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Clearwater’s Keith Thurman vows to end Manny Pacquiao’s career

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Floyd (Mayweather) is gone, Pacquiao is here. Come July 20, he will disappear. For the 40-year-old Pacquiao, this is going to be his toughest test in years because he is facing arguably the best welterweight on the planet. "I've dismantled veterans in the past, and throughout my career". It is going to be exciting and I like it. He is undefeated and this gives me more encouragement, motivation to work hard - like I did before, in my previous fights with big names in boxing. Read More »

Auburn University's sports announcer and his wife killed in vehicle crash

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Rod Bramblett, 53, was airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham, where he died of a severe closed head injury, the coroner's office said. The Bramblett's were transported to East Alabama Medical Center in critical condition. Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl also tweeted his condolences. An Auburn graduate, Bramblett had worked as a radio voice for the Tigers since 1993, and took over as the program's lead broadcaster in 2003. Read More »

Uncertainty over Serena fitness, Osaka form at Roland Garros

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But the Japanese star has not won a title since, and like Williams, withdrew from the Italian Open through injury before her quarter-final against Kiki Bertens. "The clay season is over now for me". Among other seeded players in action, 2016 champion and 19th-seeded Garbine Muguruza advanced to the second round with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over American Taylor Townsend at the tournament's newest stadium, Court Simonne Mathieu. Read More »

Man United no closer to resolving David De Gea future

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United have put City's sporting director on a shortlist of candidates for a shake-up at Old Trafford this summer. " He knows he's not in charge any more but it would still be nice for him to be asked ". Ferguson would agree. He is privately sceptical about the club's worldwide scouting network, believing too many cooks spoil the broth and that it ends up with compromise buys", Neville had said. Read More »

Romelu Lukaku sale will net Everton £5m

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Additionally, Skriniar never hired an agent because he admires his club and allegedly wants to retire at Inter Milan , which makes Manchester United's task even more tough. In the past few hours, the Nerazzurri have received confirmation from Conte's entourage that the ex-national team boss will accept the Serie A side's proposal, which will see the Italian boss earn around €10 million (£9m/$11m) per year. Read More »

India vs New Zealand warm-up

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Kohli's men, second behind England in the one-day worldwide rankings, will start the tournament among the favourites alongside the host nation and defending champions Australia. The ongoing warm-up tie between India and New Zealand will give also an opportunity to wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal to find their groove, especially the former after an indifferent showing in IPL-12. Read More »

Former Leafs assistant coach becoming new head coach for Senators

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Making his National Hockey League coaching debut with the Leafs in the 2015-16 season, Smith has been reportedly in charge of the defensive side of the game for Toronto. Smith finally chose to end an eight-year pro career at the age of 27 in December of 2004. Dorion had similar enthusiasm when he hired Boucher in May 2016, saying, "No doubt in my mind, from the first time that I met him I felt this would be the guy to lead the Ottawa Senators". Read More »

Bruins open as Cup favorites against Blues

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The first game of the best-of-seven series takes place in Boston on Monday. Game 6 goes Tuesday night from the SAP Center before shifting back to St. This did not happen. Last but not least, Erik Karlsson's groin issues finally caught up to him and he had to exit the game early as well. Only two St. Read More »

Warner, Smith get booed; England forced to use Collingwood as a fielder

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The injury means that Morgan will not play against Australia ... The jeers that greeted Warner were audible, although the Hampshire Bowl ground was far from full, however. Keep reading to find out the ICC World Cup 2019 Warm-up Match 3 England vs Australia Match Prediction. World Cup favourites England , fresh from a 4-0 series rout of Pakistan, had gone into Saturday´s match without one-day worldwide captain Eoin Morgan after he suffered a finger injury during fielding practice ... Read More »

Dan Gilbert sounds delusional about Cavs' Kyrie Irving trade

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In an interview with Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer this week, Gilbert said the Cavs had no choice but to trade Irving two years ago because he was threatening to undergo knee surgery and skip the season. What team would want Kyrie with only one year on his contract knowing he could leave after the season? It was possible he could be out for most of the year. Read More »

