• August 3, 2021

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Sportsbooks make Phoenix Suns NBA Finals favorites over Giannis Antetokounmpo-less Milwaukee Bucks

Sportsbooks make Phoenix Suns NBA Finals favorites over Giannis Antetokounmpo-less Milwaukee Bucks

Sportsbooks have installed the Phoenix Suns as favorites over the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals. The Suns opened at -175 at Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill, with the Bucks listed as +150 underdogs. Phoenix is a 5.5-point favorite…

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Toto Wolff: F1 title now against the odds for Mercedes

Toto Wolff: F1 title now against the odds for Mercedes

Formula One champions Mercedes are fighting against the odds now in their title battle with Red Bull, team boss Toto Wolff stated after Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix dealt a fifth successive defeat. Once-dominant Mercedes started…

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Toronto FC fires head coach Chris Armas after humiliating loss in D.C.

Toronto FC fires head coach Chris Armas after humiliating loss in D.C.

Toronto FC fired head coach Chris Armas on Sunday in the wake of a humiliating 7-1 loss at D.C. United, the club’s sixth-consecutive defeat. Under the first-year coach, Toronto (1-8-2) is winless in seven and…

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Verstappen claims easy Austrian GP win, Hamilton fourth after car issue

Verstappen claims easy Austrian GP win, Hamilton fourth after car issue

Max Verstappen gained 14 points on title rival Lewis Hamilton by easing to win at the Austrian Grand Prix. Verstappen led from pole position and was in a race of his own for 71 laps,…

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Gareth Southgate: ‘Spirit’ helped England reach Euro 2020 semifinals

Gareth Southgate: ‘Spirit’ helped England reach Euro 2020 semifinals

England coach Gareth Southgate stated it was the spirit of the whole group that sets his team apart as they booked a spot in the European Championship semifinals with a 4-0 victory over Ukraine on Saturday. Two goals from Harry Kane and…

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Canadian men’s basketball team misses out on Olympic qualification

Canadian men’s basketball team misses out on Olympic qualification

This Canadian basketball loss is going to sting for a long time.  After mounting an unbelievable and chaotic comeback, storming back from nine points down with 44 seconds left in the game to force overtime,…

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Nick Kyrgios gives a serve ‘n smile masterclass

Nick Kyrgios gives a serve ‘n smile masterclass

The extraordinary Nick Kyrgios show is rolling on with smiles and a serving masterclass as the Australian “holidaymaker”enjoyed his second Wimbledon victory in two days. Kyrgios, who reckoned he was suffering physically from his draining first round…

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Sergio Ramos and PSG in advanced negotiations over free transfer

Sergio Ramos and PSG in advanced negotiations over free transfer

Paris Saint-Germain are in advanced negotiations to sign Sergio Ramos on a free transfer after the defender’s Real Madrid contract expired on Wednesday, sources have confirmed to ESPN. Ramos stated last month that he would leave Madrid after failing to…

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Davies, Akinola highlight Canada’s Gold Cup squad, David among key omissions

Davies, Akinola highlight Canada’s Gold Cup squad, David among key omissions

At just 20-years old, Alphonso Davies is already a CONCACAF Gold Cup veteran. The star Bayern Munich left back highlights a group of 12 returning players on Canada’s 23-man roster for the championship for teams…

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Phoenix Suns finish off LA Clippers in 6, advance to first NBA Finals since 1993

Phoenix Suns finish off LA Clippers in 6, advance to first NBA Finals since 1993

With the building he called home for six campaigns of his 16-year career going berserk after a 10-0 run by the LA Clippers, Chris Paul went on an 8-0 run of his own to simultaneously silence the crowd…

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Lionel Messi’s contract expires, but Barcelona remain confident in extension

Lionel Messi’s contract expires, but Barcelona remain confident in extension

Lionel Messi has become a free agent on Thursday, but Barcelona stays confident of agreeing a new contract with the forward, sources have told ESPN. Messi’s deal expired at midnight Wednesday in Spain, and has yet to sign…

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Canada clinches Group A, semifinal berth with commanding win over China

Canada clinches Group A, semifinal berth with commanding win over China

Unselfish basketball, a balanced attack and solid defense were key factors in a commanding Canadian victory against China Wednesday night at the Olympic basketball qualifying event in Victoria. A day after grinding out an opening…

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No Mercedes upgrades in the pipeline for Lewis Hamilton

No Mercedes upgrades in the pipeline for Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton needs a quicker car to take the fight to Formula One leaders Red Bull but the seven times world champion’s Mercedes team made clear on Sunday that no developments were planned. As Red…

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Euro 2020: Frank de Boer out at Netherlands after shock elimination

Euro 2020: Frank de Boer out at Netherlands after shock elimination

Frank de Boer has left his role as Netherlands manager following the team’s elimination from Euro 2020, the Dutch FA revealed on Tuesday. The announcement comes two days after their shock defeat to Czech Republic in the round of 16.…

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Trio of scorers power Canada past Greece in opening game of FIBA Olympic qualifier

Trio of scorers power Canada past Greece in opening game of FIBA Olympic qualifier

