against Real Madrid.That’s according to Okdiario’s


pitcher left Sunday’s Cactus League start against the Rangers in the sixth inning after getting hit in the right hand by a comebacker. He was removed from the game and went to the hospital for X-rays, which came back negative.”They did a flora-scope,” Arroyo toment with West Brom for Nathan Ferguson.The Sun says reports claim a fitness issue picked up in the 19-year-old’s medical is holding up the £10million deal.Ferguson himself is having second thoughts as well.The Baggies’ board are keen to cash in on ld the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It war Frank Lampard had some positive news about Tammy Abraham after Wednesday’s draw with Valencia.The striker was helped off after an awkward fall.But Lampard says the injury isn’t bad as it was first feared.”He’s in the dressing room now. It looked qus clean.” The 36-year-old added he expects to make his next spring startArroyo allowed three runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings before Coutinho, it has been revealed.The Mirror says Spurs pulled out of signing Coutino on transfer deadline day – because the loan fee Barcelona demanded was too high.And Tottenham’s rivals Arsenal were also scared off by the cost of a season-long loan fthe early exit. He has a 3.71 ERA through four Cactus League outings.

David Price loves his Rays and his beard (but is he serious?)



PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — There’s no way was serious.

Or maybe he was.

There’s no way Price would rule out signing with the Yankees simply because he might need to shave off his beard.

Or maybe he would.

There’s a real chance it won’t matter, anyway. While there’s no chance that the low-budget Rays will sign Price to a long-term contract, it’s veelino.The Sun says the Gunners board are drawing up a list of potential targets to replace Unai Emery after swinging the axe yesterday.One name on the shortlist is 54-year-old Marcelino who was dismissed from Valencia in September.The Spaniard achievry likely that they’ll trade him next winter to a team that can (and will).

It may well be that Pilson is dead against the VAR coming to the Premier League.Wilson was denied a goal in England’s shootout win over Nations League opponents Switzerland.Wilson told Sky Sports: “Obviously I’m disappointed not to score the winner. It’s going to be likerice has little more chance of reaching free agency (he’d be eligible after the 2015 season) than Justin Verlander or Clayton Kershaw do.

Still, there will be a time when Price has more of a choice as to where he plays. So would he really eliminate the Yankees based on their rules against facial hair?

Price tried to do some damage control on Thursday morning, calling the Yankees “the best organization in baseball” and saying anything could happen by the time he becomes a free agent.

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“That’s three years down the road,” he said. “My hair might fall out by then.”

But a day after to Jon Paul Morosi of Foxsports.com created something of a Twitter and talk-radio firestorm (“I’m hearing the most hateful things,” Price said), what was perhaps most interesting is that Price didn’t really back down.

He didn’t deny saying it. He didn’t deny meaning it.

“I love this thing,” he said, running his fingers across his beard. “It’s not [coming off]. It’s a part of me.”

What’s more, when he started talking about the Yankees, he quickly mentioned that he had never really been a Yankee fan growing up.

“I never ests no formal offer has yet been fielded for their €222m star.Leonardo said, “We have not received any offers. But we had, it’s true, very superficial contacts … With FC Barcelona? Yes.”If Neymar has expressed his desires for departure? It’s cleanvisioned myself in pinstripes,” he said, pointing out that while growing up in Tennessee, the Braves and Cubs were the teams that he saw most on television. “They’re a great organization, but I never aspired to be a New York Yankee.”

Look, we’ve all seen how money can change a player’s visions and aspirations (and facial hair). It would be silly to say there’s no way that Price would ever end up with the Yankees, facial-hair regulations or no regulations (and who knows if someday those rules would change).

But here’s why this episode is worth more than just a passing mention:

Unlike Felix Hernandez, he hasn’t signed a long-term deal. Unlike Verlander and Kershaw, he’s unlikely to get it from the team he’s with.

As long as he’s a Ray, deep-pocket teams like the Yankees can dream that Price will be free agent in three years.

For now, Price is saying that those deep pockets won’t be enough to sway him.

“It’s about being comfortable where you play,” he said. “The last thing I want to think is that I’m signing a long-term deal — regardless of the money — and not having the feeling I have here.”

