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guard was fined $10,000 by the Monday for pushinManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was especially pleased wiThe PSG-Edinson-Cavani-Ole-Gunnar-Solskjaer”>Daily ExpressPSG-Edinson-Cavani-Ole-Gunnar-Solskjaer”> says the French giants are keen to strengthen their forward line this simmer especially with Edinson Cavani set to movedelighted with the character shown for their 2-1 defeat of Bologna.A brace from Romelu Lukaku, including a stoppage-time penalty, turned around the Roberto Soriano opener.Conte said, “There was a great response from the team. The way we conceded th to Atletico Madrid.Lukaku is sth the clean sheet earned in their 2-0 win at Burnley.Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were on target for United.Solskjaer said, “In the first half I thought we were very good. Wg and striking Oklahoma City center Steven Adams in a on Oct. 15, NBA.com reports. 

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Video: Amir Johnson ejected, throws mouthpiece at ref

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Well, that escalated quickly.

center was ejected in the third quarter of Monday’s Raptors-Blazers game.

The reason? As many players tend to do, Johnson wanted a touch of the ball afteimovic has re-signed for AC Milan on a six-month deal, with the option for another season.The 38-year-old was a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the Major League Soccer season.The Serie A side said Ibrahimovic “will be in Milan on 2 Jr it went through the net following a free throw. Official David Jones wouldn’t give it to him. Johnson and Jones engaged in a small tug-of-war over the ball, with Jones using his whistle to settle the stalemate.

Jones hit Johnson with a technical, Johnson obviously took exception and said the magic words to get hit with anotheling under Maurizio Sarri are overblown.Juve and Inter face off on Sunday in a game that could decide the Scudetto this season.Former Inter boss Mancini said, “I don’t think Maurizio Sarri is in great difficulty, he is still leading in the league, anr. But instead of making a tidy exit, Johnson threw his mouthpiece at Jones, hitting him square in the back.

The way Toronto coach Dwane Casey drops his head during the explanation says it all. SMH, for sure.

Not to condone Johnson’s actions, but sometimes you can at least see where the players are coming from in their frustrations with officials. Why wouldn’t Jones give him the ball? That’s a pretty standard practice thing at the free throw line. The one thing players won’t stand for when it comes to officials is not being fair. And likely in Johnson’s point of view, Jones was sa has told Kevin De Bruyne he still do better.Ahead of the Carabao Cup final against Aston Villa, Guardiola, responding to where the Belgian sat in his list of the great players he has managed, said the question had no merit as everybody can see how ingling him out and showing him up.

Still, Johnson probably doesn’t escape this without a suspension. It’s one thing to get tossed for silly reasons, but it’s a whole other to completely lose your head and throw something at a ref.

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Celtics’ Rajon Rondo should play Saturday against the Raptors

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After rolled his ankle in the third quarter of the ‘ win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, the point guard sat out against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. Apparently, that was more than enough rest for Rondo to test his ankle against the  on Saturday afternoon, according to Jessica Camerato of CSNNE.com.

Rondo will play today.

— Jessica Camerato (@JCameraristensen admits he grew up idolising Liverpool hero Dan Agger.The centre-back started his career in his home country of Denmark with Brondby, before moving to the youth team of Chelsea in 2012.He told Sky Sports: “When I moved to a defender, I had ttoNBA)

The Celtics’ offpre-match team-talk ahead of the Europa League final against Chelsea.Ramsey will miss what would have been his last game of an 11-year Arsenal career because of injury ahead of his free transfer to Juventus this summer, and Emery believes it will be ense looked good without Rondo on the floor against the Nets on Thursday night, posting an offensive rating of 110.2, according to .com. However, the defense was horrendous, by giving up 112.9 points per 100 possessions. With Rondo on the court this season, the Celtics are posting just a 104.2 offensive rating, but their defensive rating is 101.2.

Rondo has been averaging 38.9 minutes per game this season, so we might not see him take his full minutes on Saturday if the ankle is bothering him. But it will be a nice boost for the Celtics’ defensive effort. 

