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🚨 Situational awareness: Cristiano Ronaldo was fined almost €19 million ($21.6 million) for tax fraud in Spain this morning but will avoid serving a 23-month prison sentence as part of the deal.
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Legacies changed on Sunday. Drew Brees' championship window got smaller and may have closed; Andy Reid's quest to win his first Super Bowl fell short; and Tom Brady put even more separation between him and everybody else.
The big picture: We've been here before (Dez Bryant's non-catch, etc), and there were also a handful of other missed/bad calls on Sunday.
The bottom line: There's plenty of luck involved when a defender doesn't roll over a quarterback's ankle or when a player's knee hits the ground one inch past the goal line instead of in front of it.
P.S. CBS says its primetime coverage of the Patriots-Chiefs game averaged 53.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched AFC Championship Game in 42 years.
When the Baseball Hall of Fame reveals its new class of inductees tonight, Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez and more than 30 other former big leaguers will find out if they've earned entry into baseball's most exclusive club.
The intrigue: If Rivera receives 100% of the vote, which FiveThirtyEight projects he will, the legendary Yankees reliever will become the first unanimous selection in the Hall's storied history.
The big picture: "Over time, the absence of a unanimous inductee may have become self-perpetuating," writes the NYT's Victor Mather.
📺 Tonight: 6 pm ET, MLB Network
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Above: While you were sleeping, No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal defeated 21-year-old American rising star Frances Tiafoe, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, to advance to the semifinals where he will face Federer-conquerer Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Below: Serena Williams waves to the crowd after defeating No. 1 seed Simona Halep, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, to reach the quarter-finals where she will face No. 7 seed Karolína Plíšková (tonight, 6 pm ET).
In the 17 years since: The Patriots have won 220 regular season games (32 more than any other team), won the AFC East 16 times, gone 29-10 in the postseason and, of course, won five Super Bowls (and lost three).
Admiral Schofield and the rest of his Volunteer teammates mean business this year. Photo: Donald Page/Getty Images
1. Tennessee (16-1): The Vols sit atop college basketball's throne for the first time since 2008 (remember their epic win over Derrick Rose and Memphis?) P.S. Tennessee has 0 top 100 recruits. Every other top 10 team has at least two.
2. Duke (15-2): Here's just how unstoppable Duke is: 25-point scorers allowed by Virginia through 16 games: 0. 25-point scorers allowed on Saturday: 2 (Zion Williamson: 27; RJ Barrett: 30.) Talent's talent.
3. Virginia (16-1): Even with the 2-point loss to Duke, UVA is still the best team in the country, according to Ken Pom. The Cavaliers will host the Blue Devils in the highly anticipated rematch on Feb. 9.
4. Gonzaga (18-2): The Zags are still cruising behind brilliant seasons from Brandon Clarke and Rui Hachimura. With no ranked opponents left on their schedule, they're a lock for a high seed in March.
5. Michigan (17-1): Wisconsin stole Michigan's chance at No. 1 in delivering the Wolverine's first loss since February 2018. They'll have a shot at revenge when they see the Badgers on Feb. 9, but the Wolverines are 5-17 against Wisconsin with John Beilein leading them.
Women's poll: 1. Notre Dame, 2. Baylor, 3. UConn, 4. Louisville, 5. Oregon, 6. Stanford, 7. Mississippi State, 8. NC State, 9. Oregon State, 10. Marquette | 11-25
Thanks to one minor league hockey player's entrepreneurial itch, athletes could soon be ranking their agents like they rank their Uber drivers, writes Axios' Mike Sykes.
What's happening: Calgary Flames prospect Josh Healey spent the summer building TheSportsAux, an app where athletes can rate and review agents/ advisors. It's been submitted to the App Store for review and should be available for download next week.
How it works: Think Rate My Professors — but for agents. Players fill out 10-question surveys, rating them from 1 to 5 on questions like, "Does your agent follow through on verbal agreements?"
Why it matters: For many young players, finding and dealing with an agent can be a struggle. Healey's app gives them the information they need to make smarter decisions.
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13 years ago today, Kobe Bryant scored 81 points — the second-highest total in NBA history — in the Lakers' 122-104 victory over the Raptors. Enjoy.
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The 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is currently underway, with the world's top squash players going head-to-head inside iconic Grand Central Terminal.
The backdrop: Squash has some 20 million players worldwide and was almost added to the 2020 Olympics (lost out to wrestling). Egypt is dominant, to say the least, with 5 of the top 10 men and 4 of the top 10 women in the world.
This week's coverage: We'll be taking you behind-the-scenes of the Tournament of Champions with in-depth analysis and on-the-ground reporting from 2 squash experts:
Kendall "Trivia's coming back, don't worry" Baker