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David Goffin to face Alexandr Dolgopolov in the Shenzhen final

11:41 AM ET ESPN staff David Goffin reached his third final of 2017, where he will face Alexandr Dolgopolov for the Shenzhen title Sunday. The Belgian, seeded No. 2, battled past Henri Laaksonen 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-3 Saturday to set up a clash against the unpredictable Dolgopolov in what he must hope will be third time lucky for a title this year. Dolgopolov, who beat Damir Dzumhur 6-3 6-4, leads the head-to-head over world No. 12 Goffin, winning both their previous encounters. The Ukrainian is also contesting his third final…

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Caroline Garcia wins Wuhan Open for first title of year

WUHAN, China — Unseeded Caroline Garcia of France won her first title of the year Saturday, beating Ashleigh Barty 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the Wuhan Open final. “A title is the best, it’s the best thing you can have in tennis. A big one or a small one, it doesn’t matter,” said Garcia, who clinched her fourth career title. The 20th-ranked Garcia, playing her first final of 2017, struck first by breaking Barty’s serve in the seventh game and holding the next to take a 5-3 lead. Barty…

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All Golf 

Presidents Cup — Adam Scott’s ability to flourish at Presidents Cup compromised

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — An admired figure in the game, Adam Scott is the envy of so many, whether it be for the smooth golf swing, the good looks, the stylish attire or just the overall vibe he emits, in good times and bad. Scott is a mild-mannered soul who would prefer to go about his business more quietly. Such is the respect for him among his peers that when he got married a few years ago, none of those who attended — what they thought was to be a…

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Fantasy football picks, sleepers, busts for Week 4

On Wednesday, I sent the following text to a bunch of my ESPN friends and colleagues. This is what it said: Doing a goofy thing for my column tomorrow where I am asking various colleagues to ask me one question — a self-made interview, if you will — and I will answer them in my column with attribution. So, if you have a moment, can you ask me one question? Ask anything you want … about me, about fantasy, about you, about literally anything you might be slightly curious about…

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Lewis Hamilton ‘surprised’ to take pole position in Malaysia

Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of five poles at Sepang Lewis Hamilton said he was surprised to take pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix after a difficult weekend. The Briton’s Mercedes team struggled throughout practice, lagging behind Ferrari and Red Bull but he took pole from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen by 0.045 seconds. “We had some big calls to make going into qualifying and then those laps – particularly the first Q3 lap – was very well put together,” he said. “A very nice lap.” Hamilton added: “I don’t really…

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Stan Van Gundy, Detroit Pistons coach, suggests eliminating NBA draft to curb tanking

Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy believes that the solution to discourage the worst NBA teams from tanking their seasons is to wipe out the NBA draft. “I’d get rid of it, just get rid of the draft altogether,” Van Gundy told reporters after practice Friday. “We’d just deal with the salary cap. Make all [rookies] free agents coming in, and if I want to go give a guy $50 million a year, good, but I got to do it under the cap.” Van Gundy’s comments followed Thursday’s board of…

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Kateryna Bondarenko wins first WTA title in nine years in Tashkent after edging Timea Babos

10:04 AM ET ESPN staff Kateryna Bondarenko won her first WTA tour title in nine years as she edged Timea Babos in Tashkent. Second seed Babos had been the one to watch, having made the final in Quebec City, as well as winning her second career WTA singles title in Budapest earlier this year, but Bondarenko, 31, held on to claim a 6-4, 6-4 victory. Bondarenko broke first and went on to claim a tight opening set. The Ukrainian broke Babos three times in a row during the second, but…

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Huddersfield Town 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane’s second was the best of Tottenham’s goals at the John Smith’s Stadium Harry Kane bettered his own record for goals scored in a calendar month as his double strike helped Tottenham to a comfortable win at Huddersfield. The 24-year-old has now scored 13 goals for club and country in September, as Huddersfield became the fifth club side to suffer at the hands of the England marksman this month. He delivered his first blow inside 10 minutes when he collected Kieran Trippier’s header, ran into the Huddersfield area before…

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Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve on 200 hits, World Series hopes and the value of experience

9:26 AM ET Marly RiveraESPN Writer Close Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com. This interview was conducted in Spanish and has been translated. Perhaps on the cusp of earning his first AL MVP award, Jose Altuve is also a new father and a member of a team with World Series aspirations. But he says he’s had to battle for every hit in his career. He spoke with Marly Rivera on reaching 200 hits, being compared with Craig Biggio and prepping for a long playoff run. BĂ©isbol Experience…

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