Kentucky vs. Evansville: The nation’s top team won’t cover

The Kentucky Wildcats are coming off two impressive wins that saw them cover each game. On Monday, they were voted the No. 1 team in the nation in the AP Top 25, and next, they will meet an Evansville team that finished at the bottom of the Missouri Valley Conference last season. While it would be farfetched to think the Purple Aces will win this game outright, Evansville is getting north of 25 points despite the team revamping its roster under second-year coach Walter McCarty. McCarty was a four-year star…

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Rafael Nadal gets feisty with reporter over wife question: ‘Bulls–t’

A fiery Rafael Nadal wasn’t interested in being quizzed about his personal life after falling to Germany’s Alexander Zverev during the ATP World Tour Finals. Nadal, who married longtime love Mery “Xisca” Perelló last month, got feisty with a reporter who asked if his personal affairs had gotten in the way of his game. “Tonight, you were playing very short many times. I don’t know why, because you’re not used to that. I’d like to know, for many people to get married is a very important, distracting thing before the…

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Melanie Coleman, gymnast who died in training fall, was role model: gym owner

The Connecticut college gymnast who died in a freak accident during practice was widely “looked up to” by her gym’s younger athletes, the gym owner said. Melanie Coleman, a 20-year-old student-athlete at Southern Connecticut State University, died from a spinal cord injury Sunday after she slipped off the uneven bars at the New Era Gymnastics facility in Hamden, NBC Connecticut reported. “She was looked up to by every gymnast in the gym,” New Era owner and manager Tom Alberti said. “They all looked up to her. They wanted to be…

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Kristaps Porzingis flops after ‘ungodly’ Mark Cuban jinx

Kristaps Porzingis played his worst game of the season Monday night after Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had gushed over The Unicorn earlier in the day, calling him “a bona fide superstar.” The former Knicks All-Star had been registering impressive numbers over his first eight appearances with Dallas in his return to the NBA following 2018 ACL surgery, but Porzingis missed 10 of 11 shots and scored just four points in 20 minutes in Monday’s 116-106 loss to the Celtics. “The dude talks about being rusty. He’s still putting up 20…

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Theo Epstein’s warning as Cubs trade rumors swirl

Theo Epstein and the Cubs generally have operated under the premise that no one on their roster is untouchable, and there already have been trade rumors involving one of their young All-Star position players, catcher Willson Contreras. Epstein, Chicago’s president of baseball operations, attempted to downplay those reports in his initial media address Monday at the MLB GM Meetings in Scottsdale. “The nature of any offseason, there are going to be rumors about your major-league players and even your best players and that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re true,” Epstein said,…

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Tom Brady not expecting a Patriots return from Rob Gronkowski

Tom Brady isn’t holding his breath on Rob Gronkowski’s return to Foxboro. Addressing a recent report, in which Patriots owner Robert Kraft is said to have welcomed a Gronkowski return ahead of the playoffs, Brady said it’s unlikely the tight end suits up this year. “I have heard that, and I am sure a lot of our fans would love to see that too just because everyone remembers how great he was as a player, but I know Gronk is really enjoying his time right now,” Brady said on Westwood…

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Rickie Fowler’s honeymoon with Allison Stokke ended horribly

Rickie Fowler’s first few weeks as a newlywed didn’t exactly go as planned. The 30-year-old golfer, who married girlfriend Allison Stokke last month, contracted a bacterial infection at the end of his honeymoon. “It was not a fun stretch,” Fowler told Golfweek of his condition, Campylobacter jejuni, which includes symptoms typically associated with food poisoning, per the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. Fowler and Stokke were married in Mexico and their honeymoon included trips to remote beaches. Though Fowler started to feel better last week, he pulled out…

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Aaron Boone’s ‘savage’ Yankees resume for AL Manager of the Year

Aaron Boone became the first manager in MLB history to guide a team to 100 wins in each of his first two seasons as a manager. He’ll find out Tuesday if that’s enough for him to win AL Manager of the Year. The other two finalists for the award are Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash and Minnesota’s Rocco Baldelli. Cash led the Rays to the playoffs despite a minuscule payroll, where they beat the A’s in the AL wild-card game to reach the ALDS, where they forced the Astros to beat…

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Why the NBA betting market is easier to read early

Reading the NBA market is very easy early in a young season. Those who learn how to bet like sharps can profit for months! Generally speaking, squares (recreational bettors) aren’t yet involved in pro basketball betting. They’re still focused on pro and college football. NBA point spreads you see on the board every day in November and December represent the collective wisdom of oddsmakers and sharps. Oddsmakers: They post the opening lines (or, more realistically, a few post opening lines and everyone else copies them). They “move on air” whenever…

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Fantasy football: Top pick-ups and drops after Week 10

The Post’s Drew Loftis evaluates all the relevant fantasy football news from Week 10 of the NFL season. On the up & up Darius Slayton WR, GiantsProduction spiked this week. His 10 catches and 14 targets dwarfed previous usage. With Sterling Shepard’s ongoing concussion issues and no reason for the Giants to rush him back, expect Slayton to remain a big part of the offense. James Washington WR, SteelersGot more targets than any other Steelers receiver Sunday. Oklahoma State connection with QB Mason Rudolph is beginning to pay off. Kyle…

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