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Jaguars show they’re every bit the AFC power as Patriots, Steelers – Jacksonville Jaguars Blog

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — As painful as the day ended up being for the Jacksonville Jaguars, a couple of things became abundantly clear Sunday afternoon. The Jaguars belonged in the AFC Championship Game and they’re not going away. They proved they’re going to be every bit the Super Bowl contender in the AFC over the next several years that the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers have been for the past 20. Blake Bortles did not turn the ball over in the postseason and silenced his many critics by reaching the…

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Kyrie Irving says slumping Celts need to learn to ‘weather the storm’

BOSTON — Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving believes that his team was overdue for a bit of adversity and wants the Celtics to embrace one of the few rough patches the team has encountered this season. After sitting out Thursday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers due to shoulder soreness, Irving returned Sunday to score a game-high 40 points but the Celtics couldn’t rally out of a 19-point hole while falling to the Orlando Magic 103-95 at TD Garden. Told that teammate Al Horford had suggested that the Celtics need…

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Watford: Javi Gracia named head coach after sacking of Marco Silva

Javi Gracia was a defensive midfielder as a player Watford have named Javi Gracia as their new head coach, hours after the Premier League club sacked Marco Silva. Spaniard Gracia, who has signed an 18-month contract at Vicarage Road, has been out of work since leaving Russian club Rubin Kazan last June. The 47-year-old previously spent two seasons with Spanish La Liga side Malaga, and also worked in Greece. Gracia is the 10th manager to work for Watford under the Pozzo family since 2012. The Hornets said Everton’s approach for…

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European Rugby Champions Cup: Saracens into quarter-finals after Wasps win

Saracens took the final place in the quarter-finals having finished as the third-best second-placed side Defending champions Saracens have progressed to the quarter-finals of this season’s European Champions Cup. The back-to-back title winners thrashed Northampton on Saturday to remain in contention, but their place was only confirmed after Wasps beat Ulster at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday. Mark McCall’s side qualify as the third-best second-place team and face a tough away tie at top-seeds Leinster. Saracens are the only English side to have progressed to the knockout stages. European Champions…

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MMA — How one of the best feuds in the UFC can make Stipe Miocic more marketable

BOSTON – Stipe Miocic is known as “The Baddest Man on the Planet.” He’s certainly not the first heavyweight champion to lay claim to that nickname. If you type the phrase into Google, you’ll get the Wikipedia bio of Mike Tyson as well as suggestions for Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather and Evander Holyfield. Miocic is obviously not as well known as the other men who have held that nickname, but he certainly backed it up and cemented his place in UFC history when he dominated No. 1 contender Francis Ngannou,…

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Minnesota Vikings or Philadelphia Eagles: Who has the better defense? – NFL Nation

PHILADELPHIA — The best defense in the NFL comes to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday night for the NFC Championship Game. Or at least that is what they’re saying about the Minnesota Vikings. The overall statistics indicate no defense was as good as the Vikings’ this season. Minnesota finished the regular season allowing the fewest yards (275.9) and points (15.8) per game. The Eagles weren’t far behind. They were fourth in yards (306.5) and fourth in points (18.4). They know what they’re chasing this week. “As a defensive player, when…

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England win over Australia in ODI their best to date, says captain Eoin Morgan

England recorded their seventh successive ODI victory England captain Eoin Morgan described his team’s victory over Australia to secure the one-day series as “probably our best win as a group to date”. Jos Buttler struck four sixes in an unbeaten 100 from 83 balls as England beat Australia by 16 runs in Sydney. England added 76 from the final six overs to compile 302-6 and then restricted Australia to 286-6 to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. “I’m extremely proud of the way we performed,” Morgan added. England’s…

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Australian Open – Despite loss, nothing but positive takeaways for Nick Kyrgios

MELBOURNE, Australia — Nick Kyrgios is maturing as a person and improving as a player. Say it again. These were the two common themes this fortnight for someone who has historically taken a lot of criticism from fans and media. Good on him. But the question we have to ask now is a pretty simple one: What’s next? That his performance Sunday wasn’t quite enough to get past Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round of the Australian Open should not get him down. Kyrgios played great tennis. He smacked 36…

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Abu Dhabi Championship Tommy Fleetwood hits sensational back nine to retain crown

Tommy Fleetwood retained the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship title with a final round 65 giving him a two-shot victory over Ross Fisher. Fleetwood produced a sensational back nine, making six birdies to come home in 30 shots. The European No. 1 had started the day two behind overnight leaders Fisher and Thomas Pieters. Fisher seemed to be on his way to a first European Tour victory for nearly four years after picking up four shots in the outward nine. But Fleetwood birdied the 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th holes…

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Australian Open – Stats say Novak Djokovic is playing A-OK

MELBOURNE, Australia — It’s clear from watching and listening to Novak Djokovic that he’s not completely satisfied with his game. But the numbers through three rounds suggest everything is OK with the six-time Aussie Open champ. Out of action for six months with an elbow injury, the former world No. 1 is through to the second week of the Australian Open and has lost just one set in the process. No Williams sisters, no worries. The second week of the Aussie Open has plenty of compelling storylines to keep us…

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