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New Zealand v England: Ben Stokes return ends in defeat

Ben Stokes played six matches for Canterbury in New Zealand domestic cricket in December Ben Stokes made 12 and took two wickets but his first England match since September ended in a three-wicket one-day defeat by New Zealand in Hamilton. Ross Taylor and Tom Latham (79) put on 178 as the Kiwis recovered from 27-3. Taylor made 113 and Mitchell Santner (45) hit a six to win the opening ODI for the hosts with four balls left. England’s Joe Root made 71 in 75 balls after being rested for the…

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Jack Hamilton, former MLB pitcher who hit Tony Conigliaro with pitch, dies at 79

BRANSON, Mo. — Jack Hamilton, whose errant inside pitch damaged the eyesight of Boston’s Tony Conigliaro in 1967 and caused a premature end to the career of the Red Sox star, has died. He was 79. Hamilton died Thursday at the Shepherd of the Hills Living Center in Branson, the Greenlawn Funeral Home said. Signed by St. Louis ahead of the 1957 season, he was selected by Philadelphia in a minor league draft after the 1960 season. Hamilton pitched in the major leagues from 1962 to 1969 and was 32-40…

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All MMA 

Jeremy Stephens knocks out Josh Emmett at UFC Fight Night, pleads for title shot

One thing is certain about Jeremy Stephens: Once he’s got an opponent hurt, he does not let him off the hook. Stephens (28-14) recorded a vicious second-round knockout over Josh Emmett in their featherweight main event on Saturday at UFC Fight Night in Orlando. The finish came at the 1:35 mark, after Stephens dropped Emmett (13-2) with a left hook across the chin. As Emmett tried to turtle and get back to his feet, Stephens landed a right uppercut and a series of hard, unanswered elbows to put him away….

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Golden State Warriors finally defeat Oklahoma City Thunder

0:21 Kevin Durant sees an open lane to the basket, takes it and throws down a thunderous one-handed jam that gets the fans out of their seats. OAKLAND, Calif. — Leaning deep into the left corner, Nick Young let fly on a 3 as the buzzer sounded on the third quarter, holding his pose and then breaking out a shimmy right in front of the Oklahoma City Thunder bench as the ball splashed through the net. Russell Westbrook popped up to give Young a shove for the showboating, but much…

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Jacksonville Jaguars reach 3-year extension with QB Blake Bortles

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed quarterback Blake Bortles to a three-year contract extension through the 2020 season, the team announced Saturday. The deal is for $54 million and could be worth up to $66.5 million with incentives, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal also includes $26.5 million in guaranteed money, according to the source. Now that the Jaguars have committed to Blake Bortles they need to put more talent around him, primarily at wide receiver and tight end. Bortles was due to make $19.053 million…

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All Boxing 

Donnie Nietes stops Juan Carlos Reveco; McWilliams Arroyo outpoints Carlos Cuadras in Superfly 2

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Manny Pacquiao, of course, is one of the greatest fighters in boxing history and sits atop the list of the all-time best from the Philippines with 1960s junior lightweight world champion Gabriel “Flash” Elorde and 1920s flyweight champion Pancho Villa behind him. But Donnie Nietes continued to make his case that he belongs in the conversation right behind Pacquiao as he retained his flyweight world title in a dominating seventh-round knockout of former two-division titlist and mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Reveco on the Srisaket Sor Rungvisai-Juan Francisco…

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New Jersey Devils retire jersey of all-time leading scorer Patrik Elias

NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils retired career scoring leader Patrik Elias‘ No. 26 jersey in a ceremony before their game against the New York Islanders on Saturday. The 41-year-old former Czech forward played his final game in 2016, finishing a 20-year career in New Jersey with two Stanley Cup championships and most of the team’s scoring records. “For someone growing up in Eastern Europe, in a communist country, there’s no way I could have ever dreamed of this day,” said Elias, whose eyes welled with tears during his…

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Fernando Verdasco, Diego Schwartzman advance to Rio Open final

7:21 PM ET Associated Press Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment RIO DE JANEIRO — Spain’s Fernando Verdasco and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman advanced Saturday to the Rio Open final. The eighth-seeded Verdasco beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-1, 7-5, and the sixth-seeded Schwartzman topped Chile’s Nicolas Jarry 7-5, 6-2 in the clay-court event at Jockey Club Brasileiro. Schwartzman will enter the top 20 for the first time. He also beat France’s Gael Monfils, Argentina’s Federico Delbonis and Norway’s Casper Ruud on his way to the final. Verdasco also topped…

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All Football 

West Brom: Alan Pardew hopes for a chance to ‘find a way to win’

West Brom’s only league win under Pardew was a 2-0 home victory over Brighton on 13 January West Brom manager Alan Pardew says he hopes he will be given time to keep the club in the Premier League following their 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield. The Baggies are bottom of the table, seven points from safety with 10 games of the season remaining. Pardew’s side have won just one league match in 14 attempts since he replaced Tony Pulis, who was sacked in November. “I hope so, but obviously that decision…

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All Golf 

Tiger Woods back seven strokes at Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The Tiger Woods of a different time may very well have walked off the Champions course at PGA National on Saturday in a foul mood, annoyed at the opportunities missed and the mistakes made. There were all those birdie putts that did not drop, then bogeys on two of the closing par-3s when the wind and water got the best of him. A 1-under-par 69 in the third round of the Honda Classic was “probably the highest score I could have shot,” Woods said. And…

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