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Minnesota to the benc
10-12-2018, 09:16 AM
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make up the "Core Four"Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were among the third-round winners Friday at the French Open. Neither advanced easily, though, as both needed four sets. Djokovic came away with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4 victory over Croatias Marin Cilic and Federer earned a 7-5, 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Russian Dmitry Tursunov. The second-seeded Djokovic won his eighth straight match. He entered the years second Grand Slam after capturing the Italian Masters, which included a victory over Rafael Nadal in the final, and won each of his first two matches this week in straight sets. Cilic, it appeared, would meet the same fate after the first two sets, but he dominated the third-set tiebreaker. Djokovic then earned an early break for a 2-0 edge in the fourth before Cilic battled back with a break and evened the set at 4-4. Djokovic held again and Cilic was ahead in the next game before the Serb won the last three points, the final one coming on a Cilic double fault. "First two sets and beginning of the third I had some chances to break him and kind of get the job done in straight sets, but he started playing a little bit better," said Djokovic. "He played great, the end of the third, especially in the tiebreak. I complicated my own life there in the fourth. But generally it was a difficult match from different aspects." Djokovic improved to 9-0 all-time against Cilic and will next play French crowd favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The 13th seed cruised to a 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 win over Polands Jerzy Janowicz to reach the fourth round for the fifth time in the last six years. Tsonga was a semifinalist last year, losing to David Ferrer. Federer, meanwhile, also won his first two matches in straight sets this week before a test from Tursunov on Friday. The Moscow native fought off 17-of-21 break-point chances before finally falling. The third-round exit tied his best finish in 11 appearances at the French Open. The fourth-seeded Federer, the only French mens champion in the draw outside of eight-time winner Nadal, also beat Tursunov earlier this year in the third round at Indian Wells and advanced to a fourth-round meeting with Latvias Ernests Gulbis. "Im pleased to be through," said Federer, the 2009 champion. "Like expected, it was not a straight-forward, easy match. I knew that Dmitry was going to try different things, play aggressive, serve well and then take big cuts at the ball. Thats kind of how it went." Gulbis, coming off a win last week at the French Open tune-up in Nice, eased past Czech veteran Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5, to reach the fourth round for the second time at Roland Garros. He made the quarterfinals in 2008 before falling to Djokovic. Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych needed four sets to dispose of Spains Roberto Bautista Agut, claiming a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 triumph to reach the fourth round for only the fourth time in 11 appearances at Roland Garros. The Czechs best finish was a run to the semifinals in 2010. American John Isner is next for Berdych. The 10th seed went more than three hours to complete a 7-6 (15-13), 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (5-7), 7-5 victory over Spains Tommy Robredo. Isner had never beaten a Spaniard in a Grand Slam in five previous attempts and became the first American since Robby Ginepri in 2010 to reach the round of 16 in Paris. Eighth-seeded Milos Raonic outlasted Frenchman Gilles Simon in five sets, rallying for a 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory. Raonic became the first Canadian to reach the fourth round in the French capital and will next play the winner between Spains Marcel Granollers and Slovakias Martin Klizan. Darkness nearly stopped Raonic and did halt the Granollers-Klizan match after three sets. It will resume Saturday with Granollers holding a 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) advantage. Saturdays third-round action also includes the top-seeded Nadal against Argentinas Leonardo Mayer, the fifth-seeded Ferrer against Italys Andreas Seppi and seventh-seeded Andy Murray against Germanys Philipp Kohlschreiber. Joakim Noah Jersey . On Saturday night, Winnipegs strong offense was again accompanied by some fantastic pitching which gave the Fish a commanding victory. Phil Jackson Jersey . According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, it doesnt appear the offer was warmly received by the team. 