>>Inside Look At Brady And Belichick Relationship From ESPN
(Foxboro, MA) — ESPN is giving a look into the inside workings of the Patriots not typically seen. Seth Wickersham posted a well-sourced story on ESPN.com discussing the relationship between quarterback Tom Brady, head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft. The bond between Brady and Belichick has fractured in part due to the presence of Brady’s controversial trainer and business partner Alex Guerrero. The story also states Kraft pushed Belichick to trade Jimmy Garoppolo, who the coach saw as the future of the franchise. Some in the organization believe this may be the last season they all co-exist.
>>NFL Wild Card Weekend Preview
(Undated) — The NFL playoffs kick off tomorrow with the first two of four games during Wild Card Weekend. The action gets started when the Chiefs host the Titans followed by the Falcons traveling to the face the Rams. On Sunday, the Jaguars welcome the Bills to Jacksonville and the Saints play the Panthers in an NFC showdown at the Superdome.
>>Blues One Better Than Golden Knights
(St. Louis, MO) — Paul Stastny scored six minutes into the third period and that stood up as the Blues got by the Golden Knights 2-1 at Scottrade Center. Alexander Steen staked St. Louis to a 1-0 lead midway through the first before Vegas tied it in the second. The Blues have won three straight. They skate in Philadelphia tomorrow.
>>Blackhawks Host Golden Knights
(Chicago, IL) — The Blackhawks welcome the Golden Knights to the United Center tonight. Chicago beat the Rangers, 5-2, on Wednesday to put them at 19-14-and-6. They have 44 points, putting them in last in the Central Division. Vegas leads the entire Western Conference with 56 points.
>>Warriors Push Past Rockets
(Houston, TX) — Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 10 threes and 57 points to carry the Warriors past the Rockets 124-114 in Houston. Thompson connected on six from deep on his way to 28 points, while Curry had 29 with four treys. Draymond Green tallied a 17-point, 14-rebound, 10-assist triple-double as Golden State moved to 31-and-8. They lead Houston by three games for the top seed in the West.
>>Bulls At Mavs
(Dallas, TX) — The Bulls open a two-game road trip tonight versus the Mavericks. Chicago has lost its last three to the Wizards, Blazers and Raptors to send them to 13-and-25. Dallas is 13-and-26.
>>Bucks’ “Greek Freak” Leading NBA All-Star Voting
(Undated) — The “Greek Freak” is setting the pace in fan voting for next month’s NBA All-Star Game. Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo [[ YAH-niss ah-det-oh-KOOM-poh ]] is more than seven-thousand votes ahead of Cavaliers star LeBron James with over 863-thousand. Celtics guard Kyrie Irving is more than 60-thousand votes behind in third. The Warriors’ duo of Kevin Durant and Steph Curry round out the top-five.
>>Illinois At Michigan Tomorrow
(Ann Arbor, MI) — Illinois plays its second straight road game tomorrow at Michigan. Tip-off in Ann Arbor is at 11 a.m. The Fighting Illini had their two-game winning streak snapped with a 77-67 loss at Minnesota on Wednesday. Illinois is 10-and-6 on the season, including 0-and-3 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are 13-and-3 and 2-and-1.
>>Serena Williams Withdraws From Australian Open
(Undated) — Serena Williams will not be playing in the Australian Open later this month. The 36-year-old posted on social media Thursday that, after playing in her first match since giving birth, she realizes she’s not yet where she personally wants to be. Serena defeated sister Venus Williams to win last year’s Australian Open. This year’s tournament begins January 15th.
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