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NBA-Turbulent Nets appoint Vaughn new head coach

The Brooklyn Nets named longtime assistant Jacque Vaughn their new head coach on Wednesday, amid a turbulent time in franchise history. The team suspended star goaltender Kyrie Irving for at least five games last week for failing to disavow anti-Semitism after posting a link on Twitter to a comment from 2018, a post he defended. He then apologized.

Golf-Woods returns to the Hero World Challenge

Former world number one Tiger Woods said on Wednesday he would return to play in this year’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Woods said on Twitter that he will be on the court for the annual charity tournament he hosts with fellow American Kevin Kisner and Britain’s Tommy Fleetwood.

Factbox-Soccer-World Cup 2022 squads: full list of 26-man squads taking part in the FIFA tournament

Here is a list of players who have been called up by their respective teams for November 20-December. 18 World Cup in Qatar. AUSTRALIA

Motor racing – Honorary Brazilian Hamilton would like a ‘home’ win

Lewis Hamilton would like to celebrate his honorary Brazilian citizenship with a winning return this weekend to Interlagos in Sao Paulo, the circuit where he scored one of his greatest victories last year. The seven-time Formula 1 world champion is still looking for his first success of the season and to do so in the penultimate race, at the home of his late childhood idol Ayrton Senna, would be something.

Motorsport-Leclerc more focused on 2023 than battle for second place

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc said on Wednesday he was more focused on next season than his Red Bull rival Sergio Perez for second place in this year’s Formula 1 championship. The Monegasque driver is heading to the Sao Paulo Grand Prix this weekend, the penultimate race of the campaign, just five points behind the Mexican.

Ex-Yale coach gets 5 months in prison over college admissions scandal

A former Yale University women’s soccer coach who cooperated with authorities investigating the US college admissions scandal was sentenced to five months in prison on Wednesday for accepting bribes to help parents to get their children into the Ivy League school. Rudolph “Rudy” Meredith, whose decision to cooperate helped investigators uncover the mastermind of the wide-ranging scheme, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf in Boston after pleading guilty in 2019 to charges of conspiracy and of fraud.

Football-Guardiola delighted with Grealish’s return to form

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he was delighted with Jack Grealish’s desire to step forward with the ball in their 2-0 League Cup win over Chelsea on Wednesday. Second-half goals from Riyad Mahrez and Julian Alvarez secured City victory and carried them through to the fourth round.

Soccer-Pulisic and McKennie lead US World Cup ‘revenge tour’ squad

Christian Pulisic is the headliner of a young United States World Cup squad heading to Qatar determined to show they belong on football’s biggest stage after failing to qualify for the tournament of 2018. Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie made the cut despite continued concerns over a thigh injury, alongside goalkeeper Matt Turner, Lille forwards Tim Weah and Inter Miami CF defender DeAndre Yedlin .

Tennis-Badosa leads Spain to victory over Kazakhstan; USA and Switzerland win

Paula Badosa won her Billie Jean King Cup debut as she faced Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina in straight sets to secure Spain’s victory in Group C on Wednesday as the United States got their campaign off to a successful start. Badosa, ranked 13th in the world, won 6-2 3-6 6-4 over Rybakina, giving Spain a chance to advance to the semi-finals if they win against Great Britain on Thursday.

Biden expects Russia to take Griner prisoner swap more seriously

US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he expected Russian President Vladimir Putin to be willing to discuss more seriously with Washington a possible prisoner swap to secure the release of US basketball star Brittney Grind. “My hope is, now that the election is over, that Mr. Putin will be able to talk to us and be willing to talk more seriously about the prisoner swap,” Biden told reporters at a news conference.

(With agency contributions.)