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Track Cycling World Cup: Charlie Tanfield wins second gold

The KGF team pursuit quartet looked strong in qualifying and the finals Charlie Tanfield won his second gold medal at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Minsk as the Team KGF quartet won team pursuit gold. The 21-year-old British amateur, who is not part of the British Cycling set-up, won the individual pursuit on Saturday. He then combined with brother Harry, Dan Bigham and Jonathan Wale to beat Russian trade team Lokosphinx. The quartet, who are British champions, won by over two seconds in a time of three minutes…

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European Rugby Champions Cup: Munster 48-3 Castres

Keith Earls scored Munster’s first try in the final pool game against Castres in Limerick European Champions Cup Pool Four Munster (13) 48 Tries: Earls, Marshall, Penalty, Zebo, Wootton, J Cronin Pens: Keatley 2 Cons: Keatley 4, Hanrahan 2 Castres (3) 3 Pen: Kockott Munster secured a home Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulon as an impressive bonus-point victory over Castres meant they topped Pool Four. The hosts pulled clear after a tight opening at Thomond Park, and Keith Earls went over for a try to help Munster to a 13-3…

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Philadelphia greasing light poles to stop fans from climbing after NFC Championship game

PHILADELPHIA — Workers in Philadelphia are greasing light poles in a bid to prevent Eagles fans from climbing them after the NFC Championship Game. They’ve put Crisco on the poles in downtown Philadelphia to prevent fans from potentially climbing them later. Wild scene on the streets here downtown 4 1/2 hours before the game. Jordan Raanan, ESPN Staff Writer Officials say the grease should make the poles too slippery to climb. The workers applying the grease are jokingly calling themselves the “Crisco Cops.” The Eagles are hosting the Minnesota Vikings…

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European Rugby Champions Cup: Saracens into quarter-finals after Wasps win

Saracens took the final place in the quarter-finals having finished as the third-best second-placed side Defending champions Saracens have progressed to the quarter-finals of this season’s European Champions Cup. The back-to-back title winners thrashed Northampton on Saturday to remain in contention, but their place was only confirmed after Wasps beat Ulster at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday. Mark McCall’s side qualified as the third-best second-place team and face a tough away tie at top seeds Leinster. Saracens are the only English side to have progressed to the knockout stages. Champions…

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Matthew Cross’ century steers Scotland to victory over UAE

Scotland’s Matthew Cross was the match-winner with an unbeaten century One-day international tri-series, Dubai Scotland 249-8 (50 overs): Cross 107*, Munsey 45 United Arab Emirates 218 (46.3 overs): Shabber 90; Watt 2-33, Whittingham 2-35 Scotland won by 31 runs Scorecard Matthew Cross made 107 not out as Scotland eased to a 31-run victory over the United Arab Emirates in Dubai. Batting at number three, his maiden one-day international century came off 110 balls, while George Munsey chipped in with 45 runs. Skipper Kyle Coetzer opened the batting and contributed 28…

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Paul Coffey hired as skills coach for Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have hired Hall of Famer Paul Coffey to serve as their skills development coach, the team announced Sunday. Coffey played for nine teams, including the Oilers, over 21 NHL seasons. The four-time Stanley Cup winner earned three titles with Edmonton in 1983-84, 1984-85 and 1986-87. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, Coffey was recognized last season as one of the NHL’s 100 Greatest Players. He ranks second all time among defensemen in goals, assists and points — trailing only Ray Bourque. Despite having one…

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MMA — How one of the best feuds in the UFC can make Stipe Miocic more marketable

BOSTON – Stipe Miocic is known as “The Baddest Man on the Planet.” He’s certainly not the first heavyweight champion to lay claim to that nickname. If you type the phrase into Google, you’ll get the Wikipedia bio of Mike Tyson as well as suggestions for Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather and Evander Holyfield. Miocic is obviously not as well known as the other men who have held that nickname, but he certainly backed it up and cemented his place in UFC history when he dominated No. 1 contender Francis Ngannou,…

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USA Hockey general manager Jim Johannson dies at age 53

Jim Johannson, the general manager of USA Hockey who helped put together an American Olympic team without NHL players, has died at the age of 53. USA Hockey released a statement saying that Johannson died in his sleep early Sunday morning at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “We are beyond shocked and profoundly saddened,” USA Hockey executive director Pat Kelleher said in the statement. “As accomplished as Jim was in hockey, he was the absolute best, most humble, kind and caring person you could ever hope to meet. His…

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All Tennis 

Australian Open – Despite loss, nothing but positive takeaways for Nick Kyrgios

MELBOURNE, Australia — Nick Kyrgios is maturing as a person and improving as a player. Say it again. These were the two common themes this fortnight for someone who has historically taken a lot of criticism from fans and media. Good on him. But the question we have to ask now is a pretty simple one: What’s next? That his performance Sunday wasn’t quite enough to get past Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round of the Australian Open should not get him down. Kyrgios played great tennis. He smacked 36…

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Abu Dhabi Championship Tommy Fleetwood hits sensational back nine to retain crown

Tommy Fleetwood retained the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship title with a final round 65, giving him a 2-shot victory over Ross Fisher. Fleetwood produced a sensational back nine, making six birdies to come home in 30 shots. The European No. 1 had started the day 2 behind overnight leaders Fisher and Thomas Pieters. Fisher seemed to be on his way to a first European Tour victory for nearly four years after picking up four shots in the outward nine. But Fleetwood birdied the 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th holes…

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