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Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games

Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic GamesJust days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press. The AP’s survey of the aquatic Olympic and Paralympic venues has revealed consistent and dangerously high levels of viruses from the pollution, a major black eye on Rio’s Olympic project that has set off alarm bells among sailors, rowers and open-water swimmers.


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last updated: Sun, 13 Mar 2011 01:45:03 EST

NCAA basketball: Navy women beat American, earn first NCAA tournament bid
Navy seniors Angela Myers and Cassie Consedine were the first to embrace at center court following a 47-40 victory over American in the Patriot League final Saturday at Alumni Hall. Their improbable journey from the depths of the league standings four seasons ago to champions was complete, and ah...

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last updated: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:01:00 GMT2017-04-28T19:01:00Z

Anthony Joshua thrives on calm before storm against Wladimir Klitschko | Kevin Mitchell
British fighter says ‘I want to knock him out but I don’t hate him’ of a Ukrainian opponent who is still dangerous but not the force he was

Anthony Joshua laughs a lot. After all he has much to be happy about. He is widely regarded as the best young heavyweight in the world, the future of boxing, according to those with a financial interest in his unbeaten progress at Wembley on Saturday night, an Olympic gold medallist and multimillionaire at 27 with celebrity friends, a posse and a back story.

This “fine young man”, as he is often and correctly described, is an entrenched hero of British sport, getting ready to test his spirit and skill against one of the all-time greats in front of 90,000 fans. So he laughs and it is infectious. Even the stone-faced Wladimir Klitschko, who now plots to destroy him, laughs with him.

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Ilie Nastase apologises and says Serena Williams comment was ‘spontaneous’
• Romanian has been provisionally suspended by ITF
• Nastase criticises Johanna Konta for complaint during Fed Cup match

Ilie Nastase has issued an apology for his conduct during Romania’s Fed Cup tie against Great Britain last weekend. The 70-year-old former world No1 has already been provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation after a series of incidents in Constanta.

Nastase was overheard making an apparently racist comment about Serena Williams’ unborn baby as well as asking the GB captain, Anne Keothavong, for her hotel room number. During the first day, Nastase then verbally abused the chair umpire Jaume Campistol and the referee Andreas Egli before calling Keothavong and the British No1, Johanna Konta, “fucking bitches” as he was sent from the court.

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NFL draft: Bears pick Mitch Trubisky and manage to make Browns look smart

The first round of the 2017 NFL draft showed that many teams are obsessed with finding the next big thing right away

The future face of the Chicago Bears strutted into a giant tent behind the NFL draft stage on Thursday night. Mitchell Trubisky, with all of one college season as a starter, wore a gray three-piece suit, a Bears cap and a smile. Inside the tent was a row of radio and television interviewers. All had the same question:

Was he surprised?

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Manchester United: a genuinely confusing side with all still to play for
José Mourinho’s team have won the League Cup and are well-placed to qualify for the Champions League but it is very difficult to judge how good they are

There is probably a meandering long-read thesis to be written on the different responses to the same match of football fans inside the ground and those who watch remotely. Wayne Rooney is routinely cheered at Old Trafford. Outside it he is a divisive figure among the diaspora, victim perhaps of unfavourable TV direction, short attention spans and boredom. Defeats are often met with cheers and warmth inside a ground, recognition of the effort expended. The same result, flashed up solely as a scoreline, will draw shrieks of betrayal at one digital remove.

In similar vein a gruelling late-season point at Manchester City on Thursday was met with sustained applause from the large group of United supporters. Naturally there will be overlaps and crossovers. But the away fans saw doggedness and fight in a match that was a disappointment to the TV spectator, with a combined total of 150 tackles, fouls, clearances and interceptions but little in the way of devil, dash and otherwise swanking across the stage in a velvet cape juggling a bone china dinner service.

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'Fine me later': Takkarist McKinley wins hearts with draft speech to late grandma

Takkarist McKinley promised the grandmother who raised him that he would become a top college football player. When he was picked by the Atlanta Falcons in the first-round of Thursday’s NFL draft he remembered her again, giving an emotional speech as he clutched her photograph.

“I made a promise to her and I stuck to it. I made that promise, man,” a fired up Takkaris McKinley told the NFL Network after he was picked. “I told her. Before she passed away, I was going to live my dream. I was gonna go [to a Division I college]. I was gonna get out of Richmond, I was gonna get out of Oakland. I was gonna go to the NFL. I made that promise to her, man. Thirty seconds later she passed away. And this is who I do it for. This is who I do it for, man ... C’mon, man! Get to the damn quarterback! We gonna get to the quarterback!”

