NCAA Live blog: Follow action in the Round of 64

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2:05 p.m.: Duke leads Mercer by three on the underneath-4 timeout. The Blue Devils proceed to shoot three-pointers and crash the offensive glass, Mercer continues to assault the rim and exploit the non-existent interior protection of Duke. – Jeff Borzello

2:02 p.m.: Neither Andrew Wiggins nor John Calipari look totally comfortable in this image. (h/t KSR) – Jeff Borzello

1:54 p.m.: Stanford has come out on fire against New Mexico. Up sixteen-four early, and Alex Kirk already has two fouls for the Lobos. – Jeff Borzello

1:40 p.m.: Duke may be tied with Mercer proper now, but Quinn Cook dinner had a highlight-level crossover in the first half. Ankle-breaking. – Jeff Borzello

1:36 p.m.: Stanford and New Mexico getting set to tip shortly. WATCH DWELL. – Jeff Borzello

1:35 p.m.: It’s formally time to get the #UpsetAlert on the market. Mercer leads Duke by three, has the momentum – and Jabari Parker has three fouls. – Jeff Borzello

1:28 p.m.: Mercer massive man Monty Brown bought hit within the head within the first half, and Rachel Nichols reviews that he is out the remainder of the sport. – Jeff Borzello

1:23 p.m.: Rico Gathers and Cory Jefferson are offering up a measurement advantage that Nebraska can not match up in opposition to – in any respect. Typically these games can turn right into a battle of DNA down low, and Baylor so clearly outclasses Nebraska there. It is 23-11 at the underneath-4. The Bears will have to actually go cold, and Nebraska the alternative, for one thing to show right here. – Matt Norlander

1:06 p.m.: Duke up 35-34 on Mercer on the half. We had a sense this would be close for most of the recreation, and Mercer is hanging right there. It regarded just like the Blue Devils would prolong the lead toward the tip of the half, however a late eleven-3 run gave Mercer a one-point lead before Jabari Parker’s layup put Duke back on prime heading into the break. Duke has taken a watch-opening 21 3-pointers in the present day, though its eleven offensive rebounds have additionally played a huge position. – Jeff Borzello

12:58 p.m.: Okay, so it is ugly in San Antonio. Baylor leads 10-three on Nebraska at the below-12. Huskers very much appear like a crew unfamiliar with the NCAA stage at the moment. We’ll see if they’ll settle. That Duke-Mercer sport is a fun watch, although. Blue Devils lead 30-27 with 2:20 to go. – Matt Norlander

12:40 p.m.: Baylor-Nebraska is a really intriguing game. And it’s about to start. I feel Baylor wins by 10, though. WATCH ONLINE HERE. – Matt Norlander

12:13 p.m.: Additionally, Thursday saw its highest rankings in 23 years (since the event expanded to 4 telecast windows for all the day in 1991). Thursday’s video games averaged a 6.0/14 in a single day rankings/share, up 3%compared with a 5.eight/14 in 2013. – Jeff Borzello

12:12 p.m.: Duke and Mercer about to get occurring CBS. Or WATCH HERE. – Jeff Borzello

12:10 p.m.: Earlier than we actually get going, take a look at the Viewer’s Guide for a fast preview of the day. – Jeff Borzello

eleven:50 a.m.: Welcome again in, everyone. I am not entirely prepared for no matter’s about to happen. However that’s why these first two days are so nice. Before we begin, Steve Fisher ranted towards the NCAA’s coverage that forced New Mexico State to leave in the middle of the night time – after a loss – late final evening on the West Coast. This is spot-on and deserves a number of attention. Fisher put a defense for NMSU, Marvin Menzies and that faculty. And he ought to have. Ridiculous that a shedding group has to shuffle home within the cowl of darkness. – Matt Norlander


1:34 a.m.: CLOSING: San Diego State 73, New Mexico sixty nine. The night is over. And we’re simply hours from day two. Thank you for studying. When you’re simply coming to this within the early morning. Give it a scroll. What a memorable first day. Gotta be among the best of the past twenty years. 4 OTs alone. The live blog will boot up once more at midday on Friday. – Matt Norlander

1:23 a.m.: OK, SDSU kind of wants this? It is too laborious to tell. Eyes starting to glaze. This may be setting a new file for longest first day of the NCAAs ever. What an introduction. – Matt Norlander

1:08 a.m.: Ahahahahahaha!!! New Mexico really just despatched this thing into time beyond regulation. It is an NCAA Event report: four in someday.

1:04 a.m.: ULTIMATE: Louisville 71, Manhattan sixty four. Cardinals will play Saint Louis on Saturday. Pitino says on TELEVISION afteward: “That’s probably the greatest coaching jobs I’ve seen in my 39 years… That’s why I didn’t need to play them. Proper now, we won, I am excited, but I really feel sick inside… I am on the edge of my bed when Travis Ford coaches, when Billy Donovan coaches, when Steve Masiello coaches. I don’t sleep when they lose. Though I’m elated, it damage me tonight, going towards him.” – Matt Norlander

12:58 a.m.: Luke Hancock with a devastating double dose of three-point photographs to present Manhattan a 68-sixty two lead. Oh, man, that was ice water. Hancock you’ll recall won the MOP award ultimately 12 months’s Last Four. Barring some dangerous turnovers, Louisville is going to escape. – Matt Norlander

12:50 a.m.: A SCENARIO IN ORLANDO! Manhattan leads Louisville on the under-four timeout, a fifty eight-fifty five edge. Those watching have to like how the Jaspers are taking part in the Cardinals. Aggressive and confident. Louisville not folding, but certainly not matching composure. – Matt Norlander

12:37 a.m.: HUGE BOY. Thanks for this, @bubbprog. – Matt Norlander

12:22 a.m.: I can’t deny, I wouldn’t misinform you if I said I’d be OK with a San Diego State romp over New Mexico State. That is not occurring in the intervening time. Aggies path Aztecs 37-31 at the 15:34 mark. Gonna be an extended night time. We’ve nonetheless acquired a podcast to file! – Matt Norlander

12:18 a.m.: OKAY, I’m all in for a Jaspers upset right here. Louisville leads 47-forty three with 12:20 to go. But Russ Smith may need a wrist subject. We’ve had a tremendous day. What’s another thriller? There’s also this. – Matt Norlander

12:14 a.m.: Here was the video of Cameron Ridley’s buzzer-beater. – Jeff Borzello

12:05 a.m.: CLOSING: Villanova 73, Milwaukee fifty three. Generally it’s good to have a blowout or two amid all the other ridiculousness that is happening. That Texas recreation-winner was straight-up weird. – Matt Norlander

12:01 a.m.: ULTIMATE: Texas 87, Arizona State eighty five. Cameron Ridley picks up a unfastened ball and lays it in as time expires for the win. – Jeff Borzello

11:53 p.m.: This might be one thing value watching. – Jeff Borzello

eleven:34 p.m.: Texas and Arizona State getting fun in the second half. The Longhorns opened up a double-digit lead, however the Solar Devils have been chipping away. They minimize it down to 2, though it is now at six. Jahii Carson’s complementary pieces have been helping, especially Jordan Bachynski (20 points). It has been Carson who must be extra of a factor. He’s 6 of 15 from the floor. – Jeff Borzello

eleven:31 p.m.: Yeah, it has been a nice half. If you go against the same thing you’ve been working towards against all season, you’re not going to be intimidated. Louisville leads Manhattan by six at halftime. The two groups are mainly mirror photos of one another, however Louisville is doing every part just a little bit higher. The Cardinals have pressured 10 turnovers, while coughing it up six instances themselves. One other increase for Louisville has come on the offensive glass. The Cardinals have 11 offensive boards, taking advantage of their edge inside. – Jeff Borzello

eleven:30 p.m.: Villanova now getting some separation. Now 1 for 17 from deep and leads Milwaukee forty two-33. Elsewhere, issues are very attention-grabbing. Borzello, Manhattan’s not taking place simple. I didn’t think it would. – Matt Norlander

11:21 p.m.: Stat that’s been tossed out: The NCAA Tournament’s had 4 OT games this yr. The previous two tourneys had two total. So things are going nicely. In Buffalo, Villanova leads 34-29 on Milwaukee with 15:forty to go. Preserving an eye. That is closer than I expected. The Wildcats have shot 14 3-point pictures.. and made none of them. – Matt Norlander

11:18 p.m.: And now we have totally entered into the final window of the day. San Diego State and New Mexico State are underway on truTV. It may get bizarre. Watch online here. – Matt Norlander

eleven:05 p.m.: And this is the GIF of the day, with out question. North Dakota State’s Saul Phillips. Through Michael Shamburger. – Matt Norlander

10:fifty eight p.m.: SURE! Dance videos/GIFs have change into a thing prior to now two years, and we’re completely OKAY with that. Love the BI-ZUN. GIF through @cjzero – Matt Norlander

