Review Category : National Sports

Djokovic Wins Fifth Australian Open Men’s Championship

iStock/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open Men’s championship on Sunday with a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0 victory over Andy Murray. It’s Djokovic’s eighth career Grand Slam title.

The 27-year-old Djokovic took control of the match in the seventh game of the third set, when Murray lost the tiebreaker on an unforced error. He would close out the set winning eight of the ten points.

“I’m so privilege and honor and grateful to be standing here as a champion here for the fifth time,” Djokovic said on the court, during the trophy presentation.

Djokovic won 136 total points while Murray captured 118 total points.

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Djokovic Wins Fifth Australian Open Men’s Championship

iStock/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open Men’s championship on Sunday with a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-0 victory over Andy Murray. It’s Djokovic’s eighth career Grand Slam title.

The 27-year-old Djokovic took control of the match in the seventh game of the third set, when Murray lost the tiebreaker on an unforced error. He would close out the set winning eight of the ten points.

“I’m so privilege and honor and grateful to be standing here as a champion here for the fifth time,” Djokovic said on the court, during the trophy presentation.

Djokovic won 136 total points while Murray captured 118 total points.

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Lowry Leads Raptors Past Wizards in OT, 120-116

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(WASHINGTON) — Raptors guard Kyle Lowry had 23 points, six rebounds and three assists as Toronto (33-15) outlasted the Washington Wizards (31-17) in overtime on Saturday, 120-116.

Raptors guard Lou Williams contributed 19 points and five assists, while guard DeMar DeRozan had 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Toronto took a comfortable 16-point lead into the fourth quarter, but Washington would rally, outscoring the Raptors 31-15 to send the game into overtime. In the extra period, Lowry rose to the occasion, scoring seven of the Raptors 11 points.

Guard John Wall led the way for Washington with 28 points and 12 assists while Bradley Beal added 26 points.

Toronto has now won six straight.

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Hawks Win 19th Straight Over 76ers, 91-85

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Hawks center Al Horford scored 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as Atlanta (40-8) won their franchise-record 19th consecutive game, 91-85 over the Philadelphia 76ers (10-38) on Saturday.

After trailing by 21 points in the first half, the 76ers took an 83-81 lead with 2:51 left in the fourth quarter on a dunk from center Nerlens Noel. The Hawks would close out the game on a 10-2 run, with Horford scoring five points.

The 76ers had six players scored in double figures with forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and guards Michael Carter-Williams and Jerami Grant leading the way with 13 points each.

Atlanta will attempt to win their 20th straight game when they travel to New Orleans on Monday Night to take on the Pelicans.

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Lowry Leads Raptors Past Wizards in OT, 120-116

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(WASHINGTON) — Raptors guard Kyle Lowry had 23 points, six rebounds and three assists as Toronto (33-15) outlasted the Washington Wizards (31-17) in overtime on Saturday, 120-116.

Raptors guard Lou Williams contributed 19 points and five assists, while guard DeMar DeRozan had 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Toronto took a comfortable 16-point lead into the fourth quarter, but Washington would rally, outscoring the Raptors 31-15 to send the game into overtime. In the extra period, Lowry rose to the occasion, scoring seven of the Raptors 11 points.

Guard John Wall led the way for Washington with 28 points and 12 assists while Bradley Beal added 26 points.

Toronto has now won six straight.

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(4) Duke Defeats (2) Virginia, 69-63

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Blue Devils freshman guard Tyus Jones scored 17 points and freshman forward Justise Winslow had 15 points and 11 rebounds as (4) Duke (18-3; 5-3 ACC) defeated (2) Virginia (19-1; 7-1 ACC) on Saturday, 69-63.

With 3:42 to play in the second half, junior guard Malcolm Brogdon drilled a three to give the Cavaliers a 61-55 lead. Duke would proceed to close out the game on a 14-2 run, with Cook hitting two of four three’s. The Blue Devils finished the game, 6 for 17 from downtown.

Brogdon finished with a team-high 17 points for Virginia, while junior guard Justin Anderson had 11 points.

The loss snaps the Cavaliers’ 21-game home winning streak.

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Rodgers Wins Second MVP

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award for the second time in his career Saturday night.

Rodgers received 31 of the 50 votes, blowing away second place finisher J.J. Watt, who received 13 votes.

The 31-year-old Rodgers finished the regular season with 38 touchdowns compared to five interceptions. He also led the Packers to a 12-4 record and a trip to the NFC Championship Game where they narrowly lost to the Seattle Seahawks.

Rodgers becomes just the ninth player to win multiple MVP awards.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and running back DeMarco Murray each received two votes. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner received one vote a piece.

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Seau, Bettis Two of Eight Elected to Hall-of-Fame

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis headlined a class of eight people that were elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday.

Former Oakland Raiders reciever Tim Brown, San Francisco 49ers defensive end Charles Haley, Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields, Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff, Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian and longtime NFL executive Ron Wolf round out the 2015 enshrinees that were selected by the Hall’s board of selectors.

To be elected into the Hall of Fame you must receive 80% of the vote from the 46 selectors.

Seau, who tragically committed suicide in 2012, played 13 NFL seasons with the Chargers, three with the Miami Dolphins, and four with the New England Patriots. He won the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 and was an eight-time first-team All-Pro.

Bettis finished his career with 13,662 rushing yards, which is the fifth most in NFL history.

Brown is fifth all-time in catches (1,094) and sixth all-time in receiving yards (14,934).

Haley won five Super Bowl rings as a member of the 49ers and Dallas Cowboys.

Shields never missed a game during his 14 seasons with the Chiefs.

Everyone elected will be formally enshrined into the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, in August.

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(10) Louisville Rallies to Drop (13) UNC in OT

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Montrezl Harrell scored 14 of his 22 points in the second half to help No. 10 Louisville erase an 18-point deficit and top No. 13 North Carolina 78-68 in overtime Saturday.

North Carolina had a 43-25 lead with 17:51 left to play, but within less than 10 minutes, Louisville had the game tied at 53.

Regulation ended with the game tied at 60 when Harrell’s 3-point attempt clanked off the back of the rim at the buzzer.

Terry Rozier proceeded to score the first six points in overtime, and the Cardinals never looked back as they snapped North Carolina’s six-game winning streak.

Despite the loss, North Carolina (17-5, 7-2 ACC) shot 43% from the field and outrebounded Louisville 27-16.

Rozier had 22 points and Chris Jones added 17 for Louisville (18-3, 6-2 ACC) in the win.

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Bruce Arians: We ‘Desperately’ Want Larry Fitzgerald Back

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians made his case for wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to stay put.

Fitzgerald is due $15 million base salary in 2015 and holds $23.6 million of the Cardinals’ salary, but the organization is hoping he’ll restructure his deal.

“We definitely, desperately want him to stay,” coach Bruce Arians said Friday, via the team’s official website. “He knows that. It’s really his decision.”

Fitzgerald pulled in 63 passes for 784 yards and two touchdowns in 2014, which was the lowest in his career.

Fitzgerald also had to deal with four different quarterbacks throwing to him this season, because of Carson Palmer going down mid-way through the year with a torn ACL.

Arizona finished 11-5, but were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round.

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