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Australian Open: Maria Sharapova eases past Sevastova into 3rd round

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She celebrated by twirling, waving and blowing kisses to the crowd. The Russian player will now lock horns with either Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova or Uzbekistan's Varvara Lepchenko in the second round. No. 13 Sam Querrey restored some order for the US men with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Feliciano Lopez, advancing to the second round. Two other United States contenders, No 8 Jack Sock and No 16 John Isner , were out on opening day. Read More »

Lawrence: Ezekiel Elliott ready to get ball '80 times'

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However, with Seattle also battling to stay in playoff contention and the Eagles playing to lock up the No. 1 seed, they'll need major doses of Elliott. "Get back to work", Garrett said he told Elliott. It seems if he doesn't have the players to bail him out, he isn't a very strong coach. In the four games before his suspension, Elliott had no fewer than 26 carries, no fewer than 93 yards and had five rushing touchdowns. Read More »

Flu Season is a Doozy

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Indeed, Brenda Fitzgerald CDC Director adds, "We are now in the midst of a very active flu season with much of the nation experiencing widespread and intense activity". In the briefing, CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, indicated that while influenza surveillance systems suggest that the flu season may be peaking in these recent weeks, it will likely take several more weeks before influenza activity slows down. Read More »

Everton Sign Theo Walcott

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Toffees head coach Sam Allardyce will be looking for Walcott to solve Everton's goal troubles this season and said of his new signing: "He's proven". Sky Sports News understands that the Merseyside club's spending power and Walcott's desire to work with Allardyce are the key reasons for his decision to head to the north-west. Read More »

Neymar hits four, Cavani matches record as PSG crush Dijon

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Angel Di Maria set the tone for a dominant display with two goals inside the opening 15 minutes, with Cavani and Neymar adding to that lead to end the game as a contest before half time . "When you look at the score, whether or not Neymar leaves it for Edi is no big deal". The reason being was that he needed one more goal to become the Parisian's all-time leading goalscorer. Read More »

Ranking the remaining Super Bowl contenders

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But given New England's history and reputation both in the postseason and against Jacksonville in recent years, it is hard to shake the feeling that the Patriots will be on their way to the big game again. Blake Bortles can't walk into Gillette Stadium and beat Tom Brady in a playoff game, can he? Jacksonville gave up more than 116 yards per game on the ground. Read More »

With Green Out, Jordan Bell to Start vs. Bulls

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Bell tried to walk off the court on his own power, but was in such pain that he needed to get in a wheelchair. With Bell staying on the ground, both the Warriors' medical staff and Bell's teammates came to his help. With Green unavailable, The Athletic's Anthony Slater reported that Jordan Bell will make his second start of the season against the Bulls, the team who drafted him past year and traded him to the Warriors for cash considerations. Read More »

IOC slaps lifetime ban on 11 Russian athletes over doping

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NPR also reports that the Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation invitation review panel, which determines which athletes are eligible to compete under neutral colors in February, will meet on Wednesday to "make sure that each individual Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation can be considered clean", and therefore receive an invitation to compete. Read More »

AB de Villiers ready for Zimbabwe and Indians

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The floodlights at St George's Park were upgraded during the off-season. At the end of it all, Zimbabwe were stuttering at 30 for 4 in reply to South Africa's 309 for 9 declared. A wider line tested him occasionally, his natural inclination to feel ball on bat leading him to play at deliveries other batsmen may have left, but such indiscretions were few and far between. Read More »

North and South Korea agree to form first unified Olympic team

With the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea , approaching in February and continuing well into March with the Paralympics, the United States has agreed to halt military drills with South Korea, and bilateral talks between the two Koreas seem to have cooled previously soaring tensions. Read More »

New Stoke Manager Paul Lambert Confirms Ex-Limerick Boss As His Assistant

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He guided the Super Blues to seventh in the Premier Divison table that same year, before leaving the club by mutual consent in the middle of the 2014 season. "If we can get a togetherness with the team, as well as fans' backing, we should be fine", he said. I don't think it's just the defence, I think it's collective. Read More »

