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new starting pitcher is expected to be in Colorado’s rotation this season, Fox Sports reports Sunday. Garland, who was just acquired by the Rockies after he was released by Seattle this Steve Bruce is being considered for tThe Spurs and England full back is surplus to requirements as the club seek to freshen up the squad in several positions.Per The Independent, Trippier will likely to go Napoli, who will meet the roughly £25 million price tag Spurs have put on the plhe vacant Newcastle managerial role.Bruce hails from the North East and has previously managedosovo U21 in Hull on Monday night.Foden has been frustrated with his limited opportunities at Manchester City this season and he was at the prove a point at the KCOM Stadium.The attacking midfielder got his first after 25 minutes when he poked home f Sunderland.Toon are interested in bringing the Sheffield Wednesday boss back to Tyneside, according to Sky Sports.Newcastle are hoping to appoint a successor to Rafa Benitez before flying to China for the Premier League Asia Trophy on Saturday.spring, signed a major-league deal worth $500,000 base with more than $2 million in incentives. 

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Tigers starter , in a camp battle with for the fifth staanchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan won’t rule out a future move to Spain.Amid the coronavirus suspension, Gundogan and City are preparing for the second-long of their Champions League quarterfinal with Real Madrid – with next season.Greenwood won the club’s Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year award on Thursday night. “I think it’s been an enjoyable season,” he said. “But I’ve had help from the coaches and my team-mates, so if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t the English giants leadrter spot, was rocked by the Braves on Wednesday, giving up three runs on four hits in two innings. He struck out two and was’ annual list of the world’s most valuable sports teams for the fourth consecutive year, reports, /.The study, which is based on enterprise values and pre-existing commercial deals, values the Cowboys at US$5 billion, with Major League Baseball’s (Mlked none.

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MLB.com reports Ra admits it will be very hard for his team to qualify for the Champions League next season.The Gunners were knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiacos on Thursday.And qualifying through the Premier League will be tough considering they are ninth ockies starting pitcher (back, neck) is making positive progress after throwing bullpen sessions Monday and Wednesday. “No pain,” Friedrich said. “Everything’s as it should be. I’m recovering well. I threw all my pitches. I couldn’t ask for it to fe pride making a winning Premier League debut against Southampton.The 22-year-old finally made his first league start over seven years after joining the Blues, after returning to the club from PSV Eindhoven in a £5.5million deal in the summer.And thael better.” Friedrich said he needs at least one more side session before facing live hitters. He said he’s possibly 7-10 days from pitching in a game. “I hope I’m not too far behind. I’ll worry about that once I come to it,” Friedrich said of competing for a spot in the team’s rotation. “Everyone else i fourth round Carabao Cup clash with Manchester United.The Blues were drawn at home to United in the next round of the competition, after defeating Grimsby Town 7-1.Instead of fearing getting another big team so early in the competition, Lampard belis hating it, but I’ll take any extra time I can to get past this minor setback.”

Phillies’ Halladay says he feels great, but can he be great again?

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — The speak glowingly about what once was. They speak hopefully about what Roy Halladay could still be.

They don’t know, not yet.

They can’t know, no matter how good he says he feels this spring.

They can only listen to him talk about how good he feels, thanks to a new workout program designed to address a lower-back issue he now blames for derailing his 2012 season.

“I feel as good now as I have in any spring training,” Halladay said Wednesday.

The Phillies will take that as a positive, just as they’ll take encouragement from the way and have looked in the early days of spring. While the key Phillies questions don’t yet have definitive answers, the early signs are good.

That seems especially true for Howard and Utley, so much so that manager Charlie Manuel said Wednesday, “I always felt like both of them would come back and have big years.”

The Phillies need that, but they also need Halladay. Manuel talks about getting 50-60 wins from the trio of Halladay, and .

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Before last year, they would have taken Halladay’s share of those wins for granted. He won 40 games in his first two seasons with the Phillies, and he averaged 17 wins a year in his last four seasons with the Blue Jays.

