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LINZ, Austria -- Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka won her sixth WTA title of the season Sunday by beating Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4 at the Generali Ladies. Azarenka, who now has 14 career titles, extended her unbeaten run without conceding a set to 13 matches since losing the U.S. Open final in September. She pulled out because of dizziness before her quarterfinal at Tokyo two weeks ago and won in Beijing last week to begin her streak. "I dont really count my victories," Azarenka said. "I just try to go out there and enjoy every match." Azarenka broke the fifth-seeded Goerges in the opening game and again at 5-3 to take the first set. That still made the German the first opponent to win more than two games in one set against the Belarusian at ...

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have put right-hander Chad Billingsley on the 15-day disabled list because of right elbow inflammation. "Ill probably throw a bullpen Friday, and Im looking to start on Monday," Billingsley said. "So Ill just be missing one start. You never want to miss a start but you have to sometimes. Its for the best." Billingsley, whose move was retroactive to July 8, is 4-9 with a 4.30 ERA in 18 starts this season. Hes eligible to return from the DL on July 23. "Hes basically missing a turn," manager Don Mattingly said. "Hell be ready for St. Louis on Monday. We were just being cautious and we didnt feel like we could send him out there without getting his elbow looked at. It was more us than him." The team ...

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Loves shooting stroke returned, and Andrei Kirilenko also was back for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The timing couldnt have been worse for the reeling Cleveland Cavaliers. Love had 36 points and 13 rebounds and Kirilenko delivered another solid all-around performance in the Timberwolves 91-73 victory over the Cavaliers on Friday night. Love missed most of the first month of the season with a broken right hand, and hes been struggling to regain his shooting touch since returning nine games ago. The release looked much more fluid against the Cavs, and the trajectory was better as well. He made 10 of 19 shots and 14 of 18 free throws and is cautiously optimistic that its all coming back to him now. "Hopefully its not ...

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While the Toronto Raptors extended their losing streak to six games on Wednesday, the news wasnt any better on the injury front. Guard Kyle Lowry and forward Andrea Bargnani were injured in Sundays loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and will not be returning to action in the immediate future. Lowry was diagnosed with a partial tear to his right triceps muscle and will be sidelined for 10 days. Bargnani suffered a ligament tear in his right elbow and a strained right wrist and is out indefinitely. Forward Amir Johnson also missed Wednesdays game after being suspended for throwing his mouthpiece at an official on Sunday. He will return to the lineup on Friday against the Dallas Mavericks (TSN, 6:30pm et/3:30pm pt). NFL Jerseys From China . ...

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyler Thigpen accepted a $1 million pay cut to improve his chances of staying on the team entering the season. "There were a lot of reasons behind it," Thigpen said Monday, in confirming the decision a day after it was first reported by ESPN.com. "My agent talked to them, and Im just glad to be here, and looking forward to the season." Thigpen is now set to make a base salary of $1.5 million this season in the second year of a three-year contract he signed last summer. The decision allowed the Bills to lower their salary cap number, and made it easier for the team to carry four quarterbacks when making their final cuts on Friday. Its a group that includes Tarvaris Jackson, who was acquired ...

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TORONTO – Ben Scrivens snatches the word flush out of mid-air and deconstructs its connotation. Unproven he says is a simple contradiction, a catch-22 in void of a winning scenario, a quagmire of sorts. "Jonathan Quick was unproven until last year," said Scrivens of the Los Angeles Kings netminder, a 26-year-old who won the Conn Smythe trophy en route to a Stanley Cup last spring. "He was a guy who played 100 games, but his first stint in the NHL I think he played under five games and had a goals against of three and a half and like an .870 save percentage. Imagine if they [said], Oh we cant give this guy a chance, hes unproven. "Im not comparing myself to Quick or anybody. Im just saying if Im going to fail let me fail, Id like an ...

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Are you ready for Phase Two of Bryan Colangelos oft-cited plan? Because this week, Raptors fans, the curtain finally gets pulled back for a peek at ‘whats next in Toronto basketball. This week brings the NBA Draft (Thursday at 7pm et/4pm pt on TSN), the unofficial start to the off-season feeding frenzy that will dominate league headlines for the next several weeks. The draft not only brings with it the promise of 60 new youngsters entering the leagues ranks, but also a bevy of trades that will reshape the rosters of those involved as much as any teenager picked on Thursday night. How the Raptors figure into this story is the big question on everyones mind in Raptor-land, because it would be the first real tip as to where Colangelo ...

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Darryl Sutter coached the Los Angeles Kings in two late-season games against the St. Louis Blues after his midseason arrival. St. Louis won the first meeting 1-0, and the Kings won the second game 1-0 in a shootout after 65 minutes of scoreless hockey. When the clubs meet in the second round of the NHL playoffs starting this weekend, Sutter wont be surprised if they produce a few more final scores that can be expressed in binary code. The Kings are easily the lowest-scoring team in the playoffs after spending most of the season with the NHLs most inept offence, relying heavily on All-Star goalie Jonathan Quick. Perhaps Sutters nephew said it best, telling his uncle he might be coaching in "the lowest-scoring series ...

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Ray Lewis spent 17 seasons instilling fear in his opponents while serving as an inspirational leader for the Baltimore Ravens. Now hes poised and eager to become a full-time dad. Lewis announced Wednesday he will end his brilliant NFL career after the Ravens complete their 2013 playoff run. Lewis has been sidelined since Oct. 14 with a torn right triceps. The 13-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker intends to return Sunday to face the Indianapolis Colts in what will almost certainly be his final home game. "Everything that starts has an end," the 37-year-old Lewis said. "For me, today, I told my team that this will be my last ride." Lewis will walk away from the game because he wants to spend more time with his sons. While ...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals had already decided to give Luke Hochevar another chance. Now they know exactly how much its going to cost. The Royals agreed to a one-year, $4.65 million deal with the right-hander on Friday to avoid arbitration. The deal includes up to $100,000 in performance bonuses. Hochevar made 29 starts last season, going 8-16 with a 5.73 ERA. The former No. 1 overall pick showed flashes in some starts of the kind of pitcher the Royals hoped he would become, but he also had plenty of erratic outings that left team officials scratching their heads. Royals manager Ned Yost has been among the most ardent supporters of Hochevar, saying just last month that he still believes the 29-year-old right-hander can ...