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Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer praises QB Teddy Bridgewater for recovery from devastating knee injury

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer says he would have liked to have seen Teddy Bridgewater on the field more during the 2017 season, but he praised the quarterback for what he called “an unbelievable achievement.” Speaking at his season-ending news conference Tuesday morning, Zimmer touched on the progress Bridgewater made in returning from the devastating knee injury he sustained two days before the end of the 2016 preseason. The quarterback dislocated his left knee and tore the ACL and other ligaments during a non-contact drill in…

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LeBron James congratulates himself for 30K points before he gets it

LeBron James has never lacked for confidence, so it makes sense that he would congratulate himself for reaching 30,000 career NBA points before he’s actually reached the milestone. A post on James’ Instagram account that included a photo of a young James in his high school uniform starts: “Wanna be one of the first to Congratulate you on this accomplishment/achievement tonight that you’ll reach!” Since he’s seven points shy of the mark, James received some blowback for the move ahead of Tuesday night’s Cavaliers game at San Antonio. One user…

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Six Nations 2018: Harlequins prop Kyle Sinckler leaves England training camp

Sinckler (left) joins Wasps number eight Nathan Hughes on England’s injury list England have suffered another injury blow before the Six Nations with Harlequins tight-head Kyle Sinckler forced to leave their training camp. The 24-year-old, a late withdrawal from his club’s Champions Cup defeat on Sunday, arrived in Portugal on Monday with a possible hamstring strain. “Kyle will undergo further assessment and treatment with his club this week,” a statement read. Sinckler will be replaced at the training camp by Bath’s Henry Thomas. Eddie Jones’ side, who travel to Italy…

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Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino seems open to fight Amanda Nunes in July

UFC female featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino has apparently come around on the idea of facing bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes — as least, if it happens in July. Justino (19-1) wrote on social media on Monday she has “agreed with my management” to face Nunes on the UFC’s annual summer pay-per-view in July. “I have agreed with my management to fight [Nunes on] July 7 in Las Vegas during international fight week,” Justino wrote on Twitter. “I will let her finalize her side of the bout now.” Initially Justino resisted…

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Sean Dyche: Burnley manager signs new contract until 2022

‘For the record, I definitely don’t eat worms’ Burnley manager Sean Dyche has signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2021-22 season. The 46-year-old has been in charge at Turf Moor since 2012, winning 97 of his 245 matches. He has also led the Clarets to two promotions from the Championship into the Premier League. “I am quite young in management terms,” said Dyche. “I am still learning and still improving, I believe, so I think it is the right place to be.”…

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Errol Spence ordered to make title defense against Carlos Ocampo

Welterweight world titleholder Errol Spence Jr. has designs on major fights, including a potential unification showdown with two-belt titlist Keith Thurman Jr. in the fall, but there will be other business first. Errol Spence Jr., who defended his welterweight title Saturday night against Lamont Peterson, has his sights set on a unification showdown with Keith Thurman later this year. Spence has been ordered to make his mandatory title defense against unbeaten, but virtually unknown, up-and-comer Carlos Ocampo. On Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Spence retained his…

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Alex Rodriguez to join ESPN for Sunday Night Baseball

Alex Rodriguez will join the ESPN team this season to work on Sunday Night Baseball telecasts. A-Rod joins the broadcast team of Jessica Mendoza, Buster Olney and new play-by-play man Matt Vasgersian, whose hiring was also announced Tuesday. Rodriguez joined Fox Sports a full-time MLB analyst in March 2017 after working as a guest for some telecasts — including the 2015 World Series. He will continue to work for Fox during the postseason. ESPN’s parent company, Disney, has agreed to acquire part of 21st Century Fox, including regional sports networks….

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Six Nations 2018: Wales fly-half Dan Biggar to miss first three rounds

Dan Biggar has won 60 caps for Wales Wales fly-half Dan Biggar is set to miss the first three rounds of the Six Nations with a shoulder problem. Biggar, 28, was injured in Ospreys’ weekend defeat at Clermont Auvergne. The Welsh Rugby Union is yet to confirm the extent of the damage, but it is understood Biggar will miss matches with Scotland, England and Ireland. It leaves Wales without their two leading fly-halves, with Rhys Priestland set to miss most of the tournament with a hamstring problem. Head coach Warren…

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Just a sad day for an injured Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open

11:57 AM ET Jerry Bembry MELBOURNE, Australia — One of the fittest athletes in tennis, Rafael Nadal struggled to walk as he entered the media room at the Australian Open following his loss in the quarterfinals Tuesday night. He stepped gingerly onto the two stairs that led to the table where he would answer questions. Nadal grimaced in pain as he lowered his body to sit. It was difficult to watch. Only 30 minutes earlier, the crowd at Rod Laver Arena was waiting in anticipation for the start of the…

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Under-19 World Cup: Australia beat England after Lloyd Pope’s 8-35

England are beaten in the Under-19 World Cup quarter-finals by Australia as leg-spinner Lloyd Pope takes 8-35, the best figures in the tournament’s history. They will now play two further games in the fifth-eighth-place play-offs, with the first match against South Africa or Pakistan on Thursday, 25 January at 21:30 GMT. Scorecard Available to UK users only. Source link

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