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Swagger and Precious Achiuwa: How Nigeria beat Team USA

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Jul 12, 2021Colin UdohSpecial to ESPN CloseItinerant writer. Engineer in a previous incarnation. One time Black Belt. Lover of football, flirter with other sports.Nigeria became the first African country to beat Team USA when it shocked the No. 1 side 90-87 in a pre-Olympics exhibition game in Las Vegas on Saturday, and D'Tigers coach Mike…

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Cubs prospect leads NL to Futures Game victory

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Jul 11, 2021Associated Press DENVER -- Brennen Davis saw hitting in Coors Field's thin air as a fat opportunity, far different from his usual ballparks."I'm currently playing in Knoxville, Tennessee," the Chicago Cubs' Double-A outfielder said. "It's noticeable."The 21-year-old homered twice and earned MVP of the National League's 8-3 victory over the American League in…

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Glover ends 10-year title drought at John Deere

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6:28 PM ETAssociated Press SILVIS, Ill. -- Lucas Glover made his third straight birdie and knew winning the John Deere Classic was in reach with a one-shot lead and four holes to go.But this was not the time to be thinking about ending 10 years without a PGA Tour trophy. Conditions were too soft and…

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Acuna vows he will return stronger than ever

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2:19 PM ETBradford DoolittleESPN Staff Writer CloseSports reporter, Kansas City Star, 2002-09 Writer, Baseball, Baseball Prospectus Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus Member, Baseball Writers Association of America Member, Professional Basketball Writers AssociationAtlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. has worked hard to reach the stratosphere of Major League Baseball. A day after suffering a season-ending torn ACL…

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Pirates pick Davis at No. 1; Leiter goes to Rangers

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7:14 PM ETDavid SchoenfieldESPN Senior Writer CloseCovers MLB for ESPN.com Former deputy editor of Page 2 Been with ESPN.com since 1995The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Louisville catcher Henry Davis with the first pick in baseball's amateur draft on Sunday night.In a draft without a clear-cut top prospect, it remained unclear who the Pirates would go with…

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Poirier emerges as betting favorite over McGregor

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playThe science behind Poirier's powerful calf kicks vs. McGregor (1:25)Brett Okamoto breaks down the devastating power of Dustin Poirier's calf kicks that helped him take down Conor McGregor. (1:25)2:57 PM ETDavid PurdumESPN Staff Writer Close Joined ESPN in 2014 Journalist covering gambling industry since 2008Dustin Poirier is a growing favorite over Conor McGregor, even as…

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Betts, Brantley out of ASG; replacements named

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12:20 PM ETESPN News Services Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts and Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley are among the players who have decided not to play in the All-Star Game, it was announced Saturday.St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was among the announced replacements, but he opted later Saturday to decline so he can…

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It’s not coming home: Song nixed for Euro final

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"Three Lions" singer Frank Skinner said UEFA had opposed plans for him and David Baddiel to perform their popular song before Sunday's European Championship final between England and Italy at Wembley.The hit song, released in 1996, has been revived in recent years as England's footballing performances have improved, moving up the charts as fans began…

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Wolff among three to withdraw from The Open

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playCOVID-19 protocols for The Open (1:23)Bob Harig goes through the strict protocols golfers will deal with at The Open and their reactions. (1:23)1:55 PM ETBob HarigESPN Senior Writer Close Senior golf writer for ESPN.com Covered golf for more than 20 years Earned Evans Scholarship to attend Indiana UniversityMatthew Wolff, who is ranked No. 35 in…

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Falcons’ Mingo charged with indecency with child

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2:51 PM ETESPN News Services Atlanta Falcons linebacker Barkevious Mingo was arrested in Texas this week on a charge of indecency with a child, sexual contact, Arlington Police said Saturday.Mingo was arrested Thursday on the second-degree felony charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison under Texas state law. According to the…

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La. teen, hoops star cruises to historic bee win

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Jul 8, 2021Associated Press LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Zaila Avant-garde understood the significance of what she was doing as she stood on the Scripps National Spelling Bee stage, peppering pronouncer Jacques Bailly with questions about Greek and Latin roots.Zaila knew she would be the first African American winner of the bee. She knew Black…

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Sources: Magic closing in on Mosley to be coach

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Jul 8, 2021Adrian WojnarowskiSenior NBA Insider CloseHost of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017The Orlando Magic are closing in on Dallas Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley, who has emerged as the strong front-runner to become the franchise's next head coach, sources told ESPN on Thursday.Conversations are ongoing, but Mosley, 42, has separated himself in the…

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Sources: Fury positive; Wilder bout postponed

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Jul 8, 2021Mike CoppingerESPN The biggest heavyweight bout of the summer has been postponed. Tyson Fury has tested positive for COVID-19 and his bout against Deontay Wilder will be rescheduled for later this year, sources confirmed to ESPN.The fight was originally scheduled for July 24 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with the broadcast on…

