• Sweet thank you card from ball girl to tennis pro Jo-Wilfried Tsonga goes viral

    There isn't always room for niceties in the world of professional sport, but French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has bucked the trend. You might remember him helping out a ball girl who was in tears after being struck by a ball at last year's Australian Open, stopping the match to accompany her off the court. SEE ALSO: Tennis pros: Don't hit ball kids 'cos your hopes and dreams will be dashed Here's a video of the moment to help jog your memory. Well, twelve months on, the ball girl — real name Giuliana — penned a thank you card to the Frenchman, which he shared on Facebook while back in Melbourne for the tennis tournament. "Dear Mr Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you for helping me out on court during your round 2 match of the Australian Open 2016," the letter reads. "I'm not sure if you remember me but I was the ball girl you escorted off court. I would also like to take this opportunity to apologise for all the times when you asked for the ball but I didn't service it to you or acknowledge you." The card revealed Giuliana had a virus on the day that also affected her hearing and vision, hence inhibiting her performance on the court. The expectations for these ball kids are understandably set quite high. "Thank you so much for the kindness you showed me. I really appreciate that you were able to see that I needed some help and were kind enough to escort me off court," Giuliana added. She signed off the card with her name and her ball kid number, #180. At the time, Tsonga told reporters that he "didn't do anything special" by helping her off the court, but he did thank Giuliana for her letter Sunday. What a guy, hey. BONUS: Lazy sea lion decides this car roof is a great place for a nap

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  • Analyzing Raiders DL Jihad Ward’s Nightmare Rookie Season

    Raiders DL Jihad Ward suffered through a tough rookie season. No one is sure when or if the light will turn on for him. The post Analyzing Raiders DL Jihad Ward’s Nightmare Rookie Season appeared first on Cover32.

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  • Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney outlines possible timeline over China move

    Manchester United's highest ever goalscorer Wayne Rooney has made no guarantee over his future at Old Trafford, but has scorched suggestions he could leave the club for China at the end of the season. Reports before Christmas linked the England captain with a move to Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao or Beijing Guoan in the summer, after the 31-year-old had become a bit-part player under Jose Mourinho. Rooney lost his place in the first team just five weeks into Mourinho's tenure at the club and has started just eight times in the Premier League this season.

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  • Royals' Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yordano Ventura quit school as a teenager so he could begin working a construction job to help his family make ends meet, laboring day after day in the hot sun of the Dominican Republic.

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  • Figure skating - Chen is first skater to land five clean quad jumps

    - Nathan Chen landed five quadruple jumps in a near perfect free skate programme to capture the men's title at the US National Figure Skating Championships. The 17-year-old Chen became the youngest US men's champion in more than five decades and the first in the world to land five clean quads during his free skate to the music of "The Polovtsian Dances". Chen delivered an epic performance that not only tagged him as a favourite at the upcoming World Championships in March but also a skater to watch at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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  • Super Bowl Tickets Go for Super Low Prices

    While prices are historically high, the bigger story for me is how little supply there is in the marketplace. At the current quantity available, the number is 67% below the previous low on this date in ...

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  • Spurs coach Popovich blasts President Trump

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Gregg Popovich would bench President Donald Trump.

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  • Steelers postgame press conference

    The Pittsburgh Steelers react to their loss against the New England Patriots in Championship Sunday.

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  • Ohio State QB Barrett said coaching changes were needed

    Quarterback J.T. Barrett said coaching changes were needed at Ohio State and getting new offensive coordinators played into his decision to return for his final year of eligibility. During the Ohio State basketball game on Sunday, Barrett accepted the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award as the Big Ten's best player. After passing-game struggles culminated in a 31-0 rout by Clemson in the College Football Playoff, coach Urban Meyer ushered out Ed Warinner and Tim Beck, replacing them with former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson and NFL assistant Ryan Day.

