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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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Conor McGregor's biggest weapon? His lack of boxing experience

The allure of Saturday’s much-hyped fight in Las Vegas is that no one knows what will happen in the ring - not least overwhelming favorite Floyd Mayweather

Few question Conor McGregor’s ability as a fighter. But can he box? After all, though McGregor has trained as a boxer, mixed martial arts fighting is extremely different from the relatively controlled rules of boxing. It’s easy to imagine a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none scenario that leaves McGregor unprepared to fight Floyd Mayweather, one of the best boxers of all time.

But Andre Ward, the light heavyweight world champion and one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world, believes that McGregor’s most obvious weakness – his lack of boxing experience – is also what makes him more dangerous. “Obviously McGregor is at a glaring disadvantage because they are competing at Mayweather’s craft, his discipline,” says Ward, “but McGregor’s advantage is that he is different, he’s an unknown, Floyd doesn’t know what to expect.”

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Billy Payne to step down chairman of Augusta National and the Masters

  • Payne, 69, will be succeeded by USGA president Fred Ridley
  • Augusta finally introduced female members under Payne’s watch

Billy Payne announced on Wednesday that he is stepping down as chairman of Augusta National and the Masters. He leaves a lasting legacy, not only for the historic golf club but for the entire sport.

It was under Payne’s watch that Augusta finally introduced its first female members – former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore – in 2012.

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Cavaliers send Kyrie Irving to Celtics for Isaiah Thomas in blockbuster trade

  • Cavaliers give in to Irving’s trade demand, send All-Star guard to Boston
  • Cleveland acquire Isaiah Thomas, two others and 2018 first-round pick
  • Celtics and Cavaliers faced off in last season’s Eastern Conference finals

Kyrie Irving was tired of being teammates with LeBron James.

Now he has to figure out how to beat him.

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Jon Jones reportedly stripped of title after failing UFC 214 drugs test

  • Jones tested positive for the steroid turinabol in in-competition Usada test
  • TMZ says Jones to stripped of title, which will go back to Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones failed a drug test following his comeback victory over Daniel Cormier last month at UFC 214.

The 30-year-old, widely regarded as the No1 pound-for-pound fighter in mixed martial arts, tested positive for the steroid turinabol in an in-competition Usada test from the day before his fight with Daniel Cormier on 29 July in Anaheim, California.

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Kaepernick, activism and politics. The NFL doesn't know how to stop this row

The quarterback is still unsigned but the protest he launched has grown, raising uncomfortable questions about race and activism for NFL owners - and fans

On Wednesday afternoon the NFL will be forced again to confront a story it must wish to go away. At an hour when the league’s employees should be hustling home from their New York office they will walk into a rally on the street outside, organized to ask the same inexplicable question that has perplexed many for months.

“Why is Colin Kaepernick still unsigned?”

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Wayne Rooney retires from England duty after rejecting recall from Southgate

• ‘I believe now is the time to bow out,’ says England’s record goalscorer
• Gareth Southgate wanted Rooney back for upcoming qualifiers

Wayne Rooney has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect, rejecting a call-up for next month’s matches against Malta and Slovakia.

England’s record goalscorer said in a statement: “It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. I really appreciated that. However, having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football.”

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Donald Trump awarded Super Bowl ring by New England Patriots

  • Patriots owner awarded championship ring to longtime friend Trump
  • Team spokesperson said Kraft was impressed by first-class treatment

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft awarded Donald Trump a Super Bowl championship ring after the team’s valedictory trip to the White House in April.

Team spokesperson Stacey James told USA Today that Kraft was so impressed by the team’s first-class treatment during their April visit that he felt compelled to have a championship ring crafted for the US president in addition to the traditional gifts – a customized jersey and a helmet – they’d brought on the day.

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Barcelona to sue Neymar for €8.5m for breach of contract after PSG move
• Club also demand he returns a bonus received for renewing contract
• Neymar recently criticised Barça board, saying ‘they should not be there’

Barcelona have announced that they intend to sue Neymar for breach of contract after his departure to Paris Saint-Germain. The Catalan club are demanding €8.5m (£7.8m) in damages, plus the return of an undisclosed bonus paid to the player, having renewed his contract at the club last year, and a further 10% of that amount in interest. They have insisted that PSG take responsibility for payment in the event that the player cannot do so.

