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RTL to cover Vietnam GP remotely due to virus fears

German free-to-air broadcaster RTL will cover the Vietnamese Formula One Grand Prix remotely due to the spread of the coronavirus in the region, it said in a statement.

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MotoGP champion Marquez renews with Honda until 2024

Spain’s six times MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has signed a four-year contract extension with Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) through to the end of 2024, the team said on Thursday.

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Australia bickers about athlete funding as Tokyo looms

If bickering over funding was an Olympic sport, Australia would be in line for a gold that might help slow the nation’s seemingly inexorable slide down the medals table.

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NHL roundup: Bruins top Oilers on Pastrnak’s overtime goal

David Pastrnak scored on a breakaway at 1:14 of overtime as the Boston Bruins defeated the host Edmonton Oilers 2-1 Wednesday night in a matchup of division leaders.

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London can host 2020 Games if moved over coronavirus: mayor candidate

London would be ready to host the 2020 Olympics if the outbreak of the coronavirus forced the Games to be moved from Tokyo, Shaun Bailey, the Conservative candidate for mayor of the British capital, has said.

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Paralympics: Boccia test event postponed due to coronavirus

A boccia competition which was to double as a test event for this year’s Tokyo Paralympic Games has been postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, organizers said on Thursday.

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Top 25 roundup: Unranked NC State steamrolls No. 6 Duke

Markell Johnson racked up 28 points and Devon Daniels scored 25 as NC State ripped through No. 6 Duke in an 88-66 upset Wednesday night at Raleigh, N.C.

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ATP roundup: Tsitsipas shines in Marseille opener

Sixth-ranked Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas ousted Sweden’s Mikael Ymer in straight sets Wednesday to win his opening match at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille, France.

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NBA notebook: Beilein resigns as Cavs coach

John Beilein formally resigned as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday after multiple days of speculation that he wouldn’t be leading the team when play commenced after the All-Star break.

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NFL notebook: Playoff expansion reportedly planned

The NFL is expected to add two playoff teams and reduce the number of teams getting a playoff bye in the next collective bargaining agreement, and that agreement could be completed within a week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday night.

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NHL notebook: Kings trade Martinez to Vegas

The Los Angeles Kings traded defenseman Alec Martinez to the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, parting ways with another veteran.

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MLB notebook: Cubs’ Bryant to lead off in 2020

The Chicago Cubs want to get third baseman Kris Bryant as many at-bats as possible by using him in the leadoff spot this season.

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Report: NFL expected to expand playoff field

The NFL is expected to add two playoff teams and reduce the number of teams getting a playoff bye in the next collective bargaining agreement, and that agreement could be completed within a week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday night.

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Whistleblower Fiers insists he can protect himself

Oakland Athletics right-hander Mike Fiers said he isn’t interested in receiving extra security protection through the 2020 season during an interview with The Athletic on Wednesday.

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Newman released from hospital following Daytona 500 crash

Driver Ryan Newman was released from the hospital on Wednesday, two days after a spectacular crash during the last lap of the Daytona 500 saw him carted off the track with injuries.

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Wilder, Fury engage in war of words ahead of rematch

Heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury jettisoned their previously cordial tone in favor of a heated and personal exchange in the final news conference before their highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday in Las Vegas.

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Basketball: Veteran-heavy U.S. Olympic team to sidestep formal tryouts – general manager

When it comes to the men’s U.S. Olympic basketball team, the whole may be greater than the sum of its parts.

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Beilein officially resigns as Cavs coach, will stay in organization

John Beilein formally resigned as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday after multiple days of speculation that he wouldn’t be leading the team when play after the All-Star break commenced.

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McIlroy eyes completion of ‘WGC Slam’ in Mexico

Rory McIlroy will try to complete his collection of World Golf Championships (WGC) titles when he stares down a stacked field in Mexico City this week that includes defending champion Dustin Johnson.

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Duplantis fails to break own pole vault world record

Armand Duplantis cleared 6.07 meters with jaw-dropping ease to win an international indoor meeting in Lievin but the Swede could not break his own world record on Wednesday.

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Judge dismisses ex-Knicks star Oakley’s lawsuit against Dolan, MSG over ejection from game

A federal judge has dismissed former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley’s lawsuit against team owner James Dolan and Madison Square Garden Co stemming from his forcible, televised ejection from a 2017 basketball game.

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McIlroy shuts door on Premier Golf League

World number one Rory McIlroy has distanced himself from the prospect of taking part in the Premier Golf League (PGL) as he prefers to have autonomy over his career choices.

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Hamilton top in testing as Vettel calls off sick

Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton lapped fastest as Mercedes dominated the first day of pre-season testing in Spain on Wednesday while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel called off sick.

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Astros cheating scandal may be good news for MLB, experts say

The Houston Astros’ cheating scandal may be hanging over Major League Baseball like a dark cloud but the sign-stealing scheme could actually boost interest in the game rather than turn fans away, experts said on Wednesday.

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Rugby: England’s Tuilagi fit for Ireland clash, says Jones

England center Manu Tuilagi is fit to face Ireland in Sunday’s Six Nations match after he recovered from a groin injury sustained in the tournament opener, coach Eddie Jones said on Wednesday.