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Steve Smith shows no sign of concussion as he returns from head knock in IPL six-fest

Australian batsman makes 69 from 47 ballsThirty-three sixes hit as Royals beat Super KingsSteve Smith allayed any lingering concern about concussion with a match-winning performance in his first match of the new Indian Premier League season.The Rajasth…

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UFC’s Colby Covington takes call from Trump, rips ‘coward’ LeBron after TKO

UFC welterweight takes call from Trump after TKO winCovington, 32, rips ‘spineless cowards like LeBron James’‘I’m a big fan and I’m proud of you,’ Trump tells fighterUltimate Fighting Championship welterweight contender Colby Covington finished off Tyr…

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Empty stands and virtual bands: college football in the time of coronavirus

The first big weekend of college football in the US was mostly stripped of the pageantry that is at the heart of the game. The stands were empty, or attendance was limited, due to a pandemic that has upended the season Continue reading…

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Empty stands and virtual bands: college football in the time of coronavirus

The first big weekend of college football in the US was mostly stripped of the pageantry that is at the heart of the game. The stands were empty, or attendance was limited, due to a pandemic that has upended the season Continue reading…

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Memphis Grizzlies hire MIT’s Sonia Raman as assistant coach

Grizzlies announce hiring of Sonia Raman as assistant coachRaman spent 12 years as women’s basketball coach at MITThe Memphis Grizzlies announced the hiring of assistant coach Sonia Raman on Friday. Related: The NBA wants female head coaches. But how f…

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Kentucky Derby 2020: Empty stands and armed militias at America’s most famous race

The 146th Kentucky Derby, won by Authentic in an upset, was a surreal distillation of the crises facing the United States in 2020. America’s most famous thoroughbred race, usually held the first Saturday in May, was statged four months late due to the …

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Karolina Pliskova crashes out of US Open with defeat to Caroline Garcia

No 1 seed beaten 6-1, 7-6 (2) in second-round matchPetra Kvitova beats Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (3), 6-2The US Open’s No 1 seed, Karolina Pliskova, is out of the tournament after a 6-1, 7-6 (2) defeat to France’s Caroline Garcia in the second round.Pliskov…

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David Capel, former England and Northants all-rounder, dies aged 57

Capel was diagnosed with brain tumour in 2018Played 15 Tests and gave 32 years unbroken service to countyDavid Capel, the former Northamptonshire and England all-rounder, has died aged 57 following a long illness, the county has announced.Capel, who pl…

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Lionel Messi skips Barcelona medical as La Liga confirms €700m clause must be paid

Argentina forward absent from training ground on SundayLeague statement clarifies Messi’s release clauseLa Liga has confirmed Lionel Messi’s Barcelona contract is still valid – hours after he failed to attend a pre-season medical at the club.Having inf…

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Novak Djokovic attacks ‘witch hunt’ and says he has no regrets over Adria Tour

World No1 criticised after players tested positive for Covid-19‘Do I feel guilty? Of course not. Am I going to be forever blamed?’Novak Djokovic has attacked the media, saying there is a witch hunt against him and insisting he felt no remorse over his …

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Novak Djokovic attacks ‘witch hunt’ and says he has no regrets over Adria Tour

World No1 criticised after players tested positive for Covid-19‘Do I feel guilty? Of course not. Am I going to be forever blamed?’Novak Djokovic has attacked the media, saying there is a witch hunt against him and insisting he felt no remorse over his …

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‘I feel like I am starting again’: Tottenham sign free agent Joe Hart

Former England goalkeeper left Burnley in June‘I am here to try and push the club forward,’ Hart saysThe former England goalkeeper Joe Hart has joined Tottenham on a two-year contract. The 33-year-old was a free agent after leaving Burnley.Hart will pr…

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Watford appoint Vladimir Ivic as new head coach to replace Nigel Pearson

Former Maccabi Tel Aviv boss signs one-year contract‘I have a big expectation of myself and of my coaching staff’Watford have confirmed the appointment of Vladimir Ivic as their new head coach.The 43-year-old has signed a one-year contract, with an opt…

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Fans boo players kneeling for national anthem before MLS game in Dallas

Reggie Cannon rips fans’ ‘absolutely disgusting’ reactionNashville won 1-0 in both teams’ first match since MarchThere was a smattering of boos when players from FC Dallas and Nashville SC collectively took a knee during the national anthem before thei…

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Clippers’ Patrick Beverley out to ‘shine a light’ on Chicago after killing of friend

Clippers guard opens up about friend’s death in ESPN interviewBeverley says July shooting of Davaris Davis ‘hits home for me’Los Angeles Clippers point guard Patrick Beverley said he wants to “shine a light” on his hometown of Chicago after losing one …

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College football season on brink as Big Ten and Pac-12 says they won’t play this fall

Concerns over Covid-19 forces conference into decisionBig Ten contains some of biggest names in college sportsWhy college football is the perfect storm for Covid-19The Big Ten and PAC-12 won’t play football this fall because of concerns about Covid-19,…

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Scottish football warned of halt in season after coronavirus breach

Celtic player took secret trip to Spain and failed to self-isolateGerrard: ‘If mistakes continue the season will be cancelled’The Scottish government has warned that the football season could be brought to an abrupt halt soon after starting following t…

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Social distancing eschewed with bench-clearing melee at Astros-A’s game

AL West rivals brawl after Laureano charges Houston dugout Harsh discipline looms as social distancing protocol is floutedOakland win ninth straight game to remain atop AL standingsBenches cleared and even the stands emptied during Oakland’s 7-2 victor…

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MLS to resume season in home stadiums, some with fans in attendance

Major League Soccer to resume season after Florida tournamentFans will be permitted to attend matches as local officials allowMajor League Soccer said Saturday it will resume its season once the MLS is Back tournament in Florida wraps up. Related: Nani…

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‘It’s a win-win situation’: Robin van Persie rejoins Feyenoord as coach

Former Dutch international joins first club in unofficial capacity37-year-old links up with manager Dick Advocaat once moreRobin van Persie says he has joined Feyenoord’s staff to help their forwards with their finishing – although he is not sure what …