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Improving Neymar key to Barcelona’s pursuit of Real

By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) – Neymar took time to settle but is finally shining in Barcelona's devastating attacking trident with Villarreal the next La Liga opponents in their sights on Sunday as the Catalans continue their pursuit of Real Madrid. The pressure of expectation and scandal over the true cost of his transfer fee [...]

Pacquiao making plans if Mayweather falters

As hope fades by the day that a deal will be reached for a May 2 showdown between welterweight champions Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, the Pacquiao camp is putting a backup plan in place. View full post on ESPN.com – Boxing

Williams, Sharapova won’t change rankings

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the WTA rankings, regardless of who wins when they meet in the Australian Open final Saturday. View full post on ESPN.com – Tennis

Tiger: I’m driving ball like I did 15 years ago

The questions remain numerous for Tiger Woods as he is about to embark on his first tournament of 2015, coming off the worst year of his career, back problems being the main culprit. View full post on ESPN.com – GOLF

Broncos hire Phillips as defensive coordinator

The Denver Broncos have hired Wade Phillips to be their defensive coordinator league sources told ESPN’s Ed Werder on Wednesday. View full post on ESPN.com – NFL

Reports: Nats sign ex-Jays closer Janssen

The Washington Nationals have signed reliever Casey Janssen to a one-year contract worth $5 million, according to multiple reports. View full post on ESPN.com – MLB

Hawks stretch win streak to franchise-best 17

Millsaps leads Hawks to 17th straight win, 113-102 over Nets View full post on ESPN.com

Manchester City-Chelsea Preview

So many times over the years, Frank Lampard was a difference-maker for Chelsea as they ascended to the Premier League elite. Lampard left Chelsea as their all-time leading scorer with 211 goals in all competitions, including 48 match-winners in league play. His first goal for the Citizens on Sept. 21 didn’t provide a victory, but [...]

Middleweight contender Mora to fight Han

Middleweight contender Sergio Mora, who was supposed to challenge world titleholder Jermain Taylor before the fight was canceled following Taylor’s recent arrest, will instead face replacement opponent Abie Han on Feb. 6. View full post on ESPN.com – Boxing

Murray cruises past Berdych, into Aussie final

Andy Murray advanced to his fourth Australian Open final and a chance to win his third Grand Slam title with a 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 semifinal win over Tomas Berdych on Thursday. View full post on ESPN.com – Tennis

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