Cycling broadcaster and former professional racer Paul Sherwen, dies aged 62

The former British champion was confirmed dead on Sunday Paul Sherwen (Graham Watson) Cycling commentator and former professional racer Paul Sherwen, has died aged 62, it was confirmed on Sunday. Sherwen was a professional rider from 1978 until 1987, racing the Tour de France seven times and taking two British national road race titles in his career. He became a household name to cycling fans after moving into broadcasting, first on Channel 4’s Tour de France coverage, where he commentated alongside Phil Liggett for the first time. He later moved…

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2018 Hollywood Derby Day at Del Mar

2018 Hollywood Derby Day at Del Mar 2018 Hollywood Derby Day Joel Rosario celebrates aboard Raging Bull as owner Peter M. Brant leads them to the winner’s circle after the 2018 Hollywood Derby Date: 12/01/2018 The feature race on Saturday of closing weekend at Del Mar was the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (G1) for three-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on the Jimmy Durante turf course. Conditions were typical for late November at the seaside oval, with the 6,025 fans in attendance enjoying sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 60’s. Hall…

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A Soaring N.F.L. Is Disrupted by a Familiar Demon: Off-Field Abuse

Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt seemed to embody an N.F.L. that had been regaining its footing after a period of sliding ratings and fan anger over player protests during the national anthem. The league has enjoyed higher-scoring games, better television ratings and the emergence of several exciting young players like Hunt, who has been a force behind the Chiefs’ ascension the last two years. Now, Hunt has come to embody something else about the league: Its recurring problem with players’ abusive conduct off the field and a penchant…

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Jon Rahm wins in Bahamas, ends year with 3 titles

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Jon Rahm broke into tears when he beat Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup, the most meaningful moment of his career. Sunday wasn’t bad either, not with Woods handing him the trophy after Rahm turned a potential shootout into a runaway victory on the back nine in the Bahamas to end his year by winning the Hero World Challenge. That makes two full years as a pro for the 24-year-old Spaniard, each with three victories worldwide. “I hope I keep winning three times every year,” Rahm…

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Justin Rose’s chance to grab World No. 1 back from Brooks Koepka is spoiled by Tony Finau (Don’t worry, we’ll explain)

Brooks Koepka can thank Tony Finau for assuring the PGA Tour player of the year’s latest stint at No. 1 in the World Rankings lasted at least more than one week. But Justin Rose will have another shot to grab the top spot before the end of the 2018. Prior to the Hero World Challenge, Rose had fallen just percentage points behind Koepka in the World Rankings, the fourth time the two had exchanged the title since the first week of November. But Rose had the opportunity to return to…

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Jon Rahm wins Hero World Challenge

AP Published 5:35 p.m. ET Dec. 2, 2018 Spain’s Jon Rahm hits from the fourth tee during the last round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in Nassau, Bahamas, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Dante Carrer)(Photo: The Associated Press) NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Jon Rahm turned a potential shootout into a Bahamas breeze Sunday, closing with a 7-under 65 for a four-shot victory in the Hero World Challenge. Starting the final round in a three-way tie with Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson, Rahm took the lead when…

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Jeff Skinner on Sabres’ success, joining Bills Mafia and the Hurricanes’ celebrations

7:00 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The Buffalo Sabres have been the NHL’s hottest team and biggest surprise this season. Their success can be linked to competent goaltending and some smart moves by GM Jason Botterill to reshape the roster of a team that hadn’t made the playoffs since 2011. None of those moves was smarter than the acquisition of left wing Jeff Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes. He was entering a contract year. He needed a change of scenery, and Buffalo was close to his hometown of Toronto. His goal-scoring…

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India vs Australia: Time to play the game Down Under

Skipper Virat Kohli will lead India in Tour down Under. (Source: AP) There was exhaustion in Australia skipper Tim Paine’s voice, when queried for the third time in the last five days — and perhaps the one hundredth instance since sandapergate — whether his team would sledge its adversaries on the field. He didn’t make his displeasure evident, but quipped: “There has been so much talk in the last 10 months that everyone is sick of it.” Or in other words, he was plain-speaking, “why not move on and focus…

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The clubs Jon Rahm used to win the Hero World Challenge

Jon Rahm used a flawless seven birdie, no bogey final-round 65 to handily capture the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas. Although a limited-field event with only 18 players, Rahm beat most of the top players in the game to take the title. Over the four rounds Rahm made 25 birdies against just three bogeys and a double bogey. After starting the year with TaylorMade’s M4 driver, Rahm went back to his TaylorMade M2. Earlier this year Rahm told Golf Digest that the driver was aesthetically…

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Rams Clinch N.F.C. West With Win Over Struggling Lions

Todd Gurley ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns to help the Los Angeles Rams overcome a sputtering start to beat the Detroit Lions, 30-16, on Sunday and clinch the N.F.C. West title for a second straight season. The Rams (11-1) also moved a step closer to earning home-field advantage in the N.F.C. playoffs, taking a one-game lead over New Orleans after it lost to Dallas on Thursday night. It is a cushion Los Angeles needs because its only loss was against the Saints last month. The Lions (4-8) have…

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