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Andy Murray Aims For A Wimbledon Return After Having Hip Surgery In Melbourne

Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray has undergone hip surgery and is hoping to return to action in time for this year’s Wimbledon. The 30-year-old, who has not played a competitive match for six months and last week withdrew from the Australian Open, posted an update on Facebook. “Today I underwent successful right hip surgery at the St Vincent Hospital in Melbourne,” Murray said. “I’d like to thank Dr John O’Donnell and all of the staff for looking after me. I look forward to returning to competitive tennis during the grasscourt season.”  Murray said he can get himself back to “95 per cent of my best”. “I believe that’s enough to compete at the highest level,” he added. “No question.” Murray, who ended 2016 as world No.1, has slipped to 19th in the rankings. ...Read more

Figure Skater Adam Rippon Is First Openly Gay U.S. Man To Ever Qualify For Winter Olympics

Adam Rippon made history on Sunday when he was named as one of the three male figure skaters who will represent the United States next month at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Not only is he the oldest American figure skating Olympic rookie since 1936, Rippon became the first openly gay man to compete for the United States in the Winter Olympics. Rippon was in second place in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships when he fell to fourth place on Saturday after falling on his opening quad jump in his free skate, then missing two triples late in the program. The committee, however, decided to select Rippon (over Ross Miner, who finished in second place) because Rippon has a better track record. This was Rippon’s third attempt at making the Olympic team — he placed fifth at the nationals in 2010 and then eighth in 2014.  ...Read more

Matt Ryan Leads Falcons To 26-13 Playoff Win Over Rams

While the Rams hosted their first NFL playoff game in Los Angeles since 1986, they quickly fell behind 13-0, never led and lost 26-13 to the Falcons. Atlanta, as the sixth seed, will play at Philadelphia next week.  The defending NFC champions would not be denied, holding the Rams offense to 13 points and forcing two turnovers on special teams against the NFL’s best special teams unit. Quarterback Matt Ryan sacked three times in the first half, completed 21 of 30 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown.   ...Read more

Jacksonville Jaguars Beat Buffalo Bills 10-3 In Playoff Win

The Jacksonville Jaguars outplayed the Buffalo Bills 10-3 to advance to the AFC Divisional Round. The Buffalo Bills’ offense helped send the Jaguars to playoffs as Blake Bortles completed 12-of-23 passes for 87 yards . On the Jaguars’ first seven possessions, Jacksonville punted six times and gained only 110 total yards. Bortles had more rushing yards (88) than passing yards Sunday. The table was set for the Bills’ first playoff win since 1995, but quarterback Tyrod Taylor was not able to take advantage. In what should prove to be his final game in a Bills uniform, Taylor and the Buffalo offense came up short in the 10-3 loss to Jacksonville. ...Read more

NY Islanders Sign Defenseman Scott Mayfield To Five-Year Contract Extension

The New York Islanders have signed defenseman Scott Mayfield to a five-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season. The deal announced Thursday has an average annual value of $1.45 million . The 25-year-old Mayfield has two goals and eight assists in a career-high 29 games this season. He led the team with 35 penalty minutes before Thursday night’s game at Philadelphia. The Islanders selected the St. Louis native in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft. ...Read more

Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Leads NBA In All-Star Voting

The NBA All-Star Game voting has been live since Dec. 21, and so far, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is ahead of the pack. Milwaukee’s 23-year-old superstar leads the entire NBA with 863,416 votes, which is over 7,000 ahead of four-time league MVP LeBron James. An All-Star starter for the Eastern Conference last season, Antetokounmpo is averaging career highs in points (29.1), rebounds (10.4) and minutes (37.9) per game. NBA voting closes Jan. 15, with another update of the voting tallies coming Jan. 11. ...Read more

Fired Arizona Wildcats Coach Rich Rodriguez Disputes Sexual Harassment Allegations, Admits To Extramarital Affair

The Arizona Wildcats fired head football coach Rich Rodriguez on Tuesday, citing “the direction and climate of the football program” as the reasoning. Arizona will pay Rodriguez his full $6.3 million buyout and will hire a search firm as it looks for its new head coach. Rodriguez went 43-35 in six seasons in Tucson, but was also recently alleged of sexual harassment by a former administrative assistant. Rodriguez released a statement Tuesday night following his firing. He shed more details on his dismissal, disputed the sexual harassment claims, and admitted to having an extramarital affair with a woman who is not affiliated with the University. ...Read more

Isaiah Thomas Drops 17 Points In Cleveland Cavaliers Debut

Isaiah Thomas made his 2017-18 NBA season debut, and his Cleveland Cavaliers debut, on Tuesday night. Playing for the first time since May of 2017 in a game against the Trailblazers, Thomas scored 17 points, with three assists, and four three-pointers in only 19 minutes of play. The Cavs went on to win 127-110 over the Blazers. Since Thomas and his health is still the main priority for the Cavaliers, they elected to not play Thomas on Wednesday versus his old team, the Boston Celtics.  ...Read more

Quarterback Carson Palmer Of Arizona Cardinals Retires After 15 Seasons

Quarterback Carson Palmer released a letter announcing his retirement from football on Tuesday. He played 15 seasons in the NFL and has been with the Cardinals for the past five years. Palmer spent 8 years in Cincinnati and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2005 and 2006. He then spent two years with the Raiders before moving to the Cardinals, where he reached the playoffs in 2014 and 2015. His 2017 season was cut short by a broken left arm, suffered in a 33-0 loss to the Rams in Week 7. Palmer’s retirement comes just two days after the Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians retired after Arizona beat the Seahawks to finish 8-8 on the season.  ...Read more

Bengals Sign Head Coach Marvin Lewis To Two-Year Contract Extension Through 2019

The Cincinnati Bengals have signed a two-year contract extension with head coach Marvin Lewis to keep him at the helm through 2019. Lewis met with the team’s ownership on Monday to discuss the future plans. The Bengals missed the playoffs at the end of the season with a 7–9 record. Lewis’ contract and his 15th season as head coach came to an end with a 31–27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Under Lewis, the Bengals are 0–7 in the playoffs, which is the worst postseason coaching record in NFL history. However, his 125 career victories for the Bengals are the most in franchise history. Lewis is the second-longest active tenured coach in the NFL behind Bill Belichick’s 18 years with the New England Patriots. ...Read more