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#1 Sam Elliott

It is mayhem when Sam Elliott and Bradley Cooper arrive at the Palm Springs International Film Festival #bradleycooper #samelliott #psiff19 #awardshow #actor #palmsprings

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Sam Elliott is The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot in this surprisingly heavy trailer

With a title like The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, you might be expecting this movie to be a cartoonish romp through a silly, sci-fi-tinged universe where one man—in this case Sam Elliott—happens to be some kind of superhero who manages to murder a bunch of deserving monsters. What you probably aren’t expecting is a serious exploration of the toll that one very important killing can take on an old soldier, and what happens when that old soldier is asked to save the world by killing once again. What does it mean to be the man who killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot? Well, it doesn’t mean having a whole lot of trashy fun, if this trailer is anything to go by.

The A.V. Club’s own Katie Rife said The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot is a “mostly successful” hybrid of a “pulpy adventure tale” and a “meditative reflection on loneliness and aging” when she saw it at Fantasia Film Festival last year, and it’ll be available in theaters and on-demand on February 8.

 

 

#2 Ciara • Future • Russell Wilson

#Future is still mad at #Ciara and #RussellWilson...??

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Ciara's Ex Future Gets Annihilated on Twitter for Questioning Russell Wilson's Manhood

#3 Martin Luther King Jr. • I Have a Dream • StoryCorps • Civil rights movement

#instacollage

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Standing With Dr. King in Memphis

Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968.

In 1968, 1,300 sanitation workers, most of whom were black, went on strike in Memphis, Tenn., protesting horrendous working conditions and low wages. Martin Luther King, Jr. went to Memphis to lend his support to the striking workers.

Taylor Rogers, one of the men on strike, went to the Mason Temple on April 3, 1968, with his wife, Bessie, to hear King speak. What they heard is now known as the "I've been to the Mountaintop" speech — the last the civil rights leader would deliver.

As Rogers, now 79, recalled with his wife recently, "You just really can't describe it. He stopped everything, put everything aside to come to Memphis to see about the people on the bottom of the ladder, the sanitation workers."

"After his death, we marched. You couldn't hear a sound. You couldn't hear nothin' but leather against pavement," Rogers says, comparing the loss to what he would feel in losing a family member. "But we survived and with God's help, we came through."

The StoryCorps project records oral histories all around the country. Each interview is archived at the Library of Congress — and a selected excerpt airs on Morning Edition every Friday.

'I Gave Up Hope': As Girls, They Were Jailed In Squalor For Protesting Segregation

Taken in 2016, (left to right) Emmarene Kaigler-Streeter, Carol Barner-Seay, Shirley Green-Reese and Diane Bowens stand outside the stockade building in Leesburg, Ga., where they were jailed in 1963.

Aletta Cooper/StoryCorps

The day Martin Luther King Jr. gave his landmark "I Have a Dream" speech in August 1963, a lesser known moment in civil rights history was unfolding in southern Georgia.

More than a dozen African-American girls, ages 12 to 15, were being held in a small, Civil War-era stockade set up by law enforcement in Leesburg, Ga., as a makeshift jail.

Though they were never charged with a crime, the girls had been arrested for challenging segregation in demonstrations in nearby Americus, Ga. For about two months, the girls slept on concrete floors; there was no working toilet or shower. There were minimal food and water deliveries each day.

"The place was worse than filthy," recalled Carol Barner-Seay at StoryCorps in 2016.

Barner-Seay, who's now 68, had been imprisoned there along with Shirley Green-Reese, Diane Bowens and Emmarene Kaigler-Streeter. At StoryCorps, the four women recounted their time together in the stockade.

"Being in a place like that, I didn't feel like we was human," Shirley Green-Reese, now 70, said.

The girls' families did not know where they were. Green-Reese said she often felt hopeless. "I had never been away from home," she said. "After a week, it started messing with me mentally, as if no one cared, and I gave up hope many days. It was a lot of crying in that place."

