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Russia takes in Crimean clubs, Ukraine upset
MOSCOW (AP) — Football clubs from the Crimea region annexed by Russia will play in the Russian leagues this season.

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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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Commonwealth Games 2014: day nine live!

Back on the lawn, Scotland have nabbed another point in the ninth end to lead 10-5. The gold is all but theirs.

The days individual gymnastic finals kick off with the quite-incredible-but-also-quite-terrifying vault. Kristian Thomas goes in this one for England, as does Scotlands Adam Cox and Frank Baines. First, though, is Singapores Wah Toon Hoe. He scores 14.195.

Back at the badminton Gilmour has a narrow 7-5 lead in the second set. She lists her favourite film as whimsical Audrey Taotou comedy Amelie and her favourite food as brunch, which I reckon is a pretty fair shout.

Scotlands bowlers take another two points in the eighth end and now have a sizeable 9-5 lead over England, who (and even to my frankly untrained eye) seem to be having a bit of a shocker.

Over in the badminton arena, Scotlands Kirsty Gilmour has cruised to the opening set in her quarter-final against Michelle Chan. This is Gilmours third event of the Games her mixed team and womens doubles stints ended pretty early, but she seems bound for the semi-finals in the singles.

Sounds like things are getting a bit desperate for England towards the close of the seventh end. Maybe nibble it in there, says one of the quartet to the man with ball in hand. Give it a dart. In the end Jamie Chestney has the chance to make it 6-6 but leaves the final ball short and Scotland take a 7-5 lead.

Right, so after that big-hitting, left-hooking, double-jabbing start to the afternoon, we head over to the more sedate surroundings of the lawn bowls green. There may be fewer punches being thrown but the tension is just as high after six ends Scotlands four lead England 6-5 in the gold medal match of the mens fours.

Adams speaks to the BBC afterwards, and like all good Yorkshire folk on this day of all days, she manages to make sure she mentions the fact that its Yorkshire Day.

By the way, did I mention its Yorkshire Day? It is. Its Yorkshire Day. Today? Yes, Yorkshire Day. Today.

Adams wins by unanimous decision. Shell take on Michaela Walsh in the final.

Bujold is forced onto the attack in the fourth and final round, but Adams is happy to stay at range. The Canadian might have squeaked the round, but I dont think itll be enough.

Ding, ding. Round three. Another couple of solid blows from Bujold as Adams gets caught on the inside. Its fairly scrappy stuff in the main, with few shots landing cleanly. And having typed that, Adams lands with three huge right hands to end the round. Thats enough to convince the judges, all three of whom award the round to the English fighter.

Adams is controlling the centre of the ring, Bujold skirting the ropes. A better round for the Canadian, and two of the three judges give her the nod. So after two rounds, two judges have the scores level, one has Adams two points to the good.

Its a fairly fiery opening round, with the referee having to tick off Bujold after almost finding himself on the receiving end of a wild Bujold haymaker. Adams looks comfortably the classier boxer, and the judges agree they all have her ahead after round one.

A few things you didnt know about Adams opponent Mandy Bujold: she reads the same bible verse before very bout; and she has a burger named after her at The Works Gourmet Burger restaurant in Ontario, Canada. Here she is tucking in (to the burger, not the bible).

Nicola Adams is next up. She hops into to the ring to the sound of loud cheers and Blurs Song 2.

Michaela Walsh does indeed get the verdict on a split decision. Shes guaranteed a gold or silver and, understandably, is absolutely beside herself with joy.

The fourth and final round is going to be pivotal. Its better from Walsh that should be enough to see her edge it.

A strong round from Rani. This is going to be very close.

Over to the boxing arena then, where Northern Irelands Michaela Walsh is taking on Pinki Rani of India in the first of the womens flyweight semi-finals. After two rounds the judges have Walsh narrowly ahead on the scorecards.

1.15pm (BST) There are boxing semi-finals throughout the afternoon but much of the focus will be on the Olympic gold medal winner (and former Guardian diarist) Nicola Adams, who takes on Mandy Bujold of Canada in the boxing flyweight semi-finals.

