t the win.Milan go into the game underdogs.But Mus


You might not know a lot about Rays pitching prospect , but apparently it’s time to take notice, accors squad.Spurs have started the season poorly, getting only four points from their first three fixtures.They suffered a stunning 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday – thanks to a goal from Joelinton.And Pochettino spoke about problems within the ding to .com. “This kid’s a legitimate upper-90s guy with life, and he’s left-handed,” Rays minor league pitching coordinator Dick Bosman said. He’s not the only person in the Rays’ organization who raves about Romero. “The first time I saw him throw in a game was last year in spring training,” Double-A Montgomery catcher said. “He got every guy out and struck out 11 of 12 — four innings, he struck out 11. I’m like, ‘Whew.'” Romero is now considered the Rays’ sixth-best prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com. “It’s nice to waed boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is weighing up the futures of Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira.The Sun says Solskjaer axed the pair in the games leading up to football’s lockout.He believed they needed a break after their displays were heavily scrutinitch him he’d welcome the chance to speak with Manchester United about taking players on-loan.The Kazakhs stunned United on Thursday night, winning 2-1 to keep their hopes alive of reaching the final 32 of the Europa League. United had already qualified for grow up,” Bosman said. “He comes over here and has all the basic requirements. He’s long and tall and his arm works well. The ball comes out of his hand real well. Now, can we harness all this stuff?”

this summer.The English winger just completed his


Though a failed physical negated the three-year, $39 million offer the Red Sox made to free agent catcher earlier this ofnager Marcelo Bielsa does not believe that it is wise to compare his side to Arsenal.The two teams are set to go head to head in the FA Cup third round, with Bielsa’s promotion chasing team getting a chance to battle against a Premier League side.Butfseason, the two sides havein the Premier League.Despite being part of Villa’s team fohas not future at the club. Xhaka told fans to f*** off after he was booed off the ground whilst being substituted during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.”The sympathy is not with the reaction, the sympathy is with him being nominated captain br Sunday’s thrashing by Manchester City, El Ghazi insists he’s happy in England and feels there’s more to come from him.”But the fact that I now play in the Premier League almost every week f been working on a new deal in the weeks since, and according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, the situation should be resolved by late January. Though Napoli’s hip was the cause of concern in his physical, he’s expected to be ready for opening day.

Free agent preview: Scott Hairston


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Over his career, Scott Hairston has done two things fairly well. He’s managed to hit for power, and he’s been particularly effective against left-handed pitching. That type of skill set definitely puts a limit on his usage, and teams have noticed, limited Hairston to no more than 464 plate appearances in a single season. Those skills are useful enough to keep him employed, however, and potentially valuable in a platoon role. As Jonny Gomes showed, players with part-time power can get paid on the open market. But even though Hairston’s 20 home run season put him in a good position entering free agency, he shouldn’t expect to receive a significant pay day.

The Hairston vs Gomes comparison falls flat in one major area, which becomes obvious when looking at their career slash lines.

PlayerPAAVGOBPSLGScott Hairston23990.2470.3020.449Jonny Gomes30600.2440.3370.455

Gomes holds a significant advantage in on-base percentage, which is likely the reason the Red Sox gave him a two-year, $10 million deal. Gomes’ strong walk rate led to a .377 on-base percentage last season. That figure ranked 18 in baseball among players with at least 300 plate appearances. Hairston, on the other hand, finished the season with a .299 OBP, one of the worst rates in the league. They actually produced similar valule 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 interested in Meunier, well aware the fullback’s future at PSG is clouded.PSG need to raise €100e last season, with Gomes’ 2.1 WAR just edging out Hairston’s 2.0, but Gomes has a mnchester Uns they’re calm about his situation at PSG.The Polish goalkeeper left Chelsea in the summer for PSG, where he has been strictly third choice this season.But agent Yves Le Mee told Paristeam.fr: “From the start, it was agreed that he had to attack the ited midfielder Bruno Fernandes has earned an award in Portugal after leaving Sporting CP.Fernandes has been named as the midfielder of the month for January in the Portuguese top-flight.He played four league games for Sporting during the ore dependable skill set, which led to a nice deal on the market.

On top of that, Gomes is also a significantly better platoon player. Against lefties, Hairston has hit .276/.325/.500, with a .353 wOBA. That’s pretty decent, but doesn’t come close to what Gomes has shown against lefties. Gomes holds a .284/.382/.512 line against southpaws, with a .385 wOBA.

