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Captain Smith leads Australia recovery to leave Ashes Test delicately poised

First Ashes Test, Gabba, Brisbane (day two of five) England 302: Vince 83, Malan 56, Stoneman 53 Australia 165-4: Smith 64*, Marsh 44* Australia trail by 137 runs Scorecard Australia captain Steve Smith withstood the charge of the England bowlers to leave the first Ashes Test delicately poised after two days in Brisbane. On a fascinating and, at times, thrilling day, Smith made an unbeaten 64 to lead his side to 165-4, 137 behind. That was a significant recovery from 76-4 as England’s attack, expertly marshalled by skipper Joe Root,…

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'Out of this misery, our athletes still rise' – British Virgin Islands sport's recovery after hurricane

“One of the lads was five minutes late for training. When I asked him why, he said: ‘Because my roof caved in during the night’.” That was the reality for the coach of the national rugby team on the British Virgin Islands (BVI), which were hit by two category five hurricanes in September. The small British overseas territory in the Caribbean was devastated by first Hurricane Irma and then Maria as 200mph winds flattened entire neighbourhoods. Sports facilities and schools were destroyed, and four people were killed by Irma, including…

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Could fecal probiotics improve performance and recovery?

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Jonathan Scheiman was attempting to recruit athletes to hand over their fecal matter for him to study.  “I don’t lead with that,” he said at a press conference explaining his research. “I normally lead with, ‘Hi I’m Jon Scheiman from Harvard Medical School’.” Could the bacteria of elite athletes provide clues to performance and recovery? Photo: Stocksy The research fellow and geneticist was collecting their poo (which “is around 60 per cent by weight bacteria”) to sequence the microbiome in the hope of understanding “what makes…

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Aviva Premiership round-up: Saracens reclaim spot while Wasps show signs of recovery

Harlequins 41-35 Worcester Warriors Poor goal-kicking cost Worcester as they missed six kicks to allow Harlequins a 41-35 win in a try-fest at the Stoop. Warriors outscored their opponents by six tries to five to secure two valuable bonus points but a victory was well within their grasp. They led 18-10 before they suffered crucial injuries with Quins scrum-half Danny Care taking full advantage in the third quarter to inspire his side to victory. Care, Jamie Roberts, Mat Luamanu, Charlie Walker and Marcus Smith were Quins’ try-scorers with Smith converting…

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Dozens gravely wounded in Vegas face long road to recovery

The bullets are still there. For the dozens of people who remain hospitalized in Las Vegas from the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the onslaught isn’t over. The pain lingers. They remain haunted by the uncertainty of their recovery. “My fear is that I won’t progress, you know. I want to be able to walk again. I want to be able to function normally,” said Michael Caster, who was paralyzed in the shooting. “I’m happy to be alive, that I got out of there, but I want to…

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Puerto Rico recovery: Hamilton creator releases charity song

A group of music stars have come together to create a song in aid of relief efforts for the hurricane-battered island of Puerto Rico. Almost Like Praying has been written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, musical creator of the hit Broadway show Hamilton. Stars who have taken part include Gloria Estefan, Rita Moreno, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico with high winds and heavy rain and much of the island remains without power. Mr Miranda’s parents are from the US territory. He said the song’s inspiration came from…

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Complicated recovery awaits victims injured in Vegas attack

Their concert turned into a siege, and now their lives may become a battle. The staggering count of people injured in the shooting at a Las Vegas music festival means their recoveries are likely to be as varied as the victims themselves. Some injuries are as simple as broken bones, others gunshot wounds involving multiple surgeries and potential transplants, and all come with the added emotional scars of enduring the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, with 59 killed. At least 130 people remained hospitalized Tuesday, with 45 listed in…

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