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Roger Federer v Juan Martín del Potro: Indian Wells men’s final – live!

Swiss and Argentinian meet in repeat of 2009 US Open finalEmail or tweet @tom_lutz 7.25pm GMT The women’s final has just finished with Japan’s Naomi Osaka winning the biggest match of her life. She beat Russia’s Daria Kasatkina…


NFL off-season hots up with Cousins set for Vikings as Brees sticks with Saints

Washington QB set to sign $84m deal with MinnesotaFuture Hall of Famer Brees will see out career in New OrleansDenver upgrade at quarterback to complement strong defenseThe biggest question of the NFL off-season appears to be settled with ESPN reportin…


David Beckham announces launch of his MLS Miami team

Former England captain has endured long journey to found clubBeckham paid $25m for rights to new expansion franchiseDavid Beckham finally has his Major League Soccer team. After a process that has taken years to complete, the MLS commissioner, Don Garb…


Larry Nassar survivor: mother billed for sessions at which I was abused

Hearing continues for USA Gymnastics doctor who abused athletesNassar faces up to 125 years in prison after admitting to crimesThe sentence hearing for the former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has heard one survivor’s mother is still being bi…


Aly Raisman: USA Gymnastics told me to be quiet about Larry Nassar abuse

Former USA Gymnastics doctor faces athletes he abused in courtSurvivors of abuse include Olympic champion Simone BilesOlympic champion Aly Raisman has said USA Gymnastics “told [her] to be quiet” when she first told the organisation she had been abused…


Leicester v Spurs, Brighton v Crystal Palace and more: Premier League – live!

Click here for all tonight’s latest scores from across EuropeEmail or tweet @tom_lutz 3.17pm GMT Tom will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s Dom Fifield on Brighton and Palace’s rivalry:To many the rivalry is a peculiarity…


Astros’ Carlos Correa wins World Series, proposes to girlfriend … gets a ‘yes’

Short stop caps Houston’s first title by popping the questionGame report: Astros stroll to victory after thrilling World SeriesAbout 17 seconds after Carlos Correa had won a first title for a city ravaged by floods, the 23-year-old – exemplifying the s…


Texans players kneel during anthem after team owner calls them ‘inmates’

Around 40 Houston players kneel during anthem on SundayMcNair issued apology earlier in the week but players still unhappyHouston Texans players on Sunday staged a protest against their team’s owner, Bob McNair, after he said “we can’t have the inmates…


Manchester United v Basel: Champions League – live!

8.51pm BST

46 min: And we’re back. And the rain continues to fall.

8.35pm BST

Solid, unspectacular stuff from United. Which is exactly what Mourinho would want as they play themselves back into the Champions League after their time away. A nice, safe three points will do them nicely. The only major negative has been Pogba’s injury.

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Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor: boxer and UFC star meet in superfight – live!

12.56am BST

Tom will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s Bryan Graham on the fight:

Lou DiBella was near the end of an 11-year run as an executive at HBO when a young fighter walked into his office looking to renegotiate his contract with the network. The year was 1999 and Floyd Mayweather was the 22-year-old super featherweight champion of the world.

The offer on the table was a four-fight, $5m extension. It was, HBO insisted, one of the best contracts any young fighter in the world had been offered. But for the Olympic bronze medallist who had signed with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions, it was a non-starter. Or, as he put it at the time, “slave wages”.

Related: Time to doff your cap because the last laugh will be Floyd Mayweather’s

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Michael Bennett continues anthem protest as white team-mate shows support

  • Seattle Seahawks defensive end sits out anthem over injustice in US
  • Had said white players needed to join in to make impact
  • Justin Britt places hand on Bennett’s shoulder during anthem

For the second week in succession Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has sat out the national anthem, although this time he had company.

Bennett started his protest last week, continuing the movement initiated by Colin Kaepernick to bring attention to racial injustice in America. Bennett later said that the protest would be more effective if a white NFL player joined in. On Friday before the Seahawks’ preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, his hope was partially fulfilled when his white team-mate Justin Britt stood next to him with his arm on Bennett’s shoulder. Afterward the two hugged.

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Kevin Durant spurns Trump as teams vow to fund Confederate statue removal

  • NBA finals MVP says ‘I don’t respect who’s in office right now’
  • Tampa pro sports teams pledge money to remove statue
  • Red Sox say they support efforts to rename Yawkey Way

Kevin Durant is the latest sports star to disassociate himself from Donald Trump.

The NBA finals MVP said he will not join his team-mates should the Golden State Warriors visit the White House to celebrate their championship win earlier this year. “Nah, I won’t do that,” Durant told ESPN. “I don’t respect who’s in office right now.”

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Real Madrid v Barcelona: Spanish Super Cup, second leg – live!

