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Exeter Chiefs beat Toulouse to reach Champions Cup final

Published in Rugby
Saturday, 26 September 2020 10:29

Exeter ground down free-running, fast-starting Toulouse to make their first Champions Cup final with a hard-earned victory at Sandy Park.

The French champions began well with a couple of Thomas Ramos penalties to show for their early dominance.

But Exeter dug in and close-range tries from Harry Williams and Sam Simmonds gave them a narrow half-time lead.

After a second try from Williams, Joe Simmonds waltzed in to ensure Matthis Lebel's try would not alter the result.

Exeter's players leapt in delight at the final whistle with only the shouts from their backroom staff and fellow squad members echoing around the empty Sandy Park stands.

Exeter will play French side Racing 92 at Bristol's Ashton Gate on Saturday 17 October in a final that will ensure a new name on the trophy.

Toulouse have already won the tournament four times, their first title coming in the same year that Exeter were in the fourth tier of English rugby.

Initially it appeared that Toulouse's pedigree would trump Exeter's ambition, with the French side's rapidfire recycling and skilful off-loading putting the hosts on the back foot.

But gradually Exeter imposed their trademark forward power on a Toulouse pack that was bigger on bulk than stamina.

Williams' first try came after impressive wing Tom O'Flaherty burst through to put Toulouse into retreat.

The visitors responded shortly after with replacement Alban Placines crossing at the end of a sweeping attack, but Sam Simmonds barged through on the stroke of half-time to give Exeter a lead they never gave up.

When Simmonds' brother Joe threw a dummy and scampered for a converted try that made it 28-11 on 70 minutes the celebrations could start in earnest.

Exeter: Hogg, Nowell, Slade, Whitten, O'Flaherty, J. Simmonds, J. Maunder, Hepburn, Cowan-Dickie, Williams, Gray, Hill, Ewers, S. Skinner, S. Simmonds.

Replacements: Devoto for Whitten (67), Hidalgo-Clyne for J. Maunder (62), Moon for Hepburn (67), Yeandle for Cowan-Dickie (62), Francis for Williams (62), Armand for Gray (67), Dennis for S. Skinner (77).

Not Used: Steenson.

Toulouse: Ramos, Huget, Guitoune, Ahki, Kolbe, Ntamack, Dupont, Baille, Marchand, Faumuina, R. Arnold, Tekori, Kaino, Cros, Tolofua.

Replacements: Placines for Arnold (23), Lebel for Huget (62), Holmes for Kolbe (67), Bales for Dupont (72), Neti for Baille (62), Mauvaka for Marchand (62), Aldegheri for Faumuina (51), Madaule for Tekori (67).

Carter Rebounds For Another Mid-Ohio Victory

Published in Racing
Saturday, 26 September 2020 09:17

LEXINGTON, Ohio – Echoing his race win two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Michael Carter vowed after a disappointing race one that Saturday’s race two would be different.

Just like the previous Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires event, he went on to win.

Selin Rollan and Jared Thomas completed the podium. Mazda has a long history of supporting talented racers, and the podium reflected that with all three drivers having matching firesuits on the podium, because they are all Mazda Road to 24 Scholarship winners: Rollan in 2017, Carter in 2018 and Thomas in 2019.

Saturday’s 45-minute race started similarly to Friday’s, with Robert Noaker, Gresham Wagner, Carter and Rollan breaking away from the field early. Wagner and Noaker exchanged the lead repeatedly until a full-course caution for John Geesbreght stuck in the gravel at turn three slowed the action.

When racing resumed, what was a pack of four cars out front became a pack of seven. As Wagner and Noaker continued to trade the lead, behind them Carter and Rollan were under attack from Thomas for the final podium spot.

With six minutes left on the race clock, Alex Bachoura slid into the gravel trap at turn two and pitlane held its breath, wondering if the safety car would be deployed and end the race under yellow.

Bachoura had been in the midst of one of his best races, running strong in sixth, before contact with Robert Stout put him off track. Bachoura seemed to be determined to not let the race end under yellow and carefully extracted himself from the gravel just in time, so the race could remain green to the end.

