GAVRILOVA MAKES FED CUP DEBUT FOR AUSTRALIA
RUSSIAN-BORN Daria Gavrilova will make her Fed Cup debut for Australia against the United States in Brisbane next week after being named in the squad for the world group play-off yesterday.
The rising 22-year-old, who reached the fourth round of the Australian Open in January, has already represented her adopted country after teaming up with Nick Kyrgios to win the Hopman Cup at the start of the year. REUTERS
TOP GOLFERS FIRED UP FOR AUGUSTA CHALLENGE
TOP-RANKED Jason Day, defending champion Jordan Spieth, career Grand Slam seeker Rory McIlroy and a host of elite rivals have sparked an exceptional level of excitement for the 80th Masters.
A field of 89 will tee off later today at Augusta National in quest of the green jacket awarded to a Masters champion, but only one will slide his arms inside the sleeves come Sunday.
"I would enjoy a Spieth McIlroy Fowler Scott Watson Mickelson Sunday," said Day. He has won six of his past 13 events, including his first major title at last year's PGA Championship, to overtake Spieth as world number one.
WESTBROOK HITS 17TH TRIPLE DOUBLE MARK
RUSSELL Westbrook banked his 17th triple double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder thumped the Denver Nuggets 124-102 on Tuesday.
He weighed in with 13 points, 12 assists and 14 rebounds as he became the first player since Magic Johnson in 1988-89 to make 17 triple doubles in a season.
The victory saw Oklahoma City improve to 54-24 and guaranteed them the third seeding in the Western Conference.