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runners face final tough guy challenge


after more than 30 years, an obstacle course race created by a man called mr mouse that spawned other extreme runs, is having its final run this weekend.mike bushell reports.






details to come: rafa vs roger in australian open final


melbourne, australia (ap) — a grand slam final nearly six years in the making is just hours away at the australian open.the last time roger federer and rafael nadal met in a major final was at the french open in 2011, when nadal won in four sets. nadal holds a 23-11 edge, including semifinal wins at the australian open in 2012 and 2014.federer, with a leading 17 grand slam men’s singles titles, has gone further in the tournament than he ever expected after being out for six months with a left knee injury. nadal, too, spent extended injury time on the sidelines in 2016.the mixed doubles final will open the action at rod laver, with american abigail spears and juan sebastian cabal playing sania mirza of india and ivan dodig.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






new low for klopp: liverpool knocked out of fa cup by wolves


london — liverpool was embarr ed in the fa cup by wolverhampton wanderers on urday, with a week of misery for juergen klopp completed by losing 2-1 to the second-tier side.liverpool was shocked 4-3 by swansea in the premier league last urday and was denied a place in the league cup final by southampton on wednesday. the collapse to wolves in the fa cup fourth round leaves klopp with only the premier league to contend for and fourth-placed liverpool is 10 points behind leader chelsea.richard stearman scored for wolves in the first minute at anfield and andreas weimann doubled the visitors' lead four minutes before halftime.wolves were once a leading team in english soccer, winning three top-flight titles in the 1950s before collecting the fa cup for a fourth and final time in 1960. the cent






texting while driving survey finds final fatal words


why it matters to you there's something you can do so friends and family won't feel pressured to return text messages while driving.every day distracted driving factors in more than eight fatalities and almost 1,200 injuries in the u.s., according to the centers for disease control and prevention (cdc). texting while driving isn’t the only dangerous distraction, but a recent survey of drivers’ behind-the-wheel texts by autoinsurance center reveals why people continue to text and what they text about, including final messages before fatal crashes.autoinsurance center surveyed 2,060 drivers about their in-car texting behaviors. the survey looked at generational differences, message importance, how frequently they sent texts while driving, most common messages, and more. the company also ana






serena williams defeats sister venus for record no. 23 at australian open


serena williams has won her record 23rd grand slam singles title, and her sister was right there on court to give her a congratulatory hug.the all-williams final — the first at the australian open since serena won the first edition here in 2003 — went to the younger sibling 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian title, the 35-year-old williams moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era. margaret court has the all-time record and was also in the crowd for the final.court won 24 majors, but collected 13 of those before the open era which began in 1968 after the sport be e professional.the victory at rod laver arena also ensured serena williams will regain the top ranking, which she lost in september after 186 straight weeks when angelique kerber






fans flock to oak grill, skyroom as 113-year minneapolis tradition ends


determined to reverse eight years of a democratic administration, house republicans are on track to overturn a handful of rules finalized in president barack obama's final months in office to deal with climate change, federal contracting and background checks for gun ownership.






a super bowl curse for nfl's high-scoring mvps?


if matt ryan is named league mvp next urday as expected, he would become the 14th mvp quarterback to play on a super bowl team that led the league in scoring. the previous signal-callers in that category have gone 6-7. here’s a look at the seven who fell short:y.a. tittledec. 29, 1963completed 11 of 29 attempts and was picked off five times against chicago.johnny unitas, dec. 27, 1964managed just 125 total yards (95 p ing) in a shutout loss to cleveland. washington redskins quarterback joe theismann (7) wears a grim look as he walks of the field during first quarter super bowl xviii action against the los angeles raiders, sunday, jan. 22, 1984 at tampa stadium. (ap p o) org xmit: aphs179175 joe theismannjan. 22, 1984no p ing tds, two ints and six sacks made for a long day against the l.a.






