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Northampton Saints: Alan Gaffney a ‘new voice’ to benefit players, says Rob Horne

Rob Horne has made 10 appearances for Northampton since arriving from Super Rugby side Waratahs, where he spent time with Alan Gaffney A fresh approach at Northampton under Alan Gaffney will lift the players, says Saints’ Australia international centre Rob Horne. The 70-year-old succeeds Jim Mallinder as interim director of rugby on Monday. In their final match before the veteran Australian’s arrival, Northampton were defeated 50-21 by Harlequins. “To have a new voice come in and a different look and perspective on that game can only bring the most out…

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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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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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Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell will rest for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are planning to rest quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Le’Veon Bell in Sunday’s season finale against the Cleveland Browns, according to sources. Players were told during the week that Roethlisberger and Bell would sit out the game and that Landry Jones would start at quarterback, the sources said. The Steelers have been plagued by high-profile injuries at playoff time in recent years and have struggled to get Roethlisberger, Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown on the field at the same time in January. Brown…

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All MMA 

Cris Cyborg defeats Holly Holm by decision at UFC 219 to defend featherweight title

LAS VEGAS — Cris Cyborg dominated overmatched opponents for so many years, it became hard to tell how she’d respond to a competitive fight. She responded incredibly well to one on Saturday. Cyborg (19-1) recorded her first defense of the UFC’s featherweight championship on Saturday, defeating former bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm via unanimous decision at UFC 219 inside T-Mobile Arena. The judges scored the bout 49-46, 48-47 and 48-47. The five-round fight was the longest of Cyborg’s modern career. Before Saturday, all but two of her wins came via knockout…

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UFC 219 undercard recap – Khabib Nurmagomedov Edson Barboza Carlos Condit Neil Magny

LAS VEGAS — Khabib Nurmagomedov appears to be on the verge of taking over the UFC’s lightweight division. Again. Nurmagomedov (25-0) remained perfect at UFC 219 on Saturday, as he thoroughly manhandled Edson Barboza (19-5) in a unanimous decision. The 155-pound contest served as the co-main event inside T-Mobile Arena. Judges appropriately scored the contest 30-24, 30-25 and 30-25. Nurmagomedov, who hadn’t fought in 13 months, said he could have finished it had he chose to. “Without injury, I can fight with anybody,” Nurmagomedov said. “Now, if UFC gives me,…

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Eddie Hearn pulls Ohara Davies from Matchroom card

5:41 PM ET ESPN staff Controversial light welterweight Ohara Davies has been pulled from the Lawrence Okolie — Isaac Chamberlain undercard by Eddie Hearn after a series of tweets taunting Tommy Coyle. Davies (16-1, 13KOs) had been due to take on an unnamed opponent on the Feb. 3 card at London’s O2 Arena, and Davies claims that his comments praising the Sun newspaper were an attempt to goad Coyle into fighting him. Coyle, a Liverpool fan, has been a long-time critic of the Sun newspaper over their coverage of the…

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