Molinari voted as European Tour’s player of 2018

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Francesco Molinari has been voted as the European Tour golfer of the year for 2018, capping a year in which he won his first major title and produced a historic performance at the Ryder Cup. Molinari became the first Italian to win the British Open after his triumph at Carnoustie, and finished the season as the Race to Dubai champion for the first time. At the Ryder Cup outside Paris, he became the first European to win all five points from his five matches against…

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Athletic Bilbao winless streak in Liga ends on late penalty

MADRID (AP) — Veteran striker Aritz Aduriz converted a penalty kick in stoppage time to end Athletic Bilbao’s 13-game winless streak in the Spanish league on Monday. Aduriz calmly converted his shot from the spot to give the hosts their first league win — 1-0 over Girona — since the first round in August. Athletic seemed headed to another draw until Jonas Ramalho fouled Iker Muniain inside the area. The result moved the Basque Country club even on points with Villarreal, the first team outside the relegation zone. It was…

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Olympic champion’s name removed from banned list

DENVER (AP) — Olympic taekwondo champion Steven Lopez won arbitration Monday in a sexual-misconduct case and had his name removed from the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s banned list. Lopez was permanently banned in September for sexual misconduct involving a minor. He has denied the allegations. This marks the first case to be overturned by arbitration in the 21-month history of the center. SafeSport spokesman Dan Hill said arbitration is part of the center’s “code that is built on fairness and has a process for both parties.” Lopez’s brother and coach,…

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Vikings offense continues to be missing in loss to Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — While the Minnesota Vikings are still fully in control of their path to the postseason, Adam Thielen knows it’s starting to slip away. Ten points last week in New England. Seven points on Monday night in an ugly 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. It’s not good enough. The Vikings know it, and the frustration is beginning to build. “We’re fighting as an offense, we’re trying to get something going. We just need a spark. We need a spark and we need it fast,” Thielen said. “I…

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No. 1 overall recruit Kayvon Thibodeaux has the secret to football-life balance

Most high school kids wake up in the morning to an alarm clock, set at the time of their choice, and often have the luxury of hitting the snooze button a few times. But Kayvon Thibodeaux isn’t most kids. The No. 1 ranked player in the Class of 2019, a defensive end sought after by every college program in the country, rises at 5 a.m. to the sound of text message after text message from coaches trying to persuade him to pick their school. “I’m on the West Coast and…

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Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks game preview

TV: FOX Sports Florida TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 8 p.m. STREAM IT LIVE ON THE FOX SPORTS APP Dallas called on a couple of its youngest down the stretch on Saturday, and, man did they produce. Rookies Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson combined for the final 15 Dallas points when the Mavericks won their ninth straight home game in a 107-104 victory over Houston to improve to 11-2 at American Airlines Center. Orlando will provide the next test Monday, although the Magic have struggled recently. The Magic have lost…

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New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning game preview

TV: FOX Sports Sun TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 7 p.m. STREAM IT LIVE ON THE FOX SPORTS APP TAMPA, Fla. — The explosive Tampa Bay Lighting offense hosts a New York Rangers team on Monday that struggles to keep the puck out of the net while away from home. Coming off a 7-1 dismantling of the Colorado Avalanche for a sixth consecutive victory, the Lightning lead the league with 122 goals scored, 13 more than anybody else. Tampa Bay has scored five or more goals in a game 12…

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Washington holds off late Seattle rally for 70-62 victory

SEATTLE (AP) — Usually the suit jacket Washington coach Mike Hopkins wears to start each game is gone long before the end of the first half. On Sunday night the jacket lasted about 33 minutes before Washington’s coach ditched it and rolled up his sleeves, just as the Huskies were doing their part to give away most of a 20-point lead. “We just got sloppy. That’s just the bottom line. We have to do a lot better job,” Hopkins said. “We have to have more respect for that in terms…

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