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Foreign policy and Trump antipathy: the problems for a World Cup in North America

The joint bid between the US, Mexico and Canada for the 2026 tournament appears to be a shoo-in. But there are still stumbling blocks to be overcome

Anyone who claims sports and politics don’t mix has never bid to host the World Cup. As David Downs – the man who led the failed United States tilt at the 2022 World Cup – recalls, hosting the tournament is all politics. That is one reason the recently announced joint bid from the US, Mexico, and Canada wants Fifa to approve their pitch for the 2026 World Cup – without a rival bid – two years ahead of schedule.

Downs, the former executive director of the 2022 US bid and the president of Univision Sports from 2001 to 2009, suggests that under Fifa’s revamped voting structure, the US-led bid will hit speedbumps caused by American foreign policy and international perceptions of the Trump administration.

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Sharapova edges closer to French Open while Murray reaches Barcelona semis
• Russian wins 6-3, 6-4 against Anett Kontaveit at Porsche Grand Prix
• Andy Murray gains revenge on Albert Ramos-Viñolas to reach Barcelona semis

Maria Sharapova needs one more win to book her place in French Open qualifying after beating Anett Kontaveit to reach the semi-finals of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, while Andy Murray reached the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open after gaining revenge on Albert Ramos-Viñolas.

Sharapova is yet to drop a set following her return from a 15-month doping ban and saw off the spirited challenge of the Estonian qualifier Kontaveit 6-3, 6-4.

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Does focusing on sexual assault by college athletes make campuses safer?

Indiana University will ban incoming students with a history of domestic violence and sexual assault. But does that make everyone better off?

For the past decade, I have lent my voice to issues concerning sexual violence. Between the ages of nine and 18, I was assaulted by three different men, with the first assault resulting in a conviction after I told my parents. I chose not to report the later rapes, which occurred in my teens, to the police: the thought of going through a trial again seemed even more unbearable than the assault itself.

During my advocacy work, I always look for glimmers of hope that institutions are taking sexual violence more seriously, through policies that protect victims and punish the perpetrators. I tell myself that any change is a step in the right direction, no matter how small. So when I saw that Indiana University has enacted a policy that would ban any student-athlete with a history of sexual or domestic violence, I was encouraged by the bold stance.

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Premier League and much more: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Romelu Lukaku has a big chance to make an impact against Chelsea, Hull City battle against history and Rangers seek to end Old Firm derby drought

Related: Tottenham clash with Arsenal takes Pochettino back to another demolition derby | David Hytner

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Anthony Joshua: ‘When Wladimir Klitschko gets beat it could be the end’

• Ukrainian says he is a boxer who can punch, Joshua is merely a puncher
• Saturday’s heavyweight title buildup continues on its educated way

There was nothing more to say but they said it anyway. Hoovering up a few more pay-per-view clicks at the end of a long promotion ritually relies on pre-fight shenanigans but there was no chance of that when Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko stopped short of eloping together on Thursday as their world title fight on Saturday night looms.

For weeks now, the bloodthirsty wing of the sport has complained these guys were way too nice. They shook hands every time they met, they laughed at each other’s jokes – such as they were – and, even when they had their face-off on Sky recently, there were as likely to tip the table on Johnny Nelson’s head as David Haye was to go on holiday with Tony Bellew.

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Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City hark back to Pellegrini era for bruising derby | Barney Ronay

Manuel Pellegrini’s old players, a collection Guardiola has spent most of the season trying to move on from, were to the fore with the endgame on the line

At times during a frazzled, occasionally surly first season Pep Guardiola has looked a little culture-shocked, a man chafing at the edge of things. It has been an uncomfortable embrace, with a sense of a man half-in half-out of the door, pretending to like the tea, smiling politely, but still vaguely scandalised by the raggedness, the physicality, the lack of order.

Well, this was a bit more like it. On a tight, bruising night at the Etihad Stadium, with the season’s endgame on the line, Guardiola oversaw what must be the least Pep-ish Manchester City performance of his short time here.

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Warriors, Charles Barkley and Bob Ley pay tribute to fired ESPN workers

  • Around 100 employees, including well-known names, lost their jobs
  • ESPN looking to cut costs as subscriber base falls

After a tumultuous day at ESPN, in which the broadcaster laid off around 100 employees on Wednesday, including some of the network’s most popular on-air and online personalities, tributes were paid to those who lost their jobs.

Perhaps the most striking came from the Golden State Warriors. Their assistant coach, Mike Brown, spoke about Ethan Sherwood Strauss, a highly respected writer who covered the team and lost his job on Wednesday.

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Lewis Hamilton inspired by Serena Williams response to Ilie Nastase abuse
• Williams a ‘powerful, independent black woman’, says Briton
• Mercedes driver says he does not want team orders and never has

Lewis Hamilton has spoken out in support of Serena Williams after she was the victim of racial abuse from the former player Ilie Nastase last week. The British driver, speaking before the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, hailed Williams’s reaction to the abuse and said she was an inspiration as a “powerful, independent black woman”.

