VIDEO: LeBron James, sans headband, blocks Tim Duncan


At some point in the fourth quarter, lost his heatch giants.That’s according to long time Ajax scout John Steen Olsen.Olsen told Ajax’s website: “He has problems with his club, he sits a lot on the bench. “I called him and said: ‘You know that Ajax is always there for you’. He said he would like todband. This is also the point when the started playing much better than the , todfielder Lucas Paqueta insists he’s prepared to fight for his place after faling to get a move away before last night’s winter market deadline.The Brazilian had been heavily linked with a move away from San Siro, having fallen down the pecking order ok the lead, and had James lead them for an insing owner Mike Gordon suffered a scare on his private jet yesterday.Gordon was heading out from John Lennon Airport in Liverpool when his jet skidded off the runway, per the Daily Mirror.His Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 6000 jet had overshot the runane stretch of basketball. 

In this stretch, looked like he had an easy score at the basket when LeBron James came out of nowhere and slapped the ball the other way. 

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Friday 5 with KB 2.8.13: A hard snow’s going to fall


In this week’s edition of the , the senior writer discusses more Ls soon as possible.That’s according to The Sun, which reports his team-mates are convinced there is no way back for the Frenchman, who fears the club remain two or three years behind Manchester City and Liverpool.United boss Ole Gunner Solskjaer claiakers disaster, buyers and sellers at the deadline and Snowocalypse 2013. You can follow Ken on Twitter at 

What move are they going to make? Pau was their most tradeable asset, and they can’t move him now. Unless they’re going to move Dwight and completely punt on this season and who knows how many more, I don’t see much in the way of a substantial trade that’s there for them. But given what a left turn Dwight’s short tenure with the Lakers has taken, I would expect the usual suspects — Brooklyn, Houston, Dallas — to jump in and see if Mitch Kupchak can be tempted to go back on his, “We’re not trading Dwight Howard” statement. Which makes you wonder: Does Kupchak’s statement go down in history with George H.W. Bush’s “read my lips, no new taxes”? A lot can happen between now and Feb. 21. But the way the Celtics have steadied themselves definitely has swung the pendulum away from a massive-overhaul type trade. I believe the buyers will be teams with the most cap space this summer: , and . Because let’s be honest. If you’re not getting Dwight Howard or in free agency — and they’re not — who are you getting? Better to parlay your assetsakhtar Donetsk 5-0 in their UEFA Youth League clash last night.Paul Harsley’s side were three goals to the good inside half an hour, thanks to Morgan Rogers, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru and Ian Poveda’s strikes, with substitutes Nabil Touazi and Adrian Berna and room into veteran talent now — and talent that’s probably on a shorter contract than the four-year deal that you’d have to give to a mediocre free agent. I still view the Celtics as a seller to some degree because they’re $1.5 million over the tax and clearly aren’t a title contender. All the other tax teams pretty much intended to be there, but another team I see as a potential seller is (). And if it’s possible for Atlanta to be a buyer and a seller, they’re a seller when it comes to .That would certainly make sense. His role is shrinking alreadndefeated.The Reds came from behind to win at Aston Villa on Saturday.It means they remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season, surviving a number of scares to lead to some claims they could emulate Arsenal’s remarkable achievement from the 20y and will shrink even more once returns. The Bulls said they were committed to paying the tax this year. But if they can dive under without hurting themselves, why not? The cost of dumping Rip’s contract shouldn’t be prohibitive, either, since he only has $1 million guaranteed next season. Let’s see. We’ve got the fridge stocked with food, plenty of water, paleo snacks — everything but beef jerky. I always forget the beef jerky.

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Bradley Beal done for the season with stress injury in right fibula


Anay.Gazzetta dello Sport says Wolves are locked in talks with Rugani’s agent, Davide Torchia, about convincing the defender about moving to Molineux.Rugani has been in talks with Arsenal, but terms have failed to be settled with Juve.Juve are demandind so another rookie is done in by injuries. 

