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Vikings gift tickets to 99-year-old fan for first playoff game

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Reasons to be excited: This might be the most well-balanced Saints team in the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era. It has been 41 seasons since the Vikings last trip to the Super Bowl. But if they make the kinds of mistakes they made against Carolina on Sunday, when they let Cam Newton throw for 349 yards - often to some wide-open pass-catchers - they're at risk for a repeat performance of Week 1, when second-team All-Pro receiver Adam Thielen had nine catches for 157 yards and receiver Stefon ... Read More »

Svitolina wins Brisbane; Kyrgios beats Dimitrov in semis

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Kyrgios displayed steely focus as he won his fourth ATP World Tour tournament and first on home soil by defeating Harrison 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 13 minutes on Pat Rafter Arena on Sunday evening. Kyrgios clarified after the match that it was simply "professional curiosity" that led to that conversation, dousing any suggestion that the injury could derail his Melbourne campaign as he confirmed his attendance at Monday's Fast4 exhibition tournament in Sydney. Read More »

Arsenal hold edge over Manchester City in race for Jonny Evans

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With his contract at Arsenal set to expire this summer, Debuchy would likely be available for a nominal fee this month, a prospect which is said to be highly appealing to the financially-struggling Baggies . And, as per the aforementioned report from L'Equipe this morning, Debuchy's insistence on moving on from the Emirates has led to interest on the part of at least one other Premier League club, in the form of West Brom. Read More »

Chelsea skipper praises the club after 'phenomenal' signing

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Of course, Barkley only had 6 months left on his Everton deal meaning Chelsea were only left with a relatively small fee to pay to ensure Barkley joined in time for the business end of this season. "This club will give him that, like it did me and like it did for other players, and it's down to him to go and take it". But it's a very exciting signing and for the money, it has to be a bargain. Read More »

Kirby Smart and Nick Saban share mutual admiration for each other

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Yet he didn't have any during the SEC Championship Game or the College Football Playoff. It took a series of comebacks. Alabama forced overtime when Tagovailoa hit Calvin Ridley for a 7-yard touchdown pass on a 4th down play with 3:49 remaining, capping its rally from a 13-point halftime deficit. Read More »

Tua Tagovailoa Starts Second Half Of National Championship

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But the Tide had to settle for a 43-yard field goal by Andy Pappanastos with 5:15 left in the third quarter to get within 20-10. Alabama would call a big shot for Tagovailoa early, a play-action pass on his first play. Alabama trailed Georgia 13-0 at the time of the change. However, after taking the 16-yard sack, he quickly redeemed himself with an absolute dime to Devonta Smith (another freshman) for a 41-yard touchdown to give Alabama yet another national championship. Read More »

Falcons take down Rams 26-13, while Titans beat Chiefs 22-21

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The Chiefs' Derrick Johnson picked up the ball and returned it for a touchdown with 1:47 to go, but a video replay showed that Henry was down and the call was overturned. Any guesses on who they were playing? Mariota was 7 of 13 for 81 yards and a pick. Smith was 19 of 23 for 231 yards in the half. With players like Marcus Mariota , Derrick Henry , and Eric Decker on offense there is little doubt that the Titans possess the ability to have offensive firepower. Read More »

Raiders officially announce hiring of Gruden as coach

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Rams head coach Sean McVay has often said how Gruden has been a mentor throughout the course of his young coaching career, especially considering Gruden hired McVay right out of college to be an offensive assistant in 2008. Williams won Offensive Rookie of the Year that season but never quite lived up to the hype in Tampa Bay after that and was eventually viewed as the reason Rodgers wasn't in a Buccaneer uniform. Read More »

Murray undergoes hip surgery

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The recent problem compelled the Scot to pull out of the Australian Open , which is scheduled to start from 15 January. "I was talking to Andy in Abu Dhabi and told him I was getting pain in one of my hips and he told me his problems were in both hips", Cash said. Read More »

Big Baller Brand gets F rating from Better Business Bureau

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Sure, to be fair, consumers likely aren't seeking out the Better Business Bureau to assign them compliments, nor is every review verified to be factual. "I have been waiting 6 weeks now, and when I asked why it was taking so long, I was called a 'small baller.' At this point I believe they have made a decision to steal my money". Read More »

Ticats confirm offer has been made to Manziel

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By doing so, the Tiger-Cats maintained his rights and prevented him from becoming a free agent. Less than five months ago, the Tiger-Cats worked out Manziel and deemed he had "too many red flags", according to Yahoo Sports. Oof. And, to someone who inquired if he'd still be in the National Football League if he hadn't washed out with the Browns in March 2016, he replied: "Nothing could have gone worse than it did in Cleveland". Read More »

