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Conor McGregor wins in first UFC match in 15 months

(CNN)Irish mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor was victorious in his first UFC match in over 15 months, with a technical knockout win over American opponent Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor blitzed Cerrone from the opening bell and won the fight less than a minute into the first round McGregor’s most recent victory in mixed martial arts came in November 2016 when he won by knockout over Eddie Alvarez. Despite the long layoff, McGregor is the fourth ranked lightweight in UFC. He is 13th on the pound-for-pound…

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Tottenhams Gazzaniga saves Deeney penalty to earn draw at Watford

Paulo Gazzaniga kept out a Troy Deeney penalty awarded for a handball by Jan Vertonghen with 20 minutes left as Tottenham drew 0-0 at Watford It is possible to read too much into the remarks of managers, but sometimes they give a new perspective on a match, particularly those as uneventful as this one. So it was that in the cheery aspect of Jos Mourinho and the repeatedly pragmatic remarks of Nigel Pearson, you could perhaps better discern who had come out best from this stalemate. Watford are the team…

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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired amid multiple sign-stealing scandals

The Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after baseball commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sports sign-stealing scandal The Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred Red Sox (@RedSox) Statement from the Boston pic.twitter.com/qXsUhSobSy Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jan/14/alex-cora-fired-astros-sign-stealing-scandal

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Aaron Hernandez: how did a $40m NFL star become a convicted killer?

In a Netflix docuseries, the shocking true story of a much-loved athlete convicted of first-degree murder is placed under the microscope Even by the standards of Americas obsession with stories of spectacular falls from grace, the trajectory of Aaron Hernandez, a star New England Patriots football player turned convicted murderer, was particularly steep and unusually compelling a senseless, horrific collapse unfolding in real time. Three years before fake news became an ominous catch-all, Hernandezs summer 2013 arrest for the murder of Odin Lloyd at his mansion in North Attleborough, Massachusetts…

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Why Manchester United cant see the Woodward for the trees | Barney Ronay

Batter your way through every executive vice-chairman the club can hire and you still come up against disengaged vulture capitalists Its the question on every Manchester United supporters mind right now. Is there any sales tactic, any favour to be called in that may persuade Internazionale to sign Ed Woodward? This is perhaps a bridge too far. But as the transfer window thrums into gear its hard to avoid the feeling January has become the most Manchester United time of the year. Not for the actual signings, because there havent…

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NFL wildcard weekend picks: Saints to march on, Bills to upset Texans

The playoffs kick off as the field of 12 is narrowed to eight with none of the four matchups looking overly easy to pick Buffalo Bills at Houston TexansSaturday, 4:35pm ET/9.35pm GMT What the Bills need to do to win: Whether you prefer detailed analytics or more simple stats, the Bills had one of the leagues best defenses this year. Buffalo finished the regular season ranked in the top-10 in total defense (third according to NFL.com, sixth according to Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jan/03/nfl-wild-card-predictions-patriots-saints-eagles-seahawks

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From renewables to Netflix: the 15 super-trends that defined the 2010s

It was the decade of austerity, fracking, populism and internet lies. But not everything about the 2010s was terrible The plastics backlash Garbage, including plastic waste, is seen at the beach in Costa del Este, Panama City. Photograph: Luis Acosta/AFP via Getty Images It was once the height of metropolitan chic: the dash into Starbucks for a skinny decaf caramel latte en route for work, the takeaway cup a mark of upward mobility. Those were the days of Sex and the City, when the culture of doing everything on the…

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Jrgen Klopp gets his game face on for a match Liverpool dare not lose | Andy Hunter

Jrgen Klopp was in no mood for joking as he landed in Salzburg with Liverpools Champions League campaign hanging in the balance The Austrian media who were expecting a bit of light-hearted banter with Jrgen Klopp at the Red Bull Arena were to be disappointed. It was not the time or place. There was confusion over where to sit alongside Jordan Henderson at the pre-match press conference, a TV light on full beam was shone directly into the face of the Liverpool manager, who then had to correct the interpreter…

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Anthony Joshua goes the distance to win world titles back from Andy Ruiz Jr

The British fighter won unanimously on points after a much-improved performance to regain his WBO, IBF, IBO and WBA heavyweight titles On a night when a storm raged across the Saudi Arabian desert, Anthony Joshua becalmed the Mexican tempest in front of him to make history and a whole lot of money by regaining his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles. But after his wide points victory over Andy Ruiz Jr, Joshua risked more controversy after being criticised by human rights groups last week by using the word decapitate…

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Liverpool 11 points clear despite Alisson red as Van Dijk sinks Brighton

Two headers from Virgil van Dijk gave Liverpool a 2-1 win over Brighton and put them 11 points clear at the top, despite playing a dozen minutes with 10 men Was this the day Liverpool seized control of the title race? No, that happened when Manchester City were deservedly defeated here last time out. All that can be said for sure after Brighton were beaten at a surprisingly fraught Anfield is this was the day the Premier League champions disappeared from Jrgen Klopps rear-view mirror. A strange affair it was…

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Patrick Mahomes ready for injury return as Kansas City Chiefs visit Tennessee

The reigning NFL MVP is expected to return for Sundays game against the Titans, just over two weeks after his season was jeopardized Patrick Mahomes will start for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, just over two weeks after the quarterbacks season was jeopardized by a dislocated kneecap. Mahomes never missed a practice after there was no structural damage, and it became a waiting game to see when Mahomes would return. He practiced on a limited basis the first week before being ruled out against Green…

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I will not change: Liverpools Sadio Man unrepentant about diving

Sadio Man has acknowledged Pep Guardiolas claim that he is a diver means the spotlight will be on him against Manchester City Sadio Man has acknowledged Pep Guardiolas claim that he is a diver means the spotlight will be on him in Liverpools top-of-the-table showdown with Manchester City on Sunday but admitted he would dive again if it resulted in a penalty being awarded. The Senegal forward was accused of sometimes diving by the City manager after Liverpools being fixated on his team. Guardiola has since 94th-minute winner against Leicester,…

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Carli Lloyd says she hit ‘rock bottom’ during last World Cup cycle

Carli Lloyd won her second World Cup with the US this summer but its safe to say she did not enjoy the experience as much as her teammates Carli Lloyd was relegated to a role off the bench this time around, and had to play as a forward rather than in her preferred position as an attacking midfielder. Lloyd appeared on ESPNs has been linked to a move to the NFL as a kicker, but she said that her main focus is playing in next years Olympics. The US are…

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These three women are young. They’re powerful. And they just made history

(CNN)Simone Biles. Coco Gauff. Brigid Kosgei. Simone Biles just earned more medals than any gymnast — ever As an Olympic champion, Biles is already ranked among the best of the best in gymnastics. Her record-breaking 24th medal win at the world championships on Sunday solidified her GOAT status, making her the most decorated gymnast of all time, male or female. Biles surpassed the record held by Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo, who had a career total of 23 medals in world championships. But she didn’t stop at 24. Biles went on to…

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Andy Murray set to play in Australian Open, says tournament director

Andy Murray is expected to compete in the 2020 Australian Open, according to its tournament director, Craig Tiley Andy Murray is expected to compete in the 2020 Australian Open, according to its tournament director, Craig Tiley. The former world No 1 had career-saving hip surgery earlier this year and continued his good progress by he may have to retire due to the pain he felt every time he played. But after he underwent a procedure to resurface his hip joint in January, the two-time Wimbledon champion could be involved in…

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