In August 1963, African-American girls were held in a Georgia stockade after being arrested for demonstrating segregation. Left to right: Melinda Jones Williams (13), Laura Ruff Saunders (13), Mattie Crittenden Reese, Pearl Brown, Carol Barner Seay (12), Annie Ragin Laster (14), Willie Smith Davis (15), Shirley Green (14), and Billie Jo Thornton Allen (13). Sitting on the floor: Verna Hollis (15).

Danny Lyon

Bowens, who's 68, was especially concerned about one of the girls, Verna Hollis. "I was scared Verna was going to die. If she ate, it would just come right back up."

Hollis didn't know that she was pregnant at the time. "We didn't know because we were children," Green-Reese said.

Looking back, Barner-Seay remembered Hollis' strength. "If she complained to anybody, it was under her breath to God, but we never heard it," she said.

Hollis' son, Joseph Jones III, is now 54 years old. A year before Hollis died in 2017, she recorded a StoryCorps interview with him, reflecting on those months she'd been jailed as a teen.

"I was scared and mad that you could treat a human being like they treated us," said Hollis, then 68. "We both could have died in there."

Jones told his mom he, too, was inspired by her strength. "I'm proud of that, and I try to live from that," he said.

'This is us'

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee eventually learned where the girls were and sent photographer Danny Lyon to the stockade to photograph them. When Lyon's photographs documenting their squalid living conditions were published, the girls were released.

When Green-Reese went back home, she says she didn't feel welcomed. "When we got out of that stockade, my classmates and my teachers never asked me where I was coming from," she said. "I felt like I didn't fit in, so after high school, I left the area and moved forward."

She took a job with a library in Savannah, Ga. In the archives at work one day, she saw for the first time one of Lyon's photos of the imprisoned girls, including herself, behind bars at the stockade.

"I said, 'This is us.' "

But Green-Reese didn't share the photo with her coworkers. "I didn't want them to know I was in that jail," she said.

It wasn't until 2015 that the women who had been imprisoned in the stockade got together to discuss their time there.

Bowens says she doesn't do well in confined spaces. "Today, when I got in this elevator, I was about to have a heart attack," she said in 2016. "I just don't want to be closed in, and I don't want to be in the dark."

 

#4 Ocean Ramsey

 

Divers swim with giant great white shark off Oahu’s coast

"She was just this big beautiful gentle giant wanting to use our boat as a scratching post."

In this Jan. 15, 2019 photo provided by Juan Oliphant, Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and advocate, swims with a large great white shark off the shore of Oahu.  Ramsey told The Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 17 that images of her swimming next to a huge great white shark prove that these top predators should be protected, not feared. (Juan Oliphant via AP)
In this Jan. 15, 2019, photo, Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and advocate, swims with a large great white shark off the shore of Oahu. –Juan Oliphant via AP

HONOLULU (AP) — Divers monitoring a rotting whale carcass off the shores of Oahu this week found themselves face-to-face with a massive great white shark, prompting state officials to warn recreational divers and snorkelers to stay out of the water near the dead sperm whale amid reports some people have climbed onto the carcass to take its teeth as souvenirs.

Smaller tiger sharks left when the possibly pregnant great white came to dine on the dead whale Tuesday, diver Ocean Ramsey told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

“She was just this big beautiful gentle giant wanting to use our boat as a scratching post,” said Ramsey, who posted images of the encounter. “We went out at sunrise, and she stayed with us pretty much throughout the day.”

Ramsey studies sharks, advocates for their conservation and leads cage-free shark diving tours. Ramsey and her team observe and identify sharks and share that data with state and federal partners.
Ocean Ramsey talks to reporters about her encounter with a great white shark, Thursday in Haleiwa, Hawaii. —Caleb Jones / AP

Hawaii waters are usually too warm for great whites compared with California’s Pacific coast, where they feed on sea lions and elephant seals, Ramsey said. She estimated this shark was more than 20 feet (6 meters) long and 8 feet (2.4 meters) across.

