Aly Raisman: USA Gymnastics told me to be quiet about Larry Nassar abuse

Gymnastics Former USA Gymnastics doctor faces athletes he abused in court Survivors of abuse include Olympic champion Simone Biles Olympic champion Aly Raisman has said USA Gymnastics “told [her] to be quiet” when she first told the organisation she had been abused by team doctor Larry Nassar. Raisman’s accusation came as Nassar’s sentence hearing, which is expected to last until Friday, continued. Nassar has admitted abusing athletes, one as young as six, during his time as a doctor with USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. Prosecutors are seeking a 40-…

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The Vikings needed a miracle against the Saints … they got a beautiful one

Minnesota Vikings This has been a season of improbable storylines for Minnesota, and now they are one victory away from a Super Bowl in their own backyard NFL: top five plays from the Divisional Round In 51 years of Super Bowls no team has ever played for football’s championship on their home field. The closest were the Los Angeles Rams, who in their previous run as tenants of the LA Coliseum, lost the 1980 Super Bowl in Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, 26 miles away. But throughout this improbable Minnesota Vikings season,…

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Vikings earn mind-bending win over Saints with last-gasp TD in NFL playoffs

Case Keenum completed a last-ditch heave on the game’s final play, and Stefon Diggs slithered away for a 61-yard touchdown to give Minnesota a 29-24 victory over New Orleans and send the Vikings to the NFC championship game, with one more win needed to become a first-time Super Bowl host. Drew Brees had driven the Saints in position for Wil Lutz’s go-ahead 43-yard field goal with 25 seconds remaining, punctuating a steely rally from a 17-point deficit that stood until 1:16 was left in the third quarter. The Vikings were…

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NFC divisional playoff: Atlanta Falcons v Philadelphia Eagles – live!

Falcons 10-6 Eagles, 0:54 2nd quarter Well, the Falcons didn’t need to use their one timeout … because they quickly went three-and-out. They’ll put it away to the Eagles from the 50 with less than a minute left in the half. SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) Eagles yards gained: from pass interference calls- 63passing- 51 January 13, 2018 Falcons 10-6 Eagles, 2:08 2nd quarter Bad miss by Foles to end the Philly drive. Facing 3rd-and-5 at the 46, he overthrew a wide open Trey Burton who had broken free deep near…

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Tottenham’s new White Hart Lane stadium to host Raiders-Seahawks NFL game

Spurs’ new White Hart Lane stadium will host only one NFL game this year, despite the Premier League club having a 10-year deal with the league to stage two games a season. Signed in 2015, the deal with the NFL brought a £10m contribution towards the stadium and should provide at least £1m a year in shared ticket revenues from this season. The new White Hart Lane, which is under construction, will stage the first of three NFL games in London in October, when the Oakland Raiders host the Seattle…

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Jaylen Brown: ‘Sport is a mechanism of control in America’

Jaylen Brown is one the most intelligent and interesting young athletes I’ve met in years and it seems fitting that, midway through our interview in Boston, he should retell a parable that brings together Martin Luther King and the great American writer David Foster Wallace. “We’ve got two young fish swimming one way and an older fish swimming the other way,” the 21-year-old star of the Boston Celtics says as he considers the enduring backdrop of race in the United States. “They cross paths and the older fish says: ‘What’s…

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It’s time to pay the tab for America’s college athletes | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

In Thailand, bony little boys as young as nine and 10 are thrown into the boxing ring to punch each other into bloody submission while parents, relatives and other screaming adults bet on the outcome. Youth sports or child abuse? While most Americans feel outrage and revulsion at the idea, as a culture we are just as willing to toss our college-age kids into the gladiatorial arena to risk life and limb while we snack, guzzle and wager on the outcome. All while compensating the young athletes who are at…

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Alabama stun Georgia for fifth title in nine years with overtime walk-off

Tua Tagovailoa threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith to give No4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No3 Georgia to win the College Football Playoff national championship Monday night. Tagovailoa entered the game at halftime, replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts, and threw three touchdown passes, including the game-ender to give the Crimson Tide its fifth national championship since 2009 under coach Nick Saban. After Alabama kicker Andy Pappanastos missed a 36-yard field goal that would have won it for the Tide (13-1) in the final seconds of regulation, Georgia…

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NFL: Top 10 plays from wild card weekend – video highlights

Marcus Mariota’s touchdown pass to himself tops the list plays from a dramatic opening weekend of play-offs in the NFL. Mariota’s tipped ball helped the Titans to seal an unlikely come-from-behind win over the Chiefs on Saturday. Elsewhere, the Falcons upset the Rams in Los Angeles, the Jaguars recorded their first post-season win in 10 years and the Saints beat the Panthers in a shootout

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Few will be surprised if the NFC’s ‘best’ teams lose next weekend

Over the last 42 years the regular season’s top teams have gone to the playoffs with an expectation of winning their first postseason game. They often don’t, of course, but the people who set sports betting lines have named the No1 seed as favorites every time in their playoff opener. Never have they wavered on this. Their faith in the higher seed has been automatic.  But faith never met Nick Foles, the unfortunate replacement for Carson Wentz as the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback in these playoffs. For the first time since…

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