Jalen Rose: Juwan Howard Hire Heals Fab Five Wounds At Michigan

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But the Fab Five have not been on the best of terms over the years, particularly current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose and Chris Webber . MI touching back to that time with the Howard hiring is significant for the school, and everyone has wondered what Webber thinks of it considering he has been disassociated with the school due to his role in the Ed Martin scandal. Read More »

Teams Interested In Gerald McCoy

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General Manager John Dorsey says that defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will visit the Browns on Friday. "Like I've always told you, I will turn over every stone and it just so happens he'll be in the city of Cleveland tomorrow", Dorsey said on Thursday. Read More »

Giannis rep rips Drake for 'disrespectful' antics

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It features 235 lab-grown, carbon-neutral diamonds in the shape of Drake's apparel company OVO's owl logo. On the inside, there's a City Edition Raptors jersey - which Drake helped design in OVO's colour scheme - while on the left lapel sits a 1.2 carat diamond pin. Read More »

ISC, NASCAR set to merge

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The already-announced national-series 2020 schedules feature significant changes from the 2019 schedule, and more changes are expected when current deals between NASCAR and race tracks expire after the 2020 season. Smith and his family also own Sonic Financial Corp. NASCAR has finalized a merger agreement to acquire International Speedway Corp . NASCAR Chairman Jim France told competitors in the drivers meeting before the Daytona 500 that "this sport was built by families and we're just ... Read More »

Jose Mourinho SWIPES at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp over Champions League failure

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Neither Jurgen Klopp nor Mauricio Pochettino have won a major trophy at their respective clubs but one of them will be able to shake off that criticism by close of play at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. The Argentine was referencing rumours which linked him to the Real's managerial role when it was vacant. Speaking on Spanish radio on Thursday, Pochettino inferred that Perez had intervened to stop the team staying at the Valdebebas facility's residences because he had ... Read More »

Daniel James withdraws from Wales squad after father passes away

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Sky Sports are also reporting that James has reached an agreement with United over his contract, and the 21-year-old is close to becoming the Red Devils' first signing of the summer. Swansea chose to cancel the deal, and Welsh footy legend John Hartson said they made the right call with James now valued at DOUBLE what Leeds were willing to pay. Read More »

LeBron James anxious drama will impact Lakers in free agency

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He stressed the importance of using analytics in the game, something many around the league feel like the Lakers have ignored entirely. "I don't think LeBron is in position to be too picky". "I started hearing, "Magic, you're not working hard enough" and 'Magic's not in the office.' People around the Lakers office were telling me Rob was saying things, and I didn't like those things being said behind my back", Johnson said. Read More »

Thompson isn't anxious about not being named to All

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The Third Team is made up of guards Russell Westbrook (Thunder) and Kemba Walker ( Charlotte Hornets ), forwards James and Blake Griffin ( Detroit Pistons ) and centre Rudy Gobert ( Utah Jazz ). "But whatever, I'd rather win a championship than be third team All-NBA". Thompson will be about $30 million poorer as a result. Now, the biggest contract he can sign in July is for about $190 million over five years (assuming a projected salary cap of $109 million). Read More »

Nick Kyrgios withdraws from French Open just days after claiming tournament 'sucked'

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Defending champion Rafael Nadal leads the men's side as he looks to win his 12th French Open this year. Only Rod Laver, who swept to calendar Slams in 1962 and 1969, has previously achieved the feat. With 23 singles Grand Slam titles to her name, the 10th-seeded American, on a quarter-final collision course with Osaka, is one short of the all-time record of Margaret Court. Read More »

Klay misses All-NBA team, impacts free agency contract

Klay Thompson will be a free agent after the season, while Kevin Durant is widely expected to decline his player option and become a free agent. Thompson added, "I mean, that's cool and all". "It's an all-time team". Teammate Stephen Curry , James Harden, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook and Walker made the list over Thompson. Read More »