The giant white might have headed to Hawaii because of hunger and a need for extra nutrients in pregnancy, Ramsey said.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a statement Wednesday that the decomposing whale carcass had drifted to about eight miles (13 kilometers) south of Pearl Harbor after being towed 15 miles (24 kilometers) offshore days earlier.

Ocean Ramsey. —Juan Oliphant via AP

The department said tiger sharks have been “almost continuously” feeding on the whale and said it was aware of photos of the great white.

The agency’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, Chief Jason Redull, said people should stay out of the water around the dead whale.

“We don’t want anyone to get hurt if a shark swimming around the carcass mistakes them as food. Understandably, some people want to get into the water either out of fascination or to get photographs, but it is truly dangerous to be around this carcass with so much shark activity,” he said.

The agency said there are reports people climbed on top of the whale carcass and removed its teeth, which may be a violation of state and federal laws.
Ocean Ramsey. —Juan Oliphant via AP

Officials said the carcass it is currently drifting away from shore, but a predicted shift in the winds could once again push it back toward Oahu.

The shark could be the famed Deep Blue based on her size and markings, Ramsay said. Deep Blue is believed to be the largest white shark ever recorded. Ramsey previously swam with the huge shark on research trips to Guadalupe Island, Mexico.

“Big pregnant females are actually the safest ones to be with — the biggest, oldest ones — because they’ve seen it all, including us,” Ramsey said. “That’s why I kind of call her, like, a grandma shark.”

Sharks usually only bite when they’re curious or mistake people for their natural prey but are unpredictable, she said.

Marine biologist swims with 20 foot long great white shark

"It fills my heart with joy," Ocean Ramsey, the marine biologist, said of her chance encounter the massive predator.
Jan. 18, 2019, 12:22 PM EST
By Ben Kesslen

The images will stop you in your tracks — a woman in a wet suit and with a camera swimming side by side with a 20 foot great white shark.

Ocean Ramsey, the marine biologist in Hawaii who swam with the great white shark, said Friday on "Today" that she had no reason to be nervous. Ramsey said sharks like the 8 foot wide one she swam next to on Tuesday, “swim past surfers, swimmers, and divers all day every day.”

“It’s so rare that they ever make a mistake,” she said.

Ramsey has been studying great white sharks for over 10 years, and estimates the shark that became her swimming partner earlier this week weighs in at over two tons. She and her team were studying tiger sharks off the coast of Oahu, documenting the animals’ behavior, when they encountered the great white that would have sent most swimmers fearing for their life.

Image: A shark said to be 'Deep Blue', one of the largest recorded individuals, swims offshore Hawaii
A great white shark named "Deep Blue," believed to be the world's largest, swims off the coast of Hawaii, on Jan. 15.Juan Oliphant/oneoceandiving.com / via Reuters

“We never would have imagined we would be fortunate enough to be graced with the presence of this massive, big, beautiful, female white shark” Ramsey said. “It fills my heart with joy and takes my breath away.”

The images from the scene are striking, to say the least. They went viral after Ramsey posted them on Instagram. In a video of the encounter, Ramsey is seen holding the shark’s fin while they swim in tandem. Seeing Ramsey next to the shark gives you a sense of just how massive the great white is.

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#6 Joseph Baena

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joseph Baena

Instagram, Jack Mitchell/Getty Images

Like father, like son.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's son, Joseph Baena, proved just how much he takes after his famous father this week by posting a picture of himself flexing at the gym.

The photo showed the 21-year-old offspring baring his muscles in nothing but a pair of black shorts and sneakers. He also struck a pose that was very similar to the one his dear old dad did in 1976—not long after The Terminator star won his sixth consecutive Mr. Olympia title in 1975.

"Just a lil thicc," he captioned the image.

This wasn't the first time Schwarzenegger's son had compared his physique to his dad's. In November, he posted a video of himself showing off his enormous arm muscles. Again, fans noted he seemed to resemble his pops. He also poked a little fun at his dad in 2017 when he wished a Happy Father's Day "to the man that's almost as big as I am."

