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French Open – Margaret Court’s controversial comments invade personal space

PARIS — Tennis takes place under an increasingly big tent, its occupants still skewed toward the wealthy and privileged, yet more diverse than ever. The game once dominated by a few nations — and heavily white in every sense right down to the gear — has a more varied palette. Surely amid the multilingual, multicultural troupe that hopscotches around the globe, there are different opinions on gay rights and same-sex marriage. No one has polled the top 500 on the topic, nor is that relevant unless and until the boundaries…

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All Rugby 

British and Irish Lions: Sam Warburton to captain tourists in opener

Scottish trio Tommy Seymour (left), Greig Laidlaw and Stuart Hogg will all start for the Lions against the Barbarians Sam Warburton will captain the British and Irish Lions in their opening match against the Provincial Barbarians on 3 June. The flanker will play his first game since suffering a knee injury in April, lining up in an all-Welsh back-row. The Scottish trio of Greig Laidlaw, Tommy Seymour and Stuart Hogg all start, as does Kyle Sinckler, who has yet to start a Test for England. Anyone involved in club finals…

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All MMA 

Jimi Manuwa to fight Volkan Oezdemir on UFC 214 undercard

The UFC has added a light heavyweight fight between Jimi Manuwa and Volkan Oezdemir to UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California. Officials announced the 205-pound bout on Wednesday. A light heavyweight championship fight between Daniel Cormier (19-1) and Jon Jones (22-1) is scheduled to headline the pay-per-view, which will take place at Honda Center. UFC president Dana White had stated previously he wanted to book Manuwa (17-2) to the card, in case something were to happen to the main event. The last time the UFC booked a fight…

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All Boxing 

Eleider Alvarez and Jean Pascal both need victories, but for different reasons

Eleider “Storm” Alvarez and Jean Pascal are light heavyweights going in opposite directions. The undefeated Alvarez is on the ascent and has been sitting as the mandatory challenger for world champion Adonis Stevenson since November 2015. The title fight has been delayed for various reasons, though Alvarez has stayed active and he now knows he is one win away from actually getting the opportunity to fight for the title. Pascal, the former world champion, is fading fast. He’s just 2-2 in his last four fights and could easily be 1-3…

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All MMA 

Georges St-Pierre confident he’ll fight in 2017 but loss likely ends career

UFC star Georges St-Pierre remains optimistic he will fight at some point in 2017. And he’s certain that a loss of any sort would mark the end of his career. Speaking to The MMA Hour on Tuesday, St-Pierre (25-2) said he needs to speak to the UFC, now that president Dana White has called off a middleweight title fight between St-Pierre and champion Michael Bisping. St-Pierre, who hasn’t fought since 2013, was supposed to challenge Bisping this year, but the UFC elected to change course after he publicly announced he…

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All Cycling 

National Road Championships: Mark Cavendish & Lizzie Deignan in squad

Lizzie Deignan (middle) won the 2013 national road race ahead of Laura Kenny (left) and Dani King Former world champions Mark Cavendish and Lizzie Deignan have been named in British Cycling’s squads for the National Road Championships in June. Manxman Cavendish won the road race title in 2013, while Adam Blythe will be looking to defend his crown. Deignan will aim to win her fourth national road race title, with Olympic gold medallist Dani King challenging. The men’s and women’s time trials take place on the Isle of Man on…

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All NBA 

Adam Silver — LaVar Ball will settle down after Lonzo Ball picked

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in an interview with ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike on Wednesday that he thinks LaVar Ball “will settle down” once his son, Lonzo Ball, is drafted and that he’s not concerned the NBA has turned into a two-team league. Silver credited LaVar Ball for his promotional skills, calling his ability to generate publicity “quite incredible.” But he said he has no plans to talk to Ball, who has made numerous headlines with provocative comments. In fact, the commissioner said he has only had to speak…

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All Golf 

ShopRite LPGA Classic extended through 2023

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The ShopRite LPGA Classic, in the shadow of Atlantic City, New Jersey, has been extended through 2023. The LPGA, Wakefern Food Corp and the Eiger Marketing Group announced the five-year sponsorship extension Wednesday, two days before the start of this year’s 54-hole event at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. The tournament was first played in 1986 and was known as the Atlantic City Classic. Wakefern became the title sponsor in 1992. Nancy Lopez, Betsy King, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster and Karrie…

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All Football 

Bruno Alves: Rangers sign Portugal defender after he exits Cagliari

Defender Bruno Alves arrived in Glasgow on Tuesday Portugal defender Bruno Alves has signed a two-year contract with Rangers after leaving Serie A club Cagliari. The 35-year-old centre-half has 89 caps for his country and is part of Portugal’s squad for the Confederations Cup in Russia. Alves, who began his career with Porto, made 36 appearances for Cagliari after joining from Turkish outfit Fenerbahce last summer. He becomes Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha’s first summer signing. More to follow. Source link

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All Rugby 

Tom Wood: England and Northampton Saints flanker banned for the Argentina tour

Despite Tom Wood’s red card, Northampton beat Stade Francais to qualify for next season’s European Champions Cup Tom Wood will miss England’s two-Test tour of Argentina after being banned for six weeks for stamping while playing for Northampton Saints. The 30-year-old flanker was sent off during the European Champions Cup play-off win over Stade Francais on Friday after an incident with Djibril Camara. An independent committee concluded Wood’s stamp resulted in reckless contact with Camara’s head. Eddie Jones’ England side are due to play Argentina on 10 and 17 June….

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