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Australian Open: Novak Djokovic triumphs over Verdasco in opener Australian Open: Novak Djokovic triumphs over Verdasco in opener
- January 19, 2017

Defending men's singles champion Novak Djokovic overcame his tricky first round test against Spain's Fernando Verdasco to progress at the Australian Open in Melbourne . "Every match, every tournament I'm playing for fun", she said. The way that he plays is not a conventional game...so I'm just happy with the way that I played. (more...)
Concern about O.G. Anunoby casts pall over Indiana's buzzer-beating win Concern about O.G. Anunoby casts pall over Indiana's buzzer-beating win
- January 19, 2017

According to a department news release, police filed charges Tuesday against 11 people overall in connection with the December 3 disturbance, which occurred after Penn State defeated Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis. (more...)
Ben Simmons Injury: Updates on 76ers Forward's Foot and Return Ben Simmons Injury: Updates on 76ers Forward's Foot and Return
- January 19, 2017

The first game post-All-Star break for the 76ers comes on February 24 at home against the Washington Wizards. The Sixers are in no hurry to rush him back with the postseason almost out of the question in 2016-17. "There is no chance", Brown said, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer . One has to go back to 2011 to when Blake Griffin made the All-Star team as a rookie reserve to find the last time the National Basketball Association had a rookie in the All-Star game. (more...)
Zoo Miami announces death of matriarch gorilla 'Josephine' Zoo Miami announces death of matriarch gorilla 'Josephine'
- January 19, 2017

Tests over the last several days showed abnormalities, suggesting conditions that the zoo said had no favorable outcomes. Josephine gave birth to Moja, who fathered several offspring, including the silverback gorilla who was fatally shot at the Cincinnati Zoo past year. (more...)
Liverpool have done nothing wrong in dispute over Matip, insists furious Klopp Liverpool have done nothing wrong in dispute over Matip, insists furious Klopp
- January 19, 2017

Since he has been here he has not been a Cameroon national player. Liverpool played with a young team against Plymouth in the last match, and the line up is likely to remain the same. There was not one situation where you think: 'Oh which team did he pick, he doesn't want to be in the cup'. "We have to cool the atmosphere down with the way we play, that's what our main target is for this game". (more...)
Bill Belichick downplays home field, disses 'Dallas and Kansas City' Bill Belichick downplays home field, disses 'Dallas and Kansas City'
- January 19, 2017

Or at least that's what he wants you to think. "I'm just really anxious about getting our team ready to go". By my reckoning, Belichick is left only with "TwitTube" in reserve if any more fake social-media drama requires a phony response between now and the Super Bowl. (more...)
"It's not true that I've retired" claims Van Gaal
- January 19, 2017

He told El Larguero: 'I have not retired. "So many things have happened in my family recently, so that really was a wakeup call and it put everything into perspective", goal.com quoted van Gaal, as saying. Asked if he did not have any remaining ambitions, van Gaal said: "No, actually not". That disappointing two-year tenure followed one of his greatest triumphs, leading the Netherlands to the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. (more...)
Braves in negotiations to move spring training to Sarasota County Braves in negotiations to move spring training to Sarasota County
- January 19, 2017

The Braves were eyeing John Prince Park in Lake Worth as a possible site for a spring training complex. The team's lease with Disney expires after 2018. "It is always tough to lose out to another county, but we are welcoming two new teams in addition to our two existing teams", Abrams said. "Obviously the project has to have that (grant), and the team knows that and the county knows that". (more...)
Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
- January 19, 2017

Bagwell, in his seventh year on the ballot, followed longtime Houston Astros teammate Craig Biggio into the Hall by two years. A unsafe hitter and perhaps the best receiver of all-time, Rodriguez was a pretty easy choice, though he just barely cracked the 75 percent threshold (76%). (more...)
Bagwell, Raines and Rodriguez get Hall of Fame call; Bonds, Clemens gain Bagwell, Raines and Rodriguez get Hall of Fame call; Bonds, Clemens gain
- January 19, 2017

No catcher in major league history caught more innings than Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star, 13-time Gold Glove victor and the 1999 American League most valuable player. He was the 1991 National League Rookie of the Year, 1994 NL MVP and a four-time All-Star. Over 15 seasons, Bagwell hit.297/.408/.540 with 449 home runs, 1,529 RBIs and more than 1,400 walks. (more...)
Clemson QB Deshaun Watson turns down Senior Bowl invitation Clemson QB Deshaun Watson turns down Senior Bowl invitation
- January 19, 2017