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Report: Bradley talking extension with Celtics but deal unlikely

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The are in a transition state, moving from contention in the Big 3 era to whatever will eventually come after. Like any team in such a position, that leaves complications on the table regarding their young talent coming up for extensions off their rookie deals. The most immediate of those concerns is . 

CSN New England reports while a deal remains unlikely, the two sides are talking as the October 31st deadline approaches. 

Team president Danny Ainge, speaking prior to the Celtics Shamrock Foundation’s annual gala, said he has had talks this month with Avery Bradley’s representatives about extending the 6-foot-2 guard’s contract.

Ainge declined to address where those talks stand now, but all indications are that both sides will wait until Bradley becomes a restricted free agent this summer telsea for Monaco only in January, but France Football says management are now seeking a buyer.Cesc’s €125,000-a-week contract is a drag on ASM’s wage-bill as they seek to rebuild after a disastrous 12 months.As such, the former Arsenal captain’s avo work out a new deal.

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I and my thoughts haven’t changeid coach Zinedine Zidane was pleased with the character shown for victory at Celta Vigo.Luka Modric was sent off for Real Madrid after a tackle on Denis Suarez, and despite the man disadvantage Los Blancos went on to score another two goals.”We played. In short, Bradley is a talented on-ball defender with good athleticism but lacks anything resembling a rounded offensive game or the defensive generalship capabilities to warrant a massive extension. They should let the market set his price and go from there. He’s not going anywhere unless someonwas delighted with Reece James’ performance in victory over Crystal Palace.It marked James’ full Premier League debut with the Blues.Lampard said, “Reece was fantastic against one of the best wingers in the league one v one, Zaha is a real threat, ese gives him a crazy deal, which is unlikely. 

The worst case scenario is that Bradley makes significant strides which forces the hand of the Celtics into a bigger deal. So really the bad development would be a player playing to the level of deserving a big deal. That’s a good problem to have. This thing will pretty much work itself out. 

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Video: Nicolas Batum records the first 5×5 since 2006

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Entering tonight’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the , only seven players in history had recorded at least five in each category of the five main statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks). With an 11-point, 10-assist, five-rebound, five-block, and five-steal night for , he became the eighth player in 27 years to accomplish this feat.

It’s been done a totanchester United hero Wes Brown says Scott McTominay and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are the team’s two best performers this season.McTominay played another starring role in United’s Carabao Cup win over Chelsea on Wednesday.And Brown feels the 22-year-old is ol of 15 times now in the last 27 years. Batum joins Hakeem Olajuwon (six times), (three times), David Robinson (once), Vlade Divac (once), (once), Derrick Coleman (once) and Jamal Tinsley (once) to record a 5×5 in this era. The last one occurred on January 3, 2006 by Andrei Kirilenko against the .

Batum grabbed his fifth and final rebound with 1:16 left in the game to finish off his 5×5. About one minute and 15 seconds later, iced the game with a game-winning 3-point shot. The Blazers won 95-94. 

The last player to come close to getting a 5×5 but failing to do so was on March 28, 2010 when he ended up two blocks shy of the 5×5. Andrei Kirilenko had a game on November 30, 2007 when he came one block short ria on-loan.The centre-back has moved to Italy for the remainder of the season, ahead of his St Mary’s contract expiring in the summer.Sampdoria, where reement with Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo.Sport says Massara is now back in Italy having done his job in Barcelona on Friday night. Massara met with Todibo and said the conversation was “positive”.Meanwhile, Sky Italia says Milan have struck former Saints striker Manolo Gabbiadini plays, are currently 16th in the Serie A table, and Yoshidof his fourth 5×5. A week and a half ago, Kirilenko came close again with eight points, seven rebounds, six assists, four steals, and three blocks in a Minnesota win over the .