“I was having a really good run and felt really good in the car,” said Bachoura. “I was racing with a lot of good, fast guys so I’m disappointed that I got knocked off, but even with how it ended up, I’m happy with the race and I’m glad I was able to get the car restarted to keep going!”

Bachoura wasn’t the last car the turn two gravel would see; on the final lap, Wagner made a move inside Carter for the lead. Noaker saw this as an opportunity for him to potentially take the lead as well and made it three-wide. Contact between Noaker and Wagner resulted in Wagner taking an off-course excursion.

The contact paved the way for Rollan to take up second and Thomas to mount his challenge for third.

Carter led Rollan across the finish line by 1.0072 seconds, while Noaker and Thomas drag raced out of turn 13. Noaker took the checkered flag in third, but after the race, was issued a 30-second penalty for the contact with Wagner. This promoted Thomas to the final podium spot.

After the race, Carter was in awe of the incredible final laps.

“Man, what a wild race,” Carter said. “I think everyone’s game plan was to race Noaker as hard as possible – we didn’t let him breathe at all. Me and Gresham (Wagner) worked really well together. Once we were running first and second I tried to make a couple moves on him and put the pressure on. We were able to keep that gap. My dad told me two laps to go, and I knew I didn’t want to make the move yet, because I knew they were going to pass me right back. We had that incident coming into the keyhole which was unfortunate but luckily we had a big enough gap to the pack behind us which allowed me to walk away with the win.”

The win, combined with Noaker’s 14th-place finish, has moved Carter into the provisional championship lead by two points over Noaker.

Though he was fighting to stay on the podium for most of the race, the last lap incident allowed Rollan to slide into second.

“Just like yesterday, it was really tough to pass, so when you had the opportunity, you had to go for it,” Rollan said. “Unfortunately, when you make a pass here, there’s going to be a little bit of contact. Up in the front of the pack, we don’t really give an inch, so there’s going to be some mirror and wheel touching. I had a really good battle with Jared Thomas. The top three were getting away but they were driving real rough with each other. Unfortunately, my teammate got taken out at the end there, we did get a podium out of it, but you never want to see that happen to your teammate.”

Thomas had a fantastic start, but it was the full-course yellow that put him in position for a podium finish.

“This weekend we struggled a little bit in qualifying,” Thomas said. “It’s a tight field; three and a half tenths off, and we were eighth place! I got up to fifth on the first lap and then I was hoping that those guys would start racing a little bit so I could catch up, but they were pretty disciplined and stayed in a straight line. Then the yellow came and that was exactly what I needed because I knew we could run with them.

“On the restart, it was pretty hairy,” the rookie continued. “I was able to get up to fourth. I was going back and forth with Selin [Rollan], and then with all that drama on the last lap I was able to come home in third. It is a great way to end the weekend, to be on the podium, and now I’m looking forward to New Jersey.”

Colorado-Sporting KC postponed due to COVID

Published in Soccer
Saturday, 26 September 2020 11:53

The Colorado Rapids' Major League Soccer clash with Sporting Kansas City originally scheduled for Sunday has been postponed due to a high number of positive coronavirus cases for the hosts.

In a statement, MLS staid that one Rapids player and three staff members had tested positive, and that the Sunday's game is postponed "to allow for additional testing and evaluation."

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The statement added: "All other members of the Colorado Rapids are asymptomatic, have received negative test results for COVID-19 and are following MLS medical protocol."

The postponement is the first since MLS teams began playing games in home markets following the MLS is Back tournaments, which concluded on Aug. 11.

At that tournament, which was held inside a bubble, both FC Dallas and Nashville SC were forced to pull out due to a cluster of confirmed positive tests.

Since then there have been less than a handful of confirmed positive tests. The Chicago Fire announced back on Aug. 21 that one of its players had a confirmed positive test.

More recently, FC Cincinnati stated earlier this week that one of its players had a confirmed positive test. At present, FCC's game on Saturday night against New York City FC is still scheduled to take place.

LIVE: Kepa dropped as Chelsea visit West Brom

Published in Soccer
Saturday, 26 September 2020 12:04

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Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab, Sharjah

Pro Tip
Pack your team with batsmen from both teams and expect yet another high scoring game at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Our XI: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi

Substitutes: Sheldon Cottrell, Rahul Tewatia, Nicholas Pooran, Jaydev Unadkat

NOTE: We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.