The announced Wednesday that rookie guard . Beal averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists this season on just 41-percent shooting. He played in just 56 games due to injury. 

Beal’s season really did perk up as the year went along, though. Here are his splits per month this year: 

November: 11 ppg, 34 percent shooting, 32 percent from three. 

December: 13 ppg, 37 percent, 18 percent from three.

January: 15 ppg, 45 percent, 51 percent from three. 

February: 17.5 ppg, 48 percent, 42 percent from three (eight games).

March: 15 ppg, 48 percent, 54 percent from three (six games).

It’s a shame that we don’t get to see him finish the year. But if he can get healthy, he certainly looks like the star shooter whom the Wizards wanted to put next to . Very little went right for the Wizards this season, but signs point to a brighardiola at Manchester City.The City legend left the club this summer after 11 years to take up a player-manager role at Anderlecht.”I should’ve expected this question and yet I’m surprised,” the 33-year-old said. “Let me lian Nagelsman praised Ethan Ampadu for his performance in victory at Champions League opponents Tottenham.The occasion and performance was the biggest moment of Ampadu’s career and the on-loan Chelsea defender has won over his coach.”Ethan proved atstart with this. Let City be ter future, for once. 

The Wizards are still technically alive for the eighth seed in the East, but their dark magic number (number of losses or wins by Milwaukee to eliminate them from playoff position) is just one entering Wednesday night. 

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one of the team’s few veteran leaderKalidou Koulib


The have little in the way of experience heading into the season, but one of the team’s few veteran leaderKalidou Koulibaly has declared his commitment to Napoli.The defender continues to be linked with a move away.But alongside a photograph of himself looking out over the Bay of Naples, Koulibaly wrote on social media:“This is where my children were born.“This is where I grew up as a man and a player.“This is where my family and I feel at home. #Napoli”.s has already taken rookie guard under his wing. Forward Thaddeus Young told CSNPhilly he has begun talking to Carter-Williams about the team’s expectations for him in what ighted with the form of Philip Billing.The 23-year-old struck the opener during the Dorset club’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday. Howe told the Daily Echo: “I thought at the beginning of the season he was outstanding and I think naturally.

“It is the toughest ever,” Young said of the challenge of playing on a rebuilding team. “The first text message I sent to MCW was ‘The ball is going to be in your hands with you being the point guard and floor general. You are going to take the blame for a lot of stuff. I am going to try and help you. I’ll say it was my fault because that is what veterans do.'”

Carter-Williams was the No. 11 overall pick in the draft, and is likely to enter the season as the top option at point guard after the Draft Day trade of All-Star Jrue Holiday. He averaged 11.9 points and 7.3 assists per game as a sophomore at Syracuse, while shooting just 39.3 percent from thGalatasaray are eyeing Manchester City veteran Fabian Delph.Gala have Delph on their agenda this summer market.He is of interest to Galatasaray if they do not land top transfer target Ever Banega, of Sevilla.Fotomac says the City man is an option for Galatasaray along with departing Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck.Gala would tempt him with regular playing time and Champions League football.e field and 29.4 percent from three-point range.

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Lawyers say Nuggets’ Andersen was extorted by female fan


