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reliever has been oed by his own England fans.Van Dijk defended Gomez after his row with Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling and has called for people to “leave him alone”.”It’s disappointing to see,” Van Dijk said of England supporters’ treatment toward Gomez.”I”falling in love” with his slider this spring, according to the Seattle Times.

“I know that at 1-0, I can come back with a slider and almost steal a strike,” he said. “Guys are hunting my fastball so hard, especially on fast 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 plaball counts. It’s not even a thought in their mind, so it definitely helps. It speeds up (the look of) my fastball a little bit, so that helps it out, too.”

The report also indicated that manager Eric Wedge has confidence using Capps, who has an axe coach Ernesto Valverde with no compensation due, it has been revealed.Valverde is under pressure after Barca’s Champions League collapse at Liverpool this week.Sport says in his new contract there exists an exit clause which can be activated bstruck out seven of the last nine batters he faced.

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MLB.com reports Mariners starter pitched in a minor-league intrasquad game on Monday. He allowed three runs on 1, Luiz has spent the past season away on-loan due to work permit problems.The Manchester Evening News says Luiz made 20 starts and seven substitute appearances in a season which saw him suffer with injuries, and also saw the club relegated.He has bee0 hits over five innings of work. Ramirez year-old starred under Lampard at Derby County last term, before returning to become a vital player for the Blues.But Mount says he wasn’t guaranteed a spot in Lampard’s side when he returned to Stamford Bridge this summer.He said: “I hadn’t had a fualso struck out seven with no walks while throwing 70 pitches. ready to bid for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.The Sun says Mignolet, 31, lost his place in Jurgen Klopp’s team this season following the arrival of Alisson Becker – but has attracted interest from Eddie Howe.Howe is ready to offer regular Prem

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GIF: Ryan Flaherty ranges to his right for amazing play

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Utility man played six different positions for the last year, but he only spent one inning at shortstop. BaltimTimm Klose hopes to be back from a serious knee injury by the end of the season.The Switzerland international missed the start of the season because of hip trouble, afa Benitez won’t rule out a return to Serie A.The former Napoli coach is being linked with Roma.He said, “I’d prefer not to talk about that at the moment. My friends told me several rumours about Serie A interest. “I like Italian football, that mucnd then suffered what turned out to be a long-term issue on his first appearance in ore is trying to get him more time at the position this spring, and on Wednesday afternoon he did this:

It helped that Juan Rivera was pulling his tractor down the line, but my goodness. You’re not going to see many shortstops range that far to their right and still make an on-the-money throw over to first. That one deserves a high-five and a butt-slap.

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For more basebalFormer Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny took a massive pay-cut to move to Bordeaux.Koscielny refused to travel with the Gunners on their pre-season tour of America before returning to France with Bordeaux.He also angered fans with his unveiling videl news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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MLB.com reports Pirates prospect was grouped with the other starters during workouts on Tuesday. Manager Clint Hurdle said that there was a motive to put the right-hander with , , , and . “Yes, we put a lot o London Evening Standard says Tottenham will not give Jose Mourinho major funds in January,.The Portuguese has spent big at his previous clubs but will not oversee sweeping changes to the Spurs squad in the winter window.It is claimed Mourinho acceptf thought into how we group guys. We don’t just pick names out of a hat and put them together,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We look at guys we may want to match up, so they can watch some other people, see how they go about things, to help with that educational process. That’s something we definCrystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth eld schemer has emerged as a top summer target for Wolves in recent months.Le Parisian says Wolves are prepared to offer as much as €40m for Sanson – a proposal which will meet OM’s demands.The French giants need to sell with UEFA threatening a Finhas joined Trabzonspor on loan.The Norwegian will spend the entire 2019/20 campaign at the Turkish Super Lig club.Palace posted on their website: “Everyone at the club wishes Alexander the very best during the loan period.”Sorloth has made 20 appearances for the Eagles since joining from FC Midtjylland in January 2018.itely keep in mind with some of our prospects.”

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Pirates, Francisco Liriano revise contract

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Lefty will, as expected, be a Pittsburgh Pirate, but he’ll be a Pirate under slightly different parameters.

CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman originally reported that . However, before the deal coed to experience Manchester United’Pereira admits he was shocked by the extent of his knee injury upon first hearing the news.Pereira’s season is over after breaking down in victory over Aston Villa last week.He posted to social media: “I never thought that this could happen to me, bus away fans for the first time. The Red Devils travel to Molineux on Monday night hoping to make it two from two this season after beating Chelsea last Sunday.”The crowd was amazing during the Chelsea game and I’ve uld be finalized, Liriano broke his non-throwing arm, which prompted the to revisit the terms. Now, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that . Sources tell Rosenthal that Liriano could still make $12.75 million over the life of the updated contract but that the veteran left-hander “will assume more risk under the revised terms.”

Heyman confirms Rosenthal’s report and adds that the new contract won’t be finalized until Liriano once again passes a physical.

The 29-year-old Liriano is coming off a season in which he posted a 5.34 ERA in a combined 156 2/3 innings for the Twins and . For his career, Liriano has a 4.40 ERA across s he won’t push to leave.Real Madrid and Manchester United have been linked with Dias this summer.”My head is not there [leaving Benfica]. I’m here pre-season, I don’t have to think about anything else,” Dias told A Bola.“It’s important to work on parts of seven major-league seasons.

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Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during the press conference to introduce g linked with Atletico Madrid as a replacement for the wantaway Antoine Griezmann.Gustavo Dybala told Futbolemiko: “There are many chances that Paulo leaves Juventus, he needs a change, there are several uncomfortable players in the club.”In additionon Monday that will remain at second base in 2013 Maddison, according to the Leicester Mercury.Maddison had been linked with moves to Manchester United, Manchester City, Spurs and Arsenal, while Chilwell was thought to be City’s first choice left-back option for next season.However, Chilwell is not. will serve as the team’s first baseman with prospect likely beginning thrid are set to duke it out for Mexican striker Raul Jimenez.The Wolverhampton Wanderers man is a hot property for the summer transfer window.Jimenez has enjoyed an impressive season for Wolves, helping the team to promising positions in the Premier Le year at Triple-A. There had been rumors during the offseason that Kinsler might change positions so Profar could play second base for Texas.

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Orioles’ Nick Markakis out three more weeks

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Orioles outfielder will have two pins in his left thumb for at least another week, putting his availability for the postseasoameyang has thanked fans for their support after Thursday’s shock Europa League elimination by Olympiakos.The captain was left floored by their collapse at home.But Aubameyang posted: “I Woke up This Morning praying as usual and I thanks [sic] God n in doubt. Markakis hasn’t played since Sept. 8 after suffering a broken left thumb and was hoping to delighted with the form of summer addition Frenkie de Jong.De Jong was named Joan Gamper Trophy man of the match for the defeat of Arsenal, and the Dutchman has been impressing all of those who seen him this summer.”He’s curious and thoughtful and a gertures.The Swans are sitting second in the Championship despite losing manager Graham Potter, as well as star players Daniel James and Oli McBurnie.Grimes said: “I am always still talking to Dan and Oli and we are obviously so pleased with how they at the pins removed on Monday.

Instead, a hand specialist recommended to keep the pins in for another week, meaning it would be three weeks before he could return to the lineup.

“It was just crushed too bad in there and I had a lot of pieces here and there,” . “Probably on a clean break, they’ve probably come out today, but my situation is a little different.

“They want to keep it in another week and it would probably be in a splint for a week or two after that, so I’m probably still a good three weeks away at minimum.

Three weeks puts his return at Oct. 22, the day after Game Seven of the American League Championship Series.

Markakis is hitting .298/.363/.471 with 13 home runs this season, hitting .335/.390/.489 after the All-Star break.

Markakis was hit in the thumb by the ‘ in the Orioles victory on Sept. 8.

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as has visited Ronaldinho in jail.The Barcelona gr

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The Indians claimed pitcher off waivers from the Angw deal for free-to-air rights to the domestic A-League and W-League club football competitions, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, reports SportBusiness.The newspaper rts he could be on the move.Miranda says he’d like to eventually sign for former club Coritiba.He said, “I won’t deny that I’d like to come back for a season. My idea is to return to Brazil in a couple of years.“I left when I was very young. I onleported that the deal would see Ten broadcast two A-League matches and one W-els on Monday and optioned hurt striker Luka Jovic.Indeed, AS says Real management believe they’ll sign the Serb before any deal for Chelsea star Eden Hazard.Jovic has been the subject of talks over the past fortnight between the two clubs.And while claims of an agreement was dim to Class A Carolina. Martinez compiled an 0-5 record with a 10.72 ERA for the Angels’ Class A affiliate at Inland Empire before being released last week.

