Knicks’ Tyson Chandler to return Wednesday against the Bucks


Things are really bad for the right now. But they could be getting a little better. 

First, they get to play the tonight. But more important, coach Mike Woodson that center Tyson Chandler will return to the starting lineup against Milwaukee. 

Chandler, who has been out since Nov. 5 because of a stress fracture in his leg, had a timetable of 4-6 weeks,ibar refuse to give up on keeping hold of Asier Riesgo.The veteran goalkeeper, 34, is off contract aform Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.Pickford has made a number of blunders this season, and most recently was at fault when he failed to stop Bruno Fernandes’ tame effort in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United.”I think the reality is, as a goalket the end of month and has an offer to extend his stay by a year.However, Mundo Deportivo says Eibar management have yet to hear back from Riesgo duri and is returning right on the back end of that. 

The plan tonight, Woodson said, is for Chandler to return as the starting center with coming off the burnemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is excited with his move to AC Milan.Begovic joins the Rossonero on a straight loan to June.“I chose Milan because it’s a great challenge for me,” Begovic said to Rossoneri TV. “It’s one of the best clubs in theench. 

The Knicks have felt most of their problems on the defensive end, allowing 104.3 points per 100 possessions, which ranks them 25th in the league. Having Chandler back to patrol the middle will aid that quite a lot, especially because it presents the Knicks more options to play with at power forward with Chandler alongside him. 

Chandler, 31, is averaging 7.3 points and 9.0 rebounds in four games this season.

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boss Harry Redknapp.Bowen joined West Ham last mon


guard was at itg world-class talent Dad could’ve signed for Hammers boss Harry Redknapp.Bowen joined West Ham last month from Hull City.“My dad Sam used to play and when he was at Merthyr Tydfil he came to West Ham for a trial and Harry Redknapp wanted to sign him,” he told the Lond, says the Football Association’s Kelly Simmons, reports BBC Sport.English top-flight sides are currently permitted to spend 40% of their turnover on wages, under FA rules.The USA’s NWSL has upts playing for Chelsea as a supporter is a “great feeling”.The winger spoke to the match programme for tonight’s clash with Manchester United.”I’ve been a Chelsea fan since I joined and, trust me, when you play for the club you support, it’s a massivped its salary cap by nearly 20% to $ again on Sunday, scoring a game-high 34 points on 13 of 27 from the floor, including 4 of 11 from 3-point land, and 4 of 6 from the free throw line in a loss to the Raptors on Sunday.Curry also chipped in with seven assists, four rebounds and one steal while logging 43 minutes of game action. He is averaging 20.4 points, 8.0 assists and 6.2 rebounds over his last five games.

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s 110-107 loss to the Mavericks Friday.It’s


guard scored a team-high 28 points on 12 of 20 shooting in his team’s 110-107 loss to the Mavericks Friday.

It’s his second time hitting that scoring mark in his last threticket holder Cameron Robson received a letter on Tuesday detailing how they believe he ‘intended to incite the crowd’ ahead of their Premier League defeat by Liverpool.Robson, 23, had volunteered to wave a giant flag while the players walked out ande games. Dragic has recorded seven assists, five rebounds and ty boss Pep Guardiola plans to overhaul his squad this summer.The Telegraph says as many as five first-team players could be set to leave the Etihad at the end of the season.Attracting interest from City is Villarreal’s Pau Torres, 22, who made his Sphree steals in 38 minutes of action Friday. He has have several other positions that they want to strengthen before the transfer window closes on August 8.Among them include a new centre-back, with former Chelsea ace Cahill now the No 1 priority following his release from the Blues.The Englishman isaveraged 19.5 points and 6.0 assists in 36 games played.

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forward tested his injured ankle before the game and against the Grizzlies, the Denver Poed is adamant Getafe can build on last season’s LaLiga success.A member of Getafe’s historic 2007/2008 UEFA Cup team, who famously beat the likes of Tottenham and Benfica before losing to Bayern Munich on away goals, De la Red believes this year’s Gest reports. Faried sat out the team’s previous game Monday, and tension with the club.The 31-year-old, who has been at the club since 2016, is a key member of theri defense.He played 31 times for the club as they moved into the Premier League from the Championship by earning promotion this term.And he is delightewas able to play just three minutes in the previous game. He is averaging 9.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game this seaWith retiring Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech in the frame for the sporting director’s job at Chelsea, he could be joined by former Blues teammate Makelele.That’s according to well-connected French outlet Euro United.Makelele, currently coach of Eupen ison.

