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Ex-USA gymnastics president arrested over Larry Nassar evidence

Steve Penny awaits extradition on charges that he took papers related to sexual abuse inquirySteve Penny, the former president of USA Gymnastics, has been arrested after a Texas grand jury alleged that he tampered with evidence in the sexual assault in…

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USA Gymnastics couldn’t handle Larry Nassar. Now it can’t even handle itself

The organization is responsible for the safety of thousands of young athletes, yet it has moved from disaster to disaster in the wake of a sexual abuse scandalHow difficult is it for USA Gymnastics, an organization whose inability to deal with sexual a…

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USA Gymnastics CEO quits four days into job after Simone Biles criticism

Mary Bono had aimed shot at Nike over Kaepernick advertsGymnastics body already recovering from Nassar abuse scandalThe interim CEO and president of USA Gymnastics, Mary Bono, has resigned just four days after she stepped into the role.The move represe…

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Former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was sexually abused as a child, says report

Boston Globe begins six-part investigation into player’s lifeHernandez took own life while in prison for murderFootball teammate says pair hid sexual relationshipAaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star who took his own life while serving …

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Eric Reid, first man to protest with Kaepernick, kneels for anthem on NFL return

Safety has alleged owners were keeping him out of leagueTeammates say Reid’s actions are not a distractionCarolina Panthers safety Eric Reid knelt during the national anthem in protest of racial and social injustice before Sunday’s game against the New…

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Cristiano Ronaldo rape allegation: police reopen investigation into 2009 claim

Kathryn Mayorga claims she was assaulted by footballerJuventus star’s lawyers say allegations are untrueLas Vegas police have confirmed they have reopened an investigation stemming from a 2009 complaint involving a woman who claims she was raped by Cri…

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Cristiano Ronaldo accuser spells out rape claims in magazine

Kathryn Mayorga talks to German magazine about allegations that footballer raped her in 2009Kathryn Mayorga, the woman who alleges that Cristiano Ronaldo raped her, has revealed extensive details of the events she claims took place in a Las Vegas hotel…

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Gritty: why the Philadelphia Flyers’ new acid trip of a mascot must be stopped

The Flyers’ new googly-eyed mascot embodies everything that’s good and bad about the author’s hometown. But mostly the badPhiladelphia is home to the undisputed king of professional sports mascots: the Phillie Phanatic. No less esteemed a source than W…

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Ryder Cup: how golf is new focus of soft power diplomacy

With Donald Trump a keen player, tournament offers chance for Europe to show united frontAs the Ryder Cup tees off for the first time in France this weekend, at a vast course beyond the Palace of Versailles, golf is becoming a new focus of soft power d…

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‘It’s about injustice’: anthem protests still divide as NFL season kicks off

As the Super Bowl champion Eagles began their season on Thursday night, the movement started by Colin Kaepernick stirred up strong emotionsNowhere was the galvanizing capacity of sport, the inimitable way a team can bring together strangers, regardless…

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Kelly Slater’s quest to create an ‘infinite’, ‘perfect’ wave – video

The world’s best surfers are converging in California but they are hundreds of kilometres away from the coast. The tiny inland town of Lemoore is hosting the Surf Ranch Pro in a man-made lake designed by surfing great Kelly Slater. It is the first time…

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Is Colin Kaepernick’s Nike deal activism – or just capitalism? | Ben Carrington and Jules Boykoff

The first NFL player to take a knee may need to go further and take a stand against the injustices of capitalism itselfGil Scott-Heron famously noted that the revolution would not be right back after a message, would not go better with Coke, and certai…

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Colin Kaepernick seals Nike campaign … and backing from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Quarterback was one of first players to kneel during anthemTrump has slammed protests and no team has signed QBFormer Iran president says Kaepernick ‘is one of the best quarterbacks’Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who spark…

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MSU cleared in Nassar scandal but abuse allegations grow at Ohio State

Michigan State says NCAA has cleared it over Nassar assaultsDozens of people say they were abused by doctor at Ohio StateMichigan State University says the NCAA, the body that oversees college sports in the US, has cleared it of any rules violations in…

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Trump attacks players for kneeling after 0.0006% of NFL does so in latest games

President also attacks ESPN for not showing anthem before gamesNFL players have been long-term targets of TrumpDonald Trump on Tuesday night launched yet another attack on NFL players who have knelt during the national anthem, although the numbers sugg…

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‘They entrusted their son to us’: Maryland accepts fault in football player’s death

Jordan McNair died after suffering heatstroke during practiceHead coach DJ Durkin has been placed on administrative leaveMaryland’s college football team have parted ways with their strength and conditioning coach and have acknowledged that “mistakes w…

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Facebook buys rights to show La Liga games in India

Company signs exclusive three-year agreement to screen all 380 Spanish top-flight football matches across south Asia Facebook has bought the rights to show Spanish top-flight football in the Indian subcontinent in the latest move by a US technology com…

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‘Stay strong brothers’: Kaepernick hails players as NFL preseason starts with protests

Players across the league raise awareness of social injusticeNFL has attempted to introduce policy to stamp out anthem protestsPlayer demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early NFL preseason games on Thursday night.In Philade…

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Don Lemon says Trump ‘traffics in racism’ after attack on LeBron James interview

President attacked NBA star after TV appearance with CNN hostAthletes and first lady have praised James since Trump’s criticismCNN host Don Lemon has responded to Donald Trump’s criticism of his interview with LeBron James, saying the president “traffi…

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Donald Trump taunts basketballer LeBron James in late night Twitter rant

‘LeBron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made LeBron look smart, which isn’t easy to do,’ said Trump Donald Trump has attacked basketball superstar LeBron James in a late night Twitter rant about an interview t…