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Sloane Stephens into Hobart International semis

Sloane Stephens into Hobart International semis

HOBART, Australia (AP) Eighth-seeded Sloane Stephens advanced to the Hobart International semifinals Thursday with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 win over fellow American and qualifier Lauren Davis.

Defending champion Mona Barthel of Germany also reached the semifinals, beating Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-3, 6-3. Barthel will play Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, who beat Monica Niculescu of Romania 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.

Stephens will play Elena Vesnina of Russia in Friday's other semifinal. Vesnina played better in windy conditions Thursday to beat wild-card Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia 6-3, 6-2.

``I had to be smart and in the wind you have to use it like a weapon,'' Vesnina said.

The 22-year-old Barthel said she's ``improved a lot'' as she begins her second season on the WTA Tour.

``I feel like I learned so much last year, playing all these tournaments and playing against the top players,'' Barthel said. ``My serve has got better and I feel like my groundstrokes are better ... but maybe a little more confidence this year.''

The final is scheduled for Saturday at the Domain Tennis Centre.

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Lamar Jackson thinks Tom Brady's still got it, laughs at race challenge

Lamar Jackson thinks Tom Brady's still got it, laughs at race challenge

Tom Brady is arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, while Lamar Jackson has arguably had the best season of any signal caller in football this season.

While Brady certainly isn't known for using his legs, the Patriots quarterback challenged the speedy Jackson to a race on Thursday--but with a catch. Jackson had to wear roller blades while they ran on grass.

But Jackson didn't count out the 42-year-old veteran, saying, "he could probably win that race."

Remember, folks. We're talking about this guy.

Roller-blades or not, our money is still on Jackson.

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Running back, hype man, reporter: What can’t Mark Ingram do?

Running back, hype man, reporter: What can’t Mark Ingram do?

As most people already know, Lamar "Action" Jackson is a humble guy. Despite his phenomenal season and the many records that he continues to break, he never boasts or brags about himself. 

However, that's where Ravens running back Mark “Hype Man” Ingram II comes in. 

Following the Ravens’ 42-21 victory over the New York Jets on Thursday night, Fox reporter Erin Andrews allowed Ingram to interview Jackson and let’s just say it was hilarious. 

“Man, you broke Mike Vick’s rushing record, you’re the AFC North Champions for the second year in a row, how it feel, tell me how it feel?” Ingram asked.

Jackson answered with an expected response, “It feel good but you know we have a lot of season left to play and we got two more banners to hang up.” 

Other players in the league should most definitely take notes. Ingram was natural, he had big energy and good pacing. 

He could possibly have another career as a reporter. 

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