Player availability: All players are available including Jos Buttler who missed the last game.

Captain: Jos Buttler
Buttler has had a week off after the ODI series against Australia and would be eager to resume playing his preferred format. In his last three T20I innings, Buttler scored 178 runs at a strike rate of 158.92. His performance against the Kings XI have been impressive since 2018: 225 runs in four innings at a strike rate of 143.41.

Vice-captain: KL Rahul
Rahul has continued his purple patch even after a six-month break. His 132 not out against the Royal Challengers is the highest individual score for an Indian in the IPL. With his ability to clear long boundaries, he is likely to make the most of the Sharjah ground dimensions.

Hot Picks
Glenn Maxwell
Though Maxwell has had a couple of failures in as many games this season, he could find form against the Kings XI. Rahul tossed him the ball against the Royal Challengers and the Australian returned a wicket. In the ODI series against England, he struck a fifty and a hundred against a Jofra Archer-led attack.

Chris Gayle
This could be the right time for the Kings XI to unleash Gayle: a small ground, a batting-friendly surface and a couple of legspinners in the opposition XI - all could favour Gayle's style of batting. Gayle has a strike rate of 197.14 against legspinners, the highest among all batsmen who've faced 100 or more balls from legspinners in T20s since 2018.

Mohammed Shami
Shami has been bowling with great rhythm and pace. He's looked peerless in the pace-bowling department across teams so far this season. He has picked up four wickets at an economy of 4.14. Even in a small ground without much help for the pacers, Shami is a key pick. Since 2018, Shami has had an economy of 6.80 in the powerplay, the best among all seamers who have picked up five or more wickets in the phase.

Differential Picks
Ravi Bishnoi
The young leggie has been given the ball in tough situations and has still come on top. He has picked up 4 wickets at an economy of 6.75. The small ground and big hitters in the Royals line-up will be another challenge for Bishnoi but we expect him to ace it yet again. Tom Curran: After a forgettable outing the Super Kings, many may not pick Curran. But a bowler with as many variations as Curran is very handy on this ground. Even though he has an economy of 9.99 in the death since 2018 in all T20s, he also has a SR of 9.9 suggesting he will get you a wicket or two more often than not.

Alternate Scenarios

  • Wait until the toss to see if Buttler keeps wickets. If Sanju Samson does, make Buttler your vice-captain and Rahul your captain to maximise on points as Rahul will surely keep wickets for the Kings XI.

  • Chris Gayle should be brought into the XI given the ground dimensions and the two legspinners in the Royals' line-up. Since 2017 in all T20s, Gayle has struck at 182.93 against leg spin.

  • If Gayle does not play, pick one of the the Royals legspinners ahead of Tom Curran since there's expected to be only one left-handed batsman in the top six for the Kings XI

  • Royals' line-up is filled with right-handed batsmen, so playing both the Kings XI legspinners could also be an option instead of one of their batsmen.

Tom Harrison has insisted the ECB's commitment to the women's game is "as strong as ever", despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Harrison, speaking on the day that England's women played their first match on the BBC since 1993, said he believes that 2020 "could have been a year of oblivion for women's cricket" but has instead been "positive." In particular, he welcomed the visit of West Indies - which ensured international cricket for the England side after other series had been cancelled - the launch of the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy and the implementation of retainer contracts.

But while he welcomed such advances, Harrison accepted there was "a danger that women's cricket's development becomes isolated in the strongest countries" and feels the ECB must be "a leading voice" in the continued growth of the sport.

"For us to get the West Indies over was hugely important," Harrison said. "We just couldn't have a situation where we didn't play international women's cricket here. I'm really pleased to see this series come together.

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"I'm probably even more proud about the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy and the implementation of a professional set-up, the retainer contracts that we put in place for the 25 professional players, the commitment to, next year, take that on to 40 professional players plus the centrally-contracted players. We feel like there's momentum building up and we feel like 2020, when it could have been a year of oblivion for women's cricket, has been a net positive. It's something we are very proud of.

