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Boris Diaw officially retired from basketball on Thursday. His NBA career effectively came to a close last summer, when the French forward signed a deal to go back home and play for the Levallois Metropolitans (formerly Paris-Levallois).

Diaw spent 14 years in the NBA with the Hawks, Suns, Hornets, and Spurs before helping a young Utah Jazz team to its first playoff appearance since Jerry Sloan. His career included being named the 2006 NBA Most Improved Player of the Year and an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.

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For the past two years, Nike has kept Colin Kaepernick on the bench despite an endorsement partnership that dates back to 2011. In 2016, Kaepernick started using his platform as an NFL player to protest the extrajudicial killing of unarmed African Americans by police officers, among other tentacles of racism that reach American society. Kaepernick’s protest made him hugely controversial, and during the past two years, Nike hasn’t used the former 49ers quarterback as a spokesman even though he was under contract. Nike knows how to market an NFL quarterback, but even its politically outspoken athletes have tended to be known for their on-field achievements first.

Nevertheless, on Monday, Nike introduced Kaepernick as the face of its 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, kicking off a new deal worth millions of dollars, comparable to the most lucrative deals Nike gives out to NFL players. The Oregon-based sportswear giant will not only use Kaepernick as a pitchman and style icon, but
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sell Kaepernick-branded apparel. This news comes at a time when even the memory of Kaepernick’s football career is fading.
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Juventus produced the outstanding piece of business to stun European football during the summer with the blockbuster signing of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, and the Serie A champions “can only benefit” from the attacker’s signing, according to Miralem Pjanic.

The Bosnian midfielder claims that his side are “very happy” with Ronaldo’s arrival in Turin, speaking to Juventus TV, and believes that the iconic forward will be a huge influence for the Italian giants.
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World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will fight on Sky Sports Box Office for at least another three years after signing a new deal with promoter Matchroom.


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Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed a deal with the Spanish tax authorities to plead guilty to tax fraud, resulting in a two-year suspended prison sentence, according to the Associated Press (h/t Sky Sports ).

Ronaldo, who left Real Madrid to sign for Serie A giants Juventus earlier this summer, will also be expected to pay a fine of as much as €19 million (£16.9 million).

The deal still needs to be rubber-stamped before a plea is entered and payment made. Things are expected to be made official in days, per the report.

The charges against Ronaldo date back as far as 2011, with the prolific forward accused of fraudulent action totalling €14.7 million, per the report.
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Real Madrid 's world has been turned upside down this summer with the departure of manager Zinedine Zidane and star player Cristiano Ronaldo. Not since the iconic Alfredo Di Stefano—a man who scored in every one of the club's five consecutive European Cup final victories—was ushered out the back door in 1964 have they experienced as much turmoil with their team.

Nobody imagined Zidane—who coached the club to their third UEFA Champions League title on the bounce in May—would leave. It seems he didn't have the stomach to renovate an ageing squad, which floundered domestically last season, finishing 17 points adrift of Barcelona in the race for La Liga.

Of the team that lined up against Liverpool in Kiev, Ukraine, five of their key players—the disruptive Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Ronaldo and his great foil, Karim Benzema—are all the wrong side of 30.
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NBA league officials don’t believe open playoff seeding -- that is, seeding the top 16 teams in the playoffs regardless of conference -- is important enough to offset the added travel it would create for Eastern Conference teams. (Along those lines, be sure to check out some really interesting research from Sebastian Pycior at Nylon Calculus on how adopting the 2-3-2 format would counteract those travel impacts. You may remember that I recently called for using 2-3-2 for this purpose -- I had no idea it would save that much travel.)

There’s no question the NBA could figure out how to switch to open seeding with minimal impact if the league wanted to do it. The problem is that the league doesn’t want to do it. Something could change Adam Silver and his staff’s mind, though. Something that could happen this year.

