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Fernando Alonso: McLaren driver ‘surprised’ by criticism

Alonso will start the Italian Grand Prix from the back of the grid as a result of Honda fitting a new, upgraded engine to his car in first practice McLaren’s Fernando Alonso says he is “surprised” by claims he retired a healthy car at the Belgian Grand Prix. The Spaniard emphasised the ways he had shown his commitment to McLaren despite an uncompetitive and unreliable car. He said: “It seems people forgot I have been racing here for three years and fighting [at the back of the grid]. “I gave…

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All Cycling 

Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome crashes twice as his overall lead is cut

Tomasz Marczynski claimed his maiden Grand Tour win on stage six Briton Chris Froome crashed twice and saw his lead cut by 20 seconds in the Vuelta a Espana as Tomasz Marczynski claimed a solo victory on stage 12. Team Sky rider Froome fell on a downhill section in the last 6km of the 160.1km route from Motril to Antequera. The incident allowed second-placed Italian Vincenzo Nibali to make up time on Froome, who leads by 59 seconds. Poland’s Marczynski led with 21.5km to go and won by 52 seconds…

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All Boxing 

Pound-for-pound rankings – Terence Crawford makes a move

Who is the world’s best fighter, regardless of weight class? Check out ESPN’s latest top 10. Don’t forget to check out Dan Rafael’s divisional rankings, which are updated weekly. For a list of the current champions in all weight classes, click here. Note: Results are through Aug. 31 THE PANEL: Dan Rafael, Teddy Atlas, Joe Cortez, Bernardo Pilatti, Eric Raskin, Nick Parkinson, Claudia Trejos, Carlos Narvaez, Nigel Collins and Salvador Rodriguez. The rankings are based on a descending points system, with a first-place vote receiving 10 points, a second-place vote…

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All Football 

Alexis Sanchez: Manchester City make improved £60m bid for Arsenal forward

Sanchez made his first appearance of the season in Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat by Liverpool on Sunday Manchester City have made an improved second bid of around £60m for Arsenal’s Chile forward Alexis Sanchez. The Gunners have already rejected a £50m bid from City for the player. Sanchez, 28, who scored 24 league goals last season, is out of contract next summer and wants to play for City manager Pep Guardiola. Arsenal have rebuffed all approaches for Sanchez, and would like City’s Raheem Sterling as part of any deal before Thursday’s…

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All Tennis 

Caroline Wozniacki says it is unfair she had to play on outer court while unseeded Maria Sharapova got top billing

After losing to unranked Ekaterina Makarova in the second round of the US Open, No. 5 seed Caroline Wozniacki alluded to it being unfair she had to play somewhere other than Arthur Ashe Stadium while unranked Maria Sharapova, who advanced to the third round, was able to play on that court Wednesday. After knocking off No. 2 seed Simona Halep in the first round, Maria Sharapova needed three sets to shake off Timea Babos and reach the third round of the US Open. “I think putting out a schedule where…

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All NFL 

How do the suspensions of Vontaze Burfict, Adam Jones affect depth chart? – Cincinnati Bengals Blog

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals will officially begin their season without Vontaze Burfict or Adam Jones. Burfict will sit out three games after the league suspended him for violations of player safety, while Jones will miss the season opener on a suspension related to the personal conduct policy. The Bengals will turn to a familiar face to replace Burfict, while the replacement for Jones could be someone new. Vincent Rey will slide into Burfict’s role, as he has for the last two seasons. Burfict missed the first six games of…

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All MMA 

Conor McGregor toasts Floyd Mayweather, laments lack of training time

MMA star Conor McGregor broke his silence on social media Thursday by raising a toast to his fans, his team and even Floyd Mayweather, regretting only that he didn’t have more time to prepare for his fight against the now-retired boxer. “Just coming back around after a whirlwind couple of days,” McGregor posted on Instagram. “… It truly was an amazing and enjoyable camp, and honestly I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under…

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