 

It looks like Schwarzenegger likes to help his son with his workouts, too. The 71-year-old star posted a picture of them hitting the gym together on Baena's birthday in 2017.
"You're a fantastic son and a great training partner," Schwarzenegger wrote at the time. "You get stronger and smarter every year and I'm so proud of you. I love you."

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joseph Baena

Instagram, Jack Mitchell/Getty Images

Schwarzenegger shares Baena with Mildred Baena—the actor's former housekeeper with whom he had an affair. The Jingle All the Way star also has four children with his ex Maria ShriverChristopher SchwarzeneggerChristina SchwarzeneggerPatrick Schwarzeneggerand Katherine Schwarzenegger, who recently got engaged to Chris Pratt.

 

 

#7 Paxton Lynch

Former first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch has been signed to a futures contract. What do you think of the move? - #broncos #paxtonlynch #denver #milehigh #gohawks #seattle #seahawks #seattleseahawks #12thman #sports #nfl #nfc #nfcwest #pnw #seahawkscentral

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Paxton Lynch passes against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL preseason game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 11, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

Paxton Lynch signs with Seahawks after sitting out 2018 season

The Seattle Seahawks have signed former Denver Broncos first-round pick Paxton Lynch to a future contract.

After 137 days, Paxton Lynch is back in the NFL.

The Seattle Seahawks announced Thursday they have signed former Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch.

Lynch was the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and third quarterback taken in that draft. Lynch was chosen by the Broncos with a pick that was acquired in a trade with Seattle.

The Broncos released Lynch on September 2, 2018.

Paxton Lynch  vs Minnesota Vikings
Paxton Lynch passes against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL preseason game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 11, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

Why on earth did the Seahawks sign Paxton Lynch?

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Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Late yesterday reports emerged that the Seattle Seahawks had signed former Denver Broncosquarterback Paxton Lynch to a future contract, filling the void behind Russell Wilson that had been created when Alex McGough signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this week. With 2018 backup quarterback Brett Hundley also set to be an unrestricted free agent, the Hawks were obviously in the market for a backup, and while there will certainly be at least another arm or two added between now and training camp, this at least answers part of the question.

However, adding Lynch brings up another important question, specifically, why would they bring him in? What value does he add? Does he have any kind of potential whatsoever? To take a tiny glance into answering this, I turned to the trusty film of NFL Gamepass to see what they could potentially have seen in his game. I instantly dove right in to his most recent NFL regular season tape, his Week 17 start in 2017 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

What did I find when I watched the film?

Well, as one would expect of a quarterback drafted in the first round who was cut prior to his third year in the league - who was cut in spite of a fully guaranteed base salary of $1,911,482 for the 2018 season - Lynch did not look good. It didn’t even require watching a handful of dropbacks before his lumbering, uncoordinated drop in the pocket that Broncos fans have complained of was apparent. It jumped off the tape on the very first pass attempt.

That attempt was a poorly placed sideline route that was incomplete, and from watching the tape it almost made me wonder if Lynch had received any kind of quarterback coaching during his two seasons with Denver. In fact, I stopped watching tape after the second drive to go find out who had been the Broncos quarterbacks coach for 2016 and 2017 because I was so put off by what I was watching.

On a brief side trip from my review of Lynch’s tape against the Chiefs, it turns out he had two separate quarterbacks coaches in 2016 and 2017. In 2016 it was Greg Knapp and in 2017 it was Bill Musgrave. Some Seattle fans will recognize Knapp’s name as the offensive coordinator during the forgotten 2009 Jim Mora season, while Musgrave’s claim to fame may be his development of Christian Ponder in Minnesota.

Getting back to the film review, I’m not going to dwell on the point because the tape on Lynch can be described with just a single word, ugly. His mechanics come across as uncoordinated and labored, while his pocket presence is lacking and his footwork atrocious.

If that’s the case why did they bring him in? I can’t know the true answer to that, but what I can answer is that I was extremely impressed with one aspect of his game - slants and using the middle of the field. Just to put this into pictures for fans, here is a copy of Lynch’s passing chart from the 2017 season finale against the Chiefs.