(Getty Images) There are always two sides to every story, even the really ugly ones. indicating Denver   was the subject of a criminal inveg West Bromwich Albion fullback Nathan Ferguson.Palace are searching for a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who was sold to Manchester United this past summer.The Daily Mailsays 19-year-old Ferguson has impressed Palace’s scouts this season.Slaven stigation and that property had been seized after his house had been searched by Internet Crimes Against Children investigators. Hours later, the Nuggets announced Andersen had been “excused from all team-related activities indefinitely,” although he has yet to be arrested or charged with a crime. While at least one report on Thursday indicated that Andersen was the subject of a child pornography investigation, lves that boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must make tough decisions at the club.After a bright start to life under Solskjaer, United endured a miserable end to the season, which deflated much of the optimism surrounding the club.Speaking after a United legeawyers for Andersen said on Friday that he was actually the victim of an extortion attempt by a female acquaintance.  from Andersen’s lawyers. “A female fan in 2010 mailed Mr. Andersen multiple letters and included several photos in which she was scantily clad. Chris and this woman communicated with each other and in 2011, this woman, who represented herself as 21 years of age, flew to Colorado, showing her required identification. After leaving Colorado, she became upset at his lack of interest. In 2012, she threatened to retaliate if he did not provide financial remuneration. “The statement, also released to the Associated Press by attorney M. Colin Bresee, indicated Andersen “has been fully cooperative with the authorities” and that his lawyers were “confident” that he “did not engage in any criminal conduct.”Bresee additionally said the investigation was expected to take as much as three weeks.The Nuggets aeen surprised with his prominent role this season.The 21-year-old was brought in as an exciting prospect from Swansea City this summer.And he has been pleasantly surprised with appearances in all 12 Premier League matches.”Coming in was always going re set to play Game 7 of their first round playoff series against the Los Angeles  on Saturday night at Staples Center.Andersen, 33, has not appeared in a game for the Nuggets since March 25. He posted averages of 5.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 15.2 minutes per game in 32 appearances this season. Andersen was banned from the from Jan. 2006 to Mar. 2008 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

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OUTLOOK: Victor Oladipo


Known more for his defensive abilities, ‘s value skyrocketed in his final season at the University of Indiana, as he finally put together a solid offensive season. Oladipo averaged 13.6 points and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 44.1 percent from th of their options to replace injured goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.The no.1 shot-stopper has a knee injury that may rule him out for most of the remaining season.There was a suggestion the Magpies could recall Freddie Woodman from Swansea City.But The Cree-point range, convincing the to make him their shooting guard of the future. In the offseastal Palace skipper Jason Puncheon is continuing his career in Cyprus.The midfielder, who was let go by the Premier League club at the end of last season, is signing for PafosAston Villa fear record signing Wesley will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury picked up in Wednesday’s 2-1 Premier League win at Burnley.The 23 year old had lengthy treatment before leaving the pitch in the 71st minute.Wesley will have scans on Thursday but club officials think it is likely the Brazilian has cruciate ligament damage. FC.He has completed the free transfer, with the Greek club proclaiming it son, the team also made a lot of noise about working Oladipo out as a point guard, with many scouts seeing his upside as a Dwyane Wade-style elite ballhandling wing. For now, however, his defense is still well ahead of his offensive game, especially since he only showed one season of sustained excellence as a jump shooter. Oladipo will get every chance to succeed as a rookie, so while there may be some ups and downs while he gets up to speed, he should be a solid Fantasy option. Consider targeting Oladipo in the middle rounds on Draft Day based almost solely on his upside. 

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Warriors release rendering for new downtown San Francisco arena


“The venue will be located on Piers 30-32 on the waterfront in San Francisco,” the team’s website says. “Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admits their initial transfer ban worked to their advantage this season.The suspplace this season.The former Liverpool midfielder thinks United will pip Chelsea and Arsenal to the coveted Champions League qualification spot.”I actually think fourth will go to Man United,” Murphy told the Daily Mirror.”I think Chelsea will do allension has since been overturned, allowing Chelsea to work the winter market.Lampard said, “The transfer ban gave us – myself and the staff – tThis area is in close proximity to BART, Caltrain and Muplans for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.United were reported to have a clear run at signing the Portugal international.However, A Bola says Liverpool are not out of the race for Fernandes, despite United’s confidence that they can seal a deani stops, ferry terminals and the Bay Bridge, while also being located within easy walking distance of the Financial District in Downtown San Francisco.”

The arena will have capacity of 17,500. Oracle Arena currently seats 19,596. 

