All Cycling 

Dame Katherine Grainger ‘disappointed’ by Shane Sutton comments

Dame Katherine Grainger tells Dan Roan she knew ‘very few people who had TUEs’ when she was rowing UK Sport chair Dame Katherine Grainger is “surprised and disappointed” after former Team Sky and British Cycling coach Shane Sutton said riders legally used banned drugs to “find the gains”. Sutton told a BBC Two documentary on Sunday that he and his riders “never crossed the line” in their use of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs). Grainger, an Olympic gold medal-winning rower, said: “I don’t know any athlete who would want to go…

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All NHL 

Fantasy NHL – Top 250 player rankings for the rest of season

1. Steven Stamkos, C, TB C1 2 2. Connor McDavid, C, Edm C2 1 3. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB RW1 4 4. Sidney Crosby, C, Pit C3 3 5. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, StL RW2 6 6. Auston Matthews, C, Tor C4 7 7. Alex Ovechkin, RW, Was RW3 5 8. Phil Kessel, RW, Pit RW4 17 9. Blake Wheeler, RW, Wpg RW5 12 10. Jamie Benn, LW, Dal LW1 13 11. Erik Karlsson, D, Ott D1 11 12. Patrick Kane, RW, Chi RW6 9 13. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Cls G1…

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All Tennis 

Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies of cancer at 49

7:43 AM ET ESPN staff Former Wimbledon singles champion Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49. “After a long battle with cancer, Jana died peacefully, surrounded by her family in her native Czech Republic, aged 49,” the WTA confirmed in a statement released Monday. Novotna retired in 1999, two years after reaching a career-high singles ranking of world No. 2 two years earlier. Over the course of a highly successful 14-year career, Novotna picked up 100 titles including 76 doubles crowns. The highlight of her singles career came…

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All Football 

Jonna Andersson: Chelsea Ladies to sign Sweden international

Jonna Andersson started three games at Euro 2017 as Sweden reached the quarter-finals Chelsea Ladies have agreed a deal to sign Sweden international Jonna Andersson from Linkopings. The 24-year-old defender, who can play at left-back or wing-back, will join the Blues when the transfer window reopens on Friday, 29 December. Andersson has won three league titles and three Swedish Cups during a nine-year spell with women’s Allsvenskan side Linkopings. ‘Jonna is a player I am very excited about,” boss Emma Hayes said. “I have been keeping tabs on her for…

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All MLB 

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel among Hall of Fame ballot newcomers

NEW YORK — Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for the Hall of Fame. They are joined by Johan Santana and Chris Carpenter. Also among the newcomers to the 33-man ballot announced Monday are Jamie Moyer, Andruw Jones, Carlos Lee, Kevin Millwood, Carlos Zambrano and Johnny Damon. Trevor Hoffman, who fell five votes short last year, leads the holdovers that include Vladimir Guerrero, Edgar Martinez, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling. Roy Halladay…

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All Rugby 

WRU starts review into club competitions

Merthyr won the 2016-17 Welsh Premiership title, their first season at that level The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has begun a review into all levels of competition below regional rugby. The review will include the second-tier Welsh Premiership and third-tier Championship, in which 28 clubs play. WRU National Leagues are in place below those levels. WRU head of rugby performance Geraint John says they want “a wholly fit-for-purpose future competition structure that best supports the performance pathway through to the national team”. Scrum V Sunday podcast: What lies ahead for…

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All Golf 

Golf — Fall movers make an early splash on the PGA Tour wraparound season

Often derided, the fall events that make up the early part of the PGA Tour’s wrap-around schedule have concluded, leading to a six-week break through the holidays in which there will be no official events in which to earn FedEx Cup or Ryder Cup points or money-list earnings. But don’t tell those who prospered during this recent stretch that the tournaments that started with the Safeway Classic and ended with Sunday’s RSM Classic are not meaningful. That is hardly the case. The seven-week run accounts for 17.5 percent of the…

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All Cricket 

Anthony McGrath: Essex name ex-England all-rounder as head coach

Anthony McGrath played in four Tests and 14 one-day internationals for England County champions Essex have appointed assistant coach Anthony McGrath as their new head coach. Ex-Yorkshire and England all-rounder McGrath joined Essex in February 2016 as assistant to Chris Silverwood, who left his position on 1 November to become England bowling coach. McGrath, 42, had previously spent a year on Yorkshire’s coaching staff. “He was an integral part of the success over the past two years,” chief executive Derek Bowden said. “The players know how he works, we know…

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All NBA 

Lebron says he’s all for Reggie Jackson’s free throw distraction – Cleveland Cavaliers Blog

DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons improved to 11-5 on Sunday with a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves thanks in no small part to Pistons guard Reggie Jackson icing Jimmy Butler when Bulls guard was at the free throw line late with a chance to tie the game. LeBron James, whose Cleveland Cavaliers face Jackson and the Pistons on Monday, said Jackson was taking a page out of his own book with the tactic. “I’ve done it before,” James said at shootaround Monday morning. “I won a playoff series before doing…

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All Boxing 

Injured David Haye withdraws from rematch with Tony Bellew

Former heavyweight titleholder David Haye is injured again, forcing him to withdraw from his much-anticipated rematch with Tony Bellew on Monday, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced. David Haye has a long history of postponements and injuries. Here, ESPN looks back at his career where he has frequently had the misfortune of injury troubles. Haye and Bellew were due to square off again in an all-British showdown on Dec. 17 at the O2 Arena in London. However, Haye tore his left biceps training for the fight and had surgery to…

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