Georgia Tech AD Stansbury Among New CFP Committee Members

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These six will be serving three-year terms on the committee. Hatfield, 74, was head coach at Air Force (1979-83), Arkansas (1984-89), Clemson (1990-93) and Rice (1994-2005). He now is a businessman in the San Francisco Bay area. Stricklin previously was athletic director at his alma mater, Mississippi State, and also has worked at Kentucky, Baylor, Tulane and Auburn. Read More »

Australian Open: Federer glides into second round

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The six-time Melbourne Park champion crushed American Donald Young 6-1 6-2 6-4 in his first official match in six months to march into the second round on Tuesday. The 28-year-old, who previously represented Great Britain before switching back to his country of birth this year, could only fashion two break point opportunities all night. Read More »

Herb Hand announced as Texas' offensive line coach

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In Auburn's 2013 season that ended with the program reaching the BCS national title game, Grimes' offensive line paved the way for the Tigers to lead the nation in rushing with 328.3 yards per game. Auburn allowed 19 or fewer sacks in each of those seasons but allowed 36 in its final season under Hand in 2017. Several of Auburn's returning offensive linemen, including starting left guard Marquel Harrell, were recruited by Grimes. Read More »

Kudos To Coach Doug; More Notes From Win

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So-who's going to win? That's a lot of throws under duress. If every receiver had stopped exactly where he caught the ball, the passing offense would have gained approximately 75 net yards in the game. Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo likely will get a second interview for the head coaching job of the Cardinals, per reports. I'm happy to be able to come here and do this with this team, happy to be able to continue to play for another week. Read More »

West Indies sparks spirit of cricket debate

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South Africa's Jiveshan Pillay went to slash the ball but ends up getting an inside edge and nearly chops it back to stumps. After the ball had come to a complete halt, the batsman showed a kind gesture by picking up the ball and giving it to the fielding side but he would have never imagined that this little act of kindness will cost him his wicket. Read More »

Reports Claim Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov Set For April, Ali Abdelaziz Denies it

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The fight will see McGregor have to give up his belt, although White admits he will be first in line to win back his title should he return to the octagon. This is the fourth time that Ferguson and 29-year-old Russian Nurmagomedov (25-0) - who maintained his unblemished record with a comprehensive victory over Edson Barboza last month - have been scheduled to fight. Read More »

Mets' infield options shrink as Howie Kendrick signs with Nationals

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A former 10th-round pick of the Angels, Kendrick spent the first nine years of his big-league career in Anaheim. The 34-year-old, who played his collegiate baseball at St. He hit.340/.397/.454 in 156 plate appearances. Murphy had knee surgery in October and wasn't sure of his return when he spoke to the media at Nationals Winterfest in December. Read More »

McIlroy ready for action in 2018

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In what is effectively a statement of his intent, and a confidence in his own fitness, McIlroy has mapped out a heavy early-season campaign that will see him play eight times prior to the US Masters at Augusta: his schedule sees him play the Gulf Swing, taking in Abu Dhabi and next week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic, before heading stateside to play the AT&T Pebble Beach pro-am, the Genesis Open, the Honda Classic, the Valspar championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the ... Read More »

Saints QB Brees not considering free agency

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Brees also took to social media to let the world know about his intentions. Head coach Sean Payton said the Saints improving on defense is a top priority heading into the offseason. The New Orleans Saints quarterback, however, certainly didn't indicate Sunday's heartbreaking loss to the Minnesota Vikings would be his final wearing the Fleur-de-lis. Read More »

Notre Dame dismisses 4 players from program

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The Fighting Irish defense received a major boost tonight. . Stepherson and Holmes were suspended indefinitely before the Citrus Bowl, while for a violation of team rules. The dismissals will hurt Notre Dame's depth this coming season, especially after star receiver Equanimeous St. Brown and tailback Josh Adams entered the National Football League draft as underclassmen. Read More »

Raiola: Mkhitaryan could go to Arsenal

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Manchester City have decided not to pursue their interest in signing Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez . According to the Metro, Pep Guardiola will push the City hierarchy to make a move for Griezmann after being promised by the club that they will attempt to sign an alternative to Sanchez. Read More »