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NBA Finals: Pop takes advantage in coaching matchup vs. Spoelstra

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SAN ANTONIO — Come with me for a moment, past Overreaction Hill, beyond the 24-Second News Cycle Forest, all the way to the mystical land of perspective. The trail 3-2 in the Finals’ best-of-7 series and now the hounds will set upon Miami that they are awful, terrible, lack heart, focus, and guts. In reality, they trail 3-2 in an extremely competitive series that has alternated result with every game and features an extremely high level of execution. 

And somewhere inside the context of this fantastic series of amazingly compelling blowouts is a chess match being waged which was taken to a new level on Sunday night. 

The predominant storyline is that Erik Spoelstra is getting worked by Gregg Popovich, that he’s a neophyte to the wise old Grouch, and being completely outclassed. There’s about as much truth to that as the assertion that Miami’s losing because they lack character. This is the NBA. It’s about execution. 

That said, it’s time for a check of the scorecard in what few people really seem to understand is an extremly tense coaching battle. 

The took fhted David de Gea has signed his new contract.De Gea has signed a new four-year contract with the option to extend that by a further year, ending long-term speculation over his future at the club.“I am delighted that David has committed his long-teirst blood, but Game 1 was more of a feeling out game than anything. It spun on its axis for 12 minutes and happened to land heads for the Spurs. Game 2 was about an adjustment to intensity, focus and tactical exploitation from the Heat, the equal and opposite reaction. 

Games 3, 4, and 5 is where the meat of this battle has been. Before you leap to “Pop won two of them, so…” understand that it’s more complicated than that. 

Spoelstra blasted his team, for the first time on this stage, after Game 3. It was easy, considering how they played, but to do so publicly was a shot across the bow, and it got the team’s attention.

Spoelstra was the first to “blink” so to speak, moving into the lineup for Game 4, and committing fully to small ball. It’s difficult for a coach to let go of certain ideas he has, certain tenets, certain beliefs. Spoelstra moving , with the bo is eager to stay in London next season.Nelson was a bright spark in the Bundesliga last term, however, he is planning on staying at the Gunners and fighting for his place next season.Nelson told Sky Sports: “Arsenal is my main goal.”Nelson is hopind he has with Haslem from so many years coaching him, was a big move. It was also admitting the Spurs drew first blood. But the move worked very well, and the Heat blew out the Spurs in Game 4. 

Popovich responded Sunday night with the biggest gamble of all, not only going small, but gambling on , who has struggled so much in these Finals, to lead them as a starter. The effect was electric. For the crowd, for the team, for Ginobili. Popovich said after the game that the decision to start Ginobili was made “sometime in the last few days,” cryptic as ever. 

“Everything that happens happens because of Pop,” Duncan said after the Spurs’ Game 5 win. “He makes all the calls. He let us know yesterday that (Manu) was going to start, and we were all excited about it.” 

Ginobili said he didn’t think starting really affected him, but you could tell the impact it had on the team. It gave them energy, it gave them life, it gave them aggressiveness. attributed that aggressiveness as the differential in what the Spurs brought to Game 5. 

And that’s maybe the part where you can give Popovich the significant edge in this matchup. For every open three, which seems inexplicable but is actually the result of a series of offensive maneuvers which force the Heat defenders into poor decisions, like every team before them vs. the Spurs, there’s a three, a lane for Wade to slice to, an opening for James. The tactical matchup is fairly even.

But both teams and both coaches have spoken to this point: The tactical adjustments have been almost entirely evened out. It’s about effort, it’s about focus, it’s about will.

And Popovich’s team has brought that effort more consistently than Spoelstra’s. In part, that’s the central differential in the two team’s makeups. Popovich’s iron clad enforcement of the system may not have been successful with a team of egos like Spoelstra has. And Spoelstra’s system of trust may not work with a team of role players like Popovich’s. But in Games 1, 3, and 5, the Spurs have bent the Heat defense to their will. The Heat have responded in 2, and 4. 

But Game 5 was supposed to be the difference. talked about it being “time” to win two straight. said “enough was enough” at shootaround Sunday. And yet, the Spurs caught the Heat on their heels, bent them back, and then swept the leg, Cobra Kai style. 

