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Lhe Houston squad had chosen to leave out several starters for their duel next week against the New England Patriots.

Henry had 211 rushing yards, a high this season, and had three touchdowns in his own. The Texans beat the Titans two weeks ago to take control of the American’s southern section and won the section title last week, which allowed them to give quarterback Deshaun Watson some rest. and several other key players in the organization.

Titans have their first win in Houston since January 1, 2012. The Tennessee squad, which will visit the Patriots next weekend, got its playoff ticket for the second time in three seasons and for the first time since the arrival of Mike Vrabel at the head of the team.

Vrabel will face his former team with which he has won the Super Bowl three times.

“I’m not emotional,” said Vrabel. I know what’s coming and I need to focus on the Patriots and how I’m going to prepare my guys to play on the opposing lawn. It is downright launching into a nest of vipers. ”

First time

Ryan Tannehill threw two touchdown passes and collected 198 yards for the Titans. The quarterback will kick off a playoff game for the first time in eight seasons next Sunday. Rookie catcher A.J. Brown had 124 yards passed and put up a major.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien chose AJ McCarron to start the game to replace Watson. The presence of the quarterback was still uncertain due to a back injury, but was given the go-ahead to contest the game. Catcher DeAndre Hopkins was also available for the game, but was not employed. Kenny Stills, Laremy Tunsil and D.J. Reader were also left out.

“Once we got closer to the game, it was clear that we were not going to move from the ranking position,” said O’Brien. So we decided to do what was best for our team. ”

McCarron threw an interception and scored a touchdown. He also collected 225 yards for the air.

The Texans will face the Buffalo Bills next week.

The Swiss Loto made a millionaire with a ticket …

No player found the right combination in the draw for the Swiss Loto on Saturday evening, which however made a millionaire. With a ticket validated at La Chaux-de-Fonds, said the Loterie Romande. The person who gambled pocketed a million francs by finding the six correct numbers, but without having guessed the lucky number, which was 1. To pocket the jackpot, you had to check the numbers 1, 11, 13, 14, 20 and 36. The rePLAY was 06 and the Joker was 331102 The amount at stake during the next draw will amount to 10.3 million francs.

Historical: three brothers played an NBA game

Jrue, Aaron y Justin Holiday (USA TODAY Sports)

The Holiday family starred last night in a milestone in the history of the NBA Seeing how three brothers played for the first time in the league in the same game when the Pelicans from New Orleans and the Pacers from Indiana. The protagonists were Justin, Jrue and Aaron Holiday, who in the end shared honors with individual victory for Aaron, the starting point guard for the Pacers, who had 25 points, leader of his team and the game.

But Indiana lost a visitor 120-98 to the Pelicans, who had Starter jrue, great figure and winning key to get 20 points, seven assists, recovered two balls and captured a rebound.

For his part, Justin, who came out in reserve with the Pacers, did not have his best scoring inspiration and finished without points by missing the four field goals he made, including three triple attempts.

But neither the final result nor what was achieved in the individual section by each of the three brothers had more value than having made history when Justin entered the game with 5:13 minutes to go before the end of the first quarter. The three brothers were at the same time on the track with 4:54 minutes left in the third period. Jrue and Aaron were still on the track from the start of the second half and Justin re-entered as a backup with the Pacers.

The three brothers were visited by about 30 relatives (USA TODAY Sports)
The three brothers were visited by about 30 relatives (USA TODAY Sports)

“It’s a blessing,” said Shawn Holiday, the brothers’ father before the game. “There is no other way to say it. You couldn’t write the script better than this ”. In addition, he admitted that “seeing them grow, you did not imagine that something like tonight could happen, that they compete at the same level in this professional stage, it is something surprising”.

The three brothers were supported during the match by more than 30 family memberss that they came to New Orleans not to miss the historic moment of the Holiday family.

Jrue, 29, entered the NBA in 2009 when he was selected by the Philadelphia Sixers. Justin, a year older than Jrue, made his NBA debut also with the Sixers in April 2013 and they both played together for a very short time that season. The younger brother, Aaron, 23, did not make his debut until 2018, when he was the 23rd pick for the Pacers.

The three brothers played against each other last season, but the possibility that all three did so last night came when Justin signed a one-year contract with the Pacers during the summer break. The Holiday brothers weren’t the only family connection in the game after Pacers coach Nate McMillan’s son Jamelle is an assistant coach with the Pelicans.

