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Australian Open: Osaka-Brady, Djokovic-Medvedev to meet in finals

Australian Open: Osaka-Brady, Djokovic-Medvedev to meet in finals

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Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Daniil Medvedev looks to upset Novak Djokovic, while Naomi Osaka tries to stay undefeated in major championships with a win over Jennifer Brady this weekend in respective men's and women's Australian Open finals. The matches wrap up the annual Grand Slam in Melbourne, which was delayed by three weeks and started with a two-week quarantine for its players as a safety measure for COVID-19. Advertisement Brady -- the lone American in the finals -- takes on Osaka at 7:30 p.m. (local time) Saturday night in Melbourne. The match airs at 3:30 a.m. EST Saturday on ESPN due to a 16-hour time difference. Osaka is a heavy favorite to win her fourth career Grand Slam. The No. 3 player in the WTA rankings has never lost a final, semifinal or quarterfinal match at a Grand Slam. Brady h...
French Open finals, NBA Finals lead weekend sports schedule

French Open finals, NBA Finals lead weekend sports schedule

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Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The 2020 NBA Finals and the men's and women's finals for the 2020 French Open tennis tournament headline the weekend sports schedule, which also features dozens of football games. Major League Baseball's American League Division Series and National League Division Series also could extend through the weekend as team's compete in best-of-five series. Advertisement The NBA Finals might be the biggest sports stage this weekend in the United States, but American Sofia Kenin also will be fighting for a Grand Slam on Saturday on the clay courts at Roland Garros in Paris. Kenin, 21, clinched a spot in the final on Thursday with a straight-sets semifinal victory over Petra Kvitova. The Pembroke Pines, Fla., resident will face Iga Swiatek of Poland in the final. "They aren't going...
NBA Finals: LeBron, Los Angeles Lakers beat Miami Heat for 2-0 series lead

NBA Finals: LeBron, Los Angeles Lakers beat Miami Heat for 2-0 series lead

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Oct. 2 (UPI) -- LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the short-handed Miami Heat 124-114 on Friday night to grab a 2-0 series lead in the NBA Finals. James came close to a triple-double with 33 points, nine assists and nine rebounds and Anthony Davis sank 14 of his first 15 shots en route to 32 points to move the Lakers halfway to their first championship since 2010. Advertisement The Lakers -- wearing the Kobe Bryant-inspired "Black Mamba" uniforms -- shot 51% from the field and took a season-high 47 3-pointers to counter the Heat's zone defense. Los Angeles improved to 4-0 in the postseason when wearing the all-black uniforms, one of the many tributes to the Lakers legend who died in a January helicopter crash. "This is what it's all about," James said. "We're thinking about the...
Lakers crush banged-up Heat in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Lakers crush banged-up Heat in Game 1 of NBA Finals

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Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Lakers cruised to a 116-98 win over the injury-plagued Miami Heat in Wednesday's Game 1 of the NBA Finals inside the bubble near Orlando, Fla. Lakers star Anthony Davis scored a game-high 34 points in his Finals debut, while LeBron James had 25 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists in Los Angeles' first game back in the championship series since 2010. Advertisement "I just try to go out there and be comfortable knowing that this is the moment I've waited for my entire career. And now I'm here," Davis said. "So maximize this opportunity because it doesn't come around too often." Entering Wednesday night's matchup, James' teams had been a combined 1-8 in the opening game of the Finals -- with losses in each of the last seven openers. The three-time NBA champ...
Jack Grealish ‘not good enough’ for England as Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips tipped to start at next summer’s Euro finals

Jack Grealish ‘not good enough’ for England as Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips tipped to start at next summer’s Euro finals

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Jack Grealish is not good enough for England, claims Danny Mills. On Monday, the Aston Villa captain received a maiden call up to the national team after Marcus Rashford and Harry Winks withdrew ahead of the Nations League double-header against Iceland and Denmark. getty Grealish played a huge role in preserving Aston Villa’s Premier League status last season, earning him an England call-up this week Grealish had initially been overlooked, with the decision to call up Kalvin Phillips – who has yet to play a single minute of Premier League football in his career so far – sparking plenty of debate. But Mills insists England boss Gareth Southgate made the right call to initially snub Grealish, who scored eight goals and provided six assists in the top-f...