FOOTBALL - The 19-year-old Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi became the first player in the 85-year history of Serie A to score four times in a top flight match against AC Milan. Berardi accounted for his team’s entire production in a 4-3 win. It also marked the first time in nearly 12 years (3-2 defeat against Udinese in January 2002) that Milan lost a Serie A match after taking a 2-0 lead.
TENNIS - On Day 2 of the 2014 Australian Open, Roger Federer will start his campaign for an 18th Major crown, appearing in his 57th successive Grand Slam men’s singles championship, by which he establishes an Open era record. The Swiss ace surpasses South Africa’s Wayne Ferreira, who reeled off 56 straight participations between 1991 and 2004. Federer has not missed a beat since foregoing the 1999 US Open.
TENNIS - At 43, Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm is the oldest participant in the 2014 Australian Open women’s singles by almost 10 years. The draw has linked her to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic, who is the second youngest player in the tournament behind Croatia’s Ana Konjuh. The age difference between Date-Krumm and Bencic, more than 26 years, is the biggest ever in a women’s singles match at the Australian Open.
FOOTBALL - FC Barcelona held off rivals Atletico Madrid (0-0) to preserve their La Liga table lead after the comclusion of Matchday 19. For the second season in a row and for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons, they lead the Spanish league at the halfway point. FC Barcelona have won 23 of 30 official matches this season and of the seven encounters they did not win three were matches against Atletico Madrid.
SKI JUMPING - Noriaki Kasai set an all-time record by becoming the oldest ski jumper to win a World Cup competition by emerging victorious in Tauplitz at 41 years and 218 days of age today. He supplants countruman Takanobu Okabe, who won at 38 years and 135 days in Kuopio on 10 March 2009. Apar from both Japanese men, no ski jumper older than 33 has ever won a World Cup meet.
FOOTBALL - On the night when he returns from a 59-day absence due to injury, Lionel Messi scores his 365th and 366th career goals for club and country, enough to fill a calendar with. For a leap year, that is.
FOOTBALL - Manchester City cruised to a 5-0 victory over West Ham United in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semifinal tie. The Citizens are in a commanding position to reach their first League Cup final since 1976, which was also the last year they won this trophy. They also won it in 1970 and finished runners-up in 1974.
ICE HOCKEY - Finland’s Teemu Selänne has been called up for Sochi and will be the second Ice Hockey player to make SIX Olympic appearances . The only other Ice Hockey player that has participated in a half dozen Olympic Winter Games is Selänne’s countryman Raimo Helminen.
FOOTBALL - Manchester United lost their first FA Cup match under David Moyes, a home match against Swansea City on Sunday (2-1). Sir Alex Ferguson was eliminted only once in 27 years in the 3rd FA Cup round as Man United manager (in 2010 vs Leeds Utd).
Ski Jumping - Anssi Koivuranta (FIN) won at the Innsbruck hill in the Four Hills Tournament on Saturday. He became first person ever to finish on a World Cup podium in Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping as he previously finished on a WC podium on 27 occasions (including team events).