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Claressa Shields takes center stage on women’s boxing’s biggest night

The double Olympic champion headlines the biggest women’s boxing match in a generation against Christina Hammer on Saturday night in Atlantic CityIt’s just before midday as Claressa Shields enters the second-floor banquet room in Gallagher’s Steakhouse…

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Anthony Joshua brushes off Jarrell Miller testosterone claims before fight

Miller says Joshua weight gain was aided by testosteroneUnderdog describes opponent as a ‘prick’ and an Uncle TomWere prizefights won on self-belief and a sharp tongue, Brooklyn’s Jarrell Miller might already be the heavyweight champion of the world.Th…

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Jarrell Miller can’t beat me even on his best day, says Anthony Joshua

• UK fighter says outspoken American is ‘jealous’ of him• ‘He’s slow, he’s not a puncher … I can’t really respect that’So much of the early buildup to Anthony Joshua’s forthcoming defence of the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles has centred on thos…

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Jamaican runner Kemoy Campbell taken to hospital after collapsing at Millrose Games

Distance runner was acting as pace-setter when he collapsedCampbell, 28, competed in 5,000m for Jamaica at Rio OlympicsJamaican distance runner Kemoy Campbell was taken to the hospital on Saturday after he collapsed and stopped breathing during the men…

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Canelo Álvarez awaits in Rocky Fielding’s unlikely shot at glory

Few will give the 31-year-old Liverpudlian a chance on Saturday when he climbs through the ropes at Madison Square Garden to face Canelo ÁlvarezWhen Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez announced the first opponent of his blockbuster 11-fight, $365m contract with ups…

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‘It’s dangerous out there’: Players suffer despite heat policy as US Open swelters

As temperatures soared at the start of the tournament in New York, some players have wondered whether their health is at riskIn pictures: brutal heat descends on the US OpenOppressive weather conditions in New York continued to make excessive demands o…

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Justify to run from rail in Triple Crown bid after drawing No1 post for Belmont

Justify will run from the rail in historic bid for Triple CrownUnbeaten chestnut colt opens as 4-5 morning-line favoriteSecond choice is Hofburg (9-2); rest of field is 12-1 or longerJustify will run out of the No1 post in Saturday’s 150th running of t…

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Katie Taylor takes first step towards being the one and only champion

Ireland’s WBA lightweight champion fights Victoria Noelia Bustos in New York on Saturday with the ultimate goal of unifying the divisionThere is a warmth and soft magnetism about Katie Taylor that belies the ferocity of her trade and it was on full dis…

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Madison Brengle sues WTA and ITF over injuries allegedly caused by doping tests

World No83 claims injuries were caused by anti-doping testsBrengle says she disclosed rare condition triggered by needlesAmerican tennis player Madison Brengle filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Women’s Tennis Association and the International Tenni…

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‘I was molested by Larry Nassar’: how the gymnastics sexual abuse scandal unfolded

Nassar was jailed for up to 175 years for abusing more than 150 women and girls but his crimes may never have come to light without an email to an Indiana newspaperIt began 16 months ago, before Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo and the tipping point of the …

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USA, Canada and Mexico launch joint bid to host 2026 World Cup

  • Bid comes at time of heightened scrutiny of US-Mexico relationship
  • US Soccer says Donald Trump is pleased Mexico is part of bid
  • US will host majority of games – including final – under current proposals

The United States, Mexico and Canada announced details for a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup at a news conference on Monday on the 102nd floor of One World Trade Center in New York City.

If the ambitious three-nation bid, first reported last week by the Guardian, is successful it would be the first time a World Cup was co-hosted by multiple countries since the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan. The bid also comes at a time when the relationship between Mexico and the United States has come under scrutiny, with the US president, Donald Trump, vowing to build a wall on the Mexican border.

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USA, Canada and Mexico launch joint bid to host 2026 World Cup

  • Bid comes at time of heightened scrutiny of US-Mexico relationship
  • US Soccer says Donald Trump is pleased Mexico is part of bid
  • US will host majority of games – including final – under current proposals

The United States, Mexico and Canada announced details for a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup at a news conference on Monday on the 102nd floor of One World Trade Center in New York City.

If the ambitious three-nation bid, first reported last week by the Guardian, is successful it would be the first time a World Cup was co-hosted by multiple countries since the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan. The bid also comes at a time when the relationship between Mexico and the United States has come under scrutiny, with the US president, Donald Trump, vowing to build a wall on the Mexican border.

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NCAA tournament 2017: first round games, scores and updates – live!

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The second game of the day has tipped off, another 5-12 tilt between Virginia and UNC Wilmington. Meanwhile, Notre Dame is holding on (for now) against Princeton, leading 21-17 with just over seven minutes left in the first half. These matchups have always proven the most volatile in March Madness lore: at least one 12 seed has upset a 5 in all but four of the 32 tournaments since it expanded in 1985. And usually it’s more than one.

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No12 Princeton are hanging with No5 Notre Dame early on, trailing 15-11 with 12:11 left in the first half. It marks the first time the schools have met since 3 January 1977, when the Tigers managed a 76-62 upset of the second-ranked Irish.

