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Serena Williams is in fighting mood ahead of the 2017 Australian Open despite being bundled out in the second round of her only warm-up tournament, the Auckland Classic

Kerber Lurks in Melbourne as Serena Chases Record Slam

Melbourne (AFP) – Serena Williams has vowed to make life difficult for top seed Angelique Kerber and a host of dangerous players out to derail her at the Australian Open, warning she is in Melbourne to win.

Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers runs from the pocket during the first half of a game against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California

San Diego Chargers Confirm Move to Los Angeles

Los Angeles (AFP) – The San Diego Chargers confirmed Thursday the franchise will make a controversial move to Los Angeles next season after failing to reach a deal on a new stadium at their existing home.

Quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks gets ready to run a play against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Wild Card game

Seahawks, Texans Advance in Playoff Openers

Washington (AFP) – Russell Wilson tossed two touchdown passes to power Seattle over Detroit 26-6 while Brock Osweiler threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Houston beat Oakland 27-14 in Saturday’s NFL playoff openers.

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NFL Jaguars sack head coach Bradley

Houston (AFP) – Gus Bradley was fired on Sunday as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who dropped their ninth straight game with a 21-20 loss to the Houston Texans.

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Veteran NBA TV Reporter Sager Dies at 65

Los Angeles (AFP) – Craig Sager, the popular broadcaster whose NBA sideline reports were an integral part of the game for a legion of basketball fans, has died at the age of 65, Turner Sports network said Thursday.

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Foreign Planes Combat Fires In Israel

Haifa (Israel) (AFP) – Foreign firefighting planes on Friday helped Israel tackle a wave of wildfires that have forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, as police announced a dozen related arrests.

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Francona, Roberts Named Managers of the Year

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and the Cleveland Indians’s Terry Francona were named the American League and National League managers of the year, respectively, Major League Baseball said Tuesday.

7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits New Zealand

Massive New Zealand Quake Triggers Tsunami, Residents Flee

CHRISTCHURCH – Residents in coastal areas of New Zealand fled through the night Monday after a powerful 7.8 earthquake struck just after midnight, triggering a potentially “destructive” tsunami. The earthquake, centered north of Christchurch on the South Island, was felt

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Palestinians Say Will Protest Interpol Membership Delay

The Palestinian government will protest against a delay in its application to join the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) at the body’s annual conference next week, an official said Friday.

A data sharing deal will allow Facebook to target advertising at WhatsApp users who are also on the social media platform

Social Media Silenced in Turkey After Government Crackdown

Internet users in Turkey were on Friday experiencing severe difficulties accessing social media after the country was plunged into new turbulence by the detention of its main pro-Kurdish leaders, correspondents and a watchdog said.

TOPSHOT - Iraqi forces deploy on October 17, 2016 in the area of al-Shurah, some 45 kms south of Mosul, as they advance towards the city to retake it from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. Some 30,000 federal forces are leading the offensive, backed by air and ground support from a 60-nation US-led coalition, in what is expected to be a long and difficult assault on IS's last major Iraqi stronghold. / AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Reaching Mosul Caps Turnaround For Iraq Forces

Two years after they withdrew from Mosul broken and defeated, Iraqi forces have capped a dramatic turnaround by reaching the largest city they lost to the Islamic State group.