Related: Neymar: how the record-breaking €222m move to PSG unfolded

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Japan's field of dreams: school baseball teams vie for Koshien glory

Playing on the stadium’s hallowed ground is every young baseball fan’s goal, and the final will be front-page news

On Wednesday afternoon, millions of Japanese people will stop what they are doing and turn their attention to the nearest TV screen to follow the fortunes of 18 student athletes.

The occasion is the final, decisive game in the national high school baseball championships. The national broadcaster NHK will screen every inning live, the victors are assured of front-page coverage in the following day’s newspapers and, for a couple of hours at least, Japan will come together in the name of amateur sport.

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Two white players join Cleveland Browns in NFL's largest anthem protest

  • More than a dozen Browns kneel ahead of team’s Monday night game
  • Seth DeValve becomes first white player to join national anthem protest
  • Cleveland players who protested released joint statement at half-time

More than a dozen Cleveland Browns players staged the largest national anthem protest yet, and were joined by white players for what’s believed to be the first time, before a preseason game on Monday against the New York Giants.

The group, which included veterans, rookies, starters and backups, gathered in front of some water coolers and behind their teammates who stood on the sideline shortly before the Browns hosted the New York Giants in a preseason game.

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How one family inspired a football revolution for girls in a village in Pakistan
The Inayats started a team in Shimshal, motivated by social pressures faced by young girls in the region, and now they cannot keep up with demand

Shimshal is a small village in one of the most northern parts of Pakistan, the highest settlement in the Hunza Valley at 3,800 metres above sea level. A short distance from China’s most western border, it has a population of about 2,000 inhabitants.

City life is a world away; dusty Shimshal is a 16-hour drive from Islamabad, 20 from Lahore. It is not the sort of pocket where one would expect to find an appetite for women’s football. Yet girls are queueing up to take part.

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Raheem Sterling draws comfort for 10-man Manchester City against Everton

To the credit of Manchester City there are not many other teams who could come up with this kind of feat of escapology from a position at half-time where they were not only losing to one of the Premier League’s coming teams but also playing with 10 men because of the sending off that had spoiled Kyle Walker’s first night in front of his new fans.

By the end, there was even the sense that Pep Guardiola’s players were disappointed they could not complete the recovery and conjure a late, decisive winner once Raheem Sterling, one of their second-half substitutes, had volleyed in an 82nd-minute equaliser.

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Victoria Azarenka confirms she will miss US Open over child custody battle

  • Belarusian pulls out of final grand slam of year due to ‘ongoing family situation’
  • Former world No1 not permitted to take her son out of California

Two-time grand slam winner Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the US Open as she is not allowed to take her baby son out of California amid a custody battle with her former partner.

The 28-year-old Belarusian returned to action in June, after the birth of her son Leo last December, and had been hopeful that legal arrangements could be worked out to allow her to compete in the grand slam in New York.

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46,000 fans a game: Atlanta United's strange success far from soccer's heartland

How did the Five Stripes become MLS’s most popular team five months after their first ever game? Shifting attitudes towards football in the US explain a lot

Two Major League Soccer expansion clubs first took the field in March 2017, both bearing the moniker United. One in Minneapolis, the other in Atlanta – a city in that lower-third of the American map which, conventional wisdom holds, stands in stark opposition to the globalist concerns of either American coast, and could therefore never deign to care about a sport as preposterously effete as soccer, where flopping is rewarded.

Five months later, Atlanta United boast the highest average home attendance in Major League Soccer history (46,318 fans per game, more than any other MLS, NBA, NHL or MLB franchise in the country) and are in contention for the playoffs, while Minnesota United play to smaller than league-average crowds.

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Lukas Podolski considering legal action over Breitbart ‘migrant gang’ photo
• Former Arsenal forward was pictured in article about illegal immigration
• ‘Lukas distances himself from it and won’t let himself be exploited’

Former Arsenal and Germany forward Lukas Podolski is considering legal action after conservative website Breitbart published his photo in an article about illegal immigration.

