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Frances Tiafoe Mixed It Up And Got The Biggest Win Of His Career

A tennis player who is down a set and 0-3 against a huge-serving top-five seed at a Grand Slam is typically cooked. Frances Tiafoe is the most intriguing men’s American tennis prospect alive at the moment, but when staring down that deficit against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson he looked about as dead as any other…

Practically All The Australian Tennis Men Have Been Dragged Into Bernard Tomic's Beef Practically All The Australian Tennis Men Have Been Dragged Into Bernard Tomic's Beef

The tennis world down under has been roiled by beef. Former Australian great Lleyton Hewitt now captains his country’s Davis Cup team, but he isn’t very popular among his young charges, if you take the word of Bernard Tomic, the prickly 26-year-old who was long ago one of Australia’s brightest prospects and more…

Serena Williams Returns With A Humane Butchering At The Australian Open Serena Williams Returns With A Humane Butchering At The Australian Open

Serena Williams played her first tour match since a messy U.S. Open championship loss to Naomi Osaka last September, and had very different results. Today in the first round at the Australian Open, she slaughtered world No. 73 Tatjana Maria 6-0, 6-2.

The Logical Endpoint Of Bite-Sized Basketball Hype Videos Is Julian Newman

Meet Julian Newman. Or maybe you’ve already met Julian Newman, even if you don’t know him by name. There was that credulous New York Times piece written in 2013, when Newman was just 11 years old and 4-foot-5, and playing for the varsity team, as well as a Tampa Bay Times piece a year later, which took in the full…

Andy Murray Might Be Done In Australia After Grinding Five-Set Loss Andy Murray Might Be Done In Australia After Grinding Five-Set Loss

Andy Murray will not quit the majors without another characteristically nasty fight. His last French Open: five brutal sets before Stan Wawrinka put him to rest. His last Wimbledon: five more sets of agony with his hip all out of sorts. Today at the Australian Open—which, given his retirement announcement, will…

Enes Kanter Misses Knicks Practice And Game Due To Grotesque Burger Excess [Update] Enes Kanter Misses Knicks Practice And Game Due To Grotesque Burger Excess [Update]

Enes Kanter coverage tends to fork into two categories, both of which are true to the man himself and both of which are honestly pretty confusing taken together. One is Kanter Bravely Stands Up To Authoritarian, and the other is Kanter Bungles Badly While Seeking Attention. Perhaps there’s some overlap. It’s possible…

Andy Murray Was A Real Person Walking Among Gods Andy Murray Was A Real Person Walking Among Gods

When the words “tactician” or “technician” crop up, the way they do around Andy Murray, who just announced his forthcoming retirement due to chronic hip pain, there’s a whiff of euphemism in the air. Sure, this player is missing that certain oomph, but nevertheless! Even so! Alas! He persisted, and became champion…

Dan Evans Might Already Have The Shot Of The Year

British tennis player Dan Evans, previously seen making logistically complex excuses for trace amounts of cocaine, is now trying to qualify for the Australian Open main draw. The world No. 190 faced world No. 208 Jurij Rodionov in the second round of qualifying today. All you need to know about that match is that in…

Montrezl Harrell Is Undersized And He Is So Strong Montrezl Harrell Is Undersized And He Is So Strong

In the Los Angeles Clippers’ wonky lineup, Montrezl Harrell stands no taller than Danilo Gallinari and Tobias Harris, the sharp-shooting forwards he often shares the floor with. As one of the league’s shortest fives, Harrell has learned to compensate with the subtle and little-known technique of being hilariously…

Karl-Anthony Towns Is Sneakily Becoming An Adept Passer

Karl-Anthony Towns has gone on a tear in the new year, averaging 28.3 points on 62 percent true shooting and 15.0 boards through three games. A more surprising and slightly longer-running trend, meanwhile, is his average of 4.6 assists over his last 10 games. As a seven-footer with range out to three and a solid array…

