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Megan Rapinoe takes the game to her rightwing critics

Conservatives wanting to carry the culture wars to the sports field have a new and discomfiting adversaryMegan Rapinoe stood on a parade float on a sun-splashed morning in lower Manhattan, the World Cup trophy in one hand and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot…

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Anthony Joshua: ‘I was so confident, I didn’t even ask about a rematch clause’

• Boxer pledges to ‘get titles back’ after shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr• Eddie Hearn promises UK rematch in November or DecemberAnthony Joshua confirmed his intent to enforce an immediate return fight with Andy Ruiz Jr, admitting he was so confident in t…

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Anthony Joshua hot favourite to beat Andy Ruiz Jr on his US debut | Bryan Armen Graham

British heavyweight champion is expected to beat an opponent who stepped in at short notice, but a potential unification clash with Deontay Wilder is the talk of boxingThere was a laid-back energy to Anthony Joshua as he charmed and held court with the…

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Wilder, Joshua, Fury mark time amid lost heavyweight season

The three men with claims to the title of world’s best heavyweight will each fight in the next month, but the 19-year wait for an undisputed champion presses onOf the many well-documented reasons for boxing’s protracted retreat toward the periphery of …

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Wilder, Joshua, Fury mark time amid lost heavyweight season

The three men with claims to the title of world’s best heavyweight will each fight in the next month, but the 19-year wait for an undisputed champion presses onOf the many well-documented reasons for boxing’s protracted retreat toward the periphery of …

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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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