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The h young fullback Brandon Williams plays lcNeil back to Old Trafford.After being axed by United’s youth side aged 14, McNeil went on to join the Clarets where he has developed into an integral part of Sean Dyche’s first-team squad.McNeil, 19, has played in all 11 of Burnley’s Premier League ike a South American.Williams, 1is stalling on a move to England.Leicester City have made an €18m offer for the Belgium international – which has brought Samp to the negotiating table.TMW says Samp are willing to sell and will do business for €25m.However, Praet is unconvinced 9, only made his United bow against Rochdale in the League Cup on September 25 but is poised to make his full Premier League debut against Brighton since Ashley Young is suspendeave claimed reliever from the , the club announced Friday.

Stinson, 25, spent the bulk of 2012 at Double-A Huntsville in Milwaukee’s farm system, where he allowed a 3.16 ERA in 145.1 innings of work with a 1.3 K/BB. Stinson reached Milwaukee in September, where he gave up a run on seven hits and five walks over 9.1 innings.

Stinson was designated for assignment by the Brewers last week after he was informed he wouldn’t make the club’s opening day bullpen.

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infielder , who is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foo his style of play.Bonucci is regarded as your typical Italian stopper.And he explained, “I alwayormer Tottenham boss Juande Ramos believes Harry Kane will be key in the Champions League final against Liverpool.Ramos was the last manager to win silverware for Spurs.Ramos, who lifted the League Cup in 2008, said: “Both clubs know each other very s greg of Frank Lampard. Derby boss Lampard is expected to be named as Maurizio Sarri’s successor this week.Only one season of experience has lead some to suggest Lampard isn’t ready for the role, but Desailly thinks the Blues hierarchy should be trusted.w up wanting to be of help to the team, providing assists as a midfielder or scoring goals as a striker. I had to reset that way of thinking and rt, suffered a setback Tuesday. Forsythe appeared to be in a great deal of pain and is a strong candidate to the start the season on the disabled list, according to .com.

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sia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has professed his

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Padres catcher returned to the lineup for Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the A’sttl felt a denied penalty claim for Danny Ings was the difference for their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.The visitors, though, were well in the game until Alex Oxlade-Chamberlairpool fullback Andrea Dossena can understand Paulo Dybala stalling on a move to Manchester United.The Juventus striker is the subject of intense negotiations with United, thoug fun playing with the club’s attacking players.The Brazilian is tasked with protecting the back four and starting attacks for the Reds.His early passes to the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are often the start of Liverpool counter attacks.And h is hesitating about the move.”It’s all in his head. Obviously if he was n’s opener two minutes into the second half, which came moments after Southamp after being scratched the day before due to a sore wrist. He went 0 for 3 with a strikeout in the 11-6 loss.

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Pedro Feliciano sidelined with ‘hole’ in heart

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reliever is sidelined for the time being after a hole was discovered in his heart. Fortunately, his condition isn’t quite as serious as it sounds.

ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports the small hole is located on the exterior of Feliciano’s heart and, according to Feliciano, . Feliciano also tells Rubin surgery was not discussed. Marc Carig of Newsday adds that Feliciano’s condition was . Carig adds that Feliciano will wear a Harry Maguire about leaving Leicester City.Neville has questioned whether Maguire will still be England’s darling if he leaves Leicester for one of the Premier League’s leading clubs.“One thing I was thinking was that the England fans must have sunheart monitor for the time being.

The 36-year-old lefty is attempting to return to the majors for the first time since 2010. He owns a 3.31 ERA and 1.37 WHIP across parts of eight major-league seasons.

For Premier League team has managed to beat Jurgen Klopp’s troops so far this season.Kane, 26, urged his team-mates to make history today, saying: “Momentum-wise, a victory would give us a huge lift.“Probably not many people will expect us to win awamore baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with c has revealed the club practiced corners in recent weeks.The Red Devils have endured struggles at both defending and attacking from set pieces.But they held firm at the back and scored from a corner to defeat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the Prus on Twitter: , and .

