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Odell Beckham shuts down Patriots trade buzz after Cam Newton signing – New York Post

Odell Beckham Jr. shot down speculation that he wants to leave the Cleveland Browns and join his friend Cam Newton in New England. While a free agent earlier this month, Newton posted a short …

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Racing Point and Renault Formula One teams at war over cheating claims – Wide World of Sports

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A war of words has erupted between the Racing Point and Renault Formula One teams, following accusations of cheating at the Styrian Grand Prix.
Renault has protested the results of Sunday’s race, claiming the Racing Point is a copy of last year’s all-conquering Mercedes, which took Lewis Hamilton to the world title.
Stewards ruled the protest was admissible, with the sport’s governing body seizing the brake ducts on the Racing Point for comparison with the 2019 Mercedes.
If the Racing Point cars are excluded, Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo would move from eighth place to sixth in the final results.
“BWT Racing Point F1 Team is extremely disappointed to see its results in the Styrian Grand Prix questioned by what it considers to be a misconceived and poorly informed protest,” the team said in a statement.
“Any and all suggestion of wrongdoing is firmly rejected and the team will take all steps necessary to ensure the correct application of the regulations to the facts.
Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault leads Lance Stroll in the Racing Point during the Styrian Grand Prix. (Getty)
“Prior to the start of the season, the team co-operated with the FIA and satisfactorily addressed all questions regarding the origins of the designs of the RP20.
“The team is confident that the protest will be dismissed once it has presented its response.”
While this is the first time a formal protest has been lodged, there’s been whispers for months over the similarities between the Racing Point and the 2019 Mercedes, to the extent the car was nicknamed the ‘Pink Mercedes’ earlier in the year.
Sergio Perez in the Racing Point. (Getty)
The sport’s rules set out a list of components that each team must design themselves, which includes the brake ducts. Mercedes already supplied Racing Point with its engine and gearbox.
Racing Point maintains it has simply copied the Mercedes design after studying photographs of last year’s car, and this was done without access to Mercedes design documents.
The case is likely to hinge on the internal design of the brake ducts, which would not be visible in photographs, and therefore any similarity would likely be the result of shared intellectual property.
The 2019 Mercedes, which Renault alleges shares intellectual property with the 2020 Racing Point. (AP)
Racing Point finished seventh in last year’s Constructors’ Championship, however after the Styrian Grand Prix, driver Lance Stroll said the team had taken a big step forward in 2020.
“I really believe today we had, debatably, the second quickest car, maybe third, but we were definitely quicker than Renault, McLaren and a lot of other of our competitors. So that was really positive,” Stroll told Sky Sports F1.
Stroll finished seventh on Sunday after retiring from the previous week’s race, while teammate Sergio Perez has finished sixth in both races so far this season. 
A date is yet to be set for the FIA to hear the protest.

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Ex-AFL star Jack Frost reveals shocking toll of over 14 concussions – Wide World of Sports

‘I haven’t been able to leave the house’

