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Avery Bradley of LA Clippers out with sports hernia injury

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — In a season that has been marred by injuries to almost everyone, the LA Clippers are preparing for another starter to miss an extended period of time. Shooting guard Avery Bradley, who was just acquired by the Clippers on Jan. 29 as part of a trade package that sent power forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons, could miss as many as three weeks with a sports hernia. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, said that trading Blake Griffin was necessary…

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Antonio Conte: Chelsea boss says top-four push ‘won’t be easy’ after loss at Man Utd

Conte ‘disappointed’ with second-half display Chelsea boss Antonio Conte conceded “it won’t be easy” for his side to finish in the top four of the Premier League after a 2-1 loss at Manchester United. The Blues slipped to fifth as Tottenham climbed into the Champions League places with a win at Crystal Palace. Spurs are two points clear of last season’s champions with 10 games left. “There is this risk,” said Conte. “We must be ready to be concentrated, and to understand this target is an important target for us.”…

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Premiership: Saracens 20-28 Leicester Tigers

Manu Tuilagi scored one try and set up another on what was his sixth consecutive Premiership start following an injury-hit few years Aviva Premiership Saracens (6) 20 Tries: Malins 2 Cons: Lozowski 2 Pens: Spencer 2 Leicester Tigers (21) 28 Tries: Tuilagi, Bateman, Veainu, Holmes Cons: Toomua 4 Leicester kept their hopes of a top-four finish alive with victory at Saracens, who missed the chance to go back to the top of the Premiership. The Tigers were clinical in the first half as Manu Tuilagi, Greg Bateman and Telusa Veainu…

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Karen Khachanov beats Lucas Pouille to win Open 13 final

MARSEILLE, France — Big-serving Karen Khachanov secured the second ATP title of his career after beating Lucas Pouille 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the Open 13 final on Sunday. The ninth-seeded Russian had 16 aces in a closely fought contest, winning on his second match point when the third-seeded Frenchman hit a forehand into the net from the back of the court. The pair hugged at the net in a show of sportsmanship. “I hope there are many more finals between us in the future,” Khachanov said to Pouille. “I felt…

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DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA executive director, says NBA could be model to fight NFL’s declining ratings

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — If declining TV ratings are a problem for the NFL, its players would like to know what can be done about them. NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith told ESPN on Saturday that he has recently met with executives at several of the league’s broadcast partners, including CBS, NBC and Fox, to discuss issues related to the game. Entering his 10th year as leader of the players’ union, Smith is looking ahead to the next round of collective bargaining negotiations and wants the players to…

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UCI Track Cycling World Championships 2018: BBC TV and online coverage times

Jason and Laura Kenny are just two of seven Olympic champions in Britain’s squad Follow the 2018 Track Cycling World Championships from the Netherlands live on the BBC from 28 February to 4 March. Husband and wife duo Jason and Laura Kenny are both competing together for the first time since they won gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The Kennys are two of seven Olympic champions in Britain’s 22-strong squad in Apeldoorn, with Ed Clancy, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Phil Hindes and Callum Skinner also selected….

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Olney: The players ought to own MLB’s pace-of-play problem – Buster Olney Blog

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — What should happen next in Major League Baseball’s pace-of-play discussion is a delegation of power, a simple gesture that underscores MLB’s willingness to defer to the players’ unique understanding of how the game operates. Commissioner Rob Manfred should propose that the players select and build their own committee to shape initiatives that reduce the average time of games. The composition of that committee could be determined entirely by the union. Maybe three pitchers and three hitters, or maybe five and five, or 15 and 15,…

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Celine Boutier wins Australian Ladies Classic

Frenchwoman Celine Boutier contended with a long rain delay before sealing a resounding win in the inaugural Australian Ladies Classic Bonville in Coffs Harbour on Sunday. Play was suspended for more than three hours on the final day before Boutier completed a two-shot win at the tournament on the NSW mid-north coast co-sanctioned by the ALPGA and Ladies European Tour. Celine Boutier, seen here in 2017, won the Australian Ladies Classic by two shots. David Cannon/Getty Images The 24-year-old from Paris shot a final-round 73 to finish on 10-under-par, holding off…

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New Zealand v England: Ben Stokes bowled brilliantly in defeat – Eoin Morgan

Ben Stokes bowled two spells of four overs in his first England game since 24 September England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ bowling was “brilliant” on his return to the side after five months out, said captain Eoin Morgan. Stokes took 2-43 as New Zealand won the first match of the one-day series in Hamilton by three wickets with four balls to spare. Batting at number five, he made 12 off 22 balls in England’s 284-8. The 26-year-old missed England’s tour of Australia and appeared in court this month on a charge…

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Crystal Dunn leaves Chelsea Ladies for North Carolina Courage

Crystal Dunn (right) won the WSL Spring Series and reached the quarter-finals of the Women’s Champions League with Chelsea Ladies United States international Crystal Dunn has left Chelsea Ladies to join NWSL side North Carolina Courage. Dunn spent just a year with the Women’s Super League 1 club after joining from Washington Spirit in January 2017. Initially playing as a striker, the 25-year-old was switched to wing-back as Chelsea won the WSL Spring Series. “The opportunity to return to the USA felt like the right decision for both personal and…

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