Phil Savage, the executive director of the Senior Bowl, confirmed that Watson won't be participating in next week's game and the all-important week of practice that leads up to it. 1 player, Deshaun Watson, from August, when he was our experts' pick as No. 1 heading into what was a roller-coaster 201. Scouts consider him a second round draft pick. (more...)
Nate Diaz following Conor McGregor's lead by obtaining boxing license Nate Diaz following Conor McGregor's lead by obtaining boxing license
- January 19, 2017

NAC director Bob Bennett confirmed the news which comes just a few months after Conor McGregor successfully obtained a boxing licence. Diaz has expressed an interest in fighting in the squared circle in numerous occasions, so his application for a license doesn't come as a major surprise. (more...)
Tim Raines named to the Hall of Fame Tim Raines named to the Hall of Fame
- January 19, 2017

Jeff Bagwell , Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens , Trevor Hoffman, Edgar Martinez, Tim Raines, Curt Schilling, Lee Smith, Vladimir Guerrero and Ivan Rodriguez are my 10 Baseball Hall of Fame candidates for 2017. One of the most prolific leadoff hitters of his generation, Raines was best known for his years spent with the Montreal Expos. Such prolific numbers in game-impacting categories made Raines a favorite of the sabermetric crowd, as did his efficiency as a base stealer. (more...)
Jose Bautista: Bautista will be guaranteed $18.5M with Jays Jose Bautista: Bautista will be guaranteed $18.5M with Jays
- January 19, 2017

Bautista hit 22 homers and drove in 69 runs in 116 games last season. The six-time all-star leads all big-league players with 249 homers since 2010. Unsuccessful in completing a deal - some say the Blue Jays were interested in Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets - Toronto circled back to Bautista, who struck out 103 times in 423 at-bats last season, compared with 106 strikeouts in 543 at bats in 2015, and is on the decline defensively. (more...)
British Olympic sprinters James Ellington and Nigel Levine seriously injured in Tenerife British Olympic sprinters James Ellington and Nigel Levine seriously injured in Tenerife
- January 19, 2017

The British sprint squad is in Tenerife for warm-weather training. Ellington was riding a motorbike with team-mate Nigel Levine , a member of Britain's 4x400m squad, on Tuesday night when the pair crashed head-on into a vehicle that is thought to have been driving on the wrong side of the road. (more...)
RUMOURS: Xabi Alonso set for retirement RUMOURS: Xabi Alonso set for retirement
- January 19, 2017

At the end of Bayern's recent winter camp, Alonso, 35, told the club's management that he did not want to renew his contract, German magazine Sport Bild said on Wednesday, reports Efe. Alonso has had a magnificent career that spanned 18 years filled with trophies at several clubs that include Liverpool and Real Madrid. The Spaniard has won domestic titles in both Spain and Germany and will be hoping to add to his two Champions League winners medals at the end of the season, as ... (more...)
Venus Williams into third round of Australian Open Venus Williams into third round of Australian Open
- January 19, 2017

Nick Kyrgios crashed out of the Australian Open on Tuesday, falling 10-8 in the fifth set to Andreas Seppi despite taking the match's first two sets. In the match of his life on Wednesday in Melbourne, Australia, Noah Rubin lost. Murray will face Sam Querrey in round three following the American's straight sets win over Alex De Minaur, while Evans is set to face Bernard Tomic. (more...)
Gabon 1 Burkina Faso 1: Spot-on Aubameyang makes his point Gabon 1 Burkina Faso 1: Spot-on Aubameyang makes his point
- January 19, 2017

The African minnows - in their first ever tournament - held Gabon to a 1-1 stalemate this past weekend with Juary Soares' 91st minute equaliser canceling our Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Group A opener. The Portuguese coach knows Gabon well, having spent 18 months managing the Panthers in between his two stints with the Burkina Faso . He's yet to win any of his six games at the tournament with the Stallions (D2 L4). (more...)
LA proposes venues for 3 more Olympic sports LA proposes venues for 3 more Olympic sports
- January 19, 2017

Yesterday the committee unveiled plans for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics to be held in both at that stadium and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Exposition Park. Los Angeles is competing against Paris and Budapest, Hungary, for the right to host the Games. Paris is proposing using Stade de France in the northern suburb of Saint-Denis as its Opening and Closing ceremonies site as well as its track-and-field venue. (more...)
Ajax interested in Everton winger Ajax interested in Everton winger
- January 19, 2017