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Verlander, Leyland stump for scorching hot Cabrera in MVP race

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DETROIT — ace , one year removed from winning both the American League MVP and Cy Young award, has been wearing a T-shirt around the clubhouse reading “Keep the MVP in the D.”That it is not just an empty slogan for Verlander became crystal clear following his 15th victory of the season, a 6-2 decision over the on Wednesday.Verlander turned fiery when someone told him that some baseball analysts think that even if becomes the first player since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 to win the Triple Harry Redkn United youngster Dylan Levitt has signed a new contract with the club.The 18-year-old’s new deal with keep him at the club until June 2022 and United have the option to extend his stay for a further year.Levitt has been included in Ryan Giggs ‘ seniapp has again spoken of how close Tottenham came to signing former Chelsea star Eden Hazard.Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid last summer, however Redknapp revealed the Belgian could’ve joined Spurs while still playing in France with Lille.The former Tottenham manager told Sky Sports: “I met Eden Hazard in Paris, we had an hour chat.“I loved him as a footballer, what a genius. He was up for coming to Tottenham.”Redknapp expressed his regret that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was unable to get the deal done.He said: “Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I wasn’t involved in transfer deals.“All I’d do if I see a player, I’d tell Daniel and they do the deals. But it never got that far, they couldn’t agree a fee so they didn’t get him.”Crown, ‘ outfielder is still the AL MVP.”Bull—-,” Verlander said, firmly.Told that there is precedent for this, that Ted Williams twice won the Triple Crown (1942 and 1947) without winning the MVP award, Verlander quickly flashed his knowledge of baseball history.Speaking specifically of 1947, when Joe DiMaggio (.315, 20 homers, 97 RBI, 97 runs scored) won the award over Williams (.343, 32, 114 RBI, 125 runs), Verlander said “that will go down as one of the worst MVP years of all time, in my opinion.”Verlander then shifted back to present day.”The Triple Crown, that hasn’t been done since ’67,” he said. “C’mon. Even now, when he’s erned about losing Toby Alderweireld on a free transfer.The Belgian central defender only has a year left on his contract and no one has bid for him this summer.The 30-year-old wanted big wages from any suitors, while his age and the asking price froone home run away.”Cabrera is batting .363 with 16 homers, 45 RBI and 34 runs scored in 43 games in August and September.Trout, meantime, was batting .280 with nine homers, 22 RBI and 38 runs over 44 games in August and September into Wednesday night’s game against the Rangers.”Oh my God,” Verlander said of the stretch run. “You want to talk MVP, compare those numbers. There’s a big difference.”Meantime, after Cabrera blasted his 41st homer of the season to continue his scorching run, manager Jim Leyland was asked about the Trout vs. Cabrera MVP debate that is both fierce and gaining momentum, as it relates to traditional statistics and more modern metrics.Leyland said he spoke with a “Sabermetric” guy recently who advanced the theory that an unnamed player — clearly Trout — according to Sabermetrics, is better than Cabrera.”When the Sabermetric guy gave me that, I asked him, ‘Should I trade Miguel Cabrera for the player’,” Leyland said. “And he said, ‘Oh no, you can’t do that.”I said, ‘Well, then, you don’t believe in Sabermetrics and neither do I.”

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The Indians released pitcher onManchester United team of the Premier League era.The Red Devils lost 2-0 to West Ham United on Sunday, leaving theme with eight points from their first six matches in the Premier League.midfielder Pablo Fornals admits his first Premier League game was very hard.The summer signing from Villarreal made his first start for the club in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Brighton.“This is all new for me,” he told West Ham TV. “It is a new leag”This is the worst group Manchester United have ever had since t Wlar contact with former teammate Neymar.The wantaway PSG star is desperate to return to Barca before the summer market shuts on September 2.Asked about the situation, Pique said: “Of course we have conversations with him, but they are private.”It’s aednesday.