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Former AFL star Jack Frost has revealed the emotional and physical toll of concussions suffered during his footy career.
Frost only played 56 games in the AFL, with a majority of his time spent at Collingwood (54 games) and a very brief stint at the Brisbane Lions (2 games) before he was forced into retirement in 2018 due to repeated concussions.
Remarkably, in just six years in the AFL Frost had suffered 14 concussions – in addition to those he had before reaching the AFL – and unfortunately the effects of those knocks still hugely impact his life today.
“I’ve come a long way since I first retired but I still suffer from little things like noise,” Frost told SEN Breakfast.
“Like if I go to a cafe or a supermarket and it’s all hustle bustle, I start to shutdown a little bit which is pretty frustrating. So a lot of day-to-day tasks are still quite difficult for me.”
Collingwood’s Jack Frost in 2013 (Nine)
Frost said the lockdown Victorians are experiencing following a spike in coronavirus cases recently is basically what he goes through most days.
“It’s sort of what I’ve been doing for the past two years really,” the 28-year-old said.
“I haven’t been able to leave the house. Couldn’t leave a dark room. Couldn’t hold conversations. Couldn’t remember anything. So I’ve seen some bad stuff.”
Frost revealed the very moment that he knew his playing days were numbered, following a concussion playing in a NEAFL match, when his head hit another player’s hip, but he was not knocked out.
“I couldn’t see for about 20 minutes,” Frost said.
“I remember kneeling on the ground and sort of thought, ‘This could be it. I can’t keep doing this sort of stuff’.
“The professional medical advice at the time was that it was highly recommended to stop playing because if I keep going down this path I’m not going to end up well at all.”
Footy legend Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer was found to have CTE after his death. (The Age)
After he retired, Frost said he couldn’t train properly because of the detrimental effect the concussions had on his heart.
“The last couple of years I haven’t been able to get my heart rate up at all,” he said.
“Doing any form of exercise would make me feel like my head was going to blow off my shoulders.
“That’s actually a pretty common symptom for concussion when you’re out for a long time, but that’s been one of my longer ongoing issues.
“My heart rate doesn’t gradually come down when it’s supposed to or go up when it’s supposed to, it’s sort of all over the shop so it makes exercise very hard. Even when I go from laying down to standing up, my heart rate goes right up when it shouldn’t.”
Frost said he wasn’t able to watch AFL for a while.
In retrospect Frost candidly admitted that he didn’t believe the treatment he received at the time was sufficient, although methods for dealing with concussions and associated after-effects has developed in recent years.
“Looking back on it,

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‘Got invited’: Instagram model sparks NBA bubble controversy – Yahoo Sport Australia

Anna Mya claims an unnamed player invited her to visit him in the NBA’s quarantine bubble.

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Two players have already broken the NBAs strict quarantine bubble conditions, while an Instagram model claims to have received an invite by an unnamed star.
Houston Rockets forward Bruno Caboclo and Sacramento Kings centre Richaun Holmes broke quarantine at the NBAs Disney World complex near Orlando and have been ordered to self-quarantine in their hotel room 10 days before resuming team activities.
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The news comes on the same day that Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook announced on social media that he had tested positive for the virus and was in quarantine.
Holmes posted a statement on his Twitter feed that read: “After the initial quarantine period, I briefly and accidentally crossed the NBA campus line to pick up a food delivery.
I am currently in quarantine and have eight days left. I apologise for my actions and look forward to joining my teammates for our playoff push.
Caboclo inadvertently left his room during the self-quarantine period upon arrival at the Grand Floridian last week, multiple media outlets reported.
The NBA mandated personnel to stay in their rooms last week until testing negative for COVID-19 each of the two days immediately after their arrival, with the policy attempting to ensure that everyone who enters the bubble is free of the virus before they can interact with others.
As recently as Sunday, the Rockets believed that Westbrook and James Harden – neither of whom travelled with the team to Disney World last week – would be with the team in the next few days.
In Westbrook’s case, that now seems most unlikely.
I tested positive for covid-19 prior to my teams departure to Orlando, Westbrook wrote on his Instagram page.
I’m currently feeling well, quarantined, and looking forward to rejoining my teammates when I am cleared.
Russell Westbrook in action for the Houston Rockets. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Meanwhile, Instagram model Anna Mya claims to have received an invite from a player into the NBA bubble.
I already got invited to the bubble, Mya tweeted. Yea the season definitely ending early.
After a flurry of replies Mya denied there was anything untoward going on, claiming she might take up the invitation when visitors are allowed.
People calling me a snitch like its not known that they can have visitors in like 5 weeks, she tweeted.
Wow yall are gonna get me uninvited now.
Yall keep saying Im going to fumble the bag. Me & him are laughing at this sh*t right now.
Players are not allowed to have guests (including family) in the bubble until the second round of the playoffs – about six weeks away.
That fact led Stephen A. Smith to question how players will survive without being able to have sex.
Do we really think the recreational activities that these guys are accustomed to are going to be compromised for three months? Smith asked on ESPNs First Take.
I mean, somebodys gotta say it.
You really, really think somebodys gonna be without their wives or their woman? The guys that are married without their wives, the guys that aint married without their woman.
You really, really think theyre honouring a bubble for three months?
When it was pointed out that the players can see their families after the first month, Smith said they wouldnt last three weeks let alone three months.
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