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Sam Warburton: Wales and Lions flanker ‘completely surprised’ by OBE

Wales and British and Irish Lions rugby union star Sam Warburton says he had no inkling that he would be awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List. The 29-year-old Cardiff Blues flanker, who has won 74 caps for Wales, said he would look forward to his trip to Buckingham Palace to receive the honour. Warburton is currently sidelined after having knee surgery, while he is also recovering from a neck problem, and confirmed he would probably not play again this season. *Available to UK users only Source link

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Next wave of NFL head coaches 2017

Note: This story was originally published on December 6. There’s about a 25 percent chance your NFL team is going to have a new coach next season. I don’t know who your team is, but we’re just looking at the numbers here. Last year, six teams changed head coaches. This year, league sources expect that number to possibly fall in the range of eight or even more. That’d be at least a quarter of the NFL. The Giants were the first team to fire their coach, which means firing-and-hiring season…

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All Tennis 

Samantha Stosur loses in first round at Brisbane International; Andy Murray nears return

BRISBANE, Australia — Australian Samantha Stosur‘s year ended on a sour note after she was bundled out of her home state tournament by Anastasija Sevastova in the first round of the Brisbane International on Sunday. Stosur, the former US Open champion and French Open finalist, had opportunities against her 27-year-old Latvian opponent in the first set, but was completely outplayed by the seventh-seeded Sevastova in the second set to be eliminated 6-1, 6-3. It wasn’t a good day for world No. 8 Caroline Garcia, either, after she retired in her…

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Australia beats Canada to open Hopman Cup campaign

PERTH, Australia — Daria Gavrilova and Thanasi Kokkinakis each won their singles matches to give Australia a perfect start to its mixed-team Hopman Cup campaign against Canada at Perth Arena on Sunday. Gavrilova claimed a 6-1, 6-4 win over Eugenie Bouchard, before Kokkinakis wrapped up the Group A tie for Australia by beating world No.108 Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 3-6. 6-3 in the men’s singles rubber. The Canadian team responded in the mixed doubles, winning 4-3 (1), 4-3 (4) in the Fast4 format to gain some consolation. From the outset, world…

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All Football 

Ashley Young: Man Utd full-back charged with violent conduct after clash with Dusan Tadic

Young scored twice at his former club Watford last month Manchester United’s Ashley Young has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association. Young, 32, appeared to strike Dusan Tadic of Southampton with an elbow in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. The incident was not spotted by referee Craig Pawson and Young has until 17:00 GMT on Sunday to respond to the charge. Young, who joined United from Aston Villa in June 2011, returned to the England squad last month after a four-year international absence. Source link

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Kai Horstmann: Exeter Chiefs back-row forward to retire

Kai Horstmann (second right) scored two tries in 17 league appearances as Exeter won the Premiership title last season Exeter Chiefs back-row forward Kai Horstmann will retire from playing at the end of the season. The 36-year-old, who moved to Sandy Park from Worcester in the summer of 2012, has not featured in the Premiership so far this season. “It’s probably the right time, even though I’d like to think I have a few years left in me,” the Zimbabwe-born player told the club website. Horstmann is set to take…

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All Cricket 

Dawid Malan set to cover for Ben Stokes in England ODI squad

Malan averaged 45 from seven innings after four matches of the Ashes series Batsman Dawid Malan is set to be added to the England one-day squad for the series in Australia, as all-rounder Ben Stokes will not fly out with the group. Stokes, 26, was arrested in September on suspicion of actual bodily harm after an incident outside a nightclub. Although named in the Ashes and ODI squads, he was told he would not be selected until the issue was resolved. As he continues to await any possible Crown Prosecution…

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Ashes: Moeen Ali still part of England’s best team – Jonny Bairstow

Moeen has taken only three wickets in the Ashes series and averages 19 with the bat Fifth Ashes Test, Australia v England Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground Dates: 4-8 January Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website. All-rounder Moeen Ali is still “absolutely” part of England’s best side, says wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. The 30-year-old has struggled in the Ashes series, taking only three wickets with his off-spin…

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All NBA 

76ers vs. Nuggets – Game Recap – December 30, 2017

DENVER — With Joel Embiid in a different city entirely, the Philadelphia 76ers got a spark from an unlikely source. Jerryd Bayless scored all of his 14 points in a key stretch in the second half, and the 76ers rallied from 13 down to beat the Denver Nuggets 107-102 on Saturday night. Dario Saric had 20 points and nine rebounds and keyed a second-half run, JJ Redick had 18 points and Robert Covington had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Philadelphia played without Embiid, their star center, who flew directly from…

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Utah Jazz fans serenade LeBron James on birthday as Cleveland Cavaliers’ struggles continue

SALT LAKE CITY — The Cleveland Cavaliers closed out the 2017 portion of their season with four losses in their past five games, thanks to a 104-101 defeat at the hands of the Utah Jazz on Saturday, and LeBron James celebrated his 33rd birthday by losing for the seventh straight time in Utah. “This trip? The trip was trash,” James said, summing up the Cavs’ winless jaunt against the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and Jazz. “We went 0-3. It’s a trash trip.” The current state of the Cavs caused…

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