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Corey Kluber gets 18th win as Indians beat Mariners 4-2

SEATTLE (AP) – At this point, there is not much Corey Kluber can do to strengthen his case for the American League Cy Young Award. Another win, another quality start, another 10 strikeouts has become what is expected from Cleveland’s ace. “He’s the Cy Young. I think he’s clearly the Cy Young,” Indians teammate Jason Kipnis said. “That doesn’t take away anything from Chris Sale. I think he’s clearly the No. 2 and would be the Cy Young in any other year Corey Kluber is not pitching like this. What…

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Liverpool trio Coutinho, Firmino and Moreno hold snake

After Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over Leicester, Jurgen Klopp treated his players to a short break ahead of their Champions League game with Spartak Moscow. But for Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Alberto Moreno, it didn’t appear as they enjoyed their time off particularly.  Brazilian midfielder Firmino took to Instagram on Sunday to post a video and a couple of photos of a huge snake wrapped around their necks.  Roberto Firmino, Alberto Moreno and Philippe Coutinho pull faces of fear as they hold snake The Liverpool trio tried to pull brave…

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Danny Murphy criticises Jamie Vardy’s penalty technique

Jamie Vardy missed his penalty against Leicester on Saturday because he ‘runs too quickly and puts his head down too early’, according to Danny Murphy. The England striker missed a crucial spot-kick that would have brought Leicester level in their 3-2 defeat by Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. Vardy’s fiercely-struck penalty was hit too centrally and easily punched away by Simon Mignolet. Jamie Vardy missed a penalty in Leicester’s 3-2 defeat by Liverpool on Saturday The England striker rues his his miss form the spot kick which would have…

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Harlequins 28-31 Leicester Tigers: Marcus Smith injured

Marcus Smith was brought down to earth with a bump as Leicester welcomed the teen sensation to the big boys’ league. The 18-year-old, who was called up by England as an ‘apprentice’ on Friday, withstood a physical battering but was eventually forced off with a calf injury. England head coach Eddie Jones was on hand to watch his duel with George Ford — having described the youngster as a ‘boot polisher’ — and was left impressed. Marcus Smith left the field with a calf injury as Harlequins lost at home to…

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BREAKING NEWS: Trump sticks by NFL criticism on national anthem

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – The Latest on President Donald Trump’s remarks about pro football (all times local): 6:55 p.m. President Donald Trump is sticking by his criticism of football players who kneel during the national anthem and is brushing off a rebuke from the commissioner of the National Football League. FILE – In this July 30, 2017, file photo, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell listens at a fan forum with Baltimore Ravens fans before at the Ravens’ NFL football training practice in Baltimore. A group of current and former NFL players…

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England to gamble on novices as Joe Root favours No4 spot

When Andrew Strauss admitted a few days ago that he would be lying if he claimed England were going to Australia ‘with absolute clarity on our best XI’, the ECB’s director of cricket was opting for understatement.  The truth is there will be moments during Tuesday’s selection meeting when a pin and a donkey’s tail could be as useful as pen and paper.  The selectors have finished their summer-long search for a top five capable of defending the Ashes back where they started, which is to say wandering around in…

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Girona 0-3 Barcelona: Luis Suarez seals top spot for Barca

Luis Suarez marked his 100th league appearance for Barcelona by scoring his 87th La Liga goal in a 3-0 win over Girona. His was the only goal scored by a Barcelona player as the Catalan minnows did themselves no favours scoring two own goals in the defeat. Girona were facing Barcelona for the first time in the top flight and their tight little Montilivi Stadium recorded its highest ever attendance. The 13,300 supporters saw Lionel Messi test Gorka Iraizoz with a free-kick early on. The former Athletic Bilbao keeper got…

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Trump clashes with sports world over player protests, invitation

By Barbara Goldberg and Joel Schectman NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and the sports world engaged in an intensifying spat on Saturday after he called for National Football League owners to fire players who protest during the U.S. national anthem and disinvited a National Basketball Association star from a White House visit. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Saturday that Trump’s statements revealed “unfortunate lack of respect” for the NFL and its players. Goodell’s statement was released a day after Trump suggested any protesting football player…

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Own goals help Barcelona win 3-0 at Girona to increase lead

GIRONA, Spain (AP) – Barcelona was helped by two own goals from Girona as it eased to a 3-0 win and kept its perfect record in the Spanish league on Saturday. Barcelona increased its lead of the league to four points after Atletico Madrid beat Sevilla 2-0 to leapfrog the Andalucian club into second place. Sevilla is five points behind, followed by Real Madrid at seven points adrift after it won 2-1 at Alaves. Barcelona went ahead at Montilivi Stadium when Girona defender Aday Benitez deflected Jordi Alba’s off-target shot…

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Leicester 2-3 Liverpool – THINGS YOU MISSED as Klopp rages

Liverpool beat Leicester City in a five-goal Premier League thriller on Saturday night with Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson all on target. The Reds twice led by a two-goal margin but were forced to endure a nervy evening after Shinji Okazaki then Jamie Vardy brought the Foxes to within touching distance. Jurgen Klopp‘s side managed to hang on… just. And the Anfield outfit climbed to fifth in the table. When a game is this busy it can be hard to keep track. Fortunately, Sportsmail’s ROBERT SUMMERSCALES is on…

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