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Tennis star Angelique Kerber injured himself before the Hawaii final – Australian Open not in danger

With a smile, tennis ace Angelique Kerber justified her short-term cancellation of the final in Hawaii in an interview. “Unfortunately I had to pass because of an injury,” said the former world number 1. While still in training gear, the 2018 Wimbledon winner spoke to the disappointed supporters at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu: “Thank you to all my fans who came to see me play.” Germany’s best player had after warming up for the first final the direction of their new trainer Dieter Kindlmann have to do without. Your preparation for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year in Australia is not at risk.

The mishap happened to the 31-year-old on the Saturday before the final guest appearance in the holiday paradise. Against the Japanese Misaki Doi, number 82 in the world, was the world number 20. the day before with a 6: 1, 7: 6 (7: 2) at the show tournament in the final and had given their new coach a successful debut, so to speak. The duel with the American Danielle Collins, ranked 29th, should be the first real touchstone.

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Angelique Kerber is perhaps the best German tennis player. The Kiel woman has already won several Grand Slams and has been among the world’s top tennis players for years. Of the SPORTBUZZER traces the stages of her career.

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“Angelique Kerber will start in Brisbane and Adelaide at the beginning of January as planned,” said her manager Aljoscha Thron on Sunday when asked by the dpa. The German number 1 will then continue to search for the old form. These tournaments are traditionally used to prepare for the Australian Open in Melbourne (January 20th to February 2nd).

“Brisbane is the best way for me to start the season,” Kerber once said. In 2016 she made it into the final there, and was a little later in Melbourne for the first time in a Grand Slam final. For Brisbane, the German number 1 had agreed in November – at that time it was still number 17 in the world. After her weak year, she is aiming for a new start with a new team. Your child should help with this. The 37-year-old coach from Bavaria has already worked with players like Maria Sharapova and Madison Keys.

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Hana Mandlíková won the Australian Open in 1987 for the second time since 1980. The Czech won a total of 27 individual tournaments and rose to third place in the world rankings in April 1984, her career record and a remarkable performance in the age of Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf (together 58 Grand Slam titles).

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Germany number 1 looks back on a disappointing year. At the Grand Slam tournaments, Kerber only made it to the round of 16 in Melbourne, in Paris and New York it was already over after the first round. Above all, the second-round defeat as the defending champion at Wimbledon hit Kieler, who celebrates her 32nd birthday on January 18th, hard. Kerber only made it to the final at the tournaments in Indian Wells and Eastbourne, and the three-time Grand Slam winner could not celebrate a title in 2019 due to many injuries.

The transition is underway in Nashville

Veteran Pekka Rinne knows that young Juuse Saros will eventually take his place as number one goaltender with the Nashville Predators. The beautiful friendship that unites the two players, however, facilitates the transition.

“This is a special situation,” said Rinne in an interview with NHL.com. We are both from Finland. I always felt that I had good relationships with my teammates and the other goalies. It’s no different with Juuse. ”

“We are both trying to separate what is happening on and off the ice,” continued the 2018 Vézina Trophy winner. We fight, we compete. I want to play and so does he. It’s a healthy situation, but outside the rink, he’s like a brother to me. We’re really close. “

Rinne is aware, however, that his reign as the Predators’ number one goalie is coming to an end.

“I am 37 years old. After that one (this season), there will be another year on my contract, said Rinne. He has a bright future that awaits him and which is right before him. It’s a fact.”

“The (transition) process is underway, but at the same time, I still have this fire in me. The most important thing at my age is to be healthy, and I feel like I am. I feel really good. I will do my best to help the team and to play matches. But I don’t know if I can keep this guy (Saros) behind me for a long time. ”

A bigger role

Indeed, Saros is increasingly sought after by Predators. Since the start of the season, he has made 16 starts against 22 for Rinne. The two guards maintained similar statistics. Saros has an average of 3.23 goals against while Rinne allows an average of 3.02 goals per game. As for the efficiency rate, Rinne’s is .894 while Saros has a save percentage of .890.

Rinne, however, has a more convincing record (13-7-0-3) than his 24-year-old substitute (5-7-0-3) since the start of the campaign.

While waiting to become the Predators’ trusted man, Saros is very grateful to Rinne, whose support has been very precious since his debut in Nashville in 2016-2017.