Bengals fans donating money to Bortles' charity for ending the Steelers' season

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Just as Bills fans showed their gratitude, we need to show ours. The Blake Bortles Foundation , formed in 2016, provides support for first responders in Oviedo and Jacksonville. Their team didn't make the playoffs but they took apparently took pleasure in the Jaguars' 45-42 upset of the Steelers in the AFC Divisional Round, because they've started to donate to Bortles' charity. Read More »

Arron Afflalo and Nemanja Bjelica fight, both get ejected

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Bjelica ran up to Afflalo near the free throw line and hit hit with both hands as he neared the rim, possibly to attempt a rebound. Both Afflalo and Bjelica were ejected from the game for their infractions. The chaos came in the second quarter of Tuesday night's game, after the Timberwolves inbounded from their own baseline. Bjelica had two points and a rebounds in four minutes of action. Read More »

Will Ferrell Does Surprise Interview With Roger Federer at Australian Open

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The Swiss at 36 years could surpass Andre Agassi as the oldest Number 1 in male tennis history. A single break in each set was enough for Federer who looked in total control from beginning to end. Tennis fans at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday night were privileged to see the 18-time grand slam victor do as only he can before being treated to a special one-off on-court interview. Read More »

Djokovic hits back at Australian Open boycott suggestions

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Comedian Will Ferrell stepped out of the crowd and, slipping into character as Ron Burgundy, conducted the post-match interview. " It felt pretty routine ", the 30-year-old said. Wawrinka , who had six months out after surgery on his left knee, beat Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2). Fellow former world number one Kerber, who won the tournament in 2016, was also impressive in dismissing Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-0, 6-4. Read More »

Tsonga leaps, stretches, lunges in Australian Open comeback

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The Serbian player walked smiling to the umpire's chair to apologize, while Keothavong joked, "It's not my day, is it?" The popular Frenchman is now set to take on Nick Kyrgios in the third round should the top-ranked Australian defeat Serbia's Viktor Troicki on Wednesday evening. Read More »

Conte frustrated as Barkley not registered in time to play

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A smattering of dissent could be heard during Saturday's Premier League clash with Leicester, which was Chelsea's third goalless draw in a week. "We are playing FA Cup". Nearly from the start of his career in England, Conte has been disenchanted with his role at Chelsea . Conte became Chelsea manager at the start of the 2016/17 season. Read More »

Phil Jones optimistic about Manchester United chasing down leaders City

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While he was still delivering tackles and challenges, it was clear his role was further up the field, providing the central reference point for the wide men and striker Romelu Lukaku . Stoke City are winless in their last 17 trips to Manchester United in all competitions (D2 L15), since a 1-0 win in April 1976. "I don't think it's easy for a player to play when there are doubts about his future", Mourinho told Sky Sports before kick-off. Read More »

Beware the almost beaten in Melbourne - Wozniacki could match Kerber, Li

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Wozniacki kept fighting, though, and saved two match points before breaking back twice and, ultimately, she advanced to the last-32. "I was thinking at that point she still has to win four more balls to win this match", said Wozniacki. "She had nothing to lose". "Oh, so you're giving her the benefit of the doubt, but you're not giving it to me?" she asked British official Richard Haigh before dumping a volley into the net, then thrashing her racquet into the court in disgust after dropping ... Read More »

Why 2018 Will Be the Year of the Smart Speaker

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The Amazon Echo Spot does everything the Echo Show does but it all feels better in this smaller form factor. Costs have been high and it's not clear to every homeowner why they even need a smart home, whether it's one with just a single connected device or dozens. Read More »

OU notes: Sooners cold from the outside, Kruger returns to Manhattan

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This season, it's a little different. We are no stranger to this week's Big 12 Conference honorees. The Hield team K-State took down was ranked No. 1. Now, it's just bringing that confidence to start a winning streak. Young isn't alone in being vexed at Bramlage Coliseum. "Hopefully we take this as a motivation and continue on throughout the season". Read More »

