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Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team lose two America’s Cup qualifiers

• British team lose to USA and New Zealand on day two
• Team second in the group standings with New Zealand

Great Britain’s sailing team endured an afternoon to forget as they lost both races on day two of the America’s Cup qualifiers in Bermuda.

Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR, who won one out of two on Saturday, were beaten by the defending champions, Oracle Team USA, and Emirates Team New Zealand on Sunday. A big nosedive after gate three led to a 39-second defeat by the Americans.

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Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team lose two America’s Cup qualifiers

• British team lose to USA and New Zealand on day two
• Team second in the group standings with New Zealand

Great Britain’s sailing team endured an afternoon to forget as they lost both races on day two of the America’s Cup qualifiers in Bermuda.

Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR, who won one out of two on Saturday, were beaten by the defending champions, Oracle Team USA, and Emirates Team New Zealand on Sunday. A big nosedive after gate three led to a 39-second defeat by the Americans.

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Takuma Sato wins Indy 500 as engine failure ends Fernando Alonso’s race

  • Forty-year-old Japanese driver wins 101st running of Indianapolis 500
  • Two-time F1 world champion Alonso held lead before race ended early

Takuma Sato has won the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 after a dramatic race at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 40-year-old Japanese driver came through in the last few laps of the race to take victory over Hélio Castroneves in second.

Sato, a former Formula One driver, had only won one IndyCar race previously since joining the series in 2010. He had come close to winning the race in 2012, however, when he crashed out on the final lap as he battled Dario Franchitti for the lead. This time he held his nerve to give Andretti Autosport its third victory in four years at the Brickyard and shouted “Awesome!” into his radio as his win was confirmed. Ed Jones, Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan finished third, fourth and fifth respectively.

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Indy 500 2017 – live!

11.48am BST

It’s the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil! Hereby known as the Indy 500. Participating in one of motor sport’s iconic races is one of Formula One’s great champions, Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard hasn’t had a whole lot of fun over the past couple of years, chugging to a halt at various F1 circuits around the world in his McLaren Honda. Faced with the familiar scrap for minor points in Monaco this weekend or taking on an entirely new challenge, Alonso elected the latter, and here he is.

He has made a promising start to life in an Indy car, qualifying fifth for the race and generally carrying the aura of a man with little to lose and everything to gain, and why not: he has the opportunity to join an elite list of F1 champions to have tasted Indy 500 success and an even smaller group who have done it as a rookie.

Related: The plan to make Fernando Alonso a 35-year-old rookie Indy 500 champion

I walked out of the hospital today. On to rehab now! pic.twitter.com/bwTOsBNDaD

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Indy 500 2017 – live!

11.48am BST

It’s the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil! Hereby known as the Indy 500. Participating in one of motor sport’s iconic races is one of Formula One’s great champions, Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard hasn’t had a whole lot of fun over the past couple of years, chugging to a halt at various F1 circuits around the world in his McLaren Honda. Faced with the familiar scrap for minor points in Monaco this weekend or taking on an entirely new challenge, Alonso elected the latter, and here he is.

He has made a promising start to life in an Indy car, qualifying fifth for the race and generally carrying the aura of a man with little to lose and everything to gain, and why not: he has the opportunity to join an elite list of F1 champions to have tasted Indy 500 success and an even smaller group who have done it as a rookie.

Related: The plan to make Fernando Alonso a 35-year-old rookie Indy 500 champion

I walked out of the hospital today. On to rehab now! pic.twitter.com/bwTOsBNDaD

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Indy 500 2017 – live!

11.48am BST

It’s the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil! Hereby known as the Indy 500. Participating in one of motor sport’s iconic races is one of Formula One’s great champions, Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard hasn’t had a whole lot of fun over the past couple of years, chugging to a halt at various F1 circuits around the world in his McLaren Honda. Faced with the familiar scrap for minor points in Monaco this weekend or taking on an entirely new challenge, Alonso elected the latter, and here he is.

He has made a promising start to life in an Indy car, qualifying fifth for the race and generally carrying the aura of a man with little to lose and everything to gain, and why not: he has the opportunity to join an elite list of F1 champions to have tasted Indy 500 success and an even smaller group who have done it as a rookie.