What if LeBron James and the Lakers miss the NBA playoffs because of a stacked Western Conference while one or more markedly worse teams make the playoffs out of the East?
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What then?
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Raptors President Masai Ujiri apolgoizes to DeMar DeRozan for "gap of miscommunication" regarding trade, thanks him for his contributions to Toronto.
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Liverpool have made a fresh bid of £66.8m to sign Brazil international goalkeeper Alisson from Roma and are confident of agreeing a deal, according to Sky in Italy.
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France were in trouble despite leading against Croatia in the World Cup final but a couple of moments of genius from Pogba and Mbappe did the trick
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Eden Hazard cast fresh doubt over his Chelsea future as the Belgium star appeared to confirm his interest in replacing Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.
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Real Madrid comfirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo agreed to join Italian club Juventus for a fee rumoured to be around 100M Euros. The Portuguese winger joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 for a then world record 94M Euros. During these 9 years he scored 450 goals in 438 appearances and made 119 assists. He played a vital role in Real Madrid's 2 La Liga titles (2011-2012, 2016-2017), 4 UEFA Champions League (2013-2014, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018), 3 FIFA Club World Cup (2014, 2016, 2017) and 2 Copa del Rey (2010-2011, 2013-2014). Individually he won 4 Ballon D'ors and 3 Golden Shoes.
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Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene claims Sebastian Vettel "fought like a lion" to shrug off neck pain and win a memorable British GP.
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Croatia won a penalty-kick shootout 4-3, cementing the nation's first berth in the World Cup semifinals since 1998 after a thrilling 2-2 draw. Domagoj Vida's 100th-minute header had Croatia leading in extra time, but Mario Fernandes's header in the 115th pulled Russia back level and forced penalty kicks as the two sides battled for a place in the semis.

Read more at: https://www.si.com/soccer/2018/07/07/russia-croatia-world-cup-goals-video-highlights-modric-mandzukic-golovin
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The Three Lions got the better of Colombia in their last-16 encounter through a penalty shootout, earning the praise of their royal family
Prince William has expressed his pride in the England team after they knocked Colombia out of the World Cup.

The Three Lions beat Los Cafeteros in the last 16 thanks to a 4-3 penalty shootout win after the two sides played out a 1-1 draw in Moscow on Tuesday.

A Harry Kane penalty gave England the lead in the second half and they looked certain to win until the dying seconds of normal time, when Yerry Mina headed in an equaliser.
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A last-minute goal Nacer Chadli capped a remarkable fightback for Belgium as they dumped Japan out of the World Cup in thrilling, not to mention historic, fashion.
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Lebron James agrees to sign a 4-year/$154M deal with Los Angeles Lakers.
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Edinson Cavani scored twice as Uruguay booked a quarter-final date with France and sent Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal home after a 2-1 win in Sochi.

Cavani opened the scoring just seven minutes into the keenly-fought contest when he finished off a stunning cross-field one-two with Luis Suarez.

Pepe equalised with a towering 55th-minute header but Cavani hit back with a stylish first-time strike (62) to send Oscar Tabarez's men through to the last eight for the first time since 2010.

Ronaldo, thwarted at set-pieces and restricted to potshots, struggled to inspire the European champions and bows out of the tournament on the same day as La Liga rival Lionel Messi, two headline acts whose World Cup time may be up.
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Kylian Mbappe stars, Paul Pogba at his best and Lionel Messi misses out. We bring you the talking points from a World Cup thriller in Kazan...

France are through to the last eight of the World Cup after a 4-3 victory over Argentina, which swung in three different directions over an enthralling 90 minutes.

It's the end of the road for some in the Argentine set-up, but for France, the world stage brought out the best in Mbappe and co.
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LeBron James will not pick up his player option with the Cavaliers and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to ESPN and multiple reports.
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An almost unprecedented failure to advance to the latter stages was greeted with mourning by the German press
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When I think about VAR, I think about a chaotic 5-minute period in Australia's opening World Cup group match against France.

In the second half of the match: A tackle. On first glance an incredible piece of defending. Josh Risdon with a perfectly timed slide on a surging Antoine Griezmann. Risdon seemed to clip the ball, stopping what could have been a clear goal scoring opportunity for France. Happy times.

But no.

Enter the Video Assistant Referee, better known as VAR, a new system whereby four officials -- with the assistance of video footage from 33 different cameras -- communicate directly with the on-field referee. In this case, VAR overruled the decision. The verdict: Risdon's tackle was not a fair one. It appeared as though Risdon made contact with the ball, but he didn't. We were unsure if Risdon actually clipped Griezmann, but he did.

Risdon had committed a foul. France now had a penalty, which they promptly scored.