He was at leasadrid sports director Pedja Mijatovic says Gareth Bale will be hurting hlex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed how Jordan Henderson shuts down any talk of Liverpool winning the Premier League table.The Reds have all but secured their first top crown in 30 years as they hold a 22-point lead over Manchester City.But Oxlade-Chis career by staying.Bale remains a Real player after the Premier League transfer window closed yesterday.Mijatovic told El Larguero: “If he stays, Madrid is not going to have prt in the argument for best pitcher in the game, and he deserved to be called the most dependable.

“He was something,” Manuel said. “He was absolutely unreal.”

Then Manuel paused.

“He’s thrown a lot of bullets.”

Those bullets weren’t coming in as hard last year, and they weren’t nearly as effective. Halladay still insists velocity was and is less of an issue than his ability to locate, but you can count on the Phillies carefully watching for both when Halladay takes the mound for his spring training starts.

Manuel said the Phillies plan to take it a little slower than usual, that Halladay might well throw just one inning and 25 pitches in his first spring start.

“I think he’s going to be fine, really,” Manuel said. “I think it’s going to take time, but I think he’s going to get there.”

If you sense a touch of uncertainty in those words, you’re probably right. Halladay is 35 now and will turn 36 in May. Even without the shock of last year, we’d be wondering how long he could keep pitching at the level he had.

You sense him wondering it, too, even as he talks about how good he feels, about how much the new workout program has helped and about how he still wants to throw tons of pitches and tons of innings.

He knows he’s nearer to the end than to the beginning, no matter how well he does this year.

“Every year you go in, you realize you’re a little older, a little slower,” Halladay said. “The game’s getting quicker. The guys are getting younger.”

The Phillies aren’t young, but they still have more talent than manyutch great Wim Kieft has warned Tottenham fans not to get carried away with new signing Steven Bergwijn.The purchase from PSV Eindhoven scored on debut in victory over Manchester City last week.But Kieft argued in De Telegraaf: “Bergwijn is just 22 give them credit for. The question marks are big ones, but the ceiling remains high for a team just one season removed from 102 wins.

The goals are still high, too, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Halladay spoke of winning a World Series.

“If it takes 320 innings and I can throw that many, I’m going to throw it,” he said.

The guaranteed part of his contract only runs through this year, and not surprisingly, he said there have been no discussions yet about extending it. Halladay said he doesn’t see himself ever pitching for another team, but how this year goes will no doubt help determine how long the Phillies can see him pitching for them.

They saw last year what happened with a sub-par Halladay, a Halladay whose spring training struggles raised alarms and whose regular-season struggles never really calmed them. The lower back was the problem, he came to believe by the end of the season, and it was the problem that led to everything else.

“It seemed like the more I threw, the more of a problem it became,” he said.

So the legendary workout program underwent a total change, with more emphasis on strengthening the core and on what Halladay called “sport-specific” training.

“We’re not running at 4 in the morning,” rotation-mate and workout-mate said.

Halladay still starts early, maybe at 5:30 or 6 a.m. He still works hard.

“I saw him, and he was completely drenched,” Manuel said.

But devotion to work was never a problem for Halladay.

What the Phillies are hoping is that years of heavy workloads and advancing age aren’t problems that Halladay can’t overcome this year.

They don’t know that yet. They can’t know that yet.

They can only listen to Halladay talk about how good he feels, watch, and see that bullpen sessions like the one on Wednesday morning aren’t a problem, and then hope.

“I think we really need him to be good,” Manuel said. “Don’t get me wrong. He doesn’t have to pitch no-hitters.”

The Phillies remember when they could expect Halladay to do just that. It’s not that long ago.

He was absolutely unreal, as Manuel said.

Healthy or not, can he ever be like that again?

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MLB.com reports Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington expects DH (Achilles) to be ready for opening day after meeting with the veteran slugger in the Dominican Rrom Barcelona.Reports claimed that the La Liga champions are planning a £70million swoop for the striker this summer.It has been suggested that the Catalan side could offer Arsenal both Andre Gomes and Samuel Umtiti to tempt Unai Emery into acceptinepublic last week. However, Cherington wasn’t sure what Ortiz’s status would be at the begi stunned at an angry tirade from Charlie Austin about manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.Austin, 30, unleashed a dressing room tirade about Hasenhuttl after he learned he was not going on the club’s pre-season tour.He is training with the under-23 players as tnning of spring training. “He’s hitting and doing his agility and starting to run,” Cherington said Monday in an inrez was delighted to feature in victory over Real Betis.The 5-2 win marked Perez’s home debut.“I am very happy to be able to help the team and for everything that is happening. Debuting at Camp Nou is always very special for someone from the house terview with Network Radio. “He’s . We’ll see where he is as we report 10 days from now or so and take it from there. We don’t have any reason to think he won’t be in our lineup on opening day.”

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is formulating a plan for first base while goes for a second opinion on his injured knee. One option Roenicke is comfortable with is , who was playing firTh his best form soon.The 26-year-old winger was a target for both Arsenal and Everton during the summer and is reported to have handed in a late transfer request in the hope of pushing through a move.After resuming domestic action followin on the continent.Lingard is fighting for his future at Old Trafford after a poor past 12 months.ESPN says Lingard has emerged as a target for Atletico Madrid and Roma.The United midfielder would like to stay at the club but has begun to look at poteg a late retat’s according to manager Chris Wilder, who is delighted with the on-loan Manchester United youngster.”I’m sure, knowing Dean, there might be a reaction coming back their way,” Wilder said. “That’s part and parcel of his character, so long as he dost base in 2012 before he exited the lineup in May because of his own knee injury. “He was going to be our first baseman last year,” Roenicke said during a radio interview Tuesday. “When he went down, we really thought he was playing well. So, he’s certainly the guy we’re looking at. If the knee is OK, we’re really comfortable with Mat doing that job.”

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In a long-anticipated move, the Pirates sent closer to teran Zlatan Ibrahimovic hinted he could quit the MLS this weekend.Former Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic faces his first MLS play-off game on Sunday as his side LA Galaxy face a tough trip to face Minnesota United. “Could be,” said Ibrahimovicthe Red Sox in a six-player swap on Wednea permanent deal.Mari is on-loan at Arsenal from Flathree-month lay-off after ankle surgery, leaving the Nerazzurri short upfront.“The team worked extremely well in training and when I see that attitude, I know that I can rest easy. We can win or lose the game, but this is what reassures me,” said Cmengo to the end of this season.Arsenal have an option to make Mari’s move permanent in the summer and he has impressed so far.The Spaniard has made two appearances for the Gunners and helped them ksday, and according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington says that will take over the ninth-inning role vacated by Hanrahan. The Pirates re-signed Grilli to a two-year, $6.75 million deal earlier this month. In 2012, Grilli notched 32 holds along with 90 strikeouts and a 2.91 ERA over 58 2/3 innings.

Report: Scott Rolen still undecided on whether he’ll play next year

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Scott Rolen is still undecided on whether he will play next season, to Mark Sheldon of .com. 

Rolen has discussed the idea of retirement throughout the offseason, but the Reds have said they take the 37-year-old third baseman back in a different role. In December, Reds GM Walt Jocketty told CBSSports.com’s C. Trent Rosecrans that he thought Rolen wedine Zidane is weighing up what to do with Brahim Diaz.The midfielder is impressing Zidane in preseason and he’s rethinking sending him away on-loan.Mundo Deportivo says Brahim is interesting several LaLiga rivals, including Getafe.”It is in the midould make a decision before Christmas. That, obviously, did not happen, and Jocketty told Sheldon “it could be another week to 10 days.”

Last season, Rolen hit .245/.318/.398 in 330 plate appearances with the Reds. The team is expected to mohe agent of Lucas Torreira says he expects the midfielder to stay with Arsenal.The former Sampdoria star is being linked with AC Milan after a tough season so far.But Raffaele Bentang to win the Carabao Cup.The Gunners host Nottingham Forest in the third round on Tuesday night as they start their campaign at the Emirates.”I think he mixed the team with experience and youngsters,” Parlour said of Arsenal’s run to the quarter-finncur told Radio Marte, “Anything is possible in football.”Torreira isve forward with Todd Frazier at third, meaning Rolen would likely be back in a reduced role. 

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow.

Suspensions show MLB’s drug tests are working — or that they aren’t

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First Melky Cabrera, and nor, he believes Inter need to support their new coach in the transfer market.Materazzi said, “Inter will start from the beginning from this season. Conte has a big chance to make the fans fall in love for him after being hated. He was hated for his paw .No. First Guillermo Mota, then Freddy Galvis, then Marlon Byrd, then Cabrera, then Colon.That’s two drug suspensions in a week, and five for the season, the most in the big leagues in one year since 2007.

More on Related linksM Bryan Robson has called on Marcus Rashford to work on his finishing.The 21-year-old will lead the line for United this season as they look to improve on a sixth-placed finish in the 2018/19 campaign.Robson doesn’t doubt Rashford can do the job, but ore MLB coverage | | | |

That proves baseball’s drug testing system works.Or that it doesn’t.Either one could be true. They can’t both be true.So which is it?I wish I knew. I wish anyone could know.If there’s never a failed test, the system isn’t working, because it’s inconceivable that no one is trying to cheat. But if there are too many failed tests, then maybe Victor Conte is right, and half the players in baseball really are cheating.Baseball is serious about testing. One club executive said Wednesday that you wouldn’t believe the number of times a year a test his first weeks at Arsenal.Leno played second fiddle to veteran stopper Petr Cech at the start of the season following his £20million move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.He explained to DAZN: “It was a hard time. “I think goalkeeper is a specialer shows up unannounced, in the ninth inning of a game, to administer postgame tests. There are unannounced pregame tests, too.But the new trend seems to be towards fast-acting, fast-out-of-the-system synthetic testosterone.Are there better ways to test? Perhaps there are.Would stiffer penalties make cheating riskier? Sure, to a point.But the rewards are great, and some players will always try to beat the system.Five suspensions this year shows baseball is serious about trying to clean it up. Five suspensions this year also shows the problems are real and very possibly growing again.Does it mean the system is working? Or does it mean it isn’t?I wish I knew.

Nightly Grades: Heat show why they’re the champs

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Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was. 

TeamGradeAnalysisC+

Washington had a lot of trouble with the for three quarters, especially with . 

But they locked down eventually and ran away in the fourth quarter 29-16. The saving grace? Nene, recently returned, with 17 points. 

And hey, had nine points and nine boards. No, seriously, he did. 

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I’m going to keep saying this as many times as necessary. Why in the hell is only playing 16 minutes at this point in the season? What’s the value in taking those minutes? 

Is there blackmail involved? Is there some sort of rift in the universe that will open if the Magic play their best young player more than 30 minutes? 

He tweaked an ankle and banged knees, so maybe that was it. But if he wasn’t hurt, it’s awfully weird. 

Anyway, Dewayne Dedmon started and took seven shots, so the Magic are ultra-serious about winning. 

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don’t die, they multiply. 

The had energy early, but the Knicks hung in there and kept at it. made plays ofnchester United have completed the shock loan signing of Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua.United worked up until the final minute on transfer deadline day in a desperate attempt to secure the forward on a temporary deal from Shanghai Shenhua.And, afensively and absolutely locked down in the second half. Throw in doing his cooking thing and the Knicks prolong the sweet relief of death for another game. 

The Knicks’ tragic number is one. 

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They kept going for the home run ball, even though that’s not at all their real strength. was great early but by the end was getting outworked and outsmarted. 

They could have used some offensive balance. It was basically DeRozan, Lowry, and Ross, and Ross wasn’t hitting. They needed more even distribution. was winded coming back from injury and that didn’t help. 

It is concerning that they were outworked by a team in a playoff mindset. They’re about to see a lot more of that. 

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Big continued his All- campaign with 32 points and 10 rebounds, but he didn’t get much help from his supporting cast as the Bobcats lost a pretty crucial game. This was supposed to be an easy victory to help secure the sixth seed, but they lost ground on a night the won. Charlotte is currently in the seventh seed after tonight.

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No on deck wasn’t a problem for the as they managed to outlast the at home. had 10 points and 13 assists and led the team with 22 points. Boston is the 28th worst 3-point shooting team in the NBA but they managed to hit 47.8 percent from downtown against the Bobs.

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On the road, Atlanta could have just bailed on this game, but they maintained some disciplined and captured the lead. 