Popovich has reached his players better on the biggest stage, and that’s honestly the biggest advantage in this coaching matchup. It goes beyond Popovich’s individual game coaching, though, to the system, to the organization. But Popovich is still a huge part of it. When his guys win, it’s because they brought the necessary focus and intensity. When Spoelstra’s Heat lose, it’s because of the same. 

Lost in all this is the fact that both coaches have honestly done a tremendous job and the intricacies of the matchup would show you the same. But we want a winner, and for now, after Game 5, it’s Popovich, mostly because of the handicap Spoelstra is shackled with due to his talent, and the fact that for now, the Spurs lead 3-2 and are one game from the title. 

But both have made succesful, dramatic adjustments. Five games down, a do-or-die game on Tuesday for Miami, a chance at immortality for San Antonio. 

Let’s see what the next move is, as the most underrated matchup of the Finals continues. 

“Our focus now, which is what we wanted to do in this game and we were a far cry from it, is to focus on playing our best game. Can we put together our best game on both sides of the floor in Game 6? We do feel good that we’re going home for that game. But we’ve got to earn back thdi Alba, Barca’s search has led them to Moreno, reports AS.Moreno is a former Barca junior and has enjoyed an impressive season in a struggling team.With Rayo’s relegation confirmed, Moreno is expected to be on the move this summer with Barca and Reaat home court. And so our focus is only on the next game.” — Erik Spoelstra, June 16th, 2013. 

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Knicks sign first-round pick Tim Hardaway Jr.

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The have agreed to a deal with first-round pick ., .

The deal is reportedly worth .

Hardaway, who played at Michigan before declaring for this year’s after hipa League redemption this season.The Gunners lost out to Chelsea in last season’s final in Baku, with Holding out injured for the match.But the defeat has only given the 24-year-old more motivation for this season.”I think top four is more than withis junior season, was nited favourites to land the Portugal international.A Bola says the 24-year-old has informed his club team-mates that a transfer away from Sporting Lisbon is gathering momentum.Sporting on the other hand are confident they will keep hold of their prithe 24th pick in the first round. He averaged 14.5 points and 4.7 rebounds for the national runner-up Wolverines last season.

New York also made official its signing of C.J. Leslie, who was undrafted out of North Carolina State.

The KnicksDavide Zappacosta signed a new one-year contract with Chelsea before joining Roma on loan, the club have confirmed. The Italian fullback has returned to his homeland until the end of January.Chelsea confirmed they had penned Zappacosta to a 12-month extension before allowing him to leave. The 27-year-old is now under contract with the Blues until June 2022.’ summer league team debuts Friday in Las Vegas, and Hardaway is expected to play.

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Chris Kaman not definite for opening night

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is going to have to be pretty special for the to stay afloat while is out following knee surgery. Dallas is relying on Kaman to brinPaulo Futre is convinced Joao Felix will have a huge future.Indeed, Futre says Felix will be a future Ballon d’Or winner.He declared: “Joao Felix is twenty years old, he is a champiremier League Golden Boot.The England international took his tally to 11 in Wednesday’s win over Aston, leaving him second behind only Jamie Vardy on the scorers list.”He has the potential to go even higher,” the skipper said. “We know we are stil.The former Ajax midfielder reached the semifinals last season.”I believe that Barça, as much as myself, want to win the Champions League this year. I hope we’ll be able to do that,” he said.”I know how it feels to be eliminated in the semi-finals al ion, he can occupy the throne of the best Portuguese player when (Crisg a lot after two injury-plagued seasons in which his impact has been minimal when he has played. 

So, of course, Kaman has been out with a calf strain. But he says the injury probably won’t keep him out of the season opener against the Lakers on Oct. 30. Key word: probably. From ESPN Dallas: 

“I mean, I’m pretty sure I’ll be good to go,” Kaman said when asked about his status for the season opener. “That’s a long time from now. It gives me over a week and I’m progressing pretty good. I don’t really see that as a problem, but I can’t guarantee that.”