2pm (BST) Five golds are up for grabs in gymnastics mens vault, paralllel bars and horinzontal bar, and womens beam and floor

First, a quick run-down of the day in Glasgow so far:

Hello all and welcome to live coverage of day nine of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. What have to got to look forward to today? Well, funny you should ask, as weve got the full schedule right here:

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last updated: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:36:43 GMT

Ed Sprinkle, Defensive End Known for Violent Play, Dies at 90
Mr. Sprinkle, a member of the Chicago Bears in the 1940s and ’50s under George Halas, was a prototype for pass-rushing defensive ends.






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last updated: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:22:27 EDT

Heroes' welcome for Germany
The streets of Berlin have turned black, red and gold as tens of thousands of flag-waving fans gather in the German capital to welcome home the nation's World Cup-winning footballers.

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Courting couple at match point
On a small tennis court in the Netherlands, love took center-stage. It had all the ingredients of a romantic fairytale -- the nervous suitor down on one knee in front of a crowd of strangers, hoping that months of planning would win the heart of the girl of his dreams.

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Journey of Wimbledon champs
Petra Kvitova and Novak Djokovic won their first Wimbledon titles in 2011. Open Court looks back at their journey.

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Is Tiger running out of time?
For the first time ever, Tiger Woods is behind pace to catch Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 PGA Major Championships.

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McIlroy: This one's for you mum
Rory McIlroy had won two majors before Sunday, but none in front of his dear old mum.

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Dad lands $170k from Rory win
He has been at his side for all three of Rory McIlroy's major wins, but Sunday's British Open triumph may well have been the sweetest yet for the Northern Irishman's father Gerry.

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Aussie rules in Hungary
Daniel Ricciardo secures an unlikely victory for Red Bull Sunday in an incident-packed Hungarian Grand Prix which sees Lewis Hamilton ignore Mercedes team orders to let title leader Nico Rosberg through.

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Could you eat like an F1 star?
Formula One is not likely to go hungry in Hungary this weekend as motorsport master chefs cater for drivers' nutrition-packed diets and the luxurious feasts provided for VIP guests.

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The unbeatable dressage team
CNN's Max Foster reports on one team that can genuinely make the claim to be the very best in the business.

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Can French clubs conquer Asia?
While many top European clubs are targeting the U.S. market, French football is setting its sights on expanding into Asia -- with China playing a key role.

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Is Ryan's 10K calorie meal real?
He's used to making waves in the pool, but Ryan Lochte has caused a few ripples of excitement on social media after tweeting out a photo of himself in front of what he claims was 10,000 calories worth of food, including piles of chicken and asparagus.

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Bolt ready to race
An athlete who didn't even compete at the Commonwealth Games, Usain Bolt, was the star attraction Saturday in Glasgow.

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Eerie shots from Paris racetrack
The racetrack is transformed into an eerie, retro time warp, in these intriguing photographs.

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Rider's remarkable journey
CNN Equestrian meets three day event rider, Bill Levett as he prepares for the World Equestrian Games in 2014.

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When will French win Le Tour?
Whisper it quietly, but after years of foreign domination the prospect of a French winner of the Tour de France is more than just a mere pipe dream.

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From 20-a-day man to 26.2 miles
Seven years ago Steve Way was a 20 per day smoker and weighed a hefty 104 kg Sunday he led the marathon competition against the best in the Commonwealth before finishing a creditable 10th place.

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Lampard: MLS move right for me
Lara Baldesarra speaks to English football legend Frank Lampard about why he chose to play for New York City FC in MLS.

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The queen of the selfies
After just one day of competition, a new sport has emerged at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow: snapping selfies with the Queen.

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Rowsell stands proud again
Inspirational Joanna Rowsell added another gold to her rapidly growing collection with a classy victory in the individual pursuit at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Friday.

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Tennis: Li Na pulls out of U.S. Open
Twenty-four hours after Rafael Nadal revealed he was a doubt for Flushing Meadows, China's Li Na had confirmed she won't be playing -- her troublesome knee the culprit.

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Most dangerous sports shoes?
When you're buying new shoes, wouldn't it be nice to find a pair made for your feet alone? These animals know that luxury.

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Tom Cruise heads to the racetrack
Show me the money! Tom Cruise's glorious day at the races

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Suits you! Soccer team's tuxedo kit
When celebrating an important anniversary, it's always good to look your best. At least that's theory for a Spanish football team's preseason tuxedo kit which celebrates the club's 90th year of existence.