Most impressvie? This was defense. Teague and Millsap carried them, but was 0-5. That doesn’t happen, ever. But Teague took care of business, especially late with a huge floater. 

They were helped out by having some sort of basketball seizure late, but all in all, an impressive win for the to cut their magic number to one. 

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Brooklyn didn’t have it Friday. They were just short Manchester United are weighing up a summer raid on Benfica’s academy.O Jogo says United scouts were in attendance to watch Benfica against Liverpool in the UEFA Youth League.A United official was watching players from both sides, it is claimed.Benfica won 4-1 to knock Liverpool out of the competition.on focus. They managed to pull themselves back into the game, but then Paul Pierce missed free throws, and several big threes on bad shots. didn’t have it going either and that’s a huge chunk of their offense. 

and were both out for the . 

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Indiana came out blistering from the field but eventually their spacing went back to the mess it has been for two months. They couldn’t turn the over and Miami kept hammering them in the post inside and out. 

Their transition defense was pretty good except for a six minute stretch to start the tihird which decided the game. 

has got to get whatever demon is stuck in his body out or the aren’t going to make it out of the first round. 

B

had 36-5-6 and it seemed pedestrian. That’s what LeBron James is. He makes the remarkable common.

Meanwhile, the Heat’s guards were fantastic, especially . No, seriously, Toney Douglas. 

got the call in the post vs. Hibbert and shut him down while scoring. The veteran has come on strong recently and it makes a huge difference in what they do. 

D

There was a brief moment in time when was hitting shots, the were sharing the ball, and everything was rainbows and light. 

Then, you know the Pistons remembered they’re the Pistons. 

B

Going down early by double digits was weird, but they seemed to see the Rapon at Juventus.The defender pulled out of a move to Arsenal in the final week of the Premier League’s summer transfer window. David Luiz eventually signed for £8m from Premier League Arrivals Chelsea, but the Gunners are still leaking goals.Whoever tors score at halftime and wake up from their slumber. 

D.J. Augustin had 24 points, so that’s a thing that keeps happening. 

D

They ran plays for in the post vs. . 

I tink we’re done here. 

B

It takes a pretty bad team to make the ‘ offense look high-powered. The Sixers dare to be that team.

Memphis is back in the 8th seed. 

F

This was a barn burner but it also shows the central problem with the . They can get back but their perimeter defense is so bad they’re going to get lit up. It’s inevitable. 

They can find ways to score to stay in games but can’t get stops wen they need it. 

Oh, and did I mention they let score 51 points? 

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Corey Brewer scored 51 points. FIFTY. ONE. POINTS. 

Nothing else matters about the Wolves season. Not making the playoffs, massive disappointment, may leave, who cares. Corey Brewer scored fifty-one points! 

F

was out. . was out. was out. was out. got hurt. 

A

I love it when teams just take care of business. No messing around. No confusion or debate. Just stomp them down, put the foot on the throat, and be done with it. 

The had this thing done in a quarter.A forfeit would have been more work due to paperwork. 

D

led the Cavs with 23 points and scored 21 off the bench in a game in which neither team really cared about playing defense. Like the Bucks in this game, the Cavs lived at the free throw line while not turning the ball over. Their 28 made free throws were the fifth time they’ve made at least that many this season and the first time they lost one of those games..

B

The will not go quietly into the night. 24 points from and 20 points from led the Bucks’ attack as they dropped 119 on the . Their 52.4 percent from the field was just the ninth time this season they made half of their shots or better. They’re 6-3 in those games, 9-61 when they don’t.

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The had a lead on the road in San Antonio without . That should count for something. But the way the deconstructed the Suns’ usually efficient players like Marcus and and the way they just diced them in spurts was so Spurs like. 

Phoenix needed this game, espeically since they were ahead. They have lost control of their destiny for the 8th seed. 

B

The Spurs Spur better than any Spurs team of all time. They just did all those things that you wish your team did and did them better than you would expect a team on a back to back to do. Another huge win and guess what? 

The Sprus have clinched home court advantage throughout the playoffs. 

B

The have a recipe for success: bombard you from 3-point range and don’t turn the ball over. That’s exactly what they did to complete their season sweep of the . led them with 21 points as they shot 50.0 percent from 3-point range and only turned the ball over eight times, giving up seven points off of them.