Nastase, who won both the French and US Open, was overheard saying of Williams’s unborn child: “Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?” Williams, whose fiancé Alexis Ohanian is white, posted a strong response on Instagram, saying: “It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and unborn child.”

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France investigates votes for 2018 and 2022 World Cups and questions Blatter
• Fifa’s former president interviewed as Swiss authorities co-operate
• Michel Platini, Uefa’s former president, has not been spoken to

French prosecutors have opened an investigation into potential corruption relating to Fifa’s vote for Russia and Qatar to host respectively the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals, sources close to the investigation have confirmed.

Investigators are understood to have interviewed Sepp Blatter, who was the Fifa president at the time of the controversial December 2010 vote by a majority of the executive committee. Michel Platini, the former Uefa president whose decision to cast his vote for Qatar was crucial to the Gulf state winning a majority vote, has not been interviewed, the sources said.

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'You're embarrassing yourself': Alexis Sánchez's fat lip and set-piece set–tos

When Christian Fuchs caught Alexis Sánchez on the shoulder with a throw-in, the Arsenal player went down holding his face. The internet was not impressed

Towards the end of a drab match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates on Wednesday night, Christian Fuchs picked up the ball to take a throw-in. Alexis Sánchez, a toughened street footballer who grew up in a hard mining town in Chile where he used to wash cars, perform somersaults and box in the street to earn a few coins from impressed onlookers, stood in front of Fuchs. The Leicester player flung the ball at Sánchez, hitting him on the shoulder. The Arsenal player stood still for a few seconds, perhaps dazed or perhaps wondering how he could manipulate the situation to his team’s advantage, and then he fell over – clutching his face.

The referee did not take too kindly to his histrionics and booked Sánchez for standing too close to the sideline. Arsène Wenger thought Fuchs was the wrongdoer, saying he “was lucky not to get a yellow card because he threw the ball at him on purpose.” Wenger had a point but the internet had little sympathy with Sánchez’s “injury”.

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Steven Gerrard: ‘There’s a showboating mentality in academies. My teams will be physical’
The former Liverpool captain talks about his new role as coach of the club’s under-18s, why young players should not try to emulate Cristiano Ronaldo and why he turned down the MK Dons job

Steven Gerrard insists judgment should be reserved on his attributes as a coach until his tactical decisions, his leadership from the sidelines and his mistakes have been thoroughly examined. That will come next season as manager of Liverpool Under-18s, where judgment on what is required has already been made. “There is a showboating mentality through academies,” claims Gerrard. “My teams will be physical.”

Related: Steven Gerrard: 'I thought I was a bit young to be Liverpool's captain at 23'

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'The impact we could make': African American quarterbacks in the NFL draft

While stereotypes around black quarterbacks have weakened, they are still drafted lower than their white counterparts and some old perceptions linger

They were just kids back then, a couple of 16 year olds running plays at quarterback camps. It would be years before DeShone Kizer would land at Notre Dame and Deshaun Watson would win a national title at Clemson. But even in those days at passing clinics in Portland, Oregon and Columbus, Ohio there was an understanding that as African American quarterbacks a future was possible for them that hadn’t always been there in the past.

“[We used to say to each other] how cool would it be if we were two of the top quarterbacks coming out in whatever draft class we decided to come out in … and the impact that would be able to make as African American quarterbacks in the league,” Kizer said on Wednesday on the eve of the NFL Draft.

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Arsène Wenger says Wembley move will be ‘very difficult’ for Tottenham
• Wembley a temporary switch as Spurs build 61,000-seat ground
• Tottenham will spend 2017-18 campaign at the national stadium

Arsène Wenger has warned Tottenham Hotspur that they will find it very difficult to remain a competitive force in the Premier League while also adjusting to life at a new stadium and that the settling-in process could take two years.

The Frenchman’s comments came on the day Tottenham confirmed they will use Wembley as a temporary home next season as work is completed on a new stadium, estimated to cost £800m, on the current White Hart Lane site, which will increase Spurs’ capacity from 32,000 to 61,000 and is scheduled to open for the 2018-19 season.

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Newcastle tax investigation includes Moussa Sissoko and four other players
• HMRC case thought to be focusing on payments made to agents
• Deals for Demba Ba, Papiss Cissé and Sylvain Marveaux also looked at

The investigation into suspected £5m income tax fraud in football is focusing on payments relating to five players’ transfers to Newcastle United, including those of Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cissé, Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux, according to sources close to the investigation. HM Revenue and Customs, which conducted an extensive raid on Newcastle’s and West Ham United’s offices on Wednesday morning, is understood to be chiefly investigating the payments made to agents, and whether £5m income tax and national insurance was fraudulently evaded.

