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With a new trainer and sharpened focus, Adrien Broner ready to turn over a new leaf — again

Few have doubted Adrien Broner’s talent, but the former four-division world titleholder has too often not put himself in the best position to win his biggest fights. He has had countless issues outside of the ring — personal and legal, including a misdemeanor sexual battery charge and accompanying civil suit he currently faces — that have taken his focus and their toll. He has spent way too much time partying and he has not always taken training as seriously as he should. That fact is starkly illustrated by the fact…

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County Championship: Durham’s Aiden Markram goes for pair on debut against Kent

Aiden Markram scored two centuries in South Africa’s series win over Australia in March Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street (day one): Durham 91 & 13-1: Smith 8*; Henry 1-4 Kent 169: Kuhn 54; Weighell 3-29, Rimmington 3-39 Durham (4 points) trail Kent (4 points) by 65 runs with nine wickets remaining Scorecard Durham opener Aiden Markram was dismissed for a pair on his debut as 21 wickets fell on day one against Kent. The South Africa batsman twice fell to New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry, trapped…

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All Football 

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal must be bold in new manager search – Ivan Gazidis

Arsenal in a better place thanks to Wenger – Gazidis Arsenal need to be “open-minded, brave and bold” in their search to replace Arsene Wenger as manager, says chief executive Ivan Gazidis. The Frenchman will leave the club at the end of the season, bringing to an end his near 22-year reign as manager. Wenger, 68, won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002. “The most important thing is to make the right appointment – not a quick appointment,” said Gazidis. “The…

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All MLB 

Get ready for a Max Scherzer-Clayton Kershaw showdown

Friday night will provide a treat for baseball fans everywhere when the two best pitchers in the National League — Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw— share the mound in a Nationals-Dodgers series opener at Dodger Stadium (10:10 ET on ESPN+). The Sandy Koufax of our time just turned the big 3-0 and has stayed a step ahead of major league hitters for 10 years. How has the ace of a generation reached this level, and where will his Cooperstown-worthy career go next? Not long ago, Kershaw was the unquestioned ace…

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Bill Peters resigns as coach of Carolina Hurricanes

12:13 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters has resigned, the team announced Friday. Peters, 51, went 137-138-53 in his four seasons with the Hurricanes, who missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the ninth consecutive season — the longest drought in the NHL. “I have a lot of respect for Bill as a person and coach,” owner Tom Dundon said in a statement. “We thank him for his time with the Hurricanes and wish him success in whatever comes next.” The Hurricanes also are without a general…

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All Tennis 

Novak Djokovic to play at Barcelona Open next week

Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will play at the Barcelona Open next week. Event organizers made the announcement on Friday, a day after the Serb was beaten by Dominic Thiem in the Monte Carlo Masters third round. Djokovic has played at four tournaments this season as he tries to return to form after two years of struggles with a persistent right elbow injury. He is ranked 13th. Djokovic will be joined by top-ranked and 10-time winner Rafael Nadal at the outdoor clay-court tournament. Source link

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Ashley Johnson: Wasps forward suspended by RFU after failing drugs test

Johnson – seen here in his last appearance for Wasps against London Irish last month – has won three caps for his native South Africa Wasps forward Ashley Johnson has been suspended by the Rugby Football Union after failing a drugs test. He is accused of testing positive for a “prohibited substance” – understood to be a diuretic – in an out-of-competition test on 7 February. The 31-year-old last featured in Wasps’ 24-16 win over London Irish on 4 March. Wasps said the player is “investigating the possible source of…

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Baltimore Ravens sign New Orleans Saints WR Willie Snead to offer sheet

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Baltimore Ravens signed New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead to a two-year offer sheet, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The offer is worth $7 million with $3.4 million in incentives and includes a $2 million signing bonus, according to a source. The Saints have five days to match the offer sheet to Snead, who is a restricted free agent. New Orleans, which signed restricted free agent Cameron Meredith this offseason, could choose to decline the offer sheet. It seems unlikely that the Saints…

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Tour of the Alps: Chris Froome fourth as Thibaut Pinot takes title

Chris Froome is set to compete in the Giro d’Italia for the first time since 2010 British four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome finished fourth in the Tour of the Alps as France’s Thibaut Pinot took the overall victory. Froome, 32, came in 16 seconds behind Pinot after an eighth-placed finish on the final stage in his last race before the Giro d’Italia starts on 4 May. Pinot becomes the second French winner after Luc Leblanc in 1997. Ukraine’s Mark Padun won the fifth and final stage, making a…

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Rafael Nadal routs Dominic Thiem to reach Monte Carlo Masters semifinals

MONACO — Rafael Nadal won nine straight games to open his match against Dominic Thiem, quickly advancing to the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals with a 6-0, 6-2 victory on Friday. The top-ranked Spaniard is on course for a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo title. Thiem, an Austrian who is seeded fifth and beat Nadal twice before on clay, earned sympathetic cheers from the crowd when he finally won a game in the second set. “It is not a normal result. He played the last two semifinals of Roland Garros,” Nadal said….

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