Specifically, focus on all those green dots that litter the middle of the field and the short left. A lot of them are the exact type of throws that many have been critical of Wilson for not throwing. They jump off the tape, as even in spite of his atrocious mechanics, his complete lack of coordination and his seeming lack of pocket presence he repeatedly delivered pass after pass after pass on time and on target to the short middle and short left.

Here’s a glimpse at some of these passes, starting with some ugly mechanics on a beautiful slant to the left.

Here’s a beautifully delivered pass on a rub concept.

Here he somehow managed to squeeze this ball in to someone named Jeff Heuerman on a quick out route.

Here’s another threading of the needle on a slant to the left side of the field.

Here he successfully hits the receiver that is between the hashmarks on a crossing route for a one yard gain.

On this one he drops a pass perfectly over the top of the linebackers as he’s rolling to his right.

Let me just say that watching a quarterback complete passes to receivers in stride over the middle of the field gets me excited. He may not be very good at most things, but this middle of the field and slant stuff is at least a place to start.

And this is something I love to see from a quarterback, as he’s passed up the wide open five yard curl on the left side of the screen for the slot receiver with inside position on a post route.

Now, I’m not trying to say in any way shape or form that Lynch has any shot at unseating Wilson as the starter. He most certainly does not, and if he’s the starter in 2019 then there’s a good chance Seattle fans aren’t talking about a loss in the Wild Card round of the playoffs because there won’t be any playoffs.

I’m not even trying to hint that he is a lock to make the roster in 2019, as there’s the distinct possibility that he does not. Especially given the fact that he was out of football for 2018 combined with the fact that he still has practice squad eligibility left since he only has two accrued seasons. However, what I will say is that if he can learn some actual quarterbacking fundamentals and pocket mechanics, it could improve his game, and quarterback mechanics is an area where we saw a huge step forward from Russell Wilson in 2018.

Obviously it will require more than just fixing mechanics to bring Lynch’s game to the NFL level, but Paxton is still young. He doesn’t turn 25 for another three and a half weeks. Thus, while he has put together some ugly tape in his still young career, he’s still young enough to be in a position where the book on his development may not yet be finished.

#8 Amanda Anisimova

#amandaanisimova #tennis #tennisfun #tennisplayer #wta #tennishot #tennisbeauties

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The Tennis Podcast: Can 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova win the Australian Open?

There was a big shock on Friday at the Australian Open as 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova defeated 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 6-2 in a little over an hour. On The Tennis Podcast, presenters David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, Amazon Prime) revel in the nature of Anisimova’s victory.

What is it about Anisimova’s game that’s so impressive? Could she possibly go on and win the whole tournament? She faces Petra Kvitova next, whom she beat at Indian Wells last year.

If she does win the title, she will become the first teenager since Maria Sharapova in 2006 to win a Grand Slam. Sharapova’s victory over defending champion Caroline Wozniacki is discussed.

Elsewhere, Law and Whitaker agree there was sense of “man against boy” as Rafael Nadal dominated Alex de Minaur in the night session. Is Nadal playing better than expected? Did the result tell us anything we didn’t know about De Minaur?

Roger Federer was also a comfortable winner on Friday. But will he have his work cut out against Stefanos Tsitsipas?

Frances Tiafoe backed up his win over Kevin Anderson by beating Andreas Seppi. Is that indicative of yet another step forward for the young American? Tiafoe plays Grigor Dimitrov next, and Whitaker provides an insight into Dimitrov’s coaching partnership with Andre Agassi.

There’s also a preview to day six. Why is Simona Halep vs Venus Williams not scheduled for the Rod Laver Arena? Will Denis Shapovalov have any joy against Novak Djokovic?

The Tennis Podcast will be produced daily throughout the Australian Open. It is produced in association with The Telegraph.

ANDY RODDICK: ANDY MURRAY MADE A NAME FOR HIMSELF DURING AN ERA OF GIANTS
By JON WERTHEIM

January 18, 2019

MELBOURNE— Here are five thoughts on Day Five of the Australian Open, which saw some major upsets and the continued greatness of a 20-time major champion.