The Newcastle managing director, Lee Charnley, who was arrested in a dawn raid at his house on Wednesday by six officers, and questioned during the day, is thought to have been told by HMRC officials that he is not personally under suspicion, and he was released without charge. Charnley was the Newcastle club secretary, not a director or in an executive position, when the deals were concluded. Ba signed for Newcastle from West Ham in June 2011, Marveaux from Rennes the following month; Cissé joined from Freiburg in January 2012, and Sissoko, for whom Newcastle were paid £30m by Tottenham Hotspur when he left St James’ Park last summer, was signed from the Ligue 1 club Toulouse in January 2013.

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Antonio Conte confident Eden Hazard will stay despite Real Madrid rumours
• Spainish club weighing up a world record bid for the Chelsea star
• Manager insists Hazard is ‘happy’ but player’s future is out of his hands

Chelsea have no desire to sell Eden Hazard to Real Madrid regardless of whether the Spanish club’s long mooted interest crystallises in a world record bid this summer, though Antonio Conte has admitted the player himself would end up determining his own future.

Related: Antonio Conte praises ‘psychological step’ in Chelsea’s title push

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David Moyes indicates he could leave Sunderland at end of the season
• Manager will make decision on future once this campaign is over
• Club could be relegated to the Championship on Saturday

David Moyes has indicated he may leave Sunderland at the end of the season. His team could be relegated to the Championship on Saturday and the manager was noncommittal when asked whether he would definitely be in charge in August.

“I would say that I would make that decision at the end of the season,” said Moyes, who signed a four-year deal in July. “Because at this moment in time it would be the wrong time to say that. I just have a situation where we need to see how things are at the end of the season. I will assess the situation at the end of the season.”

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Jürgen Klopp dismisses José Mourinho’s ‘unfair fight’ complaint
• Mourinho claimed Manchester United are playing extra ‘half a season’
• ‘Nobody asked us last year how we felt about it,’ says Liverpool manager

Jürgen Klopp has dismissed José Mourinho’s complaint about being in an “unfair fight” for Champions League qualification on the grounds Manchester United have the resources to handle a gruelling schedule.

United trail Liverpool by two points in the race for a top-four finish, albeit with a game in hand, having drawn the Manchester derby on Thursday. After the goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium Mourinho lamented having to play “half of a Premier League more than Liverpool” – it is 13 matches more – and claimed his Europa League semi-finalists were in “an unfair fight but we are going for that”.

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Swansea look to profit from Paul Clement’s added decisiveness
• Manager speaks of missed trick when leading in the defeat to Tottenham
• Manchester United away is the next hurdle and trip to Anfield the spur

A trip to Old Trafford on Sunday will evoke some happy memories for Paul Clement. The Swansea City manager won at Manchester United with Chelsea during his time as Carlo Ancelotti’s No2, and ruined Sir Alex Ferguson’s 70th birthday when he tasted victory with Blackburn Rovers as assistant to Steve Kean, yet it is an evening spent in the away end with West Brom supporters that strikes a chord right now.

It was 2005, the penultimate weekend of the season, and Clement made the journey to Old Trafford to cheer on Neil, his brother who was playing for a relegation-threatened West Brom side who were on their way to pulling off what would become known as their great escape. “I was a coach at Fulham in the academy at the time, I went up from London on the train and I was sitting up in the corner with the West Brom fans,” Clement said. “It was 1-1 and proved to be a massive point.”

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Christian Atsu fires up Newcastle to keep title hopes alive

Newcastle kept their Championship title hopes alive at Cardiff after second-half goals from Christian Atsu and Isaac Hayden gave Newcastle a 14th away league win – a club record – and ensured that Brighton must beat Bristol City on Saturday to be crowned champions on the penultimate weekend of the season on the penultimate weekend of the season.

Atsu broke the deadlock with a delightful 55th-minute free-kick before Hayden struck his second Newcastle goal 10 minutes later from 20 yards.

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Harlequins’ Nick Evans says goodbye in style in victory over Wasps
• Harlequins 32-13 Wasps
• Nick Evans kicks 22 points but Danny Care an injury concern

Nick Evans waved goodbye to the Harlequins faithful with a style that has become the hallmark of his nine years in south-west London, orchestrating a victory that, while tempered by Danny Care’s injury scare, boosts their hopes of a top-six finish and a seat at Europe’s top table.

Care went off clutching his side and, if his place on England’s summer tour to Argentina is in doubt, he could well be replaced by his opposite number on the night, Dan Robson, who scored a fine try on what was otherwise a difficult evening for Wasps.

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John Higgins eyes ‘greatest title’ as Ding Junhui battles against Mark Selby
• Defending champion pegged back as semi-final all-square at 12-12
• Higgins leads Barry Hawkins 10-6 in other semi-final

John Higgins says winning a fifth world title would be his greatest snooker feat as he closes in on another Crucible final.

The Scot went from 5-3 ahead of Barry Hawkins to build a 10-6 overnight lead in their best-of-33-frames semi-final at the World Championship. He has landed world titles in 1998, 2007, 2009 and 2011 but feared his days as a contender for the biggest prizes in snooker were over.

