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Barcelona Open third-round results

BARCELONA, Spain — Rafael Nadal cruised into the Barcelona Open quarterfinals by defeating fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday. The top-ranked Nadal converted on his second match point to clinch his 16th straight victory on clay and set up an encounter with Martin Klizan, who eliminated Novak Djokovic in the second round. Nadal, coming off his 11th Monte Carlo title, has won 11 of his 12 ATP Tour matches this season, with the only loss coming from an injury retirement in the Australian Open quarterfinals. He has won…

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NFL draft turns into significant event business

The NFL draft has turned into a significant event business, as 420,000 people applied for tickets to attend this year at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. And 20 NFL teams have expressed interest in hosting the event over the next five years. This year’s draft, which begins Thursday night at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, will be the first held in a stadium. Demand has been big enough that free tickets to see the first round in person have sold on eBay for as much as $300 each. “It’s…

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All Rugby 

Steve Brown: RFU chief concerned over Premiership club finances

Exeter won their maiden Premiership title at Twickenham last year, a success that helped them make a profit Rugby Football Union chief executive Steve Brown feels the current financial situation at many Premiership clubs is a concern. Only one top-flight English club made money last year – Exeter Chiefs, who beat Wasps to win their first Premiership title – amid widespread unease over escalating costs. “It’s always a worry,” Brown told BBC Radio 5 live. “It’s never good to see clubs in financial difficulty.” One of the principal investors in…

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All MLB 

Miami Marlins victory over Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday was biggest baseball upset for Las Vegas books since 2007

The Miami Marlins pulled off one of the biggest baseball upsets of the past decade Wednesday night, when they took down Clayton Kershaw and the heavily favored Los Angeles Dodgers 8-6. The Dodgers closed as high as -450 favorites at Las Vegas sportsbooks, making them one of the largest favorites in recent history. On June 4, 2016, Kershaw and the Dodgers were as high as -485 favorites over the Atlanta Braves. Those are the largest odds for a favorite in the past 13 seasons, according to sports betting database BetLabSports,…

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All Cricket 

Morgan ‘not terribly disappointed’ by London Stadium World Cup omission

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan says news that the 60,000-seater London Stadium will not host any matches at the 2019 ICC World Cup “is not terribly disappointing”. “We haven’t played there before, an element of unpredictability might have crept in with no previous record at the ground,” he said. The 10-team tournament, the schedule for which was announced on Thursday, runs from 30 May to 14 July 2019. READ MORE: London Stadium not one of 11 tournament venues Source link

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All Boxing 

Tyson Fury insists Deontay Wilder negativity spurred him to make boxing return

10:54 AM ET Will KentESPN UK Tyson Fury has credited Deontay Wilder with spurring him on during his difficult time away from boxing as the British heavyweight prepares for his return to the ring. Fury (25-0, 18 KOs), who hasn’t fought since his famous victory over Wladimir Klitschko back in November 2015, is set to fight on June 9 against a currently unnamed fighter. Eddie Hearn insists the $50 million which Deontay Wilder has offered Anthony Joshua is of interest but wants to see proof of funds and the prospective…

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All Football 

Champions League: Liverpool to meet with officials over Rome security fears

Rival Liverpool and Roma fans clashed just before the kick-off outside Anfield Liverpool have requested an “extraordinary meeting” amid security fears over the Champions League semi-final second leg in Rome on Wednesday. The Reds beat Roma 5-2 in Tuesday’s first leg at Anfield, but Liverpool fan Sean Cox is in a critical condition after being injured by Italian fans. The club have sold the 5,000 tickets they were allocated at Stadio Olimpico. But police have warned Liverpool fans without a ticket for the match not to travel to the Italian…

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All NHL 

2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Conn Smythe award watch, top 10 candidates after the first round

12:54 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Eight teams are still standing in the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs after a first round that was notable for its relative brevity, sans the seven-game Toronto Maple Leafs–Boston Bruins series. That said, there was enough of a sample to deliver 10 players who are on track for the Conn Smythe Trophy should their teams have the good fortune of advancing through the playoffs. Here are some early MVP candidates in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Sometimes the Conn Smythe goes not only to the most valuable…

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All Cricket 

2019 World Cup: London Stadium not one of 11 tournament venues

Morgan ‘not terribly disappointed’ by London Stadium omission London Stadium will not host any World Cup matches next summer. The England and Wales Cricket Board was considering high-capacity venues to host the 50-over competition in 2019, but the home of West Ham is not one of the 11 grounds named. Lord’s will host the final on 14 July, while the semi-finals will be played at Old Trafford and Edgbaston. England play the first match of the tournament against South Africa at The Oval on 30 May. Australia begin their title…

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