Federer beats Istomin, Murray loses to Agut ...Petra Kvitova beats Rybarikova ... Knicks heading across the pond


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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer began his quest for a record seventh Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Denis Istomin. Andy Murray pulled a full house for what is likely his last match at the Australian Open, and had the capacity crowd at Melbourne Arena in his corner as he lost 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-2 to No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was shunted from a show court to a side court at Melbourne Park late in the day but it didn't matter where she was — the Czech player beat Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-2 in 67 minutes.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Bernard Tomic has continued his criticism of Australia's Davis Cup captain, saying LLeyton Hewitt is causing division among the players and should be replaced. Tomic, who was beaten 6-2 6-4, 7-6 (3) by sixth-seeded Marin Cilic, said he would not play Davis Cup again with Hewitt as captain. He says, "No one likes him anymore." Tomic says, "We have a lot of issues that not a lot of players are happy about ... he's doing the wrong thing and everyone's leaving."

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — James Harden had a game for the history books. That's good and bad. Harden scored 38 points Sunday night in Houston's 116-109 loss in Orlando, marking the 16th consecutive time that he's scored at least 30 or more points — matching Kobe Bryant for the league's longest such streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77. But Harden also was 1 for 17 from 3-point range, tying the league's single-game record for most misses from beyond the arc.

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks are heading across the pond. They are leaving today for London, where they will play the Washington Wizards on Thursday in the NBA's annual trip to The O2 Arena. It's a grueling stretch of the schedule for the Knicks, who just returned home from six-game trip, mostly to the Western Conference, that had them on the road for 15 days.

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