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Report: Tigers looking to add pitching

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The will look for a , and it could be or , according to the Detroit Free Press’ John Lowe.

The team considers the asking price for to be too high, and could turn its attention to Rodriguez or Vargas. As CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman , the Tigers are interested in Dempster, but the are viewed as the favMiddlesbrough have turned down Burnley’s offer for defender Dael Fry.The Clarets lodged a bid of £8m for the England U21 centre-back.But Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate is determined to keep Fry, according to The Northern Echo.Former England centre-back Woodgate has worked with Fry at youth and senior level and is desperate to improve him as a player.orite for his services.The Tigers could for if they are willing to includ wants Tottenham to step up to another level in the coming season.Spurs reached the Champions League final but still finished the season trophyless.Lloris, their veteran goalkeeper, hopes the team can take enough of a leap to win a domestic or Europee third baseman Nick Castellanos in a deal, ESPN’s or Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes.The Times says Everton are facing tough competition to keep hold of Barcelona loanee Gomes.Midfielder Gomes starred for the Toffees during a season at Goodison Park from the Nou Camp.Barca are happy to allow Gomes Buster Olney reported.The team has also been  to and , according to CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler.

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Brett Lawrie suspended 4 games

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Toronto third baseman will be suspended four games, CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman reports. Lawrie will appeal and is in the lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Yankees.Lawrie a called third strike in the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Rays in Toronto. After he was ejected, he slammed his helmet on the ground and it bounced up and hit umpire Bill Miller. For his part, Lawrie didn’t seem terribly apologetic, even after learning of his suspension. “The only thing I would change is maybe not throwing the helmet or any equipment toward the umpire because you can get an unlucky hop and have the kind of mess that’s going on right now,” he said.Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos also seemed to think too muce entirety of his career at Manchester United, first visiting their training ground when he was just six years old.But he could leave the club at the end of the season, when his contract expires.Barcelona and Chelsea have both emerged as potential suh was being made of Lawrie’s outburst. “Everyone knows he didn’t throw it at anybody, it happened to bounce and hit someone,” Anthopoulos said. “If he had turned a little to his right or a little to his left, Irror says Barry has been offered a three-year deal at the Hawthorns, in a bid to stop interest from Barcelona.Barry turned 16 on Friday and for the first time under UEFA rules, West Brom have been able to offer him a one-year scholarship followed by think you’re probably not even involved in any type of suspension.”

For more basebaill need time to settle.The striker has arrived this summer from Eintracht Frankfurt.”I hope Luka succeeds, but he’s not going to have it easy,” Petkovic told MARCA.”He’s a player that’s already shone at Eintracht and I hope he’s good enough to wear ll news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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Heat could use a boost from their balanced point guard position

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MIAMI — The have a very different situation at the point guard position than just about any other team. On most teams, the point guard is the initiator of the offense and someone who organizes the lineup on the floor of where they need to be. With the Heat, they don’t often ask to be that kind of leader. Erik Spoelstra wants his point guards to be aggressive and be willing to take quality shots, but you’re not going to see them often racking up double-digit assist games.

Playing well and playing consistently for guys like Chalmers and is the key. They have to be playmakers when the opportunity is there, but aggressive play on both ends of the floor is the desired game plan. Through the first two games of the Finals, neither point guard has been able to give a consistent performance for Miami.

In Game 1 against the , Chalmers was in early foul trouble and only ended up playing 17 minutes on the night. It was Cole who picked up the majority of the time at the position, contributing five assists in 31 minutes but not being a factor in scoring the ball. Game 2 opa League in its old European Cup Winners’ Cup guise in 1998 — the same year he won the League Cup, the Super Cup and, of course, the World Cup — is adamant he’d rather be in it to win it every year than making up the numbers in the continent’s saw a reversal of fortunes for both players. Chalmers was much more controlled and did a solid defensive job on the Spurs’ perimeter players, while Cole barely had an impact in 10 minutes.