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Wenger rejects Arsenal-Spurs power shift: ‘One year can’t make up for 20’
• Tottenham in line to finish above Arsenal for first time since 1995
• Laurent Koscielny’s knee injury could rule him out of north London derby

Should Tottenham Hotspur beat Arsenal on Sunday they will, at last, finish above their rivals in the Premier League but for Arsène Wenger this will not represent a power shift between the clubs. “You cannot say the weight of one year has the weight of 20,” Wenger said when the proposition was put to him before what will be the 50th time he takes part in this fixture.

Tottenham last ended a domestic season in a higher position than Arsenal in 1995, the year before Wenger arrived in England, yet now it is almost inevitable and will be confirmed should the hosts triumph in what is set to be the last north London derby played at White Hart Lane. Defeat for Arsenal would leave them 17 points behind Spurs with a maximum of 15 more to play for.

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England’s top seeds lose to Armenia at world senior chess championship
The over-50s went to the tournament in Crete with major hopes but a 3-1 defeat by the No4 seeds carries an uncomfortable echo of former times

England’s over-50 team are the No1 seeds in the world senior championship which has its closing rounds in Crete this weekend, with live and free internet viewing from 1pm. Yet their chances of gold are only slender after a 1-3 defeat by the No4 seeds, Armenia, a reversal which carries an uncomfortable echo of former times.

Related: Leonard Barden on Chess

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Mullins gets huge trainers’ title boost in Punchestown Champion Hurdle
• Patrick Mullins rides Wicklow Brave to victory for his father Willie
• Carlow handler takes lead in championship from Gordon Elliott

Patrick Mullins was the hero for his father Willie here on Friday evening as he rode a brave, brilliantly judged race on Wicklow Brave to win the Punchestown Champion Hurdle and shift the balance of power in the race for the Irish trainers’ title.

He followed up aboard Bacardys in the Grade One Champion Novice Hurdle half an hour later to send the stable into a clear lead in the championship and Willie Mullins is now 1-5 to retain his title, the same price that Gordon Elliott was quoted to claim it for the first time at the start of this week’s Festival.

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NFL Draft 2017: Garrett goes to Browns No1; Bears pick Trubisky No2 – as it happened

  • Texans trade up to get Deshaun Watson at No12
  • Chiefs make move for Patrick Mahomes at No10

Round 1 is in the books.

Thanks for following along. As always, we won’t know who did well until at least mid-season and usually not for about three or four seasons. But the Browns made solid moves. The Browns! As did the 49ers. And congratulations to running backs. You’re officially back as a position to take in the Top 10.

Finally, let’s not forget the great night by the City of Philadelphia. Eagles fans helped make Round 1 a big event and they did a fine job booing Roger Goodell, which is really all that matters.

Check out The Guardian tomorrow for more draft coverage.

Needing defense, the Saints go offensive line.

The first round is over.

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NFL mock draft 2017: the sleepers, the shoo-ins and Myles Garrett

The consensus is that the Browns will go for the Texas A&M as No1 pick but who will your team go for in Philadelphia on Thursday?

Pick: Myles Garrett, edge rusher, Texas A&M

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'If you work hard, anything is possible': Ngoepe becomes first African to play MLB

  • Gift Ngoepe debuts in Pittsburgh’s win over Cubs
  • South African ends game with a hit, a walk and a strikeout

The name of Gift Ngoepe was recorded in the annals of baseball history on Wednesday night when the 27-year-old debuted for the Pittsburgh Pirates to become the first player from Africa to feature in a Major League Baseball game.

The South African, who had been recalled from Triple A Indianapolis earlier in the day, got his major league career off to an encouraging start, singling in his first at-bat in the Pirates’ eventual 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs.

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The gifs that keep on giving: laughter, face football and two big clearances

Featuring two UFC fighters trying to pretend, a new form of badminton, fast fists, a very short game of pool and an exceedingly chamring basketball player

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The forgotten story of ... Carlos Kaiser, football's greatest conman | Rob Smyth

For more than two decades, Carlos Kaiser was one of the most famous footballers in Brazil – even though he had no intention of ever kicking a ball

You might know the voiceover at the start of The Big Lebowski. As tumbleweed meanders through Los Angeles, Sam Elliott introduces us to the film’s main character: “Goes by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At least that was the handle his loving parents gave him, but he never had much use for it himself. See, this Lebowski, he called himself ‘The Dude’.”

The Stranger rambles on about this and that until he gets somewhere near the point. “Sometimes, there’s a man. And I’m talkin’ about the Dude here - the Dude from Los Angeles. Sometimes, there’s a man; well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that’s the Dude.”

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The Fiver | The right to brag about being the best team in London below Chelsea

In today’s Fiver: Tottenham v Arsenal, $tevie Mbe’s physicality and more

More than once The Fiver has spotted a wistful tear well up in the eye of Weird Uncle Fiver as he laments the ceaseless passage of time. “What do you mean you’re closing?” he has often been heard to bawl. “Get your effin’ hands off me! Don’t you know who I … Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!”

