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Sources: Kawhi Leonard to decline option, enter free agency

Weeks after surgery on his partially torn right ACL, two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard declined his $ 36 million option with the Los Angeles Clippers for the 2021-22 season and joined the free agency, league sources shared Chris Haynes from Yahoo Sports with. Leonard and the Clippers are expe...

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Olympics-Transgender weightlifter becomes focus of inclusion vs fairness debate

By Martin Petty
TOKYO (Reuters) - At 43, New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is almost twice as old as her competitors in Tokyo 2020. With a shift of 285 kg in qualifying, she is also one of the strongest in the field.
On Monday, she will be the first openly transgender athlete to compete in ...

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Colt McCoy ‘could be one of the best things ever’ for Chris Streveler

The Arizona Cardinals made it a priority to improve their backup quarterback situation. Last year Chris Streveler was the primary backup and Brett Hundley was on the list too.
They didn't bring Hundley back, adding Colt McCoy, who spent 11 years in the NFL. Streveler is still on the list, and the...

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Seeming free agency lock: Chris Paul re-signs with Suns for three-years, $90+ million

Shortly after the finals, there was a lot of buzz about teams trying to get in the way of Chris Paul and free him from the suns, starting with the Lakers (always a long shot), through the heat, with Dallas in the Mix.
None of this was ever likely, and the discussion seemed to be cooling off in th...

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Trinity Rodman smokes defenders, goalie to score incredible goal for Washington Spirit

Washington Spirit striker Trinity Rodman scored an incredible goal in Chicago on Sunday. (Randy Litzinger / Icon Sportswire / Getty Images)
Trinity Rodman would achieve her goal.
No one, no matter how hard they tried, could get in her way.
Rodman scored a wild goal for the Washington Spirit in th...

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Jade Carey wins gold medal in floor routine after rough start to Olympics

TOKYO - Jade Carey, 21-year-old from Arizona, won gold in the women's floor event in Tokyo on Monday with 14.366 points, higher than all qualifying results, securing her title of best female tumbler in the world. It was her first Olympic medal and represents a breathtaking respite from a disappoi...

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Olympics-Athletics-Jackson out of 200m after rookie heats blunder

By Mitch Phillips
TOKYO (Reuters) - Jamaican Shericka Jackson won't be able to add her 100m bronze after a terrible mistake in Monday's 200 heats where she slacked off too much and was overtaken at the finish line to finish fourth.
Jackson, third fastest in the world over the distance that year, ...

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Somewhere, Christian Coleman must be kicking himself

Somewhere in America, hopefully within reach of a cold beer for his sake, to drown his worries, Christian Coleman must be absolutely sick right now. After seeing a little-known remodeled long jumper win the wide-open 100m Olympic final on Sunday, America's fastest man must feel like he was slippi...

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Gymnast Danusia Francis speaks about period and leotard fears

When the German women's gymnastics team competed in long-legged bodies for the European Championships in April, the Jamaican gymnast Danusia Francis was surprised.
"Though my immediate reaction was that it was very cool, I then wondered if they were being deducted from points for wearing them," w...

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Irish boxer withdraws from Olympics after injuring himself while celebrating

The 24-year-old Irishman showed no signs of injury during his game and was only spotted with a grimace after his failed celebration. (Getty Images)
The Olympics are a roller coaster ride of emotions for many athletes, and no one knows this better than Irish boxer Aidan Walsh, who moves from the h...

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One day after DQ and reinstatement, new U.S. 4x400 mixed relay team stunned

TOKYO - After a stressful few hours the night before waiting to see if the disqualification motion would turn out in his favor, the United States' 4x400 mixed relay took to the track for the new event's first Olympic final on Saturday night.
For the favored Americans, things did not go quite as e...

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NBC paid $7.75bn for its Olympic rights ... and we got televisual vomit

Photo: Dylan Martinez / Reuters
If there is one message that the Olympics infallibly convey, it is that elite competition is about making the right decisions. At some point every athlete has to make the decision not to do certain things: the fencer grabs his head instead of his body, the trampoli...

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Controversy strikes as Canadians upset Americans in beach volleyball

The Canadians advance to the quarter-finals, but their victory was not without controversy. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)
Canadian beach volleyball duo Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson officially advance to the Olympic quarter-finals after beating US pair Sarah Sponcil and Kelly ...

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Warriors owner Joe Lacob on blockbuster trade: “It’s very unlikely”

The three big stars of the Warriors - Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green - urged Warriors management to trade in their two lottery tips for a star player who can help them win now.
That didn't happen. Bradley Beal wants to stay in Washington, Damian Lillard has not made a trade reque...

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Carmelo Anthony a Laker? Reports link L.A. to ‘Melo, DeRozan, Gay

The Lakers have their big three. While we can discuss how much Russell Westbrook is helping LeBron James and Anthony Davis make the playoffs, there is no question that the Lakers are once again a serious threat to come from the west and push for another banner.
Many seasoned veterans may be willi...

