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The NFL’s Kaepernick settlement should just be the start of making amends | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Hopefully the league can now support the values of the US constitution rather than pandering to those who mistake parochialism for patriotismIn one of my favorite sports movies, Vision Quest, the varsity wrestling coach tells his students they can chal…

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Matt Kuchar apologises to temporary caddie and agrees to pay $50,000

• David Ortiz helped Kuchar win £1.3m at Mayakoba Golf Classic• World No 22 previously defended decision to pay Ortiz $5,000Matt Kuchar has issued an apology and said he will pay a temporary caddie in full following his victory in the Mayakoba Golf Cla…

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Colin Kaepernick reaches settlement with NFL over kneeling protest fallout

Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion grievance with NFLParties have resolved grievances subject to confidentiality pactThe NFL and attorneys for Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid jointly announced Friday afternoon they have settled a complaint of …

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High Flying Bird shows athletes are more powerless and powerful than they know

Steven Soderbergh’s basketball drama probes the fraying covenant between white power brokers and their mostly black labor forceSteven Soderbergh’s High Flying Bird, written by the playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney and available for streaming on Netflix,…

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Matt Kuchar defends decision to pay caddie $5,000 after $1.3m victory

World No22 says he had agreement with David OrtizCaddies usually receive up to 10% of player’s winningsMatt Kuchar has defended his decision to pay his caddie $5,000 following a victory that earned him $1.3m in the Mayakoba Golf Classic.Kuchar ended a …

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Steve Kerr ejected as Warriors’ winning streak ends at hands of Blazers

Golden State Warriors 107-129 Portland Trail BlazersIsaiah Thomas makes long-awaited NBA return for NuggetsWith a drama-filled victory over the Warriors that included the ejection of Golden State coach Steve Kerr, the Portland Trail Blazers got a confi…

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The Cubs are no longer lovable losers – but has the team lost its soul?

The Ricketts family helped the Cubs end their 108-year wait for a World Series. But some fans think the club has lost what made it uniqueIn August 2009, after two-and-a-half years of trying, the Tribune Company finally sold the Chicago Cubs to the Rick…

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Ravens trade Super Bowl-winning QB Joe Flacco to Broncos, according to reports

34-year-old lost starting job to Lamar Jackson in 2018 seasonBroncos to reportedly send mid-round pick to RavensThe Baltimore Ravens have agreed in principle to trade quarterback Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos. The news was first reported by ESPN.The…

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Anthony Joshua to defend heavyweight titles in New York against Jarrell Miller

• British boxer will take part in his first fight in US in June• ‘I plan on dismantling Miller in style to make my mark’Anthony Joshua will defend his world heavyweight titles against Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden on 1 June, promoter Eddie He…

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Why one of the NFL’s best receivers wants out of one of its premier franchises

Antonio Brown has put up one of the best six-year spans for a receiver in league history. But he has never felt like he gets the respect he deservesAntonio Brown walked into his workplace on Tuesday and declared … free agency. Sort of. How did we get…

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‘This rugby?’ MLR offers a close and precious look at pro game in the raw | Martin Pengelly

As the Six Nations enters its rest weekend, it’s worth watching MLR online to see a league which is beginning from rugby’s glorious basicsRecently, Major League Rugby commissioner Dean Howes called rugby union “a great stadium sport”. Related: Major Le…

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Four-time All Pro Antonio Brown intends to ‘move on’ from Steelers

Relationship with Pittsburgh has soured over past seasonSteelers also facing loss of star running back Le’Veon BellAntonio Brown, arguably the most dominant wide receiver in the NFL over the past decade, has stated his desire to leave the Pittsburgh St…

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Of course Kareem Hunt already has a second chance in the NFL

If a player is talented enough, NFL teams are more than willing to ignore off-the-field incidentsSomebody was going to pick up Kareem Hunt eventually. There was only so long a 23-year-old running back who led the league in rushing as recently as 2017 w…

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Naomi Osaka’s split with Sascha Bajin a sign of the times and her steeliness | Kevin Mitchell

Few saw the parting coming but it demonstrates the impermanence of the player-coach relationship at the top of world tennisNaomi Osaka splitting with her coach, Sascha Bajin, after little more than a year and two grand slam triumphs together shocked ma…

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Remarkable Russell Westbrook sets NBA record with 10th-straight triple-double

Thunder guard passes Wilt Chamberlain’s mark from 1968Achievement helps Oklahoma City to ninth win in 10 gamesChalk up another triple-double record for Russell Westbrook. Westbrook set an NBA record with his 10th straight triple-double, Paul George sco…

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Gordon Banks obituary

Supremely agile World Cup-winning England goalkeeper responsible for ‘the greatest save ever made’Gordon Banks, who has died aged 81, was the best goalkeeper England have ever had and is widely regarded as one of the finest to have played for any side …

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World No 1 Naomi Osaka splits with coach two weeks after Australian Open win

Sascha Bajin helped Osaka to two straight major titlesWTA coach of the year wishes Japanese all the bestNaomi Osaka has split from coach Sascha Bajin, a little more than two weeks after she won the Australian Open to secure a second consecutive grand s…

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McLaren lands commercial deal with British American Tobacco

• BAT will promote its electronic smoking alternatives• Williams launches 2019 car in a different shade of blueBritish American Tobacco, which withdrew from Formula One in 2006, when tobacco advertising was banned from the sport, is to return in a “glo…

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Cleveland Browns sign Kareem Hunt two months after assault video emerges

Running back had been released by Chiefs in DecemberVideo showed player kicking women in hotel last yearThe Cleveland Browns have signed Kareem Hunt two months after the running back was released by the Kansas City Chiefs. The 23-year-old’s departure f…

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Kyler Murray walks away from $4m as he chooses NFL over MLB

Heisman Trophy winner commits to career as quarterbackPlayer had been drafted by Oakland A’s last JuneHeisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray says he will pursue a career in the NFL over playing baseball for the Oakland Athletics. Murray was the ninth overa…