The online article was headlined “Spanish Police Crack Gang Moving Migrants on Jet-Skis”, with a picture showing Podolski on a jet ski which had been taken at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where the German team were relaxing during a day off.

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Manchester City’s Tunnel Club player aquarium leaves the mind swimming | Marina Hyde
The sight of spellbound gawpers, paying up to £15k a season, watching John Stones paddle by raised plenty of ire and the question of just how far Premier League idiocy can go

Sometimes you only want to hear one commentator on a certain subject, and which of us can truly rest till we have heard Roy Keane on Manchester City’s Tunnel Club? It makes the prawn sandwich brigade look like a bunch of scavengers going through bins in search of leftover crusts of E-coli pie.

If you missed Sky’s pant-wetting coverage of this on Monday night, City have unveiled a huge advance in the economic stratification of football fans. The Tunnel Club is a new facility at the Etihad which offers unprecedented access to the club’s innards. For up to a highly competitive £15,000 per season, fans can watch headphoned players ignore them on their way into the dressing room, then gain entry to a restaurant bar area constructed around the tunnel. Here, they are served a five-course fine-dining meal – or “experience”, in the modern parlance – before receiving a tactical briefing from an actual member of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff (two of them were reported to have been deputised before the City-Everton game on Monday night).

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Joel Campbell tells Arsenal he is reluctant to go on loan for sixth time
• Costa Rica striker injured knee at Gold Cup in July
• Campbell one of 28 senior players at club, three more than league limit

Joel Campbell, Arsenal’s forgotten man, is back at the club and he has made it clear that he is reluctant to go out on another loan. The 25-year-old Costa Rica striker is under contract until 2019 and his situation has been complicated by a knee injury he sustained in a Gold Cup tie for his country against Canada on 12 July.

Campbell returned to Arsenal’s London Colney training base on Monday and he is working to rebuild his fitness. It is unclear how far short of the required level he is, at present.

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Manchester City’s parent company agrees deal for major stake in Girona
• Catalan side promoted to La Liga set to be added to CFG’s global portfolio
• City eyeing Alexis Sánchez’s position at Arsenal as transfer window nears end

Manchester City’s parent company, the City Football Group, has made Girona the sixth club of its widening portfolio, after confirming a deal to purchase a major stake in the newly promoted Spanish side.

The terms give City a 44.3% share and an identical holding to Girona Football Group, the agency owned by the City manager Pep Guardiola’s brother Pere. The remaining stake is owned by a Girona fans’ association.

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After Eni Aluko’s interview, 10 questions the FA must now answer

Governing body has to provide clarity on a range of issues following the serious allegations from the England player

1) How could the Football Association, with its internal review, and Katharine Newton, the barrister who undertook the second investigation on behalf of football’s governing body, conduct their inquiries without speaking to the most relevant player?

The FA has admitted nobody contacted the mixed-race player who alleged the England women’s team manager, Mark Sampson, had asked her, on her first call-up, how many times she had been arrested. The FA’s explanation is that it did not know her identity, blaming Eni Aluko for “refusing” to name the player in question. Yet this is ludicrous. Aluko had told the FA the player was a mixed-race midfielder – the only one in the England squad – who had been raised in south-east London. She went on to name the player’s club and specified where the alleged incident took place, namely in a midfielders’ meeting at the China Cup in 2015. Apart from adding her telephone number and home address, it is difficult to think what more the FA needed to establish the player’s identity. A simple search of the internet – starting with the FA’s own website – could have provided the FA, and Newton, with the name in minutes. Newton’s inquiry lasted three months – yet the FA’s version of events is that the player’s name was unknown.

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Throwing a Paul McCartney-esque two thumbs aloft into the mix | The Fiver

In today’s Fiver: Liverpool’s Big Cup day of destiny, Eminem the wordsmith and a fair tackle Aussie style

While Liverpool are undeniably a better side than Hoffenheim, their qualification for Big Cup group stages is far from assured before tonight’s second leg at Anfield. Leading 2-1 from a first leg in which their German opponents squandered several good chances to draw or even win the game, Liverpool are in the box seat. Nevertheless, they are just one bad night at the office away from providing even more amusement for fans of rival teams than Monday Night Football’s recent coverage of Manchester City’s new corporate Tunnel Club, the first rule of which appears to be: you simply must honk with derision at Manchester City’s new corporate Tunnel Club.

