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Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr edges Aaron Gordon in epic NBA slam dunk contest

The Heat forward celebrated his 23rd birthday by winning a sensational All-Star slam dunk contest, edging Orlando Magic star Aaron Gordon Aaron Gordon lost another epic dunk contest. And it was by a couple of inches namely, the top of Tacko Falls head. Derrick Jones Jr finally got his long-awaited dunk contest title as an exclamation point to an epic All-Star Saturday Night, both for him and the Miami Heat. Jones Jr and Gordon needed two extra dunks apiece in the final round before deciding a winner, Jones Jr prevailing…

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Will mindbending proposed changes to MLB’s playoffs change the game?

Major League Baseball may restructure its playoffs to add teams and primetime drama. The changes would pit purists against progressives The NBA to add a 17th regular-season game. Its all in the name of increasing revenue streams, and if new rumors are to be believed, you can put Major League Baseball right on that bandwagon: the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. And while a change in playoff format doesnt quite have the sizzle of one of the most profound transgressions in the history of the sport, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred must…

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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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Mike Bloomberg to run $10m Super Bowl campaign ad targeting Trump

Bloomberg campaign says 60-second ad will get under Trumps skin, in show of financial force rarely seen in presidential politics Former New York mayor and 2020 Democratic hopeful Mike Bloomberg has secured a 60-second spot during Februarys Super Bowl in Miami a slot that will run a 30-second ad during the 11 February game. The biggest point is getting under Trumps skin, said Michael Frazier, a spokesman for the Bloomberg campaign, told the New York Times. The Super Bowl ad represents a show of financial strength rarely seen in presidential…

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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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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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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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Nick Kyrgios accuses ATP of being corrupt after US Open win

Nick Kyrgios has accused the ATP of being corrupt in the aftermath of his US Open first-round win over American Steve Johnson at Flushing Meadows Nick Kyrgios has accused the ATP of being corrupt in the aftermath of his US Open first-round win over American Steve Johnson at Flushing Meadows. The tennis firebrand was asked what he thought about being fined a record $US113,000 ($A167,000) for his Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/aug/28/nick-kyrgios-accuses-atp-of-being-corrupt-after-us-open-win

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‘The sport is at a tipping point’: Inside US horse racings deadly crisis

The future of horse racing in America is at a crossroads amid the headline-grabbing rash of fatalities at Santa Anita Park, yet the consequences of a wholesale ban would be far-reaching Its barely 9.30am at Santa Anita Park racetrack in Los Angeles, but Jennifer Saavedra has been at work for five hours already. Her husband, trainer Anthony, is traveling, and shes charged with overseeing their small five-horse stable. Ill probably get done around six tonight, she says. Long days are a staple of track life like water is to the…

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Does revenue explain the USWNT’s World Cup bonus shortfall?

As the US womens soccer teams wage discrimination lawsuit heads toward mediation, heres everything you need to know about the pressing questions When the Guardian reported the many of the responses to that article centered around one topic: revenue. Revenue, some argue, must explain the difference in bonuses, whether they come from US Soccer or via Fifa. If, the argument goes, womens soccer generates less money than mens then it is natural the bonuses are smaller. Here is a look at whether that argument holds true and everything else you…

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USA’s Allie Long says key to New York was stolen in hotel room burglary

The USA midfielder says her symbolic key to New York City and wedding ring were stolen from her hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Los Angeles The celebration was cut short for a member of the World Cup champion United States womens soccer team after she discovered someone had burglarized her hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Los Angeles. Allie Long tweeted on Thursday it happened after the team was honored at the ESPY awards on Wednesday night. Long wrote someone stole my wedding ring, cash and the…

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Police say two shot as 1.5m pack Toronto streets for Raptors’ title parade

There were reports a woman had been shot as Toronto Raptors fans crowded into the citys downtown to greet the newly crowned NBA champions Toronto police say two people were shot as Toronto Raptors fans packed the citys downtown to watch the teams NBA title parade. Police said two people had sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries two people had been taken into custody, and the parade was resumed after a short delay. Jennifer Pagliaro (@jpags) Im on the roof of city hall and something is happening. People are running…

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Warriors believe Kevin Durant suffered achilles tear during Game 5

Golden State forward Kevin Durant has an injured right achilles, a massive blow for the perennial All-Star and two-time NBA finals MVP Golden State forward Kevin Durant has an injured right achilles, a massive blow for the perennial All-Star and two-time NBA finals MVP who may be three weeks away from free agency and could also be facing a long rehabilitation process. Warriors general manager Game 5 of the NBA finals on Monday night. An MRI will be performed on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury, but Durants…

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Deontay Wilder to fight Luis Ortiz in fall as Joshua showdown remains on hold

The WBC heavyweight champion announced Tuesday that hes signed a contract to fight a rematch with Cuban slugger Luis Ortiz in the fall The long-awaited title unification fight between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua wont be happening in 2019. Wilder, the heavy-handed Alabaman whos held the WBCs version of the fractured heavyweight championship since 2015, announced Tuesday evening that hes signed a contract to fight a rematch with Cuban slugger Luis Ortiz in the fall, dashing all short-term hopes for the hotly anticipated four-belt summit meeting with Joshua only four…

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