2017-18 NBA team season preview: Toronto Raptors By Libaan Osman

The Toronto Raptors will be attempting to change their style of play this upcoming season while also relying heavily on their young guys to step into new roles....


Portland Thorns FC defeat North Carolina Courage to become 2017 NWSL Champions By Casey Caprio

A hard fought defensive match between the first and second place teams in the NWSL, but the Thorn's offense was able to find the back of the net....


Svetlana Kuznetsova withdraws from the Kremlin Cup By Don Han

Fans in Moscow would be disappointed to hear that Svetlana Kuznetsova had withdrawn from the Kremlin Cup due to a wrist injury which had been bothering her since the US Open....
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WTA Hong Kong: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova books a spot in the final

Don Han | Looking in great form, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was able to claim a straight-sets win over the dangerous Wang Qiang in the semifinals of the Hong Kong Tennis Open, and she seemed to have overcome her struggles with the conditions earlier in the week, progressing to the final on her debut. Wang, who was unseeded in the draw, had an incredible run after defeating Samantha Stosur along the way, but the Russian proved to be too strong for her ultimately. Pavlyuchenkova gets the early lead Pavlyuchenkova began the match in the best possible way, and she threw in a forehand return winner on break point to grab the head start into this semifinal encounter. The Russian was simply dominant in the early stages as her forehand was working exceptionally well, and she was hitting winners after winners with Wang having no answers to her aggressive play. Pavlyuchenkova consolidated the break with an amazing drop shot winner for a 2-0 lead. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in action at the China Open last week | Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images AsiaPac Wang pegs back As the match progressed, Wang slowly settled into the atmosphere with many Chinese fans in attendance to support her. She got onto the scoreboard with a confidence hold of service before she came out of nowhere to break straight back in the sixth game, prevailing in the longest game of the match as the underdog took advantage of Pavlyuchenkova’s inconsistency to return level. The first set goes in the Russian’s favor However, Wang was also unable to hold onto her...


WTA Tianjin: Maria Sharapova storms past Peng Shuai in clinical display By Don Han

Wildcard Maria Sharapova continued to storm through the draw at the Tianjin Open, defeating Peng Shuai in the semifinals as she progressed to the first final of her comeback....


Dallas Keuchel leads Houston Astros past New York Yankees in Game 1 of ALCS By John Lupo

The Houston lefty continued his mastery of New York with another brilliant outing while the Astros MVP candidate sparked the only rally of the night....


WTA Tianjin: Aryna Sabalenka storms into her first WTA final with win over Sara Errani By Don Han

Aryna Sabalenka was simply firing on all cylinders after defeating former top-five player Sara Errani in the semifinals of the Tianjin Open, sealing a place in her first ever WTA final....


The Road to the NWSL Championship Game: The North Carolina Courage By Cindy Lara

After six months of play and a semifinals week, the North Carolina Courage reached the NWSL Championship....


2017 WTA Finals Player Profile: Simona Halep By Don Han

With the WTA Finals just eight days away, VAVEL USA would be providing a player profile for each of the qualifiers on each day as a preview for the prestigious year-end Championships. On the first day, it will be world number one Simona Halep, the reigning Roland Garros finalist who will be making her fourth consecutive appearance in Singapore....

College Football

Score Auburn Tigers vs LSU Tigers of 2017 SEC Football (23-27) By Thomas Cluck

Thank you for following along here on VAVEL. The recap of the game will be up shortly. This is Thomas Cluck saying so long! 27-23 LSU: LSU wins 27-23 over Auburn after being down 20-0. Both the offense and defense come alive and LSU takes a knee to knock off the tenth-ranked Auburn team. 27-23...


Dominic Thiem fourth to qualify for 2017 ATP World Tour Finals By Noel John Alberto

The Austrian's best results this year came on clay and performed well at the Grand Slams to book a second straight trip to the O2....


2017 NWSL Championship: Portland Thorns' standout players By Emily Sanzone

The Portland Thorns have made it to the championship! It took a lot of hard work to get to where they are and there were some key players who helped get the team to where they are. Take a look at the major players who contributed to the success of the Thorns this season....


ATP Shanghai semifinal preview: Roger Federer vs Juan Martin del Potro By Noel John Alberto

Two titans of tennis meet duel for a spot in the Shanghai final....


2017 NWSL Championship preview: North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns look for second title By Bianca Verar

Both teams look to earn their second NWSL championship title when they face off this Saturday....
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