2019 July

Magic Johnson says Lakers fans are ‘spoiled,’ ‘tough season’ ahead


fans are spoiled. Even the greatest Laker ever Magic Johnson believes this to be true. But that’s not a pejorative way of classifying Lakers fans by any means. They’ve rooted for a team that has experienced nearly unparalleled success over their time in Los Angeles since coming over from Minneapolis in 1960. They’ve won 11 championships since moving to LA and have rarely had rosters that didn’t include some of the best and most exciting players in the . Because of this consistency of talent, competitiveness, and excitement, it’s easy to say Lakers fans may have a spoiled basketball experience than a lot of other fan bases.

Magic Johnson stated this during a radio interview on Tuesday before the Lakers opening night victory, saying the fans were in for a tough season ahead of them. With still waiting to come back from his Achilles’ injury and an older veteran core that’s supposed to drive the team to success, it makes sense that Lakers fans should probably brace for the worst. :

Magic Johnson is bracing himself for a rough season. He might be part owner of the L Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has hit out at the way he’s been treated this season.Ernesto Valverde no longer counts on the former Sevilla star, that much is clear, and he has hardly played any football after failing to secure a move away from tos Angeles Dodgers, who just went to the National League Championship Series, but he’ll always be a Lakers fan, and their prospects don’t look as rosy.

“Laker fans are spoiled. I don’t know how they’re going to react now, because this is going to be a tough season,” Johnson said Tuesday afternoon during an hourlong interview on the “Max and Marcellus Show” on ESPNLA 710 radio. “This is going to be one of the roughest seasons that the Lakers have ever faced. You’re waiting on Kobe [Bryant] to see if he can get healthy. Nobody knows if he can be what he was. Then you’ve got [Pau] Gasol — who I think is a premier big man — but he plays better when he has talent around him.

“You’ve got guys who are all on one-year contracts, and all were journeymen on othlkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga played down his heroics for their draw at Watford on Saturday.The Argentine saved Troy Deeney’s penalty for the 0-0 result.“I’d watched some videos, tried to read him as well, I don’t know, maybe a little luck as well,” Gazzer teams. Laker fans are not used to that. I don’t know if they’re going to buy into that. We’re going to see. If you want the Laker fans to really buy in and be involved, you’re going to have to win right away. I don’t see that happening. The West is tough this year.”

“I’m hoping that they at least make the playoffs,” Johnson said. “But that’s going to be tough, especially without Kobe. We have to see what Kobe we’re going to get. Is he going to be that same Kobe or is he going to be hurt a little bit?”

While the victory over the Clippers was fun Tuesday night, I doubt it would change much of Magic’s view on the upcoming Lakers season. The longer Kobe is out; the longer the Lakers will be at a talent disadvantage. You can catch a couple of teams on random nights but at a certain point, the opponents will be expecting the type of effort we saw in the opener. And from then on, you’ll be dealing with a talent discrepancy and better preparer United.Josh King’s goal was enough to win the game for the Cherries.And Howe said, “I was really pleased with the defensive performance. First and foremost, Steve Cook and Nathan Ake gave us the foundation for the win.“Our two full-backs had thd teams.

On the bright side, the current Lakers know they don’t really have expectations to weigh them down and that they can play loose in the current system. They don’t have to worry about playing poorly in the sense that it will aggravate the fans or the organization because they’re beginning a transition period for this franchise. It could still be a rough season but Lakers fans will likely take the effort we saw Tuesday, whether it comes with wins or losses.

Report: Patrick Ewing will be associate head coach for Bobcats


Hall of Fame player Patrick Ewing has been angling for years to be a head coach in the NBA. Instead of being given a chance to lead his own team, he’s always been stuck as an assistant coach to help complement the man in charge. He’s worked for both Jeff Van Gundy and Stan Van Gundy as an assistant over the years.

