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Australia streamlines integrity watchdogs | Reuters

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s sports integrity watchdogs are being streamlined into a single agency to better fight doping, match-fixing and organized crime, the federal government said on Tuesday. The new agency, to be called ‘Sport Integrity Australia’ merges the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), the National Integrity of Sport Unit and the integrity functions of funding body Sport Australia. A new ‘National Sports Tribunal’ will also be set up and trialled for two years to hear anti-doping violations and other sports disputes. It will have “the power to call evidence…

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Refugee Bahraini footballer boards plane leaving Thailand for Australia: Reuters witness

FILE PHOTO: Jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi leaves Thailand’s Criminal Court, in Bangkok, Thailand February 4, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha BANGKOK (Reuters) – A refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia boarded a plane in Thailand early on Tuesday that would fly directly to Melbourne, where he has lived since 2014 and plays for a local football club. Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, boarded a Thai Airways flight at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport shortly after midnight, according to a Reuters witness. He was seen talking happily as he walked past the…

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Ex-Longhorns star Young arrested | Reuters

FILE PHOTO – Vince Young speaks to the press for the first time as a Buffalo Bill, at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York May 15, 2012. REUTERS/Doug Benz Vince Young, the former star quarterback at the University of Texas who played six seasons in the NFL, was arrested outside of Houston on suspicion of driving while intoxicated early Monday, according to multiple news outlets. Young, who paid a $300 fine after pleading no contest to a similar charge stemming from an arrest in January 2016, paid a…

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Yankees’ Sabathia undergoes angioplasty | Reuters

New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia recently underwent angioplasty to clear a blocked artery, his agent announced Friday. FILE PHOTO: Sep 27, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Kyle Thousand of Roc Nation Sports issued a statement that read, “CC was experiencing some chest pain which turned out to be a blockage in one artery to his heart. A procedure was done…

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Jaguars fire OC Hackett | Reuters

Nov 25, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. “These are always tough decisions,” head coach Doug Marrone said in a statement. “But as the head coach, I have to do what I think is best for this football team.” Jacksonville lost its seventh consecutive game on Sunday. Hackett was quarterbacks coach in…

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Jaguars fire OC Hackett | Reuters

Nov 25, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. “These are always tough decisions,” head coach Doug Marrone said in a statement. “But as the head coach, I have to do what I think is best for this football team.” Jacksonville lost its seventh consecutive game on Sunday. Hackett was quarterbacks coach in…

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Blues coach fire Yeo | Reuters

FILE PHOTO: Nov 6, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues head coach Mike Yeo looks on during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports A second consecutive shutout defeat by the St. Louis Blues marked the end for head coach Mike Yeo. The Blues fired Yeo late Monday night, shortly after losing 2-0 to the visiting Los Angeles Kings. Two days earlier, St. Louis lost 4-0 to the Sharks in San Jose. Assistant coach Craig Berube will take over…

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Blues coach fire Yeo | Reuters

FILE PHOTO: Nov 6, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues head coach Mike Yeo looks on during the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports A second consecutive shutout defeat by the St. Louis Blues marked the end for head coach Mike Yeo. The Blues fired Yeo late Monday night, shortly after losing 2-0 to the visiting Los Angeles Kings. Two days earlier, St. Louis lost 4-0 to the Sharks in San Jose. Assistant coach Craig Berube will take over…

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Hue Jackson rejoins Bengals | Reuters

Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson is back with the Cincinnati Bengals. FILE PHOTO: Oct 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson looks on against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field.The Steelers won 33-18. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports “I have a great comfort level with Hue and his ability to assist me with the day-to-day responsibilities on defense, including analyzing our opponents and helping me on game days with the players and defensive coaches,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said…

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Lakers sign C Chandler | Reuters

FILE PHOTO: Oct 31, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills (left) drives to the basket against Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler in the second half at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo The Los Angeles Lakers made official what had been speculated for days, signing free agent center Tyson Chandler on Tuesday. While the team did not announce details of Chandler’s contract, ESPN reported the deal will pay Chandler $2,109,867 and the Lakers will take on a cap hit of…

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