Lakers rally for huge win over Thunder in overtime without LeBron James
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 02:34:10 -0500
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Without LeBron James for the 12th straight game, the Lakers' core of youngsters made a huge statement with a 138-128 victory in Oklahoma City.

Lakers' Michael Beasley tries to check into game against Thunder wearing wrong shorts
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:16:38 -0500
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Rather than the Lakers' gold game shorts, Michael Beasley still had on black practice shorts when he tried to check in Thursday against the Thunder.

Bucks center Brook Lopez making history — one 3-pointer at a time
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:43:11 -0500
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Brook Lopez has drastically changed his game to adapt to the NBA's 3-point revolution -- and he's making history while doing so.

Murray, Jokic lead Nuggets to 135-105 rout of Bulls
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:48:34 -0500
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Jamal Murray scored 22 of his 25 points in the third quarter, Nikola Jokic finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double and the Denver Nuggets cruised past Chicago 135-105 for their 12th straight home win over the Bulls

Throw it down: Best dunks of NBA season
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:45:53 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
A look at some of the best dunk photos taken during the 2018-19 NBA season.

NBA photo of the day: 2018-19
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:43:38 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
One photo from each day of the 2018-19 NBA season.

Brazil playing Czechs in March friendly
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:12:08 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Brazil will play the Czech Republic in a friendly in Prague to prepare for the Copa America

Levante complains Barcelona used ineligible player
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:42:06 -0500
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Levante says it has made a formal complaint against Barcelona, accusing its Spanish rival of using an ineligible player in last week's Copa del Rey

Phil the Thrill: Mickelson ties Desert Classic opening-round record with 60
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:43:47 -0500
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Phil Mickelson ties the lowest opening round in the history of the Desert Classic golf tournament

Lowry takes 3-shot lead into final round in Abu Dhabi
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:43:13 -0500
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Shane Lowry moved closer to his first win in 31/2 years by shooting 5-under 67 in the third round at the Abu Dhabi Championship to extend his lead to three strokes

At 17, Amanda Anisimova Bucks the Odds and Knocks Off a Seed
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:24:29 GMT
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Anisimova beat 11th-seeded Aryna Sabalenka, 6-3, 6-2.

Maria Sharapova Beats Caroline Wozniacki in a Third-Round Grudge Match
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:04:37 GMT
From https:
The two approached every point in the 2-hour, 24-minute slugfest as if they were playing in the Australian Open final, not for a berth in the round of 16.

Taylor Fritz Loses, but Learns, Against Roger Federer
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:07:37 GMT
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Fritz, 21, one of the most promising players in the game, had come to this Australian Open match on the heels of a win over Gael Monfils.

Far From Serbia, Novak Djokovic Delivers Some National Pride
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:00:06 GMT
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For Serbs living in Australia, Djokovic is a sporting hero who provides a connection to their culture and tradition.

Serena Williams’s Practices Add a Wrinkle: A Top Men’s Player
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:49:55 GMT
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As part of a new strategy to raise the intensity of her preparation, Williams has trained this month with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Grigor Dimitrov and Frances Tiafoe.

Reflections on Antarctica
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:25:20 GMT
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Colin O'Brady and Louis Rudd spent almost two months racing across Antarctica, a journey that killed an explorer who attempted it in 2016. Back in warmer climes, they spoke about the race of a lifetime.

Crossing Antarctica: 7 Takeaways From the Solo and Unsupported Journey
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:28:14 GMT
From https:
Two men were separately trying to become the first to cross Antarctica alone and without help. Here are some points to know.

N.F.L. Playoff Predictions: Conference Championship Picks
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:23:23 GMT
From https:
The Rams and the Chiefs were the darlings of the league this season, but can they beat the Saints and the Patriots to get to the Super Bowl?

Australian Open: Amanda Anisimova Stuns Aryna Sabalenka
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:31:45 GMT
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Anisimova, a 17-year-old American, reached the fourth round of a major tournament for the first time with her win over the No. 11 seed.

N.H.L. Roundup: Henrik Lundqvist Moves Up Wins List as Rangers Top Blackhawks
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:07:40 GMT
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Lundqvist tied Terry Sawchuk for sixth in career victories by a goalie. Anders Lee scored twice to lead the surging Islanders past the Devils.

Qatar Cuts Through Tension and Defenders to Beat Saudi Arabia
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:18:59 GMT
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Qatar and Saudi Arabia, locked in a political dispute, collided on a soccer field on Thursday in the Asian Cup. Qatar won, 2-0.

Phil Mickelson Has Magical Round, if Not Magic Number, at Desert Classic
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 03:41:31 GMT
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Mickelson's 2,077th PGA Tour round was a career-best 12 under, falling one shot shy of 59. He leads by three shots over Adam Long.

Tournament of Champions is New Start for L.P.G.A. Tour and a Mother
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:17:06 GMT
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Stacy Lewis, who gave birth three months ago and hadn't competed for six months, had a 66 at the season-opening event. She is a shot out of the lead, held by Brooke Henderson and Eun-Hee Ji.

