Russian track and field federation says return possible soon

MOSCOW — The Russian track and field federation says it could be reinstated soon after nearly two years of international suspension. The federation was banned from all international competition in November 2015 amid investigations into widespread doping, though some Russians have since been allowed to compete as neutral athletes. Ahead of a meeting next week with the IAAF’s taskforce monitoring Russian reforms, federation president Dmitry Shlyakhtin says in a statement that he and his staff “understand each step’s significance, we’re working, doing everything possible. And when the collective works at maximum effort, I am sure that victory is not far off.” The World Anti-Doping Agency is expected to discuss reinstating… Read More

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Bayern’s Thomas Mueller out three weeks with thigh injury

MUNICH — Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller has been ruled out for about three weeks with a torn muscle in his right thigh. Bayern says Mueller was injured during the team’s 1-0 win at Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Mueller came on as a second-half substitute and was injured as he played the ball to Corentin Tolisso for Bayern’s 52nd-minute winning goal, going off shortly afterward. The 28-year-old Mueller will miss Bayern’s German Cup and league games against Leipzig, the Champions League trip to Celtic, and the key Bundesliga game at Borussia Dortmund on Nov. 4. …read more Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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CFL Power Rankings Week 19: Stampeders finally lose

Heading into the 19th week of the CFL season, the Calgary Stampeders finally lost, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats continue to improve under June Jones and the Montreal Alouettes continue to get worse. Here’s how the league’s nine teams stack up based on recent form. Rank Team 1 More troubling than their blowout loss at home to Saskatchewan is that Bo Levi Mitchell and Marken Mitchell were hurt in the game. Both men are contenders for individual awards. How much coach Dave Dickenson risks his starters down the stretch is worth watching. 2017 record: 13-2-1 Previous: 1 2 Winnipeg has the second-best record in the league but is just 2-2 in the… Read More

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Amy Donaldson: Can losing be a good thing? Depends on the competitor

SALT LAKE CITY — The anguish was palpable in all three cases. In three days, I watched three good teams lose, and even from my inconsequential seat on the sideline, they were painful. In nearly 18 years as a sports writer, I’ve watched a lot of winning and a lot of losing. For some reason, the losing fascinates me. If you lace up, you’re going to lose. That’s the nature of competition. Success isn’t possible without mistakes, without failure and without disappointment. In fact, I’ve come to believe that it’s losing that helps give meaning to victories. So are there good losses? Most coaches will tell you no. Any lesson… Read More

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On the Road: Danny takes a ‘giant’ of a trip to New York

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – You never forget the first time you come to New York City. At least I haven’t. I was 22 years old, working in Bristol, Conn., and I came to Manhattan to see my best friend from high school. The height is what gets you, and I thought that my strongest memory of New York would always be the feeling I experienced when I first walked out of Grand Central Station and into Midtown and felt so very small right there, a veritable country mouse emerging from a train station smack dab in the middle of the country’s largest city. I was wrong. My strongest memory of… Read More

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Pelicans hold off late Lakers rally for first win of season

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis scored 27 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 20 and the New Orleans Pelicans withstood a furious rally to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-112 on Sunday night for their first victory of the season. The Pelicans led by 22 points in the second quarter and were still up by double figures heading into the final period, but the Lakers made a charge despite a poor shooting night from rookie Lonzo Ball. Reserve Jordan Clarkson had 24 points for the Lakers, but Ball shot just 3 for 13 for eight points. He did have 13 assists and eight rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope started and scored 20 points in… Read More

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Clippers’ Milos Teodosic out indefinitely with left foot injury

LOS ANGELES — Milos Teodosic has a plantar fascia injury in his left foot and the Los Angeles Clippers say he will be out indefinitely. The star guard of the Serbian national team was hurt during the second quarter of the Clippers’ victory over Phoenix on Saturday. The 30-year-old Teodosic has started two games after finally coming to the NBA this season, averaging 5.5 points and 4.0 assists in 16 minutes per game. …read more Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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Patriots silence Falcons’ offence in Super Bowl rematch

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and the New England Patriots toyed with the Atlanta Falcons — sound familiar? — 23-7 in a fog-filled Super Bowl rematch Sunday night that wasn’t particularly super. New England scored the final 31 points to win the NFL championship in February. Placards and shirts reading 28-3 were ever-present in and around Gillette Stadium as the Patriots (5-2) scored the first 23 points in this prime-time mismatch. The Falcons (3-3), who led New England by that 25-point margin in the third quarter of the Super Bowl before folding, were outplayed throughout this one. While Atlanta looked tentative, if not intimidated, Brady and… Read More

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Westminster soccer: Griffins earn 2-1 victory on final home game of 2017

Westminster College men’s soccer defeated Colorado Christian University (1-12-3, 1-9-2 RMAC), 2-1, in its final home game of the season. The Griffins record improves to 5-10-1 overall and 3-8-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Seniors Sean Speirs, Andrew Clayton, Matthew Warne, Jaden Olsen, Ivan Lezama, Jonnathan Rodriguez and Hunter Stutz were recognized before the match. The Griffins dominated possession and controlled the game for the entire match. CCU was outshot, 10-3 in the first half and 10-4 in the second half. The referee awarded a penalty kick to the Griffins after Brigham Jackson was brought down inside the penalty box. Amit Hefer stepped up and put the ball past… Read More

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Big third period propels T-Birds past Silvertips

EVERETT – Seattle Thunderbirds center Donovan Neuls didn’t figure in any of the scoring at the Xfinity Arena Sunday night but he had a big impact. Due to injuries amongst the Seattle defensive corps, Neuls had to play on defense for several shifts. The Thunderbirds survived that and used a big third period to beat the Everett Silvertips 4-3. “I just didn’t want to get beat wide,” Neuls said with a smile after. “I just tried to use angles like I do as forward, I didn’t get scored on so that’s all that matters.” Dillon Hamaliuk scored twice for Seattle (5-4-0-1) as the Thunderbirds broke open a 2-2 tie in… Read More

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