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Oleksandr Usyk a serious danger to Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder

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Bellew, now on honeymoon, responded nearly immediately via Twitter proclaiming: "Usyk, I was born ready". All Gassiev was doing was pressing and trying to land power on the mobile Usyk. "Let's get this done". Gassiev landed a huge right hand at the end of the round that stunned Usyk. Jaime Munguia won a unanimous decision over Liam Smith, 116-111, 119-110, 119-108 in Las Vegas to retain his junior middleweight title. Read More »

Serena Williams decries "random" Drug Tests Involving Just Her

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Williams addressed this issue at a press conference just before Wimbledon following the incident which saw the agent turn up unannounced at her home, outside of the 23-time grand slam champion's allotted hour. When she wasn't there, it was designated a missed test, according to Williams. Claiming that she is "excited" to continue her path to athletic success. Read More »

Yankees, Orioles agree to deal for Zach Britton

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The 30-year-old lefty, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, owns 139 saves over his eight-year Major League Baseball career. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday that the New York Yankees are the "front-runners" to acquire the O's lefty and a deal appears to be close . Read More »

Manchester United, Chelsea 'enquire about Thiago Alcantara'

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Thiago, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League regularly in the past, joined Bayern Munich in 2013. During his time at the club he has won five Bundesliga titles, the DFB Pokal, DFL Supercup and the Club World Cup. Do I need to go away? Thiago with his creativity in the middle of park can become a suitable companion of Paul Pogba in the heart of midfield. He'd be welcomed with open arms by both Maurizio Sarri and the fans. Read More »

NIKE, Jordan Brand To Cut Ties With Kawhi Leonard

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Green missed five games in December due to the injury. On Tuesday, however, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that Leonard had passed his physical with the Raptors, thus completing the trade. Leonard is no longer on the team, having been dealt with Green to the Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan , Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 protected first-round draft pick. Read More »

Deschamps, Zidane on FIFA Coach of the Year shortlist

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England then came within 20 minutes of reaching their first final since lifting the World Cup in 1966 before bowing out of Croatia in extra-time. The tournament also gave a glimpse of potential youngsters, who can become global stars in near future. Read More »

Arsenal in negotiations for Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi

Perez has returned to pre-season training at Arsenal and now, the player's agent has responded to reports linking him with a move to Lazio. "I feel unwanted and think what I have achieved since my worldwide debut in 2009 has been forgotten". Read More »

Yankees' Gary Sanchez Getting Crucified for a Lack of Hustle

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They successfully kicked the can on their top headache of 2018, and they should plan on 2019 as a retribution season for Sanchez - while putting him on probation at the outset. Since that's hypothetical now, it gets far less discussion and dissection. Despite recently snubbed AL All-Star Giancarlo Stanton going 4-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a walk - and the bullpen holding the Rays to zero runs and only two hits in three innings, the Yankees fell short. Read More »

Arsenal boss Unai Emery offers support to Mesut Ozil

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The 29-year-old was criticised after being photographed with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May. "He's training really well, he's happy to be with us and we're happy to have him back as well because he is one of the key players in our team and we need him to be fit and ready for the season". Read More »

Defence key for Lions in Waratahs clash

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Against playoff opposition, well, the Sharks beat them by 26, the Crusaders by 23, the Hurricanes by 17, the Chiefs by five, and most notably, the Waratahs thrashed them, 41-12. "They're doing it every single week", Jantjies said. "It is really crucial for us that we don't give their backs. much quality ball", the All Blacks captain said. Read More »

Richarlison: Everton sign Brazilian from Watford for £50m

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Richarlison thrived under then-Watford manager Silva in the first half of the 2017-18 Premier League season, before the Portuguese coach was dismissed in January. It was really good working with him and one day I believe he can help me to be selected for Brazil in the full national team. Silva knows that he faces a job to persuade the Frenchman to try his luck in England with a club who finished eighth last season. Read More »

Ricciardo set to start at the back in Germany

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I heard something was amusing, basically. "Once I accelerated I expected something when I got on power and, yeah, it was underpowered". "I'm hearing a lot of noise". "Well, not amusing, sick", Ricciardo said back in the paddock. "Maybe", he replied. "But really not looking at Bottas, just in general, there's obviously going to be some changes, I guess within the team as well, so". Read More »