"But there is a danger that women's cricket's development becomes isolated in the strongest countries. With the stress on the finances of global cricket, you can see countries around the world really feeling the pressure not to invest into what they see as development areas as opposed to commercially generating areas.

"I do think that's an area of focus for the world game. And I think the ECB will be a leading voice in saying work needs to be done here to ensure the women's game continues to be funded and the funding generated from the women's game goes into the development of the women's game, which is not always the case."

But while Harrison said that "ring-fencing" funding for the women's game is "the kind of language" required, he conceded that "nothing can be ring-fenced" at present.

"People have often talked about ring-fencing and that's the kind of language that needs to be attributed to the women's game," he said. "The reality is the impact of the pandemic on our finances is massive.

"We're in a position where nothing can be ring-fenced but don't read that into that any dilution on our commitment. None of our ambition is being diluted by the pandemic's impact on our finances.

"It is a really, really tough moment but our commitment to the women's game is as strong as ever. You'll see a continued to commitment to growth in this part of the game which is so fundamental to our future."

With all national cricket boards struggling with their finances as a result of the pandemic, Harrison accepted there would be increased pressures on funding. But he insisted that the sport will prove more relevant and more commercially viable if it embraces the women's game.

"There are some serious financial challenges going around the world of cricket at the moment and that is not going to help women's cricket," Harrison said. "But I think the women's game has a real role to play in the re-emergence of the international game as a much more globally relevant sport that can help us look at the next 100 years of cricket as an exciting opportunity.

"What we need to be doing is passing on the evidence that the women's game can generate two things: firstly, commercial value and secondly, a sustainability plan for your sport when it's asking questions the financial crisis will inevitably ask. We are working on a big piece of work to understand how we commercialise the women's game."

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Harrison also reiterated his commitment toward greater diversity - both in terms of gender and ethnicity - at all levels of the game, including within the administration of the ECB. But he did hint that more progress was required at county level, or from "our stakeholders" as he put it.

"Where this comes is demonstrating our commitment to accessibility across the board, whether it's the men's or women's game; girls or boys," he said. "It's about creating an environment where everybody feels they have a place in the game. That is the most important piece of work we have to do over the next 10 years in this game and I'm absolutely committed to achieving that.

"I inherited a team where there was very little diversity of any kind in my leadership team but we've gone beyond the Sport England governing code. We have a fully independent board and we are benefitting massively from the kind of experience and balance and decision-making [that] proper diversity can give you. I have three women in my senior team. We've work to do on the BAME diversity and we're working on that right now.

"I welcome the pressure on this. It helps us put pressure on through the game which is where I think more work needs to be done through our stakeholders where progress is a little slower.

"There's a journey we're on and I'm extremely passionate about the inclusion of the diversity agenda. We've already made progress but there's a lot more progress required. The ECB's improving dramatically in terms of its gender representation."

For the first five years of her England career, Nat Sciver looked ill-suited to batting in T20 international cricket. She was shuffled up and down regularly, and struggled for fluency in the middle order: in her first 37 innings, she averaged 18.10, while scoring a strike rate of 96.96.

But in the last two-and-a-half years, she has flourished. Since March 2018, when she made her first T20I half-century against Australia in Mumbai, she has averaged 34.96 and struck at 123.29, managing to find the tempo required batting at No. 3 and 4.

This calendar year has been particularly productive: since the start of the T20 World Cup, she has scored five half-centuries in 11 innings, a run culminating in her career-best 82 off 61 balls against West Indies on Saturday. Throw in her ever-improving medium pace, which has allowed England to field three frontline spinners, and she is quickly becoming their most valuable player.

Sciver spoke coming into this series about the importance of "going through the gears at the right time", perhaps with a nod to her relatively sedate scoring rate after regularly having to prevent collapses at the T20 World Cup.

Her innings on Saturday exemplified that change of mindset: she nudged and nurdled her way to 59 off 52 balls in a crucial rebuilding effort with captain Heather Knight, before putting her foot down to pick up 23 off her next 9, including two fours and a six off Stafanie Taylor's 19th over.