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The Joy of Six: happy endings in sport | Nick Miller

From Nasser Hussain’s farewell century to Rocky Marciano’s perfect legacy and Eric Cantona’s lack of doubt, we salute six triumphant farewells

The decision had already been made when Nasser Hussain went out for his final Test innings. An international career that spanned 14 years had seen him become perhaps the pivotal figure in the last few decades of English cricket. It was Hussain’s brilliant captaincy that had pulled England up from the nadir of being ranked last in the world and laid the groundwork for Michael Vaughan, the 2005 Ashes and all that. Vaughan got the glory, but he had Steve Harmison, Andrew Flintoff, Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss at their peaks: Hussain’s first Test as captain featured Aftab Habib and Alan Mullally.

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It's time to introduce a two-legged MLS Cup - with a twist

The single final is insufficient, and the two-leg final doesn’t reward the higher-seeded team for their regular-season performance. So why not combine the two?

Do US soccer leagues need their own Super Bowl, a week-long festival of the sport at a neutral site? Or should they reward the best regular-season team with home-field advantage for the final game?

Related: Didier Drogba fined but not suspended for Montreal Impact tantrum

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Klitschko's defeats, MLB high-flying and a Dembélé screamer

This week’s roundup also features a goalscoring goalkeeper, a major brawl in the minor leagues and an F1 three-point turn

1) Here’s Bolivar’s goalkeeper Matias Dituro scoring from inside his own penalty area after San José’s keeper had wandered up Ben Foster-style towards the end of the game. It’s a belter, given that he actually meant it. Alberto Moreno take note. If this is your kind of thing, here’s 10 minutes’ worth of goalkeepers scoring goals, including that Jimmy Glass one of course.

2) Things you didn’t know were missing from your life until now: spectacular softball pickup truck-catch hubris. The Yankees’ Aaron Judge shows you how it should be done, while the Blue Jays’ Chris Coghlan also takes to the air in impressive style.

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Tottenham stay in the hunt as Sunderland near the drop – Football Weekly Extra

The podders look back on the midweek games in the Premier League. Plus, Newcastle back in the big time as Huddersfield make the play-offs; Joey Barton banned; and Sheffield United look to re-sign Ched Evans

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On today’s Football Weekly Extra, AC Jimbo is joined by messrs Ashdown, Horncastle and MacInnes to give the hot chat about a lukewarm midweek in the Premier League ahead of what could be a blistering weekend.

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Hartlepool need to kickstart great escape with or without Jeff Stelling’s help | Nick Ames
The harsh truth is that factors far beyond the Sky presenter or Dave Jones are behind the club’s decline and a survival-boosting win at Cheltenham is a must

If the howls of anguish coming from the Soccer Saturday presenter’s chair are a little louder than normal this weekend there may be a justifiable reason for it. Hartlepool United’s 96-year grip on a Football League place is in grave peril and a defeat at Cheltenham Town, two places and four points above them in League Two, may be enough to apply the final wound with a game to spare. The club’s plight should be familiar to anybody who has regularly seen Jeff Stelling, their most visible fan, in action this season and should the worst happen at 4.50pm it is reasonable to assume the nation will soon be well apprised.

Hartlepool took steps to improve their chances of survival this week but Stelling has found himself implicated in their decision. On the face of things there was little surprise, particularly in the context of a scattergun hiring strategy in recent years, when the unpopular Dave Jones – who had only been appointed on 18 January – was removed from his position on Monday. The team had taken only 13 points from his 17 games in charge; Jones had made a poor impression all round and a dire 2-0 home defeat by Barnet last Saturday was the cue for an urgent round of discussions among the club’s board, who opted to cut the cord.

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Tottenham v Arsenal: is this the end of the St Totteringham's Day streak? – video

Arsenal fans have long held a celebration on the date it becomes mathematically impossible for Tottenham to finish above them in the league – St Totteringham’s Day. It’s occurred every season since 1994-95 but now that run looks set to come to a halt. Three points for in-form Spurs on Sunday in the north London derby will guarantee them a league finish above Arsenal. Is this finally Tottenham’s year?

