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NFL conference championship picks: a Chiefs-Packers Super Bowl?

We’re down to the final four teams on the road to Miami. And a marquee match-up between Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes is on the cardsWhat the Titans need to do to win: Ummm, avoid blowing a 24-0 lead? The Titans should bear in mind that, despite Pa…

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NFL conference championship picks: a Chiefs-Packers Super Bowl?

We’re down to the final four teams on the road to Miami. And a marquee match-up between Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes is on the cardsWhat the Titans need to do to win: Ummm, avoid blowing a 24-0 lead? The Titans should bear in mind that, despite Pa…

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The brilliant Luke Kuechly gave us a searing image of brain trauma

The abrupt retirement of the magnificently talented Carolina Panthers linebacker serves as a reminder we are all complicit in the trauma that football inflicts on playersLuke Kuechly, the magnificently talented Carolina Panthers linebacker who has anno…

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Luke Kuechly, NFL star with history of concussions, retires aged 28

Carolina Panthers player was one of best linebackers in leagueKuechly suffered series of concussions during careerLuke Kuechly, one of the finest linebackers of his generation, has announced his retirement at the age of 28.The Carolina Panthers star ma…

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Astros hit with huge penalties for cheating during World Series winning season

MLB investigation finds team stole signs from opponentsManager and GM suspended for one year, club fined $5mThe Houston Astros have been hit with a series of huge penalties after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded the club cheated during t…

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Colin Kaepernick attacks US ‘imperialism’ in wake of Suleimani strike

Former NFL star has been long-term critic of US policiesKareem Abdul-Jabbar: Kaepernick is America’s black GrinchColin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback who has used his platform to highlight racial injustice within the United States, has turned his atte…

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ISU apologises after nominating ‘offensive’ Auschwitz uniform for costume of year

Anton Shulepov wore costume during free skating programAnti-Defamation League says costume is ‘insensitive and offensive’The International Skating Union has reversed its decision to nominate an “irresponsible and offensive” costume made up of Auschwitz…

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Washington Nationals players praise and thank Trump during White House visit

World Series champions visit President after title victoryTen players stay away from traditional celebrationTrump was booed at Nationals home game last monthDonald Trump’s rough welcome at the hands of Washington Nationals fans at last month’s World Se…

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Donald Trump booed and greeted with ‘lock him up’ chants at World Series

President attended Sunday’s baseball game in Washington DCCrowd booed when Trump appeared on video screenDonald Trump once claimed he was courted by several major league baseball clubs in his youth but turned them down because they couldn’t offer him e…

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LeBron James says Daryl Morey wasn’t ‘educated’ before Hong Kong tweet

Relationship between NBA and China is under strainJames is known for speaking out on social justice issuesThe NBA’s most famous current player, LeBron James, has waded in to the ongoing fallout between the league and China with comments that are sure t…

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Ted Cruz says NBA is ‘assisting Chinese censorship’ over Hong Kong tweet

NBA critical of tweet by executive praising Hong Kong protestsLeague sees China as a lucrative market for players and teamsThe NBA’s reaction to one of its executives speaking out on the anti-government protests in Hong Kong has received criticism from…

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Ted Cruz says NBA is ‘assisting Chinese censorship’ over Hong Kong tweet

NBA critical of tweet by executive praising Hong Kong protestsLeague sees China as a lucrative market for players and teamsThe NBA’s reaction to one of its executives speaking out on the anti-government protests in Hong Kong has received criticism from…

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Ted Cruz says NBA is ‘assisting Chinese censorship’ over Hong Kong tweet

NBA critical of tweet by executive praising Hong Kong protestsLeague sees China as a lucrative market for players and teamsThe NBA’s reaction to one of its executives speaking out on the anti-government protests in Hong Kong has received criticism from…

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US Open men’s semi-final: Rafael Nadal v Matteo Berrettini – live!

Williams out to overcome 2018 US Open final meltdownEmail Tom with your thoughts or tweet @tom_lutz 12.13am BST The winner of tonight will face Daniil Medvedev in the final, by the way – he dispatched Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets. It was a struggle…

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Cristiano Ronaldo will not face criminal charges over rape allegations

Juventus star had been accused of 2009 assault in Las VegasProsecutor says there is not enough evidence to bring chargesProsecutors in Las Vegas say that Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo will not face criminal charges over allegations he raped a woman a…

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USA v Sweden: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!

USA and Sweden meet in Le Havre for top spot in Group FTweet Tom at @tom_lutz or email him with your thoughtsHope Solo: why I called Sweden cowards 2.20pm BST Tom will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s Caitlin Murray’s lookahead to today’s group-…

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USA v Chile: Women’s World Cup 2019 – live!

Champions resume campaign after 13-0 win over ThailandEmail Tom with your thoughts or tweet @tom_lutz 4.12pm BST Those of you expecting another double-digit thrashing may be disappointed today. Jill Ellis has named a weakened US team for their meeting …

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Roger Federer v John Isner: Miami Open men’s singles final – live!

American looks to defend title against three-time championEmail tom.lutz@theguardian.com or tweet @tom_lutz 6.02pm BST If Isner wins the final today, it will complete a US sweep for the men’s titles here: the Bryan brothers won the doubles earlier agai…

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Conor McGregor reportedly under investigation for sexual assault

Former UFC champion faces allegations over complaint in DublinIrishman has not been charged over allegations from DecemberMcGregor announced his retirement from MMA on TuesdayHours after Conor McGregor announced his retirement from mixed martial arts, …

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Kelly Catlin: cycling world champion suffered concussion in months before suicide

Father said depression and burden of work contributed to deathSister pays tribute to ‘special person – kind, funny, empathetic’The sister of Kelly Catlin, the three-time cycling world champion who has died at the age of 23, says her sibling suffered a …