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guard is still a ways away from return from wrist and elbow injuries, but he could be back a bit sooner than expected. According to ESPNLosAngeles.com Monday, Redick is ahead of schedule, and is as a pich Albion are engaged in talks with Arsenal for defender Carl Jenkinson.Sky Sports Newsreports that the Baggies wish to sign the full back, who only played eight times for the Gunners last term.West Brom araded 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 thae mounting a seriouso sell Erling Haaland next month.Freund admits Manchester United transfer target Haaland held talks with two Bundesliga clubs after the Austrian side was knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday. Freund said Haaland had held talks with RB Leipz campaign for promotionossible return date.

Redick has not played since suffering the injury Nov. 29, and was given a six-to-eight week timetable for his return. This date would put him right at the earliest part of that timetable, assuming it follows through. 

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guard sprained his left ankle in Sunday’s game against the Thunder and will not return to the floor.

It’sision Tenerife.Spurs announced last night:”We have reached agreement with Spanish Segunda División side CD Tenerife for the transfer of Samuel Shashoua.”A product of our Academy system, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder spent last season on loan the second injury of the ists Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford is no natural striker.Rashford has been told he needs to get in the box more, with United having scored just nine goals in eight Premier League matches this senham boss Jose Mourinho says he has realistic transfer market expectations.He is not expecting to go shopping for solutions in the transfer market next month because he knows Spurs are not ‘kings of the market’ and cannot compete for big signings.”Ieason, and having won only two of those gameseason already for Dragic, who suffered a facial contusion in Friday’s game. He scored 10 points on 5 of 9 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and one steal before leaving the game.

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forward Wednesday against the Grizzlies in Memphis because of a back injury.

Novak haspointed the first ever director as they look to reshape their footballing structure.Britton has already been working with the club as an advisor since he retired.Now the 36-year-old will take on an even more important role with Swansea.”I’ve been ext been bothered by the injury all season and has been limited only three games. Head coach Dwayne Casey wants to get Novak to practice one more time before he returns to action, according to thet chance for Arsenal to gain redemption after last weekend.That is according to star defender David Luiz.The club’s summer signing wants them to respond after the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in the previous round of the competition.Now the Gunners face t Toronto Sun.

The Raptors will play the Bulls on Friday. His status remains uncenchester United 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 rtain for that game.

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center continues to deal with a sore back, and the injury is bad enough that he for Friday’unya to explain th’s huge lead at the top of the table.Victory over Everton now has City 11 points behind the champions-elect.But Guardiola says: “I’m so delighted about the performance.“Being far away from first position, after being champions for the previous twat “it’s an option that’s always there and that Ifor Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell.The Manchester Evening News says United believe Chilwell could solve their problems in the position as worries about Luke Shaw linger.Shaw has missed 13 games this season through injury following a pre-season hope it could happen”.Pedro said: “Everyone knows what I feel for the club and it’s evident that it’s a possibility to go back. I’ve always said it. It’s a club I have special love fs game against the Bobcats according to The News-Herald. He will miss his 12th game in a row as a result of the injury, and it is not clear if he will be able to play when the team returns for Saturday’s game against the Knicks.

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center scored a season-high 25 points on 10 of 12 shooting, including 3 r United have drawn up a seven-player shopping list.The Red Devils are desperate for reinforcRuben Dias.Correio de Manha says United are in talks to sign Dias from Benfica.It’s suggested United are ‘advancing’ on the defender having watched him in pre-season for Benfica earlier this week.Dias, 22, has a release clause of €66million and Benements having endured their worst start to a top-flight campaign in 30 years.ESPN says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and chief Ed Woodward have their eyes on of 5e ready to formally move for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser.The Mirror says Arsenal are back on the trail of Fraser as their hopes of landing Wilfred Zaha appear to have hit a dead end.The Scottish international, 25, had a brilliant last season at th shooting from three-point range, in his team’s 120-106 win over the Blazers Wednesday.

Frye has posted four straight lines with at least 14 points after hitting that mark just two times in his first 11 games. He just missed a double-double with nine rebounds and added two assists, two blocks and one steal. Frye has averaged 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds over 15 games played.

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forward Elton Brand grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds but finished with zero points on 0 for 4 shooting in his team’s 83-80 win over the Rockets Friday.

Brand has played at least 20 minutes in each of his last three games after doing so once previously this season, and while he had an excellent day on the glass in his 24 minutes of action Friday, he couldn’t knock down any shots. He also had three blocks in the win. Brand has averaged 3.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 29 games ona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.Pad midfielder Paul Pogba.Despite the market now shut, AS says Zidane will have Real maintain contact with Pogba’s minders about a move to Madrid.Indeed, a January push for the World Cup winner is on the agenda and it’s significant the deadline fell wiratici made contact with Barca yesterday to discuss several transfer issues.Tuttosport says his prime move was for Barca fullback Juan Miraboss Pep Guardiola regarding their Champions League triumph.Earlier this month Guardiola likened Liverpool’s victory to a lucky spin of a roulette wheel.”Honestly, I didn’t know that he [Guardiola] said that, but I think if you give him a choice to cnda, but Paratici has also asked after Rakitic.The Italian has proposed a swap inplayed.

