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Ulster players express ‘sadness’ at exit of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding

Ireland hooker Rob Herring read an Ulster players’ statement Ulster players have expressed their “sadness” at the departures of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding following the termination of their contracts. Jackson and Olding had their contracts revoked by Ulster and the IRFU on Saturday after being cleared of rape last month following a nine-week trial. Ireland hooker Rob Herring read a short prepared statement from Ulster players. “It is with a great deal of sadness that the players and pro staff have learnt of this outcome,” said Herring. “We know…

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Bristol Bears: Promoted club ‘looking to the future’ with rebrand, says owner

Bristol Rugby owner Steve Lansdown says rebranding the club as Bristol Bears is a nod to its future after being “down in the dumps” in recent seasons. The club will change name officially on 1 June as it also returns to the Premiership next season following promotion from the Championship. “We’re going to look after our existing supporters,” he told BBC Points West. “There’s plans for exciting new things at Ashton Gate. “But, going forward, we need to attract new supporters and with 27,000 seats to fill, our ambition is…

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Aiden Markram: Durham stint not purely a personal quest for South Africa opener

Aiden Markram only made his South Africa Test debut in September but has already reached 1,000 runs South Africa opener Aiden Markram says his short-term stint at Durham in 2018 is not just about personal development. The 23-year will play four County Championship games at the start of the season, having made a stunning impact in Test cricket following his debut against Bangladesh in September. Markram has scored 1,000 runs for South Africa at an average of 55.55, with four 100s and three 50s in 18 innings. “The biggest thing…

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Draymond Green of Golden State Warriors says Spurs’ Davis Bertans should have been called for flagrant foul, too

OAKLAND — Golden State forward Draymond Green said he should not have been the only player to receive a flagrant 1 foul late in Monday’s 116-101 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of their first-round series. Green said Spurs forward Davis Bertans played a role in the incident, which occurred with 4:52 left in the contest, and warranted the same penalty. The two players were battling for position to collect a rebound. Bertans was sealed off by Green, and his left elbow appeared to be planted near…

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Maybe New York Mets don’t have ‘it’ after all – SweetSpot

“Yes, it’s only 14 games, but there’s no doubt the Mets feel like they have ‘it’ right now … while the Washington Nationals most definitely don’t.” — David Schoenfield, ESPN.com, Sunday Fast-forward to Monday night at Citi Field, where the New York Mets led the Nationals 6-1 through seven innings as Jacob deGrom was cruising along with a four-hitter and 11 strikeouts, the only damage being Bryce Harper‘s broken-bat home run heard around the internet: Benny “The Jet” busted the guts out of a baseball… Roy Hobbs had light-tower power……

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Mainz v Freiburg: Hosts awarded penalty on VAR after half-time whistle blown

Referee Guido Winkmann had to call back both sets of players while the sprinklers were on for half-time A penalty was awarded after players had already left the pitch for half-time in Mainz’s Bundesliga win over relegation rivals Freiburg on Monday. Referee Guido Winkmann called both sides back from the dressing room after consulting the video assistant referee (VAR) system and penalising Freiburg for handball. Mainz midfielder Pablo de Blasis scored the penalty to put the hosts 1-0 up. “It leaves a bitter taste,” Freiburg sporting director Jochen Saier said….

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Don Jones of San Francisco 49ers escorts girl with Down syndrome to prom

MOULTON, Ala. — A special-needs student had a one-of-a-kind prom date when an NFL player returned to his home county in Alabama to take her to the dance. Don Jones is a 27-year-old defensive back for the San Francisco 49ers who is from Lawrence County. He told WBRC-TV (Birmingham) it was a “blessing” to go to the prom Friday night with 18-year-old Lindsey Preston, who has Down syndrome. Jones is a family friend. His mother taught Preston in elementary school. Preston’s mother, Kristi Martin, told The Associated Press that Jones…

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Jurickson Profar of Texas Rangers in concussion protocol after collision

Injuries continue to plague the Texas Rangers, who have seen many players sent to the disabled list early in the season. The latest player to be bitten by the injury bug was shortstop Jurickson Profar, who exited Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the second inning. Profar collided with Rays center fielder Mallex Smith as Smith slid into second base. Profar is in the concussion protocol and will be re-evaluated on Tuesday. Rangers medical staff tended to Profar before the shortstop left the field. He was replaced…

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ Leo Komarov out for Game 3 against Boston Bruins

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov is out for Monday night’s Game 3 matchup with the Boston Bruins in their Eastern Conference first-round series. Komarov, 31, has a lower-body injury sustained in Game 2 on a hard check from Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller. Coach Mike Babcock said Komarov will try skating Tuesday and would likely be a game-time decision for Game 4 Thursday. The Bruins went into Game 3 holding a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series. Komarov is the second Toronto forward sitting out, with Nazem Kadri serving the…

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John Wall — Washington Wizards weren’t playing up to potential in opener

TORONTO — John Wall leaned back in his seat on the Toronto Raptors‘ old practice court, sunglasses on and looking relaxed. Despite the fact that the Washington Wizards trail the top-seeded Raptors 1-0 in this best-of-seven Eastern Conference series, Wall remains confident that the Wizards played far from their best basketball in Game 1, a 114-106 victory for Toronto. What the Wizards’ point guard doesn’t know is when his All-Star explosiveness will return after missing two months because of knee surgery. But he’s certain he can still show what he…

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