2019 October

2012 NBA Finals Heat-Thunder Game 5 Preview: One

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Previewing Game 5 between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals.

: One win. That’s it. LeBron James and the Miami Heat need one win to get everyone off their backs, at least a little biith a new and improved contract.The 51-year-old has been targeted by West Bromwich Albion recently.The Sheffield Star says the Blades have entered talks with Wilder over a new deal after he lead the club to promotion this season.The report claims talt. One win to cement James in the upper tier of players of all time (that’s how good he has been). Three MVPs, an Olympic gold medal, an championship and what would surely be an NBA Finals MVP. Everything changes with one win.

One win. That’s all Oklahoma City needs. Get the one win, get back home to the friendly confiar”.The summer signing has no experience of his new club’s recent results against Liverpool on Merseyside, where they have shipped 12 goals in their last three visits including a 5-1 loss last season.He posted to social media:”Preparing this Saturdaynes of Chesapeake Arena, and hope the momentum and the crowd carry you to Game 7, where anything can happen and you’re still at home. Just stave off the daggers from Miami with the blade at the.The 46-year-old is under pressure at Old Trafford in the wake of their torrid start to the Premier League season, where they have amassed just two wins from their first eight games.The Daily Mirror says senior members of the squad are questioning th throat and get back to the Sooner State. One win, and you’re still down, but you can get the miracle within sight.

One win.

Heat lead 3-1.

. That’s the Heat’s offensive efficiency in the third quarter this series. The Thunder are allowing just a 102.7 mark in the playoffs, but have been getting gouged by the Heat in that third frame. Coming out of halftime, Thunder leads have evaporated and Heat leads have grown. For the first two games, it was the start of the game. Now it’s the third quarter that has become the issue.

Phil Jackon’s Lakers teams had a remarkable ability to dominate third quarters. The fourth is the final one and most important, but the third sets up what you’ll have to do to win the game. The Thunder are much better closing out a lead than pulling off a comeback. They need to get the lead in Game 5.

: The Thunder have to get some ball movement going. They’re scoring, just not quite well enough. The Heat defense is too good for the Thunder to keep going hero ball at them, no matter how great Russell Westbrook was in Game 4. They need to create open looks for their shooters and give James Harden some breathing room to make plays. They can’t just go in there and try and hit contested jumpers off the dribble. OKC has to bring something new Thursday night.

: Come on. This is obvious. LeBron James. A Ring. The End. Can he close it out when it really, really, really, no, for real, really matters?

: Tipoff at 9 p.m. ET. LeBron is expected to play after the cramp issue in Game 4. James Harden has a bruised hand but will play. Dwyane Wade suffered a stinger in Game 4, but is expected to play. If you can walk, you can play in this game. Which means Mike Miller’s a game-time decision. (Not really. Wocka-wocka-wocka!)

Tony Parker: ‘I was not 100 percent’

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SAN ANTONIO — called playing in Game 4 a “risk.”

Because of a strained hamstring, he rsue his signing.United remain interested in Longstaff but are currently prioritising deals for Harry Maguire (Leicester City) and Paulo Dybala (Juventus).Speaking about the transfer talk surrounding him in recent months, Longstaff told the Evening Cwas questionable up until he and Gregg Popovich said he was “ready to go” at shootaround earlier in the day. Really, he was actually still questionable despite that, as Parker said he was really more just testing it than anything else. 

“[My hamstring] was kind of weak,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect. So the first three, four minutes, I was testing it. And the first half, it felt OK. And the second half I think I got fatigued a little bit. But overall, I’m just happy I didn’t make it worse. That was the goal, to not try to get hurt because Pop was not really happy, meaning I wanted to play and took a little risk. So I’m happy I’m not worse.”

The are a team that don’t really take risks, especially when it comes to the health and long-term view of their players. 

But Parker said he proen sidelined since suffering an adductor injury when caught by Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic during the Champions League semi-final at Camp Nou on May 1. There had been expectations he would miss the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which starts on Jart of victory over Juventus in Singapore.The match marked the former Lyon star’s first appearance in a Lilywhite shirt.Ndombele told Sports.fr: “We are still happy to have won. It’s still Juventus as opposition, it’s a big team. “We will focus on thune 21mised Popovich he’d be honest about how he felt and wouldn’t unnecessarily take a chance on it. 