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'Warrior runner' who won't quit
Her surname means "fighter" or "warrior" -- and Christine Ohuruogu has done her best to fulfill that prophecy throughout a stellar running career of glorious peaks and painful troughs.

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Football: EPL to use World Cup spray
The vanishing spray used by referees at the recent FIFA World Cup has found a new home in the English Premier League.

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Tennis: Nadal in doubt for U.S. Open
A wrist injury has ruled world No. 2 Rafael Nadal out of competitive action for "at least two to three weeks," putting his U.S. Open title defense in serious jeopardy.

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Football: Tevez's father released
Argentine football star Carlos Tevez has thanked his fans for their support following his father's kidnap ordeal in Buenos Aires.

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Football: FIFA calls for racism probe
FIFA asks the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) to investigate alleged comments from the front runner to become its next president which referred to African players as "banana eaters."

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Tennis: Serena fighting fit on return
Serena Williams says she is fit and raring to go in California after the bizarre illness that forced her to retire from a doubles match at Wimbledon last month.

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Commonwealth: Jamaican wins 100m
Usain Bolt's training partner Kemar Bailey-Cole proves a golden substitute for the six-time Olympic champion by winning the Commonwealth Games 100m title Monday in Glasgow.

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NBA: Judge clears Clippers sale
Shelly Sterling says she can finally get some rest now that it looks like she will be able to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

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Cycling: Nibali joins the Tour greats
Vincenzo Nibali becomes only the sixth man in history to win all three of cycling's major tours as he seals victory in this year's Tour de France on the Champs Elysees Sunday.

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Motorsport: Aussie rules in Hungary
Daniel Ricciardo secures an unlikely victory for Red Bull Sunday in an incident-packed Hungarian Grand Prix which sees Lewis Hamilton ignore Mercedes team orders to let title leader Nico Rosberg through.

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Through hell and high water
Only 10 were ever built, and most fell into woeful disrepair. But they found a savior in Elizabeth Meyer, who made it her life's work to restore some of the most majestic boats to grace the world's oceans.

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Will 'robo-ships' be end of sailors?
First there was the Google driverless car. Now there's the Rolls-Royce "robo-ship." Are unmanned cargo vessels the future of seafaring -- or will it be the beginning of the end for one of the world's oldest professions?

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'Downton Abbey' on the water
Like "Downton Abbey," Henley's Royal Regatta reminds its visitors of an England of old. But for how much longer?

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Another chance for Rose?
With the 25th anniversary of Pete Rose's ban from baseball looming, take a peek at Rachel's interview with the Hit King.

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Hall of Fame: Talking the game
Three Hall of Famers discuss the biggest issues facing baseball - and welcome newest member Greg Maddux

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Mark Messier: Follow the leader
The ex-Ranger captain on New York's trip back to the Stanley Cup Final, Wayne Gretzky, and yes, the famous guarantee.

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Gay diver: How I beat depression
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Bold and bald on the podium
Standing on the podium at the London 2012 Olympics, Joanna Rowsell achieved her greatest dream -- and gave hope to millions around the world who suffer from a condition that can have devastating effects on self-confidence.

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World Cup: Heroes and villains
Diego Maradona was a mesmerizing presence on the pitch during four World Cup finals as a player. When he returned to football's biggest stage in 2010 as coach of Argentina, it soon became clear that his capacity to entertain remained undimmed.

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Rugby in Brazil's favelas
CNN's Christina MacFarlane meets two brothers who have introduced Rugby Sevens to the Brazilian favelas.

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Oval ball vs. round ball in Brazil
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Can Lamps light up MLS?
Not content with claiming every major club honor with Chelsea and over a century of caps for England -- now Frank Lampard is relishing a new challenge in MLS with New York City FC.

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Israeli players attacked
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U.S. soccer sparkle attracts giants
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CNN Equestrian meets three day event rider Bill Levett as he prepares for the World Equestrian Games in 2015.

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Jumping legend Harvey Smith
Legendary equestrian, Harvey Smith talks to Jodie Kidd about his memories of the competition.

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America's best sporting secret?
Little-known outside the tribes of the Rocky Mountains in the American northwest, Indian Relay is a "magical" mix of horse racing, track-and-field relay and the all-action adrenalin of rodeo.

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Now in his 50s, one of the world's most successful jockeys explains why he gave up his acting career to return to the sport that almost crippled him.

