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Why the US men will never win the World Cup (and that’s OK)

The dream of USA dominating world football has been a dream for years. But structural and cultural issues ensure it won’t happen anytime soonIt’s only a matter of time, they tell us. The powerful economy. The changing demographics. All the kids who can…

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Stephen Curry dazzles as Warriors crush Rockets in Game 3 of NBA Western finals

Golden State guard scores 35 points with five three-pointersWarriors win 126-85 to take 2-1 lead in Western Conference finalsStephen Curry got his groove back to score 35 points with five three-pointers, shooting over James Harden and driving past the …

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Vegas Golden Knights miracle run lives on as they make Stanley Cup finals

NHL expansion team have shot at title in debut seasonSunday’s victory over Winnipeg Jets seals 4-1 series winAn improbable goal-scorer lifted an improbable champion into the Stanley Cup finals. Ryan Reaves’ tie-breaking goal in the second period on Sun…

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Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev: Italian Open men’s final – live!

Seven-time champion faces No2 seed on clay of Foro ItalicoEmail tom.lutz@theguardian.com or tweet @tom_lutz 2.53pm BST So here we are. A mere ten years, $90m in prize money and 69 career titles separate our two protagonists, Rafael Nadal and Alexander …

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Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev: Italian Open men’s final – live!

Seven-time champion faces No2 seed on clay of Foro ItalicoEmail tom.lutz@theguardian.com or tweet @tom_lutz 2.53pm BST So here we are. A mere ten years, $90m in prize money and 69 career titles separate our two protagonists, Rafael Nadal and Alexander …

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‘She sees possibility’: How a teen rock climber shattered a gender barrier

Margo Hayes was 19 when she became the first woman to ascend the the toughest-graded climbing route The death this year of Roger Bannister, the first person to run a four-minute mile, prompted a reappraisal of his 1954 achievement. “It was as much of a…

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Wounded Cavaliers strike back with Game 3 destruction of Boston Celtics

LeBron, Cavaliers overpower Celtics 116-86 at home in Game 3Cavs hit back but still trail 2-1 in best-of-seven-games East finalsLeBron James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a different …

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Johnny Manziel signs with CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats in comeback

Manziel announces contract with CFL’s Tiger-Cats on TwitterFormer Heisman winner has been inactive since 2015 seasonJohnny Manziel is heading to the Canadian Football League, the latest move for the Heisman Trophy winner whose NFL career was a bust wit…

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‘Dancers live in a world of fear’: why cheerleaders are taking on the NFL and NBA

For years cheerleaders have been underpaid and mistreated by their teams. But a wave of lawsuits could change things for the betterOne dollar. That’s the amount former NFL cheerleaders Bailey Davis and Kristen Anne Ware offered to settle for in exchang…

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Klinsmann says USA could have ‘realistically’ made World Cup 2018 semi-finals

Former USA manager said club would have rebounded in RussiaKlinsmann was fired in 2016 after USA’s flat start in qualifyingUnited States failed to reach World Cup for first time in 32 yearsThe United States national team will be watching the World Cup …

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Golfer hits first-ever hole-in-one at age of 93 then retires from game

Ben Bender had been playing golf for 65 years at time of his feat‘It seemed the Lord knew this was my last round’Ben Bender decided to go out on top. The 93-year-old from Ohio had been playing golf for 65 years when he hit his first-ever hole-in-one la…

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Allyson Felix: ‘I never want to be satisfied with losing’

The American sprinter has the most medals in Olympic and world championship history and has her sights set on Tokyo 2020Women are definitely not seen in the same light as men, especially in the sporting world,” says Allyson Felix, with a clarity and di…

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Lucas Glover and the heavy burdens of professional golf | Anya Alvarez

The arrest of the former US Open champion’s wife on domestic violence charges reminded me of the pressures I felt to earn a living on the pro tourWhen people learn that I was a professional golfer, the response is often the same: “That must have been a…

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Racing’s efforts to grapple with horse slaughter not enough, at least for now

The US racing industry has stepped up its game significantly when it comes to re-homing its retired equine athletes in recent years, but there’s still plenty of work to be doneDina Alborano rescues ex-racehorses bound for slaughter. A savvy social medi…

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Just what the NFL needs: another rich, white owner who boasts about his testicles

David Tepper may have taken on Donald Trump publicly, but he doesn’t appear too different from the fraternity that already controls the leagueLast winter, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson embarrassed the NFL. According to reports by Sports Illu…

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Houston Rockets blast Golden State Warriors in Game 2 to level West finals

James Harden and Eric Gordon each score 27 points for RocketsRockets even best-of-seven Western Conference finals at one-allKevin Durant pours in game-high 38 for Warriors in losing effort James Harden and Eric Gordon each scored 27 points to lead a ba…

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Katie Ledecky smashes first world record since Rio in dream pro debut

Ledecky breaks own mark in 1500m freestyle by five secondsOlympic hero was making professional debut at Pro Series meet Katie Ledecky broke her first world record since the Rio Olympics on Wednesday in her professional debut at a Pro Series meet in Ind…

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Kentucky Derby winner Justify draws No7 post for Preakness Stakes

Justify draws No7 post for Preakness, same as Kentucky DerbyTriple Crown hopeful installed as the 1-2 morning-line favoriteEight-horse field matches 2015 edition as smallest since 2000Justify, the undefeated Kentucky Derby winner, will run out of the N…

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Michigan State reaches $500m settlement with survivors of Larry Nassar abuse

Deal announced between university and lawyers for 332 victimsFormer doctor serving effective life sentence for crimesMichigan State University has reached a $500m settlement with hundreds of women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by Larry…

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Lucas Glover’s wife faces domestic violence charge after golfer’s poor round

Krista Glover allegedly attacked husband and mother-in-lawArgument said to have started after Glover’s 78 at Players ChampionshipThe wife of Lucas Glover is facing a domestic violence charge stemming from an altercation with the former US Open champion…