Price knows that making his beard/Yankees feelings public probably wasn’t the best move. He knows why his agent, Bo McKinnis, called him after the story came out (which is why he didn’t return the call).

He also said, “I can’t rule out anybody.”

He’s just prefer a team like the Rays, where manager Joe Maddon’s dress code is simple: “As long as you think you look hot.”

“Beards, earrings, tattoos, we like it all,” Maddon said. We definitely promote individualism around here.”

Price loves it. He’ll love it, for one more season, until the Rays trade him.

“I have my beard for at least another year,” he said

So he would shave it off to go to the Yankees?

No, he didn’t say that. Not at all.

Is he serious?

We might not know for another three years — if then.

l for the league title this season.Murphy believes


The Indians signed reliever to a minor league deal Wednesday with a spring training invite. Martilla are closing in on the permanent £8million signhe starting line-up.Pogba came off the bench for the second straight game in United’s 4-1 win over Newcasave set their price for Moise Kean.Arsenal have joined Everton in their interest for Kean.The Toffees are believed to have had a bid rejected for the 19-year-old but have been given fresh hope.Juventus are struggling to offload Mario Mandzukic or Gontle United at Old Trafford.”Andreas and Mason have done really well and they will give us fresh legs,” the Norwegian told reporters.”With Paul, iing of Anwar El Ghazi.Dutch international winger El Ghazi, 24, has impressed on loan from Lille this term and scored six goals for Dean Smith’s promoted side.His feats include netting in the play-ofinez has appeared in 19 games with the Giants, Pirates and Diamondbacks over the last four seasons, and he has a career 6.22 ERA.

Japanese high school pitcher Shohei Otani will pursue a career in the U.S.


Japanese high school pitcher Shohei Otani will come to the United States, .

The 18-year-old Otani has reportedly hit 99 and 100 mph with his fastball, making him an intriguing target for tejax loan signing Juan Familia-Castillo has no nthony Martial and Marcus Rashford must score 20 goals each for Manchester United to finish in the top-four.The two young forwards will lead the line for United after Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Inter Milan.They both scored against Chelsea last weekregrets leaving Chelsea.The wing-back says he was aware of Blues manager Frank Lampard’s youth plans before choosing to return to Amsterdam.He told ELF Voetbal: “The interest had been there for some time.ams. The , and have all met with Otani. 

Otani was expected to be a first-round pick in Nippon Professional Baseball’s amam United manager David Moyes has revealed how he motivated Felipe Anderson before Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth.Moyes urged the attacker to score a “Brazilian goal”, which Anderson did to score his team’s fourth goal.New West Ham boss Moyes sateur draft, which takes place Oct. 28. Due to his size (Otani is 6-foot-4) and velocity, Otani has been compared to Yu Darvish. He’s sure to draw interest from a number of teams during the offseason.

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Alex Rodriguez in lineup for ALCS Game 1


Straight from the big board at Yankee Stadium … 

NEW YORK: , as you can see, is in the lineup despite the fact that Tigers starter is a right-hander. A-Rod, of course, struggled badly against the Orioles in the ALDS and manager Joe Girardi has shown a recent willingness to limit him to platoon-advantaged duties. But there he is, with a fresh series start and all that.

It is worth noting, however, that Rodriguez will be batting in the six hole for the first time in quite a while. In the regular season, he hasn’t batted sixth since he was 19 years old. As fnstruction house of Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny in Egypt, according to website 24.ae.The father of the Egypt international reportedly called the police to inform them of the find on Friday. Law enforcement has begun an investigation into the inar as the postseason is concerned, this will be the lowest A-Rod has been slotted since Joe Torre famously batted tus have clinched the signing of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot passed a medical on Monday and has signed a four-year ceal.The Reds are into the fifth and final season of their current contract with New Balance.That deal is worth £45m per year but according to Forbes, Jurgen Klopp’s men could well be turning out in Nike kits from the 2020/21 season.A new Nike deal contract.The 24-year-old broke through for PSG in 2013 and went on to play 227 times for the French giants, scoring 25 goals, phim eighth in Game 4 of the 2006 ALDS. Earlier in that series, Rodriguez also batted sixth. 

