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Evans scores 22 to lead Grizzlies over Hawks, 96-94

Evans scores 22 to lead Grizzlies over Hawks, 96-94

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies avoided dropping into the Western Conference cellar by beating the worst team in the East.And it took every last second to secure the win over the Atlanta Hawks.Tyreke Evans scored 22 points, including the go-ahead layup with 1:03 left, as the Grizzlies snapped a five-game skid with a 96-94 victory over the Hawks on Friday night.But there were a lot of deep breaths in the closing seconds.The Hawks attempted three shots in the final 3.5 seconds, all of which misfired, including Andrew Harrison's deflection of Taurean Prince's attempt in the left corner with about 1.2 seconds left. The ball went into Kent Bazemore's hands and his 3-point attempt at the horn bounced off the front of the rim."All I was thinking was don't let them get it up," Harri
Dustin Fowler suing White Sox, Guaranteed Rate Field agency for serious knee injury

Dustin Fowler suing White Sox, Guaranteed Rate Field agency for serious knee injury

ATHLETICS
11:35 PM ETOakland Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler is suing the White Sox and the state agency that manages their ballpark, Guaranteed Rate Field, for a right knee injury he suffered in Chicago on June 29.Fowler, then playing for the New York Yankees in his major league debut, was seriously injured when he crashed into the right-field wall while chasing down a ball in foul territory. Fowler flipped over when he hit the wall and fell to the ground when he tried to stand up.Fowler's lawsuit -- filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court, according to the Chicago Sun-Times -- claims negligence on the part of the White Sox and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority in not properly securing the unpadded electrical box he crashed into.A highly regarded prospect, Fowler underwent emergency ...
Tennis superstar Venus Williams reveals how she's overcome personal and physical challenges to stay at the top of …

Tennis superstar Venus Williams reveals how she's overcome personal and physical challenges to stay at the top of …

TENNIS
.Tennis superstar and entrepreneur Venus Williams.APVenus Williams started playing tennis with her sister Serena when she was 4 1/2 years old.Their father coached them and had great aspirations. He had a 78-page plan to turn them into tennis champions — which he wrote before they were born.The plan, paired with Williams' extreme natural talent and drive, worked. Venus Williams is one of the most dominant tennis players in history, with seven Grand Slam singles titles and four Olympic gold medals.On top of defending her No. 5 world ranking, she runs two businesses, EleVen, an athletic-clothing line, and V*Starr, and interior-design company.[embedded content] Venus Williams is one of the most dominant players in women’s tennis, and has been for over t
Chloe Kim qualifies for US Olympic snowboard pipe team

Chloe Kim qualifies for US Olympic snowboard pipe team

OLYMPICS
Chloe Kim is the first snowboarder to confirm their nomination to the U.S. Olympic team In 2014, Chloe Kim ranked high enough to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in snowboard halfpipe, but she was too young to compete at the Winter Games.Four years later, she'll finally have the opportunity to represent the red, white and blue at the Olympics.Kim won her second straight Olympic qualifier, which will secure her nomination to the U.S. halfpipe team. The 17-year-old, who is the only woman currently capable of landing back-to-back 1080s, is considered the gold medal favorite for PyeongChang 2018."It seems like a dream almost, and I'm trying to wake up," Kim said of earning her spot on the Olympic team. "I think today when I get home, it's going to sink in, and I'm probabl...
DIII Football Championship: Mount Union defeats Mary Hardin-Baylor for 13th championship

DIII Football Championship: Mount Union defeats Mary Hardin-Baylor for 13th championship

FOOTBALL
The 45th Stagg Bowl is history. Mount Union is DIII football's 2017 national champion after defeating Mary Hardin-Baylor 12-0 Friday night in Salem, Va.Interactive bracket | Printable bracketThere was plenty to watch for in the 2017 Division III Football Championship. It was the final Stagg Bowl played at Salem Stadium, its home for the past 25 years. It pitted Mount Union, who has more Stagg Bowl championships than any other program, against Mary Hardin-Baylor, the reigning DIII champions. It was the No. 1 offense (Mount Union) against the No. 1 defense (UMHB).It was everything a championship football game should be, and ended as the lowest scoring Stagg Bowl in history.It was a defensive battle from start to finish, with both teams totaling a mere 200 yards of net offense in the first...
1994 Olympics Judge Audrey Williams Remembers Tonya Harding and the Broken Lace