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  • Tennis pros: Don't hit ball kids 'cos your hopes and dreams will be dashed

    Showing frustration on the court is pretty standard for tennis players, but it ended badly for 17-year-old Italian player Maria Vittoria Viviani. Viviani was disqualified from the junior girls tournament at the Australian Open after she hit a ball kid with a ball in frustration on Sunday. SEE ALSO: You're breaking my balls: Tennis pro smashes rival in the groin during match Viviani had just lost a point from an unforced error against her Chinese opponent Xin Yu Wang in the first set. Annoyed, she hit a ball away with her racquet toward the side of the court. That ball then hit a ball kid in the chest, but the force was minimal, according to Italian news outlet Il Sussadario . It's not clear how they judged that, but it is true that Viviani appears to tap the ball away rather than thwack it with critical force. Viviani can be seen trying to apologise quickly afterwards, but it was enough to send her packing from the court in tears. The match ended 6-2 to Wang. It's not the first time that a ball hitting someone else on the court has ended in a player being disqualified.  English player Tim Henman was given his marching orders during a doubles match at Wimbledon in 1995 when he hit a ball away following the loss of a point and hit a ball girl in the face. Tennis Australia has been contacted by Mashable for comment. BONUS: Car rooftop tent will make road trips a breeze

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  • Johnny Manziel Is At The AFC Championship Game And You Can Definitely Guess Who He's Rooting For

    ALERT: Johnny Manziel is at the #AFCChampionship. Johnny Manziel had one of the most notorious flame-outs of any first round draft pick in recent NFL history, but he still loves the game. Sure, he grew up in Texas and was employed by the Cleveland Browns, but that apparently hasn’t stopped him from attending the AFC Championship and rooting for the Patriots, according to his Snapchat.

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  • Multi-tasker Messi the inspiration again, but Busquets injury is a big blow for Barca

    The Argentine assumed a dual role in midfield and attack at Eibar. However, the loss of the midfielder with suspected ligament damage is very bad news

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  • WR Michael Floyd won't be playing in AFC title game after Patriots declare him inactive

    The New England Patriots raised some eyebrows in December when they claimed receiver Michael Floyd off waivers after Floyd was released by the Arizona Cardinals. Michael Floyd stretches during a Patriots practice this month.

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  • Best of NFL Championship Sunday (20 photos)

    The Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons battled for the NFC championship and it was no contest. The Falcons scored the game's first 31 points and rolled to a 44-21 victory in Atlanta, advancing to their second Super Bowl. In Foxboro, the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots are squaring off for the AFC championship, with the winner going to a record ninth Super Bowl.

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  • Premier League: Lack of Liverpool signings frustrate Klopp

    Liverpool are yet to sign a player in the January transfer window, a situation Jurgen Klopp cannot see changing.

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  • Amanda Nunes talks about retirement and 'making history' after beating Ronda Rousey

    Amanda Nunes is confident that she will remain undefeated and retain her Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion title until she retires after "two or three fights". The Brazilian fighter's stock has shot up following her brutal 48-second knockout win over Ronda Rousey when the two contested for her title at UFC 207 on 30 December 2016 in Las Vegas. Nunes is ready to defend her title until she calls time on her UFC career, as she is keen to start a family and is aware that she cannot do both simultaneously.

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  • Patriots Fans Have A Long-Standing Tradition Of Pulling The Fire Alarm On Opponents

    The Patriots are notorious by now around the NFL and its fans for their history of using shady (and at times illegal) tactics to gain a competitive edge over their opponents. The night before their AFC Championship game against the Steelers, there were shenanigans that had nothing to do with the team itself when a Patriots fan pulled the fire alarm at Pittsburgh’s team hotel in the middle of the night. A 25-year-old man from East Boston was arrested for the stunt, and of course has no affiliation with the Patriots organization.

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  • Heart-throb Grigor Dimitrov says love matches delayed rise

    Maria Sharapova's ex-boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov admitted his relationships may have delayed his emergence as a top player as he extended his hot streak at the Australian Open on Monday. The Bulgarian heart-throb has long been touted as one of tennis's next big things, but he reached only his third major quarter-final with his win over giant-killer Denis Istomin.

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  • Pacquiao willing to fight McGregor

    WBO welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao is willing to square up with mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor if his potential superfight with Floyd Mayweather fails to materialise, a spokesman said Sunday. "If McGregor will fight me in boxing, why not? MMA is much different than boxing," a spokesman quoted Pacquiao as saying a few days ago.

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  • Punter Pat McAfee Fired Off A Tweetstorm About The Colts GM Right After He Was Fired

    The Indianapolis Colts fired GM Ryan Grigson on Saturday. It seemed like a move that needed to happen, as Indy’s on-field performance over the last few years has declined while rumblings of a rift between Grigson and Chuck Pagano have been out there for a while. McAfee has been in Indianapolis since 2009, so he’s seen the inner workings of this organization before and during the Grigson years.

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