“I told Pop, let’s see how it feels in the first quarter,” Parker said. “And I told Pop I’ll be honest with him if it doesn’t feel good after the first quarter. We’ll shut it down and not take a risk and get a tear.”

Parker was pretty much spectacular in the first half, racking up 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting with six assists. But he was slowed in the second half, being held scoreless on 0-4 shooting, in part because of fatigue, which was as a result of favoring the leg. 

“Obviously I got fatigued in the second half,” he said. “I was not 100 percent.”

Game 5 is Sunday, which gives Parker two days to rest and heal. 

“It’s going to be huge for me,” he said. “Those two days I’m going to make sure I do a lot of treatment and get to 100 percent. … By Sunday, that’s my goal, to be good to go.”

monstrous line in his debut Wednesday.Howa

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seems to be adjusting nicely to his new surroundings, as he put up a monstrous line in his debut Wednesday.

Howard matched a career high in a 96-83 win over the Bobcats, as he racked up 26 rebounds. He added 17 points as well, on 8 of 14 shooting, with two blocks and two assists, while turning the ball over four times.

Howard startld up their football infrastructuSport says Barcelona have revealed how much they will demand for out-of-favour attacker Griezmann with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all keen.The versatile France international attacker has struggled to settle in at the Nou Camp, having scorre.United have confirmed a new partnership with Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority.It read: “Strategic partnership will see the club help Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority to create a sustainable and thrivied next to at power forngberg will be part of his backroom staff.The Swede filled in as caretaker between Unai Emery’s sacking and the appointment of Arteta last week.And Arteta confirmed the former Gunners winger would remain with the first-team ahead of the Boxing Day clward, and the duo combined for 40 rebounds, more than the Bobcats’ team as a whole. 

Los Angeles Lakers trying to get things right

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Two wins in a row.

After losing six of their previous seven games, the have won back-to-back games and the primary reason is they’re finally getting some supporting help. The caliber of opponent has also been a big reason for the mini win streak, but winning these types of games definitely hasn’t been aagain declared he will not keep Eden Hazard at the club against his will.Hazard is a summer market target for Real Madrid.And Sarri said: “If Hazard thinks he’s done here, you won’t get that out of his mind anymore. I can talk to him, but it doesn’ny type of guaranteed victory for the Lakers this season.

During these two successive victories, the Lakers have relied on quality games from their two remaining stars ( and ) and quality performances at least three role players. In defeating the Friday night, the Lakers got a 30-point effort from Kobe (yes, he took an unconscionable 29 shots but he got to the free-throw line 13 times) and a 12-point, 14-rebound, four-block night from Dwight.

The Lakers also saw very solid games from (13 points and six rebounds) and (eight points, five rebounds, and really good defense). They got a spectacular effort from off the bench with 24 points on 14 shots, including four made 3-pointers.

This seems to be the formula for the Lakers right now without , and . They need their stars to be stars, their defense to be solid, and their role players to fill their role. That’s what happened against the Sunday night when the Lakers pulled out the 111-98 victory.

Bryant was deadlier and more efficient than his previous game with 34 points on 21 shots. Howard filled up the stat sheet with 17 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks. The Lakers also received big efforts from World Peace (19 points, 16 rebounds) and (15 points off the bench).

even made four 3-pointers in this game, which prompted to say after the game:

Turner: “I don’t know if [Duhon] hit 4 three’s since his freshman year at Duke”.

— Derek Bodner (@derekbodner)

In the past two games, the Lakers have had Dwight Howard on the court for 74 of the 96 available minutes. In those 74 minutes, the team’s defensive rating has been 96.3. That’s a big difference from the 102.1 the Lakers have posted all season (101.7 with Dwight on the floor).

All of this sounds like basic stuff for the Lakers to do in order to win games, but they’ve had to go back to the basics after a terrible stretch of basketball that had people joking about whether they would actually make the playoffs. In fact, after the first quarter of the season ended, the Lakers were sitting with the 12th-best record in the Western Conference. 

Now Los Angeles has to worry about the , and when’s the last time you’ve ever said that? Hell, have you ever said that?

The Lakers aren’t fixed by any means. Pau and Nash could be back in the next week or two and the team is still three games under .500 after 25 games this season. Kobe Bryant is still holding up some incredible scoring with career best efficiency and Dwt’ in selling the club despite a potential takeover bid fromer United midfielder James Garner made a positive impact for the England Under-19s, despite them losing out against France in Marbella.The English youngsters were beaten 3-1 by a bright French side in Spain, with both competing in the Marbella Intern Sir Jim Ratcliffe.ESPN says Abramovich has no desire to part with the the team he bought for £140 million 16 years ago.Despite being approached by Ratcliffe in May 2018, it is reported thaight Howard is starting to round into more of the player we’ve known him to be.