Drake Responds to Criticism of His "Disrespectful" Courtside Behavior

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It's not like Drake is running onto the court screaming at the officials, bothering players or getting in the way of the actual play, he's a fan who is showing his passion much like those who sit higher up and don't always get on camera. "Get over it and keep moving". There's certainly no place for fans - or whatever exactly it is that Drake is for the Toronto Raptors - to be on the court. Read More »

Suns’ Deandre Ayton named to NBA All-Rookie First Team

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He and Doncic were the only rookies unanimously selected to the first team. It's the first time since 1984-85 that the top five picks in the previous year's draft were all NBA All-Rookie First Team selections. The second team includes L.A. Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton , Clippers guard Landry Shamet , New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson and Hawks guard Kevin Huerter . Read More »

Emergence of Ibaka, bench good news for Raptors ahead of Game 5

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The Bucks reserves played so well in the first two games of the series that the teams' apparel shop unveiled a "Bench Mob" T-shirt, celebrating the efforts of Malcolm Brogdon , Ersan Ilyasova , George Hill and others. Toronto had this in hand much of the second half, so much so that Drake was helping Nick Nurse relax on the sidelines. Additionally, assuming I haven't just jinxed us all, getting your free taco in 2019 will be easier than ever before. Read More »

Lewis Hamilton slammed by Niki Lauda's pal over Monaco media pullout

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The Briton was excused from appearing at a routine pre-event news conference on Wednesday due to his emotional condition following Lauda's death, his place being taken by Silver Arrows team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Vettel not only sported a near-replica Lauda helmet, but revealed also that, after learning of his friend's lung transplant operation a year ago, he wrote a letter that he described as being "a great pleasure" and "full of fine words". Read More »

Miami Heat brass releases statement on new MI coach Juwan Howard

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Howard's deal at MI is for five years, according to a source with knowledge of the agreement, which was officially signed and completed late Wednesday afternoon. At Michigan , he was a part of the "Fab Five" who helped lead the Wolverines to back-to-back Final Four appearances in 1992 and 1993. Beilein was with the Wolverines for 12 seasons, leading them to two national championship games. Read More »

Draymond Green says he and Kevin Durant have 'a great relationship'

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The Trail Blazers led for more minutes in the series than the Warriors by a 101-83 margin. He helped make a little history, too, as he and Curry became the first National Basketball Association teammates to have triple-doubles in the same post-season game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Read More »

Marcus Smart was named to the NBA’s all-defensive first team

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The NBA today announced their All-Defensive teams, and for the first time they include Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart . Smart, 25, was one of the league's top defenders because of his aggression and ball-hawking skills. The second team included the Golden State Warriors ' Draymond Green and Klay Thompson , who earned his first selection. Al Horford received four 2nd team votes, while Jaylen Brown and Kyrie Irving each received one 2nd team vote. Read More »

Bound Team India leaves for England

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That is the only expectation everyone has [from the team]. But Kohli's men, second behind England in the one-day global rankings, will start the tournament in England and Wales among the favourites alongside the host nation and defending champions Australia. Read More »

Knicks Fans React To The New Orleans Pelicans Winning Zion Lottery

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When the world learned the #1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft belonged to the New Orleans Pelicans , the response was as foreseeable as the end of an episode of Walker Texas Ranger . The 6-foot-7 Duke forward averaged 22.6 points on 68 percent shooting, to go with 8.9 rebounds, as a freshman. The franchise's 3,000 sold tickets are twice as many as were distributed when they last earned the number one pick in 2012 to draft Anthony Davis . Read More »

Bickerstaff joins Beilein on Cavs' bench as associate HC

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ESPN's Dave McMenamin notes Bickerstaff's father, Bernie , has spent several years serving as a consultant for the franchise. The Grizzlies went 33-49 this year despite trading Marc Gasol and losing rookie standout Jaren Jackson Jr .to injury in late February. Read More »

Christian Pulisic Prepared To Emulate Eden Hazard At Chelsea

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Borussia Dortmund have signed Belgium worldwide Thorgan Hazard from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Monchengladbach. He has now arrived at Stamford Bridge after returning to Dortmund on loan. 'One of the main reasons for my change is that Dortmund narrowly missed the title last season, so there is room for improvement and I am very excited about the boys. Read More »