Poland's Janowicz goes 'nuts' after line call


Poland's Janowicz goes 'nuts' after line call

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) By his own admission, Jerzy Janowicz didn't just argue with the chair umpire during a tense first-set tiebreak against India's Somdev Devvarman, he went a little ``nuts.''

Leading 9-8 in the tiebreak, Janowicz snapped when his opponent hit a forehand down the line he believed was out. The chair umpire, Marija Cicak, ruled otherwise.

Evidently feeling he'd been wronged by Cicak previously, the Pole began screaming at her, ``How many times? How many times?'' before dropping to his knees on the court and spitting on the line. ``I'm begging you!'' he screamed at Cicak.

``I was just worried about his voice,'' Devvarman said. ``I mean, the guy was yelling at the top of his lungs and I was like, `Dude, just calm down.'''

After losing the tiebreak 12-10, Janowicz's tirade continued. He hit the umpire's chair and tossed a water bottle across the court. That earned him a code violation.

The 24th-seeded Pole finally prevailed in the four-hour match, 6-7 (10), 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5. Now he must wait and see if he receives a fine for his outburst.

``You can't control your emotions all the time,'' he said in a much better mood after the match. ``Actually, I went nuts. I calmed down little bit later on. Sometimes I have problem to control by emotions, but I'm trying to work on this.''

Asked if he ever hit an umpire's chair before, he smiled sheepishly. ``Maybe,'' he said.

International Tennis Federation officials said they will review the umpire's reports in the morning and decide whether a fine is warranted. Janowicz, for one, believes he should be in the clear. ``I didn't say anything bad, so I hope I not have to pay.''

By late Wednesday, Janowicz's outburst had been viewed 10,435 times on YouTube. He has a ways to go before he matches Marcos Baghdatis' temper tantrum during last year's Australian Open when the Cypriot smashed four rackets in a row. That video has been viewed 1.4 million times and counting.


TWITTER'S NEW STAR: She's only been on Twitter for two days - and has only sent two tweets - but already Maria Sharapova has more than 60,000 followers.

The Russian star doesn't want to let her fans down, so she is trying to master the Twitter lingo.

``I'm a rookie,'' she said after her second-round win over Misaki Doi at the Australian Open on Wednesday. ``I'm just starting to follow things and people. Now I'm learning how to, is it, hashtag things, right? That was a new one for me.''

Sharapova is also trying to learn the art of self-restraint on social media.

``I won't be doing it like every single minute. I won't be telling people what I'm eating,'' she promises. ``I think that's very non-interesting.''

She also held back with criticism of the commentating while she was watching an Australian Open match on television the other night.

``I really bit my tongue on that one,'' she said. ``I was like, `Isn't that what Twitter is for, to open up?'''


BROTHERLY LOVE: Much has changed in their lives since 2003 when identical twins Mike and Bob Bryan won the first of their 12 Grand Slam doubles titles at the French Open.

Two years ago, Bob got married to his wife Michelle and, last January, he flew home hours after his loss in the doubles final at the Australian Open for the birth of the couple's first child, daughter Micaela.

And last November, Mike married his longtime girlfriend, Lucille, in California. Naturally, his brother was his best man and gave what he deemed a fairly decent speech, despite feeling pretty nervous about it.

``I didn't plan anything, I just wanted to go wing it. I just kind of blacked out, woke up after the speech. I can't remember one thing I said,'' Bob Bryan said Wednesday after the brothers' first-round doubles win at this year's Australian Open.

Although they will turn 35 in a few months, and have more personal commitments in their lives, the brothers still have goals left in tennis, starting with a record 13th Grand Slam trophy - and perhaps a sixth at Melbourne Park.

They currently share the doubles Grand Slam record of 12 titles with the Australian legends John Newcombe and Tony Roche.

``There's a few things we want to check off here in the new year and you know, we're feeling refreshed,'' Mike Bryan said.

The Americans are the favorites again in Melbourne - they finished 2012 as the No. 1 team in the world for the eighth time in the past 10 years and come into the Australian Open as the top seeds.

