by | January 29, 2017 | 09:39

Nadal, the 2009 champion, faces 15th seed Grigor Dimitrov on Friday after the Bulgarian beat David Goffin. It's been great and inspiring to see both battle to the finals here, but one will have to deny the other a huge win to further his own legacy.

by | January 28, 2017 | 05:06

Is there anything at stake apart from Grand Slam glory? At 2:30 a.m. local time Saturday on ESPN, a pair of American sports icons - tennis stars Serena Williams and Venus Williams - will play in the finals of the Australian Open. "As long as you continue to try, you have an opportunity", she said. "Anything that's happened before is just so". I lost a set today. After the match , Williams paid tribute to her opponent by dubbing her a future Australian Open champion.

by | January 27, 2017 | 05:35

United went through to the final against Liverpool's conquerors Southampton 3-2 on aggregate thanks to Paul Pogba's second-half equaliser. Should have been closer to Oumar Niasse to try to deny the victor. "It was a hard road to be in the final and we are in the final". United produced one of its most sluggish performances of the season, perhaps through complacency because of its commanding lead from the first leg.

by | January 27, 2017 | 05:27

It was the first set Williams had dropped all tournament - and she was quick to hit back. It's been 14 years since the Williams sisters last played for the Australian Open title - but they'll do it again on Saturday, in a final that showcases two of the most successful careers in tennis.

by | January 27, 2017 | 05:17

Since the Super Bowl season, they've lost playmakers and depth on defense and haven't replaced either. The biggest championship game blowout was when Buffalo beat the Raiders 51-3 to get to Super Bowl XXV. He suffered through some nagging injuries, while also having to play with multiple quarterbacks. But Worrilow's situation with the Falcons is much different than in his previous three seasons.

by | January 27, 2017 | 04:21

Till Rohit isn't there, I will any day step up and open the batting. I did not go there to look special. It [Me opening] is more of providing balance to the side, I have no urge to open, I can play at 3 as well. In the 2014 World T20 he did really well, it was unfortunate he was not part of the squad in 2016. Despite his unwillingness to use the googly in the Test series against England , Mishra will be a handful even if England's batsmen can read his variations.

by | January 25, 2017 | 14:02

He has got his rhythm going, and has looked comfortable playing his powerful ground stokes and his return has been strong. "It's very special for me, especially here in Australia where I feel [it's] a little bit like home". Can Raonic deliver against Nadal? Roanic will bank on his accurate and powerful service along with his groundstrokes. Both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been playing with the resurgent energy of younger players since the beginning of the tournament.

by | January 25, 2017 | 12:53

Chris Hogan caught two of those scores and set a franchise playoff record with 180 receiving yards. Aaron Rodgers finished 27 of 45 for 287 yards and three TDs, but the Green Bay quarterback also threw an interception, was sacked twice and faced a relentless Falcons rush.

by | January 25, 2017 | 12:18

Brady will lead the New England Patriots into Super Bowl LI, and he has a chance to win a record-setting fifth Super Bowl. Later Sunday, the 39-year-old Brady tied Hall of Famer Joe Montana's record with a ninth three-TD postseason game, helping the Patriots beat Ben Roethlisberger 36-17 for the AFC championship .

by | January 25, 2017 | 09:10

Serena Williams has yet to lose a set so far at the Australian Open, but neither has her upcoming quarterfinal opponent, Johnanna Konta. "To be honest, the best thing for his body is probably not to play, in my opinion", said Smith. She has become the third American woman - and the third player in her mid-30s - to make the semi-finals. Serena, however, represents another step up and Konta admits only when out on court will she know if she can separate the player from the success.

by | January 23, 2017 | 07:20

This time it was Sean Dyche who was despairing, as Ben Mee's high foot caught Laurent Koscielny in the face in the final seconds of a prolonged stoppage time. IT is not hard to see why Burnley are fighting so hard to keep hold of centre-half Michael Keane. No question that he was at fault for the concession of the penalty from which Andre Gray converted and saw a frustrated Wenger sent to the stands.