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Calvert-Lewin controversy highlights problem with new simulation clampdown | Paul Wilson

The Everton player, as well as Sergio Agüero, were involved in challenges that led to sending-offs, possibly through making them seem worse than they were, but still the FA’s new panel cannot make its first judgment

What a disappointment. The Premier League season is only two matches old and already it looks as if the Football Association’s initiative on diving and simulation is struggling to keep pace.

Related: Calvert-Lewin and Agüero face no action under new FA simulation rules

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Neymar vows to fight Barcelona over damages claim and bonus payment
• Neymar consulting lawyers over case and chasing bonus money
• Barcelona want millions of pounds from player after his move to PSG

Neymar is to fight a claim by Barcelona for compensation following his move to Paris Saint-Germain and has promised to battle his former club for bonuses from his 2016 contract renewal which he says he has not be paid.

The Brazil forward left the Camp Nou this month for a world-record £198m, joining PSG in a move that more than doubled the previous highest fee.

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Fifa puts pressure on FFA to find end to crisis before November deadline

  • World governing body dispatches first piece of feedback to Steven Lowy
  • Fifa letter implies there are no plans to disband FFA board at this stage

Fifa has placed the future of Australian football firmly back in Football Federation Australia’s court and issued a subtle reminder it is not a stakeholder in the political reform process.

It comes as the players’ union on Wednesday wrote to state member federations stating it had received member backing for a compromised expanded congress model in which it would get only one vote.

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Cricket Australia to resell nearly 3,000 scalped Ashes tickets

  • Black market tickets for Perth Test rendered invalid
  • Cancellation sends ‘a very clear message’ to scalpers, says CA

Cricket Australia has recovered almost 3,000 scalped tickets for December’s Ashes Test in Perth that were being sold on eBay for the third of Australia’s five-Test series against England.

The 2,890 tickets will be placed back on sale through CA channels next Monday in what the sport’s governing body is a warning to scalpers.

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Western Force win right to appeal hearing over Super Rugby axing

  • Club’s case will be heard by NSW supreme court judge
  • Survival hopes boosted after ARU rejected Andrew Forrest offer to save club

A NSW Supreme Court judge has granted the Western Force the right to appeal the Australian Rugby Union’s decision to axe the team from the Super Rugby competition.

Related: Western Force to consider new Asian competition if Super Rugby appeal fails

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Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak ruled out of crucial World Cup Qualifiers

  • Aston Villa midfielder fails to get over groin complaint
  • Trent Sainsbury and Brad Smith named in squad for key games

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has accepted the inevitable, excluding an unfit Mile Jedinak from his squad for crunch World Cup qualifiers.

Postecoglou excluded the Asian Cup-winning captain from his 23-man squad for Australia’s final games of their qualifying group, against Japan (31 August) and Thailand (5 September).

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Captain Sarah Hunter says England have belief to beat New Zealand
• World Cup holders make Saturday’s final after 20-3 win over France
• ITV confirms final will be broadcast on its main channel

The England captain Sarah Hunter insists the Red Roses have nothing to fear from New Zealand after reaching the Women’s World Cup final with a gutsy 20-3 victory over France. Tries from the 20-year-old prop Sarah Bern and Megan Jones sealed their place in the final, having faced down a ferocious first-half onslaught from France. England are the defending champions but before that lost three consecutive finals to the Black Ferns, who overcame the USA 45-12 in the other semi-final.

England, however, claimed a first away win over New Zealand for 16 years in June, but Hunter believes past meetings will count for little on Saturday. “I am ecstatic to make another World Cup final,” she said.

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Carabao Cup roundup: Bristol City shock Watford while Leicester ease through
• Premier League side dumped out of League Cup by Championship club
• Swansea, West Brom, Bournemouth and Brighton all safely through

A young Bristol City side upset Premier League Watford to reach the third round of the Carabao Cup with a 3-2 victory at Vicarage Road.