Related: The plan to make Fernando Alonso a 35-year-old rookie Indy 500 champion

I walked out of the hospital today. On to rehab now! pic.twitter.com/bwTOsBNDaD

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Kevin Love says Cavaliers’ underdog label in NBA finals is ‘funny to me’

  • Love says the Cavaliers’ underdog label in the NBA finals is ‘funny to me’
  • Golden State and Cleveland meeting for third straight year in NBA finals
  • Warriors to host Cavaliers on Thursday in Game 1 of best-of-seven series

Vegas is betting against them and the bookies are hardly alone.

Let’s be honest, not many are giving the Cleveland Cavaliers much of a chance in the NBA finals. They may be defending champions and they may have LeBron James, but against Golden State, they are definite underdogs.

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Jim Bunning, Hall of Fame pitcher and Kentucky senator, dies at 85

  • Republican served two terms in Senate and 12 years in House
  • Bunning one of only 18 MLB pitchers to throw perfect game in modern era

Jim Bunning, a former Hall of Fame pitcher who went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.

Bunning’s death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning, who was from Kentucky, was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning’s family.

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Does MLS have a Texas problem?

Houston and Dallas, who meet in Sunday’s Texas Derby, are two of MLS’ best clubs this season from two of its biggest cities. So why aren’t they more popular?

Whoever coined the phrase “demographics are not destiny” could have been referring to Major League Soccer in Texas just as easily as talking about politics.

Simple population figures would imply that two of the league’s biggest clubs are facing off in the Texas Derby on Sunday, with the right to fire a cannon awarded to the team with the season’s best head-to-head record – provided they have secured the appropriate paperwork from safety-conscious city authorities, that is.

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How England paid the penalty again for an attack of the sporting yips | Richard Williams

When the Under-17s lost a final they had all but won with a couple of misses from 12 yards it again underlined that English football’s version of the yips needs a long-overdue cure

The yips can take more than one form. Usually we think of the phenomenon in terms of an individual submitting to a technical meltdown: a golfer seizing up at the sight of a six-inch putt, a tennis player suddenly incapable of tossing the ball up for a serve accurately, or a bowler losing the ability to land the ball anywhere near the cut strip.

Jon Lester is one of the stranger variations. A recent issue of Sports Illustrated carried a long and absorbing feature on the 33-year-old left-handed pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, who mysteriously lost the ability several years ago to throw the ball to first base. Facing a batter, he was as effective as ever. Turn him 90 degrees left, and he was like a man trying to find a target while blindfolded.

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Christian Pulisic: ‘It was scary – you’re not thinking about football that night or the next day’

After a season in which his team’s bus was targeted in a bomb attack the US international is now looking forward to the German Cup final and thinks he could not have found a club better prepared to make the most of his talent

“It hit me on the night, right after the game – you’re there in that stadium and you think ‘Wow, yeah, I really just did that’.” Christian Pulisic is talking about the evening in early December when he started a Champions League game at the Bernabeu. He had already shown he could handle Real Madrid: 10 weeks previously he had replaced Ousmane Dembele late in the home fixture and created an equaliser for Andre Schürrle. Playing at the European champions’ home, gazed down upon by those steep stands that suck in the night sky, was something different again. The experience lasted an hour but crystalised everything Pulisic had achieved in a lifetime.

There has been little time for extensive reflection since. Pulisic comes into Signal Iduna Park on his day off, a Tuesday, for this interview and that is not the kind of luxury his first full season as a professional has often afforded. “It’s been tough with those English Weeks,” he admits, using the term deployed knowingly in Germany for the kind of weekend-midweek-weekend slog more familiar to their European neighbours. His comfort with local football idioms has been mirrored on the pitch: Pulisic has appeared in 42 of Dortmund’s 50 matches this season, a record only three of his team-mates can improve upon, and it is no accident that Thomas Tuchel has put such faith in a player who does not turn 19 until September.

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LeBron James passes Michael Jordan’s record as Cavaliers make NBA finals

  • Cleveland beat Boston Celtics to take Eastern Conference finals 4-1
  • James is now NBA playoffs’ all-time leading points scorer
  • NBA finals will be Golden State v Cleveland for third year in a row

LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 on Thursday night to claim their third straight Eastern Conference title and a return trip to the NBA finals.

Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15 for the Cavs, who never trailed and led by as many as 39 points in one of their most dominating wins of the series. The Cavs set an NBA record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.

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Former England rugby sevens international Alex Gray joins Atlanta Falcons

  • Sevens players is one of three British players to join NFC South teams
  • Players are part of practice squads and will use season to improve skills

Three British players have been given the chance to carve out careers in the NFL as the league extends its plans to make move into new markets.