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in the first quarter en route to a mediocre perfor


forward revealed after Monday’s 104-92 loss to the Rockets that he in the first quarter en route to a mediocre performance, the are the latest team to show an interest in Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.Palace Sporting Director Dougie Freedman was at Tynecastle on Sunday to watch the Gers’ 1-1 draw with Hearts, according to the Scottish Sun.Freedman wanted to run the rule ovBoston Globe reports.

Green played 28 minutes but scored just four points on 2 of 10 shooting, turning in his worst performance since a two-game stretch in mid-November in which he scored just six total points. The 28 minutes represenc left back Kieran Tierney.The Gunners are in the market for a specialist left sided defender, given the poor displays of wing back Saed Kolasinac in a back four.Emery had to convince the Gunners board of Tierney’s quality, per the Arsenal-increase-Cted a low for the month of January for Green, who also had six rebounds in the loss. He did say after thester United are willing to up their offer to Marcus Rashford in a significant way.The Daily Star says United will offer to treble Rashford’s salary to keep him out of Barcelona and Real Madrid’s clutches.Rashford’s future appears unclear after Unitee game that he expects to play Wednesday against the Raptors.

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guard and forward have been for Wednesday’s game against the Thunder, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Parker has missed one game while dealing with a bruised shin, while Bonner has also missed one game after suff with his hat-trick in their 4-0 rout of Cagliari.Ronaldo also produced an assist for Gonzalo Higuain.”The most important thing is that the team wins,” he told Sky Sport Italia.“We played well and created a lot of scoring opportunities. I am pleaseepot.The Spaniard excelled on loan at Reading during the second half of last season, leading to speculation he could leave the Emirates.Speaking in April, the 26-year-old said: “Being No.2 is not enough for me. I will never accept being No.2.”If Arsenring a fractured nose last week. Parker is leading the ‘s according to his agent, Crescenzo Cecere.He told AllMercatoWeb: “(Luigi) Sepe was hurt at the closing of the market, director (Daniele) Faggiano called us and he (Radu) didn’t hesitate for a moment to go to Parma.”Without Sepe’s injury, maybe heSpurs with 17.9 points per game.

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NBA trading deadline 2014: What to watch for


The NBA trading deadline is rapidly approaching, and as rumors continue to swirl — even if only slightly — here’s what to watch for until the deals are done.

Trade Deadline 2014  | Thursday, Feb. 20, 3 p.m. ET.

Teams can trade any eligible player up until the deadline. After that, you’re locked in with your roster till draft night. Teams can trade players, players’ rights, draft picks, trade exceptions and, of course. almighty cash.

Because otherwise it would be total chaos until and throughout the playoffs. Also, the deadline provides a heightened week of anticipation, rumors, and discussion after the All-Star break, boosting the NBA’s visibility which is always a good thing for them.

All in all, it’s been a much quieter week-before-deadline than expected. Early indications were that with so many teams tanking and so many teams desperate to make the playoffs now, we were set for a crazy rush. But instead, it’s been dead quiet as major deals involving and have already gone down, no one wants to trade picks in this super-valuable draft, and many teams that would be willing to move their pick (Washington, Indiana, Golden State) have already moved theirs.

That said it’s extremely unlikely to see a deadline go by with no moves.

Some more general information:

Picks to burn

Since several teams already have traded their pick, that means other clubs have multiple first-round picks which they can use to make a deal. There are eight:

Suns (possible four total) (possible three, but one is lottery-protected from Philly and that ain’t happening) (possible three total) (possible three, but more likely two) (possible two) (possible two)76ers (possible two)Jazz (Two)On the move?

There are of course players heavily rumored to be on the market. Reports conflict on all these guys, since in the history of man, no team has ever wanted to admit that a player was available, but here are the ones that consistently come up in rumors.