Anthony Davis Latest To Exhibit Symptoms Of Shammgod Madness

Here’s the freshest from this NBA season’s bumper crop of Shammgod crossovers: this damn Anthony Davis, ensuring that the truly enormous are represented, too. This just isn’t right:

We Regret To Inform You That Hedo Türkoğlu Does PR For An Authoritarian Now We Regret To Inform You That Hedo Türkoğlu Does PR For An Authoritarian Now

Probably you have not thought about journeyman Hedo Türkoğlu in quite some time. Here’s a timely reminder that he has been, since 2016, a “chief advisor” to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Hedo obviously stands in contrast to his fellow NBA Turk, Enes Kanter, who is one of the president’s most outspoken…

The Bond Between Jamal Murray And Nikola Jokic Is Pure And Righteous The Bond Between Jamal Murray And Nikola Jokic Is Pure And Righteous

All the Nuggets enjoy a life-sustaining relationship with their star. Witness the Denver offense at its best when the wings are satellites orbiting around their big soft sun, Nikola Jokic. He hangs doughy and resplendent in the high post, watching them whirl and cut, waiting for them to align just right so he can beam…

Deadspin Up All Night: Half And Half, Make Believe Deadspin Up All Night: Half And Half, Make Believe

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Roof Stunt With "Epic Sax Gorilla" Costs Minor League Baseball Team Thousands Of Dollars In Fines Roof Stunt With "Epic Sax Gorilla" Costs Minor League Baseball Team Thousands Of Dollars In Fines

This past June, the Tacoma Rainiers brought reindeer mascot Rhubarb and local icon “Epic Sax Gorilla” up onto the roof of Cheney Stadium, where the Triple-A club plays, for a routine crowd-pleasing stunt. Also up on the roof was Tacoma News Tribune columnist Matt Driscoll, who recently explained how roof dancing…

Russell Westbrook Borrows Lance Stephenson's Air Guitar Russell Westbrook Borrows Lance Stephenson's Air Guitar

Having a signature celebration opens Lance Stephenson up to humiliation. (Being Lance Stephenson, generally, also opens him up to humiliation.) Just before halftime in the Thunder’s win over the Lakers Wednesday night, Paul George stripped his former Pacers teammate, fought him off as he clamored to get the ball back,…

Kawhi Leonard Turned Off The Jazz Kawhi Leonard Turned Off The Jazz

Kawhi Leonard buried the Jazz under the most assaultive offensive output of his career on Tuesday, hanging an alarmingly efficient 45 points on 16-of-22 shooting in a 122-116 win. The Raptor-for-now ascended to a higher plane in his 19-point third quarter, sinking every shot he attempted. He did all his damage inside…

Joel Embiid Flips Out After Ben Simmons Fights Him For A Rebound

Cartoon steam billowed out of every player’s ears towards the end of a spicy 119-113 Sixers win over the Clippers Tuesday night. Joel Embiid and Patrick Beverley had to be pried apart in a meeting of master trolls; Jimmy Butler and Avery Bradley then got a double-ejection for some choke-pushing. Earlier on, there was…

ESPN Eats Its Own Tail Over The Faint Idea Of LeBron James And Anthony Davis Together ESPN Eats Its Own Tail Over The Faint Idea Of LeBron James And Anthony Davis Together

It’s easy to see why you—basketball reporter or blogger or TV analyst or general enthusiast not hailing from New Orleans—might salivate at the prospect at Anthony Davis and LeBron James on the same roster. I’m right there with you. It’s an enticing prospect, because it would provide a flesh-and-blood answer to a…

LeBron's Photographic Recall Doubles As Good Parenting Tool LeBron's Photographic Recall Doubles As Good Parenting Tool

Today in highly curated but genuinely heart-warming parenting moments: LeBron delivering a pick-me-up talk to teary 11-year-old son Bryce after a basketball game. The specificity really sells it:

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