The plan is to move into the new arena in 2017.

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Spurs-Warriors Game 3 Preview: What if this is the norm?


Previewing Friday night’s Game 3 of the playoffs series between the and .

 The Warriors managed to win one of the games in San Antonio and did iSheffield United will play a top La Liga club in preseason. The Blades have announced a friendly with Real Betis while they are on their preseason camp in Portugal.The match will take place on Friday 12th July, kick-off 8pm local time.The newly promoted club will face Bournemouth in the Premier League opening round.t in spectacular fashion to even this up at 1-1. While it was just a nine-point victory, they once again got an incredible shooting performance by one of their young guards. Even though  struggled with his shot (7 of 20 for 22 points), managed to pick up the slack and fire upoque Lyon for striker Moussa Dembele.The former Fulham starlet has attracted an offer from Chelsea and enquiries from Manchester United and Arsenal.Foot Mercato says Spurs have made contact with OL about opening negotiations for Dembele as they seek cn the scoreboard. He knocked down eight of his nine 3-point attempts with seven of them coming in the first half. He was smothering from the perimeter, and the Spurs really didn’t have much of an answer for it. Now that the Spurs have given away a home game with poor shooting and confused defense, they have to go into Oakland and try to steal one back to regain home-court advantage. That’s easier said than done.

 14. The biggest problem for the Spurs in Game 2 might have been the fact that they had so few assists. On 35 made shots, the Spurs had just 14 assists. That’s a really bad ratio for them. During the regular season, San Antonio averaged 38.4 made baskets and 24.6 assists when you adjust for pace. The Spurs do an incredible job of moving the ball to the open shooter or cutter, and that just wasn’t there. You can chalk some of that up to their poor shooting because they made 39.3 percent of their shots in Game 2. But early in the game, they couldn’t keep pace with the Warriors because they managed just four assists in the first half. If they can share the ball better and have it lead to made shots in Game 3, they might be able to steal it. 

 Be physical and stalk the perimeter. In the Warriors’ last 17 games, they’ve shot under 36.4 percent from 3-point range just once. It was Game 5 against the Denver Nuggets, when Denver held them to 28.0 percent. How did Denver do it? Well, Mark Jackson would tell you that there was a mole inside the Nuggets team that informed him they were going to be dirty or come after Stephen Curry or hope they’d get caught . What the Nuggets really did was play physical defense, bumped the shooters coming off screens and overflooded the perimeter. The Warriors aren’t keen on driving to the basket on most possessions. They have a strength in shooting the ball and want to take advantage of that strength. The Spurs llarreal.The veteran midfielder has rebuilt his career with the Yellow Submarine after being cut loose by Arsenal last summer.After captaining Spain last week, Cazorla has received a further boost with a new contract offer.The new deal is worth a bashave to take away that strength, dare them to drive to the basket and hope their rotations are disciplined enough to challenge every shot, no matter where it ends up.

 Are the Warriors above the mean? Fans and media members are starting to wonder just how far the Warriors’ shooting will carry them. We keep hearing about the Warriors eventually regressing to the mean and seeing their shooting percentages plummet back down to Earth. But what if this is the mean for the Warriors? The evolution of the game has seen the 3-point shot become the biggest weapon in basketball. Even the most athletic attack in the world (the Miami Heat) is keen on freeing up shooters in the corners. With each evolution of the game, there is always one team way out ahead of it that leads to others catching up. What if the Warriors are the team that is out ahead of everybody and incredible shooting is going to have to become the norm? Instead of waiting for them to come down to Earth, the opponents are going to have to force that to happen or learn how to catch up in a hurry.

 10:30 p.m. ET start time. is questionable with a torn hip flexor. 

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Suns and Bucks complete trade for Caron Butler


is returning home. 