, Ewi Mason Mount can become a top player for his country.The young winger has been a bright spot during an indifferent start to Lampard’s tenure at the Blues.The 20-year-old scored in a 3-2 win over Norwich at the weekend.”It is Gareth’s shout,” Lampard ng will be one step closen, 31, has just six months remaining on his contract and is free to discuss terms with other teams in January.The Sun says United have told Matic’s representatives that they intend to trigger his 12-month extension. Despite playing only six times in r to becoming the head coach for an with the . He’ll be the van Dijk the best in the world.Brown was the Dutchman’s captain during Van Dijk’s two years north of the border.He said: “Virgil van Dijk is a Rolls-Royce. He cruised it in the SPL and he’s cruising it in the Premier League – he has now shown th associate head coach under recently hired coach Steve Clifford. It’s a fancy way of saying he’ll be the lead assistant coach.

Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing has reached agreement to become the associate head coach for the Charlotte Bobcats, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. …

Ewing will join the coaching staff of new Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford. Ewing and Clifford have a strong professional and personal history together.

Ewing’s long-time friend and Bobcats owner Michael Jordan hasn’t been willing to give him the coaching job outright after hiring Mike Dunlap over Ewing. Ewing interviewed for the Bobcats’ coaching job in 2012. But this is another step closer to Ewing proving himself as a potential coach some day. 

, Ewing expressed his frustration with the lack of an opportunity. He cited Tom Thibodeau of the Chicago Bulls as someone who needed a long time before finally getting the coaching nod and that he was able to take full advantage of it once he was hired. Ewing also interviewed for the Detroit Pistons’ coaching job in 2011 but was passed over for Lawrence Frank.

Report: Suns will trade Luis Scola to the Pacers for players, pick


The have added a few offseason pieces toRomelu Lukaku.New Inter boss Antonio Conte has made Lukaku, 26, one of his top targets this summer, says Gazzetta dello Sport.Conte is so desperate to land the Belgian that he has proposed sending Croatia star Perisic, 30, the other way as part of a address depth issues, but apparently they’re not done. 

, the and Pacers are engaged in serious trade talks that would send forward to Indiana. 

Pacers will trade Miles Plumlee, Gerald Green and 2014 protected 1st round pick to Suns for Luis Scola, sources tell Y! Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA)

The protection on the pick is believed to be lottery protected, according to Wojnarowski. 

Scola is owed $4.8 million this season, though his contract is non-guaranteed. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

The Pacers have made a couple of solid offseason moves like re-signing and adding  and , but obviously feel they could use a little more. Scola would be a quality addition to their frontline, helping to fill the void left by power forward  who signed with the Raptorsristol City star impressive in the Championship last season, scoring three goals in 47 appearances.However, the defender would cost the Saints roughly £30 million if they were to make a summer move, pefifth round of the FA Cup is a huge boon for the club.The Premier League side survived a huge scare in Tuesday’s fourth-round replay against League One Oxford United, who came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 and take the game to extra time.Neithr the Bristol Post.The 24-year-old is a key memb. 

Currently, the Pacers only have rookie backing up West at power forward. They have behind , but the idea with Scola would be to strengthen power forward and have a quality offensive bench option at that position. 

Scola, 33, spent last season with the Suns after being amnestied by the Rockets. In 82 games he averaged 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds in 26.6 minutes. 

Champions League last-16 first leg against Real Ma


forward made his preseason debut with his new team Frid next week’s Champions League last-16 first leg against Real Madrid.The 25-year-old injured his hamstring in the loss to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.Sterling took part in a light session this week and he will still miss Wednesday’s catch-up ay against the Celtics.White checked into the game with 6:03 left in the first quarter and committed fomain, Qatar Sports Investments, are close to owning a side in English football.QSI is reportedly looking at Leeds United in the Championship for a potential takeover.The news comes from ESPN FC.It appears discussions have taken place between the grouur fouls in less than three minutes of game action. He finished with five points on 2 of 6 shooting from the field. He chipped in with three reob before they turned to Quique Setien, it has been revealed.Barca appointed former Real Betis coach Setien over the New Year after sacking Ernesto Valverde.However, La Vanguardia the appointment was made only after Barca were in contact with Pochettbounds and one steal while logging 10 minutes of game action.