Étienne Capoue sparked a dramatic second half when he fired the Hornets ahead after 47 minutes. But the 18-year-old Freddie Hinds levelled for the Championship side before Bobby Reid grabbed his fifth goal of the season.

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Conor McGregor: 'I'll bang Floyd Mayweather out and play with him after that' – video

Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor have arrived in Las Vegas before their genre-crossing boxing match, along with their entourages and their egos, and the fighting talk has begun

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Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight set to break viewing records

Promoters claim fight will be available to view in 1bn homes – either on TV or online

Conor McGregor’s improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr could be seen by a staggering 50 million people in the United States as fans and the curious gather in small and large parties.

The fight on Saturday night threatens the pay-per-view revenue record set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao two years ago and could dwarf it in viewership as people use the event as a reason to have friends and family over for a little escapism and controlled violence.

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Inside Conor McGregor’s Dublin: the making and shaping of a fighting superstar

As Conor McGregor prepares for his $100m boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather, Donald McRae uncovers a complex genius with the help of those who know him best
• Dublin pictures: Paul Faith for the Guardian

Patrick Hyland, a gentle and amusing former boxer who once called himself The Punisher, waits for the boys and girls he now trains at the gleaming Straight Blast Gym in Tallaght, Dublin 24. An empty ring sits in a far corner while, to his left, the MMA cage is also silent on a sleepy afternoon. It will be another hour before the chattering kids who dream of becoming boxers or UFC fighters tumble in to work with Hyland and the mixed martial arts trainers.

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Mayweather v McGregor: the Money Fight explained – video

Undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr will fight mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor on 26 August. Both fighters are expected to earn upwards of $100m each but beyond that why are they fighting? Both fighters stand to risk a lot in this one-off bout, so we take a fair look at the ins and outs of the match up

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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 … Fred Spiksley, wing wizard, film star and POW escapee | Simon Burnton

Fred Spiksley dazzled as an outside-left, but found his far-reaching coaching ideas spurned in England after success abroad, having also dabbled in film and been embroiled in a wartime escape mission

In the words of James Catton, the greatest football writer of his time, “Fred Spiksley’s control of the ball, his individuality, and his pluck for a man of modest stature, without much weight, were amazing. He did all his ball work with the outside of the right foot. In fact, Fred Spiksley could do almost anything he wanted with either foot, and was a sure marksman. Spiksley as a football player was a wonder.”

Ernest “Nudger” Needham, who was to win 16 England caps while at Sheffield United, was part of the Staveley defence that lost 10-0 against Spiksley’s Gainsborough in 1891. “Our captain told me to shift from left to right to stop the outside-left,” he recalled. “I might as well have tried to stop the wind. The outside-left was Fred Spiksley, the finest outside-left I have ever met and whose dribbling was a treat to watch. He could either combine with the others and make openings by lively centres, or cut past the back on the inside to go for goal himself. He could also shoot with either foot. I shall never forget Freddy’s dazzling wing play in 1898, when England beat Scotland 3-1. Ah, Fred was a gem of a player in those days!”

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The Joy of Six: county cricket cult heroes

From the overweight to the utterly inept via the unfairly uncapped, a celebration of six of county cricket’s most-loved figures from past and present

Don Shepherd died on Friday, less than a week after turning 90, thus ending a lifelong love affair with Glamorgan cricket. The feeling was very much reciprocated.

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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?

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A referee's-eye view of Real Madrid, baseball cat and slo-mo overtaking

This week’s roundup also features it all kicking off in pre-season NFL training, some blinding catches and a golfer taking one for the team

1) It might look like one of those adverts where a member of the public is chucked into a professional game for some reason, but the results of mounting a camera on the ref’s head for the game between MLS All-Stars and Real Madrid are all kinds of excellent. Warning though: not for the easily sea sick. It’s David Elleray vs Tony Adams for the 21st century.

2) It’s NFL pre-season training, where the LA Rams and San Diego Chargers have been practising against each other and, well, it all kicked off.