The completed a deal to send Caron Butler, a native of Racine (about 20 miles from Milwaukeeger Mikel Arteta.After defeat to the Greeks in their Europa League tie, Sdna claim Arteta has demanded his Arsenal staff deliver detailed reports on Camara following his display.And the Spanish coach will study them closely as he considers a summer m), to the , the teams announced Thursday.

The Suns will receive Ish Smith and big man Slava Kravstov.

Butler is set to make $8 million next season — the final of his deal — so by dealing him the Suns will gain about $5.5 million in cap space and also pick up a little cash which makes waiving Michael Beasley more reasonable. 

Butler was traded to the Suns with Eric Bledsore from the this summer in the three-team deal that sent and to L.A.

The Suns are rebuilding so offloading Butler’s expiring deal for future assets or young talent is exactly why they took on his contract in the first place. The Bucks are trying to piece together an Eastern playoff team and while Butler is mostly a shell of his former self, he can still knock down midrange shots and score soCallum Hudson-Odoi is targeting more goals when he returns to Chelsea after the international break.The 18-year-old scored two sublime goals in Enbert Celades insists they deserved more from their 2-2 draw with Champions League opponents Chelsea.The result leaves group qualification open for both teams.Celades said, “It was a very open game. If anyone deserved to win, it was us. “We wanted to gland U21’s 5-1 win over Austria on Wednesday night.”I definitely think I can improve,” Hudson-Odoi saidme points in a specific role. 

Butler, 33, averaged 10.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 78 games for the Clippers last season. 

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site reports Monday. That said, he’s still awaiti


guard , who is , is feeling much better recently, the team’s official site reports Monday. That said, he’s still awaiting medical clearance to play. 

Hinrich has downplayed the severity of the concussion, but the has strictf executive.It has been reported that Manchester United are looking for a director of football to take some of the responsibility off executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and their formool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is desperate to win more trophies.Alexander-Arnold tasted his firss a reunion with Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez.AS says Ancelotti has long been a big fan of James, having worked with him as Real and also Bayern Munich coach.And a reunion is now being considered as the January market swings open.For his partt major success at club level, winning the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool.Now a European champion at 20, the England right back is far from doer goalkeeper Van der Sar was linked to the role.”Besides my famil protocol in place to deal with head injuries. 

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Africa Cup of Nations may be over after being for


Free as his AFCON campaign is over.Ivory Coast captain Aurier fears his Africa Cup of Nations may be over after being forced to leave the field during Friday’s 1-0 defeat to Morocco.The right-back is coming off an injury-filled season at Tottenham during wgent guard has agreed to return to thampions League next season – despite their two campaign UEFA ban.The Daily Mail says City could still find themselves playing in next season’s Champions League, even if the Court of Arbitration for Sport uphold UEFA’s decision to ban them for two yehe Bucks, the team he spent three seasons with earlier in his career. Multiple reports indicate Delfino will sign for three years and $3.25 million per season oncsays the Brazil midfielder, 34, has nine months left on his contract at the Etihad and the club like their stars’ future sorted as early as possible.But the three-time Premier League winner has such a strong relationship with City that there is no hue the free agent moratorium comes to an end Tuesday. Delfino was waived by the Rockets earlier in the offseason.

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Spoelstra: Heat F Chris Bosh continues workouts with ‘no expectations’ on return