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Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko weigh in at Wembley – video

Anthony Joshua weighs in around 10lb heavier than challenger Wladimir Klitschko before their world heavyweight title bout this weekend. Joshua tips the scales at 250.1lb while Klitschko comes in at 240.5lb on Friday. The fighters will step into the ring at Wembley on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 90,000

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Manchester derby: Mourinho questions Agüero after Fellaini red card – video

Manchester United manager José Mourinho questions Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero after Marouane Fellaini’s red card during the Premier League clash between the two sides on Thursday. The United midfielder was sent off for a head-butt in a goalless derby and Mourinho feels that Agüero’s reaction to the incident played some part the referee’s decision to send Fellaini off

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Does football have a gambling problem? – video

The industries of professional football and gambling have grown ever closer in recent years but has the relationship become a problem? After Joey Barton was banned for 18 months by the Football Association on charges of betting, we explore gambling’s increasing presence in modern football and ask whether this has indeed become a concern for the game

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Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko gear up for world title fight – video

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko speak at a news conference on Thursday before their world heavyweight title fight this weekend at Wembley. Joshua cuts a confident figure while Klitschko shows off a USB memory stick containing his fight prediction. The stick will be sealed in his robe for Saturday night, he says

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Sharapova 'a cheater' and should not play tennis again, says Bouchard – video

Eugenie Bouchard says that Maria Sharapova is ‘a cheater’ and she should not be allowed to return to play tennis. Sharapova returned to the sport after a 15-month doping ban on Wednesday, beating Roberta Vinci at the Stuttgart Open. ‘I don’t think a cheater in a sport should be allowed to play that sport again,’ said Bouchard

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Tottenham focused on more than just finishing above Arsenal, says Pochettino – video

Mauricio Pochettino says his Spurs side are concentrating on ‘bigger things than only to be above Arsenal’ in this season’s Premier League after the win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday. The victory at Selhurst Park means Spurs reduce Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table back to four points before welcoming Arsenal to White Hart Lane on Sunday

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Goalkeeper scores goal from own penalty area in Bolivia – video

Matías Dituro, goalkeeper for the Bolivian side Bolívar, scores from inside his own penalty area against Club San José on Sunday. With his opposite number up in search of a late equaliser, Dituro collects the loose ball and fires it the full length of the pitch and into the unguarded net. Bolívar won the game 3-1

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Charlton Athletic and the fight for the club's future – video

This season has seen almost unprecedented levels of supporter action aimed at forcing controversial owners to sell the football clubs that fans think are being mismanaged and driven to relegation and ruin. Charlton Athletic fans are more organised than most. They have a coalition and a crowd-funded war chest to co-ordinate the protests they feel will force Roland Duchâtelet out of their club before it’s too late. We speak to some of the major players in the protest movement and follow them on their days of action

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Chelsea's win over Southampton 'a big psychological step' towards league title, says Conte – video

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his team’s 4-2 victory over Southampton on Tuesday is ‘a big psychological step’ towards securing the Premier League title. The win at Stamford Bridge means Chelsea are seven points clear of Tottenham in second place, although Spurs do have one game in hand

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Russian F1 Grand Prix to set the tone for European season

Battle beside the Black Sea will decide if Ferrari or Mercedes head into the European Formula One season with a telling advantage

When Ferrari won the first grand prix of the season in Australia, the suggestion this campaign would be a different prospect to the previous three years was a tantalising aspiration. Now the Russian Grand Prix is on us, thoughts that Ferrari’s opening victory would prove an exception have been banished.

Sebastian Vettel has won two of the opening three races, with Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes victorious only in China. Separated by seven points, both drivers are revelling in the competition and Sochi should further indicate how close the battle will be for the rest of the season.

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Monster truck pulls off first ever successful front-flip trick – video

Lee O’Donnell becomes the first person to successfully land a front-flip in a monster truck in Las Vegas last weekend. O’Donnell, nicknamed the Mad Scientist, completed the stunt in front of a packed crowd at the Monster Jam World Finals on Sunday

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ESPN layoffs hit on-air reporters and anchors as 100 employees face cuts

  • ESPN to lay off around 100 on-air and online anchors, reporters and analysts
  • Employees affected include some of network’s most popular personalities

ESPN was set to lay off around 100 employees on Wednesday, including some of the network’s most popular on-air and online personalities, according to multiple reports.

The Disney-owned sports giant had no plans to announce the names of the employees affected, but a number of the anchors, reporters and analysts who were informed of their release spoke out on social media.

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Klitschko might not be a spent force – Joshua needs to pace himself | Dominic Ingle
Kell Brook’s trainer looks at where Saturday’s Wembley sellout world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and the 41-year-old Wladimir Klitschko may be won and lost

I am not convinced, as many people seem to be, that Anthony Joshua will blast through Wladimir Klitschko. Of course, it could happen. But if Klitschko has anything left in the tank, I expect him to drag Joshua deeper into the trenches than ever before. The Ukrainian may even be able to spring a surprise late on – if he can navigate the early rounds.

I know that puts me in the minority. But I keep wondering whether too much has been made of Klitschko’s defeat by Tyson Fury. Yes, he looked awful that night: slow and flat-footed and desperately trigger-shy. The question is: how much of that was down to age and how much to Fury bamboozling him? Because, make no mistake, the Gypsy King fought an exceptionally smart tactical fight, which was very different to what everyone expected.

