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Christmas is CANCELLED for those playing in the Australian Open

Christmas is CANCELLED for those playing in the Australian Open

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Anyone hoping to emulate US Open champion Emma Raducanu by qualifying for the next tennis Grand Slam will probably have to cancel their Christmas.It is also expected that any festivities will not be taking place at home for main draw players at the Australian Open, with charter flights to Melbourne leaving in the midst of the holiday period.Plans are advanced for the qualifying tournament to take place in the Middle East, with the most likely date for the final qualifying round said to be Christmas Eve. Anyone hoping to emulate US Open champion Emma Raducanu (above) by qualifying for the next tennis Grand Slam will probably have to cancel their ChristmasEither side of that planes are due to be leaving for Melbourne for all players and their staff, with the Australian government req...
Lewis Hamilton is accused of ‘DRAMATISING’ the neck injury suffered in Max Verstappen crash at Monza

Lewis Hamilton is accused of ‘DRAMATISING’ the neck injury suffered in Max Verstappen crash at Monza

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Ralf Schumacher believes that Lewis Hamilton overreacted after his crash with Max Verstappen at the Italian Grand Prix. Verstappen's vehicle launched from the curb and landed on top of Hamilton's Mercedes, leaving only the protective Halo device from causing a serious injury to the world champion. This was Verstappen and Hamilton's second collision of the season after they previously collided at the British Grand Prix.    Lewis Hamilton has been accused of overreacting after his crash with Max Verstappen in Italy Verstappen criticised Hamilton for not giving him enough room, on the Red Bull team radio Hamilton took a moment to inspect the respective damage suffered by the two cars Even though Hamilton was able to continue after the collisio...
Pakistan fear England will CANCEL their 2022-23 tour after pulling out of next month’s T20s

Pakistan fear England will CANCEL their 2022-23 tour after pulling out of next month’s T20s

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A furious Pakistan fear England will pull out of their 2022-23 tour following their controversial decision to cancel next month's visit – with PCB chairman Ramiz Raja accusing the ECB of 'using and binning' the game in his country.On the day Britain's high commissioner to Pakistan said he supported this year's tour and had not advised against it on security grounds, Ramiz said his board would put in place a 'back-up plan' ahead of next year because of a breakdown in trust between the two countries.The ECB have insisted they have a 'longstanding commitment' to fulfil the trip in October 2022, comprising five one-day internationals and three Tests, as part of the ICC's Future Tours Programme. A furious Pakistan fear England will pull out of their 2022-23 tour, which includes five ODI...
Former Outfielder Anthony Gose Wows in Cleveland Pitching Debut

Former Outfielder Anthony Gose Wows in Cleveland Pitching Debut

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After his career as a major league outfielder wound down, Anthony Gose decided to give pitching a chance. The move seemed like a long shot, a bid to extend a career that was realistically probably over.On Monday, Gose made his major league pitching debut for Cleveland at age 31. He threw an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run, but more impressively popped 100 miles an hour on the gun. An unlikely comeback might have begun.Gose was a great pitcher in high school in Southern California, but chose outfield because he wanted to play every day. He was good enough to be drafted in the second round by Philadelphia in 2008.His career never quite took off. Thanks to his top-notch speed — he once stole 76 bases in a minor league season — he spent five seasons from 2012 to 2016 with Toronto and De...
England: Eddie Jones drops Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Jamie George AND George Ford from squad

England: Eddie Jones drops Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Jamie George AND George Ford from squad

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Eddie Jones fired a shot across the bows at several senior figures, dropping Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Jamie George and George Ford from his first England squad of the season.While only picked for the purposes of gathering together 45 men for a two-day camp next week, Jones has discarded four of his most-selected players, and two Lions, with Elliot Daly also out injured.Exciting talents who went on the Lions tour Marcus Smith and Sam Simmonds – last selected in 2018 – are in, with Manu Tuilagi also back. Eddie Jones named his first England squad of the season on Tuesday morning Billy Vunipola (left) and Mako Vunipola (right) were notable omissions from the 45-man squadUncapped Gabriel Oghre, the Wasps hooker, Sam Riley, a 20-year-old Harlequins hooker, the ch...
Star Rookie and Veterans Steer Liberty’s Rocky Season to the Playoffs

