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Venus Williams defeated Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 7-6 (8), 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday as the oldest woman in the draw.

The 37-year-old American was coming off a straight-set victory over younger sister Serena a night earlier, ending a three-match skid against her sibling.

“It was a quick turnaround from last night when it feels like, ‘Hey, this is a final to you’re only in the fourth round,'” Williams said on court.

Playing under cloudy skies in 80-degree heat, Williams had her hands full with Sevastova, who used drop shots, top spin, lobs and jerked her 10-years-older opponent side to side.

“It was not an easy match to figure out,” Williams said. “She has everything in her game. I had the crowd behind me and that felt good.”

After early losses in her first two tournaments of the year, Williams hasn’t dropped a set at Indian Wells, where she has yet to reach the final in six previous appearances.

Simona Halep is on track to retain her No. 1 world ranking after defeating Wang Qiang of China 7-5, 6-1 in the fourth round.

Halep improved to 17-1 this year and needs only to reach the final to stay at the top. If not, Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Halep in the Australian Open final, could replace her if the Dane wins the title. Halep and Wozniacki are the only former Indian Wells winners left in the women’s draw.

Next up for Halep is Petra Martic of Croatia, who beat Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-6 (4).

American teenager Amanda Anisimova’s run of success ended in a 6-1, 7-6 (2) loss to No. 5 seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

Anisimova, a 16-year-old wild card, won her first three WTA Tour matches at Indian Wells, beating Pauline Parmentier, No. 23 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova without dropping a set.

“She’s 16, so she’s not scared,” Pliskova said of Anisimova. “You can see she’s hitting the ball without thinking. But everybody is playing like this when they are 16. I think this will change a little bit in the future, but for sure the game is good and not really any weakness. I think everything is pretty solid.”

Pliskova faces a quarterfinal against Naomi Osaka, who beat Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-1, 5-7, 6-1.

Halep attended 37-year-old Venus Williams’ straight-set victory over 36-year-old sister and new mother Serena on Monday night.

“I love the way that they are motivated and they are still playing at this age, Serena with the kid,” Halep said. “It’s a great thing what they do for sport, and it’s great that tennis has them. I have many things to learn from them. That’s why I’m trying just to go in to watch every time I can.”

On the men’s side, Gael Monfils retired in the second set with a back injury trailing fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hughes Herbert 6-2, 3-1.

Monfils used an eight-minute injury timeout in the second set to get his back worked on before returning to the court and getting broken in fourth game. He then walked to the net and ended the match.

Herbert moved on to a fourth-round matchup with Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, who upset No. 2 seed Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4.

Cilic won 19 of 23 points on his first serve, but failed to convert four break points against 31st-seeded Kohlschreiber, who snapped a 12-match skid against top-10 opponents.

Herbert remains in contention for the $1 million bonus offered to a player who sweeps the singles and doubles titles.

No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina defeated No. 29 David Ferrer of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (3) for the fifth straight time.

With Cilic, Ferrer, Novak Djokovic, Monfils and John Isner all eliminated from his quarter of the draw, things are looking wide open for del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion. Top-ranked Roger Federer and del Potro are the highest seeds remaining.

“I’m not thinking about that. I just want to keep winning,” del Potro said. “Still far away from the final, but of course, any chance to play with Roger would be great.”

Del Potro’s countryman, Leonardo Mayer, beat Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-1. Mayer next plays del Potro.

No. 18 Sam Querrey rallied past Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4.

No. 32 Milos Raonic of Canada defeated Joao Sousa of Portugal 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 and will meet Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, who beat lucky loser Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (7), 6-4.


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The Mostly Bad History Of Nba All-stars As College Coaches




Memphis is turning to Penny Hardaway — the former NBA All-Star and Tigers legend who does not have any Division I experience as a head coach or as an assistant — to replace fired coach Tubby Smith. The school is expected to announce Hardaway as its next head coach on Tuesday, sources told ESPN.

Hardaway is a prominent high school and grassroots coach in Memphis with connections to the area’s top players. He has been the head coach of the Team Penny grassroots program and East High School in Memphis.

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Both James Wiseman and Chandler Lawson — the Nos. 1 and 26 prospects in the 2019 class, respectively, per — attend East High School.

The school said it had terminated Smith without cause due to financial challenges within the program. Attendance had dropped nearly 10,000 per game in recent years, and donations had suffered, too. Smith, who won a national title in 1998, struggled to build a regional talent pipeline.

But don’t make any assumptions about Hardaway. The history of former NBA stars stepping in to save collegiate programs is grim, and few have matched the hype attached to their arrivals. Even hometown heroes like Hardaway, a two-time Great Midwest Conference Player of the Year and four-time NBA All-Star, often struggle.

Here’s a complete rundown.

Active college coaches who had notable careers

Patrick Ewing, Georgetown Hoyas | Record: 15-15 It’s too early to judge Ewing, who finished .500 in his first season at his alma mater, which had dismissed John Thompson III last summer. The Hoyas finished 2-9 in their final 11 games of 2017-18. But Ewing has an intriguing class, led by four-star prospect Josh LeBlanc.

Chris Mullin, St. John’s Red Storm | Record 38-60 In his second season at his alma mater, Mullin won 16 games, doubling his win total from Year 1. He can hang his hat on a couple of victories over Duke and Villanova. But the Red Storm are far from the glory days Mullin was hired to reproduce.

