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New York Giants trading Jason Pierre-Paul, fourth-round pick to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The New York Giants are trading defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and a 2018 fourth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 2018 third-round pick and a fourth-round pick, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday. Pierre-Paul, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, had 68 tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles for the Giants in 2017 after signing a four-year, $62 million deal last offseason. He carries a $17.5 million salary cap hit for the 2018 season, which is tied for third among all defensive players. It was the…

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Anfernee Simons declares for NBA draft, forgoing collegiate eligibility

Anfernee Simons will forgo his collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2018 NBA draft, he informed ESPN. “After discussing the matter with my parents, I have decided to forgo the opportunity to play in the NCAA and to instead enter the NBA draft,” Simons said. “I am very thankful for the support I received at IMG Academy and from the NCAA coaches who recruited me. I am ready and excited to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA.” Simons, a top-10 high school recruit according to the ESPN 100,…

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Joseph Parker team confirms secret elbow surgery ahead of Anthony Joshua fight

9:56 AM ET Will KentESPN UK Joseph Parker underwent surgery in both elbows back in Nov. 2017 but is said to be better than ever ahead of fighting Anthony Joshua. WBO champion Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) is set to face Joshua in a IBF-WBA-WBO heavyweight unification clash at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on March 31. However, despite news emerging that the New Zealand boxer underwent surgery back in his home country last year, Parker’s promoter David Higgins believes this is a positive heading into the fight. “He’s had this injury since…

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Usain Bolt ranks 10th on ESPN’s list of the most dominant athletes of the last 20 years

This story on No. 10 athlete Usain Bolt appears in ESPN The Magazine’s April 2 Dominant 20 Anniversary Issue. Subscribe today! In celebration of ESPN The Magazine’s 20th anniversary, Peter Keating crunched the numbers to find the most dominant athletes of our time. More athletes: Serena Williams, Peyton Manning, Jimmie Johnson See the full list The biggest questions we know you have about our list 19-2: From 2008 to ’16, Bolt lost just two events in the Olympics and worlds. The two L’s? A false start at the ’11 worlds…

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Gareth Bale becomes Wales’ all-time record goalscorer with China Cup hat-trick

Gareth Bale took 69 matches to break Ian Rush’s goalscoring record Gareth Bale has become Wales’ all-time record goalscorer with 29 international goals, breaking Ian Rush’s record. Bale’s hat-trick against China, in Ryan Giggs’ first game in charge, was his 27th, 28th and record-breaking 29th international goals. It has taken Bale 69 appearances to break Rush’s record, which the former Liverpool striker reached in 66 games. It was also the first Welsh hat-trick since Robert Earnshaw scored three times against Scotland in 2004. Bale’s first goal for Wales came back…

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Anglo-Welsh Cup final: Bath v Exeter Chiefs rearranged for 30 March

Sunday’s game was postponed after the heavy snowfall which affected Gloucester The Anglo-Welsh Cup Final between Bath and Exeter will take place at Kingsholm at 14:30 BST on Friday, 30 March. The cup final was postponed on Sunday because of the spell of wintry weather which swept the country. All tickets will be valid for the new date but refunds are available for supporters unable to attend. “All parties involved have worked quickly to rearrange what promises to be a thrilling Anglo-Welsh Cup Final,” said a Premiership Rugby spokesman. Bath…

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Australian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton & Sebastian Vettel play down race for fifth title

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by 46 points in the 2017 Drivers’ Championship Four-time world champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are going head-to-head to claim a fifth, but both insist improvement is their main aim. The two are expected to be the main contenders as the new Formula 1 season begins in Australia this weekend. Mercedes driver Hamilton “hoped” he had not reached his peak and had been “working towards” finding a new level. Ferrari’s Vettel added: “I think about [my weaknesses] a lot; I try to…

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Steven Mullaney praises ‘phenomenal’ Matt Critchley as North beat South

Derbyshire’s Matt Critchley struck his first fifty in 16 List A innings North v South, Kensington Oval North 335-8 (50 overs): D’Oliveira 79, Clarke 71, Critchley 64; Walter 3-67 South 289 (44.3 overs): Gubbins 109, Evans 64, Pope 42; Parkinson 3-47 North won by 46 runs Scorecard Captain Steven Mullaney praised Derbyshire’s Matt Critchley after his rapid innings helped North beat the South and tie the series at 1-1. Critchley, 21, struck four sixes in his knock of 64 off just 37 balls to propel the North to 335-8 in…

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Steven Souza of Arizona Diamondbacks suffers strained right shoulder in loss to San Francisco Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. will get an MRI on Thursday after straining his right shoulder during a spring training game Wednesday night. The team announced Souza’s diagnosis following a 14-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. Souza left the game in the fourth inning after diving for a ball and missing in right-center field. He kicked his legs in apparent pain while waiting for a team trainer, then walked off the field holding his arm. Souza was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays as part…

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Cleveland Cavaliers’ comeback win over Toronto Raptors a turning point for team, Larry Drew says

CLEVELAND — After allowing a season-high 79 points in the first half and trailing the Toronto Raptors by 15 at intermission on Wednesday, the Cavaliers stormed back to win 132-129. The game left acting head coach Larry Drew believing he witnessed a breakthrough performance. “I always say there is one game during the season that changes your team,” Drew said. “That game can be early, it can be midway, it can be late. There’s always one game that kind of changes your team, the mindset. And I really believe tonight’s…

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