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Sports Venus Williams withdraws from ASB Classic
Author: 0 Venus Williams withdraws from ASB Classic

She only needed 74 minutes to beat No. 69-ranked Parmentier, serving eight aces - including one on match point - but also prolonged the match with a series of unforced errors, including four double-faults. "I definitely felt that rust, but mentally I knew how to get it back and get in there". Siniakova had only once before beaten a Top 20 opponent. But she struggled with her serve in the swirling wind, before pulling away during the tiebreak and the second set.

Sports Alabama's Lane Kiffin won't coach in National Championship
Author: 0 Alabama's Lane Kiffin won't coach in National Championship

Coordinator Brent Venables continues to build standout defenses at Clemson, and this year's version is only giving up 17.1 points per game. Yes, a lot more will be written about Sarkisian before the January 9 prime-time kickoff. Also, it's not as if the person taking over for Kiffin as offensive coordinator doesn't know what the hell is going on. This wasn't Kirby Smart, the good soldier who last season juggled the Crimson Tide defensive coordinator job after having been hired by Georgia.

Sports Patrick Mahomes Leaving Texas Tech For The NFL Draft
Author: 0 Patrick Mahomes Leaving Texas Tech For The NFL Draft

The good news is that with Kingsbury's proven track record of getting quarterbacks to put up big numbers at Texas Tech, regardless of who is under center, the offense should keep running fine. "It was a tussle, I went back and forth a little bit", Mahomes said. Mahomes leaves Lubbock as the No. 3 passer in school history, with 11,252 passing yards.

Sports Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum dents City title bid
Author: 0 Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum dents City title bid

Pep Guardiola's side are now 10 points behind the Blues in the title race, but Liverpool are still within touching distance, despite the Londoners' stellar form. That's Man City , you have to work for three points. Klopp , however, had the edge in cup competitions with two wins in the German Cup and one in the German Super Cup.

Sports Butler's big night lifts Bulls, Cavs and Warriors win
Author: 0 Butler's big night lifts Bulls, Cavs and Warriors win

He then capped the scoring with two free throws with 7.1 seconds left for the Bulls, who outscored the Hornets 36-26 in the final quarter. I just had a groove. Nic Batum, who recorded a triple-double in Charlotte's victory over Chicago on December 23, had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists. Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson averaged a triple-double in the 1961-62 season while playing for the Cincinnati Royals.

Author: 0 Bournemouth vs. Arsenal: Score and Reaction from 2017 Premier League Match

As I've said a lot in these predictions, teams in the Premier League need to win matches and draws are no good and if Arsenal don't win this they will be fighting for top four, never mind top spot. Bournemouth were worthy of their lead, though, and they nearly added a third in first-half stoppage time when Stanislas wrapped his foot around the ball and curled a 25-yard effort narrowly past the post.

Author: 0 Matt Renshaw relishes maiden Test ton

Renshaw took a back seat at the other end as Warner became the first Australian since Donald Bradman in 1930 to score a century before lunch on day one of a Test. And of those 126 runs, Warner has an even 100 of them. "It's great to be out there with those guys". Renshaw meanwhile was content to play his normal game and not get carried away by Warner's fireworks.

Sports NHL: Tarasenko powers Blues to Winter Classic win
Author: 0 NHL: Tarasenko powers Blues to Winter Classic win

The Blues added an empty-net goal by Alexander Steen at 18:46 to seal the victory. Tarasenko was in a shooting mode all game finishing with 13 shot attempts and one post. Artemi Panarin and Duncan Keith picked up the assists. Vladimir Tarasenko looked quite comfortable at Busch Stadium. The father-son duo of Bobby and Brett Hull did the honors for the ceremonial face-off before the game, and it almost didn't happen because one important thing was missing: The puck.

Sports Isaiah Ford: Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford heading to draft
Author: 0 Isaiah Ford: Virginia Tech WR Isaiah Ford heading to draft

Phillips has been productive throughout each of his three seasons in Blacksburg, with this year being his most productive since entering the school. While some mock drafts have him going higher, numerous most recent mocks have Ford as an early-to-mid second round pick.

Sports Aqib Talib Explains Why He Snatched Michael Crabtree's Chain
Author: 0 Aqib Talib Explains Why He Snatched Michael Crabtree's Chain

After the game, Talib explained why he targeted Crabtree's (assumedly expensive) jewelry. While such confrontations aren't uncommon, this incident took a hard right turn when Talib grabbed the gold chain around Crabtree's neck and yanked on it, snapping it.

Sports Mata and Ibrahimovic see off 10-man West Ham
Author: 0 Mata and Ibrahimovic see off 10-man West Ham

Mata said of the victory: "We needed to win". If the Red Devils are to keep pace with their top four rivals, a win at the London Stadium is a must. Although his side were guilty of missing chances by the bucket load in those three games, Mourinho also made it clear that he felt his players were on the wrong end of some poor refereeing decisions.

