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#LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Valentina Vezzali of Italy celebrates with her son after beating Astrid Guyart of France in the Women's Foil Team Fencing semifinal on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Valentina Vezzali of Italy celebrates with her son.
  • Adam Jones didn't like Orioles farewell gift to David Ortiz

    Orioles’ star Adam Jones presents David Ortiz with a dugout phone, which Ortiz smashed during a game in 2013. The David Ortiz farewell tour was filled with many memorable moments. Prior to his final game at Camden Yards, on Sept. 21, the Orioles rolled out the red carpet, showed highlights of Ortiz mashing home runs against the mutual rival New York Yankees, and then presented him with the actual visitor’s dugout phone he once destroyed during an in-game meltdown.

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  • Cheers! Von Miller sends thank you note, bottle of wine to every player in AFC West

    It’s pretty common for quarterbacks to buy gifts for their offensive linemen (or, in the case of Tom Brady, to get Uggs for every New England Patriots teammate), and more and more often we’re seeing opposing players exchange jerseys after a game. Via Denver Post Broncos writer Nicki Jhabvala, Miller sent a custom bottle of wine and thank you note to every player in the AFC West. Sorry for sacking you, enjoy some wine: Von Miller sent a gift to all of his AFC West opponents.

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  • Chelsea comes back from halftime deficit to defeat Man City

    After following behind by a goal in the first half, Chelsea scored three goals in the second half to beat Man City and strengthen its position at the top of the table.

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  • Mets Hot Stove: What is the ideal Mets outfield?

    Owners, players, MLB officials and the Major League Baseball Players Association reached an agreement Wednesday night on new a five-year collective bargaining agreement, the league announced Friday afternoon. The deal includes revised rules for free-agent and qualifying offer compensation, the international amateur market and luxury tax threshold. In the previous labor deal, teams were fined for payrolls exceeding $189 million. In the new agreement, the luxury tax threshold will rise annually from $195 million to $210 million. Teams that repeatedly exceed the payroll threshold by a certain rate will be subject to increasing tax rates, which could reach as high as 90 percent.  Teams will still

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  • Report: Dodgers could pursue three-year deal with Rich Hill

    Free agent left-hander Rich Hill is rumored to be entertaining a three-year, $40+ million offer from the Dodgers, reports Peter Gammons. The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo corroborated the report, adding that Hill could receive somewhere between $46 and $48 million from his former team. Hill, 36, pitched to a 2.12 ERA and 3.91 FIP in back-to-back stints with the Athletics and Dodgers in 2016. While a chronic case of blisters on his pitching hand limited the frequency of his starts, he still figures to be one of the most productive and noteworthy starting pitchers on the market this winter. The Orioles, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers and Astros have all been mentioned as potential suitors for the left-hander’s

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  • Johnny Manziel’s assault case dropped if he undergoes anger management, rehab

    Johnny Manziel’s assault case will be dropped if he meets certain requirements. Johnny Manziel’s domestic violence case has been conditionally dropped, but he still has to meet a few requirements. WFAA in Dallas reported that Manziel must complete an anger management course, attend a domestic violence victim impact panel, and take part in the NFL’s policy and program for substance abuse or a rehabilitation program.

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  • Rosberg receives F1 World Championship trophy at FIA gala

    Nico Rosberg has officially been crowned Formula 1 World Champion after picking up the drivers’ trophy at the end-of-season FIA prize giving gala in Vienna on Friday. Rosberg won his first world title last weekend in Abu Dhabi, edging out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by five points in the final standings. Rosberg dropped a bombshell on Friday by announcing his immediate retirement from F1, just hours before the FIA gala and his coronation as champion. “Finally I lose that little asterisk next to my name that means not sure yet, it’s finally confirmed,” Rosberg said after receiving the trophy from FIA president Jean Todt. “Unbelievable. So proud to be here. Thank you very much to the FIA for

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  • Chapecoense: A city mourns its fallen soccer team

    Eric Adelson reporting from Chapeco, Brazil.

