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Toward the end of a tough year with zero Grand Slam final appearances, Roger Federer is splitting with coach Paul Annacone. Sergio Romero Argentina Jersey . Federer, who owns a record 17 Grand Slam titles, announced Saturday on his website that he will stop working with Annacone after 3 1/2 seasons together. "After numerous conversations culminating at the end of our most recent training block, we felt like this was the best time and path for both of us," the posting continues. The move comes only two days after Federers latest surprising loss in a year filled with them: He was beaten 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the third round of the Shanghai Masters by Gael Monfils, a former top-10 player now ranked 42nd and recently back from injury. The defeat hurt the 32-year-old Federers chances of qualifying for the season-ending ATP Tour Finals, a tournament that gathers the top eight singles players. Federer used to be a lock for the field, year-in and year-out -- he spent more weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings than any other man. But Federer was ranked only No. 7 last Monday and is no longer nearly the dominant presence he was for a decade. The tournament in China was the first for Federer since his fourth-round exit at the U.S. Open, where he lost to 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo in straight sets on Sept. 3. "Roger, when he was No. 1, (compared) to the Roger right now," Robredo said that day, "hes not maybe (playing) with the same confidence, no?" Federer has struggled at times in 2013 with a bad back. Hes also experimented off and on with a larger racket head. He failed to reach at least one final at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments, something that last happened to him in 2002. That year also marked the last time he was ranked lower than he is now. He lost in the semifinals at the Australian Open in January, the quarterfinals at the French Open in early June, and the second round of Wimbledon -- against a player ranked 116th -- in late June. That ended Federers record run of reaching at least the quarterfinals at 36 consecutive major tournaments. The loss to Robredo gave Federer a new, unwanted streak that he will carry into the 2014 Australian Open: two consecutive losses before the quarterfinals at majors. His last Grand Slam championship came in 2012 at Wimbledon, which he won for the record-tying seventh time. That allowed Federer to return to No. 1 in the rankings, ended a 2 1/2-year major title drought -- and marked the lone Grand Slam trophy Federer and Annacone won as a pair. In Saturdays announcement, Federer refers to a three-year plan he and Annacone, who previously worked with Pete Sampras, established in order to earn a Grand Slam title and a return to No. 1. "Along with many other goals and great memories," the posting says, "these 2 main goals were achieved." Ever Banega Jersey . - Mathew Barzal scored 3:47 into overtime as the Seattle Thunderbirds downed the visiting Everett Silvertips 4-3 on Tuesday in Western Hockey League playoff action. Angel Di Maria Jersey . Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves to backstop the Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Flames, handing Calgary its team record sixth consecutive home regulation loss.ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks keep finding new ways to extend the longest winning streak in franchise history. This time, Kent Bazemore was the surprise star off the bench.Atlanta overcame 37 points by Portlands LaMarcus Aldridge to win its 18th straight game by overpowering the Trail Blazers in the final period for a 105-99 victory Friday night.The big lead for each team was only six points. There were four ties in the fourth quarter before the Hawks took the lead for good midway through the period on a basket by Al Horford, who had 17 points.We got stops when we needed to and really got into a rhythm offensively, Horford said.The Hawks overcame a sudden shortage of wing players to keep their streak alive before a sellout crowd.Atlantas DeMarre Carroll missed the game with a left Achilles strain. His replacement, Thabo Sefolosha, lasted only two minutes before leaving with a right calf strain.The Hawks depth came through again. Bazemore, the teams third option at small forward, didnt miss a beat. Bazemore made his first three shots and finished with 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.Bazemore, who usually plays about 12 minutes per game, logged almost 40 minutes.With Thabo going down and DeMarre already hurt, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said, for Kent Bazemore to come in and play the way he did and play as many minutes as he did ... it was just a team effort, everybody contributing.Another bench player, Mike Scott, added 11 points.Were confident in one through 15 here, Horford said. Guys really put in the time, guys work every day. They just dont get the opportunity because were so deep.Portland, which has lost four of five, led after each of the first three quarters but was outscored 36-25 in the final period.If I could explain it then it wouldnt happen, said Aldridge of the fourth-quarter letdown. Its part of the season. We just have to stick with it.The Hawkks have not lost in 2015. Sergio Romero Jersey. The winning streak began after a loss to Milwaukee on Dec. 26.Theyre good, Aldridge said of the Hawks. We could have played better, but theyre good.Defensively, theyre definitely better than what people think.Paul Millsap scored 21 points to lead six Atlanta scorers in double figures.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Aldridge had a game-high 11 rebounds. Wesley Matthews had 16 points and Damian Lillard had 13 points with 11 assists and six turnovers. ... Portland is 18-5 against the Eastern Conference, including two losses to Atlanta.Hawks: Atlanta improved to 13-2 against the Western Conference, including a franchise-record 12 straight wins. The Lakers were the last Western Conference team to beat Atlanta — 114-109 at Los Angeles on Nov. 18. ... Attendance was 19,018, a sellout.SNUBBEDPortland coach Terry Stotts was not pleased commissioner Adam Silver on Friday selected Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins instead of Lillard to replace injured Lakers star Kobe Bryant on the Western Conference All-Star team.I dont understand why or how he was not voted to the team to begin with, Stotts said. I dont understand why or how he wasnt named a replacement.Lillard made only 6 of 20 shots from the field, including only one of nine 3-pointers, but insisted he wasnt pressing.I didnt want to go out of my way to try to prove a point, Lillard said. I just tried to do what I always do to try to give our team a chance to win.UNSTOPPABLEAldridge, who has continued to play with a torn ligament in his left thumb, again showed why hell be a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star team. He scored 10 straight points late in the first half, including a turnaround 3-pointer that started the run. 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