👋 Happy Friday! The NHL All-Star Game is on Saturday, the NFL Pro Bowl is on Sunday, and there's also Lakers-Sixers, two golf tournaments and the Australian Open to enjoy. Me? I'll be watching skiing. Find out why below.
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Serena Williams suffered a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5 loss to No. 27 seed Wang Qiang in the third round of the Australian Open, marking her earliest exit at Melbourne Park in 14 years and ending her bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title.
Coco Gauff upset defending champion and World No. 3 Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 to move on to the Round of 16 in her first Australian Open. She was in complete control the whole match.
The world's best skiers will descend upon the small town of Kitzbühel, Austria this weekend for the most important — and dangerous — race on the men's World Cup calendar: the Hahnenkamm.
The main event: All eyes will be on Saturday's downhill event (coverage on NBC Sports Gold), where skiers will fling themselves down "the Streif," a track so daring that most would prefer victory in Kitzbühel over winning Olympic gold.
The setting: "Most of the year, Kitzbühel, a medieval town of eight thousand residents ... is a fancy resort, with swank hotels and shops, but the [Hahnenkamm] transforms it into a riotous carnival, part Indy 500, part South Padre Island," writes The New Yorker's Nick Paumgarten.
🎥 Watch: "The World's Most Dangerous Downhill Ski Race" (YouTube)
The 2019-20 NHL season takes a pause this weekend for the All-Star festivities in St. Louis. My top five teams at the break:
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The NBA announced the starters for this year's All-Star Game last night, with Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James named captains for the second straight year after leading their respective conferences in fan votes.
North Carolina is in the midst of one of its worst seasons in recent memory, but yesterday's release of the McDonald's All-American Game roster served as a reminder that sunnier days lie ahead.
Edd Roush (left), Jackie Robinson, Bob Feller and Bill McKechnie display their Hall of Fame plaques. Photo: Diamond Images/Getty Images
58 years ago today, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving 77.5% of the vote.
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For the second time in NBA history, two players under 22 years old (Young and Dončić) have been named All-Star Game starters.
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Fireworks exploded above the illuminated Olympic rings in Tokyo's Odaiba Marine Park to mark six months to go until the 2020 Summer Games.
Enjoy the weekend,
Kendall "These stories are awesome" Baker
Trivia answer: Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett