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Yankees Release Alex Rodriguez, Announcing His Last Game Is Friday

Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez announced his retirement Sunday morning at Yankee Stadium, effective this Friday. Speculation of an uncomfortable release was gaining in legs in the NY press, and A-Rod himself wasn't happy to have become an albatross on the team he loved .

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Ibra scores, United beats Leicester 2-1 in Community Shield

Pre-season was disrupted by postponements in China, and results on the pitch have been mixed, with a 4-1 defeat against Borussia Dortmund a low point. Vardy faces a late fitness test ahead of Sunday's encounter. Timothy Fosu-Mensah is a long-term absentee with a calf injury, but Chris Smalling could play some part after working his way back to fitness from a muscular setback.

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Fijian women cause first day upset at Rio sevens

Caslick finished the day with four tries, equalling Kiwi stars Portia Woodman and Kayla McAlister, to show her class as a playmaker and finisher. "No team is weak". Brett Gosper, chief executive officer of World Rugby, said the hosting of the tournament was "going to plan" despite swathes of empty seats. Initially a sparse crowd of barely 1,000 had entered the Deodoro Stadium, but that quickly changed under the watchful eyes of International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, World ...

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Rafael Nadal still doubtful over participating at Rio

But his uncle and coach Toni admitted that his nephew may have to rethink his schedule - even possibly sitting out the singles. Nadal , who won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, withdrew from the Roland Garros tournament in May due to an injury to his left wrist, and since then he has been undergoing treatment to get it back in shape.

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Potter won't let a loss overshadow her Olympic debut

Great Britain's women launched their Olympic rugby sevens challenge with two pool victories. Portia Woodman and Kayla McAlister reunited to rip opposition defences to shreds with their fancy footwork and pace, scoring eight of New Zealand's 14 tries.

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Alex Rodriguez to be Released From the Yankees on Friday

Friday, August 12 has quickly become one of the hottest tickets of the season for the New York Yankees , as it will be Alex Rodriguez's final game. "This is a tough day", Rodriguez said during the news conference at Yankee Stadium . Those numbers, of course, are subject to change from now until Friday, as the Yankees still have five games on their schedule. After Rodriguez's last game, he will be unconditionally released by the club and he'll go back home to Florida.

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Russian diplomat shoots and kills auto jacker in Rio

His body lay on the road for several hours as police underwent investigations. However, officials also told AP and the Guardian that no staff from the consulate had been involved in any incident. The Globo newspaper reported the man was in his auto with his wife and daughter, stuck in traffic, when two men on motorcycles pulled up. Rio police said the fight took place in the western zone of Rio where the Olympic Park and athletes' village are located.

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Serena Williams wins Rio opener; 1st match since Wimbledon

Serena Williams owns four gold medals: in singles at London four years ago, and in doubles in 2000, 2008 and 2012, each time with Venus . Meanwhile, Kosovo judo fighter Majlinda Kelmendi won the gold medal for the women's 52-kilogram division Sunday, giving her Balkan nation its first-ever Olympic medal.

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Yulia Efimova Officially Added to Rio Start Lists

In a freaky turn to the Russian doping scandal, world swimming governing body FINA finally revealed Saturday that Efimova will indeed be taking part in the 100-meter breaststroke. The Swiss based court for sports ruled to allow two Russian rowers, who had been previously sanctioned for doping infractions and had served their penalties, to enter the Summer Games.

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Dipa carrying Indian hopes in gymnastic

That test event proved to be the making of Karmakar. Dipa Karmakar , who finished fifth in her favourite vault event in the World artistic gymnastics championships at Glasgow in October previous year, qualified for the Olympics a few months ago after producing a stunning performance at the test event for the Rio Games.

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Griffey Jr., Piazza inducted into Hall of Fame

Griffey then reached underneath the podium, pulled out a Hall of Fame cap and placed it backwards upon his head - the now middle-aged man evoking his youth and delighting an estimated Induction Sunday crowd of 50,000 that was filled with people who grew old with him.

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Mets puts Cespedes on DL

They acquired Cespedes last July 31 for Michael Fulmer and became the first team in Major League Baseball history to reach the World Series after ranking last in runs scored on July 31. Jay Bruce is still going to be a factor. Cespedes, slowed by a sore right quadriceps, made his first start since Saturday and went 1 for 5 as the DH.

