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Lucky Whitehead has dog kidnapped, is mis-ID’d in theft, released by Cowboys

  • Wide receiver’s identity was falsely used during shoplifting arrest
  • Dallas subsequently released player after report of missed court hearing
  • Move came week after player said his dog was ransomed for $20,000

Lucky Whitehead may want to consider going by his birth name of Rodney after an extraordinary week of bad news.

The wide receiver, who has played in the No13 shirt during his career, was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday after reports emerged he had missed a court hearing relating to a case in which he had stolen $40 worth of goods from a Virginia convenience store in June.

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Lucky Whitehead has dog kidnapped, is mis-ID’d in theft, released by Cowboys

  • Wide receiver’s identity was falsely used during shoplifting arrest
  • Dallas subsequently released player after report of missed court hearing
  • Move came week after player said his dog was ransomed for $20,000

Lucky Whitehead may want to consider going by his birth name of Rodney after an extraordinary week of bad news.

The wide receiver, who has played in the No13 shirt during his career, was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday after reports emerged he had missed a court hearing relating to a case in which he had stolen $40 worth of goods from a Virginia convenience store in June.

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LeBron James denies report he’d be ‘tempted to beat Kyrie’s ass’ over trade

  • Cavaliers star breaks silence on team’s offseason moves with tweets
  • James objects to report saying he’d be tempted to ‘beat [Irving’s] ass’

LeBron James turned to social media on Tuesday morning to correct an ESPN report on the frayed state of his relationship with disgruntled Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving, who is said to have requested a trade from the Cavaliers earlier this month.

The comments came one day after the reigning Eastern Conference champions signed point guard Derrick Rose to a one-year contract.

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LeBron James denies report he’d be ‘tempted to beat Kyrie’s ass’ over trade

  • Cavaliers star breaks silence on team’s offseason moves with tweets
  • James objects to report saying he’d be tempted to ‘beat [Irving’s] ass’

LeBron James turned to social media on Tuesday morning to correct an ESPN report on the frayed state of his relationship with disgruntled Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving, who is said to have requested a trade from the Cavaliers earlier this month.

The comments came one day after the reigning Eastern Conference champions signed point guard Derrick Rose to a one-year contract.

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Katie Ledecky eases to third gold of World Championships in 1500m freestyle

  • Olympic swimming champion is looking to tie record for golds at event
  • Twenty-year-old finished well ahead of competitors in Budapest

Katie Ledecky breezed to her third gold medal of the world championships on Tuesday, capturing the 1500m freestyle by more than half the length of the pool on her most grueling night of the meet.

Ledecky’s winning time was 15 minutes and 31.82 seconds — more than six seconds off her world-record pace from the championships in Kazan two years ago, but she clearly conserving energy for her second race of the night.

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Katie Ledecky eases to third gold of World Championships in 1500m freestyle

  • Olympic swimming champion is looking to tie record for golds at event
  • Twenty-year-old finished well ahead of competitors in Budapest

Katie Ledecky breezed to her third gold medal of the world championships on Tuesday, capturing the 1500m freestyle by more than half the length of the pool on her most grueling night of the meet.

Ledecky’s winning time was 15 minutes and 31.82 seconds — more than six seconds off her world-record pace from the championships in Kazan two years ago, but she clearly conserving energy for her second race of the night.

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Aaron Judge: how the Yankees slugger could become baseball’s richest player

The outfielder combines huge power with modesty and charisma. He could stand to make hundreds of millions if he continues to dominate pitchers

Prior to the night of 10 July, Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees’ 6ft 7in, 282lbs rookie right fielder, had already hammered out a reputation as a prodigious young slugger, having blasted 32 home runs, at an average of 416 feet, in the Yankees’ first 89 games.

But then came the annual Home Run Derby in Miami, which Judge won by bashing 47 dingers. Those 47 home runs covered a distance of four miles – and caused yet another sizable aftershock in the already impressive, and still growing, Aaron Judge marketing earthquake.

