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Pro14: Ulster v Munster (Mon)

Charles Piutau says Ulster can bounce-back from Connacht loss Pro14: Ulster v Munster Date: Monday, 1 January Venue: Kingspan Stadium Kick-off: 17:35 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC 2 NI, latest score, match report and highlights on BBC Sport website Ulster forwards Jean Deysel, Rodney Ah You and Kyle McCall return after two-month injury lay-offs for Monday’s Pro14 game against Munster. John Cooney, Craig Gilroy and Louis Ludik are the only players to retain starting roles from the 44-16 thumping by Connacht. Rob Herring captains Ulster after recovering from concussion while…

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Jake LaMotta and the only knockdown he suffered in his 106 fight career

Dec 30, 2017 Nick Parkinson Close •Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, as well as several national newspapers•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years•Appears on BoxNation’s Boxing Matters show Jake LaMotta, who died earlier this year aged 95, had a headache before New Year’s Eve 1952 was over after he was knocked off his feet for the first time in his career. Although the Bronx Bull had suffered previous defeats and bad beatings, LaMotta had never gone down before his light-heavyweight title eliminator with Danny Nardico. Former world…

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CoCo Vandeweghe, Jack Sock get United States off to perfect start at Hopman Cup

PERTH, Australia — Jack Sock and CoCo Vandeweghe gave the United States a perfect start at the mixed team Hopman Cup event by winning their singles matches in the opening tie against Russia on Saturday. Sock, ranked No. 8 in the world, needed three sets to subdue No. 45 Karen Khachanov, eventually claiming a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win after the Russian rallied to win the second set in just 27 minutes with 10 aces and 18 winners. Sock, who won the Paris Masters in November, regained control in the deciding…

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Ashes: Graeme Swann ‘can’t see how’ Moeen Ali fits into England team in Sydney

Pint-sized Ashes: Smith stars as Test is drawn Former England spinner Graeme Swann says he “can’t see how” Moeen Ali fits into the team for the final Ashes Test against Australia in Sydney. Moeen, 30, has taken only three wickets with his off-spin and averages 19 with the bat in the first four Tests. “His place in the team has to be in jeopardy. His confidence has to be rock bottom,” Swann told BBC Sport. Australia held on to draw the fourth Test in Melbourne on Saturday and preserve their…

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Ashes: Australia captain Steve Smith criticises MCG pitch after draw

Pint-sized Ashes: Smith stars as Test is drawn Fourth Ashes Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground (day five of five) Australia 327 (Warner 103 ) & 263-4 dec (Smith 102*, Warner 86) England 491 (Cook 244*) Match drawn Scorecard Australia captain Steve Smith criticised the Melbourne pitch despite hitting a century to secure a draw in the fourth Ashes Test against England. Only two wickets fell on the final day and 24 in the match on a lifeless surface at the MCG. “It was probably the flattest wicket I have played on,”…

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Warriors welcome Steph Curry back with newfound confidence on D – Golden State Warriors Blog

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors learned that without Stephen Curry, their offense is a shell of its usual self. However, on the defensive end, they’ve learned they can be unstoppable. “I figured guys would step it up and try to fill the void, even though it’s a different group, a different style of play,” Kevin Durant said. “But I think our defense went to another level, and it’s something we can try to stick to, especially with Steph coming back. You know he’s been out for so long…

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Ashes: Joe Root proud of England response to losing Ashes

We tried absolutely everything to win – Root Fourth Ashes Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground (day five of five) Australia 327 (Warner 103) & 263-4 dec (Smith 102*, Warner 86) England 491 (Cook 244*) Match drawn Scorecard Captain Joe Root said he was proud of the way England responded to losing the Ashes by drawing the fourth Test in Melbourne. England, who lost the first three Tests, had a strong chance of winning on the final day before Australia captain Steve Smith made 102 not out. “To come off three difficult…

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Novak Djokovic pulls out of Qatar Open, in doubt for Australian Open

Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic‘s hopes of playing in Melbourne in two weeks have taken another hit after he withdrew from next week’s Qatar Open due to an ongoing elbow injury. The Serbian has been sidelined for the last six months due to the injury and pulled out of an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi on Friday when the right elbow injury flared up. “Unfortunately, the situation with the elbow has not changed for the better since yesterday. I still feel the pain,” Djokovic said in a statement. “After…

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Last-second Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk wins game for Milwaukee Bucks over Oklahoma City Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY — A controversial non-call after Giannis Antetokounmpo stepped on the baseline before finishing a dunk with 1.1 seconds left gave the Milwaukee Bucks a 97-95 win over the Thunder, snapping OKC’s six-game win streak. “I guess we’ll see something on the ticker that says referees missed that one,” Carmelo Anthony said. “We can’t do nothing about that at this point, so we might as well forget about it and move on and get ready for — who we play Sunday? Dallas? Get ready for Dallas.” After a full-court…

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