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Serena Williams accuses Ilie Nastase of racially abusing her and unborn child

US tennis great responds to controversial Romanian’s ‘chocolate with milk’ comment at Fed Cup tennis meeting in Romania

American tennis player Serena Williams has accused Ilie Nastase of racially abusing her and her unborn baby as she made her first response to comments the Romanian former world No1 made about her.

Nastase was overheard on Friday at a press conference for the Fed Cup tie between Romania and Britain saying about the current world No 1’s unborn baby: “Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?”

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Craig Hodges: 'Jordan didn't speak out because he didn't know what to say'

He was one of the NBA’s finest sharpshooters and a two-time champion alongside Michael Jordan, but was run out of the league for his outspoken views. A quarter of a century on, Craig Hodges is still fighting the good fight

“I’m sad to say that one of our players was shot on Monday,” Craig Hodges reveals after he has spoken for an hour about his brave but tumultuous career in the NBA. Hodges fell out with Michael Jordan, confronted George Bush Sr in the White House and won two championships with his hometown team, at a time when the Chicago Bulls were venerated around the world, before he was ostracised and shut out of basketball for being too politically outspoken.

At home in Chicago, where Hodges and one of his sons, Jamaal, now coach basketball at his old high school, Rich East, his urgency is tinged with pathos. “He’s in surgery right now,” the 56-year-old says of his wounded player. “He got shot in the hip. He’s only a freshman so he’s just a 15-year-old. It’s stuff like this we’re battling every day. A few weekends ago in Chicago, five people got killed, so it’s terrible. There is so much injustice, but it’s just a matter of time before we win these battles.”

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What is meldonium and why did Maria Sharapova take it?

Meldonium is also known as mildronate, it increases exercise capacity in athletes and Sharapova claimed she had been taking the drug for 10 years because of a magnesium deficiency and family history of diabetes

Maria Sharapova was on Wednesday banned from tennis for two years after failing a drugs test at this year’s Australian Open, once again putting meldonium under the spotlight.

Meldonium is also known as mildronate, the name by which Sharapova knew the drug, having taken it since 2006.

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Talking Horses: Saturday's best bets for the Bet365 Gold Cup

Fewer runners in the Bet365 Gold Cup might mean the betting market has a better chance of getting things right, and What’s Happening looks good

It is disconcerting to see just 13 runners for Sandown’s Bet365 Gold Cup, which has had a field of at least 18 for each of the last seven years. The betting market has a much better chance of getting it right with fewer horses to consider and Doing Fine looks a worthy favourite but 16-1 might be too big about What’s Happening (3.35).

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Somerset’s Roelof van der Merwe leads stunning recovery to sink Surrey
• South Group: Surrey 290-8; Somerset 291-6
• Somerset win by four wickets

A maiden one-day century by Roelof van der Merwe helped Somerset pull off a remarkable four-wicket win over Surrey in the Royal London One Day Cup at Taunton with more than six overs to spare.

Surrey were restricted to 290 for eight from their 50 overs, Ben Foakes top-scoring with 92. In reply Somerset crumbled to 22 for five and looked out of it before Van der Merwe, who hit 165 not out, and Dean Elgar (68) came together to lay the foundation for victory with a sixth-wicket stand of 213. Somerset reached their target with 37 balls remaining to complete a dramatic turnaround.

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Dylan Groenewegen sprints to victory on stage one of Tour de Yorkshire
• Riders brought down in huge crash on final approach in Scarborough
• Dutchman edges out Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan on the line

Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands edged out Caleb Ewan to win stage one of the Tour de Yorkshire after a huge crash on the final approach in Scarborough.

The LottoNL Jumbo rider, the winner of stage one last year, just held on to beat the Australian sprinter Ewan in a photo-finish after the 174km run from Bridlington.

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On Pro Football: Misgivings Diminish the Mighty N.F.L.’s Swagger
Holding its draft in the home of the underdog, Philadelphia, the league is faced with an undercurrent of worrisome trends, including a startling decline in TV viewership.

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Heavyweights Joshua and Klitschko ready to rumble
When Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko face off in front of a record-breaking 90,000 fans at Wembley Saturday, there will be a difference of 50 fights and 314 rounds between them.

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The returning Saint who’s all grown up
AFTER a year away from St Kilda, Jake Carlisle is a changed man, according to a teammate, and is primed to reassert his influence on the AFL in 2017.

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Pick by pick: Live coverage of 2017 NFL draft
Pick by pick: Live coverage of 2017 NFL draft

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The new status quo
The World Baseball Classic rosters were announced on Thursday, drugs price and as we expected there are a couple of Pirates planning to participate. Team Canada will be of the most interest to Pirate fans. Russell Martin will be the starting catcher, and the Bucs

The World Baseball Classic rosters were announced on Thursday, drugs price and as we expected there are a couple of Pirates planning to participate.

Team Canada will be of the most interest to Pirate fans. Russell Martin will be the starting catcher, and the Bucs

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