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Former dunk king Dawkins dies at 58

Former NBA star Darryl Dawkins was the first player drafted out of high school into the NBA -- as the fifth overall selection by the Philadelphia 76ersDarryl Dawkins, the former NBA star whose powerful dunks earned him the nickname "Chocolate Thunder", has died of a heart attack at the age of 58, his family said. "It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our beloved husband and father, Darryl Dawkins, who succumbed today to a heart attack," his family said in a statement issued through the NBA.


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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 Aug 2015 11:14:09 GMT2015-08-28T11:14:09Z

Europa League 2015-16: group stage draw – live!

...as well as Anderlecht.

Looks like a spicy ol’ group, that one.

...to go with Ajax

The Pot Two clubs have all been drawn, and this is how the draw looks now...

Group A
Ajax
Celtic

...a repeat of the 1984 final, which Anderlecht cheated massively to reach.

...with Rubin Kazan.

...with Ajax.

Juicy.

So Tottenham are in Group J. What does it mean?

Well, absolutely nothing at the moment, obviously.

The Pot One teams are being drawn out in order now. Here’s what we’ve got so far...

Group A
Ajax

The inimitable Giorgio has informed us that the kick-off times will be decided by a computer. We don’t have long to laugh at this before the machines completely take over.

“Please welcome the inimitable Giorgio Marchetti!” gushes Darren.

This is the bloke who’s going to read out the rules of the draw. The good news is that with every passing moment, we’re a little bit closer to the merciful release of the infinite.

Alexander Frei is the ‘ambassador for the 2016 Europa League final’, and he’s on stage. The final is in Basel/Basle/Baaarrrllllll this season, so they’ve got a home town boy in to hand out the Ferrero Rocher.

“You have every right to dream of a successful adventure,” says Gianni. Now they’ve got permission, feel free to dream, football clubs.

“Welcome the one and only Gianni Infantino!” announces Darren.

And here Gianni is. I can scarcely contain myself.

Darren has got former Sevilla defender Ivica Dragutinović on stage to help out, who of course won this whole shooting match a couple times. Thing is we now have one of those curious things were Darren asks him a question in English, Ivica answers in Not English, then Darren translates for him.

Here’s Darren. Ask him about the best way to convert a run-down two-bed semi in Stoke into a desirable property for the sale or rental market.

Kenny Rodgers doing the Europa League draw. pic.twitter.com/xL1aqeeX38

We’re now being treated to an inspirational montage about the Europa League that seems like an ersatz version of that Sky ad with Sean Bean from 1996. Be as cynical as you like, if you don’t get a bit giddy and have a little heart-swell watching this one, you’re cold inside.

‘PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR YOUR HOST, DARREN TULETT,’ bellows the announcement. Tulett looks a little like he would be more comfortable hosting ‘Homes Under The Hammer’. Perhaps he was beaten to that gig by Dion Dublin.

This draw is being held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, which in the coming weeks and months will also host ‘the world’s favourite family musical’ Annie, an exhibition called ‘From Chagall To Malevich, The Revolution Of The Avant-Garde’, and ‘Strategies for Coach’, a coaching course that is oddly non-specific about what exactly it is supposed to be coaching. Your guess is as good as mine.

Liverpool are currently second favourites with the bookies (behind Dortmund), to win the whole shebang, but is there a bigger mug bet in football than a wager on who will win the Europa League at this stage? Why on earth would you bet on the outcome of a tournament that you don’t know all the participants in yet? Particularly given that a number of those unknown participants are likely to be pretty good.

There is this...

Spurs could get "group of death" - Fiorentina, Monaco and Groningen -says @NickMiller79. I'd love that - proper matches, short distances

This one should* be relatively straightforward - four pots containing 12 teams each, one team from each pot goes into each of the 12 groups. Teams from the same country can’t play each other, neither can Russian teams face Ukrainian ones.

*Of course, you never can tell with UEFA.

Shall we do some potential group o’ deaths? Tottenham could get Fiorentina, Monaco and Groningen, while Liverpool might find themselves drawn with Borussia Dortmund, Fenerbahçe and Partizan.

And how about a group of...erm...life? Mauricio Pochettino probably won’t cry himself to sleep should they get Celtic (sorry), Augsburg and Qarabag, while Brendan Rodgers should smile and crack out those absurdly white teeth should Liverpool be drawn with Rubin Kazan, Sloven Liberec and Asteras Tripolis. Thoughts?

This is all very exciting, isn’t it? Well, quite exciting. Exciting? Interesting? Mildly diverting? Better than work? Better than staring into the abyss of misery that is day-to-day existence? Anyway, stick with it - some UEFA wonks are about to delve into some bowls to retrieve some balls, in which will be the names of football teams.