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Boxing in urgent need of rapid rematch between James DeGale and Badou Jack

A majority draw was an unsatisfactory end to a stirring contest which the British fighter would have won but for a late knockdown

There was nothing to separate James DeGale and Badou Jack after their world super-middleweight title unification fight on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in New York, which ended in a majority draw which meant the world’s two best 168lb fighters retained their belts. But while an immediate rematch to settle unfinished business would seem the obvious next step, what is next for either man appears uncertain.

DeGale, who holds the IBF’s version of the title, scored a flash knockdown in the first and boxed masterfully in the early rounds, using balletic footwork to create angles that made Jack look flat-footed and clumsy.

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Boxing in urgent need of rapid rematch between James DeGale and Badou Jack

A majority draw was an unsatisfactory end to a stirring contest which the British fighter would have won but for a late knockdown

There was nothing to separate James DeGale and Badou Jack after their world super-middleweight title unification fight on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in New York, which ended in a majority draw which meant the world’s two best 168lb fighters retained their belts. But while an immediate rematch to settle unfinished business would seem the obvious next step, what is next for either man appears uncertain.

DeGale, who holds the IBF’s version of the title, scored a flash knockdown in the first and boxed masterfully in the early rounds, using balletic footwork to create angles that made Jack look flat-footed and clumsy.

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James DeGale aiming to dethrone only champion in Floyd Mayweather stable

• Eddie Hearn: ‘Badou Jack is great, but my fighter is a whole other level’
• Win for DeGale brings prospect of showdown with Andre Ward closer

No fighter was ever able to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr in the ring but James DeGale can do the next best thing when he faces Badou Jack in a super middleweight title unification fight on Saturday night in Brooklyn.

DeGale, the 30-year-old from London who holds the IBF championship at 168lbs, is expected to beat Jack, the WBC belt-holder, in one of the best fights that can be made in the division today.

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Ice Cube bets big on nostalgia with new professional 3-on-3 basketball league

Allen Iverson, Kenyon Martin and Rashard Lewis are among the former NBA all-stars committed to play in the Big3, which begins play this summer

Ice Cube can think of at least one good reason why people will pay to watch retired NBA stars play 3-on-3 basketball.

“Summer’s boring as shit,” the rapper and film actor, born O’Shea Jackson, said on Wednesday at an event to announce the Big3, a new professional 3-on-3, half-court basketball league that he’s founded with longtime business partner and entertainment industry executive Jeff Kwatinetz.

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Gennady Golovkin looking to take out Canelo frustrations on Danny Jacobs

The crowd-pleasing Kazakh is unhappy that a superfight with Canelo Álvarez has been tabled yet again, which could spell bad news for stand-in Danny Jacobs

Stop me if you’ve heard the one about the middleweight who was too good to get a big fight, the prodigious talent who time and again found himself on the raw end of the elemental risk-versus-reward calculus at matchmaking’s essence. Once upon a time it was Charley Burley, described by no less estimable fistic minds than Eddie Futch and Ray Arcel as the greatest all-round fighter either had ever set eyes on, whose formidable ability and skin color cruelly conspired to earn him the unenviable title of best ever boxer to never be granted a world title shot. In another day it was Marvelous Marvin Hagler, avoided like the dentist throughout the 1970s until he could be sidestepped no more, to whom Joe Frazier once warned: “You got three strikes against you. One, you’re a southpaw. Two, you’re good. And three, you’re black.”

Today it’s Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin, the charismatic Kazakh knockout artist known as Triple G, who has torn through boxing’s 160lb division with a rare blend of patience, technique, unnerving pressure and devastating power in either hand. Even before Canelo Álvarez’s win over Miguel Cotto for the WBC and lineal middleweight titles in November 2015 – and certainly since then – a showdown between the Mexican superstar and Golovkin for all the marbles in boxing’s glamour division has loomed as the biggest fight that can be made today. Golovkin was then one month removed from an eight-round obliteration of David Lemieux to unify the WBA and IBF belts in his pay-per-view debut. The fruit would never be riper.

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Magnus Carlsen’s dramatic fightback from ‘certain’ defeat cements his legend

He believed defeat was ‘certain’ after a series of self-inflicted wounds, but Magnus Carlsen overcame self-doubt and a stubborn opponent to show the greatest champions find the path to victory when they’re not at their best

Magnus Carlsen looked spent. It was Thursday morning in New York, less than a full day after he had survived the sternest test of his career to successfully defend the world chess championship on his 26th birthday. He’d celebrated into the night with dinner and a champagne shower at the BLT Prime steakhouse in Gramercy surrounded by family, sponsors and hangers-on. It was a catharsis hard-won.

Related: Magnus Carlsen may be the man to push the barriers for global game of chess | Stephen Moss

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Magnus Carlsen retains world chess title after quickfire tie-breaker

Norwegian champion fights off determined challenge from Russia’s Sergey Karjakin with superior tactical aptitude

Twenty days ago, on the eve of a world championship match that would prove more gruelling and arduous than many observers had expected, Magnus Carlsen described his forthcoming title defence against Russia’s Sergey Karjakin in pugilistic terms.

“For me, it’s a matter of when I get the chance, I’ll try to punch him until he finally knocks over,” Carlsen said.

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