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Eleider Alvarez and Jean Pascal both need victories, but for different reasons

Eleider “Storm” Alvarez and Jean Pascal are light heavyweights going in opposite directions. The undefeated Alvarez is on the ascent and has been sitting as the mandatory challenger for world champion Adonis Stevenson since November 2015. The title fight has been delayed for various reasons, though Alvarez has stayed active and he now knows he is one win away from actually getting the opportunity to fight for the title. Pascal, the former world champion, is fading fast. He’s just 2-2 in his last four fights and could easily be 1-3…

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Georges St-Pierre confident he’ll fight in 2017 but loss likely ends career

UFC star Georges St-Pierre remains optimistic he will fight at some point in 2017. And he’s certain that a loss of any sort would mark the end of his career. Speaking to The MMA Hour on Tuesday, St-Pierre (25-2) said he needs to speak to the UFC, now that president Dana White has called off a middleweight title fight between St-Pierre and champion Michael Bisping. St-Pierre, who hasn’t fought since 2013, was supposed to challenge Bisping this year, but the UFC elected to change course after he publicly announced he…

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National Road Championships: Mark Cavendish & Lizzie Deignan in squad

Lizzie Deignan (middle) won the 2013 national road race ahead of Laura Kenny (left) and Dani King Former world champions Mark Cavendish and Lizzie Deignan have been named in British Cycling’s squads for the National Road Championships in June. Manxman Cavendish won the road race title in 2013, while Adam Blythe will be looking to defend his crown. Deignan will aim to win her fourth national road race title, with Olympic gold medallist Dani King challenging. The men’s and women’s time trials take place on the Isle of Man on…

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Adam Silver — LaVar Ball will settle down after Lonzo Ball picked

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in an interview with ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike on Wednesday that he thinks LaVar Ball “will settle down” once his son, Lonzo Ball, is drafted and that he’s not concerned the NBA has turned into a two-team league. Silver credited LaVar Ball for his promotional skills, calling his ability to general publicity “quite incredible.” But he said he has no plans to talk to Ball, who has made numerous headlines with provocative comments. In fact, the commissioner said he has only had to speak…

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All Golf 

ShopRite LPGA Classic extended through 2023

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The ShopRite LPGA Classic, in the shadow of Atlantic City, New Jersey, has been extended through 2023. The LPGA, Wakefern Food Corp and the Eiger Marketing Group announced the five-year sponsorship extension Wednesday, two days before the start of this year’s 54-hole event at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. The tournament was first played in 1986 and was known as the Atlantic City Classic. Wakefern became the title sponsor in 1992. Nancy Lopez, Betsy King, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster and Karrie…

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French Open – Petra Kvitova only looking forward after French Open loss

PARIS — It’s rare in any sport that the result doesn’t matter. And there will be a big part of Petra Kvitova that will be annoyed by the manner of her defeat at the French Open on Wednesday. Her 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) loss to Bethanie Mattek-Sands saw the Czech’s Roland Garros end at the second-round stage, but it should not, and cannot, be a setback that will resonate for long. “I have to say that I’m kind of surprised how I played, even [though] I lost,” Kvitova said. “I…

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Ohara Davies claims Josh Taylor’s behaviour costing him fans

Ohara Davies believes Josh Taylor’s antics at Tuesday’s press conference have alienated Scottish fans ahead of their super-lightweight clash in Glasgow on July 3. World-ranked Davies (15-0, 12 KOs) and Commonwealth champion Taylor (9-0, 8 KOs) put their unbeaten records on the line at the Braehead Arena and most expected the pre-fight media days to heighten Taylor’s home support. The opening press conference in Glasgow tells a different tale according to London’s Davies, who spoke of his opponent in respectful terms before Taylor followed several expletive-laden outbursts by attempting to…

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Arsene Wenger: Arsenal boss targets Premier League title after signing deal

Arsene Wenger won a record seventh FA Cup on Saturday but has faced pressure from Arsenal fans this season Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is targeting next season’s Premier League title after signing a new two-year deal at the club. The agreement does not include a break clause and, should it be completed, will extend his reign to 23 years. Neither Arsenal nor Wenger, 67, see this as definitely being his final contract. “I love this club and I am looking forward to the future with optimism and excitement,” said Wenger….

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Psalm Wooching: Former Washington Huskies linebacker signs for Harlequins

Psalm Wooching was a defensive captain as the Washington Huskies reached the college football play-off semi-finals last season Harlequins have signed former NFL Draft prospect Psalm Wooching to play in the World Club 10s tournament in June. Wooching played rugby union in high school, but was a linebacker for the University of Washington’s American football team in college. The 23-year-old opted against entering the NFL Draft this year, despite being touted as a possible late-round pick. He has played for the Seattle Saracens rugby team since leaving college, and also…

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