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BRISBANE, Australia - Roger Federer has a chance to go into the Australian Open with 1,000 career match wins to his credit after beating fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the final of the Brisbane International.The 17-time Grand Slam champion came into the 2015 season with 996 wins and has had three more on the way to Sundays final, where hell meet third-seeded Milos Raonic. He has a 7-1 win-loss record against the 24-year-old Canadian, from Thornhill, Ont. who served 34 aces to grind out a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) win over second-seeded Kei Nishikori in the other semifinal.Its a goal for the season, so I still have time to get to a thousand, Federer said, smiling. I mean, its a really big number, no doubt about it. Love to get it tomorrow, especially in the finals in an ATP event where most of my wins have come.If not tomorrow, I hope it happens at the Australian Open. It would definitely be an incredible milestone to reach.Only Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl have won more than 1,000 matches.They were very consistent for a long time, very match tough, and definitely players and athletes you could look up to because their longevity was incredible, the 33-year-old Federer said. It would mean a lot to get to a thousand, but theyre still ahead of me.Maria Sharapova was scheduled to play Ana Ivanovic in the Saturday night womens final.The third-seeded Raonic appeared to grow in confidence as the match progressed against U.S. Open finalist Nishikori, earning three match points with an ace in the third tiebreaker and then clinching it after 2 1/2 hours with a stunning forehand service return.Raonic said hell be relying again on his serve, hoping to emulate the form that earned a win over Federer in Paris last year.Thats always been a key. Last few matches I started poorly. I would get broken right in my first service game, which is not the way to really go about things, especially against a top player and especially against Roger, he said. So Ive got to keep that pressure on him and then sort of step up when I can create my opportunities.Raonics win over U.S. Open finalist Nishikori was only his second in six head-to-heads between the pair.I felt I served really well. Thats held me around, especially in the beginning, because I felt he was getting more and more on top of me at the beginning from the baseline, Raonic said. That sort of kept me in it and sort of gave me a chance.Neither player dropped serve in the match, meaning Nishikori exited the tournament without being broken in a service game.Eventually, though, the quick points Raonic was able to pick up on his booming serve made the difference.Each set turned on one error at the same stage of the tiebreakers.Nishikori forced an error with a powerful service return in the first for a 5-4 lead. He served a double-fault in the second to give Raonic the 5-4 advantage with two serves to close.The last tiebreaker was on serve until Nishikori missed a forehand with the court wide open, and Raonic took over from there.Venus Williams won her first title of the year when she recovered from a set and a break down for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over top-seeded Carolina Wozniacki in the final of the ASB Classic at Auckland, New Zealand.Her sister, Serena Williams, was aiming for a third Hopman Cup title when she partnered John Isner in the U.S. team against Poland in the final later Saturday in Perth, Australia. Leonardo Spinazzola Juventus Jersey . - The Denver Broncos kept rookie wide receiver Tavarres King from joining the Green Bay Packers by promoting him to their active roster Tuesday. 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After a first half in which he thought "the lid was on the basket," the Toronto Raptors coach watched his squad mount a second half surge to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-91.WASHINGTON - After years of turning to high-profile names — Robert Griffin III, Mike Shanahan, Joe Gibbs and more — to rescue the franchise and turn it into a long-term winner, the Washington Redskins have gone in another direction.The Redskins on Thursday evening confirmed the hiring of Scot McCloughan as general manager, an anticlimactic announcement after days of negotiations that had put a deal essentially in place by Wednesday afternoon.McCloughan, who will be introduced at a news conference on Friday, is a former executive with the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks and has spent more than two decades in the NFL working either as a scout or in a front office.He will have authority over the draft and free agency, giving the club a highly respected personnel evaluator in charge and separate from the coach for the first time since Charley Casserly was dismissed in 1999.McCloughan is credited with helping craft championship-level rosters with the 49ers (2005-09) and Seahawks (2010-13), including the two seasons he served as San Franciscos GM. He left both teams due to personal reasons and spent last season as a private consultant to NFL teams.He has no easy task in front of him. The Redskins have finiished last in the NFC East in six of the past seven seasons, and poor draft decisions and unwise free agency signings have left the talent pool wanting.ddddddddddddIn addition, McCloughan must decide if Griffin — who has been benched twice in two years — truly is the franchise quarterback he appeared to be when he won the leagues Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2012.McCloughan will also work with Jay Gruden, who went 4-12 in his first season as an NFL head coach. Gruden is in search of a defensive co-ordinator after Jim Hasletts departure last week.McCloughan takes the job previously held by Bruce Allen, who has been the Redskins general manager for the past five seasons and gained final say over roster matters after in-charge-of-everything coach Mike Shanahan was fired a year ago. Allen did not have a strong reputation as a player-personnel manager when he came to Washington, and the team is 28-52 during his five full seasons.Allen, a close confidant of team owner Dan Snyder, will remain team president, concentrating on business and other off-the-field matters.___AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Joseph White on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAP ' ' '
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