Scoreboard roundup -- 1/1/19

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --   Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:
 Final  Toronto       122  Utah           116
 Final  Milwaukee     121  Detroit         98
 Final  Denver        115  N-Y Knicks     108
 Final OT  Portland      113  Sacramento     108
 Final  Philadelphia  119  L.A. Clippers  113

 Final  Boston      4  Chicago        2
 Final  Nashville   4  Philadelphia   0
 Final  Vegas       2  L.A. Kings     0


 Final  (9) Florida St.      87  Winthrop         76
 Final  (10) Virginia Tech   81  Notre Dame       66
 Final  St. John's           89  (16) Marquette   69

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Roger Federer gushes about Serena Williams after defeating her in first match together

Twitter/@rogerfederer(PERTH, Australia) -- It was sportsmanship at its best on New Year's Day in Perth, Australia, as Roger Federer defeated Serena Williams in mixed doubles, then took to the mic to praise the iconic athlete.

Federer and his partner Belinda Bencic defeated Williams and Francis Tiafoe 4-2, 4-3 to advance in the Hopman Cup, but the event was more about two tennis greats facing off and then showing great esteem for the other.

After the match, Williams told the crowd she was "kinda sad the match was over. I was just warming up."

About Federer, she added, "We grew up together ... and having an opportunity after all these years. We've actually never done this and so this was super cool that we got to do this at such a pinnacle point in both our careers. For me, it was super cool! I wanted to take pictures and wanted to bring my baby out."

Williams leads Federer 23-20 in career grand slams won, but the two will be forever linked as the dominant male and female, respectively, in tennis for this era, maybe all-time.

Federer gushed right back after the match, not only smiling for a selfie with the empowering athlete, but adding, "Your serving, especially the last serve at 3-3, I'm like 'I've got to win this point,' but it's Serena Williams,' I was telling myself. And I was telling myself, 'This is maybe what I've always wanted, maybe a big-time moment like this.'"

He added that it was an "honor" to face off against Williams.

"It was great, great fun, and she's a great champion and you see how focused and determined she is, and I love that about her," he added.

Williams fired a compliment right back at the male champion, calling him the "the greatest of all-time to be honest" and that is "both on the court and off the court. He has such charisma, he's just a wonderful player."

The crowd wasn't just treated to a super match, but two icons effusing respect for one another in the best way.

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VIDEO: Bald eagle lands on football fan during game

pchoui/iStock(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- A bald eagle landed on a fan attending the Notre Dame-Clemson Tigers game ahead of the Cotton Bowl Classic over the weekend.

The eagle had been trained to fly around AT&T Stadium during the "Star-Spangled Banner" and then land on the field before the game kicked off. Instead, Clark the eagle landed in the crowd, CNN reported.

The American Bald Eagle entered the World Bird Sanctuary flight training program after the center discovered he could not be released into the wild due to deformity in the scales of his talons at birth, according to CNN. He has performed at other sporting events, but AT&T Stadium was the largest venue to host Clark, Cotton Bowl officials said.

No fans were injured during Clark's surprise landing.

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Miami Hurricanes hire Manny Diaz as next head football coach

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CORAL GABLES, Fla.) -- Manny Diaz is heading back to the University of Miami to succeed Mark Richt as the next head coach of the Hurricanes' football team.

The move comes after Diaz, who served as Miami's defensive coordinator the past three seasons, was named Temple University's head football coach on Dec. 13.

"Miami is home. The University of Miami is home. The U has truly been 'the job' for me since I first got into coaching," Diaz said in a statement Sunday evening. "Having worked here over the past three years, I came to understand what it means to be part of 'The U' and came to appreciate the passion and commitment to excellence of all who proudly call themselves Canes."

"We will restore the football program to its place among the nation's elite and we will do it with hard work, dedicated coaches, and outstanding student-athletes," he continued.

Diaz will replace Richt, who announced earlier on Sunday that he is retiring after three seasons with the Hurricanes.

Before Richt announced his retirement, Diaz had signed on to coach the Temple Owls. On Sunday, Diaz said that "as excited as I am about staying home, I hate the way this unfolded with respect to Temple."

"I was given a tremendous opportunity to lead the Temple program and I was actively engaged in doing just that when I woke up this morning," Diaz said. "I never saw this coming, no one did."

In a statement Sunday evening, Temple athletic director Patrick Kraft said, "We are disappointed that [Diaz] is leaving, but wish him the best as he returns home."

Kraft added that the university has already launched a nationwide search for a new coach.
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Cardinals end season 3-13, secure No. 1 pick in NFL draft 

33ft/iStock(NEW YORK) -- This season may be over for the Arizona Cardinals after failing to advance to the playoffs but at least the team has something to look forward to in 2019.

