Tour Down Under: Porte and Dennis are Impey’s main challengers

Mitchelton-Scott manager Matt White has selected Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis as two of the main favourites for next year’s Santos Tour Down Under. The first WorldTour race of the 2019 campaign starts on January 15 with Mitchelton-Scott looking to defend their crown. Related Articles Daryl Impey, who won the race in 2018, is likely to lead the Australian team once more and will be hoping to become the first rider in the race’s history to win back-to-back titles. With Caleb Ewan set to race in Lotto Soudal colours, Mitchelton-Scott will not…

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Fernando Alonso won’t commit to any NASCAR beyond Jimmie Johnson car swap

7:05 PM ET Bob PockrassNASCAR Close • NASCAR writer for ESPN.com• 2009, 2013 NMPA Writer of the Year• More than 25 years experience covering motorsports AVONDALE, Ariz. — Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso is retiring from that circuit after this season, but whether any NASCAR racing is on the horizon is still to be determined. Kevin Harvick crew chief Rodney Childers says Stewart-Haas Racing modified the spoiler on the Texas-winning car because other teams were making similar alterations, adding that he didn’t believe the change caused the victory. Alonso will test a…

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Alyssa Healy’s fireworks set up convincing Australia win

Australia women 165 for 5 (Healy 48, Mooney 48, Riaz 2-25, Sandhu 2-42) beat Pakistan 113 for 8 (Maroof 26, Mir 21*, Schutt 2-13, Wareham 2-18) by 52 runs Alyssa Healy looks for the midwicket boundary Getty Images and Cricket Australia In 21 previous limited-overs meetings over the years, Australia had never failed to beat Pakistan. And despite the fact that Australia weren’t entirely at their best in their World T20 opener, that record remained unblemished, with the gulf between the two sides starkly apparent right through the 40 overs. Ellyse…

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T20 World Cup 2018: Harmanpreet Kaur first Indian woman to hit T20 century

Written by Nitin Sharma | Chandigarh | Updated: November 10, 2018 7:00:15 am Harmanpreet Kaur: The smile is back A sensational 103 off 51 balls brought the smile back on the face of India captain Harmanpreet Kaur Bhullar, to erase memories of the fake degree row that had jeopardised her job as DSP earlier this year. As Harmanpreet became the first Indian woman cricketer to score a century in T-20 Internationals in the side’s match against New Zealand in Guyana, her first coach Kamaldeesh Singh Sodhi, watching the telecast at…

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Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee Bucks will become 3-point threat, says GM Jon Horst

Giannis Antetokounmpo, nearly unstoppable as an inside force and slasher to the basket, will soon be upgrading to become a dual threat — and fall in line with many of the other big men of the NBA. Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst, speaking Friday in an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump, said Antetokounmpo will be developing a long-range shot. “Every year he comes back with something different,” Horst said. “Whether it’s at some point this year or next year, you’re going to see him with a 3-point shot.” Antetokounmpo,…

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Joe Mauer to retire after 15 seasons with Minnesota Twins

Joe Mauer, the 2009 American League MVP who has spent all 15 seasons of his major league career with the Minnesota Twins, announced his retirement Friday. Mauer made his announcement in a letter to fans that was released by the Twins. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune also reported Mauer bought a full-page advertisement for Sunday’s editions. Joe Mauer pens personal letter to #MNTwins fans: https://t.co/sSC7u1PZbf pic.twitter.com/QS8L55kLrL — Minnesota Twins (@Twins) November 9, 2018 “After much consideration I have decided to retire from playing baseball,” the ad from Mauer says in the letter.…

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Kuchar builds a 2-shot lead at Mayakoba Classic

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Matt Kuchar knew he was in trouble when his tee shot sailed so far to the right that he hit a provisional in case the ball was out-of-bounds. He found the ball, and somehow never lost the lead. Kuchar escaped his only big mess Friday with a 35-foot bogey putt on the 12th hole, and he rode eight birdies to a 7-under 64 that gave him a two-shot lead over PGA Tour rookie Cameron Champ going into the weekend at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.…

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Chapter2 bikes replace Cervelo at women’s Bigla team in 2019

New Zealand bike brand Chapter2 will replace Cervelo as the equipment sponsor for the UCI women’s Cervelo-Bigla team in 2019, according to a team press release. The team announced earlier this month that Bigla would be the main naming-rights partner. Related Articles “We’re excited to partner with Chapter2 at this stage of their journey,” said team manager Thomas Campana. “They are an exciting start-up, pushing the boundaries of design and reshaping how things have been done. The brand is about inspiring people to ride and explore and to not be afraid…

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New Orleans Saints fear Dez Bryant tore Achilles tendon in practice

METAIRIE, La. — Just two days after Dez Bryant finally returned to the NFL, it appears that his 2018 season is now over. The New Orleans Saints fear that Bryant tore his Achilles tendon on the final play of Friday’s practice, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The news was first reported by the NFL Network, which said Bryant will undergo an MRI. But a source told Schefter that testing on Bryant’s Achilles is considered “a formality,” as doctors already believe it is torn. The injury is…

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Roundup: Second time Champ?

Recap of the day   Morning wave: This tight track is no good for big-hitting Cameron Champ, right? Uh-uh. The 2019 phenom smashed a sensational 62 to set the clubhouse target on 12-under 130 and he was far from alone in going super low. Whee Kim’s 63 got him into a big tie for second on 11-under 131 alongside Danny Lee (66), Dominic Bozzelli (67), defending champion Patton Kizzire (66) and 2008 winner Brian Gay (also 63).   Afternoon wave: One man not only kept pace with the morning starters…

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