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Derrick Rose holds talks with Cleveland Cavaliers, according to reports

Eastern Conference champions have had troubled off-seasonRose talks come as reports indicate Kyrie Irving wants to leave CavsTwo people familiar with the negotiations have told the Associated Press that former MVP Derrick Rose is meeting with the Cleve…

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Michael Phelps races a great white shark (sort of) – video

Olympic great Michael Phelps races a ‘great white shark’ on Sunday as part of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. The shark was in-fact a computer simulation rather than a actual great white but its swim speed was calculated using data collected from the real thing. Phelps finished the 100m course in 38 seconds, two second slower than the ‘shark’

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‘David slew Goliath’: Jamaica upset Mexico to reach Gold Cup final

  • Kemar Lawrence’s 88th minute free-kick seals game for Reggae Boyz
  • Jamaica will play USA in Wednesday’s final in Santa Clara

After Kemar Lawrence ripped an exquisite shot over Mexico’s wall and into the top corner for one of the biggest goals in Jamaican football history, the defender hushed his team-mates and refused to celebrate. Lawrence’s 25-yard free kick came in the 88th minute, and Jamaica advanced to the final with a 1-0 upset victory over Mexico on Sunday night.

“I think our guys were hungry,” Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore said. “They needed it more than the Mexicans, and we did what we had to do.”

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Clint Dempsey’s taste for havoc shows he’s not done yet

Christian Pulisic may well be the future of US soccer but during the Gold Cup semi-final the Sounders striker showed he is integral in the short-term

Clint Dempsey’s star turn against Costa Rica in the Gold Cup semi-final did more than win his team the game and help the striker match the US goalscoring record — it may have extended his meaningful international career by another season.

There was a danger that by the time the Russia World Cup came around, Dempsey would represent the kind of selection headache for Bruce Arena that Landon Donovan became for Jürgen Klinsmann in 2014 — no longer a player a coach could build a team around, and potentially as much of a distraction as an asset on the sidelines.

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Manchester United beat Real Madrid after farcical penalty shoot-out

  • Manchester United 1-1 Real Madrid (United win 2-1 on penalties)
  • Ander Herrera causes concern after limping off with injury

Despite Julia Roberts, an Oscar-winning member of Hollywood royalty, “measuring her excitement” beforehand, there was an under-capacity turnout for this International Champions Cup encounter in Santa Clara, three years after Manchester United and Real Madrid drew 109,318 to Michigan Stadium for a pre-season friendly.

Levi’s Stadium appeared noticeably under its 68,500 capacity on Sunday, despite the official attendance being given as 65,109. Given Real’s, and to a lesser extent United’s, appeal to California’s large Latino population, there may be questions about why this was not sold-out. That 2014 match in Michigan involved Cristiano Ronaldo who, despite only entering towards the end of the match, was still a draw for US football fans. The forward is not here this time, instead he is in China doing promotional work for Real.

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Manchester United beat Real Madrid after farcical penalty shoot-out

  • Manchester United 1-1 Real Madrid (United win 2-1 on penalties)
  • Ander Herrera causes concern after limping off with injury

Despite Julia Roberts, an Oscar-winning member of Hollywood royalty, “measuring her excitement” beforehand, there was an under-capacity turnout for this International Champions Cup encounter in Santa Clara, three years after Manchester United and Real Madrid drew 109,318 to Michigan Stadium for a pre-season friendly.

Levi’s Stadium appeared noticeably under its 68,500 capacity on Sunday, despite the official attendance being given as 65,109. Given Real’s, and to a lesser extent United’s, appeal to California’s large Latino population, there may be questions about why this was not sold-out. That 2014 match in Michigan involved Cristiano Ronaldo who, despite only entering towards the end of the match, was still a draw for US football fans. The forward is not here this time, instead he is in China doing promotional work for Real.

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Manchester United beat Real Madrid after farcical penalty shoot-out

  • Manchester United 1-1 Real Madrid (United win 2-1 on penalties)
  • Ander Herrera causes concern after limping off with injury

Despite Julia Roberts, an Oscar-winning member of Hollywood royalty, “measuring her excitement” beforehand, there was an under-capacity turnout for this International Champions Cup encounter in Santa Clara, three years after Manchester United and Real Madrid drew 109,318 to Michigan Stadium for a pre-season friendly.

Levi’s Stadium appeared noticeably under its 68,500 capacity on Sunday, despite the official attendance being given as 65,109. Given Real’s, and to a lesser extent United’s, appeal to California’s large Latino population, there may be questions about why this was not sold-out. That 2014 match in Michigan involved Cristiano Ronaldo who, despite only entering towards the end of the match, was still a draw for US football fans. The forward is not here this time, instead he is in China doing promotional work for Real.