With their 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, the Cardinals ended their 2018 season with the worst record in the NFL (3-13), thus securing the top pick in next year's NFL draft.

The last time Arizona had the No. 1 pick in the draft was back in 1958.

The second pick will go to the San Francisco 49ers, who ended their season 4-12 along with the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders. The three-way tie to pick second was broken by each team's strength of schedule. As such, the Jets will get the third pick and the Raiders will get the fourth.

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Jets part ways with head coach Todd Bowles

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- After a 4-12 season, the New York Jets announced that they have parted ways with head coach Todd Bowles.

The Jets announced the move in a statement on their official website.

"I would like to thank Coach Bowles for his dedication to the New York Jets for the last four years," Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson said in the statement. "After carefully evaluating the situation, I have concluded that this is the right direction for the organization to take."

Bowles finished with a 24-39 record during his four seasons with the Jets, including 3 losing seasons. He did manage to lead the team to a 10-6 record during his first season in 2015.

The Jets have missed the playoffs in eight straight seasons, the third longest playoff drought in the NFL.

Perhaps his biggest contribution to the Jets will be his selection of quarterback Sam Darnold with the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The franchise will most likely look to someone with an offensive background to help develop their young signal caller.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/30/18

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:

Orlando 109, Detroit 107
Minnesota 113, Miami 104
Toronto 95, Chicago 89
Dallas 105, Oklahoma City 103
Portland 129, Philadelphia 95
L.A. Lakers 121, Sacramento 114

Vegas 5, Arizona 1

New England 38, NY Jets 3
Detroit 31, Green Bay 0
Atlanta 34, Tampa Bay 32
Houston 20, Jacksonville 3
Dallas 36, NY Giants 35
Buffalo 42, Miami 17
Carolina 33, New Orleans 14
Chicago 24, Minnesota 10
Baltimore 26, Cleveland 24
Seattle 27, Arizona 24
L.A. Chargers 23, Denver 9
L.A. Rams 48, San Francisco 32
Philadelphia 24, Washington 0
Kansas City 35, Oakland 3
Pittsburgh 16, Cincinnati 13
Indianapolis 33, Tennessee 17

(2) Michigan 74, Binghamton 52

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Mayfield breaks rookie touchdown record with 27th TD pass

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Browns missed out on the playoffs, but there's still a silver lining in their 2018 season: quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield made history during the Browns 26-24 loss at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens, throwing his 27th touchdown pass of the season and setting the NFL rookie record.

Mayfield threw 3 touchdowns during the game, but didn't break the record until there was 3:24 left on the clock. Rookie wide receiver Antonio Callaway ran a short slant route from the Ravens' 1-yard line, and Mayfield completed the pass for the score.

It was his third touchdown pass of the day, coming against the NFL's top-ranked defense.

The touchdown passes also extended Mayfield's streak of games with a touchdown pass to 13, the fifth longest in Browns history. He also owns the Browns franchise records for passing yards by a rookie.

Tyrod Taylor opened the season as the Browns’ starter, but was forced to leave a Week 3 game against the Jets with a concussion. Mayfield stepped in, completed 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards, and led the Browns to a 21-17 win. It was the Browns’ first win since the 2016 season. Then-head coach Hue Jackson handed Mayfield the reins and the Browns never looked back.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/28/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:

Chicago 101, Washington 92
Orlando 116, Toronto 87
Charlotte 100, Brooklyn 87
Indiana 125, Detroit 88
OT Atlanta 123, Minnesota 120
New Orleans 114, Dallas 112
Miami 118, Cleveland 94
Denver 102, San Antonio 99
Oklahoma City 118, Phoenix 102
L.A. Clippers 118, L.A. Lakers 107

Montreal 5, Florida 3
Toronto 4, Columbus 2
N.Y. Islanders 6, Ottawa 3

(7) Gonzaga 96, North Alabama 51
(10) Virginia Tech 85, Md.-Eastern Shore 40
(11) Texas Tech 71, Rio Grande 46
(18) Marquette 84, Southern U. 41
(20) NC State 97, Loyola (Md.) 64

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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/17/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:

Houston 127, Boston 113
Milwaukee 112, N.Y. Knicks 96
Sacramento 117, L.A. Lakers 116
OT Portland 110, Golden State 109
Philadelphia 114, Utah 97

New Jersey 5, Boston 2
OT Columbus 4, N.Y. Rangers 3
Pittsburgh 5, Detroit 2
Washington 3, Carolina 1
OT Tampa Bay 6, Philadelphia 5
St. Louis 4, Buffalo 1
Calgary 4, Winnipeg 1
Dallas 2, Nashville 0
Chicago 5, Minnesota 2
Vancouver 4, Edmonton 2
Vegas 2, Colorado 1
San Jose 4, Anaheim 2
L.A. Kings 2, Arizona 1

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