Read more at: https://www.cnet.com/news/world-
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Argentina squeezed into the World Cup last 16 after Marcos Rojo's fine late volley gave them a 2-1 win over Nigeria in St Petersburg.

With Nigeria heading through in Group D with four minutes remaining, the Manchester United defender popped up to convert Mercado's cross and send Jorge Sampaoli's side through in dramatic fashion.
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France topped Group C while Denmark secured qualification to the last 16 of the World Cup with a dour 0-0 draw on Tuesday.

With Peru beating Australia in the other final Group C game, neither side overexerted themselves in Nizhny Novgorod, with the crowd regularly jeering the pedestrian nature of play.

The result brought the first goalless draw of the tournament in the 37th game, and France will now play their last 16 game in Kazan on Saturday against the second-placed side in Group D.
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Radja Nainggolan poses with Inter Milan shirt
Source: Official Instagram account of Inter

Inter Milan announced the signing of Belgian midfielder of As Roma Radja Nainggolan on a 4-year deal for a fee rumoured to be around 38 million euros. The 30 year-old midfielder joined AS Roma in 2014 and scored 33 goals in 203 appearances and helped them reach the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
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Joachim Low's side trailed 1-0 at half-time in their crucial clash with Sweden but managed to force a late winner in spite of Jerome Boateng's red
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World Cup Match Report for Argentina v Croatia on 21 June 2018, includes all goals and incidents. Have your say on the game in the comments.
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France beat Peru 1-0 thanks to a goal from Kylian Mbappe in the 37th minute and with 6 points advanced to the next round. Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest goalscorer in a major tournament at only 19 years and 183 days.

Earlier today Denmark draw 1-1 with Australia and they need a point against France in the last game of the group to advance.
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Carlos Sanchez was shown the second-fastest red card in World Cup history as Colombia slipped to a 2-1 defeat in their World Cup opener against Japan in Mordovia.

The Group H favourites suffered a nightmarish start to their campaign when Sanchez blocked Shinji Kagawa's shot with his arm after just two minutes and 56 seconds, prompting the referee to brandish the first straight red card for handball at a World Cup since Luis Suarez was sent off against Ghana in 2010.

Read more at: http://www.goal.com/en/match/colombia-v-japan/5fziks1z3ijc26z3y0f9l2i21
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The Mexico national team didn't look at all afraid of the reigning champion as it found success on a counter-attack and defended bravely to open group play with a win
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Croatia captain Luka Modric says Saturday's win over Nigeria gives the team plenty of confidence ahead of facing Leo Messi's Argentina next at the World Cup
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late free-kick to complete his first FIFA ZWorld Cup hat-trick and rescue a point for Portugal after a thrilling 3-3 draw against Spain. Diego Costa scored twice and Nacho Fernandez scored the 3rd spanish goal.
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It was said that Russia would struggle to make an impact at their own World Cup but thanks to the CSKA midfielder, the hosts are off to a flyer
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Spain's preparations for the World Cup have been thrown into disarray after they sacked head coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before their first match of the tournament against Portugal on Friday.
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Spain manager Julen Lopetegui will be the new Real Madrid manager adter the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup
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With their third championship in four years, Steph Curry and the Warriors cemented their place in NBA history with style and star power.
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After regularly losing to LeBron James in OKC, Kevin Durant has dominated with the Warriors. Flipping the script won't be easy for James.
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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is prepared to play for club rivals Manchester United in order to prove Pep Guardiola wrong.
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Manchester City have seen a €50 million bid for Jorginho knocked back, with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirming that the Premier League champions have been rebuffed.
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The Milwaukee Bucks are heading into 2018 looking poised to take the next step up the Eastern Conference hierarchy. They have a few goals to get them there.
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Zinedine Zidane has just stepped down as Real Madrid manager after 2,5 succesful years, during which he won 3 UEFA Champions League (2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018), 2 FIFA Club World Cup (2016, 2017), 2 UEFA Super Cup (2016, 2017), 1 La Liga (2016-2017) and 1 Supercopa de España (2017)
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Golden State won a battle of endurance against the top seed in the West to set up a fourth straight NBA Finals against Cleveland.
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The Splash Brothers came through for the Warriors with their season on the line, and the fun in this series shall continue for one more day.
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Real Madrid crowned european champions for a 3rd consecutive time and 13th overall, after beating Liverpool 3-1, thanks to goals from Benzema and Gareth Bale.
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Jayson Tatum stole the show, and Boston's defense stymied LeBron in the second half. Now the Celtics head back to Cleveland with a chance to end King James' Eastern Conference reign.
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Sebastian Vettel insists the Monaco GP is not "must-win" for him and Ferrari as they look to get their championship challenge back on track.
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The Houston Rockets faced a double-digit deficit not once, but twice, in the most feared arena this postseason. But defense and composure were the key ingredients to a pivotal Game 4 win that tied the Western Conference finals.
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have put up impressive numbers - in life and on the field - going into a fourth World Cup.
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Here's who Deschamps has decided to take to Russia.

