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Poland's Janowicz goes 'nuts' after line call

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Poland's Janowicz goes 'nuts' after line call

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) By his own admission, Jerzy Janowicz didn't just argue with the chair umpire during a tense first-set tiebreak against India's Somdev Devvarman, he went a little ``nuts.''

Leading 9-8 in the tiebreak, Janowicz snapped when his opponent hit a forehand down the line he believed was out. The chair umpire, Marija Cicak, ruled otherwise.

Evidently feeling he'd been wronged by Cicak previously, the Pole began screaming at her, ``How many times? How many times?'' before dropping to his knees on the court and spitting on the line. ``I'm begging you!'' he screamed at Cicak.

``I was just worried about his voice,'' Devvarman said. ``I mean, the guy was yelling at the top of his lungs and I was like, `Dude, just calm down.'''

After losing the tiebreak 12-10, Janowicz's tirade continued. He hit the umpire's chair and tossed a water bottle across the court. That earned him a code violation.

The 24th-seeded Pole finally prevailed in the four-hour match, 6-7 (10), 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5. Now he must wait and see if he receives a fine for his outburst.

``You can't control your emotions all the time,'' he said in a much better mood after the match. ``Actually, I went nuts. I calmed down little bit later on. Sometimes I have problem to control by emotions, but I'm trying to work on this.''

Asked if he ever hit an umpire's chair before, he smiled sheepishly. ``Maybe,'' he said.

International Tennis Federation officials said they will review the umpire's reports in the morning and decide whether a fine is warranted. Janowicz, for one, believes he should be in the clear. ``I didn't say anything bad, so I hope I not have to pay.''

By late Wednesday, Janowicz's outburst had been viewed 10,435 times on YouTube. He has a ways to go before he matches Marcos Baghdatis' temper tantrum during last year's Australian Open when the Cypriot smashed four rackets in a row. That video has been viewed 1.4 million times and counting.

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TWITTER'S NEW STAR: She's only been on Twitter for two days - and has only sent two tweets - but already Maria Sharapova has more than 60,000 followers.

The Russian star doesn't want to let her fans down, so she is trying to master the Twitter lingo.

``I'm a rookie,'' she said after her second-round win over Misaki Doi at the Australian Open on Wednesday. ``I'm just starting to follow things and people. Now I'm learning how to, is it, hashtag things, right? That was a new one for me.''

Sharapova is also trying to learn the art of self-restraint on social media.

``I won't be doing it like every single minute. I won't be telling people what I'm eating,'' she promises. ``I think that's very non-interesting.''

She also held back with criticism of the commentating while she was watching an Australian Open match on television the other night.

``I really bit my tongue on that one,'' she said. ``I was like, `Isn't that what Twitter is for, to open up?'''

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BROTHERLY LOVE: Much has changed in their lives since 2003 when identical twins Mike and Bob Bryan won the first of their 12 Grand Slam doubles titles at the French Open.

Two years ago, Bob got married to his wife Michelle and, last January, he flew home hours after his loss in the doubles final at the Australian Open for the birth of the couple's first child, daughter Micaela.

And last November, Mike married his longtime girlfriend, Lucille, in California. Naturally, his brother was his best man and gave what he deemed a fairly decent speech, despite feeling pretty nervous about it.

``I didn't plan anything, I just wanted to go wing it. I just kind of blacked out, woke up after the speech. I can't remember one thing I said,'' Bob Bryan said Wednesday after the brothers' first-round doubles win at this year's Australian Open.

Although they will turn 35 in a few months, and have more personal commitments in their lives, the brothers still have goals left in tennis, starting with a record 13th Grand Slam trophy - and perhaps a sixth at Melbourne Park.

They currently share the doubles Grand Slam record of 12 titles with the Australian legends John Newcombe and Tony Roche.

``There's a few things we want to check off here in the new year and you know, we're feeling refreshed,'' Mike Bryan said.

The Americans are the favorites again in Melbourne - they finished 2012 as the No. 1 team in the world for the eighth time in the past 10 years and come into the Australian Open as the top seeds.