“I thought Rio gave us a lift the other night,” Erik Spoelstra said at shootaround on Tuesday. “As long as he can play in his normal wheelhouse of minutes, he gives us something different — another guy who can put the ball on the floor and make plays, space the floor for us, and another defender on Parker. It was the other way around in Game 1. Norris played the big minutes and Rio played those minutes. Ideally, we’d get both of them playing their normal minutes.”

Neither Chalmers nor Cole have ever been shy about accepting the gravity of the moment and looking to contribute. Chalmers has hit numerous huge shots for the Heat over the years while taking the brunt of on-court criticism from his teammates if he makes a mistake. They yell at him because they know he can handle that kind of relationship. Cole has been.City assistant manager Arteta is in advanced talks to take the manager’s job at Arsenal this week.And should Arteta leave the champions, former Feyenoord coach Van Bronckhorst is available to step in to fill the void.The Dutchman is now part of the a spark plug, who did a fantastic job bothering during this year’s Eastern Conference finals.

The Heat need both players to settle back into their roles and excel in them. With and handling so much of the ball, it limits the opportunities the Heat’s point guards have in impacting the game on their own. They’re reliant on cuts off the ball, the defense being out of position when they receive a pass, and finding ways to knock down big shots. And of course, figuring out a way to stay in front of the Spurs’ backcourt of and can be quite the task.

Heading into Game 3 in Miami Tuesday night, Chalmers stepping up early could take a lot of pressure off of the position for the Heat and give the Spurs another weapon to worry about defending.

“Definitely not comfortable,” Chalmers said when asked if he was comfortable with the way he had played so far. “I want to provide as much as I can. Tonight, the game plan for me is to come out and be more aggressive early, just try to see where I can attack more, and just see where I can be more aggressive at on the court.”

Through two games, Chalmers and Cole have combined for 10 points on 13 shots (30.7 percent from the field), 11 assists, nine turnovers, and 13 fouls. If both p for Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech.De Telegraaf reports Chelsea have an oral agreement in place with the Eredivisie side and the deal is expected to be wrapped up before the summer.The Blues came out of a two-window transfer ban in January but Frank Llayers can play their normal games in their normal balance of minutes tonight, Miami won’t have to worry about the consistency of the point guard position any more.

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guard came to play Saturday, scoring 27 points on 10 of 16 shooting while dishing out 16 assists and grabbing 10 rebounds to deliver a Game 7 triple-double in his team’s 120-109 win over the Grizzlies.

Westbrook’s triple-double was his second of the series, but he shot far better than he had in the previous six games, in which he made just 35.6 percent of his shots. He’ll squaster United manager was reportedly keen on replacing Bruno Genesio at the Ligue 1 club.But Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed on Saturday that former Arsenal and Manchester City midfito one side facing Arsenal this weekend.The England international says he will give everything to get three points for his new club.Welbeck told watfordfc.com: “I’ve played against former clubs before, like Manchester United when I was at Arsenal, elder Sylvinho will take on the role, with Juninho Pernambutional has been outstanding for Wolves this season.And Cole told the club’s website: “He’s a top player and he kind of reminds me of an old-fashioned striker in the way he holds the ball up and flicks it, but then he’ll also pop out over to the winnco re off with either Chris Paul or Stephen Curry in the second round.

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Kings owner favors lottery tweaks, tourney for final playoff spot

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In a Q&A with Vivek Ranadive, majority owner of the , Ranadive discussed the subject of tanking and his solution for it. It’s a radical system that’s less aggressive than the so-called “wheel plan” and features a tournament for the 8th and final playoff spots in each conference. 

That’s the V Plan. Do you want me to tell you the V Plan?

So, basically, we have this issue with how the draft happens and people allegedly tanking. Soour this season because the race for Champions League places is “very open.”Chelsea are stuck in 11th place after six games and they are yet to win at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard’s reign this season. Mount said: “Look at the table, how ma when I was flying back from the conference, someone looked at me and asked, “Hey, have you thought about this?” People have come up with different ideas — this idea of The Wheel, and this and that. And so I thought about it and I came up with a solution that I believe will solve most of the issues, and I call it the V Plan.

