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The magic of Wimbledon lives on even without play this year

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There will be no riveting drama or heroics at Wimbledon in 2020, as All England Club officials canceled the most legendary tennis tournament of the year, making the announcement on Wednesday. The decision was made after weeks of deliberations amid the coronavirus pandemic that has put the entire sports world......
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Disappointed Naomi Osaka supports Olympics delay

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Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka says she is disappointed that the Olympics in her native Japan were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, but she supports the decision to delay the Summer Games to 2021. In a posting Saturday on social media, she said she’s “been thinking about how......
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Seb Coe says athletes currently qualified for the Olympics will keep their spots

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Good news for all those who have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics: You’re in for 2021. Olympic officials have confirmed that the 6,200 or so athletes who had already punched their ticket for Tokyo will keep their spots for the rescheduled Games next year. It resolves one of the......
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Justice Department weighs in on Connecticut suit — Don’t treat trans athletes as girls

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HARTFORD, Conn. — The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports. Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of interest Tuesday, arguing against the policy of......
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The Olympics will go on eventually, but with or without Canadian star Danielle Lawrie-Locke?

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9:18 AM ET Graham HaysESPN.com Close Graham Hays covers college sports for espnW, including softball and soccer. Hays began with ESPN in 1999. Sunday night wasn’t the first time Danielle Lawrie-Locke couldn’t keep up with the messages flooding her phone. It happened after the births of daughters Madison and Audrey.......
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U.S. Olympic Committee says postponing Olympics is ‘best path going forward’

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The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee on Monday night urged the International Olympic Committee to postpone this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. In a statement, the USOPC said after hearing from “a wide range of viewpoints,” it came to the conclusion that delaying the Games due to the coronavirus pandemic......
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French Open postponement shakes up the status quo in tennis

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Rafael Nadal may find himself vying for the French Open men’s singles title under conditions he has never encountered in his previous 12 victories at Roland Garros: the molten sunshine and chilly afternoons of autumn. That’s the plan for now. However, the French Tennis Federation’s (FFT) controversial decision to push......
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How to make mental health a priority during the coronavirus pandemic

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7:00 AM ET Charlotte GibsonESPN With the spread of COVID-19, a strain of the coronavirus, around the globe, numerous sports leagues have postponed, suspended or canceled tournaments, games and other events. As many athletes, coaches, sports fans and others process the reality of no sports for the next few months......
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Simone Biles claps back at USA Gymnastics and its lack of accountability

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Simone Biles turned 23 over the weekend, and if one of her first Twitter posts of her “[Michael] Jordan year” is any indication, she has no plans to stop demanding accountability and answers from USA Gymnastics in regards to the horrific sexual abuse charges and cases that have plagued the......
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World Figure Skating Championships canceled due to coronavirus concerns

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The World Figure Skating Championships set for next week in Montreal have been canceled due to public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus. Quebec Province Health Minister Danielle McCann made the announcement Wednesday. The event was scheduled to bring nearly 200 skaters from more than 50 countries......
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Mikaela Shiffrin’s return thwarted as women’s Alpine World Cup races called off

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The last races of the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup season were canceled Wednesday amid public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus, handing Federica Brignone the overall title and denying Mikaela Shiffrin a chance to defend her crown. The decision to call off the three-day event in......
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Zhang Weili defends strawweight title over Joanna Jedrzejczyk in thriller

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LAS VEGAS — A chaotic training camp and a superb effort from one of the most decorated champions in UFC history was still not enough to topple Zhang Weili. Zhang (21-1) recorded the first defense of her 115-pound title on Saturday, as she defeated former five-time defending champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk......

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