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Dr Richard Freeman defends reputation in letter to CMS select committee

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:01:43 GMT

The doctor at the centre of UK Anti-Doping's investigation into British Cycling and Team Sky has strongly defended his professional reputation in a written response to questions from the Culture, Media and Sport select committee. Citing ill health, Dr Richard Freeman pulled out of an appearance before the panel of MPs on March 1, but a letter from the 56-year-old medic to its chairman Damian Collins has now been shared by the committee.

Lack Leaves on Stretcher; Carolina falls to Red Wings

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:48:47 GMT

Andreas Athanasiou crashed into Eddie Lack as he scored in overtime Monday night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 victory over Carolina on a play that left the Hurricanes goalie with a frightening injury. Lack remained down for several minutes before he was taken off on a stretcher, with both teams remaining on the ice and forming a semicircle to watch him.

England boss Gareth Southgate urges Ross Barkley to continue fine Everton form

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:47:09 GMT

England manager Gareth Southgate understands Ross Barkley's frustration but says the playmaker will get his chance if he keeps playing well for Everton. An upturn in form at Goodison Park saw the 23-year-old this month return to the Three Lions set-up for the first time since Euro 2016.

Claudio Bravo happy at Manchester City

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:47:28 GMT

The 33-year-old has failed to make an impact since being controversially signed to replace England number one Joe Hart earlier this season.

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf seeks delay in Raiders' Las Vegas relocation vote

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:14:57 GMT

Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf seeks delay in Raiders' Las Vegas relocation vote Libby Schaaf asks NFL owners to wait on proposed move by Raiders to Las Vegas. Check out this story on USA TODAY Sports' Tom Pelissero examines the big issues expected to be on the docket next week at NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.

Wiggins calls Brailsford's marginal gains mantra - a load of rubbish'

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:24:41 GMT

Sir Bradley Wiggins has dismissed the marginal gains process at the centre of British Cycling's success under Sir Dave Brailsford as "a load of rubbish". Wiggins was also critical of fellow Olympic gold-medallist Victoria Pendleton and sports psychologist Dr Steve Peters, who worked with Brailsford at British Cycling and Team Sky and created the "chimp paradox" model for dealing with pressure.

Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait retires from cricket

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:24:40 GMT

Former Australia international Shaun Tait has called time on his professional career after struggling to overcome a chronic elbow complaint. Two of Tait's three Test appearances came in the memorable 2005 Ashes series but a host of injuries meant he only played first-class cricket for another three years after that.

Andy Murray set to miss GB Davis Cup tie against France due to elbow - tear'

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:58:52 GMT

Andy Murray's elbow injury is set to keep him out of the Davis Cup quarter-final tie with France next week, according to brother Jamie. The world number one was forced to withdraw from the Miami Open after suffering the injury practising for the event and returned to Britain last week where a scan revealed the damage.

Overhaul of T20 competition ECB's biggest ever undertaking, says chairman Graves

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:58:51 GMT

The process of creating a new domestic Twenty20 competition is the biggest the England and Wales Cricket Board has undertaken, according to chairman Colin Graves. Seeking its own tournament to rival the lucrative Indian Premier League or Australia's Big Bash League, the ECB seems set to present the first-class counties with its latest plan for a pared down eight-team franchise later today.

Ducks soar in 6-3 win over Rangers, returning Lundqvist

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:49:44 GMT

The Anaheim Ducks spent months hoping to find more consistency on offense, and Ryan Getzlaf is finally rewarding that faith. Getzlaf had four assists, Andrew Cogliano scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, and the Ducks won their fourth straight game by defeating Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers 6-3 on Sunday night.

Last-second shot propels North Carolina over Kentucky 75-73; advance to 2nd straight Final Four

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:35:31 GMT

After North Carolina's win over Butler, Joel Berry said they think about the 2016 National Championship game "before every game". As the NCAA Tournament has rolled on, the Tar Heels have only gotten stronger.

Ward and Washington on-target as Northern Ireland see off Norway

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:18:25 GMT

Northern Ireland reached the double-figure mark in World Cup qualification points and retained second spot in Group C with a pair of first-half goals against Norway. A 2-0 victory moved Michael O'Neill's play-off seeking side onto 10 points at the halfway stage and extended their unbeaten run at Windsor Park to eight competitive games.

Konta cruises into Miami Open fourth round after comfortable win over Parmentier

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:49:59 GMT

Johanna Konta produced a much-improved performance to ease past Pauline Parmentier and book her place in the fourth round of the Miami Open. After struggling to see off qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich in a three-set marathon on Saturday, the British number one was given no such problems as she beat her French opponent 6-4 6-0.

No timescale put on Seamus Coleman's recovery from broken leg

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:49:58 GMT

Medics are putting no time-frame on Republic of Ireland skipper Seamus Coleman's recovery from a double leg fracture. The Everton full-back underwent surgery to pin the tibia and fibula in his right leg in Dublin on Saturday after Wales defender Neil Taylor's challenge during Friday's 0-0 World Cup qualifier draw left him in agony and his season over.

Toto Wolff claims Mercedes will roar back from disappointment in Australia

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:18:15 GMT

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team insist they will come back stronger from their defeat to Ferrari at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Mercedes have dominated Formula One for the past three years, but Sebastian Vettel's comfortable victory here would appear to suggest that their stranglehold on the sport may be over.

British Cycling boss Stephen Park: Bullying claims have been - sensationalised'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:18:14 GMT

New British Cycling boss Stephen Park insists allegations of bullying within the sport have been "sensationalised" and are "not representative of the whole programme". Wendy Houvenaghel was the latest to allege this week that she was discriminated against at British Cycling by former performance director Sir Dave Brailsford and former technical director Shane Sutton.

Anthony Crolla - beaten by the better man' after Jorge Linares defeat

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:55:44 GMT

Anthony Crolla acknowledged he was beaten by the better man as Jorge Linares put on a classy performance to retain the WBA lightweight title at the Manchester Arena. The Mancunian was bidding to win back the crown he lost to Linares at the same venue six months ago, but was totally outclassed on Saturday night.