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Russian athletes under WADA scrutiny in Rio

More than 100 Russian athletes have been excluded by sports federations, including a blanket ban on the track and field team and more than 30 rejected under new International Olympic Committee rules. World Rowing, meanwhile, has barred 19 Russians, most for insuffient tests. "The miracle didn't happen". Tests conducted by the Russian anti-doping agency, which is suspended following repeated allegations of cover-ups, are not considered valid for Olympic purposes. Read More »

Will go hard at WI in 2nd Test: Mishra

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R Ashwin needs 17 wickets in next three Tests to join Clarrie Grimmett as the fastest man to 200 Test wickets, in 36 matches. "I think I've got the opportunity more than one time, so I cherish it, playing in front of a Jamaican crowd", said Samuels. Read More »

Stokes ruled out of third Test

Man of the match Joe Root feels that getting a big score is a confidence-booster since moving up in the batting order from number four to three. "It's as good an innings as I've seen". Ali, however, recovered from his latest "moonball" incident by dismissing both Hafeez and Younis to leave Pakistan 102 for four. Cook struck 76 off 78 balls. Read More »

Hull admits to feeling nerves ahead of home Women's British Open

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Asked if it was the finest round of her career, she told reporters: "I would say it's one of the best". I said, "Hey, what's popular right now? I went to Buckingham Palace and to Harrods and after that it was time to put my game face on". "If I can get in there in contention on Sunday, I'm sure it will be a fantastic atmosphere; the crowd were great today". The two leaders have a familiar look to Ko. Read More »

F1 Raceweek: Rosberg dominates Hamilton as Alonso celebrates birthday

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Rosberg won the last race at Hockenheim in 2014 and a repeat would put the brakes on Hamilton, who has triumphed in five of the last six races. The German Grand Prix in Hockenheim , Germany, this weekend could become the third consecutive Formula One race to be disrupted by showers and thunderstorms. Read More »

Higuain: I have to prove my worth to Juventus

Real Madrid may come close, but still have personnel weaknesses, while Barcelona remain perenially suspect at the back, with perhaps Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels' partnership for Bayern rivalling Juventus . "Everyone knows what Juve are all about". I can't wait to see what I can achieve here and to make the most of this opportunity. With the deal now completed, the No.1 Serie A team might have just secured their place not only in domestic league but among UEFA Champions League. Read More »

Lobbing 6-foot-10 Isner, Steve Johnson into Citi Open SF

Monfils was 2 of 3 (67%) in second serve points won, while Zverev was 2 of 9 (22%). France's Gael Monfils will meet Ivo Karlovic at the ATP and WTA Washington Open final today. He broke his rival twice to rushed into a 5-0 lead, and the match was over a few moments later, as he finished it with a love service game. I didn t know if I would be able to adjust. Read More »

Joe Root thanks Mark Ramprakash for inspiring Old Trafford innings

The world's second-best Test batsman added: "The fact Ramps picked up on it and I was able to turn it round in a short space of time was really pleasing". "So I am not disheartened by the second test defeat because better touring sides than us have come to England and struggled in these conditions". Just one day after a board official had confirmed that Khan had turned down a request from some players to have their families with them till the end of the third Test, sources said the decision ... Read More »

Cubs reportedly complete trade with Yankees for Aroldis Chapman

Chapman fills one of the few remaining holes on a loaded Chicago roster - that of an experienced left-handed late-inning reliever - as the first-place Cubs improve their chances to win their first World Series title since 1908. The 22-year-old Crawford, not among the Cubs' top-30 prospects, according to MLBPipeline.com, was selected as the club's 11th-round selection back during the 2012 amateur draft. Read More »

Rams release Nick Foles

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The Rams sought to trade Foles during the summer but apparently didn't find a fit. The disgruntled QB requested a release in order to avoid waivers so he can enter the free agent market. Jeff Fisher said the usual things a coach says when a once-touted player is cut. "But beyond that, it was more of a mutual thing, not that we said, 'Don't come.' It was just, 'Hey coach, I'd just rather stay away until we get things worked out.' And I said, 'I'm fine with that"'. Read More »

Baltusrol ready to host final major of the year

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One, however, can not look too far beyond the top five in the game at the moment to be the men to beat this week - defending champion Jason Day, Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Stenson. Rickie Fowler at No. 7 in the world and Garcia (No. 10) are the only players in the top 10 who have not won a major. The Spaniard is no longer as temperamental, at times petulant, as he was earlier in his career when he accomplished so much at early age that he expected so much more. Read More »

Red Sox 1B Hanley Ramirez has 3 homers through 6 innings

Giants starters have allowed five home runs in two games against the Red Sox, and 11 home runs since the All-Star break. Ortiz came up again in the fourth and drove the first pitch he saw from Peavy way out to right. The umpire signaled out, and the call stood after Giants manager Bruce Bochy challenged it. Let this be a lesson to any pitcher considering running one inside on Ramirez, it won't end well for you. Read More »

Froome drinks beer _ not Champagne _ in final stage of Tour

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Chris Froome has his sights set on cementing his place even further in the annals of Tour de France history. "Best day ever!!" the athlete captioned a photo with his infant son Kellan on Instagram. Froome's former right-hand man, Richie Porte , ended up colliding with a motorbike on the Mont Ventoux stage, with Froome right behind his ex-team-mate. Read More »

