GIANT-KILLER GAVRILOVA WELCOMES SHIFT TO YOUTH
DARIA Gavrilova said she senses a swing in fortunes for up-and-coming women players after she shocked Petra Kvitova to join a group of rising stars in the Australian Open third round.
The relentless 21-year-old knocked out world No. 6 and double Wimbledon champion Kvitova in the Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday evening - her fourth top-10 tennis scalp in the past one year.
Kvitova's demise followed the early exits of second seed Simona Halep, eighth seed Venus Williams and former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.
Veteran superstars Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova continue their relentless march but Gavrilova said she sensed the tide was turning for the younger generation.
BILLS FIRST NFL TEAM WITH FULL-TIME FEMALE COACH
AMERICAN football team Buffalo Bills became the first National Football League side to appoint a full-time female coach when they announced Kathryn Smith as their new head of quality control-special teams on Wednesday.
"Kathryn Smith has done an outstanding job in the seven years that she has worked with our staff," Bills head coach Rex Ryan said.
Quality control coaches analyse rivals ahead of games and the role is seen as a step towards more senior positions.
CRICKET STUMPED BY NEW SCANDAL IN SRI LANKA
AS THE tennis world reels from match-fixing claims, fresh scandals have embroiled cricket, sparking scepticism of efforts to tackle corruption that has plagued the "gentleman's game" in recent years.
Sri Lanka this week suspended their fast bowling coach amid a police investigation into alleged attempts to bribe players to underperform in a Test match against the West Indies in October.
An explosive report this week claimed match-fixing in tennis was repeatedly going unpunished while world No. 1 Novak Djokovic said he was once offered US$200,000 (S$288,000) to fix a match in Russia.