(we could name this list after him) (but that’s mostly died down)Any Sixers player not named or Make a move, or stick

Separate of what is actually being reported as happening, there are five teams that need to make a deal:

The big three in the frontcourt is not working. They can’t afford big extensions for Greg Monroe and after giving his contract. Something’s got to be done. My favorite trade idea is , Andre Miller, and Kenneth Faried from Denver for and Monroe.

They have possibly four draft picks. They have the sixth seed. There’s no reason not to swing for a home run with one of the picks as bait. I don’t know if Pau Gasol actually is a taking a cut that gets out of the infield, let alone the park, but they should swing at something.

They have the offense to make some noise in the playoffs, but really need a rim protector. and are not it.

Because Thad Young deserves more than this and itts he’s been disappointed with Gylfi Sigurdsson this season.The Iceland international has struggled to make an impact.Osman told GentingBet: “I’ve been disappointed with Gylfi Sigurdsson this season.”I don’t think there’s any question that Gylfi’s no’s time to go even further into the tank.

Give up the ghost, Daryl Morey. Trade Omer Asik.

At the other end, there are five teams which should stand pat:

They’re still a really good team. They could be way better than the record indicates, and a model for playoff succsss (three-pointers plus good interior and perimeter defense). No need for a panic trade.

They’re hitting their stride and should to see what’s possible with the group they have now.

Unless you can trade coaches, this team has enough to accomplish its goal: Reach the playoff. Re-evaluate after that.

I want to see what a full, healthy roster for this team could do with more time together.

I want them to get trapped between being bad and a legit contender, so fans and media can understand why trading Kyle Lowry and bottoming out beforehand would have been better.

The Money tes. This is their big chance. With a transfer ban. And a new manager. This season offers Chelsea’s kids an opportunity like no other…And strengthening their case will be the new coaching team about to be installed. For all the complaints from DerbDodge

Teams are always making moves at the deadline for reasons beyond basketball. Two teams, the Bulls and , are set to be at or near the luxury tax. the Lakers are $7.5 million over and in a disaster season like this, do they really want to waste a year of their repeater-tax hits?

The Bulls are under, but only $678,000, so they might feel more comfortable getting further under. Read this, and its follow up, from on why teams would want more breathing d Sead Kolasinac are currently under 24-hour guard amid claims they’ve been caught up in a local gang war.The Sun says an East European gang has stepped in after North London thugs tried to steal the aces’ watches in a moped raid.But the yobs will noroom for cap space.

Salary caps in play

Five teams have cap room to take on huge contracts in salary dumps to acquire future assets:

Philadelphia 76ers: $11 million: $5.6 millionPhoenix Suns: $5.2 million: $1.7 million: $1.7 million

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forward did not practice on Tuesday and is for Wednesday’s game against the Lakers, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Parsons left Monday’s practice due to knee um has fired a warning at Manchester City.Wijnaldum insists that winning the Champions Atletico Madrid.Real have raked in €40m from the deal, with the midfielder agreeing to a five-year contract.The move will be rubberstamped once Llorente passes his medical.The 24 year-old’s arrival will see Atletico allow Rodrigo to leave for ManchLeague will help the Reds end their 30-year wait for a domestic title.He said: “Winning the Champions League has given us all peace of mind. Now we know what it’soreness, but an MRI on the Arsenal drew 1-1 with Brighton at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon which all but ended their Champions League hopes.The Gunners had led 1-0 courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s ninth-minute penalty, but Glenn Murray scored Brighton’s equaliser on knee came back negative. He managed to play 44 minutes in the team’s last game Friday.

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Playoff Picture: First look as race starts to take shape


As we enter the last quarter of the NBA, it’s time to start discussing the season that matters, the postseason. We’re less than 20 games and 40 days from the playoffs, which is just close enough to take a look at how the playoff positioning is taking shape. Here are the important battles in each conference. Bear in mind that a lot can change, but consider this a primer for where we’re at as we head down the stretch.

numbers: number of games that in combination a team must win or their closest challenge must lose to clinch the spot in question.

back one game, none in the loss column. Remaining games: 21 for the Heat, 19 for the . Magic number: 20 for the Pacers.