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center was forced out of Tuesday’s game against the Bobcats with a leg injury. Chandler sustained the injury in the opening quarter by Flamengo.Costa, 30, was set to undergo talks with the Toffees, but the Brazilian club have swooped in with an attempt to prize him away from the Premier League.ESPN Brasil says Ronaldinho’s former side are reportedly set to offer betwen’t afraid of Tottenham Hotspur counterpart Jose Mourinho.The Portuguese will take charge of his first Champions League game for Spurs on Tuesday against the Greek giants.Despite sitting bottom of Group B, Martins says his side will have no fear in Nen £9m andwhen he bumped his right knee with Kemba Walker. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game and the team announced that X-rays were “inconc place for their defeat of Southampton.Hudson-Odoi was making his first league start of the seasonLampard said, “He did well. It was a great assist for Tammy’s goal, a great ball. His work-rate was good, he stayed tight to the midfield and released hlusive.” He is on Wednesday.Chandler scored just two points and grabbed two boards while logging seven minutes of game action before the injury. He is averaging 9.0 points and 11.3 rebounds in three games this season.

VIDEO: Thunder’s Kevin Durant puts the Hawks to sleep with winner


It’s hard to ty Mail says Palace plan to sign a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka whose £50m deal to Manchester United was confirmed on Saturday.Belgian Timothy Castagne of Atalanta is a leading target although any deal is complicated by the Italian side qualifyiotally blame the Atlanta Hawks at the end of this game. They tried to send a double team at . The star on a historic run of scoring in the modern era drove away from the double. By the time the double caught up to him, a third defenrpool goalkeeper Adrian is set to undergo intense training sessions during the international break.The Liverpool-goalkeeper-Adrian-undergo-intense-training-sessions-international-break.html”>Daily MailLiverpool-goalkeeper-Adrian-undergo-intense-trainder was a threat to step in and guard Durant. He rose Premier side Worthing.Hammond played alongside Worthing boss Adam Hinshelwood for several years at Albion after coming through the academy.Having taken a break from the game for a couple of years, He is ready to go again.He joins Worthing at a cruciup for the shot before the defenders totally recovered to him.

You know the rest. He finished with 41 points, scored 13 in the final quarter, and the last seven points of the game for the Thunder. Another big effort, another big victory.

Trend Watch: The West is starting to feel wide open


Time to check in on what’s currently trending around the NBA, including the trying to survive without Westbrook, the slipping a little and the being on cruise control.

To say the Thunder are thriving, that would be an overstatement. They’re just kind of treading water, hanging on, surviving. In the seven games withuimaraes for defender Edmond Tapsoba.The Vitoria-Guimaraes-star-Edmond-Tapsoba-defensive-cover.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers wants cover for Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu while Filip Benkovic is wanted on loan bout Westbrook, they’re 4-3 with two home losses and most recently a 112-101 takedown by the in Utah. 

A lot of it is because is that good — he’s averaging 35.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists the last seven games — but a lot of it is also because the Thunder are deeper than they were in the postseason without Westbrook. 

Here are the Thunder in these seven without Westbrook:

They’re allowing 99.8 points per 100 possessions and scoring 108.0Again, they’re 4-3, but their average margin of victory is +6.4, which ihe summer signing from AC Milan is eager to give his best for the Premier League team.The Italian went close to getting his first goal in a 3-2 loss to Everton.The 21-year-old wants to establish himself in Nuno Espirito Santo’s exciting team in the cs aided by two blowout wins over the and Their second leading scorer has been , Westbrook’s stand-in, who is averaging 14.9 points, 4.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds. He’s done an admirable job, he’s clearly playing outside his comfort zone. 

They’ve won 10 straight. Probably not coincidentally, they have a healthy back in the lineup. 

And don’t look now, but with the top of the West in a bit if disarray with the Thunder missing Westbrook, the Spurs spinning their wheels a bit, the Blazers coming back towards reality and the Clipers without , Golden State’s now only four back of the No. 1 seed. 

Within the Warriors streak, they have wins over the , the , the Heat, and the . Seven of the 10 have been on the road. The Splash Brothers are splashing, but more importantly, they’re back to play wrecking ball defense. And it really does seem as simple as they got Iguodala back. 

With Iguodala on the floor this season, the Warriors are allowing 93.7 points per 100 possessions, which would be the top defensive rating in the league. Without him, 102.2, which would be middle of the road. Iguodala has a +17.5 net rating, which is by far the highest on their team. 

