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Serena Williams won't play Fed Cup Saturday singles matches

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 2:24 PM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 2:23 PM


            FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, Serena Williams makes a backhand return to her sister Venus during the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Five months after becoming a mother, Serena Williams is ready to return to competitive tennis for the first time since her 2017 Australian Open title. Williams will join her sister Venus in helping the United States begin its Fed Cup title defense Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, against the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, Serena Williams makes a backhand return to her sister Venus during the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Five months after becoming a mother, Serena Williams is ready to return to competitive tennis for the first time since her 2017 Australian Open title. Williams will join her sister Venus in helping the United States begin its Fed Cup title defense Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, against the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

Serena Williams won't be playing in either of Saturday's Fed Cup singles matches as she returns to competitive tennis this week, five months after becoming a mother.

Williams will team up with Lauren Davis to face Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs in Sunday's doubles match as the United States opens its Fed Cup title defense against the Netherlands.

She isn't currently scheduled to play singles either Saturday or Sunday. The U.S. still has the opportunity after Saturday's play to alter its Sunday lineup.

Venus Williams will play Arantxa Rus and CoCo Vandeweghe faces Richel Hogerkamp on Saturday.

Serena Williams hasn't played an official match since winning the 2017 Australian Open. Williams later revealed she was pregnant during that tournament.

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Twitter reacts to stunning news that Mississippi State baseball coach Andy Cannizaro reportedly will be fired

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:10 AM

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Surprising news broke Monday night, with 247Sports’ David H. Murray reporting that Mississippi State will fire baseball coach Andy Cannizaro for cause.

On Monday night, the reason for Cannizaro’s firing was not known. The school is expected to make an official announcement Tuesday morning. The timing of the development is stunning, given how the Bulldogs began their season last weekend, with Southern Miss earning the sweep.

Cannizaro led the team to a 40-27 record last season, and Mississippi State went 17-13 in the SEC. During his two seasons at the school, he posted a 40-30 record. This was his first head-coaching job in college baseball.

Shortly after the news surfaced, and well into Tuesday morning, many Twitter users shared opinions about the development. We’ve collected a sampling of the reactions below.

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All the curling stones used in every Olympics have come from the same small island

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 7:48 AM

Tempers Flare During Olympic Curling Match

Few people quite understand what exactly curling is, but every four years, people across the world suddenly find themselves invested in a sport that, at first glance, can be described as people pushing rocks across ice with brooms.

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For those who are using this year’s go-around to learn what they can about the sport, here’s a fun fact to tell at the next watch party: Olympic curling rocks aren’t just any old bits of earth; they all come from the exact same kind of stone from the exact same place.

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According to the Huffington Post, the curling stones are made from a specific kind of granite that can only be located on a deserted island off the coast of Scotland. 

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The island — Ailsa Craig, also known as “Paddy’s milestone” — is a volcanic plug, meaning it coalesced over an extinct volcano, apparently leaving the granite in the perfect condition to make curling stones. All the stones used during the Olympic Winter Games are produced by the only company with rights to the Ailsa Craig granite: Kays of Scotland, which has been creating the stones since 1851. According to the Huffington Post, thousands of tons of two varieties of stone are removed from the ground once every decade: a blue hone granite, which is impenetrable by ice and water and makes up the insert and running band of the curling stone, and a green granite that composes the body of the stone. There is apparently a third variety, red hone granite, but it isn’t used in curling stones.

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Paul Finebaum jabs Jim Harbaugh again; how Michigan’s Jim McElwain can help wide receivers

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

Michigan footb all is always the main topic in Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily Wolverines notebook — but we cover news, notes and analysis across Wolverines sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Michigan football, recruiting, basketball and more .  


Paul Finebaum jabs Jim Harbaugh again

On Monday, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum took another shot at Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh when he joined WJOX 94.5 FM in Birmingham, Ala. When asked if he thought recent hire and former Florida coach Jim McElwain was a good fit for the Wolverines, Finebaum said, “Well, I don’t think there is a good fit with Jim Harbaugh.”

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How Michigan’s Jim McElwain can help receivers

Land of 10’s Rachel Lenzi details how McElwain will help Michigan receivers in his first year with the team. The Wolverines’ wideouts need a spark after finishing 11th in the Big Ten in receiving in 2017 (171.2 yards).

Wolverines return loads of experience in 2018

Lenzi breaks down which starters have left and which are returning, and there’s reason for optimism: In 2017, the Wolverines only returned six starters, the fewest of any FBS school. This season, the Wolverines will return 26 players with starting experience.

Jim Harbaugh fatigue looks real

Land of 10’s Sean Keeler reveals why the turnover in Michigan’s coaching staff might be a sign that Harbaugh is wearing out his welcome in Ann Arbor. Then again, Keeler notes, other Big Ten teams have had similar turnover and haven’t missed a beat.

Key issues Michigan must resolve before September

After a disappointing 8-5 season, the Wolverines are looking to rebound in 2018. Rob White of isportsweb argues  the offensive line will be the biggest key to turning things around next season.

Michgan hockey moves up to No. 13 in the country


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Alabama football: Craig Kuligowski reportedly will become new defensive line coach

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

Alabama football drives the conversation here at  the Rammer Jammer , SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap, but we’ll cover news for every facet of the Crimson Tide. Every morning, we’ll be here for the latest on Alabama football, basketball and every other sport on campus.

Alabama fills coaching vacancy

Alabama lost defensive line coach Karl Dunbar to the Pittsburgh Steelers this month, and the Crimson Tide have reportedly filled that vacancy. Coach Nick Saban is expected to hire longtime Missouri assistant Clark Kuligowski as the new defensive line coach. Kuligowski spent 15 years at Missouri before joining Mark Richt at Miami for two seasons. While at Missouri, he developed players such as Michael Sam, Kony Ealy and Shane Ray.

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In other headlines …

Alabama football players as Marvel superheroes 

Marvel released Black Panther this past weekend to widespread acclaim from viewers and critics. The film is the 18th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the first one being Iron Man back in 2008. Marvel has already developed most of its heroes and will release Avengers: Infinity War on May 4. It will feature upward of 60 characters. With all of the buzz surrounding Marvel, our own Marq Burnett described which Alabama football players compared to the main heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Tua Tagovailoa attracts 5-star defensive tackle

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s performance in the national championship turned a lot of heads. Now, its helping Alabama with recruiting. Five-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele, a former teammate of Tagovailoa, said Tagovailoa’s performance inspired him to want to be a member of Alabama. Tuitele also announced that he will take an official visit to Alabama.

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Alabama golfer Lee Hodges is atop the leaderboard after the second round of the Puerto Rico Classic.

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