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It’s just a strain and shouldn’t be something he can’t play through. But with Kaman being 30 years old, injuries tend to nag more. If he’s not available to go … yeah, I’m not sure who’s going to start at center for the Mavericks. 

This is not starting well for Dallas. It’s not a big deal yet, but it’s not ideal. 

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s season finale at Denver because of a right ankle

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The Arizona Republic reports that Suns guard won’t play in Wednesday’s season finale at Denver because of a right ankle injury. The report says Dragic requested to sit oan Dyche does not believe that Danny Drinkwater will be ready for their nehief Michael Zorc has reiterated the club’s stance on Jadon Sancho.The 19-year-old is one of Manchester United’s primary transfer targets for next summer.Zorc also revealed that Dortmund had recently rejected a meeting with United to talk about a potxt game.The Clarets take on Arsenal in their next Premier League test this season.While Drinkwater will play for the under-23s this week, he is not match fit enough for consideut this game new signing Nathan Bishop his official shirt number.United have handed former Southend No1 Bishop the No30 shirt – meaning he replaces Lee Grant as third-choice keeper.Bishop was included as one of five keepers available in United’s Europa League sq. will start at point guard for the Suns.

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Video: Goran Dragic’s game-winner against the Grizzlies

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With 7.7 seconds left in Wednesday night’s game between the and , received an inbound pass and went to work.

The Grizzlies actually played the pick-and-roll pretty perfectly for the most part. Marc Gasol stayed in front of Dragic on the switch, Mike Conley defended Marcin Gortat as he was rolling to the basket, and the Suns’ point guard was forced to the baseline. It looks like Gasol knew the clo defender sealed return to former club Estudiantes La Plata on the day before deadline day, signing a loan move until the end of the current season. The 29-year-old told El Intransigente: “Many things came together. I need to play, return to my levelck was about to expire so Dragic would have to force up a shot.

He gambled that it would be a fadeaway shot from the baseline. Instead, Dragic reversed his pivot, got right in front of the basket and dropped in a hook with 0.5 seconds left to win the game. Good defense by Gasol led to a bad guessing game, and Dragic made the Griley beyond January.The 29-year-old has only featured onr Alan Smith feels the club needs to appoint Mikel Arteta as new manager.After the dismissal of Unai Emery, a number of targets have been identified with Manchester City assistant manager Arteta a possibility.”I would like them to be bold and go for ce for the Clarets since signing on a short-term loan from Chelsea this past summer.”We haven’t really seen him,” said the Burnley boss. “Of course we know him, we know what he does in training wzzlies pay for it.

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Metta World Peace mocks James Harden for late foul on LeBron James

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blew it during Game 3 of the 2012 NBA Finals and an old nemesis was right there to let him know about it.

With 16 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and Harden’s Oklahoma City trailing the Miami 88-85, Harden was whistled for a foul that sent to the free throw line to make it a two-possession game. The foul came after much of the shot clock wound down and left Oklahoma City trailing by four points after James converted the second of two free throws.

The Thunder’s strategy was clearly to let the possession run out and play defense straight up. es not believe that he is on the verge of retirement.The 33-year-old had to spend the tail end of his Chelsea career with little chance of playing for the first team.But he does not think that he is anywhere close to calling time on what has been an The alternate strategy would have been to foul early. The worst case scenario — play defense straight up for most of the possession, then commit a foul after the time ran off — is what wound up happening.

Harden was dinged as he pressured James’ dribble near mid-court. James appeared to initiate the contact and Harden fell to the ground, but the ‘s Sixth Man of the Year was still hit with the foul call. 

Shortly thereafter, Los Angeles forward Metta World Pace — formerly known as Ron Ard if they sell Paul Pogba.The Red Devils are resigned to losing Pogba this summer if Real Madrid can come close to their asking price of nearly 150 million.United understand they may be powerless to stop Pogba if he hands in a transfer request.And intest — provided this analysis : “No brain All beard.” The message was sent to his more than 400,000 followers.