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FIFA said in a statement Friday that "several racist and discriminatory incidents were apparently perpetrated by local supporters during the match, in particular by displaying neo-Nazi banners and by making monkey noises and gestures as well as Nazi salutes.With injuries, lineup changes and other roster moves affecting playing time, it is important to keep your fantasy lineup up-to-date. Here are some under-the-radar players to take a look at to fill in the final spots on your team, as well as some who no longer warrant ownership. Take a look at… Marcus Smart (PG – Bos) – 14.3% owned: The biggest (and only) trade of the NBA season so far sent Boston’s long-time point guard Rajon Rondo out of town. The keys to the offence are now handed to sixth-overall pick Smart, and it makes sense for the re-building Celtics to invest some time in him. He has struggled with injuries and hasn’t flashed any numbers since the trade, but the bumpy road is worth keeping an eye on long-term. Robert Covington (SF/PF - Phi) – 36% owned: Sometimes it’s fun to wonder if Covington would rather still be in the D-League than play for the lowly 76ers. Regardless, somebody has to score on Philadelphia and Covington has taken up the challenge. Along with grabbing a solid amount of rebounds, he is hitting threes at a 46.3 per cent rate this season. Since becoming a regular part of the rotation at the start of the month, Covington has averaged 16.8 points per game. Mason Plumlee (C - Bkn) – 23% owned: As long as oft-injured centre Brook Lopez remains sidelined, Plumlee should be owned in any format. Over his last five games, Plumlee has averaged 18 points and 10.2 rebounds per game along with nearly two blocks. It remains uncertain what will happen to the lineup once Lopez returns, but Plumlee’s strong play has been enough to warrant more playing time in the future. C.J. Miles (SF - Ind) – 5.3% owned: While the Pacers have experimented with different lineups throughout the season, Miles has put up good numbers when starting. Over his last four games, Miles is averaging over 20 points per contest and will contribute multiple threes on a nightly basis. He won’t provide much else on the boxscore, but those looking for a scoring bunch that includes shots from long-distance, Miles ccould be the answer.dddddddddddd Notables: Khris Middleton (SF – Mil), Mo Williams (PG – Min) Maybe say goodbye to… J.R. Smith (SG – NYK) – 21.9% owned: The timeline on a return from Smith’s foot injury still remains unclear even after he’s missed nearly two weeks because of it. The emergence of Tim Hardaway Jr. in his absence could further cut into Smith’s value when he comes back. Even before his injury, Smith’s output was extremely inconsistent, resulting in 41 per cent shooting and only 10.3 points per game. Those looking for scoring shouldn’t wait for Smith’s return and can look at other options. Corey Brewer (SF - Hou) – 20.4% owned: His trade to Houston moved Brewer from a starting role in Minnesota to the bench. While he has yet to suit up for the Rockets, there is no chance, barring injury, that he will start on this team. Brewer is not worth owning anymore, especially on a loaded Rockets squad. Courtney Lee (SG – Mem) – 29.8% owned: This could be a gamble and he should only be dropped in shallower leagues. Lee’s hot start was one of the early-season surprises, however he has cooled off as of late. Even though he is still shooting a great percentage, Lee’s points per game have dropped to single digits in December. He doesn’t provide much else on the stat sheet, and there have been a number of games where he has failed to hit a three-pointer. Lee could bounce back, but there are other players available. Jeremy Lin (PG - LAL) – 37.9% owned: When the Lakers reshuffled their starting lineup, Lin was one of the victims who got moved to a bench role. Since then, he has struggled to score in double digits but can still provide an admirable amount of assists. If there is a starting point guard available on the wire, now would be the time to make the switch. The Lakers season has been a disaster, and Ronnie Price’s play as a starter hasn’t exactly cemented his spot either. For now, Lin’s not worth owning. Notables: K.J. McDaniels (SG – Phi), Channing Frye (PF – Orl) Wholesale Spain Jerseys Cheap Juventus Jersey Cheap Cristiano Ronaldo Jersey Wholesale AC Milan Jerseys Cheap Arsenal Jerseys Cheap A.S. 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