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Nick Philippoussis child rape charges dropped after stroke

Father of Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis will no longer face trial in US because he is ‘completely incapacitated’A California judge has dismissed child sexual assault charges against Nick Philippoussis because the Australian tennis coach “is…

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Raiders owner calls Oakland’s lawsuit over team’s move to Vegas ‘malicious’

City is seeking damages for money invested in RaidersLawsuit does not aim to stop team moving to Las VegasThe city of Oakland has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit trying to recover damages for the Raiders’ upcoming move to Las Vegas.The suit, which wa…

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USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy in wake of Larry Nassar scandal

Organization attempting to reach settlements over abuseUSOC has taken steps to revoke status of USAGUSA Gymnastics is turning to bankruptcy in an effort to ensure its survival. The embattled organization filed a bankruptcy petition on Wednesday as it a…

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Seattle to get new NHL team as owners agree to pay $650m expansion deal

Franchise will hope to emulate success of Vegas Golden KnightsTeam will begin play in 2021 as home arena is preparedThe National Hockey League is expanding to Seattle. The NHL board of governors unanimously approved Seattle as the league’s 32nd franchi…

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Kareem Hunt admits lying to Chiefs about assault which led to his release

Running back cut over video of him kicking womanPlayer tells ESPN NFL did not speak to himKareem Hunt has acknowledged lying to the Kansas City Chiefs about his role in a February assault in a Cleveland hotel that ultimately led to his release this wee…

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Magnus Carlsen’s tense victory sends interest in chess soaring

Intensity of championship and ease of watching the game online is bringing it to a wider audienceNot since the 1972 cold war showdown between the US grandmaster Bobby Fischer and his Russian rival Boris Spassky has chess been so high profile.This week’…

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British rower Anna Thornton ‘stable but serious’ after accident

• 21-year-old injured after falling down stairs• Thornton has won five world medals at junior levelsA British rower is in a stable but serious condition in hospital in the United States following an accident.Anna Thornton, 21, a two-time world under-23…

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Liberté, Egalité, Gritté: how an NHL mascot became an antifa hero

When he first appeared the Philadelphia Flyers mascot was merely an oddity. But he quickly became a part of the internet’s culture warsLast week, a headline on neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer read like something from an alternate universe: “Alt-Right I…

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Kyrie Irving apologizes after profane dismissal of Thanksgiving

Boston Celtics star tells reporter ‘Fuck Thanksgiving’NBA All-Star is a member of the Standing Rock SiouxBoston Celtics star Kyrie Irving has apologized after replying to a reporter who wished him a happy Thanksgiving after Wednesday’s loss to the New …

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Kyrie Irving apologizes after profane dismissal of Thanksgiving

Boston Celtics star tells reporter ‘Fuck Thanksgiving’NBA All-Star is a member of the Standing Rock SiouxBoston Celtics star Kyrie Irving has apologized after replying to a reporter who wished him a happy Thanksgiving after Wednesday’s loss to the New …

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Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers donates $1m to California wildfire victims

Quarterback’s hometown is near scene of wildfiresRodgers played college football in CaliforniaGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has donated $1m to victims of this month’s wildfires in California. Rodgers was born, and spent much of his childh…

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Former MSU president charged with lying to police investigating Nassar abuse

Lou Anna Simon faces four years in prison if convictedNassar pled guilty to sexually assaulting athletes under careThe former Michigan State University president, Lou Anna Simon, was charged on Tuesday with lying to state police during a probe of Larry…

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The slow death of US greyhound racing

Florida has become the latest state to pass legislation that will phase out the sport. It marks a victory for animal rights campaignersWay back in 1919, the Blue Star Amusement Company built an oval track in Emeryville, California, so a mechanical lure…

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Long battle expected as world’s top two chess players meet in London

Organisers hope for large global audience as Magnus Carlsen plays Fabiano Caruana The last time an American challenged for the world chess championship it was seen as an almighty clash of civilisations: west versus east, capitalism against communism, a…

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Chasing Denali: how four miners created one of climbing’s greatest mysteries

In 1910, four gold prospectors summited North America’s tallest mountain in a single day, using little more than donuts and rudimentary equipment. But were they telling the truth?April 1910. High above their diggings in the mining district of Kantishna…

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‘Our lives depend on it’: NFL players urge fans to vote in midterm elections

Players Coalition’ critical of pro-Trump policiesElections seen as a referendum on US presidencyMembers of the Players’ Coalition, the group of NFL stars formed during the protest movement started by Colin Kaepernick, have urged Americans to vote in th…

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Air Force’s falcon mascot reportedly kidnapped and injured in pre-game prank

Aurora reportedly stolen by West Point cadets before gameAir Force and Army played college football game this weekendAir Force’s mascot, a 22-year-old white gyrfalcon name Aurora, may have to be euthanized after she was kidnapped in a prank by West Poi…

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San Francisco 49ers cheerleader takes a knee in echo of Kaepernick protest

An image of unnamed cheerleader kneeling during the national anthem before a match against the Raiders was widely circulatedA cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers’ hasknelt during the US national anthem, in an apparent mirror of the protest movement…

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Boston Red Sox celebrate emphatic World Series win with victory parade – video report

Huge crowds lined the streets of Boston to celebrate the Red Sox’s ninth World Series title. Confetti rained down on fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the baseball players, who have now been called the greatest team in Boston Red Sox history. The Red S…

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‘A-T-L! A-T-L!’: Atlanta’s improbable soccer love story

In a city where the other football is practically a religion, the upstart Atlanta United team are drawing huge crowds – and rewriting the story of a city of transplantsPhotography by Ben RollinsIt’s more than four hours before kickoff at Mercedes-Benz …