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  • $10,000 flights and personal credit: How the US Open Cup cripples smaller clubs

    Smaller teams dream of taking on an MLS club in the US Open Cup. But that dream can come at a steep cost For the US Open Cup, 2017 was the year of the underdog. The hype started early when Christos FC – an amateur club out of Maryland named after a local liquor store – upset two fourth-division sides and a USL team before going out to MLS’s DC United. Upsets continued to prevail, as the USL’s FC Cincinnati beat the Columbus Crew and Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Chicago Fire en route to a...

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  • The new NFL anthem policy may as well call black players sons of bitches

    The league will now punish players who choose to protest during the anthem. The NFL owners have given into fear and Donald Trump There was a time, not long ago, when the NFL actually stood for something. When the league’s owners acted on principle and were anything but the squishy, invertebrate loafer-and-sport coat-wearing globules they have become. This was in 1991 when the NFL and its owners attacked racial intolerance by yanking the 1993 Super Bowl from Arizona because the state refused to...

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  • Celtics win again at home to put Cavaliers on brink in NBA playoffs

    Boston hold 3-2 lead in Eastern Conference finals after winLeBron James scores 26 points but Cleveland lose 96-83Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.  The Celtics remained perfect in Boston this postseason with their 10th straight victory at home and moved within one win of their first trip to the NBA...

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  • Capitals beat Lightning to reach first Stanley Cup final since 1998

    Alex Ovechkin scores early as Game 7 ends in 4-0 win for WashingtonCapitals will play Vegas Golden Knights for championshipAlex Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals to help the Washington Capitals put their playoff frustration behind them with a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final on Wednesday night.  Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots for his second straight shutout and the Lightning, who led the NHL in goals during...

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  • Lawmakers choke back tears, rail at US Olympic leaders at emotional hearing

    USA Gymnastics CEO apologizes for abuse: ‘Those days are over’One lawmaker fights back tears at emotionally charged hearingLawmakers used an emotionally charged House subcommittee hearing to get answers about what they portrayed as the US Olympic Committee’s slow-moving, underfunded response to a steadily widening sex-abuse scandal in Olympic sports. CEO Shellie Pfohl of the US Center for SafeSport spoke Wednesday during a hearing that had one representative choking back tears and another...

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  • New NFL rules: teams face fines if players kneel during national anthem

    Players can choose to stay in locker room during national anthemProtests caused chaos for league over last two seasonsPlayers union unhappy with league’s new policyNFL owners have issued new guidelines which will see teams fined if their players or staff do not show appropriate respect for the national anthem. According to the new rules: “a club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.” The NFL commissioner,...

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  • Roger Federer: Serena Williams may well be best overall tennis player ever

    20-time grand slam winner pays tribute to fellow championSwiss says he does not have any immediate plans for retirementRoger Federer believes Serena Williams’ achievements are enough to merit a place as the greatest tennis player of all time. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Wednesday, Federer expresses his admiration for Williams, who has 39 grand slam titles including 23 in singles. Continue reading...

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  • Wayne Rooney will travel to US for talks with DC United, spokesperson confirms

    Speculation has been growing Rooney will join MLS clubEverton would have to approve any move for former England captainWayne Rooney will travel to the United States to meet officials at DC United this week, his spokesperson has confirmed. The former England captain, who has one year left on his contract at Everton, has been linked with a move to Washington DC’s MLS team in recent weeks. No deal has been made between Everton and DC United but Rooney is travelling to the US for exploratory talks...

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  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic's stunning MLS debut is starting to look like an exception

    The Swede’s LA Galaxy career is still in its infancy but his red card this week came as his new team continues to struggle It was a moment completely and utterly befitting of the theatre that follows Zlatan Ibrahimovic wherever he struts. Video of the Swede’s first goal for the LA Galaxy, a 35-year drive over the goalkeeper, was replayed around the world. It clocked up over 3m views on Twitter and 3.6m views on Facebook. It made ESPN’s SportsCenter and sparked discussion among soccer fans...

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  • Harden's 30 help Rockets even series with Warriors at two games apiece

    Rockets tie best-of-seven Western Conference finals at two-allJames Harden pumps in game-high 30 in crucial Game 4 winKevin Durant had 27 points and 12 rebounds in losing effortJames Harden scored 30 points, Chris Paul had 27 and the Houston Rockets sustained the latest second-half flurry by Stephen Curry, evening the Western Conference finals at two games apiece with a 95-92 victory Tuesday night. Curry scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 27 points and 12 rebounds but the defending...

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  • Brandi Chastain puts on brave face over 'not the most flattering' plaque

    Chastain, who won two World Cups with USA, inducted into the Bay Area Hall of Fame – but a tribute to her achievements has … provoked debate The sculptural humiliation of football’s finest players continues apace. Few thought the bar could be lowered after one artist’s interpretation of Cristiano Ronaldo last year prompted much amusement on social media – but a strong contender has emerged in California. On Monday one of America’s finest ever footballers, Brandi Chastain, was inducted into the...

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  • 'This could be bad': Video of police tasing Milwaukee Bucks rookie worries mayor

    Footage of stungun arrest will be released to public this weekBrown was being questioned over parking violation when tasedSource tells Journal Sentinel that tasing arrest was ‘unprovoked’Milwaukee’s mayor, Tom Barrett, said he is concerned about public backlash that could emerge when a video of police officers tasing Bucks guard Sterling Brown, who did not “appear to be provocative at all” according to local reports, is released to the public this week. “I’m going to let the release of that...