remains out indefinitely for the Miami . (Getty Images)MIAMI — The road to a return continues.Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters at practice on Tuesday that All-Star forward Chris Bosh remains on schedule with his rehabilitation from an abdominal injury suffered two weeks ago. “Right now, we don’t have expectations at this point,” he said. “He’s able to do more work. Considering where he wd a new deal with Watford.The Brazilian goalkeeper has signed up for another year of football with the Hornets, despite declaring that he was 99 per cent sure he would retire at the end of his contract back in March. “I couldn’t say no to the club beas and how we all felt when he was walking off the court, this is incredible progress. We’re not getting ahead of ourselves.”On Sunday, Bosh  since suffering the injury. Spoelstra sahrilled with his move to Wolves.The 19-year-old Ecuadorian international arrived at Compton Park this week to put the finishing touches to his move from Barcelona SC, but the young goalscorer is already impressed with what he has seen from Wolves aheid Tuesday that Bosh is continuing through that stage of the rehabilitation process.”He’s able to do a similar workout [on Tuesday] to what he did the other night,” he said. “It’s more rehab-related than basketball-related, he just happened to be doing it on the court.”On Monday, Spoelstra said that the first workout was a “positive sign,” but he cautioned that Bosh’s workout didn’t signal an imminent return.”I wouldn’t over-read into his workout [Sunday],” Spoelstra said. “We’ll continue to re-evaluate him every day. He’ll continue to do his rehab. When he starts legitimate basketball work, I’ll pay attention a little more.”Bosh has been listed as out “indefinitely” since suffering the injury in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference hs of his tenure.McAteer believes Klopp will leaving his post in 2021 and be replaced by Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.“Steven Gerrard made a clever move going to Rangers to begin his management career and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if stop two osemifinals series against the Indiana Pacers on May 14. The Heat defeated the Boston in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday night and host the Celtics for Game 2 on Wednesday night.Bosh, 28, averaged 18.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for the Heat this season. He appeared in 57 of Miami’s 66 regular-season games.

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Isiah Thomas: ‘I definitely want to be in basketball again’


(Getty Images) Water is wet, defender Ryan Bennett.Centre-back Bennett signed on loan from Wolves for the second half of the campaign last Friday, teaming up with a boss who has been a long-time admirer.Back in January 2012, with Bennett impressing at Peterborough in the Champi the sky is blue, the San Antonio Spurs won again, death, taxes and Isiah Thomas would like a job in basketball.The Hall of Famer and former Detroit guard has that he’s ready to make his next career move after being fired as coach of Florida International University .”I definitely want to be in basketball again whether it be coaching or as a general manager,” Thomas said by phone. “My gift is basketball. I would love working with the kids. If it’s the right college program, I would consider it. If it’s the right GM job or coaching job in the NBA, I would consider it. I love the game. I just want to be in the game.””I’m like everyone else, I keep my options open,” Thomas said. “My mom always said don’t burn any bridges. I followed her advice. It would have to be the right option and right place.”

He went on to say that he was open to another college coaching job as well. Thomas, 50, was hired by FIU in 2009. He posted a career record of 26-65 during his three seasons with the school.Prior to that somewhat surprising move to college coaching, Thomas was hired by the New York in 2003 as president of basketball operations. He also served as coach during the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons.

During a 13-year career with the Pistons, Thomas was a 12-time All-Star pointodriguez with a move to Inter Milan.Rodriguez has been linked with a move to Antonio Conte’s Inter in the press, despite the Italian outfit being top of Serie A.And Dyche, who has not given Rodriguez a Premier League start all season, found the rumou nited signed Dutch keeper Michael Verrips, reports BBC Sport.He joined the Blades on a free transfer hours before Thursday’s deadline.Verrips, 22, terminated his contract with the club after Mechelen were removed from the Europa League following a maguard posted career averages of 19.2 points, 9.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game.Is there an crazy enough to give Thomas another shot this offseason after he left the Knicks in scandal, amidst a sexual harrassment lawsuit and an illegal scouting operation? Almost certainly not. But we all know that won’t stop Thomas from trying.Someone, at some point, will decide enough time has passed and that Thomas deserves another shot. It just might be a few years and it might not be the high-profile GM or head coaching job that he apparently desires.

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LeBron on his flopping fine: ‘It is what it is’


MIAMI — “It is what it is.”

That was ‘ comment on his $5,000 flopping fine. Which if I understand that colloquialism correctly, that’s basically an admission of guilt, right? 

LeBron was then asked if he “earned” the penalty. 

“Earned it?” LeBron asked dimissively. 

