Scout Bassett Bares All in the ESPN Body Issue – Women’s Running

Appearing in the annual issue was a chance for the sprinter to become the athletic example she never had when she was growing up as an amputee. After Scout Bassett accepted ESPN’s invitation to participate in the annual Body Issue, the 2016 Paralympic sprinter noticed that her nervousness wasn’t grounded in posing nude. She was more anxiety-ridden about exposing her story to the world. She spent most of her first seven years of life in a Chinese government-run orphanage. At 18 months old, her birth parents abandoned her on the…

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MLB Pipeline 2019 Prospect Team of the Year

Though Luis Robert is an outfielder and MacKenzie Gore is a left-handed pitcher, they have a lot in common. They both were highly touted prospects who commanded lavish bonuses in 2017, but injuries waylaid them during their first full professional season. Finally healthy in 2019, they dominated. Robert, who signed for $26 million after defecting from Cuba and cost the White Sox a matching amount in penalty tax, went homerless in 50 games a year ago after damaging ligaments in his left thumb. Gore signed for $6.7 million with the…

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Durant — ‘Some days I hate the circus of the NBA’

Kevin Durant doesn’t like to live in the past, perhaps because he’s all too aware of what lingers there. Memories of Oklahoma City evoke bitterness. His departure from the Golden State Warriors has been a clean cut. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, which was published in the WSJ magazine Tuesday, Durant reflected on the journey to get to his new reality — a four-year, $164 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets. And the road to this point — despite the fame, money, titles and accolades — hasn’t…

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Big-name free agents unsigned as camps near

P.K. Subban doesn’t want to give advice to all the unsigned young players around the NHL. He just vividly remembers his own experience as a restricted free agent. Before he signed a short, so-called “bridge” contract, he took some motherly advice. “My mom picked up the phone and called me and said: `P.K., listen, you’re young still. You have lots of time. If you’re ready to go and play, go play,” Subban recalled. “And I went and played and won the Norris Trophy.” Almost a dozen prominent restricted free agents…

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Paul Menard still loves racing but “I love my family more”

“First and foremost it’s the time spent away from family. I’ve got two young kids at home. Watching them grow and missing out on the things they have been doing, it’s hard as a father and a parent,” Menard said Tuesday during a teleconference.  “This sport takes so much dedication to run at the top level. I want what’s best for the No. 21 team, I want what’s best for my family. I think this decision is based off of that primarily.” Menard, 38, still had a year left on…

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F1 drivers among mourners at Anthoine Hubert’s funeral

Formula One drivers were among the attendees at Anthoine Hubert’s funeral in Chartres, France on Tuesday. Hubert died racing in Formula 2 at Spa-Francorchamps on August 31 after an accident at the high-speed Raidillon corner. He was laid to rest on Tuesday afternoon following a ceremony at the Cathedrale Notre-Dame in the French city of Chartres. Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon, who had all known Hubert since his karting days, were among the drivers in attendance at the funeral. French four-time world champion Alain Prost, Ferrari team principal…

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