A Mystery for the Reeling Rangers: How to Beat the Islanders

This season showed early promise for the young, rebuilding Rangers and their rookie coach, David Quinn, reaching a high point when they scorched the Islanders, 5-0, at Madison Square Garden the night before Thanksgiving. But that victory has proved an exception in the Rangers’ season and in the recent trend of rivalry games between the teams. The Rangers are 5-11-5 since then, including Thursday’s heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the Islanders on a late goal by Josh Bailey at the Garden. That gave the Islanders wins in 13 of their last…

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Andy Murray Gave His All. Which Is Why This Ending Hurts.

Andy Murray is not the youngest of the tennis supergroup known as the Big Four. Novak Djokovic was born a week later than Murray was. But it is still quite an unpleasant surprise to realize that Murray, 31, very likely will be the first of the remarkable quartet to retire. Roger Federer is somehow still gliding at 37. Rafael Nadal is somehow still persevering at 32. But Murray has been in too much pain for too long with no relief in view, and on Friday in Melbourne, Australia, all of…

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Matt Kuchar takes 1-shot lead at Sony Open

HONOLULU —  HONOLULU (AP) – The easygoing vibe in Hawaii is a perfect fit for Matt Kuchar, who spends as much as a month at a time on the islands when his schedule allows. The Sony Open is more about work than play, and he’s having just as much fun. Kuchar ran off four birdies in five holes to start his second round Friday, handled the par 5s at Waialae again and finished with another round of 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Andrew Putnam. “To shoot 7 under…

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers hire former USC Trojans running backs coach Todd McNair who sued NCAA

TAMPA, Fla. — Former USC running backs coach Todd McNair, who spent the past seven years fighting the NCAA over the Reggie Bush scandal and lost, will return to coaching in 2018 as the running backs coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source confirmed to ESPN on Friday. McNair’s hiring was first reported by the Los Angeles Times. In a high-profile defamation lawsuit, McNair accused the NCAA’s Committee of Infractions of destroying his coaching career when it found him guilty of unethical conduct when Bush accepted improper benefits at…

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Giannis Antetokounmpo misses Bucks’ loss at Wizards with sore quad

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo missed Friday night’s 113-106 loss to the Washington Wizards while battling a sore right quadriceps. Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo sidestepped the MVP discussion following another dominant all-around effort Wednesday that saw him score 27 points and grab a career-high 21 rebounds in a win over James Harden’s Rockets. An early MVP candidate, Antetokounmpo had missed just two other games this season. He is averaging 26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Friday that Antetokounmpo was injured a couple…

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Giannis Antetokounmpo to miss Bucks’ game vs. Wizards with sore quad

The Bucks will be without Giannis Antetokounmpo for Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards as the Milwaukee star battles a sore right quadriceps. Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo sidestepped the MVP discussion following another dominant all-around effort Wednesday that saw him score 27 points and grab a career-high 21 rebounds in a win over James Harden’s Rockets. An early MVP candidate, Antetokounmpo has missed just two other games this season. He is averaging 26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said Friday that Antetokounmpo…

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Dean Spanos on Life Up the Coast

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Dean Spanos is breathing a sigh of relief. Spanos, owner of the Los Angeles Chargers, has been criticized relentlessly for moving his team out of San Diego — into a soccer stadium, no less — and for the tepid reception the team has received in its new home 100 or so miles north. But in sports, winning is the ultimate elixir, and the Chargers (and their new crosstown rivals, the Rams) are winning. The Chargers went a surprising 12-4 this season, including victories in Seattle, Pittsburgh…

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Badou Jack Las Vegas Media Workout Quotes & Photos

Share Tweet Share Share Email Former Two-Division World Champion Jack Takes On Unbeaten Marcus Browne for WBA Interim Light Heavyweight Title Saturday, January 19 on Pacquiao vs. Broner SHOWTIME PPV® Event From the MGM Grand Garden Arena In Las Vegas & Presented by Premier Boxing Champions LAS VEGAS (January 10, 2019) – Former two-division world champion Badou Jack hosted a media workout at Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas Thursday as he prepares to take on unbeaten top contender Marcus Browne for the WBA Interim Light Heavyweight Title Saturday, January…

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Sebastien Loeb, Sam Sunderland back in Dakar Rally contention

LIMA, Peru — Sebastien Loeb and former champion Sam Sunderland came back into contention halfway through the Dakar Rally by winning the fifth stage on Friday. Loeb drove the race’s longest stage from Tacna back north to Arequipa masterfully, pulling away about 200 kilometers into the 517-kilometer course to win it by 10 minutes from overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah. “We pushed really hard from the start to the end of the stage, with no mistakes, no punctures, nothing. We had a perfect day,” said Loeb, the nine-time world rally champion.…

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Leonys Martin of Cleveland Indians feels blessed to be alive after health scare

CLEVELAND — Leonys Martin feels blessed to be alive after recovering from a life-threatening bacterial infection last summer. The Cleveland Indians outfielder spoke to the media Friday for the first time since the health scare. He thanked the doctors and staff at Cleveland Clinic, where he spent nearly two weeks after being rushed to the hospital following an Aug. 7 game. “They saved my life,” he said. The 30-year-old Martin said various thoughts have passed through his mind over the past several months. Catcher Kevin Plawecki, who had a career-high…

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