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‘What an idiot!’ Triathlete out of virtual race after husband trips over power cord

Mirinda Carfrae cycling in Ironman challengeHusband Tim O’Donnell cuts bike’s connectionThe Australian triathlete Mirinda Carfrae lost out in a virtual race after her husband tripped and disconnected the power cable of her smart bike.Carfrae, a former …

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Ex-Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis: ‘We obviously cheated baseball’

Former Astros catcher comes clean on sign-stealing scandalGattis joins Toronto’s Ken Giles in airing guilty conscienceEvan Gattis fought to win a World Series ring with the Houston Astros and got one in 2017. Looking back, it feels like he lost. Gattis…

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Former Marseille president Pape Diouf dies after contracting coronavirus

Club announce death of 68-year-old in SenegalDiouf was first black president of a top-tier European teamThe former Marseille president Pape Diouf has died, the French league (LFP) has announced. The club had earlier revealed the 68-year-old had been su…

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Australian sport braces for widespread cuts as financial crisis hits

AFL staff cut by 80%; players offer to take 50% pay cutA-League players out of contract at end of MayThe huge financial cost of the coronavirus outbreak is being felt in the major football codes as Australian sport braces itself to feel the full impact…

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Japan Olympic Committee president considering postponing Games

‘We cannot help but consider things including postponement’Pressure continues to build amid global coronavirus pandemicCoronavirus – latest updates | All our coronavirus coverageThe head of the Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) said on Monday he had to con…

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Paulo Dybala and four Portsmouth players test positive for coronavirus

Dybala is third Juventus player affected by Covid-19Portsmouth’s squad were tested after FA Cup defeat to ArsenalThe Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has revealed he has tested positive for Covid-19.The Argentina forward announced on Twitter that he and h…

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‘B-U-M-M-E-R’: National Spelling Bee called off due to coronavirus outbreak

Ninety-third edition of orthographic competition called offLast year’s bee finished in an unprecedented eight-way tieBee has been held annually since 1925 except during WWII The Scripps National Spelling Bee won’t be held as scheduled this year because…

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic launches €1m fundraiser ‘to kick coronavirus away’

Milan striker pledges €100,000 to Italy’s hospitals‘If the virus don’t go to Zlatan, Zlatan goes to the virus’Coronavirus – latest updates | All our coronavirus coverageZlatan Ibrahimovic has set up an online fundraiser to help fight the coronavirus pa…

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Tom Brady set to sign for Tampa Bay Buccaneers after leaving Patriots

Six-time Super Bowl champion to sign with Bucs, per reportBrady will be 43 when NFL season is scheduled to begin in fallTom Brady is expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after ending his 20-year career with the New England Patriots. Related: …

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Kevin Durant among four Brooklyn Nets players to test positive for Covid-19

Durant says he’s ‘feeling fine’ after testing positive, per reportNets confirm that four players on team returned positive testsNBA superstar Kevin Durant said he is among the four Brooklyn Nets players to have tested positive for coronavirus, accordin…

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English-born musher leads Iditarod, world’s most famous sled dog race

Thomas Waerner has commanding lead as Iditarod nears finishEnglish-born musher would be fourth non-American winnerAn English-born musher from Norway running in only his second Iditarod has a commanding lead as mushers enter the final stretch of this ye…

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English-born musher leads Iditarod, world’s most famous sled dog race

Thomas Waerner has commanding lead as Iditarod nears finishEnglish-born musher would be fourth non-American winnerAn English-born musher from Norway running in only his second Iditarod has a commanding lead as mushers enter the final stretch of this ye…

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F1 set to call off Bahrain and Vietnam GPs following Australia abandonment

Coronavirus fallout likely to impact 22 March and 5 April racesF1’s Chase Carey: ‘We have to deal with it imminently’ Formula One is expected to call off the Bahrain and Vietnamese Grand Prix after the cancellation of Sunday’s Australian season-opener …

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F1 set to call off Bahrain and Vietnam GPs following Australia abandonment

Coronavirus fallout likely to impact 22 March and 5 April racesF1’s Chase Carey: ‘We have to deal with it imminently’ Formula One is expected to call off the Bahrain and Vietnamese Grand Prix after the cancellation of Sunday’s Australian season-opener …

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Nigel Pearson condemns Boris Johnson over ‘lack of leadership’ on coronavirus

Watford manager ‘totally underwhelmed’ by PM’s handlingPearson wary of fan fears of attending football amid outbreakNigel Pearson has hit out at Boris Johnson over a “lack of leadership” in the prime minister’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, tha…

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Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell tests positive for coronavirus

All-Star becomes second Jazz player to test positive for Covid-19ESPN reports teammate Gobert had been ‘cavalier’ about virusA second player for the NBA’s Utah Jazz tested positive for Covid-19, the team confirmed on Thursday, a day after the league sa…

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March Madness, college basketball’s $933m jewel, will be played without fans

Only essential staff and limited family permitted at tournamentNCAA president says Final Four could be moved to smaller gymTournament accounts for 75% of NCAA’s $1.12bn yearly revenueNCAA president Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament…

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Sevilla v Roma postponed as flight grounded in Italy due to coronavirus

Flight unable to take off because of ‘lack of authorisation’Hannover footballer is first professional to test positiveRoma have announced they will not travel to Spain for their Europa League match against Sevilla on Thursday after their flight from It…

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Socceroos’ World Cup qualifiers postponed due to coronavirus

Kuwait, Nepal, Taiwan and Jordan games affectedFFA hope to keep Kuwait fixture in PerthThe Socceroos’ bid to reach the World Cup has been put on hold after Fifa and the AFC agreed to postpone Asian qualifying matches in March and June due to the corona…

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Trainer of Maximum Security among dozens hit with doping charge

Jason Servis alleged to have doped majority of his horsesAllegations say vets and trainers’ actions harmed horsesThe trainer of Maximum Security, one of the best racehorses in the world, is among more than two dozen people who have been charged in what…