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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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Efficiency is the goal for Cashman, Epstein and Friedman – Buster Olney Blog

When Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has an idea for a trade, one of his staffers related the other day, he will wait days before raising the concept with the other team. In the interim, he and his staff will deliberate over all sides of the would-be proposal, assessing and reassessing, like geologists turning and studying each millimeter of a rock. Only after he is wholly educated on value involved will he make the call, fully armed to discuss what he wants out of the deal, and prepared to anticipate…

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All Football 

Marco Silva: Watford blame Everton as they sack manager

Watch Silva’s final MOTD interview Watford have sacked manager Marco Silva, blaming Everton’s approach for the Portuguese in November as the “catalyst for this decision”. The Hornets have won one of their last 11 top-flight games and are 10th in the Premier League. A Watford statement said they were “convinced the appointment of Silva” last summer “was the right one”. And, without “the unwarranted approach” they would have “continued to prosper under his leadership”. The statement added: “This has been a difficult decision and one not taken lightly. “The catalyst…

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Clint Capela says Houston Rockets ‘better’ than Golden State Warriors

HOUSTON — Superstar guard James Harden called the Houston Rockets’ 116-108 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night important “for our swag,” which was soaring after the Rockets claimed the regular-season series over the defending NBA champions. “We’re confident because we know if we’re doing what we’re supposed to do, we’re going to beat them,” Rockets center Clint Capela told ESPN. “We’ve got to keep playing. We know that they’re going to come back if we have the lead, and we’ve just got to keep that mindset. Sometimes…

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All MMA 

Chael ‘The American Gangster’ Sonnen defeats Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson at Bellator MMA World Grand Prix

2:18 AM ET Jovan BuhaESPN Editor Close • Associate editor for ESPN.com• Began covering the NBA in 2011-12• Los Angeles native, USC graduate INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Heading into the opening fight of the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix eight-man heavyweight tournament, both Chael “The American Gangster” Sonnen and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson repeatedly acknowledged that Sonnen’s strategy was to take Jackson to the ground and negate Jackson’s considerable size and strength. Though Sonnen got Jackson on the ground several times, as he proudly predicted, that wasn’t what ultimately won Sonnen the…

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Warriors aren’t worried about Rockets despite losing season series

HOUSTON — The Golden State Warriors are not concerned with the Houston Rockets after losing the season series tiebreaker with a 116-108 loss Saturday night at Toyota Center. Houston won the series 2-1. If both teams end the season with identical records, the Rockets would get the higher seed and home court advantage should they meet in the postseason. “No,” Kevin Durant responded when asked if it mattered. “The season starts over when you’re in the playoffs anyway, so it doesn’t matter. You’re going to have to get through these…

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Marin Cilic advances the quarterfinals of Australian Open

Sixth-seeded Marin Cilic collected his 100th Grand Slam match win as he advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) victory over No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta. Caroline Wozniacki raced by Magdalena Rybarikova on Sunday at the Australian Open and will next play Carla Suarez Navarro, who came back from a set and 4-1 down to beat No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6. “It was a big battle. I was really relieved I played such a good tiebreaker at the end,” the 2014 US…

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Adam Thielen, Andrew Sendejo expected to play for Minnesota Vikings

Wide receiver Adam Thielen and safety Andrew Sendejo are expected to play for the Minnesota Vikings in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in Philadelphia, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Thielen has been listed as questionable due to a lower back injury. He was a limited participant at practice Thursday after being held out the day before. Sendejo, who suffered a concussion in last week’s divisional-round victory over New Orleans, still needs to clear final concussion protocol in order to play. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has said he’s optimistic Sendejo will play…

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All Boxing 

Errol Spence Jr. defeats Lamont Peterson by eighth-round TKO at Barclays Center

NEW YORK — Errol Spence Jr. could not be stopped. Already regarded by many as one of the best fighters in the world, Spence put on a sensational performance in a one-sided destruction of Lamont Peterson, stopping him in the eighth round to retain his welterweight world title for the first time on Saturday night before 12,107 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Lightweight world titleholder Robert Easter Jr. needed all 12 rounds — and a little help from the judges — to defeat a game Javier Fortuna in a very…

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All Golf 

Sergio Garcia snatches 3rd round lead at Singapore Open

SINGAPORE — Masters champion Sergio Garcia made four early birdies to take the third-round lead at the Singapore Open on Sunday as organizers rushed to finish the tournament on time after three days of weather delays. Returning to the Sentosa Golf Club just after dawn to complete his third round after play was suspended Saturday because of lightning strikes, Garcia finished off his last four holes in 4 under for a 66 and a 54-hole total of 11-under 202. That gave Garcia the outright lead by a shot from joint…

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