venus' run to a grand slam final is victory in itself


melbourne, australia — more than seven years after her last grand slam title match, venus williams would be forgiven for being a little nervous when she stepped inside rod laver arena to face her sister, serena, for the australian open championship.she embraced the occasion instead.it was venus who was smiling during warm-ups and looked far looser at the start of urday's match — not her sister, the 22-time major winner, who double-faulted three times in a single game to drop serve.and when serena eventually settled down and overpowered venus to win her seventh title in australia and set an open-era record with her 23rd grand sam title, venus was gracious in defeat, as she's had to be on so many occasions against her sister.for her, just getting to this stage again — playing at the end o ra






serena williams beats venus for record 23rd grand slam title


melbourne, australia — serena williams has won her record 23rd grand slam singles title, and her sister was right there on court to give her a congratulatory hug.the all-williams final — the first at the australian open since serena won the first edition of the family rivalry here in 2003 — went to the younger sibling 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian title, williams, 35, moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era. margaret court has the all-time record and was also in the crowd for the final at rod laver arena.court won 24 majors, but collected 13 of those before the open era which began in 1968 after the sport be e professional.the victory also ensured serena williams will regain the top ranking, which she lost in september after 186 str






serena williams beats sister venus to win record 23rd major title


melbourne, australia — serena williams has won her record 23rd grand slam singles title, and her sister was right there on court to give her a congratulatory hug.the all-williams final — the first at the australian open since serena won the first edition of the family rivalry here in 2003 — went to the younger sibling 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian title, the 35-year-old williams moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era. margaret court has the all-time record and was also in the crowd for the final at rod laver arena.court won 24 majors, but collected 13 of those before the open era which began in 1968 after the sport be e professional.the victory also ensured serena williams will regain the top ranking, which she lost in september af






serena williams wins record 23rd major, beats sister venus


melbourne, australia — serena williams has won her record 23rd grand slam singles title, and her sister was right there on court to give her a congratulatory hug.the all-williams final — the first at the australian open since serena won the first edition of the family rivalry here in 2003 — went to the younger sibling 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian title, the 35-year-old williams moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era. margaret court has the all-time record and was also in the crowd for the final at rod laver arena.court won 24 majors, but collected 13 of those before the open era which began in 1968 after the sport be e professional.the victory also ensured serena williams will regain the top ranking, which she lost in september af






golf capsules


san diego — patrick rodgers had a clean scorecard to match a picture-perfect urday at torrey pines and s a 5-under 67 to share the lead with defending champion brandt snedeker in the farmers insurance open.snedeker, trying to become only the fourth player to win back-to-back at torrey pines, didn't get much out of his round of 70. his three birdies were all inside 6 feet, and the longest putt he made was for par.even so, being tied for the lead is a better spot than his last two victories. he rallied from seven s s behind in 2012 and won in a playoff against kyle stanley, who made triple bogey on the final hole. last year, he made the cut on the number and was six s s behind going into the final round.snedeker and rodgers were at 9-under 207, and 15 players were within three s s of the lea






the latest: tinen, peers beat bryans for australian title


melbourne, australia — the latest on urday from the australian open (all times local):11:15 p.m.henri tinen of finland and john peers of australia have beaten bob and mike bryan 7-5, 7-5 to win the australian open men's doubles championship, their first grand slam title.the fourth-seeded tinen and peers started playing together at last year's australian open and won five titles together in 2016. they are undefeated in three matches against the bryan brothers, the most decorated doubles team in tennis history.the third-seeded bryans were trying to win their 17th grand slam title, which would have tied them with john newcombe for the most titles all-time.___10:50 p.m.for the fashion-conscious serena williams, it's no surprise she had a pair of shoes with the no. 23 printed on the heel to mar






paypal results climb on increased customers, transactions


a rise in the share of holiday shopping that happened over the internet and mobile phones helped push paypal holdings inc.’s fourth-quarter revenue up 17%, executives said thursday.the san jose., calif. payments giant, spun out of ebay inc. two years ago, said the total volume of payments it handled in the final three months of 2016 rose 22% from a year earlier to $99.35 billion. paypal also said it added more new accounts in the...