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Steinbrenner denies story he might sell Yankees; Levine calls Hal ‘enthusiastic’

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Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner issued a strong statement not only denying a New Yorkpool to revive talks for Nabil Fekir’s sale.Last summer, a fee and contract had been agreed but Liverpool pulled the plug at the last minute due to problems in his medical.However, the attacker is said to still be on Klopp’s radar – but not according Daily News story suggesting he will explore selling the Yankees but ridiculing it. “I just read the Daily News story. it is complete fiction. Me and my family have no intention to sell the Yankees and expect it to be in the family for years to come,.”The story used unnamed sources who speculated that Steinbrenner might want to sell following the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.15 billion to a group led by the Guggenheim partners, plus basketball icon Magic Johnson and longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten. There were no named sources supporting the contention Steinbrenner might sell, and the story seemed to be built on speculation Steinbrenner prefers non-baseball business. While Yankees people were enthused by that Dodgers sales price, no tangible evidence of any Yankees sale talk has surfaced, in that story or elsewhere. More on YankeesRelated links More coverage | | | Yankees president Randy Levine this morning painted a picture of the story being so far from the truth it barely deserved a serious response. Levine joked, saying, “I am going to put together a group and call Mort Zuckerman to buy the Daily News. Would you like to join me?”On a more serious note, Levine said that the picture of Hal Steinbrenner lacking interest in baseball or the team is absurd. “He is very enthusiastic,” Levine said of Hal. “He’s been managing partner three years. He won the World Series once, got to the ALCS once and we’re here now. He doesn’t have George’s personality, but nobody doeed £2.7m.The 18-year-old centre-back has agreed a five-year contract with the Hammers.Cardosa played 15 times for Portuguese side Boavista last season and has eight caps for Portugal at Under-19s level.He is West Ham’s fifth signing of the summer fos.”George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees for under $10 million in January, 1973. He died in 2009. His younger son Hal was initially portrayed as reticent to take over the team as managing partner, but he has seemed to embrace the role sinThe move was instigated by the top flight’s £30 limit on away tickets and the Canaries felt it was right to keep the rule consistent for their home fans as well.And now other Prem clubs are being urged to follow suit by making home tickets more affoce taking over for older brither Hank who is more of a wild card than the Williams-educated Hal and has since virtually disappeared from the public scene.Levine also asserted that the idea that the younger Steinbrenner doesn’t like players is absurd. Said Levine, “It’s total BS.”

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19-year-old was handed a professional contract fro

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The guard on Thursday, .com reports.Price underwerom Barcelona.The 19-year-old was handed a professional contract from United in December 2017 after 11 years in the youth set-up.After starting last week in the Europa League win over Astana, the Barcelona-contract”>Daily Expresssays Gomes is in linent an appendectomy in March and did not have asted in signing defender Gary Cahill, who is set to leave Chelsea in the summer with his contract coming to an end.When asked about that, Dyche said: “It’s already started again. It always does.”It’s ongoing for us – we look at quality players, we tr timetable for return. He appeared in 28 games with Minnesota is delighted with his move to Udinese.Okaka spent the second-half of last season on-loan.“It was a wonderful sensation, above all setting foot in the Dacia Arena,” Okaka told Udinews TV.“We had a great ending to the season and it felt like I wasand averaged 1.6 points in 3.5 minutes per game.

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Nightly Grades: The Mavericks were hot fire; Nets put out the Heat

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

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Well for starters, since this game was rescheduled and there was a Braves game, the League Pass feed was the jumbotron feed paired with the radio call, resulting in this feeling like local cable broadcast of a high school game. 

Then the , coming off big momentum games over Indiana and Cleveland…. lose to the . just wasn’t sharp enough. In reality, had some looks late that could have won the game, but couldn’t knock them down. 

They lost to the Pistons. 

No one deserves the 8th seed. Ban the 8th seed. Kill the 8th seed. 

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I mean, good for you guys? didn’t start, and they won. That’s a great sign for a guy you gave huge money to.

They can’t start winning though, because they’ll lose their pick. So don’t get too excited here. has been terrific this season and should be targeted by teams this summer. 29 for Stuckey in the start.

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I mean, Parker was out. So there’s that. And then went out with a calf injury. 

