January 23rd, 2017

National Sports

With favourites out, Raonic has opening for slam breakthrough

By Justin Bergman, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

MELBOURNE, Australia – Not every tennis player quotes from Goethe on Twitter, keeps a journal and visits art exhibitions during tournaments. Milos Raonic, though, has taken a slightly different path in life. He grew up playing tennis in snowy Canada, not sunny Florida. And his parents, immigrants from Montenegro, knew nothing about tennis. On long ... Read More »

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Nadal beats Monfils, reaches 30th Grand Slam quarterfinal

By John Pye, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2017

MELBOURNE, Australia – Rafael Nadal beat sixth-seeded Gael Monfils in four sets Monday to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the 30th time, prompting talk of a potential Australian Open final against Roger Federer. The veterans have a long way to go to get there. For the 30-year-old Nadal, his first priority ... Read More »

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China swings back at golf, shutting down 111 courses

By The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2017

BEIJING – China has launched a renewed crackdown on golf, closing 111 courses and telling members of the ruling Communist Party to stay off the links in an effort to conserve water and land. The state-run Xinhua News Agency said Sunday the courses were closed for improperly using groundwater, arable land or land in nature ... Read More »

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Williams relies on Plan B to reaches Australian Open QFs

By John Pye, The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2017

MELBOURNE, Australia – With her serve misfiring and the ball coming back at her from some irregular angles, it was time for Serena Williams to go to Plan B. Williams knuckled down and just scrapped her way to a 7-5, 6-4 win over No. 16-seeded Barbora Strycova on Monday to reach the quarterfinals of the ... Read More »

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Serena Williams into Australian Open quarterfinals

By John Pye, The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2017

MELBOURNE, Australia – Serena Williams scrapped her way into the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, working around a misfiring serve and a rash of unforced errors to beat Barbora Strycova as the heat intensified on Monday. She had a little bit of luck in some big moments, but created it herself by staying in points ... Read More »

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Sunday’s Games

By The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2017

Sunday’s Games NFL Playoffs NFC Championship Atlanta 44 Green Bay 21 AFC Championship New England 36 Pittsburgh 17 — NHL Chicago 4 Vancouver 2 Columbus 7 Ottawa 6 (OT) N.Y. Rangers 1 Detroit 0 (OT) Pittsburgh 5 Boston 1 Philadelphia 3 N.Y. Islanders 2 (OT) Nashville 4 Minnesota 2 — AHL Toronto 2 Springfield 1 ... Read More »

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Toews’ late goal leads Blackhawks past Canucks.

By Matt Carlson, The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2017

CHICAGO – Jonathan Toews scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:18 remaining and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Sunday night for their third straight victory. Toews, who also had three assists, connected from the left circle after Richard Panik’s shot from right wing went wide and caromed off the back boards. Toews ... Read More »

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They’re Back: Brady and Patriots win AFC, 36-17 vs Steelers

By Barry Wilner, The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2017

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Tom Brady redemption tour is headed to the Super Bowl. After beginning the 2016 season suspended for four games for his role in the “Deflategate” scandal, the New England quarterback relentlessly carried the Patriots to an unprecedented ninth appearance in the title game, and his seventh. Brady threw for a franchise ... Read More »

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McCarville, Mallett, MacPhee join Canadian women’s curling championship field

By The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2017

Northern Ontario’s Krista McCarville, Prince Edward Island’s Robyn MacPhee and B.C.’s Marla Mallett have won their way into the Canadian women’s curling championship field. Mallett downed Diane Gushulak 6-3 in the B.C. provincial women’s final Sunday night in Duncan, B.C. MacPhee stole singles in the ninth and 10th ends to beat Veronica Smith 7-5 in ... Read More »

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The Latest: Patriots will face Falcons in Super Bowl

By The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2017

The Latest on the NFL conference championship games (all times Eastern): ___ 9:55 p.m. A season that began with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension will end with him in the Super Bowl, where his New England Patriots will take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. While most of the attention between now and ... Read More »

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Canada’s Adam Hadwin finishes second at CareerBuilder, one day after 59

By John Nicholson, The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2017

LA QUINTA, Calif. – A day after making a mess of the 16th and 17th holes on PGA West’s Stadium Course, Hudson Swafford birdied them Sunday to take control in the fittingly named CareerBuilder Challenge. A few minutes later, with rain approaching the desert over the snow-capped mountains, the 29-year-old former Georgia player celebrated his ... Read More »

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