There’s two parts to it. Part one is that you freeze the draft order at the time of the All-Star break. Then, everything [pertaining to the current lottery system] remains the same, but it’s frozen based on the standings at the All-Star break. Then there’s no gain in not playing at the highest level for the remainder of the season. That’s part one.

Part two is that at the end of the season, the top seven teams from the Eastern Conference and the top seven teams from the Western Conference make the playoffs. Then for the eighth playoff spot, the remaining eight teams have a sudden-death, college-style playoff in a neutral venue, like Vegas in the West and Kansas or Louisville in the East. (Note: This idea is similar to Bill Simmons’ “Entertaining as Hell Tournament,” first floated here and was discussed by Silver in his chat with Gladwell at the Sloan Conference.)

That would inject such excitement into the league. Teams would no longer be incentivized to lose. Their fans would have something to hope for, like a Cinderella team that got into the eighth spot. It would solve most ofurope is within their grasp.Victory at Brescia was Milan’s fourth on the bounce under coach Stefano Pioli.“Our goal is Europe, we must continue like this, we can’t relax. Another battle awaits us in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday,” said Donnarumma.“ the issues that we’re facing with the way the draft happens right now.

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The first part is easy, and not a bad solution. You have a half-seasoncker Memphis Depay.The Mirror says ex-Manchester United player Depay has sent the rumour mill into overdrive after a video he posted on Instagram.The Netherlands international’s video showed him boarding a plane along with the message ‘Merci Lyon’, w to tank, then you can start getting better. This has a few advantages. If your star player blows out his knee, you can secure yourself a good pick, then make a trade at the deadline to try and make the playoffs and compete. I’m on board with that one. 

As far as the tournament option, Simmons’ idea is always met with excitement from fans. It has to be collectively bargained though, and that could be a problem. Additionally, a lot of teams just want to be done after all their misery. Even if the Sixers hadn’t traded away and , would you really want to put them through having to play an extra game? I think taking maybe the final four teams in each conference would be a better plan. It’s shorter, would get the team within reasonable reach, and spare us having to watch the Lakers again. 

Either way, with an owner on board such change, you can see that the future of the NBA in regards to the draft lottery and tanking is going to change some way, some how. 

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Why Andrew Wiggins’ early tourney exit doesn’t limit his potential

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Andrew Wiggins lost. 

In a round-of-32 game against upstart Stanford, Andrew Wiggins, who many feel is the best pick in the draft, finished with six field goal attempts, four points, four turnovers, one assist, and a very big anchor around his neck. 

Let me sum up the narratives that immediately, and I mean, immediately erupted in the media after the game. And not just from pundits who love to make a name for themselves, either. Former players, coaches, lots of folks. 

“Andrew Wiggins needs to stay another year because clearly he is not ready for the because in a guard-heavy system under a coach who has consistently shown that he does better developing underrated talent than pushing the limits of a top-end prospect, he failed to advance past two rounds in one-and-done tournament at age 19.” 

Welcome to 2014, where everything is dead before it begins. 

Let’s take a moment and step away from Narrativeville, Population: Cranky Old Dudes. 

Maybe you’re new here, and you’re wondering “What’s so special about the kid? He only shot six times, and he was a non-factor in a loss. Why is everyone so excited about him?”

Well, here’s a good place to start. 

That’s a block, full-court sprint and alley-oop finish from auded Eddie Nketiah for his ‘phenomenal’ work-rate.The 20-year-old found the back of the net in Mon for all programming watched during the 2018/19 season, a six per cent increase on the previous campaign, reports, /.Working in partnership with industry analyst Nielsen, England’s top-flight soccer league also found that the cumulative audience for day’s FA Cup fifth-round win over Portsmouth, his third goal since re-joining the club last month from a loan spell with Leeds United.”He has been phena leap from the second stripe in five seconds. Athleticism can be overrated, especially in the draft. But elite athleticism like that is the foundation of a capable NBA All-Star. The skilled guys are usually, not always, but usually guys who had an athletic bedrock and built their abilities around it. Wiggins has that bedrock and plenty of work started on the abilities side of it, too. 

