Will populist leaders stifle the global recovery – or vice versa?

Politicians such as Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen and Beppe Grillo are wildcards that could kill off gathering growth

After nine dreary years of downgrading their GDP forecasts, macroeconomic policymakers around the world are shaking their heads in disbelief: despite a populist-propelled wave of political tumult, global growth is actually set to outperform expectations in 2017.

It’s not just American exceptionalism. Although US growth is very strong, Europe has been outperforming expectations by more. There is even happy news for emerging markets, which are still bracing for US Federal Reserve interest-rate hikes but have gained a better backdrop against which to adjust.

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NCAA ends North Carolina boycott after roll back of 'bathroom bill'

  • Law had been attacked as limiting protections for LGBT people
  • College sports governing body had pulled events from state over law

The NCAA says it will consider North Carolina as a host for championship events again after the state rolled back a law that limited protections for LGBT people.

In a statement on Tuesday, the athletics body said its board of governors had reviewed moves to repeal the so-called “bathroom bill” and replace it with a compromise law. The new agreement, House Bill 142, though it repeals the bathroom bill, has angered LGBT and civil liberty groups because it prohibits future anti-discrimination ordinances by cities and councils. This means that cities will not be able to introduce any local laws to specifically protect transgender people.

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Why won't the NHL allow its players to go to the 2018 Winter Olympics?

The league has confirmed that its players won’t be going to Pyeonchang next year. Josh Kloke runs through a decision that could hurt hockey in the long-term

Some familiar faces will be absent at the 2018 Winter Olympics: NHL players representing their countries in the men’s ice hockey tournament.

After months of negotiating with the IIHF, world hockey’s governing body, the NHL announced on Monday that its players would not be participating in the Pyeongchang Games. The NHL is opposed to a 17-day break in the NHL schedule to accommodate the matches.

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Rory McIlroy makes late change to brand of woods on eve of Masters

• McIlroy will play with TaylorMade fairway woods and Callaway irons
• Northern Irishman tried out new clubs on Augusta course on Tuesday

Rory McIlroy has changed his brand and model of fairway woods on the eve of the Masters, taking to Augusta National on Tuesday morning with a bag including newly-introduced TaylorMade fairway woods alongside Callaway irons and driver. The move once again highlights the Northern Irishman’s willingness to make key alterations in his bid to collect a Grand Slam of major championships.

Related: When Masters years ended in seven: eight famous or forgotten anniversaries | Scott Murray

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Tony Romo to retire from NFL and move into sports broadcasting

  • Dallas Cowboys to release veteran quarterback from contract
  • Romo will pursue career as TV analyst rather than find another team

Tony Romo is ready to call time on his 14-year NFL career and move into broadcasting.

Related: Tony Romo might be a splash signing, but he won’t deliver a Super Bowl | Les Carpenter

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No Cinderella story as North Carolina pulls the slipper from Gonzaga

The Bulldogs were attempting to get into one of the most exclusive clubs in sport – but their entry was barred by one of college basketball’s blue bloods

The Cinderella story is the tale of a young woman of the lower class who has her life transformed into one of wealth and wonder. It is folk tale. A myth. We know with certainty it is not a true story, because pumpkins can’t magically change into carriages, but more so because Gonzaga failed to win the national championship on Monday night against North Carolina in Glendale, Arizona.

Related: North Carolina defeat Gonzaga in NCAA championship game – as it happened

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