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Joaquin Niemann wins Latin America Amateur with closing 63 to qualify for Masters

SANTIAGO, Chile — Joaquin Niemann wanted to make his last round as an amateur one of his best. He was so good Tuesday that he felt he could birdie every hole and closed with an 8-under 63 for a five-shot victory in the Latin America Amateur Championship. And that means his amateur career is not over yet. Next up for the 19-year-old from Chile: the Masters at Augusta National. Niemann lived up to his No. 1 world amateur ranking by playing a five-hole stretch in 6-under par around the turn…

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Heather Hardy and Ana Julaton to fight in boxing, MMA matches

Professional boxers and mixed martial artists Heather Hardy and Ana Julaton will square off twice in 2018, apparently in both sports. Bellator MMA announced on Tuesday the two will meet in a flyweight MMA fight at Bellator 194 on Feb. 16 inside Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. That bout will be the first of two meetings this year. The second will take place in a boxing ring, under the promotion of DiBella Entertainment and Orion Sports Management. Heather Hardy (right) will fight Ana Julaton in both MMA and boxing…

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Filip Nyberg is the best player in the world of the week

3:02 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN ESPN presents the best player in the world of the week. If there’s a player you’d like to nominate, from your local team to a high school team to your beer league, email us here. Izzy Palumbo, Golden Rockets Palumbo was the winning goalie in the Rockets’ 7-4 win over the Columbia Valley Rockies in a boys Junior B game during the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. This win was notable because Palumbo is just 15 years old, saving shots fired by some players who…

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Sam Querrey leads U.S. Davis Cup roster, Jack Sock out

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Sam Querrey, John Isner, Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson are on the U.S. Davis Cup roster that will play at Serbia — minus Novak Djokovic — in the first round next month. The highest-ranked American man, No. 9 Jack Sock, was not included in captain Jim Courier’s team, which was announced Tuesday. Sock, No. 16 Isner and No. 48 Steve Johnson lost in the first round at the Australian Open. No. 13 Querrey got beaten in the second round and No. 45 Harrison the third. Serbia…

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Giannis Antetokounmpo offered to intervene before Milwaukee Bucks fired Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd said that Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo called him about 15 minutes before Kidd was officially notified he’d been fired by the Bucks and offered to help save his job. “He called me and said, ‘Coach, this isn’t right what they’re about to do, but [they] are gonna let you go,’” Kidd told ESPN. Kidd said he replied, “I had a feeling that was gonna take place.” To which Antetokounmpo responded, “‘What can I do? I’ll call the owners, I’ll call my agent.” Jason Kidd has been fired…

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NFL officiating czar Al Riveron to return despite criticism

2:17 PM ET Kevin SeifertNFL Nation Close ESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 The NFL will retain senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron for the 2018 season, a league spokesman told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Riveron had a bumpy first season on the job after replacing Dean Blandino, who resigned to join Fox Sports. Riveron’s promotion coincided with an NFL initiative to give final say on replay reviews to its New York-based officiating department. The structure was created with Blandino’s…

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Six Nations 2018: Harlequins prop Kyle Sinckler leaves England training camp

Sinckler (left) joins Wasps number eight Nathan Hughes on England’s injury list England have suffered another injury blow before the Six Nations with Harlequins tight-head Kyle Sinckler forced to leave their training camp. The 24-year-old, a late withdrawal from his club’s Champions Cup defeat on Sunday, arrived in Portugal on Monday with a possible hamstring strain. “Kyle will undergo further assessment and treatment with his club this week,” a statement read. Sinckler will be replaced at the training camp by Bath’s Henry Thomas. Eddie Jones’ side, who travel to Italy…

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Errol Spence ordered to make title defense against Carlos Ocampo

Welterweight world titleholder Errol Spence Jr. has designs on major fights, including a potential unification showdown with two-belt titlist Keith Thurman Jr. in the fall, but there will be other business first. Errol Spence Jr., who defended his welterweight title Saturday night against Lamont Peterson, has his sights set on a unification showdown with Keith Thurman later this year. Spence has been ordered to make his mandatory title defense against unbeaten, but virtually unknown, up-and-comer Carlos Ocampo. On Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Spence retained his…

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Police raid French rugby headquarters and president’s home

France president Bernard Laporte oversaw the country’s successful bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup last year Police have raided the headquarters of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) amid ongoing investigations into alleged favouritism involving its president Bernard Laporte. Laporte denies allegations he pressured the FFR appeals committee to reduce a sanction against Montpellier. The Top 14 club is owned by Mohed Altrad, with whom 53-year-old Laporte had a previous business relationship. Sources cited by Reuters and AFP say Laporte’s home has also been searched. Police searches took place…

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