Manny Machado meets with New York Yankees

NEW YORK — Manny Machado’s free-agent tour continued Wednesday afternoon when he made a stop at Yankee Stadium to meet with the second of his three suitors, the New York Yankees. He first dropped by the Chicago White Sox‘s facility on Monday. Machado’s brother-in-law, Yonder Alonso, was just signed last week by the White Sox. A source told ESPN’s Jesse Rogers that indications are the visit went well. This latest visit, which came after Machado was chauffeured 85 blocks to the Bronx from an upscale hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East…

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VVS Laxman: ‘Coach, captain need to ensure players feel wanted when chips are down’

VVS Laxman’s mind was a whirlpool of negative thoughts after the 2003 WC snub. On challenging away tours, like the ongoing one in Australia where the Test series is tied 1-1, it is vital for the coach and captain of the away side to ensure that every cricketer feels wanted and is in the right frame of mind — especially when a player experiences failure or the team is under the cosh, according to former India batsman VVS Laxman. Virat Kohli’s side is aiming to become the first Indian team…

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Washington’s Montae Nicholson Seems to Knock a Man Out in Video

For the second time in a month, the entertainment news website TMZ has obtained and released video apparently showing an N.F.L. player engaged in off-field violence, this time Washington Redskins safety Montae Nicholson, who seems to knock a man out cold during a late-night brawl in Virginia. TMZ has not said how it obtained the video, but it is open about its willingness to pay for valuable videos and information. Last week the N.F.L. insisted that it would not pay for video evidence of player involvement in off-field incidents. The…

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India tour of Australia: A twist in the bromance

KL Rahul got bowled twice in the Perth Test — for 2 runs in the first innings and 0 in the second essay. (AP) It was around midnight that freshly-appointed Karnataka coach J Arun Kumar heard a knock on his hotel room door. Groggy-eyed, he opened the door to see a pair of impressionable youngsters sheepishly standing in front of him. He was puzzled to see them at this hour, before the stockier one among them clarified: “You’d told us to knock at your door whenever we have a doubt.…

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Ex-Detroit Lions WR Titus Young released from prison

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young was released from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation last week after serving almost half of his four-year prison sentence for battery with serious injury. The 29-year-old Young had previously been denied parole in February for the fight he was sentenced to prison for in 2016 — the last crime in a string of offenses that dated back to 2013, when he was released by both the Lions and the St. Louis Rams. Young had been granted 862 days — or the…

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Teddy Bear Toss goes awry when puck stops shy

6:35 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The Teddy Bear Toss is one of hockey’s most joyous holiday traditions, as fans hurl thousands of stuffed animals onto the ice where they’re collected for charity. The trigger for this moment is when the home team scores its first goal of the game, which it appeared the Sheffield Steelers of the U.K.’s Elite Ice Hockey League had done on Saturday night against the Coventry Blaze. One problem: The puck never crossed the goal line, thanks to an incredible stick save by Coventry goalie Miroslav…

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Andorra stage offers crucial climbing test in 2019 Vuelta a Espana

If fans out there are looking for just one stage to watch in next year’s Vuelta a España, the race’s short but devastatingly difficult trek through Andorra at the end of the first week could well be the one that appeals the most. Related Articles Starting in Andorra la Vella, the Pyrenean principality’s capital, stage 9 of the 2019 Vuelta on Sunday September 1 ends after just 96 kilometres of relentless climbing on the Cortals d’Encamp, the first category ascent used for the first time by the Vuelta as a…

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Police officer who mocked Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown’s arrest loses appeal to get job back

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee police officer fired over social media posts he made mocking the stun-gun arrest of an NBA basketball player lost his appeal to get his job back. The Fire and Police Commission upheld the firing of Erik Andrade Wednesday after a two-day hearing. Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said he fired Andrade because his posts violated the department’s social media policy and compromised the officer’s ability to testify in other cases. Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown sued the police department in June and accused officers of using…

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Historic Scotland clubhouse destroyed in devastating fire

The clubhouse at Machrihanish Golf Club in Scotland was destroyed on Wednesday after a devastating fire hit the property. According to the Daily Record, officials were called to the course, which sits on the west coast of Scotland, around lunchtime. The early reports are no casualties, but the club’s steward lived in a flat above the clubhouse. A video of the fire made the rounds on social media Wednesday evening: The club released the following statement on Facebook: “We at Machrihanish Golf Club would like to express a sincere thank…

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Biggest injury questions for all 32 NFL teams in Week 16

NFL Nation reporters assess the biggest injuries across the league for Week 16. Scan through all 32 teams by division, or click here to jump ahead to your favorite team: AFC EAST LeSean McCoy, who practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, is in a “pretty good spot” after missing Sunday’s game because of a hamstring injury, coach Sean McDermott said. McCoy could return Sunday against the Patriots along with Chris Ivory, who missed last week’s game because of a shoulder injury. Either way, expect the Bills to devote some playing…

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