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  • Jermain Defoe doubles Sunderland's lead

    The ball deflects to Jermain Dofoe in the box and the forward sends a shot into the back of the net to give Sunderland a 2-0 lead over Leicester City.

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  • This Week in 'Pitch': Will they or won't they?

    Everyone knows that Mike is about to be traded to the Cubs, and Oscar the GM and Charlie the president of baseball operations specifically do not want Mike to play that day because if he gets injured, that would blow the whole deal.

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  • Gronk's post-surgery report: 'Dance floor tomorrow night, here I come'

    Gronkowski has suffered a range of injuries this season, and the herniated disc that required surgery was perhaps the final straw for 2016. Getting out on the dance floor is one thing, going across the middle against the Raiders defense quite another. Without Gronkowski, the Patriots now lack their most significant weapon, and the AFC race is now wide open.

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  • Mark Helfrich brought up topic of returning to Oregon to Chip Kelly

    Oregon coach Mark Helfrich was fired Tuesday. When San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly said earlier in the week that he wasn’t a candidate at Oregon, he said the only person he’d talked to at the school was now-former coach Mark Helfrich. Helfrich said on ESPN Radio’s Russillo and Kannell on Friday that his conversation with Kelly came as rumors were swirling regarding Helfrich’s job status.

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  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain makes it 4-1 for Arsenal

    Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sends a curling shot from the top of the box and scores to give his side a 4-1 lead over West Ham.

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  • Chris Paul poses for selfie with fan during Clippers' blowout of Cavs

    Chris Paul throws his deuces in the sky just for the shutterbugs. Commitment to craft, taking the time to get it right, and putting in the extra effort to make sure he gets the assist: that’s CP3 in a nutshell.

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  • What to expect from next week's MLB Winter Meetings in DC

    MLB's 2016 Winter Meetings will begin Monday, Dec. 5, from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C. The Meetings conclude Thursday morning after the Rule 5 Draft. In short, the MLB Winter Meetings are a three-and-a-half day conference at a large hotel, where MLB executives, their staffs and managers meet with agents, players and other team's executives, staffs and managers in hopes of working on or completing ways to improve their team. There is also a trade expo and job fair for people looking to work in baseball. The buzz around the game points to more trades next week than free-agent signings. It's a weak free-agent market, which has left teams using the last

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  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins 14th consecutive Most Popular Driver Award

    Not that there has ever been any doubt, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues to be NASCAR’s most popular driver. Earnhardt accepted his 14th consecutive NMPA Sprint Most Popular Driver award Friday night during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards in Las Vegas. The award is determined solely by fans and Earnhardt has won the title every year since 2003. Bill Elliott is the last driver not named Earnhardt to win the award and he continues to hold the record with 16. “I try not to think about winning or losing the Most Popular Driver Award, it’s a bit of a gift,” Earnhardt told the media after accepting the award. “Whether we win the award or not, we get a lot of great support from the fans all season

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  • Sidney Crosby uses his mastery of the bank shot vs. Stars (Video)

    The Penguins won 6-2. The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars Thursday night 6-2 and Sidney Crosby continued his hot start to the season by scoring his 16th goal and adding two assists to give him 25 points in 18 games.

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  • Ranieri: Champs Leicester must stay calm in relegation battle

    Leicester City in the Champions League? Pretty darn good. Leicester City in the Premier League? Pretty darn poor. Claudio Ranieri is scratching his head after Leicester remains winless in PL matches leading up to a Champions League week, falling 2-1 to relegation-battling Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Whereas last year the Foxes seemed to catch plenty of breaks, Ranieri saw an own goal and countless bad passes drop his team to within two points of the bottom three. From the BBC: “This moment is not the right moment for us. We wanted to get points here but of course it was a relegation battle, they won, well done to them. They started stronger than us in the first ten minutes.

