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Friday, January 14, 2022 1:00 am


Djokovic knows foe, but status still in air

Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia – Novak Djokovic now knows he'll face fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of his Australian Open title defense, if he's allowed to play.

Djokovic's visa status dominated attention until and after the moment the draw was conducted Thursday to determine the brackets for the men's and women's singles draws at the first major tennis tournament of 2022.

The Australian immigration minister was still considering whether to deport the nine-time and defending Australian Open champion, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19.

So Djokovic remained in limbo. The Australian Open begins Monday.


DeKalb grad on wheelchair team

AJ Hummer, a Waterloo native, DeKalb graduate and former Turnstone athlete, has been selected as one of the 12 members of the U.S. Men's U23 wheelchair basketball team competing in the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation American's Zonal Qualifier. The qualifier runs through Saturday in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and two teams will receive spots in the IWBF World Championships, set to take place May 27 to June 4 in Chiba, Japan.

Around the NBA

A trade between Detroit and the Denver Nuggets was rescinded Thursday after big man Bol Bol didn't receive medical clearance with the Pistons. The Nuggets finalized a deal Monday to send Bol to Detroit in exchange for guard Rodney McGruder along with a 2022 second-round pick via Brooklyn. … Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard had surgery to repair a core injury that has been causing him abdominal pain this season. He will be evaluated in six weeks but there is no timetable for his return, the Trail Blazers said Thursday.


Irish WR Wilkins to come back

Notre Dame wide receiver Joe Wilkins Jr. will return for a fifth season with the Irish in 2022, he announced. Wilkins has 11 catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns over the last two seasons. He missed the last seven games of the season in 2021 after tearing his ACL against Cincinnati on Oct. 2.

ND defensive line coach to depart

Notre Dame defensive line coach Mike Elston will depart to take the same job at Michigan, according to multiple reports. Elston, a former Wolverines linebacker, was a Notre Dame position coach for 12 years, had spent time as the program's recruiting coordinator and was the associate head coach under Brian Kelly for the last four seasons. He called the defensive plays in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 after defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman was named the team's head coach.

Tide losing 2 stars to NFL draft

Alabama offensive stars wide receiver Jameson Williams and left tackle Evan Neal are entering the NFL draft and skipping their senior seasons. The two All-Americans announced their decisions Thursday on social media.

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