• September 26, 2021

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Former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz recovering from knee surgery, hopes to fight in December

Former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz recovering from knee surgery, hopes to fight in December

Former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. underwent successful surgery on his right knee on Tuesday in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and he’s arranged to return to the ring in December, his team told ESPN Knockout. Ruiz…

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Lingering knee issues cause Roger Federer to withdraw from Toronto, Cincinnati tournaments

Lingering knee issues cause Roger Federer to withdraw from Toronto, Cincinnati tournaments

Roger Federer pulled out of the upcoming hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati on Thursday, citing lingering issues with his surgically repaired knee and shedding doubt on his status for the US Open. The withdrawals by…

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Kelsey Mitchell cycles to gold for Canada’s 24th medal of Tokyo Olympics

Kelsey Mitchell cycles to gold for Canada’s 24th medal of Tokyo Olympics

Track cyclist Kelsey Mitchell put an exclamation mark on Canada’s Olympics. The Sherwood Park, Alta., native won gold in the sprint event on Sunday in Tokyo, earning the country’s 24th medal of these Games. “My dream was…

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France survives Luka Doncic triple-double, to face Team USA for gold medal

France survives Luka Doncic triple-double, to face Team USA for gold medal

Game on the line, final seconds ticking away, and Slovenia’s Klemen Prepelic had nobody between him and a layup that would have sent his country into the gold-medal match at the Tokyo Olympics. Nicolas Batum had…

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Rafael Nadal shakes off rust, outlasts Jack Sock at Citi Open in first match in nearly two months

Rafael Nadal shakes off rust, outlasts Jack Sock at Citi Open in first match in nearly two months

There were moments, to be sure, when Rafael Nadal played quite like someone competing for the first time in nearly two months. The shaky serving. The consecutive netted forehands that handed over a key break. And then,…

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Rafael dos Anjos vs. Islam Makhachev booked for UFC 267

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Islam Makhachev booked for UFC 267

The UFC has added a high-profile lightweight matchup between Rafael dos Anjos and Islam Makhachev to UFC 267. Both sides have agreed to the 155-pound contest, which will take place on Oct. 30. The UFC has not revealed a…

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Canelo Alvarez-Caleb Plant fight talks break off over disagreements in contract

Canelo Alvarez-Caleb Plant fight talks break off over disagreements in contract

Canelo Alvarez’s longtime goal of becoming undisputed boxing champion is further from reality than ever since he acquired his third 168-pound title in May. Boxing’s top star was on the verge of a deal to…

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TJ Dillashaw tops Cory Sandhagen by split decision in first fight since 2019

TJ Dillashaw tops Cory Sandhagen by split decision in first fight since 2019

Any questions about TJ Dillashaw’s standing in the bantamweight division after a long layoff have been answered — emphatically. Dillashaw, the former two-time UFC bantamweight champion, defeated Cory Sandhagen via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47) in a bloody,…

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Barty in shock first-round Games loss

Barty in shock first-round Games loss

Ash Barty has lamented a “loose and erratic” effort after she fell flat in a shock first-round Tokyo Olympic loss to unheralded Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo. The world No.48 defeated world No.1 and newly crowned Wimbledon champion…

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Novak Djokovic ‘divided’ on whether to play in Tokyo Olympics

Novak Djokovic ‘divided’ on whether to play in Tokyo Olympics

Wimbledon men’s singles champion Novak Djokovic has stated he is “divided” on whether he will go to the Tokyo Olympics, having previously committed to attending. Djokovic defeated Italy’s Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the final on…

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Teofimo Lopez tests positive for COVID-19, bout vs. George Kambosos moved to Aug. 14

Teofimo Lopez tests positive for COVID-19, bout vs. George Kambosos moved to Aug. 14

Teofimo Lopez has tested positive for COVID-19 and is symptomatic. His Saturday fight vs. George Kambosos that was arranged to be in Miami and the whole undercard has been moved to Aug. 14, Triller announced.…

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Brandon Moreno submits Deiveson Figueiredo in third round to become UFC flyweight champion

Brandon Moreno submits Deiveson Figueiredo in third round to become UFC flyweight champion

Brandon Moreno wasn’t even supposed to be competitive with Deiveson Figueiredo the first time they fought in December. And after showing he could be competitive in a majority draw, he still wasn’t supposed to win their rematch Saturday.…

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Roger Federer withdraws from French Open, says he’s listening to his body

Roger Federer withdraws from French Open, says he’s listening to his body

Roger Federer withdrew from the French Open on Sunday to give himself an opportunity to recover after emerging from a tight third-round victory that lasted about 3½ hours. “After two knee surgeries and over a year…

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Defending champion Rafael Nadal celebrates 35th birthday with French Open win

Defending champion Rafael Nadal celebrates 35th birthday with French Open win

Amid an unusual silence on an empty center court at the French Open, defending champion Rafael Nadal celebrated his 35th birthday with something very familiar: another victory versus Richard Gasquet. Nadal won 6-0, 7-5, 6-2 against Gasquet…

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Andy Ruiz defeats Chris Arreola by unanimous decision

