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Tennys Sandgren and the feel-good stories of the Australian Open

6:34 AM ET Jerry Bembry MELBOURNE, Australia — Two years ago, Tennys Sandgren, a 26-year-old from Tennessee, was chugging beers at a bar, watching Stan Wawrinka win the US Open. The idea of being on the same court with one of the game’s elite, never mind on a Grand Slam stage, seemed improbable. How things have changed. Last Thursday, he beat the ninth-seeded Wawrinka in one of the most notable upsets of this year’s Australian Open. With three wins, Sandgren shockingly finds himself in the second week of the year’s…

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Clint Capela says Houston Rockets ‘better’ than Golden State Warriors

HOUSTON — Superstar guard James Harden called the Houston Rockets’ 116-108 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night important “for our swag,” which was soaring after the Rockets claimed the regular-season series over the defending NBA champions. “We’re confident because we know if we’re doing what we’re supposed to do, we’re going to beat them,” Rockets center Clint Capela told ESPN. “We’ve got to keep playing. We know that they’re going to come back if we have the lead, and we’ve just got to keep that mindset. Sometimes…

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Chael ‘The American Gangster’ Sonnen defeats Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson at Bellator MMA World Grand Prix

2:18 AM ET Jovan BuhaESPN Editor Close • Associate editor for ESPN.com• Began covering the NBA in 2011-12• Los Angeles native, USC graduate INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Heading into the opening fight of the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix eight-man heavyweight tournament, both Chael “The American Gangster” Sonnen and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson repeatedly acknowledged that Sonnen’s strategy was to take Jackson to the ground and negate Jackson’s considerable size and strength. Though Sonnen got Jackson on the ground several times, as he proudly predicted, that wasn’t what ultimately won Sonnen the…

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Adam Thielen, Andrew Sendejo expected to play for Minnesota Vikings

Wide receiver Adam Thielen and safety Andrew Sendejo are expected to play for the Minnesota Vikings in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in Philadelphia, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Thielen has been listed as questionable due to a lower back injury. He was a limited participant at practice Thursday after being held out the day before. Sendejo, who suffered a concussion in last week’s divisional-round victory over New Orleans, still needs to clear final concussion protocol in order to play. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has said he’s optimistic Sendejo will play…

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Errol Spence Jr. defeats Lamont Peterson by eighth-round TKO at Barclays Center

NEW YORK — Errol Spence Jr. could not be stopped. Already regarded by many as one of the best fighters in the world, Spence put on a sensational performance in a one-sided destruction of Lamont Peterson, stopping him in the eighth round to retain his welterweight world title for the first time Saturday night before 12,107 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Lightweight world titleholder Robert Easter Jr. needed all 12 rounds — and a little help from the judges — to defeat a game Javier Fortuna in a very entertaining…

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Sergio Garcia snatches 3rd round lead at Singapore Open

SINGAPORE — Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his new found self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title. Still brimming with confidence after claiming his first major title at Augusta National last year, Garcia started his new season with a runaway victory at the Sentosa Golf Club, finishing at 14-under 270. Returning to the course just after dawn to complete his third round after play was suspended…

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W2W4 at Australian Open – Madison Keys ready for big second week Down Under

10:45 PM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” Say, whatever happened to that “nightmare draw” Australian Open No. 2 seed Roger Federer pulled? He’s playing No. 80 Marton Fuscovics in the fourth round in order to get either Tomas Berdych or Fabio Fognini —…

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LeBron James says Cleveland Cavaliers would get eliminated early if playoffs began today

CLEVELAND — Following one of the Cavaliers‘ most inept defensive performances of the season, LeBron James said his team looked primed for a short postseason appearance, barring any changes. The Cavs fell 148-124 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, tying a franchise record for most points allowed in regulation. They are 3-9 since Christmas Day. “Playoffs? We can’t even start thinking about that, not the way we’re playing right now,” James said. “We could easily get bounced early in the playoffs if they started next weekend. Haven’t even began…

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Patriots QB Tom Brady’s work in practice boosts confidence he’ll be OK – New England Patriots Blog

Exploring New England Patriots hot topics in a mailbag… @MikeReiss Mike, we need a Brady update…please! — regisb (@regisbartlett14) January 20, 2018 As of Wednesday night, hours after the right-hand injury occurred, Tom Brady‘s availability for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars was not in doubt. A source relayed that his hand “should be OK,” and another said that while it might affect him “slightly” in the game, the belief was that Brady would be able to carry out his duties as the team’s starting quarterback effectively….

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Minnesota Twins fans meet Michael Pineda, but have to wait to see him pitch

MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Pineda is hard to miss, even when he’s not throwing 95 mph fastballs. The Minnesota Twins won’t witness any of those heaters for a while, but they’re still pleased to have the 6-foot-7 right-hander in-house until he’s ready. Pineda was introduced to his new fans at Twins Fest on Saturday after agreeing to a $10 million, two-year deal last month, though he’s still recovering from Tommy John surgery and is unlikely to pitch again until at least late this season. Indeed, Minnesota’s first major move this winter…

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