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Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey says several QBs could be worthy of top pick

Several quarterbacks in this year’s draft could be worthy of the first overall pick, Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey told the media at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday. “Actually in this class there are four or five prospects that make you think at least, are they worthy of that position?” Dorsey said to a small group of Cleveland media at the Senior Bowl from clevelandbrowns.com, the Akron Beacon-Journal, The Athletic and cleveland.com. Dorsey emphasized it’s early to make a decision or judgments on anyone, and said it will be…

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Australian Open women’s quarterfinals — Angelique Kerber advances

MELBOURNE, Australia — For anyone who doubted, this was Angelique Kerber in 2016 vintage form. Kerber routed US Open finalist Madison Keys 6-1, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open, the tournament where she kicked off her career-best season in 2016 with victory over Serena Williams in the final. She also won the US Open and finished that year with the No. 1 ranking. But she was upset in the first round at Melbourne Park last year, and her ranking dropped into the 20s. The 30-year-old…

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LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers joins 30,000-point club

SAN ANTONIO — For a player who never identified himself as a “scorer,” LeBron James has sure found himself in elite company among the most potent offensive threats in NBA history. James’ jumper with 1.1 seconds remaining in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday gave him eight points for the game and 30,001 points for his career. He is the seventh player to enter the 30,000 point club and also the youngest at 33 years and 24 days, besting Kobe Bryant’s…

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Commissioner Rob Manfred, MLBPA head Tony Clark meet over pitch clocks, mound visit limits

NEW YORK — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and players’ association head Tony Clark met Tuesday, five days after the union rejected Major League Baseball’s proposal to institute pitch clocks and limits on mound visits. Management has the right to implement the rule changes it proposed last year. Under baseball’s labor contract, management can change on-field rules on its own with one season of advance notice. MLB does not intend to make any decision before its next owners’ meetings, scheduled for next week in Beverly Hills, California. Big league spring training…

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Bristol City 2-3 Manchester City (Agg: 3-5)

Kevin de Bruyne celebrated signing a new five-year contract at Manchester City with a goal Manchester City reached their first final under Pep Guardiola as the Premier League leaders beat battling Bristol City in the Carabao Cup. Already leading 2-1 from the first leg, goals from Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne at Ashton Gate ensured Manchester City’s place at Wembley on Sunday, 25 February. They dominated the first half and Sane deservedly put the visitors in front shortly before the break, with his deflected shot bouncing in…

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ESPN men’s pound-for-pound MMA rankings

Who is the world’s best men’s mixed martial artist, regardless of weight class? My latest top-10 rankings are listed below. In addition, here are my women’s pound-for-pound rankings. Note: Results through Jan. 23. = champion 1. Demetrious JohnsonRecord: 27-2-1Div.: Flyweight (UFC)Last: W (Sub5) Ray Borg, Oct. 7, 2017Next: TBD Johnson is the longest-reigning champion in UFC, having surpassed the great Anderson Silva’s mark of 10 consecutive title defenses. How many of these defenses will Johnson have when it’s all said and done? As many as he wants, seems to be…

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Connecticut unveils license plate for Hartford Whalers

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Hartford Whalers left Connecticut 20 years ago, but their beloved logo will soon appear on vehicles in the state. The Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday unveiled a new commemorative license plate that bears the former professional hockey team’s green-and-blue insignia. Forty-five dollars from the sale of each plate, which usually costs $60, will benefit a new infusion and dialysis center at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. “I ask the Whalers fans to get out there and purchase those license plates because maybe then…

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Joaquin Niemann wins Latin America Amateur with closing 63 to qualify for Masters

SANTIAGO, Chile — Joaquin Niemann wanted to make his last round as an amateur one of his best. He was so good Tuesday that he felt he could birdie every hole and closed with an 8-under 63 for a five-shot victory in the Latin America Amateur Championship. And that means his amateur career is not over yet. Next up for the 19-year-old from Chile: the Masters at Augusta National. Niemann lived up to his No. 1 world amateur ranking by playing a five-hole stretch in 6-under par around the turn…

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Heather Hardy and Ana Julaton to fight in boxing, MMA matches

Professional boxers and mixed martial artists Heather Hardy and Ana Julaton will square off twice in 2018, apparently in both sports. Bellator MMA announced on Tuesday the two will meet in a flyweight MMA fight at Bellator 194 on Feb. 16 inside Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. That bout will be the first of two meetings this year. The second will take place in a boxing ring, under the promotion of DiBella Entertainment and Orion Sports Management. Heather Hardy (right) will fight Ana Julaton in both MMA and boxing…

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