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Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov out with lower-body injury

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov will miss at least two weeks with a lower-body injury, coach Jared Bednar said Friday. “He’s not ready,” Bednar told reporters. “The goal is to get him back on the ice before the All-Star break. … The plan is to be cautious with him, and then turn him loose for the second half.” Varlamov, who is 13-9-2 with a 2.87 goals-against average this season, last played Jan. 2 against Winnipeg, leaving the game early after feeling soreness while making a move in net. He was…

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Angelique Kerber wins Sydney International

SYDNEY — Angelique Kerber won her first title since the 2016 US Open and extended her winning streak to nine matches with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final on Saturday. The 2016 Australian Open champion and former No. 1-ranked Kerber won four singles matches at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Western Australia, last week, helping Germany reach the final against Switzerland, and followed up with five wins in Sydney. In a momentum-boosting buildup to the Australian Open, which starts Monday, Kerber had wins over…

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Australia v England one-day series: Why tourists are favourites

England beat Australia when the sides last met in the 2017 Champions Trophy group stage Australia v England, first ODI Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground Date: 14 January Time: 03:20 GMT Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, BBC Sport website and app. Live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website and app. Thrashed in the Ashes and now facing the world champions on their home turf, England’s prospects in the one-day series in Australia may appear bleak. But England’s 50-over side…

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Australia v England: Joe Root fit after recovering from illness

Root carried out 12th-man duties during England’s warm-up match on Thursday Autralia v England – first ODI Venue: Melbourne Date: 14 January (03.20 GMT) Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website. England batsman Joe Root is fit to play in Sunday’s first one-day international against Australia in Melbourne after recovering from a viral illness. The 27-year-old Test captain, who was taken to hospital with gastroenteritis on…

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Jo Konta ‘disagrees’ with Margaret Court but will not boycott Arena

3:03 AM ET ESPN staff British No. 1 Johanna Konta will compete at the Margaret Court Arena despite disagreeing with Court’s controversial statements on LGBT issues and same-sex marriage. Tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King both condemned Court’s views — the latter calling for the Margaret Court Arena, which is one of the main venues at the Australian Open, to be renamed. When asked about the furore, Konta told a press conference: “I don’t agree with what Margaret Court said. However, she’s entitled to her own opinion. “But…

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All Football 

Gossip column: Sanchez, Malcom, Vardy, Hazard, Messi, Fred, Van Persie

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in January, saying the 29-year-old would be a “good investment”. (Telegraph) Tottenham are ready to drop their interest in Bordeaux winger Malcom because the French club want £45m for the 20-year-old, although Arsenal are still interested in signing the Brazilian. (Mail) Tottenham are ready to start pay talks with striker Harry Kane, 24, and extend the deals of midfielder Christian Eriksen, 25, and forward Son Heung-min, 25. (Times – subscription required) Manchester United plan to start contract negotiations with…

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Asia late show on day two of EurAsia Cup ensures slender lead

2:40 AM ET ESPN staff Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Asia will head into Sunday’s EurAsia Cup games with a 6½-5½ overall lead over Europe after staging a rally on the second day in Malaysia. Thomas Bjorn‘s European were quickly out of the blocks following Friday’s disappointments and reeled off three early points before being pegged back by a trio of afternoon defeats. Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood and Ryder Cup veteran Henrik Stenson were first to notch with a 3 and 2 win over Anirban…

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Yoel Romero will replace UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in fight vs. Luke Rockhold at UFC 221

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has withdrawn from a scheduled title defense against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 next month due to an undisclosed injury. Whittaker, 27, tried to remain on the event but was ruled medically unable to compete by physicians. Rockhold (16-3) will now face Yoel Romero (12-2) for an interim 185-pound championship. UFC officials told ESPN that Whittaker will face the winner in a unification bout. “I’m beyond disappointed that I’m unable to defend the title in my home country of Australia,” Whittaker stated. “I hope the…

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Giannis Antetokounmpo gets hard lessons from Kevin Durant – NBA

MILWAUKEE — As Giannis Antetokounmpo continues carving out a path for himself as one of the best players in the NBA, the Bucks star knows he will pick lessons up for himself along the way. Such was the case in Friday night’s 108-94 loss to Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors, as Durant got the best of the 23-year-old. “When you guard players like Durant, you just got to make their game as tough as you can,” Antetokounmpo said. “He’s going to get 20 shots up and he’s going…

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Claressa Shields defeats Tori Nelson by unanimous decision at Turning Stone Casino

VERONA, N.Y. — Two-time Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields scored a unanimous 10-round decision over Tori Nelson on Friday night at Turning Stone Casino to retain her women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world titles. Each of the three judges scored the fight 100-90 for Shields (5-0, 2 KOs), of Flint, Michigan, who was nearly 20 years younger than her opponent. The 41-year-old Nelson (17-1-3, 1 KO), who won a middleweight world title in 2011 but had only fought twice since June 2015, lost for the first time in her…

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