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Thousands of dogs vie for Best in Show at New York’s Westminster contest

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens in New York on Monday, with nearly 3,000 competitors vying for an array of trophies, including Best in Show, the most prestigious title in the rarefied world of pedigree dog breeding. Pip, a YorkshireTerrier breed, sits during the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, U.S., February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton This year’s two-day event draws challengers from all 50 U.S. states and 14 other countries, including Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada and Japan, the club said…

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Darren Weir: Australian trainer will not contest charges carrying possible four-year ban

Australian Weir has won more than 30 races at the elite Grade One level Australian trainer Darren Weir faces a ban of four years after deciding not to contest charges brought against him for the possession of equipment used to deliver electric shocks to horses. Police seized four of the illegal Taser-type devices at the Melbourne Cup winner’s stables on 30 January. At a hearing with Racing Victoria, Mr Weir, 48, said he would not contest three charges brought against him. Assistant trainer Jarrod McLean will contest some of the…

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Mavs’ Smith to compete in dunk contest after all

A change of heart has made Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. change his mind about the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. FILE PHOTO: Dec 30, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) brings the ball up court against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports A source confirmed to ESPN on Friday that Smith will compete in the All-Star Weekend event after getting eliminated in the first round last year, then dissing it…

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Pavlyuchenkova beats Stephens in marathon contest to reach quarters

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Unseeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won a marathon three-setter against American fifth seed Sloane Stephens 6-7(3) 6-3 6-3 to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday and match her best show in Grand Slams. Tennis – Australian Open – Fourth Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 21, 2019. Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Sloane Stephens of the U.S. greet each other after the match. REUTERS/Edgar Su The unseeded Russian reached her second quarter-final at Melbourne Park after her 2017 run and will now meet another American in Danielle…

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Curry, Warriors fire away, beat Kings in 3-point contest

Stephen Curry connected on 10 3-pointers as part of a 42-point performance Saturday night, helping the Golden State Warriors outlast the host Sacramento Kings 127-123 in a game that featured the most combined 3-pointers in NBA history. Jan 5, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) attempts a shot over Sacramento Kings guard Yogi Ferrell (3) in the second quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports The Warriors went 21-for-47 from beyond the arc while the Kings made a franchise-record 20 in…

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Dillian Whyte knocks out Dereck Chisora in gruelling heavyweight contest

Whyte boxed patiently under pressure and found a late knockout British heavyweight Dillian Whyte delivered a brutal 11th-round knockout of Dereck Chisora to maintain hope of facing world champion Anthony Joshua. In an intense rematch, Chisora brought constant pressure and was up on two of the three cards when he was stopped. But the 34-year-old – who had been deducted two points – left himself exposed to a crushing left to the jaw. Afterwards, Whyte called out Joshua, who stepped up to the ring and said Whyte was third on…

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Photo contest celebrates creativity in the construction industry

The Art of Building photography contest has announced the top 12 shots that have made it through to their final. The competition, run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), celebrates creativity in the construction industry, with a cash prize of £3,500 for the winner. The finalists beat thousands of other entrants and now face a public vote to find the winning shot. Here are the 12 photos in the final. Sunset above the skyscraper, taken in St Petersburg, Russia, by Mikhail Proskalov Image copyright Mikhail Proskalov 21 inches, taken…

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Ex-NFL standout Smith pleads no contest in domestic violence case

Former San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith entered no-contest pleas to two misdemeanor domestic violence charges on Monday, according to a report. FILE PHOTO – Sep 13, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Aldon Smith (99) embraces Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) after the game at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Bay City News said he had been charged with false imprisonment and violating a court order, both misdemeanors. In exchange for his plea, Smith, 29, received a sentence of 90…

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Jose Mourinho: Football Association to contest decision not to charge Man Utd boss

The win over Newcastle ended a run of four games without a win for Jose Mourinho’s team The Football Association will appeal against a decision not to charge Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho for comments he made after a match. The FA claimed that Mourinho swore in Portuguese to a television camera as he walked off the pitch following a 3-2 win over Newcastle on 6 October. However, United successfully contested the original charge. The FA’s appeal comes after considering the written reasons of the Independent Regulatory Commission inquiry. More…

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Alternative Miss World contest – the night where bizarre is beautiful

Image copyright Philippe Vogelenzang Image caption Andrew Logan’s theme for this year’s contest is Psychedelic Peace It’s outing number 14 this weekend for Andrew Logan’s unclassifiable extravaganza the Alternative Miss World contest. The first event in 1972 was at his flat in London. This weekend it returns to the stage at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. The contest is a bizarre combination of an extremely rude, very camp Christmas panto and a pansexual beauty pageant with wildly improbable contestants. And there’s definitely no rehearsal. Only a few days before this year’s Alternative…

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