A True Prizefight Follows a Summer of Sideshows

Two days before he was scheduled to try to defend his heavyweight titles against the undefeated Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua sat at a news conference on Thursday in London, his hat, headphones and even water bottles positioned to make sponsor logos visible to the cameras. A long list of companies has invested in Joshua, the 31-year-old British boxing star: Under […]

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E-sports: S'pore's team for Dec 17-19 Global Esports Games unveiled

SINGAPORE – The list of players who will be representing Singapore at the Dec 17-19 Global Esports Games (GEG) was unveiled on Friday (Sept 24), following the conclusion of the national selections. The inaugural GEG, which will take place in Singapore, will see three game titles contested: Dota 2, eFootball PES 2021 and Street Fighter V. The team competing in […]

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‘Every Single Pitch, Everyone’s Staring’

PHILADELPHIA — With the Philadelphia Phillies clinging to their playoff hopes and a one-run lead in the eighth inning on Wednesday night, the moment fell, of course, to the best player on the team, the one who had helped carry them this far. When Pat Valaika of the Baltimore Orioles stroked a single onto the outfield grass and Pedro Severino […]

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For the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, Motivation Burns Naturally

HAVEN, Wis. — Steve Stricker, the United States Ryder Cup captain, has not delivered a single rousing speech to his charges this week. He has also refrained from showing them motivational videos, which many of his predecessors liked to do. When Stricker was a Ryder Cup competitor, as opposed to a nonplaying captain, he always thought those tactics just made […]

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Jimmy Greaves, English Soccer Star, Is Dead at 81

Jimmy Greaves, one of the greatest goal scorers in English soccer, has died. He was 81. Tottenham Hotspur, where he played for nine years, announced his death on Sunday but did not say where he died or cite the cause. Greaves suffered a minor stroke in 2012. His family thought he had made a full recovery, but he had a […]

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The Special Role of Laver Cup Captains

In the first three Laver Cups, the biggest names were the most famous players in tennis: Roger Federer (who helped create the tournament) played each year, Rafael Nadal played twice and Novak Djokovic played once. All are absent this year at the event in Boston, so while six Top 10 players are on board, the biggest names will be the […]

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USOPC: American hopefuls for Beijing Games must have vaccine – The Denver Post

U.S. athletes trying to make the Winter Olympics will have to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 under a groundbreaking new policy announced Wednesday by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. CEO Sarah Hirshland wrote in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that, starting Nov. 1, the USOPC will require staff, athletes and others utilizing training centers and other USOPC […]

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N.F.L. Week 3 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

Are you not entertained? Four of the six prime time games in this young N.F.L. season were decided by one score. Lamar Jackson’s plunge to convert a fourth down and seal Baltimore’s win over Kansas City capped Week 2. Most teams that lost in Week 1 fought back to .500, but the weekend yielded a long list of injuries with […]

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Rugby: Wallabies coach questions new World Rugby contact guidance

BRISBANE (AFP) – Wallabies coach Dave Rennie on Thursday (Sept 23) questioned new World Rugby guidance capping how much full-contact training teams can do, suggesting it could be detrimental and hard to police. The sport’s governing body has recommended a maximum of 15 minutes full-contact training per week, across two days, in a bid to reduce injuries following a global […]

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America’s Cup: Grant Dalton opens up on ‘devious plans’ as Team New Zealand ‘cease all correspondence’ with Mark Dunphy

Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton has slammed the last-ditch bid by Kiwi rich-lister Mark Dunphy to keep the next America’s Cup on home waters as “devious” and a “massive waste of time”. In a strongly-worded statement on Wednesday, Dalton confirmed he had ceased all correspondence with Dunphy after he refused to answer questions the syndicate put to him regarding […]

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