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Baseball Hall of Fame to stop using Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo logo, starting with Jim Thome plaque

When Jim Thome is enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, his plaque will not feature the Chief Wahoo logo that the Cleveland Indians have displayed on team caps since 1947, it was announced Wednesday. Thome, who spent 13 of his 22 seasons with the Indians, said last month that he did not want the logo on his plaque. “I think it’s the right thing to do,” Thome said Feb. 4. “I need to have a conversation with the Hall of Fame because of all the history and…

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San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili says he’s not expecting injured forward Kawhi Leonard to return this season

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs continue to operate under the assumption that star forward Kawhi Leonard will not return over the final 11 games of the regular season. Leonard showed up at the AT&T Center for the team’s annual picture, but wasn’t present minutes later when the Spurs took part in their shootaround ahead of Wednesday’s matchup against the Washington Wizards. “He is not coming back,” veteran guard Manu Ginobili said. “For me, he’s not coming back because it’s not helping [to think Leonard is returning]. We fell…

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NHL GMs vote to take goalie interference reviews away from referees

1:59 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN General managers have recommended that video reviews for goaltender interference via coach challenges should be decided by the NHL situation room rather than by on-ice officials, who have made the final call since the challenges began in 2015. The rule change will require approval by the NHL board of governors and the NHL/NHLPA competition committee, with the goal to have it implemented before the Stanley Cup playoffs begin in April. As part of its decision to take the final say away from on-ice officials, the…

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Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, John Isner among U.S. Davis Cup picks for Belgium

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, John Isner, Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson have been picked for the U.S. Davis Cup team that will face Belgium in the quarterfinals next month in Nashville, Tennessee. The U.S. Tennis Association announced captain Jim Courier’s roster Wednesday. Belgium’s team hasn’t been made public yet. Sock is the highest-ranked American man at No. 11 this week, with Querrey 14th and Isner 17th. The matches will be played on a hard court at Belmont University from April 6-8. The winner will face Croatia…

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State of Tiger Woods’ game ahead of Masters PGA Tour ESPN golf

The competition part of the preparation plan is complete, and it could not have — short of a victory — gone any better. Tiger Woods would have taken it “in a heartbeat” had he been presented with his recent body of work in December, back before anyone could predict what this latest comeback would entail. World Ranking Days ’til Augusta 105 15 Bay Hill: Fairways hit Greens hit Finish 34 of 56 45 of 72 T-5 (-10) Innisbrook Resort: Fairways hit Greens hit Finish 31 of 52 48 of 72…

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Jorge Linares-Vasyl Lomachenko fight finalized for May 12 at Madison Square Garden

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has certainly had his well-chronicled battles with Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions and HBO Sports boss Peter Nelson, but they were able to put their considerable differences aside, at least momentarily, and get one of the premier fights in boxing finalized: lightweight world champion Jorge Linares against junior lightweight titlist and pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko. The fight, which will take place on May 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York and headline a Top Rank ESPN card (ESPN and ESPN Deportes,…

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FA Cup semi-finals: Manchester United v Tottenham live on BBC

Tottenham have been playing their home games at Wembley this season as they complete building of their new ground The FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Tottenham will be broadcast live on BBC One on Saturday, 21 April. Spurs made the last four for a second successive season with victory at Swansea on Saturday, while 12-time winners United beat Brighton. The tie, which will be played at Wembley, kicks off at 17:15 BST. BBC Radio 5 live has commentary of that game, as well as the other tie, Chelsea…

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Concussion in cricket: Replacements added to laws for 2018 county season

The ECB says their research has shown “an average of around 15-20 incidents in first and second team cricket during each of the last few seasons” Concussion replacements will be available for the first time in English county cricket during the 2018 season. As a result of a new law, teams will be able to replace a player who has concussion or a suspected concussion. The substitute will be eligible to bat and bowl in the game, but the new player must be deemed a “like for like” replacement by…

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Australian Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo eyes Red Bull statement of intent

Daniel Ricciardo has twice finished third in the drivers’ championship (2014 and 2016) Australian Grand Prix on the BBC Dates: 23-25 March. Circuit: Albert Park Coverage: Practice sessions online-only; Qualifying and race on BBC Radio 5 live. Live text commentary, leaderboard and imagery on BBC Sport website and app. Daniel Ricciardo wants Red Bull to provide a title-winning statement of intent at this weekend’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Last year’s championship was largely contested between Mercedes and Ferrari but hopes are high for a three-way title battle this season. Red…

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Franco Marais: Gloucester sign Sharks hooker for start of 2018-19 season

Franco Marais helped South Africa win the World Under-20 Championship in 2012 Gloucester have agreed a deal to sign South African hooker Franco Marais for next season. The 25-year-old currently plays for the Sharks in Super Rugby, but will move to Kingsholm in the summer. “He’s a player that has captured a lot of attention in Super Rugby with his work at the set-piece. “And he is excited to be part of what we’re hoping to achieve here at Gloucester moving forward,” said director of rugby David Humphreys. Full details…

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