VIDEO: Mavs fan shaves beard in ‘Royal Tenenbaums’ homage


In 2013, the grew beards in pursuit of theheir own racism problems before others, with the Three Lions boss empathising with Bulgarian Football Union president Borislav Mihaylov.Mihaylov was left annoyed after comments from the England camp stating they would walk off if they were subjected ir return to .500, swearing not to shave until they got back to even ball (which they finally accomplished Sunday, only to lose Monday). 

In the 2001 Wes Anderson film, The Royal Tenenbaums, child tenni to PSG.Griezmann is eager to move Barcelona after declaring he wishes to leave Atletico this summer.However, it’s been suggested Barca would sign Griezmann and then immediately send him to PSG as part of a swap for Neymar.But for his part, Griezmanns prodigy Richie Tenenbaum shaves his hair and face before the scene turns darker. Elliot Smith’s Needle in the Hay plays throughout the sequence. 

In a homage to the classic quirkflick, a few Mavs fans put together this video. And it’s pretty much amazighted to have Callum Hudson-Odoi back in training.Hudson-Odoi is again training after recovering from Achilles surgery.”He is training, looking bright and sharp,” Lampard said. “But we want to protect him as he has had a long time out.”Meanwhile, Laing in every way. 

The attention to detail is nice here, including the opening sequence with the two on the couch and the quick cut scenes to . That’s just good Internetting, Internet.

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forward , wRangers defender Glen Kamara would welcome a move to Brighton.Sky Sports says Kamara admits it would be a “dream” to play in the Premier League after being linked with a move to Brighton.Kamara’s performances for Rangers have seen fans raving about the Finland star.The 23-year-old began his career at Arsenal but failed to make an appearance for the Gunners.ho had been dealing with a calf strain, made his preseason debut in Friday’s finale against the Kings.

Barnes, who earned the start, struggled to make much of an impact aspable of upsetting Manchester City.Ibe’s attention naturalnagerial shortlist. Toon are still without a manager despite preseason having already begun.Rafael Benitez left the St. James’ Park dugout at the end of last month following the expiration of his contract.The Chronicle says Magpies managing director ly turns to a reunion with a former Anfield team-mate in Raheem Sterling.“You know, Raheem is a quality player. Phenomenal,” Ibe told the Mirror.“From when I’ve seen him training and playi he missed all five of his field goal attempts. He did knock down all four of his shots from the charity stripe and finished the game with four points, three rebounds and three assists while logging 21 minutes of game action. He fouled out with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Heat to start Chris Bosh in NBA Finals Game 2 vs. Thunder


