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The Ashes: Australia and England look to put off-field problems to one side as fierce rivalry reignites

The Ashes: Australia and England look to put off-field problems to one side as fierce rivalry reignites

Australia and England take to the field for the first Test on Wednesday of the highly-anticipated Ashes series, with both teams burdened by off-pitch scandals in recent weeks. Considered by some the pinnacle of cricket, The Ashes, is five-Test series of contests between the two powerhouses and is the sport’s oldest rivalry. Beginning in 1882,…

Monday Night Football: New England Patriots edge Buffalo Bills in ‘crazy game’ to win seventh straight
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Monday Night Football: New England Patriots edge Buffalo Bills in ‘crazy game’ to win seventh straight

The New England Patriots edged out the Buffalo Bills 14-10 on a blustery night at the Highmark Stadium in Buffalo to extend their winning streak to seven games. Due to the high winds, with gusts reaching 50 miles per hour, the Patriots completed just two of three passes for 19 yards, the fewest attempted passes…

Heisman Trophy finalists announced, winner to be awarded Saturday
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Heisman Trophy finalists announced, winner to be awarded Saturday

Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud and Alabama quarterback Bryce Young were announced Monday as the four finalists in the running for college football’s top individual award, the Heisman Memorial Trophy. Ballots provided to 927 media members and former Heisman winners asked for their top three choices,,…

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit dies at Santa Anita
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Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit dies at Santa Anita

Kentucky Derby-winning horse Medina Spirit died Monday at Santa Anita racetrack in Southern California, according to the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). Medina Spirit collapsed near the finish line just as he was completing a workout and died immediately, the CHRB told CNN. “Following the completion of a routine morning workout, Medina Spirit collapsed on…

Detroit Lions end 15-game winless run and pay tribute to Michigan school shooting victims
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Detroit Lions end 15-game winless run and pay tribute to Michigan school shooting victims

After 15 games without a victory across a period of almost a year, the Detroit Lions’ winless run has finally come to an end. Jared Goff’s last-gasp touchdown pass to Amon-Ra St. Brown handed the Lions a dramatic 29-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, sparking wild celebrations among the players. The Lions, whose…

Judit Polgár became a chess grandmaster at 15 and beat the best just like the ‘Queen’s Gambit’ protagonist Beth Harmon
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Judit Polgár became a chess grandmaster at 15 and beat the best just like the ‘Queen’s Gambit’ protagonist Beth Harmon

László Polgár is an educational psychologist who believes a child can excel at anything if pushed. He home schooled his three daughters as an experiment to prove this, pushing them to play chess intensely from an early age. They would practice for hours on end with each other as they chased perfection on the board.…

Lewis Hamilton accuses Max Verstappen of ‘being over the limit’ after thrilling Saudi Arabian GP
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Lewis Hamilton accuses Max Verstappen of ‘being over the limit’ after thrilling Saudi Arabian GP

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s rivalry continued to heat up on Sunday — both on and off the track — at an action-packed Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, as the Mercedes driver won his third consecutive race to go level on points with the Dutchman in the driver standings with one race remaining in the Formula…

The College Football Playoff will feature Alabama v. Cincinnati and Michigan v. Georgia
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The College Football Playoff will feature Alabama v. Cincinnati and Michigan v. Georgia

The Alabama Crimson Tide, Michigan Wolverines, Georgia Bulldogs and the Cincinnati Bearcats will compete in the College Football Playoff, the selection committee announced on Sunday. In the semifinal games scheduled for December 31, No. 1 Alabama (12-1) will face off against No. 4 Cincinnati (13-0) at the Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington,…

Pro Football Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey dies at 77
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Pro Football Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey dies at 77

Longtime Atlanta Falcons defensive end and Pro Football Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey has died at the age of 77. Humphrey passed away on Friday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Saturday. “The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Claude Humphrey,” Pro Football Hall of Fame President Jim…

Manchester United’s former wonderkid Adnan Januzaj on life after leaving the Premier League
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Manchester United’s former wonderkid Adnan Januzaj on life after leaving the Premier League

On October 5, 2013, Adnan Januzaj made his mark in a big way. In what was his first league start for Manchester United, the slight youngster scored two goals in a dramatic comeback against Sunderland — his second a stunning left-foot volley. It was a special performance that got fans excited and hopeful that the…

Margaux Pinot: ‘I thought I was dead,’ says French judoka as partner released over domestic violence accusations
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Margaux Pinot: ‘I thought I was dead,’ says French judoka as partner released over domestic violence accusations

Margaux Pinot, a judoka with the French national team, plans to appeal a decision by a Paris court to not pursue a conviction against her partner, whom she accuses of domestic abuse, her lawyer Rachid Madid told CNN on Friday. Pinot, an Olympic champion, made headlines in France this week after she posted pictures of…

Peng Shuai: Human rights activist Peter Dahlin says IOC is putting Chinese tennis star at ‘greater risk’
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Peng Shuai: Human rights activist Peter Dahlin says IOC is putting Chinese tennis star at ‘greater risk’

Human rights activist Peter Dahlin says the International Olympic Committee’s calls with Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai are putting her at “greater risk” and that they are “obviously staged.” One of China’s most recognizable sports stars, Peng publicly accused a former top Communist Party official, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, of coercing her into sex at…

Axel Witsel on staying in football after retiring, extra training in China and the ‘amazing’ Erling Haaland
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Axel Witsel on staying in football after retiring, extra training in China and the ‘amazing’ Erling Haaland

After playing for clubs in five different countries over a 15-year period, Axel Witsel’s thoughts are starting to turn towards home. “I travel a lot,” Witsel, now in his third season with German giant Borussia Dortmund, tells CNN Sport as he reflects on his globetrotting career in football. “I think when I finish football, I…

LeBron James clears NBA Covid-19 health and safety protocols after negative tests
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LeBron James clears NBA Covid-19 health and safety protocols after negative tests

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James is cleared to return to play after a brief stint isolated from his team due to the NBA’s Covid-19 health and safety protocols. James has provided negative PCR tests since he was scratched from playing Tuesday, the NBA said in a statement. “James was originally placed in the Protocols on…

NFL suspends three players, including Bucs’ Antonio Brown, for violating Covid-19 protocols
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NFL suspends three players, including Bucs’ Antonio Brown, for violating Covid-19 protocols

The National Football League has suspended three players, including Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown, for three games without pay following a league investigation that determined the three violated Covid-19 protocols. Buccaneers safety Mike Edwards and free agent wide receiver John Franklin III, who has been on the Bucs’ practice squad, were the other players…

Christian Eriksen training at Danish club Odense Boldklub as he continues recovery from cardiac arrest
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Christian Eriksen training at Danish club Odense Boldklub as he continues recovery from cardiac arrest

Christian Eriksen is training at the Danish club where he played as a youth footballer as the Denmark midfielder continues his recovery from a cardiac arrest he suffered at Euro 2020. Eriksen collapsed during his country’s opening game of the tournament against Finland on June 12 in Copenhagen, and received life-saving treatment on the pitch.…

F1: How Red Bull caught up with the Mercedes ‘juggernaut’
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F1: How Red Bull caught up with the Mercedes ‘juggernaut’

Mercedes entered the 2021 Formula One season seeking an eighth-consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championship double. That double is still possible but with two races to go, Red Bull and Max Verstappen have proven quite the irritants to Mercedes during 2021. While Mercedes leads the constructors’ championship, Verstappen holds a slender eight-point lead over rival Lewis…