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Bubba Wallace: ‘No crime committed’ as FBI ends noose investigation
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Bubba Wallace: ‘No crime committed’ as FBI ends noose investigation

Nascar drivers stood behind Bubba Wallace and his car during Monday's Geico 500The noose found in Nascar driver Bubba Wallace's garage on Sunday was actually a handle on a garage door and had been there since last year, an FBI investigation concluded.It added that "no federal crime was committed".Wallace, the sole full-time black driver in Nascar, successfully pushed to ban the Confederate flag from races.Nascar said it was "thankful to learn that this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba".Wallace, 26, had received messages of solidarity from fellow Nascar drivers and sports stars around the world after the discovery at the Geico 500 at Talladega, Alabama, with Nascar chief Steve Phelps vowing to "use every effort to find who has done this".In a joint statement, US attorney Jay...
Barcelona 1-0 Athletic Bilbao: Ivan Rakitic goal sends Barca top of table
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Barcelona 1-0 Athletic Bilbao: Ivan Rakitic goal sends Barca top of table

Ivan Rakitic's goal was his 50th in La Liga - but his first of the seasonIvan Rakitic scored the only goal as Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao to move back to the top of La Liga.The substitute latched onto Lionel Messi's pass before slotting home with 19 minutes to go.It was a 15th La Liga assist of the season for Messi, who remains on 699 career goals despite going close himself on two separate occasions in the closing stages.Real Madrid can go back to the top if they beat Mallorca on Wednesday.Barcelona were far from their best but did enough to grind out this victory. With Real Madrid having a better head-to-head record, Barca need their rivals to slip up even if they win every remaining game.Mid-table Athletic had beaten the Catalans twice this season - on the opening ...
Tottenham 2-0 West Ham: Harry Kane on target after Tomas Soucek own goal
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Tottenham 2-0 West Ham: Harry Kane on target after Tomas Soucek own goal

Tomas Soucek became the fourth Czech player to score a Premier League own goalTottenham picked up their first victory in eight games to leave West Ham with a battle to stay in the Premier League.Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek inadvertently converted into his own net following Giovani lo Celso's corner and Harry Kane broke clear to stroke in his 18th goal of the season.With seven games remaining, the loss leaves the Hammers outside the relegation zone but only on goal difference with Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich - who lie in the bottom three - all now having a game in hand over David Moyes' side.The hosts punished toothless West Ham, who threatened little but saw Jarrod Bowen strike a post as they pushed in vain for an equaliser before Kane struck.Spurs boss Jose M...
Leicester 0-0 Brighton: Premier League sides in goalless draw
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Leicester 0-0 Brighton: Premier League sides in goalless draw

Kasper Schmeichel saved his fifth Premier League penaltyNeal Maupay's missed penalty proved pivotal as Brighton and Leicester played out a drab Premier League goalless draw at the King Power Stadium.Frenchman Maupay, Brighton's hero in the previous game with a late winner against Arsenal, had his first-half spot-kick brilliantly saved by Kasper Schmeichel low to his right.It was the only chance of note in a lacklustre match, not helped by an empty stadium or the scorching weather.The point consolidated Leicester's hold on third place in the table, nine points clear of Manchester United in fifth, while Brighton moved six points away from the relegation zone.One to forgetThere have been question marks over the entertainment factor in some top-flight games since the restart...
England v Pakistan: Ten players from touring squad have coronavirus
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England v Pakistan: Ten players from touring squad have coronavirus

Pace bowler Wahab Riaz was among the latest seven Pakistan players to test positive for coronavirusSeven more Pakistan players have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total to 10.However, players who have tested negative will depart for the tour of England on 28 June.Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan said: "The tour to England is very much on track and the side will depart as per schedule."Pakistan are due to meet England in three Tests and three Twenty20s, beginning in August.Speaking when only three cases were known, England director of cricket Ashley Giles said: "We're hopeful that Pakistan will be arriving fairly soon."We're far enough away from the Test series to not worry about that too much at the moment."Haider Ail, Haris Rauf and S...
Kanstantsin Sivtsov: Ex-Team Sky rider banned over EPO
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Kanstantsin Sivtsov: Ex-Team Sky rider banned over EPO

Sivtsov won the under-23 road race at the 2004 World ChampionshipsFormer Team Sky rider Kanstantsin Sivtsov has been banned for four years for using erythropoietin.The Belarusian, 37, was suspended after EPO was found in an out-of-competition sample in September 2018. He subsequently retired.Sivtsov, who rode for Sky from 2012 to 2015, was part of the team that helped Briton Chris Froome win his first Tour de France in 2013.At the time of his suspension Sivtsov was riding for Bahrain-Merida.The ban - imposed following an International Cycling Union (UCI) anti-doping tribunal - expires on 4 September 2022.EPO, a hormone produced naturally by the kidneys, can be made artificially and has been found to improve endurance in athletes. Source link