Italian firebrand Fabio Fognini came through an intense five-set epic at the Australian Open Tuesday in a match overshadowed by expletive-laden rants at the umpire, who was slammed as "pathetic". The 12th seed was two sets down when his first round clash against giant American Reilly Opelka was halted by rain on Monday. They returned under blue skies on Tuesday when Fognini emerged a 3-6, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) winner but with an injured hand after hitting his racquet in anger.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 8:30 am
Fast-rising teenager Jannik Sinner won his first Grand Slam match Tuesday and basked in praise from Roger Federer, who said "we'll see a lot more of" the Italian. The 18-year-old, a former champion skier before switching to tennis, swept past Australian Max Purcell 7-6 (7/2), 6-2, 6-4 at the Australian Open. The win reinforced Sinner's credentials after he won the NextGen ATP Finals in Milan last November -- a tournament that features the eight best men's players aged 21 or under.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 7:57 am
Anthony Joshua reveals Deontay Wilder’s ‘curveball offer’ to try prevent third fight against Tyson Fury
Anthony Joshua has revealed talks have taken place with Deontay Wilder for a fight later this year and is willing to “throw a curveball” to ensure a third fight with Tyson Fury does not happen. Wilder will defend his WBC crown next month against Fury, with a third fight already agreed between the pair no matter the outcome of the rematch. But Joshua has intentions of forcing an undisputed fight with the American, with talks underway to tempt his fellow world heavyweight champion to meet him instead.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 7:56 am
AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran lost their jobs in the wake of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scam, leaving three teams without managers three weeks before the start of spring training. On and off the field, the fallout from one of the biggest scandals in Major League Baseball history is bound to carry over. Fact is, when A's pitcher Mike Fiers went public, MLB was forced to act.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 7:36 am
BOSTON - When his night was complete, the Celtics having built a comfortable 30-point cushion over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers with five minutes to play in Monday's tilt at TD Garden, Kemba Walker slowly made his way down the Boston sideline dapping every person along the way. He started at Brad Stevens, visited with each assistant coach, then all of his teammates, and kept right on going when he reached the training staff. At one point it felt like he might head straight into the crowd and start shaking hands.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 6:02 am
Damian Lillard wasn't going to be denied. Warriors challenged the Trail Blazers but Dame dropped 61, including a career-high 11 triples, to get the OT win.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 5:51 am
Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova admitted she does not know if she will be back at the Australian Open next year after suffering a first-round defeat in Melbourne on Tuesday. The former world number one, playing on a wildcard, is set to drop below 350 in the rankings following her 3-6, 4-6 defeat to Croatia's 19th-seeded Donna Vekic. It was the 32-year-old Sharapova's third first-round exit in a row at Grand Slam tournaments, and will increase speculation over her future.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 5:15 am
Charles Barkley needs to put some respect on Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. It was probably just a slip of the tongue, but considering it came from Barkley, Warriors fans wouldn't be faulted for thinking this was just another slight from the zero-time NBA champion. All throughout the Warriors' five-year NBA Finals run, Barkley routinely criticized them.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 4:46 am
A pair of videos showing what appears to be former NBA guard Delonte West involved in a rough altercation in Washington, D.C., surfaced on social media on Monday. A man who appeared to be West, who played in the league for eight seasons from 2004-2012, could be seen being attacked in the middle of a road. Another video showed the man handcuffed talking to police, where he accused another man of pulling a gun on him.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 4:18 am
But he doesn't view, or critique, his last Super Bowl appearance like the masses. Three years have passed since that epic collapse on the game's greatest stage. But Shanahan's perspective on his final moments coaching on the Falcons' sideline — and his team's unfathomable failure to seal a victory with a 28-3 advantage over the Patriots — hasn't really changed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 4:13 am
When it comes to unanimous picks for baseball's Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter quite appropriately has the chance to be No. 2. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera became the first player to appear on every ballot when he swept 425 votes in last year's election. Ken Griffey Jr. was three votes short perfection in 2016, breaking the mark of five shy that had been held since 1992 by Tom Seaver.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 1:24 am
Having already battled for five extra holes into darkness without producing a champion a day earlier, Gaby Lopez and Nasa Hataoka showed up to work at 8 a.m., just like regular folks. The early wake-up call and extra golf was worth it for Lopez, who rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt to prevail on the seventh playoff hole Monday and capture the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. It was the second LPGA title for Lopez, who 14 months ago became the second player from Mexico to win on tour, joining World Golf Hall of Fame member Lorena Ochoa.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 12:05 am
