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College football takes first hit as Big Ten scraps all nonconference games

Big Ten moving to conference-only model for all sports this fallSoccer, cross country, field hockey and volleyball also affectedSEC, ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 all say they plan to play fall sportsThe Big Ten Conference announced Thursday it will not play …

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Masahiro Tanaka hit in head by line drive in scary Yankee Stadium scene

Yankees star hit by line drive in frightening scene in practiceTanaka helped to his feet and walked off the field with helpYankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during live batting …

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NBA finalizes terms for Disney World restart as 16 of 302 players test positive

NBA, players’ union finalize terms for 30 July restart of seasonOf 302 players tested, 16 were positive and must self-isolateThe NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have finalized terms of the deal that will allow the league to restart …

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‘The noose was real’: Nascar releases photo from Bubba Wallace’s garage

Nascar releases photo of rope found in Wallace’s garage stall‘Frustrated’ Wallace says noose probe was not an overreactionFBI concludes that driver not victim of hate crime over nooseDeclaring “the noose was real”, Nascar officials on Thursday released…

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Vince Carter, 43, makes retirement official after record 22 seasons in NBA

Carter, 43, makes retirement official after 22 seasons as a proUNC alum played in 1,541 games, third-most in league’s historyVince Carter made his retirement official on Thursday, announcing on his podcast that his 22-year NBA career has come to an end…

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Vince Carter, 43, makes retirement official after record 22 seasons in NBA

Carter, 43, makes retirement official after 22 seasons as a proUNC alum played in 1,541 games, third-most in league’s historyVince Carter made his retirement official on Thursday, announcing on his podcast that his 22-year NBA career has come to an end…

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NFL cancels Hall of Fame game between Steelers and Cowboys due to Covid-19

NFL cancels preseason kickoff game and postpones inductionsPreseason game is first on-field event that league has canceledThe NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies fo…

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2020 New York City Marathon cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic

World’s largest marathon had been scheduled for 1 NovemberMayor Bill de Blasio says he hopes to welcome race back in 2021The New York City Marathon, which had been scheduled for 1 November, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.New York…

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Covid-19 forces Orlando Pride out of NWSL tournament amid reports of bar visits

Six players and four staff members test positive for coronavirusReports say younger players visited nightclubs and barsThe Orlando Pride have withdrawn from the upcoming National Women’s Soccer League tournament after six players and four staff members…

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Rousing show of support for Bubba Wallace dampened by separate noose incident

Noose had been found in garage of Nascar’s only black driverPolice investigating similar incident at venue in CaliforniaInterview: Bubba Wallace on Nascar and the Confederate flagNascar drivers put on a rousing show of support for Bubba Wallace at Alab…

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Former USC and Chargers player Max Tuerk dies while hiking aged 26

Family says former NFL player died while hiking with parentsFormer college coach says he is ‘heartbroken’ by deathMax Tuerk, an All-America offensive lineman at the University of Southern California who was drafted by the Chargers, has died. He was 26….

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Alex Zanardi in medically induced coma after his hand-bike collides with lorry

Italian suffered serious cranial and facial traumaTwo-times CART champion crashed into lorry during relay raceDoctors treating the two-times CART champion and Paralympic gold medallist Alex Zanardi say the Italian remains stable after a crash on his ha…

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Alex Zanardi in medically induced coma after his hand-bike collides with lorry

Italian suffered serious cranial and facial traumaTwo-times CART champion crashed into lorry during relay raceDoctors treating the two-times CART champion and Paralympic gold medallist Alex Zanardi say the Italian remains stable after a crash on his ha…

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Tiz the Law becomes first Belmont Stakes winner from New York since 1882

Tiz the Law becomes first New York-bred winner since 1882Triple Crown to continue with Kentucky Derby in SeptemberTiz the Law has won an unprecedented Belmont Stakes, claiming victory Saturday at the first race of a rejiggered Triple Crown schedule and…

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Napoli hold nerve to sink Juventus in shootout after goalless Coppa Italia final

Napoli 0-0 Juventus; Napoli win 4-2 on penaltiesMilik scores decisive penalty after Dybala and Danilo missArkadiusz Milik converted the decisive spot kick in a penalty shootout as Napoli won the Coppa Italia following a goalless draw with Juventus in W…

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Oklahoma State coach Gundy apologizes for ‘pain’ after wearing OAN t-shirt

Far-right network called Black Lives Matter ‘a farce’Players had been angered by coaching wearing shirtOne day after Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard lashed out at coach Mike Gundy on social media for wearing a t-shirt promoting a far-right ne…

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MLB players ‘disgusted’ as commissioner admits there may be no 2020 season

Rob Manfred had said he was certain games would be playedLeague and players in long-running dispute over payMLB commissioner Rob Manfred says there may be no major league games this year after a breakdown in talks between teams and the players’ union o…

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Iowa coach Doyle leaves with $1m payoff after allegations of racist remarks

Strength coach was accused of mistreating black playersChris Doyle denies ‘unethical behavior’ based on raceIowa’s college football team cut ties with its strength coach Chris Doyle on Monday, announcing a separation agreement that will pay him more th…

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NBA All-Star Kevin Durant buys 5% stake in MLS’s Philadelphia Union

2014 NBA MVP says he has always been a soccer fanNets star will also develop charity programs in PennsylvaniaBrooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has joined the ownership group of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.Durant, a 10-time NBA All-Star an…

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‘If I lose fans, that’s OK’: Baker Mayfield ‘absolutely’ will kneel during anthem

Cleveland quarterback plans to kneel: ‘If I lose fans, that’s OK’Texans coach Bill O’Brien says he would kneel with players Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield plans to kneel during the national anthem this upcoming season to support protests o…