But as the schedule gets tougher for them, they’ll have to prove their worth, their production and their ability to make their teammates better in their respective roles against stronger competition. 

It’s only two wins in a row, but for the Lakers, it probably feels like a dozen right now.

for the UEFA Europa League.The Red Devils secured

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guard has been unable to practice or three straialo into their squad for the UEFA Europa League.The Red Devils secured the Nigerian on loan from Shanghai Shenhua in the final day of the January transfer windowIghalo is in Manchester and training on his own, as he did not travel on the club’s trainno.29 shirt at Old Trafford in the coming season.Wan-Bissaka picked the same number he had at Palace, which is want to see a summer transfer settled.That’s according to BILD reporter Christian Falk, who insists both parties are in agreement about an end of season move.Falk posted to social media: “Our story: Leroy Sane is trying to get back into the Germany also the shirt number worn by his former teammate Wilfried Zaha when he was at United.Meanwhile, new signing Daniel James will take the no.ght days at the start of training camp, while recovering from a sprained right ankle. The extent of the injury is not yet known, as he remains day-to-day. 

Report: Lakers close to bringing in Kurt Rambis as assistant

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that former player and coach Kurt Rambis is “close” to rejoining the Lakers as an assistant. Rambis played nine seasons with the Lakers in the 1980s and ’90s and coached the team in 37 games in 1999, going 24-13. He later spent two seasons with the Timberwolves under David Kahn, foolishly trying to install the triangle offense with personnel horribly suited to it. 

He was prethful selection for last night’s Carabao Cup defeat.Villa thrashed a young XI 5-0 last night, with Liverpool’s senior players in Qatar for the Club World Cup.Townsend said: “I agree that the Club World Cup doesn’t come round that often, but I just dotty much a disaster in Minnesota and was fired after the 2010-11 season. Since then, he has been an analyst for ESPN. He’s still held in high regard by the Lakers’ organization. ESPN reports his “institutional knowledge” of the team plays a part in their interest in Rambis. (Because, apparently, the Lakers are something that has “institutional knowledge” like they’re MIT or something. Come on, it’s one family and Kobe. Boom. There, you have the Lakers.)

ESPN also reports . Upon learning of that fact, Lakers fans instantly went from liking the move to considering it the worst idea in the history .The Daily Echo says Saints are holding out for a permanent deal to get rid of record signing Guido Carrillo but could yet be forced to loan him out again.The 28-year-old has been one of the biggest transfer flops of recent times with Saints having sof all ideas ever conceived, worse than New Coke and the 2005 federal resplback Luke Shaw admitted frustration after their 0-0 draw with Wolves on Saturday.Shaw felt they could’ve done more to get the three points.He said, “It was a very tough game. “We know Wolverhampton is defending very well. They have fantastic playersonse to Hurricane Katrina.

Video: Celtics F Brandon Bass dunks on Heat G Dwyane Wade during Game 7

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Boston forward dunks on Miami guard during the second quarter of Game 7 of the Ea in victory over Southampton.Bowen marked his full debut with a goal in the 3-1 win.Moyes said, “I’ve had a few boys from the Championship and I hope I have an idea of what I’m doing with them. We had a coonfidence.Adrian will start in tonight’s Super Cup against Chelsea in Istanbul.Van Dijk said, “Adrian has been in now for his second week. We have been working day in, day out. For him it’s obviously very good that he starts playing straight away; ituple of tough games and today he’s come in anstern Conference finals. Bass threw it down with two hands to complete a one-man fast break that began when he intercepted a Wade pass intended for . The slam put Boston up 49-38 with 3:13 left before halftime.Bass was a crmer Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says his old club look well placed to end their Premier League title drought.The Spaniard has his own blog where he shares his experiences in Asian football as well as his thoughts on the European leagues.He said: “It ucial X-factor in the first half of Game 7 with 14 points, three rebounds and three steals.

Thunder-Grizzlies Game 5: Can Memphis close out?

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A preview of Wednesday night’s Game 5 between the and the .

