that came just two weeks after Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin collapsed and needed to be resuscitated during a prime-time game.

Gage was injured in the fourth quarter Monday night when he stumbled on a route, went to the ground, couldn’t make the catch and took a hard shot to the neck from Donovan Wilson. He appeared to try to get up but couldn’t and slammed his hand into the ground in frustration.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A person familiar with the decision says the Tennessee Titans are hiring San Francisco director of player personnel Ran Carthon as general manager.

The search committee headed by controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk picked Carthon, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Titans have not commented on the hiring. Carthon will be the franchise’s first minority general manager.

The 49ers will host Dallas on Sunday night in the NFC divisional round.

The Titans fired Jon Robinson on Dec. 6. Arizona hired Monti Ossenfort, the Titans’ director of player personnel who also interviewed for the Tennessee GM job, as its general manager Monday.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Georgia football player Devin Willock was not wearing a seat belt when he was ejected from the vehicle in a weekend crash that killed him and a recruiting staff member, police said.

A police report listed excessive speed on a road with a 40 mph (64 kph) limit as one of the primary causes of the crash.

The wreck occurred at 2:45 a.m. Sunday in Athens, less than two miles from the university campus. A few hours earlier, the Bulldogs held a parade through town and a ceremony at Sanford Stadium honoring their second straight national championship.

The 20-year-old Willock, an offensive lineman for the Bulldogs, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old recruiting analyst Chandler LeCroy, died shortly after being taken to a hospital.

CLEVELAND (AP) – Jim Schwartz, who took a winless Detroit team to the playoffs in three seasons, has been hired as Cleveland’s defensive coordinator, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.

Schwartz spent the past two seasons as a defensive adviser for Tennessee.

BASKETBALL

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Investigators said a University of Alabama basketball player charged with capital murder provided the gun used in the fatal shooting, but another man fired the weapon.

Investigators wrote in a court document that Darius Miles admitted to providing the handgun immediately before the shooting. Another man is accused of firing the gun and killing a young woman near the university’s campus, according to court documents filed in Tuscaloosa.

Miles, 21, a junior reserve forward from Washington, D.C., and Michael Lynn Davis, 20, of Charles County, Maryland, are charged with capital murder in the shooting death of 23-year-old Jamea Harris. The shooting occurred early Sunday on the Strip, a student-oriented business district of bars and restaurants near the Tuscaloosa campus. Harris was sitting in the passenger seat of a car when she was struck by a bullet, investigators wrote in the court document.

Miles and Davis remained in the Tuscaloosa County jail, and Kennedy said a probable cause hearing could take 30 to 60 days in a capital murder case.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden celebrated the NBA champion Golden State Warriors at the White House as he expressed concern for Californians who have suffered through waves of destructive weather.

Biden plans to visit the state Thursday, and he has approved disaster assistance for the state.

The Warriors have won four championships in eight years, but they didn’t visit the White House while Donald Trump was president. He made a show of publicly disinviting them after guard Stephen Curry said he wasn’t interested in going.

DENVER (AP) – Denver coach Michael Malone sat out the Nuggets’ game against Portland after entering the league’s health and safety protocols.

Assistant coach David Adelman directed the team in a 122-113 victory.

COLLEGE

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The NCAA will ask a federal appeals court next month to block a lawsuit that seeks to have athletes treated as employees who are paid for their time, the latest high-profile challenge to amateurism in college sports.

The Division I athletes and former athletes who filed the suit unfolding in Philadelphia are seeking hourly wages similar to those earned in work-study programs. They say the nation’s colleges are violating fair labor practices by failing to pay them for the time they put into their sports, which their attorney said can average more than 30 hours per week.

A lower court judge declined to dismiss the case, prompting the NCAA to seek a ruling from the appeals court on whether the issue should indeed go to trial. Those arguments had been set for Wednesday, but were rescheduled by the court late Tuesday for Feb. 15.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – After a big leap to NCAA Division I athletics, St. Thomas has made its latest major move with a plan to build an arena on campus for basketball and hockey and other events.

The university announced a record $75 million gift from longtime benefactors Lee and Penny Anderson toward the $175 million project scheduled to be finished by the fall of 2025. The arena will have the Andersons’ names on it and is slated for capacity between 4,000 and 6,000 people, depending on configuration.

Kicked out of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after 100 years for competitive imbalance, St. Thomas embarked on the first direct-to-Division I move from Division III in the modern history of the NCAA.

STORRS, Conn. (AP) – The University of Connecticut’s athletic department deficit rose to $53 million during the 2022 fiscal year, an increase the school attributed to $13.4 million it was forced to pay former basketball coach Kevin Ollie.

The deficit was reported in the school’s annual financial statement to the NCAA and released publicly. It was covered by $46.5 million in direct support from the school and another $6.5 million in student fees.

AUTO RACING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Travis Pastrana will attempt to race the Daytona 500 this year and add to his long list of motor sports accomplishments.

Pastrana said he’ll make his long-coveted attempt to race the Daytona 500 this year in an entry fielded by 23XI Racing and sponsored by Black Rifle Coffee. The No. 67 Toyota will be a third entry for the NASCAR team owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin.

There are only four open spots in the 40-car field and seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, a two-time Daytona 500 winner, is vying for one of them. Another potential entrant is four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato will wind down his career this season by scaling back to ovals only in IndyCar as the Japanese driver moves to Chip Ganassi Racing.

Sato will share the No. 11 Honda with rookie Marcus Armstrong, who was hired to drive the IndyCar street and road course races for Ganassi. There are five oval races on this year’s IndyCar schedule.

SOCCER

PARIS (AP) – French soccer federation president Noel Le Graet is under investigation for sexual harassment and ”moral harassment,” the Paris prosecutor’s office said.

In a message to The Associated Press, the prosecutor’s office said the investigation was opened Monday following a report by the General Inspectorate of Education, Sport and Research. It will be carried out by a special police unit dedicated to crimes against individuals.

The investigation was launched after sports agent Sonia Souid accused Le Graet of improper conduct over several years, saying he only was interested in her sexually. Souid said in an interview with L’Equipe sports daily that Le Graet repeatedly tried to approach her from 2013-17.

The 81-year-old Le Graet agreed last week to step back from his duties as president of the federation following an emergency executive committee meeting into his behavior.

MANCHESTER, England (AP) – Jim Ratcliffe is entering the bidding to buy Manchester United.

The billionaire owner of petrochemicals firm INEOS is ready to make an offer to United owners the Glazer family, who outlined their willingness to sell the Premier League club in November.

HOCKEY

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia defenseman Ivan Provorov cited his Russian Orthodox religion as the reason he did not participate in pregame warmups when the Flyerswore Pride-themed jerseys and used sticks wrapped in rainbow Pride tape.

The 26-year-old Provorov boycotted the pregame skate with his teammates before the game against Anaheim as the Flyers celebrated their annual Pride night in celebration and support of the LGBTQ+ community. He played nearly 23 minutes in Philadelphia’s 5-2 victory.