Kawhi Leonard passes physical with Toronto Raptors

So it's not like they're specialists in the groin area or with sports hernia. "He's just a quiet guy and I think that's made it hard for all parties to really understand each other in this process", Robinson told Nichols. "It's one of the oddest situations I think I've seen since I've been in pro basketball", said Robinson, now 52. After missing out on landing a superstar this offseason with LeBron James joining the Los Angeles Lakers along with Kawhi Leonard recently being sent to ... Read More »

Yankees Reportedly Acquire Zach Britton From Orioles

The deal was still tentative pending the exchange of medical information late Tuesday night. The Yankees are 63-35 this season and sit six games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. Britton missed the start of the season, recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, and didn't return until June. But even if they fail to land a starter, their deep bullpen would be capable of shortening games like few others in history. Read More »

Prowling Tiger Woods on Open charge as Spieth joins leaders

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It is irrelevant to me. Schauffele, the PGA Tour rookie of the year last season, holed a 30-foot putt from behind the 18th green for a 67. But Kisner's miniature van de Velde-ian misadventure on the 18th Friday led to a double bogey, dropped him into a share of the 6-under lead with Zach Johnson , and brought a couple of distinguished elders named Tiger and Phil back from the major championship dead. Read More »

Tour de France halted after police pepper spray affects riders

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The Belgian was on the attack from a breakaway on stage 16 , descending the treacherous Col de Portet d'Aspet, when he misjudged a bend and ran into a low stone wall before cartwheeling over the edge to the ground three metres below. "It's pure happiness after a day of suffering", said Alaphilippe, who tightened his grip on the polka dot jersey for the mountains classification. The Quick-Step Floors rider, who already prevailed in the 10th stage in Le Grand Bornand, whizzed past Adam Yates ... Read More »

Alisson may not solve Liverpool's problems, warns Di Canio

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Origi has struggled in pre-season and as such, it's nearly certain that he'll be heading out of the club at some point this summer. The signing of Alisson has shortened Liverpool's odds of winning this season's Premier League title. "We weren't bad last season, but we've tried to improve in the market". Liverpool continue their pre-season against Manchester City in the International Champions Cup in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Wednesday. Read More »

Hawks sign C Len to two-year deal

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Phoenix Suns center Alex Len (21) dunks the ball during the preseason game against the Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., United States, on October 2, 2017. The seven-foot-one big man averaged 8.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and almost a block per game in 69 contests past year. The 7-foot-1 big man is expected to play a significant role in the Hawks' frontcourt rotation, which now includes Dewayne Dedmon , John Collins and Omari Spellman . Read More »

Meyer explains Smith firing: Change needed to be made

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In 2009, while he was a member of Meyer's staff at Florida , Smith was arrested for aggravated battery on a pregnant victim following an altercation with Courtney, who was three months pregnant at the time. "It wasn't just my decision, it was a group effort with some of the people that I rely on". "When I was 6 years old, I was sat down by my father to talk about core values", he said. Read More »

Valverde is a candidate for 'The Best' Coach 2018

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Stanislav Cherchesov of Russian Federation has also been recognised for his side's achievements in their home tournament, as has Roberto Martinez , who led Belgium to the semi-finals and subsequently victory in the third-place play-off. Last season Barça won a LaLiga and the Copa del Rey double. France's World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps has also been shortlisted, alongside compatriot Zinedine Zidane , who won his third consecutive Champions League with Real Madrid before leaving ... Read More »

Gallery: Manchester City Unveil New 2018/19 Away Kit

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We have three more years of contract, but the results will dictate what will happen in the future. "If we are not able to be consistent and be there to win the title... "I don't like it when my colleagues speak about me or my players, so I'm not going to say anything". The eight-part documentary will be narrated by Ben Kingsley and according to Amazon it will give fans "a glimpse into the historic club and the personal stories of the players in a record-setting, Premier League-winning ... Read More »

Francesco Molinari Becomes First Italian To Win A Major Championship

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But I'm told there are. Constantino Rocca was famously beaten in a play-off by John Daly in the 1995 Open Championship at St Andrew's but finally Italy has its champion. "If someone was expecting a charge, probably they weren't expecting it from me, but it's been the same the whole of my career. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night", Pepperell said . Read More »

Aaron Boone: Injury not reason for Gary Sanchez's lack of hustle

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The Yankees announced this afternoon they have placed Sanchez on the 10-day DL with a right groin strain, the same injury that recently sidelined him for three weeks. Per the New York Times , on his first blunder of the game. Severino appeared angry as he spoke with Sanchez in the dugout after the inning, an encounter caught by a television camera. Read More »

