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Six Nations star Duhan van Der Merwe could be a Lion against his brother

Six Nations star Duhan van Der Merwe could be a Lion against his brother

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Duhan van Der Merwe is discussing the pros and cons of veganism when his phone rings. 'Sorry guys, do you mind if I take this quickly?' he asks, briefly excusing himself to take a call from a potential new sponsor.Van der Merwe is one of rugby's new hot properties. After finishing the Six Nations as the tournament's top try scorer, everyone wants a piece of the Scotland winger.He soon returns from the call and, with the fridge only stocked with vegan coconut milk, he offers up a round of beers as he settles down to tell his story. Scotland's Duhan van Der Merwe finished the Six Nations as the tournament's top try scorer He could soon potentially play against his brother Akker on the Lions tour of South AfricaLife has changed quickly for Van der Merwe. Not long ago, he wa...
Life Has Moved On, but Fans in Atlanta Mourn the All-Star Game

Life Has Moved On, but Fans in Atlanta Mourn the All-Star Game

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ATLANTA — In and around Truist Park in suburban Atlanta on Friday, there were scant clues that Major League Baseball’s 2021 All-Star Game, as of roughly a week ago, was supposed to be held here on July 13.There were no leftover banners. There were no protests. Only a handful of people wore gear with the game’s logo. And the only booing heard on Friday night — when the Braves played their first home game following M.L.B.’s decision to yank the Midsummer Classic out of Georgia because of a contentious new voting law — was for the visiting Philadelphia Phillies and their outfielder Bryce Harper.The atmosphere around Truist Park felt almost prepandemic. Two hours before the first pitch, the bars and restaurants in the surrounding streets swarmed with fans. The concession-stand lines during the...
Joe Musgrove Throws First No-Hitter in Padres History

Joe Musgrove Throws First No-Hitter in Padres History

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In their 8,206th game as a franchise, the San Diego Padres finally joined the no-hitter club, as Joe Musgrove, a right-handed starter acquired during the off-season, thoroughly dominated the Texas Rangers in a 3-0 win on Friday.Musgrove, 28, was masterful, throwing 112 pitches (77 for strikes) and striking out 10, with the only base runner for Texas being Joey Gallo, who was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth inning.The Padres had been on the hook as the last franchise to throw a no-hitter since the Mets got one on June 1, 2012. Musgrove’s masterpiece was the 306th official no-hitter in major league history.In a busy off-season, the Padres acquired Musgrove from the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of a three-team trade in which the Mets received Joey Lucchesi and the Pirates received fo...
What Led Phillip Adams, Former N.F.L. Player, to a Shooting Spree?

What Led Phillip Adams, Former N.F.L. Player, to a Shooting Spree?

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Members of the Adams family have their own theories. They wonder whether football may have damaged his brain in the same way that has led other players to turn violent and, in a few cases, take their own lives.On Thursday, Alonzo Adams, Phillip's father, told WCNC, a Charlotte television station, “I think the football messed him up.” His sister, Lauren Adams, told USA Today that he had recently become uncharacteristically aggressive.“His mental health degraded fast and terribly bad,” she said. “There was unusual behavior.”Adams’s brain will be studied to determine whether he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., a degenerative brain disease associated with repeated hits to the head, according to Sabrina Gast, the coroner in York County. It can take months to receive a diagnosis ...
Why Didn’t Tiger Woods Get a Speeding Ticket?

Why Didn’t Tiger Woods Get a Speeding Ticket?

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To anybody who has ever received a speeding ticket, the resolution of the investigation into Tiger Woods’s car crash in February might seem odd.Despite the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s determination that Woods drove well above 80 miles per hour in a 45 m.p.h. zone, he was not given a ticket or charged with reckless driving. Law enforcement officers did not conduct field sobriety tests or obtain a search warrant for a blood test or toxicology report.This week, at a news conference to announce the results of his department’s investigation, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said his officers had conducted a thorough investigation and treated the famous golfer as they would anyone else.“Now, I know there is some saying that somehow he received special or preferential treatment of some kind,...
England Test captain Joe Root dismissed for a scratchy 16 on his return to action for Yorkshire

