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The pressure on Lonzo Ball ahead of his first season with the Lakers is huge, and the 19-year-old only has his father to thank for that. Long before his son was drafted by L.A., LaVar Ball was in the habit of creating hype around Lonzo. In fact, they began to build an image and create expectations, veteran Andrew Bogut says, of what Ball would be like.
MOSCOW (AP) -- Alize Cornet of France beat hometown favorite Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-3 at the Kremlin Cup on Monday to set up a possible second-round meeting with Maria Sharapova.
Agree with the arguments put forward here? Disagree? Have your say in the comments section below. First of all, a caveat: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are two of the greatest tennis players of all time, and their collective renaissance this year has been nothing short of sensational. Sunday's
2017 has so far been the year when tennis went back to the future. For the first time since 2010 Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal picked up the first two slams of the year, and the thrilling Australian Open final between the two evergreen legends was a reminder of why the match-up is viewed by most observers
(Reuters) - Roger Federer is eyeing a seventh ATP Finals crown and has not ruled out pinching the world number one ranking from Rafa Nadal if he maintains the form that won him his second Shanghai Masters trophy on Sunday. The 19-times grand slam winner claimed his 94th title and sixth this year with
(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova is looking for a strong finish to a season that began with a doping ban and hit a high in China on Sunday when she won her first title in over two years. The former world number one, who returned from the 15-month ban in April, defeated Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka
Kyle Busch finished outside the top 25 for the second straight race.
Brad Keselowski edged out teammate Joey Logano in a one-lap sprint to the end of the stage.
Former UFC featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie is on the mend and poised for a comeback. There was further controversy when de Randamie refused to put her belt on the line against Cris "Cyborg" Justino. The UFC in turn stripped de Randamie of the belt for her refusal to fight.
During Thursday's Eagles-Panthers game, CBS showed video of Tony Romo's last career pass, against Philly in Week 17 of last season. "Was it the last pass?" Romo said with a wry smile. As the Packers try to figure out how to get through possibly the rest of the season without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, not many great free-agent options are available. Romo necessarily is one of them.
The Packers officially have gotten bad news regarding quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his broken collarbone. If he'll miss the rest of the season (and the team says that he could), the Packers should consider adding a quarterback who has bedeviled them in the past. Colin Kaepernick has both run and thrown the ball effectively in the past against the Packers.
All signs are starting to point to a future showdown between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and interim titleholder Tony Ferguson, but "El Cucuy" isn't leaving anything to chance. Although McGregor is the first UFC fighter to have held belts simultaneously in two divisions, he has never
Maria Sharapova won her first WTA title since returning from a doping ban after defeating Aryna Sabalenka to win the Tianjin Open on Sunday. The former top-ranked player and owner of five major titles, including the 2006 U.S. Open, tested positive for the newly banned drug meldonium at the Australian
Tyrrell Hatton's slow summer has turned into an impressive fall as he closes with a 65 at the Italian Open to win his second European Tour title
Barbora Strycova ended a six-year wait for her second WTA singles title on Sunday by defeating Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-1 at the Ladies Linz. Having won 20 doubles tournaments, the 26th-ranked Czech player improved to 2-6 in career singles finals after winning her maiden title in Quebec
Maria Sharapova won the Tianjin Open on Sunday winning her first tournament since her return for a drug ban.Sharapova beat Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 7-6 (8) as a tournament wild card.It was Sharapova's first tournament title on the WTA tour since claiming the Italian Open in 2015.Sharapova, a five-time
Jeffrey Earnhardt joined the team before this season.
SHANGHAI (AP) Roger Federer extended his winning streak over Rafael Nadal this year to four matches after beating the top-ranked Spaniard 6-4, 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.The Swiss 19-time grand slam winner, who still trails Nadal 23-15 in their overall head-to-head record, didn't
Should veteran NFL referee Pete Morelli be banned from officiating Eagles games? After watching Morelli and his crew penalize the Eagles dramatically more than their opponent for a fourth straight Eagles game the crew has officiated, Will Philbrick of Little Rock, Ark., went to change.org and created a petition to present to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell complaining about Morelli's track record working Eagles games. The Eagles beat the Panthers and Morelli Thursday night in Charlotte.
Roger Federer's fantasy season continued on Sunday as he beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets to lift the Shanghai Masters trophy. After the match, Federer was asked what had helped him win his last five meetings against his old nemesis. He smiled and replied "Not playing him on clay." Sunday's match was
(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova won her first WTA title in more than two years at the Tianjin Open on Sunday, showing plenty of grit and determination as she came from behind in each set to beat Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 7-6(8). The Russian managed to hold serve for the first time in the match
Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova was made to fight by 102nd-ranked teenager Aryna Sabalenka at the Tianjin Open on Sunday before winning her first title since her 15-month doping ban. The former world number one, who returned to action in April, came from behind in both sets and needed four
It has been more than a year since former WWE champion CM Punk made his disastrous Octagon debut. Punk (real name Phil Brooks) rose to prominence in the professional wrestling world, making his way from Ring of Honor and TNA to ECW and finally the pinnacle, WWE. Punk was problematic for WWE execs,
North Carolina hung another banner on a Friday night filled with Midnight Madness-style preseason events across college basketball. The school unveiled its 2017 NCAA championship banner during its annual ''Late Night With Roy'' event filled with jokes, dancing and a public scrimmage.