"I guess I had to play a bit to the situation as well because we'd lost Tammy [Beaumont] and Danni [Wyatt], who have been batting really well so far in the series and getting us off to good starts," Sciver said. "Heather and I came together and knew that we needed a partnership, so our risk levels were a bit lower.

"I think in general that's how I wanted to play, regardless of the wickets going down in the Powerplay already. I know when you're in during the first six, you feel like you need to get away fast and make use of the two fielders out, but as long as I can run well and get it out into the outfield and when I do get my chance to hit the boundary. But in the first two games, I got a bit too caught up in going too boundary-focused first.

"As a team, in the last game we were lacking a bit because we didn't have a batter in towards the end. We said before the game that we wanted someone in the top five to be there to stabilise it. The 19th over was a big one, because it was easier to hit with the wind into that pocket where I scored probably about 60 of my runs, but [the innings] was a bit more tactical in that way."

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In truth, West Indies have not been the most testing opposition for England in this series, and Sciver acknowledged that it was important for them to continue to learn and develop in preparation for bigger challenges ahead.

Tom Harrison, the ECB's chief executive, confirmed on Saturday that there are provisional plans in place for England to play Australia and New Zealand in a tri-series at the start of 2021, while South Africa and New Zealand have both been pencilled in as possible tourists next summer. All of those series await confirmation, but the signs from Saturday's T20I in Brisbane were that the winter's mooted opponents will provide sterner tests.

"We want to keep our standards high no matter who we're playing, and make sure that we're practising to play against the best in the world," Sciver said. "It was important for us to make sure that we did the right things and got over the line.

"As a bowling unit we were under pressure a bit more, and they came out with a different order, and obviously Deandra [Dottin] scored some runs again. She's their biggest player but so far we've managed to contain her to about a run a ball. We were pleased to have been under the pump a little bit with the ball but come through in the end."

Neetu David, the new chairperson of selectors for India Women, expects picking squads for the upcoming Women's T20 Challenge to be "a challenging first assignment" given that the Covid-19 pandemic has left players with little to no training. But she backed several "exciting India prospects" to make a mark in the three-team competition, to be played in the UAE from November 1 to 10.

Her colleague Arati Vaidya, meanwhile, feels that when it comes to veterans Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami, performance and not age, would determine selection.

"These are, of course, unprecedented times; the pandemic has made any cricket close to impossible in India at the moment," David told ESPNcricinfo soon after news of the appointment of the panel was made public. "It's not an ideal pre-tournament situation for any team, in any sport, in any country, so when it comes to selecting the squads for the Women's T20 Challenge, it's going to be a challenging first assignment of sorts, but it's not impossible to pick promising lesser-known players.

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"We are awaiting guidelines from the BCCI on how the board expects us to proceed. The players are mentally ready and eager to get back on the field, they have been training in their respective towns. And having known and played with some of my fellow selectors in this panel, and also given Mithu Mukherjee has formerly been a national selector, we are looking forward to working as a team and introducing new players from our current domestic pool, who we think are exciting India prospects. They have the potential to do well in the T20 Challenge."

David was hopeful that the new selection panel would be able to build on the work of the previous panel - India finished as runners-up in the 2017 ODI World Cup and the T20 World Cup earlier this earlier during their tenure. With two World Cups and a Commonwealth Games slated for 2022, much of the new committee's focus would be on putting together squads that take the next step - win a World Cup.

"We do well up to the final, but have not been able to get over the final hurdle yet - that's something we need to find a solution to," David said. "We are looking to work on the mental resilience and temperament aspect of our upcoming squads, and we'll work with the board, coaches, players and captains to make sure that we put systems in place that helps us overcome that final barrier. We will look to go one better in the next major events."

"Whether it's Mithali or Jhulan or any other experienced player in our national or domestic mix, we will try to make sure that the performance of players alone is what dictates the look of the squads" Arati Vaidya

While David spoke of becoming world champions in senior cricket, Vaidya expressed hope that India would do well in age-group global tournaments going forward too.

"The more new talent we unearth, the better the health of the national team and domestic cricket will be," she told ESPNcricinfo. "I can tell you that the age-group players we have at the moment, we can surely be in the final of the [inaugural] Under-19 World Cup for girls - whether it goes ahead on schedule next year or is postponed.

