Friday Preview – Pretty Pollyanna Looking For Perfection In Fillies’ Mile

Pretty Pollyanna RaceBets rock up to York on Friday and are sponsoring two races, both of which will be covered by the ITV4 racing team. The first of these is the RaceBets Money Back Handicap at 2:40pm, which is a 1-mile handicap and this is followed by the RaceBets Handicap which is a 1 mile 6 furlongs for three-year-olds at 3:50 pm. There is also a fantastic card at Newmarket, where there are four Group races, chief among them is the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile and the ultra-competitive Old…

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Federer, Djokovic Headline Thursday Action In Shanghai | ATP World Tour

The top four seeds will take to Center Court at the Rolex Shanghai Masters on Thursday for third-round matches against familiar foes. No. 1 seed and two-time champion Roger Federer is 7-0 in matches and 16-0 in sets against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, including a 6-4, 6-2 victory in the Shanghai third round four years ago. With Federer sidelined in 2016, Bautista Agut advanced to the biggest final of his career in Shanghai by defeating then-World No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4. View FedEx ATP Head2Head for the following…

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George Taliaferro, First Black Drafted by N.F.L., Is Dead at 91

George Taliaferro, an all-American running back at Indiana University who was the first African-American drafted by a National Football League team, died on Monday at a nursing home in Mason, Ohio. He was 91. His son-in-law Lorin Buckner said the cause was heart failure. After three seasons at the Bloomington campus at Indiana, Taliaferro had established himself as one of the top players in college football. Fast, strong and elusive, he played halfback, quarterback, defensive back and kicker on a team with several other African-Americans. In 1945, he rushed for…

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Boston Bruins move up start time to avoid conflict with Boston Red Sox

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins have moved up the start time of Saturday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings to 3 p.m. to avoid a conflict with the Red Sox playoff game. The hockey game had been a 7 p.m. start. Game 1 of the AL Championship Series between the Red Sox and Houston Astros is scheduled to start at 8:09 p.m. Sunday poses another challenge for Boston fans: Game 2 of the best-of-seven baseball series is 7:09 p.m. and the New England Patriots will play the Kansas City Chiefs…

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Pinot: My wins in Italy are my greatest

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) has a tattoo on his arm that says in Italian, “Solo la vittoria è Bella” – “Only victory is beautiful” – and the Frenchman was delighted to finally add an Italian semi-Classic to his palmarès with victory at Milano-Torino on Wednesday. Related Articles Pinot is French to the core, but he loves racing in Italy, preferring aggressive, open racing to the tactics and expectation of the Tour de France. “I want to win every race, and I think my wins in Italy are my greatest,” Pinot explained in French, but promising to learn…

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Carlos Correa of Houston Astros playing through nagging back injury

HOUSTON — Carlos Correa is in pain. Every swing-and-miss hurts, and on the bad days it can even be uncomfortable for the Houston Astros star shortstop to walk. Correa often puts on a brave face but told The Associated Press how much this is affecting him as the Astros prepare to leave for Boston and the best-of-seven AL Championship Series that begins Saturday. “You’re a competitor, so every time you step on the field you play it off like everything is fine,” he said Wednesday. “But obviously you’re hurting.” The…

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Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler announces retirement

Reliever Brad Ziegler announced his retirement on Wednesday, his 39th birthday, after 11 major league seasons. The right-hander, known for his submarine delivery, finished last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks after being traded by the Miami Marlins, made his announcement via his Twitter account. “I’ve been living out the dream of almost every little boy that grows up in this great country and in many other countries around the world,” Ziegler wrote in a statement. He recalled suffering a fractured skull in 2004 as an Oakland Athletics minor leaguer after…

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Terry Francona bristles at suggestion that slumping Jose Ramirez ‘killed’ Cleveland Indians

CLEVELAND — Terry Francona’s emotions are still raw and real. The postseason pain hasn’t subsided just yet. Still feeling a “sting” after another successful season for the Indians ended in disappointment and well short of a World Series title, Francona tried to explain on Wednesday why his team looked so overmatched against the Houston Astros. Francona didn’t have all the answers — and he got annoyed at one point while defending star Jose Ramirez — but if October has taught anything to the two-time Series winner while with the Boston…

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The Warriors’ Draymond Green on Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and the future of Golden State’s dynasty

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today! On a Monday morning in Tokyo’s chic Harajuku district, I meet three-time All-Star and three-time champion Draymond Green outside a bustling train station and begin a stroll down the busy, bizarre and impossibly pink Takeshita Street, a shopping haven for the anime-inspired. Never one to shy from contact, the Golden State Warriors’ Mr. Do-It-All peppers the locals with questions about fashion, etiquette and their ubiquitous electronic toilets, which can best be described as a spa for your butt.…

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J.J. Watt of Houston Texans, T.J. Watt of Pittsburgh Steelers relish NFL sack race: ‘It’s pretty wild’

HOUSTON — Before the Houston Texans‘ game on Sunday night, defensive end J.J. Watt had the chance to watch his younger brother T.J., an outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, deliver another impressive three-sack performance. J.J. also knew that with those three sacks, T.J. took the lead in the family, with six on the season, and that he was tied with Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins for the NFL lead. “I knew he had six sacks, so I knew I had to get at least one. Otherwise, I couldn’t go…

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