Memphis is closing in on its first Western Conference finals appearance in franchise history. The Thunder are closing in on the end of what became a miserable campaign after ‘s injury.

The Grizzlies lead 3-1 after three consecutive nailbiter victories. Tellingly, the Grizzlies didn’t even play very well in Memphis during Games 3 and 4. Those games were right there for the Thunder to steal, but they couldn’t close. So now the Thunder return to Oklahoma City, where they’ve been so good in the playoffs historically, trying to stave off elimination.

The Thunder could feel pretty good knowing that, had even a few things gone their way, they could be up 3-1 or even have swept. But they have to feel really lousy, given that they, you know, didn’t.

But Memphis has to close out a team with on the road. Have they really matured enough to do that? We’ll find out Wednesday.

+17/-17. The Grizzlies are +17 in third quarters in this series, the Thunder -17. The Thunder build a lead, halftime comes, the Grizzlies adapt, the Grizzlies win the quarter and then out-grit the Thunder to close out the game. The two teams are actually even in fourth quarters after the Thunder’s comeback in Game 1 and the Grizzlies’ comeback in Game 4.

The Thunder have to come out of halftime with energy and focus. They need to build a lead big enough to discourage the Grizzlies from mounting a comeback. This has been a strength of Memphis all season, as their defense just clamps on in third quarters. These games have been tight at the end of the fourth, but that can be traced to the third.

This , nonsense must stop for the Thunder. , despite fouling out, was superb in Game 4 and was almost the difference in a Thunder win. The Thunder need a shooter who can actually defend, like . Fisher takes wild shots in bad situations and can’t defend, Perkins is just … yuck.

It’s time for Scott Brooks to throw out the book on veteran leadership and toughness, and actually play the best players.

Is Memphis ready to take that next step? The Thunder are without Westbrook but are still a dangerous team and have the best player in the series. Are the Grizzlies really good enough to end Durant’s season on the road? This would be a massive step forward for a franchise that doesn’t exactly have a long standing history of success.

The opportunity is there, but the Gribrokes Northwest Football Awards (NWFA) 2019 held in Manchester on Mondstrian is returning to the Premier League club after an impressive loan campaign with Kilmarnock.”I’m keen to push on. I’m coming back on July 1 with the others and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Bachmann.”Obviously I know Ben [Foster] hay night, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukMore than 550 guests attended the black-tie event, hosted by BBC’s Dan Walker at The Point at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.Champions Leazzlies haveding to Germany legend Jurgen Klinsmann.Klopp won his first trophy with the English giants thanks to a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Sunday.”He’s just a person you want to wish him well. He puts so much energy in there, so to take it, and they have to take it on the road in the Thunderdome.

9:30 p.m. ET tipoff. All players except Westbrook are healthy and expected to be avalilable.

the top-four, and remain alive in the Europa Leag

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Bucks guard turned in a monster stat line during Friday’ the race for the top-four, and remain alive in the Europa League and FA Cup.And Arteta is pleased with how the club has changed since he took over in December.”Well a lot of things happen in two months obviously, in all different areas of the club. s contest against the Hawks. Ellis finished with 27 points in the 109-104 defeat on 9 of 23 shooting from the field. He also added a career-highesident Joan Laporta says he wouldn’t rush to re-sign Neymar.Laporta believes Neymar’s move to PSG “hasn’t worked out”He said, “Neymar is a great player. It hasn’t worked out for him at PSG. He’s a player that, alongside Messi, worked a lot hhey’re not under pressure to sell this summer.Burnley made a profit of £36 million last year, and currently sit in a strong financial situation.Dyche highlighted how he looks to build on his squad year after year.”The club’s in a super strong positiarder, j 17 assists to his stat line to go along with eight rebounds and five steals.

Carl Landry says six teams interested in free agency, including Blazers

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is back on the market again, aemanja Matic are resuming light training.While neither plaTorino boss Walter Mazzarri was proud of his players in defeat to Juventus.The Granata were beaten 1-0 by Matthijs de Ligt on the knockdown from a corner.“I am angry because I don’t like losing, especially when we didn’t deserve it,” said Mazzarri afterwards.“At the end of the game, I told the lads that I am proud of what they did tonight, but that from now on they must play every match with the same grit and hunger.“The real step up in quality now must be seeing Bianconeri jerseys on every opponent they face. If they keep that attitude, I am sure the points will start flooding in.”yer should be ready for their next game on Thursday, they could be involved at the weekend or next week.Metro says both players are ready to return to training with the whole group this week.Snd the journeyman forward told CSN Northwest there are a number of teams interested in him, and :

According to Landry, there are about six teams he believes will pursue his services and the are expected to be one of them.