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm2,624share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm2,356share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm2,586share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm1,433share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm2,771share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm2,890share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm1,089share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm2,807share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm1,834share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm1,422share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm1,144share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm2,650share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm2,215share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm1,429share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm1,188share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm1,516share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f






venus’ run to a grand slam final is victory in itself


melbourne, australia (ap) — more than seven years after her last grand slam title match, venus williams would be forgiven for being a little nervous when she stepped inside rod laver arena to face her sister, serena, for the australian open championship.she embraced the occasion instead.it was venus who was smiling during warm-ups and looked far looser at the start of urday’s match — not her sister, the 22-time major winner, who double-faulted three times in a single game to drop serve.and when serena eventually settled down and overpowered venus to win her seventh title in australia and set an open-era record with her 23rd grand sam title, venus was gracious in defeat, as she’s had to be on so many occasions against her sister.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.for






serena williams wins record 23rd major by beating sister venus at australian ope


serena williams has won her record 23rd grand slam singles title, and her sister was right there on court to give her a congratulatory hug. the all-williams final — the first at the australian open since serena won the first edition here in 2003 — went to the younger sibling 6-4, 6-4 on urday night. with her record seventh australian title, the 35-year-old williams moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era. margaret court has the all-time record and was also in the crowd for the final. court won 24 majors, but collected 13 of those before the open era which began in 1968 after the sport be e professional. the victory also ensured serena williams will regain the top ranking, which she lost in september after 186 straight weeks when angelique kerber won the u.s. op






new low for klopp: liverpool knocked out of fa cup by wolves


london — liverpool was embarr ed in the fa cup by wolverhampton wanderers on urday, with a week of misery for juergen klopp completed by losing 2-1 to the second-tier side.liverpool was shocked 4-3 by swansea in the premier league last urday and was denied a place in the league cup final by southampton on wednesday.losing to wolves in the fa cup fourth round leaves klopp with only the premier league to contend for and liverpool is 10 points behind chelsea heading into tuesday's game against the leaders.klopp was angered by his team's collapse against wolves but accepted responsibility."a very bad performance," klopp told bt sport television. "it started bad and didn't get really better. there is not a lot of good things to say about this game. it is difficult, difficult to explain."the sta






23: serena williams sets major record with win over venus


melbourne, australia — serena williams held up a grand slam winner's trophy for the 23rd time, celebrating her unrivalled place in history, and received a congratulatory letter and a pair of custom-made shoes from michael jordan, the name most synonymous with no. 23.venus williams got to watch from close range again, and shed tears more of joy than regret after being beaten in a major final for the seventh time by her record-breaking younger sister.serena won the all-williams final, the ninth in grand slam history and the second in australia, 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian open title, serena moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era.the williams sisters are close. they started out playing together in compton, california, hardly a bed f






23: serena williams sets major record with win over venus


melbourne, australia — serena williams held up a grand slam winner's trophy for the 23rd time, celebrating her unrivalled place in history, and received a congratulatory letter and a pair of custom-made shoes from michael jordan, the name most synonymous with no. 23.venus williams got to watch from close range again, and shed tears more of joy than regret after being beaten in a major final for the seventh time by her record-breaking younger sister.serena won the all-williams final, the ninth in grand slam history and the second in australia, 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian open title, serena moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era.the williams sisters are close. they started out playing together in compton, california, hardly a bed f






23: serena williams sets major record with win over venus


melbourne, australia — serena williams held up a grand slam winner's trophy for the 23rd time, celebrating her unrivalled place in history, and received a congratulatory letter and a pair of custom-made shoes from michael jordan, the name most synonymous with no. 23.venus williams got to watch from close range again, and shed tears more of joy than regret after being beaten in a major final for the seventh time by her record-breaking younger sister.serena won the all-williams final, the ninth in grand slam history and the second in australia, 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian open title, serena moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era.the williams sisters are close. they started out playing together in compton, california, hardly a bed f






serena williams beats sister venus at australian open


kin cheung – ociated pressgallery: united states' serena williams, right, and her sister venus, left, embrace after serena won the women's singles final at the australian open tennis championships in melbourne, australia, urday, jan. 28, 2017.