“We have always had a good relationship,” Saros told NHL.com. He has always helped me and he still does when I have questions outside the ice. Even on the ice, we share a lot of our thoughts on the game. Yes, we are competing, but I could not have come up with a better guy. ”

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NFL : Philadelphia and Tennessee last qualified in the play-offs, a hitch for the New England – Foot US – NFL

The regular season of the NFL has rendered its verdict Sunday and the twelve qualified teams for the play-offs are finally all known. The Philadelphia Eagles and the Tennessee Titans were the latest to validate their ticket. The first to have done so thanks to a victory at the New York Giants (34-17), eliminating the Dallas Cowboys (winners of Washington 47-16) to fight in the division NFC East.

The Titans have dominated (35-14) the Houston Texans (who are already qualified, they bring a b team) to get the latest wild card in the American Conference (AFC) at the expense of the Pittsburgh Steelers (beaten 28-10 by the Baltimore Ravens, already assured of finishing off the leader of the Conference) and Oakland Raiders (defeated Denver, 16-15).

The most surprising results of this 17th and final day came to Foxborough where the New England Patriots were beaten by the Miami Dolphins (27-24), who had nothing more to play. This setback is particularly costly because, associated with the victory of the Kansas City Chiefs (31-21, at home against the Los Angeles Chargers), it pushes the defending champions to third place in the AFC, depriving them of a week of rest the next weekend and the binding to move as soon as the semi-finals of conference.

This would be in… Kansas City, but before this it is necessary to get rid of Tennessee. In the same conference, Houston and Buffalo Bills will be the displays of the other first-round match.

San Francisco, number 1 in the NFC for a few centimetres

In a National Conference (NFC), the match (except that of Philadelphia), with the greatest challenge facing the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco is imposed (26-21) at the end of a meeting of an intensity and crazy, which is played a few inches in the final seconds, Seattle being halted in front of the enemy during its final series offensive.

The 49ers take the blow to the head of the conference, for the first time since 1997, and ensure home field advantage for the next two matches (after a weekend of rest). The Seahawks slip to fifth place in the NFC and will move to Philadelphia in the first round.

Long pushed around by the Detroit Lions and the winners on a penalty kick at the last second (23-20), the Green Bay Packers have secured the second place in the conference. The New Orleans Saints, who have corrected the Carolina Panthers (42-10), are third. Note finally that, in spite of the final victory against the Cleveland Browns (33-23), the Cincinnati Bengals will have the first choice at the next draft in April.

The program of the play-offs :

NFC (National Conference)
First round : Philadelphia Eagles (4)* – Seattle Seahawks (5) ; New Orleans Saints (3) – Minnesota Vikings (6).
Second round : San Francisco 49ers (1) – Qualified the less well-classified ; the Green Bay Packers (2) – Qualified-best.

AFC (American Conference)
First round : Houston Texans (4), Buffalo Bills (5) ; New England Patriots (3) – the Tennessee Titans (6)
Second round : Baltimore Ravens (1) – Qualified the least well classified ; Kansas City Chiefs (2) – Qualified-best.

Super Bowlon the 2nd of February at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

*(Team ranking in the conference)

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Angelique Kerber dispensed with the finals at the Hawaii Open in Honolulu

Kerber omitted in Hawaii-final

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Angelique Kerber omitted on the final in Honolulu
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Angelique Kerber needs to the final in Honolulu – probably due to injury cancellations. In Brisbane, Adelaide and at the Australian Open, but goes to the Start.

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The transition is underway in Nashville

Veteran Pekka Rinne knows that young Juuse Saros will eventually take his place as number one goalie with the Nashville Predators. The beautiful friendship that unites the two players, however, facilitates the transition.

“This is a special situation,” said Rinne in an interview with NHL.com. We are both from Finland. I always felt that I had good relationships with my teammates and the other goalies. It’s no different with Juuse. ”

“We are both trying to separate what is happening on and off the ice,” said the 2018 Vézina Trophy winner. We fight, we compete. I want to play and so does he. It’s a healthy situation, but outside the rink, he’s like a brother to me. We’re really close. ”

Rinne is aware, however, that his reign as the Predators’ number one goalie is coming to an end.

“I am 37 years old. After that one (this season), there will be another year on my contract, said Rinne. He has a bright future ahead of him that is right before him. It is a fact.”

