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Sam Warburton: Wales and Lions flanker ‘completely surprised’ by OBE

Wales and British and Irish Lions rugby union star Sam Warburton says he had no inkling that he would be awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List. The 29-year-old Cardiff Blues flanker, who has won 74 caps for Wales, said he would look forward to his trip to Buckingham Palace to receive the honour. Warburton is currently sidelined after having knee surgery, while he is also recovering from a neck problem, and confirmed he would probably not play again this season. *Available to UK users only Source link

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Diego Costa: Former Chelsea striker officially unveiled at Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa was presented by Atletico President Enrique Cerezo (left) and Sport Director Jose Luis Perez Caminero Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been officially unveiled at Atletico Madrid and could play as early as this week. Spain international Costa agreed to sign for the La Liga side in September but has been unable to play due to the club’s transfer window ban. “I’ve waited a long time for this day, I’m tired of training and I need to play,” Costa said on Sunday. Atletico play Lleida Esportiu in the…

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Pro14: Cardiff Blues v Scarlets

Blues fly-half Gareth Anscombe tries to wriggle free of Paul Asquith’s grasp Pro14 Venue: Arms Park, Cardiff Date: Sunday 31 December Kick-off: 15.15 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC 2 Wales,, BBC Sport website and app Match report will appear here. Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan; Owen Lane, Rey Lee-Lo, Willis Halaholo, Tom James; Gareth Anscombe, Tomos Williams; Rhys Gill, Matthew Rees (capt), Taufa’ao Filise, George Earle, Josh Turnbull, Josh Navidi, Olly Robinson, Nick Williams. Replacements: Kristian Dacey, Brad Thyer, Dillon Lewis, James Down, Ellis Jenkins, Lloyd Williams, Jarrod Evans, Alex Cuthbert….

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Next wave of NFL head coaches 2017

Note: This story was originally published on December 6. There’s about a 25 percent chance your NFL team is going to have a new coach next season. I don’t know who your team is, but we’re just looking at the numbers here. Last year, six teams changed head coaches. This year, league sources expect that number to possibly fall in the range of eight or even more. That’d be at least a quarter of the NFL. The Giants were the first team to fire their coach, which means firing-and-hiring season…

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Samantha Stosur loses in first round at Brisbane International; Andy Murray nears return

BRISBANE, Australia — Australian Samantha Stosur‘s year ended on a sour note after she was bundled out of her home state tournament by Anastasija Sevastova in the first round of the Brisbane International on Sunday. Stosur, the former US Open champion and French Open finalist, had opportunities against her 27-year-old Latvian opponent in the first set, but was completely outplayed by the seventh-seeded Sevastova in the second set to be eliminated 6-1, 6-3. It wasn’t a good day for world No. 8 Caroline Garcia, either, after she retired in her…

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Dawid Malan set to cover for Ben Stokes in England ODI squad

Malan averaged 45 from seven innings after four matches of the Ashes series Batsman Dawid Malan is set to be added to the England one-day squad for the series in Australia, as all-rounder Ben Stokes will not fly out with the group. Stokes, 26, was arrested in September on suspicion of actual bodily harm after an incident outside a nightclub. Although named in the Ashes and ODI squads, he was told he would not be selected until the issue was resolved. As he continues to await any possible Crown Prosecution…

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Ashes: Moeen Ali still part of England’s best team – Jonny Bairstow

Moeen has taken only three wickets in the Ashes series and averages 19 with the bat Fifth Ashes Test, Australia v England Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground Dates: 4-8 January Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website. All-rounder Moeen Ali is still “absolutely” part of England’s best side, says wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. The 30-year-old has struggled in the Ashes series, taking only three wickets with his off-spin…

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76ers vs. Nuggets – Game Recap – December 30, 2017

DENVER — With Joel Embiid in a different city entirely, the Philadelphia 76ers got a spark from an unlikely source. Jerryd Bayless scored all of his 14 points in a key stretch in the second half, and the 76ers rallied from 13 down to beat the Denver Nuggets 107-102 on Saturday night. Dario Saric had 20 points and nine rebounds and keyed a second-half run, JJ Redick had 18 points and Robert Covington had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Philadelphia played without Embiid, their star center, who flew directly from…

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Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell will rest for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are planning to rest quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Le’Veon Bell in Sunday’s season finale against the Cleveland Browns, according to sources. Players were told during the week that Roethlisberger and Bell would sit out the game and that Landry Jones would start at quarterback, the sources said. The Steelers have been plagued by high-profile injuries at playoff time in recent years and have struggled to get Roethlisberger, Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown on the field at the same time in January. Brown…

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Cris Cyborg defeats Holly Holm by decision at UFC 219 to defend featherweight title

LAS VEGAS — Cris Cyborg dominated overmatched opponents for so many years, it became hard to tell how she’d respond to a competitive fight. She responded incredibly well to one on Saturday. Cyborg (19-1) recorded her first defense of the UFC’s featherweight championship on Saturday, defeating former bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm via unanimous decision at UFC 219 inside T-Mobile Arena. The judges scored the bout 49-46, 48-47 and 48-47. The five-round fight was the longest of Cyborg’s modern career. Before Saturday, all but two of her wins came via knockout…

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