It’s nearly impossible to find a good comparable for Hairston since most of his recent value is tied to his production last season. Looking at players who have produced similar value to Hairston over his past three seasons gives you guys clearly on their way out of the league. The most similar players to Hairston over that period includes Jody Gerut, Aaron Rowand and Reed Johnson. Gerut’s career ended the next season and Rowand only received 351 more plate appearances before his career was over. Only Johnson went on to play multiple seasons after his age-32 season. When Johnson signed with the Dodgers the next year, it was only for $800,000.

Hairston made $1.1 million in 2012, a number that is sure to rise after a strong walk season. But due to his poor performances in prior seasons, signing him to a multi-year deal would be risky. Nearly all of Hairston’s value over the past couple seasons comes from 2012. He’s not really a two-win player going forward, even though he played like one last year.

That makes him fairly difficult to evaluate. He’s likely to make more than $1.1 million next season, but he doesn’t deserve to make $5 million annually like Gomes. That probably puts Hairston somewhere between $2 million and $4 million per season. Due to his inconsistent performances, he should probably only get a one-year deal. Hairston could be a strong fourth outfielder on a contending team, but could opt for a better opportunity with a lesser team if it means he’ll receive more playing time.

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A’s option ‘star’ 2B Jemile Weeks


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The Weeks brother with the better batting average has been optioned to the minor leagues.

optioned to Triple-A in order to make room for outfielder Seth Smith, who was activated from the disabled list, the team announced. Smith was put on the DL earlier this month because of a strained hamstring.

Weeks, 25, was hitting just .220/.305/.302 with two home r for a second chance at parent club Juventus.Tuttosport says Higuain ‘dreams of joining’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Maurizio Sarri at Juventus next season.Ronaldo and Higuain spent four years together at the Santiago Bernabeu between 2009 and 2013.They wouns and 15 stolen bases this season. As a roChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has inked a new long-term deal with sportswear giant Adidas, reports, /.The French international had been linked with a switch to rivals Puma, but has now committed his future to the three stripes.okie in 2011, Weeks hit .303/.340/.421. 

According to Lee, Weeks said he wasn’t surprised by the move, but also he wasn’t short on cofidence, “I’m a star. Period,” Weeks .

Oakland is starting  at second base for Tuesday’s game against the . Newly acquired shortstop is also in the lineup, batting second, while Smith will DH.

Oakland’s Weeks is the younger brother of ‘s , who is also having a disappointing season. Rickie Weeks is hitting .322/.402/.556 over his last 25 games, bringing him up to the lofty status of a .218/.325/.380 hitter.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscn has been urged to stay in London next season.Tottenham face late competition from Inter Milan for the youngster.Former Tottenham and Fulham defender Stephen Kelly would like to see the England Under-21s ace head to White Hart Lane.”Obviously with tribe to the and .

Dustin Pedroia to return to Boston lineup Tuesday


As injuries and random acts of an angry god go, the haven’t had much good news this season, but here’s something: is ready to return to the lineup. WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that Pedroia, who’s missed the last sie Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with Andreas Pereira’s performance in Thursday’s 4-0 win over Leeds United.The midfielder’s new four-year contract with the club was met with skepticism from supporters, who have watched Pereira start just 11 games six games with a torn thumb muscle, against the in Fenway. Initially, it was feared that Pedroia could miss up to a month with the injury. On the season, Pedroia, besides providing Gold Glove-caliber defense at the keystone, is hitting a producitve .295/.350/.450 on the ton North End head of recruitment Joe Savage is interesting Southampton as they search for a new sporting director.Hearts are also taking an interest after Savage’s impressive work at Deepdale, says Sky Sports.North End have one of the smallest budgeseason. Long a specialist at banging pitches off the Green Monster, he’s also on pace for 42 doubles. Needless to say, having Pedroia in the lineup is a good thing. With that said, thumb injuries can be tough on hitters, and Pedroia’s willingness to play through injury has in the past hurt his production significantly. It will be interesting to sg his loan spell in America with the New York Red Bulls won’t see him forgotten at Saints. He told the Daily Echo: “On paper, it seems a bit of a weird one but there was thought behind it,” revealed the academy lad.“With Ralph (Hasenhuttl), the manee whether he continues hitting as the injury heals on the job. For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Booed in Philly, Cody Ross still says Phillies will rise


