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Reds Zack Cozart expects Joey Votto to come through on donkey pledge

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The Cincinnati Reds' Zack Cozart is going to his first All-Star Game after being voted in by fans as the starting shortstop. But why a donkey, of all things? Cozart told ESPN ( via the Houston Chronicle ) on Sunday how this all started: He and his son regularly visit a place near the Reds' spring training complex in Arizona and feed the donkeys. Read More »

Real Madrid star issues threat to chairman, wants Man United transfer

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Despite his affection for the club where he rose through the youth ranks, Morata is understood to be desperate for more regular first-team action, particularly with the World Cup coming up at the end of the 2017/18 campaign. A report from Spanish publication Diario Gol claims that while Perez would be fine with Rodriguez staying at the club for another season if no bids were to arrive, Zidane is against the idea and would prefer to offload him. Read More »

Statement from Ali Fahour

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Fahour was red carded and will face the National Football League tribunal on Wednesday night. A witness on the sideline said Fahour, representing West Preston-Lakeside, ran in unprovoked from "40 or 50 metres" to land a crushing right hook that left Whittlesea footballer Dale Saddington on the ground. Read More »

Adidas and United launch new 2017/18 home kit

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The new design features a minimalist, sophisticated look which pays homage to some of the classic kits from the past, at the same time as being at the forefront of technical sportswear design with technical, breathable fabrics and mesh engineering. Read More »

Portugal beats Mexico in extra time for Confed Cup 3rd place

Silva then struck his first worldwide goal after a handball inside the box on 104 minutes, while both sides finished with 10 men as Nelson Semedo was dismissed for Portugal before Raul Jimenez saw red for Mexico. Hernandez's cross from the byline floated beyond Carlos Vela and Patricio, with Zenit St Petersburg centre-back Neto unwittingly turning the ball home. Read More »

Confederations Cup: Portugal beat Mexico to finish third

Or maybe that's what they wanted us to think? It's the second time the European champions are playing in Moscow at the Confed Cup, having beaten hosts Russia at Spartak Stadium in the group stage, while Mexico are playing in the Russian capital for the first time at the 2017 Tournament of Champions. Read More »

NSW to sweat of Frizell's Origin fitness

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Cordner won't have played a game since the Origin II loss on June 21, but has had two light running sessions on an AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill in recent days, which acts as a weight-bearing tool to rehab quicker. Jack de Belin, in camp as 18th man and cover for Frizell and Cordner, has also been cleared of a serious calf complaint by the Dragons. The Blues need all the help they can get for the decider: in 10 attempts, they've snagged the win just twice in series deciders north of the Tweed. Read More »

After conquering Pacquiao, Horn lines up Mayweather

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Given no chance by most observers, the 29-year-old Horn's ultra-aggressive style rocked Pacquiao, with the three judges scoring the fight 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 to the Australian after 12 rounds. However Horn refused to go down, especially in the ninth round when the referee was on the verge of stopping the fight due to the punishment he was receiving. Read More »

Kyle Lowry's new deal with Raptors worth $100 million Dollars

And then there was also the gut-check aspect - just what I was feeling in my heart. "At the end of the day, this was an easy decision", Lowry said in a post on The Players Tribune . Heads turned around the league when Toronto signed Lowry to a four-year, $48 million contract three years ago. Overall, it's not a bad deal for either side. Read More »

Andy Murray and wife expecting baby number two

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However, he will not write off his three major rivals with whom he has shared all the Wimbledon titles since his maiden triumph in 2003. There were doubts whether the world number one would even begin his campaign at the All England Club after he was unable to practise for two days because of a hip problem. Read More »

Knicks telling teams they're still hoping to trade Carmelo Anthony

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While Melo's willingness to waive his no-trade clause is good news, the Cavs front office would certainly prefer for Anthony to be granted a contract buyout, which would allow him to get out of his current two-year, $54 million contract. Even at 33 years old, he can still be a lethal scorer, especially if paired with facilitators such as Paul and James Harden in Houston or James in Cleveland. Read More »

Smoak Named to All-Star Team

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Smoak is batting.300 with 22 home runs and 52 RBIs in 79 games with the Toronto Blue Jays. Smoak is now hitting.303 and has a career-high 22 home runs and 52 RBIs. It's pretty impressive. To be honest, you don't see that too often. Helped, no doubt, by a heavy promotional effort by the Jays over the past couple of weeks, Smoak surged late in the fan voting, surpassing Kansas City's Eric Hosmer. Read More »

Bulls sign Justin Holiday to 2-year, $9M deal

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Holiday was originally acquired in a trade involving Kirk Hinrich at the 2015-16 trade deadline, playing 27 games for the Bulls and shooting 43 percent from 3-point range in the small sample size. In his National Basketball Association career, he has averaged 5.7 points per game in stops with the Warriors, 76'ers, Hawks, Bulls, and Knicks . Holiday, 28, averaged 7.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for the New York Knicks last season. Read More »

