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United States' Venus Williams makes a backhand return to Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
January 15, 2019 - 3:13 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Things were looking bad for Venus Williams, who was perilously close to an opening-round exit at the Australian Open for the fourth time in six years. When she double-faulted twice in the span of three points, Williams suddenly trailed by a set and a break against 25th-...
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Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, center, goes up for the rebound between Sacramento Kings' Iman Shumpert, left, and Buddy Hield during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
January 15, 2019 - 2:26 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Kings guard Iman Shumpert was stopped from going into Portland's locker room by arena and Trail Blazers security after Sacramento's 115-107 victory Monday night. Shumpert apparently was angry at Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who set a hard screen in the second half. "Some...
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International Olympics Committee member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee Tsunekazu Takeda pauses during a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Takeda has denied corruption allegations against him concerning reported bribes paid to be awarded the rights to host the 2020 Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
January 15, 2019 - 1:34 am
TOKYO (AP) — Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a powerful IOC member, has again denied corruption allegations against him, suggesting on Tuesday that any guilt was with others in the bureaucracy at the Japanese body. Takeda read a seven-minute prepared text and...
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Charlotte Hornets' Tony Parker, left, drives against San Antonio Spurs' Davis Bertans during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
January 14, 2019 - 11:46 pm
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The fans in San Antonio didn't care too much about a rare home loss. They only wanted to shower Tony Parker with love and appreciation. Parker gave them plenty to cheer about, just as he did for 17 seasons with the Spurs. Kemba Walker scored 33 points and Parker enjoyed a...
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Memphis Grizzlies' Jevon Carter, left, defends against Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Houston.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
January 14, 2019 - 11:17 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — After scoring a season-high 57 points in Houston's win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, James Harden was asked how he was able to put Sunday's loss to Orlando, when he went 1 for 17 from 3-point range, behind him so quickly. "I went 1 for 17? That's a lot of 3s missed," he...
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Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) gets past Texas guard Jase Febres (13) to put up a shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
January 14, 2019 - 10:56 pm
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Marcus Garrett has earned his spot in the Kansas starting lineup primarily with his defense. His offense Monday night was merely a bonus. The sophomore forward poured in a career-high 20 points, used his defensive instincts to produce a crucial tie-up in the closing seconds,...
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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse in Durham, N.C., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Syracuse won 95-91. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
January 14, 2019 - 10:28 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke remained firmly entrenched at No. 1 for a fourth straight week in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll, which was enough to give its Hall of Fame coach another record. The Blue Devils led an unchanged top 10 in Monday's AP Top 25 and spent their sixth week on...
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January 14, 2019 - 10:28 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Raiders still might play another season in Oakland after all. Owner Mark Davis is set to meet with officials from the Coliseum Authority that runs the stadium on Friday to discuss a lease extension. The public agenda for the meeting posted on the Coliseum Authority's...
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Duke's RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson, rear, reach for a rebound with Syracuse's Oshae Brissett (11) and Frank Howard during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
January 14, 2019 - 9:01 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Tyus Battle scored a season-high 32 points, and Syracuse used its 2-3 zone defense to rattle No. 1 Duke in overtime as the Orange pulled off the upset, 95-91 on Monday night. With swingman Cameron Reddish out with an illness and point guard Tre Jones suffering a shoulder injury...
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Pittsburgh's Malik Ellison, left, shoots as Florida State's Mfiondu Kabengele (25) and Trent Forrest, center defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
January 14, 2019 - 8:34 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trey McGowens had 30 points and seven rebounds, Xavier Johnson scored 16 and Pittsburgh pulled away late for a 75-62 win over No. 11 Florida State on Monday night. McGowens, a freshman guard, attacked the bigger, deeper Seminoles relentlessly to help the Panthers (12-5, 2-2...
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