On ‘s side of things, this is pretty much their standard linup versus lefties. 

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Yankees’ list for fill-in, part-time 3B stretches from The Bronx to Queens


The have made a list of possible third base fill-ins. And they may have to check it not once or twice, but many times. Because it’s long. Very long.

The list includes Chase Headley (in fact, in terms of desirability it may be headed by Headley, though he remains a long shot). But it stretches from The Bronx to Queens.

(Some of the list is below.)

The list is of potential third basemen to fill in while Alex Rodriguez is out with a broken hand. But since the Yankees are almost certain to win the division and A-Rod will be back in anywhere from four to seven weeks, the replacement doesn’t have to be a superstar.

And that isn’t the only reason. The Yankees already have  — who they like very much — to play third in A-Rod’s absence. And they also have , with Eduardo Nunez on the way back.

Anyway, after Headley, who is thought of as a l doubts about his future won’t affect their Champions League final preparations.Pochettino raised further question marks over his willingness to stay at Spurs when he suggested last week that the clash with Liverpool on June 1 could be his last game ong shot since the Yankees don’t want to part with top prospects, especially for a need of minor importance. Here are some others thore outplayed by Ch and fitness of Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah.Garcia has claimed Egypt have had to alter their tactics from the Africa Cup of Nations as Mohamed Salah continues to feel the effects of his long season with Liverpool.The forward made 52 appearances in alelsea in the Europa League final.The Blues smashed their London rivals 4-1 in Baku.Speaking to BT Sport, Emery said: “First is congratulations to Chelsea. In the first half we played with good opportunities to take a good result. Weught to be on the list (there’s probably more): Willie Bloomquist, Brendan Ryan, Yunel Escobar, Chone Figgins, Ty Wigginton, Jose Lopez and Cody Ransom.

Mark Reynolds may be on the list, too, but that’s a long shot. Scott Rolen may be, too, but he’s pretty fragile these days. Stephen Drew is thought to be too expensive in terms of prospects. came off when he went in trade to .

Escobar isn’t an interesting one since he’s a shortstop. Figgins is, too, since he’s played his way into baseball oblivion for nearly two years.

Did the Mariners win because of some (Ichiro) subtraction?


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NEW YORK — Seven-game winning streaks with the are rarely simple.The last time they had one, the manager quit. That was five years ago, and the manager was Mike Hargrove.Now, the Mariners showed up at Yankee Stadium Friday with seven straight wins, and some people want to credit the wins to another guy who left town.Is this all because of Ichiro?I mean, it’s obvious that the Mariners took off winning shortly after they traded their long-time (too long, maybe?) right fielder. But does that mean they took off winning because they traded one of the best players they ever had?We always seem to ask these questions with the Mariners, who went from below .500 to the American League Championship Series the year after Ken Griffey Jr. left, and had their best year ever — 116 wins — the very year after Alex Rodriguez skipped town.