10:38 p.m.: Not a ton of protection being performed in Arizona State and Texas, but the Longhorns are up at halftime by five. Texas is shooting 59 percent from the sector and 50 percent from three-point vary, while Arizona State is making fifty two percent of its area targets and almost sixty seven percent of its 3-point photographs. Jahii Carson should be a distinction-maker within the second half for the Solar Devils; he is three of seven in the first half. – Jeff Borzello

10:30 p.m.: Manhattan and Louisville needs to be a quick-paced, up-and-down sport. WATCH. – Jeff Borzello

10:28 p.m.: FINAL: North Dakota State eighty, Oklahoma 75. In extra time. The Bison are the second 12-seed to win immediately, and so they advance to play the winner of San Diego State-New Mexico State. Most impressively, North Dakota State pulled off the upset with out getting big performances from its stars, Taylor Braun and Marshall Bjorklund. Lawrence Alexander had 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists – and the tying 3-pointer in regulation. – Jeff Borzello

10:10 p.m.: EXTRA TIME in North Dakota State and Oklahoma. That is how NDSU tied it up. – Jeff Borzello

10:00 p.m.: LAST: Saint Louis 83, N.C. State eighty. Vomit-worthy for State Fan. That’s an all-timer. – Matt Norlander

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9:49 p.m.: That is going to be an all-time meltdown by N.C. State if the Wolfpack lose. So many missed foul photographs. Down 77-73 with 1:45 to go. It’s been a depressing watch. – Matt Norlander

9:forty three p.m.: While everyone else has been watching St. Joe’s and UConn and now NC State and Saint Louis, North Dakota State and Oklahoma are in one other battle. NDSU has been main many of the evening, at the moment up by three with 5:10 left. – Jeff Borzello

9:42 p.m.: Arizona State and Texas are preventing for the correct to play Michigan. WATCH RIGHT HERE. – Jeff Borzello

9:27 p.m.: LAST: UConn 89, Saint Joseph’s 81. The Huskies hit 15 free throws in a row to help get distance in overtime. The three-point play by Brimah near the top of regulation saved the sport. – Matt Norlander

9:sixteen p.m.: UConn leads by six with a minute to go in OT. We’ll finish up with them in a second. Checking in on N.C. State-Saint Louis, the game is now at 60-fifty two with 2:forty to go. Not over. – Matt Norlander

9:11 p.m.: ULTIMATE: Michigan 57, Wofford 40. This never seemed like much of a aggressive game, although Wofford hung across the 10-12-level vary for most of the second half. The Terriers shot simply 1 of 19 from the 3-level line, which was too troublesome to overcome. Nik Stauskas had 15 factors and Glenn Robinson III went for 14 factors. The Wolverines play the winner of Texas-Arizona State. – Jeff Borzello

9:01 p.m.: OH MY. We’re going to OT, however UConn simply ran a good looking inbounds set that beat Saint Joe’s – alas Napiers three-level attempt does not fal. Tied at 70, into free basketball. However, man, if that shot had fell: prompt basic. No one has played extra overtime games up to now four years than UConn, by the way in which. – Matt Norlander

eight:52-eight:57 p.m.: Right here we go. DeAndre Daniels drains a trey to present UConn a sixty seven-sixty six lead with two minutes remaining… Chris Wilson hit a tricky-however-pretty floater to take the lead again. Enjoying this. Wilson will get two fouls photographs – and stinks them – after a Napier turnover. UConn ball with 49.2. I smell one other three. Nope. Napier drives, misses, and Amida Brimah gets fouled near the hoop – and hits! Brimah, a fifty seven-p.c foul shooter, makes the shot. Tie recreation. – Matt Norlander

eight:forty eight p.m.: Wofford continues to be inside striking distance of Michigan, hanging around with a ten-point deficit at the beneath-eight timeout of the second half. – Jeff Borzello

8:46 p.m.: We might be in retailer for yet another 12-over-5 upset as North Dakota State leads Oklahoma at the half, 37-29. The Bison’s pack-line defense has let Oklahoma get some open looks from the perimeter, and the Sooners are 6 of sixteen from behind the arc. But they are just 5 of 18 contained in the arc, and do not get out in transition for straightforward baskets as a lot as they would like. For North Dakota State, stars Taylor Braun and Marshall Bjorklund have not been the main cogs; Lawrence Alexander and TrayVonn Wright have 10 points apiece. – Jeff Borzello

8:44 p.m.: By the best way… – Jeff Borzello

eight:36 p.m: B.J. Anya has three blocks, and N.C. State leads 36-29 on SLU. It seems like twice that. Recreation is airing on TNT. – Matt Norlander

8:32 p.m:

Secure to say we’ve yet one more enduring second for Phillip Martelli, the grandson of the Saint Joe’s coach. UConn leads Saint Joe’s fifty seven-56. – Matt Norlander

eight:19 p.m.: I like watching Halil Kanacevic play. He is obtained 5 assists and 4 boards and looks like an important participant on the floor. Saint Joe’s leads 49-forty five. – Matt Norlander

8:09 p.m.: OK, dying right here. Whoever that State fan is – attempting to distract Saint Louis from taking free throws – you have made the evening worthwhile. Video by way of Scott Van Pelt. – Matt Norlander

eight:07 p.m.: North Dakota State’s TrayVonn Wright confirmed his dunking means towards Oklahoma already – though he gave a preview when our personal Doug Gottlieb tossed him an alley-oop in apply on Wednesday. – Jeff Borzello

8:05 p.m.: Michigan is up 34-20 on the half on Wofford. The Terriers are zero of 8 from 3-point range and are letting Michigan get far too many open photographs on the different end. The Wolverines are capturing 14 of twenty-two from the sector, with Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas combining for 20 points. – Jeff Borzello

7:forty four p.m.: Some wild stats on Adreian Payne’s forty one-point performance. – Jeff Borzello

7:37 p.m.:

7:sixteen p.m.: REMAINING: Michigan State ninety three, Delaware seventy eight. Adreian Payne goes for forty one factors and shoots 17-for-17 from the free-throw line. – Jeff Borzello

6:26 p.m.: Delaware can’t handle Michigan State down low. When the Spartans go to Adreian Payne (23 first-half points) or Branden Dawson in the mpaint, the Blue Hens are helpless. This seems like a game the place Michigan State keeps the Hens at an arm’s size but not a blowout. – Jeff Borzello

5:33 p.m.: LAST: Oregon 87, BYU 68. Though 7/10 video games on the floor all the time look attention-grabbing, we’re assured at the least one snoozer every year. This was that recreation. Ducks received 23 from Elgin Cook off the bench. By the way, Borzello, that picture is wonderful. Wake Forest followers were genuinely unhappy with Bzedelik virtually from the beginning. Now they’re reacting like the staff’s headed to the Ultimate 4. – Matt Norlander

5:28 p.m.: Wow. Wake Forest college students are thrilled concerning the resignation of head coach Jeff Bzdelik. – Jeff Borzello

5:20 p.m.:

5:00 p.m.: REMAINING: Syracuse seventy seven, Western Michigan 53. The Orange misplaced 5 of seven getting into the NCAA Event, but they appeared to snap out of their funk – although it helped Western Michigan could not do something against the 2-three zone. Syracuse will face Dayton on Saturday afternoon. Trevor Cooney’s 18 points led 4 players in double-figures for the Orange. – Jeff Borzello

four:fifty five p.m.: I penned some words on Harvard, Tommy Amaker, the Ivy League, and 12s over 5s. – Jeff Borzello

four:forty one p.m.: What I want I may’ve squeezed into this Vine: Ian Eagle saying, “THAT IS A MAN’S JAM!” Oregon leads forty seven-35 with somewhat more than 16 minutes to go. – Matt Norlander

four:28 p.m.: CLOSING: Harvard 61, Cincinnati fifty seven. The Crimson have now received NCAA tournament games in back-to-back seasons. – Jeff Borzello

three:51 p.m.: Put up a submit on the largest margin of victories ever in an 8/9 game. Pittsburgh-Colorado is available in at No. 2. – Matt Norlander

three:27 p.m.: Coaching change at Wake Forest: Jeff Bzdelik is out as head coach. The varsity is expected to make it official at a 5 p.m. press conference. – Jeff Borzello

three:22 p.m.: Aaron Craft’s profession coming to an finish has brought about expected schadenfreude. Here’s the one Craft meme from at this time worth sharing that I’ve seen so far. All others enjoying for second. We miss you, Huell. – Matt Norlander

2:fifty one p.m.: A lot of heartbreak for the Buckeyes over the past several seasons. – Jeff Borzello

2:29 p.m.: What on EARTH is occurring in Orlando? Pittsburgh leads Colorado forty six-18 on the half. Goodness gracious sakes alive. – Matt Norlander

2:10-18 p.m.: OK THIS IS FUN. Sam Thompson hits a go-forward shot for Ohio State, however Shannon Scott simply fouled Dyshawn Pierre whereas Pierre was taking a three! On the line, 26.three to go. He cans all three foul photographs. Dayton up one, Ohio State ball… Timeout, Buckeyes. Let’s do this… Craft with the go-ahead shot and wow was that a toughie. Timeout Dayton… Then Vee Sanford hits the winner! Craft’s profession ends on a missed shot, and No. 11 Dayton has crushed No. 6 Ohio State. The afternoon is already awesome. GIF below. – Matt Norlander

Backside GIF by way of The Large Lead.

