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No-doubt home run, bat flip punctuate Bryce Harper’s return to Washington

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5082380.1554260896!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/phillies-nationals-baseball.jpg The first boos, guttural and loud in a mostly empty ballpark, greeted Bryce Harper during pregame introductions 15 minutes before the rain-delayed first pitch Tuesday night, as he stood in the Nationals Park visitor's dugout wearing another team's uniform.Jeers again filled the chilly air when Harper walked to the plate as the No. 3 hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning, his initial at-bat as a Nationals opponent. More hostility came while he awaited each pitch from Washington's

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Blue Jays sign Randal Grichuk to 5-year, $52M extension

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5082232.1554247783!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/grichuk-randal.jpg The Toronto Blue Jays capped off an active day of roster moves Tuesday by signing outfielder Randal Grichuk to a five-year contract extension worth $52 million US.The new deal covers the 2019 to 2023 seasons.The 27-year-old was slated to make $5 million this year. He was eligible to become a free agent after the 2020 season.Sportsnet reported that Grichuk's new 2019 salary will be $7 million plus a $5-million signing bonus. He will earn $12 million in 2020 followed by

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Cheltenham Racecourse issued landmark High Court injunction banning ticket touts

Cheltenham Racecourse issued landmark High Court injunction banning ticket toutsTicket touts have been banned from the racecourse on a permanent basisTouts caught buying and selling tickets face fines and having assets seizedThe cost of touting across all JCR racecourses is estimated to be around £1.5mBy Marcus Townend for MailOnline Published: 23:46 BST, 2 April 2019 | Updated: 23:46 BST, 2 April 2019

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Irish trainer Gordon Elliott set to have record number of runners in the Grand National  

Irish trainer Gordon Elliott set to have record number of runners in the Grand National on SaturdayBy Marcus Townend for MailOnline Published: 22:31 BST, 2 April 2019 | Updated: 22:32 BST, 2 April 2019 Trainer Gordon Elliott will have a record-breaking 13 runners in Saturday's Grand National after another of his entries squeezed into the 40 guaranteed starting berths.Bless The Wings, last

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Canada’s Barrett, Duke teammate Williamson top All-American honours

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5078313.1554231951!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/march-madness-duke-virginia-tech-032919-620.jpg Canada's R.J. Barrett and his Duke teammate, Zion Williamson, are the second freshman teammates to earn first-team All-America honours.Williamson and Barrett, from Mississauga, Ont., headed The Associated Press All-America team released on Tuesday, joined by Tennessee's Grant Williams, Murray State's Ja Morant and Cassius Winston of Michigan State.The Blue Devils' duo are the 11th pair of teammates to be named to the AP first team and first freshman teammates since Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall in 2010.Williamson electrified college basketball with his

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Ronnie Wood’s Sandymount Duke ruled out of the Grand National

Ronnie Wood's Sandymount Duke ruled out of the Grand NationalSandymount Duke has become the latest horse ruled out of the Grand NationalThe 100-1 outsider is owned by 71-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie WoodTrainer Jessica Harrington said Sandymount Duke will not travelling to AintreeShe said: 'He's given himself a knock and unfortunately he won't be running'By Marcus Townend for MailOnline Published: 18:12 BST, 2 April 2019 |

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Former Olympic rower Phelps appointed Chair of the British Horseracing Authority 

Former Olympic rower Annamarie Phelps appointed Chair of the British Horseracing AuthorityPhelps competed for Britain in the women's eight at the Atlanta Games in 1996 She has worked for a variety of governing bodies including rowing and cyclingPhelps is the first female chair of the BHA and will take up the post on June 1By Marcus Townend for MailOnline Published: 17:17 BST, 2 April 2019 | Updated:

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‘Superman’ is flying away: Jays trade fan favourite Kevin Pillar to Giants

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5081376.1554224366!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/bba-blue-jays-pillar-20180821.jpg Emotions ran high Tuesday as the business of baseball resulted in a popular piece of the Blue Jays locker room being removed.Toronto continued its radical roster makeover, sending veteran outfielder Kevin Pillar to the San Francisco Giants for three players. In a separate move, the Jays obtained speedy outfielder Socrates Brito from San Diego. Later Tuesday the team signed outfielder Randal Grichuk to a $52-million US, five-year contract extension.In return for the 30-year-old Pillar, the Giants gave up right-handed reliever

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