January 23, 2021

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Williams eyes NFL first: 2 teams in 1 postseason
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The Green Bay Packers have elevated recent cornerback acquisition Tramon Williams to their active roster for Sunday's NFC Championship Game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Williams, who was acquired by the Packers and put on their practice squad after he was waived by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, could become the first player in NFL history to play for two different teams in the same postseason.Williams, 37, had three tackles in the Ravens' 17-3 AFC divisional playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills last week.Williams previously played for the Packers from 2007-14 and 2018-19, and he played a key role in the team's run to Super Bowl 45 with interceptions in playoff games vs. Philadelphia and Atlanta.
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Five best player matchups to watch on NFL Championship Sunday
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Championship Sunday is almost here with trips to Super Bowl LV on the line in the AFC and NFC Championship Games. While plenty of the spotlight falls on the quarterbacks squaring off, these games will be decided by specific head-to-head matchups that could determine the course of NFL history.Everyone is excited about Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady kicking off Sunday’s action with their first playoff matchup. As both quarterbacks have said, though, they aren’t actually facing one another. Instead, the likely NFL MVP will face a Buccaneers defense that forced four takeaways in the divisional round. Meanwhile, the greatest quarterback in NFL history faces an opponent that has gotten a lot better as of late.
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Bertrand Traore extends Aston Villa’s lead over Newcastle | Premier League | NBC Sports
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Bertrand Traore takes a pass from Jack Grealish and strikes it off the crossbar and in to give Aston Villa a 2-0 lead over Newcastle just before halftime. #NBCSports #PremierLeague #AstonVilla
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Packers promote CB Tramon Williams from practice squad
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Tramon Williams could soon be set for a rare NFL feat: suiting up for playoff games with two teams. The Packers elevated the cornerback from their practice squad on Saturday.Green Bay signed the 14th-year cornerback earlier this week, making this Williams’ third stint with his original NFL team. But he played just last week in the Ravens-Bills divisional-round game, logging 12 defensive snaps with Baltimore.The Ravens, however, waived Williams soon after. Since no one claimed him, Williams will be able to play in Sunday’s Packers-Buccaneers game. Since Tuesday, Williams has been waived, made a Packers visit, signed with the Packers and now will rise from the practice squad to the active roster via the COVID-19 replacement route.
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Daniel Sorensen not fined for controversial hit on Rashard Higgins
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The NFL has not taken action against Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Daniel Sorensen’s controversial hit in the AFC Divisional game against the Cleveland Browns.The league handed down its fines from the previous week’s action, and noticeably absent was Sorensen, despite the fact that he seemed to lower his helmet to hit Cleveland wide receiver Rashard Higgins at the goal line.You can see the play in question by clicking here. Many, including CBS rules analyst Gene Steratore, felt that Sorensen was extremely fortunate to avoid a targeting penalty.Sorensen’s hit is the exact sort of thing the league wants to keep out of the game. It’s bad enough that it was missed during the game, but it’s hard to fathom how the league didn’t do anything after the fact, even after further review.
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Nets vs. Heat: How to watch, schedule, live stream info, game time, TV channel
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Who's PlayingMiami @ BrooklynCurrent Records: Miami 6-8; Brooklyn 9-8What to KnowThis Saturday, the Brooklyn Nets are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 116.35 points per game. They are out to keep their three-game home win streak alive. Brooklyn received a tough blow on Friday as they fell 125-113 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The losing side was boosted by point guard Kyrie Irving, who had 38 points and five assists. Meanwhile, the Miami Heat found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unfortunate 101-81 punch to the gut against the Toronto Raptors on Friday. A silver lining for the Heat was the play of shooting guard Kendrick Nunn, who had 22 points and five assists.
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Red Sox sign RHP Garrett Richards to one-year, $10M deal
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The Red Sox and right-hander Garrett Richards have agreed to a one-year, $10M deal, ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan reports.  The contract also includes a club option for 2022 that is also worth $10M, according to the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, with escalators that could increase both the base value of the option beyond $10M, and also increase the value of the buyout.  The deal will become official once Richards passes a physical.  Richards is represented by ISE Baseball.Reports circulated on Friday that Richards and the Sox were making progress toward an agreement, and with Richards now in the fold, Boston has taken another big step toward strengthening its rotation.  Martin Perez was also re-signed last week, and between Richards, Perez, and swingman Matt Andriese, the Red Sox have added some veteran arms to the rotation mix and pushed some less experienced arms (i.e. Tanner Houck, Chris Mazza) further down the depth chart.
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Reflecting on Hank Aaron's meaningful legacy | First Take
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Howard Bryant joins First Take to reflect on the life of Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron, the Hall of Fame slugger whose 755 career home runs long stood as baseball's golden mark. #FirstTake #MLB
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Bills elevate WR Kenny Stills from practice squad ahead of AFC title game
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The Bills made a high-profile wide receiver addition late in the season, signing Kenny Stills. Ahead of its first AFC Championship Game appears in 27 years, the team could be set to deploy Stills in a game for the first time.The Bills promoted Stills from the practice squad Saturday. With Gabriel Davis questionable to face the Chiefs, Stills profiles as overqualified insurance. Davis is battling an ankle injury, one that prevented him from practicing until Friday. The rookie managed only a limited session then.Stills languished as a seldom-used Texans cog this season, with Bill O’Brien reshuffling Houston’s receiving corps and leaving the veteran deep threat behind the likes of Will Fuller and newcomers Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb. After playing a key role last season, Stills caught just 11 passes during the 2020 slate. The Texans waived him in November, but they could have used him soon after. Fuller’s subsequent PED ban and a Cooks injury left Deshaun Watson without any notable veterans for a time in December.