will start during Game 2 of The Finals. (Getty Images) OKLAHOMA CITY — The marathon of uncertainty regarding Chris Bosh’s rotation status is finally coming to an end on Thursday night.The Miami Heat announced before Game 2 of the Finals against the Oklahoma City that Bosh would enter the starting lineup for the first time since suffering a lower abdominal strain during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Indiana Pacers.Bosh missed three weeks of the playofal Divock Origi paid tribute to the fans after their stunning victory over Barcelona.The Reds are into the Champions League final after defeating Barca 4-0 on Tuesday night and 4-3 on aggregate.Origi paid tribute to his team-mates and also the fans wfs — sitting out nine games — before returning in a reserve role during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics.The Heat will start guards and , along with forwards , and Bosh. Forward will return to the bench. The move marks the seventh starting lineup that the Heat have used during the 2012 playoffs.Earlier Thursday, the Heat gave hints that they would return Bosh to the starting lineup. While offering no definitive statements, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did say at shootaround on Thursday that he was ready to begin using Bosh like he did before his All-Star forward went down with his injury.”The main guys will be playing quite a bit of minutes,” he said. “How we use Chris might be a little bit more like how we used him in the regular season. I think he’s gotten his feet wet enough. We’ll need him to be a little bit more who he was.”Bosh scored 10 points and grabbed fiverd, it has been claimed.The Daily Mail says the Glazers, who prize United as one of the few parts of their business empire that makes them money, would require a staggering offer of more than £1billion to sell.Financiers believe only 20 people in th rebounds while shooting 4-for-11 in 34 minutes during Miami’s Game 1 loss on Tuesday. The 34 minutes represented the most he’s played since he returned to action during the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics and nearly matched his season average of 35. Bosh played 14 minutes in Game 5 against Boston, 28 minutes in Game 6 and 31 minutes in Game 7. Bosh wouldn’t reveal whether or not he will start at shootaround on Thursday but did say he feels healthy enough to give “100 percent effort.” “The only time you’re 100 percent is the first day of training camp,” he said. “[I’m] good enough to give 100 percent effort right now. I’ve always stayed confident no matter what happened. I did suffer a setback, but I think I’ve overcome it pretty well and every game I’m getting better. I expect to improve this game, and we keep saying that opportunities are there. I’m just going to have to be explosive in order to get it.”Heat forward LeBron James said that he’s seen progress in the conditioning of his teammate, who Spoelstra said asked out of multiple games against the Celtics because he was winded.”[Bosh] has his legs,” he said. “He feels like he’s as close to 100 percent as possible. it’s a big boost for us. We’ll see what happens.”Bosh also said that he will be looking to do more offensively after being a relative non-factor in Game 1.”We’ve been watching film and areas where I’ve been successful in the past are open,” he said. “I can really be effective in the paint. Rolling to the rim and trying to get opportunities for my teammates. We’re going to spread the floor a little bit, but I’m not going to be the one who spreads. I think I’m going to be a primary big, rolling to the paint, being a post presence and trying to get lay-up opportunities.”As he has since Bosh returned, Spoelstra downplayed expectations for Bosh while simultaneously talking up his importance.”He doesn’t have to play outside of who he is,” he said. “We don’t need him to score 30 or take 25 field goal attempts. We need him to be aggressive, offensive-minded, facilitate offense for us. All those things that made us the most important player for us.”Miami has now used seven different starting lineups during the 2012 playoffs. By contrast, the Thunder have used just one.During all five games against the New York Knicks in the first round, Miami started Chalmers, Wade, James, Bosh and Haslem. The Heat used the same lineup in Game 1 against the Pacers. In Game 2 agith Chelsea.The Belgium international was first brought to England by Chelsea before eventually landing at City via Wolfsburg.“Even though I was rarely used, it was a good school,” De Bruyne said of Chelsea. “Working with top-class players every daainst the Pacers, Miami went with Turiaf, James, Wade, Haslem and Chalmers. In Game 3 against the Pacers, Miami started James, Wade, Chalmers, Battier and center . In Games 4, 5 and 6 against the Pacers and Games 1, 2 and 3 against the Celtics, Miami started James, Wade, Chalmers, Battier and Turiaf. In Game 4 vs. the Celtics, Miami started James, Wade, Chalmers, Battier and center . In Games 5, 6 and 7 vs. the Celtics and Game 1 vs. the Thunder, Miami started James, Wade, Chalmers, Battier and Haslem.

#AllStarWeirdness: The fun and friendly Knicks family adventure


Sure, is married to La La Vasquez, and has his own photography portfolio. Sure, they’re both All-Star members of the biggest basketball team in the grandest city of them all. But, really, they’re just two dudes hanging out on a SaturdaNewcastle United.West Ham United hold a long-term interest in the Newcastle midfielder, and the east London club made overtures to sign Shelvey back in January.But Shelvey insists he will remain on Tyneside “unless told othool.Henderson captained the Reds to their sixth Champions League triumph with a win over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid last season.And the midfielder says Jurgen Klopp’s squad want more silverware.”It’s given us a taste of success and we want more of terwise”, and he is already y with their kids. 

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How often does Chandler do that beard rub? That’s like his go-to interview move. Also notable, Melo’s kid is doing thel starlet Harvey Elliott is deemed fit to join the rest of the squad for the Club World Cup.Elliott could be involved in the final against Flamengo, after the Reds moved past Monterrey in the semi finals last night.The 16-year-old was involved agains McKayle Maroney face. Well played, kid.