Redick on “The JJ Redick Podcast With Tommy Alter“: There's just too much stuff going on. There's too many people in your ear. There's not enough time in the day, probably, for some guys.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 12:00 am
The Brooklyn Nets had no answer for Ben Simmons on Monday afternoon. The 76ers star was nearly unstoppable, posting a triple-double while leading Philadelphia to a 117-111 win at the Barclays Center, its fourth straight win. Simmons tied his career-high with 34 points while adding 12 rebounds and 12 assists, notching his fourth triple-double of the year.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 11:37 pm
It crossed Bryan Bulaga's mind pregame, but even more after the 49ers built a 27-0 lead. The veteran right tackle may well have played his final game in a Packers uniform. Bulaga, 30, is scheduled to become a free agent in March after completing a five-year, $33.1 million extension he signed in 2015.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 11:23 pm
Rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw played so well in Kwon Alexander's eight-game absence during the regular season, he has continued in his every-down role. Greenlaw played 47 of the 49ers' 63 defensive snaps Sunday in the team's 37-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at Levi's Stadium. Alexander, in his second game back after missing half the season with a torn pectoral, played 20 snaps in the game.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 11:23 pm
Longtime Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez reached a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves on Monday that includes an invite to big league spring training. The right-hander would get a $1 million, one-year contract if added to Atlanta's 40-man roster. Hernandez, who turns 34 in April, is coming off his worst season in the majors.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 11:05 pm
Brad Marchand is known around the NHL as a rat, a pest, someone who can get under your skin. LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App. In a poll of 392 players across the NHL, The Athletic asked the players to answer a variety of questions -- one of those questions being "Who is the dirtiest player in the league?" To no surprise, No. 63 was voted the dirtiest in the league, receiving 29 percent of votes.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 10:04 pm
Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees retired after Sunday's playoff exit at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs while Marcus Mariota expressed gratitude as his career with the team nears a likely end. The Titans' Cinderella playoff run came to an end in the AFC Championship game, Tennessee missing out on a place in the Super Bowl with a 35-24 defeat at Arrowhead Stadium. It was a game that marked the end of a 40-year coaching career for Pees, who won Super Bowls as a defensive coordinator with the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 9:48 pm
Though Iowa won 10 games last season, concluding the best five-year stretch in the program's history, it wasn't easy, coach Kirk Ferentz said Monday. “Unless you've got a boat full of guys, it's hard to win in college football,” Ferentz said at his postseason news conference. The Hawkeyes, who went 10-3 last season, won 47 games in five seasons.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 9:25 pm
Former Warriors guard Ian Clark is playing in China right now. When he tweeted about the performance, Andre Iguodala couldn't help but troll his former teammate. Andre gets a 10 out of 10 for this joke, because as Warriors fans are well aware, Clark wasn't on the court for his passing ability.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 8:42 pm
You may have noticed that none of the four teams that played this weekend were the Chicago Bears. They haven't played since the last week of December, but since this disastrous season won't end for another two weeks, there's been plenty of time for some especially painful parting shots. And weirdly enough, there were multiple moments through the two games on Sunday that reminded Bears' fans about the 8-8 season that absolutely no one is trying to remember.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 8:40 pm
49ers defensive end Dee Ford nearly got here last year with the Chiefs. Traded to San Francisco in the offseason, Ford now gets to play against the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. “Let's get this right: There's no love lost nowhere,” Ford told Jarrett Bell of USA Today.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 7:57 pm
In this week's edition of the NHL Power Rankings we keep it on an individual player level and dig into the 10 best rookie performances so far this season. It has been an interesting rookie class because two of the most anticipated rookies — top-two picks Jack Hughes and Kappo Kaako) have gone through some early growing pains and have not really played their way into the Calder Trophy discussion. Makar entered the season as one of the Calder Trophy favorites, and he has not only met the high expectations placed upon him, he has probably exceeded them.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 6:43 pm
The Milwaukee Bucks continue to dominate the league, again holding onto the No. 1 spot, while the LA Clippers climb back into the top three in this week's updated NBA Power Rankings. Hard to decide what is more impressive: The Bucks ranking No. 2 overall in Offensive Efficiency, or ranking No. 1 overall Defensive Efficiency. Any way you slice it, the Bucks have been, far and away, the best two-way team in the league this season.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 6:41 pm