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‘Melted them’: Booker’s timely triples lead Suns

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2:59 AM ETDave McMenaminESPN Staff Writer CloseLakers and NBA reporter for ESPN. Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14, the Cavaliers from 2014-18 for ESPN.com and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09.PHOENIX -- With the Milwaukee Bucks breathing down the Phoenix Suns' necks on Thursday, threatening to erase a once 15-point lead and…

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Nadal to make D.C. debut in 1st event since Paris

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8:47 AM ETAssociated Press WASHINGTON -- Rafael Nadal will return to competition by making his debut at the hard-court tournament in Washington.The Citi Open announced Thursday that the 20-time Grand Slam champion is in the field for the July 31 to Aug. 8 event that serves as a US Open tuneup.๐—ฅ๐—”๐—™๐—”'๐—ฆ ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—”๐—— ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—จ๐—ฆ…

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Lightning ‘etched in history’ with Cup repeat

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10:54 PM ETEmily KaplanESPN CloseEmily Kaplan is ESPN's national NHL reporter.TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are back-to-back Stanley Cup champs -- and they did it in a nine-month span."This group, no matter what happens from here on out, this group is going to be etched in history forever, and that's pretty F'ing special,"…

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Sergio Ramos joins PSG on 2-year deal

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5:05 AM ETAlex KirklandRodrigo FaezSergio Ramos will join Paris Saint-Germain after agreeing a two-year deal at the club, it was announced on Thursday.Ramos, 35, left Real Madrid when his contract expired on June 30 after failing to agree an extension, bringing an end to 16 years at the club."I am very happy to join Paris…

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Osaka says Djokovic, others offered support

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8:41 AM ETAssociated Press NEW YORK -- Naomi Osaka says former first lady Michelle Obama and Novak Djokovic, Michael Phelps and Stephen Curry were among those who reached out to offer support after she withdrew from the French Open to take a mental health break.In an essay that appears in Time's Olympic preview issue, on…

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Golfer Cabrera gets 2 years for domestic violence

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6:53 PM ETAssociated Press BUENOS AIRES -- Argentinian golfer Angel Cabrera, a former Masters and U.S. Open champion, was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison on charges he assaulted his former partner.A court in the province of Cordoba, 500 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, convicted the 51-year-old of assaulting, threatening and harassing Cecilia Torres…

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Popovich: Team USA to ‘demand a lot’ from Love

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Jul 6, 2021Brian WindhorstESPN Senior Writer CloseESPN.com NBA writer since 2010 Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years Author of two booksKevin Love heard the blowback when he scored a coveted spot on the U.S. national team ahead of the Tokyo Olympics after one of the worst seasons of his career. So did coach Gregg Popovich,…

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Agent requests WR Harry be traded by Patriots

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Wide receiver N'Keal Harry's agent said in a statement Tuesday that he has formally requested the New England Patriots trade his client."For the past several months, I have been working in cooperation with the Patriots behind the scenes to put a plan in place to allow N'Keal to thrive in New England. Through two seasons,…

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Sources: Blast hit Kivlenieks at coach’s house

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Jul 6, 2021ESPN News Services Callers to 911 said Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks was hit in the chest by an errant fireworks mortar blast at a Michigan home that, sources told ESPN's Emily Kaplan, belonged to goaltending coach Manny Legace.According to The Associated Press, three calls were made to 911 in connection to…

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Suns feed off Paul in G1 win: ‘Let him orchestrate’

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3:27 AM ETDave McMenaminESPN Staff Writer CloseLakers and NBA reporter for ESPN. Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14, the Cavaliers from 2014-18 for ESPN.com and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09.PHOENIX -- After waiting 16 years to make the NBA Finals for the first time in his career, Phoenix Suns point guard…

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Cubs’ Arrieta: ‘Not even close’ to being done

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1:40 AM ETJesse RogersESPN Staff Writer CloseJesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com.CHICAGO -- Cubs righty Jake Arrieta pushed back Tuesday night on the notion that he might be done as an effective starter after lasting just 1 2/3 innings for the second consecutive outing in Chicago's 15-10 loss to…

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Hawks remove interim tag for coach McMillan

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1:26 PM ETTim BontempsESPN Atlanta Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk announced Monday afternoon that the team had an agreement in place with coach Nate McMillan to remove the interim label from his title and keep him with the franchise going forward.Sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that the deal is for four seasons for McMillan, who…

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Vanquished Peru may have exposed Brazil’s weakness

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10:28 PM ETTim VickerySouth America correspondent Monday's Copa America semifinal looked like a one-sided training game at one point, but it quickly turned into a tense struggle where, in the end, Brazil were pleased to hear the final whistle that sealed their 1-0 win over Peru.This time it was not because Brazil had a man…

