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Seahawks' defensive stand ends Bills' bid for upset

Johnson to join McIlroy, Stenson in strong Abu Dhabi field
U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson will make a rare foray on the European Tour when he plays at the Abu Dhabi Championship in January. The world number three is to join second-ranked Rory McIlroy, number four Henrik Stenson and 10th-ranked Rickie Fowler in competing for the Falcon Trophy.

UFC’s Jones gets one-year suspension for doping violation
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has suspended interim UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones for one year after he tested positive for prohibited substances clomiphene and letrozole. Jones, who tested positive in an out-of-competition sample provided on June 16 and was pulled from a title fight against Daniel Cormier days before UFC 200, had claimed he mistakenly took a contaminated sexual-performance pill.

Pacers’ George fined for kicking ball into stands
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George has been fined $15,000 for kicking the ball into the stands that hit a fan in the face, the National Basketball Association said on Tuesday. The three-times NBA All-Star was given a technical foul and ejected from the game for the incident, which occurred late in the third quarter of the Pacers’ home win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

Korea set to unleash next gen of winter sports stars
For figure skating fans Kim Yuna was one of a kind. Not according to the chief of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Seahawks’ defensive stand ends Bills’ bid for upset
The offenses stole the show on Monday night, but the Seattle Seahawks’ defense had the final say in the end. Thanks to a sack by Cliff Avril on third down and an incompletion in the end zone on fourth, Seattle stymied the Buffalo Bills’ final drive with less than a minute to go to escape with a 31-25 win in front of a record crowd of 69,084 at CenturyLink Field.

Bryant and Cubs team mates up for major awards
Chicago Cubs infielder Kris Bryant and pitchers Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks have the chance to add more hardware to their magical season after Major League Baseball announced them as finalists for the league’s top awards. Bryant is among three top vote-getters for the National League MVP along with Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy.

Top dog Stenson expects Willett to ‘push me to the limit’
British Open winner Henrik Stenson believes money-list rival Danny Willett will “push me to the limit” in this week’s $7 million Nedbank Challenge, the penultimate event of the European Tour season. Stenson holds a commanding lead of 252,163 points over the second-placed Englishman and will secure a second order of merit title in four years if he wins in South Africa and Willett is outside the leading 10 players.

Pedrosa to return for Valencia season-ender
Spaniard Dani Pedrosa plans to race in MotoGP’s Valencia season-ender this weekend, a month after the Honda rider fractured his collarbone, leg and foot in a crash in Japan. Honda said in a statement on Monday that as the injuries were healing well, Pedrosa’s doctors and team had agreed that he could return for the final round.

Pacquiao returns to Manila and the real work of politics
With another world title won, Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao touched down in Manila on Tuesday keen to get back to the real work of politics. The 37-year-old senator claimed the WBO welterweight title with a unanimous points victory over American Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas on Saturday, his first bout since April.

Olympics-2018 Games chief says contracts clean, as scandal bleeds into sport
Pyeongchang’s 2018 Winter Olympics contracts are clean and not “contaminated” by outside factors, the Games’ organizing chief told Reuters on Tuesday, as South Korea’s sporting community is dragged deeper into a political influence-peddling scandal. The scandal blighting Park Geun-hye’s presidency involves her close friend Choi Soon-sil, who is alleged to have used her relationship with the president to meddle in state affairs and wield influence in the sports and cultural communities.

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