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What To Watch For At Watkins Glen On Sunday

Larson's speed in the Target Chevrolet was 126.233 miles per hour. None of these hired drivers have won at Watkins Glen, and don't count on that to change Sunday in the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. When I started, Ron Fellows, Scott Pruett and those guys who were true road-course guys were the guys you looked at to be the dominant force. His previous 11th-place start also came at Watkins Glen back in 2011 while driving for Mike Curb, but ended prematurely due to a rear gear failure.

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PSG beat Lyon to give Emery some early silverware

Verratti - a 15-time Italy global - added: "Obviously if you play for four years with the great players at this club, and are coached by a great coach, then you have to improve and I have progressed a lot here, in every department of my game, because you're playing in big games, every season you're playing in the Champions League and I think that's the best opportunity possible for a young player".

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Vivian Richards son captures Virat Kohli's knock in painting

The Windies former cricketer's son also had a special gift for India's captain and star batsman. Kohli wants his side, who are now second behind Australia on the International Cricket Council Test rankings, to target consistency as well as wins.

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Alex Rodriguez to stop playing baseball this week

Since the beginning of July, Rodriguez's playing time waned, starting just nine of 32 games, going 5-for-38 (.132) with one home run during that span. Rodriguez thanked the Steinbrenner family for giving him an opportunity to play and for allowing him to "mentor the next generation of Yankees". First baseman Mark Teixeira , meanwhile, announced he would be retiring at the end of the season.

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Klopp warns Liverpool to not get carried away after Barcelona rout

The Reds brushed aside the La Liga champions with consummate ease in front of 89,845 fans at the home of football thanks to strikes from Sadio Mane, a Javier Mascherano own goal and substitutes Divock Origi and Marko Grujic . "It was a hard day for us, an important lesson for us". "And we have enough days for the players to get back to full form and fitness". Did Liverpool really beat Barcelona 4-0 at Wembley Stadium yesterday? Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has played down ...

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Three M's homers back Iwakuma in 3-1 win

The Sox got on the board first when Travis Shaw hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning off of Miranda. "Everything looks fine. That made me feel better a little bit", Ramirez said after Boston's 3-1 loss on Wednesday . Boston's Bryce Brentz led off the fifth with a double down the right field line, and Betts followed that with a double into the right-center-field gap, scoring Brentz for a 2-0 lead.

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Paul Pogba ordered to report for Juventus training, says Massimiliano Allegri

I don't want to speak about Paul (Pogba) because he is a Juventus player and I don't like other managers to speak about my players. Juventus are certainly preparing for life without Pogba, having brought a plethora of new players into the club, including Gonzalo Higuaín from Napoli and Miralem Pjanić from rivals AS Roma.

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GST Bill likely to be tabled in Lok Sabha on Monday

GST, the biggest economic reform since 1991, is likely to sail through smoothly in the Lower House. "The Central government has introduced one nation, one tax regime. He also said that the tax rate would be decided by the GST Council with Union Finance Minister and representatives of all 29 states. The implementation of the tax will take as much effort as passing the legislation.

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Shooter secures NZ's first medal at Olympics

This is great, fantastic. Skinner's gold medal triumph capped a remarkably courageous run for the Australian, who survived a tense shoot-off against Canada's Cynthia Meyer earlier in the day just to reach the final six-person qualifier for the medal matches.

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England destroy Pakistan to take series lead

In a dramatic collapse, Pakistan lost four wickets for just one run to Steven Finn and Chris Woakes. Finn came into the attack to replace Anderson and after 73.4 overs since his last Test wicket - against Sri Lanka at Lord's in June - he made the crucial breakthrough to dismiss Misbah-ul-Haq, edging a handsome delivery behind.

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Dutch rider van der Breggen wins Olympic gold in road race

Annemiek van Vleuten, 33, was leading the race for gold at the time of the crash. Armistead, whose Olympics was mired in controversy after three missed drug tests, finished in fifth behind victor Anna van der Breggen of the United states, who won a furious sprint for the line ahead of Emma Johansson of Sweden in second and Italy's Elisa Longo Borghini in third.

