(Undated) — Here is the latest sports news: ESPN details Belichick and Brady relationship. NFL Wild Card Weekend previews. Warriors sink Rockets. NBA releases first batch of ASG fan voting. Serena Williams won’t play in Australian Open.

>>Inside Look At Brady And Belichick Relationship From ESPN

(Foxboro, MA) — ESPN is giving a look into the inside workings of the Patriots not typically seen. Seth Wickersham posted a well-sourced story on ESPN.com discussing the relationship between quarterback Tom Brady, head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft. The bond between Brady and Belichick has fractured in part due to the presence of Brady’s controversial trainer and business partner Alex Guerrero. The story also states Kraft pushed Belichick to trade Jimmy Garoppolo, who the coach saw as the future of the franchise. Some in the organization believe this may be the last season they all co-exist.

>>NFL Wild Card Weekend Preview

(Undated) — The NFL playoffs kick off tomorrow with the first two of four games during Wild Card Weekend. The action gets started when the Chiefs host the Titans followed by the Falcons traveling to the face the Rams. On Sunday, the Jaguars welcome the Bills to Jacksonville and the Saints play the Panthers in an NFC showdown at the Superdome.

>>Warriors Push Past Rockets

(Houston, TX) — Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 10 threes and 57 points to carry the Warriors past the Rockets 124-114 in Houston. Thompson connected on six from deep on his way to 28 points, while Curry had 29 with four treys. Draymond Green tallied a 17-point, 14-rebound, 10-assist triple-double as Golden State moved to 31-and-8. They lead Houston by three games for the top seed in the West.

>>Bucks’ “Greek Freak” Leading NBA All-Star Voting

(Undated) — The “Greek Freak” is setting the pace in fan voting for next month’s NBA All-Star Game. Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo [[ YAH-niss ah-det-oh-KOOM-poh ]] is more than seven-thousand votes ahead of Cavaliers star LeBron James with over 863-thousand. Celtics guard Kyrie Irving is more than 60-thousand votes behind in third. The Warriors’ duo of Kevin Durant and Steph Curry round out the top-five.

>>Serena Williams Withdraws From Australian Open

(Undated) — Serena Williams will not be playing in the Australian Open later this month. The 36-year-old posted on social media Thursday that, after playing in her first match since giving birth, she realizes she’s not yet where she personally wants to be. Serena defeated sister Venus Williams to win last year’s Australian Open. This year’s tournament begins January 15th.

 

>>THURSDAY’S SCOREBOARD

NBA
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Golden State Warriors 124, Houston Rockets 114
Oklahoma City Thunder 127, Los Angeles Clippers 117

NHL
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Toronto Maple Leafs 3, San Jose Sharks 2 (SO)
Carolina Hurricanes 4, Pittsburgh Penguins 0
Philadelphia Flyers 6, New York Islanders 4
Montreal Canadiens 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (SO)
Minnesota Wild 6, Buffalo Sabres 2
St. Louis Blues 2, Vegas Golden Knights 1
Dallas Stars 4, New Jersey Devils 3
Arizona Coyotes 3, Nashville Predators 2 (OT)
Edmonton Oilers 2, Anaheim Ducks 1 (SO)
Calgary Flames 4, Los Angeles Kings 3
Colorado Avalanche 2, Columbus Blue Jackets 0
Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins (PPD)

Top-25 College Basketball (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
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#1 Michigan State Spartans 91, Maryland Terrapins 61
Colorado Buffaloes 90, #6 Arizona State Sun Devils 81 (OT)
#9 Wichita State Shockers 81, Houston Cougars 63
#16 Arizona Wildcats 94, Utah Utes 82
#19 Gonzaga Bulldogs 89, Pepperdine Waves 59
#20 Cincinnati Bearcats 55, Temple Owls 53

 

>>FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE (All times are Eastern)

NBA
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7:00 p.m. – Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers
7:00 p.m. – Minnesota Timberwolves at Boston Celtics
8:00 p.m. – Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks
8:00 p.m. – New York Knicks at Miami Heat
8:30 p.m. – Phoenix Suns at San Antonio Spurs
8:30 p.m. – Chicago Bulls at Dallas Mavericks
9:00 p.m. – Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets
9:30 p.m. – Washington Wizards at Memphis Grizzlies
10:00 p.m. – Atlanta Hawks at Portland Trail Blazers
10:30 p.m. – Charlotte Hornets at Los Angeles Lakers

NHL
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7:00 p.m. – Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders
7:30 p.m. – Florida Panthers at Detroit Red Wings
7:30 p.m. – San Jose Sharks at Ottawa Senators
8:00 p.m. – Buffalo Sabres at Winnipeg Jets
8:30 p.m. – Vegas Golden Knights at Chicago Blackhawks

Top-25 College Basketball (“USA Today” Coaches’ Poll)
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No Games Scheduled