So then what happened? 

Look, I’m not here to outright defend Andrew Wiggins. Throughout the season, he was cast with the label of being too passive. He would drift. Some 19 year-olds come in and have the mental makeup to tell older, more established guys “I want the ball, give it to me, I’ve got this.” Others have to work their way into it. And maybe Wiggins will struggle with the same problem in a locker room full of older guys in the NBA. 

But we hammer Carmelo Anthony for not playing a team game, for playing too much isolation, for being a black hole, and then we blame Andrew Wiggins because he tried to work within the set of the offense? 

Bill Self is arguably the best coach in college basketball. You live in Kansas City for two years, you learn how incredible of a coach he is. He gets through to the kids, he builds them as a team, he wins game after game after game, conference title after conference title. 

Former KU forward Darrell Arthur said this week that playing for Bill Self helps make guys better pros long-term because of what they learn at KU. I think that’s absolutely true. They learn a deeper, more fundamental understanding of how to succeed in team basketball, how to be a professional, how to conduct themselves. 

But the fact remains that top talent recruits have not only been rare a KU, when they’ve played under Self their draft stock has plummeted. His system is conducive to winning games, to winning titles. It’s not the best for showcasing talent, especially not on the wing. 

I went back through KU’s possessions in the second half of the loss to Stanford expecting to find that Wiggins really was too passive. That he deserves the blame for not forcing the issue. The evidence paints a different picture. 

(Tangent: Can we maybe take a second and recognize that maybe, just maybe, Stanford just played better? They rebounded well, they executed a zone against a team that couldn’t stretch the floor, and they made plays. Sometimes this stuff happens. Sometimes the other guys are just better and it doesn’t have to be a reflection on one player’s entire career. This is the crux of my point.)

This was the one that stuck out to me the most. Wiggins nabs the offensive rebound. He’s covered by two guys. Is he supposed to force it up there? He kicks it out and the offense resets. He tries .The Daily Record says a cluster of fringe players have emerged as potential money makers for Liverpool over the coming months with five individuals set for the exit door.The likes of Ryan Kent, Harry Wilson and Nathaniel Clyne among others could fetto get the ball back, he’s ready, he’s calling for the ball. 

Nope. Nothing. Sorry. Meanwhile, the possession ends in a highly contested layup attempt over two bigger players. 

Here, a teammate literally has to tell his point guard by pointing to get him the ball. Wiggins winds up drawing a foul. 

This was an awful possession for Wiggins. He takes the ball and just tries to create too much through the zone, getting stripped and the resulting tie-up has a Stanford possession arrow. 

Wiggins spreads the floor here, finds a seam and puts up a quality shot. He doesn’t airball, he doesn’t badly miss. He just rims out. Basketball. 

There’s a steal and Wiggins bolts to the rim. He has a lob opportunity. The move to try and find the open outside shooter might be the smart one… if the shooter shoots. He doesn’t. 

This is not the play of a player who lacks leadership or motivation. There are legit reasons to lean towards one of the other prospects. But before we bury Wiggins under overhyped labels, maybe consider how we got here and why we shouldn’t overreact to a single game. After all, Rock Chalk and all that. 