1:12 p.m: American is hanging with Wisconsin, taking an early punch however responding with a 14-3 run. One factor to control can be Frank Kaminsky’s foul bother. He has two fouls already. But the battle between Kaminsky and Tony Wroblicky has been enjoyable.

Also, here’s a video of Wroblicky training his one-handed free throw. – Jeff Borzello

12:forty five p.m.: Raftery not making an attempt to say “Ameleo Della Valle” with an Italian twist has already made this afternoon window worth it. – Matt Norlander

12:15 p.m.: The ball is tipped, and the NCAA Tournament has begun in earnest. No better method than to start out with Invoice and Verne. I feel Ohio State wins but wins close. Looks like the first recreation of the NCAAs almost every year is pretty close as it will get to the tip. – Matt Norlander

11:15 a.m.: Solely an hour to go. Let’s play this on a loop till then. – Matt Norlander

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Johny Hendricks Knew Fifth Round Was Crucial in UFC 171 Title Win Over Robbie Lawler



Regardless of partaking in a bloody, back-and-forth brawl with knockoutpuncher Robbie Lawler UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks was keenly conscious of where he possible stood in the eyesof judges heading into the fifth spherical of the UFC171 headliner.

Hendricks felt he had won the primary two rounds and conceded thatLawler had evened the rating over the next 10 minutes. As faras “Bigg Rigg” was concerned, his dream of turning into UFCwelterweight champion came all the way down to how he fared in the finalperiod.

“I believed I did actually [nicely] the primary two rounds. Obviously,Robbie made a few change-ups, and I didn’t adapt fast enoughto change the end result of the third and fourth rounds,” Hendrickssaid on the UFC 171 publish-struggle press conference at AmericanAirlines Area in Dallas. “I knew if I was going to win this fightthat it was going to be in the fifth, and that’s what I tried todo.”

Hendricks’ gutsy cost to close out the last round provedsufficient to sway all three judges in his favor, although theoutcome was most certainly in doubt throughout rounds three and four.Lawler hurt Hendricks with accurate power punching, knocking theOklahoma native off-steadiness in the third after which lacerating himwith extra blows within the fourth.

“From every time it cut, [imaginative and prescient in my right eye] was blurry. Icouldn’t see out of it much, but you have got to adapt,” saidHendricks. “If I used to be going to win, I knew I needed to do somethingwhere that wouldn’t occur as a lot. He’s going to hit me, and sure,it’s going to hurt, but hopefully I can land some punches inreturn.

“I used to be going to [try more] takedowns, but certain issues happenedwhere I couldn’t. That’s when I knew I had to change up my gameplan. As a substitute of focusing so much on the takedowns, where I wasleaving myself open, I started doing some punching and touchdown myown photographs.”

Lawler approached spherical 5 with the identical intensity, however Hendrickswould not be denied. The stocky southpaw fired back at theStrikeforce veteran, placing his punches collectively superbly andhurting Lawler midway through the body. With Lawler’s again to thecage, Hendricks changed ranges for a double-leg, planting Lawler onhis backside and controlling him for the bout’s final minute tosecure the round and the battle.

With the biggest win of his career now in his again pocket,Hendricks appears able to take on all comers. Although the newchampion wouldn't specify whom he would subsequent wish to face,Hendricks assuredly stated that he would draw back from no man at170 kilos.

“It’s not my call. The UFC picks my opponents, and that’s what I’mgoing to do,” said Hendricks. “[Whomever] the UFC puts in front ofme next, I’m going to battle. I need whoever is No. 2, and if No. 2is harm, then I would like No. three. We’ll go down the road, and that’s theway I would like it.”

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Williams moves on to 4th round, sets Aussie Open record

imperturbable Williams rolls to her 61st Australian Open win, 6-3, 6-3 over Daniela Hantuchova.
(Getty Images)Serena Williams rolls to her 61st Australian Open win, 6-3, 6-3 over Daniela Hantuchova. (Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, Australia – imperturbable Williams got on and off courtroom as quickly as she could in the scorching heat Friday, signing up yet another record with match up win No. 61 at the Australian Open as the girl advanced to the fourth circular with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph against Daniela Hantuchova. The five-time Australian Open champion later on withdrew from the doubles, staying away from any extra exposure to the particular blazing sun during the once-in-a-century heat wave that was grasping Melbourne for a fourth directly day.

Two-time finalist Li em, the major threat to top-ranked Williams in the top half of the women's draw, had to conserve a match point prior to coming back to beat No. 26-seeded Lucie Safarova 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in 2 hours, 37 minutes.


Li, the last year French Open champion, later on joked that she required the match practice "because I think the weather is not comfortable enough. "


Williams didn't encounter any serious danger within her win over No. 31-seeded Hantuchova, whose only earn in 10 head-to-head fits came in the corresponding round at the 2006 Australian Open.


Williams has been off the court in 1 hour, 20 minutes, and has conceded just 12 games within three straight-set wins this week.


the girl equaled Margaret Court's aussie Open mark of sixty match wins with her second-round victory, and beat that will in the third round whenever she also matched Lindsay Davenport's record of 69 main-draw matches here in the open up era. That means she'll arranged another record just by showing up on Sunday, against the champion of the night match among 2011 U. S. open up champion Sam Stosur plus former No. 1-ranked bêtisier Ivanovic.


"It was a tough match up.. it's definitely hot, but you have to be ready to play, inch she said. "And then you have to prepare yourself mentally, as well. "


The temperature hit 39 Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) throughout Williams' match and capped 42 C (108 F) by the mid-afternoon, but moisture remained low and there was no reason for organizers in order to invoke the Extreme Heat plan and suspend matches for the second day in a line. The temperatures dipped in order to 32 C (90 F) before the night matches as a cool change kicked within.


Williams has won 24 fits dating back to August, transporting momentum from her ruling 2013 into a new season. the girl won 78 of the girl 82 matches and received 11 titles last year, plus seems to be getting better with age group.


"I feel like, in life 32 will be young. In sports it can old, " she stated. "But for whatever reason, I feel such as I just never was really able to reach my full possible, and I feel like recently I just have been able to do a little much better. I just keep trying to improve on everything. "


The Williams siblings were entered in the increases but withdrew after Serena's singles match Friday, citing a leg left injuries for Venus.


"I love actively playing doubles, love playing with morgenstern, but sometimes it doesn't work away, " she said. "I guess it's a relief, yet like I say, we love to perform doubles and we love to become out there.. so I'll certainly miss it. "


Rod Laver Arena was about three-quarters complete for the match, though it was a quiet crowd — people seemed to be expending a lot more energy fanning themselves along with programs and newspapers compared to applauding points on the courtroom.


No . 9 Angelique Kerber sophisticated earlier with a 6-3, 6-4 win over American Alison Riske, and said her primary aim had been to "get off the court before it became really hot. " Kerber will next play No . 28 Flavia Pennetta, that advanced 6-1, 7-5 more than Mona Barthel of philippines.


No . 22 Ekaterina Makarova sophisticated with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Monica Niculescu and No. thirty Eugenie Bouchard beat united states Lauren Davis 6-2, 6-2 to set up a fourth-round match up against Australian wildcard access Casey Dellacqua, who defeat 2010 semifinalist Zheng Jie of China 6-2, 6-4.


On the men's side, third-seeded jesse Ferrer advanced to the 4th round for a 10th successive Grand Slam when he defeat No. 29 Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-2. The French Open finalists will certainly next play Florian Mayer, who beat No. twenty Jerzy Janowicz 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.


No. 7 Tomas Berdych beat Bosnian qualifier Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 and will next play No . 19 Kevin Anderson, that beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 7-5.


Matches on outer legal courts were suspended for 4 hours on Thursday mid-day when the Extreme Heat plan was invoked for the first time given that 2009.


Isner (ankle) retires in 1st round at Aussie

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David Isner, the only American mens seed at the Australian Open, is out using a ft . injury.

This past year, Isner was pushed to distance themself before typically the Australian Open started off with bone bruising in the correct knee.
John IsnerBoth injuries took place in the same unlucky put for the American – your Hopman Cup within Perth, a team exhibit occasion that is a single of the warm-up tourneys for the first Fantastic throw of the period.

