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Serena & Venus through at Australian Open, Djokovic and Halep also win

Melbourne, Australia (CNN)During Serena Williams‘ first-round, straight-sets win over Germany’s Tatjana Maria at the Australian Open, one question kept surfacing: How would you describe her green, one-piece Nike outfit? Novak Djokovic and Venus Williams also progressed, while the ever watchable Nick Kyrgios fell in straight sets at home to 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic. Visit cnn.com/sport for more news and videos Serena’s health concerns Not so much of a light-hearted matter for Williams is why she continues to sport compression stockings. The American revealed she almost died after giving birth…

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Renowned sportscaster says NFL teams are racist when it comes to hiring coaches

(CNN)A Dallas sportscaster is causing a stir for a blistering TV commentary in which he acknowledged his own “white privilege” and slammed the “covert racism” of NFL owners who won’t give talented coaches of color a chance. Eight NFL head coaches — five of them black — were fired at the end of the 2018 regular season which wrapped last month. The six coaches hired so far to replace them all are white. In a league where about 70% of the players are black, only two of the 32 NFL…

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Franck Ribery: Gold-coated steak backlash earns ‘heavy fine’

(CNN)His meal of gold-coated steak drew ire on social media for being ostentatious, but Franck Ribery’s foul-mouthed response earned him a “heavy fine” from his club Bayern Munich. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videos Bayern Munich imposed the undisclosed fine for unacceptable language from a supposed role model. “I had a long talk with Franck and I let him know that we would impose a heavy fine on him and he accepted it,” said the club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic in a statement on the club’s website. “He…

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Lindsey Vonn delays injury comeback in farewell season

(CNN)She is desperate to begin her farewell season, but Lindsey Vonn has been forced to put her return from injury on hold. “I feel good and I am training as hard as possible but I’m not going to return until I feel strong enough to win. “So the hunt for Stenmark’s record will have to wait just a little bit longer.” Her next target could be a downhill and super-G in Val Gardena, Italy on December 18 and 19. Visit CNN/com/Sport for more news, features and videos Delayed retirement Vonn…

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Dubai Sevens: New Zealand wins first title since 2009

(CNN)New Zealand won the opening tournament of the men’s World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai after beating the USA 21-5 in the final. Tone Ng Shiu’s try gave the Kiwis a 7-0 lead heading into halftime, but they were reduced to six men at the start of the second period and Stephen Tomasin mustered a repsonse for the USA. Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 “I’m stoked with the win — this tournament we really had each others’ backs,” said Nathan-Wong. “It doesn’t matter who’s wearing that black jersey, we’ve got…

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Brady v Rodgers, Djokovic loses, PSG enjoys record win — Weekend in Sport

(CNN)NFL greats Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers go toe-to-toe … Novak Djokovic loses Paris Masters final … Female referee makes rugby history … PSG breaks 58-year record. Here’s your Monday sporting recap. Two of the best NFL players of all time went head-to-head Sunday as Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, quarterbacks sharing five MVPs between them, faced each other for only the second time. It was 41-year-old Brady who celebrated victory in Massachusetts as the New England Patriots beat the Green Bay packers 31-17, improving its record to 7-2 to…

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Weekend in Sport: Barcelona dismantle Real, Arsenal stumble, Hamilton roars to victory

(CNN)Real thrashed in El Clasico … Arsenal’s winning run comes to an end … Hamilton finally secures championship … Leicester City mourns death of beloved owner. This is your Monday sporting recap. Leicester City confirms owner’s death in crash A book of condolences will be opened at the King Power Stadium starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, October 30, the club said. Players taking part in Monday’s league game between Manchester City and Spurs will wear black armbands as a sign of respect.

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Russell Wilson finds home from home at Wembley as Seattle crush Oakland | Sean Ingle

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson, threw three touchdowns as he led his side to a comprehensive 27-3 win against the Oakland Raiders at Wembley Nearly 4,800 miles and eight time zones separate London from Seattle. Yet for the Seahawks the murk and mizzle of this grey Wembley evening felt like a home from home as they pummelled the Oakland Raiders 27-3. It rained, a lot, as in the Pacific north-west. And there were large packs of fans in dark blue and lime green jerseys, who shouted SEA! then HAWKS!…

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Have the Green Bay Packers wasted Aaron Rodgers’ best years?

The Packers are blessed with a once-in-a-lifetime talent at the most critical position in sports. Their returns have been unimpressive The Green Bay Packers have frittered away Aaron Rodgers prime. Sat at 2-2-1, second in the NFC North, Rodgers is facing the prospect of another season in which he shoulders the burden of an entire organization. Rodgers will turn 35 this season, and is arguably the most talented quarterback of all time. And yet, he has been to fewer Super Bowls than the likes of Eli Manning and Kurt Warner,…

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lvaro Morata winner earns Chelsea narrow victory over stubborn Vidi

Chelsea were run close by the Hungarian side Vidi in their Europa League group game at Stamford Bridge until lvaro Morata scored to earn them a 1-0 win lvaro Morata puffed out his cheeks and tried to muster a smile. He had provided the games decisive moment and his grateful teammates ran to congratulate him after his poachers finish. Yet Chelseas matchwinner betrayed relief more than joy by burying his face in Willians shoulder, and his struggle to enjoy the feeling of ending his barren run summed up an awkward…

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Cristiano Ronaldo hits out at rape allegations: It goes against everything I am

Cristiano Ronaldo has strongly denied an accusation of rape made against him by Kathryn Mayorga Cristiano Ronaldo has strongly denied an accusation of rape made against him by Kathryn Mayorga, claiming such a crime was against everything that I am and believe in. Mayorga says she was assaulted by the footballer after they met at a Las Vegas nightclub in 2009. In an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel last weekend she gave extensive details of her claims. Ronaldo responded on Wednesday on Twitter, saying he awaits the results…

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Didier Deschamps: The biggest victories can lead to the greatest foolishness

Having led France to World Cup glory and won Fifas coach of the year award, Didier Deschamps is at the pinnacle of his trade. But the big challenge will be staying there, he tells Amy Lawrence The crescendo for a team that finds itself growing as it hurdles the different stages of a tournament usually hits a high note at which everything suddenly seems incandescent with possibility. For France at the World Cup that came 57 minutes into the group he would take to Russia. The biggest decision I made…

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Tiger Woods holds back tears before claiming Tour Championship

Tiger Woods won for the first time in five years and, with Tour Championship victory almost certain on the 18th, he admitted: I was having a hard time not crying on the last hole Tiger Woods admitted he fought back tears after ending a five-year wait for a tournament win by clinching the Tour Championship at East Lake. Amid remarkable scenes on the final hole, the 14-times major champion was mobbed by spectators before sealing a two-stroke victory over Billy Horschel. This marked Woodss 80th PGA Tour success. Woods has…

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Cricket Australia to investigate Moeen Ali’s claims he was called ‘Osama’

England all-rounder Moeen Ali claims he was subjected to a racial taunt from an unnamed Australian player during the first Test of the 2015 Ashes series Cricket Australia are to seek clarification from their English counterparts about an incident in which England all-rounder Moeen Ali says he was called Osama by an unnamed Australian player during an Ashes test in 2015. Moeen, who is a Muslim, made the allegation in his autobiography, which is being during his Ashes debut in Cardiff. It was a great first Ashes Test in terms…

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