Did you flop? Did you earn your fine?

“Come on, man, quit it,” he said. “Next question.”

And that was that. 

LeBron was hit with the $5,000 fine — the first any na coach Ernesto Valverde admits Aritz Aduriz’s stunning last-minute winner for Athletic Bilbao came as no surprise.Valverde worked youngster Luke Bolton has joined Luton Town on loan.The England U20 international enjoyed a loan spell in the second half of the campaign at the Town’s then-League One rivals Wycombe Wanderers, making ten appearances for Gareth Ainsworth’s team.Afterwith the 38 year-old as Athletic coach.”With Aduriz, any ball in the air is a danger and he got his goal,” Valverde saplayer has received this season, regular or playoffs — . 

Also fined for flopping were and . West’s foul committed on  was upgraded to a flagrant, penalty one. 

“I know I got fouled,” Wade said. “I just got up and tried to shoot the free throws. I didn’t go back and look at it or anything like that. … The league’s trying to control their game in the best way they see fit. It’s a tough series to call. It’s a very physical series.”

Wade was also asked about flopping — something he has a reputation for himself, despite never being fined — and if the monetary punishment was good enough. Teammate wttenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is facing an extended period out injured.Spurs have confirmed Lloris will be sidelined for the remainder of 2019 after dislocating his elbow in defeat at Brighton.And Deschamps says: “We are talking about weeks and evenas . 

“I think it’s plenty,” Wade said wryly. “That’s a lot of money.”

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Lakers respond to Mark Cuban’s ‘amnesty Kobe’ advice


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Mark Cuban had an idea for the and not surprisingly, chose to share it.

Essentially, the Mavericks owner said the Lakers should consider using the amnesty clause on . And the Lakers didn’t appreciate it. , the team had a response:

“We’re aware of Mark Cuban’s comments. We feel they’re inappropriate,” Lakers spokesman John Black said. “As far as the issue itself, we’re not going to comment publicly on the amnesty issue as it relates to any of our players.”


“If you look at their payroll, even if Dwight (Howard) comes back, you’ve got to ask the question: Should they amnesty Kobe?” Cuban said during an appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s “Ben and Skin Show.”

“So I’m just saying that hypothetically. When I say amnesty Kobe, I don’t think they’d do it, but they’ve got some choices to make. Now, they’re in a big market, but they’re still limited. The Knicks, the same thing. Boston, same thing.”

I’m sure Cuban is hanging a “mission accomplished” banner in his office for forcing a response from the Lakers and getting under their skin a bit. That’s what he does, and he does it extremely well.

Bryant was asked about it and properly blew it off saying simply, “I bet he did,” in response to Cuban’s sugl Pellegrini says they haven’t changed their style after victory at Watford.Having picked up a first win of the season, after a heavy home defeat to Manchester City and a draw with Brighton & Hove Albion, Pellegrini believes his preferred style ogestion.

The issue is real, though. Bryant is set to make a league-high $30.45 million next season, which will puo Rivas says Real Madrid star Gareth Bale remains on the agenda.The Welshman was linked with a move in the summer, though that deal fell through. “I understand that Shanghai Shenhua have the financial capacity to sign Bale,” Rivas, who operated as Qut the Lakers over $100 million in total payroll. With the new punitive luxury tax, the Lakers would owe around $85 million in tax payments because of it.

The Lakers still have their amnesty provision, having not used it yet. The rule is that you can use it once on a player on your roster when the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed. So the Lakers only have four players eligible — , , and, of course, Bryant.

In some ways, it honestly does make sense, but come on, it’s not happening and we all know iterty in UK football, according to POWA Index, the real-time sports sponsorship valuation engine, reports, /.As of February 2020 Liverpool dethroned United at the top of the POWA Index with a score of 18,549. The top five consists entirely of Premier . Cuban was stirring the pot and having some fun.

Also fun: The Lakers play the on Sunday.

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