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Snooker Shoot Out: Jimmy White beats 11-time women’s champion Reanne Evans

White has reached the last 32 in the event only twice Jimmy White beat 11-time women’s world champion Reanne Evans in a scrappy match at the Snooker Shoot Out. White, 56, won 54-26 at Watford Colosseum as Evans, 33, became the first woman to compete on television in the final stages of a ranking event. Former world number three James Wattana, meanwhile, lost to 14-year-old Ben Mertens by just one point. Ricky Walden made Thursday’s highest break with a run of 132 against 12-year-old Liam Davies. Six-time world finalist White…

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Rachael Blackmore: Jump jockey seeking to become first female champion

Rachael Blackmore, with 80 winners before racing on 20 February, was three behind leader Paul Townend in the race to be Irish champion jockey For decades, unlike almost every other sport, male and female jockeys have competed on level terms, but in Ireland some men find themselves feeling less than equal. Admittedly, it’s a guy – former champion Paul Townend – who leads the riders’ title race for the 2018-19 jumps season – but very much hard on his heels is Rachael Blackmore following a prolific run. However, to steal…

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Squash: Eight-time world champion David to retire at end of season

(Reuters) – Malaysia’s eight-time world squash champion Nicol David will retire at the end of the season, the 35-year-old has said. David, who won the Asian Squash Championship a record nine times and was ranked world number one for a total of 112 months, is considered the greatest women’s player of all time with 81 PSA singles titles. “After more than 20 years playing squash for Malaysia, competing on the professional tour and achieving the utmost best from my career… I can proudly say that I am ready and happy…

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Rachel Morris: Paralympic cycling and rowing champion targets skiing

Morris was named World Rowing’s 2016 Para rower of the year World Para-Nordic Skiing Championships Venue: Prince George, British Columbia, Canada Date: 15-24 February Coverage: Live streaming on the World Para Nordic Skiing website Two different sports, two Paralympic gold medals, but now Britain’s Rachel Morris has a new challenge in her sights. Morris already has her place in Paralympic history, winning GB’s first-ever handcycling gold in Beijing, followed by a bronze four years later in London. Next up was a switch to water and rowing, where she won single…

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Former U.S. Open champion ‘Gene the Machine’ Littler dies at 88

(Reuters) – Californian Gene Littler, a U.S. Open champion and Hall of Fame golfer, has died at the age of 88, the PGA Tour announced on Saturday. Littler, whose silky smooth swing earned him the nickname “Gene the Machine”, won 29 PGA Tour events, as well as two in Japan. Those victories included the 1961 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills in Michigan. That career-defining victory came seven years after he was beaten by a stroke in another U.S. Open at Baltusrol. He also lost playoffs in two other majors —…

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Anthony Joshua v Jarrell Miller: A New York bout without Wilder or Fury and questions for a champion

Promoter Eddie Hearn, Anthony Joshua, Jarrell Miller and Deontay Wilder have all formed part of a chaotic period of negotiation in the heavyweight division The people voted, but it turns out their ballot papers were incomplete. Back in September, Anthony Joshua’s request for Twitter users to choose his next opponent made no room for Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller. Britain’s WBA, IBF and WBO champion looked imperious at the top of boxing’s heavyweight division and one of Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury or Dillian Whyte were expected to pose his next, eye-catching…

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Indian Wells: Two-time champion Maria Sharapova withdraws

The 31-year-old also withdrew from January’s St. Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova says she is “working through some painful days”, after withdrawing from next month’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. The 31-year-old, who has a shoulder injury, has withdrawn or retired from two out of the three events she has played in since September’s US Open. “It’s been an issue last year and going into this year,” said the Russian. “My doctor says it’s a day-by-day pain management situation.” Sharapova beat defending champion Caroline…

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Super Bowl champion Patriots return home to hero’s welcome

(Reuters) – The New England Patriots returned home to a hero’s welcome on Monday, a day after beating the Los Angeles Rams in a defensive slugfest to win their sixth Super Bowl title. The Patriots’ plane, with a now-out-of-date tail that has five Vince Lombardi Trophy images on it, landed in Warwick, Rhode Island, before the team drove 40 minutes to their stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Julian Edelman were not present as both were at Disney World in Florida. Yet…

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Doping: London 2012 high jump champion Ukhov among 12 Russians banned

LONDON (Reuters) – London 2012 Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov is among 12 Russian track and field athletes to be handed doping bans by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) acting for the IAAF in the absence of the banned Russian Athletics Federation (RUSAF). Athletics – Russian Olympians Cup – Men’s high jump – Brothers Znamensky Olympic Centre, Moscow, Russia, 28/7/16. Ivan Ukhov of Russia competes. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Ukhov and Svetlana Shkolina, who won high jump bronze in 2012 and gold at the 2013 world championships, were given…

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Doping bans for 12 Russian athletes including 2012 Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov

Ukhov (centre) has had his London 2012 win struck out, meaning Britain’s Robert Grabarz (second from right) could be upgraded to Olympic silver London 2012 Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov is among 12 Russian track and field athletes banned for doping by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Three years of Ukhov’s results, including the 2012 Olympics, have been disqualified, meaning Britain’s Robert Grabarz could be upgraded to silver. Cas acted on evidence from the McLaren report, which found Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme. The 12 athletes have…

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