Of course, World Peace and Harden have a history dating back to April, when World Peace was by the NBA for elbowing Harden in the head while celebrating a dunk. World Peace maintained it was “unintentional”  and that he was simply celebrating a dunk but Harden was eventually forced to miss some time with a concussion.

Although he , World Peace later suggested that on the play.

“He does that a lot,” World Peace . “He runs into people’s elbows when somebody’s dunking; he puts his chin right there. He did it to .”

World Peace — who has been suspended by the NBA on numerous occasions, including for his role in a 2004 brawl with Detroit Pistons fans– also said that he would  with Harden when the Lakers and Thunder met in the Western Conference semifinals.

The Heat went on to win Game 3 91-85 to take a 2-1 series lead over the Thunder. James finished with a game-high 29 points. Harden scored nineester City boss Pep Guardiola has taken aim at Premier League chiefs as Liverpool runaway with the title.City were beaten 2-0 at Tottenham on Sunday, leaving Liverpool 22 points ahead of the champions after just 25 games.Guardiola nodded when asked i points and shot just 2-for-10 from the field. 

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Deron Williams chooses Brooklyn Nets, agrees to five-year deal

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announced on Twitter Tuesday that he’s chosen to join the in Brooklyn. The All-Star point guard tweeted a pic of the Nets’ Brooklyn logo shortly after agreeing to a five-year deal worth approximately $98.75 million.

Williams chose the Nets over the Dallas Mavericks and will join an All-Star backcourt with , acquired from the Atlanta a day earlier. The Nets remain in trade discussions with Orlando in the event they can find a way to persuade the to trade the disgruntled All-Star to Brooklyn, long his preferred destination.

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But the signing of Williams was satisfaction enough, culminating a high-risk, high-reward strategy that began with acquiring the point guard from the Utah Jazz, continued with trading a lottery pick for and reached all-in status Monday with the acquisition of Johnson and the $89.3 million remaining on his contract over the next four seasons.

The Nets, moving to Brooklyn after an enigmatic existence in New Jersey, had so much riding on Williams’ decision. Though executives and agents across the believed all along that Williams would choose the extra year of security the Nets could offer, Brooklyn front-office executives weren’t going to rest until they surrounded him with enough talent and heard from Williams himself that he was on board.

Even without Howard, who is mired in an ugly staredown with the latest version of the Orlando front office, the Nets promise to be vastly improved with Williams, Johnson, Wallace, a re-signed and perhaps , who are restricted and unrestricted free agents, respectively. The Nets also agreed to a three-year, $15.675 mid-level deal with Booked for being sarky by ref Mike Dean during their FA Cup win at Portsmouth.Guendouzi won a free-kick towards the end of the first half of the clash at Fratton Park, but when he tried to take it quickly he was admonished by referee Dean for placing osnian sharpshooter Mirza Teletovic and acquired bruiser Reggie Evans from the Clippers in a sign-and-trade for a future second-round pick Tuesday.

The Nets still have the bi-annual exception of $1.96 million and minimum deals to fill out the roster, and could add more pieces if they find a taker for Humphries in a sign-and-trade deal. Brooklyn has held onto the bigger of its two trade exceptions, a $3 million hole frore interested in midfield pair Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal.Into “be excited” about incoming transfer news.16 fan groups posted a united open letter to the club’s owner Stan Kroenke, questioning the American’s ambitions for the Gunners.However, Kroenke insists there will be some good news for Gooners, who have wer, Juventus and AC Milan are all keen on the duo.Cardoner told Tuttosport: “If they don’t play so much it’s because, as our coach has explained several times, we have a lot of players im the Shawne Williams deal, in the event it could be used to absorb salary from Orlando in a possible trade for Howard.

The possibility of adding future Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd, however, seems to have diminished as other teams — including the rival Knicks — could offer more. New York can offer at least the $3 million taxpayer mid-level, and perhaps more if they lose either Landry Fields or Jeremy Lin in free agency. Fields received an offer sheet from Toronto Tuesday, and Lin will receive a lucrative, back-loaded offer from the Houston Rockets Wednesday, sources said.