PHILADELPHIA — , who still gets booed here because of that great playoff series with the , has a message for fans:”They’re going to be at the top of the division when it’s all said and done,” Ross said Friday. “They’re either going to win [the division], or they’ll come close.”How many people are willing to say the same about Ross’ ?The two big-money last-place teams meeting this weekend at Citizens Bank Park have had similar starts to the season, but when it was suggested to a few baseball people that both could easily recover, the answer back was, “Well, one of them could.”They were talker Gary Neville has praised the attitude of the current team.United outclassed rivals Manchester City with a 2-0 win at Old Trafford on Sunday thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay.Though City dominated the ball with 73% possessioning about the Phillies, who have won six in a row after Friday’s 6-4 win over Boston.Admittedly, the first five games of the winning streak came against the , and . Admittedly, the schedule gets tougher over the next couple of weeks, with series against the , , , and following this weekend’s three games with the Red Sox.And admittedly, the Phillies lineup is still far from imposing. While they still have probably another month of trying to win with this group.The Red Sox had a six-game winning streak earlier this year (against the and ), and a five-game winning streak earlier this week (against the and ). But they’ve also had too many nights like Friday, which ended with Ross getting X-rays after fouling a ball off his foot, and catcher at the hospital getting treated for a serious cut on his left ear.Like the Phillies, they have star players who will return, in their case Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford and Kevin Youkilis (although there are questions about whether Crawford and Youkilis can still be considered stars).They should have stretches where they play considerably better, and Phillies closer suggested Friday night that his former team could do what his current team already may have done.”Shoot, yeah,” Papelbon said. “I think these teams are very similar. They can get going at the strike of a match.”Ross suggested the same thing, saying of the Red Sox: “I think we’re capable of doing big things.”Ross spoke of the sense of team confidence that comes with winning. Just as said last week that the Phillies had been finding ways to lose games the way they once found ways to win them, Ross said that at times this season the Red Sox have felt the same way.”I think you have to prove it to yourself that you’re a good team,” Red Sox manager Bobby n January.The striker joined Galatasaray on a season-long loan this summer, but Albion retained a recall option.Potter said: “I don’t think we are at that point where we can guarantee that to anybody, I don’t think that is healthy “I understand playeValentine said.The Phillies seem to be doing that already, although they may not believe it for certain until Howard and/or Utley return.Papelbon suggested that the meeting manager Charlie Manuel held after the Phils were swept last week by the Mets may have helped.”You tell me — we started winning games after that,” Papelbon said. “We started winning games after his meeting. I think the facts speak for themselves.”Perhaps, but the facts also say that the Phillies and Red Sox both remain in last place, six weeks into the season.From experience gained in six seasons in the National League (and several in the NL East with the Marlins), Ross believes strongly ester City boss Brendan Rodgers admits he needs to withdraw Jamie Vardy from the frontline.The intensity of the Christmas and new year fixtures, plus the short winter break, has left Rodgers feeling he has no option but to rotate his squad over the fthat the Phillies are much better than this. He thinks the Red Sox are, too.How many people are willing to say the same?

Wilpon on Dodgers’ deal impacting Mets’ value: “I’m smiling”


When it comes to the Dodgers’ — and, yes, the deal is still pending final approval — the reactions have been all over the board. , presumably most of their fans are as well. Some financial people think the $2 billion (well, $2.15 billion including the parking lot deal that is attached) is far too much. “It’s the craziest deal ever; it makes no sense. That’s why yoted to help the club return to the top.The England international made the move from Leicester City to Old Trafford for a fee of £80m, making him the most expensive defender in the history of the game. “I was in a situation where there was a long-teru saw so many groups drop out,” Mark Rosentraub, a University of Michigan sports management professor, told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “I don’t get it. The numbers just don’t work. It doesn’t make business sense. Nobody came up with this number.”And then there’s embattled Mets owner Fred Wilpon. “I’m smiling, aren’t I?” he said to , when asked about how the sale might affect the value of the Mets in a potential sale. As well he should be. Despite all the monetary woes the Wilpons have had with holding onto the Mets in the aftermath of the Madoff debacle, the Dodgers’ deal is a clear signal that there’s a huge market for high-profile, large-market baseball teams. Frank McCourt was in far deeper financial trouble and cleared a hefty profit upon selling the Dodgers. Thus far, the Wilpons have done all they cb at Juventus ahead of their Champions League clash at Lyon.Lyon host Juve in the first-leg of their Champions League round 16 tie on Wednesday night.Sarri said, “I feel frankly even more responsibility in Italy to achieve every result. You all seean to hold onto the Mets. But maybe there will be some mind-changing after examining the possibilities of a financial windfall in selling the club. Then, not only will Wilpon likely be smiling, the guess is Mets fans will be as well. For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscrijoyed a few days celebrating helping Brazil win the Copa America title.And now Alves will consider his options for next season after his contract with French champions PSG expired last month.Globo Esporte says Alves, who made 32 appearances last seasbe to the and .

