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Kenin, Muguruza reach Aussie women’s final…Lakers return to practice…Chiefs in good shape

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American Sofia Kenin has reached her first Grand Slam final by upsetting No. 1 Ash Barty at the Australian Open. Kenin saved two set points in each set en route to the 7-6, 7-5 victory in the semifinals at Melbourne Park. Joining Kenin in the final is unseeded Garbine Muguruza , who pulled off a 7-6. 7-5 stunner against No. 4 Simona Halep.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers held a light shootaround yesterday as they resumed basketball activities following the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash Sunday. Head coach Frank Vogel was the only person to speak with the media today, saying the Lakers “want to represent what Kobe was about, more than anything.” The NBA agreed to the Lakers’ request to postpone Tuesday’s game against the Clippers, and their next game is tomorrow versus Portland.

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs had everyone on the field for their first significant practice of Super Bowl week yesterday as they went without helmets or pads during the 90-minute workout. The only injury concerns involve defensive tackle Chris Jones and tight end Travis Kelce, although head coach Andy Reid says Kelce is fine and Jones is “good to go.” Kelce has been dealing with knee soreness during the postseason, and Jones is bothered by a calf strain.

MIAMI (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell used part of his Super Bowl news conference yesterday to note the league needs change to its minority hiring policy, saying, “we are not where we want to be on this level.” Though the league requires teams to interview minority candidates, only two African-Americans have been hired for 19 open head coaching spots over the past three years. The league has only two minority general managers among the 32 teams.

HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker is about to become the oldest manager in the majors. A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the 70-year-old Baker and the Astros have worked out a contract. He takes over from AJ Hinch, who was fired Jan. 13 just an hour after he was suspended for the season by Major League Baseball for his role in Houston’s sign-stealing scandal.

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