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Concussion in sport: Five sports gather to discuss head injury prevention

Three Australian rugby league sides received record fines for breaching concussion protocols earlier this year Medics from five sports have met to work out a “unified approach” to tackling concussion and head injuries. Representatives from rugby union, rugby league, American football, ice hockey, and Australian rules football met in Dublin on Thursday. Earlier this year a panel of experts suggested ways to address what is becoming a growing issue in sport. Thursday’s meeting was aimed at looking into how best to put those recommendations in place. “Concussion is a top…

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Golf — The Open — Patience pays off for Jason Day at Royal Birkdale

SOUTHPORT, England — The grinding is beginning to pay dividends for Jason Day. Prior to his first round at the 146th Open Championship, the 29-year-old insisted that if he maintained discipline and patience, the results would unfold at their own pace. And around the turn on Thursday, that is just what happened. “You know what? Midway through my round I just felt great,” he said, after posting an opening lap of 1-under-par 69, four shot back of the lead shared by Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar. “I suddenly…

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All Football 

Africa Cup of Nations moved to June and July and expanded to 24 teams

The Africa Cup of Nations will feature 24 teams from 2019 onwards The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will be held in June and July, the Confederation of African Football has confirmed. The tournament is usually held in January and February, causing disputes with European clubs who had to release players in the middle of the season. The 2019 event in Cameroon will be contested by 24 teams, instead of 16. The changes were rubber-stamped by the CAF executive committee in a meeting in the Moroccan capital Rabat. Africa’s flagship…

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All MLB 

Olney: Players who lost significant trade value this year – Buster Olney Blog

A year ago today, the trade market was saturated with Ryan Braun rumors. The Brewers outfielder was having a big bounce-back season, hitting well over .300 and playing so well that the Dodgers, Giants and other teams dug into the question of his potential acquisition cost. But Braun’s trajectory since then demonstrates that circumstances can change very quickly in the trade market — a good reminder for teams as they sort through possible deals leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Braun is not the only player who has…

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All Boxing 

Rau’shee Warren-McJoe Arroyo bout added to Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia card

Former bantamweight world titleholder Rau’shee Warren and former junior bantamweight titlist McJoe Arroyo will square off in a junior bantamweight title elimination bout on July 29. The fight, announced on Thursday, has been added to the undercard of the Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia junior welterweight showdown that takes places a week from Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Rau’shee Warren, left, will face McJoe Arroyo in a junior bantamweight title elimination bout on July 29 in Brooklyn, New York. Jon Durr/Getty Images Warren-Arroyo will not be part of the Showtime…

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Women’s World Cup: India beat Australia to set up final against England

Kaur’s superb innings helps India reach final Women’s World Cup semi-final, Derby India 281-4 (42 overs): Kaur 171 not out, Gardner 1-43 Australia 245 (40.1 overs): Blackwell 90, Villani 75, Pandey 2-17 India won by 36 runs Scorecard Harmanpreet Kaur’s stunning century helped India beat six-time champions Australia by 36 runs in Derby and reach the Women’s World Cup final. Kaur smashed an unbeaten 171 – the highest score by an India player at a World Cup – as they made 281-4 from their rain-reduced 42 overs. A big-hitting cameo…

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Free-agent forward Troy Williams agrees to 3-year deal with Houston Rockets

Free-agent forward Troy Williams has agreed to a three-year deal with the Houston Rockets, including a guaranteed first season on the contract, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The 6-foot-7 Williams played 24 games with the Memphis Grizzlies last season before being waived in January. He was picked up by the Rockets in March and played six games. He also spent time in the D-League for both franchises. He averaged 9.7 points and 4 rebounds in 23 minutes per game in Houston, an increase over the 5.3 points and 1.9 rebounds…

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All Tennis 

ITF proposal for World Cup of Tennis Finals put on hold for at least a year

LONDON — The International Tennis Federation is putting off its proposal for a World Cup of Tennis Finals for another year. The ITF said last month it wanted to combine next year’s Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals into one event to raise the profile of the two national team competitions. But on Thursday, the governing body said it would not put the motion to a vote at its annual general meeting next month in Vietnam. Other proposals, such as reducing the men’s matches to best-of-three sets and possibly skipping…

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All Boxing 

Richard Commey signs with DiBella Entertainment, eyes title elimination bout at lightweight

The IBF has ordered two world title elimination fights to produce mandatory challengers for its belts at lightweight and junior lightweight. On Thursday, it ordered Alejandro Luna and Richard Commey, the leading available contenders according to the organization’s rankings, to meet for the right to become the mandatory challenger for the 135-pound world title held by Robert Easter Jr. Richard Commey, right, has been ordered to face fellow lightweight Alejandro Luna in a title elimination bout, with an eye on a possible rematch with Robert Easter Jr., left, to whom…

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Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome in control, Warren Barguil wins stage 18

Commentary: Barguil wins Tour stage 18 Tour de France: 1-23 July Coverage: Live text commentary of every stage on the BBC Sport website. BBC Radio coverage on 5 live sports extra and/or website from 14:30 BST on every stage Britain’s Chris Froome took a big step towards winning a fourth Tour de France – and third in succession – as French rider Warren Barguil won stage 18. Froome reached the Col d’Izoard summit in fourth, just behind Romain Bardet, who is now 23 seconds adrift of the Team Sky man…

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