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Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams advance to Australian Open semi-finals

The veterans have a long way to go to get there. The Canadian star played much better, matching Nadal shot for shot, with some incredible and powerful baseline shots, which helped him unsettle Nadal at times . Nadal will next face No. 15 seed Grigor Dimitrov , who was a straight-sets victor over No. 11 David Goffin , on Friday. Monfils promptly crumbled on serve, bowing out on the second match point with a huge backhand that flew just wide of the line.

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Brady vs. Ryan: SI cover features Super Bowl quarterbacks

Watching a New England defense that has allowed less than half the Falcons' regular season scoring average (33.8) makes for an interesting match-up. Fans will be on the look out for this matchup in two weeks as Houston's NRG stadium will play host to the biggest stage of them all.

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Patriots' Tom Brady secures seventh Super Bowl appearance

The Patriots never trailed, taking a 17-9 lead into halftime before rattling off 16 unanswered points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach for the visiting Steelers . Brady didn't throw an interception and competed six passes of 20 yards or more . AFC champion New England (16-2) has won nine consecutive games - and hasn't even trailed since November 27.

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Serena Williams reaches Australian Open quarterfinals

I believe in the good things that I bring to the court, and I believe in my ability to fight 'til the very end. "She's a really smart player - she can do pretty much everything", Williams said of Strycova. She has become the third American woman - and the third player in her mid-30s - to make the semi-finals. Lucic-Baroni beat American qualifier Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-2 and will next play U.S.

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Swansea defeat doesn't affect our confidence, insists Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson

Manager Juergen Klopp has bemoaned Liverpool's lack of progress in the January transfer window following their first home defeat of the season, saying he has identified his targets but clubs are not willing to sell. One hard period isn't going to stop us from believing we can earn a Champions League spot. If we do this and are close enough at the decisive moment you can fight for a little bit more.

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Andy Murray crashes out of Australian Open at hands of Mischa Zverev

The German was in roaring form to win the match 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, which lasted for 3 hours and 33 minutes. Hype was already building for the world number one's probable quarter-final against Roger Federer, with nobody stopping to consider the obstacle in Murray's path.

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Alexis the saviour with late penalty

Wenger was spotted pushing Taylor in the tunnel. Amid a hectic finale in which his teammates were venting their anger, his manager was sent off after squaring up to the fourth official and a raucous crowd were baying for blood, with ice in his veins, Sanchez was the only man in the stadium thinking straight.

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Super Bowl matchup set: Falcons will face Patriots for the championship

There were four times as much money on New England as had been wagered on Atlanta in the Super Bowl futures odds, MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood said. "We weren't able to do it". No one dances when their season gets shuttered so harshly. The Steelers got the ball to open the second half but failed to generate a first down.

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How to Watch the Patriots-Steelers AFC Championship Game Live Stream Online

Since Brady has returned from his suspension, the Patriots have been great, with a 12-1 record straight up and an eight-game win streak . The Steelers are an experienced team with solid leaders, don't let the Antonio Brown Facebook Live video fool you otherwise.

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Keys to Victory: NFC Championship Game

I wouldn't be surprised to see him run away with another playoff win this weekend. He's a good friend. The guys gravitate to that, they respect him, whether he talks or not. "A really enjoyable year". It has been a really fun year to have a lot of success on offense, put up a lot of points, drive down the field a lot. Tony Gonzalez understands more than most what it would mean for Matt Ryan to finish off his remarkable season with a Super Bowl championship.

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Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur preview

And he only has to wait. "Sometimes it's about managing expectations". What is happening, I think, is that a chef can not provide the best food without the right ingredients and he does not have the players for what he needs. "It's too hard to measure if there is a gap or not". But here it is too hard to measure the gap. Most people are saying he is failing because this is a completely different league.

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Russell Westbrook stunningly left off All-Star starting lineup

The Warriors own an NBA-best record of 36-6 (.857) and are the only team in National Basketball Association history to win at least 36 of their first 42 games in three consecutive seasons. All the love for DeRozan over fellow Toronto Raptor Kyle Lowry, however, was eye-opening. The NBA changed the voting system this season, taking it away from the fans as sole deciders of the starters.

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Isaiah Thomas loses tie-breaker for All-Star starter spot

With the Celtics looking as strong as any team in the NBA, Derrick Rose led a balanced offensive attack to help the Knicks secure a rare road win. The Knicks have temporarily stopped the bleeding by defeating the Celtics, but they haven't yet cauterized the wound.

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Roger Goodell Is Avoiding The Patriots & The Tweets Are Priceless

Pittsburgh, for the longest time has ran the AFC while New England under Belicheck and Brady have been the one running the show for really the past 15 seasons, even putting down the Steelers in 2 playoff games (both in Pittsburgh for the AFC Championship in 01 and 04).

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Murray, Kerber start Australian Open as top seeds

But Wawrinka drew gasps as he smashed a volley straight at a static Martin Klizan deep in the fifth set, en route to a hard 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 win. U.S. Open finalist Pliskova following her title win at the Brisbane International with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Sara Sorribes Tormo . Victoria Azarenka said that Angelique Kerber must embrace the challenge of being the defending champion if she is to thrive at the Australian Open.

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Cavs Briefly Considered Sitting Big 3 For MLK Game Against Warriors

The Warriors rained down 3-pointers in the first half and played such a synchronized offense to engineer a 126-91 beatdown of the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in San Francisco on Monday night (Tuesday morning). Many people have criticized Irving's defense against Curry in the past, but if he can step up it will be a great advantage for the Cavs. Curry was buzzing all over the court and very almost took the top off the Cavs a few times, Draymond Green was brilliant and ended up with a ...

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Jason Garrett defends questionable decision to spike ball on Cowboys' final drive

But in an exciting game, he barely got edged out by the last-minute heroics of Rodgers 34-31. The victor gets to take on the Atlanta Falcons , who put away the Seattle Seahawks yesterday, in the NFC Championship Game . "The guy gives you everything he's got every single play". "It's just games that I dreamed as a little kid of playing in", Prescott said. Aaron played a flawless 4-quarters and threw insane passes, like the 36-yard bullet he through to Jared Cook , 29.

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Imperious Kohli leads India to victory over England

The tourists' total of 350-7, England's record tally against India and their ninth highest of all time , proved insufficient as a Virat Kohli masterclass and destructive century from Kedar Jadhav proved decisive. Buttler was caught at mid off to give Pandya his second wicket and his runs came at a strike-rate of 86. His turn to play worldwide cricket came a little over two years back.

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5 most successful Australian Open champions of all time

Admittedly, it's hardly been a disastrous period. But... much like Li Na in 2014 at the Australian Open, a match-point save in week one turned into a championship and an indelible tennis memory. Andy Murray: Andy Murray was a finalist in three Grand Slams past year. She's already followed that up by defeating Kerber again in Brisbane this year.

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How they match up: Texans at Patriots

The three touchdowns Saturday were Lewis' first three scores of the season. The Texans defenders were just too talented for the Patriots interior linemen to handle on a regular basis and that's the type of talent that reaches the postseason- but fortunately for New England, very few teams boast the defensive strength of the Houston Texans.