"I know mobility is not the particular best part of my own game, " the 6-foot-10 Isner said, "but with a certain point, I've have got to be able to proceed without pain, and i also had not been able to do that at this time. "

Isner was the particular only us man seeded at this year's Australian Open. (Canada, by contrast, has two – Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil – both of whom picked up their first-round matches. )

this big-serving Isner has battled with injuries to their knees over the previous year, heading off from his second-round coordinate at Wimbledon with an eventually left knee injury after taking out of the particular Australian Open with the obligation leg injury.


"I thought I had formed a new good shot at participating in this match and earning this match, and I actually pulled out, " he mentioned. "I could have carried out the same last year, nevertheless I went household. inch


He said he was emotion confident coming into typically the new couple of years, largely because his legs felt good. After he or she tweaked typically the ankle around Perth, he decided to have fun with an additional warm-up tournament throughout Auckland, New Zealand, the other day in order to see whether it would certainly feel better. He was in pain the entire week yet went on in order to earn the tournament.


"I was able to earn my first fit in addition to didn't feel good soon after and then I received yet again. The whole point in Auckland was first weird because I never before predicted to win that tournament situation, " he said.


"I did not come down here to be able to succeed Auckland. I really like that competition but We came lower here in order to try to do nicely below, and that wasn't the case. inches


Isner said the injury definitely significant – he had a particular MRI in Perth, also it didn't reveal any bone tissue fractures.


He will return in order to the ough. S. to rest in a put money in order to be ready for a Davis Cup match in opposition to the Andy Murray-led English team in early February, which usually will be played at a makeshift clay court placed in the outfield at Petco Park, a baseball arena in San Diego, Calif.


"I seem like I will obtain over (this injury). It doesn't concern me as much as some knee issues we have had in the past, " he / she said. "I fully intend to get ready for Davis Cup. inch


Venus Williams out in first round at Australian Open

abendstern Williams, 33, provides failed to get past the particular third round for every of her past 8 Grand Slams.
(USATSI)Venus Williams, 33, has failed to get past the third round in each of her past eight Grand Slams. (USATSI)
MELBOURNE, Australia : Venus Williams was transferring freely inside her first-round match from the Australian amenable, breezing through the first arranged and getting a look at another break in the other against a player that distressed her sister here 2 yrs ago.
That’s when things begun to go wrong regarding her Monday, the first day of the season-opening major. your seven-time Grand Slam safe bet missed the break-point likelihood in the sixth game and then, after getting to be able to 40-30 about serve inside the ninth, inexplicably shooting three consecutive double-faults to be able to surrender a break and about the set to be able to No. 22-seeded Ekaterina Makarova.
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Following a quick break and an adjust of her self-designed zebra print dress, she procured a 3-0 lead in the third before her unforced error toll climbed to 56 and Makarova won some of the next seven online games for a new 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win.

Typically the 33-year-old Williams, often the second-oldest player in the contest, has struggled with problems and illness in recent conditions but reached the final from the WTA event at Auckland to begin 2014 and found Melbourne saying she had been sensation better than she possessed in years.

That failed to happen Monday.

”My level was obviously a little little bit too up and down. not surprisingly my error count was obviously a little high, ” mentioned Williams, the 2003 finalist who was playing in the woman 14th Australian Open. ”I have in order to give her a lot of credit score, though, she was first extremely determined.. played complicated. ”

Makarova said because it was the first match of typically the tourney, it was possibly more difficult to be able to defeat Venus than it absolutely was to be able to upset Serena Williams within the fourth round throughout 2012.

She’ll meet another usa in the second circular right after qualifier Irina Falconi wipe out Anabel Medina Garrigues associated with Spain 6-3, 6-1. Three-highly-ranked players were beaten inside the first round, which includes 2012 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and two Italians.

Sixth-seeded Kvitova lost 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to No. 88-ranked Luksika Kumkhum of Asia, who was simply playing in simply her 2nd Grand Throw tournament following reaching the particular second round upon Melbourne Park last year.

No. 8 Sara Errani, the this year French Open finalist, appeared to be beaten 6-3, 6-2 by means of Julia Gorges of canada and No. 12 Roberta Vinci lost 6-4, 6-3 to help Zheng Jie associated with chinese suppliers.

Two-time finalist Li Na defeat Ana Konjuh regarding Croatia – the most youthful gamer in the competition – 6-2, 6-0 in 61 units to set up a meeting with an alternate 16-year-old in the particular next round following Belinda Bencic of swiss paid for for 43-year-old Japanese experienced person Kimiko Date-Krumm in several sets.

Li, the 2011 the french language Open champion, is within the exact half of the draw as Number 1-ranked Serena Williams, who was scheduled to play a new night match up against Australian teenager Ashleigh Barty.

Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens was typically the first woman in to the next round when your sweetheart beat Britain’s Laura Robson 6-3, 6-0. No. being unfaithful Angelique Kerber, 2011 oughout. H. Open champion mike Stosur, No. 14 bêtisier Ivanovic, No. 26 Lucie Safarova, No. 28 Flavia Pennetta, No. 30 Eugenie Bouchard of Canada without. 23 Daniela Hantuchova moreover proceeded to go through.

American Madison Keys squandered five match points in the second set and the next in the third prior to ultimately beating Patricia Mayr-Achleitner from Austria 6-2, 6-7 (8), 9-7.

Eighth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka, who all won the current Chennai Open in India, was the first man into the upcoming round, improving after simply just 15 video games when Andrey Golubev upon the market with an hurt still left leg.

Two other gamers outdated due to shoulder wounds, with Alex Bogomolov jr., quitting after losing a couple of sets to No. twelve Fabio Fognini and Zero. 12-seeded Tommy Haas tugging out if he was down the set along with a break in opposition to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Third-ranked David Protéger opened with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Colombia’s Alejandro Gonzalez without. 7 Tomas Berdych exhausted Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Ukraine 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

No. thirty Jerzy Janowicz, a semifinalist at Wimbledon last year, came back through two sets right down to beat 19-year-old Australian nuts credit card Jordan Thompson 1-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 within 3 hours, 08 mins.

Some other men advancing involved No. 9 Richard Gasquet, Simply no. 14 Mikhail Youzhny, No. 17 Tommy Robredo, Simply no. 19 Kevin Anderson, Zero. 23 Ernests Gulbis, Simply no. 29 Jeremy Chardy, Simply no. 32 Ivan Dodig and American Sam Querrey, who defeated Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3).

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Venus Williams upset in 1st round at Aussie

It was only typically the subsequent time in 14 appearances the fact that Williams lost in the initial round at the Australian open up, where her best function remains a loss with her sister in the the year 2003 remaining.

Venus Williams missing in the first circular at the Australian Open for only the second time.

"It was obviously a really tough match to play somebody like Morgenstern in the first and foremost circular, she is such a fantastic player, '' Makarova talked about. "At 3-0 down (in the final set), I decided I had formed to battle for every point. I just kept fighting and I actually overturn the match. ''

Contrastly, imperturbable Williams continues in order to be in rarified territory. Her Brisbane titles was the 58th of the woman profession – she triumphed in 11 last year, including the particular a french Open and You. after hour. Open. A five-time victor of the Australian Open, this woman is trying to be able to end Victoria Azarenka's two-year run since women's champion located at Melbourne Park.

"Obviously I'd love to succeed again in Melbourne, inches Williams said.

American Madison Secrets wasted five go with details in the second specify and another in the particular 3rd before beating Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria 6-2, 6-7 (8), 9-7.

There had been so many, they misplaced count.

"This is one of the people matches where you're simply happy you got through it, inch said the particular power-hitting 18-year-old, who is seen as one regarding the soaring stars inside U. t. tennis.

Keys was one of several American women who advanced to the second round. The other folks happen to be No. 1 Imperturbable Williams, qualifier Irina Falconi, Alison Riske and Lauren Davis.

Keys, performing 36th, had a new breakthrough summer in 2013, which this started 137th. She got the 3 rd rounds at last year's Australian Open, which your sweetheart entered as a wild sd card, and Wimbledon. Tips people Zheng Jie regarding the far east in the next round.

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Makarova will certainly meet one more American inside the second round after Falconi beat Anabel Medina Garrigues of The country 6-3, 6-1. No. seven 2012 Sara Errani, typically the 2012 norwegian Open finalist, was defeated 6-3, 6-2 by Julia Gorges of Germany without. 12 Roberta Vinci sacrificed 6-4, 6-3 to Zheng Jie.

2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, typically the No. six seed, misplaced 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to No. 88-ranked Luksika Kumkhum of asia, who had been playing in just their second Grand Slam tournament situation.

Two-time finalist Li Na do more than Ana Konjuh of Croatia – the youngest shooter in the tournament — 6-2, 6-0.

"Like zero, you know, micron Li said when quizzed what she knew with regards to Konjuh's online game ahead of the suit. "I tried to discover the girl game inand am watched a couple associated with games. But it was still odd at the beginning associated with the particular match because We really failed to know typically the way she played around the court. '' Konjuh may be the defending Australian Open in addition to U. S. Open jr champion.


