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Lonzo Ball is Nothing Like the L.A. Lakers Expected
Lonzo Ball is Nothing Like the L.A. Lakers Expected

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.

Cornet beats Makarova in Kremlin Cup first round
Cornet beats Makarova in Kremlin Cup first round

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.

The Tennis Debate: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
The Tennis Debate: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's unchallenged dominance shames the chasing pack

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

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal: The five ages of tennis
Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal: The five ages of tennis's greatest rivalry

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

Federer eyes ATP Finals title, top ranking after Shanghai triumph
Federer eyes ATP Finals title, top ranking after Shanghai triumph

(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

Sharapova eyes strong finish to season after Tianjin title
Sharapova eyes strong finish to season after Tianjin title

(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 leaves Talladega outside top eight in points after DNF
Kyle Busch leaves Talladega outside top eight in points after DNF

Kyle Busch finished outside the top 25 for the second straight race.

Brad Keselowski wins Stage 1 of Alabama 500 at Talladega
Brad Keselowski wins Stage 1 of Alabama 500 at Talladega

Brad Keselowski edged out teammate Joey Logano in a one-lap sprint to the end of the stage.

Germaine de Randamie Cleared for UFC Comeback
Germaine de Randamie Cleared for UFC Comeback

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.

Tony Romo is an intriguing option for Packers, too
Tony Romo is an intriguing option for Packers, too

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.

With Aaron Rodgers out, Packers should consider adding you-know-who
With Aaron Rodgers out, Packers should consider adding you-know-who

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.

Does Conor McGregor Have the Grim Reaper Coming for Him?
Does Conor McGregor Have the Grim Reaper Coming for Him?

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

Sharapova wins her 1st title since doping ban
Sharapova wins her 1st title since doping ban

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 puts on impressive Sunday close to win for second straight week at Italian Open

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

Strycova beats Rybarikova in Linz final for 2nd career title
Strycova beats Rybarikova in Linz final for 2nd career 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 Wins First Title Since Drug Ban
Maria Sharapova Wins First Title Since Drug Ban

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 to return to No. 33 car for 2018
Jeffrey Earnhardt to return to No. 33 car for 2018

Jeffrey Earnhardt joined the team before this season.

Federer Beats Nadal to Win Shanghai Masters Title
Federer Beats Nadal to Win Shanghai Masters Title

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

Over 23,000 sign online petition to ban Pete Morelli from reffing Eagles games
Over 23,000 sign online petition to ban Pete Morelli from reffing Eagles games

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.

On Time: Doors Open Baltimore
On Time: Doors Open Baltimore

Doors Open Baltimore

Roger Federer produces masterclass to beat Rafael Nadal and clinch Shanghai Masters title
Roger Federer produces masterclass to beat Rafael Nadal and clinch Shanghai Masters title

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

Sharapova wins first WTA title since return from ban
Sharapova wins first WTA title since return from ban

(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

Sharapova fights to first title since drugs ban
Sharapova fights to first title since drugs ban

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

CM Punk Back in Camp; Looking for a Fight
CM Punk Back in Camp; Looking for a Fight

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,

Tar Heels unveil 2017 NCAA championship banner
Tar Heels unveil 2017 NCAA championship banner

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.

AP source: Laimbeer to be Stars
AP source: Laimbeer to be Stars' coach, GM after relocation

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

As Trump Bashes Iran Deal, European Leaders Stand Up To Defend It
As Trump Bashes Iran Deal, European Leaders Stand Up To Defend It

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
Steve Carell's 'not great' tennis talents

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)

Trump To Cut Off Billions In Key Obamacare Payments To Insurers
Trump To Cut Off Billions In Key Obamacare Payments To Insurers

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.

AP source: WNBA's Stars negotiating sale to Las Vegas buyer

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. '

USOC CEO to IOC on Russian doping: Time for action is now
USOC CEO to IOC on Russian doping: Time for action is now

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 back in practice as he eyes exhibition comeback match against Roger Federer
Andy Murray back in practice as he eyes exhibition comeback match against Roger Federer

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:

Dana White Claims He
Dana White Claims He's Only Saving Mark Hunt from Himself

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.

IndyCar returns to Oregon in change to 2018 schedule

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

Chile will not report Peru & Colombia for alleged World Cup
Chile will not report Peru & Colombia for alleged World Cup 'pact'

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

Conor McGregor Mulling Over What is Next
Conor McGregor Mulling Over What is Next

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

IndyCar confirms tweaked 2018 slate with Portland added
IndyCar confirms tweaked 2018 slate with Portland added

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.

Nadal, Federer cruise into Shanghai Masters quarterfinals
Nadal, Federer cruise into Shanghai Masters quarterfinals

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

Federer eases into Shanghai quarter-finals
Federer eases into Shanghai quarter-finals

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.

Thomas begins defense of CIMB Classic 6 shots behind leader
Thomas begins defense of CIMB Classic 6 shots behind leader

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.

Sharapova storms into Tianjin quarter-finals

(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

Hong Kong top seed Svitolina out injured as Zhang loses
Hong Kong top seed Svitolina out injured as Zhang loses

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

Gorbachev, last Soviet leader, wants Trump-Putin summit to save arms pact
Gorbachev, last Soviet leader, wants Trump-Putin summit to save arms pact

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.

Was Indians
Was Indians' Game 5 Loss to Yankees Cleveland's Worst Sports Moment? Between Browns and LeBron, City Has Had a Few

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

China Pleads With Trump:
China Pleads With Trump: 'Cool It' Already With The North Korea Threats

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."

Winless Giants limp into meeting with Broncos

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.

Boxing: Six-time champ Cotto books December farewell fight
Boxing: Six-time champ Cotto books December farewell fight

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

Olympic leader Nuzman sends resignation letter from jail

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

New manager will shape Sox
New manager will shape Sox' -- and Dombrowski's -- future

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 signs max contract extension with Timberwolves
Andrew Wiggins signs max contract extension with Timberwolves

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.

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