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Asylum-seeking Myanmar soccer player to join Japanese club as trainee

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A Myanmar national soccer goalkeeper who refused to return home and is seeking refugee status in Japan will join a local team in Yokohama as a trainee following the approval of a six-month visa earlier in the month, his team said Saturday. YSCC Yokohama, currently in the J.League's third division,… Read

BASEBALL

Cleveland Indians changing team name to Guardians

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A look at what's happening around the majors: GUARDIANS OF THE GAME After more than 100 years, the Cleveland Indians are getting a new name — the team will be called the Guardians next season. The name change, which has its supporters and critics among Cleveland’s fan base, ends months… Read

RUGBY UNION

Lions produce 2nd half fightback to overcome Boks 22-17

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The British and Irish Lions shrugged off a shoddy first half to overcome world champion South Africa 22-17 in their tense first test of three at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday. The Lions responded to trailing 12-3 at halftime with a bolder, disciplined and tactically superior second half. What also… Read

SOCCER

Sancho brings style and swagger to Man Utd

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Jadon Sancho will bring style and swagger to Manchester United's attack after the England forward completed a £73 million ($100 million) move which is expected to ignite his club's Premier League title charge this season. Sancho's switch from Borussia Dortmund on Friday made him the second most expensive English player… Read

RUGBY UNION

NZ border decision puts Rugby Championship schedule in doubt

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The Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship schedules are in doubt after the New Zealand government on Friday stopped quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia for two months. New Zealand is due to host Australia in two Bledisloe Cup tests in August and to meet Argentina and South Africa in… Read

RUGBY UNION

Star Australian rugby winger Marika Koroibete headed to Japan

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Star winger Marika Koroibete is leaving Australian rugby to play in Japan. The Fiji-born Koroibete said Friday he would join former Australia coach Robbie Deans’ 2021 championship-winning Panasonic Wild Knights in the Japan Rugby League One. The 2019 John Eales medalist as Australia’s player of the year will link up… Read

RUGBY UNION

Springbok assistant coach slams Gatland 'mind games'

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Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick hit back at British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland on Friday, saying the Springboks were not prepared to play "mind games". Stick, speaking at a press conference on the eve of the first test in Cape Town on Saturday, said the appointment of South… Read

Sports

NFL teams face potential forfeits for COVID-19 outbreaks

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NFL teams that experience a COVID-19 outbreak among nonvaccinated players could forfeit regular-season games, with players on both teams not getting paid. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell warned the 32 teams Thursday in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that no games would be rescheduled under such circumstances. Instead, forfeits… Read

RUGBY UNION

Surprise choice Conan says starting for Lions is 'surreal'

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Surprise British and Irish Lions number eight selection Jack Conan said on Thursday that it was "surreal" hearing his name called out as a starter against world champions South Africa on Saturday. The 28-year-old Ireland loose forward fills a place in the team for the first test in Cape Town… Read

NFL

Giants top draft pick Toney tests postive for COVID-19

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First-round draft pick Kadarius Toney has tested positive for COVID-19 after reporting to training camp. The Giants disclosed Thursday that the 20th pick overall was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. The Florida receiver reported for camp on Wednesday along with fellow rookies. Toney is following NFL protocols by isolating and… Read

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