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Miami Open — Roger Federer loses to Thanasi Kokkinakis

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Roger Federer lost his second consecutive match and the No. 1 ranking Saturday. Big-serving Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, a qualifier ranked 175th, rallied to upset Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) at the Miami Open. The 36-year-old Federer had been the oldest No. 1 man ever, but he’ll lose that spot to Rafael Nadal when the new rankings come out April 2. “I deserve it after this match,” Federer said. “That’s how I feel.” Kokkinakis became the lowest-ranked man to beat a No. 1 player since No. 178…

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Dell Match Play — Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Kevin Kisner, Alex Noren reach semifinals

AUSTIN, Texas — Justin Thomas has reached the semifinals of the Dell Technologies Match Play and is one round away from reaching No. 1 in the world. Thomas made quick work of Si Woo Kim on Saturday morning and then won three straight holes to start the back nine in a 2-and-1 victory over Kyle Stanley. He would replace Dustin Johnson atop the world ranking if he reaches the championship match. In his way is Bubba Watson, who is back to playing like the two-time Masters champion. The other semifinal…

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Golden Boy on ESPN – Jose Martinez, Alejandro Santiago to meet in rematch after controversial draw

The best way to settle a controversial draw is a rematch, which is exactly what will take place Saturday at Complejo Ferial in Ponce, Puerto Rico, when Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez and Alejandro “Peque” Santiago renew hostilities in a scheduled 10-round junior bantamweight bout. Santiago (16-2-3, 7 KOs) was a late substitute when they first fought on Nov. 12, 2016, in Ponce, but many observers thought he’d done enough to emerge victorious. Where: Complejo Ferial in Ponce, Puerto RicoWhen: SaturdayTV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, 8:30 p.m. ET “Martinez showed some good skills,…

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All Football 

England fans’ behaviour in the Netherlands ‘appalling’ and a ‘worrying trend’, say police chiefs

Dutch police said the majority of the fans arrested had been “disrupting public order” Police chiefs have condemned the “appalling” behaviour of a “large number” of England fans before Friday’s friendly against the Netherlands. More than 100 fans were arrested in Amsterdam, the most for “several years” and part of a “worrying trend”, say the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC). The NPCC had “significant” concerns about playing the game on a Friday evening, but had not been consulted. The Football Association said it condemned the “unacceptable scenes”. “We always urge…

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Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale hit by ball, exits game

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale left Saturday’s spring training game against the Houston Astros after being struck on his left leg by a line drive. The line drive off the bat of Houston’s J.D. Davis hit Sale in his left hip area. The star left-hander went to the ground and also appeared to clutch at his left knee. After being examined by team medical personnel, Sale headed back to the dugout, appearing to walk with minimal discomfort. Sale, who had already been announced as Boston’s starting pitcher for Opening…

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All Rugby 

Premiership: Sale Sharks 58-25 Worcester Warriors

Denny Solomona went in at the corner for his 12th try of the season, but he is only now joint Premiership top scorer Aviva Premiership Sale (29) 58 Tries: Curry, de Klerk, Yarde, Solomona, Haley, Strauss, McGuigan, O’Connor Cons: MacGinty 5, de Klerk Pens: MacGinty, de Klerk Worcester (6) 25 Tries: Adams 2, Willison Cons: Shillcock, Olver Pens: Shillcock 2 Sale kept up their hopes of a top-four Premiership finish as they ran in eight tries to swamp Worcester. First-half tries from Ben Curry, Faf de Klerk, Marland Yarde and…

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Cameron Bancroft: Australia player admits to ball-tampering, Steve Smith knew in advance

Umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth speak to Cameron Bancroft (second right) and captain Steve Smith Australia’s Cameron Bancroft has admitted he tampered with the ball during the third Test against South Africa – and captain Steve Smith says he knew of the plan in advance. Television footage showed Bancroft take what he said was yellow tape out of his trouser pocket before rubbing the ball. The 25-year-old said after play he had been charged with attempting to change the condition of the ball. Smith said it was a “big…

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New Orleans Pelicans’ guard Rajon Rondo won’t play Saturday against the Houston Rockets because of a sprained right wrist

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo will not play Saturday against the Houston Rockets because of a sprained right wrist. It was not immediately clear when Rondo suffered the injury. The Pelicans played games on three consecutive nights earlier this week, and Rondo logged at least 29 minutes in each of those games. Rondo, 32, is averaging 8.2 points and 7.9 assists per game this season for the surging Pelicans (43-30), who are on a four-game winning streak and enter Saturday tied with the San Antonio Spurs for fifth…

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If left tackle slides down board, would Patriots consider a trade up? – New England Patriots Blog

Covering some hot topics around the New England Patriots in mailbag form: Hey @MikeReiss, with the @Patriots potentially having 4 comp picks next year, do you think they’d dangle some future picks and trade up in this year’s draft to get a starting LT? #Mailbag — Greg Howe (@gmhowe87) March 23, 2018 Greg, if they feel a strong long-term replacement for Nate Solder is sliding within their range, I could see that type of move. It would be similar to the 2012 draft when they made two moves up the…

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