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MELBOURNE, Australia - Eugenie Bouchard — the unwitting protagonist of an Australian Open saga that has been dubbed Twirlgate — would prefer if people just focused on her tennis.For the record, Bouchard said Friday she was not offended by the male interviewer who asked her to twirl for the crowd earlier in the week.I think it was just kind of funny, the Wimbledon runner-up said after advancing to the fourth round in Melbourne. Im fine with being asked to twirl if they ask the guys to flex their muscles.This is not the first time the Australian Open has offered up a headline-grabbing sideshow that has nothing to do with tennis.In previous years, two-time champion Victoria Azarenkas former boyfriend, the rap star Redfoo who was a regular front-row fixture, got as much press as she did. In 2011, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki told a colorful tale about getting into a fight with a kangaroo and showed a scratch to prove it. She later retracted the story, saying she had bumped into a treadmill but wanted to spice up a dull news conference.This year, the seasons opening Grand Slam tournament has Twirlgate, a term being used by Australian media and as a hashtag on Twitter.It started Wednesday when Bouchard, one of the rising stars of womens tennis, was asked by a male interviewer to give us a twirl and show off her tennis dress after winning her second-round match. Noticeably embarrassed, Bouchard complied with a laugh and later said, it was very unexpected.Social media erupted with chatter. Some called it sexist, some questioned whether a male player would be asked to twirl after winning a match, and some dismissed the debate, saying they didnt feel sorry for a highly-paid athlete being asked to twirl.Billie Jean King added to the chorus of criticism.This is truly sexist, tweeted King, an 11-time Grand Slam winner and a longtime campaigner for equal rights in tennis. Lets focus on competition and accomplishments of both genders, and not our looks.The 20-year-old Bouchard, a 1.78-meter (5 foot-10) photogenic blonde, has become one of tennis newest cover girls. She won the Wimbledon juniors title in 2012 and has made rapid progress ever since. She reached the semifinals at last years Australian and French Opens followed by the Wimbledon final which ushered her into the No. 7-ranking — the highest ever for a Canadian player.Bouchard won her third-round match Friday, beating Caroline Garcia of France 7-5, 6-0. After a few questions on tennis, her post-match news conference turned to the twirl.I was waiting for this one, Bouchard said, smiling.Players typically say that during big tournaments they try to stay away from newspapers and limit their time on social media to keep their minds on the game. But Bouchard said she was aware that the incident had caused a stir.My friends are texting me, saying I dance and twirl well and stuff, as jokes, she said. Its just funny how its taken a life of its own. Im just going to try to focus on my tennis.She raised her eyebrows when asked if this was a deja vu of an embarrassing question she faced last year, when an on-court interviewer asked her which celebrity shed most like to date.You mean the Bieber question? she said. Her answer at the time had been fellow Canadian Justin Bieber. I dont know. They try to ask funny questions. Its entertaining, I guess. I dont mind it.But she added that it would be nice to move on.Im happy that Ive played three solid matches here, Bouchard said, and we could definitely be a little bit more focused on that. Marcedes Lewis Super Bowl Jersey . General manager David Poile called signing Ribeiro a great opportunity to add a talented, experienced and creative centre Tuesday when he introduced the veteran at a news conference. Ribeiros contract is worth $1.05 million after being bought out of the final three years of a $22 million contract by the Coyotes recently. 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Mason Crosby Super Bowl Jersey .com) - Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri is expected to miss the next two weeks because of a thigh injury.ATLANTA - Al Horford scored 23 points, including a tying basket after Philadelphia took its first lead late in the game, and the Atlanta Hawks recovered after squandering a 21-point lead to beat the 76ers 91-85 on Saturday night and stretch their franchise-record winning streak to 19 games.The Hawks led by 21 in the first half but the 76ers came back to take their first lead at 83-81 on a jam by Nerlens Noel with less than 3 minutes remaining.Horford scored to pull the Hawks even, and Dennis Schroeders 3-pointer with 1:35 left gave Atlanta an 86-83 advantage. Following a miss by Philadelphias K.J. McDaniels, Horfords jumper gave the Hawks a five-point lead.Horford had a game-high 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.Luc Mbah a Moute, Michael Carter-Williams and Jerami Grant each had 13 points for Philadelphia, denied its first three-game winning streak of the season. Noel had 11 points and 10 rebounds.Schroeder and Paul Millsap each had 15 points for Atlanta.PISTONS 114, ROCKETS 101AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — D.J. Augustin had 28 points and 12 assists, and Detroit held off former teammate Josh Smith and the Houston Rockets.Smith was booed throughout his return to the Palace, just more than a month after the Pistons waived the high-priced forward. He had seven points and seven rebounds, shooting only 3 of 11 from the field. James Harden scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half, returning from a bruised left knee to help the Rockets nearly rally from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 28 for Detroit, which snapped a four-game skid and ended Houstons four-game winning streak.RAPTORS 120, WIZARDS 116, OTWASHINGTON (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored 23 points and streaking Toronto defeated Washington to win in