Bouchard: Focus on tennis, not ‘Twirlgate’

Eugenie Bouchard — the unwitting protagonist of an Australian Open saga that has been dubbed “Twirlgate” — would prefer if people just focused on her tennis.

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Tiger agrees to endorse indoor golf simulator

Tiger Woods announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he has entered into an agreement with Full Swing Golf, a San Diego-based company that makes golf simulators.

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Blue Jackets G Bobrovsky out of first ASG

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will miss this weekend’s NHL All-Star game — on home ice — due to a lower-body injury he sustained Wednesday night in Winnipeg.

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UFC Announces Three European Events For 2015

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Eight 4K Sources You Can Watch Right Now

When viewed on a 4K television, movies and TV shows that were originally filmed in 4K look amazing. The problem is that there isn?t much video that?s been filmed in 4K.

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Source: Bruins to host ’16 Classic at Gillette

The Boston Bruins will host the Montreal Canadiens in the 2016 NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium, a league source confirmed Monday.

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Tomas Rosicky’s Brighton Display Shows He Is Gearing Up for Another Big Finish

Tomas Rosicky’s seasons are a little like his career: They seem to get better as they go on.

The Czech midfielder seems curiously immune to time’s ravages and looked as evergreen and effervescent as any player in the Arsenal squad during the Gunners’ FA Cup fourth-round win at Brighton. On this evidence, Rosicky is gearing up for yet another storming finish to his campaign.

Against Brighton, Rosicky was given a platform to work his magic by Arsenal’s early opener. Theo Walcott scored inside the game’s opening few minutes, collecting a Calum Chambers cross before firing expertly into the far corner. It was his first Arsenal goal since 1 January 2014. 

That goal delivered a significant blow to Brighton’s game plan. Chris Hughton’s side clearly intended to set up deep and soak up pressure, but Arsenal’s early lead left Brighton unsure how to react. Caught between their starting strategy and the need to respond, Brighton were poor, and Arsenal were able to dominate.

Rosicky was central to that dominance. His experience means his use of the ball is very astute, and his movement and passing enabled the Gunners to seize control of the game. He also provided a crucial moment of penetration, providing an inch-perfect pass for Mesut Ozil to score Arsenal’s second goal.

At half-time, it appeared the tie was beyond Brighton. However, the Gunners’ capacity for defensive lapses means an Arsenal game can rarely be declared truly dead. Indeed, the match sprung to life shortly after the break when Chambers failed to clear and Mathieu Flamini could not get close enough to prevent Chris O’Grady from turning and scoring.

No matter. Fittingly, Rosicky fought back to score the winning goal. It was a thing of beauty: Driving at the defence, he played an outrageous no-look pass into the path of Olivier Giroud before dashing forward to meet Giroud’s clipped return with a sumptuous volley from the edge of the box. Rosicky is occasionally reluctant to pull the trigger, but this was a great example of his nearly perfect technique. 

He wasn’t done there. Rosicky even created a chance for Aaron Ramsey to put some gloss on the scoreline in stoppage time, but the Welshman could only volley the well-weighted cross wide. 

His stunning display makes his absence from the starting line-up for the majority of the season thus far all the more perplexing. In the first half of the campaign, Rosicky barely figured, causing him to publicly question his standing in the squad.

However, in recent weeks injuries to the likes of Jack Wilshere have presented him with an opportunity to shine. Rosicky has taken it with his customary class, demonstrating that he remains an excellent option for Arsene Wenger.

Perhaps his autumn rest will prove to be a masterstroke. The indications are that Rosicky has plenty of gas left in the tank. Between now and May, he’ll be ready to drive Arsenal up the Premier League table and toward FA Cup glory.

 

James McNicholas is Bleacher Report’s lead Arsenal correspondent and is following the club from a London base throughout the 2014-15 season. Follow him on Twitter here.

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Ralph Baer, inventor of the gaming console, dead at 92

Ralph Baer, the inventor of the first home video game console, has died. He was 92.

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Retired champ Li announces she’s pregnant

Retired two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na was always known for her timing on court at the Australian Open, whether it was a cleanly struck passing shot or a deadpanned wisecrack at the expense of her husband, Jiang Shan.

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Australian Open 2015: Twitter Reacts to Day 6 Bracket Results, Scores, Winners

Day 6 at the Australian Open featured a few near misses in terms of big-time upsets, but one did manage to come to fruition as a young American woman is making quite an impression Down Under.

Unseeded Madison Keys eliminated a two-time Wimbledon champion in No. 4 seed Petra Kvitova, which undoubtedly opens up the women’s draw in a major way.

There are several American women still alive in the tournament, including Serena and Venus Williams, both of whom had to go the distance on Day 6 in order to avoid elimination.

Things were more straightforward for most contenders in the men’s bracket with No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic, defending Aussie Open champ Stanislas Wawrinka and a host of others moving on.

With Day 6 officially in the books, here is a full rundown of the men’s and women’s singles results as well as further analysis regarding the day’s top storylines.