Deulofeu has made 37 appearances for Everton , scoring eight goals in the process, but he wants regular first-team football and would jump at the chance to get it with a club the size of Milan. AC Milan have seen a loan offer for Everton's Gerard Deulofeu rejected by the Toffees, with Ronald Koeman keen to keep the Spanish U21 worldwide amongst his squad for the second-half of the season. (more...)
Steven Adams to miss clash with Golden State Warriors Steven Adams to miss clash with Golden State Warriors
- January 19, 2017

I don't know if there was anything that was maybe one thing better than the other. And when asked if there had been any communication in recent weeks, an infuriated Durant said: "I talked about that (situation) already". The team has a 25-18 record , which puts them in the seventh spot in the Western Conference if the playoffs were to start today. Russell Westbrook is either on the verge of history or overkill this National Basketball Association season while on pace for one of the ... (more...)
Packers' Nelson has slim chance to play Packers' Nelson has slim chance to play
- January 19, 2017

The original plan was to allow him to practice on Saturday to see if he could play on Sunday. Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is considered a longshot to take on the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. McCarthy would not say what the plan was for Nelson this week. Jordy Nelson was hospitalized was on January 8 after injuring his ribs. Without Nelson, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers still threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns without Nelson in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Cowboys. (more...)
Man United make appointment: They don't want repeat of huge error Man United make appointment: They don't want repeat of huge error
- January 19, 2017

United are aware Old Trafford could be a target for terrorism. The newly installed chief is reportedly coaching stadium staff through "protocols and search layouts", while more female stewards are being employed by United because turnstile queues have become a problem this season with security having been increased, per Gaughan. (more...)
Former England women's captain and global pioneer, Rachael Heyhoe Flint, passes away Former England women's captain and global pioneer, Rachael Heyhoe Flint, passes away
- January 19, 2017

The news was confirmed by Wolves, the Championship football club where lifelong supporter Baroness Heyhoe Flint was once a director and remained as vice-president until her death on Wednesday morning. The development of women's cricket to its current position, which really is unrecognisable from when Rachael was playing, is a lasting tribute to her". (more...)
Goodell won't be in Foxborough for AFC title game Goodell won't be in Foxborough for AFC title game
- January 19, 2017

That means, unless Goodell's office develops the ability to teleport, the commissioner will not be at Gillete Stadium for the AFC Championship Game between the Patriots and Steelers . Michael Floyd's has a chance in the AFC Championship Game to show he's worth the investment from an National Football League team. The historical significance of the game for Atlanta is clear, but it is also entirely possible the commissioner simply does not want to put up with the grief he would likely ... (more...)
Antoine Griezmann's Manchester United move could be at an advanced stage Antoine Griezmann's Manchester United move could be at an advanced stage
- January 18, 2017

Intermediaries representing Griezmann and United have been talking for several months, and the Euro 2016 top scorer is said to be extremely keen on the move, with the chance to link up with worldwide teammate Paul Pogba only making it more enticing. (more...)
Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul out 6-8 weeks with thumb injury Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul out 6-8 weeks with thumb injury
- January 18, 2017

Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul will undergo surgery on his non-shooting hand following Monday's 120-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder . Raymond Felton started several games at point guard when Paul was sidelined earlier this season, and Wesley Johnson and Jamal Crawford also started games in Paul's absence. (more...)
Evans stuns Cilic to reach Australian Open third round Evans stuns Cilic to reach Australian Open third round
- January 18, 2017

I just hung in there to see what would happen and thankfully good things happened today. The gutsy world number 51, who reached his first ATP Tour final in Sydney last week, set up a contest with Australia's Bernard Tomic after he accounted for Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic. (more...)
Heated Siena-Rider Game Leads To Coach's Bizarre 'Imaginary Handshake' Heated Siena-Rider Game Leads To Coach's Bizarre 'Imaginary Handshake'
- January 18, 2017

During an altercation in the second half, Siena's Marquis Wright and Rider's Anthony Durham were ejected. Rider (11-8, 4-4) skipped the traditional handshake line and walked off the court to the boos of Siena fans. Unfortunately, the two schools do not play again during the regular season - but with any luck, we'll get to see them settle their differences during the MAAC tournament. (more...)
Lionel Messi awaiting 'imminent' Barcelona contract offer Lionel Messi awaiting 'imminent' Barcelona contract offer
- January 18, 2017

Manchester City reportedly hold preliminary talks with Barcelona over a big-money move for striker Lionel Messi. Barcelona star Lionel Messi will snub interest from overseas to sign a new contract at Barcelona , claims former teammate Xavi. (more...)
Mickie James Rumored To Be Returning On This Week's Smackdown Mickie James Rumored To Be Returning On This Week's Smackdown
- January 18, 2017