Andy Ruiz defeats Chris Arreola by unanimous decision

In a matter of three fights, Andy Ruiz has gone from underdog, to champion, to disappointment, to a man in search of a comeback. But the comeback is off to a good start. Ruiz (34-2,…

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UFC’s Francis Ngannou wants to fight Jon Jones, and Derrick Lewis

UFC’s Francis Ngannou wants to fight Jon Jones, and Derrick Lewis

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou stated he would like to fight twice more this year, and while he’s not sure what’s going on between the UFC and Jon Jones, he said he wants Jones first and at some…

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Jan Blachowicz wins, halts Israel Adesanya’s bid to become 2-division champion

Jan Blachowicz wins, halts Israel Adesanya’s bid to become 2-division champion

Israel Adesanya’s meteoric rise to UFC superstardom hit a rather large barrier Saturday night. Jan Blachowicz beat the previously undefeated Adesanya by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-45, 49-45) to keep his light heavyweight title in the main…

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Canada’s Corey Conners claims share of lead following 1st round at Bay Hill

Canada’s Corey Conners claims share of lead following 1st round at Bay Hill

Bay Hill was bustling Thursday, just like golf before the pandemic. The fans were limited in numbers but they all wanted the same dose of entertainment provided by Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau. First it…

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Canadian women’s soccer coach Priestman approaching SheBelieves Cup as Tokyo tune-up

Canadian women’s soccer coach Priestman approaching SheBelieves Cup as Tokyo tune-up

A few days into training for the upcoming SheBelieves Cup in the warmth of Orlando, Florida, the Canadian women’s soccer team has shared the requisite happy tears, belly laughs and of course, the shake-off-the-rust practice…

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Khabib Nurmagomedov says Dustin Poirier ‘deserves to be a champion’

Khabib Nurmagomedov says Dustin Poirier ‘deserves to be a champion’

Khabib Nurmagomedov is still the UFC’s undefeated lightweight champion, although even he considers the belt should belong to Dustin Poirier. Speaking to Match TV, Nurmagomedov (29-0) stated he believes Poirier “deserves” to be the UFC’s 155-pound champion,…

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Dustin Poirier wants lightweight title shot next, talks other options

Dustin Poirier wants lightweight title shot next, talks other options

Just a little more than a week after his career-defining victory over Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier has not yet decided on his next move. There is one thing that is paramount in his mind over all else, though: becoming…

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Alphonso Davies voted Canada’s top men’s soccer player

Alphonso Davies voted Canada’s top men’s soccer player

Alphonso Davies, who drew worldwide acclaim while helping Bayern Munich fill its trophy case in a remarkable 2020, has been named Canadian Men’s Player of the Year. The 20-year-old from Edmonton also captured the award…

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Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton tests positive for COVID-19

Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton tests positive for COVID-19

Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss this weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix. The Mercedes team said in a statement Tuesday that Hamilton was tested three times last week and returned a negative…

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Andreescu will play at Australian Open after missing all of 2020 season

Andreescu will play at Australian Open after missing all of 2020 season

Bianca Andreescu says she will “100 per cent” play at the 2021 Australian Open after missing the whole 2020 season. The 2019 US Open champion missed the beginning of the season due to a knee…

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Canada’s Mike Woods 2nd in Stage 6 of Spanish Vuelta, 25 seconds behind winner

Canada’s Mike Woods 2nd in Stage 6 of Spanish Vuelta, 25 seconds behind winner

With some help from his brother, Ion Izagirre obtained the sixth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday in Sallent de Gallego, and Richard Carapaz snatched the overall lead from defending champion Primoz Roglic. Ion…

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Nadal defeats Djokovic to win French open

Nadal defeats Djokovic to win French open

Rafael Nadal once again proved his supremacy on clay, defeating Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in the French Open final to earn his 13th career title at Roland Garros.  The Spanish star stunned the No. 1 player in…

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Alphonso Davies reaches the top by winning the Champions League

Alphonso Davies reaches the top by winning the Champions League

Alphonso Davies reached the top! The young Canadian clinched the Champions League trophy with Bayern Munich after defeating PSG in the Final at the Estadio da Luz in Portugal. Davies, 19, is a member of the best team in Europe, and here…

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Defending champion Bianca Andreescu pulls out of U.S Open

Defending champion Bianca Andreescu pulls out of U.S Open

With her preparations hampered during the COVID-19 pandemic, defending champion Bianca Andreescu has dropped out of the U.S. Open. With her preparations hampered during the COVID-19 pandemic, defending champion Bianca Andreescu has dropped out of…

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Coronavirus causes Brad Gushue to press pause on curling, business ventures

Coronavirus causes Brad Gushue to press pause on curling, business ventures

The spring season is usually a very busy time for Canadian curling champion Brad Gushue, who would normally be juggling his packed on-ice agenda with work duties as an Orange theory Fitness franchisee. Instead the…

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Fury-Wilder III pushed back due to coronavirus

Fury-Wilder III pushed back due to coronavirus

The trilogy bout between WBC and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and rival Deontay Wilder will move forward — just not in July as intended. Top Rank chairman Bob Arum told ESPN on Tuesday that…