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The Oates Vic Open 2018: Event for men and women a vision for the future

Last week there were record prize funds for the Oates Vic Open. This event at Barwon Heads near Melbourne is not the biggest of tournaments but it carries an important distinction. Men and women compete at the same time, on the same course and for the same prize money. There were two 144-player fields competing […]

Formula 1: ‘Grid kids’ to replace ‘grid girls’ from start of the season

Formula 1 is to replace ‘grid girls’ with a new programme called ‘grid kids’ this season. F1 bosses plan to use budding racing drivers “to make the pre-race ceremony more relevant and interesting for fans, especially the younger ones”. The sport said last week it would no longer be using female promotional models on the […]

UCI President insists Team Sky should suspend Chris Froome

UCI President David Lappartient insists Team Sky should suspend Chris Froome after his urine test at last year’s Vuelta Espana showed double the allowed amount of the asthma medication Salbutamol. Lappartient, who defeated Brian Cookson in the presidential race for the world governing body last year, also claimed that was what the other cyclists in […]

In final fight of career, Roy Jones Jr. goes out with a win by decision

After 29 years as a professional boxer, winning world titles in four weight divisions and having 75 fights, the all-time great and former pound-for-pound king bowed out with a one-sided rout of journeyman Scott Sigmon in their cruiserweight bout on Thursday night. Jones had always said that his final fight would be at home in […]

ESPN.com’s division-by-division boxing rankings

Check out my rankings within each division by clicking on the links below. If there is a lineal champion in a weight class, he is ranked No. 1.

George Groves insists Chris Eubank Jr. is heading for a ‘huge fall from grace’

George Groves has laughed off Chris Eubank Jr.’s behaviour and is in strong belief he is detached from reality. Groves (27-3, 20 KOs), the current WBA world super-middleweight champion, will be making a second defence of his belt against Eubank Jr. in the semifinal of the World Boxing Super Series, an eight-man elimination tournament, on […]

Chat: Dan Rafael talks boxing, noon ET

ESPN.com’s senior boxing writer Dan Rafael takes your questions on all the latest news and notes from inside and outside the ring.

Jermall Charlo faces Hugo Centeno Jr., keeps an eye on Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez

Standing at the summit of the middleweight division is unified world champion Gennady Golovkin and rival former champion Canelo Alvarez. They are two of the biggest names and most exciting fighters in boxing and are coming off an enthralling fight in September that was ruled a split draw, even if most felt that GGG rightfully […]

Impey wins Tour Down Under, while Dlamini crowned King of the Mountains

South African Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) finished top of the overall classification to win the Tour Down Under, while Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Nicholas Dlamini triumphed in the King of the Mountains competition. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) won the final 90km criterium-style stage in downtown Adelaide. For Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, it was all about […]

VeloNews: Zen master Peter Sagan poised for big 2018

The preternatural two-wheeled virtuoso lives in the here and now. Blessed by the cycling gods, Sagan doesn’t worry about the weight of history, even when he’s making it. Those concerns are for mere mortals. “I do not know what is going to happen in life,” Sagan said. “Why do I have to think about that? […]

Top cyclists De Plus and Vakoc injured in South Africa

Quick-Step Floors confirmed via their media channels that Belgian De Plus and Vakoc from Czech Republic were admitted to hospital following a training accident on Thursday afternoon. The two, together with Bob Jungels, were on the road in the Nelspruit area, when a truck came from behind and hit them, the collision sending them on […]

Enduring in the shadow of Day Zero

With a perfect storm of major sports events bearing down on drought-stricken Cape Town over the next two months, plenty of creative planning has been required to keep the show on the road(s). South Africa’s second city is facing a water crisis of historic proportions — with Day Zero, the much-feared moment when the taps […]

‘Halo’ can take weight of London bus – Mercedes’ James Allison

Formula 1’s new head-protection device can “take the weight of a London double-decker bus sitting on top”, says Mercedes technical boss James Allison. The ‘halo’ will be introduced this year to limit the biggest safety risk in the sport – the driver in an open cockpit. It is designed to protect drivers from flying debris […]

Formula 1: McLaren expect to enjoy ‘biggest difference in grid position’ in 2018

McLaren believe they will make the biggest step forward of all teams in Formula 1 this season. The team have not won a race since the end of 2012 but are hopeful of a strong season after swapping their under-performing Honda engines for Renault. McLaren executive director Zak Brown said: “We should be the team […]

Gossip: Verstappen, Ricciardo, Button, Halo

Max Verstappen believes his Red Bull team would be dominating Formula 1 if they had Mercedes engines. (Autosport) Daniel Ricciardo says he will not leave Red Bull waiting too long before making a decision on whether to sign a new contract beyond 2018. (ESPN) The decision to move round seven of this year’s FIA World […]

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