D

The Utah Jazz didn’t necessarily play a poor game against Portland. The starters all played pretty well, the team shot well, led them with 21 points, and they outrebounded the Blazers. But they just don’t have enough firepower to hang with Portland. This was the third defeat by the hands of the Blazers this season which ended in a double-digit loss. There’s always next year.

B

The came out with something to prove after blowing Thursday night’s game against the . was not losing this game and in the interim, the Warriors got their ball movement going a little more. 

The Warriors have clinched a playoff berth. 

D

took 20 shots. That worked out about how you’d expect. This season is almost, mercifully over for the . 

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center , who has missed the past five games with a sore Ae has played his way to a new deal with Watford.The defender has quickly won over new manager Nigel Pearson and beehe Chelsea-future.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says KeJanuary 19.All the agreements are in place between both clubs and the midfielder ahead of the move, reports Marca.Los Blancos will wait until his 18th birthday to complete the signing in order to avoid getting in trouble with FIFA over transfers of upa wants to stay and fight for his future at Stamford Bridge and believes he has support from the club’s hierarchy.The £71.6million signing from Athletic Bilbao has come under pressure this sn a key influence on their recent form surge.Le 10 Sport says Kabasele, whose current deal runs to 2021, has now agreed terms over a nechilles tendon, of the season, the team announced on Sunday. Vucevic finished the season with averages of 4.2 points and 11.0 rebounds in 57 appearances. 

10 assists in a 105-100 victory over the Knicks i

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guard came up big again on Sunday, scoring 31 points and handing out 10 assists in a 105-100 victory over the Knicks in New York.Jack shot 13 of 19 from the floor, including 1 of 2 from downtown, and 4 of 5 from the free throw line. He also contributed with five rebounds and one block while logging 42 minutes of game action. Jack became the first playertheir spirit for the 4-3 defeat of Napoli.Martusciello was again on the bench with Maurizio Sarri is still recovering from pneumonia.“We saw a physical diero Nedum Onuoha admits he finds Liverpool’s title prediciment “funny”.Liverpool need just six points to clinch the title, but the season has been suspended until at least April 4 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.It’s unclear whether clubs in tp after the hour mark and it was tough against a side like Napoli who pass it so well, but we to record at least 30 points and 10 assists in a game since LeBron James.pard is happy seeing the academy staff getting the plaudits this week.The Blues meet Brighton on the back of a youthful XI thrashing Grimsby 7-1 in the Carabao Cup.Lampard said, “A huge part of my job is to work with the players, not just tactically, He has stepped up in the absence of Kyrie Irving, averaging 16.4 points, 5.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds over his last five games.

Dave Joerger on Memphis: ‘This is where I want to be’

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head coach Dave Joerger ‘ coaching offer on Sunday, and a source told CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger that owner Robert Pera convinced him to stay. This was before .

Joerger has since told the Memphis Commercial Appeal’s Ronald Tillery about what took place:

Joerger: What’s between Robert and I now is like WOW. This is how it’s supposed to be. There’s interaction and youPogba as soon as he can.Talks between Real and Manchester United over a deal for Pogba have stalled due to the Premier League giants’ asking price.Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, says Zidane is demanding Pogba be sig talk about anything.

— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat)

More Joerger: This is where I want to be. I have a lot invested here.This feels good. I’m really, really, excited. We’re going to be fine.

— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat)

Joerger on Pera convo: Open and honest. All the caaiming to play his way into the England squad.Villa make their Premier League return today against Tottenham.The Mirror says a bright start in the top-flight could yet see Grealish force his way into Gareth Southgate’s next squad next month for the Erds were on theerner, according to director Ralph Rangnick.Bayern Munich and Liverpool have shown an interest in the Germany international, who will be out of contract at the end of the season.”Timo is of the opinion that he does not want to extend the contract,” h table. The guy wants to win. You could feel it come through the phone.

— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat)

Late Saturday, that Joerger was heading to the Timberwolves. This story should serve as a reminder of how quickly things change in the .