Sports Gardner's two picks help No. 17 Florida win Outback Bowl
Author: 0 Gardner's two picks help No. 17 Florida win Outback Bowl

Appleby threw interceptions on the first two Gator (9-4) drives, finished the day 14 for 25. The Gators got an 85-yard catch-and-run touchdown from Mark Thompson just before halftime and then put the game away with a 58-yard interception return for touchdown by Chauncey Gardner.

Author: 0 Redskins Fall To The Giants In Regular Season Finale

The Redskins will rely on Kirk Cousins , who has led an impressive passing attack which ranks second in the National Football League in yards per game. Just consider the following unexpected developments and what it says about the Giants, Washington and what remains of the season (for at least one of these teams).

Author: 0 Malik Hooker declares for NFL Draft

Ohio State safety Malik Hooker said a month ago that he is returning to school next year, but he backed off those comments recently. Ohio State star defensive back Malik Hooker has declared for the 2017 NFL Draft and MI star defender Jabrill Peppers is expected to do the same.

Sports Pep Guardiola loses patience with BBC reporter in awkward interview
Author: 0 Pep Guardiola loses patience with BBC reporter in awkward interview

WIth yet another defeat coming against a potential title rival, is the pressure getting too much for Guardiola? The awkward interview ended with a pretty dismissive response as to whether Manchester City are still in the title race. Do you think Burnley will be able to stop Manchester City? Sagna received a yellow card for kicking out at Boyd but the Burnley manager thought it should have been a straight red.

Author: 0 EPL results: Liverpool stumbles to draw, 10-man Manchester City wins

The German says he gave his squad the option to sit out the game if they felt exhausted in the build-up and admits fatigue may have contributed to Monday's result. He said: "I said how important it is to have a really good penalty taker, because through the season you'll get them and you hope you can say "this will be OK".

Sports Chryst reflects on playing against Western Michigan in 1988
Author: 0 Chryst reflects on playing against Western Michigan in 1988

Hornibrook should be better in his sophomore season, and on the defensive side of the ball, Wisconsin graduates only three starters, so a third consecutive 10-win campaign should be within reach. Key Play: Needing a spark to try to slow Wisconsin's momentum, the Broncos' gamble on fourth-and-5 paid off when receiver Corey Davis caught a 10-yard pass for a first down at the Wisconsin 28.

Sports San Francisco 49ers Fire Head Coach Chip Kelly, GM Trent Baalke
Author: 0 San Francisco 49ers Fire Head Coach Chip Kelly, GM Trent Baalke

Maybe more likely, the Niners will look to hire a strong general manager from a winning culture such as Green Bay's Eliot Wolf, Seattle's Trent Kirchner, Atlanta's Scott Pioli, Kansas City's Chris Ballard and the like, and let him bring in a head coach he can work with.

Author: 0 Eagles torch Cowboys in Tony Romo's return

In the first quarter, the Eagles had first and goal but didn't make the touchdown. Ertz caught 13 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Hicks had two wild interceptions Sunday, and became the first linebacker to total more 11 takeaways in his first two seasons since Steelers great Jack Ham accomplished the feat in 1971 and '72, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Sports So who's pumped for Cavs-Hornets?
Author: 0 So who's pumped for Cavs-Hornets?

In a win over Hassan Whiteside and the Heat earlier this month, the "Brow" went off for 28 points, 22 rebounds and four blocks - numbers not seen since Shaquille O'Neal's prime - and comes into Monday's affair having gone for 23 points, 18 boards and a pair of steals against NY.

Sports Rose Bowl Preview: USC vs Penn State
Author: 0 Rose Bowl Preview: USC vs Penn State

His reliability is a big plus for the Trojans. There will be nothing more important than keeping USC's mammoth defensive line at bay, as the Trojans can get after the passer and make it a long day for opposing quarterbacks. The dispatching of OR led many to believe Penn State had earned at least a share of the national championship, then awarded by the media and coaches.

Author: 0 Flat Ravens Finish 8-8 With 27-10 Loss To Bengals

Mosley was carted off with a calf injury, the extent of which wasn't immediately known. Orr, 24, was already ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Bengals. He made field goals of 52, 57 and 54 yards in the first half of a 19-14 win. Cincinnati didn't punt until its first possession of the third quarter.

Sports Texans trail Titans 14-0 at halftime
Author: 0 Texans trail Titans 14-0 at halftime

Savage has not had a turnover in his two appearances this season after Osweiler threw 16 interceptions with just 14 touchdowns before he was benched. So for the second half, the offense once again was Osweiler's. Moments after Cassel took a knee, Tennessee got to celebrate just its second winning season since capturing the AFC South in 2008. Players, coaches and executives are all paid - and wired - to win every game possible.