I’d love to tell you how they played badly, but this one wasn’t broadcast on League Pass. So, its’ kind of like it didn’t happen, which would make more sense. 

Weird to see for a team that has it even on nights when they bench their starters, but they just rolled the ball out and thought they’d win, but that just wasn’t the case. 

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Rubio shot 10 of 17 and shot 5 of 15 so I don’t really understand anything. 

The Wolves really could have used these wins over the and earlier in the season when they  eliminated from playoff contention. 

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This two-guard combo the use with Livingston and helps pace their team so much. It just changes things in the right direction and makes sure they don’t lose what they need. 

Whenever the Nets lagged, made plays to drive them forward. He hates the Heat, badly, and uses that emotion to fuel his teammates. Throw in some pure brilliance from , and the Nets sweep the season series. 

Oh, and blockter his release from Norwich City.The Scotland striker, 32, spent the last 18 months on loan at Tynecastle, scoring 18 times in 48 appearances.Despite undergoing two knee operations last season, Naismith was Hearts’ top scorer with 14 goals in 27 gamed . 

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Four one-point losses in a season, all to Paul Pierce. 

LeBron was brilliant, and fouled a few ti Fernandes says Cristiano Ronaldo fuelled his love for Manchester United.The Portugal international completed a move to United from Sporting Lisbon on Thursday, the same path Ronaldo followed in 2003.And Fernandes hopes he can emulate the Juventus sumes before the block. But they just don’tender Merih Demiral over the summer.The revelation was made by Juventus chief Fabio Paratici, who has overseen his signing.Paratici told Gazzetta dello Sport, “He is our player who has had the most deals on the market, don’t imagine how many. “The spread the floor the way they did last year. Maybe ‘s slashing really does change that dynamic so much but you can’t help but wonder if isn’t a big missing component. Their guards were a mess and has really struggled this season. 

They could have had this. Maybe it matters, maybe it doesn’t. But they haven’t beaten the Nets since Pierce and Garnett joined the team even when Garnett is out. 

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The shot 94 percent (!!!) in the first quarter, hitting 17 of their first 18 and scoring 39 points. 

Game over. /door slam

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Not exactly a stalwart defensive performance. 

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Shane Battier reflects on what could be his last NBA game in Game 5

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SAN ANTONIO — If this is it for , he’s not going out with any regrets. Battier, often thought of as perhaps the smartest defender in the league over the past decade, is set to retire after this season. With the down 3-1 headed into Game 5 Sunday, Battier was a mixture of contemplative and content Sunday at shootaround. When asked if he was aware in his mind that this could be his last game, Battier laughed. 

“That’s the rumor,” the 12-year veteran told CBSSports.com. “That is a possibility. I’ve never approached a game thinking about the consequences. You think about the process and you let the results fall where they may. I’m not going to change that.” 

Battier was a useful player in every season he played. He made a reputation as a “No-Stats All-Star” for his defense and the way he merged statistical analysis with his scouting reports to help him prepare for how to defend an opponent. But the legacy he said Sunday he hopes he leaves with fans was simpler. 

“I would like for people to remember me as a guy who always made his team better. A guy who gave it his all and played to win,” he said. 

Battier’s 12 years featured ten playoff appearances, including the ‘ run to the playoffs behind a 22-game winning streak in 2008, the ‘ first-ever franchise playoff game and series win in 2011, and consecutive championships with the Heat in 2012 and 2013. He’s set to become an announcer with ESPN this summer after his contract is over.

Battier said timself Premier League class.The 27-year-old featured three times for the Seagulls in the Emirates FA Cup last season, but was unable to make a Premier League appearance after spending the opening half of the campaign on loan at Wigan Athletic.Burn tohat after he’s done, he’ll still be a part of the NBA culture, always around the game. 

“This is in our blood. You can’t dedicate your life to a craft for 25 years and then walk away without any connection. I love the game …”

Battier paused.

“I also don’t want to play the game anymore,” he said with a laugh. 

Battier said that Game 7 against the last year stands out above all others in his career. “That’s not a bad one to recollect,” he said. “But I’ve had so many great teammates and people around me in this game. Too many to list.” 

A Game 7 against the Spurs seemed like a sure thing after Game 2, but consecutive blowout wins by the Spurs have given a sense that this is the end for the Heat team as currently constructed, facing a Game 5 in San Antonio that has shot 58 percent from the field in the past two games. Battier was still hopeful that a regression to the mean was due for San Antonio.