9.16pm BST

Your teams tonight, courtesy of footballing minnows Barcelona FC (they have their own Twitter account! Whatever next?):

1. Ter Stegen
3. Piqué
4. Rakitic
5. Sergio
9. Suárez
10. Messi
14. Mascherano
18. Alba
20. S. Roberto
21. André Gomes
23. Umtiti

Real Madrid XI: Keylor, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Kovacic, Kroos, Modric, Asensio, Benzema and Lucas Vázquez #ElClásico

8.01pm BST

Tom will be here shortly. In the meantime, why not find out what Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy about:

Cristiano Ronaldo has called his five-match ban for pushing a referee “exaggerated and ridiculous” and claims he is being persecuted after failing to have the sanction overturned on appeal.

During Sunday night’s Spanish Super Cup 3-1 first-leg victory over Barcelona, in which he had scored, Real Madrid forward Ronaldo reacted badly after being shown a second yellow for diving by match official Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, shoving the referee in the back.

Related: ‘This is what you call persecution’: Ronaldo hits out over five-match ban

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ESPN’s portrait of a gang-infested Dublin attracts bemusement in Ireland

  • Profile of UFC star Conor McGregor depicts ‘clannish, parochial’ city
  • Dubliners joke that UN should be called in to solve problems

In his longform article on the UFC star Conor McGregor’s roots in the Dublin suburb of Crumlin, ESPN’s Wright Thompson paints a grim picture of the city. Drug dealers hang out on street corners. Bodies pile up as gangs fight for turf. Beatings are administered merely for being on the wrong street at the wrong time, and young lovers are afraid to walk the streets for fear of straying into the wrong territory.

It’s a chilling and evocative portrait from a very fine writer. The only problem is that Dublin’s actual inhabitants don’t appear to recognise the city in question.

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Colin Kaepernick’s NFL exile continues as another team owner backs away

  • Baltimore Ravens owner reported to object to signing of player
  • Kaepernick knelt for anthem last year in racial injustice protest
  • Ravens playing staff have said they would welcome quarterback

Colin Kaepernick’s hopes of playing in the NFL again have been hurt by the Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, according to a report.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini said John Harbaugh, the team’s head coach, and general manager Ozzy Newsome are keen on recruiting Kaepernick as a backup to their starting quarterback Joe Flacco, but Bisciotti has blocked the move.

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Serena Williams would be ‘700 in the world’ on men’s tour, says McEnroe

  • ‘Perhaps [her ranking] would be a little higher, perhaps it’d be a little lower’
  • Williams has won 23 grand slam titles

John McEnroe has reopened a timeworn debate by saying that Serena Williams would “be like 700 in the world” if she played on the men’s tour. That would put Williams (career earnings: $84.4m) just behind Brazil’s Wilson Leite (career earnings: $74,000) in the men’s world rankings.

McEnroe’s comments came during an NPR interview on Sunday to promote his memoir, But Seriously. “Perhaps [her ranking] would be a little higher, perhaps it’d be a little lower,” he said. “And on a given day Serena could beat some players. I believe because she’s so incredibly strong mentally that she could overcome some situations where players would choke because she’s been in it so many times, so many situations at Wimbledon, the US Open etc. But if she had to just play the circuit — the men’s circuit — that would be an entirely different story.”

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Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight agreed for 26 August

  • Mayweather and McGregor confirm news with messages on social media
  • Fight scheduled for 12 rounds at 154lb limit with 10-ounce gloves
  • NAC approves promoter’s request for 26 August fight at T-Mobile Arena

The long-touted fight between UFC star Conor McGregor and the former five-division boxing champion Floyd Mayweather is set for 26 August at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The two fighters confirmed the news with posts to social media. On Instagram, Mayweather said: “It’s official!”. McGregor was similarly to the point: “THE FIGHT IS ON,” he wrote on Twitter. As a barb, the 28-year-old Irishman added a picture of Mayweather’s father, Floyd Sr, a presumed joke at the expense of his 40-year-old rival’s age.


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Mexico v USA: World Cup 2018 qualifier – live!

USMNT face tough task against El Tri in Mexico CityEmail or tweet @tom_lutz 1.55am BST Wood nearly scores at one end but Mexico clear and score on the counter-attack. 1.53am BST 22 min: Nearly a goal for Mexico. Chicharito is o…


Takuma Sato wins Indy 500 as engine failure ends Fernando Alonso’s race

  • Forty-year-old Japanese driver wins 101st running of Indianapolis 500
  • Two-time F1 world champion Alonso held lead before race ended early

Takuma Sato has won the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 after a dramatic race at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 40-year-old Japanese driver came through in the last few laps of the race to take victory over Hélio Castroneves in second.

Sato, a former Formula One driver, had only won one IndyCar race previously since joining the series in 2010. He had come close to winning the race in 2012, however, when he crashed out on the final lap as he battled Dario Franchitti for the lead. This time he held his nerve to give Andretti Autosport its third victory in four years at the Brickyard and shouted “Awesome!” into his radio as his win was confirmed. Ed Jones, Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan finished third, fourth and fifth respectively.

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Nicky Hayden, former MotoGP world champion, dies five days after bike crash

Italian hospital where American was being treated confirms news35-year-old suffered severe head injuries after being knocked off bicycleNicky Hayden, the former MotoGP world champion, has died five days after he was involved in a cycling accident.The 3…