1994 Olympics Judge Audrey Williams Remembers Tonya Harding and the Broken Lace

OLYMPICS
Audrey Williams, the Canadian judge at the 1994 Winter Olympics, didn't see Tonya Harding's broken lace with her own eyes, but she was at the table when Tonya tearfully glided over to tell the ref it had given out. "I just couldn’t believe that she would do it," Williams says over the phone. At the time, many saw Harding's meltdown as karma: She was competing at the Olympics despite having maybe, possibly helped her ex-husband (Jeff Gillooly) and bodyguard (Shawn Eckhardt) plan an attack on Nancy Kerrigan. This is what she gets.Advertisement - Continue Reading BelowBut to see the moment depicted in Craig Gillespie's I, Tonya, the black-comedy biopic that paints Harding as a sympathetic character rather than a "white trash" villain, the scene is nothing short of tragic. Harding was an ex
Second-unit CP3 is basketball's most dangerous weapon

Second-unit CP3 is basketball's most dangerous weapon

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8:15 AM ETHOUSTON -- The only time James Harden stepped on the court during the Houston Rockets' 25-0 first-half run Wednesday night was to celebrate Chris Paul's buzzer-beating, pull-up 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter.It prompted Harden to hop off the bench, do a jumping high-step and greet his fellow perennial All-Star playmaker with a leaping chest bump.Chris Paul's season-high 31 points helped lead the Rockets to their 11th straight win and kept the veteran guard undefeated in games he has played with Houston.James Harden was already arguably the world's best one-on-one player. So what happens when the Beard unleashes the step-back 3 on helpless defenses? The game reaches another level for Houston's star.1 RelatedOther than that, Harden rested during the Rockets' 4-minute,...
Broncos-Colts score, takeaways: Osweiler comes off bench to lead Denver to win

Broncos-Colts score, takeaways: Osweiler comes off bench to lead Denver to win

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Give Brock Osweiler credit. Coming off the bench cold, having likely taken very few practice reps through the week, and leading your team to victory is an incredibly tough thing to do. But that's exactly what Osweiler did for the Denver Broncos against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night in a 25-13 victory for the visiting team in Indy.Broncos starter Trevor Siemian was injured on the Broncos' final offensive play of the first quarter. At the time, Denver was trailing 7-0 and getting ready to kick a field goal. Brandon McManus missed that kick, and after the teams traded punts, the Colts extended their lead to 10-0. All Osweiler did after that was lead the Broncos on a 25-3 run, including scores on four of their next five drives. Three of those drives lasted nine plays or...
John Isner a high-profile visitor at Christopher Morley Tennis

John Isner a high-profile visitor at Christopher Morley Tennis

TENNIS
An eager crowd of parents and their children looked up in awe as the man of the hour walked through the door.“He’s here!” the impressionable kids, many with tennis rackets and Sharpies, shouted as they stared at the 6-10 figure they aspire to play like.Professional tennis player John Isner visited Christopher Morley Tennis in Roslyn on Thursday to promote the first New York Open. The tournament, formerly the Memphis Open for the last 40 years, will be held at Nassau Coliseum in February. “The new, renovated Coliseum, I hear it’s amazing,” Isner said. “I’ve seen pictures. Of course I’ve never been in it yet, so I’m looking forward to playing in the Coliseum.”“I know it’s got a lot of history, so it’s going to be very cool,” he added. “It’s the first-ever tennis event here, so for me, per
WWE Insiders Pick Clash Of Champions 2017

WWE Insiders Pick Clash Of Champions 2017

WWE
By Chuck CarrollThe WWE Clash of Champions card features the return of Daniel Bryan to a match for the first time since his retirement. No, he’s not wrestling. But it is a gigantic step forward for the former champion, whose concussion history forced a premature retirement, to be in the ring as a referee.Bryan has been adamant that he will wrestle again one day. Will it be in WWE? That is up to the company doctor to decide. For now, we’re being teased with that possibility, as the seeds have been planted for a feud with SmackDown Live commissioner Shane McMahon. The commish was already set to referee the tag match featuring Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn when Bryan inserted himself as the second referee in the interest of fairness.The card also features