 

Men’s Singles Results

 

Women’s Singles Results

 

American Madison Keys Shocks Petra Kvitova

Madison Keys has been tabbed as a potential star for the past few years, and Day 6 at the Australian Open may forever live as her true breakthrough moment as the 19-year-old American toppled No. 4 seed Petra Kvitova 6-4, 7-5 in the third round.

Keys has all the tools to be great as she is tall and powerful. She simply needed to put it all together, and that came to fruition against a two-time Wimbledon titlist.

According to ESPN’s Brad Gilbert, Keys scoring this type of victory was inevitable at some point:

It is difficult to pinpoint precisely what helped put Madison Keys over the top, but the tutelage of former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport may have something to do with it. Per the Australian Open’s official Twitter account, Keys credited the three-time Grand Slam champion with refining her game:

This marks Keys’ first trip to the fourth round in a Grand Slam, and in order to reach the quarterfinals, she will have to go through another American, according to ESPN’s Chris Fowler:

Unheralded Madison Brengle beat fellow American Coco Vandeweghe on Day 6 to set up an all Stars and Stripes affair in the fourth round.

This year’s Australian Open is a high-water mark for both Madisons in terms of Grand Slam success, and it is guaranteed that one of them will reach the quarters for the first time.

As well as Brengle has been playing, this has Keys’ moment written all over it. She may be the next great American women’s player, and making a deep run in this tournament will bring her one step closer to taking the torch from Serena Williams.

If Keys can beat Brengle and either another fellow American in Venus Williams or Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, then a semifinal showdown against Serena could very well be on the cards.

 

Williams Sisters Survive Three-Set Tests

The Australian Open was very nearly without a Williams sister in the fourth round, but both Serena and Venus showed a great deal of perseverance by battling back from a set down to win on Day 6.

No. 1-seeded Serena fell behind early to No. 26 seed Elina Svitolina, and while it would have been easy for the American star to pack it in, she did just the opposite. The five-time Australian Open champion dropped just two games in the second set before putting up a bagel in the third to close out her Ukrainian opponent.

After the match, Serena admitted that she has had a penchant for slipping up in the early rounds over the past couple of years, according to Australian Open on Twitter:

At the same time, such a difficult match allowed Williams to work out some kinks, which could be key for her moving forward in the tournament:

Joining Serena in the fourth round is Venus, who looked to be in big trouble after dropping the first set to Italy’s Camila Giorgi. After willing her way through a second-set tiebreaker, though, the 34-year-old future Hall of Famer closed out her young opponent emphatically at 6-1.

Venus needed to dig down deep in order to advance, and she drew on her experience and savviness in order to do so, per Christopher Clarey of The New York Times:

It is no secret that Venus has had her ups and downs in recent years, but she is currently playing her best tennis in a long time. According to ESPN’s Chris McKendry, she is in the midst of her best Grand Slam performance in four years:

Serena and Venus’ wins mean there are four Americans in the top half of the draw. Per Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times, American women haven’t done this well at the Aussie Open in a dozen years:

There would have been a great deal of disappointment stateside had either Serena or Venus gotten tripped up on Day 6, but their come-from-behind wins should make for a very interesting tournament in the fourth round and beyond.

 

Top Men’s Players Roll Into Fourth Round

After Roger Federer‘s shocking defeat at the hands of Andreas Seppi, many top men’s players were wary of an upset on Day 6. For the most part, though, the players who were supposed to win took care of business at Melbourne Park.

That starts with No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic, who had little issue taking care of No. 31 seed Fernando Verdasco 7-6, 6-3, 6-4. Djoker has traditionally struggled against the tricky Spaniard as he entered the match with just a 6-4 record in 10 career meetings.

This was certainly one of his best showings against Verdasco, though, and only the third time he was able to beat him in straight sets, according to the Australian Open on Twitter:

Djokovic will face Gilles Muller in the fourth round due to the fact that the lefty from Luxembourg upset 19th-seeded American John Isner on Day 6.

With No. 19 Isner falling, the drought of no American men reaching the fourth round at the Aussie Open continues, per McKendry:

Steve Johnson had an opportunity to potentially put a stop to that against No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori, and he seemed well on his way to doing so after taking the first set in a tiebreak.

The rising Japanese star turned it on in the next three sets, however, by dropping just six games total to win in four.

Per the Australian Open’s official Twitter account, Nishikori admitted that he felt a bit of pressure due to his standing:

Nishikori was ultimately able to deal with it, though, and he now has a great chance to make a run Down Under.

In addition to Djokovic and Nishikori, No. 4 Stan Wawrinka advanced easily with a straight-sets win over Jarkko Nieminen to keep his repeat chances alive. Also, No. 8 Milos Raonic and No. 9 David Ferrer moved on to the fourth round.

With the exception of Federer, the men’s draw remains stacked, which could result in any number of players potentially walking away with the trophy.

 

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