The former NFL wide receiver who played six seasons in the NFL, three with the Cincinnati Bengals and three with the Cleveland Browns, is now with the NFL Network as a host and multi-platform contributor. In his role, Hawkins hosts a variety of content on NFL Media's digital and social channels, including new show formats and other engaging VOD content. The two-time Sports Emmy Award nominee also appears on various NFL Network shows such as NFL Total Access and Good Morning Football.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 6:36 pm
Here is the latest NCAA tournament bracketology projection. Welcome to the top line, San Diego State. The Aztecs join Baylor, Gonzaga, and Kansas as No.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 6:30 pm
The Buck family have long established themselves as broadcasting royalty, and have seen it all when it comes to baseball and football. Joe Buck is scheduled to call this year's Super Bowl, where the Kansas City Chiefs square off against the San Francisco 49ers, and this game will have some special meaning to him. CBS's Jim Nantz was intuitive enough to know that this year's event will be more than just a game to Joe Buck, and provided him with the following shoutout after the Chiefs topped the Tennessee Titans in the AFC title game.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 6:22 pm
It's a crucial week for all 100-plus prospects down here, but this group of 10 especially has a lot riding on this week. Utah State QB Jordan Love Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts might have the most to gain or lose of any prospect in Mobile in terms of their draft stock. Love could lay claim to that distinction as well.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 6:12 pm
Xavier McKinney, CB, Alabama What they said: 32-year-old safety Malcolm Jenkins would like a new deal and Rodney McLoud could be headed for free agency. The Eagles would love to upgrade the cornerback position but three of the top CBs are already off the board. McKinney is a top-flight safety, and could possibly emerge as the top safety in the class by draft night.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 5:07 pm
The Browns appear to be close to hiring their next General Manager. Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports that the team could hire Vikings assistant G.M. George Paton as John Dorsey's successor this week. Dorsey and head coach Freddie Kitchens were fired shortly after the Browns wrapped up the regular season.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 4:13 pm
Mookie Betts' future with the Boston Red Sox beyond 2020 remains uncertain, and if another team wants to make a trade for the former American League MVP, it's going to cost quite a bit. The Red Sox are in an interesting spot with Betts. Allowing a player of Betts' caliber to leave as an unrestricted free agent and get nothing of value in return would be a huge setback for the Red Sox.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 3:41 pm
The Panthers have made another hire, and this one wasn't from Baylor. According to Ed Bouchette of TheAthletic.com, the Panthers are hiring Steelers football administration coordinator Samir Suleiman. Suleiman will replace Rob Rogers in the salary cap position.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 2:57 pm
The NFL does not have a “sky judge,” the oft-proposed official who watches the TV feed of the game and tells the officials on the field anything they missed. With the Titans' defense on the field late in the fourth quarter, Romo mentioned on the CBS broadcast that Tennessee had 12 players on the field. Romo mocked the officials for how long it took them.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 2:34 pm
But … Verdict: Goes Kulp: If he never appears in another game in Philadelphia -- not at all unlikely -- Davis will be the 10th wide receiver in the Super Bowl era to finish his Eagles career with one catch. His name will be there with other franchise legends such as Seyi Ajirotutu, Alex Van Dyke, Troy Smith, Reggie Lawrence, Carlos Carson, Bobby Duckworth, Jerrold McRae, Stan Davis and Vince Papale. OK, that last one was pretty good.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 2:02 pm
As Tiger Woods makes his first attempt this week at surpassing Sam Snead for the most all-time PGA Tour victories, the man largely responsible for pegging Snead's number at 82 has weighed in with his thoughts on how the two greats compare. Many of 'Slammin' Sammy's' victories - achieved from 1936 to 1965 - came before the tour existed in its current form, back in an era when there were was a looser affiliation of events, rather than today's highly structured circuit. Indeed, in 1987, then-PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman set up a panel of golf historians to sift through Snead's victories with a fine tooth comb, deciding which to include in the official tally and which to discard.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 12:56 pm
One of the few things to go wrong for the 49ers on Sunday was the shoulder injury running back Tevin Coleman suffered in the first half of the game. Coleman took a cart to the locker room and was ruled out of the game during halftime. “I know it was a shoulder,” Shanahan said in his postgame press conference.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 12:52 pm
Rob Lowe may have been the picture of neutrality in his NFL logo hat at the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, but fans had strong feelings about his generic attire. During the host San Francisco 49ers' 37-20 victory over the Green Bay Packers, the actor was shown in the crowd after Fox broadcaster Joe Buck read a promo for Lowe's new show, “9-1-1: Lone Star. And Twitter hit Lowe hard for his headwear.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 11:14 am