The move is part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway scheme. Under the program, the players will be added to practice squads in the NFC South to develop their skills but will not be eligible to be activated to the main roster during the 2017 season.

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Nicky Hayden, the French Open, and Pathé News hovering over Wembley | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features classic Championship play-off finals, an NBA nutmeg and a team talk for the ages from Germany

1) Nicky Hayden, former MotoGP world champion, tragically died on Monday. Here is one of many tributes to the Kentucky Kid, and here he is on a champions’ lap of the Isle of Man TT back in 2011. Nicky’s father Earl Hayden spoke late last year about his son’s lifelong passion for motorcycles. Also from last year, Hayden gives an in-depth interview to CNET’s Tim Stevens, who has paid a personal, emotional tribute. Finally, take a look back at his finest hour – his 2006 world title, where he pipped Valentino Rossi after a season of high drama.

Related: The Joy of Six: FA Cup final heroes | Jacob Steinberg and Michael Butler

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Nicky Hayden, the French Open, and Pathé News hovering over Wembley | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features classic Championship play-off finals, an NBA nutmeg and a team talk for the ages from Germany

1) Nicky Hayden, former MotoGP world champion, tragically died on Monday. Here is one of many tributes to the Kentucky Kid, and here he is on a champions’ lap of the Isle of Man TT back in 2011. Nicky’s father Earl Hayden spoke late last year about his son’s lifelong passion for motorcycles. Also from last year, Hayden gives an in-depth interview to CNET’s Tim Stevens, who has paid a personal, emotional tribute. Finally, take a look back at his finest hour – his 2006 world title, where he pipped Valentino Rossi after a season of high drama.

Related: The Joy of Six: FA Cup final heroes | Jacob Steinberg and Michael Butler

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Tiger Woods: I ‘unequivocally’ want to play professional golf again

  • Woods details how fusion surgery will affect game moving forward
  • 14-times major champion says he’s feeling better than he has in years
  • Tiger tips Golden State Warriors to prevail in forthcoming NBA finals

Tiger Woods said he’s feels better than he’s felt in years and “unequivocally” wants to play professional golf again, but it won’t be happening any time soon.

The 14-times major champion said in a statement posted to his website on Wednesday that he underwent fusion surgery on 19 April as a last resort and outlined a long-term prognosis he described as “positive.”

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Colin Kaepernick to work out for Seattle Seahawks

Free-agent quarterback to work out with Seattle, NFL Network reportsPete Carroll said Seahawks are looking at Kaepernick, RG III and othersFree-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick will work out with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday. The NFL Network rep…

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Angela Lee and MMA’s project to crack the $18tn-plus Asian market

The Canadian fighter is a heart-pounding talent, and could become a huge star in countries where martial arts are a huge part of the culture

Angela Lee wants people to think of her as a typical young woman, but that’s difficult to accept considering what she’s already done.

“I’m a normal person who happens to be a fighter and a world champion,” Lee, 20, tells the Guardian. The Canadian-born, Hawaii-raised fighter says this with a giggle and undeniable sincerity. Many people in her life, including those who make money off her, paint a picture of an athlete poised to breakout big in Asia – her father is from Singapore and her mother is South Korean – at a time when the continent is beginning to follow mixed martial arts in ways it was unable to before.

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Angela Lee and MMA’s project to crack the $18tn-plus Asian market

The Canadian fighter is a heart-pounding talent, and could become a huge star in countries where martial arts are a huge part of the culture

Angela Lee wants people to think of her as a typical young woman, but that’s difficult to accept considering what she’s already done.

“I’m a normal person who happens to be a fighter and a world champion,” Lee, 20, tells the Guardian. The Canadian-born, Hawaii-raised fighter says this with a giggle and undeniable sincerity. Many people in her life, including those who make money off her, paint a picture of an athlete poised to breakout big in Asia – her father is from Singapore and her mother is South Korean – at a time when the continent is beginning to follow mixed martial arts in ways it was unable to before.

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Kyrie Irving explodes with 42 points as Cavaliers come back to defeat Celtics

  • Cleveland’s 112-99 victory puts them within one win of NBA finals
  • Cavs now lead Eastern Conference finals 3-1 with Game 5 in Boston

Kyrie Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third date in the NBA finals with Golden State by rallying to beat the Boston Celtics 112-99 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Irving stayed on the floor despite rolling his left ankle in the third quarter, when he scored 19 in under five minutes, and James shook off early foul trouble as the Cavs opened a 3-1 lead in the series.

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