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Is 'the Wembley curse' fake news? – Football Weekly

Cambridge United’s most famous fan Max Rushden is joined today by Paolo Bandini, Jacob Steinberg and, making his pod debut, Ed Aarons

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Cambridge United’s most famous fan Max Rushden is joined today by Paolo Bandini, Jacob Steinberg and, making his pod debut, Ed Aarons.

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England’s search for batting balance moves to second Test against West Indies | Vic Marks
England still have to determine three batsmen who can be relied upon during the forthcoming Ashes tour and time is getting short

“If it was eight-a-side then we would have a great chance in the Ashes,” mused a cricketing friend – an observation that reinforces two realities.

After the Edgbaston Test, the series against West Indies has already been relegated to being a gentle, mildly helpful precursor to the winter tour – so, yes, we are now in official Ashes preview territory.

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Wayne Rooney retires from England duty as record goalscorer – video

Wayne Rooney has retired from international football. England’s all-time record scorer has featured at six tournaments, scoring four times at his first, Euro 2004, when he was just 18 years old. He’s also the most-capped outfield player with 119 appearances for his country, just six short of Peter Shilton’s record

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Bridge opening stops Ladies Tour of Norway bike race 5km from end – video

A bridge halted the second stage of the 2017 Ladies Tour of Norway race as it was opened to allow a boat to pass, just as the leaders approached. The bridge was just 5km from the end of the race and meant the peloton caught up with the breakaway group, setting the whole pack up for a fast finish, after a seven minute break

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Nothing has changed on Philippe Coutinho, says Liverpool's Jürgen Klopp – video

Jürgen Klopp has given a strong message about Philippe Coutinho prior ro Liverpool’s Champions League play-off round second leg match against Hoffenheim, saying ‘I don’t know English well enough to give 500 different answers … nothing’s changed’

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Swimmer's lone tribute to Spain attack victims – video

Spanish swimmer Fernando Álvarez sacrifices his race at the Fina World Masters Championships in tribute to those affected by the recent terror attacks in Spain. Álvarez stood alone on the blocks after his request for a minute’s silence for all competitors was denied, he claims. Organisers did arrange for a moment of silence the following day at the main pool and before the closing ceremony when all participants were present

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Manchester City will improve, vows Guardiola after draw with Everton – video

Pep Guardiola cut a frustrated figure after watching his Manchester City side draw 1-1 with Everton in the Premier League on Monday. Guardiola refused to discuss the referee’s decision to send Kyle Walker off on his home debut for the club but praises his players for rescuing a point after Wayne Rooney had given the visitors the lead

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Hamburg's Nicolai Müller ruptures knee ligament celebrating goal – video

Hamburg winger Nicolai Müller has been ruled out injured for seven months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament celebrating a goal. Müller netted the only goal of the game in Hamburg’s 1-0 win over Augsburg at the weekend but joy quickly turned to agony for the 29-year-old who fell to the ground clutching his knee after he wheeling away in celebration

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In-form Matildas star Sam Kerr sets scoring record in NWSL – video

Australian Sam Kerr sets a new NWSL record – becoming first player to score four goals in a single game in the US league – days after appearing on the shortlist for Fifa’s player of the year award

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Don't blame Wembley for Chelsea defeat, says Pochettino – video

Mauricio Pochettino claimed that his Spurs side played well in their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Wembley, but their loss was nothing to do with the so-called “Wembley curse”. Instead, he blamed his team not making enough chances, and lamented Chelsea scoring two of theirs. Antonio Conte praised his squad for showing heart after their humiliating defeat at home to Burnley in their first game of the season

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Conor McGregor: from Dublin plumber to UFC champion – in pictures

From a Dublin plumber to an ultimate fighting champion, Conor McGregor has come a long way from the directionless boy raised in Crumlin and Lucan. He’s on a mission to be the greatest fighter on the planet, the best fighter of all time and to leave a legacy in the fight game for Ireland. The first UFC fighter to hold two weight titles simultaneously and now takes on Floyd Mayweather under Queensberry rules

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Eyes down for the run-in as F1’s season reconvenes at Spa | Giles Richards
Sebastian Vettel has a 14-point lead in his Ferrari but the second half of the racing year sees the majority of races favouring the Mercedes’ setup and Lewis Hamilton

Refreshed, recharged and ready to go again, Formula One enters the second half of the season with the prospect of the remaining nine races proving just as enthralling as the first 11. Where better to reignite the fight than the magnificent challenge of Spa, where Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will recommence a contest that is likely to go down to the last race?

