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Raptors, Rockets or revolts? The biggest threats to the Cavaliers-Warriors duopoly

Cleveland are the weakest they’ve been in years while Golden State are not the invincibles they once were. How likely is the old guard to change?Less than three weeks remain in the NBA regular season and the injury-ravaged Golden State Warriors have lo…

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Winter Olympics women’s ice hockey final: USA v Canada – live!

Old rivals meet in Pyeongchang to battle for goldEmail dj.gallo.casual@theguardian.com or tweet @DJGalloEtcLatest medal table | Full event schedule 6.32pm GMT DJ will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s what happened when the two teams met earlier…

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When fans attack: how cities handle events like Super Bowl Sunday

From Philadelphia’s ‘lamp-post challenge’ to Auckland’s street riots, passionate sport fans don’t always behave – so how do cities keep them in check?Two Sundays ago, Philadelphia police district captains were granted an unusual expansion to their powe…

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The NBA is mad as hell … and fans just want to consume it more

The league this season sometimes appears to be fighting and arguments with a few games thrown in. And that makes the players all the more relatableThe NBA is in the midst of a season in which TV ratings are up double digit percentage points, young and …

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Tennys Sandgren’s Pizzagate past: Can an athlete’s politics be a dealbreaker?

As the journeyman’s Cinderella run through the Australian Open has invited scrutiny of his political views, a modern dilemma resurfacesThe final five words of Tennys Sandgren’s 17-word Twitter bio are: “likes/rtwts are not endorsements.” It’s a line ma…

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The NFL playoffs show you don’t need a great quarterback to succeed

The NFL is a quarterback-driven league but three of the four teams left standing this season don’t have superstars under centerEach April at the top of the NFL draft, teams grab at quarterbacks they envision leading them to glory. But none of the four …

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NFC divisional playoff: Atlanta Falcons v Philadelphia Eagles – live!

Matt Ryan aims to lead team to second Super Bowl in two yearsPhilly hope to continue success despite loss of Carson WentzEmail dj.gallo.casual@theguardian.com or tweet @DJGalloEtc 2.43pm GMT DJ will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s the latest ne…

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The end is sigh: why US sports are somehow at their worst in the final reel

The NFL can’t get out of its way with video replays and confusing rules deciding games and the NBA isn’t much better, but don’t expect anything to be doneDo you have an idea for a new sport that would feature some of the greatest athletes in the world,…

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Why Blake Bortles and the Jaguars are a real Super Bowl threat (yes, really)

While the eyes of the NFL are trained on Sunday’s Patriots-Steelers showdown, the once-toothless Jaguars are quietly emerging as a contender in the AFCThe NFL is focused this week on Sunday afternoon’s Steelers-Patriots matchup set for Heinz Field in P…

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Why Blake Bortles and the Jaguars are a real Super Bowl threat (yes, really)

While the eyes of the NFL are trained on Sunday’s Patriots-Steelers showdown, the once-toothless Jaguars are quietly emerging as a contender in the AFCThe NFL is focused this week on Sunday afternoon’s Steelers-Patriots matchup set for Heinz Field in P…

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Has John Elway broken the flawed Broncos’ championship window?

The former Denver quarterback helped mastermind his team’s Super Bowl 50 victory. But his inability to replace Peyton Manning has cost the team dearOn 20 March, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway wrote a letter on team stationery endorsing Neil …

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The miracle of NFL fights is that they don’t happen all the time

The league has witnessed a number of high-profile brawls of late. But in a sport focused on violence, players are actually remarkably restrainedOver Christmas of 1914 on the Western front, British and German soldiers climbed out of the trenches and spe…

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Eli Manning’s messy downfall a symbol of turbulent times for Giants and NFL

The quarterback has never reached the heights of his older brother Peyton but he was a familiar and reassuring presence in New YorkThis wasn’t how it was supposed to end for Eli Manning. Unceremoniously benched on a Tuesday afternoon in late November a…

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How LaVar Ball usurped Donald Trump as the world’s undisputed troll-in-chief

In LaVar Ball, the president of the United States has finally met his match: a master troll with an appetite for attention even bigger than his ownOn November 23rd, Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a day set aside on the calendar for gratitude, t…

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How the Los Angeles Rams’ youth movement is bucking the NFL trend

The surging LA Rams are helmed by a 31-year-old head coach (and a 23-year-old quarterback), but NFL youth movements are anything but a sure thingIf there are two things we have been told about the millennial generation, it is these: 1) they are somehow…

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From Manning to Flacco: which veteran quarterbacks are on their way out?

The end of the season could see as many as eight well-known quarterbacks end their careers, or at least change jobsBetween the years of 1993 and 2000, the NFL careers of Phil Simms, Joe Montana, Jim Kelly, Boomer Esiason, Dan Marino, John Elway, Steve …

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Deshaun Watson: the rise and stunning fall of the NFL’s most exciting player

The Texans quarterback had been on pace to rewrite the rookie quarterback record book until suffering a season-ending ACL tear in practice on ThursdayAn NFL season marked by big-name player injuries and declining TV ratings was dealt more of the former…

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World Series 2017 Game 2: Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers – live!

Astros look to level World Series after Tuesday’s Game 1 defeat Tweet DJ at @DJGalloEtc or email him 1.08am BST Vin Scully is now throwing out the first pitch. No matter what else happens tonight, this will be the biggest ovation of the night. 1.07am B…

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Unfriendly confines: the unsung history of America’s low-key hooliganism

Don’t let all of the mascots, cheerleaders, Kiss Cams and marriage proposals give you the wrong idea: US sports stadiums are often as dangerous as European onesLoud, violent, armed. If you polled the world on what Americans are like, all three of those…

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CoCo Vandeweghe v Madison Keys: US Open semi-final – live!

3.32am BST

Second set: Keys 6-1, 1-1 Vandeweghe* (*denotes server)

Keys continues to dominate on serve, evening the second set on four quick points. Vandeweghe hasn’t been all that close to breaking her even once so far tonight.

3.31am BST

Second set: *Keys 6-1, 0-1 Vandeweghe (*denotes next server)

Vandeweghe opened the start of the second set down 0-30 and looked in some serious trouble — not just in the game, but in the whole match — but battle back to take the game, aided by some errant returns by Keys.

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