North Korean boat with potential defectors intercepted in South Korean waters

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A small boat carrying five North Korean citizens crossed the maritime border into South Korean waters on July 1 in what appeared to be an attempt to flee the regime of Kim Jong-un , APA reports quoting Sputnik. In 1987, a family of 11 North Koreans fled by sea to South Korea. In 2002, 21 North Koreans crowded into a boat to defect to the South. The official daily Rodong Sinmum said in a commentary that the new South Korean government "suffered mental pressure from the USA even before ... Read More »

Taj Gibson agrees to two-year, $28 million deal with Timberwolves

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The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired Gibson from the Bulls at the trade deadline last season. "He not only embraces the role that you ask him to play, he stars in it". "You ask him to come off the bench, he's got a great motor and can come off the bench", Thibodeau said in April. "He's one of those guys, it doesn't take him five minutes to warm up". Read More »

Marcus Johansson traded to Devils from Capitals

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With teams nearly certainly aware of Washington's bleak salary cap picture, the Capitals had little leverage in dealing a skilled 26-year-old top-six forward within the Metropolitan Division. He added two goals and eight points in 13 playoff games. "The 6'1", 209-pound forward has earned 290 points (102 goals, 188 assists) in 501 career National Hockey League games with the Capitals. Read More »

Kristaps Porzingis isn't 'going anywhere,' Jeff Hornacek says

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The Knicks, under Jackson, discussed trades involving Porzingis, 21, with several teams, including the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns , before the June 22 NBA Draft. At the Chicago combine, a month after the incident, Hornacek admitted Porzingis hasn't returned his texts. In 2017-18, New York Knicks will give Kristaps Porzingis the opportunity to endure the adversity that they attempted to protect him from in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Read More »

Stanley wins Quicken Loans playoff for first triumph since 2012

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The duo started the final day four shots off the lead but both shot four-under par rounds of 66 in Maryland to finish tied for the lead at seven under par. "I really can't believe how good I played", Howell said. A birdie-filled 65 lifted Rickie Fowler in to a share of third spot with Scotland's Martin Laird, with overnight leader David Lingmerth one of eight players a further stroke back on four under. Read More »

Cavaliers re-sign Korver for 3 years, $22 million

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A report by National Basketball Association analyst Shams Charania states that this is a three-year deal worth $22 million for Korver . Now the Cleveland Cavaliers rumors can continue to focus on trying to pry Carmelo Anthony away from the New York Knicks . Read More »

Mexico vs. Portugal in Confederations Cup third-place match

Every title is special but this [combination of players] makes it really extraordinary. "Now we can all go on holiday - and even take the trophy with us", he added with a grin. Chile expected starting XI: Bravo; Isla , Medel , Jara, Beausejour; Aranguiz, Diaz, Hernández, Vidal; Vargas, Sanchez. Alexis Sanchez pounced on it, but Antonio Rüdiger did enough to make his shot hard. Read More »

Brendan Rodgers hails "excellent" Jonny Hayes

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BRENDAN Rodgers last night expressed confidence that Stuart Armstrong, the Scotland midfielder who was one of his outstanding performers last season, will commit his long-term future to Celtic and sign a new contract. 'He's definitely someone I'll be looking to do something with. "I wanted to put talks on the back-burner towards the end of last season. He'll be around for another few years yet". Read More »

Jose Mourinho wants to keep Matteo Darmian at Manchester United

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The Italian full-back has struggled to cement a place in the first-team under Jose Mourinho and speculation continues to surround his Old Trafford future, with Inter Milan and Juventus both linked with the defender. He will be looking for more regular game time as he looks to be part of Italy's squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation and his performances have definitely been a step in the right direction. Read More »

Portugal took third place at the confederations Cup

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The Mexicans were gifted the opening goal nine minutes into the second-half as Hernandez drilled a shot at goal, which Luis Neto was only able to turn into the back of his own net. Gelson Martins had been one of Santos' more lively attackers and he nearly broke the deadlock in fine style just after the break, latching onto a clever chip from Andre Silva before volleying just wide of the left-hand post . Read More »

Montreal Canadiens ink trio of depth signings

The six-foot-three 219-pounder, who turns 29 in September, signed for more than $23 million. The Devils inked centre Brian Boyle to a US$5.1-million, two-year deal while the Hurricanes signed veteran forward Justin Williams to a $9-million, two-year contract. Read More »

Serge Ibaka responds to claims that he's older than his listed age

Raptors president Masai Ujiri said that one of the reasons they traded for Ibaka instead of waiting for free agency was that he and the team "need a training camp (together)". ESPN first reported the terms of the Ibaka deal. It's a minor detail on the surface, but for a cap-strapped team like the Raptors it matters greatly. Read More »