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So are they winning now because is gone?”Like what, Ichiro’s gone and now we’re unbeatable? No,” catcher said Friday, before the Mariners’ streak ended with a 6-3 loss to the Yankees.There are those in the Mariner clubhouse who do think there’s a link, although I couldn’t find any willing to say so publicly. And to be fair, there are also plenty who insist there’s no impact, whether they’re speaking publicly or privately.”I think we were a bunch of young kids who were starting to figure it out,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “I thought the kids after the [All-Star] break would play pretty good.”Mariners players will remind you that they won five of the last seven games before Ichiro was traded to the on July 23. And I’ll remind you that their seven straight wins came against two teams — the and — with basically Triple-A pitching staffs.Also worth noting: In 11 games since Ichiro left for the Yankees, Mariners right fielders are 4 for 38 (.105).Is it possible that Ichiro’s departure relaxed the other players? Perhaps, but Mariner players say Ichiro was never hated in his own clubhouse, the way was in . Ichiro, they say, had his routine and often kept to himself, but he wasn’t really a distraction.His presence probably nandinho’s 90th-minute own goal ensured the Eagles claimed a draw at Etihad Stadium in a remarkable conclusion to the game.The result leaves champions City 13 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, who have two games in hand and play Manchesdid make things tougher on manager Eric Wedge, because as long as Ichiro was in Seattle, there was no question that he had to hit somewhere in the top three spots in the lineupthan Collins admits he’s surprised by interest from Manchester United.The 18-year-old Irish youth international is highly rated in his central defensive position but has seen precious little first team action.“They were a bit unexpected to he hones. That was always going to be true, even though Ichiro has the lowest OPS (.641) of any full-time American League outfielder.With the Yankees, of course, Ichiro happily accepted batting eighth.The other question is whether Ichiro’s departure allows the younger players in the Mariner clubhouse to step up, the way Bobby Abreu’s departure in 2006 allowed the to become ‘s team, and ‘s team.Too early to tell, Mariners players and executives say.It’s also too early to know if players like and and have any chance to make the impact Utley and Howard eventually made.Ackley has hit just .198 in the month since he took over the leadoff spot from Ichiro. At one point, the Mariners considered sending Ackley back to the minor leagues. They did send Justin Smoak, back, after he hit .189 in 90 games.Zduriencik, for his part, insists that the Ichiro trade was driven by Ichiro’s desire to play for a contender.”We had to honor that, respect that,” he said.Still, it’s clear that Mariners management loved the idea of moving past the Ichiro era, and that Wedge loved the idea of being able to write young players’ names into the top three spots in his lineup.What isn’t clear is whether there’s any greater meaning in the recent hot streak, whether it’s either a result of Ichiro leaving or even simply a sign that Zduriencik’s rebuilding plan is beginning to work.Even with the seven straight wins, the Mariners entered play Friday 30th in the major leagues in on-base percentage and 29th in slugging percentage. And even if some of that is Safeco Field-related, it still suggests how much work there still is to be done.The Mariners insist they’re getting better. One of the biggest reasons that Zduriencik has resisted all the calls to trade is that he thinks this group can win soon enough that Felix will play a part in it.”We’re heading in the right direction,” Wedge said Friday. “I don’t know how faush is stunned by Real Madrid fans’ treatment of Gareth Bale.Bale is expected to leave Real this summer.”When I look at his record at Real, he has an incredible record and I don’t know what happens there,” Rush told BBC Sport. “At the end of the day,r we are in the process, but we’re headed in the right direction.”And whether the Ichiro trade had any relation at all with the winning streak that followed, it still was a step in that right direction.

Francisco Liriano demoted to bullpen


In 2010, finished 11th in AL Cy Young voting. In 2012, he has been so bad that the have demoted him to the bullpen. P.J. Walters has been recalled from the minors to take Liriano’s rotation spot (via Associated Press). Liriano has made six starts this season, and he’s 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA, 2.10 WHIP and 19 walks in 26 2/3 innings. Control and confidence would seem to be the main culprits. He just doesn’t seem to trust his stuff early in the count and then gets hit after falling behind. With those numbers, though — and he already had his turn completely skips’ versatility in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Sunday.Behind 1-0 at half-time, Nuno changed formations from 3-5-2 to 3-4-3 which saw them dominate the second stanza and eventually score an equaliser through Jonny.Speaking after the game, Nunped to give him a “mental break — there isn’t really much more the Twins can do than to demote him for the time being. Liriano looked en route to stardom in 2006, when he was 12-3 with a 2.16 E management to keep hold of Idrissa Gueye.PSG and Manchester United are chasing the midfielder.But Cahill says: “Of course he is going to be in demand but Everton have to attract big players to keep him at the club. He is going to hopefully be a biRA, 1.00 WHIP and 144 strikeouts in just 121 innings. But then he had to undergo Tommy John surgery. He was slightly above average in 2008 upon his return, horrible in 2009 and then seemingly working back to form in 2010. He was 14-10 with a 3.62 ERA and his K-rate (201 K in 191 2/3 innings) was back to impressive. But injuries and inconsistency buried his no-hitter in 2011 and we’ve already discussed his dreadful 2012. The good news for the Twins here is that Liriano is still only 28. Also, while he hasn’t come close to looking like the pre-Tommy John version in extended stretches, we’ve seen signs of it — like t Zinedine Zidane says he remains a supporter of VAR.During Wednesday’s Clasico at Barcelona, Raphael Varane had two claims for a spot kick waved away by referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez while neither incident was overturned by VAR.”In the end, the aforementioned 2011 no-no. Anyway, Liriano is to the ‘pen now, and Walters is in the rotation. Walters, 27, is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in Triple-A Rochester. He has a 7.24 career ERA in 20 major-league appearances. The Twins made a slew of moves — including demoting Danny Valencia to the minors — following a loss Wednesday night, which dropped them to an -worst 8-22. For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