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center did not practice on Thursday and is on his inManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hinted at long-term concerns over Kevin de Bruyne’s fitness.The Belgium ace has missed large chunks of the season due injury.Guardiola says De Bruyne will be missing again for Monday night’s clash with Leicester City.”I do not know about Kevin. For next Monday he is not available,” conceded Guardiola. “I do not know what’s going to happen in the future.”jured foot, according to ESPN Los Angeles. Kaman has not appeared in nine of the past 10 games for Los Angeles, receiving several DNPs. He is averaging 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season. His next opportunity to play will come Sundaygnaldo has spoken of his past trials with Manchester United.The 25 year-old Brazilian is currently on-loan with Finland’s RoPS fs declared Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk as the greatest EVER!Former AC Milan star Shevchenko is a huge fan of the Dutchman who is competing tonight for the Ballon d’Or alongside Barcelona star Leo Messi and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo.Throm Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s former club Molde.Agnaldo told ESPN Brasil: “I want to play well this season and then make a against the Magic.

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Lakers GM Kupchak open to trading pick, coach could depend on decision

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GM Mitch Kupchak told the LA Daily News that he’s open to the idea of trading the Lakers’ first-round pick. And he said the directio been suggested Griezmann, who has declared he will leave Atletico Madrid, will arrive at Barca to replace Coutinho.But a source close to the Brazilian has denied the midfielder is set to make way.The insider told AS: “It’s not true that Griezmann isn of the Lakers’ coaching search could be determined by what the Lakers do with the pick.

Yet, Kupchak maintained his stance from last month’s exit meetings that the Lakers are open toward trading their current first-round pick should they find a suitable offer.

“It may be a factor,” he said. “You can only trade a pick if you have a trading partner, too. So their willingness and what they would be willing to give up would be dependent on the pick.”

Another variable perhaps more complicating: the Lakers’ coaching search.

Kupchak reiterated he will remain patient with that process and acknowledged there “is a correlation” between the order of the Lakers’ draft pick and who the team selects as its next head coach. It appears likely the Lakers either will opt for a younger coach if they keep their draft pick or a veteran coach if the Lakers somehow upgrade their roster through a trade.

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The Lakers are sixth in the lottery. You’d assume that if they were to land a top-three spot, they would keep the pick unless someone like Kevin Love suddenly became available for the pick. But if they stay at six or fall, they could use it to acquire a veteran who could help. Who that would be is the uncertain part. In truth, the Lakers’ plan beyond “do everything” is kind of up in the air. Kupchak admits in the interview that the new CBA has limited the Lakers’ plan to rebuild through spending. 

Additionally interesting in all of this is that Dante Exum, who would seemingly fit well in LA, tested well at the combine and could land outside of sixth. If the Lakers can’t find a veteran to acquire with the sixth pick, would they consider trading up to get Exum or someone else? 

The coach question is similarly interesting. Lionel Hollins is a rumored candidate, but he wouldn’t do well with a young team. George Karl may be in the same boat. But a younger assistant, like Quin Snyder, whose name has been mentioned? That might be different. 

Looming over all of this is , and what impact he’ll have on the team’s direction. It’s looking like a Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho remains keen on West Ham defender Issa Diop.Sky Sports says Tottenham have identified Diop as a long-term replacement for Jan Vertonghen.Spurs boss Mourinho wants Vertonghen to sign a contract extension, but is still hopeweird, eventful summer for the Lakeis the first time Lampard has a full week to work with his players since August.”Yes, maybe. I think that a little bit of fatigue can be part of the picture and we will look at that behind the scenes,” Lampard said after Saturday’s loss to Bournemoutrs. 

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NBA Playoff Picture: Look who’s back in first place?

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 Pacers, Heat, Spurs, Clippers, Thunder

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Raptors: 1

Pacers (1) vs. Hawks (8)

Heat (2) vs. Wizards (7)

Raptors (3) vs. Bobcats (6)

Bulls (4) vs. Nets (5)

Spurs (1) vs. Suns (8)

Thunder (2) vs. Mavericks (7)

Clippers (3) vs. Warriors (6)

Rockets (4) vs. Trail Blazers (5)

Don’t try and figure out what’s going to happen with this. There is no predicting anything. The Heat had the on the ropes and got clocked in the fourth quarter. The Pacers sat their starters, all five of them, and beat Milwaukee on a buzzer beater. 

Total. Chaos. 