• The tennis version of A Star is Born. American Amanda Anisimova, age 17, scored the upset of the day—an “eye popper,” as the Aussies would say—absolutely crushing No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka, 6-3, 6-2. Third on the odds board after Serena and Angelique Kerber, Sabalenka had no response for the depth and defense of Anisimova. The youngest player to reach the fourth round of a major in more than a decade, Anisimova has a natural feel and natural maturity. We used to take it as an article of faith that teenagers were no longer capable of winning majors. Anisimova has the tennis salon rethinking that.

It’s the kids, we’re told, that have these short attention spans. But 37-year-old Roger Federer sure didn’t waste any time today. The defending champ here—and 20-time major winner—needed jus 86 minutes on the court today to beat 21-year-old American Taylor Fritz 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. It was as if he were playing Fortnite. After a year that didn’t meet his standards, Federer has been brilliant here so far. He is serving well, moving well, showing off his extravagant talent as well as ever. But he’s also been a model of efficiency. Averaging just 15 seconds between points, he has breezed through his matches. He’s now into week two with lots of confidence and little expended energy.

• Federer’s next opponent? Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, the 20-year-old banger, who’s seeded No. 15 and playing like it. Today, he hung with No. 19 Nikoloz Basilashvili in rallies and induced errors with his defense, winning 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4. Tsitsipas is improving in real time—this is only his second Australian Open—and his unique game has confounded opponents as much as his power has. He also possesses a unique perspective, more interested in photography and film and (get this) reading books than in the trappings of celebrity. Today he spoke about the social scene in men’s tennis: “Actually, I was shy when I was a kid but not anymore. I learn to find my comfort when I'm with people. I think I'm comfortable meeting new people and having a discussion with someone. Not many of the players, you know, want to be friends on the tour. That's a problem. That's an issue, you know, unless you speak the same language.” Tsitsipas gets a big test next, a likely Saturday Night session against the GOAT. It’s all part of the career progression…

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• Eleven—eleven!—years after winning the title here, Maria Sharapova scored a big win, beating the most recent champ here, Caroline Wozniazki, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. This may well have marked Sharpova biggest win since her doping suspension. That she is seeded No. 30 here says plenty about the rough road she’s traversed over the past year. Today, though, was vintage Sharapova: offensive tennis, aggressive mindset, relishing of battle—plus uncommonly strong serving as she lost just five of her service points in the third set. Next up: Australia’s own Ashleigh Barty, the No. 15 seed.

Amanda Anisimova, 17, is making history for the US at Australian Open

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Amanda Anisimova celebrates reaching the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time. (AP)

American Amanda Anisimova is waking up to an entirely new world, one in which she’s the talk of the tennis world after an upset in the third round of the Australian Open.

And at 17 years old, it’s pushing her into notable — and elite — territory.

Anisimova handled 11th seeded Aryna Sabalenka with ease, 6-3 6-2, to move into the fourth round of the tournament. She defeated 24th seed Lesia Tsurenko, 6-0 6-2, in the second round and won the first round in straight sets as well.

Her next test: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic. She’s ranked eighth and reached the final 16 with three straight-set matches.

Who is Amanda Anisimova?

Anisimova is the child of Russian parents and a native of Freehold Township, New Jersey. She won the 2017 Junior US Open championship at 16 and entered her first Grand Slam in 2018 when offered a wild card after back-to-back tournament finals in preceding months.

She didn’t win a Grand Slam match until this week, her third entry. The 5-foot-11 teenager is ranked 87th, the youngest in the top 100.

Born Aug. 31, 2001, she’s the first player, woman or man, born in the 2000s to reach the fourth round at a Grand Slam. The youth are coming.

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Anisimova making history in Melbourne

Anisimova is in good company.

She’s the youngest American to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam since Serena Williams did it in 1998 and the youngest American to do it in Melbourne since Jennifer Capriati in 1993.

