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Chelsea stretch lead at top of table with win over Hull City

The Italian's tactics have taken the league by storm, with the 3-4-3 formation impenetrable more often than not, while his handling of the Diego Costa issue over the past week or so has proven that he is just as good a man manager as he is master tactician.

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Venus advances to face Pavyuchenkova in Aussie Open quarterfinals

The fifth seed, a finalist at the US Open past year, won eight of the last 11 games in a topsy-turvy contest on Margaret Court Arena to secure a last-16 meeting with the final Australian in the draw, Daria Gavrilova. Serena Williams needed only 63 minutes to take care of Nicole Gibbs in the third round on Saturday, winning 6-1, 6-3 at the Rod Laver Arena. "I don't have anything to prove in this tournament here".

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Konta Conquers Makarova, Books Serena Clash In Oz Open QF

Only when she went to serve for the match did she falter slightly, fending off three break points before closing out the win on her second match point. Cibulkova never let the hard-fought lead slip away from then, eventually capping off the incredible comeback with an unforced error from Makarova. The second set proved more of a battle, but she was strong on serve, with six aces coming off the frame of her racquet.

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Gabon, Guinea-Bissau crash of AFCON 2017

Unfortunately there are days when it doesn't go in", said the Borussia Dortmund striker, who missed a glorious early opportunity for the Panthers as they drew 0-0 with Cameroon in Libreville. It took until the final minute of injury-time for Gabon to unduly trouble the Cameroon defence, while the Indomitable Lions were clearly happy with their point that they new would take them into the knockout stages.

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Martellus Bennett playing through cracked bone, bone chips in ankle

Since being acquired from the Chicago Bears in the offseason, Bennett has been great for the Patriots. The 29-year-old led the team in touchdown passes during the regular season with seven and ranked second in receiving yards with 701 on 55 catches.

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Arsenal's Arsene Wenger apologises after being sent off against Burnley

Burnley spent most of the first half showing why they've played so well of late. Wenger will welcome back Hector Bellerin, Kieran Gibbs and Francis Coquelin after injuries, while in-form striker Olivier Giroud is fit despite being forced off at Swansea with an ankle problem.

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What NFL Playoff Games are on TV Today, January 22?

The guy nicknamed "Matty Ice" went 27 for 38 for 392 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, while adding a rushing TD, to boot, leading Atlanta past Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers 44-21 on Sunday in the NFC championship game.

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Alexis the saviour with late penalty

Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi making his 19th appearance for the Gunners had to be sacrificed by coach Arsene Wenger after Granit Xhaka's dismissal in the 65th minute of the encounter after the Swiss global went in hard on Steven Defour with both feet off the ground to earn a straight red from referee Jonathan Moss.

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Furious Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger pushes official three times

They have mustered a meagre three goals away from home, half the tally of the next most goal-shy away team in the division and the lowest figure of any club across Europe's top five leagues. "Overall, nine times out of 10 you don't get sent to the stands for that". Facing a Burnley side that has picked up just two points on their travels so far this season, it seemed like a routine victory for the home side on paper but it was everything but that.

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Dhoni felicitated, Eden gets four stands named after stalwarts

Dhoni, under whose leadership India won the 50-overs World Cup in 2011 and the World T20 in 2007, was handed a citation and memento by India's first World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev. The CAB also named four stands of the stadium after former CAB presidents Biswanath Dutta and late Jag Mohan Dalmiya, late Indian test opener Pankaj Roy and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.

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Venus Williams advances to quarterfinals at Australian Open

The German world number one's exit followed that of men's top seed and world number one Andy Murray, who lost to Mischa Zverev earlier in the evening on the same court. Mona Barthel had beaten Olympic champion Monica Puig on her way to a career-best show at a grand slam, but the seven-time major champion proved an obstacle too far, winning 6-3 7-5.

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Iniesta misses Eibar trip as Enrique seeks consistency

They've been in strong form in league play and draw ninth-place Eibar, who come off a 3-0 Copa del Rey loss to Atletico Madrid. That kept up the visitors' impressive average of scoring three goals a game against Eibar across their five meetings, and there was still time for another to arrive in added time.

