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Belgium Yanina Wickmayer 42
Romania (3) Simona Halep 66
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China (21) Shuai Peng 30
Russian Federation (2) Maria Sharapova 66
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Canada (7) Eugenie Bouchard 656
Romania Irina-Camelia Begu 172
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South Africa (14) Kevin Anderson 514
Spain (3) Rafael Nadal 766
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Czech Republic (7) Tomas Berdych 6776
Australia Bernard Tomic 2632
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Australian Open - TBD
Great Britain (6) Andy Murray
Bulgaria (10) Grigor Dimitrov
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LaMarcus Aldridge puts off surgery, nets 26 in Trail Blazers' win (January 25, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, works the ball in against Washington Wizards center Nene during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- LaMarcus Aldridge returned to the Trail Blazers two days after saying he was going to have thumb surgery and had 26 points and nine rebounds in a Portland's 103-96 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.

Damian Lillard added 20 points and seven assists as the Blazers snapped two-game losing streak.

Tied at 79 midway through the fourth quarter, Wesley Matthews made two 3-pointers that gave Portland an 87-85 with 3:28 left. Lillard's 3 extended the lead 92-85.

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Hayward has 24 as Jazz roll over reeling Nets 108-73 (January 25, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 24: Head coach Quin Snyder and Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz talk during the game against the Brooklyn Nets on January 24, 2015 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Gordon Hayward scored 24 points and Trey Burke had 19 off the bench as the Utah Jazz rolled to a 108-73 win over the reeling Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.

Joe Ingles had a season-high 16 points and Dante Exum had 13 in his second straight start in front of Burke.

Jarrett Jack had 16 points and Mason Plumlee added 11 for the Nets, who have dropped three of four.

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Randolph's double-double leads Grizzlies past Sixers 101-83 (January 25, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Philadelphia 76ers forward Luc Mbah a Moute, left, defends Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Zach Randolph had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Jeff Green scored 18 as the Memphis Grizzlies coasted to a 101-83 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

Vince Carter added 13 points as the Grizzlies (31-12) won their sixth in the last seven games.

Memphis led by as many as 25 in the second half, allowing coach Dave Joerger to rest his starters in the fourth quarter. Marc Gasol, selected as an All-Star starter, finished with nine points, as did point guard Mike Conley.

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O.J. Mayo scores 20, hot-shooting Bucks beat Pistons 101-86 (January 25, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo (00) is defended by Detroit Pistons center Joel Anthony, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

MILWAUKEE -- The Bucks made their coach proud with the way they moved the ball against the Detroit Pistons.

With a season-high 33 assists on 41 baskets, former All-Star point guard Jason Kidd loved the way that Milwaukee got open looks in a 101-86 victory on Saturday night.

"You know guys turned down a good shot to get a better shot for a teammate," Kidd said. "Make or miss that's what good teams do."

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Hornets beat Melo-less Knicks 76-71 for 9th win in 11 games (January 25, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson, left, pivots to shoot against New York Knicks forward Lou Amundson in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte won 76-71. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Brian Roberts believes the Charlotte Hornets are in good hands if Kemba Walker is out for any length of time.

The third-year point guard filled in for Walker and scored 17 points, and the Hornets beat the New York Knicks 76-71 Saturday night for their ninth victory in the last 11 games.

Roberts was 5 of 9 from the field and made all six free throws as the Hornets snapped the Knicks' three-game win streak.

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Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings shouts after falling to the floor while playing against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

MILWAUKEE -- Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings had to be helped to the locker room late in the third quarter of Saturday night's 101-86 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks with an apparent lower left leg injury.

Jennings fell to the floor while planting on his left leg while guarding an inbounds pass. He immediately clutched the leg above his sneakers while writhing on the floor in pain.

Play was stopped after the Bucks scored on the other end of the court with 1:03 left in the quarter. Jennings left with 16 points playing against the team that drafted him in the first round in 2009.

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Former Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters says he doesn't consider himself a scapegoat for Cleveland's early-season struggles. Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images

CLEVELAND -- Less than two weeks after being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dion Waiters was back in Cleveland on Saturday, preparing for Sunday's game against his former team.

While LeBron James acknowledged shortly after the trade, which ended up netting the Cavaliers J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert and a first-round pick it then used to acquire Timofey Mozgov, that it "didn't work out" with Waiters in Cleveland, the third-year guard doesn't consider himself a scapegoat for the Cavs' early-season struggles.

"That's what comes with it, man," Waiters said after going through drills at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday. "I've been through more fire than that before. I've been through tougher times than that. So, that's nothing to me.

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Aces can’t join Gilas if season’s not over (January 25, 2015)
Nelson Beltran [ Source: Philippine Star ]

Calvin Abueva of Alaska. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

MANILA, Philippines - Alaska Aces, fresh from a runner-up finish to San Miguel Beer in the PBA Philippine Cup, is firm on its stand on the lending of its players to the national team – it can give all-out support only when the Aces’ PBA season is over.

“We support the Gilas Pilipinas program. We’re willing to lend our players to the national team but they can only attend and not join the Gilas practices until our PBA season is over,” PBA governor and team manager Dickie Bachmann told The STAR.

To many, Alaska forward Calvin Abueva and point guard Jvee Casio are top prospects for the new national pool to be formed by new Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin.

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International Basketball

MANILA, Philippines – Kobe Paras scored 19 points – including three spectacular dunks – to help LA Cathedral beat Serra High School Cavaliers.

It was Paras’ second game since returning from a sprained ankle injury.

Watch the highlights of his game against the Cavaliers in the video uploaded by Qwik 11 on youtube:

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Fiba evaluation committee due (January 25, 2015)
Beth Celis [ Source: Inquirer ]

FIBA World Cup

IT’S UNLIKELY for the Fiba to achieve its dream in the immediate future, but the international basketball body is not shy to admit that they would like the Fiba World Cup to be like their football counterpart in terms of popularity and interest worldwide, crowd attendance and intense passion for the sport.

“The Fiba said they want their World Cup to be as grandiose as the Fifa World Cup. That is their vision,” said Butch Antonio, SBP deputy director for international affairs.

Antonio, who is also Gilas team manager, sat down with a small media group to discuss the forthcoming visit of the Fiba Evaluation Committee, which will inspect the infrastructure facilities of the Philippines for the staging of the 2018 Fiba World Cup.

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