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Takashi Uchiyama, Takashi Miura announce retirements

Former junior lightweight world titleholders Takashi Uchiyama and Takashi Miura, two of Japan’s best fighters in recent years, announced their retirements from boxing over the weekend. Both held 130-pound world titles simultaneously but never met in a unification bout, though it would have been a big fight in Japan and a rematch of two strong punchers who were regularly in entertaining fights. Uchiyama stopped Miura in the eighth round of a title defense in January 2011. Miura would go on to win a world title in 2013. The 37-year-old Uchiyama…

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All Golf 

Weekly 18 — Why Jordan Spieth is the Tom Brady of golf

Since the watercooler at Weekly 18 headquarters is still focused on The Open a week later, we might as well begin there — and with a cross-sport comparison that needed a week to marinate. 1. I spent a lot of time over the past week trying to explain the differences between Jordan Spieth and other top players, notably Rory McIlroy — and I wound up finding an analogy from another sport. Go watch highlight tape of Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. They’re both very talented, obviously. They’re both uncommonly successful….

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All Cricket 

Mark Robinson invited to help coach England’s men after World Cup success

Mark Robinson has previously coached the men’s Lions teams England women’s World Cup-winning coaching team is to join up with the men’s side before the fourth Test against South Africa. Coach Mark Robinson and assistant Ali Maiden will work with Joe Root’s outfit on Wednesday, with the match at Old Trafford beginning on Friday. England’s women lifted the World Cup at Lord’s last Sunday after a thrilling victory over India in the final. The men have a 2-1 lead over South Africa with just one Test to play. They completed…

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All MLB 

Chicago Cubs giving World Series ring to Steve Bartman

Trying to finally put the “Bartman play” to rest, the Chicago Cubs have decided to award the beleaguered fan an official World Series ring. Steve Bartman, wearing glasses, headphones and a Cubs hat, reached out and deflected a foul ball along the left-field wall during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. Left-fielder Moises Alou jumped up and down in protest, thinking he could have caught the ball. The Cubs went on to squander a lead in that game as the Marlins tied the series and then lost Game 7 to…

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All Football 

Transfers – July 2017 – BBC Sport

Wayne Rooney has rejoined Everton on a two-year contract The summer transfer window is formally open as of 1 July, although many clubs have been arranging to sign players since the end of last season. Signings from June, plus any deals confirmed since the closure of the January transfer window, can be found on the June and spring 2017 editions of this page while you can see who each club has let go at the end of the 2016-17 season on our released player round-up. For all the latest rumours…

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All Cricket 

Keaton Jennings: Trevor Bayliss hints that Ashes opening berth is still wide open

Jennings has scored 112, 0, 1, 54, 8, 33, 0, 3, 0 and 48 in his 10 Test innings to date England coach Trevor Bayliss has hinted that Keaton Jennings is not yet secure of his place as Alastair Cook’s opening partner for this winter’s Ashes. Asked after Monday’s 239-run win over South Africa at The Oval if he had any “issues or worries” over who might partner Cook in the first Test at Brisbane in November, Bayliss told BBC Sport: “It could be two or three guys. “When we…

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All Tennis 

What John Isner can learn from Sam Querrey

12:39 PM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” John Isner won his second title in as many weeks in Atlanta on Sunday, a victory that boosted the 32-year-old up to No. 18 in the ATP rankings. With the win, Isner will also head the…

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All NFL 

Baltimore Ravens sign Josh Woodrum, waive David Olson; move won’t affect potential Colin Kaepernick move

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens made another move at quarterback, and it had nothing to do with Colin Kaepernick. The Ravens signed journeyman Josh Woodrum on Monday and waived David Olson, the Arena League quarterback who was added three days earlier. Woodrum will serve as the No. 3 quarterback behind Ryan Mallett and Dustin Vaughan until starter Joe Flacco returns from a back injury. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said Sunday that the team is still mulling whether to sign controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The Ravens’ locker room is…

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All Rugby 

Michael Bradley appointed head coach at Zebre

Bradley won 40 caps for Ireland between 1984 and 1995 Former Ireland scrum-half Michael Bradley has been named head coach of Italian side Zebre. The Parma-based Pro12 club are now under the control of the Italian Rugby Federation which announced 54-year-old Bradley’s appointment on Monday. Former Italy players Carlo Orlandi and Alessandro Troncon will be on the Irish man’s coaching staff. Bradley, who won 40 Ireland caps, began his coaching career with the country’s under-21 side in 2002. He coached Connacht between 2003 and 2010 and was Ireland’s interim head…

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All NBA 

How Africa Outreach USA brings new opportunity to Zimbabwe youth through basketball, other sports

As a boy in Zimbabwe, Gus Chikamba had very little. He made do. “I remember we could not afford a soccer ball, so we used to make soccer balls out of plastic, out of trash,” he said. “I think I first saw a basketball at the age of 14 when I went to boarding school.” Basketball was his ticket to opportunity. He played in high school and college in Zimbabwe and believes it kept him focused and too busy to get into trouble, unlike some of his friends. “They did…

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