For the Nets, long obscured by the Knicks’ shadow in the New York market despite a more recent string of playoff appearances and two trips to the Finals in the 2000s, the enormity of this coup cannot be overstated. They have two All-Stars in their primes — Williams just turned 28 and Johnson is 31, six months older than Dwyane Wade — with pieces that fit around them.

The longest of long shots would be to cobble together enough assets and cap relief for Orlando to send them Howard, who has been angling since at least December to join Williams in Brooklyn. The Magic have not ruled out sending Howard to the Nets, but also are engaged with several other teams including the Lakers and Rockets. 

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ry at West Ham.Guardiola revealed the 25-year-old

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Jazz guard missed Friday’s game against the Hornets with ah for victory at West Ham.Guardiola revealed the 25-year-old was left out purely as an injury preget for Glasgow Rangers.The 26-year-old Czech international spent the past seas than 300 appearances for the Blues since joining from Anzhi Makhachkala seven years ago, and has outlined why he is feeling good about the future.The Brazilian said: “He [Lampard] always says to me ‘I want you to be happy’.“That’s why I have beeon on loan at Bristol City in the Championship.While he was impressive in playing 41 games and helping the team to eighth position in the league, he is not a first team plcaution.He said: “Bernardo had done nothing wrong, but there was some little muscular problems.” Riyad Mahrez was called into the line-up to replace Silv skin infection. He remains listed as day to day.

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CBSSports.com Basketball Podcast: Here come the Kitties

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Today we meet by the bus for a meetingove for Wilfried Zaha this summer.The Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast star has admitted that he would like a move to a top club this summer.While Palace have put a big price on their star man, Aldridge believes that he would be a worthwhile summer sig of the minds and just swear at each other. After channeling our inner and , we let cooler heads prevail and discuss the Thunder-Grizzlies game from Wednesday night and how took the road victory in .

We also talk aboManchester United attacker Alexis Sanchez.Alexis is joining former United teammate Romelu Lukaku at Inter Milan.”Sanchez has been there before so he will adjust to that really well. Obviously Lukaku is a big, strong player and is different to what thut the Clippers” data-canon=”Los Angeles Lakers” data-type=”SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM” id=”shortcode0″> handling the at home and how awkward it is to see outully committed to Juventus.The striker says staying with Juve is the best decision for his development.He told the Soccer Bible, “When I came to Juventus, I understood that things would change. Juventus helps you to grow and become a man in all the there right now. How good is the Clippers’ bench? Can they keep up the production that is taking them to new heights early in the season?

Also, break up the because Kitties will not stop winning. They’ve won three in a row after taking down the injured Wolves, and we wonder how big this is for their development. We also preview Thursday’s games. 

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Odds are Thomas Robinson goes No. 2 in NBA Draft

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Bovada.lv has posted the odds for the Thursday night, and the odds say it goes Anthony Davis- Thomas Robinson- Bradley Beal- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. From Bovada: 

2012 NBA Draft – Who will be selected with the 2nd overall pick? 

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Robinson going No. 2 has gained more and more traction over the last month. If the Cats keep the pick, which is far from certain, that looks like the play. The over/undeAnd Soteldo concedes his ultimate ambition would be to join Manchester United.This week the 22-year-old Venezuela international was asked about his future, revealing his wish of one day turning out for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.“I have the dream rs are equally interesting. Sullinger’s stock has plummeted since his medical red flag was revealed. That neither Terrence Jones nor Perry Jones have managed to gain any traction also says something about how their workouts have gone. 

Rivers over/under of 10 seems high, but there are some indications in the past day that Rivers could go in the top seven. Fab Melo’s stock rising to the early 20’s is a sign of how strong the centers crop gets towards the end of the first round. 

The odds are all tight though, naturally, since this is the draft, and nothing is ever certain until the pick’s at the podium.

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