“Portland is a team that has been interested for a while and the feeling is mutual,” Landry told CSNNW.com. “Their fans are unbelievable, like the Warrior fans. They sell out every game. They have a good franchise player in L.A. [], Damian [Lillard], Wes [Matthews], Nic [Batum] and is a good player. Their GM, Neil Olshey, is making all the right moves. They are headed in the right direction.”

Landry is an interesting case. He had one of the highest PER’s for a bench player last season for the , but continues to be a question mark when it comes to defense and rebounding. He’s undersized but makes the most of it with a combination of hustle and muscle. He’s versatile but limited, effective but only to a point, and has bounced from team to team. He’d clearly prefer to return to the Warriors but would likely need to accept a huge paycut in order to do so. 

His value on the open market will be fascinating to watch, and could be used as kind of a barometer for how the market will play out. 

Landry averaged 10.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 23 minutes per gataken aim at FIFA over their initial transfer ban after it was lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday.Chelsea are now free to sign players in January, with CAS halving the two-window ban that had been handed down by FIFA over brme this past season, with a PER of 17.5.

2013 NBA Draft: On to the Pre-Draft Combine

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I’m headed to Chicago for the NBA Pre-Draft Combine — where every NBA executive of note will be in attendance to see some of the top players go up against one another. The problem? Most of the elite guys won’t do much more than jump and talk.

Nerlens Noel (knee) and Alex Len (ankle) won’t do much of anything, and another lock lottery pick, Anthony Bennett, won’t even be in attendance after heeding his doctor’s advice to rest his injured shoulder. It doesn’t matter, though. None of the three would have done much more than measurements and team interviews, anyway. Few of the likely lottery picks will do anything, and there’s little the can do about it.

What ever happened to good, old-fashioned competition?

A year ago, I watched Bradley Beal sit courtside as he heeded his agent’s advice not to do any competitive, on-court, actual basketball work. He was salivating to get onto the court, as was Thomas Robinson. But I understood their agents’ stance since both Beal and Robinson had already solidified their spots in the top half of the lottery, and why risk it?

Guys like Trey Burke, Michael Carter-Williams, Mason Plumlee and others projected to be taken among the top 12 or 15 picks (i.e. Ben McLemore, Otto Porter, Shabazz Muhammad) will do the same this year in Chicago. I’ve also been told it’s unlikely that Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum, coming off a foot injury that ended his college career, will participate. Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng is recovering from an ankle injury. C.J. Leslie, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly are also out due to injury.

Instead of the top 60 guys battling on the court, it’ll ultimately be a group of 40 or so — many fighting to get into the back half of the first round, and the rest likely to be taken in the second round.

For those NBA guys who did their homework this season, a combine setting will do little for them, anyway. Most have already seen these guys in actual game competition, the most effective manner to evaluate. The measurements and testing might be as critical as anything else. Standing reach is more important than actual height.

With that said, there will still be players who have an opportunity to improve their draft stock this week in Chicago. Here are some who will have the magnifying glass on them the remainder of this week at the Harrison Street Athletics Facility:

1.) Rudy Gobert — NBA guys are enamored by the 7-foot Frenchman’s length and his ability to run the court, but they want to see if he can compete physically with college big men. It’ll be interesting to see if he can score in the post and hold his own against stronger guys.

2.) — The well-traveled Rhode Island native has the size and skill set for an NBA two-guard. The question is baggage? He has been to five schools — including four high schools — and left Providence after never playing a game in college. It’ll be interesting to see how he performs both on and off the court for teams and whether he becomes worth the risk of a first-round selection.

3.) and — Guys with length who can knock down shots excel in this kind of setting. Crabbe and Pope both look the parpositive about the upcoming transfer window.The club are in need of some reinforcements, as they are struggling to cope with the demands of playing Europe and domestically.And Shi knows that investment is needed if they are to maintain their level frt, and each are capable of putting on a shooting clinic that would further grab the attention of NBA GM’s. Both could easily find themselves going in the 20s come draft night.

