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Cavaliers stunned at home by Pacers in playoff opener as Celtics survive thriller

Pacers shock Cavaliers despite triple-double by LeBron JamesLoss ends streak of 21 consecutive first-round wins for JamesCeltics survive wild finish to top Bucks in overtime in Game 1Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and the Indiana Pacers held off Cleve…

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NBA playoffs: first-round matchups set on dramatic final night of regular season

Timberwolves defeat Nuggets in overtime for final berth in WestSixers win franchise-record 16th straight game to clinch No3 seedThe NBA playoffs that start this weekend already have an extremely tough act to follow.The regular season ended with a flour…

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Yankees and Red Sox brawl at Fenway after New York player gets hit by pitch

Newest chapter of famed rivalry kicks off with bench-clearing brawlYankees snap Boston’s nine-game winning streak with 10-7 victoryThe fuse has officially been lit in the newest chapter of the ramped-up Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. Zim v Pedro. A-Rod v Var…

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Lakers’ Andre Ingram shines in hard-won NBA debut after 10 years in minors

G League call-up scores 19 in ‘unbelievable’ NBA debutLakers’ 32-year-old rookie toiled for 10 seasons in minors Ingram has scored fifth-most points in G League historyChris Paul warmly greeted Andre Ingram when the 32-year-old guards both arrived at t…

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Khabib Nurmagomedov outpoints Al Iaquinta for UFC’s lightweight crown

Nurmagomedov outpoints Iaquinta to win UFC lightweight titleRose Namajunas defends title with win over Joanna JedrzejczykKhabib Nurmagomedov wanted an unsanctioned brawl against Conor McGregor in a loading dock. He instead ended his long ride toward a …

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Lionel Messi guides Barcelona to win over Leganés to equal unbeaten record

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and ensured Barcelona equalled a La Liga record of 38 matches without defeat by beating Leganés 3-1 on Saturday. The champions-elect matched the milestone set by Real Sociedad in 1979-80 by remaining undefeated through 3…

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Alex Morgan double powers United States in 4-1 friendly win over Mexico

Alex Morgan (twice), Carli Lloyd and Katie Johnson score in 4-1 winBoth US and Mexico are preparing for World Cup qualifying this fallAlex Morgan scored twice and the US women’s national team got three goals in the space of four minutes early in the se…

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Conor McGregor involved in chaotic backstage melee ahead of UFC 223

McGregor throws guard rail at bus full of fighters in BrooklynDana White says warrant has been issued for McGregor’s arrestWhite had stripped McGregor of 155lb title due to inactivityConor McGregor was involved in a backstage melee, and video footage a…

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Brandin Cooks heads to LA as Rams enter win-now mode and Pats hoard draft picks

Receiver traded to Los Angeles in return for first-round pickRams will not pick until third-round of this year’s draftTom Brady is losing one of his top receivers, and Jared Goff is getting a speedy new target.The New England Patriots traded receiver B…

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Yankees fans boo Stanton after strikeouts as Ohtani equals Babe Ruth’s feat

Yankees slugger says he was ‘awful’ during win over Tampa BayJapanese star hits homer days after winning as starting pitcherMuch was expected of Giancarlo Stanton when he arrived in New York this season but after hitting two home runs in the season ope…

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NCAA final: Villanova beat Michigan for second championship in three years

Donte DiVincezo stars off bench with 31 points for WildcatsAs it happened: Villanova 79-62 MichiganThey chanted his name from the cheap seats: “Di-Vin-cen-zo, Di-Vin-cen-zo.” By the time Donte DiVincenzo was done doing his damage, Villanova had another…

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Villanova to face Michigan in NCAA title game after blasting Kansas in Final Four

Villanova advance to second national title game in three seasonsWolverines come from behind to defeat Ramblers at AlamodomeVillanova bombed its way past a blueblood to reach the national title game. Michigan got there by taking away Cinderella’s slippe…

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Chicago Blackhawks play 36-year-old accountant as emergency goalie

Scott Foster stopped all seven shots he faced in Blackhawks winFoster, 36, stepped in for pro debut due to series of injuriesScott Foster thought it was going to be just another night. Then the 36-year-old accountant signed a contract, put on his goalt…

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LA Dodgers game abandoned after sewage lake forms in foul territory

Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles: ‘I smelled it. It was nasty, man’Leak blamed on water-main leak at Dodger StadiumSpring training came to a repulsive end on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.The exhibition finale between the Angels and Dodgers was cut sh…

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USA edge Paraguay on Bobby Wood penalty as Tim Weah debuts

Bobby Wood converts a Tyler Adams-won penalty in USA’s 1-0 winMarky Delgado, Andriya Novakovich and Tim Weah earn first capsUSA 1-0 Paraguay: international soccer friendly – as it happenedTim Weah made his US debut, Bobby Wood scored on a penalty kick …

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Gabriel Jesus goal gives Brazil revenge win to end Germany’s unbeaten run

• Manchester City forward scores the only goal• World champions lose for first time in 22 gamesBrazil defeated Germany 1-0 in Berlin to end the world champions’ 22-game unbeaten run and restore some lost pride following the humiliating mismatch between…

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Larry Nassar’s former boss arrested during investigation into abuse scandal

Charges against William Strampel have not yet been specifiedDozens of athletes were sexually abused by Nassar under guise of careA Michigan State University official who oversaw Larry Nassar is facing criminal charges amid an investigation into the han…

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Larry Nassar’s former boss arrested during investigation into abuse scandal

Charges against William Strampel have not yet been specifiedDozens of athletes were sexually abused by Nassar under guise of careA Michigan State University official who oversaw Larry Nassar is facing criminal charges amid an investigation into the han…

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Michael Bennett surrenders to authorities over Super Bowl injury charge

Player alleged to have pushed past elderly employee in HoustonEagles said they were unaware of incident until last FridayThe Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro defensive end Michael Bennett has surrendered to authorities in Houston on a charge that he injured…

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‘No one is untouchable’: Giants unimpressed after Odell Beckham ‘powder’ video

New York owner Joh Mara expresses disappointment in star receiverBeckham wants to become highest paid receiver in NFLOdell Beckham Jr isn’t on the trade market. He isn’t untouchable, either as New York Giants owner John Mara on Sunday expressed his dis…