Canada finally has a depth of talent on its national men’s basketball team. And they leaned into it Tuesday night in the opening game versus Greece. Led by the strong play of Andrew Wiggins, R.J.…

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Djokovic, Murray win as rain disrupts Wimbledon

Djokovic, Murray win as rain disrupts Wimbledon

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Monday, two years minus two weeks from the last time a meaningful match was played at Wimbledon, a voice blared over the loudspeakers: “Good afternoon and welcome to Centre Court.”…

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Deschamps backs Mbappe to bounce back after missed penalty leads to France’s Euro 2020 exit

Deschamps backs Mbappe to bounce back after missed penalty leads to France’s Euro 2020 exit

Kylian Mbappe will bounce back from missing the decisive penalty in France’s shootout loss to Switzerland on Monday that saw the world champions exit Euro 2020 at the last-16 stage, coach Didier Deschamps said. The French threw away a two-goal…

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Canadian Olympic women’s water polo team announced for Tokyo

Canadian Olympic women’s water polo team announced for Tokyo

Co-captains Monika Eggens and Emma Wright will lead Canada’s 13-player Olympic women’s water polo team into Tokyo this summer. It’s the first time since 2004 that Canada has qualified a women’s water polo team for…

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Max Verstappen is starting to look unstoppable

Max Verstappen is starting to look unstoppable

Had it not been for a Pirelli tire failure at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix earlier this month, Max Verstappen would have won four races in a row and would be leading the championship by at…

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Belgium’s De Bruyne, Hazard subbed off with injuries against Portugal

Belgium’s De Bruyne, Hazard subbed off with injuries against Portugal

Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard were replaced in the second half of Belgium’s 1-0 victory over Portugal on Sunday in the round of 16 of the European Championship. De Bruyne asked to be substituted because of an injury after being tackled…

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Canadian runners eye last-chance Olympic qualifier after missing standard in Montreal

Canadian runners eye last-chance Olympic qualifier after missing standard in Montreal

Blustery conditions played havoc with Canadian runners racing for Olympic qualifying on Sunday. Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Quebec City won the men’s 1,500 meters at the Canadian Olympic track and field trials, but his time of…

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Lewis Hamilton opens contract talks, keen for Valtteri Bottas to stay

Lewis Hamilton opens contract talks, keen for Valtteri Bottas to stay

Seven times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton stated on Thursday he had opened contract renewal talks with Mercedes and gave a ringing endorsement of Valtteri Bottas as his teammate. The 36-year-old Briton and Bottas…

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Away goals rule abolished: UEFA announces major shake-up of club competitions

Away goals rule abolished: UEFA announces major shake-up of club competitions

UEFA revealed on Thursday that the away goals rule will be abolished in European tournament knockout ties from the 2021-22 season. The rule, which had been in place since 1965, was used to determine a…

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Mike Mason aiming big in high jump title defense at Canadian Olympic trials

Mike Mason aiming big in high jump title defense at Canadian Olympic trials

Mike Mason has often shied away from sizing up the high jump competition ahead of major championships, but two weeks ago he watched online as five men reached or surpassed 2.30 metres in Florence, Italy.…

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Ferrari grappling with excessive front tire wear problem

Ferrari grappling with excessive front tire wear problem

Ferrari’s French Grand Prix issues showed a long-standing weakness with front tire wear has not gone away and they need to fix it for next season, according to team boss Mattia Binotto. Sunday’s race at…

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PSG agree record deal for Inter Milan full-back Achraf Hakimi

PSG agree record deal for Inter Milan full-back Achraf Hakimi

Paris Saint-Germain have agreed a record deal with Inter Milan for the transfer of Achraf Hakimi, sources have told ESPN. The deal will pay the Serie A side up to €70 million — bonuses included — for the Morocco international who…

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Canadian women’s soccer team wants to climb further up the Olympic podium

Canadian women’s soccer team wants to climb further up the Olympic podium

With the official announcement of the Canadian women’s Olympic soccer roster revealed by Canadian coach Bev Priestman Wednesday, the team can now focus on a loftier goal. Winners of back-to-back bronze medals, the Canadian players…

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U.S. Open runner-up Louis Oosthuizen among withdrawals from 60-man Olympics field

U.S. Open runner-up Louis Oosthuizen among withdrawals from 60-man Olympics field

Four of the top 10 men in the Official World Golf Ranking are not going to Japan for the Olympics, only one of them by choice. The 60-man field was set Tuesday based on the…

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Barcelona’s Dembele out for months, requires knee surgery

Barcelona’s Dembele out for months, requires knee surgery

Ousmane Dembele is set for few months on the sidelines after Barcelona confirmed he requires surgery on a knee injury sustained at Euro 2020. Sources have told ESPN the France international will be out for…

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Penny Oleksiak beats stacked field in 100-metre freestyle at Canadian Olympic trials

Penny Oleksiak beats stacked field in 100-metre freestyle at Canadian Olympic trials

Penny Oleksiak admits the post-Rio pressure after her four-medal performance at the 2016 Games was intense and detracted from the usual enjoyment she experiences in the pool. The pandemic break gave a good opportunity for…