Eye on Basketball Podcast: Brooklyn nets itself a rivalry


Matt Moore joins me for today’s podcast to discuss the ‘ sweep of the in the regular season. They completed the 4-0 series set against the Heat thanks to a block of a winning dunk attempt by . This was the third one-point victory over the Heat by the Nets this season. How much does this matter for they boss Pep Guardiola was in contact with Raheem Sterling last week during the fallout from his row with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez.Sterling was axed from the England squad for the qualifier against Montenegro following a bust up with Gomez.The Sun postseason? Are the Nets a legitimate threat? Do they need to come up huge or is he mostly irrelevant at this point? Could the Nets defeat the ?

The playoff picture in the league is shaping up quite nicely. What do the Heat and/or Pacers have to do to secure the 1-seed in the East? What do the have to do to fend off the for the 8-seed? Can the get the 6-seed and how many games can they win in the first round? Will the give the a scare for the 2-seed with a win Wednesday night? Who will be the last team out of the Western Conference playoffs?

We discuss all of this, plus the ‘ assistant coaching staff, the extending Mitch Kupchak as GM, and preview tonight’s games.

Have questions for the podcast? Send them to , or ask them on Twitter with ter League campaign.The 23-year-old has suffered a hamstring injury, leaving Mauricio Luiz is aware of why his teammate Eden Hazard may want to leave.While everyone at the Blues is hoping that Hazard will sign a new deal and continue his association with the club, Luiz is realistic.He knows that the 28-year-old has an ambition to plaPochettino frustrated with his persistent niggles.The Argentine wants Alli to take better care of himself to avoid any further problems.”I don’t know if the club havhe hashtag , and we’ll answer them on the show.

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py to have both on the pitch for their 1-1 draw wi


center woke up Thursday with a n help Joelinton settle.Bruce was happy to have both on the pitch for their 1-1 draw with Brighton.He said, “On ‘Big Joe’, the burden of being a Newcastle United centre-forward is always going to be there and Ian Shearer has opened up on the animosity he felt for Manchester United counterpart Roy Keane.The two clashed many times over their lengthy careers in the Premier League.One altercation particularly stands out from when Newcastle were beating United think for any player who comes to the Pstiff back, but told coach Rick Carliwith managerless Arsenal.France Football says Tuchel is being discussed inside Arsenal’s boardroom as they seek to replace Unai Emery after his November 29 dismissal.Tuchel, himself, is under pressure and could be forced out before the end of the seasle he will be against the Clippers, according to MavsOutsider.com. Dalembert has played in all but two of the team’s games this season. 

tting out the team’s previous game Monday with an


guard was back in the lineup Wednesday against the Nuggets, after sitting out the team’s previous game Monday with an Acr against Watford.De Gea fumbled Ismaila Sarr’s effort into the net on 50 minutes in the 2-0 reverse. The ball bounced off the turf and slipped through de Gea’s fingers, rebounding off the post, back onto his head, and into the net. “Of course, it wahilles injury.  

Parker played 37 minutes, so the injury must not have been bothering him much. He scored just 10 points on 4 of 10 shooting, while adding four rebounds and six assists, though he also turned the ball over fhave been put up for sale as part of a deal that would value the Premier League club at UK£210 million (US$258 million),according to City AM, reports, /.The business newspaper claims to have seen a document intended for prospective buyers offering tive tilues head to the Etihad sitting third on the Premier League table, one point ahead of City.Despite their youth, Hazard says his former side are capable of ruffling a few feathers in Manchester.”Of course [Chelsea can beat City], I think so,” he said.mes in the 108-103 win.

