Muguruza beats Pennetta at Tournament of Champions

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Garbine Muguruza moved a step closer to the semifinals by beating favorite Flavia Pennetta of Italy 0-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the group stage at the season-ending WTA Tournament of Champions on Thursday.

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Nats keep Span, decline LaRoche, Soriano options

WASHINGTON (AP) — Center fielder Denard Span is staying with the Washington Nationals, who exercised their $9 million option for 2015 on his contract Thursday, while declining options on first baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Rafael Soriano.

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Review: ‘Interstellar’ a sublime cosmic knockout

This photo released by Paramount Pictures shows, Matthew McConaughey, left, and Anne Hathaway, in a scene from the film, '"Interstellar," from Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Melinda Sue Gordon)

Since his breakthrough with the backward-running “Memento,” Christopher Nolan has made a plaything of time. In “Interstellar,” he slips into its very fabric, shaping its flows and exploding its particles. It’s an absurd endeavor. And it’s one of the most sublime movies of the decade.

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KellyTough: Hurricanes set to honor former QB

In this Dec. 18, 2011, file photo, Buffalo Bills Hall-of-Famer and former University of Miami iquarterback Jim Kelly looks out onto the field during an NFL game between the Bills and the Miami Dolphins in Orchard Park, N.Y. Homecoming weekend for the Hurricanes is getting headlined by Kelly and championing his fight against cancer. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File)

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Jim Kelly still has good days and bad days, health-wise. He insists that he feels the effects of prayers, even those offered by people he will never meet. His fingers are crossed that an MRI exam scheduled for next week will provide more good signs.

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Stanford and No. 5 Oregon square off again

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota runs against California during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Another Stanford-Oregon showdown highlights Week 7 of the Pac-12 season. As is the case this time of year in the conference, it’s far from the only big game of the week.

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