The Pacers had chances with a recent Heat falter and Miami’s overall coasting to push this thing to an insurmountable lead. Instead, the Pacers are in free fall. What started as “not convincing wins” has eroded into actual losses with the Pacers going .500 in their last ten, and having lost four straight.

The dynamics of this one are fascinating, though. The Heat likely want to start shutting it down and coasting to the finish line by resting players sometime in early April, but they’re so close to getting homecourt, it’s going to be a tough sell for them not to push to the end. They know being healthy is more important for them than homecourt advantage, but they also know how demoralizing it would be for Indiana to take it from them in a season where Miami honestly hasn’t tried all that hard.

Meanwhile, Indiana doesn’t want to coast, but it also doesn’t want this thing neck and neck to the finish line. They’re a half-game back of the for homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs to boot. But how long is it going to take for them to kick the Heat off their tails?

Chicago half-game behind Toronto for No.3 (one in loss column), Washington 2.5 back (three back in loss column), Brooklyn three back (three back in loss column). Remaining games: 20 for Toronto, 19 for Chicago, 19 for Washington, 20 for Brooklyn.

Magic number: 21 for Toronto, 18 for no worse than fifth.

This mess could wind up pretty fascinating. If you’re the , do you want a higher seed to potentially avoid Miami in the second round (if the Heat stay the No.2), but risk having to face Chicago, the “team no one wants to face?” Chicago on paper is actually the weaker team, and Toronto can play Brooklyn tight as they did on Monday.

Meanwhile, the are just far enough out to where they likely won’t catch. It’s going to take a big slip even at just 2.5 games for Washington to catch. But homecourt advantage is just close enough to keep them engaged.

This one’s going to go down to the wire, barring a calamitous fall-off from someone. Don’t be surprised if Brooklyn, who has played the best of the teams since January 1st, makes a run and might even snag homecourt.

Safe: Brooklyn

Mostly Safe: Charlotte

Bubble: Atlanta, New York

Dead meat: Detroit, Cleveland

Charlotte three back for the No.6 (four back in the loss column), Atlanta two back for the No.7 (one back in the loss column), New York 3.5 back of the 8th spot (five back in the loss column).

Magic numbers to clinch playoff spot: 11 for Brooklyn, 13 for Charlotte, 16 for Atlanta.

Welcome to the Eastern Conference, y’all, where the are still alive at 25-40. Detroit may not be tanking, but if they’re not they have no concept of how to win. They’re tied with New York at 3.5 back, and have one less in the loss column. But they’ve absolutely imploded and don’t seem to have any answers right now. They have more incentive to lose (and keep their pick that would go to Charlotte) than win.

Yes, Cleveland could make it. The ‘ magic number to clinch over Cleveland (should the Knicks and implode) is a whopping 15. Thats’ a lot of wins for the Hawks should the Cavs get hot. Cleveland has 18 games left, though. At current pace, they’re only on track for six-to-seven more wins. It doesn’t look likely.

But New York… once thought to be dead, they’ve won four straight. Atlanta is 2-8 in its last ten, and has been decimated by injuries. This could get tight, but the Knicks absolutely must go strong throuon in Australasia.The summer signing from Crystal Palace was blown away by the club’s world-wide support.He told the club’s website: “I was told what would happen, but I didn’t know it was going to be that big. As soon as we landed, the fans were waigh their next three weeks of weak games. They haveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola was coy when asked if Liverpool are jealous of their Premier League success.The Citizens retained the title but Liverpool won the Champions League for the sixth time in their history in Madrid a month later.“To win the league in England is very hard,” Guardiola said.“The test is that it is the first time in 11 years that a team has repeated a league win, which Barcelona has done many times.“By contrast, Liverpool have not won the league for 30 years, and we all saw what Liverpool are this year.” Boston, Milwaukee, the Sixers, the , and the coming up, with a stop vs. the freefalling Pacers. That Indiana game isn’t a must-win, but it would sure help a lot.

Charlotte could conceivably fall out, too. They’ve got Washington, Minnesota, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Portland, Houston, Brooklyn again, and Washington again before April comes. But if they can survive til then, Charlotte finishes with Philly, Orlando, Cleveland, Boston, and Philadelphia again.

a half-game back for the No.1, one game back in the loss column.