Vettel has the advantage, leading Hamilton by 14 points, but on race wins the pair are even with four apiece. Vettel deserves his lead. He is always at his strongest when he is confident in the machinery around him and Ferrari have given him a car he can work to maximum effect. It has proved quick out of the box on Fridays, forgiving and easy to set up, while the German has revelled in how hard he can push it through the corners.

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Boris Becker declared bankrupt over ‘substantial’ long-standing debt
• Three-times Wimbledon champion made bankrupt at hearing in London
• Registrar: ‘One has the impression of a man with his head in the sand’

Boris Becker has been declared bankrupt over a debt outstanding since October 2015. Lawyers for the three-times Wimbledon winner pleaded with a bankruptcy court registrar in London on Wednesday for “a last chance” to pay a long-standing debt.

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Olympic champion Aly Raisman attacks USA Gymnastics over sexual abuse case

  • Former team doctor Larry Nassar accused of abusing athletes in his care
  • Raisman worked with doctor and calls him a ‘monster’
  • Nassar has pled not guilty to assault charges and civil suits

Aly Raisman, the six-time Olympic medal winning gymnast, has called for sweeping change in USA Gymnastics in the wake of dozens of allegations of sexual abuse against former team doctor Larry Nassar, who she called a “monster”.

Nassar spent nearly 30 years as an osteopath with the USA Gymnastics program and is now in prison in Michigan after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. Nassar is still awaiting trial on separate criminal sexual conduct charges in addition to being sued by over 125 women in civil court who claim he sexually assaulted them under the guise of treatment. Nassar has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges and the dozens of civil suits filed in Michigan are currently in mediation.

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Will McGregor v Mayweather save American boxing – or bury it?

It once commanded America’s national consciousness, spawning great literature and making folk heroes out of champions like Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano – but now US boxing is in decline. Can the circus in Las Vegas bring it back to life?

Jimmy’s Corner is a classic dive on 44th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in Manhattan, a half-block east from the neon marquees and flashing Jumbotrons of Times Square. The bar is warmly lit and slender, hardly wider than a walk-in closet, open seven days a week from 11.30am to 4am. The booze is cheap, the jukebox is loaded with Stax classics and the walls are a dense assemblage of posters, memorabilia and photographs culled from owner Jimmy Glenn’s panoramic life in boxing.

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Rio's Olympic venues, six months on – in pictures

Six months after hosting South America’s first-ever Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Rio de Janeiro venues – some of which have been looted – sit mainly idle and already in disrepair, raising questions about a legacy that organisers promised would benefit the Brazilian city and its residents

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Rafael Nadal is last of the golden greats still standing before US Open | Jacob Steinberg
With Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer struggling with injuries, can the next generation, led by Dimitrov, Thiem and Zverev, finally step up?

What to make of the state of men’s tennis? For the best part of a decade a quartet of hall‑of‑famers have transcended their sport by lifting it to hitherto untouched heights with their titanic struggle for supremacy while below them a host of challengers have strained to swell the numbers of the elite club known as the Big Four. Plenty have tried, most have failed. Some have offered flashes of impertinence but only Stan Wawrinka has provided a sustained threat to the established order. The entry requirements are gruelling. The top players ally astonishing skill with an almost masochistic willingness to suffer for their art.

But throughout 2017 there has been a persistent sense that the curtain may be about to fall on this golden age. Where once there was order now there is disarray. The show isn’t quite over yet, but the audience is waiting to rise to its feet and this is when the mind goes back to Andy Murray’s prediction on the eve of the ATP World Tour Finals last November.

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N.F.L. Protests Go On as Other Groups Fight for Kaepernick
The issue is the most prominent of many facing the league.

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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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Celtics trade for Kyrie, then ask to reserve judgment for later
Celtics trade for Kyrie, then ask to reserve judgment for later

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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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