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Chris Froome: Team Sky rider says adverse drugs test will not affect Tour de France plans

Froome won his fourth Tour de France title in July, before winning the Vuelta a Espana in September Chris Froome says he is prepared to race the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France even if the investigation into his adverse drugs test is unresolved. Froome competes in the Ruta del Sol this week in his first race since the case became public in December. The Team Sky rider, 32, is targeting a third straight Grand Tour title at the Giro in May. “I hope it doesn’t get that far but…

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Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter says he’s okay with facial hair

Though he was clean-shaven during his playing career for the New York Yankees, an organization noted for its strict policy on facial hair, Derek Jeter says he’s fine if members of the Miami Marlins want to sport a mustache or beard. But players shouldn’t get carried away — any hair must be “well-groomed,” Jeter emphasized to reporters on Tuesday. “You want people to look professional,” said Jeter, the Marlins’ CEO. “I think if you look professional, you act professional.” Jeter added that players are “individuals, they have their personalities. You…

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Wasps: Will Rowlands and Jack Willis sign new contracts with Premiership club

Second-row forward Will Rowlands has made 40 appearances for Wasps since his debut in 2012 Forwards Will Rowlands and Jack Willis have signed a new contracts with Premiership side Wasps. Second-row forward Rowlands, 26, came through Wasps’ academy and has made 12 appearances this season. Back-row Willis, 21, joined Wasps in 2015 and has made 17 of his 25 appearances for the club this campaign. “Will has really come on during the last two or three seasons and is a valuable member of our squad,” Wasps director of rugby Dai…

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Bill Haas injured in fatal car accident

LOS ANGELES — Professional golfer Bill Haas escaped serious injury as a passenger in a Ferrari involved in a rollover crash that killed his driver, officials said Wednesday. The driver of a BMW involved in the collision was injured, and actor Luke Wilson, who was driving a third vehicle clipped by the Ferrari, was not hurt. The accident happened on a residential block in the wealthy Pacific Palisades neighborhood around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Los Angeles police Officer James Stoughton. The Ferrari’s driver, who died at the scene, was…

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Daniel Worrall: Gloucestershire sign Australia bowler as overseas player

Daniel Worrall played three ODIs for Australia in 2016 Gloucestershire have signed Australia bowler Daniel Worrall as their overseas player for part of the 2018 season. The 26-year-old seamer, who has played three one-day internationals, will be eligible for the County Championship and One-Day Cup. He will be with Gloucestershire from the start of the campaign until 2 July. “I believe that I will be suited to bowling well in English conditions and I can’t wait to get started,” Worrall told Gloucestershire’s website. “It’s been a long-held ambition of mine…

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Sarah Storey returns to GB team for Para-cycling Track World Championships

Storey is set to compete in three events in Brazil The 14-time Paralympic champion Sarah Storey will return to the Great Britain team for next month’s Para-Cycling Track World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Storey has been named in a 22-strong squad for the event from 22-25 March. The 40-year-old gave birth to her second child in October and missed the 2017 season. She became Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian at Rio 2016, where she added three golds to her tally. “I’m delighted to be back in the hunt…

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Tyronn Lue says Cleveland Cavaliers have ‘exceeded’ expectations since trade deadline

OKLAHOMA CITY — After the Cleveland Cavaliers headed into the All-Star break with two big road wins over the Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder with their new trade acquisitions in tow, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue had something to admit. “They exceeded my expectations,” Lue said following a 120-112 win over the Thunder on Tuesday. LeBron James led the way against OKC with 37 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, helping the Cavs avenge an embarrassing 148-124 home loss to the Thunder on Jan. 20, but once again, it was…

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Chapecoense: Nacional fined and fans banned for ‘sick’ taunts about plane crash

Chapecoense: The day football wept Nacional have been fined $80,000 (£57,500) and their fans banned for three games after some taunted Chapecoense about the plane crash which killed 19 players and staff. During a Copa Libertadores match in January, some fans of the Uruguayan club made gestures referring to the 2016 crash involving the Brazilian side. Nacional said the “horrendous” incident brought a “deep sense of shame”. Conmebol, South American football’s governing body, banned Nacional fans for their next three continental away games. “Unfortunately, many sick minds channel their irrationality…

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‘He used to bully the hell out of me’ – Niall Malone on Richard Cockerill

Ex-Leicester Tigers hooker Richard Cockerill played 27 times for England Niall Malone has praised Richard Cockerill’s impact on Edinburgh this season but says his former Leicester Tigers team-mate used to “scare” him. The Ulster skills coach played with Cockerill two decades ago and they now face each other in the Pro14 on Friday. “I went to his wedding so we must have had quite a good relationship by the end of it, but he used to bully me to pieces,” quipped Malone. “He really scared me, frightened me actually.” Rejuvenated…

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Karrie Webb is choosing life over golf

Karrie Webb says it’s time to choose life over golf. But given her time over, she isn’t sure she would have chosen golf to start with. Such is the burst of growth in other women’s sports in Australia, Webb says golf risks getting left behind. “When I was 11, I told my parents that I wanted to be a professional golfer,” Webb said on the eve of the Australian Open in Adelaide. “That was followed up shortly later with ‘I will either be a professional golfer or I will play…

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