Rafael Nadal avoided the top player exodus that claimed two-time defending women's champion Victoria Azarenka in the preceding match on center court for a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-2 win over Grigor Dimitrov in the Australian Open quarterfinals today.
Nadal, who received treatment several times for a nasty-looking blister on the palm of his left hand, advances to the semifinals. Roger Federer regained his dominance over Andy Murray in Grand Slam matches and advanced to his 11th consecutive Australian Open semifinal with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 win.
In baseball, Stephen Drew hit a tying single off Mariano Rivera with two outs in the ninth inning, then Shane Victorino lined a go-ahead single in the 10th that sent the Red Sox past the Yankees 9-8 Thursday night.
The Yanks erased a 7-2 deficit with six runs in the seventh inning. But the 43-year-old Rivera faltered in the ninth, leaving the door open for the Red Sox to win it in 10. The Yanks trail the Red Sox by nine games in the AL East.
In baseball, David Ortiz had two hits and three RBIs to help power the Red Sox past Chicago 7-6 yesterday and complete a three-game sweep. Stephen Drew added a solo homer for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who won for the seventh time in eight games.
In baseball, pinch hitter Mike Carp's bloop single to left in the eighth inning lifted the Red Sox over Baltimore 4-3 last night. Shane Victorino drove in a run for Boston with an RBI single.
Elsewhere in the American League, Toronto passed the Yankees 7-2. Texas beat Seattle 12-4. Oakland cruised ahead of Detroit 14-4. Tampa Bay outscored the Angels 4-1. The White Sox trumped Houston 6-1 and Kansas City defeated Minnesota 8-1.
In golf, Veteran Jim Furyk and Masters champion Adam Scott share the first-round lead at the 95th PGA Championship, the final major on the men's golf calendar. Both shot an opening round 5-under-65.
Tiger Woods shot an opening round 1-over-par-71 with a round that featured a bogey, double bogey and two birdies. British Open champion Phil Mickelson stumbled with a double-bogey on No. 18 and also shot 1-over 71.
In the NBA, the search in Boston to replace Doc Rivers is over. The Celtics hired Butler's Brad Stevens as head coach. Stevens has spent the last six years as the head coach of Butler, twice leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA championship game.
Moving over to baseball news, pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes led off the bottom of the ninth with a homer to end Boston's 2-1 win over San Diego. Mike Carp had two hits and scored a run for Boston, which is 7-1 on its nine-game homestand.