4:12 AM BST Wallabies captain Michael Hooper says time will tell whether his six-month stint in Japan was a personal success, but admits player sabbaticals are worth exploring in greater number as Rugby Australia fights to retain its best players. Hooper fronted the media via Zoom on Friday morning, the skipper back in green and
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4:17 PM ET We needed just two minutes to find out how Denmark would react against Belgium, a match played five days after their talismanic midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed after suffering from cardiac arrest in their Euro 2020 opener against Finland. It was uncharted territory for all involved. Denmark forward Yussuf Poulsen said on Wednesday
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6:55 PM ET ESPN News Services SAN FRANCISCO — – The Arizona Diamondbacks set a major league record with their 23rd straight road loss, making dubious history in getting trounced by the San Francisco Giants 10-3 Thursday. The dejected D-backs trudged off the field and quietly made their way back to Oracle Park’s visiting clubhouse
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7:29 PM ET Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Nasa Hataoka had a share of the Meijer LPGA Classic lead Thursday in her first event since losing a playoff in the U.S. Women’s Open. The 22-year-old Japanese player birdied three of the last five holes at Blythefield Country Club to match fellow morning starters Leona
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5:43 PM ET Jeff Wagenheim Will Rory MacDonald continue to live up to the hype as the PFL’s biggest signing? Will fellow welterweight Ray Cooper III show that, after winning the 2019 season championship, this is his division? Can 2019 light heavyweight champ Emiliano Sordi even qualify for this summer’s playoffs? These are a few
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4:15 PM ET Rick Carlisle — who led Dallas to the 2011 NBA championship — informed Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on Thursday that he won’t be returning as coach next season, Carlisle told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Carlisle had two years left on his contract. He spent 13 seasons as Mavericks coach. “‘After a number of
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2:53 PM ET Naomi Osaka, ranked No. 2 in the world in women’s tennis, has withdrawn from Wimbledon, according to a statement released by her agent on Thursday. “Naomi won’t be playing Wimbledon this year,” the statement read. “She is taking some personal time with friends and family. She will be ready for the Olympics
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3:25 PM ET Alabama and Clemson are breaking in new quarterbacks this season, but oddsmakers don’t expect the Crimson Tide or Tigers to suffer any significant drop off. Alabama and Clemson topped the college football season win totals released Thursday by Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill, each opening at 11.5. Ohio State and Oklahoma are
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1:34 PM ET Oscar De La Hoya’s comeback to the ring is set. The boxing legend will meet MMA luminary Vitor Belfort in an exhibition boxing match Sept. 11 under the Triller Fight Club banner, promoter Ryan Kavanaugh confirmed Thursday to ESPN. The Athletic first reported the news. De La Hoya has not competed since
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3:10 PM ET England manager Gareth Southgate has defended the right of sponsors to advertise their products at Euro 2020 after Cristiano Ronaldo sparked a row by removing a bottle from a news conference. UEFA issued a statement on Thursday reminding teams of their contractual obligations after Ronaldo moved Coca-Cola bottles out of shot as
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3:17 AM ET With Kawhi Leonard out indefinitely with a sprained knee, Paul George channeled his old mindset of being the franchise leader in Indiana and produced arguably his finest game and moment as a member of the LA Clippers on Wednesday night. Playing in front of a hostile crowd that has taunted his every
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Bettors have sportsbook facing ‘seven-figure’ liability on long shot Phil Mickelson at U.S. Open golf tournament At Caesars Sportsbook, Phil Mickelson has attracted nearly twice as many bets as any other golfer to win the U.S. Open, and by the time the first round tees off, the bookmaker says it’s expecting to have a “seven-figure”
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10:40 AM ET Aramide Oladipo Lightweight undisputed champion Katie Taylor is in discussions with Estelle Yoka-Mossely over a potential fight, sources have told ESPN. Taylor, who is No. 1 in ESPN’s pound-for-pound rankings, has not fought since coming away with an unanimous decision victory over Natasha Jonas on May 1. Taylor (18-0, 6 KOs) appears
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