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Source: The Guradian

The 10 most improved players in the Premier League this season

Friday 08:06 GMT

Lewis Dunk, Brighton: 6.27, down 0.74 on last season Christopher Schindler, Huddersfield: 6.50, down 0.61 Jordan Pickford, Everton: 6.12, down 0.51 Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace: 6.90, down 0.48 Florent Hadergjonaj, Huddersfield: 6.06, down 0.45 Mousa Dembélé, Tottenham: 6.48, down 0.42 Paul Pogba, Manchester United: 7.07, down 0.41 Ayoze Pérez, Newcastle: 6.39, down 0.34 Abdoulaye Doucouré, Watford: 6.68, down 0.32 Mohamed Salah, Liverpool: 7.37, down 0.32

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Source: Common Domain

How playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch helped this man find his purpose in life

Friday 08:06 GMT

The man who brought sweet Big Bird and curmudgeonly Oscar the Grouch to life said that before “Sesame Street” he didn’t feel like what he was doing was very important. “Big Bird helped me find my purpose.”

Big Bird and Oscar will live on, and Spinney can retire knowing that the beloved characters he embodied and immortalized had an impact on millions of children. The new man behind Oscar the Grouch will be Eric Jacobson, whose other roles include Grover, Bert and Guy Smiley for “Sesame Street.”

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Source: The Guradian

Wimbledon puts end to marathon matches with final-set tie-breaks

Saturday 10:50 GMT

Wimbledon has finally bowed to pressure from players, coaches and pundits to introduce a final-set tie-break – but it will only kick in when the score reaches 12-12.

The All England Club confirmed the new rule will apply to all events across the Championships – including men’s and women’s singles, junior events and doubles matches – except for wheelchair and quad wheelchair, which remain the best of three tie-break sets.

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Source: ABC News

The role diversity anxiety can play in ‘living while black’ incidents: OPINION

Saturday 10:50 GMT

“Cornerstone Caroline" and “Pool Patrol Paula” have recently become viral memes showing white people who call the police to report a black person going about their daily life.

The good news is that despite the trend in viral negative interracial interactions, the promise of diversity remains strong. The bad news is that the effects of this “diversity anxiety” and cultural mistrust can negatively affect the mental health of everyone involved.

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Source: DW

Bayern Munich bosses launch scathing attack on German media

Saturday 10:50 GMT

Three of Bayern Munich's most senior figures have launched extraordinary attacks against what they call 'outrageous' reporting.

With some of the press pack attempting to defend reputations and question the narrative set by the three men, Bayern's bosses stayed on the attack, again threatening legal action before shutting down any real attempt at debate of the issues. With Bayern seeking a first win in two months away at Wolfsburg on Saturday, Kovac may be relieved that the media spotlight isn't fixed quite so brightly on him.

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Source: BBC

Mexican women's football pioneer murdered

Friday 08:05 GMT

Her niece Fabiola Ibarra, who plays for Guadalajara-based football club Atlas Femenil and the Mexican national women's team, wrote that she would "hang on to all the beautiful moments I had with you and all that you did for me, you are the best friend, the best aunt and the best coach!". Inglis Hernández, who plays for Xolas, the team Ms Ibarra founded, wrote that "one day we will lift that cup again".

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Source: Common Domain

Why Trump has to play the Saudis’ game — for now

Saturday 09:55 GMT

In so many ways, Donald Trump was born too late — too late for his Hugh-Hefner-wannabe conception of masculinity, too late to have a press corps lacking the skills to undress his pretensions to self-made wealth, too late for his casual racism and constant lying to impress more than 40% of the electorate.

Trump needs the Saudis to boost production by 15% to make up for the 1.5 million barrels or so that Iran sanctions are expected to take off the world market.

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Source: DW

Borussia Dortmund's Thomas Delaney: 'I feel at my best when I'm living the game.'

Friday 04:15 GMT

It took just one season at Werder Bremen for Thomas Delaney to attract interest from bigger clubs, and in the summer, BVB triggered his release clause.

Delaney, along with fellow new faces Abdou Diallo and Axel Witsel, is expected to help solve Dortmund's defensive problems. In recent seasons Dortmund's attacking power has been the least of their worries, a lack of defensive stability was often the team's Achilles heel.

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Source: Common Domain

Jackie Bradley Jr. Lifts the Red Sox to the Brink of a Pennant

Friday 15:27 GMT

One night after his grand slam powered Boston to a win over the Houston Astros in Game 3, Bradley hit a go-ahead, two-run blast in the sixth inning of Game 4 on Wednesday to put the Red Sox on the brink of a pennant.

The Astros nearly rendered Bradley a footnote as they loaded the bases against Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

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Source: DW

Silvia Neid: 'A female coach wouldn't be accepted in the Bundesliga'

Friday 15:27 GMT

Former Germany international and women's team coach Silvia Neid doesn't believe a female coach would be accepted in the men's Bundesliga.

Neid, 54, won all there is to win in a glittering 36-year career in women's senior football, as a player for SC Klinge Seckach (1980-83), SSG Bergisch Gladbach (1983-85) and TSV Siegen (1985-96), as assistant coach of the national team (1996-2005) and as German head coach (2005-16).

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Source: The Guradian

Nadal and Djokovic need to break silence over Saudi exhibition

Thursday 16:23 GMT

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, men of conscience and integrity, continue to risk their good name by accepting an invitation to play in a meaningless exhibition in Saudi Arabia, a regime under critical scrutiny for the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Even as a dozen global big-business and media heavyweights withdrew from an international conference in Riyadh – including CNN, the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Financial Times, Viacom, the Los Angeles Times and World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim – the sports entertainment business has been conspicuously squeamish.

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Source: The Guradian

Caroll Spinney to retire from playing Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch

Thursday 16:23 GMT

Caroll Spinney, the man who has played Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since their inception nearly 50 years ago, has announced he will be retiring from both roles at the end of this week.

Spinney appeared as Big Bird on Saturday Night Live to discuss the furore, but said he has no political affiliations as he didn’t want to “ruffle any feathers”.

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Source: Common Domain

Manny Machado’s Playoff Antics Anger the Brewers

Thursday 16:23 GMT

Asked after Tuesday’s game if Machado’s actions over the past couple of nights went beyond the realm of hard play, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said, “I don’t think he’s playing all that hard”—a clear dig at Machado’s unwillingness to hustle.

The Dodgers star scored the winning run in Game 4 of the NLCS, but not before causing both benches to empty earlier in the game

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Source: Global News

New-look Raptors beat Cavaliers 116-104 to open highly anticipated season

Friday 04:15 GMT

The focus on versatility paid off for the Raptors new coach Nick Nurse as the team beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-104 in their home opener at Scotiabank Arena.

The Raptors succeeded in their shot at redemption, defeating the LeBron James-less — who took his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason — Cavaliers, who swept Toronto out of the playoffs the past two seasons. Nurse, who spent five years as a Raptors assistant before taking over for the fired Dwane Casey as head coach in June, is aware of the shift in dynamic that can come when making the transition from assistant to head coach.

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Source: Global News

Kawhi Leonard and Raptors take on Cavaliers in home opener

Thursday 13:35 GMT

When Kawhi Leonard stepped off the court on Jan. 13, his bizarre final season with the San Antonio Spurs was already done after only nine games.

Kawhi Leonard showcases versatility, still ‘shaking off some rust’ in Raptors pre-season debut. “Coming to practice and going home,” Leonard said, on his experience so far in Toronto. “And trying to find something that’s close to the house and just enjoy my family as much as I can because season is on the way, time is going to be limited at the house, so just to try to stay comfortable with my family, and spending time with them.”


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