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Arizona State basketball offers scholarship to eighth-grader Jerry Easter

Jerry Easter, a 6-foot-4 point guard at Hillcrest Prep in Gilbert, Arizona, picked up a major college basketball offer as an eighth-grader. It came from Arizona State on Friday. It wasn't his first college offer. After his sixth grade year, he was...

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Nemanja Vidic discusses the time Chelsea legend Didier Drogba wanted to punch him

The two former players had a string of battles while playing against each other (Picture: Getty) Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has spoken about the time he nearly came to blows with Didier Drogba in one of his many on-pitch battles with the ex-Chelsea frontman. The two sides dominated the Premier League over a period of seven years with Vidic arriving in 2006 – just after Jose Mourinhos second title-winning season at Stamford Bridge – from Spartak Moscow. The Serbs physical duels with Drogba were one of the hallmarks of the matches between the two teams, though Vidic admits things nearly spilled over in the Champions League final in Moscow in 2008. Vidic says Drogba wanted to punch him in Moscow, though he only got a little slap (Picture: Getty) Speaking to The Athletic, the former centre-back recalled: Drogba wanted to punch me during the game. At first I was thinking: “What is he doing?” Then I went towards him. I was stupid, so was he. He was sent off. Advert..

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Barty reclaims number one spot, Andreescu up to fifth

REUTERS: Australia's Ash Barty has reclaimed the number one spot in the WTA rankings less than a month after losing it while US Open champion Bianca Andreescu moved up to a career-high fifth after her maiden Grand Slam win in New York. Andreescu beat Serena Williams 6-3 7-5 in Saturday's final to maintain a 13-match unbeaten run, where she also won the Canadian Open, to break into the top 10 for the first time in her career. Advertisement Advertisement "I don't want to take anything for granted. These are the moments you live for and I'm just beyond blessed," Andreescu, who moved up 10 places, told Reuters. After taking the first set and leading 5-1 in the second, Andreescu was broken twice by 23-times Grand Slam winner Williams before eventually breaking back and winning the contest to become the first Canadian to win a major in the professional era. "It definitely wasn't easy in the final against Serena Williams," the 19-year-old added. "I think I'..

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IAAF bans former Diack lawyer Cisse for life

REUTERS: Habib Cisse, former legal adviser to disgraced IAAF ex-president Lamine Diack, has been banned for life for corruption and fined US$25,000, the IAAF Ethics Board said on Monday. The IAAF said its ethics panel had found Cisse guilty of helping to cover up doping violations by Lilya Shobukhova "and other Russian athletes". Advertisement Advertisement Cisse was accused by independent investigator Dick Pound in 2016 of being part of a clique run by Diack that covered up organised doping in the sport. Diack, who is to be tried in France on charges of corruption and money laundering, diverted the handling of Russian doping cases to Cisse, who was serving at the time as the Senegalese's personal lawyer. "The decision (to ban Cisse) enters into force on 9 September 2019, being the date on which the decision was communicated to the parties," the IAAF said in a statement on its website. The world governing body added that

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