“The (transition) process is underway, but at the same time, I still have this fire in me. The most important thing at my age is to be healthy, and I feel like I am. I feel really good. I’m going to do my best to help the team and play games. But I don’t know if I can keep this guy (Saros) behind me for a long time. ”

A bigger role

Indeed, Saros is increasingly sought after by Predators. Since the start of the season, he has made 16 starts against 22 for Rinne. The two guards maintained similar statistics. Saros has an average of 3.23 goals against, while Rinne has an average of 3.02 goals per game. Rinne’s efficiency rate is .894, while Saros has a save percentage of .890.

Rinne, however, has a more convincing record (13-7-0-3) than his 24-year-old substitute (5-7-0-3) since the start of the campaign.

Pending becoming the Predators’ trusted man, Saros is very grateful to Rinne, whose support has been invaluable since his debut in Nashville in 2016-2017.

“We have always had a good relationship,” Saros told NHL.com. He always helped me and he still does when I have questions outside the ice. Even on the ice, we share a lot of our thoughts on the game. Yes, we are competing, but I couldn’t have come across a better guy. ”

Jean Pascal retains his title of world champion in Atlanta

Pascal retained his WBA title and his World Boxing Council Silver belt by winning a split decision at Jack’s expense on Saturday night at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

In an intense duel with the flavor of a street fight, Pascal (35-6-1, 20 K.-O.) saw two judges award him the favor of the fight under a 114-112 card while the third noted the confrontation in the same way, but to the advantage of Jack (22-3-3, 13 K.-O.).

The crowd greeted this decision with hoots, but the Quebecer will still go home with the two belts he had acquired by defeating Marcus Browne in August.

Pascal was in his first defense of his WBA light heavyweight title and he was fighting in a 12th world championship bout. He improved his record to 6-5-1 in such circumstances.

Balance

The Laval boxer started the fight with confidence, delivering several good shots to his opponent. Setting his pace with a lot of pressure, Pascal solidly reached Jack with the right hand and sent him to the mat in the fourth round.

The Swede, however, recovered and quietly turned the wind by winning several rounds in the second half of the fight. Pascal seemed to be short of breath and he had to hold on to his rival several times.

At the 12th engagement, the two boxers increased the pace and they exchanged blows for blows, until Jack manages to make Pascal fall. The latter got up and concluded the fight with a series of blows, forcing the announcement of the judges’ cards.

Pascal has become the third boxer established in Quebec, after Lucian Bute and Adonis Stevenson, to measure himself against Jack. Each time, Jack gave his rival a hard time. In April 2016, the Swede in Washington registered a majority decision victory over Bute, who was later disqualified after failing a doping test.

In May 2018, in Toronto, Jack stood up to Stevenson, who had retained his WBC light heavyweight belt following a two-of-three tie draw.

Orcas seen “for the first time” in the Strait of Messina, in the Mediterranean

This is a first in this stretch of sea between the Italian peninsula and Sicily: a group of three orcas, a marine mammal threatened with extinction, has been seen in the Strait of Messina, according to the association Marecamp which announced it Friday December 27 on Facebook. Simone Vartuli, a 25-year-old sport fisherman, was able to approach them while sailing on a boat in the strait. “I was scared at first because they are huge animals but I stayed with them for an hour and ended up being very close, about a meter away”, he explained.

The three orcas could be part of the group which was already observed at the beginning of December off the port of Genoa, in the northwest of the Italian peninsula. If that was the case, these orcas “Would therefore have covered 800 kilometers in one week”, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) Clara Monaco, marine biologist from the Marecamp association. “It is not known if they went down to Sicily to find food or to go then to the Strait of Gibraltar, then the ocean and Iceland”, said the biologist.

“We must warn the coast guards”

“The fact that the orcas are in the strait is a problem due to the heavy maritime traffic in this area and therefore the risk of collision with ships”, wanted to remind Clara Monaco. The biologist from the Marecamp association stressed that it was important not to get too close to these mammals, “Because they are very stressed”.

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This species can also be endangered by accidentally getting caught in trawler nets. The noise generated by petroleum exploration or tourism can also cause massive grounding. “If someone sees them, they must immediately notify the coast guard because we need to collect scientific information”, she alerted.

Killer whales, also known as killer whales, are mammals that can be seen in all of the world’s oceans and seas, but are generally found in colder regions. The Mediterranean is home to eleven cetacean species, including orcas that are in danger of extinction, as well as the fin whale, sperm whale and bottlenose dolphin, also considered vulnerable species.

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