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Olympic hero Claressa Shields to face Hanna Gabriels for middleweight titles

Olympic hero will move down to challenge for middleweight beltsShields, 23, now working with veteran trainer John David JacksonPotential four-belt title fight with Christina Hammer looms in fallClaressa Shields, the only American boxer to win multiple …

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Look beyond the revived Tiger Woods for a homegrown Masters champion | Bryan Armen Graham

The four-times winner is in his best form for years after back surgery but there are plenty of other Americans with a chanceThe US Masters has never been a more international affair than in recent years. When the season’s first major championship tees …

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Anthony Joshua beats Joseph Parker on points: world heavyweight boxing – as it happened

Joshua outpoints Parker in a heavyweight unification fightBritish champion calls out opposition, wants “Wilder or Fury” next 12.35am BST Related: World heavyweight boxing: Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker – in pictures 12.05am BST And here’s Kevin Mitc…

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Gin, juice and jingoism: are US golf fans the worst in sport?

Golfers on the PGA Tour have complained of hecklers in the crowd in recent months. And American crowds have a long history of boorishnessThe idea that American golf spectators are the worst fans in sports is hardly new, but Rory McIlroy’s headline-grab…

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Venus Williams v Serena Williams: Indian Wells third round – as it happened

Venus wins 6-3, 6-4 over Serena in Indian Wells third roundNot since 2008 had Venus beaten Serena in straight sets 4.00am GMT That’s all for now. Thanks as always for following along with us and be sure to check out the match report. Related: Venus Wil…

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‘I’m ready right now’: Wilder wants Joshua after surviving Ortiz scare

WBC heavyweight champ nearly stopped before rallying to winWilder moves to 40-0 with 39 knockouts in toughest bout to date‘I’m ready right now’ says Wilder of unification bout with JoshuaAll the valid questions surrounding Deontay Wilder – about his pe…

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‘How do you sleep at night?’ Olympic duo Wieber and Raisman confront Larry Nassar in court

Jordyn Wieber fourth member of Fierce Five to break silenceAly Raisman lauds ‘army of survivors’ in impact statementAttorney general to investigate university’s handling of allegationsOlympic gold medalists Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman said in court o…

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Manchester United v Derby County: FA Cup third round – as it happened

United leave things late in FA Cup third-round win at Old TraffordRead Jamie Jackson’s match report here 10.00pm GMT That’s all for now. Thanks as always for following along with us and be sure check out Jamie Jackson’s full match report from Old Traff…

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Juventus v Barcelona: Champions League – as it happened

Barça clinch top spot in group with scoreless draw in TurinScoreboard: all the Champions League and Championship goals 9.56pm GMT That’s all for now. Thanks as always for following with us and be sure to check out the match report. Related: Barcelona’…

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Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur: Champions League – as it happened

Son Heung-min scored the winning goal as Tottenham Hotspur clinched top spot in Group H after a 2-1 victory in DortmundRead Jacob Steinberg’s match report 9.48pm GMT That’s all for now. Do have a read of Jacob Steinberg’s match report and thanks as alw…

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David Goffin rocks Roger Federer to reach ATP World Tour Finals final – as it happened

Goffin wins 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 for first win over Federer in seven meetingsAndy Murray splits with coach Ivan Lendl for second time 6.04pm GMT Related: Roger Federer goes out after suffering shock defeat against David Goffin 4.09pm GMT That’s all for now….

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Tiger Woods admits he may never play golf again after back surgery

• The 41-year-old’s last appearance on course was in February
• ‘We’re taking one step at a time. It’s a process and I’m in no hurry’

Tiger Woods admitted on Wednesday that he may never play competitive golf again owing to his well-publicised back problems. The 14-times major champion was back in the public eye for the first time since pleading guilty to a reckless driving charge last month, as a USa vice-captain to Steve Stricker at the Presidents Cup. “I don’t know what my future holds,” Woods said. “We’re taking one step at a time, it’s a process and I’m in no hurry. My timetable is basically what my surgeon says. I’m hitting 60-yard shots, very straight right now.”

The 41-year-old last played in early February at the Dubai Desert Classic, where he shot a first-round 77 before having to withdraw owing to back spasms. Woods subsequently underwent back surgery in April, the fourth such procedure he has undergone since 2014.

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Andre Ward, boxing’s pound-for-pound world No1, announces shock retirement

  • Undefeated pound-for-pound king announces his retirement at 33
  • Ward says ‘my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport’
  • Olympic champion had not lost as a pro or amateur since he was 13

Andre Ward, the unified light heavyweight champion widely recognized as the world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, announced his retirement from the sport on Thursday.

The Olympic champion attributed a physical toll and waning desire to his decision to walk away at the relatively young age of 33.

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Jake LaMotta, former boxer whose life was subject of Raging Bull, dies aged 95

  • Bronx boxer captured world middleweight championship in 1949
  • ‘He had eyes that danced, all the way to the very end’

Jake LaMotta, the Bronx boxer who captured the world middleweight championship in 1949 and whose life was later the subject of the 1980 film Raging Bull, died on Tuesday because of complications from pneumonia. He was 95.

LaMotta’s wife, Denise Baker, said the longtime professional boxer died on Tuesday at Palm Garden of Aventura nursing home in Florida.

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How boxing won the lottery but lost the ticket once again

The sport took a step forward with Saturday’s gripping fight between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Álvarez – and two steps back with more dubious judging

George Foreman once said boxing is the sport to which all other sports aspire, and for 47 electrifying minutes on Saturday night that maxim rang as true as the middleweights Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Álvarez, two of the finest pure fighters of their generation, met in a contest of extreme physical and psychological intensity, holding a sold-out arena and a worldwide audience of millions in their thrall. It was that rarest of unicorns: a main event that managed to exceed the years of hype that preceded it. The sport could have scarcely dreamt of a better advertisement. Until, that is, the decision.

Whenever boxing asks the broader public to lean forward and pay attention, it seems a self-defeating blow is never too far ahead, reminding everyone why they abandoned the sport in the first place.

Here’s the official scorecard for tonight’s #CaneloGGG fight.

Related: Canelo Álvarez v Gennady Golovkin – in pictures

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The US Open showed black women have made American tennis great again

It’s not hyperbolic to say the game in the States is alive because of African American players like the Williams sisters and Sloane Stephens

There’s been no shortage of anxiety over the future of American tennis over the last decade.

Andy Roddick’s abrupt retirement during the 2012 US Open left the United States without an active men’s grand slam champion for the first time in 129 years, since the inception of what then was called the US National Championships. And while Venus and Serena Williams have combined for 30 major singles championship, 121 WTA titles and 173 finals appearances – and counting – the hand-wringing over their successor on the women’s side persisted.

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