Month: April 2021

11:29 AM ET Associated Press MADRID — Second-seeded Naomi Osaka made her return to clay to beat Misaki Doi 7-5, 6-2 in the first round of the Madrid Open on Friday. Osaka overcame Doi’s strong start by hitting six aces and breaking her serve five times. A leg injury meant Osaka missed last season’s clay-court
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11:48 AM BST The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals will take place at London’s Twickenham Stadium in May in front of up to 10,000 fans, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Friday. The matches were due to take place in Marseille on May 21 and May 22 respectively but were moved out of
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Apr 29, 2021 Tory BarronESPN Editor Close Tory Barron is a Bristol-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. After retiring from playing lacrosse at UConn, the DC native decided to try her hand at writing about people playing sports. Yeah, it’s great for the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles that they’re adding
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Rohit Sharma celebrated his 34th birthday on Friday, April 30.© Mumbai Indians/Twitter Rohit Sharma celebrated his 34th birthday on Friday, April 30, and Mumbai Indians (MI) posted on social media pictures from “Ro’s cake-cutting” where the MI skipper is seen with his daughter Samaira. “You asked for Ro’s cake-cutting and here they are!” wrote MI
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3:54 PM ET Betting Insiders The 147th running of the Kentucky Derby is back in it’s traditional slot in May. The race for the Triple Crown begins this Saturday at Churchill Downs with Essential Quality as the 2-1 Morning Line favorite. Here is a breakdown of every horse in the Kentucky Derby field, suggested plays
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12:49 AM ET Steve Kerr believes there is a fundamental flaw plaguing this era’s NBA game. After watching his Golden State Warriors get outrebounded 57-34 in Thursday night’s 126-114 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kerr spoke matter-of-factly about the lack of boxing out he sees in today’s game. Brushing off the idea that his team
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Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas headed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to set the pace in first practice at the Portuguese Grand Prix. Bottas was 0.025 seconds ahead of Verstappen and 0.319secs quicker than his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Seven-time champion Hamilton was fifth fastest, behind Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Hamilton was struggling
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6:14 AM ET Associated Press TOKYO — Hideki Matsuyama received the Prime Minister’s Award in Tokyo on Friday for winning the Masters golf tournament. He was the first Japanese winner at Augusta National, the famous American club. Matsuyama won the low amateur title at the 2011 Masters just weeks after the earthquake, tsunami and the
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1:42 AM ET Diego Sanchez, one of the longest-tenured athletes in UFC history, is officially no longer with the promotion. The UFC terminated Sanchez’s contract Tuesday, according to UFC president Dana White. Sanchez, 39, basically announced the split on Thursday, as he posted “Free at last” on his personal Instagram. Sanchez was scheduled to face
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12:17 AM ET Six former University of Alabama players were selected in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday, tying a modern record for a single school. The University of Miami originally set the record in 2004. The night began with three Crimson Tide players selected in the top 10: receiver Jaylen Waddle (Miami
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11:02 PM ET ESPN News Services HOUSTON — Kevin Porter Jr. scored a career-high 50 points to go along with 11 assists, becoming the youngest player ever to log a 50-point double-double with assists. The performance helped Houston snap a five-game losing streak as they beat the the Milwaukee Bucks 143-136 on Thursday night. Porter
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