Li, who lost suprême to Azarenka last year together with Kim Clijsters in 2011, provides advanced to at least the fourth rounded every year considering that 2010.


"This is a fantastic Grand Slam, '' stated Li. "Always looking forward to return to Melbourne. ''


On Monday, Li frequently strayed from the woman traditional baseline position, many times volleying from the center in the court for those who win through the fourth game of the next set any time she shattered Konjuh's service.


Li will invest her off-day Tuesday following any available video about qualifier Belinda Bencic from Switzerland, the reigning german Open plus Wimbledon younger champion that beat 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm of the japanese in about three sets before Monday. Date-Krumm was tenty-seventh years more mature than Bencic, this reigning French Open and also Wimbledon junior champion.


Other winning trades were Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens, conquering Britain's Laura Robson, No. 9 Angelique Kerber, System.Drawing.Bitmap U. beds. Open champion Samantha Stosur, Number 14 Choix Ivanovic, No . 26 Lucie Safarova, Number 28 Flavia Pennetta, No . 30 Eugenie Bouchard with no. 31 Daniela Hantuchova.


Stosur is intending to increase on a mediocre document at her home artistic Slam – she has in no way advanced past the fourth rounded at Melbourne Park, and additionally was eliminated within the next round inside 2012 and the earliest round last year.


She provides spoken of the pressure of local targets, and the reason why she's just do not fared well in many other competitions in Australia, including typically the recent Hopman Cup, wherever she dropped all about three matches in the round-robin tournament.


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Kisner holds on for win at Pebble Beach despite rough final round


Kevin Kisner made a 15-foot par putt on the 18th gap for a 2-over-par seventy four and a one-stroke victory over Chesson Hadley at the Pebble Seashore Invitational on Sunday.

Kisner started the day with a two-stroke lead and finished at thirteen-underneath 275 after a tumultuous ultimate spherical in the tournament that includes eighty professionals from the PGA, LPGA, Champions and excursions.

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”I want I would had a couple of six-stroke lead, so it wasn’t so demanding,” stated Kisner, who rejoined the PGA Tour this season. ”The back 9 was taking part in brutally hard. I simply bought unlucky.”

Kisner, who had a match-low 64 Saturday at Spyglass Hill, moved to 17 underneath and a six-stroke margin after eleven holes. But he bogeyed the 12th, double-bogeyed the 14th and bogeyed the seventeenth.

”I just hung in there,” said Kisner, who in March claimed his second Tour on the Chile Open in Santiago. ”Things like this all the time occur when you are in the hunt. Solely when you’re ready to win does it appear to happen.”

Hadley shot a 70 and was four shots in entrance of Scott Langley (68) and William McGirt (73), who tied for third at eight below.

Hadley, playing in the closing group with Kisner, started the day trailing by 5 pictures. But he remained regular whereas Kisner stumbled.

”When Kevin double-bogeyed 14, I undoubtedly thought I nonetheless had a chance,” mentioned Hadley, a 2014 PGA Tour rookie. ”The circumstances had been powerful on the market, but I believed I had an opportunity on the 18th, however Kevin made a downhill 15-footer to win. My hat’s off to him.”

Mina Harigae had a seventy one to prime LPGA finishers and finished tied for fifth with Sam Saunders (seventy four) and Mark Brooks (70) at 281.

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Brooks, who has won the event three times, moved into competition and was six underneath on the day and eleven below for the match midway through the ultimate spherical before faltering.

Tommy Armour III (sixty eight) and Kirk Triplett (72) were the top Champions Tour finishers and had been among five players at 282.

Jason Kokrak started the day in second two photographs back, however shot eighty and finished amongst seven gamers at 283.

Corridor of Famer Annika Sorenstam, who has performed in the event several times since retiring from the LPGA in 2008, completed at even par after a ultimate-round seventy five.

Kisner earned $60,000 of the $300,000 purse.

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After 5th Round, Firas Zahabi Was ‘Super Confident’ GSP Had Beaten Hendricks


Firas Zahabi believes the Nov. sixteen UFC welterweight title boutbetween champion

Georges St.Pierre

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got here down to 1 spherical.

The Tristar Fitness center head coach believes Hendricks clearly won roundstwo and four, and St. Pierre, whom Zahabi trains, clearly wonrounds three and 5. That leaves the primary in dispute.

“Round number one was actually razor shut,” Zahabi told the Sherdog Radio Community’s “Beatdown” show on Friday. “Some peoplecould say it may have went both manner, and I’m not saying itcan’t, but I do lean in direction of Georges. Why? He landed onesignificant strike more and he attempted a guillotine. When he tookJohny Hendricks down, he really progressed forward. Johny didn’t.When Johny acquired his takedown with Georges, he didn’t attempt to go theguard. He didn’t throw one punch. Georges did more with histakedown than Johny.”

In Zahabi’s view, there wasn’t a lot vital action in thefirst, however he does imagine St. Pierre’s guillotine attempt was agenuine threat.

“Johny, when he bought cinched up in the guillotine, he rolled to hisback,” Zahabi said. “You don’t roll to your back unless theguillotine is tight. While you put your back to the ground, you’reprotecting your self from the guillotine. You’re defending. I thinkthere wasn’t so much in that round, however that’s why we’re splittinghairs as a result of we’re trying to say, hey, who won round primary?And what happened? Nothing’s extremely significant. No person gotstunned. No one received knocked down. Essentially the most significant strike fromJohny, I imagine, was perhaps the elbows. People are speaking aboutthe elbows towards the cage. They think that was the mostsignificant, but additionally Georges landed a very flush head kick. Heconnected with an excellent good head kick, and head kicks are morelikely to knock you out, damage you, damage you than elbows upagainst the fence.”

When you give St. Pierre the first, that might make the battle evenentering the fifth and ultimate round. St. Pierre outworked Hendricksin that final period, which is why Zahabi says he was “superconfident” the champion was going to win the decision.

“I knew it was an in depth combat, but I actually believed it got here down tothe last spherical,” Zahabi stated. “In case you hear me speaking to Georgesbetween rounds, between rounds 4 and five, I’m telling Georges,‘It’s tight. We don’t know who’s successful. You want to go get thisround. This is the round. Finish it strong,’ and I imagine if hefinished it strong, he would get the win. Even Johny admittedhimself that he lost round number five.”

Hendricks would seemingly argue he had the battle won regardless of the fifthround, but Zahabi disagrees.

“I was surprised that in the fifth spherical he didn’t go onerous,” Zahabisaid. “He didn’t combat like hell. I consider that trying again now,I actually believe he thought he was forward more than he was. Heshould have performed that round like it’s every thing. Perhaps he didand he was simply too drained? I don’t know. As a result of he was reallyinactive in round 5. I really felt like Georges actually startedto dominate, and Johny’s will wasn’t as much as par with Georges’.Georges was still combating for victory, and Johny was just type ofcruising the spherical.”

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Dominant Verlander pitches Tigers to ALCS

Verlander’s Gem Puts Tigers In ALCS


OAKLAND, Calif. – Justin Verlander ripped off his jersey and rubbed Torii Hunter’s bald head. The Tigers pulled on goggles and popped bubbly, then waited for his or her straggling slugger. Eventually, Miguel Cabrera walked by means of the door to chants of “Miggy! Miggy! Miggy!”

Detroit’s two largest stars, Verlander and Cabrera, teamed up Thursday night time to send the Tigers again to the American League Championship Series with a three-zero winner-take-all victory over the Oakland Athletics of their division sequence.

“We received the game; that’s all it’s about,” Cabrera said. “We need to win a World Sequence, man, that is our purpose.”

With the season on the line as soon as extra in Oakland, Verlander pitched one other Recreation 5 gem by carrying a no-hit bid into the seventh inning. Along with his physique aching, Cabrera contributed all of the offense needed in a single candy swing – a two-run homer – because the Tigers eliminated the A’s once more.

“I’m pitching the way I’m alleged to. I labored my butt off all 12 months to try to get constant and get myself the place I wanted to be,” Verlander said. “I feel like it finally paid off at the finish of the yr.”

Joaquin Benoit retired Seth Smith on a fly ball with two on within the ninth to shut out the deciding game of the sequence. The Tigers grew to become the first workforce to achieve the ALCS in three straight years because the New York Yankees from 1998 to 2001.

Anibal Sanchez will start Sport 1 in Boston on Saturday. The Tigers went 4-three against the Red Sox this 12 months, but they’ve never confronted one another within the postseason.

Detroit staved off elimination at residence in Recreation four, overcoming a 3-run deficit Tuesday. Behind Verlander, the Tigers never trailed in shutting out Oakland in Game 5 for the second straight October.

The massive right-hander gave up a clear, two-out single to Yoenis Cespedes within the seventh to end his likelihood at the third no-hitter in postseason history. The hit hardly fazed him, however.

“We bought fairly shut there; seven innings is fairly unbelievable,” catcher Alex Avila mentioned. “To be honest, I assumed we had a chance. He had the stuff for it, he had no-hit stuff.”