“Being a numbers guy,” he said, “it’s a little late, but if (regression) shows up to the party, we’ll forgive her. But part of that is us. We need to make them miss shots. We’re due for a Miami Heat game, a game like the ones that got us to this point.”

Whether the unlikely happens or not, Battier said that even as so much about the NBA conversation is about busines first came with 12 minutes on the clock when he took a short corner and fashioned some space before firing the ball across goal and into the bottom far corner.His second arrived in stoppage time before the break, a cool penalty converted past Pauloss, contracts, injuries and rumors, his ride was still well worth it all. 

“Greatest job in the world,” he said. “I wouldn’t trade a minute of it for anything. I’ve played without any regrets.”

Battier pointed to his teammates who were still shooting in a small Texas gym. “We’re playing the game that we’d be at the of France.Etoile Frejus Saint-Raphael have signed Faubert this week.The 35-year-old is set to return to his home country after spells at West Ham, Kilmarnock, Inter Turku and Borneo in Indonesia.His new club was formed in 2009 by the merger of Stade YMCA after work, same exact thing if there was no NBA. We’d be sweating, complaining about fouls, spraining ankles, somewhere, if there was no such thing as the NBA.”To be able to do this for as long as I did and live my dream, it’s a moment to make you pinch yourself.”

If Battier pinches himself and wakes up Monday with his NBA career over, you get the sense he’ll appreciate what he accomplished, and be ready to start whatever comes next. 

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Report: Stan Van Gundy in talks to take over Pistons operations

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Update: The Detroit News reports that the deal could be done in the next 24-48 hours: 

NBA source: , Van GunGenoa have signed a multi-year deal with sportswear brand Kappa, reports, /.Kappa will become the club’s new technical sponsor from the start of the 2019/20 season.dy, close to a deal. Could be consummated in the next 24-48 hours

— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill)

On Tuesday morning, reports surfaced that Stan Van Gundy and the Warriors were closing in on a deal for Van Gundy to take over after Golden State fired Mark Jackson two weeks ago. 

Talks intensifying between Warriors and Stan Van Gundy, per sources. Van Gundy now Golden State’s clear top choice. Moving towards a deal.

— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI)

Then, inside of an hour, everything changed. First, the San Jose Mercury News reported that talks weren’t moving quite that fast, at least not anymore. 

Stan Van Gundy could and may yet end up as the Warriors’ choice. But it sounds like there are steps to go on this.

— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami)

Then Yahoo Sports broke the news that the Pistons had jumped into the SVG pursuit with a trump card: complete organizational control over basketball operations. 

The are pursuing Stan Van Gundy with a lucrative offer to assume complete control of basketball operations and coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports.The Pistons are trying to compete with the , who are aggressively pursuing Van Gundy for their coaching position.The Pistons had also expressed an interest in Steve Kerr in a GM-coaching role, but he’s focused on trying to reach a deal to coach the , league sources told Yahoo Sports.

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Iseds are preparing to fly out to Belgium for Wednesday’s game against Genk in the Champions League.And Mazzu thinks Liverpool are a different animal without Salah in their side. He said: “When Salah is missing. On the pitch the movements of the strike that what SVG wants? The SJMN says yes: 

NBA source: Stan Van Gundy told the Warriors he wanted total control of basketball decisions. They declined. He could get that in DET.

— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakamiunich have lost Robert Lewandowski for four weeks with a knee injury.The Pole suffered the injury in Tuesday’s emphatic 3-0 win over Chelsea.A club statement read: “At FC Bayern’s 3-0 over Chelsea FC yesterday, Robert Lewandowski suffered a fracture )

This has long been the most logical route. Van Gundy has worked in frustrating situations in Miami where he had little control over how the organization was run, and his abrasive approach with coaching means he might feel he needs the option to control the direction of the team and its personnel. Meanwhile, Detroit badly needs a total makeover and someone with authority to come in and restructure the team, and their owner Tom Gores has been aggressive in wanting faster results. 

The Warriors’ top brass has a wide-range of influences from GM Bob Meyers to Jerry West to owner Joe Lacob’s son Kirk. There’s a lot of cooks in that kitchen, something that may have led to the conflict with Jackson. 

This situation seems to be evolving rapidly. 

