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While you were sleeping, 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova upset No. 11 seed Aryna Sabalenka, 6-3, 6-2, to reach the 4th round of the Australian Open.
Why it matters: The New Jersey native is the youngest American to advance this far at the Australian Open since Jennifer Capriati in 1993 — and the youngest to advance this far at any Grand Slam since Serena Williams in 1998 (French Open). Decent company, I guess.
Go deeper: "Anisimova has been a champion-in-training for much of her young life," wrote the NYT's Christopher Clarey in a profile last March.
🎥 Watch: Anisimova's forehand winner in the 2nd set was easily the shot of the tournament thus far.
More Aussie Open: Maria Sharapova knocked off No. 3 seed Caroline Wozniacki, Serena looked as dominant as ever and Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Frances Tiafoe all took care of business in the men's bracket.
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In a world increasingly dominated by hot takes, fantasy sports and 15-second clips on Instagram, it's easy for us to forget what team sports are actually about: camaraderie.
What's happening: The Athletic's Scott Cruickshank did just that with a wonderful piece (subscription required) about the Calgary Flames' dressing room dynamics that brought me back to my high school basketball days (miss you, locker #8).
For away games, things shake out differently as every NHL arena has its own unique dressing room layout. Anaheim, for instance, has one particular "island" locker that sits all by itself with walls around it.
Boogie's back. After spending the last year recovering from a torn Achilles, DeMarcus Cousins is expected to be in the Warriors' starting lineup against the Clippers tonight.
Patriots: "There is an old sitcom rule that perfect television is made by spending the first two-thirds of a show getting a character into hot water and the last third getting him out of it."
Chiefs: Good news, Kansas City fans. According to FiveThirtyEight's Elo rating system, your team will win on Sunday.
Saints: Drew Brees completed an NFL-record 74.4% of his passes during the regular season. The Wall Street Journal took a closer look at the QBs mind-boggling accuracy, and what they found is actually ridiculous.
Rams: I'd just like to take this time to apologize to Rams fans for incorrectly saying your team hasn't been to the Super Bowl since 1999 (I meant hasn't won since '99, as you also made a trip in 2001).
"When the Philadelphia Phillies met with Bryce Harper last Saturday, their best sales pitch should have been this: You have the opportunity to play the prime of your career in a great hitters' ballpark," writes SI's Tom Verducci.
By the numbers: Since 2012 (the year Harper debuted), Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park has ranked 6th on average in Home Run Park Factor, which measures how home run-friendly a ballpark is.
Nick Bosa. Photo: Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswrite/Getty Images
The past 5 NFL drafts (and 9 of the last 10) have seen teams use the No. 1 overall pick on either a QB or a pass rusher. According to ESPN draft "expert" Mel Kiper's first mock draft (subscription required), that trend will continue in 2019.
Be smart: The draft isn't until Apr. 25, and we still have college all-star games, combine testing, pro days and plenty more to get through. In other words, this mock draft means nothing. But hey, it's fun to debate.
In the 2000 NFL Draft, the Patriots famously drafted Tom Brady in the 6th round with the 199th overall pick.
Answer at the bottom.
Fellow bull riders bow their heads during a tribute to fallen rider Mason Lowe. Photo: Andy Cross/The Denver Post/Getty Images
Professional bull rider Mason Lowe, 25, died this week after a bull stomped on his chest during a competition in Denver. Lowe is believed to be the 3rd bull rider killed since Professional Bull Riders' debut season in 1992.
"He was thrown off the bull and while he was on the ground the back legs stomped him in the chest ... When he got up he immediately grabbed his chest and stumbled over to the exit and then fell to the ground again grabbing his chest before he could get out of the area. They took him out on a stretcher."— A witness to Denver-area station CBS4
Maya Gabiera surfing a 68-foot wave. Photo: Octavio Passos/Getty Images
1 year ago today, Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira rode a 68-foot wave in Nazaréin, Portugal — the largest ever surfed by a female athlete. Enjoy.
Rewind: 5 years prior to breaking the record, Gabeira almost died in the same waters. She broke her ankle after a giant wave knocked her over and was found floating face down.
Go deeper: Read more about Gabeira's triumph.
🏀 The Oklahoma State men's basketball team is desperate for bodies after a recent round of player suspensions, so they're holding open tryouts for students who want to join the team.
⚽️ Ahmed Hussein-Suale, an investigative journalist in Ghana, was killed by gunmen Wednesday night after he helped expose corruption in the country's football association.
Kendall "See you Tuesday" Baker
Trivia answer: 18th pick: Chad Pennington (Marshall), 65. Giovanni Carmazzi (Hofstra), 75. Chris Redman (Louisville), 163. Tee Martin (Tennessee), 168. Marc Bulger (WVU), 183. Spergon Wynn (Southwest Texas State)