by | January 23, 2017 | 02:20

The Patriots are favored by six points, but it should be an overall close contest. If the New England defense can nullify the threat from Bell in the same way today then they should have a good chance at coming out on top. Bell rushed for 81 yards and also caught 10 passes for 68 yards in a 27-16 loss to the Patriots on October 23, when Roethlisberger did not play because of injury.

by | January 22, 2017 | 07:50

The question will be how Green Bay can contain Atlanta's passing game. Get ready for lots of points. Aaron Rodgers is now playing at a level that is well beyond comprehension. He's like Steve Young in that way. Outside linebacker Vic Beasley can see that evolution as well, one borne out of the trust and motivation from a head coach who nearly seems miscast as the leader of one of the NFL's most potent offences.

by | January 21, 2017 | 07:33

But despite the fact City have already succumbed to defeat five times in the league this season, Pochettino believes Guardiola has lost none of his sheen. "He is fit, he is ready to be involved in the squad, in the team", Guardiola said. Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. But other than that, Pep hasn't got much to worry about as far as injuries in his team are concerned.

by | January 21, 2017 | 07:25

The Steelers and their opponents on Sunday, the New England Patriots, have had animosity. Comparing that game to Sunday's is as apples-to-oranges as it could be for two teams still in the same locations and bearing the same names. The Patriots again went to the Super Bowl and won after beating the Steelers on their home field. (3) So Belichick having to make a decision about Brady's future is at least one year away.

by | January 20, 2017 | 04:55

Westbrook, Curry, and Harden all had the same weighted score after the votes from fans, players and media were tallied. Though Durant downplayed his production, his coach and teammates were not surprised he has been so good against the team with which he spent nine seasons.

by | January 19, 2017 | 06:54

A year on from ousting compatriot Rafael Nadal in a thrilling five-set upset, Verdasco - who had five match points before losing to Djokovic in the semi-final in Doha this month - made a horror start in his attempt to claim an even bigger first-round scalp.

by | January 19, 2017 | 00:27

The Pistons have yet to release an approximate timetable for his return, but Grade 2 injuries often take weeks to recover from, not days. Griffin's return will help - he leads the team in scoring and is 2nd in rebounds and assists - but CP3 has been the one making things work this season.

by | January 18, 2017 | 08:32 Rodgers made play after play on the move on Sunday, including that last throw to Cook , and even Jerry Jones said it: "I don't think that I've seen more of an individual (dictating) how a game came out". (1) How did he find Richard Rodgers on the other side of the field? Bell has run for 337 yards over his last two playoff games and in eight regular season games prior has averaged more than 140 yards per game.

by | January 17, 2017 | 08:04

Simona Halep is the first seeded women's player to lose at the Australian Open - in the first match on Rod Laver Arena . "I just wasn't as aggressive as I was during those games". Bencic, 19, is a former world number seven and has form against Williams, stunning her in the 2015 Toronto semi-finals in what remains the biggest win of her career.

by | January 17, 2017 | 06:53

The last meeting between these teams, on Christmas Day, Curry took just 11 shots and scored 15 points. Then he capped off the Cavs' Christmas Day comeback win with a hard 13-foot turnaround over one of the game's top perimeter defenders, Klay Thompson, in the final 3.4 seconds.

by | January 17, 2017 | 05:30

Instead, he lost to Ben Roethlisberger , a two-time Super Bowl victor, just one year after losing to Tom Brady , a four-time Super Bowl victor, in the same round. "The O-line did a great job of opening holes, really allowing me to pick my spots, not allowing penetration", Bell said. "They're a good offense". Pittsburgh beat Baltimore in the postseason in 2008 and 2010 seasons, and New England did so in 2011 and 2014.

by | January 17, 2017 | 03:13

On the opening drive of the game, the Cowboys had a third-and-2 from the Packers' 32 and opted to pass instead of run. Green Bay jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the first half, which naturally prompted social media to go nuts calling for Prescott to be benched in favor of Tony Romo .

by | January 16, 2017 | 12:51

Kerber turned on the jets against Victoria Azarenka, received the (in hindsight) comfortable semifinal pairing she needed (Jo Konta) to conserve mental energy for the final, and then outfoxed Serena in three sets to change her life and career.