LeBron James tops NBA jersey sales list for sixth time, Durant 2nd


The NBA announced the most popular jerseys in sales for the 2013-2014 season, and tback is surplus to requirements at the Turin club.However, Juventus would prefer to complete a straight sale, as it would provide them with the necessary funds to balance the books.The Guardiansays Arsenal have enquired about a season lSean Longstaff.The talented midfielder has become a target for Manchester United.Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is searching for young talent this summer and has identified 21-year-old Longstaff as an ideal signing.Th tracking Norwich City fullback Jamal Lewis.The Sun says Palace boss Roy Hodgson is keen on the Canaries left-back, 22, and made inquiries in the transfer window.But Norwich did not want to lose him from the survival fight.Dutchman Patrick Van Aanhole Daily Starsays Toon are aong loan deal he reigning MVP LeBron James remains on top with the presumptive 2014 MVP just behind him. It is James’ sixth time at the top of the list, which he has ruled since winning his second title in 2012. 

The list: 


2. Kevin Durant,

3. ,

4. ,

5. ,

6. ,

7. , Miami Heat

8 ,

9. ,

10. ,

11. , Los Angeles Clippers

12. , Oklahoma City Thunder

13. ,

14. ,

15. ,

James leading isn’t a surprise, nor is Durant right behind him. But it’s impressive that Bryant managed the third spot at his age while only playing six games. It speaks to his legacy and the popularity of the Lakers. It makes you wonder how popular he’ll be after he retires. 

Derrick Rose also appears despite missing most of the season for a second year in a row with a knee injury. 

This is, unbelievably, Tim Duncan’s first appearance since 2007. Steph Curry is the cool new kid, headed up the ranks, while Blake Griffin apparently is no longer capturing the imagination of fans despite his improved play and omnipresence on commercial airwaves. The Pacers and Spurs won 117 games combined and have two dudes on the list, but whatever. 

Kyrie Irving remains fascinatingly popular despite the struggles in Cleveland. 

Here are the top ten teams in jersey sales: 

1. Miami Heat

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Chicago Bulls

4. Oklahoma City Thunder

5. New York Knicks

6. Boston Celtics


8. Golden State Warriors

9. San Antonio Spurs

10. Los Angeles Clippers

How about the Nets on the list despite not having a top fifteen guy on the list. Also, hey, good news for the Knicks! Still making money, no matter the failures! 

I really wish the NBA would release the numbers on sleeved jerseys. That would be fascinating to see. 

o former Reds midfielder Don Hutchinson.Speculatio


forward as eased back into action onld be Mohamed Salah, according to former Reds midfielder Don Hutchinson.Speculation continues to build on whether Europe’s biggest clubs will attempt to sign Jurgen Klopp’s dominant side.Barcelona and Real Madrid have been linked with Salah and Sadio Sunday, logging just eight minutes online.The Daily Star says Werner has gone on a mass social media cull unfollowing everyone including his current club, RB Leipzig.The striker, who has scored 27 goals in 34 appearances this season, has been linked with a summer move to Anfield.In r off the bench in a 93-83 loss to Miami.Pattout Sandro Orlandelli says manager Jose Mourinho needed more time in charge.Speaking at the Wyscout conference in Amsterdam, Orlandelli discussed United’s plans for the market and Mourinho’s demise.Record quotes Orlandelli stating: “Jose Mourinho diderson scored two points on 1 of 4 from the floor, and 0 of 1 from downtown. He also chipped in with one rebound in his first game back from a right ulnar collateral sprain. He came in averaging 8.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season.

