- Associated Press - Thursday, January 16, 2014

Your Top Plays for Today: AP’s Sports Guide

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—EXTREME HEAT STOPS PLAY AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Maria Sharapova survives a grueling three-setter as outside court play is stopped at the Australian Open due to another day of stifling heat.

https://m.apnews.com/ap/db_289563/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=VZiuOsHx

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—MAYWEATHER PUTS FURTHER DOUBT ON BOUT AGAINST ‘DESPERATE’ PACQUIAO

Floyd Mayweather scotches renewed talk of a much-awaited fight against Manny Pacquiao, saying the Filipino boxer is desperate due to money trouble.

https://m.apnews.com/ap/db_289563/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=VZiuOsHx

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—PITCHER KERSHAW SIGNS RECORD CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH DODGERS

Pitcher Clayton Kershaw signs a record $215 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

https://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268750/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=6Dm3tWI7

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—PETERHANSEL CLOSES IN ON ANOTHER DAKAR TITLE

Stephan Peterhansel closes in on a 12th Dakar Rally title after finishing close behind Stage 10 winner Nasser Al-Attiyah.

https://racing.ap.org/article/peterhansel-closes-12th-dakar-rally-title

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—SOUTHAMPTON COACH FUTURE IN DOUBT AS CHAIRMAN QUITS

Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese resigns, raising questions about the future of head coach Maurico Pochettino who had previously said he’d quit in those circumstances.

https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Southampton-chairman-Cortese-resigns-5145759.php

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