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(The Sports Xchange) – Former NFL wide receiver Terry Glenn died early Monday morning after being involved in a car crash in Irving, Texas. He was 43. Glenn was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died shortly after midnight, the Dallas County medical examiner’s office said. The Irving Police Department confirmed to ESPN that an accident occurred at 12:18 a.m. local time Monday. According to police, the car left its travel lane and crashed…

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Witness in U.S. FIFA trial describes off-books payments to soccer officials

NEW YORK – A government witness in the U.S. corruption trial related to soccer’s world-governing body FIFA testified on Monday about millions of dollars paid to former soccer officials in exchange for broadcasting and sponsorship rights for international tournaments, all logged in a secret spreadsheet. The witness, Santiago Pena, said he was a financial manager at the Argentina-headquartered sports marketing firm Full Play from 2009 to 2015 and kept an Excel file which he presented…

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FIA returns entry fee paid by defunct Manor F1 team

LONDON – Formula One’s governing body has returned the entry fee paid a year ago by the now-defunct Manor team, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) said on Monday. The FIA said on its website (www.fia.com) that it had decided to return the entry fee, less administrative costs, “to the entity within the Manor Group in administration as a gesture of goodwill to assist in payment of outstanding debts.” In order to appear on the provisional…

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Haye pulls out of Bellew fight after ‘freak accident’

MANCHESTER, England – Britain’s former heavyweight world champion David Haye has pulled out of next month’s scheduled showdown with WBC cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew after suffering a “freak accident”. Bellew stopped compatriot Haye in the 11th round when they met in March and the sold-out re-match was scheduled for Dec. 17. It will now be postponed until March or May. Haye said he had suffered a bicep injury after falling while working out on…

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Goffin aims to ride the wave to Davis Cup glory

LONDON – Beaten but exhilarated, Belgium’s David Goffin believes his exceptional run at the ATP Finals has strengthened him for the last great challenge of his breakthrough season — helping his country win the Davis Cup for the first time. After his three-set defeat by Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday’s final of the prestigious season-ending tournament, Goffin had no time for regrets as he looked forward to the decider in the men’s global team championship against…

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Wimbledon champion Novotna dies after battle with cancer

PRAGUE/LONDON – Czech tennis player Jana Novotna, who won the 1998 Wimbledon championship after falling short in two previous finals, has died at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) said on Monday Novotna died on Sunday surrounded by her family in the Czech Republic. In a career spanning 14 years that included 24 WTA singles titles and 76 doubles titles, Novotna won her only singles grand…

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Novotna, a true winner, was famed for a sporting ‘choke’

LONDON – Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna was a true winner but it was the misfortune of the brilliant Czech, who died on Monday aged 49, to always be recalled for one of sport’s most famous and heart-rending meltdowns despite her collection of 100 tennis titles. After Novotna’s death following a long fight with cancer, Wimbledon, the tournament where she really made her name in both defeat and victory, paid tribute to her as “a true…

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Qatar urges Gulf neighbors to let nationals attend 2022 soccer World Cup

DOHA – Qatar is urging the four countries imposing a diplomatic and trade boycott against it to allow their nationals to attend the World Cup in Doha in 2022, a senior Qatari organizer said on Monday. “We separate politics from sports,” Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general at Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, told reporters in Doha. The committee is responsible for planning and operations for the tournament. “We hope that the blockading nations see…

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Suspended AIBA president Wu to step down from post

– The International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) suspended president Wu Ching-kuo announced on Monday that he would step down from his post to “resolve the management issues” within the Olympic sport’s governing body. Wu, who will be replaced by interim chief Franco Falcinelli, said in a joint statement with the Swiss-based organization that he would withdraw and terminate related pending procedures before civil courts and the AIBA disciplinary commission. “I step down in the best interests…

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Farah to kick off road career on the streets of London

– Mo Farah will start his career as a full-time road runner by taking part in a London half marathon early next year before tackling the full distance around the British capital in April, according to The Times. The 34-year-old Briton, a quadruple Olympic and six-time world champion, competed in his final track race in August and announced he plans to compete in his third London Marathon on April 22. The half marathon, named The…

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