Annus mirabilis: Megan Rapinoe’s epic 2019

Annus mirabilis: Megan Rapinoe’s epic 2019

 

Megan Rapinoe’s 2019 was much more than just playing a huge part in helping the US win a second straight Women’s World Cup.

The American’s continued fight for equality — and famously squaring up to US President Donald Trump — had some casting her in the same light as Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King and Colin Kaepernick, athletes who put their careers at risk when taking a stand on off-field matters.

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Russia to appeal against four-year doping ban

Russia to appeal against four-year doping ban

 

 

Russia will appeal against the decision to ban the country from major sporting competitions for four years, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) said Thursday.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued the ban because of RUSADA’s failure to cooperate fully during probes into doping in Russian sport. If upheld, the ruling would prevent the country from competing at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar,
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp signs new deal until 2024

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp signs new deal until 2024

 

 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp signs new deal until 2024. Christmas came early for Liverpool fans on Friday as manager Jurgen Klopp signed a new deal which will see the German extend his stay at the club for four-and-a-half years until 2024.

The 52-year-old joined Liverpool from Borussia Dortmund in October 2015 and has enjoyed plenty of success in his current role.
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Russia banned from 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup over doping scandal

Russia banned from 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup over doping scandal

 

 

Russia banned from 2020 Olympics and 2022 World Cup over doping scandal. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has unanimously agreed to ban Russia from major international sporting competitions — notably the Olympics and the World Cup — for four years over doping non-compliance.

WADA’s compliance review committee (CRC) had suggested several sanctions because of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) failure to cooperate fully during probes into Russian sport.
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How Shaun Wright-Phillips wanted both teams to win when Manchester City won the Premier League

How Shaun Wright-Phillips wanted both teams to win when Manchester City won the Premier League

 

 

How Shaun Wright-Phillips wanted both teams to win when Manchester City won the Premier League. These days the holy grail for Manchester City is arguably winning the Champions League for the first time in its history.

It’s a sign of the club’s remarkable development since the 2008 takeover by Emirati royal Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan’s investment company Abu Dhabi United Group that seven years ago City’s focus was very much on securing its first top-flight title in 44 years.
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Lewis Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi GP as Formula 1 season comes to an end

Lewis Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi GP as Formula 1 season comes to an end

 

Lewis Hamilton celebrated his championship-winning season in style with a commanding victory in the last race of the Formula 1 season in Abu Dhabi.

The Briton had already claimed his sixth career title but demonstrated one last time how dominant both he and Mercedes have been this year. Hamilton led from the start and was comfortable throughout the race with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen coming a distant second,
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Force is with Flamengo as River Plate stunned in Copa Libertadores final

Force is with Flamengo as River Plate stunned in Copa Libertadores final

 

The force was with Flamengo on Saturday as the Brazilian side stunned Argentina’s River Plate with two late goals to win the Copa Libertadores final in Peruvian capital Lima.

Rafael Santos Borre’s first-half goal looked to have secured River a fifth Copa Libertadores title but Gabriel Barbosa had other ideas. Barbosa’s close-range finish on 87 minutes drew Flamengo level and soon after the 23-year-old striker pounced to lash the ball past River keeper Franco Armani.
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ATP Finals: Rafa Nadal saves match point to beat Daniil Medvedev in US Open rematch

ATP Finals: Rafa Nadal saves match point to beat Daniil Medvedev in US Open rematch

 

ATP Finals: Rafa Nadal saves match point to beat Daniil Medvedev in US Open rematch. After a crushing defeat to Alexander Zverev, Rafael Nadal sought his trademark intensity for his rematch with Daniil Medvedev.

He got his wish.

Nadal saved a match point and rallied from 5-1 down in the final set to defeat the Russian 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-4) in a near three-hour classic that came two months after his five set,
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Liverpool beats title rival Man City in pulsating Premier League showdown

Liverpool beats title rival Man City in pulsating Premier League showdown

 

 

Liverpool beats title rival Man City in pulsating Premier League showdown. The early season showdown between the two firm favorites for the English Premier League title did not disappoint.

Liverpool won a pulsating encounter against reigning champion Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield Sunday after a match full of goalmouth incident and yet another VAR controversy.
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Why South Africa’s Rugby World Cup victory means so much more

Why South Africa’s Rugby World Cup victory means so much more

 

Why South Africa’s Rugby World Cup victory means so much more. In isolation it’s just a rugby match. The crescendo of a tournament resulting in a third etching of the words South Africa on a small golden trophy, no doubt prompting hangovers, sore throats and early morning excuses to bosses around the country.

But the Springboks’

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