Danny Manning, Wake Forest Demon Deacons | Record 92-102 — combines current record at Wake Forest with his stint at Tulsa He won 38 games at Tulsa. He’s reached the NCAA tournament once in four years, however, at Wake Forest (2017). But his incoming class is led by five-star forward Jaylen Hoard (No. 20 prospect in the 2017 class per

Avery Johnson, Alabama Crimson Tide | Record: 56-45 Johnson reached the NCAA tournament in his third season thanks to Collin Sexton’s epic performance in the SEC tournament. Once Sexton turns pro after the season, Alabama could tumble in the SEC standings and reach Selection Sunday in 2018-19 without a guaranteed berth.

Terry Porter, Portland Pilots | Record: 21-44 The University of Portland hired the former Trail Blazers star in 2016. His team won 10 games this season — one less than last year’s final tally — and lost seven in a row to end the year for the WCC team.

Damon Stoudamire, Pacific Tigers | Record: 25-40 The former NBA All-Star worked as a coveted assistant at both Memphis and Arizona before he accepted Pacific’s offer in 2016. He’s had his challenges while also making clear strides. This season, Pacific beat BYU and jumped nearly 100 spots in’s rankings.

Donyell Marshall, Central Connecticut Blue Devils | Record: 20-41 He won six games in his first season (2016-17). He won 14 games this year. This is still a team in the 300s on

Dan Majerle, Grand Canyon Antelopes | Record: 103-57 Majerle is one of the great NBA-to-college-coaching success stories. He helped Grand Canyon make the lengthy transition to Division I sports. This year, a Grand Canyon team that had played elite defense all season lost to New Mexico State in the WAC tournament title game.

Mike Dunleavy Sr., Tulane Green Wave | Record: 20-42 Dunleavy’s squad won 14 games this year after securing just six victories in his first season. Melvin Frazier, a 6-foot-6 forward at Tulane, is an NBA prospect.

Former college coaches who had notable NBA careers

Isiah Thomas, FIU Panthers | Record:? 26-65 You think the Knicks are the only team Isiah Thomas ruined? Nah. In three years at Florida International, Thomas won just 26 games in a disastrous stint.

Clyde Drexler, Houston Cougars | Record: 19-39 The Cougars thought they’d found their savior after Drexler retired from the NBA to lead his alma mater. He never won more than 10 games in two seasons.

Reggie Theus, Cal State Northridge Matadors | Record: 85-128 — combines record at CSUN with his stint at New Mexico State Cal State-Northridge fired Theus after this year’s 6-24 finish. In five seasons with the program, Theus — who led New Mexico State to the NCAA tournament in 2007 — never earned an at-large or automatic berth.

Mark Price, Charlotte 49ers | Record: 30-42 Price was fired in December, only a handful of games into his third season at Charlotte.

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Tunisia Vs Iran: Tv Channel, Live Stream, Team News And Kick-off Time For International Friendly At Stade 7 Novembre De Rades




BOTH Iran and Tunisia will be hopeful of making a splash and causing an upset or two at this summer’s World Cup.

The Tunisians topped Group A in Africa and were unbeaten, seeing off the DR Congo by one point to make a return to the finals for the first time in 12 years.

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Iran were similarly as impressive, topping Group A in the AFC and winning six of their ten games – whilst conceding just twice.

These two have only faced each other once before, a 2-2 draw back in 2012.

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What time is kick-off?

THE game will take place on Friday, March 23. 

Kick-off is at 6pm UK time.

What TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?

THIS game isn’t being shown live on TV in the UK.

Never fear though – here on SunSport we will be running a LIVE BLOG, which will keep you up to speed with all the goals, talking points and action.

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Top pundits IAN WRIGHT and DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM have made their picks for this week if you need a steer.

And remember, you can claim a free £30 bet with Sun Bets when you sign up put a tenner on this weekend’s football here.

What is the team news?

FORMER France youth trio Seifeddine Khaoui, Ellyes Skhiri and Mouez Hassen are in line to make their debuts for Tunisia.

Experienced Aymen Abdennour has been overlooked due to lack of playing time at Marseille.

Masoud Shojaei has been recalled to the Iranian squad after more than seven months in the wilderness.

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Chelsea Vs Southampton Fa Cup Semi-final Draw Questioned By Fans Who Claim Gianfranco Zola And Petr Cech Helped Blues Avoid Man United And Tottenham




CHELSEA avoided the big guns of Man United and Man City in the FA Cup semi-final draw – and fans are convinced it was a conspiracy.

There were even claims that former Blues’ favourites Petr Cech and Gianfranco Zola played some part in drawing them against Premier League strugglers Southampton.

BBC One Fans believe Cech and Zola had something to do with Chelsea drawing Southampton

The Blues were the last team to make the final four after edging out Leicester 2-1.

Meanwhile in Sunday’s other semi-final, Southampton, under the guidance of new gaffer, creaked to a 2-0 win against League One outfit Wigan.

Chelsea legends Cech and Zola were on hand to produce the magic balls for the draw in the live BBC show.

The pot contained Southampton as well as giants Manchester United and Tottenham.

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But Chelsea managed to avoid their two rivals to cement a tie with the Saints, who are currently in the Premier League relegation zone.

However, some people raised their suspicions on Twitter that having two former Chelsea men resulted in Antonio Conte getting the “easiest” pick of the bunch.

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One said: “Cech and Zola, former Chelsea legends, doing the draw and Chelsea get Southampton in the semis. Convenient.”

Another wrote: “Nice one Agents Zola & Cech – Chelsea v Southampton.”

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