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Cricket ‘legend’ David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd to get freedom of Accrington

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The former test cricketer is a keen fan of Accrington Stanley FC The cricket commentator and former England international David Lloyd is to be given the freedom of his home town Accrington. The 70-year-old ex-Lancashire batsman, former England coach and umpire will receive the award in June. Councillors from Hyndburn Council, which takes in Accrington, have nominated Mr Lloyd, who is affectionately known as “Bumble”. Council leader Miles Parkinson said: “Bumble is a cricket legend.” The Labour councillor added: “David is a wonderful ambassador…

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Heavyweights Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker to meet in unification bout March 31

The heavyweight division will move one step closer to an undisputed champion as two-belt titleholder Anthony Joshua and one-belt titlist Joseph Parker will meet to unify their world titles. A deal in the works for the past couple of months has been finalized and the two heavy hitters will meet on March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, where Joshua drew a sold-out crowd of 78,000 for this last fight in October. With the announcement of Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker, heavyweight boxing is tidying itself up and setting up the…

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Australia v England: Jason Roy hits record 180 in five-wicket victory

Jason Roy hit a record-breaking 180 in a stunning partnership of 221 with Joe Root (right) First ODI, Melbourne Australia 304-8 (50.0 overs): Finch 107, Stoinis 60, M Marsh 50; Plunkett 3-71 England 308-5 (48.5 overs): Roy 180, Root 91* England won by five wickets Scorecard Jason Roy hit the highest one-day international score by an England player with a sublime 180 to help the tourists beat Australia by five wickets in the first ODI at the MCG. Roy surpassed Alex Hales’ previous mark of 171 before the opener was…

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Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker fight could decide the heavyweight division future

5:50 AM ET 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 With the announcement of Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker, heavyweight boxing is tidying itself up and setting up the possibility of an undisputed champion. Cleaning up the world heavyweight titles and holding all four belts eluded the likes of Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe and Wladimir Klitschko. But in 2018, boxing could have its first WBC-WBA-IBF-WBO world heavyweight…

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Gossip column: Sanchez, Ozil, Martins, O’Neill, Keita, Lemar

Three-way race for Sanchez? Liverpool are ready to join Manchester City and Manchester United in the race to sign Arsenal and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29. (Sunday Mirror) As well as Sanchez, Manchester United want to sign 29-year-old Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil from the Gunners.(Independent on Sunday) United boss Jose Mourinho is prepared to sacrifice summer moves for Atletico Madrid’s 26-year-old France striker Antoine Griezmann and Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale, 28, in order to sign Sanchez on wages of £350,000 a week. (Mail on Sunday) The player…

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Latest beatdown shows sizable gap remains between Titans and AFC elite – Tennessee Titans Blog

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Tennessee Titans talked all week about how they wanted an opportunity to show they could hang with the AFC elite. On Saturday night, we learned they aren’t there yet. The New England Patriots were the better team in every department — coaching, offense and defense — in their 35-14 win. Tennessee’s winning its first playoff game since the 2003 season was a good takeaway from the season, but there still remains a sizable gap between it and the AFC elite. The Titans might not be as…

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Zach LaVine returns for Bulls in win

0:43 In his first game in a Bulls uniform, Zach LaVine scores 14 points and hits three shots from deep in a victory against the Pistons. CHICAGO — Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine scored 14 points in his season debut in Saturday night’s 107-105 win over the Detroit Pistons, after missing almost a year while recovering from a left ACL injury. “It felt really good,” LaVine said after the game. “Just to be out there playing again, having that feeling; I haven’t had it in such a long time. To…

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Dominic Turgeon, son of Pierre Turgeon, called up by Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings have recalled forward Dominic Turgeon from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. Turgeon, 21, has nine goals and 14 assists in 40 games for the Griffins this season. He was drafted by the Red Wings in the third round in 2014 and has not yet played in an NHL game. Turgeon’s father, Pierre, scored more than 500 NHL goals for Buffalo, the New York Islanders, Montreal, St. Louis, Dallas and Colorado from 1987 to 2007. His uncle, Sylvain Turgeon, played in 669 NHL…

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Adrian Gonzalez reaches agreement with New York Mets

Adrian Gonzalez has agreed to a deal with the New York Mets pending a physical, according to ESPN and multiple reports. It’s the second significant move for New York this week. It brought back free agent outfielder Jay Bruce on a three-year, $39 million contract Wednesday. The New York Mets have reached one-year deals with starters Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey and settled with five other players. Gonzalez gives the Mets a veteran presence at first base, where Lucas Duda and Dominic Smith mainly patrolled last season. Duda…

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Tom Hoge takes a 1-shot lead on wild day at Sony Open

HONOLULU — Tom Hoge was too caught up watching college basketball in his hotel room to be bothered with a push alert — a false alarm, as it turned out — that a ballistic missile was headed toward Hawaii. He showed a steady hand on the golf course, too, even as the leaderboard at the Sony Open became increasingly crowded. Hoge finished off a 6-under 64 by holing a 40-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th, and then hitting a 40-yard bunker shot to within 3 feet for a birdie…

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