Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Kuznetsova completes finals field

MOSCOW — Top seed Svetlana Kuznetsova secured the last spot at the WTA Finals by beating Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 6-1 Saturday to retain her Kremlin Cup title. Gavrilova, ranked 38th, was seeking her first WTA title.

Kuznetsova, 31, was a fixture at the season-ending Finals for much of her early 20s but hadn't qualified since 2009. She she returns to take her place in the eight-player draw in Singapore this month at the expense of Johanna Konta.

Stockholm Open: Wild card Juan Martin del Potro reached his second final of the year by beating second seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-5. He faces sixth-seeded American Jack Sock, who beat fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

et cetera

NBA: A Heat executive said there would be no change in the employment status of the team employee who knelt while singing the national anthem before Friday night's exhibition game against the 76ers at AmericanAirlines Arena. Michael McCullough, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, said the team was unaware that Denasia Lawrence, a part-time employee who works on the game-night operations staff, would kneel during the performance while wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt that had not been previously visible beneath her blazer. Lawrence, who is black, posted on Facebook: "When I took the opportunity to sing the national anthem at the Heat game, it was bigger than me. Right now, we're seeing a war on Black & Brown bodies — we're being unjustly killed and overly criminalized. I took the opportunity to sing AND kneel; to show that we belong in this country AND that we have the right to respectfully protest injustices against us."

Soccer: Arsenal climbed to the top of the English Premier League with a 0-0 home draw against Middlesbrough that ended its six-game winning streak. Arsenal is in first place on goal difference ahead of Liverpool, which beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Anfield for a sixth win in nine league matches. … Andres Iniesta's serious knee injury overshadowed another stellar performance by Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who scored his second goal of the game in stoppage time to earn a 3-2 win at Valencia in the Spanish league. Enzo Perez's tackle forced Iniesta off on a stretcher. Iniesta injured a ligament in his right knee and is out six to eight weeks, the team said. The defending champions rose to the top of the league, one point ahead of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

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Boys basketball: Lakewood 45, Gibbs 44

ST. PETERSBURG — Once the lights dimmed in the gymnasium and the capacity crowd dispersed, Lakewood coach Anthony Lawrence spotted Gibbs coach Larry Murphy strolling past the the bleachers."Hey, Murph. Do we have to do this every time?" Lawrenc...
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Boys basketball: Nature Coast 78, Central 29

Boys basketball: Nature Coast 78, Central 29

BROOKSVILLE – Once again supporting its place as the top program in Hernando County, Nature Coast maintained its undefeated record in a dominant win over rival Central.While the Bears were able to upset the Sharks to win the Class 6A, District ...
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Girls basketball: Plant 66, Steinbrenner 31

LUTZ — Here's some discouraging news for any team that has to play Plant this season or in the next few seasons: The Panthers beat Steinbrenner 66-31 Friday night. Of those 66 points, 48 were scored by a sophomore and two freshmen.Freshman powe...
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Boys basketball: Plant City 79, Tampa Bay Tech 74

Boys basketball: Plant City 79, Tampa Bay Tech 74

TAMPA — Traveling to play at Tampa Bay Tech is a test for any area basketball team these days because the Titans are tough and the crowd is loud.Plant City prepared for all of the above, answered most of the questions and passed the exam Friday...
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Nobody has Jameis Winston’s back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody has Jameis Winston’s back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody is a bigger supporter of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston than head coach Dirk Koetter.That was the passionate message that offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken unloaded at his news conference Friday, saying that reports that Winst...
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Westbrook, Embiid put on show in triple OT thriller

Westbrook, Embiid put on show in triple OT thriller

PHILADELPHIA — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Thunder and the 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller before Oklahoma City pulled out a 119-117 victory Friday night. Andre Roberson scored the wi...
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High school scoreboard for Dec. 15

Friday’s scoreboardGirls soccerCountryside 7, Clearwater 0Osceola 9, Bradenton Bayshore 0Palm Harbor U. 2, Plant 1Boys soccerPalm Harbor U. 0, Plant 0Lennard 4, Armwood 1
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Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBoxingMiddleweights: Lemieux vs. Saunders9:30 p.m.HBOCollege basketballButler vs. PurduenoonFoxMiami at George WashingtonnoonCBSSNLouisville vs. MemphisnoonESPN2Detroit vs. MichigannoonESPNUNC-Greensboro at N.C. StatenoonFSFSeton Hall at Rutgers...
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Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

When Lightning wing Ryan Callahan took a nasty spill into the boards Thursday night, it didn't look good.Turns out, it wasn't. Callahan will be sidelined indefinitely with an upper body injury, evaluated after three to four weeks, per GM Steve Yzerma...
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Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

NEW YORK — Rick Nash scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:27 left to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Pacific Division-leading Kings on Friday night. Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and J.T. Miller scored to help New York win for the second time i...
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