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Oregon Ducks co-offensive coordinator charged with DUI, to be fired

Police in the city of Eugene arrested Reaves early Sunday. Not a great start for Willie Taggart at the OR program. Five days after his hiring, OR placed Reaves on administrative leave. Reaves had just been hired by OR to coach tight ends and help share offensive coordinator responsibilities earlier this month after having been a coach at the University of Southern Florida since 2013.

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Day 8 Australian Open matches to watch

Third seed Milos Raonic overcame a third-set blip to get past Frenchman Gilles Simon in four sets, 6-2 7-6 3-6 6-3. After Rafael Nadal served out his third round match - a four hour clash of weapons over will and power against persistence - he let out guttural shout, fists clenched, eyes shut and head thrown back.

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Premier League footballer in hospital after sickening clash

Everyone at Chelsea, we hope to see him very soon on the pitch and to recover very soon". Hull thanked the A&E and Neurosurgery Unit at St Mary's Hospital in London, where Hull had travelled down to face Chelsea. Cahill quickly returned to his feet and readied himself to return to the action. He was carried off on a stretcher wearing an oxygen mask after receiving eight minutes of treatment.

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NFC Championship Game Score

For tomorrow's NFC Championship , Ontario's Pro-Line is offering odds of +3.30 for a tie (game decided by three or less points), +3.00 for a Green Bay win by four or more, and +3.70 for a Green Bay win by eight or more. Their linebackers are better than they've been in years, already. It's because of the slow and deliberate moves the Packers make in the offseason to help build an already strong program that media and National Football League fandom continue to mention the franchise among the ...

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Nadal relieved to outlast Zverev in Australian Open 'battle'

One break apiece was enough to see both players share the opening two sets, but 19-year-old Zverev showed his potential as he capitalised on a 6-5 lead in the tiebreak by hitting a scintillating backhand victor on set point. He had since lost to Fabio Fognini at the US Open (2015), Fernando Verdasco here past year and Lucas Pouille at the US Open, failing to haul himself across the line in five-set affairs.

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Serena Williams, Barbora Strycova renew Grand Slam rivalry

It's such a blessing", said Williams. "After the match my coach told me you need to learn from Venus because she is also play a very offensive game, play very fast, so that's something you could learn from her". Pavlyuchenkova's win over fellow Russian Kuznetsova left Williams as the only Grand Slam victor left in that quarter of the draw. "You should apologize.

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High-Octane Offenses in Title Games. This Should Be Fun

One of the big games on the NFL's Championship Sunday will feature an AFC clash between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers , with the victor to face off against the NFC champion in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston.

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Atlanta Falcons fans cheer quick start against Green Bay Packers

Packers: QUESTIONABLE: RB Christine Michael (back), WR Jordy Nelson (ribs, illness), WR Davante Adams (ankle), WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring), S Morgan Burnett (quadricep), CB Quinten Rollins (neck, concussion). Defense: We know neither of these teams are dominant on the defensive side. Four Super Bowl titles. A victory to the tune of 422 total yards, 29 first downs, and a 36-20 punch in the mouth to Seattle.

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Antonio Conte Assures Costa Will Stay At Chelsea

Diego is an important player for us, we all know this. Costa, who sat out Chelsea's 3-0 win over Leicester, has been returned to the squad by boss Antonio Conte for Sunday's home tie with Hull, and Courtois says the player's determination to succeed with the Premier League leaders was not in doubt.

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Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams expected to play

Nelson will be wearing a Kevlar vest much like the one used by Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo when he played with broken ribs several seasons ago. Davante Adams (ankle), and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) are all active and expected to play. When asked his level of concern regarding Adams' availability for Sunday, McCarthy said: "We'll see". Adams said it would take a lot to keep him from playing Sunday.

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Spurs slip past Cavs in OT, Hornets topple the Nets

He has scored 30 points in six consecutive games, tied for the third-longest streak in Spurs history. Now, it's trying to find the tricky balance of leaning on those championship memories for confidence when things start to get hard, while at the same time trying to trick themselves into feeling urgency when they're only at the midway point of the regular season because if they don't, these next 40 games before the playoffs could put them in a bad place to start the postseason - not ...