Star Rookie and Veterans Steer Liberty’s Rocky Season to the Playoffs

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“Michaela came into camp probably the most consistent shooter on the team in preseason. She was knocking down every shot,” Hopkins said. “Her athleticism, her explosion, her defensive versatility, and then her personality is absolutely wonderful, so she really separated herself in camp.”In the season opener, Onyenwere scored 18 points against Indiana, in a victory punctuated by Sabrina Ionescu’s game-winning 3-pointer with less than a second remaining. Onyenwere closed out the first month of her pro career with a season-high 29 points against Atlanta.“Coming in, I didn’t expect any of this,” Onyenwere said. “I didn’t put too much pressure on myself, because I know that if I do that, I won’t play as freely as I want to.” She continued to play with joy and purpose, though an elbow injury on ...
England could miss out on Harlequins starlet Louis Lynagh with Australia or Italy able to pinch him

England could miss out on Harlequins starlet Louis Lynagh with Australia or Italy able to pinch him

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England could miss out on Harlequins starlet Louis Lynagh — son of Australia legend Michael — and would be powerless to stop the Wallabies or Italy moving in for him this autumn. The winger, 20, is not expected to be included in Eddie Jones’ first squad of the summer, a 45-man group announced on Monday for a brief training camp next week.So Australia or Italy could pinch Lynagh — who qualifies for both, and for England via his parents — as early as next month. Lynagh grew up in south London and has played for England Under 16, 18 and 19. Australia are considering relaxing their ‘Giteau Law’ which bans overseas players with fewer than 60 caps representing the Wallabies. England could miss out on Harlequins starlet Louis Lynagh — son of Australia legend MichaelAustralia and Ital...
Liam Livingstone reveals he wants to follow Ben Stokes into the England Test team

Liam Livingstone reveals he wants to follow Ben Stokes into the England Test team

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There could not be a greater contrast between the resumption of the IPL and the climax of the County Championship but one man will be playing an integral part in one while keeping a close eye on the other.Liam Livingstone is a key figure, in the absence of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, for Rajasthan Royals on the return of the richest and glitziest of franchise tournaments.But on Tuesday he will be just as invested in the more traditional surroundings of Aigburth in Liverpool where his Lancashire side can clinch only their second Championship title, outright, in the last 87 years with victory over Hampshire. Liam Livingstone has revealed he has ambitions to play Test cricket with England in the future‘I’ll be watching on the live stream when I’m not playing,’ said Livingstone from Du...
Seimone Augustus Found Her Voice Long Before Coaching

Seimone Augustus Found Her Voice Long Before Coaching

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The first time Seimone Augustus realized what she was capable of wasn’t when, as a 14-year-old, she landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Women next to the question, “Is She the Next Michael Jordan?”When Augustus, a W.N.B.A. legend who retired this year after 15 seasons, reflects on the moments that made her understand her potential, she thinks of the stands at Capitol High School in Baton Rouge, La. She led the team to back-to-back state titles, scoring 3,600 points and losing just seven games in four years.The school is at the center of the predominantly Black neighborhood where she grew up, a neighborhood she described as close-knit and full of “a bunch of people that you would never know who helped make my game the way it is.” With each win, though, the crowds that gathered to ...
Nets Rookie Day’Ron Sharpe Goes Apartment Shopping.

Nets Rookie Day’Ron Sharpe Goes Apartment Shopping.

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Day’Ron Sharpe ducked his head under the doorway instinctively and scanned his eyes across the apartment. Its shape was a straight line running perpendicular to him with two bedrooms and a bathroom to his left; another bedroom and bathroom to his right; and a kitchen, living room and balcony opening up in bright light from big windows before him.In that moment, it didn’t matter that this brand-new building in Downtown Brooklyn was still coated in dust. It didn’t matter that he’d just taken an elevator that had insulation on the walls and plywood on the floor. It didn’t even matter that the construction crew had left behind a ladder and soda bottles in the living room, or that the fire alarm was shrieking a low-battery warning every 60 seconds. All that mattered was this: He could imagine h...