overtime for the second consecutive night after losing a large second-half lead.Lou Williams added 19 points and Amir Johnson scored 17 for the Raptors, who tied a season high with their sixth straight victory.John Wall, battling migraines and a sprained right ankle, was a game-time decision for Washington. He started and led all scorers with 28 points and had 12 assists. Bradley Beal added 26 points.Lowry scored seven points in overtime for Toronto, which squandered a 17-point, second-half lead Friday night before outlasting the Nets.With a win before a sellout crowd at the Verizon Center, Washington (31-17) could have pulled into a tie with Toronto (33-15) for second place in the Eastern Conference.CAVALIERS 106, TIMBERWOLVES 90MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James scored 16 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter to win a stirring duel with rookie Andrew Wiggins, leading Cleveland over the Timberwolves in Kevin Loves first game back in Minnesota since he was traded.James kicked things into gear in the final 9 minutes. He scored 13 straight points for the Cavaliers, who have won 10 straight.Wiggins had 33 points and four steals for the Timberwolves (8-39), who gave Love and the Cavs all they could handle in front of a standing-room-only crowd.Love was booed heavily and finished with 14 points on 6-for-14 shooting and 17 rebounds.Thaddeus Young scored 19 points for the Timberwolves, but they were 3 for 19 in the fourth quarter.CLIPPERS 105, SPURS 85SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Blake Griffin had 31 points and 13 rebounds, and Los Angeles rolled to a victory that snapped San Antonios six-game home winning streak.Chris Paul had 20 points and Spencer Hawes scored 11. DeAndre Jordan added eight points and 19 rebounds while limiting All-Star reserve Tim Duncan to four points, which matched his season low.San Antonio went 10 for 30 on 3-pointers and was outrebounded 56-36.Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points for the Spurs and Danny Green added 16, including five 3-pointers.ddddddddddddSan Antonio had won four straight over Los Angeles.GRIZZLIES 85, THUNDER 74MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Zach Randolph had 21 points and 18 rebounds, and Marc Gasol added 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Memphis past Oklahoma City.Mike Conley, returning after missing two games with a sprained left wrist, added 10 points as the Grizzlies won their sixth straight. Ten of Randolphs rebounds came on the offensive glass.Kevin Durant, a game-time decision after missing the previous two games with a sprained big toe, led the Thunder with 15 points. Russell Westbrook finished with 14 points, and Serge Ibaka added 13 points and 10 rebounds.WARRIORS 106, SUNS 87OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 25 points and seven assists, and Golden State snapped a two-game skid with a win over Phoenix.Klay Thompson scored 22 points, and Harrison Barnes added 13 points and eight rebounds to help the Western Conference-leading Warriors (37-8) shake off a slow start. They fell behind by 12 in the second quarter, rallied ahead 52-51 at halftime and ran away from the Suns after the break.Markieff Morris had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix (28-21), which had won two in a row.Golden State put together a 15-2 run midway through the fourth that put the game away.MAVERICKS 108, MAGIC 93ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Monta Ellis had 25 points and 13 assists as Dallas sent Orlando to its eighth straight loss.Tyson Chandler finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks, who held off a fourth-quarter Magic rally after leading by 27 early in the second half.Six players scored in double figures for the Mavericks, who won their second straight.Nik Vucevic, who did not play in the fourth quarter, had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic.Evan Fournier, starting in place of injured Victor Oladipo, and Willie Green had 15 points each for Orlando.KINGS 99, PACERS 94INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rudy Gay scored 31 points, Darren Collison had 23 and Sacramento snapped its eight-game skid by beating Indiana.DeMarcus Cousins had his 28th double-double of the season with 20 points and 19 rebounds. The centre fouled out with 1:46 to play and the Kings leading 93-85.The struggling Kings (17-29) needed their early dominance to fend off the late-charging Pacers.David West and C.J. Miles each scored 17 points for the Pacers (17-32).BUCKS 95, TRAIL BLAZERS 88MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jared Dudley scored 18 points and O.J. Mayo had 17 off the bench to help Milwaukee beat struggling Portland.John Henson added 14 for the Bucks, who had won consecutive road games at Miami and Orlando. The Bucks had a pretty big week off the court, too, as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced a funding plan that could represent a major step toward building a new arena in Milwaukee.Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews scored 19 points apiece for Portland. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who have lost three straight and eight of 10.HORNETS 104, NUGGETS 86DENVER (AP) — Cody Zeller scored a career-best 21 points, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 17 and Charlotte routed reeling Denver.Al Jefferson and Jason Maxiell added 14 points apiece for the Hornets, who have won 10 of 13. They have held their opponents under 100 points in 12 of those games. And their solid play has continued in the absence of Kemba Walker, who underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and will be out at least six weeks.Danilo Gallinaris 15 points led the Nuggets, who were dealt a blow before the game. Star forward Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur, a key reserve, were both held out because of illness. ' ' '

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