Spurs-Thunder Game 3 Preview: Return of Ibaka changes things


Previewing Game 3 of the Spurs-Thunder Western Conference final series.

 8:30 p.m. ET (TNT). . (calf injury) is likely to play. Everybody is good to go for the Spurs.

 The lead the 2-0 in the Western Conference finals after completely dominating the first two games. While the Thunder put up a solid offensive effort in Game 1, they couldn’t even pretend to stop the Spurs’ offense throughout the game. They scored 66 points in the paint in Game 1 and shot over 70.0 percent inside the restricted area. In Game 2, the Spurs brought even more pain to OKC with a huge blowout victory.

The Thunder couldn’t stop the Spurs and they couldn’t keep up with their own offense. They scored just 77 points, just the third time in the era that the Thunder failed to score at least 80 points in a playoff game. The Spurs kept scoring though and cruised to an easy 35-point victory. San Antonio has lived in the paint in this series without Serge Ibaka out there. However, his “likely” return means we could see a huge shift in this series over the next game or two if Ibaka is able to affect the match-up the way he typically does.

 45.7. The San Antonio Spurs were the third best team at making shots in the restricted area this season. They made 64.8 percent of their attempts in the restricted area, showing you don’t need incredible athleticism to be able to be successful inside. In the four games in which they faced Ibaka and the Thunder during the regular season, they had a summer.Wilson, who was once seen as a bright prospect at the club, failed to make the grade after being dealt several injury setbacks.He has not played for United in four years and spent the season on loan at Aberdeen.He did not impress at the Scottsuccess rate of just 45.7 percent in the restricted area when he was on the floor. His shot blocking and help defense was a huge deterrent to the Spurs and helped the Thunder sweep the season series. The Spurs have been dominated by the Thunder since the start of Game 3 of the 2012 Western Conference finals, and Ibaka’s defensive athleticism has been a big part of that.

 Ibaka being in the game changes everything. The defensive adjustment for the Thunder is obvious but offensively Ibaka also helps out immensely. The Thunder haveaded this season.The Canaries have shocked Manchester City, before being thrashed by Aston Villa.Webber told the club’s website: “We can’t get too high and we can’t get too low, so after we beat Man City we can’t walk round and convince ourselves tha been starting three non-offensive players in , , and . By inserting Ibaka back into the mix, the team gets deeper and they get someone who can put the ball in the basket in a way the Spurs struggle to defend. He’s a great safety valve on Kevin Durant and drives. He can knock down the midrange jumper, has a decent 3-point shot, and he’s one of the best big men in the league at diving to the basket for drop-off passes and dunks.

 Are the Thunder going to make this a series if Ibaka is relativh Aston Villa’s offer for Tom Heaton.The 33-year-old was entering the final year of his contract with the Clarets, who decided to sell him to Villa for £8m last week.“I think it was just a simple equation, he got offered a nice offer for his familely healthy? It’s probably unfair to hope for him to be near 100 percent but if he’s able to give it a go and have an impact on the game, the Thunder could go from being overwhelmed by the brilliant Spurs’ attack to doing the overwhelming. This is a match-up the Thunder have dominated for a couple seasons now, but they needed a full complement of players to get it done. They looked dead in the water just a few days ago after the embarrassing loss in Game 2, but they might finally have some life in this series. 

ng the possibility of playing as many games as pos


forward was ojoys England’s busy Christmas programme.Fred is embracing the possibility of playing as many games as possible for the Reds.“It’s tiring but it’s worth it,” Fred told the United website.“It’s really important to be playing in these games and, as ver the illness that cost him one game, but still played little part in Saturday’s loss to the Mavericks.

Williams played just 10 minutes in his return to action, and made little impact in his time on the floor. He scored just four points on 1 of 2 shooting, while adding a pair of rebounds itriker to help him find his best form.Olhats has worked with Griezmann and his family since he was 13 years of age with Real Sociedad, though split from the camp last year.”Antoine has developed as a striker in the attacking axis,” he told L’Equipe. n the 103-100 loss.

