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Yannick Noah will again captain France for Davis Cup title defense

PARIS — Yannick Noah is staying on as France captain for the Davis Cup defense next year. The French Tennis Federation announced Noah’s decision on its Twitter feed on Thursday. France won its 10th Davis Cup recently by defeating Belgium 3-2 in Lille. It was France’s first victory in the team event in 16 years. Noah, the last Frenchman to win a Grand Slam singles title at the French Open in 1983, has captained France to three Davis Cup titles. His earlier wins were in 1991 and 1996. Source link

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Premiership: Rugby Players’ Association wants decision on extending season

RFU chief executive Steve Brown has stressed players will be listened to over plans to extend the season England’s professional players want the crisis over the rugby calendar to be resolved within the next two months. The Premiership clubs and the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) are currently at an impasse over plans to extend the season from 2019-2020. In May the RPA “unanimously rejected” proposals to extend the campaign to 10 months, stating it would be “seriously detrimental” to player welfare. It now wants a resolution by January’s Professional Game…

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Ashes: How well have Australia met their pre-series targets?

England captain Joe Root (left) was lbw in both innings in the first Ashes Test Australia v England, second Ashes Test Venue: Adelaide Oval Date: 4-8 November Time: 04:00 GMT Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. Australia will be thinking that England are a boat without a rudder at the moment. The tourists are distracted not only by their own form, or lack of it,…

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All Football 

Ethnic minority coaches still face ‘barriers’ in English football

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was named Northampton Town boss in September Coaches from black and ethnic minority backgrounds still face “institutionally embedded barriers” in English football, according to a sports think tank. The Sports People’s Think Tank’s (SPTT) annual report says progress since 2014 has been “minimal” for BAME candidates. Just 22 of the 482 senior coaching roles in English football’s top four divisions are held by BAME coaches, according to SPTT’s research. It now wants English football to adopt the ‘Rooney Rule’. Named after the former American Football club owner…

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All NBA 

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry spoke with former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant about finger injury

LOS ANGELES — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry said he consulted with former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant this week on how to deal with a painful, injured ring finger on his shooting hand. Curry missed a game this week because of the injury but was able to play 39 minutes with a wrap and pad on his finger in the Warriors’ 127-123 overtime win over the Lakers on Wednesday night at Staples Center. The first meeting between Steph Curry and Lonzo Ball was a thriller, but the…

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All Golf 

Australian PGA Round 1

Australian duo Jordan Zunic and Adam Bland have stolen the joint lead after Masters champion Sergio Garcia overcame an early tee time and heavy rain to impress on his Australian PGA Championship debut on the Gold Coast. And the ageless Peter Senior, who came out of retirement to play his home tournament, will join Marc Leishman and Garcia one shot off the pace following a first day at Royal Pines. Beginning alongside Adam Scott at 6.10am (AEST) on Thursday, Garcia shot a five-under 67 despite not seeing the Royal Pines…

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NFL agrees to commit nearly $100M over seven years to charities important to African-American communities

2:09 AM ET Jim Trotter Close NFL Former senior NFL writer at Sports Illustrated Covered Chargers, NFL for The San Diego Union-Tribune Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors since 2006 Jason Reid Close Senior Writer, The Undefeated Former columnist and Redskins beat writer for Washington Post Covered multiple beats over 15 years at Los Angeles Times University of Southern California graduate The NFL and a group of players reached an agreement in principle late Wednesday night to partner on a plan to address social justice issues…

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Beverly Hills home burglarized

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Police in California are investigating after someone broke into the Beverly Hills home of boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. Beverly Hills Police said in a statement Wednesday that Mayweather’s home was burglarized sometime in the last week. The incident was first reported to police Tuesday afternoon. Investigators say Mayweather was not home at the time of the burglary. Police say luggage, sunglasses and other accessories were taken. They didn’t provide an estimate of the value of the items. Police said the investigation was ongoing and no arrests…

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Kristaps Porzingis of New York Knicks leaves game with injury

New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis left Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat three minutes into the first quarter with a right ankle sprain. Porzingis and Justise Winslow were both pursuing a loose ball on the baseline and Winslow stepped on Porzingis’ right foot. Porzingis’ foot turned and he appeared to roll his ankle. He stayed on the floor for several minutes, walking to the locker room supported by a teammate and a team staffer. X-rays taken were negative, and the Knicks announced that he is available to return. Any…

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All MMA 

Despite arrest, Volkan Oezdemir to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 220

A light heavyweight championship bout between Daniel Cormier and Volkan Oezdemir has been officially added to a UFC 220 pay-per-view event on Jan. 20 in Boston. UFC officials announced the 205-pound title fight Wednesday. The event will take place inside TD Garden. The news comes 10 days after Oezdemir, 28, was arrested on a felony battery charge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The charge stems from an alleged altercation at a bar in August. Oezdemir has been accused of striking another man. Originally from Switzerland, now fighting out of South Florida,…

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