Sports Browns 14, Steelers 7
Author: 0 Browns 14, Steelers 7

After a Week 1 injury, Griffin returned in Week 14, but has only five games on his Browns resume as Hue Jackson, Sashi Brown and Co. turn to evaluating the roster for next season. Except for Harrison, the Steelers had the same defense on the field that played on Chrismas Day against Baltimore. In a season when it looked as if the Browns would inevitably go winless, they are on the cusp of starting a new streak, a winning streak.

Sports 49ers' GM Trent Baalke steered team away from Adam Gase
Author: 0 49ers' GM Trent Baalke steered team away from Adam Gase

After just his first season in the Bay Area, his mostly losing season - finishing just better than the Browns - didn't deserve a second chance in the eyes of the team. This meshes with something the San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami wrote almost two years ago, shortly after Jim Tomsula (who was hired instead of Gase) was canned following a 5-11 season.

Author: 0 Georgia Tech, Kentucky fans prep with pep for big game

Georgia Tech (9-4) took advantage, driving 94 yards in 11 plays and 4:29, ending with a 21-yard touchdown rush by Justin Thomas, giving the Yellow Jackets a 17-3 lead just before the half. Conrad to make it 26-18. He did get riled in the first quarter when he heard someone from the Yellow Jackets bench say something about his reaction while he was on the field attending to Bell.

Sports Memphis Depay has asked to leave Man United, says Mourinho
Author: 0 Memphis Depay has asked to leave Man United, says Mourinho

The Red Devils have managed a good run of form in the league and are now only four points off fourth placed Arsenal. Middlesbrough are without the Spaniard Antonio Barragan, who serves a one-match suspension after collecting a fifth booking of the season in the 1-0 defeat at Burnley that leaves them four points above the relegation zone.

Author: 0 Murray celebrates knighthood with Raonic scalp

Nadal downed Canadian world No. 3 Milos Raonic 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in his semi-final, as the 14-time major victor looks to end an injury-hit year with a fourth title. Goffin, 26, has been in fine form in the capital, dispatching Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Andy Murray en route to his showdown with Nadal. Next is a clash with Raonic who, like Murray, received a bye into the semi-finals in the early-season exhibition.

Sports Both Austin Rivers and Doc Rivers ejected from Clippers-Rockets game
Author: 0 Both Austin Rivers and Doc Rivers ejected from Clippers-Rockets game

Clippers coach Doc Rivers and his son, Austin Rivers, were both ejected in the second quarter of Los Angeles' game vs. the Rockets in Houston on Friday night. The Clippers are losing, 74-57, at the half. Durant collected 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, while Klay Thompson scored 29 - 17 in the third quarter - for Golden State.

Sports Cody Gabrandt storms off set after heated exchange with Dominick Cruz
Author: 0 Cody Gabrandt storms off set after heated exchange with Dominick Cruz

The No. 8 ranked bantamweight in the UFC at the time of the fight, Garbrandt floored Mizugaki with a left-right combination. "None of those guys have a clue what to do with me", Cruz said. "Lance Palmer, I'm always talking with. Dom has been arguably the best bantamweight in the world", Garbrandt said. The problem is that Cruz is extremely agile and is going to make it tough for Garbrandt to lineup a good shot.

Sports Arsene Wenger Provides Squad Update Ahead Of Crystal Palace Clash
Author: 0 Arsene Wenger Provides Squad Update Ahead Of Crystal Palace Clash

Wenger has traded barbs with Allardyce numerous times in the past and the sight of the Palace boss glowering down the other end of the touchline might trouble the Arsenal manager this week. "When you look at their squad, it's a talented squad, because they have potential going forward, they are quick on the break and they are very versatile".

Sports Washington has a real chance. Alabama has Nick Saban
Author: 0 Washington has a real chance. Alabama has Nick Saban

Alabama (13-0) is 9-0 against the spread this season and 25-0 straight up and 16-9 ATS in its past 25 games. Washington (12-1) earned the Pac-12's crown and the committee rewarded the Huskies with the No. He kind of personifies Petersen's recruiting philosophy, finding talented players who fit his system that other coaches may have overlooked based of physical measurables.

Sports Man City have time on their side, says Guardiola
Author: 0 Man City have time on their side, says Guardiola

Liverpool have created the most chances in the Premier League this season with 260, while City sit in third with 240. Notably, they've also outscored everyone else in 2016 - and by some margin. "We got the three points". Saturday's game showed clearly why the Merseyside club are staying closest to Chelsea's coat-tails and why Pep Guardiola finds himself in the unusual position of being locked out of the top two after years of dominance with his previous clubs, Barcelona and Bayern ...

Sports Heisman victor Lamar Jackson fall flat against LSU in Citrus Bowl
Author: 0 Heisman victor Lamar Jackson fall flat against LSU in Citrus Bowl

Guice showed off nearly all of his abilities - including the ability to destroy a kicker - on Saturday morning in the Citrus Bowl and gave Tigers fans plenty of reasons to be excited. The Tigers got to Jackson early and often from their base defense and with a variety of blitzes. The Yellow Jackets rank 10th nationally in rushing, at 257.4 yards a game.