England Test captain Joe Root dismissed for a scratchy 16 on his return to action for Yorkshire

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Joe Root escaped the ignominy of being dismissed by his younger brother Billy but fell cheaply to another fledgling off-spinner during an unconvincing return to the county ranks.The England Test captain entered Yorkshire's match versus Glamorgan having not seen his lesser-known sibling since last September and looked like becoming the victim of family bragging rights when a missed sweep on four sparked a huge appeal for leg before from the Welsh side, only for umpire Russell Warren to offer a reprieve by judging the ball struck the pad outside the line of off-stump.But he became the third first-class victim of 22-year-old Callum Taylor when, soon after a two-minute lunchtime silence as a mark of respect to Prince Philip, he tried to impose himself with a straight blow down the ground but m...
Tennis star Eugenie Bouchard, 27, celebrates getting her ‘Willy Wonka Golden Ticket’ Covid-19 jab

Tennis star Eugenie Bouchard, 27, celebrates getting her ‘Willy Wonka Golden Ticket’ Covid-19 jab

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Eugenie Bouchard has taken to Twitter to celebrate receiving her coronavirus vaccine amid a reluctance from the Canadian's fellow tennis stars to get the jab.Sportsmail revealed last week tennis authorities have taken their first step towards incentivising players to get vaccinated by offering privileges to those prepared to get the jab. Those benefits would now apply to 27-year-old Bouchard, who made a reference to the Charlie and The Chocolate Factory movie after receiving her vaccine. Eugenie Bouchard has taken to Twitter to celebrate receiving her coronavirus vaccineBouchard wrote on Twitter: 'Got my Willy Wonka Golden Ticket', along with a photo of her with her vaccine record card, the plaster on her upper arm and a separate image of the ticket from the 1971 film.The news...
Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong ready for ‘pent up’ Exeter to ‘attack’ in Champions Cup quarter-final

Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong ready for ‘pent up’ Exeter to ‘attack’ in Champions Cup quarter-final

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Leinster are star-gazing once more in Europe ahead of the defining match of their season, but know that defending champions Exeter will not have their head in the clouds on Saturday. The four-time Heineken Champions Cup winners go to Sandy Park in the quarter-final full of respect for the English.Asked if Exeter would be hungry for another big European scalp after winning the Cup last autumn for the first time, Ireland and Lions tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong said: 'It goes either way for teams. They lay back on their laurels and expect it to happen and forget all the hurt that they have had over the years. Leinster's Tadhg Furlong (left) expects Rob Baxter's (right) Exeter to fiercely attack his side Leinster have been European champions four times, and won th...
Sale Sharks coach Alex Sanderson vows to hit French side La Rochelle with heavy metal rugby

Sale Sharks coach Alex Sanderson vows to hit French side La Rochelle with heavy metal rugby

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With Alex Sanderson now in charge at Sale Sharks, the mood music is changing up north.On Saturday they play their second ever Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final – first since 2006 – after a heavy-metal 57-14 thrashing of the Scarlets last week.Sanderson, formerly of Saracens, is known for providing players with a quirky theme for each match week by melding songs and humour with analysis. Alex Sanderson is preparing Sale for their second ever Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finalAgainst the Welsh in the last 16 game in Llanelli he wanted his Sharks to turn up the volume.‘Scarlets kicking game was like Sade – they want Smooth Operator,' he explained.'Nice and easy...Sound of Music, Do-rae-mi, "a long, long way to run". They want space to run.'I played through clips and said: "they wan...
Trevor Bauer Finds Himself at Center of Ball-Doctoring Inquiry

Trevor Bauer Finds Himself at Center of Ball-Doctoring Inquiry

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The baseball season is barely a week old, but questions of cheating, a problem that has plagued the sport in recent years, have already surfaced. The Athletic reported on Thursday that Major League Baseball is looking into baseballs used by Trevor Bauer in his start for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. The article cited unnamed sources who said the balls were sticky and had visible markings on them.Bauer, the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner, reacted sarcastically to the report on his Twitter account. He also noted that many baseballs were being collected from games across baseball, not only from him.The retrieval of the balls is part of a new policy that M.L.B. has instituted this year in which balls from every game, along with statistical data...