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Police arrest man they say ordered shooting of Red Sox legend David Ortiz

Former baseball player still recovering in hospitalOrtiz shot in what police say was case of mistaken identityPolice say actual target was cousin of alleged member of cartelAuthorities in the Dominican Republic announced on Friday that they have arrest…

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Police identify man they claim paid hit men to shoot Red Sox star David Ortiz

World Series champion was attacked in Dominican RepublicDR authorities say they are closing on motive Dominican authorities on Monday identified the man they believe paid hit men to try to kill David Ortiz. They added that they were closing in on the m…

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Police say two shot as 1.5m pack Toronto streets for Raptors’ title parade

Police say two people sustained non-life-threatening injuriesRaptors became first non-US team to win NBA title last weekPolice lift fans seeking safety as overcrowding becomes problemToronto police say two people were shot as Toronto Raptors fans packe…

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‘Drake curse’: Canadian star vindicated after Raptors’ NBA championship win

Prior to the victory over the Golden State Warriors, many had fallen victim to the music star’s reputation for bringing bad luckHis repeated interactions with athletes before critical games – and their subsequent losses – have earned Drake the unfortun…

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‘This means everything to the city’: Toronto parties as Raptors clinch NBA title

Kawhi Leonard and his teammates brought home the city’s first-ever NBA championship. And their achievement was celebrated across CanadaWhen Megan MacKeigan made a dinosaur costume two years ago for a performance at a local comedy show, she never imagin…

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Footage indicates sophisticated attack on former Red Sox hero David Ortiz

Video indicates new level of sophistication in attack on OrtizEx-Red Sox slugger was shot on Sunday in Dominican RepublicDominican prosecutors say witnesses and security camera footage show that the attempt to kill former Red Sox star David Ortiz was c…

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Former baseball star David Ortiz wounded in Dominican Republic shooting

Former Boston Red Sox slugger was at an entertainment centre when the shooting took placeFormer Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz has been shot and wounded in the Dominican Republic.His father Leo Ortiz told ESPN that he was shot while at an entertainm…

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Boxing between countries: Andy Ruiz Jr rises above US-Mexico tensions

While Andy Ruiz Jr is the first Mexican heavyweight champion, he is not the first bicultural boxer to rise to prominence during a time of political tension between the neighboring countriesWhen Andy Ruiz Jr claimed his heavyweight title belt in Madison…

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US senator asks Canada to protect Erdo?an critic Kanter during NBA finals

Trail Blazers player is an opponent of Turkish presidentBlazers could travel to play Toronto Raptors in finalsThe NBA playoffs have been swept up in diplomatic drama, with US senator Ron Wyden expressing concern for the safety of Portland Trail Blazers…

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Real San Andrés: the Colombian club that relocated 1,000km from home

Struggling Real Santander have moved from the mainland to a Caribbean island – and their bold decision might just pay offOf all the indignities that can be inflicted on a football club, relocation may be the most controversial of all. Uprooting a club …

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Real San Andrés: the Colombian club that relocated 1,000km from home

Struggling Real Santander have moved from the mainland to a Caribbean island – and their bold decision might just pay offOf all the indignities that can be inflicted on a football club, relocation may be the most controversial of all. Uprooting a club …

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Chapecoense plane crash survivor dies after suffering heart attack on pitch

• Rafael Henzel fell ill after playing football with friends• Brazilian club says he was ‘a symbol of club’s reconstruction’A journalist who was one of the six survivors of the Chapecoense football team air crash has died after a heart attack. Related:…

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England’s Joe Root praised for response to alleged homophobia

Cricketer told West Indies’ Shannon Gabriel ‘there is nothing wrong with being gay’The England cricket captain Joe Root has been widely hailed for his response to alleged homophobic abuse after telling an opponent that “there is nothing wrong with bein…

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Rio declares three days of mourning after fire kills 10 teenage footballers

Flamengo president says it is ‘the worst tragedy to happen to the club in its 123 years’Rio de Janeiro has declared three days of mourning as investigators seek to determine the cause of the fire that killed 10 teenage footballers at the training centr…

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Emiliano Sala: missing pilot’s family raise funds for search

David Ibbotson, who was flying light aircraft that crashed in Channel, has not been foundThe family of the missing pilot of the plane carrying the footballer Emiliano Sala have set up a fundraising page for donations to help restart a search for him.Sa…

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Emiliano Sala’s family says search for missing pilot must continue

David Ibbotson, who flew footballer in plane that crashed into sea, has not been foundThe family of the footballer Emiliano Sala has called for the authorities to continue to search for missing pilot David Ibbotson as the world of football came to term…

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Emiliano Sala: investigators find seat cushions on French beach

Accident investigators say pieces of cushion likely to be from aircraft that was carrying missing Cardiff City footballerThe first suspected pieces of wreckage from the plane that vanished with footballer Emiliano Sala on board have washed up on the Fr…

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Buenos Aires becomes ghost town as fans follow delayed final

• River Plate beat Boca Juniors 3-1 to lift Copa Libertadores• Second leg of tie moved to Madrid because of crowd troubleRiver Plate fans thronged on to the streets of Buenos Aires when their team scored the decisive goal, yelling “Dale campeón! Dale C…

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The Copa Libertadores debacle is a story of Argentinian politics

The decision to move the all-Argentinian South American football final to Spain after a violent incident is a sad commentary on the state of the countryArgentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, is famous – or infamous – for the frequency with which he int…

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Copa Libertadores: second leg of final called off again hours before kick-off

• Match was set for Saturday but postponed after bus attack• Rescheduled game called off again on Sunday Related: River fans attack on Boca bus halts Copa Libertadores final for 24 hours It had been dubbed the final to end all finals, but nobody has an…