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If she ends up lifting the trophy, she’d become the youngest player to do so and only the second teenager. Maria Sharapova, one of her idols, last did it as a 19-year-old at the 2006 US Open.

“I would want to be the second person to win a slam as a teenager,” she said with a smile at post-match remarks.

In a story for the Australian Open website, she extrapolated:

“I want to win this tournament right now. Honestly, I loved playing out there today. I think I have never had that much fun in a match before, and the crowd was just amazing, supporting me all the time.”

Why will she keep impressing?

For one, she’s only 17. A strong career is laid out in front of her whether she continues to win at this tournament or not.

Her coverage of the court is dubbed “extraordinary” and her first serve and forehand strong. It’s her double-fisted backhand that is generating admiring comments into the fourth round. From Reuters’ report on the match:

“On the backhand wing, she took the ball as early as anyone else on tour, yet always appeared balanced, and never rushed.”

And her own remarks to the media:

“A lot of people tell me my backhand is really good. I like playing forehand and backhand. I don’t really think I have a better shot.”

And comments from Nick Saviano, a veteran American coach and main Anisimova mentor, in a New York Times profileahead of her first Grand Slam:

“She’s a good athlete and a very strong, powerful player. The ball kind of explodes off her racket, so she tends to hit a lot of winners naturally when just hitting normal groundstrokes. But she also has the will and determination to be someone who wants to be absolutely as good as they can possibly be.”

Rest of the final 16

Sharapova, 31, took out No. 3 seed and defending champion Carolina Wozniacki to move into the fourth round. She’ll face Australian Ashleigh Barty.

Americans Sloane Stephens, ranked fifth, and Danielle Collins are also in that side of the bracket.

Serena Williams will play for a spot in the final 16 today, while sister Venus Williams will take on top-seeded Simona Halep to move on. American Madison Keys (17) is also playing today, against Elise Mertens (12) of Belgium.

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The Latest: Van Dyke's Sister Begs Court for No Prison Time

Jason Van Dyke's family members are trying to humanize the white former Chicago police officer during his sentencing hearing for the 2014 fatal shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald, saying he's a good father and husband who isn't racist.

Jan. 18, 2019, at 5:04 p.m.
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The Latest: Van Dyke's Sister Begs Court for No Prison Time

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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke confers with his attorney Daniel Herbert during his sentencing hearing for the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Chicago. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO (AP) — THE Latest on the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who fired the shots that killed black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local):

4 p.m.

Jason Van Dyke's family members are trying to humanize the former Chicago police officer during his sentencing hearing for the 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, saying he's a good father and husband who goes out of his way to help and who isn't racist.

Van Dyke's sister, Heidi Kauffunger, told the court Friday that her brother has been abandoned by family and friends since he was charged. She says he was even contacted by someone who said Van Dyke had mistakenly been invited to a wedding and that the family didn't want him there because "it would take attention away" from the bride and groom.

Kauffunger begged the court for mercy and said if her brother goes to prison the family "will lose everything." She says Van Dyke's two daughters have been bullied and that the older one even had the words "16 shots" written on her school desk.

His father, Owen Van Dyke, said Jason was a good student and is a good son.

Jason Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each time he shot McDonald.

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3:40 p.m.

Jason Van Dyke's brother-in-law says the former Chicago police officer is a "gentle giant" and isn't the "monster" or "racist cop" that he's been portrayed as by the media.

Keith Thompson said Friday at Van Dyke's sentencing hearing that Van Dyke has always treated people fairly. Thompson, who is black and whose wife is the sister of Van Dyke's wife, said he has never seen anything to indicate that Van Dyke is racist in the 13 years he's known him.

He said it will be very difficult for the family moving forward because Van Dyke is a convicted felon.

Van Dyke, who is white, was convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated battery in the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

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3:20 p.m.

One of former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke's daughters spoke during his sentencing hearing and blamed the media for shaming "police officers for doing their jobs."

Kaylee Van Dyke told the court Friday that she wrote a paper for her high school civics class about "the harsh reality" of police work.