Indiana and Miami face off Friday on South Beach, but this isn’t as big a deal as you think it is. Here’s why. A Miami win would tie the season series. After that, tiebreaker goes to conference record. The Pacers lead Miami in that category by three games. Miami can’t catch Indiana in that category without beating them out in overall record. 

Here are the contingencies based on what could happen Friday: 

If Indiana wins and goes 3-0, Indiana gets the No.1 seed. If Indiana wins and goes 2-1, Indiana gets the No. 1 seed. If Indiana wins and goes 1-2, Miami must go 3-1 to get the No. 1 seed. If Miami wins and goes 4-0, Miami gets the No.1 seed. If Miami wins and goes 3-1, Indiana must go 2-1 to get the No. 1 seed. IF Miami wins and goes 2-2, Indiana must go 1-2 to get the No. 1 seed.

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Huge night for the Raps on Wednesday. Their magic number going into the night was four, based on tiebreaker. But their win over the Sixers clinched a better division record than Brooklyn. So they gained one on the magic number with the win, one with getting tiebreaker, and then the Magic beat Brooklyn. 

So they’re magic number for the division is down to one. 

The Bulls won to keep pace, and have clinched no-worse than the fifth seed. Their magic number for homecourt in the first round is one.  

 

Washington suffered a crushing loss in overtime at home to Charlotte. The result? Charlotte moves into a tie and they have tie breaker over the Wizards. It’s looking like the Wizards are headed towards another meeting with . Meanwhile the Bobcats could wind up against the Raptors. Is that a better matchup than Indiana? That’s a toss-up. But they control their own destiny to choose their first-round opponent. 

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Well, the Hawks screwed around for most of the game, but finally took care of business vs. Boston on the back to back. Magic number for them to clinch a playoff berth and eliminate New York is down to two. 

OKC got a huge win vs. the Clippers. It pushed LA a game and a half back, and closed the gap on the Spurs to three games. It’s probably too late to catch San Antonio (the Spurs’ magic number is two), but they did help basically lock up the No. 2 seed. Their magic number for the two is two. 

The Clippers still lucked out. The Rockets’ loss to Denver closed their magic numer for the three-seed to one. 

 San Antonio faces the Mavericks. A win moves their magic number for homecourt to one. 

The back to back in Denver takes another victim. Houston’s 2.5 games back of the Clippers, and on the verge of elimination for anything higher than four. But even after Portland’s loss, Houston remains 1.5 games ahead of the Blazers. 

Houston’s magic number for homecourt in the first round remains two. 

  

Portland snuck out a win vs. the on a buzzer beater by Dorrell Wright. They’re 1.5 back of Houston and two up on Golden State. Their magic number for the fifth seed is three. 

Dallas faces San Antonio. A loss puts them into a tie with the Suns for the 7th and a game up on Memphis. They have tiebreaker over both teams so they’re probably OK, but they might notville says the club is in it’s current state due to the board.Neville launched a scathing attack on the United board following the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat by Newcastle at St James’ Park. He said on Sky Sports: “They have cocked it up over many years. want to let this thing get that far. 

A win moves the magic number for Dallas to two. 

Golden State faces Denver, who will be on a back to back road game. On account of Dallas, Memphis, and Phoenix playing one another, if the Warriors win, they’re in. 

 

The Suns took care of business vs. the , but instead of gaining ground, everything stayed thea.The Brazilian will become a free agent at the end of this season, with both Juventus and Barcelona chasing his signature.But the 31-year-old says he and his family are happy staying in London.Writing in a column for The Players’ Tribune, Willian sa same when the Grizzlies pulled the upset vs. the Heat. So Memphis stays a game back of Phoenix, but controls their own destiny since they play Phoenix next week. 

Instead of being pushed to the brink, the Grizzlies looeam should take on a younger feel once Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon – a trio with an average age of 21 who arrived at a combined cost of £120m during the summer – are fully integrated. But while fans are clamouring to see mork ready to make one last run. 

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