VIDEO: Dwyane Wade suffers knee injury in Game 4 vs. Bulls


 had to leave Game 4 vs. Chicago with an apparent knee injury after he collided with forwao Manchester United.United paid £46.5m plus add-ons for Fernandes but Varandas admitted they were nearlyp their asking price for Paul Pogba in January.Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane remains determined to bring the French World Cup winner to the Santiago Bernabeu, says Sport.With the transfer window in Spain now closed, Real are going to have to wait forced them to take a lower offer from Tottenham.“At the end of June, we had become aware that we were going to sell Bruno,” he told Record.”Wrd in the post. Wade hobbled to the sideline before crumpling on one knee, eventually trying to walk back to halfcourfter their Carabao Cup shock at Colchester.The U’s battled hard to keep the scores at 0-0 though Spurs were disjointed and error-prone throughout the night.Mauricio Pochettino cut a shellshocked figure on the touchline as his side crashed out of the t, and then going to the bench. 

Wade returned for the final 3:30 of the second quarter, but after he missed Game 4 vs. Milwaukee in the first round and then complained of soreness in the knee throughout this series, it’s something to keep an eye on. 

Video: Alonzo Gee’s game-winner for the Cavaliers


This was the final play of the – game on Friday night that earned Cleveland its fourth win of the year. It has been a rough go of it for the Cavs this season, even before went down. It seemed like unless was hitting an array of contested 3-pointers, then Irving and were the only consistent players whom Byron Scott could throw out there.

With Irving out for a couple more weeks, it forces players on the team other than Varejao and his rebound-vacuum arms to make plays. Against the Hawks, the Cavs had to make a 16-2 run in the fourth quarter. It was fueled by eight of ‘s 22 points in the game and two huge 3-point shots by .

At the end, though, Scott told his team to give Waiters the ball and get out of the way. They assumed he’d use his strong handle to get past his defender and get a shot at the rim. Instead, he went into “Andrew Bynum mode” and fired up a 3-point attempt. It might have hit the rim, and it might not have. But what it did do was fall into the hands of , for the heady putback to give the Cavs the 113-111 road victory.


Then with 2.9 seconds left, to the horror of Scott and everyone on the Cavs’ bench, Waiters hoisted an ill-advised 3-pointer that hit absolutely nothing. Waiters insists it glanced off the rim, but he’s the only one who saw it hit iron. Everyone else saw an errant air ball that landed in Gee’s hands.

As the rest of the players on the floor seemed to relax for a split-second, Gee caught the shot/pass and put it in with three-tenths of a second left. The Hawks left the court stunned as the Cavs celebrated their second victory since le for PSG fullback Thomas Meunier.Everton are in talks with PSG about a deal for the Belgium international.However, Le 10 Sport says Atletico are also inte offered a word of warning to new Manchester United signing Bruno Fernandes.Torreira played alongside Fernandes at Sampdoria in 2017 before the latter jetted home to Portugal and put pen to paper with Sporting Lisbon.”I really hope he adapts quickly,rested in Meunier, well aware the fullback’s future at PSG is clouded.PSG need to raise €100Nov. 5.

“It was like, ‘We’re going to clear Eintracht Frankfurt left-back Jetro Willems is a target for Roma.Willems, himself, revealed the interest of Roma and Newcastle United this summer.The 25-year-old spoke to RTL about his prospects for next season.“Roma and Newcastle are interested,” said Willems.The Dutch international has two years left on his contract.it out.’ I guess I have to be a little more specific and say, ‘Try to get to the basket,’ ” Scott joked. “We had the matchup. I thought it was a perfect matchup for us. Then he bailed [Stevenson] out by shooting a 3 that didn’t touch nothing. Luckily ‘Zo’ was there to rebound the ball and put it in.”

All it took was falling asleep a bit on the boards or assuming the ball was going to carom another way, allowing Gee to swoop in and be opportunistic.

As for Waiters’ shot selection, it’s definitely not the type of shot you want to see him take at the end of the game. While the idea of him getting to the rim to get a better look at a shot or earn a trip to the free throw line sounds nice, he has had a horrible time trying to finish at the rim and in the restricted area this season. However, from the top of the arc (where he took that final shot), he has been even worse.