On a night he allowed solely three baserunners, Verlander made it a postseason-file 30 straight scoreless innings towards one team since Coco Crisp hit a leadoff dwelling run for the A’s in Game 1 final October.

Just 364 days earlier, Verlander tossed a 4-hit, 6-zero masterpiece in Recreation 5 on this very ballpark, a 122-pitch efficiency for his first career postseason shutout and complete sport.

Justin Verlander, Joaquin Benoit

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Joaquin Benoit is congratulated by Justin Verlander after the Tigers beat the Athletics on Thursday to win Game 5 of the American League Division Series.

“Clearly it is one thing that you dream about as a kid. It’s a win-or-go-house (recreation), you visualize once you’re 10 years outdated in your yard, Recreation 5, Game 7, gotta win,” Verlander said. “It’s fairly exciting to have gone out there twice in that scenario and executed an excellent job.”

He almost matched last yr’s shutout with a spectacular 111-pitch outing in a rematch of his thrilling pitchers’ duel with rookie Sonny Grey 5 days earlier in Recreation 2.

Aching slugger Cabrera linked within the fourth, a drive into the left-subject seats for his first homer since Sept. 17 and simply his third extra-base hit in ninety nine at-bats. That ended a 20-inning scoreless streak by the Tigers on the Coliseum.

Gray danced with hazard from the beginning with stuff not almost as crisp as simply 5 nights earlier than, when he matched zeros with the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Younger Award winner.

This time, Verlander didn’t enable a baserunner till Josh Reddick drew a one-out walk in the sixth – however the no-hit bid remained till Cespedes’ single the subsequent inning. The hardest-hit ball was a fly to the center-subject warning observe by Stephen Vogt in the sixth.

“The whole lot about it is irritating. We’re a better crew than that,” Vogt stated. “We deserved higher. We just didn’t get it accomplished.”

Verlander struck out 10 in eight innings, giving him 21 Ok’s in these two starts. He has 43 strikeouts in his 4 playoff outings against Oakland the previous two years.

The A’s noticed their season end by the hands of Detroit for the third time in as many postseasons, including in a four-recreation sweep in the 2006 ALCS.

Oakland has misplaced its past six winner-take-all Recreation 5s and fell to 1-12 in potential clinchers since 2000. The A’s struck out 57 times for the most in a greatest-of-5 playoff collection.

Verlander earned the nod for the deciding contest after Sport 1 winner Max Scherzer pitched in aid in an 8-6, season-saving win in Game 4 in Detroit. Manager Jim Leyland had no qualms turning once more to Verlander, who went 13-12 this season.

When asked earlier than the sport about his bullpen availability, Leyland nodded his head and quipped, “Verlander, he’s available.”

Grey, meanwhile, looked overmatched this time. He wiped his forehead and never received comfy. Then, he broke his left thumb on Prince Fielder’s fifth-inning comebacker.

A’s supervisor Bob Melvin went with Grey over 18-sport winner and 40-12 months-old Bartolo Colon, who yielded three first-inning runs to lose Game 1.

“He pitched positive tonight,” Melvin stated. “He basically just offers up a home run to Miguel Cabrera. When you don’t score a run and solely get a couple hits, you already know it’s important to be perfect.”

These Game 5s are becoming awfully familiar for either side of their latest October rivalry.

Detroit held another clinching celebration within the visiting clubhouse of the Oakland Coliseum, the place a raucous crowd of 46,959 swirled yellow towels until Benoit threw his fingers in the air at the final out.

Avila met Benoit in front of the mound for a long embrace as their teammates rapidly joined them – with cheers of “Let’s go Oakland!” nonetheless ringing out.

The Tigers got here collectively near the mound for a unique chant in which they squatted in unison and raised their arms in the air. They call it “Flip Up,” as a result of “you’ve gotta flip it up,” Avila mentioned.

The 93-win Tigers are decided to take the subsequent step and win a championship after being swept in 4 games of the 2012 World Collection by the San Francisco Giants.

“That is the motivation that we’ve been looking for, that we’ve had all yr,” Verlander said. “Guys like Torii who wasn’t part of our workforce final year, he is available in and he’s got that urge. He wants to win that championship before he retires. Everybody else that was right here that had a taste of that last yr, how much it hurts, it’s that additional driving factor.”

Hunter hollered for all to hear within the clubhouse, “Let’s go, boys! Technique to fight!”

The 23-year-outdated Grey, pitching to chants of “Sonny! Sonny!” in his 12th career start, returned for the sixth inning at 92 pitches however was performed as soon as he allowed consecutive singles to Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta. Omar Infante then drove within the third run with a fielder’s selection grounder off Dan Otero.

Along the 880 freeway just outside the Coliseum, a billboard blared: “IT IS ALL THE TIME SONNY IN THE TOWN.” The one thing sunny was the outfield for the early night begin, which had players shielding their eyes to cope with tough shadows and sun angles. Heart area and right area initially performed in vivid sun.

Rookie starters have lost their past six winner-take-all postseason games since Daisuke Matsuzaka beat Cleveland within the 2007 ALCS for Boston.

Grey’s curveball had less break, and he never found the same groove that carried him in his playoff debut. It was a breezy Bay Area night and 19 levels cooler at first pitch than the eighty two levels in a sport that began an hour later Saturday night time.

This marks another disappointing exit for the low-price range A’s, who’re 27th in payroll size in baseball at $seventy one.1 million after having the smallest payroll at $fifty nine.5 million last year.

“Proper now, it is slightly emotional, a bit of sad and just a little frustrating,” Crisp mentioned. “I didn’t want to must say goodbye so soon to the fellows I went to battle with. It’s hard.”

NOTES: Verlander tried for just the third no-hitter in postseason history and first since Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay no-hit Cincinnati on Oct. 6, 2010. Don Larsen pitched an ideal recreation for the New York Yankees against Brooklyn in the World Collection on Oct. 8, 1956… Brandon Moss struck out thirteen instances in 18 at-bats. Detroit’s Austin Jackson fanned 13 times in 20 at-bats.

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U.S. Open, Day 3: James Blake says farewell to tennis after first round loss

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• James Blake announced before the U.S. Open began that he would be retiring, and while he did not want it to occur in the first round, you can't help however love his effort in his 5 set loss to Ivo Karlovic. Blake lost in a fifth set tiebreaker, but took to the microphone to thank the fans that stuck around well after midnight to look at his remaining match, and gave an emotional speech as he walked away from tennis.

• Venus Williams, who received her first round match handily over No. 12 Kristen Klipkens, lost in the second spherical to Jie Zheng 6-three, 2-6, 7-6 (5). It looked like the third set would be a stroll for Zheng, who went up 3-0, however Venus battled back to drive a tiebreaker, and battled again in that after going down 4-1 within the tiebreaker. Williams obtained it back to 5-5 earlier than a volley caught the online, giving Zheng match level, and a backhand sailed large to allow Zheng to advance to the third round.

• Li Na, Juan Martin Del Potro and Agnieszka Radwanska were three of the upper ranked players to get their matches in despite some weather delays, all advancing on Wednesday regardless of a begin and stop day.

This one belonged to James Blake, who won the primary two units on Wednesday evening and appeared like he would delay his retirement to another day, but that was when Ivo Karlovic stepped in and spoiled the occasion.

Karlovic gained the third and fourth units, and whereas Blake battled again in the fifth to get to a tiebreaker, it was the massive-hitting Croatian that superior to the second spherical.

No matter how Blake went out, it was a terrific combat for the man that knew this would be his last dance, and he never stopped battling, even down the ultimate challenge on the eventual match point serve by Karlovic.

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Thursday marks the return of a number of the previous champions of this occasion, together with Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, all trying to advance to the third round at the U.S. Open.

Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka are each set to play their second rounds as effectively, however the most thrilling second spherical match will be American John Isner going through all the time entertaining Gael Monfils beneath the lights at Louis Armstrong Stadium.


U.S. Open, Day 1: Sloane Stephens survives a first round scare as the Williams sisters advance

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• Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams both cruised in their opening matches, winning in straight sets without much pushback from their opponents. Nadal took down American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 while Williams dropped only a single recreation in her two sets towards Italian Francesca Schiavone.

• Venus Williams was additionally a big story on Day One, taking down No. 12 seed Kristen Flipkens 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the second round in a Grand Slam for the first time for the reason that Australian Open this 12 months. Williams was impressive along with her first serve, successful 75 % of her factors when she obtained it in and appears like some of the nagging injuries which have sidelined her are gone for now.

• Weather was a problem all day on the U.S. Open, forcing a number of the late matches, together with Roger Federer, to Tuesday.

It looked like American Sloane Stephens may be out earlier than the match really began, dropping her first set of this U.S. Open to Mandy Minella. A rain delay helped Stephens find her way, and after winning the second set faced one other powerful spot in the third after getting broken to fall down four-2 to Minella within the ultimate set.