Wizards 101, Knicks 100: Knicks Lose to Wizards in London on Goaltending Call
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:51:25 GMT
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Allonzo Trier was whistled on a layup by Thomas Bryant with 0.4 seconds left, giving the Knicks, who blew a 19-point lead, their fifth straight loss.

Nadal subdues local hope de Minaur in third round clash
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:44:51 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Rafa Nadal subdued Alex de Minaur 6-1 6-2 6-4 in their third round clash at the Australian Open on Friday after dominating the home town's top-ranked male player.

Highlights: Australian Open day five
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:44:51 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out of the Australian Open by former world number one Maria Sharapova, who fired a warning to the rest of the field with a resounding three-set win on Friday.

Studious Shapovalov hopes Nadal videos can help topple Djokovic
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:37:40 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Denis Shapovalov announced himself to the world by stunning Rafa Nadal two years ago in Montreal and the Canadian teenager will hope to draw from the Spaniard's tactical manual when he meets Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open third round on Saturday.

Factbox: Novak Djokovic v Denis Shapovalov
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:37:07 -0500
From feeds.reuters
A look at the records of Serbian Novak Djokovic and Canadian Denis Shapovalov before their third-round match at the Australian Open on Saturday (prefix number denotes seeding):

Motor racing: Formula One reports rise in TV and digital audiences
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:16:33 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Formula One saw a rise in worldwide audience figures across television and digital platforms in 2018, the Liberty media-owned sport reported on Friday.

Tennis: Cilic survives after Verdasco double-faults on match point
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:42:31 -0500
From feeds.reuters
A relieved Marin Cilic squeezed into the fourth round of the Australian Open in the early hours of Saturday after Fernando Verdasco double-faulted on match point to allow the sixth seed to complete an epic comeback win.

Tennis: Birthday girl Kerber completes Australian horror show
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:37:37 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Birthday girl Angelique Kerber humiliated Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell 6-1 6-0 to storm into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday and complete a late-night horror show for the locals at Rod Laver Arena.

Cricket: Supreme Court to rule on Indian players suspended for remarks about women
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:27:17 -0500
From feeds.reuters
India's Supreme Court has been asked to decide the future of two international cricketers suspended for their comments about women in a TV show interview last week, stirring a debate over whether they were being treated too harshly.

Mediapro says awarded Qatar World Cup broadcasting rights by FIFA
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:18:56 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Spain's multimedia group Mediapro said on Friday the world football governing body FIFA awarded it the broadcasting rights for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Football star Ronaldo expected in Madrid Tuesday for tax fraud trial
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:11:20 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is expected back in Madrid on Tuesday to attend a trial for tax evasion where Spanish prosecutors are asking for a 23-month prison sentence and fine.

Tennis: Dimitrov happy to fly under the radar in Melbourne
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:43:02 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Grigor Dimitrov may have not featured in many Australian Open title prediction lists at the start of the tournament but he continues to grow in confidence under the watchful eyes of coach Andre Agassi.

Tennis: Tiafoe rips into fourth round with LeBron James-inspired celebration
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:17:35 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Young American Frances Tiafoe has attributed his entertaining post-match celebrations to basketballer LeBron James after extending his stellar run at the Australian Open with a 6-7(3) 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3 third round victory against Italian veteran Andreas Seppi on Friday.

Tennis: Khachanov 'ashamed' after early exit from Australian Open
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:02:12 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Tipped to challenge the Grand Slam dominance of the old guard of men's tennis at the Australian Open, Russian young gun Karen Khachanov was instead left hanging his head after a stinging third-round loss to Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday.

Tsitsipas hopes to be mentally ready for 'legend' Federer
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:37:18 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas said he would need to be at the peak of his mental strength against six-times Australian Open champion Roger Federer after his hopes of avoiding the "legend" of the sport in the fourth round were dashed.

Sharapova raps Australian Open organizers over late scheduling
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:25:46 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Former world number one Maria Sharapova has urged Australian Open organizers to be more flexible with match scheduling after Garbine Muguruza and Johanna Konta played out their second round clash after midnight to a near-empty stadium.

Tomic denies Hewitt allegations, calls him 'liar': report
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:19:29 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic has denied compatriot Lleyton Hewitt's allegations that he had made threats against the former world number one and his family, local media reported on Friday.

Sizzling Sharapova back in Grand Slam contention
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:18:25 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Maria Sharapova craves tough fights against top players, something she has been denied in the recent years after her ranking plummeted due to doping and injury problems, the former world number one said on Friday.

Murray pulls out of next month's Marseille Open
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 04:51:44 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Andy Murray has pulled out of next month's Marseille Open as he "may have to undergo surgery again", the tournament organizers said on Friday.

Aggressive Sharapova eliminates holder Wozniacki in Melbourne
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 04:18:12 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Maria Sharapova scorched the Rod Laver Arena with her aggressive tennis to eliminate defending Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 4-6 6-3 in the third round on Friday.

Factbox: Maria Sharapova v Caroline Wozniacki - match stats
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 03:29:06 -0500
From feeds.reuters
Key statistics from Russian Maria Sharapova's 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory against Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday (prefix denotes seeding):