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MLBPA counters with 70-game proposal

The Major League Baseball Players Association offered a counterproposal Thursday to the league that includes a 70-game regular season and expanded playoffs in 2020 and 2021.

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F1 engine changes could take twice as long under new measures

Formula One mechanics could take twice as long to change an engine under new measures to protect them from COVID-19 and reliability will be key, according to Racing Point technical director Andrew Green.

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Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayed

Some NFL coaches want the 2020 regular season delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported.

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Horse racing: Stradivarius takes third successive Ascot Gold Cup

Stradivarius, ridden by Frankie Dettori, blew away the field to land a third successive Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday in a race run without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Golf: Poulter, Hubbard share early lead at RBC Heritage

Britain’s Ian Poulter capped an error-free opening round with a birdie-birdie finish to grab a share of the early lead with American Mark Hubbard at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina on Thursday.

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Golf: Spieth uses birdie blitz to climb Harbour Town leaderboard

Jordan Spieth recovered from a poor start with a stunning run of birdies to tie the lowest nine-hole score of his career in the opening round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Thursday.

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Lamine Diack will die in jail if sentenced – defence lawyers tell court

Lawyers for former world athletics chief Lamine Diack, who is on trial for corruption, on Thursday protested their client’s innocence and said the 87-year-old would die in jail if sentenced to a prison term.

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Kaepernick joins Medium, will create content on race and civil rights

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has joined the board of directors of Medium and will work on content focused on race and civil rights, the U.S.-based online publishing platform announced on Thursday.

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Fauci casts doubt on football this fall

With the United States bracing for a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Thursday cast doubt on the National Football League playing this year.

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Djokovic says important all players free to travel to U.S. Open

World number one Novak Djokovic says he is excited by the prospect of playing at the U.S. Open but says it would only be fair if every player eligible is able to compete.

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Le Mans schedule condensed due to pandemic

The rescheduled 24 Hours of Le Mans in September will be condensed into a four-day timetable incorporating free practice, qualifying, warm-up and the race, organizers announced on Thursday.

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Water polo-Hungary’s triple Olympic champion Benedek dies at 47

The former captain and coach of Hungary’s water polo team Tibor Benedek, who won three straight Olympic golds as a player in the 2000s and a world championship as coach, died on Thursday aged 47, the Hungarian Water Polo Federation said.

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CONMEBOL, Colombia complain to FIFA about 2023 World Cup bid report

Colombia’s soccer chief and the head of South American football confederation CONMEBOL have written to FIFA complaining of “erroneous and discriminatory conclusions” in the assessment of the country’s bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

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Kvitova hopes for ‘easy’ U.S. Open decision, Barty also waits

Petra Kvitova is yet to make a call on participating in the U.S. Open and hopes the health situation in New York will improve to make her decision easier, the two-times Wimbledon champion told Reuters.

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Kvitova hopes for ‘easy’ U.S. Open decision

Petra Kvitova is yet to make a call on participating in the U.S. Open and hopes the health situation in New York will improve to make her decision easier, the two-times Wimbledon champion told Reuters.

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High penalty count will open game up eventually: Gatland

Fans should get used to a greater number of penalties in the early stages of Super Rugby Aotearoa as teams adjust to new rule interpretations but the end result should be a more open, free flowing game, Waikato Chiefs coach Warren Gatland has said.

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On this day: Born June 19, 1978 – Dirk Nowitzki, NBA player

Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki was one of the finest imports to feature in the NBA and became the first European player to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award (MVP) in 2007 before he led the franchise to a maiden championship in 2011.

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Exclusive: La Liga television audiences soar 48% in first week back

Spanish football’s international viewing figures have increased by over 48% since the season returned after being halted for three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organising body La Liga said on Thursday.

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Speaking about social issues more normal for players now: Rashford

Expressing opinions on social issues and campaigning for change is becoming more normal for the current generation of players, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has said.

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Football to return in Brazil on Thursday

Brazilian football will kick off again in Rio de Janeiro this week after the city’s mayor gave the go ahead for the local league to start after a three-month hiatus caused by the new coronavirus.

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Alcott slams U.S. Open ‘discrimination’ over wheelchair omission

Australian Paralympic tennis champion Dylan Alcott has slammed the omission of the wheelchair tournament from the U.S. Open, calling it “disgusting discrimination”.

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NBA coaches union expresses concerns over Orlando plan

The NBA coaches’ union is concerned that the league’s return-to-play setup at Walt Disney World Resort will risk their members’ health and hurt their future job prospects.

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Trump backs ex-QB activist Kaepernick returning to NFL

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would be in favor of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick returning to the field.

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Heavy fog may have disoriented pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash: NTSB

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed outside Los Angeles in January, killing basketball great Kobe Bryant, his daughter and all seven others on board, likely became disoriented in the fog, federal investigators said on Wednesday.

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McLaren considering sale of a minority stake in F1 team: Sky

McLaren are considering selling a minority stake in their once-dominant Formula One team to raise funds to help the company weather the COVID-19 crisis, Sky News reported on Wednesday.