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  • iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Dan Straily is reportedly heading to Miami.ESPN reports the Marlins are acquiring the 28-year-old right hander and giving up three prospects in exchange: minor league outfielder Isaiah White, and pitching prospects Luis Castillo and Austin Brice. The trade is still subject to physicals.Last year, Straily had a 14-8 record with a 3.76 ERA and 162 strikeouts.
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  • Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Serena Williams advanced to the next round of the Australian Open Thursday, beating her opponent in two straight sets.The No. 2 seed defeated Lucie Safarova in the second round, 6-3, 6-4. Williams, 35, will next face Nicole Gibbs.Should Williams continue her winning streak and take the title in Melbourne, she will break her tie with Steffi Graf and become the leader in major wins in the Open era with 23 Grand Slam titles.Williams tied Graf with her 22nd Grand Slam win last year in the Wimbledon final against Angelique Kerber.
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  • Allen Kee / ESPN Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Novak Djokovic, the No. 2 seed in the world, has been knocked out of the Australian Open.The defending champion fell to Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin -- ranked 117th in the world -- in the second round: 7-6, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.Djokovic, 29, was looking to win a record seventh Australian Open.
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  • Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien (Allen Kee / ESPN Images)(HOUSTON) -- Come next season, Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien will reportedly be calling the plays when it comes to offense.Sources confirm to ESPN that Houston will not hire a replacement for offensive coordinator George Godsey, who parted ways with the team on Monday. Instead, O'Brien will be in charge of playcalling duties.Texans wide receivers coach Sean Ryan, meanwhile, will step in as quarterbacks coach in place of Godsey, ESPN reports.Houston's postseason was cut short last Saturday when they lost to the New England Patriots in an AFC Divisional Playoff game, 34-16.
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  • Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- University of Oregon's football strength and conditioning coach has been suspended after three student-athletes were hospitalized following offseason workouts that have been likened to basic military training.The strength and conditioning program, led by coach Irele Oderinde, began last Tuesday after the team got back from their holiday break. By Thursday, "one student-athlete complained of muscle soreness and displayed other symptoms of potential exercise-related injury," the university said. Two other players followed with similar symptoms.All three have been hospitalized with a condition known as Rhabdomyolysis."I have visited with the three young men involved in the incidents in the past few days and I have been in constant contact with their families, offering my sincere apologies," Oregon head football coach Willie Taggart said in a statement Tuesday, apologizing on behalf of the coaching staff and university."As the head football coach, I hold myself responsible for all of our football-related activities and the safety of our students must come first," he continued. "I have addressed the issue with our strength and conditioning staff, and I fully support the actions taken today by the university."Those actions include Oderinde being suspended without pay for one month, and the head football strength and conditioning coach no longer reporting to the head football coach but rather to the director of performance and sports science. "I want to thank our medical staff and doctors for caring for all of our young men, and I want to apologize to the university, our students, alumni and fans," Taggart concluded.
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