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Wild-card tracker: Nationals thankful for Marlins, Cubs slide back

Wild-card tracker: Nationals thankful for Marlins, Cubs slide back

Back before all this mania, Miami, as putrid as its season would be, loomed as a factor.

Handling the Marlins would be key for any contender. It wasn’t a question of winning, but of how much winning would occur against one of the league’s worst teams.

Following Friday’s 6-4 win in a sparsely attended Marlins Park, the Nationals moved to 14-3 against Miami this season. They are 16 games over. 500 for the year. They are plus-11 against Miami alone.

Asdrúbal Cabrera homered again, Trea Turner hit two homers, and Daniel Hudson pitched two innings to earn the save. So, the Nationals, 84-68, hold a one-game lead for the top wild-card spot. Milwaukee won again, joining a long list of teams to beat up on the Pittsburgh Pirates since the post-All-Star-break portion of the schedule began. Pittsburgh may be the league’s worst team, at the moment, and the Brewers host it for two more this weekend.

Trouble is brewing for Chicago. It lost again to St. Louis -- this time a 2-1 mid-day defeat in Wrigley Field. The Cubs have lost four in a row. They are three games behind the Nationals and two behind the Brewers. Their path to 90 wins, which may ultimately be the threshold for postseason entrance, is narrowing.

The Mets won their third consecutive game. They are hanging around, 3 ½ games behind the Brewers with nine remaining on the schedule. Their wild-card elimination number is six.

News for Philadelphia is more dire. The Phillies dropped to 78-74 Friday night following a 5-2 loss in Cleveland. They are now five behind Milwaukee. Their wild-card elimination number is a mere five. 

Which brings us to the more detailed math portion of this program. Here are the postseason chances for each team, according to fivethirtyeight.com:

Nationals, 96 percent

Brewers, 84 percent

Cubs, 15 percent

Mets, 5 percent

Phillies, less than one percent

Coming up Saturday:

St. Louis at Chicago, 2:20 p.m., Hudson (16-7, 3.35 ERA) vs. Quintana (13-8, 4.37)

New York at Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m., Wheeler (11-7, 4.09) vs. DeSclafani (9-9, 3.93)

Washington at Miami, 6:10 p.m., Strasburg (17-6, 3.49) vs. Yamamoto (4-5, 4.87)

Philadelphia at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m., Vargas (6-8, 4.48) vs. Plesac (8-6, 3.64)

Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m., Marvel (0-2, 9.00) vs. Davies (10-7, 3.70)

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Jonathan Villar steals 37th base of the season

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Jonathan Villar steals 37th base of the season

Check out the latest news and notes from the  Baltimore Orioles' clubhouse. 

Player Updates:

2B Jonathan Villar went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored in Friday’s win over the Mariners. Villar singled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and came around to score on Anthony Santander’s three-run homer. He stole his 37th base of the season after walking to lead off the seventh. The speed is great, but he’s also pitched in 23 homers, 69 RBI, and 106 runs scored to go along with a .277/.344/.462 batting line. 

2B Hanser Alberto went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Friday against Seattle. Alberto is now up to 12 homers on the year, with nine of them coming during the second half. The 26-year-old has faded here in September, but he still finds himself among the league-leaders with a .313 batting average. Nobody would have predicted that in the spring.

OF Anthony Santander finished 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Friday’s 5-3 win over the Mariners. Santander delivered the big blow in a four-run first inning against Felix Hernandez. He’s now homered twice in his last three games, bringing his total to 20 despite appearing in just 91 games this season. The Orioles are looking for building blocks and the 24-year-old switch-hitter would appear to be one of them.

SP Aaron Brooks threw seven innings of one-run ball for the win against the Mariners on Friday. He came on in relief of opener Richard Bleier, who allowed a two-run shot to Kyle Lewis over his two innings of work. Brooks induced just three swinging strikes in his 83 pitches, but it didn’t really matter, as he Seattle’s lineup to just one hit while walking one and striking out four. 

Injuries

OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up:

Saturday, 9/21: Mariners at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Sunday, 9/22: Mariners at Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Monday 9/23: Orioles vs Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. Rogers Centre

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