Ramkumar braces for ATP World Tour title

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Somdev Devvarman was the last Indian singles player to reach this far in an ATP Tour event. Second time Somdev lost to Kevin Anderson of England in 2011 SA Tennis Open in Johannesburg. It's nice to be able to build on some of the things that I did well in my earlier rounds", Smyczek said. "I played the big points really well". "(I) would've liked to capitalize on a few more of those break points in the end of the first set and the second. Read More »

Andre Schurrle ‘released for talks’ as Borussia Dortmund exit nears

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But the 27-year-old's appearance in a Dortmund tracksuit after the game may prove to be his last appearance in the club's colours, as it was acknowledged that he looks set to move on. In the 29 games that Zaha played during the 2017/18 Premier League season, Palace collected 44 points (won 11, drew 11, lost seven). Wilfried Zaha is one of the most wanted players in the Premier League. Read More »

Joao Moutinho: Wolves to sign Portugal midfielder from Monaco

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The 31-year-old, who has spent the last five years at Monaco, scored one goal and provided seven assists for the French side last season. Wolves are reportedly ready to offer the midfielder a two-year deal as they add to their squad ahead of their Premier League return next month. Read More »

Cornet And Minella Reach Gstaad Final

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The Canadian tennis star, who was forced to retire midway during her semi-final match against eventual champion Alize Cornet of France on Saturday, headed out to Geneva to enjoy the weekend (also to celebrate her best performance in about 18 months?). Read More »

Mesut Ozil no longer wants to play for Germany

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Ozil, 29, won the World Cup with Germany four years ago, but was also part of Joachim Low's squad which failed to progress from the group stages of the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation. Despite his brilliance in midfield, the player's laid-back attitude has left him open to blame when Germany perform poorly, and it was no different after their untimely exit from the World Cup last month. Read More »

Open Championship 2018: Eddie Pepperell credits hangover for great final round

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Eddie Pepperell says he was a "little hungover" during his round of 4-under 67 Sunday that has left him 1 shot off the lead at The Open when he walked off the course. The world's 72nd-ranked player, Pepperell said his sense of confidence improved Sunday after he hit the ball well on the driving range, and he added that "playing with Phil [Mickelson]" helped give him "something to go out there with". Read More »

Chelsea star nominated for prestigious award alongside Ronaldo and Messi

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England's Harry Kane features on a 10-man shortlist for the Best Fifa Men's Player award for 2018. Ronaldo is the two-time victor of the accolade, which is a revival of the FIFA World Player of the Year award. Mbappe finished seventh in last year's Ballon d'Or count, while Neymar came third for the second time. The voting period commences on 24 July and concludes at midnight (CET) on 10 August. Read More »

Dirk Nowitzki officially re-signed for National Basketball Association record 21st season with Mavs

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The Mavericks didn't publicize the details of Dirk's contract, but its been widely reported by National Basketball Association writers as a one-year deal worth $5 million. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 2006-07 season and MVP of the 2011 National Basketball Association finals. On March 17, 2017, Nowitzki became just the sixth player in National Basketball Association history and first global player to register 30,000 career points. Read More »

Nominees for Best FIFA Football Awards to be announced Tuesday

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Croatia's Zlatko Dalic , whose side beat England in the semi-finals of the World Cup, is also nominated, along with Didier Deschamps , who lifted the trophy with Les Bleus after their 4-2 win over the Croats in the final . Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes is on the 10-strong shortlist for women's coach award . The award will be presented at a ceremony in London on September 24, with supporters able to join national team coaches and captains, as well as journalists, in deciding which of ... Read More »

Ozil's retirement took Germany coach Loew by surprise

I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my worldwide debut in 2009 has been forgotten". In a lengthy statement posted on his Twitter account, Ozil yesterday announced his retirement , accusing the German FA (DFB) of treating him with " racism and disrespect ". Read More »

Fans continue to taunt Chris Froome at the Tour de France

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The race continued after the 15-minute hiatus. Protestors in Brittany during the 1974 Tour blocked roads and even used tactics such as hanging pigs from lamp posts. "We will address this incident with Gianni once the Tour is complete and decide then if any further action should be taken". The Italian issued a brief contrite statement via Team Sky's social media channels and hasn't been available for further comment. Read More »

