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Brees hurt as Saints fall to Rams in NFL grudge match

  LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AFP) — Another officiating insult was nothing compared to the hand injury to quarterback Drew Brees on Sunday as the New Orleans Saints fell 27-9 to the Los Angeles Rams in an NFL playoff rematch. Rams …

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Kobe: US Dream Team days are over

BEIJING, China (AFP) — Kobe Bryant leapt to the defence of the United States basketball team after their failed World Cup campaign, saying on Friday: “The days of the 1992 Barcelona ‘Dream Team’ are gone.” A Team USA missing their …

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‘No regrets’ but US suffer second loss in as many days at World Cup

  DONGGUAN, CHINA (AFP) — Deposed champions the United States lost 94-89 to Serbia in a dead-rubber at the Basketball World Cup on Thursday, a day after surrendering their 13-year unbeaten run. A young Team USA made up of second-tier …

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Recriminations begin as Team USA’s long basketball run ends

DONGGUAN, China (AFP) — Coach Gregg Popovich deflected talk about his missing megastars after Team USA’s glorious run in major competition came to a juddering halt on Wednesday at the hands of France. The US lost to Greece in the …

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USARL All-star game thrives in Tampa

  By Joseph Duarte EBC Florida bureau TAMPA, FL (Eagle News) — Excitement filled the atmosphere as the USA Rugby League All-Star game showcased the best rugby players in the South and North conferences. Players gathered for one last showdown …

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Orphan goes from sniffing ‘Rugby’ glue to playing for the Philippines

    By Joshua Melvin Agence France-Presse MANILA (AFP) — Long before Lito Ramirez was one of the Philippines’ first homegrown rugby stars he was a six-year-old orphan addicted to sniffing glue, who survived on trash and begging. If there …

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NBA banning ‘ninja-style’ headbands – report

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — The NBA will bar players from wearing “ninja-style” headbands next season amid safety concerns, ESPN reported on Monday. Several players including All-Star Jimmy Butler sported the headgear last season, a band of fabric tied …

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Medvedev debuts in ATP top four after US Open final agony

  (AFP) — Daniil Medvedev climbed to a career high of fourth in the ATP rankings on Monday after a remarkable six-week hardcourt run in North America that culminated with an agonising five-set loss to Rafael Nadal in the US …

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Nadal wins 19th Slam title by edging five-set US Open thriller

  By Jim Slater Agence France-Presse Delivering one of his most dramatic major final performances, Rafael Nadal captured his 19th career Grand Slam title Sunday by winning his fourth US Open, outlasting Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4. …

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MVP Antetokounmpo and Greece fall to US at World Cup

SHENZHEN, China (AFP) — NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was unable to save Greece as holders the United States reached the Basketball World Cup quarter-finals with a 69-53 win on Saturday. In front of a capacity 12,000 crowd in the southern …

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Favorite Nadal into US Open semis as Berrettini wins thriller

By Martyn Wood Agence France-Presse NEW YORK (AFP) — Rafael Nadal will play Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the US Open semi-finals after the 18-time Grand Slam champion defeated Argentine 20th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. Second seed Nadal — …

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Djokovic: ‘life goes on’ as injury wrecks US Open defense

by Martyn WOOD NEW YORK, United States (AFP ) — Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic said “life goes on” after a shoulder injury forced him to quit Sunday’s clash with Stan Wawrinka in the last 16 of the US Open. …

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