Parker is likely going to get plenty of time off down the stretch, as is the Spurs’ usual style. He has missed 12 games this season, while averaging 17.6 points, 6.1 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game. 

ordinhey won’t overpay for new signings.Reports fr


The point guard  for the final year of his $9.8 million contract, accordinhey won’t overpay for new signings.Reports from Portugal suggest that United and Sporting Lisbon are at odds over the transfer fee for midfielder Bruno Fernandes, with the Red Devils looking to pay less than the figure they have been quoted.And commeg to a report from the Los Angeles Daily News. However, the team will plan to add more depth to that position in the offseason.Nash ed with their 2-1 win over Torino.Defenders Kostas Manolas and Giovanni Di Lorenzo struck the goals for the Azzurri.“We are giving a sense of consistency to our results, the team is improving in the overall performance, the attitude, the way it is was limited to only 15 games this season because of ongoing nerve issues. During his exit interviews, he told reporters he is in better shape than he was at this point a year ago. He also plans to be fully healthy in three-to-four weeks, after it took him five months last offseason. The 40-year-old veteChelsea midfielder Kasey Palmer is set to be on the move in the coming days.Sky Sports says Swansea City are considering the loan signing of Palmer.The former England U21 international spent last season on loan at Blackburn and Bristol City.Palmer has been in Ireland with Chelsea’s squad for the start of their preseason.ran averaged only 6.8 points, 5.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in 2013-14. He shot 38.3 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from downtown over his 15 appearances.

Wizards’ Nene suspended one game for head-butting Jimmy Butler


forward Nene will miss Game 4 after being suspended for grabbing and head-butting guard in Game 3. 

The play happened with 8:28 left in the fourth quarter as Nene tangled with But this past summer.De Jong left for Barcelona, while De Ligt was sold to Juventus.Ten Hag lamented: “We hoped that De Ligt and De Jong could stay here. “Thlo next week.Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano suggests City and Juve have agreed to meet next week to thrash out the full terms of any transfer fee.City have seen off all rivals in gaining the interest of the Portugal international and are now hopiese are two players still very young and we had hoped to keep them for a few more years. “Unfortler, then proceeded to grab him around the head/neck and pulled him into his forehead. Nene was ejected for the play. Butler received a technical. r Kalvin Phillips.The Mirror says Wolves and Bournemouth have joined Aston Villa in the race to sign Phillips.Villa have offered £11million for Phillips and now Leeds’ rising midfield star has attracted interest from Wolves and Bournemouth.Phillips,

The Bulls went on to win Game 3, with Butler hitting a critical late 3. 

Without Nene, the Wizards will likely start in his place.

The Wizards lead the series 2-1. 

coring 11 points in a 106-94 loss to the Thunder.G


guard made a surprise return to the starting lineup Thursday night, scoring 11 points in a 106-94 loss to the Thunder.Green shot 4 of 9 from the floor, including 2 of 5 from downtown, and 1 of 2 from the free throw line.should’ve been sent off in their Club World Cup semifinal defeat to Liverpool.Gomez was booked foon.Suarez believes the former Manchester United striker’s game is good enouggue final preparation.Reports in Austria claim that the Gunners have arranged to fly over the Austrian Bundesliga side in order to keep them match-fit ahead of the Baku showdown with Premier League rivals Chelsea on May 29, says the Mirror.Linz – whoh for the very elite level.He told TMW: “Lautaro (Martinez) seems very interesting to me, while Lukaku is a player of strength and determination. “For now he’s okay but for tr hauling down goalscorer Rogelio Funes Mori during the second half of the European champions’ 2-1 win.The Reds defender later escaped a second yellow fr He also chipped in with five rebounds and two assists while logging 36 minutes of game action. He is averaging 7.0 points and 3.3 rebounds over his last three games.

VIDEO: LeBron James stares down Michael Jordan on breakaway dunk?


has never been able to play against Michael Jordan. But he has played against the team he owns. And maybe sent a message in Game 4 against the .

On a breakaway dunk, LeBronool striker Fernando Morientes is backing them to win the Champions League final tonight.Having moved to Liverpool in January 2005, Morientes was cup-tied for the Reds’ last Champions League triumph in Istanbul.Now, Jurgen Klopp will look to bring ho clearly shot a glance toward the Bobcats’ bench, where one Michael Jeffrey Jordan was seat nearby. Was he staring him down? Kind of hard to think otherwise. 

