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ampionship game. As crazy as our division is • Absender: riluowanying123, 16.01.2018 08:17

STRASBOURG, France -- Czech Republic cemented its status of best team in the world by retaining its Fed Cup title on Sunday after Barbora Strycova and Karolina Pliskova won the decisive doubles match in the final against France. The pair beat Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 7-5 to secure a 3-2 win for the Czechs on the indoor hard court at Rhenus Sport Arena.The Czechs won a fifth title in six years, their 10th overall, and became the first team to win three consecutive Fed Cups since Spain from 1993-95.Our secret? Just fighting on every point, fighting until the end, said Strycova, who had already clinched the decisive rubber with Pliskova in last years final against Russia.Strycova was the decisive player on Sunday. Before her impressive display in the doubles, she replaced the injured Petra Kvitova at the last minute to defeat Alize Cornet 6-2, 7-6 (4) and keep the defending champions alive in the final.Caroline Garcia had earlier given France a 2-1 lead with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Pliskova.After overpowering Cornet with her mix of deep groundstrokes, slices and rushes to the net, Strycova inspired the Czechs to victory in the doubles with her aggressive tennis.The first set saw both teams perform well, with excellent net play from the Czechs, who made a decisive break in the 11th game after Mladenovic double-faulted to hand Pliskova and Strycova two break points. The Czechs needed only one as Pliskova fired a return on the baseline that Mladenovic could not handle.The French reacted immediately by putting pressure on Pliskovas serve early in the second set with sharp returns but failed to convert two break points. They continued with the same strategy on Strycovas serve, but again wasted two break points.The Czechs were more clinical and made the most of Mladenovics energy dip. They broke in the next game for a 3-2 lead after Strycova hit a difficult backhand overhead winner. Mladenovic and Garcia did not give up and managed to break Strycovas serve to level at 4-4 after Garcia hit a stunning forehand down the line.But the change of momentum didnt last long. Mladenovic dropped her serve after Pliskova kneeled at the net to perfectly handle a passing shot and produce a stunning drop volley on break point. The French duo saved a match point but could not prevent Pliskova from sealing the match on the next one.Kvitova could not play today, we did not have many options, but Strycova played really well, said Czech Republic captain Petr Pala. ``The girls never give up, like the French, but there is only one winner. Wholesale Jaguars Jerseys . 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Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. BOSTON -- Syracuse coach Dino Babers was rocking the locker room speech after beating Virginia Tech and knocking the Hokies out of the Top 25.Boston College coach Steve Addazio is still trying to earn his first Atlantic Coast Conference win in more than a year.When the Eagles and Orange meet on Saturday in Chestnut Hill, one coach in his first year will face one who is trying to make sure it isnt his last. Its one of those midseason games that wont make much difference in the ACC standings, but could have an impact on the recruiting trail and the job market.One of four new coaches in the ACC this season , Babers is trying to rebuild the program from the bottom, much like Virginias Bronco Mendenhall. Virginia Techs Jason Fuente is trying to rekindle the success the Hokies had under Frank Beamer. Mark Richt was hoping to help Miami claim its first Coastal Division title.The biggest thing about this win is that anytime you take over a new program, youre trying to get everybody to buy in, to work as one, Babers said after beating then-No. 17 Virginia Tech 31-17 on Saturday .No matter how hard everyone wants to do that, theres always the naysayers. Theres always those ones that say, `Hey, maybe we should be doing it the way the old team did it, or the old coaches did it. Its always that way, until you get that one win that solidifies you, that brings you together. Thats what happened today. Were now a family.Hired in December when Scott Shafer was fired after two straight losing seasons, Babers is the fourth Syracuse coach in eight seasons. Struggling with a thin roster made even thinner by injuries, the Orange lost 62-28 to Louisville, 45-20 to South Florida and 50-33 to Notre Dame.The program looks better now after his first signature victory.Just another reminder that every week in college football, man, you have to show up and you got to bring your A game. Thats just the way it is, Addazio said. Theyre playing at an emotional high level right now. Were very well-aware of that and know how tough this game will be.Boston College (3-3, 0-3) is coming off an off-week following a 56-10 loss to Clemson that was the Eagles 11th ACC loss in a row . After back-to-back bowl bids in Addazios first two seasons -- leading to a contract extension that was supposed to keep him at BC through 2020 -- BC went 3-9 last year and is stuck on three wins again.Asked this week if he felt pressure to beat Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 ACC) and end the ACC losing streak, Addazio said, Pressure to win Saturday.Every game has unbelievable importance, he said. Doesnt matter who were playing, they get all youur focus.dddddddddddd Right now all my focus is playing Syracuse. ... I dont really look into anything beyond that, around it, behind it.A look at whats going on with some of the conferences coaches midway through the season:VIRGINIA TECHIn their first season under Fuente, the Hokies (4-2, 2-1) were looking like the might be the team to beat in the Coastal until they were stunned 31-17 at Syracuse. Under Fuente and his staff, transfer quarterback Jerod Evans has 17 touchdown passes and just two interceptions. Tech still has a good chance to win the division, in part thanks to a 34-3 victory at North Carolina, but has games against Miami and Pittsburgh on the next two Thursday nights that will go a long way toward sorting things out.VIRGINAUsing Mendenhalls 3-4 defensive scheme and a fast-paced offense led by transfer quarterback Kurt Benkert, the Cavaliers (2-4, 1-1) were manhandled by Richmond of the FCS to start the season. But they won two straight before last weeks 45-31 loss at home to Pitt. Their victory at Duke two weeks ago snapped a road losing streak that lasted 17 games, dating to November 2012.MIAMIThe Hurricanes (4-2, 1-2) have yet to win a division title. After Al Golden went 16-18 in the ACC over five seasons, Miami alumnus Richt took over. Quarterback Brad Kaaya had the Hurricanes as high as 10th in the Top 25 before back-to-back-losses dropped them out.GEORGIA TECHPaul Johnson, who took Tech to three ACC title championship games in his first seven years, could also be coaching for his job after the Yellow Jackets (4-3, 1-3) won just one ACC game last season -- against Florida State. They finished last in the Coastal, the first time in his eight seasons they were not either first or second in the division. This year, they have lost three straight ACC games and are 2-10 in the conference games since the start of 2015. Johnson notes that the first two ACC losses were to Clemson and Miami when each was a top 15 team, and the third was a last-second game at Pitt.Johnson said that Tech still has a chance to win nine games.That would be considered a pretty good year, I would think, he said. Now, that wont achieve our goals we set to start with: to try to win our division and get in the championship game. 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