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  • Welcome to impossible: The Golden Knights and the NHL miracle that makes no sense

    Las Vegas’s new team will play for the Stanley Cup. It’s quite possibly the most surprising, unprecedented and confounding story in the history of the NHL So what just happened? On Sunday, the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Winnipeg Jets to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.  The win is the latest in what’s been a stunning campaign – they were 500-1 to win the championship at the start of the season – one that’s seen the Golden Knights stake their claim as the best expansion team in the...

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  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic in spotlight again after red card for slapping opponent

    Galaxy star hits Montreal’s Michael Petrasso in headSwede has scored just once since his two-goal debutZlatan Ibrahimovic received a red card for slapping an opposing player in the head but the LA Galaxy were still able to eke out a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact without their marquee acquisition.  Impact defender Michael Petrasso stepped on the 36-year-old’s foot in the 40th minute of the match in Montreal and the towering Swede retaliated with a slap to the back of Petrasso’s head.  Continue...

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  • Record-setter LeBron James scores 44 as Cavaliers level series with Celtics

    Cleveland beat Boston 111-102 in NBA Eastern Conference finalsSeries is now square at 2-2 as teams head to Boston for Game 5LeBron now has most field goals in NBA playoffs historyLeBron James scored 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a 111-102 victory over the Boston Celtics, who must be looking forward to getting home. Pushed on by a raucous crowd, the Cavs held off...

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  • Serena Williams will not be seeded for French Open after maternity leave return

    Former world No1 is ranked No453 after maternity leaveAmerican is a three-time singles champion at Roland GarrosThe French Open announced on Monday it will not give Serena Williams a seeding for her return to grand slam tennis following maternity leave. “This year again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women’s seeds based on the WTA ranking,” the French Tennis Federation said in a statement. “Consequently, [the seeds] will reflect this week’s world ranking.” ...

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  • Former world champion sues over alleged cover-up of sexual abuse by USA Swimming

    Ariana Kukors Smith says she was abused by coach while a minorUSA Swimming says it did not find any evidence of misconductOlympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith is suing USA Swimming, alleging the governing body knew her former coach sexually abused her as a minor and covered it up. Kukors Smith filed the lawsuit in Orange County, California. She alleges Sean Hutchison, who began coaching her at a swim club near Seattle, groomed her for sexual abuse when she was 13, started touching and kissing her...

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  • Why the US men will never win the World Cup (and that's OK)

    The dream of USA dominating world football has been a dream for years. But structural and cultural issues ensure it won’t happen anytime soon It’s only a matter of time, they tell us. The powerful economy. The changing demographics. All the kids who can’t remember when the USA didn’t have a pro league and Americans couldn’t watch the Premier League every weekend on TV. All of those things, they say, will propel the US men to global dominance one day, if we can only fix one or two things. There’s...

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  • Stephen Curry dazzles as Warriors crush Rockets in Game 3 of NBA Western finals

    Golden State guard scores 35 points with five three-pointersWarriors win 126-85 to take 2-1 lead in Western Conference finalsStephen Curry got his groove back to score 35 points with five three-pointers, shooting over James Harden and driving past the Houston star as the Golden State Warriors made a second-half statement to beat the Rockets 126-85 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. Kevin Durant added 25 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Draymond Green...

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  • Vegas Golden Knights miracle run lives on as they make Stanley Cup finals

    NHL expansion team have shot at title in debut seasonSunday’s victory over Winnipeg Jets seals 4-1 series winAn improbable goal-scorer lifted an improbable champion into the Stanley Cup finals. Ryan Reaves’ tie-breaking goal in the second period on Sunday helped the Vegas Golden Knights to edge the Winnipeg Jets 2-1, clinching the Western Conference title for Vegas in their first season of existence. A roster consisting almost entirely of other teams’ castoffs will meet either Tampa Bay or...

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  • Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev: Italian Open men's final – live!

    Seven-time champion faces No2 seed on clay of Foro ItalicoEmail [email protected] or tweet @tom_lutz 1.25pm BST Tom will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s how Rafa got on in the semi-final against Novak Djokovic yesterday: As the sun set on the beautiful Foro Italico, the replica alabaster statues mute witnesses to a glorious past and an uncertain future, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic edged in front of their absent friends, Andy Murray and Roger Federer, a week before the French...

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  • 'She sees possibility': How a teen rock climber shattered a gender barrier

    Margo Hayes was 19 when she became the first woman to ascend the the toughest-graded climbing route The death this year of Roger Bannister, the first person to run a four-minute mile, prompted a reappraisal of his 1954 achievement. “It was as much of a psychological barrier as it was a physical barrier,” said the head of the International Association of Athletics Federations. “He made the impossible possible.” Continue reading...

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  • Wounded Cavaliers strike back with Game 3 destruction of Boston Celtics

    LeBron, Cavaliers overpower Celtics 116-86 at home in Game 3Cavs hit back but still trail 2-1 in best-of-seven-games East finalsLeBron James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a different team on their home floor, tightening the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-86 victory in Game 3 over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. Outplayed during two losses in Boston, the Cavs used a three-day break in the series to regroup and...

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  • Justify one win from Triple Crown after fighting off Good Magic in Preakness fog

    Justify wins Preakness and will go for Triple Crown at BelmontBravazo took second and Tenfold third in the 1 3/16-mile raceMike Smith, 52, becomes oldest jockey to win Preakness StakesJustify, the undefeated Kentucky Derby champion, came out of the mist and beat back a game challenge from rival Good Magic in the slop to win the Preakness Stakes by a half-length over Bravazo on Saturday, setting the stage for a Triple Crown bid at Belmont Park in three weeks’ time. The chestnut colt trained by...

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