What do you think about France's chances of winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
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Performances like Saturday's won't be forgiven much longer and United fans will soon turn on Mourinho if next season follow the same script as 2017-18
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In a truly sensational sequence of events, Eintracht Frankfurt boss Niko Kovac has guided the club to their first trophy by beating Bayern Munich, his next employers.
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Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has been voted as Juventus "MVP of the Year" by the club's fans.
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Boston overcame a double-digit deficit and a 42-point triple-double from LeBron James to take Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.
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Barcelona's hopes of obtaining 'Invincible' status came crashing to an end as Levante held on to secure a stunning 5-4 win at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia.
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Lewis Hamilton says he wants to deliver the "ultimate performance" and win the Spanish GP in style.
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Rafael Nadal opened his Madrid Open campaign with a dominant 6-3 6-1 victory against Gael Monfils to maintain his perfect clay court campaign this season.
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What did we learn from the five game series between the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans? Great players and great teams are still great.
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Philly was on a collision course with history. Until it ran into one of the best coaches in sports.
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Highlights of Real Madrid's trip to Barcelona in El Clasico.
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Sir Alex Ferguson is in a serious condition in hospital after suffering a brain haemorrhage on Saturday. The former Manchester United manager underwent emergency surgery for a bleed on the brain. This was said to have been successful and his family were at his bedside as he began his recovery.
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NEW ORLEANS — His poker face is always on.

That makes it tough to know what Rajon Rondo is thinking at any given time, what’s going on in that complex basketball brain of his in the heat of the moment. And that’s just the way the veteran point guard likes it.
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Barcelona has already won the league, and Real Madrid's place in the Champions League next season is secure, but there are still plenty of enticing aspects to the final Clasico of the season.
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(Picture's Source: Official Instagram account of the UEFA Champions League)

After eliminating Bayern Munich and Roma respectively, Real Madrid and Liverpool will meet again in a European Champion Club's Cup/Champions League for the first time since 1981! In 1981 Liverpool beat Real Madrid 1-0 and won their 3rd European Champion Club's Cup! Who will win this time? Real Madrid or Liverpool? Ronaldo, Modric and Ramos or Salah, Firmino and Mane? Who you got?
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Sadio Mane's early goal to break the deadlock against Roma saw the Senegal international write his name into the Champions League record books, alongside his two striking partners in crime.
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UEFA Champions League match R Madrid vs Bay Munich (1 May 2018). Preview and stats followed by live commentary, video highlights and match report.
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Al Horford was arguably Boston's best overall player all season and in the first-round win over the Bucks. Now he and the Celtics have to deal with the upstart 76ers.
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Despite Los Blancos' first half supremacy and two-goal cushion at half-time courtesy of Gareth Bale and Borja Mayoral, Los Legionarios were by far the better side during the second 45. 
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Golden State was in control from the outset, then hung on to eliminate San Antonio and perhaps put the finishing touches on an era.
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Ralf Rangnick is on Arsenal's list of candidates to replace Arsene Wenger as manager, Sky Sports News understands.
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Get a recap of the Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat basketball game.
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will step down from his role at the end of the season.
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The Philadelphia 76ers entered the postseason unproven but on a hot streak. They passed their first test with an impressive home win against the Miami Heat.
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Bayern Munich and Real Madrid meet again for a 3rd time in 4 years, while Liverpool faces Roma.