As it turns out, this would be true. La Luchadora interfered in the final moments of the Smackdown Women's Championship between Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch, blocking Lynch from exiting the cage. Well, on Tuesday night, James would come back to the WWE main roster on SmackDown . In between, she had multiple stints with TNA, winning their Knockouts Championship three times. (more...)
Manchester United 'reject £13m Memphis Depay bid' Manchester United 'reject £13m Memphis Depay bid'
- January 18, 2017

Jordan Ferri says Lyon would welcome Manchester United outcast Memphis Depay with open arms. United have been embarking on something of a squad clear-out this month, having also offloaded midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin to Everton. The Manchester United flop is up for grabs this month after telling Jose Mourinho he wanted to leave. OL are reticent to make a further improved offer and are looking at other potential players to strengthen their offensive line, including Angers' Nicolas ... (more...)
Tyrone Wheatley leaves MI to become Jacksonville Jaguars RB coach Tyrone Wheatley leaves MI to become Jacksonville Jaguars RB coach
- January 18, 2017

The Sporting News first announced the possibility in a report Saturday night. Earlier this month, Wheatley was a reported candidate for the Western Michigan head coaching job - a spot that went to Tim Lester on Friday. In a strong year for the state of MI, he cleaned up, landing the top five players in the state. Previously, passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch left to become UCLA's offensive coordinator. (more...)
Kerber celebrates birthday with 2nd-round win Kerber celebrates birthday with 2nd-round win
- January 18, 2017

Eugenie Bouchard is back in the third round at Melbourne Park for the first time in two years, defeating China's Peng Shuai 7-6 (5), 6-2. Defending champion Angelique Kerber marked her 29th birthday - angrily at times - with a 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-2 win over fellow German Carina Witthoeft in the second round on Wednesday. (more...)
Jerry Jones outlines a vague Tony Romo 'Super Bowl' plan Jerry Jones outlines a vague Tony Romo 'Super Bowl' plan
- January 18, 2017

Obviously, in that situation we're trying to go down there and score a touchdown, so you want to keep as much time on the clock as you can. While Jones and Romo do have great admiration and respect for one another, Romo apparently has made it clear he has no interest in backing up Dak Prescott beyond this season. (more...)
Federer extends run of reaching 3rd round to 18 Aussie Opens Federer extends run of reaching 3rd round to 18 Aussie Opens
- January 18, 2017

Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych meet in the third round of the 2017 Australian Open. "That's not an easy draw", Federer said of Berdych . "Now a top-10 player, he's beaten me in NY and at Wimbledon and the Olympics". 1-ranked Jelena Jankovic, who had a 6-3, 6-4 win over Julia Goerges, and No. 11 Elina Svitolina will take on No. 24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. He labored through five sets to win his first-round match against Martin Klizan in 3 hours, 24 minutes. (more...)
Southern drivers suspend strikes ahead of new talks Southern drivers suspend strikes ahead of new talks
- January 18, 2017

In response to the announcement by ASLEF today, Charles Horton, chief executive of Govia Thameslink Railway , said, "We've always made clear our willingness to engage in meaningful talks with ASLEF to find a route forward to end their dispute". (more...)
'I'm just taking a sabbatical' - Van Gaal denies he's retired 'I'm just taking a sabbatical' - Van Gaal denies he's retired
- January 18, 2017

Despite signing off with a trophy, having won the FA Cup just days before being relieved of his duties, Van Gaal's reputation took a hit during his final year at United as they failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and frequently played poor football. (more...)
Rafa Benitez talks Daryl Murphy's importance and Newcastle's transfer activity Rafa Benitez talks Daryl Murphy's importance and Newcastle's transfer activity
- January 18, 2017

No time frame, he will be assessed every game. Benitez hinted at the type of team he'll put out and said: "We know Oxford are waiting". What had looked to be a hard move to St James' Park for the 33-year-old has turned around in the space of a few days as Murphy has scored two goals in two games for Newcastle and is nearly certain to start in tomorrow's FA Cup replay at home to Birmingham City. (more...)
Home Advantage Means We Can Beat Liverpool Says Plymouth Star Home Advantage Means We Can Beat Liverpool Says Plymouth Star
- January 18, 2017

If I put him in, I don't think the referee is going to say, 'Stop, stop! He is, how everyone can imagine - he made almost all the games since I'm in and before, probably, [he's] one of the hardest we have so the first second when it's possible he's out there. (more...)

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