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Watch NASCAR Racer Derrike Cope's Tire Explode at Watkins Glen

NASCAR vice president, officiating and technical inspection Elton Sawyer said Cope's No. 70 Chevrolet was never actually on fire during the massive concussive incident, and the plume of black that rose from the auto was actually brake dust.

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Rio Olympic Cauldron Smaller -- By Design

The Opening Ceremony took place in Brazil's iconic Macaraña stadium. After seven years of preparations for Friday's opening at the Maracana stadium, organizers hope the start of the Games will turn the page on months of bad publicity for Rio, over everything from crime and polluted water to faulty plumbing at the athletes' village and worries about the Zika virus.

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West Indies 215 for 5 at lunch on final day

While veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels was clean bowled after missing the line, left-hander Bravo succumbed to a rising ball, ending up nudging a catch to Rahul at third slip as the West Indies plunged to 48/4. Virat Kohli congratulates Chase at stumps. After his return to full fitness, Shami was a key member of the Indian Test side, Kumble said. "Our bowlers tried their best".

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Nigeria wins Rio opener vs. Japan after a wild trip

The Super Eagles, as the team is known, were stranded in Atlanta for days amid a freaky saga that saw flights cancelled because of missed payments and because a plane was too small , before eventually taking off on the morning of the game.

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Rosberg lost the title in July says Montagny

The German started on pole but fell back to fourth at the start and was then hit by a five-second penalty after running Red Bull's Max Verstappen off the track. Toto Wolff has even admitted that the team counted "one one thousand... two one thousand....three one thousand" just to make sure they remained in the pits the set time as to avoid any more penalties from the marshals.

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Ranieri Dashes Arsenal Hopes Of Signing Mahrez

We have a lot of respect for all the teams but of course we want to beat everybody. "I would not change mine with his - but it (winning the Premier League) was an unbelievable achievement". Leicester failed to persuade N'Golo Kante to remain at the King Power Stadium following the club's title triumph, with the France midfielder sealing a move to Chelsea after the Stamford Bridge outfit triggered a release clause in his contract.

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Olympics: Brazil casts aside crisis in rousing Rio Games opening

The show drew homegrown stars, like supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who walked across the stadium to the sound of bossa nova hit " Girl from Ipanema " and Paulinho da Viola, a samba songwriter who sang the national anthem with a string orchestra.

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Rio's Water Is Still Full Of Filth And Viruses

The study showed "consistent and dangerously high levels of viruses from the pollution" that has anxious athletes including sailors, rowers and swimmers who will take to the open waters. Since Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Olympics in 2009, there has been a steady stream of bad news and dark predictions. But Kristina Mena, a waterborne virus expert at the University of Texas, says there are "extremely high levels of pollution" in the water that will lead to high infection rates and ...

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Olympics Rio 2016: Russian reinstated at last minute for women's butterfly

That's what happened Saturday, after the initial list for the women's 100 butterfly didn't include Natalia Lovtcova. The reigning world champion was listed on the start sheet in the fifth of six heats for the preliminaries Sunday. The IOC has also cleared other Russian swimmers - Yuliya Yefimova and Natalya Lovtsova, Darya Ustinova, Mikhail Dovganyuk, and Anastasia Krapivina - for taking part in the Olympics.

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Third GOP congressman says he won't vote for Donald Trump

Rigell, who is retiring from Congress at the end of his current term, is the first member of Congress to say he is backing Johnson's campaign. Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia became the second Republican member of Congress to break from party lines and endorse a candidate who is not his party's nominee.

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Furyk shoots PGA Tour-record 58 in final round at Travelers

He shot a 31 on the back nine in his closing round. Furyk described his closing round as a grind and a mental struggle. "I am hitting it well. Don't let any (negative) thoughts in", he said. The score was perhaps even more remarkable considering the fact that Furyk entered the final round at 1-over 211 through 54 holes, having shot rounds of 73-66-72.

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Azhar century leads Pakistan to 257-3 in 3rd test

Azhar Ali's patient century lifted Pakistan to 257 for three and a dominant position on the second day of the third test against England at Edgbaston yesterday. On what was ultimately a day of frustration, England got off to the ideal start when James Anderson removed Mohammad Hafeez (0) in the first over - the opener slashing a wide long hop straight to Gary Ballance at backward point.


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