4.) — He only wound up playing 11 games after the NCAA forced him to sit the majority of the season. He has the speed that NBA guys want out of the point guard position, and his nk of signing PSV Eindhoven attacker Steven Bergwijn.FOX Sports reports SpursFriday.The Blues will line-up for their third pre-season fixture against the defending J-League champions in Yokohama.And Lampard has urged his side to set a high standard for the season to come.”They are a team that are champions in their league, a boss Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy have met with the player’s representatives this week as they attempt to thrash out a deal.Bergwijn is expected to set the Lilywhites backpersonality will blow away teams in the interview process.

5.) — Was basically a problem child for two different coaching staffs at Georgia Tech and wound up being tossed from the program. He’s talented, though, and got a chance the second half of the D-League campaign, where he lit it up. How will he show in Chicago, and will the red flags hinder his draft stock?

6.) — Long, athletic and 6-foot-11, he didn’t qualify after signing with St. John’s. Has bounced around, but plenty of NBA guys are intrigued with his upside. He’ll get a chance to show whether someone will take a flier on him.

Caron Butler is excited about move to hometown Milwaukee Bucks

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A 33-year old player isn’t likely to want to leave a potential contender in order to join a rebuilding project that is stripping everything down and starting completely over. That was the situation was facing this offseason when he was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Phoenix Suns, along with Eric Bledsoe as the Clippers tried to fortify their wings with the acquisition of J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley.

Butler didn’t have to stay with the rebuilding project in Phoenix long (although it was long enough to sport an orange sleeved jersey on the runway) because he was dealt to the , a team that has a much better chance of making the playoffs in the East than the Suns do in the West. It’s a homecoming of sorts for the Wisconsin-native and he’s excited about coming home and being a mentor for his Bucks teammates. Via the :

“I talked to coach Drew and John Hammond (Bucks general manager), and we talked about my role on and off the court,” Butler said.

“They will ask even more of me, and I embrace that challenge, being a leader and a mentor. And I’ll be in my own town doing it.

“I didn’t think it would ever happen, that this dream I had many years ago could become a reality. That’s funny.”

Caron Butler’s hometown of Racine is only about 40 minutes away from Milwaukee and he announced his son will enter eighth grade in Racine. Butler has just one year left on his contract and at $8 million, it could be a sizeable trade chip for the Bucks near the deadline if they so desire to move him, but getting the 11-year veteran to take an active role in mentoring young players midfielder joined on loan with a €10m option to buy.“I signed right at the end of the window and Monday was a stressful day,” the Algeria winger said at his official unveiling.“My agent told me about the Viola, I immediately said ‘yes’ and the like , , , and would also be a valuable thing for Milwaukee.

It Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane after their 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.Mane got one of the goals, along with Roberto Firmino, in what was a tight win for the league leaders in the Premier League.The Senegalese frontman has been in excellent form all swould be easy for veterans to resent the move to a non-contender this late in their car his job prospects after their 2-2 draw against Southampton.Emery was twice asked about position during the pre-match media conference.He insisted: “Now my job is to analyse, to try to move on with confidence with the players. It’s difficult but we reers, but having a positive effect on a young team like the Bucks could do a lot for his next contract situation this coming offseason. Not to mention, Butler should have a very good shot at playing time as the Bucks try to figure out their rotation and coach Larry Drew looks for players he can trust on the court. He’s approaching it the right way in his own backyard. 

head coach Jason Kidd told ESPN.com Saturday.<

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guard ‘ troublesome ankle continues to be an issue, and it could , as head coach Jason Kidd told ESPN.com Saturday.

“This is going to be a question that we’re probably going to have to deal wit Everton as new manager.The Times says Moyes appears set for a sensational retmillion – according to his manager!Villa boss Dean Smith spoke about the prospect of Grealish leaving Villa Park this summer for a Premier League team.Tottenham have a long standing interest in the player.Grealish has been in impressive form since courn as Everton manager.It comes after the favourite to replace Marco Silva, Vitor Pereira, pulled out of the running on Tuesday to concentrate on his current job in China.Mh every day until he does get the green light to go,” Kidd said. “But we’re not rushing him. So if we have to start the season with him still trying to get better, I think we all feel comfortable, but we would feel a little bit more comfortable if he was starting.”

That last sentence is potentially troubling, as ial festival in New York.The Manchester City star will speak about football and discrimination and how athletes are using their platforms for activism.Sterling has been an outspoken critic of racism in football after he was racially abused by Chelsea t is the first we have heard that this injury could linger into the regular season. Williams is officially day to day, but is not expected to play in the team’s next three preseason games. 

