Passan: Inside a final week like MLB has never seen before

ESPN MLB insider Author of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Just like that, the fastest, weirdest, pandemickiest baseball season ever has come and gone. Mathematics holds that a 60-game schedule is shorter than the standard 162, but the 2020 season has whistled by so quickly that in a way it feels more like it should be June than October. And yet here we are, on the cusp of the playoffs, and the […]

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Man Utd transfer clause written into Luis Suarez’s Barcelona contract emerges

Manchester United are one of several clubs Luis Suarez cannot join for free as part of an agreement with Barcelona. The Spanish giants withhold the right to let the Uruguayan leave the club on a free transfer throughout the remainder of his contract, permitting he does not join one of several highlighted clubs. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu did not include Suarez when naming a list of indispensable stars last month. That saw Suarez and his entourage begin the search […]

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Golf hulk’s major warning to officials

There may be some stirring, shuffling and scurrying about taking place on the other side of the hedges and gates that surround and protect Augusta National this week after what the Masters powers that be just witnessed at the US Open. Bryson DeChambeau dismantled Winged Foot en route to winning the US Open with a bombs-away style that has to make the Masters officials shudder at the thought of what he might do to their golf course in November, as […]

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Bayern Munich fans face quarantine on return from Super Cup as Uefa pilot one-third full stadium

The Uefa Super Cup match between Champions League winners Bayern Munich and Europa League holders Sevilla on Thursday would in normal circumstances be an attractive showpiece clash between two teams enjoying a remarkable run of form. Bayern are unbeaten since7 December, a run of 31 competitive matches which has seen them steamroller several opponents – including Barcelona who were beaten 8-2 – on their way to completing a Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League treble. Sevilla’s form has been almost […]

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Arkea-Samsic: French cycling team of Colombian star Nairo Quintana investigated by police over doping

Cycling has been thrown into fresh turmoil after French judicial authorities opened a preliminary investigation into potential doping at French team Arkea-Samsic on Monday, a day after the Tour de France ended in Paris. Two people had been taken into custody, Marseille prosecutor Dominique Laurens said, adding that the probe was targeting a “small part of the team” and that those in custody were part of the “close entourage of the main rider”, without naming him. Arkea-Samsic’s leader on the […]

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Bale's agent confirms he could stay at Spurs for LONGER than one year

‘This is the club he wants to play at. I don’t see any problems if he wants another year’: Gareth Bale’s agent confirms star could stay at Tottenham for LONGER than his one-season loan if ‘things really worked out well’ Gareth Bale has completed a season-long loan return to his old club Tottenham His agent has revealed that he could stay longer than the initial one-year deal Jonathan Barnett said: ‘This is the club he wants to play at’ following […]

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Giant gelding Behemoth has picked up a slot in The Everest

South Australia will have two representatives in The Everest after Behemoth was snapped up by The Star for the $15 million sprint at Randwick on October 17. Behemoth’s syndicator Grand Syndications made the announcement on Tuesday on social media. Grand Syndicates are excited to announce that BEHEMOTH will race in The Star's slot for the 2020 Everest! Bring it on!#TeamGrand⭐#TheEverest🏔️ pic.twitter.com/UmfGsVZwQT Behemoth is now a $15 chance in the world’s richest turf race. The David Jolly-trained son of All Too […]

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Caulfield Guineas: Michael Walker loses Tagaloa ride to Craig Williams

Blue Diamond Stakes winner Tagaloa will have a new jockey for the Caulfield Guineas on October 10. Michael Walker rode Tagaloa to his Blue Diamond success last season and the colt’s first runs this time in, which resulted in a close third in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes and a sixth in last Saturday’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield. But Tagaloa’s managing owners have booked Craig Williams to ride Tagaloa in the Caulfield Guineas. “The majority owners were keen […]

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Man Utd team news: Predicted line-up vs Luton as Donny van de Beek start expected

Manchester United will take on Luton Town at Kenilworth Road in the Carabao Cup and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to avoid a huge banana skin after already losing to Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener. United will be looking to bounce back from their Premier League loss to Crystal Palace with a big win over Luton Town. Solskjaer will be drilling into his team to not show any complacency are face an embarrassing Carabao Cup exit. Palace […]

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Chelsea fans assured Edouard Mendy is ‘far better’ than Kepa Arrizabalaga ahead of signing

Chelsea-bound Edouard Mendy is “far better” than current No 1 Kepa Arrizabalaga, according to former Blues defender Frank Leboeuf. Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Rennes goalkeeper Mendy for a fee of around £22million. The 28-year-old has been undertaking his medical and is set to be announced as a Blues player imminently. Mendy will cost considerably less than the world-record transfer fee for a goalkeeper that Chelsea paid for Arrizabalaga two years ago. The Spain international has not […]

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