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Azarenka advances to 4th round at Australian Open

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Azarenka advances to 4th round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Defending champion Victoria Azarenka beat injured American Jamie Hampton 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Azarenka maintained her streak of advancing to the fourth round of every Grand Slam since the 2011 U.S. Open

The match featured 12 service breaks.

Hampton called for the trainer for treatment on her lower back just before successfully serving for the second set. But she appeared to be in so much pain on a number of occasions during the third that she had tears in her eyes.

The top-ranked Azarenka broke Hampton in the sixth game of the final set, with the American wincing in pain on almost every shot.

Hampton had triple break point in the following game, but couldn't convert and Azarenka clinched the match in the next game.

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Four Nationals earn first-ever All-MLB honors

Four Nationals earn first-ever All-MLB honors

The success just keeps coming for the Nationals. 

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced the rosters for the first-ever All-MLB teams. Similar to the NBA and NFL's end of the season teams that feature the best at each position, baseball finally joined the party following the culmination of the 2019 campaign. A mixture of a fan vote and a panel of judges, plenty of D.C.'s finest players were featured.

Looking at the first team, Anthony Rendon took home the honors for third base. A .319 batting average, a league-leading 126 RBI and a spot among the finalists for the NL MVP support that decision.

Both Max Scherzer and newly re-signed Stephen Strasburg join Rendon on the All-MLB first team, representing two-fifths of the team's starting rotation that also features Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Jacob deGrom. 

However, the list doesn't stop there for the Nationals. Young phenom Juan Soto earned All-MLB second team outfield honors. With 34 home runs, 110 RBI and a .282 average, Soto emerged as one of the best young stars of the game in 2019, which included a masterful postseason showing.

Out of the five nominees from the Nationals that were considered for placement on teams, only Patrick Corbin did not make it. Washington also trails only the Houston Astros in terms of teams with the most representatives as the team they would defeat in the World Series featured six players on the All-MLB teams. However, it's safe to say the Nationals are okay with finishing in second there while they admire the new shiny object in their trophy case.

A phenomenal season for the Nationals filled with incredible individual performances, it's no surprise there's plenty of Curly W's on the first-ever All-MLB teams.

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Derrius Guice lands on injured reserve for third time in two years

Derrius Guice lands on injured reserve for third time in two years

Derrius Guice's 2019 season is over.

After suffering an MCL sprain to the same knee he tore the ACL in a year ago, the Redskins are placing the running back on injured reserve.

This will be Guice's third time landing on IR in just two NFL seasons. He landed on the list after tearing his ACL in August of 2018, costing him his entire rookie season. Guice was placed on IR earlier this season after he tore the meniscus in his other knee during the Redskins Week 1 loss to the Eagles, causing him to miss the Redskins next eight games.

The move this time is prioritizing Guice's health for the 2020 season and beyond. Theoretically, if the Redskins were to be in the playoff hunt, Guice could have recovered in time to play again this season. But with the Redskins 3-10 and eliminated from January football, the organization values Guice's health in the future more than playing in three relatively meaningless games this season.

Since returning from his meniscus injury, Guice seemed to be hitting his stride. In Week 13, Guice rushed for a career-high 129 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. Before suffering the MCL sprain on Sunday, Guice was well on his way to another big day. He finished with 42 yards on five carries, including a 23-yard run.

The 2020 offseason will be the first time Guice has a full offseason healthy to workout and prepare for the coming year since entering the NFL. Although he's played in just five career games, Guice has shown plenty of flashes of how good he can be.

Staying healthy is the No. 1 priority for No. 29 moving forward, and the Redskins are doing their best to make that happen with this move.

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