Barcelona secure Malcom deal as Willian looks set to stay

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The 21-year-old had been a reported target for several European clubs including Premier League side Arsenal , but instead will sign for Eusebio Di Francesco's Roma . "He has played in a couple of different positions for Bordeaux in Ligue 1", he said . Like Neymar , Malcom quickly picked up the status as a prodigy in Brazil and he began to reveal his quality two seasons ago in France with seven goals and four assists in 32 games. Read More »

Arsenal forward on the verge of penning new deal

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Ozil announced the decision in the third part of a lengthy statement released on his Twitter account, with the first part explaining the reasoning behind his controversial photograph with Turkey president Recep Erdogan and the second update criticising how the media and sponsors reacted to the incident . Read More »

DeMar DeRozan Pens Heartfelt Thank You To The City Of Toronto

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The Spurs decided they were done fielding offers and pulled the trigger on a Kawhi Leonard trade early Wednesday morning, sending the disgruntled forward (along with Danny Green ) to the Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan , Jakob Poeltl and a protected first-round pick. Read More »

Lakers Rumors: LeBron James Not Pressuring Los Angeles to Acquire Another Star

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Here is the answer: exactly what James and Lakers president Magic Johnson planned when they met for more than three hours on the first night of free agency. "Playmakers matter and are harder to find". It's been a busy few days for LeBron. An NBA ownership group analysis showed that signing James could generate approximately $65m in revenue for a team per year (and still, no one has gifted him a cactus ). Read More »

Molinari plots course through the mayhem to win Open

Woods had anticipated a tight finish to the tournament after timing his surge to the summit of the leaderboard nearly to perfection. Unfortunately, he fell apart a bit on the back nine. England's Rose and Northern Ireland's McIlroy were rated as the leading home hopes going into the 147th Championship and still had outside chances when they stepped onto the first tee on Sunday. Read More »

Team Sky boss David Brailsford blames French cycling culture for abuse

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It is just the latest incident in a long line if disciplinary mis-steps from Moscon, who was suspended for six weeks a year ago after racially abusing fellow rider Kevin Reza. Mitchelton-Scott's Luke Durbridge used Twitter to describe some of the behaviour on Saturday as "disgraceful" - comments which were appreciated by the four-time Tour victor. Read More »

Tebow out for season

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Ex-NFL player Tim Tebow projected to play in the major league by New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. The Mets prospect and former Heisman Trophy victor is batting.273 with six homers for the Binghampton Rumble Ponies, the Mets Double-A affiliate. Read More »

Scotland secure highest Rugby Sevens World Cup finish with France win

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Victory at the Commonwealth Games in April was the beginning of the revival and their 33-12 trouncing of England in the weekend's final was the culmination of a superb turnaround. A member of Samoa's Rugby World Cup Sevens squad was suspended from the final day of play on Sunday after a post-match fracas which left Welsh player Tom Williams with a tournament-ending injury, authorities confirmed. Read More »

Tour de France competitor disqualified after punching opponent in face

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Brailsford was also keen to emphasise the other growing pressures that may have pushed his gifted but volatile rider over the edge, including the hostility of the French public towards Team Sky. Froome said Thomas, 32, is now the stronger of the two as the Welshman has ridden an "absolutely faultless race" to take the leader's yellow jersey into the final week. Read More »

DeMar DeRozan pens heartfelt farewell to Toronto Raptors fans

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A Redditor shared a post where he took the structure from Drake's song "Marvin's Room", and transformed it into "DeMarvin's Room" with lyrics entirely referencing DeRozan's situation with the Raptors following his trade. Perhaps what is most concerning is that Leonard is no different with the front office, still a reserved person when it comes to personal matters, making it that much tougher to diagnose his intentions heading into a mysterious 2018-19 season. Read More »

Carmelo Anthony Reportedly Set to Sign With Houston Rockets

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When the waivers clear, he will be able to sign with the team of his choice. According to Stein, the deal is now being held up by the Philadelphia 76ers , who are looking to make another roster move before the trade is finalized. On July 19, the Thunder traded Anthony to the Atlanta Hawks in a three-team deal, and then Atlanta eventually waived him so he could hit the open market. Read More »

Sri Lanka reign in Colombo despite Maharaj milestone

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At the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground , the Proteas only managed five Sri Lankan second innings scalps (15 in total for the Test) before the hosts declared, setting South Africa 490 to win. Keshav Maharaj returned the second-best figures by a South African bowler in a test innings but Sri Lanka took a firm step towards a 2-0 series sweep after thoroughly dominating day two of the second and final test. Read More »