Which is jz to reopen talks with Manchester United for Paul Pogba.Florentino made an attempt for Pogba over the summer, but was put off by United’s €200m valuation – much to the frustration of Zidane.The issue has been raised again at the club’s Christmas luust amazingly cool. LeBron has always been consistent that Jordan is his basketball hero, the player he’s always looked up to. But LeBron has remained in the long shadow of MJ for some time, and is trying to carve out his own place in history. 

But this was a momentlgert has urged Max Meyer to consider his future at Crystal Palace.Elgert helped Meyer develop as a young player with S04 and is sorry seeing the midfielder struggle for match action at Selhurst Park.And with the January transfer window looming, he h where the two sort of collided in a weird way. 

Wizards-Pacers Game 4: Don’t blame the Wiz kids, blame team execution


Here’s a handy-dandy narrative: The to the Sunday night 95-92 thanks to Washington’s youth and inexperience costing them the game late. The Wizards blew a nine-point foend of the season.Toon were desperate to sign a fullback this month, with Paul Dummett and Jetro Willems both injured.They will pay a loan fee of £2m but will not have an obligation or option to buy the England international at the end of the seasonurth quarter lead because they were too young for the moment. 

Everton boss Marco Silva has told Moise Kean to forget his critics.Silva has dismissed Graeme Souness’ comments after the Sky Sports’ pundit speculated that Juventus sold Kean this summer because his “off-field activities are not the best”.But the manager told the Liverpool Echo: “I heard something.“My people told me and our media people also but I don’t want my players to see, read or pay attention to this situation.“I don’t lose my focus with this situation. Ok, some managers, some people talking on TV and on radio as well, it is their opinion and we have to respect opinions, don’t lose focus, keep doing your work and keep believing in your players.“For me it is not an important thing and I don’t want our players to lose their focus and lose energy with this situation because it is not something you can control.”


Stop, stop, stop, stop. 

Let me break this down for you. In the fourth quarter: 

Drew Gooden, ten-year vet, 10 minutes, 17 seconds. 

, nine-year vet, five minutes, 14 seconds. 

, 15-year vet, 10 minutes, 13 seconds. 

Andre Miller, 14-year vet, six minutes, 46 seconds. 

Don’t get me wrong. The Wizards’ young guys, and were bad in the fourth, with Wall logging a minus-9 in just five minutes and 14 seconds of time. He passed up a big three that he should have shot. Beal was 1-of-5 in the fourth. But those two weren’t the only players on the floor, nor were they focal point many times. 

Randy Wittman leaned on his veterans, and the veterans, , failed to execute. That’s what Game 4 came down to for the Wizards: a lack of execution combined with a lack of effort and a superior coaching performance from Frank Vogel. The Wizards were tentative when they should have attacked, and impatient when they should have focused on execution. 

The killer possession? Down three with a chance to tie, Trevor Ariza missed Bradley Beal coming off of a screen on the inbounds. Maybe Beal’s route wasn’t correct for the play. But Ariza, the nine-year vet, missed on the pass. Turnover, game over. 

On a one-second inbound play out of a timeout, Drew Gooden was forced to heave a desperation three. It was an airball. 

Nene played just three minutes and 26 seconds, and  didn’t play at all in that fourth quarter. 

It’s definitely true that the “geezers,” as they’re called, on the Washington bench helped build the lead in the third quarter. They finished with strong overall games, but to point to just Wall and Beal — who honestly were the only young players on the Wizards to get time on Sunday — as the reason they lost is a misnomer. The Wizards lost becMilner has lauded Adrian for filling in during the absence of Alisson.The Spaniard did not lose a single Premier League game after the Brazilian went down injured on the opening game.And Milner says it is a luxury to have two quality goalkeepers.”I tause the Pacers outplayed them, out-executed them, out-hustled them. 

Wall’s inexperience and decision-making was challenged just as Harrington, Nene and Miller’s athleticism was. It was a cumulative effort that spanned veterans and young guns that lead to a collective failure. 

History says that the Wizards will rue this game, and look back on that fourth quarter where their playoff run truly ended. But don’t let people tell you this was about a young team learning the hard lessons of playoff play. The Wizards aren’t a young team, they’re a veteran team with two young players (three if , who was great for them in the first round, gets to play). They had veteran leadership to lean on in Game 4. 

It wasn’t enough.