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center has been suspended five games by the for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.Sanders, who was already ruled out for the season after undergoing surgery to repaad Mesut Ozil to MLS.The Arsenal-transfer-news-Mesut-Ozil-DC-United-Unai-Emery-Wayne-Rooney-Zlatan-Ibrahimcism of Ederson after his error-ridden performance in defeat at Manchester United.The Brazil stopper allowed an Anthony Martial shot to sneak under his hand for the first and then, late in the game, threw the ball straight to Scott McTominay , who fiovic”>Daily ExpressArsenal-transfer-news-Mesut-Ozil-DC-United-Unai-Emery-Wayne-Rooney-Zlatan-Ibrahimovic”> says DC United are reported to be intir a fractured orbital bone, will serve his suspension at the beginnince his next move.A target for PSG, Manchester United and Barcelona, De Ligt has been swayed by Juventus.De Telegraaf says De Ligt is closing on a switch to Turin.It’s claimed that after failing to reach a deal with Barcelona in contract negotiationsng of the 2014-15 season. Sanders had a breakthrough campaign in 2012-13, averaging career-highs across the board with 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. He signed a four-year, $44 million contract extension in the offseason before appearing in just 23 games for Milwaukee this season.

Forgotten Finals: Why don’t Rockets’ consecutive titles get their due?

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As we prepare for our first NBA Finals rematch in 16 years, we have two generational teams looking to add to their legacies.

The Spurs are looking for their fifth championship of the era and already have accomplished something they’ve never done before during their run of excellence by advancing to consecutive Finals.

The Heat, in their fourth straight trip, are trying to become only the third team since Bill Russell’s Celtics of the 1960s to win three consecutive titles. The Lakers of hester United boss Jose Mourinho has blanked talk of a move to Lyon.Mourinho has been linked with OL as Bruno Genesio prepares to leave when his contract expires next month.But the Portuguese would only say: “I have no answer. “I never answer this tyand Shaquille O’Neal did it in the early 2000s, and Michael Jordan’s Bulls did it twice in the 1990s.

What about what happened in between those two Chicago three-peats? That’s what CBSSports.com delves Tuesday with the “.” It’s a long-form story and video documentary on the 1994 Finals between the and — an epic matchup of Hall of Fame centers Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon that was overshadowed by Jordan’s absence, the O.J. Simpson case and more.

The series itself wasn’t all that became obscured in history. The Rockets also got lost between Jordan’s three straight titles on either side of Houston’s back-to-back championships in 1994 and ’95.

Fairly or unfairly, Houston’s back-to-back championship teams haven’t gotten their due. In ’94, Jordan was playing baseball in the Southern League. As the serie coach Felice Mazzu insists they’re not facing Champions League opponents Liverpool to make up the numbers.The Belgian club were beaten 4-1 at home by Jurgen Klopp’s side a fortnight ago and have yet to win any of the 15 matches they have played in ts reached its apex in Game 5, the nation turned its eyes to the O.J. chase.

Jordan was back in ’95, but Olajuwon and the Rockets didn’t get a chance to play them in the Finals. Jordan’s Bulls lost to the Orlando Magic of O’Neal and Penny Hardaway, who were swept by the Rockets.

“There’s nothingLiverpool Echo says young Liverpool duo Rhian Brewster and Kelleher will be allowed to leave the club on loan in the New Year.The pair have featured for the Reds in Carabao Cup this season, and are set to face Aston Villa in the quarter-final on Dece we can do about other people’s opinions and takes on certain things,” former Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich . “All I know is, we had to go through Ewing, who was a championship-type player. We had to go through Charles [Barkley] and KJ [Kevin Johnson] twice. We had to go through [Karl] Malone and [John] Stockton twice. And then we had to beat San Antonio, who had a great year. I feel very proud of what we did.”

As he should.

Among the things you’ll learn in the “Forgotten Finals” is how badly the Rockets wanted to play the Bulls in ’95; whether Tomjanovich was convinced getting Clyde Drexler that season was the right move; and how protective Olajuwon is of his back-to-back titles.

Should those Rockets teams be viewed in the same light as other back-to-back champions? Should we have been paying more attention instead of getting distracted by the White Bronco chase?

Find out when the “Forgotten Finals” launches on Tuesday.