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Ron Dennis ends 37-year association with McLaren by selling shares

Lewis Hamilton and Ron Dennis celebrate victory at Monaco in 2008 Ron Dennis has formally ended his role at McLaren, the company he made into one of the most successful Formula 1 teams of all time. Dennis, ousted as chief executive officer last November in a boardroom coup, has sold his 25% shareholding. The 70-year-old has also resigned from his position on the board. Dennis has sold to the two main shareholders – Mumtalakat, the Bahrain sovereign investment fund, and Mansour Ojjeh. It was the souring of Dennis’ relationship with…

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Benches clear between Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels after HBP

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Freeway Series got feisty in the eighth inning Thursday night when both benches and bullpens emptied after Brandon Morrow‘s fastball hit Yunel Escobar in the shoulder. The pitch clearly wasn’t intentional despite Escobar’s furor, and no fights actually broke out as the Los Angeles Dodgers salvaged a split of the interleague rivalry series with a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Morrow and Escobar formerly were Blue Jays teammates. Escobar apparently thought the Dodgers were retaliating for his reaction to a walk earlier in the…

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LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers disappointed in Chris Paul’s decision

Lob City is over. Chris Paul is a Houston Rocket, and LA Clippers president and head coach Doc Rivers is ready to move on. “That part is over. And that bugs me,” Rivers said in an interview with ESPN. “But we’re not done trying to reach our goal. Sometimes you gotta do it a different way. Because the way we tried to do it didn’t work.” Forwards Blake Griffin and Paul Millsap will meet with the Suns this weekend, reports say, as the NBA’s free-agency period opens. Does a Chris…

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All Football 

Nathan Ake: Bournemouth sign Chelsea defender for a a club record fee

Nathan Ake made 17 appearances for Chelsea in four years at the club Bournemouth have signed defender Nathan Ake for a club record fee from Premier League champions Chelsea. The Netherlands international, 22, had a spell on loan with the Cherries last season and scored three goals in 12 games before being recalled. The fee, reported to be £20m, breaks Bournemouth’s previous record – the £15m paid to Liverpool for winger Jordon Ibe in July 2016. Ake has signed a long-term deal and is the Cherries’ third summer signing. England…

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Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome says Richie Porte is the man to beat

Froome and Porte were once team-mates at Team Sky but are now rivals for the title Tour de France, 1-23 July Coverage: Live text commentary of every stage on the BBC Sport website. Radio 5 live coverage on Sports Extra and/or website from 14:30 BST on every stage Defending champion Chris Froome is “fresher” than he has ever been at the start of a Tour de France, but believes Richie Porte will be “the man to beat”. The three-week, 21-stage race starts in Dusseldorf, Germany, on Saturday. Froome, who is…

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Nick Diaz suspended for potential anti-doping violation

UFC welterweight Nick Diaz is facing a potentially lengthy suspension for a possible anti-doping violation, the promotion announced on Thursday. Diaz (26-9) has been provisionally suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for failing to disclose his whereabouts multiple times within the past 12 months. Under the UFC’s anti-doping policy, which is overseen by USADA, all athletes are required to inform the agency of their whereabouts to ensure the possibility of out-of-competition testing. Any athlete who fails to do so three or more times in a 12-month period is…

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Vasyl Lomachenko, Terence Crawford to headline live ESPN cards in August

Junior lightweight world titleholder Vasyl Lomachenko and unified junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford, two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, will defend their crowns in August live on ESPN. Promotional powerhouse Top Rank and the network, which have already partnered on Manny Pacquiao’s welterweight title defense against Jeff Horn — which will air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, along with several undercard fights, beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia — have partnered for two more major summer cards. Lomachenko will…

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Philadelphia Flyers re-sign Jordan Weal to 2-year deal

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed forward Jordan Weal to a two-year deal. General manager Ron Hextall announced the deal Thursday night. Weal agreed to stay in Philadelphia, reaching a deal less than 48 hours before he would’ve become an unrestricted free agent. The 25-year-old drew significant interest around the league after breaking out with eight goals and four assists in 23 games last season. Weal had no points in his first 14 NHL games. A third-round pick in 2010, Weal was traded from the Los Angeles Kings to…

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