Full Schedule:

24/4 Liverpool-Roma
25/4 Bayern-Real Madrid

1/5 Real Madrid-Bayern
2/5 Roma-Liverpool

Who will advance to the Final?
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The champions came close to an embarrassing exit as they surrendered a three-goal lead and on this form, no side will fear them in the semi-finals
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The Portuguese continued his remarkable run of form with two goals, including a stunning second, as Los Blancos took a huge step to the semi-finals
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LeBron James broke Michael Jordan's mark for double-digit scoring in consecutive games, doing so for the 867th time Friday night with an emphatic first-quarter slam dunk against the visiting Pelicans.
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Highlights from the Wanda Metropolitano as Spain dismantled Argentina, thumping them 6-1 in their international friendly.
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The Spurs held a players-only meeting after Saturday night's victory over Minnesota to implore All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard to return to the lineup and help the team in its push for the playoffs, league sources told ESPN.
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Oklahoma star Trae Young is leaving for the NBA after a standout freshman season that ended with him leading the nation in scoring and assists.
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Lewis Hamilton says he has never driven a "perfect lap" in Formula 1 - and nor would he want to.
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Juventus and Real Madrid are meeting again in the knock out stage of the Champions League in a rematch of last year's final. After eliminating Tottenham Hotspur in Round of 16 Juventus will try to take revenge for the 1-4 loss in Cardiff, but the european champions know how to survive after big matches. They proved it in the previous round by knocking out Paris Saint Germain!

The other great match of the quarterfinals is the english battle between Liverpool and Manchester City. The Citizens are on the top of Premier League table and look like favorites, but Liverpool has the european mentality needed, to eliminate them. After all, they have eliminated 2 times an english club before, Chelsea!

Barcelona and Bayern Munich are big favorites against Roma and Sevilla respectively.

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PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis disrupted Sunday's Greek Super League match with AEK Athens after not agreeing with the disallowing of a goal.
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Marcus Rashford's Manchester United future has been the subject of much debate recently, but his match-winning performance in their 2-1 victory over Liverpool showed he still has an important role to play under Jose Mourinho…
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Chris Bosh opens up about how he's struggled without basketball in his life, how he's coped with the pain and how he hopes to get one more shot in the NBA.
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Cristiano Ronaldo hailed Real Madrid's performance as they swept aside Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals
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The Blaugrana are 27 games unbeaten now in the Primera Division and moved a step closer to the title thanks to the Argentine's fantastic free-kick
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American Christian Coleman produces a dominant display to claim gold over 60m at the World Indoor Athletics Championship.
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It may not be officially over but Arsenal are limping along on life support while coaches like Pep Guardiola demonstrate what's required at this level
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LeBron James clinched a triple-double average for the month of February on Tuesday. But he wasn't done rewriting the record books, as he also became the first player in NBA history to register more than 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists.
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A video game simulation seeks to answer the all-time, long-disputed question in basketball: Who wins between Michael Jordan and LeBron James?
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There will be plenty of concern in Paris with the Ligue 1 leaders set to face Real Madrid in the Champions League in 10 days
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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has told Goal it will be tough for the club to hold on to David de Gea if Real Madrid make a summer move for the star goalkeeper.
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Stephen Curry's 44 points on only 19 field goal attempts were necessary to defeat a Clippers team that wouldn't quite go away.
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We get it. It's an exhibition game. That's fine. We don't want injuries either. But is it too much to want some reasonably watchable basketball? We asked five of our NBA experts to dish on how to amp up the Sunday-night snoozer.
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Real Madrid, amid a testing 2017-18 campaign, are expected to overhaul their squad in the summer and will have a reported €600m budget at their disposal
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This made no sense to Ester Ledecka. Just simply couldn't be. Could. Not. Be. Which is why the part-time ski racer, part-time snowboarder from the Czech Republic stood so still, absolutely motionless and expressionless, for several moments after crossing the finish line in the Olympic super-G and seeing the numbers on a video board that appeared to show she was fast enough to be the gold medalist. Not merely any gold medalist, but one of the most unconventional and out-of-nowhere gold medalists in Alpine history.
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New Cavs Jordan Clarkson, George Hill, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood all contributed in a blowout win for LeBron James and Cleveland over Eastern Conference rival Boston.
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As Manchester United prepare to face Newcastle on Super Sunday, new signing Alexis Sanchez spoke exclusively to Thierry Henry for Sky Sports.
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Neymar is in, but does Cristiano Ronaldo make our Real Madrid vs PSG combined XI?
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The Cavaliers sent Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round pick to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.