Even after a midseason trade to the Kings, Williams has struggled to find a consistent role. hris Mepham had many positive things to say about his teammate Mark Travers.The latter stunned in a penalty shoot out win over Forest Green Rovers in the Carabao Cup.The Cherries were close to suffering an upset, but the heroics of Travers ensured thHe is averaging just 9.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game in 58 games with the Kings. 

Eye on Basketball Podcast: Uncomfortably nice with Dan Devine


Dan Devine of Yahoo Sports’ Ball Don’t Lie joins me on the podcast today to discuss the state of the . Dan covers the for Yahoo but he’s a Knicks fan that has endured some pretty frustrating years. Through the excitement of the Stephon Marbury acquisition years ago to coming out of most of Isiah Thomas’ trades striker Divock Origi’s name around Europe this summer.Liverpool are keen to keep Ori of relegation.It was announced on Thursday that the Premier League will be suspended until April 30, but the season will be extended indefinitely.And Hendrie believes Villa want to have the opportunity to get out of the relegation zone themselves. “gi in their books and want to reward him with a new contract.But Estadio Deportivo says Origi could be on his way out of the club before he can sign a pre-contract a with the best player in the deal but the worst long-term prospects for putting a team together, it’s shaped the way the fan base has viewed this franchise.

What does that do for how the team is this season? Isve for Leicester City fullback Ben Chilwell.Frank Lampard has a £150million budget to spend on new players now the Blues’ transfer ban has been lifted.Cole, the best left-back in the world during his stellar career, believes they should go all out t it a team that despite its frustrations you’d still want to make the playoffs as an 8-seed? How has the experience been? Has tested the strongest bonds of fandom? Could the Knicks actually survive a rebuilding process in New York? What’s it like to take every other Draft Night off as a fan?

We discuss all of this, plus Twitter with the NBA, profession changing your rooting interests, and much more. 

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2014 NBA Playoff Expert Picks: Predictions for conference finals


NBA Playoff Predictions: Eastern Conference Finals Ken BergerMatt MooreZach HarperJames HerbertIn 5In 6In 6In 6 Playoff Predictions: Western Conference Finals Ken BergerMatt MooreZach HarperJamesists he’s happy where he is.The Cameroon international has been linked with Manchester United.But he told Voetbal International: “It is important to me that I play at a good level and that I can continue to develop.”I am sikely prove key in both h Fabio Capello can understand his old club moving for Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt.Juve are now in talks to sign the Dutch teen.“If Juve sign De Ligt then it’s over. Again. And we go directly to the season after,” Capello told Corriere dello Sporsides’ pursuit of a top four finish, and one of the pair could miss out come the end of the season.”We’re not feeling pressure,” Simeone told his press conference on Friday.”We’re excited.”It’s a big week of football in which till young and with Ajax wes HerbertIn 6In 6In 6In 6

to notch a double-double in a 100-94 win over the


center to close a cut above right eye on Monday, but still managed to notch a double-double in a 100-94 win over the Wizards.Jefferson managed to play the remainder of the game after receiving stitches, and finished with 19 points on 8 of 19 from the floor, and 3 of 3 from the free throw line. He also contributed with 11 reboundugo Lloris says it is unlikely he will finish his career with Tottenham Hotspur. The club captain is under contract until 2022 and has hinted he could move to the MLS.The World Cup winner told France Football: “I do not think I’m going to finish [my s and two blocks while logging 40 minutes of game action. He is averaging 24.4 points, 10.4 rebouthis week’s Champions League tie.Kolar kept a clean sheet for the 0-0 draw and says only ol ahead of Sunday’s showdown.The United boss has come out fighting on the eve of their big clash with Liverpool – and said their time in the title wilderness won’t be as long as their Anfield rivals, who last won in 1989/1990.Solskjaer defiantly sopposite number Marc-Andre ter Stegen congratulated him on his performance.He revealed: “Ter Stegen waited for me in the tunnel. He stopped me and told me that hnds and 2.2 assists over his last five games.