Luke Walton's job security is "not even a conversation"

Carlisle, who serves as president of the NBA's Coaches Association, argued that ESPN should consider its sources and determine if they have any merit or are simply "blowhard loudmouths". LiAngelo Ball left UCLA after getting suspended and arrested for shoplifting during the Bruins' season-opening trip to China in November, and LaMelo Ball was removed from Chino Hills High in California so he could join the Lithuanian club. Read More »

Man City confident over Sanchez

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Reports in Chile suggest this decision was at the behest of City but it is believed Wenger had planned to leave out Sanchez in any case as part of wholesale changes to give several players a breather following the busy Christmas period. The 28-year-old has been in prolific form this season scoring 13 goals and providing three assists in just 15 Bundesliga appearances this season, and scored a further four goals in the UEFA Champions League group stage in a group which featured Tottenham ... Read More »

Newport manager Michael Flynn dreaming of Liverpool trip after Leeds giant-killing

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Against Burnley (in the Carabao Cup) I also made 10 changes and they made a ideal performance, against Leicester the same and did very well, so why not? They are an outstanding group and deserve all the credit. McCoulsky, on loan from Bristol City, then headed home from a last-minute corner to send Rodney Parade wild. I know what it means and I come from Denmark, if they don't know it they are not in the right position'. Read More »

Letter, 1/8: Frost, UCF can claim championship

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UCF , led by new Nebraska coach Scott Frost, upset heavily favored Auburn to remain the only undefeated team in major college football. The college football playoff has endured controversy since its inception, but this could be the first time two teams truly believe they are the nation's best at the end of the season. Read More »

Calvin Johnson selected for College Football Hall of Fame

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Beamer pushed the Hokies into national prominence in his 29 years as head coach of his alma mater. The group is headlined by Brown, former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer , former Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson , former MI defensive back Charles Woodson and former Miami defensive back Ed Reed . Read More »

Bears to name Matt Nagy new head coach

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Smith led the National Football League in quarterback rating this year with a mark of 104.7, and has completed more than 65 percent of his passes in each of the past four seasons. He was the offensive coordinator at Palmyra Area High School in 2008 and 2009. By making a quick move to replace John Fox, the Bears put Nagy in position to hire the best possible coaching staff. Read More »

Halep fires a warning with Shenzhen title

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The 26-year-old Halep is guaranteed top seeding for the Australian Open, the season's first Grand Slam, which begins in Melbourne on January 15. Halep kept her flawless record against her doubles partner this week in tact with the victory, running her head-to-head against the Romanian No.3 to 6-0, while also winning her 11th straight match against compatriots. Read More »

Four years after Bullygate, Incognito accused of making 'racist slurs' during game

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Incognito was at the center of a bullying scandal that drove Martin away from the Dolphins and ultimately the NFL. "I'll s-t in your f--ing mouth", Incognito said, per Deadspin . After the Bills picked him up in 2015, he explained how he had "learned from the whole situation" involving Martin and was a "better person" for it. "This whole learning process was about becoming self-aware". Read More »

Planes collide at Pearson, passengers exit into bitter cold

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While injuries were minor, passengers were forced to evacuate onto the tarmac during brutally frigid conditions, as Toronto is being battered by the same weather system that has challenged air travel throughout much of eastern North America for the past two days. Read More »

Police search for missing journalist in Houston area

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Saturday. The man followed her in a blue truck all the way home, but then he allegedly drove off when she got out. The roommate said she was supposed to be meeting up with Roland - but never heard from her. "Last heard wearing Remington hat and camo and in a white Jeep Cherokee". The Houston Police Department's missing persons bureau can be reached on 832-394-1816. Read More »

Patient City tear Burnley to pieces after early scare

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He added: "You both fight, you both want to win, you both want your teams to win, that's just how it should be". "My priority is the next one - tomorrow", Guardiola said before the game and he was true to his word with Nicolas Otamendi, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho all starting, while Claudio Bravo and Oleksandr Zinchenko were given rare starts too. Read More »

Alexis Sanchez Talks Between Arsenal and Man City Resume

They are likely to make a £25m bid, but could go up to £35m if necessary. It was down to him at the end of the day. "Pep chose between the two of them". De Bruyne's injury occurred in stoppage time when he was scythed down by Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon. Despite failing to beat Palace, City are still a healthy 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League, which they should win with or without the assistance of Sanchez. Read More »