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Dan Rafael – How I voted for the Hall of Fame

When I get ballots to vote in the various categories for the International Boxing Hall of Fame each fall I go through them very carefully. I take a look at the newcomers, I give another look at others I have passed on previously and refresh my memory on their careers. I take the task seriously and spend time thinking about who I will vote for. I talk to others whose opinions I respect. This year was a little tougher than usual because there were more newcomers to the ballot than…

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All Cycling 

Commonwealth Games Federation had ‘170 queries’ over Birmingham’s 2022 bid

Weightlifting would be held at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall under the city’s plans The Commonwealth Games Federation raised “170 detailed queries” when deeming Birmingham’s bid for the 2022 event non-compliant, but organisers remain “quietly confident” of hosting. Birmingham’s was the only bid before a 30 September deadline, which has now been extended until 30 November. No new bids have yet been announced. Commonwealth Games England chairman Ian Metcalfe told BBC Sport some “fine details” had to be resolved, but said Birmingham’s bid was “in good shape”. Birmingham beat Liverpool in September…

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All Cricket 

Ashes 2017: James Vince hopes England’s displays force Aussies to turn on each other

Australia are ‘putting pressure on themselves’ – Vince Australia are placing themselves under extra pressure with their pre-Ashes remarks, says England’s James Vince. Captain Steve Smith said it would be “magnificent” to win the series 5-0, while David Warner says the tourists should expect “war”. “They are putting pressure on themselves to come out and perform from the word go,” said batsman Vince. “A few of our guys have said that if it doesn’t go quite as well for them early on, they could turn on each other.” The 26-year-old…

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MLB Should it stay or should it go? Ranking the best deep fly outs of the playoffs

Used to be somebody’d hit a deep fly ball and you’d get to hoping and rooting and trying to will that ball over the fence, the announcer’s call getting progressively more excited, the first wave of premature cheerers overwhelmed by the more prudent, wait-and-see cheerers. It was five seconds of drama, with you in full suspense until the ball came down from the sky and back into the camera shot and safely on the other side of the wall. A home run! Sure, they can break Twitter at times. But…

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Chris Silverwood: Essex head coach to be England bowling coach

Chris Silverwood played for Yorkshire, Middlesex and England Essex head coach Chris Silverwood will take over as full-time England bowling coach from January. Silverwood, 42, replaces former West Indies bowler Ottis Gibson, who left to become head coach of South Africa. Former England seamer Silverwood, who played in six Tests and seven ODIs, led Essex to their first County Championship for 25 years in September. He will not be involved in the Ashes, with England using former New Zealand bowler Shane Bond as a consultant. Silverwood was appointed Essex head…

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Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank touts Stephen Curry, Jordan Spieth lines amid business decline

Shares of Under Armour took a nosedive on Tuesday morning, dropping more than 15 percent, after the company reported that its sales declined 5 percent in the third quarter. It was the company’s first sales decline since it went public in 2005. Earlier this year, the company had its first operating loss. One of the few bright spots on the company’s earnings call was when Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank talked about the businesses generated by endorsers such as Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and golfer Jordan…

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All Rugby 

Mike Mayhew: Harlequins sign Yorkshire Carnegie hooker on loan

Mike Mayhew is the older brother of former Harlequins prop Nic Mayhew Premiership side Harlequins have signed Yorkshire Carnegie hooker Mike Mayhew on a three-month loan deal. The 30-year-old New Zealander has had previous spells at Newcastle, London Irish, North Harbour and Waikato. Quins had been looking to bring in cover for Rob Buchanan and Joe Gray, who are both sidelined by injuries. “We needed to identify someone who provided the necessary experience to come into the group,” director of rugby John Kingston told the club website. “He is a…

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All NHL 

Fantasy NHL – Pacific Division scorers lead list of players to add from waivers

Every week, we’ll mine the waiver wire for lesser-owned assets to help your squad, whether you favor dynasty or the redraft format, and we’ll also toss in some tips for DFS players out there. Finally, we will look at some former go-to fantasy assets who might be overvalued — in the short or long term — for one reason or another. Forwards Kevin Labanc, RW, San Jose Sharks (Rostered in 8.7 percent of leagues) Last season, San Jose’s 2014 sixth-round pick was merely a role player, picking up eight…

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All MMA 

UFC 217 Cheat Sheet — Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal

The UFC is back in New York’s Madison Square Garden this weekend — and just like in 2016, it’s bringing along three title fights. In the UFC 217 main event, former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre returns from a four-year hiatus to challenge middleweight champ Michael Bisping. In the co-main event, budding superstar Cody Garbrandt seeks his first bantamweight title defense against a former teammate and champion in TJ Dillashaw. Plus, strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk attempts to tie Ronda Rousey‘s historical female mark of six consecutive title defenses, against two-time title…

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All Tennis 

WTA Elite Trophy – CoCo Vandeweghe, Julia Goerges both win

10:58 AM ET ESPN staff World No. 12 CoCo Vandeweghe beat China’s Peng Shuai 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on the opening day’s action at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China. Germany’s Julia Goerges also emerged victorious in her match with Magdalena Rybarikova winning 6-1, 7-6(5). However, fellow countrywoman Angelique Kerber couldn’t follow in Goerges’ footsteps, as she fell to a 3-6, 6-3, 3-6 defeat to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian victor, who is world No. 14, takes on Australia’s Ashleigh Barty next on Wednesday. Kristina Mladenovic also takes on Rybarikova on…

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