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How Africa Outreach USA brings new opportunity to Zimbabwe youth through basketball, other sports

As a boy in Zimbabwe, Gus Chikamba had very little. He made do. “I remember we could not afford a soccer ball, so we used to make soccer balls out of plastic, out of trash,” he said. “I think I first saw a basketball at the age of 14 when I went to boarding school.” Basketball was his ticket to opportunity. He played in high school and college in Zimbabwe and believes it kept him focused and too busy to get into trouble, unlike some of his friends. “They did…

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Former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov signs with Russian club Ak Bars Kazan

MOSCOW — Longtime Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov signed with Russian club Ak Bars Kazan on Monday. The team said the 38-year-old Markov signed a two-year contract to play in the Kontinental Hockey League, a week after Montreal said it would not keep the defenseman for a 17th NHL season. No salary details were given. Markov will be reunited with Ak Bars coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, who coached Markov on Russia’s Olympic team in 2014. “I’m fired up to work and hope we’ll be successful,” Markov said. The move means Markov…

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Daniel Ricciardo ready to move on from Max Verstappen crash in Hungary

Verstappen said of the collision: “It is never my intention to hit anyone but especially not your team-mate” Daniel Ricciardo says he is prepared to move on from the crash in which Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen took him out of the Hungarian Grand Prix. The drivers collided at just the second corner of Sunday’s race, as Verstappen locked up and slid into Ricciardo. Ricciardo said it was “amateur, to say the least”, adding: “The way Max handles it will dictate how it goes.” But on Monday the Australian said:…

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Neymar: Barcelona consider reporting PSG over 222m euros deal

Neymar signed a new deal with Barcelona last year which tied him to the club until 2021 Barcelona expect Neymar to return to training on Wednesday, but are ready to push for a Financial Fair Play investigation if Paris St-Germain pay the 222m euros (£198m) release clause for the Brazil forward. The 25-year-old continues to be linked with a move to the Ligue 1 club and is due to return from China on Tuesday. Reports said the player was due in Qatar this week for a PSG medical. Barca chief…

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Women’s Rugby World Cup: Ireland captain Niamh Briggs out of home tournament

Niamh Briggs, who has 57 Ireland caps, sustained the Achilles injury during Ireland training Women’s World Cup hosts Ireland have suffered a major blow after captain Niamh Briggs was ruled out of the tournament with an Achilles injury. The 32-year-old full-back missed the Six Nations because of a hamstring injury but had recovered and was named skipper for the World Cup. However, Briggs has suffered an Achilles injury in training. Munster’s Louise Galvin has been called up as her replacement while the new captain will be named later this week….

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Adam Hose: Birmingham Bears skipper Ian Bell hails debut knock the best he has seen

Adam Hose’s debut innings was only his eighth in T20 cricket Adam Hose’s innings against Lancashire in the T20 Blast is Warwickshire’s best-ever debut, says captain Ian Bell. Hose, 24, smashed 76 off just 43 balls to help the Birmingham Bears chase 174 to beat the Lightning at Edgbaston. The innings was Hose’s highest-ever score in T20 cricket and came just four days after joining the club on a three-year contract from Somerset. “I can’t remember a time when somebody has come out on debut and played like that,” Bell,…

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Houston Rockets duo Chris Paul, James Harden make debut during Drew League action

LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul and James Harden have been training together since the Houston Rockets acquired Paul from the LA Clippers in a trade last month. Sunday they made their public debut as teammates in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Los Angeles’ famed Drew League. Harden finished with game-highs of 27 points and 12 rebounds, while adding six assists and two steals for his LAUNFD (pronounced “L.A. Unified”) team, which pulled out an 83-81 win over a Home Town Favorites team that featured current NBA players Jordan Bell,…

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Dou Zecheng first Chinese player to earn PGA Tour card

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Dou Zecheng had a career-changing 36-hole run Sunday in the rain-delayed Digital Ally Open to become the first Chinese player to earn a PGA Tour card and win a Web.com Tour event. The 20-year-old Dou was 15 under in the final two rounds in the rain-delayed tournament at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate, shooting a 10-under 61 in the morning and adding a 66 in the afternoon for a three-stroke victory. “It’s a big honor to represent China and come play in the United States,” said…

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F1 gossip: Raikkonen, Vettel, Bottas, Hamilton, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Magnussen

Monday, 31 July Raikkonen (left) said he could go faster than Vettel but was used as a buffer by Ferrari against Lewis Hamilton Sebastian Vettel won the race in Hungary but admitted Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen had more pace. (Reuters) Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has thanked team-mate Lewis Hamilton for letting him retake third spot just before the finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix. (Planet F1) Fernando Alonso achieved McLaren’s best result with his sixth place in Budapest and says he was surprised to set the fastest lap of the…

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Justin Wilson should bolster Cubs’ bullpen – Stats & Info

Last season, the Chicago Cubs were in need of bullpen help, so they traded for closer Aroldis Chapman at the deadline and went on to win the World Series. This season, they’ve acquired another lefty who can rack up strikeouts in Justin Wilson and a capable catcher in Alex Avila. Wilson is striking out 12.3 batters per nine innings this season, fifth among left-handed relievers with at least 20 appearances. The only players in that group with a better rate? Aroldis Chapman (13.0), Andrew Miller (13.0), Sean Doolittle (12.7) and…

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