Board of Governors votes down Kings’ relocation to Seattle bid

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Ownership source confirms that NBA Board of Governors’ vote to reject Kings’ relocation was 22-8.

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS)

The NBA Board of Governors had a big decision to make regarding the at their meeting Wednesday. They had to decide if they’ll let the team relocate from Sacramento to Seattle for the 2013-14 season. 

After the Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday, we know the first part of that decision-making process. The BOG officially voted down the relocation bid to move the Kings to Seattle, which leaves the sale to the Seattle group in doubt moving forward. The sale of the franchise to the Hansen-Ballmer group could still go through, but without being allowed to relocate the franchise to Seattle, there would be too much up in the air for the future of the franchise.

The competing Sacramento group headed by Vivek Ranadive have a “competitive” offer to the intiial $525 million valuation that was agreed upon in the original purchase agreement between the Maloofs and Hansen-Ballmer. While the Hansen-Ballmer group has continued to attempt to increase their bid throughout this process to come over the top against the Sacramento investors group, Ranadive and the city of Sacramento have held firm on their offer to purchase the team while offering an arena plan for downtown Sacramento.

Commissioner David Stern said at a subsequent press conference that Seattle had been granted no promises outside of the league’s “promise of fair dealing and ultimate consideration down the road.”

Deputy Commissioner (and future commissioner) Adam Silver went further in suggesrto Leon says the club are waiting on a prognosis for Danny Welbeck’s ankle injury.The striker lasted only a few minutes before being substituted during last Saturday’s draw with Watford”We are waiting on the report from one of the specialists,” saidting that expansion might be an option down the line.

“We never wavered in our desire to return to the Seattle market at some point,” Silver said. “Expansion was discussed at least as a possibility down the road. We want to wait and see what happens with our next national television negotiaat to Mesut Ozil’s place this new season.Unai Emery moved to bring in Spanish youngster Ceballos from Real Madrid on loan, and Winterburn reckons the starlet could pose a threat to Ozil’s place in the starting XI. He told 888Sport, “I love watching Otion. We’re very appreciative of the fans in Seattle as we always were. We regret having to leave the market the last time and we fully expect we’ll return there one day.”

Stern described the decision as more of a “victory for Sacramento, not a victory for the .” 

With the vote coming in 22-8, it’s clear the board wasn’t anywhere close to being of the same mind on this. Media reports throughout the day indicated intense meetings outside the board room between owners and between David Stern and various owners. 

Stern said that the agreement to sell the team the Seattle group “effectively ended with the vote.” 

“This wasn’t an anti-Seattle vote, this was a pro-Sacramento votePSG fullback Thomas Meunier admits he’s fielding transfer interest from Europe’s elite.The Belgium international is a target for Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton this summer.And Meunier told Le Parisien: “There have been phone calls since January, with interested clubs. “There are a dozen clubs, all of which are in the top 5 five of their league.” Meunier has a deal with PSG to 2020., and that’s just what the board decided,” Stern said. 

Here are further comments from Commissioner David Stern at the press conference:

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Throughout the preseason, guard was thought to be dealing with a bruised quad. As he admitted Tuesday to the Los Angeles Times, the injury was , though he is progressing well after taking a few weeks off.

“It was a partial tear muscle in there, but it was not serious,” Redick said. “But it was significant enough that two weeks of rest was the required time off. It wasn’t just a thigh bruise or anything like that. I probably would have been able to play through that.”

Redick is expected to play in Wednesday’s against the Jazz, his first appearance of the exhibition schedule. He has to get back into game shape and worked into the team’s offense, so coach Doc Rivers plans to play him “as muchhted with a first league home win over Brighton.A penalty from Jorginho followed by a deflected drive by Willian secured the precious points for the Blues.”We’ve been waiting for it,” Lamparhas spoken of his admiration for Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.Sterling, speaking with AS, insisted he wstian Kouame in January, it has been revealed.Italian transfer expert Alfredo Pedullà reports Kouame was on his way to Palace before suffering an anterior cruciate ligament tear in the U23 Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.He was due to join foas happy at City.But on Zidane, he also stated: “I think to win the Champions League so many times especially in a row as well is very diffid smiled at his post-match press conference. “The reason we’ as his body can take.”

Redick is expected to start for the Clippers at shooting guard after joining the team on a sign-and-trade from the Bucks this offseason.