Former Minnesota Vikings Coach Dennis Green Dies at age 67

Green became head coach of the Vikings in an era when black head coaches were almost non-existent - he was only the third African-American head coach in the history of the league, and second since 1921. His coaching career started in 1973 as an assistant at Dayton where he was able to earn US$6,000 annually. "The Bears are what we thought they were. Read More »

IOC leaders stop short of complete ban on Russians from Rio

The IOC ruled out a total ban on Russian athletes competing in next month's Games over its doping record, giving the responsibility to worldwide sports federations to decide whether individual athletes should be allowed to participate. The IOC rejected calls from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and dozens of other anti-doping bodies to exclude the entire Russian Olympic team following allegations of state-sponsored cheating. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo visits Conor McGregor in Las Vegas ahead of UFC 202

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Ronaldo, who is on a holiday in America after leading Portugal to Euro 2016 triumph, took some time out to meet Irishman McGregor at his Las Vegas training camp. That's what I was in it for in the beginning - to let everyone know I'm the baddest dude there is. Diaz states that the UFC invested in Conor by pushing his Irish fan base. Read More »

Rio Olympic village unsanitary, says Belarus team

But Rio 2016 spokesman Mario Andrada said on Monday that the fix work might take longer. She said the Australian team had paid the initial cleaning costs to make its accommodation habitable and had not yet discussed with organizers whether that money would be reimbursed. Read More »

Juventus sign Argentina forward Higuain for Serie A record fee

That's four times less than what Juventus just paid for Higuain, and seemingly the going rate for pretty much anyone in the Premier League these days. Now he joins Napoli's bitter rivals for a Serie A record fee, as Juventus look to further cement their domestic dominance and push for their first Champions League trophy since 1996. Read More »

Former Sun Amare Stoudemire retires a New York Knick

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He wrote: "Although my career has taken me to other places around the country, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple". Stoudemire, 33, signed a one-day contract so he could retire as a Knick. Over 14 seasons Stoudemire averaged 18.9 points, 7.8 boards and 1.2 blocks per game. Stoudemire paired up with Steve Nash to form one of the most lethal combos in recent history. Read More »

Turkey orders 47 newspaper journalists, executives detained

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In another crackdown, police and prosecutors searched the Istanbul-based naval academy, an official said. Erdogan, whose efforts to channel more executive power to the presidency have alarmed his opponents, thanked political foes who condemned the coup attempt. Read More »

Rio Olympics 2016: Neymar defends his party boy lifestyle

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I'm very quiet about it, you can criticize me, I have my mistakes too. Brazilian play maker Neymar has defended his off the field escapades which has got many people talking about him. "It is already clear that I will stay until the end of the year". You can criticize me. "I spoke with Gabriel Jesus. Not only with him, but also told other players how it feels to play for Barcelona and to live in the city", Neymar added. Read More »

Stenson leads at the turn

Mickelson shot 65 for a 267 total. The final twoball of Stenson and Mickelson boards the tee at 2.35pm. Stenson hammered in a 50-foot birdie putt across the 15th green, walking toward the hole as it was on its way, stopping halfway to pump his fist when it fell, rare emotion for a 40-year-old Swede with ice blue eyes and a stare that can cut through gorse. Read More »

Falcons release return specialist Devin Hester before camp

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Devin Hester (23) flips in the end zone after returning a punt 69 yards for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago on October 2, 2011. Hester provided some of the most memorable moments in Bears history, including the kickoff return to begin the Super Bowl agains the Colts as well as this field goal return against the Giants. Read More »

Amar'e Stoudemire Announces Retirement From The NBA

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He played his final season for Miami, where he appeared in 52 games last season, averaging 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Injuries, however, were often a thorn in Stoudemire's side, and after a relatively healthy 2010-11 season, they derailed the rest of his time with the Knicks . Read More »

Tom Jackson may not be back on ESPN this year

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Whatever crime Jackson committed, spending almost three decades attached to the hip of Chris Berman shows he has served his time and then some, so being free of this is something we should rejoice. The network's signature show has suffered significant upheaval in the past few years, losing Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson and Cris Carter. Additionally, after rumors that he would be leaving for a new home, Trent Dilfer was re-signed and given a new Countdown role. Read More »

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue agrees to new five-year deal

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His arrival marked a new beginning and with LeBron and Kyrie's throwback attacks and Lue's natural guidance, Cleveland emerged as a finely-tuned wrecking machine. Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue poses with the NBA Championship trophy after winning the 2016 NBA title against the Golden State Warriors . He never signed the contract which in return worked in his favor. Read More »

Sam Allardyce: Jose Mourinho to determine Wayne Rooney's England role

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The former Tottenham and West Ham boss was overlooked for the job when Roy Hodgson was appointed. Sam Allardyce has said Wayne Rooney still has a "massive place" in his England set-up. "I think the bonding of the team is exceptionally important". Mourinho will play a part in deciding Rooney's England future. Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: "BT Sport is proud to be broadcasting this special charity event for football fans and is delighted to help raise money for the charities chosen ... Read More »