Virat Kohli not pleased with Lungi Ngidi's celebration

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Away from them, South Africa's four-man pace attack worked its way through the Indian top and middle order with regular wickets in the afternoon, leaving India precariously placed in the test and the series after South Africa's first innings of 335 all out. Read More »

Kevin Durant: 'You Got To Give Isaiah Thomas Some Time'

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The Celtics were planning on playing a tribute video for Thomas before the game vs. the Cavs on the same night as Pierce's jersey retirement because it'd be the last time the two teams face off this regular season. But Thomas was still being eased back from his hip injury and didn't pay in what was the second of a back-to-back for the Cavs. "That's Pierce's night, but the video tribute ain't the whole night", Thomas said shortly after Pierce's original comments. Read More »

Foles and Keenum Share Similar Journey, But Different Paths

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In a game that was decided by five points , special teams very almost kept the Eagles out of Sunday's NFC Championship Game , after turnovers and missed opportunities plagued Dave Fipp's unit against the Atlanta Falcons . But if you want to know just how similar the Eagles and Vikings fan bases are, consider the reaction at the Minnesota Wild hockey game on Sunday when the Canadian national anthem was totally drowned out by the howling crowd as the winning touchdown was scored and most ... Read More »

By the numbers: UNC's 58-0 record vs. Clemson in Chapel Hill

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Graduate transfer Cameron Johnson scored a season-high 21 points to help No. 15 North Carolina hold off No. 20 Clemson 87-79 on Tuesday night, preserving its ideal all-time home record against the Tigers. This time the Tigers fell behind big early, only to mount a spirited comeback of their own. "I just figured you know, I was kinda due for a couple threes", Johnson said. Read More »

Celtics great Jo Jo White dead at 71

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He led the Celtics to two NBA titles (1974 and 1976) and was named NBA Finals MVP in the latter. The ninth pick in the 1969 draft out of Kansas, White played 10 seasons with the Celtics before finishing his career with the Warriors and the Kansas City Kings. Read More »

Washington State Quarterback Tyler Hilinski Found Dead of Apparent Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

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His most memorable outing came in the second week of the season when he led Washington State from a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Boise State 47-44 in triple overtime. He started his first career game with the Cougars in their 42-17 Holiday Bowl defeat to the Michigan State Spartans. He served primarily as the backup to senior Luke Falk and threw for 1,176 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions on the season. Read More »

Mask-wearing Eagles revel in underdog status

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I think the table is set here for a victory-or at least a very close game-so I'm going with the Eagles. After Corey Clement's five-yard run following an encroachment penalty resulted in a first down for Philadelphia , Foles would kneel on each of the next two plays to run out the clock. Read More »

Former Husker expected back for AFC Title game

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The Jaguars made it 21-0 on the ensuing drive. AFC title games: Patriots , 12-2 (including the last seven). Since Tom Brady became the starting QB in 2001, the only seasons the Pats didn't make it were 2002, '05 and '08-'10. A major priority heading into the draft will be finding a player who can inherit Shazier's spot in the huddle, though Shazier's role as a leader will be far more hard to fill. Read More »

ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018 to be played in March

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West Indies ... will re-ignite their rivalry with Ireland in the World Cup Qualifiers. "It is a pity there are only two places up for grabs". Ireland's unknown opponents will be the winners of the ICC World Cricket League Division Two. Read More »

European Giants Could Miss Paulo Dybala Because Of Philippe Coutinho

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Equally I can't imagine Jurgen Klopp wanting to go out there and see his side appear like shrinking violets by setting up in two banks of five, it's just not his way. "It was 100 per cent clear, no chance". The one doubt surrounds whether Liverpool will move to replace Coutinho before the end of January or wait until the summer when the picture is likely to be clearer. Read More »

Roger Federer charges into second round

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Djokovic was joined in the second round by another former victor, 2014 champion and ninth seed Stan Wawrinka , who advanced after a gruelling four-set encounter with the 141st-ranked Ricardas Berankis , winning6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova lost 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 to Andrea Petkovic. "I felt like I have got a lot of things out of the way physically and emotionally and mentally a year ago", she said. Read More »