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Coney Island, baby: New York wait for pro rugby ends with win over Toronto

MLR came to the Big Apple and it seemed to fit right in: rough, raucous and at the end, to home fans, a genuine nailbiting thrill Out on the turf at MCU Park, by the mock dirt of the baseball diamond and the covered pitchers mound, James Kennedy puffed out his cheeks and smiled. Then he offered a very one local writer, perhaps looking at the football-formatted scoreboard, called a game-winning drive with no time left. In other words, a short-range try with 80 minutes up, the Americans pounding the…

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Sergio Agero puts Man City into semi-final after fightback against Swansea

Manchester City overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Swansea 3-2 as Sergio Ageros late winner put his side into the FA Cup semi-final Manchester City clambered back from two goals down to reach the FA Cup semi-finals after Sergio Agero jumped off the bench to head home a controversial winner and break Swansea hearts. Agero was marginally offside when he snatched victory two minutes from time, stooping to nodin Bernardo Silvas cross, but in the absence of the video assistant referee Pep Guardiolas side completed a stirring comeback to keep…

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Manchester City to issue apology and set up fund for Bennell abuse victims

Manchester City will launch a survivors scheme for the sexually abused victims of Barry Bennell and John Broome with compensation packages adding up to several million pounds Manchester City are launching a survivors scheme for the victims of Barry Bennell that will lead to the Premier League champions offering compensation packages, adding up to several million pounds, and ultimately an apology to the players who were sexually abused during their time in the clubs junior set-up. In the first scheme of its kind to be set up by one of…

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Mother of super-middleweight world champion Caleb Plant shot dead by police

Police in Tennessee say the mother of super middleweight world champion Caleb Plant was fatally shot after pulling a knife on an officer Police in Tennessee say the mother of super middleweight world champion Caleb Plant was fatally shot after pulling a knife on an officer. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says in a statement that 51-year-old Beth Plant was pronounced dead on Saturday at a hospital. It says Plant became combative while being transported by ambulance and pulled out a knife. The driver called law enforcement and an arriving…

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Martina Navratilova apologizes for transgender ‘cheating’ comments

(CNN)Martina Navratilova may have apologized for using the term “cheating” when describing transgender athletes but the issue received further attention over the weekend with former UK Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies saying trans women had unfair physical advantages. “Needless to say, I have always and will always be a champion of democracy, equal rights, human rights and full protection under the law for everyone. When I talk about sports and rules that must be fair, I am not trying to exclude trans people from living a full, healthy life. “And I…

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Sydney Sevens: New Zealand strikes twice, USA claims fourth straight silver

(CNN)A new tournament, but the same result for the USA rugby sevens team, who fell to a fourth straight cup final defeat at the Sydney Sevens on Sunday. The wait for silverware goes on for Mike Friday’s team — which previously also fell at the final hurdle in Dubai, Cape Town, and Hamilton — after tries from Regan Ware, Sam Dickson, and Tone Ng Shiu handed the All Blacks victory with Brett Thompson producing a late reply for the USA.

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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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