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11:47 AM ET Showtime’s Premier Boxing Champions card on Oct. 26 has undergone a radical change with a main event fighter dropping out and the opening bout of the tripleheader being replaced entirely. Junior middleweight Erickson Lubin will face new opponent Nathaniel Gallimore in the main event of the card (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET) at
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11:44 AM ET Top seed Kiki Bertens will face American teenager Coco Gauff in the Linz Open quarterfinals on Friday. The Dutchwoman beat Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, on Thursday, while no. 8 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova got through to the quarterfinals after beating Germany’s Laura Siegemund in Austria. Ekaterina Alexandrova, 24, edged
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11:02 AM ET Former Strikeforce champion Muhammed Lawal is coming back for one last fight. Lawal, who announced his retirement from MMA earlier this year, told ESPN on Thursday that he has agreed to fight Andrew Kapel in a 195-pound catchweight fight at Bellator 233 on Nov. 8 in Thackerville, OK. The fight will serve
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10:33 AM ET When he was introduced as Philadelphia Phillies manager in 2017, Gabe Kapler said his goal was to bring a World Series title to team owner John Middleton. After two seasons of postseason-free baseball in Philadelphia, Kapler is now out of the job, according to multiple reports. The Phillies on Thursday fired Kapler,
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11:16 AM ET The BCCI’s electoral officer has upheld the decision taken by the Committee of the Administrators (CoA) to disqualify three key state associations from participating in the BCCI elections, scheduled for October 23. On Thursday N Gopalswami, the board’s electoral officer, removed Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Maharashtra from the final electoral roll, thus taking
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9:55 AM ET CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver A.J. Green is ready for all potential outcomes as the trade deadline gets closer. In an interview with the team’s website, the injured 31-year-old said while he hasn’t heard of any potential moves and certainly isn’t lobbying to leave Cincinnati, he’s aware of the possibility.
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9:17 AM ET Unified welterweight world titlist Errol Spence Jr. was involved in one-car crash early Thursday and is in a Dallas hospital with serious injuries, according to Dallas media reports. Spence was in intensive care but is expected to live after he crashed his Ferrari overnight. Dallas police told media outlets that the accident
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9:12 AM ET Associated Press TOKYO — Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka says she intends to represent Japan at next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Osaka, who plays under a Japanese flag in WTA events and the Fed Cup, told national broadcaster NHK that she has started proceedings to choose Japanese citizenship. She holds dual nationality
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8:16 AM ET Kyrie Irving‘s preseason debut was cut short. The Brooklyn Nets guard played just one minute against the Los Angeles Lakers in Shanghai on Thursday after aggravating the facial fracture he suffered in an offseason pickup game before training camp. Irving was wearing a mask for the game and was guarding the Lakers’
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7:04 AM ET Associated Press SHANGHAI — John Isner served his 1,000th ace of the season but it wasn’t enough to stop defending champion Novak Djokovic from moving into the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-3 win on Thursday. Top-seeded Djokovic is on a 24-0 sets winning streak in Asia dating back to last
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9:13 AM ET I watched a Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames game this week. Not by mistake. Not because I fell asleep with Center Ice streaming. I watched it because of pure, uncut, mutual animosity. The rivalry between Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk managed to surpass the trash-talk-laden hype leading
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4:00 AM BST TOKYO — England’s final pool stage match against France and New Zealand’s game against Italy have both been cancelled due to the expected impact of Typhoon Hagibis but World Rugby is hopeful Japan’s key match against Scotland on Sunday will go ahead as planned. England players sing the anthem before the Rugby
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