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Buster Olney’s top 10 teams: Who’s leading the way in 2018? – Buster Olney Blog

Postseason performances have outsize value in Major League Baseball, and this is why David Freese shares emotional space with Bob Gibson in St. Louis, why several generations of New Englanders can deftly imitate Carlton Fisk’s frantic wave of a baseball, and why Kirk Gibson is better known for a fist pump than for his lifetime average. Check out Buster Olney’s 2018 rankings: » Starting pitchers »» Relievers »» Catchers »» First basemen »» Second basemen »» Third basemen »» Shortstops »» Left fielders »» Center fielders »» Right fielders »»…

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Tennis Novak Djokovic sweating on fitness ahead of Australian Open Kooyong Classic

Novak Djokovic admits there’s still a chance he could withdraw from the Australian Open, moving to ease expectation over his performance at the Grand Slam he’s dominated for a decade. The six-time Open champion played his first exhibition matches in six months on Wednesday, and reported delight at his performance – and no pain from the hit-out. He beat world No. 5 Dominic Thiem over two sets at the Kooyong Classic and lost to Lleyton Hewitt in a mini-match at the Tiebreak Tens event that same night. It was the…

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Australian Open – The Novak Djokovic rebuilding process far from complete

Before Novak Djokovic could entertain the idea of returning to top form, the 12-time Grand Slam champion ended 2017 by withdrawing from an exhibition in Abu Dhabi. It was a fitting end for a player who is coming off the most disastrous year of his storied career. The last competitive match Djokovic played came at Wimbledon this past July. He was facing Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals, and after losing the first set, Djokovic hit a sloppy forehand wide in the second, then walked toward the net, shaking his head…

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National Track Championships: Jason Kenny set to compete in 2018 event

Jason Kenny was beaten by France’s Gregory Bauge in the Revolution Series sprint final on Saturday Six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny will continue his return to competitive cycling at the British National Track Championships this month. The 29-year-old finished second on Saturday in his first track event since reversing a secret retirement decision after winning three golds at Rio 2016. He will race in the team sprint at the event in Manchester from 26-28 January. Olympic and world champion Katie Archibald will defend her points, scratch and individual pursuit titles….

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Kevin Sharp: Worcestershire appoint new head coach

Kevin Sharp was Worcestershire’s second-team batting coach for four years Worcestershire have appointed Kevin Sharp as their new head coach. Sharp, 58, was second-team batting coach at New Road and replaces Steve Rhodes, who was sacked in December. It has been reported Rhodes delayed telling the county about the arrest of 22-year-old all-rounder Alex Hepburn, who was charged with two counts of rape last month. Former Worcestershire paceman Alan Richardson, 42, has also replaced Matt Mason as bowling coach. Mason will take over responsibility for the county’s second XI. “I…

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NBA — Spurs culture is high aspiration for Lakers rebuild

LOS ANGELES — The fourth-quarter heists came in quick succession, three in a span of less than two minutes. First, Larry Nance Jr. swatted an entry pass intended for LaMarcus Aldridge out of the air as the Los Angeles Lakers clinged to a two-point lead. Three possessions later, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope leapt into the passing lane like a cornerback and snatched a dish from Patty Mills then raced the sideline for a breakaway dunk. The next trip down, Nance did much the same at nearly the identical spot on the floor,…

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Owain Doull: Team Sky’s Olympic gold medallist eyes 2018 Vuelta a Espana

Owain Doull celebrates winning gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics Olympic gold medallist Owain Doull has targeted the Vuelta a Espana as his main goal for 2018. Doull is preparing his second full year on the World Tour with Team Sky and will start his season at the Tour Down Under this month. The 24-year-old hopes to make his Grand Tour debut after the cobbled classics in the spring. “My big goal is to try and get set up for the Vuelta,” Doull told BBC Sport Wales. “I would like…

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Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta takes out Kooyong title

World No.10 Pablo Carreno Busta has claimed the Kooyong Classic trophy in a tight match against in-form Australian Matt Ebden. The Spaniard lost Friday’s first set and was down a break in the second but fought back to take the match 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 6-2 against the Australian No.2. Ebden, who beat world No.6 Marin Cilic earlier in the week, was delighted with his form heading into next week’s Australian Open. “The first day I won and, yesterday, I had chances to win and again, today, I was right there…

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SPFL set to agree new and improved sponsorship deal with Ladbrokes

Celtic lead Aberdeen in the Premiership – the top tier of the SPFL The Scottish Professional Football League is close to agreeing an extended and improved sponsorship deal with Ladbrokes. A deal worth up to £5m over two seasons will take the bookmakers’ sponsoring of the league through to 2020. It’s expected the agreement will be ratified at an SPFL general meeting next Friday. The league’s initial £2m-per-year deal with Ladbrokes started in 2015 and was extended for the current season. The sponsorship applies to the SPFL’s four divisions –…

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