The 17-year-old said she knows the positives of the job, but that she thinks the media "twists events, making people create negative thoughts."

She said police officers don't care about people's color, "they care about your safety." She also said she regrets all the times she didn't hug her father.

Jason Van Dyke, who is white, was convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated battery in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

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2:45 p.m.

A prosecution witness at the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who killed black teen Laquan McDonald wasn't able to identify the officer in the courtroom, so he wasn't allowed to keep testifying.

Alberto Luces was one of several men who testified Friday about run-ins they had with Officer Jason Van Dyke during traffic stops. Luces, who is deaf, said through a sign language interpreter that he was pulled over by two officers, one black and one white. But when asked to identify the white officer in the courtroom, Luces said he couldn't because he didn't have his glasses.

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2 p.m.

A relative of Laquan McDonald has been allowed to read a victim impact statement from the slain black teen's perspective, saying Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke killed his grandnephew without provocation.

Reading from a prepared text in the first person as Laquan McDonald on Friday, the Rev. Marvin Hunter said, "I am a 17-year-old boy" and "I am unable to speak in my own voice" because officer Jason Van Dyke "thought he would become judge, jury and executioner.

He added, "My death has brought inconsolable pain to my mother and my sister ... my family. ... He has not just destroyed my life but the life of his wife and children."

In asking for a stiff sentence for Van Dyke, he said: "Why should this person who ended my life forever ... who has never asked for forgiveness ... be free when I am dead for forever?"

Van Dyke was convicted in October of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each time he shot McDonald.

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12:40 p.m.

Several black men called to testify during the sentencing hearing of the Chicago police officer who killed black teenager Laquan McDonald have described their own run-ins with the officer during traffic stops.

Vidale Joy told the court Friday that Jason Van Dyke used a racial slur and put a gun to his head during a 2005 stop. He said Van Dyke "looked infuriated" and seemed "out of his mind." Under cross examination, Joy conceded that he didn't allege in his first accounts of the traffic stop that Van Dyke had used a slur.

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11:50 a.m.

Attorneys at the sentencing hearing for the Chicago police officer who killed black teenager Laquan McDonald have made their arguments about which charge he faces is the most serious.

Judge Vincent Gaughan's decision on whether Jason Van Dyke's second-degree murder or aggravated battery conviction is more serious will help determine the severity of the sentence.

In Illinois, judges are typically required to sentence defendants for the most serious crime for which they're convicted.

The defense wants Van Dyke to be sentenced for the second-degree murder charge, partly because it carries a shorter mandatory minimum prison term of four years.

Prosecutors want the judge to focus on the 16 aggravated battery counts. Each carries a mandatory minimum prison term of six years and sentences for each count may have to be served consecutively instead of concurrently.

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9:50 a.m.

The sentencing hearing has begun for the Chicago police officer who killed black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014.

Jason Van Dyke, who was booted from the force once he was convicted, was led into court Friday in a yellow jail jumpsuit. His wife and two daughters are at the hearing.

Judge Vincent Gaughan says he'll first hear legal arguments about which is the more serious charge against Van Dyke, who was convicted of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each time he shot McDonald. If he decides the murder charge is more serious, that could lead to a lesser sentence under a complex sentencing equation.

After that legal issue is settled, attorneys will call witnesses to make the case for aggravating or mitigating circumstances before making their final arguments.

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12:05 a.m.

A judge rejected allegations that the shocking video of Laquan McDonald's death proved that police officers staged a cover-up in the fatal shooting of the black teen.

Now another judge must decide how long the officer who pulled the trigger spends behind bars. Jason Van Dyke was convicted in October of second-degree murder and aggravated battery. He will likely be given prison time when he's sentenced Friday.

But critics of the police department who cheered Van Dyke's conviction are worried after a judge on Thursday acquitted three officers accused of trying to conceal what happened to protect their colleague. He was the first Chicago officer found guilty in an on-duty shooting in a half century and probably the first ever in the shooting of an African-American.

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For more stories about this case, visit AP's Laquan McDonald hub

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