Meanwhile, let’s have a think about how this whole draw process could be improved. Filling those bowls with Angel Delight, perhaps? Or making the little balls edible, and the specific wonk has to eat through it to discover the name? Not having it in public and just getting UEFA to quietly release a list so we can all get on with our lives? Email Nick.Miller@theguardian.com or tweet @NickMiller79.

Nick will be here shortly. Meanwhile, familiarise yourselves with the pots the teams will be in for the Europa League group stage draw:

Pot 1
Schalke (GER)
Borussia Dortmund (GER)
FC Basel (SUI)
Napoli (ITA)
Tottenham (ENG)
Ajax (NED)
Villarreal (ESP)
Rubin Kazan (RUS)
Athletic Club (ESP)
Sporting CP (POR)
Marseille (FRA)
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)

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last updated: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:55:19 GMT

Before Saying Farewell at U.S. Open, Mardy Fish Intends to Stay for a While
Fish, whose late-career surge was derailed by an anxiety disorder three years ago, is playing well as he heads into his final tournament.









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last updated: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:48:58 GMT

Usain Bolt: How a cameraman stopped him in his tracks
Even the fastest man on Earth has got to watch where he's going.








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Lone Wolff - A woman's F1 perspective
Amanda Davies speaks to Susie Wolff - the only female driver to have taken part in a grand prix weekend this season - about her experiences of being a female in F1.








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Messi honored at Champions draw
Titleholder Barcelona has been drawn in Group E with Italian club Roma, while Real Madrid faces Paris St. Germain.








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Bolt completes sprint double at worlds
Usain Bolt saw off rival Justin Gatlin for a second time at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing Thursday to add 200 meters gold to his 100m title.








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Kenyan runners fail drugs tests
Athletics' fight against the curse of doping suffered a setback Wednesday after two Kenyan athletes failed drugs tests at the world championships in Beijing.








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Rooney answers critics with hat-trick
Wayne Rooney chose the right moment to end his mini scoring drought for Manchester United as his hat-trick sealed its passage to the Champions League group stages Wednesday.








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IndyCar crash victim 'saved six lives'
Tributes have continued to flow for British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, who died of his injuries Monday.








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IndyCar driver dies after crash
IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died Monday from injuries he suffered when struck by a part that careened off a crashed race car.








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YouTube thrower strikes gold in Beijing
Julius Yego famously honed his technique by watching YouTube videos of leading javelin throwers in the hope one day he could top a world championship podium.








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Golf's ultimate space-age paradise
Dave Pelz gives Shane O'Donoghue a tour of his futuristic golfing green -- a perfect place to practice the short game.








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Teen rider's big day
Winning Post follows 19-year-old jockey apprentice Jack Garritty on race day at the Ebor Racing festival in York.








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last updated: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:38:00 GMT

Live: Magpies dominate Menzel’s Cats
COLLINGWOOD is playing an inspired brand of football to build a strong lead over Daniel Menzel’s Geelong at the MCG. ROLLING COVERAGE.

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ESPN.com - TOP
last updated: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:23:29 EST

Dawkins celebrated for kindness, powerful dunks
Dawkins celebrated for kindness, powerful dunks

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Keeping their cool
The Pirates were able to pull off a sneaky-tough win on Thursday and get out of Miami with three out of four. You may have thought that the Bucs could coast again with Cole on the mound and the Marlins looking as awful as ever, but it’s rarely that easy. Cole did his job, no doubt […]

The Pirates were able to pull off a sneaky-tough win on Thursday and get out of Miami with three out of four. You may have thought that the Bucs could coast again with Cole on the mound and the Marlins looking as awful as ever, but it’s rarely that easy.

Cole did his job, no doubt about that. His last two starts have been exactly what we wanted to see following a bit of a rough stretch – he looks to be “back” (if you could really say that he ever left). And he finally grabbed that 15th win, which had been eluding him for quite some time. He deserved one last time out and the bullpen couldn’t close it out – this time, Tony Watson and Mark Melancon stepped up in the eighth and ninth to lock things down. Watson got two clutch outs with RISP after Cole left in the eighth, and Melancon picked up save number 41 after a big DP cleaned up a leadoff hit.

Francisco Cervelli was in the middle of most of the action early – his triple led to the Bucs’ first run, then he bounced out with the bases loaded next time up to strand three. Earlier in that AB, he had a pretty bad strike call go against him. Then when he got back behind the plate, this happened:

But hey, Chris Stewart and Cole have worked well together all year – and did so again here – so no big deal, right? Maybe Cervelli needs to calm down a little bit – we’ve seen him get in to it with umps maybe a little too much on occasion – but this also probably falls in to the #UmpShow category.

Oh, and this Pedro Alvarez homer was downright absurd. Off a lefty, yes (which actually isn’t a huge surprise right now – he’s somehow managed to hit well in limited work vs LHP’s this year)…but to go over that absurdly deep AND high wall in CF at Marlins Park…whoa. And it turned out to be the difference.

The Pirates are on pace for 99 wins. Ninety-nine.

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