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Brandi Chastain puts on brave face over ‘not the most flattering’ plaque

Chastain, who won two World Cups with USA, inducted into the Bay Area Hall of Fame – but a tribute to her achievements has … provoked debateThe sculptural humiliation of football’s finest players continues apace. Few thought the bar could be lowered af…

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Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev: Italian Open men’s final – live!

Seven-time champion faces No2 seed on clay of Foro ItalicoEmail tom.lutz@theguardian.com or tweet @tom_lutz 2.53pm BST So here we are. A mere ten years, $90m in prize money and 69 career titles separate our two protagonists, Rafael Nadal and Alexander …

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Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev: Italian Open men’s final – live!

Seven-time champion faces No2 seed on clay of Foro ItalicoEmail tom.lutz@theguardian.com or tweet @tom_lutz 2.53pm BST So here we are. A mere ten years, $90m in prize money and 69 career titles separate our two protagonists, Rafael Nadal and Alexander …

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World Cup: Argentinian FA sorry for guide on how to talk to Russian women

Manual was issued to players, officials and journalistsAFA says chapter on talking to Russian women printed in errorThere are more than a few concerns before next month’s World Cup in Russia: the threat of hooliganism, the country’s patchy record on LG…

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Israeli football club renames itself Beitar Trump Jerusalem after ‘courageous’ president

Six-time Premier League champion have ‘greatest love’ for TrumpMove made after president moves US embassy to JerusalemAs Jerusalem prepares for the inauguration of its new US embassy on Monday, the city’s best football team has announced it is renaming…

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Patriots coach Belichick and Incredible Hulk star Ferrigno join Trump sports council

Incredible Hulk actor Lou Ferrigno, Olympic champion Misty May-Treanor and ex-Yankees closer Mariano Rivera to join Trump’s team During Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, he promised the American public “we’re going to win so much, you’re going to b…

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‘Let me see the legs’: Trump welcomes Winter Olympians at idiosyncratic reception

President hosts event for Team USA athletes at White House‘I look at those legs when we want to work out. Great job’Donald Trump returned to one of his favourite topics – the size of crowds – as he welcomed USA’s Winter Olympians to the White House on …

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s low-key MLS debut: a wondergoal then the winner for LA Galaxy

Swedish star seals 4-3 victory in first ever Los Angeles derbyGalaxy stun cross-city rivals LAFC after coming back from 3-0 downAs it happened: Read Graham Parker’s minute-by-minute reportZlatan Ibrahimovic, a man who needs no encouragement to make hea…

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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 tom.lutz@theguardian.com 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Click here for all tonight’s latest scores from across EuropeEmail tom.lutz@theguardian.com 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…

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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…

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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…

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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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