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Merritt’s playoff bogey gives Davis win at Detroit

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7:38 PM ETAssociated Press DETROIT -- Cam Davis holed a 50-foot sand shot on the 71st hole of regulation and that propelled him into a five-hole playoff where he outlasted Troy Merritt and Joaquin Niemann to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic for his first PGA Tour victory."It's the only reason I'm sitting here now," Davis…

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Spirit of 76: Champ Chestnut sets hot dog mark

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1:25 PM ETAssociated Press NEW YORK -- Chowdown champ Joey "Jaws" Chestnut broke his own record to gulp to a 14th win in the men's Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday, while Michelle Lesco took the women's title.Chestnut downed 76 franks and buns in 10 minutes. That's one more than he did in…

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Suns installed as Finals favorites over Bucks

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2:22 PM ETDavid PurdumESPN Staff Writer Close Joined ESPN in 2014 Journalist covering gambling industry since 2008Sportsbooks 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 over…

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Nashville to host U.S.-Canada World Cup qualifier

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7:05 PM ETAssociated PressThe United States' first home World Cup qualifier against Canada on Sept. 5 will be staged at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.The venue for the match, announced Sunday, will follow the Americans' opener at El Salvador on Sept. 2 and precede a Sept. 8 match at Honduras.- Stream ESPN FC Daily on…

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Sources: MLB hopes to talk to woman, Bauer

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5:14 PM ETBuster OlneyESPN Senior Writer CloseSenior writer ESPN Magazine/ESPN.com Analyst/reporter ESPN television Author of "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty"With five days remaining in Trevor Bauer's current administrative leave, rendered after he was accused of sexual assault, Major League Baseball investigators are pursuing a range of inquiries, according to sources.Investigators intend to speak…

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Schwarber to miss time with hamstring strain

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3:57 PM ETAssociated Press WASHINGTON -- Kyle Schwarber limped into the Washington Nationals' dugout on Saturday with a heavy wrap poking out of the right side of his shorts.Schwarber was in shower shoes and trying to be upbeat when meeting with reporters after being placed on the 10-day injured list because of a right hamstring…

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Sources: Ex-NBAer Theus to be HBCU coach, AD

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Former NBA star Reggie Theus is expected to be named the athletic director and men's head basketball coach at Bethune-Cookman University next week, sources told ESPN's The Undefeated.Theus replaces Ryan Ridder as Bethune-Cookman's men's basketball coach. Ridder left for the same position at University of Tennessee-Martin on March 30.Theus has previously coached at New Mexico…

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Denmark tops Czech Republic to advance to Euros semis

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playWhy Denmark is a 'real threat' to win Euro 2020 (1:23)The Euro Today crew discuss why Denmark should be feared ahead of the Euro 2020 semifinals. (1:23)Denmark's Euro 2020 fairytale continued with a tense 2-1 win over Czech Republic to reach the semifinals on Saturday.Thomas Delaney and Kasper Dolberg scored in the first half as…

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Top dog: ‘Jaws’ huge fave to keep mustard belt

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playIs Joey Chestnut the biggest sports betting favorite ever? (1:47)Doug Kezirian breaks down just how big of an upset it would be if Joey Chestnut were to lose the 2021 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest. (1:47)3:09 PM ETDavid PurdumESPN Staff Writer Close Joined ESPN in 2014 Journalist covering gambling industry since 2008Joey Chestnut is relishing…

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Italy’s Spinazzola out of Euros with torn Achilles

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3:34 PM ETAndrew Cesare RichardsonItaly left-back Leonardo Spinazzola has been ruled out of Euro 2020 after tests on Saturday confirmed he had suffered a torn Achilles tendon.The 28-year-old has been one of the standout performers for Italy and was impressive again in the 2-1 quarterfinal win over Belgium as he was named star of the…

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Stephens suffers third-round defeat at Wimbledon

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10:02 AM ETESPN News ServicesLONDON -- American Sloane Stephens' Wimbledon journey came to an end Friday after a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 defeat to wild card Liudmila Samsonova in the third round.The loss came after a brilliant opening-round win against No. 10-ranked Petra Kvitova.This is Samsonova's first appearance at Wimbledon, and she is just one of…

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Tour de France spectator to face trial over crash

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The spectator accused of having caused a 21-rider crash during the first stage of the Tour de France will face trial on Oct. 14, the local prosecutor's department said on Friday.The spectator, a 30-year-old Frenchwoman, is being sued for involuntarily causing injury and putting the life of others at risk, the Brittany prosecutor also said…

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Tobin Heath’s wonder goal shows she hasn’t lost her magic

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7:28 AM ETJeff CarlisleU.S. soccer correspondent CloseJeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC.There's a sense of inevitability about most matches involving the United States women's national team. The opposition might hang with the U.S. for a bit. They might even threaten the goal on occasion. But eventually, like a steamroller…

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