That was the place Stephens showed the combat that we have seen in previous Grand Slams, taking the third set to a tiebreaker and finally profitable that 7-5 to advance to the second spherical.

This return by Rafael Nadal in his opening match towards Ryan Harrison was simply downright ridiculous.

Francesca Schiavone — Getty Images

It was a tough match for Francesca Schiavone, who obtained smoked by Serena Williams, but this image of her hugging a ball boy is one of the best from the primary day of the U.S. Open.

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Bernard Tomic survived a gritty 5-set win over Albert Ramos, and did it in type along with his glossy Nike gear on.

It was a formidable win by Venus Williams on Monday at the U.S. Open, however her outfit left a lot to be desired. No, it wasn’t simply the gown and the hair,

check out what she had on her left hand

during her opening round win over Kristen Flipkens.

Day Two of the U.S. Open will open with matches being accomplished that got pushed due to weather in New York on Monday evening.

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Victoria Azarenka are all scheduled to play on Tuesday, and we will be following all of the motion so verify back with us.


Jhonny Gonzalez ruins Golden Boy’s best-laid plans, upsetting Abner Mares in opening round (Yahoo! Sports)

CARSON, Calif. – After Leo Santa Cruz put on a boxing clinic in a third-round destruction of Victor Terrazas on Saturday at the StubHub Center, Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer was asked about a potential Santa Cruz-Abner Mares bout.

“That would be huge at Staples [Center],” Schaefer said.

There was a lot of anticipation in Southern California for a Santa Cruz-Mares fight, which would have matched two of the fastest rising stars in the sport.

Jhonny Gonzalez heard the talk, too, and he quietly seethed.

“They were treating me like a steppingstone for Mares and were making plans for a Santa Cruz fight before [he even fought] me,” Gonzalez said.

And that turned out to be a bad decision.

Gonzalez scored the upset of the year with a crushing first-round technical knockout of the previously unbeaten Mares, dropping him twice and claiming Mares’ WBC championship.

Abner Mares’ undefeated record collapsed in the first round against Jhonny Gonzalez. (Getty) “At this moment, this is the single greatest and most glorious moment of my life,” Gonzalez said. “When I came to the U.S. for this fight, no one gave me any credit. All they talked about was Mares fighting Santa Cruz.”

The talk was for good reason, as the two were quickly rising up the ranks and were among the most skilled, and exciting, fighters in the game.

After Santa Cruz dismantled Terrazas on Saturday, it was Mares’ turn to hold up his end of the bargain.

Mares, though, never got on track and didn’t land a meaningful blow before being violently beaten up.

The first two minutes were almost completely uneventful, with neither man landing anything of significance. But with about a minute left in the round, Gonzalez landed a strong straight right hand. Mares took it well, but it was a harbinger of what was to come.

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Not long after, Gonzalez decked Mares with a textbook left hook to the jaw. Mares was in obvious trouble this time, but courageously bounced up and referee Jack Reiss allowed him to continue.

The clock was running down in the round, and Gonzalez knew he had Mares hurt. He also knew Mares would be dangerous, and he had a decision to make: To attack and go for the early finish, or to play it cautious and not get caught with a Hail Mary from a desperate Mares.

After briefly considering his options as Reiss tended to Mares, Gonzalez knew what he had to do.

“I knew I had to go in for the kill,” Gonzalez said. “I didn’t want to let him survive. It was just a matter of time before he’d be knocked down again. People just didn’t give me the respect I deserved.”

Gonzalez entered the bout with 46 knockouts in 62 professional fights and a deserved reputation as a hard hitter, if not a slick boxer.

Mares found out the hard way it wasn’t all talk. The Gonzalez win clearly derailed talk of a Mares-Santa Cruz fight, and left Schaefer to consider his options.

“You just have to enjoy the fights,” Schaefer said. “We all think we know what is going to happen. I was reading a story where The Ring picked 19 experts, probably some of you [ringside media] and asked who was going to win. All 19 picked Abner Mares.

“We think we know everything, but the truth is, we don’t. And that is why boxing is so exciting.”

Santa Cruz continued his upward momentum in the opener of the Showtime-televised doubleheader. He challenged Terrazas for the WBC super bantamweight title and put on a virtuoso performance.

What will Jhonny Gonzalez’s win mean for his career? (Getty) He knocked Terrazas down twice in the third and forced referee Dr. Lou Moret to stop it to save Terrazas from a frightful beating. It was plenty bad as it was, with Terrazas’ right eye swollen shut from a series of sharp, accurate Santa Cruz blows.

Terrazas was a veteran with far more experience, but Santa Cruz took him apart with a cool, surgical precision.

“I was not expecting a knockout this early in the fight,” said Santa Cruz, who dedicated the fight to his brother, Roberto, who is battling lupus. “I thought it would have been later. Terrazas is a great fighter and I knew I had to pressure him in order to bring him down. I needed to do this in the early rounds because he’s a tough fighter. In the second round, when I saw his eye swell, I knew I had to work up to that more.”

That shifted the spotlight to Mares, who made a mistake that cost him his title.

Schaefer said he didn’t think the stunning loss would hurt Mares’ popularity, because the promoter pointed out that Mares always comes to fight and puts on exciting events.

And Mares shrugged off his first loss.

“I’m in this sport not to remain undefeated, but to fight the best,” Mares said.

Gonzalez proved he’s on his way to being one of the best with his performance, recording his 55th win and his 47th knockout.

And after enduring all the talk about a Mares-Santa Cruz fight without complaint, he finally had his moment in the sun.

“They had me wrap my hands twice in the locker room to try to break my concentration,” Gonzalez said. “But it was then that I knew I had to win at all costs.”

That he did, and it was one of the most remarkable bouts of his career.


Florida Lawmakers Gear Up For Another Round Of Gaming Talks

Florida lawmakers have been down this path before. Lobbyists for the gambling industry have spent the better part of the past decade trying to convince Tallahassee legislators that bringing full-scale casino resort gambling to the Sunshine State would be a good thing.

Heading into the Fall legislative session, the lobbyists are again out in full force, only this time there appears to be a changing of the guard in the lawmakers’ thought process. For the first time in nearly a decade, some lawmakers are convinced that this will be the session that the gaming laws change in Florida.

“In the past 25 years, gaming industries have been transformed, not just in Florida, but all around the country,” said state Senator Garrett Richter. “The state’s approach to regulating and taxing gaming activities has not kept pace.”

Gaming moguls such as Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn have been boisterous in their attempt to bring their high profile Vegas brands to Florida. Until now, their efforts have fallen on deaf ears in Tallahassee, but this time around feels different to those who have been there for the past debates.

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“Florida is heading towards becoming the next state with full service casinos,” said analyst Thomas Waters. “The momentum has been building, and it has gotten to the point where lawmakers are now watching how other states have thriving economies thanks to gambling revenue. Full-scale casino gambling is no longer an if, but rather a when.”

That when could be this Fall when lawmakers will discuss several different legislative plans that are being floated in the state capital. With all of the plans, lawmakers have to be aware of a compact that is currently in effect with the Seminole Indians. The compact ran for five years, and allows the Seminoles exclusive rights to blackjack, baccarat, and other table games.

Pari-mutuel facilities have been lobbying to get in on the table game action, and big-name gaming companies have already started preparations for a change in law.

Genting, a company based in Malaysia, purchased the former home of the Miami Herald several years ago, and has already shown blueprints for a Resorts World Miami resort. The plans have space on the second level for a gaming floor, should legislators follow through with the plan to expand gambling.


PGA Championship, Round 4: Jason Dufner wins his first major championship

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• There were plenty of guys with an opportunity to snag this PGA Championship on Sunday, however it was Jason Dufner that took care of enterprise on Sunday at Oak Hill. His Sunday 68 was even better than the rating contemplating he made bogeys on his last two holes, but an excellent player over the last two seasons was deserving of the Wanamaker Trophy.

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• Of all the fellows that had an opportunity on Sunday, it was a fairly lackluster push from everyone besides Dufner. Jim Furyk shot 71, Henrik Stenson, Jonas Blixt and Adam Scott shot 70 and names like Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson could not get a giant push going.

• The PGA Championship began with hope that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson might be meeting at the excellent time, but neither may get something going at Oak Hill. Mickelson shot seventy eight-seventy two on the weekend to finish T-72 whereas Woods continued his main struggles with a T-41 finish on the PGA.

Scott Piercy wasn’t in the equation heading into the final round on the PGA Championship, but his Sunday was actually, really good. Piercy shot a round of 5-beneath sixty five regardless of bogeys on Nos. 15 and 18, making eight birdies to complete T-5, his best end ever in a significant.

Tim Clark won’t have had the best week at Oak Hill, but he had the shot of the week on the PGA Championship with this hole-in-one on No. eleven.

Rickie Fowler’s final round 69 was a very good end for the young American, and this photo was the best we found all day at Oak Hill.

