Nestor Cortes calls old tweets ‘unacceptable’

New York Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes spoke to reporters Monday to address the situation with his Twitter account, in which several older tweets that used racial slurs were resurfaced Sunday. The Hialeah, Fla., product said he deactivated the Twitter account in response, and when asked about the tweets, acknowledged remembering them. “I’m not gonna say I don’t, but I didn’t realize they were still there,” Cortes said. “It’s unacceptable. I could have managed myself better…

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Rugby-Ireland to play Maori All Blacks in mid-week clashes

– Ireland will play the Maori All Blacks in two mid-week matches during their three-test tour, New Zealand Rugby said on Tuesday. Ireland will meet the representative team in Hamilton on June 29, three days before they kick off their regular All Blacks series at Eden Park. The second Maori All Blacks clash will be in Wellington on July 12. “The Maori All Blacks will provide a stern test of our squad strength and depth,”…

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Motor racing-Formula E champion De Vries handed Williams practice slot

LONDON – Formula E champion Nyck de Vries will replace Williams’ race regular Alex Albon in first Friday practice for this weekend’s Spanish Formula One Grand Prix, the team said. Teams are obliged to run a young driver in two such sessions this season. De Vries, 27, is also a reserve for Mercedes who provide Williams with engines. While he has tested for Mercedes, the Friday session will be his first official outing in a…

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Motor racing-F1’s jewellery ban is for right reasons, says GPDA’s Wurz

LONDON – Formula One is right to ban jewellery from the cockpit but the governing FIA could have enforced the rule in a less confrontational way, according to Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) chairman Alex Wurz. Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and the FIA were in a standoff at this month’s Miami Grand Prix over piercings the Mercedes driver has raced with for years and said he could not remove. Hamilton has been told to…

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MLB roundup: Pirates pull off 1-0 win despite being no-hit by Reds

Cincinnati Reds rookie right-hander Hunter Greene and reliever Art Warren combined on a no-hitter Sunday, but the host Pittsburgh Pirates scratched out a run on Ke’Bryan Hayes’ fielder’s choice in the eighth for a 1-0 win. Greene (1-6) started and went 7 1/3 innings, and Warren finished the eighth. According to the Pirates, it is the sixth time since 1901 a team has thrown a no-hitter and lost. Greene, 22, a highly touted prospect in…

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Cricket-Local man tried to save Symonds after crash

MELBOURNE – A man tried to revive former Australia cricketer Andrew Symonds after he crashed his car in Queensland over the weekend, Australian media reported on Monday. The all-rounder and twice World Cup winner died at 46 following the single-car accident late on Saturday near the northern city of Townsville in Queensland state. Local resident Waylon Townson told the Nine Network that he had heard the crash and was first at the scene. “He was…

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Soccer-Man City fight back to draw at West Ham

LONDON -Manchester City fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with West Ham United on Sunday and stay in charge of their thrilling Premier League title battle with Liverpool. Juergen Klopp’s team play at Southampton on Tuesday and City had the chance to open a six-point lead at the top but the draw at the London Stadium left them four points above Liverpool with one game left. Victory on the final day at home…

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NHL roundup: Oilers blank Kings in G7 to advance

Connor McDavid scored once and added an assist while goaltender Mike Smith recorded the shutout as the host Edmonton Oilers claimed a 2-0 Game 7 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Smith made 29 saves to earn his second shutout of the series and sixth playoff goose egg in his career. Cody Ceci scored the series-winning goal. Jonathan Quick was outstanding for the Kings while stopping 39 shots, but his teammates couldn’t find…

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Badminton-India stun Indonesia to win maiden Thomas Cup title

BANGKOK -India’s men’s badminton team pulled off a major upset by crushing 14-times champions Indonesia 3-0 in the final on Sunday to win their maiden Thomas Cup title. Lakshya Sen set the tone for the first-time finalists when he stunned Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the first singles at the Impact Arena. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy combined with Chirag Shetty for a similar come-from-behind victory over Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the first…

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NBA-Bucks cancel Game Seven watch party after shootings

– The reigning NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks said on Saturday they have cancelled plans to have a watch party for their series-deciding game against the Boston Celtics after three separate shootings in the city’s downtown left 21 people injured. The shootings occurred on Friday near a Milwaukee entertainment district where thousands of fans had been watching as the Bucks lost Game Six of the Eastern Conference semi-finals. The Bucks said the decision to cancel the…

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