It’s a battle with no end in sight. OKC had built up a decent lead for a while, but their struggles since Westbrook returned has put San Antonio up at the top. Realistically, neither team thinks it needs homecourt over the other one, but San Antonio might want homecourt in case it gets back to the Finals, after that whole.. you know… Game 6 thing.

Overall, OKC has been the better team this season, but it’s close, and the Spurs are clicking at the right time. With 20 games left, the Spurs and Thunder are 14 wins away from 60 wins, and both look relatively likely. This one will in all likelihood go down to the wire.

Houston at No.3, Clipper tied (one game back in the loss column). Portland two games back for the No. 3/ No. 4 (two games back in loss column). Golden State 4.5 back of the No. 3/No.4, 2.5 back of the No. 5. (four games back in loss column).

Magic numbers: Let me put it this way. Houston has won 44 games and their magic number just to finish no worse than 5th is 14 with 19 games left. There are no magic numbers, just pain.

This one is just brutal. Houston’s only two back of the No.2 seed, which is a whole other level of intense I won’t deal with yet. Let’s assume for the moment the Thunder and Spurs are locks for the top two spots. You’re talking about four great teams battling over who gets who in the first round.

Do the Clippers want to aim for OKC in the second round? That could have a lot to do with this. Houston’s also likely to aim for the Thunder like they did last year. Where OKC finishes could actually have a lot to do with this. Portland likely wants to avoid Houston.

Last year, avoiding the 4-5 matchup was the keypoint for teams, but then Denver lost to Golden State despite grabbing the 3-seed. This year, you get the Warriors again in the three spot.

The Western Conference is absolutely brutal. The best thing these teams can do is just try and win as much as possible andhn Lundstram.His original contract – signed when he was plucked from Oxford United in a £800,000 deal – expires this summer.Wilder said: “Talks are ongoing with two or three players. We’re always looking to reward the players if they perform and we’ hope for the best. There are no optimal roads through the West.

Safe: Golden State (probably)

Bubble: Dallas, Memphis, Phoenix

Dead Meat: Minnesota

Phoenix is a half-game back of the 8th spot, one back in the loss column.

Games remaining: 18 for Golden State, 18 for Dallas, 20 for Memphis, 19 for Phoenix.

Magic numbers for playoff spot: 16 for Golden State, 20 for Dallas.

Golden State is 3.5 up over the . It’s not insurmountable, but if they can just keep up their pace as of late (8-2 in their last ten) they should be fine. They’re just inside the furthest reaches of the danger zone.

Dallas dipped into the 9th spot in February and since then have managed to kick and claw their way to the No. 7 spot. They’re not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination, but they’ve also managed to dodge bullets like they’re in the Matrix.

At this point, Phoenix is the concerning one. They’ve lost six of their last ten, and Memphis has been gaining on the bubble teams for two months. The schedules for all the remaining teams is tough, but at this point, Phoenix has to be the underdog for a spot. With coming back, though, this one could go to the wire as well.

Minnesota is five back, which isn’t insurmountable, but it’s not easy to summit with 20 games left either.

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forward scored a team-high 28 points on 12 of 20 shooting, including 3 of 7 shooting from behind the arc, while grabbing 16 rebounds in his team’s 94-90 loss to the Grizzlies Friday.

It was the eighth double-double in nine games for Love, who also had two assists and one block in 37 minutes. He has taken at least 20 shots in back-to-back games after reaching thiefs are exploring the prospect of bringing Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola back to the club.While interim coach Hans Flick will stay in charge to the end of the season, Bayern will seek to make a big name appointment next summer, says BILD.Ajax cat mark only twice in 13 previous games this month. Love has averagedral defender is a hot property this summer, with the promoted side looking to add him to their squad ahead of the new Premier League season.However, Leeds have their own promotion ambitions in the Championship and do not want to sell.Per Football Ins 25.1 points and 13.0iverpool was confirmed this morning.The Japanese star completed his £7.25million move to Liverpool on Thursday morning.The 24-year-old will officially become part of Liverpool’s squad on January 1, and could make his debut in the FA Cup third round rebounds over 45 games played.

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