“I wasn’t going to play scared or mushy.” — Jason Dufner

While the major season is over, it’s the FedEx Cup playoffs that kick off subsequent week at the Wyndham Championship. With four nice weeks of playoff golf, we’re in luck with the Presidents Cup kicking off on October 6, so while the majors are completed, golf isn’t.


Tiger Woods posts another disappointing round at a major championship

There was outdated main championship Tiger Woods and present major championship Tiger Woods, and while lots thought the outdated guy would show up after that performance final week at Firestone, it has been the present Tiger that’s struggled at Oak Hill.

Woods shot a spherical of even-par 70, not dangerous if Oak Hill had played the way in which most anticipated this week but not good contemplating how everyone else is attacking this PGA Championship.

While Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson and Okay.J. Choi weren’t only chasing the course report but major championship historical past on Friday, Woods was combating the green speeds and the distances together with his irons, dropping a number of golf equipment after impact in disgust.

He sits 10 photographs again of Dufner with 36 holes to go, an element by name only.

The putter that Tiger Woods had final week at Firestone, and for a lot of the non-major season, went missing, and it actually showed on the again 9 on Friday. Woods drove the par-4 14th but three-putted for a disappointing par. After picking up a birdie on the next gap it was back to the balky putter, as Tiger three-putted the 16th for a bogey to give the shot he simply picked up right back.

On a day when it seemed everyone was going low, Woods could not get a single bit of momentum on his facet. After his bogey on 16, Woods buried a fantastic birdie putt on the seventeenth to get again to even par for the event, however again it was a foul swing on the 18th tee that compelled Woods to simply pitch out and after a weak wedge shot could not convert the prolonged par putt, settling for a closing bogey.

Now comes the hard part for Tiger. In some way the No. 1 player on this planet needs to figure out a method to block out the truth that he is enjoying in a serious championship and strategy Saturday like it’s Bay Hill, or Sawgrass, or Torrey Pines or Firestone. During his five wins this 12 months on the PGA Tour the man with 14 major wins carried himself like a person that already knew what the longer term held, walking with his chin up and a strut that said this tournament was his.

At the majors it has been a distinct Tiger, enjoying conservatively to a fault and being befuddled on the greens.

Tiger has two more rounds left in 2013 that actually, truly matter to his career. Hopefully he can block out all the pieces that clouds his mind at the major championships and keep in mind that he is still the most effective on the earth, and coming from behind to win a significant championship is one thing he’s very a lot able to doing.

If he does not, it is going to be a protracted offseason for a man with five PGA Tour wins answering questions about the place he leaves his golf recreation throughout the four most vital weeks of the PGA Tour season.

Aug 9, 2013; Rochester, NY, USA; Adam Scott stands under an umbrella held by his caddie Steve Williams through the second spherical of the ninety fifth PGA Championship at Oak Hill Nation Membership. (Winslow..Aug 9, 2013; Rochester, NY, USA; Adam Scott stands beneath an umbrella held by his caddie Steve Williams in the course of the second round of the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. (Winslow Townson-USA AT THIS TIME Sports activities)


PGA Championship, Round 1: Adam Scott and Jim Furyk take the early lead at Oak Hill

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• The opening spherical at Oak Hill will probably be remembered as a scoring day for many of the gamers. Adam Scott and Jim Furyk took the lead after day one, however a ton of massive names were in a position to submit rounds in pink figures. Rain on Wednesday night added the gamers, making greens a bit more receptive to full photographs, and it was a birdie-filled Thursday at the PGA Championship.

• Tiger Woods got off to a hot start on Thursday on the PGA Championship, making two birdies over his first 9 holes to get to 2-beneath and close to the top of the leaderboard. That all went out the door when Tiger obtained to his last hole, the par-four ninth. Woods had to accept a double-bogey on his last hole, dropping him from 1-below to 1-over and properly back of the lead at Oak Hill. It wasn’t exactly a horrible begin for Tiger’s bid for a fifteenth major, but it wasn’t what he needed both.

• Phil Mickelson had some type of roller coaster day as he seems to make it two-for-two in main championships. A bogey on the third and a double on the fourth had him 3-over early in his round, but four birdies in the middle of his round acquired him back to purple figures. It was a final hole double-bogey that gave all that effort again as Mickelson joined Woods at 1-over with three rounds to play.

• Jm Furyk might have that U.S. Open on his résumé, but he hasn’t had a ton of success at the PGA Championship over the years. No worries, as Furyk acquired off to an incredibly sizzling begin on Thursday at Oak Hill with a spherical of 5-below sixty five. Furyk made six birdies and seemed like he would finish his spherical bogey-free, however the same gap that received Tiger at the conclusion of his spherical bit Furyk, who made bogey to miss out on tying the course record at Oak Hill.

Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, is trying to add a second main to his already nice season, joining Furyk atop the leaderboard at 5-underneath. Scott had an opportunity to go actually low on Thursday at Oak Hill, burning the sting of the hole on each 13 and 15 for birdie, and regardless of dropping a shot on the sixteenth was capable of roll in a good par save at the last to avoid wasting his spherical.

This strategy shot for former PGA Championship Martin Kaymer turned out to be perfect, dropping for an eagle on the par-5 13th.

Paul Casey — Getty Images This shot of Paul Casey, taken by Streeter Lecka, was an unbelievable one and his spherical followed suit, posting a spherical of three-under 67 on Thursday.

The second round kicks off early on Friday morning, with Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Justin Rose going off at eight:35 a.m. ET and Tiger Woods going late at 1:45 p.m. ET.

The rest of the second round tee occasions are proper here, so check out what time all the players will go off on Friday morning at Oak Hill.


British Open, Final Round: Phil Mickelson has round for the ages to claim first British Open

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There is only one story coming out of Muirfield from this Sunday and it’s the final round by Phil Mickelson. A 5-under 66 on Sunday was not only the round of the week, but maybe the round of Phil’s career, capped off by a four birdie run over his last six holes to grab the Claret Jug from a list of worthy competitors.

Mickelson’s golf game wasn’t born for links golf, but he has worked for years to figure out a way to be competitive with this different style of golf. Sunday put all that hard work on display, and considering the other scores, it was one of the better rounds you’ll ever see.

It takes a round like the one Mickelson put up to make us all forget about Tiger Woods’ chances at a 15th major championship, but it was another tough weekend for the No. 1 player in the game.

Tiger couldn’t get anything going on Sunday, three-putting two of his first four holes, making just four birdies the entire weekend.

Besides Phil and Henrik Stenson it was a tough day for all the leaders.

The two that struggled the most? Both players in the final pairing. Hunter Mahan and Lee Westwood both had major hopes but it was a pair of 75s that dropped them out of contention.

Tiger Woods, Steve Williams — Getty Images

Tiger Woods and Adam Scott both left Muirfield without a Claret Jug, but there was a nice exchange between Woods and Scott’s caddie on Sunday after the round. A lot has been made about Steve Williams and Tiger, but I thought the exchange between the two on the 18th green was great.

It’s easy to say the putt on the 72nd hole that Mickelson drained was the shot of the tournament, but I’d say the three-wood he hit into the 17th hole was his best swing of the day and the one that sealed the win for Phil.

With the wind and that club it could have ended up anywhere (remember what Tiger Woods did on Saturday on the 17th hole with a three-wood?), but Phil smashed it on the green, allowing him a comfortable two-putt for birdie.

The British Open just wrapped, but we are only a few weeks from the PGA Championship. The PGA Tour heads to Oak Hill on August 8 for the final major of the season, so check back with us as we count down the days until glory’s last shot.


British Open odds updated after second round

Tiger Woods — Getty Images We are halfway through with the 2013 British Open and the Claret Jug is still very much up for grabs. Miguel Angel Jimenez leads at 3-under, with Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood sitting a shot back at Muirfield.

The winning odds have been updated, courtesy of Bovada, and we have some surprises (Jimenez at 14-to-1) and some numbers one would expect (Tiger at 5/2).

Check the odds after the jump and let us know which name you like the most to snag this Open Championship.

The Open Championship 2013 Outright Winner
Tiger Woods 5/2
Lee Westwood 6/1
Henrik Stenson 15/2
Dustin Johnson 11/1
Angel Cabrera 14/1
Miguel Angel Jimenez 14/1
Phil Mickelson 14/1
Adam Scott 16/1
Zach Johnson 16/1
Martin Laird 20/1
Charl Schwartzel 25/1
Ian Poulter 33/1
Jason Day 33/1
Bubba Watson 40/1
Ryan Moore 40/1
Rafael Cabrera –Bello 40/1
Webb Simpson 40/1
Jordan Spieth 50/1
Francesco Molinari 66/1
Darren Clarke 75/1
Hunter Mahan 80/1
Branden Grace 150/1
Graeme McDowell 150/1
Jamie Donaldson 150/1
Brandt Snedeker 200/1
Ken Duke 200/1
Bernd Wiesberger 250/1