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Take a look at Kobe Bryant's 15 highest-scoring games
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Kobe Bryant was terrific at many things on the basketball court, but obviously scoring was his main thing. Kobe retired as the No. 3 all-time scorer in NBA history and No. 2 (right ahead of Michael Jordan) for most 60-point games.Below you can check the numbers on his 15 best scoring games. Many of his 50-point efforts don’t even crack the list. He was that good at getting buckets.USA Baskeball sending invitations out for Olympics
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Kolbe returns as Toulouse hammer lowly Agen
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Toulouse defence coach Laurent Thuery praised South Africa Rugby World Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe's attitude as he played his first game since mid-December to help Toulouse return to the Top 14 summit on Saturday with a 59-0 rout of bottom side Agen.Kolbe, who missed four games with a finger injury, set up the league's top try scorer Matthis Lebel for one of his three efforts."Cheslin played a serious game on the wing and a little bit at full-back in the second half," Thuery told the post-match press conference."He applied himself throughout the match. It's good for next week and the match against La Rochelle. We're going to need everyone one," he added.The record 20-time champions move back to the top of the table after La Rochelle, where they head next Sunday, had taken the lead with Friday's 40-3 hammering of Bayonne.
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Sharks to play two home games in Arizona
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As a result of the ban on contact sports in Santa Clara County, the Sharks held their training camp in Arizona and were given an eight-game road trip to start the season in the hopes that there would be more clarity on whether or not they’d be able to return home by then.  That isn’t the case as the team announced that they will host their first two ’home’ games against Vegas in Glendale where the Coyotes play.  Team president Jonathan Beecher released the following statement about their hopes to return to San Jose soon:Following this two-game set, the Sharks are back on the road for four more games with their next home games coming February 13th and 15th.  Accordingly, the team hasn’t made a decision yet on their plans for those contests.  The Coyotes also have home games those days so if San Jose is unable to return home by then, there will likely be some changes to their schedule coming over the next couple of weeks.
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Jessica Korda fires fifth 60 in LPGA history, pulls within 2 of leader Danielle Kang at Tournament of Champions
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Looking back, Jessica Korda couldn’t believe that her only par on the back nine came on a par 5. That’s especially significant considering that the elder Korda sister posted the fifth 60 in LPGA history on Saturday at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.Korda said she wasn’t really doing the math out there until she dropped an 18-foot putt for eagle on the 17th hole to get to 10 under on the par-71 Tranquilo Golf Club. She then hit a 6-iron to 9 feet on the 18th to post her career-best round on her father Petr’s 53rd birthday. Her back-nine 28 included seven birdies and an eagle.“Days like today don’t come often,” said Jessica, “so you really cherish them when they do. Everything has to come together to have a day like today.”
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AC Milan stay top despite Atalanta defeat as rivals Inter held
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AC Milan held top spot in Serie A on Saturday despite falling 3-0 at home against Atalanta after nearest rivals Inter were held to a goalless draw at Udinese.Stefano Pioli's Milan saw their lead on second-placed Inter cut to two points but hold pole position at the half-way stage of the season for the first time since they last won the title in 2011."Being winter champions means nothing to me, now we have to react," said Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. "Now the difficult phase begins."Milan were outplayed at home with Atalanta's Cristian Romero heading in the first goal after 26 minutes in the San Siro.Josip Ilicic added a second from the penalty spot eight minutes after the break after receiving a Franck Kessie elbow in the face.
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Mahoney leads No.11 Creighton past No.23 UConn with game-high 20 pts | FOX COLLEGE HOOPS HIGHLIGHTS
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The 11th ranked Creighton Bluejays held off the 23rd ranked UConn Huskies, 74-66. Denzel Mahoney led all scorers with 20 points. Marcus Zegarowski struggled from deep going 1-5, however, he finished with 15 points in the win.
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Robert Saleh: Throw away your perceptions of the Jets | Bart and Hahn
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Robert Saleh tells Bart and Hahn why the New York Jets are a good fit for him as their next head coach and previews the culture he plans to instill ahead of the 2021 NFL season. #NFL #Jets
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Aston Villa v. Newcastle | PREMIER LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS | 1/23/2021 | NBC Sports
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Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traoré tallied first-half goals as the Lions cruised to three points at Villa Park and piled more pressure on Steve Bruce and Newcastle. #NBCSports #PremierLeague #AstonVilla #Newcastle
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PRO14: Leinster smash and grab at Munster
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Recap the weekend's re-arranged Guinness PRO14 action as Leinster pull off a smash and grab win over Munster at Thomond Park in a headline derby...Jordan Larmour's 69th-minute try ripped the result out of Munster's grasp as Leinster triumphed 13-10 in a Guinness PRO14 dogfight at Thomond Park.Table-topping Munster had been the better team up to that point but the defending champions produced a real moment of class to put Larmour over in the right corner.It was tightly poised at half-time, Tadhg Beirne's try under the posts giving the hosts a 10-6 lead with fly-halves JJ Hanrahan and Johnny Sexton landing two kicks each.The second half was scoreless until replacement Ross Byrne's grubber kick led to Larmour's decisive try. Byrne's conversion was enough to seal a smash-and-grab win.
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