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forward could be , according to the Washington Post on Monday.Nene traveled with the team and was spotted working on agility drills with trainers while his teammates went through morning shootaround before Monday’s tilt against the Bobcats. He has missed his last 17 gam upcoming Euro2020 qualifiers against Russia and San Marino.The Norwich City midfielder has returned to Carrow Road after failing to overcome an injury problem.Clarke said: “It’s always disappointing whenmanja Matic is determined to leave Manchester United in January.Sata24 says Matic is considering his options after making just five appearances for the club so far this season. Matic has fallen behind Scott McTominay and Fred in the Manchester United you lose players from the squad and overnightes while working back from a left knee injury. No timetable h17 year-old MVV Maastricht defender is trialling at Chelsea this week, says De Limburger. MVV are aware of Mbuyamba’s tests.”He has an amateur contract. So he can be taken on in no time,” said MVV coach Ron Elsen.”MVV cannot of course compete with a as been set for his return.

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In free agency, Dirk Nowitzki is not expecting ‘Kobe’s deal’ from Mavs

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After 16 seasons in the NBA, ‘ forward will become a free agent at the tender age of 36 years old this summer. He’s coming off a season in which he averaged 21.7 points and 6.2 rebounds, while shooting 49.7 percent from the Roman Abramovich has ruled out selling the club.Despite his problems with the UK government and his visa trouble – the Russian billionaire remains committed to the club.Abramovich turned 53 years of age last week.And Sport-Express says on the eve of field and 39.8 percent from 3-point range. He led the Dallas Mavericks to a 49-33 record and the 8-seed in the West before losing out to the San Antonio Spurs in seven games. 

Nowitzki was paid $22.7 million for his services last season, completing a four-year, $80 million deal he signed in the summer of 2010. If he pressed the Mavericks’ organization to re-sign him for similar money, he could probably get it, but he says he expects to take a pay cut to help the team, and isn’t expecting a “Kobe deal,” like the one signed in an extension with the Lakers this past season.: 

Nowitzki knows he will take a pay cut from the $22.7 million he made this season. It’s just a matter of how big of a cut. Something in the $10-million-per-year area might work. But the key is making sure Nowitzki is happy and there’ail.Mandzukic joins the Qataris as a free agent after terminating his Juve contract last week.“I am preparing for the beginning of a new chapter in my football career with one of the biggest clubs in Asia,” Mandzukic told the Al-Duhail website.“Is still enough money left to pursue in-demand free agents.

“We want to get better as a team,” Nowitzki said. “And I’m pretty sure I’m not going to sign Kobe’s deal – unfortunately (Bryant signed a two-year, $48-million extension). “We’ll find a good way where I feel respected for what I did and we still have enough money left for us to get great players in here. Cubes has been great to me and been loyal to me for a long, long time. I’m sure we’re going to find a great solution for everybody.”

The Mavericks have the potential for possessing a lot of cap space this summer, but it would take some finagling with their cap holds to have enough room to keep Dirk and add a superstar tered by interest from Manchester United.Longstaff is being linked with a summer move to United.Yet he has revealed he wants to remain at Newcastle this summer.”It just shows how far I’ve come,” the 21-year-old told NUTV.”If someone told us at the stplayer. They have $31.2 million commited to 10 players next season, but could make that $28.3 million to eight players if they waive and do not give a qualifying offer to . However, the cap holds the Mavs possess for Nowitzki, , , , and change that cap space.

Nowitzki has a cap hold of $23.8 million to retain his Bird rights in free agency. Marion’s cap hold is $13.9 million, Carter’s is $6 million, and Blair and Harris both have a cap hold of roughly $915,000, . With the salary cap projected to be around $63.2 million for next season, the Mavericks really don’t have any cap space unless they renounce the rights to their free agents. 

Re-signing Dirk for roughly $10-12 million per season will help that, but they still need to possibly say goodbye to Marion and Carter. Blair and Harris could expect to get nice deals in free agency as well, so the Mavs would have to hit on a big free agency signing or bring in a key player via a trade with their cap space. But Dirk taking a big pay cut will certainly give them plenty of options to either keep their current roster together for a year or two, or allow them to bring in a big-time player now. He isn’t handcuffing the organization in the way many people feel Kobe Bryant did with his two-year extension that limits quite a bit of their ability to absorb multiple big contracts.

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