Stonesintheroad scores impressive win in Franklin Square

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Rajiv Maragh had a decision to make regarding whom to ride in Saturday’s $100,000 Franklin Square Stakes at Aqueduct. He could remain on Stonesintheroad, whom Maragh had ridden to a pair of blowout victories for trainer Jeremiah Englehart, or keep the mount on Flush, whom Maragh rode to a 7 1/2-length maiden victory on Jan. 11 for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

Kevin Love: Minutes limit increased

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Kevin Love: Love will have his minutes restriction increased for Saturday's game against Memphis, and he's expected to play in the fourth quarter, Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders reports. Visit RotoWire.com for more analysis on this update.

Evans Stuns Isner To Reach Delray Beach Final

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Great Britain’s Daniel Evans stunned John Isner and the American’s home crowd on Saturday, defeating the top seed 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com final.

There will be a first-time ATP Tour champion on Sunday, as Evans will face home favourite Mackenzie McDonald or Moldovan Radu Albot, both of whom are trying to reach their first final. World No. 148 Evans is into just his second tour-level final, after finishing runner-up at the 2017 Sydney International (l. to Muller).

"I just play every match as it comes, every point, every game. It sounds very clich but... I'm just playing every match. It's not about beating John, it's not about beating [Andreas] Seppi. The ball is coming and I'm just trying to focus on myself," Evans said. "I'm moving well, I'm playing pretty good, so I think I'm difficult to play."

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Isner appeared in good position with a 6-3, 2-2 lead, attempting to reach his first Delray Beach championship in his fourth semi-final at the event. Until that point, Isner had not been broken in 77 service games, with his most recent loss of serve coming in the fourth set of his opening-round defeat at the Australian Open against Reilly Opelka.

"I started to see his serve pretty well. I wouldn't say I was guessing, but I was sort of anticipating and I got it right," Evans said. "Other days I could be looking stupid going one way and he puts it the other way."

But Evans broke Isner three times in a row to completely change the momentum. The Brit used his one-handed backhand well once they got into rallies, keeping Isner's offence at bay, especially with his backhand slice. Isner made just 60 per cent of his first serves in the second set, allowing Evans to work his way into more rallies and put pressure on Isner to finish points, leading to errors from the baseline.

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"I returned really well when I got my racquet on the ball, and that was my goal," Evans said. "Just to get the ball back and get the running shoes on."

Evans has now won six matches in the tournament after coming through qualifying. In the first round of the main draw, he trailed defending champion Frances Tiafoe 1-4 in the third set of their first-round match, and had also come within two points of defeat in the second set. This was his third victory against an opponent inside the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings, also defeating Dominic Thiem (Sydney) and Marin Cilic (Australian Open) in January 2017.

"It's tennis. You get through those matches, you get another chance the next day, and I don't know about fate, but funny things do happen when you scrape through the first round," Evans said. "I'm playing good, so hopefully tomorrow I win."

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There have already been four first-time ATP Tour winners in 2019: Alex de Minaur (Sydney), Tennys Sandgren (Auckland), Juan Ignacio Londero (Cordoba) and Opelka (New York).

Evans Stuns Isner To Reach Delray Beach Final

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Great Britain’s Daniel Evans stunned John Isner and the American’s home crowd on Saturday, defeating the top seed 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com final.

There will be a first-time ATP Tour champion on Sunday, as Evans will face home favourite Mackenzie McDonald or Moldovan Radu Albot, both of whom are trying to reach their first final. World No. 148 Evans is into just his second tour-level final, after finishing runner-up at the 2017 Sydney International (l. to Muller).

"I just play every match as it comes, every point, every game. It sounds very clich but... I'm just playing every match. It's not about beating John, it's not about beating [Andreas] Seppi. The ball is coming and I'm just trying to focus on myself," Evans said. "I'm moving well, I'm playing pretty good, so I think I'm difficult to play."

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Isner appeared in good position with a 6-3, 2-2 lead, attempting to reach his first Delray Beach championship in his fourth semi-final at the event. Until that point, Isner had not been broken in 77 service games, with his most recent loss of serve coming in the fourth set of his opening-round defeat at the Australian Open against Reilly Opelka.

"I started to see his serve pretty well. I wouldn't say I was guessing, but I was sort of anticipating and I got it right," Evans said. "Other days I could be looking stupid going one way and he puts it the other way."

But Evans broke Isner three times in a row to completely change the momentum. The Brit used his one-handed backhand well once they got into rallies, keeping Isner's offence at bay, especially with his backhand slice. Isner made just 60 per cent of his first serves in the second set, allowing Evans to work his way into more rallies and put pressure on Isner to finish points, leading to errors from the baseline.

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"I returned really well when I got my racquet on the ball, and that was my goal," Evans said. "Just to get the ball back and get the running shoes on."

Evans has now won six matches in the tournament after coming through qualifying. In the first round of the main draw, he trailed defending champion Frances Tiafoe 1-4 in the third set of their first-round match, and had also come within two points of defeat in the second set. This was his third victory against an opponent inside the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings, also defeating Dominic Thiem (Sydney) and Marin Cilic (Australian Open) in January 2017.

"It's tennis. You get through those matches, you get another chance the next day, and I don't know about fate, but funny things do happen when you scrape through the first round," Evans said. "I'm playing good, so hopefully tomorrow I win."

Did You Know?
There have already been four first-time ATP Tour winners in 2019: Alex de Minaur (Sydney), Tennys Sandgren (Auckland), Juan Ignacio Londero (Cordoba) and Opelka (New York).

24th February: Sunday’s Football Accumulator – 9/1

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With a busy Sunday of footballing action coming from across Europe, we here at Soccer News have found a handful of helpful tips that can boost your weekend acca: Sunday 24th February BST 12:00 Luton Town vs Coventry  While many at Luton would have been worried by Nathan Jones’ departure to Stoke back in January, […]

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Joyce stops Stiverne, remains perfect as heavyweight

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Joe Joyce accomplished a few things Saturday night: He defeated a former titleholder in Bermane Stiverne, stayed unbeaten and took a step closer to a title fight opportunity.

Golden Slipper Winner and Sire Sebring Dies at 13

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AAMI Golden Slipper Stakes (G1) winner Sebring died suddenly Feb. 23, leaving Widden Stud to deal with the loss of its top-class sire and arguably More Than Ready's best-credentialed son in Australia.

Signalman Works in Advance of Fountain of Youth

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Graded stakes winner Signalman breezed five furlongs in 1:01.75 at Gulfstream Park Feb. 23, turning in a "solid" tuneup for next Saturday's $400,000 Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).

ARC Remains Firm on Prize-Money Stance Despite Boycott

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Feb. 23 Lingfield card was reduced from seven races to five following protest

Santa Anita Expands Spring Juvenile Racing

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Santa Anita Park has announced it will be offering maiden special weight races for 2-year-olds beginning April 18 and 19 and that it will present a pair of 2-year-old stakes on closing day.
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