serena williams sets major record with win over venus – the denver post


by john pye, the ociated pressmelbourne, australia — serena williams held up a grand slam winner’s trophy for the 23rd time, celebrating her unrivaled place in history, and received a congratulatory letter and a pair of custom-made shoes from michael jordan, the name most synonymous with no. 23.venus williams got to watch from close range again, and shed tears more of joy than regret after being beaten in a major final for the seventh time by her record-breaking younger sister.serena won the all-williams final, the ninth in grand slam history and the second in australia, 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian open title, serena moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era.the williams sisters are close. they started out playing together in compto






brandt snedeker, patrick rodgers tied for lead at torrey pines – the denver post


by doug ferguson, the ociated press san diego — patrick rodgers had a clean scorecard to match a picture-perfect urday at torrey pines and s a 5-under 67 to share the lead with defending champion brandt snedeker in the farmers insurance open.snedeker, trying to become only the fourth player to win back-to-back at torrey pines since the tournament began in 1952, didn’t get much out of his round of 70. his three birdies were all inside 6 feet, and the longest putt he made was for par.even so, being tied for the lead is a better spot than his last two victories. he rallied from seven s s behind in 2012 and won in a playoff against kyle stanley, who made triple bogey on the final hole. last year, he made the cut on the number and was six s s behind going into the final round.that doesn’t figur






american x games rookie julia marino wins second aspen medal, takes slopestyle g


aspen — rookie julia marino usurped jamie anderson’s snowboard slopestyle crown urday at the x games, throwing the first-ever double underflip in women’s competition to eke past the most decorated slopestyle rider in the sport.with her second lap down the slopestyle course featuring the most technical rail riding of the day and that monster cab double underflip, the 19-year-old marino from westport, conn., climbed from last place to first, finishing her x games debut with slopestyle gold.to go with her bronze medal in thursday’s big air contest, marino’s gold marked the first time a female competitor has won two medals at the x games since 2000 when californian tara dakides won slopestyle and big air.“it felt so smooth in the air and when i landed it i was so excited,” marino said of her h






nba: miami heat top detroit pistons for seventh straight win


goran dragic scored 23 points urday night and the miami heat defeated the visiting detriot pistons, 116-103, to push the nba’s longest current winning streak to seven games. wayne ellington added 19 points, james johnson had 18 and dion waiters scored 17 for the heat, who tied a season high with 14 three-pointers, including three by ellington in less than two minutes in the final quarter. miami out- scored detroit 26-12 in the fourth. miami was 11-30 at the midway point of its season, and hasn't lost since — although it is still only tied for 13th in the eastern conference. only golden state, san antonio and houston have put together longer winning streaks this season than the heat’s recent run.the heat outscored the pistons 26-12 in the fourth quarter, holding them to 30% shooting. reggie






serena williams wins record 23rd major by beating sister venus at australian ope


serena williams held up a grand slam winner's trophy for the 23rd time, celebrating her unrivalled place in history, and received a congratulatory letter and a pair of custom-made shoes from michael jordan, the name most synonymous with no. 23.venus williams got to watch from close range again, and shed tears more of joy than regret after being beaten in a major final for the seventh time by her record-breaking younger sister.serena won the all-williams final, the ninth in grand slam history and the second in australia, 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian open title, serena moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era.the williams sisters are close. they started out playing together in compton, california, hardly a bed for tennis, with their f






kennard's late 3 lifts no. 17 duke past wake forest 85-83


winston-salem, n.c. — luke kennard hit a 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds left and no. 17 duke rallied to beat wake forest 85-83 on urday.kennard finished with 34 points — one shy of his career high — while hitting all six of his 3s, and grayson allen added with 19 points for the blue devils (16-5, 4-4 atlantic coast conference). for most of the day they appeared headed for their fourth loss in five games.kennard scored 12 of duke's final 15 points, including 11 after the blue devils fell behind by 10 points with less than 4 minutes to play.bryant crawford scored a career-high 26 points, john collins added 20 and keyshawn woods finished with 15 for wake forest (12-9, 3-6), which was denied its first home victory over a top 25 opponent since beating duke in 2014.after allen's 3 with 52.5 seconds






serena williams wins australian open, her 23rd grand slam event, at sister venus


melbourne, australia – serena williams held up a grand slam winner's trophy for the 23rd time, celebrating her unrivaled place in history, and received a congratulatory letter and a pair of custom-made shoes from michael jordan, the name most synonymous with no. 23.venus williams got to watch from close range again and shed tears more of joy than regret after being beaten in a major final for the seventh time by her record-breaking younger sister.serena won the all-williams final, the ninth in grand slam history and the second in australia, 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian open title, serena moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era.the williams sisters are close. they began playing together in compton, calif., hardly a bed for tennis, w