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The Jacksonville Jaguars waive a former Wisconsin Badger LB

The Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday renounced former Wisconsin linebacker Leon Jacobs, ending his three years with the organization.
The move comes after Jacobs was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list last week due to an unknown issue.
The former Wisconsin Badger shone during the...

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Why isn't Rory McIlroy wearing a hat at the Olympics? 'My head is so small'

Rory McIlroy didn't wear a hat at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Japan this week, a strange sight for any professional golfer.
The rationale for the Olympics, however, is not what one would have guessed.
As it turns out, McIlroy's head is just too small.
“My head is so small that I have to have mad...

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Exclusive-Olympics-Belarusian athlete says she was taken to airport to go home after criticising coaches

By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber
TOKYO (Reuters) - A Belarusian sprinter said she was taken to the airport against her will on Sunday to board a flight home after publicly complaining about national coaches at the Tokyo Olympics.
Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, who was due to compete in the women's 200-mete...

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Paul Casey and Rory McIlroy Olympic medal hopes slip away after bizarre seven-way golf play-off

Paul Casey and Rory McIlroy Tokyo 2020 Olympic medal hopes fade after bizarre seven-way golf play-off - irish mirror online
Paul Casey and Rory McIlroy saw their Olympic medal dreams in agony in a bizarre seven-man bronze play-off on a dramatic final day of the men's golf tournament.
Since the sp...

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China's Su blasts into Olympic 100m final, Bromell out

China's Su Bingtian ran an Asian record of 9.83 seconds to qualify for Sunday's men's 100m Olympic final while US medal hopeful Trayvon Bromell missed the cut.
Su, 31, broke his previous best time of 9.91 and stormed to an impressive semi-final victory against the American Ronnie Baker in the pho...

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Raven Saunders raises overhead 'X' on podium in most high-profile protest yet at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO - American silver medalist Raven Saunders offered the most famous protest to date at those Olympics on Sunday evening.
Saunders, who competed in the shot put, raised her arms above her head in an "X" as she, gold medalist Lijiao Gong and bronze medalist Valerie Adams posed for photographers...

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Javier Baez makes a splash in his Mets debut, leads to big comeback win | SportsNite

On SportsNite, Maria Marino, Marc Malusis and John Jastremski talk about the Mets' big comeback win and the debut of Javier Baez.

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Olympics-Swimming-Pool a hotbed of emotion as under-pressure stars unload

By Aaron Sheldrick
TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo 2020 wasn't the coronavirus superspreader event some feared might get, but emotions - from ecstatic to arguably toxic - were freely shared in the heady atmosphere of intense competition in the swimming pool.
Tears of triumph and despair shed many still e...

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Olympic surprise: American Finke leaves Tokyo with two golds

TOKYO (AP) - Bobby Finke will be the first to admit that he had modest goals for the Tokyo Olympics.
He was thrilled to only reach the US team in a few grueling freestyle events. He couldn't really imagine winning a medal
Now he has a few gold pieces.
Finke crowned his impressive rise as the worl...

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Olympics-Swimming-Dressel caps off 'terrifying' Games with fifth gold

By Martin Petty
TOKYO (Reuters) - Caeleb Dressel raised the curtain for his Tokyo Games by winning a fifth gold medal on Sunday, saying that high expectations, pressure to perform and a roller coaster ride of emotions made the Olympics a "terrible" experience .
The American won the men's 50-meter...

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The Rush: Team USA continues its historical dominance in the pool

It was the last night of swimming at the Olympics and the US topped the medal table again, with Caeleb Dressel taking home an incredible 5 gold medals.

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Gold medalist, 4-time Olympian Dalhausser leaves the beach

TOKYO (AP) -
To keep himself busy in Japan while living in modified quarantine, 2008 four-time Olympian and beach volleyball gold medalist Phil Dalhausser decided to add up the time he was away from his children.
“I was in a quiet room. Had plenty of time to think, ”he said after being eliminated...

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Gadzhi Rabadanov scores nasty KO at Bellator 263; coach Khabib Nurmagomedov loads fallen fighter on stretcher

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Khabib Nurmagomedov showed the ultimate token of respect to a fallen fighter after a scary knockout at Bellator 263.
During the Bellator 263 Prelims on Saturday in the forum, advertising debutant Gadzhi Rabadanov (16-4-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) scored a heavy finish from opponent Danie...

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Olympics-Organisers investigating after athletes drinking violates COVID-19 curbs

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo Games organizers said they are investigating after a group of athletes drank alcohol in the Olympic Village this week and violated measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The athletes were caught drinking in a park in the athletes' village on Friday night, Tokyo 2020 C...

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How American sprinter impaled by javelin came back to make the Olympics

Before resisting being impaled by a spear for a spot on the US Olympic team, Elijah Godwin admits he was not an obedient patient.
He would wait until his mother went to work and the house was empty. Then he slipped out of bed, laced up his running shoes, and squeezed his battered body until it wa...

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