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Ashes: England sent message to themselves & Australia – Michael Vaughan

All the best TMS moments from day one in Pint-sized Ashes First Ashes Test, Gabba, Brisbane (day one of five) England 196-4: Vince 83, Stoneman 53 Australia: Yet to bat Scorecard England “sent a message” on the opening day of the Ashes that they will compete with Australia, says former captain Michael Vaughan. The tourists recovered from 2-1 to reach 196-4 in Brisbane, thanks to James Vince’s 83, Mark Stoneman’s 53 and an unbeaten 28 from Dawid Malan. “I was concerned that England might get blown away,” Vaughan, who captained…

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Wales v New Zealand: All Blacks captain Kieran Read ruled out

Kieran Read (L) and Sam Whitelock have won a combined 204 caps for New Zealand Autumn internationals: Wales v New Zealand Venue: Principality Stadium Date: Saturday, 25 November Kick-off: 17:15 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC One Wales & S4C, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary. New Zealand captain Kieran Read will miss Saturday’s game against Wales in Cardiff with a sore back. Lock Sam Whitelock, 29, leads the team for the first time in his 96th international appearance….

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Kevin Durant, mother Wanda, say focus on OKC has gone too far

OKLAHOMA CITY – Kevin Durant and his mother, Wanda, believe the hype surrounding Durant and Russell Westbrook has gone too far. “It’s not about me and Russ,” the small forward told ESPN after the Golden State Warriors lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-91 on Wednesday. “It’s about the Thunder and the Warriors. Myself and Russ are competing out there. That’s part of the game. It’s basketball. It’s not about us. We’re just playing the game, and trash talking is part of it. That’s all it is.” Westbrook finished an…

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Week 12 NFL predictions: Scores for every game – NFL Nation

NFL Nation reporters predict the outcomes and scores for Thursday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s Week 12 games. PickCenter It’s no secret the Vikings have struggled to score against the Lions during Mike Zimmer’s tenure. Minnesota has control of the NFC North with six consecutive wins and has not lost a game since it faced Detroit in Week 4. The biggest challenge for Case Keenum and his playmakers will be picking up big chunks of yardage against the Lions’ secondary. The Lions are allowing nearly 154 yards rushing on average since losing…

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Isaiah Thomas makes special connection with young cancer patient at Cleveland Cavaliers charity event

As 5-year old Gavin Heileman stood at the foot of the stage, minutes from his turn in the spotlight, Isaiah Thomas took Gavin’s hand and held it tightly while the pair awaited their cue. Thomas was Gavin’s chaperone at the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ annual “Big Shots and Little Stars” fundraiser for the Flashes of Hope charity, and though each player was randomly matched with a child for the evening, there was something about the two that just fit. “I got little boys, so I know how that is,” Thomas says. “He…

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Chael Sonnen breaks down Bellator’s World Grand Prix opening round

The Bellator MMA World Grand Prix is officially set, with the opening round scheduled to take place in early 2018. Collectively, the eight-man field has accomplished virtually everything imaginable in the sport of mixed martial arts. And the eventual winner will add a Bellator heavyweight title to his résumé. What should we make of the opening-round matchups? And what does each individual fighter need to do to win it all? Tournament contestant and ESPN analyst Chael Sonnen offers his thoughts on both. Chael Sonnen, above, will square off with Quinton…

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Razzle-dazzle moves highlight Thanksgiving Eve slate of games

What was your favorite highlight from Thanksgiving eve? Greg Wyshynski: I hate the shootout with every fiber of my being, but if it needs to exist then it should serve as a highlight-generating platform for the skills of high-end players. And that was the case in shootout wins for the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. Aleksander Barkov scored one of those delightful one-handed Peter Forsberg-esque goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs that look so effortless and are nightmare fuel for goalies: Barkov one-handed shootout goal: pic.twitter.com/BbRhq41F7c —…

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Howard Bryant — How have we not progressed past these mascots? NFL Washington Redskins

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s Dec. 4 issue. Subscribe today! Thirteen months ago, before Game 2 of the World Series, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred shared a podium with Hall of Famer Henry Aaron and retiring Red Sox titan David Ortiz. Manfred was asked how, with the world watching baseball’s marquee event, the league could still abide the Indians’ using Chief Wahoo as a mascot. Manfred fidgeted, annoyed by the presence of a fastball where there were supposed to be only softballs. He insisted there was no place for…

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British Cycling: Jason & Laura Kenny named among podium riders

Jason and Laura Kenny have won 10 Olympic gold medals between them Jason and Laura Kenny have both been named among 35 podium riders by British Cycling for the 2017-18 period. Six-time Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny, 29, revealed in September that he had reversed a decision to retire. Laura Kenny, 25, who has won four Olympic gold medals, gave birth to the couple’s first child in August. Annie Last, 27, returns to the mountain bike programme’s senior squad after wining a silver medal in the UCI World Championships in…

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England v Samoa: Dylan Hartley on bench as Sam Simmonds makes first start

Autumn internationals: England v Samoa Venue: Twickenham Date: Saturday, 25 November Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online, plus live text commentary on the BBC Sport website Captain Dylan Hartley has been left out of England’s starting XV for the first time under Eddie Jones, for Saturday’s match against Samoa at Twickenham. More to follow. Line ups England: Mike Brown; Jonny May, Henry Slade, Alex Lozowski, Elliot Daly; George Ford, Danny Care; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Dan Cole , Joe Launchbury, Charlie Ewels;…

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