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Denis Ten

Kazakh Olympic Figure Skater Stabbed to Death at 25

Kazakh figure skater Denis Ten, who won bronze at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, died on Thursday aged 25 after being stabbed, Kazakhstan’s culture and sports ministry told AFP.

World Cup

France Beat Croatia to Win World Cup After Moscow Thriller

Moscow (AFP) – France won their second World Cup 20 years after their maiden triumph on Sunday, seeing off a dogged and desperate Croatia side who refused to lie down in one of the most electrifying finals in recent years.

World Cup

Party Begins As Delirious French Revel in World Cup Victory

Paris (AFP) – France erupted in joy on Sunday as the country clinched the World Cup, with fans streaming into the streets, honking car horns and flying the tricolore flag at the start of an enormous national celebration.

Mike Matheny

Cardinals Abruptly Fire Manager Mike Matheny

Los Angeles (AFP) – The St. Louis Cardinals abruptly fired manager Mike Matheny on Saturday, ending his tenure with the Major League Baseball club after six and a half seasons.

Steve Keim

NFL’s Cardinals Confirm Executive Cited for DUI

Los Angeles (AFP) – Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was cited for driving under the influence over the July 4 holiday, the NFL team confirmed on Saturday.

Altuve

Houston’s Altuve Tops Voting for Baseball All-Star Game

Washington (AFP) – Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve received a pace-setting 4.84 million votes in fan balloting totals unveiled on Sunday that decided starters for the 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Tony Parker

Four-Time NBA Champion Parker Leaving Spurs for Hornets

Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker is leaving the San Antonio Spurs after 17 seasons, the French guard agreeing to a two-year deal with Charlotte worth $10 million according to multiple reports Friday.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal, Djokovic Through As Cilic Crashes at Wimbledon

London (AFP) – Rafael Nadal overcame two time warnings and Novak Djokovic shrugged off a knee problem to battle into the Wimbledon third round on Thursday but third seed and 2017 runner-up Marin Cilic crashed out.

Neymar

Neymar on Target As Brazil Defeats Mexico 2-0

Brazil cruised into the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Monday as goals from Neymar and substitute Roberto Firmino gave them a 2-0 victory over Mexico to stay on course for a sixth title.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Charges But Fades As Ancer, Molinari Lead National

Potomac (United States) (AFP) – Tiger Woods, chasing his first victory since 2013, charged early but faded late Saturday at the Quicken Loans National, finishing six strokes behind co-leaders Abraham Ancer and Francesco Molinari.

World Cup

Female Voices from World Cup Spark Sexist Backlash

Berlin (AFP) – Female sports journalists have made history with live commentaries on games broadcast from the World Cup — only to be vilified in torrents of sexist insults and ridicule on social media.

Dwight Clark

Former 49ers Receiver Dwight Clark Dies of ALS at 61

Los Angeles (AFP) – Dwight Clark, the former San Francisco 49ers receiver whose soaring touchdown catch in 1982 is one of the iconic plays in NFL history, died Monday at the age of 61 from complications of ALS.

NBA Finals

Warriors Outlast Cavaliers in Overtime to Win NBA Finals Opener

Oakland (United States) (AFP) – Stephen Curry scored 29 points and Kevin Durant added 26 to power defending champion Golden State over the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-114 in overtime on Thursday in the NBA Finals opener.

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Actor Patton Oswalt Triggered By Ivanka Trump Cuddling Her Son

Ivanka Trump is facing an online backlash for tweeting a “tone deaf” photo of herself cuddling her son as outrage grows over a federal government policy to separate the children of undocumented migrants from their parents.

Russia World Cup

Russia Prepares for World Cup Drone Attack

Moscow (Russia) (AFP) – Russia will reportedly deploy jamming devices used in Syria and the war in Ukraine to defend World Cup stadiums against a drone attack.

Las Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas ‘Golden Misfits’ into Stanley Cup Final

Vegas Golden Knights moved within sight of making National Hockey League history on Sunday, completing a 4-1 series victory over the Winnipeg Jets to become the first expansion team in 50 years to reach the Stanley Cup Finals in their debut season.

AFP Streeter Lecka

Panthers Sold in Record $2.2 Billion Deal

Los Angeles (AFP) – Billionaire hedge fund manager David Tepper has reached an agreement to buy the Carolina Panthers for a reported $2.2 billion, the highest amount ever paid for an NFL franchise, the team announced on Wednesday.

GTY AFP Mike Carlson

Road Warrior Capitals Grab Control of Eastern final

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored off a lucky bounce late in the second period as the Washington Capitals seized command of the Eastern Conference final with a lopsided 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

AP Andrew Redington

Tiger, Mickelson Together Again at Players Championship

Miami (AFP) – Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play together alongside Rickie Fowlerin one of two feature pairings announced Sunday for the first two rounds of next week’s US PGA Players Championship.