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Manny Pacquiao captures welterweight title with first knockout in nine years

Pacquiao stops Matthysse in seventh for first KO since 2009Filipino, 39, captures Matthysse’s WBA welterweight titlePacquiao scored knockdowns in second, fifth and seventhManny Pacquiao clinched his 60th victory with a seventh-round knockout Sunday of …

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Novak Djokovic breaks Kei Nishikori’s resistance to reach Wimbledon semi-final

Djokovic wins 6–3, 3–6, 6–2, 6–2‘I feel like I’m peaking at the right moment’Novak Djokovic advanced to the last four at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2016 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Wimbledon quarter-final victory over Kei Nishikori. Djokovic, …

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Phil Mickelson reports himself to officials after breaking rules again

Five-time major champion tamped down grass obstructing playMickelson caused controversy with rule violation at US OpenPhil Mickelson broke the rules again, only this time he didn’t realise it until after his violation.Mickelson tamped down grass with h…

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Former NBA player Tyler Honeycutt found dead after police shootout

Former Kings and UCLA player said to be dead after standoffHoneycutt was taken by Kings in second round of 2011 draftA former coach and family friend says onetime Sacramento Kings and UCLA basketball player Tyler Honeycutt was found dead after a stando…

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Unbeatable Warriors add All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to become even more unbeatable

Reigning NBA champions now have five All-Stars on rosterCousins signs on budget one-year, $5.3m deal with Golden StateThe Golden State Warriors have come to terms with DeMarcus Cousins on a one-year, $5.3m deal, which means the champions now have a fif…

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Australia-Philippines basketball game abandoned following mass brawl

Thirteen players ejected in World Cup qualifier after fightFiba mulls punishment for both teams after violent scenesFiba has opened disciplinary hearings against Australia and the Philippines after a wild brawl that included Milwaukee Bucks forward Tho…

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LeBron James representatives talk to 76ers as Cavs and Lakers wait in wings

NBA’s best player expected to make decision on future this weekLakers bid to sign James hit by Paul George staying with ThunderAll the latest free agency moves in one handy placeThe Philadelphia 76ers have a chance to pitch their process to LeBron Jame…

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Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin comes out as gay

Midfielder, 23, announces he’s gay ahead of team’s Pride NightMartin becomes only active out male athlete in major pro sportsMinnesota United midfielder Collin Martin announced he is gay, making him the only active male athlete in the major professiona…

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Larry Nassar indicted on six counts of sexual assault at Karolyi Ranch

Jailed doctor faces six counts of sexual assault of a childFormer trainer Debbie Van Horn charged with one countDisgraced ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar and a former trainer were charged with sexual assault Friday following an investigation involving an…

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Philadelphia guard Ben Simmons named NBA rookie of the year

Australian beats Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum Averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assistsAustralia’s Ben Simmons has joined basketball royalty by winning the NBA rookie of the year award. He joins a who’s who of the greats of the game wit…

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Deandre Ayton tabbed by Phoenix Suns with first overall pick in NBA draft

Suns take Arizona center with No 1 pick in Thursday’s draftHawks take Luka Doncic at No 3 before trading him to DallasKings take Bagley III at No 2; Grizzlies take Jackson Jr at No 4NBA draft 2018: Analysis of all 60 picks – as it happenedThe Phoenix S…

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Philadelphia Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by Phanatic

Hot dog fired into crowd injures supporter at Phillies gameFan doesn’t plan legal action after diagnosis of hematomaIt was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia.Kathy McVay says she was at Mo…

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Mike Hoffman traded by Senators after fiancee accused of cyberbullying

Winger lands with Panthers after two trades in one morningHoffman’s fiancee alleged to have harassed captain’s wifeThe Ottawa Senators traded winger Mike Hoffman on Tuesday, hoping to solve an ugly off-ice issue involving star defenseman Erik Karlsson …

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Saudi Arabia players land safely at Rostov after plane caught fire in flight

• On-board video shows flames licking around one of the wings• Saudi Arabia prepare to face Uruguay in Group A on WednesdaySaudi Arabia’s plane has landed safely despite a terrifying incident when it caught fire during their flight to Rostov-on-Don for…

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Diego Maradona responds to claim he made ‘racist gesture’ to supporter

• ITV’s Jacqui Oatley tweeted about incident at Spartak Stadium• Maradona gives his version of events in Facebook postDiego Maradona has given his version of an exchange with a fan at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium that witnesses perceived as racist.British …

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Conor McGregor expresses regret during court date over UFC backstage melee

Former Irish champion was involved in altercation in AprilMcGregor filmed attacking a van containing other fightersConor McGregor expressed regret on Thursday for a backstage melee at a Brooklyn arena, and is in plea negotiations to resolve charges in …

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PSG ordered to raise €60m to satisfy Uefa’s FFP rules

• French champions escape punishment after investigation• PSG were under scrutiny after Neymar and Mbappé transfersUefa wants Paris Saint-Germain to raise €60m in income by the end of the month or face punishment for overspending.Uefa says its club fin…

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Geraint Thomas wins Critérium du Dauphiné ahead of Adam Yates

• Team Sky rider finishes a minute in front of Adam Yates• Yates wins final stage as Thomas strugglesTeam Sky rider Geraint Thomas won the Critérium du Dauphiné on Sunday after Adam Yates claimed the final stage of the warm-up race for the Tour de Fran…

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Former WWE star CM Punk’s UFC career looks over after latest defeat

Former wrestler loses to Mike Jackson in unanimous decisionUFC announce that Ronda Rousey will be inducted into hall of fameIn his second pro fight, former WWE star CM Punk had the Chicago crowd chanting his name as he fought in his home…

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Julian Green’s goal sparks young USA to surprise 1-1 draw in France

Green scores in 44th minute to lead USA to draw with FranceKylian Mbappe equalizes in 78th minute before 58,241 in LyonJulian Green, Zack Steffen and a young United States soccer team showed what might have been – and what could be in four and a half y…