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Kawhi Leonard meeting tops San Antonio Spurs’ priorities in offseason

OAKLAND, Calif. — An all-hands-on-deck summer meeting with star forward Kawhi Leonard sits high on the priority list for the San Antonio Spurs, according to sources, as the team enters a pivotal offseason in the wake of Tuesday’s 99-91 season-ending loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference playoffs. “Kawhi, everybody asks questions, but he’s still here,” guard Danny Green said. “He’s still locked in. He’s a part of the team until things change.” With head coach Gregg Popovich expected to take the lead, the…

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Ronald Acuna of Atlanta Braves to be called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday

CINCINNATI — Top outfield prospect Ronald Acuna is set to join the Atlanta Braves. The Braves planned to promote the 20-year-old from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday to join them in Cincinnati. Who’s the next Jose Altuve or Mike Trout? What about the next Bryce Harper or Aaron Judge? Chances are you’ll find a new generation of breakout ballplayers as the list reaches No. 1. With two of MLB’s top five systems, the NL East is loaded with some of the best young talent in baseball. 1 Related Acuna is ranked…

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Girls’ Football Week 2018: ‘They told me I couldn’t play football because I’m a girl’

Six-year-old Sheffield United fan Jessie Adams was told she could not join in a game of football because she was a girl. Within days of Jessie’s mother posting on social media expressing her sadness, Sheffield United got in touch with her and got her involved in their regional talent club. READ MORE: Get involved and celebrate Girls’ Football Week Source link

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Dillian Whyte-Luis Ortiz eliminator ordered as WBC provides title status updates

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman was busy on Tuesday, as the president of the sanctioning organization issued several updates pertaining to its various world titles and weight classes. The most significant was the fact that Keith Thurman, beset by injuries, had vacated his WBC welterweight world title. Here are the rest of the notable announcements: The organization ordered a final heavyweight title elimination fight between England’s Dillian Whyte (23-1, 17 KOs) and Miami-based Cuban defector Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (28-1, 24 KOs) for the right to become the division’s second mandatory…

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Running back Saquon Barkley and girlfriend Anna Congdon welcome birth of daughter

What was already shaping up as a memorable week for running back Saquon Barkley moved to another level on Tuesday, when he and girlfriend Anna Congdon celebrated the birth of their first child. Barkley posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday night of Jada Clare Barkley, saying he didn’t have the words to describe how he was feeling. On March 17, Congdon shared her pregnancy via Instagram, and Barkley shared his excitement with reporters three days later at Penn State’s pro day. He said the baby’s due date was April 14…

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers become 28th MLB postponement this year

PITTSBURGH — The weather keeps wreaking havoc on the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers. Steady rain at PNC Park on Tuesday forced the clubs to postpone a game for the third time in the first month of the season. Commissioner Rob Manfred applauded MLB’s new pace-of-play rules, saying the number of mound visits are “way down” and inning breaks are “significantly shorter” so far this season. The game was the 28th postponement in the majors this season, the most related to weather through April since the commissioner’s office started…

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Golf fan who met Tiger Woods weeks ago succumbs to cancer

A man who fulfilled a dream to meet Tiger Woods at the Masters earlier this month died of cancer on Monday, his daughter announced on Twitter. Shane Caldwell, who was living with stage 4 lung cancer after having survived two bouts with colon cancer, had the opportunity to meet Woods just prior to the opening round of the Masters at Augusta National on April 5. My angel. Fly high, my sweet superman. 9/16/65-4/23/18 pic.twitter.com/qFpGt37elc — Jordan Miller (@jordsierra27) April 24, 2018 The meeting took place after a social media campaign…

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2018 NFL Nation mock draft: Darnold to Browns, Mayfield to Jets – NFL Nation

You’ve read the latest 2018 NFL mock drafts from draft gurus Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay. Now it’s time for our NFL Nation reporters to share their expertise. They played general manager for the teams they cover and executed a first-round mock, which aired live on ESPN on Tuesday night. Trades were not allowed. Here are the results: Sam Darnold, QB, USC The Browns have the chance to take the quarterback they want, and Darnold is the best of the options. He’s not perfect. He needs work and time…

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Russell Westbrook fined $10,000, assessed technical by NBA

The NBA has fined Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook $10,000 and has given him a postgame technical foul for confronting Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert during Game 4 on Monday night. The league made the announcement Tuesday. Westbrook came onto the court as a sub following a stoppage in play due to a foul midway through the fourth quarter of the Thunder’s 113-96 loss to the Jazz. The reigning MVP and Gobert jawed at each other, with Westbrook appearing to slap away the Jazz center’s hand. Source link

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Heavyweights Adonis Stevenson and Badou Jack will meet for title at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre

In January, when Showtime held a glitzy media event in New York to unveil most of the fights on its schedule for the first half of 2018, one of the most significant was light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson against former two-division titlist Badou Jack. But the fight, slated for May 19, did not have a location set other than that it would be in Stevenson’s home country of Canada. Days, weeks and months went by and there was still no announcement of a venue or that the fight was…

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