"My career as a match referee has helped me get a glimpse of many uncapped players, and from what I have seen, I am hopeful we will do well, and if other things fall into place, we might even win the title. India doesn't lack talent; it's just that more systems need to be put in to place to unearth and nurture those talents. As a selection committee, we will, therefore, try to get the best talent we can from all zones."

Raj and Goswami are now both past 37, and not in the scheme of things when it comes to T20Is, but Vaidya wanted to take their age out of the equation when discussing their futures with the national team.

"Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami's contribution will remain matchless, and to this day they remain key performers in the ODI team," Vaidya said. "Personally, my view is only performance - not age or how long they've played - should determine whether or not a player warrants a place in the side.

"Whenever they choose to call it a day, it's their call, and yes, someone or the other will take up their places in the coming years when they bow out of the game, but to us ensuring the right blend of youth and experience will be key. So whether it's Mithali or Jhulan or any other experienced player in our national or domestic mix, we will try to make sure that the performance of players alone is what dictates the look of the squads."

Kolkata Knight Riders 145 for 3 (Gill 70*, Morgan 42*) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 142 for 4 (Pandey 51, Russell 1-16, Cummins 1-19, Chakravarthy 1-25) by seven wickets

Kolkata Knight Riders bounced back from their comprehensive defeat to Mumbai Indians to ease past Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets on the back of an impressive performance from their varied bowling attack, which restricted Sunrisers to 142 for 4. That was followed by a knock of 70 from Shubman Gill to anchor the chase, and there was also a valuable contribution of 42 from Eoin Morgan, in an unbeaten 92-run partnership with Gill.

After eight matches in the tournament, it was only the second time that a chasing side clinched victory. The Sunrisers, however, had won the toss and opted to bat first - the first side so far to do that. However, that also meant that it was the seventh game in a row where the team winning the toss lost the match. The Sunrisers are now the only team to remain winless in IPL 2020.

More to follow ...

Lightning's Stamkos out for possible Cup clincher

Published in Breaking News
Saturday, 26 September 2020 12:08

The Tampa Bay Lightning have a chance to clinch the Stanley Cup on Saturday night, but they'll have to do it without their captain, Steven Stamkos.

The 30-year-old center will not play in Game 5, coach Jon Cooper announced on Saturday morning. The Lightning lead the Stanley Cup Final against the Dallas Stars, 3-1, with the pivotal Game 5 coming on the second night of a back-to-back.

Stamkos has been "unfit to play" for the entire Stanley Cup playoffs -- save for his brief appearance in Game 3, in which he played less than three minutes, and scored a goal on his first shot.

"We have to get another win, and Stammer knows that he was a big part in us getting this far off the ice, and what he contributed when he played," Cooper said. "But for tonight, he won't be in."

Stamkos, who underwent core muscle surgery on March 2, has endured several setbacks which have kept him out of the lineup. He said he experienced "an issue" during the first period of Game 3, which is what kept him on the bench for the remainder of the game.

"There's been a lot of behind-the-scenes things that I'll be glad to share with you guys after the season," Stamkos said after the game. "We're focused on winning right now, and tonight was a step in the right direction."

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Colorado-Sporting KC postponed due to COVID

Colorado-Sporting KC postponed due to COVID

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LIVE: Kepa dropped as Chelsea visit West Brom

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Man United's luck at Brighton shouldn't obscure familiar issues

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Basketball

NBA playoffs Real or Not: Anthony Davis for Finals MVP? A glimpse into the East's future?

NBA playoffs Real or Not: Anthony Davis for Finals MVP? A glimpse into the East's future?

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Heat's Adebayo shoulders blame for loss to Celts

Heat's Adebayo shoulders blame for loss to Celts

Miami Heat All-Star big man Bam Adebayo took the blame for his team's 121-108 loss to the Boston Cel...

Baseball

Contreras riles up ChiSox, no regrets for bat flip

Contreras riles up ChiSox, no regrets for bat flip

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Mike Trout tracker, Mr. October edition: Would he trade careers with Reggie Jackson?

Mike Trout tracker, Mr. October edition: Would he trade careers with Reggie Jackson?

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