A Google Earth image of Augusta National shows a new service road behind the par-5 13th hole. In 2017, Augusta National Golf Club completed the purchase of land from neighboring Augusta Country Club that would allow the club to perhaps lengthen the famous par 5. An Augusta National spokesperson said Monday that the image is from last fall and shows that the service road the club previously discussed has been built.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 10:23 am
Packers coach Matt LaFleur knows his team was thoroughly outplayed in all phases of the game on Sunday. LaFleur said after losing 37-20 in the NFC Championship Game that the 49ers were just the better team. “That is a fast team, and they were better, faster and more physical than us tonight,” LaFleur said.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 10:05 am
A tennis player received a telling-off from an umpire at the Australian Open for asking a ball girl to peel a banana for him. World No 229 Elliot Benchetrit was sat courtside in between sets during the Grand Slam qualifier when he was presented with a banana by one of the tournament's ball girls. Rather than peel it himself he instructed the ball girl to do it for him – much to the disgust of chair umpire John Blom.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 9:27 am
He also got a laugh when he admitted one pre-Super Bowl concern he has. Fired up to go to Miami,” Reid said. I need to go on a diet so I can fit in my clothes.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 5:42 am
The San Francisco 49ers routed the Green Bay Packers in Sunday's NFC championship game, 37-20, and some say Vice President Mike Pence played a role in the outcome. The Niners will play the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. Superstitious fans say Pence jinxed the Packers during a rally in Milwaukee last week when he not only predicted that Green Bay would win but also that they would defeat “Nancy Pelosi's 49ers.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 4:58 am
Rob Lowe just hopes both teams have fun. The former star of the "West Wing" was present for the 49ers' NFC Championship Game tilt with the Green Bay Packers on Sunday -- mainly so FOX could hype is upcoming network drama "9-1-1: Lone Star" which premieres tonight. Lowe apparently had no dog in the fight, as he showed up in Santa Clara sporting a very nifty NFL logo hat.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 2:04 am
Restricted” means the player can sign an offer sheet with any team, but his 2019 team can keep him on the roster by signing him to a restricted tender. Exclusive Rights” means the player will return to his 2019 team unless the team opts to make him an unrestricted free agent. Cut candidates” are players that may be released because their contract is too expensive relative to their talent and cap space.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 2:02 am
The Titans season ended and so, too, has Marcus Mariota's time in Tennessee. After the Titans 35-24 loss to the Chiefs, the Heisman Trophy winner was confronted with the reality that he'll be an unrestricted free agent heading into next season. Benched in favor of Ryan Tannehill midway through the season, Mariota remained a consummate professional.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 2:00 am
Just because LSU QB Joe Burrow won't be attending the Senior Bowl, where the Cincinnati Bengals staff will be coaching this week, doesn't mean that they're not drafting the Heisman Trophy and national-title winner. According to an ESPN report, the Bengals “have no intention” of dealing the top pick in the 2020 NFL draft. There was speculation that the Carolina Panthers could be loading up for a shot at Burrow after signing Joe Brady, his former coach at LSU, as their offensive coordinator.
Posted: January 19, 2020, 10:38 pm
Conor McGregor made an emphatic return to the Octagon on Saturday with a violent 40-second knockout of Donald Cerrone. After McGregor pummeled Cerrone's face with his shoulder before finishing him off with a kick to his face, the conversation quickly shifted to what's next for Conor. With Jorge Masvidal watching cageside and a Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch presumably, eventually in the works, Nate Diaz was unimpressed with the whole ordeal.
Posted: January 19, 2020, 8:25 pm
Two months ahead of becoming a free agent, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has moved his family from the team's former city of San Diego to Florida. Rivers said the move was “permanent,” per a report Sunday by ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. "What this means football-wise is to be determined but it was time for us to move back closer to home," Rivers said in the text message, via ESPN.
Posted: January 19, 2020, 6:42 pm
See the highlights and recap from UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy from Saturday's event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Conor McGregor returned after more than a year on the sidelines and he did so in style. The UFC's first dual-division champion became the promotion's first fighter to knock out an opponent in three different weight classes: featherweight, lightweight, and now, welterweight.
Posted: January 19, 2020, 4:35 pm
The Giants have hired Jason Garrett as their offensive coordinator in a move that brings the former Cowboys head coach back to the state where he played college ball and to a team he once played for as a backup quarterback. Familiarity with the organization helped smooth the path to the Giants for Garrett, although that familiarity did not extend to head coach Joe Judge until the two men met last week. Garrett's conversation with Judge helped create that feeling and it sounds like the chance to work with quarterback Daniel Jones also factored into the equation.
Posted: January 19, 2020, 1:13 pm