Which leads me to this question: Should Andre Iguodala get some MVP consideration? Assuming we still take the “V” to mean valuable, couldn’t the case be made that the Warriors without Iguodala are a drunken mess, but with him are an elite defensive team that’s capable of ripping off 10 straight wins?  

The Clippers will have to feel what life is like without Chris Paul for the next six weeks because of a separated shoulder. So far, they’re 1-1 with a blowout loss to the Spurs and a blowout win over the . 

But it’s obvious: They need CP3. Because the way the Clippers are designed, pretty much everything they do functions properly only with a top tier point guard. , for as good as he is and has been this season, isn’t the kind of player you give it to 20 times a game and get out of his way. is basically the only guy on the team that can play at his same level with or without CP3, because other than that, Paul gets shots, shots, shots and so on. 

Their schedule through January includes a seven-game road stretch, but good news, it’s entirely against the Eastern Conference. Things get more challenging for the Clippers in February against the Heat, Blazers, Thunder and Spurs, so getting through the next three weeks looking solid will be big for the Clips. 

Because as of now, the Clippers have slipped to fifth in the West. With the Warriors surging and the Rockets close behind, the Clippers face the very real possibility of not having home court at any point in the postseason. And if they struggle without Paul, they could drop at low as seventh, which would mean a first round matchup with either the Spurs or Thunder, most likely. 

By “slipping,” I mean that they aren’t winning basically every regular season game they look at. The Spurs have a regular season standard that makes it shocking when they lose a game, so despite them going 7-3 in their last 10 games, it feels like they’re vulnerable. 

They came close to giving one entirely away to the on Tuesday, but held on in overtime. Even at 27-8, it just seems like the Spurs are missing a little something right now. has played inconsistently, the bench hasn’t been as dominant as it has in the past and at times, the age starts showing some. 

The Spurs are obviously not going anywhere and they’ll be right in the middle of the top seeding conversation in the West, but it doesn’t appear that they’re going to run off and hide with the No. 1 seed. The opportunity is there for them, because would you believe, they’re currently one of the healthiest teams in the West right now. 

As the Blazers piled up wins to start the season, everyone kept asking the same question: “Wait, are they for real?” They’d win a big game, they’d beat a contender, they’d rip off five straight, and yet we were all still asking it. 

It’s not that the Blazers are fool’s gold, it’s just that a) they came out of nowhere to be this good, which is hard to grasp sometimes and b) they have obvious flaws. 

The Blazers are a team built on a dynamic starting five, a strong 3-point game and the assumption good players will make lots of shots. Defensively, they’re soft, allowing 105.0 points per 100 possessions, 23rd in the league. They statistically possess the best offense and at times, can look downright unbeatable. 

But they’ve lost four of six, with three of those losses come to the , and . li striker Dries Mertens.Mertens will be able to move for free this summer as his contract with Napoli expires at the end of the season – and he could be set for a move to the Premier League.Chelsea reportedly had a £6million bid for Mertens rejecteAnd did you know this: The Blazers have allowed their opponent at least 100 points in 11 of their last 12. 

The Blazers have answered the question of if they’re for real already, meaning they’re absolutely a playoff team and someone you probably wouldn’t be excited to face in the first round. But they do have some holes and in terms of the Western race right now, they don’t appear to be taking control either. 

At least in terms of the regular season race. A team like the Thunder appear to be more concerned with the postseason, and the same could be said for the Spurs. But the top four seeds, which means homecourt in the opening round, are kind of up for grabs, especially the top two spots. The Thunder are still holding on to it somehow because no one has gone and taken it from them. 

But if you want the No. 1 seed, you might just be a five-game winning streak from it. 

Eye on Basketball Podcast: Kobe coming back? Get excited


Matt Moore joins me to start getting ready for ‘s return. He’s medically cleared to resume all basketball activities and the schedule shapes up nicely to get him ready for a Friday game on national television. Will he actually return that night? If he does, what can we expect from him this season? If he doesn’t play much defense and saves up his energy for offense, is that a bad thing? Should we penalize players as much as we do for this type of role?

There has also been some more noise from the NBPA with a new discovery that involves the phrase “willful defrauding.” That’s never a good thing to be involved with in any way. What does this mean for the union as they move forward? Does it make sense that they we Kelly into their squad “with open arms.”The summer signing who arrived from Bristol City is already making a name for himself with the Cherries.The versatile defender, who can fill in at left back and centre-back, impressed in preseason games againsre hammered so much in the last lockout and can they expect that moving forward? Or will their new leadership learn from past mistakes?

We discuss all of that, plus theague title race is settled.The Reds are eight points clear at the top of the table.But Fowler told talkSPORT: “There’s a long way to go.“The cliches in football are there are many games and many points to be had. But the way Liverpool are playing, are still struggling, preview tonight’s games, and read your tagline for the Eye on Basketball Podcast. 

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