by | January 16, 2017 | 07:34

It's not really anything new. Not too high, not too low. Sometimes, after a good win, the self-criticism can be eye-rolling. New England won by the score of 34-16, but some problems need to be corrected before next week's AFC Championship game.

by | January 15, 2017 | 10:06

Both players were plagued by injuries in 2016, with Federer missing the final six months of the season due to troubles with his knee. What about the Aussies? Murray admitted to having reservations about accepting the knighthood, not for any political reasons, but because he thought it might "distract" him from his goals of remaining world number one and winning more grand slams .

by | January 15, 2017 | 07:32

We had to turn something around. Maybe the most encouraging thing about the Chiefs' offense, though, is the improvement of down-field blocking. But the Steelers did not capitalize on having another AFC championship at home. Unless the Steelers want to be the victims of the "boo birds" from the stands and hand this opportunity for a deeper playoff push away, they must stop the rookie in his tracks regardless of Hill's path to redemption.

by | January 15, 2017 | 07:25

Realizing the prohibitive odds of making up a 20-0 halftime deficit seemed to liberate the Seahawks, who had nothing to live for in the playoffs until they had something to die for in the playoffs. The Steelers played a very nice game against Miami, and have a much tougher test this week. No one is expecting anything resembling a competitive game, but that only builds the stakes for the Texans, right? The difference will be Brock Osweiler versus the crafty Patriots defense.

by | January 15, 2017 | 04:32

While the Chiefs (12-4) had a first-round bye last week, the Steelers (12-5) exacted revenge on the Miami Dolphins as they cruised to a 30-12 victory at Heinz Field . The game was supposed to begin at 1:05 p.m. ET. Thanks to a freaky streak of weather, the Kansas City area is expecting yet another game - this time in the middle of a hazardous ice storm that prompted the league to issue a weather statement and fans to question whether the trip to see the Steelers in the Divisional ...

by | January 14, 2017 | 02:28

Tight end Martellus Bennett spent his first four National Football League seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, and had a forgettable experience of the postseason in 2009 in which he was targeted just four times in two games. Bill Belichick is not going to lose at home to Brock Osweiler. The Texans are one of the worst teams to make the playoffs by winning their division by a very slim margin.

by | January 14, 2017 | 02:00

The one where Richard Sherman wasn't called for pass interference on Julio Jones? Ryan has thrown TDs to an NFL-record 13 players, and the passing game is at full strength with the return of speedy receiver Taylor Gabriel and tight end Austin Hooper from injuries that kept them out late in the season.

by | January 14, 2017 | 01:21

While the Steelers created three turnovers that led to 10 points in their 30-12 wild-card win against the Miami Dolphins, coach Mike Tomlin wasn't happy with the two interceptions thrown by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger . His penchant for taking advantage of overcommitting tacklers - setting up one defender with the idea of making the next one miss - is the gridiron equivalent of Magic Johnson's legendary court vision (if not Steph Curry's game-changing deep range).

by | January 13, 2017 | 01:36

It's crucial to take Osweiler out of his comfort zone because the Texans struggle on third-and-long. Prediction: Patriots 38 - Texans 14. "We're not going to show him anything that he hasn't already seen", O'Brien said. It's not likely he will be on the field Sunday, and even if he is, Nelson probably will be limited. The Texans seem about to disappear into a black hole.

by | January 12, 2017 | 02:02

In his absence, Cobb and Adams each had over 100 yards receiving with Cobb on the business end of a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half. "Cobb just stayed in bounds, reached out and caught it". Rodgers finished 25 of 40 for 362 yards and four touchdowns. Missing Jordy Nelson , who was knocked out of the game with a rib injury, the Packers needed a spark from someone else.

by | January 10, 2017 | 21:34

Coughlin stepped down as the Giants head coach at the end of last season and had previously expressed his desire to return to the sidelines. After Coughlin left the Giants, he was hired as the NFL senior advisor to football operations. Doug Marrone will look to utilize his group of running backs more, which includes T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory. Now Marrone and Coughlin can't match the playing resumes of Galloway and Powell, but they do have a history of improving the teams they coach.