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Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai tells IOC she is ‘safe and well’

The Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai said she was safe and well in a video call on Sunday, the International Olympic Committee has said, amid growing international demands for assurances that she is free and not under threat. In a statement, the IOC said Peng had spoken to its president, Thomas Bach, for 30 minutes. […]

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‘Ready to play cricket’: former Australia Test captain Tim Paine returns to action

Tim Paine has returned to the field for the first time since sensationally quitting as Australia’s Test skipper and remains firmly committed to playing in the Ashes. The 36-year-old stepped down as Test captain on Friday after it was revealed he sent “private” messages to a Cricket Tasmania colleague in 2017. Paine has not played […]

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F3 derby steals the show on opening A-League Men weekend

If Newcastle and Central Coast were watching the Sydney derby on Saturday they might have been thinking a couple of things. Firstly, is Jack Rodwell going to be a problem for us this season? And secondly, can we put on a better show tomorrow? The former is a “tbc” with a hint of promise based […]

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Pat Cummins for Australian captain is on brand but he might also add substance

For a sporting body, the chance to play a card like Patrick Cummins is rare indeed. He has every attribute to be a success with media outlets and the sporting public: tall, good looking, sufficiently young without being too young, intelligent, well spoken, a winning smile, a hint of political progressivism without – you know […]

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LeBron James ejected after leaving Isaiah Stewart bloodied in fiery game

LeBron James was ejected from the Los Angeles Lakers-Detroit Pistons game after drawing blood on Isaiah Stewart’s face when they fought for a rebound on Sunday night. James’ left elbow and hand appeared to make contact with Stewart above the neck, sending the Detroit center into a rage. Stewart had to be held back more […]

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Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action

Suddenly Champions League place looks possible for City Manchester City’s dominant 5-0 defeat of Aston Villa was their third win in eight league games. After suffering a tough 4-0 loss to Chelsea at the Academy Stadium and then a League Cup defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday night, the second-half goal-fest against Villa could be […]

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Jonathan David is emerging as an elite striker at Lille. Where will he go next?

Space has always been at a premium for Jonathan David. “We only have a handful of domes here in Ottawa,” David’s former youth coach Jay Da Costa told First Time Finish last year. “Those domes get used up, not just by soccer, but baseball and football and other organisations too. It’s hard to get time […]