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Packers' injury concerns at WR stretch to Adams

He was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday but was held out on Friday. "I don't know. It's obviously a long ways away", Nelson said when asked about the odds of playing against the Falcons on Sunday. Neither Adams nor Allison practiced, so McCarthy has been forced to create his early game plan without any of the three players in it. Having him back should be a big boost for a Green Bay Packers' passing game that is already on fire, but it will be interesting to see ...

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Howe praises Bournemouth 'fighters' after Watford draw

It certainly helped their cause that Gomes continued to excel, this time when he produced another full-length dive to deny Fraser's shot and when they forced another corner, Deeney was able to expose Bournemouth once again to put his side ahead in the 64th minute.

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Tito Ortiz reflects on legacy after 'dream' finale

Tonight, Jan. 21, 2017, I'm going to let my son lay these gloves down right here in the Bellator cage because this is the last time I'll be fighting. Ward was rocked by a left hook during an exchange, which forced him to take Daley to the canvas. Ward remained down for several minutes while being attended to by the ringside doctors.

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Rangers to retire Rodriguez's uniform number 7

When pressed at a news conference in NY marking Wednesday's election of Rodriguez, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines to the Hall of Fame, on whether he used performance-enhancing drugs, the 45-year-old Puerto Rican said: "No I didn't". In addition, native Cuban Tony Perez (2000) has spent much of his life residing in Puerto Rico. He hit.304/.341/.488 (112 OPS+) with 217 home runs for Texas and was named the 1999 AL MVP.

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Patriots' Tom Brady dodges question about Donald Trump

Patriots owner Robert Kraft happened to be in attendance and Trump took notice. Asked if he'd ever been mentioned in a speech by a President-elect on the eve of an inauguration, Belichick simply said, "No". "I will always be grateful to him for his thoughtfulness and his continued friendship". "I haven't even paid attention to politics in a long time", he said.

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Fleetwood credits persistence for second win

Three-time victor Martin Kaymer also eagled the 18th to finish in a tie for fourth with Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Austria's Bernd Wiesberger on 15 under. I didn't really want to stop. This win will lift him from a ranking of No. 102 to near the top 50. "I thought maybe my second win would come sooner, to be honest", he said.

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Showman Monfils to face Nadal in fourth round

Nadal, the ninth seed, has not won a major since the 2014 French Open. Istomin beat Busta 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Zverev's big serve and hard-hitting backhand was hard to counter for Nadal initially as the prodigy dominated by winning two sets out of three, only for the Spanish ace to battle his way back to secure the win.

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Aston Villa announce Lansbury signing

He's decided that the team will pick itself. Championship outfit Aston Villa are close to bolstering their backline with the signing of Bury defender Jacob Bedeau, according to reports from BBC Sport . We didn't do the basics. "We hope we can announce something with that pretty shortly too". 'We didn't lay a glove on them and didn't stop them from playing which has been our strength over the past few months when we have had a good run.

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Packers' Davante Adams may be game-time decision on Sunday

Adams became the de facto top option for quarterback Aaron Rodgers during that game, but suffered an ankle injury that kept him from practicing at points during the week. Allison has a hamstring injury. The Packers have ruled out offensive lineman JC Tretter, who underwent knee surgery on Tuesday. Jordy Nelson was listed as a limited participant but that's being awfully kind.

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Man Arrested After False Fire Alarm At Steelers' Hotel In Boston

The statement said that Harrison is being detained, pending bail. The act of pulling a fire alarm at a hotel to disrupt a team has becoming something of a trend. The media initially were allowed to stay, but soon they were asked to evacuate too. The Steelers are in Boston getting ready to take the field in the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots later tonight.

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England post 321-8 in third India ODI

One of the recurring themes of the series for England, to borrow from their skipper Eoin Morgan, had been "those 20 extra first innings runs". After the first warm-up match between India A and England , which was also MS Dhoni's last match as India's captain, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni recorded a video, which became viral on social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter.

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Former Cleveland Indian, Andy Marte, killed in vehicle crash

Marte, who was 33, was killed in the Dominican Republic, his home country. He was reportedly driving alone in his white Mercedes-Benz when he crashed around 3 a.m. Marte came to Cleveland in 2006 in a trade that sent outfielder Coco Crisp to the Boston Red Sox. Marte thrived in Korea over the past two seasons, hitting a stellar.312/.390/.547 in a combined 867 PAs and amassing 20-plus home runs both years.


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