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February

20
Roy Hodgson leaves Crystal Palace, UEL winner Glasner hired

Roy Hodgson has stepped down as Crystal Palace manager, the club revealed on Monday, with former Eintracht Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner announced as his replacement. The news comes amid a continued poor run of form and days after Hodgson was admitted to hospital when he collapsed at training. The 76-year-old former England manager has since left hospital and is “doing well,” the club said. Hodgson departed his role just hours before Palace are calendared to play away at Everton on Monday, where Paddy McCarthy and Ray Lewington will take charge of the side. Glasner will take over the role after the Everton game, which he is set […]

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February

20
Struggling Nets fire head coach Jacque Vaughn

The Brooklyn Nets fired head coach Jacque Vaughn on Monday morning, the team revealed. The former NBA guard was in his second season as coach of the Nets, who are 21-33 and sit in 11th place in the East. The Nets ended a disappointing first half of the season with a 50-point loss in Boston in their final match before the All-Star break. “To Joe Tsai, Clara Wu-Tsai, Ollie Weisberg, Sam Zussman, Sean Marks and front office, Nets coaches, staff, players, BSE family and the entire Brooklyn borough: It was a pleasure being your Head Coach,” said Vaughn in a statement issued […]

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February

19
Under-fire Red Bull boss Horner to attend preseason testing

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has confirmed he will be in the paddock when Formula One preseason testing starts in Bahrain on Feb. 21, despite being subject to an ongoing internal investigation into alleged inappropriate behavior. An F1 employee has accused Horner of controlling behavior and inappropriate text messages. Horner, who had a hearing on the matter in London on Feb. 9, has strenuously denied the allegations. On Thursday, at the launch of Red Bull’s car for the new season, he told ESPN he is “absolutely” sure he will keep his job into the new season and labelled the investigation a distraction ahead […]

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February

19
O’Shaquie Foster retains WBC junior lightweight title vs. Nova

O’Shaquie Foster retained his WBC junior lightweight title with a split-decision triumph over Abraham Nova on Friday at New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden. One judge scored it 114-113 for Nova but was overruled by scores of 115-112 and 116-111 for Foster. The champion scored a 12th-round knockdown to seal the triumph, connecting with a counter left hand with less than 25 seconds left in the fight. “I’m a 12-round fighter and I know how to make adjustments through the fight,” said Foster, ESPN’s No. 2 boxer at 130 pounds. “He came on strong in the beginning, but I […]

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February

19
Blue Jays’ Alek Manoah eyes bounce-back after trying 3-9 season

Alek Manoah didn’t look like himself when he arrived at spring training last year following a third-place finish in the AL Cy Young Award voting, according to Toronto Blue Jays teammate Kevin Gausman. “I think he tried to rush and get ready and never got into a good spot,” Gausman said Saturday. “Whether it was mechanically or physically with his arm, once you start the season, it’s hard to gain it back. You have to use spring training to get all those worked out.” Manoah, 26, was optioned to the minors twice and concluded 3-9 with a 5.87 ERA, down from a 16-7 record […]

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February

16
Alexander Volkanovski has a UFC exit strategy — but a loss to Ilia Topuria isn’t a part of it

Alexander Volkanovski has a UFC exit strategy — it just doesn’t involve a second consecutive defeat and the relinquishing of his featherweight belt to Ilia Topuria this weekend. Volkanovski (26-3) will put the belt he has held since December 2019, when he defeated Max Holloway by unanimous decision, on the line in Anaheim just five months after he saw his dreams of dual-champion status snatched away in brutal fashion by Islam Makhachev. Immediately after that crushing defeat, Volkanovski gave an emotional insight into his psyche, which left many questioning whether, after such a dominant run, cracks were suddenly starting to emerge within the usually unflappable Australian. […]

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February

16
Red Bull launch ‘brave’ and ‘innovative’ RB20 for 2024 season

Red Bull says it has “pushed the boundaries” with the design of its new Formula One car, the RB20, as it prepares to defend its position as the dominant force in Formula One for a third year running. The reigning champions revealed their new car on Thursday, six days ahead of pre-season testing, although much of the focus at the launch event was diverted by an ongoing internal investigation into team principal Christian Horner. Red Bull design chief Adrian Newey insisted the new car is an evolution of last year’s RB19, but a number of visual design variations — including a […]

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February

16
Inter Miami ends preseason with draw vs. Messi’s boyhood club Newell’s

Lionel Messi and Inter Miami CF closed out their wild MLS preseason with a 1-1 draw versus Messi’s boyhood club, Newell’s Old Boys on Thursday night. It was the first time that the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner faced the club that both he and Inter Miami coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino grew up with as natives of Rosario, Argentina. Messi played there as a child before leaving to play for Barcelona, where he rose to soccer stardom. Martino played and coached for the club and holds the record for most appearances in club history. With the stadium packed with fans excited to see Messi play, the 36-year-old star did […]

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February

15
Canelo Álvarez’s Next Fight Is May 4 vs. American Opponent amid Jermall Charlo Rumors

Canelo Álvarez confirmed Tuesday he aims to fight May 4 versus an adversary to be determined. The undisputed super middleweight champion stated he expects to go up against an American fighter, which would take a bout with Jaime Munguía off the table. Ring Magazine’s Joseph Santoliquito reported Monday the signs are pointing toward Álvarez vs. Jermall Charlo on the first weekend in May in Las Vegas. Canelo indicated Monday he was going to make an announcement imminently regarding his boxing career. Fans were left to guess what might be coming, but an event around Cinco de Mayo was the obvious assumption since fighting that […]

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February

15
Nadal pulls out of Qatar Open amid more health concerns

Rafael Nadal put off his return to the tennis tour because he isn’t yet healthy enough to play, announcing Wednesday that he will sit out next week’s Qatar Open. “I would have loved to play in Doha, where the tournament crew, as well as the amazing Qatar fans have always supported me greatly. Unfortunately I am not ready to compete and I won’t be able to come to Doha where I really wanted to be and play again after that unforgettable win in 2014,” Nadal wrote on social media. “I will focus on keep working to be ready for the exhibition in […]

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