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French Olympic Committee denounces racist graffiti outside Sport Institute

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PARIS (Reuters) – The French Olympic Committee (CNOSF) has denounced racist graffiti that was found on Black athletes’ posters in front of the National Institute of Sport (INSEP) at the weekend.

The CNOSF said it was filing a complaint to the police against the unknown perpetrators.

One of the athletes on the posters is double Olympic judo champion Teddy Riner.

“The CNOSF firmly denounces the racist degradation of the portraits of the champions of the French team displayed at INSEP Paris,” the CNOSF said in a statement on Monday.

“These champions represent France, in all its diversity. They embody the values of respect, tolerance and unity that are at the heart of the Olympic project that we all have at heart to promote and defend,” CNOSF president Denis Masseglia told the governing body’s general assembly.

“I would say only one thing: those who insult our champions insult France. I therefore want, on behalf of all of us, to express the full support and solidarity of the French Sports Movement and the Olympic family with our athletes and teams in France. Racism has no place anywhere, and even less so in sport.”

French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu described the graffiti as “despicable”.

“The fight against racism must continue,” she said.

Paris is the host city for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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England v Pakistan and Ireland: Rescheduled series confirmed

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England and Pakistan drew the two-Test series 1-1 in 2018

England have confirmed they will host Pakistan in a three-Test series starting on 5 August.

The first Test will take place at Old Trafford before two matches at Southampton, all in bio-secure environments and behind closed doors.

Prior to that series, England will host Ireland in three one-day internationals at Southampton, starting on 30 July.

Old Trafford will also host three Twenty20s between England and Pakistan in August and September.

The Test series between England and Pakistan was due to start on 30 July but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

England begin their delayed three-Test series against West Indies at Southampton on Wednesday.

Most of the Pakistan squad are preparing for the series in Worcester, although four players are yet to arrive in England after they tested positive for coronavirus.

The ODI series against Ireland was originally scheduled for September but Ireland agreed to move the games at the request of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

The ECB said plans are “progressing positively” for a tri-series between England’s women, India and South Africa.

India’s tour in June and July was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, while South Africa are scheduled to play six limited-overs matches in September.

England were due to play three T20s and three ODIs against Australia in July, which is likely to be moved to September.

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said: “We hope to have news on those series soon.”

Ireland must believe they can beat England in ODI series – Stirling

England v Ireland

*All times BST

30 July: 1st ODI, Southampton (14:00, d/n)

1 August: 2nd ODI, Southampton (14:00, d/n)

4 August: 3rd ODI, Southampton (14:00, d/n)

England v Pakistan

5-9 August: 1st Test, Old Trafford (11.00)

13-17 August: 2nd Test,Southampton (11.00)

21-25 August: 3rd Test, Southampton (11.00)

28 August: 1st T20, Old Trafford (18:00)

30 August: 2nd T20, Old Trafford (14:30)

1 September: 3rd T20, Old Trafford (18:00)

The BBC will show highlights of every England Test and ODI this summer, as well as two live men’s T20 internationals.

There will also be ball-by-ball Test Match Special coverage and live text commentary, featuring in-play clips, on every England game.

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Mitch Trubisky among Sports Illustrated’s biggest what-ifs of the last 10 years – NBC Chicago

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If you’re a diehard Bears fan or a fan of Mitch Trubisky, you may want to skip this one. It isn’t pretty.

Sports Illustrated recently published the NFL’s 10 biggest what-ifs of the last decade, and Ryan Pace’s decision to draft Trubisky over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson made the cut. 

Look, this isn’t earth-shattering stuff. Bears fans have assimilated to life after the 2017 draft and the painful reality that Chicago had an opportunity to select either Mahomes or Watson. It’s obvious that that decision changed the fate of the Bears (for the worse), while the Chiefs are defending Super Bowl champions and the Texans are poised to always be in the mix despite the blunders by the coaching staff and shell of a front office.

But this is the Bears. And they’re a popular target this offseason for reasons beyond comprehension. What in the world did this team do to offend football media so hard? But I digress.

At least SI is somewhat reasonable with the way things could’ve played out for Mahomes and Watson had they been picked by the Bears. It’s easy (and somewhat foolish) to assume their careers would’ve taken the same path in Chicago that it has in Kansas City and Houston. In fact, Trubisky’s had the most challenging start to his career. He’s the only one of the three who’s on his second head coach, and if we’re being honest, Allen Robinson is the only legitimate (and proven) starting-caliber receiver he’s had at his disposal.

If the Bears had taken Mahomes, and still fired John Fox after his rookie year, and still hired Andy Reid protege Matt Nagy, would the team find the same level of success? If Mahomes was not given the chance to sit his rookie season behind Alex Smith and smooth out the rough patches in his game, would he emerge as the same firebrand? If Watson was a Bear, without the comically high catch radius of DeAndre Hopkins and a foundationally sound offense (Trivia Question: Who led the Bears in receiving yards in 2017? Kendall Wright with 614!), what would’ve become of him?

There are some basic facts that can’t be ignored, however. Trubisky has proven to be the least talented of the three from pure quarterbacking standpoint after three years in the league. He doesn’t have the natural ability to make the kind of ‘wow’ plays that Watson routinely does and his arm is a full tier (or more) below Mahomes’. Trubisky certainly has physical traits consistent with a quality starting quarterback, but his mental processing is way behind Mahomes and Watson at this point, and we’ve entered that scary territory where it’s worth questioning whether he’s capable of growth in that part of his game.

If the Bears picked Mahomes or Watson, they’d be better equipped to make a Super Bowl run sometime in the not-too-distant future. But they didn’t. And guess what? They’re still good enough to make that SuperBowl run, assuming Trubisky (or Nick Foles) plays their best football in 2020.

Mitch Trubisky among Sports Illustrated’s biggest what-ifs of the last 10 years originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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Niagara Falls baseball field damaged ahead of youth sports start

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Several low-risk youth sports will be allowed to start their seasons again on Monday, including baseball and softball.

But a baseball field at 91st Street Park in Niagara Falls was recently damaged, and it’s completely torn up in some spots. 

2 On your Side reached out to the City of Niagara Falls and Niagara Falls Police to find out if fireworks had anything to do with it, but we did not receive an immediate response.

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