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Tom Wilson puts on a show in his hometown to lead Capitals over Toronto

Tom Wilson puts on a show in his hometown to lead Capitals over Toronto

Tom Wilson's two-point night including the shorthanded game-winner as the Capitals held on for a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday. The win was Washington's third on their six-game road trip, which concludes Saturday in Buffalo.

Here are four reasons Washington won.

1. Braden Holtby’s first period

After the first period, it looked like we were going to have a goalie duel. Frederik Andersen looked absolutely brilliant to start and the Caps needed Holtby to be equally brilliant to keep Washington in it. He was.

Holtby made 12 of his 40 saves in the opening frame, including an absolute beauty to rob Patrick Marleau. Andersen robbed Michal Kempny and Nicklas Backstrom on one end of the ice and Toronto picked up the puck off the rebound for a quick 2-on-1 counter. Kasperi Kapanen fed Marleau beautifully, but Holtby stretched out to make the spectacular save with the blocker. A few minutes later, Holtby made a quick pad save on a William Nylander backhand, then recovered just in time to deny Connor Brown on the rebound attempt.

Because of Holtby’s efforts, both teams went to the locker room locked in a 0-0 tie.

2. Alex Ovechkin draws a penalty, scores the power play goal

Morgan Rielly does not take many penalties. Heading into Thursday’s game, Rielly had taken only two minor penalties all season, which is pretty remarkable when you think about a top defenseman averaging 22:43 of ice time per game.

In the second period, however, Ovechkin managed to draw a hold on Rielly. When you get a team’s top defenseman in the box, you need to take advantage. The Caps did just that off a quick play off a faceoff.

T.J. Oshie won the draw back to John Carlson. As soon as the draw was taken, Ovechkin backed away towards the top of the opposite faceoff circle. Toronto was slow to setup the defense, so when Carlson fed Ovechkin for the one-timer, he had an open shooting lane on net. Ovechkin delivered a fadeaway one-timer from above the circle and beat Andersen glove side.

3. A key forecheck by Tom Wilson

Brett Connolly made a nice play in front of the net to deke around the stretched pad of Andersen and backhand the puck into the open goal. Wilson made that play happen, however, with a great forecheck.

Jake Gardiner went to recover the puck behind the goal line in the defensive zone, but Wilson came streaking in like a freight train and knocked Gardiner off the puck. Lars Eller pounced on the loose puck and fed Connolly in front of the net. He did the rest.

4. The Tom Wilson shorthanded exclamation point

Washington carried a 2-0 lead into the third period and looked to be the better team, but a goal form Andreas Johnsson put the Maple Leafs right back in it. The ice was definitely tilting in Toronto’s favor and less than 90 seconds after Johnsson scored, John Carlson took a hooking penalty.

With the game on the line, however, the penalty kill delivered.

Holtby made a kick-out save and two Leafs went after the rebound, but Brooks Orpik made a key stick lift on Mitch Marner and Eller beat Johnsson to the puck and had a lane for the breakout. Wilson turned on the jets and hustled out of the zone to try to catch up with Eller for the 2-on-1. He got there just in time and Eller delivered the pass to him just past the blue line. Wilson took aim and fired a wrister past Andersen to end any hopes for a comeback.


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Capitals fan finishes late wife's dream of watching DC at every NHL arena

Capitals fan finishes late wife's dream of watching DC at every NHL arena

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Capitals fan Greg Christian and his late wife, Dona, made a plan to watch their favorite team at every NHL arena. Greg finally achieved that goal.

Gred attended the Caps' tilt with the Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Jan. 23, taking with him a picture of Dona sporting a Hockey Fights Cancer jersey.

Greg and his wife were long-time Caps fans, and spent road trips talking about hockey and sports. They were soon inspired to follow the Caps on the road and make it to every possible venue to watch them play.

However, those plans would be interrupted in April 2017, when Dona was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. The two made it to 34 NHL venues together before she passed away in November, last taking in a Caps game at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, according to the Washington Post.

The two have now seen Washington play at 36 venues, including two past arenas and three stadiums. And once Seattle gets an NHL franchise, Greg told WUSA9 he plans to be in attendance.