Bill Laimbeer will be the coach and general manager of the San Antonio Stars when the team is sold and relocated, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday night because there's no official announcement of the hiring
European powers are racing to salvage the Iran nuclear deal after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he is decertifying the landmark agreement and leaving its fate up to Congress.
Steve Carell trained for three months to portray tennis player Bobby Riggs in "Battle of the Sexes" -- but says his tennis game is still "not great." (Oct. 12)
President Donald Trump plans to halt payments to health insurance companies serving the poorest customers on the Obamacare exchanges, according to a report by Politico.
The San Antonio Stars are in negotiations to be sold and relocated, and a person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the buyer is based in Las Vegas. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the team or the WNBA have disclosed information about the buyer. '
The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee called on his international counterparts to act immediately on allegations of Russian doping, with now less than four months until the start of the Winter Games. ''The time for action is now,'' Scott Blackmun, the CEO of the USOC said in an address
Andy Murray is back hitting balls again at the All England Club, sources have confirmed, after a four-week period of rest and rehabilitation in the wake of his failed attempt to participate in the US Open. The practices are not understood to be too intense at the moment, but there is a date in mind:
UFC officials stated that Hunt was removed from his fight with Marcin Tybura and replaced by Fabricio Werdum due to concerns about his health following comments he made in an interview with the Player's Voice. "The truth is the legal case I have filed has caused me to be withdrawn.
Portland International Raceway is back on the IndyCar Series schedule in 2018. The Sept. 2 race on the 1.967-mile permanent road course will be IndyCar's first trip to the Oregon track since races were held from 1984-2007 under CART and Champ Car sanction. ''As a young man, I had the opportunity
The Chilean FA's vice-president has confirmed that the body will not report Peru and Colombia to FIFA over an alleged pact struck to send both teams through World Cup qualifying at the Roja's expense. Tuesday saw the South American pair draw 1-1 in
WWE executives haven't been shy in expressing their interest in McGregor joining the likes of Ronda Rousey in taking part in their promotion in some capacity. There is chatter about another boxing match for the UFC lightweight champion. "There are all these different things that pop up in the media
With Portland added, Watkins Glen dropped and Mexico not revived, the schedule will remain at 17 races next year, as there will be 16 holdovers from this year's calendar.
Rafael Nadal won his 14th consecutive match to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals, beating Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-1 on Thursday. Fognini occupied Nadal for 63 minutes, nine minutes longer Nadal's second-round match. Roger Federer, seeded second to Nadal, also was not detained for long
Shanghai (AFP) - Roger Federer avoided a potential banana skin in outclassing the Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov to reach the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday.
Justin Thomas collected the Jack Nicklaus Award as the U.S. PGA Tour player of the year a couple of days before heading to Malaysia in a bid to win his third successive CIMB Classic. Little wonder then the two-time defending champion was slightly off his game in the first round on Thursday, managing only a 2-under-par 70 to sit six strokes behind leader Cameron Smith of Australia. Smith opened with a blemish-free 8-under 64 and leads a U.S. PGA Tour event after the first round for the first time in 64 starts.
(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova overpowered Poland's Magda Linette to enter the quarter-finals of the Tianjin Open on Thursday and is targeting a first title since returning from a 15-month doping ban. The former world number one prevailed 7-5, 6-3 and will make her first quarter-finals appearance since
Injured world number four Elina Svitolina withdrew and China's eighth seed Zhang Shuai was bundled out of the Hong Kong Open on Thursday -- the latest blows to an event marred by several pre-tournament pullouts. The top seed Svitolina's withdrawal means her second-round opponent, American world
By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, said on Thursday a landmark arms control treaty that helped end the Cold War was in peril and called for a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to save it. Gorbachev, 86, said U.S.-Russia relations were in the throes of a "severe crisis" and that the treaty, which banned all Soviet and American short and intermediate-range land-based nuclear and conventional missiles, was now at serious risk. Gorbachev signed the pact - the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty - in 1987 along with then U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Washington.
At least the Cleveland Indians fans trudging away from Progressive Field on Wednesday night could not claim to be experiencing misery as a novel sensation. Yes, the Indians had a 2-0 lead in the American League Division Series. A 102-win team should have put the New York Yankees away in Game 3, but
As President Donald Trump continued to spout threats against North Korea, China entreated the U.S. to please "cool it" and "stop with the games."
The injury-ravaged New York Giants remain winless, and they suspended one of their top defensive players. "We know the Giants are 0-5," Broncos running back C.J. Anderson said. It has been one tough week for the Giants, however.
Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto, a six-time world champion over four different weight divisions, will fight for the final time on December 2 in New York against hometown foe Sadam Ali, promoters announced Wednesday. Cotto, 41-5 with 33 knockouts, will defend his World Boxing Organization light middleweight
Carlos Nuzman sent his resignation letter as head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee from a prison on Wednesday. The national Olympic committee immediately designated vice president Paulo Wanderley to replace Nuzman, who had headed the BOC for 22 years. Wanderley will serve the three years remaining
An executive who has yet to prove he knows what it takes to navigate Boston is now charged with hiring someone to face its media and fans every day, for a managerial job that Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski noted brings even more second-guessing than his own. "It's just like a general manager's spot that they're open for questions and debates and second-guessing, and even more so than a general manager," Dombrowski said Wednesday. What the next manager of the Red Sox will prove is whether Dombrowski himself was really the right hire.
Andrew Wiggins' contract extension took long enough. First, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said his team would offer a five-year max deal, but then said he wanted to look Wiggins in the eyes first. When the offer was finally on the table, Wiggins fired his agent then delayed signing.