sid's jottings


jottings• it’s interesting that the gophers men’s basketball team offered six local players in the 2017 cl and none of them chose to play for richard pitino. now they have five scholarships in the 2018 cl , and landing daniel oturu from cretin-derham hall this past week is a big deal. that 2018 cl also features race thompson of armstrong and tre jones of apple valley. and looking ahead to 2019, maybe one of the top-rated state high school players in recent years is matthew hurt out of rochester john marshall, who has already been offered by the u and whose brother, michael, plays for the gophers.• speaking of gophers recruiting, four-star signee isaiah washington, who is playing at st. raymond high school in new york city and is ranked as the 62nd-best player in the country by rivals.com,






australian open brings serena williams record 23rd major win in final against ve


melbourne, australia --serena williams has won her record 23rd grand slam singles title, and her sister was right there on court to give her a congratulatory hug.the all-williams final - the first at the australian open since serena won the first edition of the family rivalry here in 2003 - went to the younger sibling 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian title, the 35-year-old williams moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era. margaret court has the all-time record and was also in the crowd for the final at rod laver arena.court won 24 majors, but collected 13 of those before the open era which began in 1968 after the sport be e professional.the victory also ensured serena williams will regain the top ranking, which she lost in september af






webb, south hold on for 16-15 win over north in senior bowl


mobile, ala. — california's davis webb directed scoring drives on all three of his possessions to lead the south to a 16-15 senior bowl victory urday over the north, which couldn't hit a final two-point attempt.the pac-12 conference's leading p er threw for 165 yards on 11-of-16 p ing, including a 39-yard touchdown strike on a well-thrown fade to texas a&m's josh reynolds.nate peterman of pittsburgh had a similarly strong performance for the north in the showcase game for senior nfl prospects that actually featured late drama. peterman fired a 6-yard scoring p to east carolina's zay jones with 1:51 left but the north went for two points and a potential lead.under heavy pressure from chattanooga's keionta davis, peterman's p was deflected and intercepted by byu's harvey langi. the south






brown's 30 helps miami beat no. 9 north carolina 77-62


coral gables, fla. — freshman bruce brown needed only 11 s s to score a career-high 30 points, and the miami hurricanes deployed a swarming zone defense urday to upset the no. 9 north carolina tar heels 77-62, ending their seven-game winning streak.the tar heels' point total was a season low and 27 below their average, and they s only 35 percent. the hurricanes repeatedly got their hands on the ball against the taller tar heels, especially in the lane.miami also had a 41-36 edge in rebounding against the tar heels, who lead the nation in that category.north carolina (19-4, 7-2 atlantic coast conference), which had climbed to the top of the league standings with its winning streak, was playing for the second time in three days and looked it. the hurricanes (14-6, 4-4) beat a ranked team for






the thunderous punch - fantasy basketball blog at razzball.com


so this isn’t a basketball intro, but it was probably the biggest news of the night!  in a game where the thunder were playing the terrible mavs squad, kanter managed to work himself up enough to punch the bench chair… unfortunately, he’s now out for 6 weeks.  kanter had been putting up 4th round value recently, so this is a big blow to fantasy owners and the thunder.anywayssssss – here’s what happened last night!mavericks at thunder (8:00 pm est on tnt) – final score: 98 – 109 thunder winharrison barnes – 31/2/2/1/0 – an empty line with only 2 threes.  i really am not a fan… he’s a good scorer though.justin anderson – a solid 17/5/1/0/0 – isn’t it sad that these are the best two lines from the mavs side??russell westbrook – 45/8/3/2/0 – he had his s going tonight, and just didn’t dish it






many clouds, winner of 2015 grand national, dies after race


london — many clouds, the winner of britain's 2015 grand national, collapsed and died after producing one final stunning victory on urday.at cheltenham, many clouds shocked thistlecrack to win the cotswold chase by a head before falling after the winning post. he was treated by veterinary staff before his death was confirmed."we've got to look forward and not look back," trainer oliver sherwood said. "he's been the horse of a lifetime and i always said he would die for you and he's died for me and the team today doing what he does best."he wanted to win that race. he was beaten and then fought back in the last 50 yards to win."many clouds was owned by trevor hemmings and ridden by leighton aspell, who was also on board for the 2015 victory in the grand national — the world's most grueling