Sometimes, though, it’s better to be lucky than good. And if a team gets lucky enough, they start to believe it’s no longer luck; it’s just how things are supposed to go.

As for Waiters’ confidence in the shot that he took? It didn’t waiver at all after the poorly-executed attempt.

Scott said a number of players were hammering Waiters for taking the 3, but he insisted even after the game it was the right shot.

“I wouldn’t take the shot back at all. If I had a chance to do it again, I’d take the same shot,” Waiters said before hesitating and adding, “Maybe get a little closer.”

Looking at the chart, having him stepping in would have produced a shot he seems to hit more regularly. And taking a step or three to his right definitely would have produced a shot he’s knocking down with regularity this season.

Still, it’s good to know the rookie is confident in his own abilities and not afraid of the moment. Sometimes that confidence can get out of control, and you end up with a gunner on the team who hurts the lineups that he’s in. But if Scott can refine Waiters’ skills and decision-making while keeping his confidence up, Gee probably won’t have many opportunities at the end of games to save the day.

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ESPN reports that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said things are going well with poilorenzi has dismissed his clash with Cristiano Ronaldo after victory over Juventus.Florenzi struck in the 2-0 win, though before his goal he and Ronaldo exchanged barbs with the Juve star caught on camera saying: ‘You’re too short to talk.’The midfient guard , who is rehabbing from ACL surgery in February. “So far he looks good,” Ainge said. “From emer Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood believes it’s time for Ryan Fraser to leave Bournemouth.The Cherries winger has impressed during his time at on the south coast but has just one year remaining on his contract.Speaking on Sky Sports’ show The Debate, Sverything our Riyad Mahrez says he’s happy at Manchester City.Mahrez made only his 14th start for City in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Brighton, in which he scored a brilliant goal.Despite the competition for places, the Algerian has no doubts whether he is good enough tmedical staff has told us, Rondo is doing great and he should be ready by training camp.”

Podcast: Nets vs. Knicks offseason review, the battle of Gotham


We’ve been chewing through the offseasons of all 30 teams but when it came time to talk Nets vs. Knicks, the two franchises collided as they will in next season. So we sought out some of the best writers on the web about both teams and spoke to them. The result is this special two-part edition of the CBSSports.com podcast. 

Somout at manager Maurizio Sarri over the way he’s been treated this season.The 33-year-old centre-half has been frozen out of the first-team picture by Sarri since his summer arrival.Cahill, who is out of contract in June anyway, has told The Telegraphe essential reading material: 

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In Part II, we dig deeper into the Nets’ transformation into superstar powerhouse for their first season in Brookl1 coach Aidy Boothroyd has no doubts about the future of Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden.Foden scored both goals for England’s U21s as they made it back-to-back wins in Euro 2021 qualifying with a 2-0 win over Kosovo at the KC Stadium.“He’s pyn, with of , and finish up with the inside story on the Jeremy Lin situation as well as the risi says he’s on the brink of returning from injury.The USA star has been out since New Year’s Day with a groin injury.Blues boss Frank Lampard could be able to call upon Pulisic before the end of the month.The former Borussia Dortmund ace took to Instang rivalry in New York with of the New York Times. 

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League announces playoff flopping policy


No more leniency for the postseason. If you flop, you pay.

The announced its playoff flopping policy Thursday, and instead of a warning on the first offense, it’s a $5,000 fine. Here’s how it works out:

First violation: $5,000Second violation: $10,000Third violation: $15,000 fineFourth violation: $30,000 fine

And a fifth violation is subject to punishment “reasonable under the circumstances” that could include an increased fine and/or suspension.

During the 82-game regular season, there were 24 total flopping violations. Fourteen playJames.Mount is delighted for James after he enjoyed a winning Premier League debut again to his squad.Bruce has offered an update on the club’s transfer targets after Saturday’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Preston North End.He told the Evening Chronicle: “We’re just going to have to be a bit patient – I know it’s difficult – but we’re quietlst Crystal Palace on Saturday.He told Chelsea’s website: “The manager (Frank Lampared) is giving us the chance to step up and prove we’re ready.”He’s given the chers received warnings, five more had a second violation that warranted a $lliamson admits the club did not do enough to build on their success in the 2011/2012 season.The Magpies were flying high during that campaign, finishing fifth in the Premier League.The likes of Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba were on fire, creating one of5,000 fine. No player violated the policy more than twice.

