On the scoreboard it looked like a routine three-setter, but it took two days for Canadian Milos Raonic to advance to the second round at the Australian Open. Raonic was leading by two sets and 5-2 when heavy rain suspended his opener against Italy’s Lorenzo Giustino. They returned to the court for less than 10 minutes as Raonic finished the match in straight sets.

Norman Powell says nothing has changed, even though he’s in the best streak of his highest-scoring season. Powell scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, and the Raptors withstood Atlanta’s late charge to beat the host Hawks 122-117. Powell has scored 20 or more points in five straight games _ the longest stretch of his career.

The Jets are on the road to face the Carolina Hurricanes tonight in one-of-five N-H-L games. Winnipeg’s dropped back-to-back games to fall three points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes currently hold down the second wild-card spot in the East. It’s the last night of N-H-L hockey before the all-star break.

Coach Joel Quenneville leads the Florida Panthers into Chicago tonight to take on the Blackhawks for the first time since his wildly successful run in the Windy City ended some 14 months ago. Quenneville coached the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup championships and nine playoff appearances in 10-plus years before he was fired last season. He was hired by the Panthers in April.

Canadian slugger Larry Walker will know soon if he’s been voted into Cooperstown. The 2020 Hall of Fame class selected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will be announced today. Walker sat around 85 per cent as of yesterday afternoon _ well over the 75 per cent threshold needed for induction _ with approximately half of all votes still unknown.

The Miami Dolphins announced the hiring of Chan Gailey as offensive co-ordinator, and promoted Josh Boyer to defensive co-ordinator. Gailey is coming out of retirement for a second stint as the Dolphins’ offensive co-ordinator. The 67-year-old Gailey replaces Chad O’Shea, who was fired after one season with coach Brian Flores.

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