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Keeping horses fit and healthy
For a race horse, there is a fine line between peak fitness and crippling injury. CNN's Francesca Cumani reports.

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Fox Sports Top Stories RSS feed merging with Breaking News
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last updated: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:51:00 GMT

Swans too good for sloppy Dons
NO Buddy Franklin, no worries for the Sydney Swans. The league leaders hold off Essendon in a scrappy affair at the SCG.

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last updated: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:47:16 PDT

Stark: Bold GMs go for it on wild deadline day
Billy Beane and Dave Dombrowski made deals that suddenly transform their teams

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Dead(line) silence
The Pirates did absolutely nothing leading up to baseball’s trade deadline. This made people angry. From a lot of the reaction I saw, PNC Park might be burnt down by the time the Bucs return home next week. Look, I understand being frustrated with no moves, but the amount of negativity and vitriol directed at […]

The Pirates did absolutely nothing leading up to baseball’s trade deadline. This made people angry. From a lot of the reaction I saw, PNC Park might be burnt down by the time the Bucs return home next week.

Look, I understand being frustrated with no moves, but the amount of negativity and vitriol directed at Huntington and the Pirates regarding the lack of a big move was incredible to me, although I guess that really shouldn’t be much of a surprise given the nature of this fanbase. I never thought the Pirates were really going to land Jon Lester or David Price. You could argue the merits of “going for it” or the perils of trading away prospects — I can buy both sides of those arguments, but I just didn’t even give it a ton of thought because despite the rumors…it would just be so unlike them. The return on Price seemed underwhelming, but the Rays (who aren’t exactly out of contention) clearly wanted some useful major league players as a big part of the deal. The Red Sox (who have the capability to fast forward on “rebuilding” with $) got an All Star outfielder back for Lester. Even if the Pirates actually were offering up Josh Bell or whatever other prospects, it looks to me like they didn’t have the right pieces to put a deal together with these teams. Who were they going to trade from the MLB roster? Pedro? He doesn’t have much value right now. Marte? Your high-upside starting LF who you just signed to a long extension? No. Who else on the active roster has enough value to get one of those guys, but wouldn’t hurt to lose in the present? Maybe Gregory Polanco (you really want to trade him after all the hoopla earlier this season?) but that’s about it.

There were two other ridiculous things that I saw plenty of people whining about. The notion that the Pirates are just faking interest in the big names or spreading rumors to “appease fans” — that makes zero sense. First of all, it doesn’t appease anybody, and second, the Pirates (or other MLB front offices) really don’t care what the fans think…they’ve shown that plenty of times. And people acting like the Pirates never upgrade their contending teams with trades…wow. They’ve been in the “buyer” position for four years in a row now and this the first time they haven’t done anything significant (although an August waiver deal is possible, like last season).

Lastly, it’s not like the NL Central left the Pirates in the dust. The Cardinals added two starting pitchers but 1) they traded away decent major league players to do it, 2) their offense stinks – pitching hasn’t been their problem, and 3) the two pitchers they added might not even be any better than what they already had. The Brewers added a fourth outfielder. Penciling the Pirates in for third place simply because of those moves is laughable.

OK, so there’s my rant, but let me be clear - this was still a disappointment – just not the utter disaster some are making it out to be. An ace starting pitcher would have been great, but the Pirates already have two chances at getting one down the stretch with Liriano and Cole. The team clearly needs some bullpen help and bench help. It shouldn’t have been too hard to figure something out for at least one of those two needs, but now we will continue to watch Brent Morel, Michael Martinez, Ernesto Frieri, Jeanmar Gomez, and Stolmy Pimentel occupy roster spots. Now, I do realize the price was pretty high on the market this year even for some of these types (trading the org’s #3 prospect, as the Orioles did for two months of Boston’s Andrew Miller, would have been borderline absurd), but given what the Pirates are running out there right now, they could have gotten some kind of upgrade for a reasonable price.

I do think the Pirates can address these issues themselves to a point — they have better minor league players than some of these guys–but since they haven’t done so yet and while they’re playing crucial games, the criticism is more than fair. This could also be an area where August trades could be possible, especially if the Bucs are willing to pick up money (which they did last year and reportedly wasn’t the issue this year), but the clock is ticking on those as well.

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