The league defines flopping as “any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact.”

Celtics plan to re-sign Jeff Green


plan to bring back Jeff Green. (Getty Images)

Jeff Green was supposed to be the new centerpiece for the Celtics — the athletic wing with range who could give Boston the boost of youth and provide versatility. But instead, he could have lost his life. A heart condition was discovered and required surgery. He lost the entire season, and the Celtics lost to (not really the , just LeBron), who Green would have been invaluable against defensively. 

B Ronaldo to be at the top of his game for Juventus in their Champions League clash.Ronaldo is set to appear for Juve for the first time since being hooked in victory over AC Milan a fortnight ago.Simeone said, “Cristiano is a champion, he is number out Green’s back to good health according to his agent, and is a free agent. Could he be headed for a fresh start? Not in Danny Ainge’s mind. Ainge told reporters at the press conference to introduce Boston’s rookies on Monday the Celtics intend to get Green back in the fold and get the plan back on track. 

president Danny Ainge: We intend to have Jeff Green back. We are looking to enter a contract at the end of the moratorium.

— Scott Souza (@scott_souza)

The question will be what kind of contract he pulls in and whether the Celtics can afford him. They already gave Kevin Garnett a sizeable contract. They’re planning on offering Ray Allen $12 millon over two years. They have money committed to . They want Brandon Bass back. But it appears that Green’s at the top of the list:

When asked what his top priority was, Ainge sounded like he was assuming Green was a done deal, mentioning Ray Allen and Brandon Bass as Boston’s top targets.

“Those are the two guys we would like to see back,” said Ainge. “We’re working toward that.”

Ainge also said that he intends to work on deals with role players such as Mickael Pietrus and Keyon Dooling, but that his priorities are with front-of-the-rotation players for now.

“You have to work on your best five to seven players first,” said Ainge.

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If Green commands a large contract, , that could really lock the Celtics in. They’re looking at committing to the same team that came up short last season and is only getting older and has holes on it for the next four to five years. That has to be of Barcelona captain Carles Puyol says they must think carefully about re-signing PSG star Neymar.Neymar is pushing hard to leave PSG – with his preference axcited to improve once again next season.The Senegalese attacker has taken his game from one level to the next under Jurgen Klopp.He told liverpoolfc.com : “To be honest, I think I improved a lot in my finishing.”It was positive because I can say I i return to Barca.But Puyol says: “There is a sports management that has to decide with the coachsome concern. 

But Green would have been a difference maker for the Celtics in the playoffs. They believe that they can pull the player he never was in out of him, and have him be the versatile forward of the future. 

y in Denver next season, the Denver Post reports.


Nuggets forward did not give any indications on whether he plans to stay in Denver next season, the Denver Post reports. Iguodala is under contract with the Nuggets next year, but has an opt-out clause built into his deal, which he could exercise this summer. “When I got to Los Angeles and sit down and talk to my agent — we’ll start having conversations,” Iguodala said Friday at Pepsi Center. “I didn’t really think the seasonmove to Arsenal is in danger of falling through.The Arsenals-deal-Pablo-Mari-verge-collapse-Flamengo-defender-heads-Brazil.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mailsays Mari’s proposed move from Flamengo to Arsenal is in danger of collapsing because a late hi would be ending this earlLille have sent scouts to watch Abdulkadir Omur and Yusuf Yazici.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to recruit young talent this summer and has identified the Turkish duo as potential targets.Asked ee surgery.The Hornets provided an update on Deeney’s fitness in a statement on Thursday afternoon.It read: “Hornets captain Troy Deeney has today undergone a minor knee operation that will sideline him for several weeks.”The operation, conducted by by reporters if scouts were present for Trabzonspor’s 4-2 y. It was never on my mind what I would do next year. My whole thought process was about how deep we can go, and how can we improve on the team we have right now.”