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Jordan Spieth: memories of Masters meltdown drove me on at Open

• ‘Closing in a major was extremely important for how I look at myself’
• American apologises to Matt Kuchar for 18-minute wait at 13th hole

Jordan Spieth admitted memories of his meltdown at the 2016 Masters inspired him towards triumph on the final day of the Open on Sunday.

The Texan, who won two majors in 2015 but blew a five-shot lead on the back nine in the final round of the 2016 Masters, completed a one-under 69 after starting with a three-shot margin this time.

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Austin Connelly to stay in Europe after Open and sharpen ‘killer instinct’

Young Canadian who earned praise from Jordan Spieth finishes his first major appearance with a fine two-under total at Royal Birkdale

Jordan Spieth said so many nice things about Austin Connelly this weekend that it was easy to believe the 20‑year‑old Canadian could mount a respectable chase on the final afternoon of the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale. He almost did, in a rollercoaster round of highs and lows. There will be plenty of the same, and better, to come.

Related: Anger, desire, energy: Jordan Spieth finally silences the devil on his shoulder | Andy Bull

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Manchester United v Real Madrid: International Champions Cup – live!

9.45pm BST

Manchester United

Mourinho has promised to switch his starters up again from the 2-0 win over Manchester City in Houston. More intriguing will be how he arrays those starters. Watching the two games against LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake earlier this week, there were a few formations that looked less like long term solutions to extract the best from personnel, and more like Mourinho looking up beseechingly at Ed Woodward, like some sulky Oliver Twist, and begging for “some more”. There’s still an issue with attacking width for one thing…

9.36pm BST

The ICC

The ICC has become something of a fixture in the American soccer calendar (always to be confused with the American football calendar), and whatever you make of the competitive merits of the competition taking place at this time of year, the organizers do seem to gather the top teams in Europe each year and to put together a pretty convincing set of clashes on paper.

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Anger, desire, energy: Jordan Spieth finally silences the devil on his shoulder | Andy Bull

The memory of his collapse at the Masters in 2016 was the biggest threat to Jordan Spieth’s Open victory – overcoming it shows how tough a golfer he is

The second shot was the one. It flew left and fell deep in the crowd gathered around the 1st green. From there, Jordan Spieth chipped on and missed a putt from 12 feet for a bogey. So he had dropped a shot before he had even made it off the 1st hole. The atmosphere crackled as the crowd realised that whatever else had happened in the last three days, whatever else would happen in the next four hours, one thing Spieth’s final round would not be was easy.

Related: Jordan Spieth’s astonishing 13th-hole recovery paves way for Open victory

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The Open 2017: final round – live!

11.45am BST

Par for Aaron Baddeley down the last, and he’s signing for a 64. If there’s a better round today, we’ll be in for a treat. He ends the tournament at +1, currently tied for 29th though chances are he’ll slip down the ranking a bit during the afternoon. But he’s certain to beat his previous best finish at an Open, a tie for 69 at Lytham in 2012. The 36-year-old Aussie certainly likes the historic county of Lancashire’s golf coast.

11.40am BST

A slightly unfortunate start to Alfie Plant’s round. He can’t get out of a greenside bunker at 2 at the first time of asking, then misses a short bogey putt. A double that drops him to +5. But he’s steadied himself well with pars at 3 and 4, no doubt buoyed by the vociferous support he’s receiving from the gallery. Whatever happens today, the 25-year-old from Bexleyheath, south-east London, can be very proud of his Open performance. As the only amateur to survive the cut, he’s already secured the silver medal, and it’s a much-deserved prize too. His eagle on 15 on Friday to ensure his weekend participation was an act of timely brilliance, while many a pro would have been happy with his breezy 69 yesterday. He’s +5, and will be at this evening’s prize-giving ceremony come what may!

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Clint Dempsey’s record goal helps USA past Costa Rica into Gold Cup final

  • USA prevail 2-0 over Costa Rica to advance to 10th Gold Cup final
  • Dempsey matches Landon Donovan’s US record for international goals
  • Bruce Arena’s men will face either Mexico or Japan in Wednesday’s final

Clint Dempsey fed Jozy Altidore for the go-ahead goal, then scored on a free kick to match Landon Donovan’s American record with his 57th international goal and lead the United States over Costa Rica 2-0 Saturday night and into the Concacaf Gold Cup championship game.

Playing in his home state of Texas, the 34-year-old Dempsey entered in the 66th minute and made a perfectly timed through pass six minutes later that allowed Altidore to break in alone and beat Patrick Pemberton with a left-footed shot from 10 yards.

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