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  • The story of the hole that could hold the key to Tiger Woods' return

    Tiger Woods had been picking apart the Albany course Friday at the Hero World Challenge, taking advantage of calm winds and generous pin placements to post a seven-under round through the 15th hole of his second round. The 16th at Albany is the toughest hole on the course, a 485-yard uphill par-4 that victimized Woods on Thursday to the tune of a double-bogey. Woods, playing solo after Justin Rose’s withdrawal, had been blazing through the course at a pace of 9 minutes, 40 seconds per hole, and he was less than half an hour from capping off a triumphant second verse of his return.

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  • Elliott remains focal point of Cowboys offense

    Ezekiel Elliott was dominant in both rushing and receiving as he helped lead the Cowboys to a 17-15 win over the Vikings. Also, with Rob Gronkowski out with injury, Martellus Bennett becomes a top option for Patriots.

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  • Breaking Down Today’s Game Hall of Fame Ballot: Davey Johnson

    The case for his induction: As we note each year when the Manager of the Year Awards are announced, it’s hard to properly assess managers. A team’s performance is so heavily dependent on talent and health that it’s often difficult to determine what role a manager truly plays in its success. Bruce Bochy won three World Series titles in five seasons but the Giants disappointed in the second half of 2016. Did he suddenly forget how to manage? Of course not. Stuff happens. Over time, however, it’s a bit easier. No, you can’t simply go on the number of titles a guy won, but patterns certainly emerge and a manager’s influence begins to reveal itself over decades. And there is a definite pattern for

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  • Jason Witten's receptions streak ends at 130 games after catch wiped out

    Lost a bit in the postgame shuffle of the Dallas Cowboys beating the Minnesota Vikings and running their record to 11-1 was the fact that for the first time in 130 games, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten did not catch a pass. Actually, Witten did — but it didn’t count. With just under 12 minutes remaining, Dak Prescott hit Witten for an 11-yard catch on 3rd and 8 for what would have been a big conversion as the Cowboys tried to close out the game, but the play was called back on a clear hold by Ezekiel Elliott.

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  • NBA: Lakers should’ve been call for committing late shooting foul on Jimmy Butler in win over Bulls

    Dwyane Wade insisted there were no excuses for the Bulls’ “ugly” loss to the Lakers on Wednesday. But here’s one: A key missed shooting foul down the stretch. Lakers forward Brandon Ingram should’ve been whistled for committing a shooting foul on Jimmy Butler with 1:09 left, according to the Last Two Minute Report: Ingram (LAL) makes contact with Butler (CHI) that affects his drive to the basket and shot attempt. A correct call would’ve sent Butler – who’s making 89% of his free throws this season and 82% in his career – to the line for two attempts. Instead, the Lakers grabbed the defensive rebound and pushed their lead to three, leaving Butler to miss a forced a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left.

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  • Hot Stove Digest: Nationals bring back Derek Norris in trade with Padres

    WELCOME BACK: The Washington Nationals made a trade Friday, but it wasn’t the deal everyone was anticipating. While the Andrew McCutchen watch continues into Saturday, the Nationals did acquire veteran catcher Derek Norris from the Padres in exchange for right-handed pitching prospect Pedro Avila. The trade brings Norris’ career full circle in many ways.

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  • Max Verstappen wins two awards at FIA Prize Giving in Vienna

    Max Verstappen capped off a remarkable 2016 Formula 1 season by winning two awards at the FIA Prize Giving in Vienna, Austria on Friday. Verstappen, 19, became the youngest grand prix winner in F1 history at the Spanish Grand Prix in May, taking victory on his Red Bull debut after being promoted from Toro Rosso four races into the year. The Dutchman ended the 2016 season fifth in the drivers’ championship, and also won the Driver of the Day award more times than anyone else. Verstappen featured on the shortlist for both FIA Personality of the Year and FIA Action of the Year, having won both awards at the gala in 2015, and walked away with the silverware once again. Verstappen was voted as the

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