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Alyssa Nakken becomes first female coach in MLB history

Nakken, a former softball standout at first base for Sacramento State, was named an assistant manager of the San Francisco GiantsAlyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history on Thursday when she was named an a…

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Sports quiz of the week: Conor McGregor, cows, cricket and a crash

Who keeps scoring? Who keeps driving? Who keeps playing?Conor McGregor is back in action this weekend in Las Vegas. When did he last win a fight (in UFC or boxing)?2019201820172016JS Saint-Pierroise are playing in the last 32 of the French Cup this wee…

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Is cheating the rotten heart of American sports?

Baseball’s toothless response to the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal lays bare uncomfortable truths about society’s tolerance for cheatingOne of the harder-to-believe tales in American sports over the past decade involved the stunningly rapid tran…

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NFL conference championship picks: a Chiefs-Packers Super Bowl?

We’re down to the final four teams on the road to Miami. And a marquee match-up between Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes is on the cardsWhat the Titans need to do to win: Ummm, avoid blowing a 24-0 lead? The Titans should bear in mind that, despite Pa…

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NFL conference championship picks: a Chiefs-Packers Super Bowl?

We’re down to the final four teams on the road to Miami. And a marquee match-up between Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes is on the cardsWhat the Titans need to do to win: Ummm, avoid blowing a 24-0 lead? The Titans should bear in mind that, despite Pa…

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UFC happy to promote flawed Conor McGregor in the pursuit of profit

The fighter has had several brushes with the law since he last fought nearly 15 months ago. He is a risky proposition to stake the promotion’s reputation onOn Saturday night, Conor McGregor will make his long-awaited return to the octagon, where he wil…

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Mets’ Beltran out before managing a single game in wake of Astros scandal

42-year-old was only appointed by Mets in NovemberBeltran was key figure in Houston cheating scandalCarlos Beltran is out as manager of the New York Mets before managing even a single game, the latest fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scan…

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Police issue warrant for Odell Beckham after apparent buttock slapping incident

NFL star appeared to slap security guard after LSU gameReceiver also attracted attention for handing notes to playersNew Orleans police have issued an arrest warrant for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr after he appeared to slap a securi…

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Katie Sowers: ‘The 49ers didn’t hire me as a coach to make a point’

As part of the San Francisco staff, Katie Sowers has helped the team get within one win of the Super Bowl. She also has plans away from the fieldBack in October, moments before the 49ers embarked on their Monday Night Football clobbering of the Clevela…

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The brilliant Luke Kuechly gave us a searing image of brain trauma

The abrupt retirement of the magnificently talented Carolina Panthers linebacker serves as a reminder we are all complicit in the trauma that football inflicts on playersLuke Kuechly, the magnificently talented Carolina Panthers linebacker who has anno…

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Why SheBelieves Cup really matters for England’s players and Phil Neville

With the Olympics looming and England’s form poor the games in the US in March carry significance – and a chance for revengeFriendly tournaments do not generally warrant much attention. The sponsored mini cup competitions that clubs sign up for in pre-…

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Why SheBelieves Cup really matters for England’s players and Phil Neville

With the Olympics looming and England’s form poor the games in the US in March carry significance – and a chance for revengeFriendly tournaments do not generally warrant much attention. The sponsored mini cup competitions that clubs sign up for in pre-…

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The reborn Packers no longer need to rely on Aaron Rodgers’ brilliance | Oliver Connolly

For years Green Bay depended on their quarterback hauling them to victory but head coach Matt LeFleur has changed thatThe Green Bay Packers no longer need Aaron Rodgers to be Aaron Rodgers, and that has made them more dangerous than at any point since …

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Aaron Hernandez: how did a $40m NFL star become a convicted killer?

In a Netflix docuseries, the shocking true story of a much-loved athlete convicted of first-degree murder is placed under the microscopeEven by the standards of America’s obsession with stories of spectacular falls from grace, the trajectory of Aaron H…

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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired amid multiple sign-stealing scandals

Sox manager fired for role in sign-stealing while with AstrosCora faces separate probe for allegations Red Sox stole signsSkipper won 2018 World Series in debut season with BostonThe Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after Major …

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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired amid multiple sign-stealing scandals

Sox manager fired for role in sign-stealing while with AstrosCora faces separate probe for allegations Red Sox stole signsSkipper won 2018 World Series in debut season with BostonThe Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after Major …

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Luke Kuechly, NFL star with history of concussions, retires aged 28

Carolina Panthers player was one of best linebackers in leagueKuechly suffered series of concussions during careerLuke Kuechly, one of the finest linebackers of his generation, has announced his retirement at the age of 28.The Carolina Panthers star ma…

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Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson clinches tryout as kicker in XFL

42-year-old says he is ‘as excited as hell’ at opportunityRelaunched league will begin at start of FebruaryChad Johnson, who was named to the Pro Bowl six times as a wide receiver during his career in the NFL, is attempting a comeback in the XFL as a k…

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Joe Burrow: from back-up quarterback to likely NFL No1 overall pick

The quarterback was an afterthought less than two years ago: now he is the star of LSU’s successful national championship campaignIt looked like Mardi Gras come early: purple and gold confetti on green turf, laws fallen by the wayside for this one nigh…

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Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury II: war of words before heavyweight title rematch – video

Two of the biggest names in boxing go toe-to-toe again in a highly anticipated heavyweight title fight on 22 February in Las Vegas. Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will be looking to beat WBC champion Deontay Wilder after a thrilling draw in Dec…