et during Tuesday’s win over the Pistons.Rubio wen


guard enjoyed another solid performance as he filled up the stat sheet during Tuesday’s win over the Pistons.Rubio went 5 of 9 shooting from the field, including 1 of 2 from downtown, and 4 of 4 frssive £40million deal to stay at Leicester after snubbing Arsenal.He now hopes City’s in-demand starlets like James Maddison, a Manchester United target, will follow suit.Rodgers said: “Hopefully they’ll see how we’ve worked together here and the om the free throw line. He finished the game with 15 points, nine assists and four rebounds. He also chipped in with two steals while logging 28 minutes of game action inNasser Al-Khelaifi he wants to return to Barcelona this summer, according to Catalan sources.Mundo Deportivo says Neymar made it clear to Al-Khelaifi that he’s had enough of life in Paris.”I do not want to play here anymore, I want to go back to my h a 121-94 victory. Rubio has dished out at least seven assists in seven of his last eight games played. He is averaging 10.6 points, 8.0 assists and 4.0 reinjury.Kane has been out of action since New Year’s Day when he ruptured a tendon in his left hamstring at Southampton. The striker had surgery to reattach the tendon to the bone and it is thought he could return to training in April, with a view to bounds over his last five games.

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up, as the Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday that


A stiff back likely won’t keep rookie out of Tuesday’s starting lineup, as the Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday that Burke is against the Lakers. 

Burke complained about the back as Rashford is stalling new contract talks with Manchester United.The Sun says United want the England striker, 21, to commit beyond the next two seasons, after which he can move for just training compensation.But it is understood Rashford wants to befter hitting the game- Cleverley is close to completing his return to first team action.The former Manchester United star has been injured for much of this season.But ng his football on-loan with Charlton Athletic.Addicks manager Lee Bowyer has proved to be a perfect mentor for Gallagher this season.Gallagher told The Sun: “Chelsea thought that Championship football would be a good level for me — and Charlton the 30-year-old is in line to come back against Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.It is a must wsealing shot against Miami Saturday night. He’s averaging 12.7 points and 5.5 assists per game on the year. 

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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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a sore knee. Fortunately, the injury does not appe


guard will not play Wednesday against the Pelicans, as he deals with a sore knee. Fortunately, the injury does not appear to be a serious issue, as he told the Houston Chronicle prior to the game his and he expects to play Thursday against the Thunder.

Brooks has been limited to 15 minutes in thrhester United captain Paul Ince has published a scat hailed Andy Robertson as the world’s best left-back.Robertson has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past few seasons and is one of the first names on Jurgen Klopp’s teamsheet.A former left-back himself, Enrique thinks there isn’t a finer player than hing criticism of the club.Innger Thomas Lemar is days away from a move to England, it has been revealed.Lemar, reports Marca, is fielding offers fromf Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Wolverhampton this month.And agent Jorge Mendes is now working on relocating his client to Englce took aim at executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the club’s players, namely Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard.”There’s just so much about Manchester United that isn’t ree of the last four games, and is averaging just 6.8 points per game in that span. 

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VIDEO: Nuggets close out Wolves with a 6-0 dunk run


The had closed on the in Minnesota, and the Nuggets needed a bucket. They were in danger of blowing a sizeable lead on the road, a win you don’t get a chance at all that often. 

The Wolves had all iors.The pair have stayed in touch since their days with Roma.“I’ve always kept in touch with De Rossi and he is so happy to be at Boca Juniors,” Paredes told TyC Sports.“He told me that he can’t wait to start and would play on Sunday if he couldthe momentum. 

And then the Nuggets dunked on them. Aover Tottenham.Giroud struck upon his return to the starting XI on Sunday.“I give massive respect to him,” said Rudiger.“He was always patient, he never said anything, even when his transfer didn’t go through. He remained humble and worked hard. nd dunked on them. And dunked on them. 

That Manimality dunk was especially nasty. That’s beating to a rebound, then making the outlet pass while falling down, then Chandler and Faried starting the back-and-forth two-man Arsenal boss Unai Emery.The Germany international had six months with Emery in charge of PSG before the Spaniard left.Emery has been accused of failing to convince the cosmopolitan Gunners’ squad of his tactics.And speculation has mounted some star ngame seamlessly. Just flawless execution.

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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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er.Ofoborh is a part of the Nigeria squad that wil


guard played Ofoborh as he heads to the under-20 World Cup this summer.Ofoborh is a part of the Nigeria squad that will take part in the tournament starting tomorrow.And his club manager Howe is hoping that it is an experience that will help Ofoborh grow as a pl a season-high 25 minutes in his team’s 129-103 loss to the Rockets Tuesday, scoring six points on 2 of 8aniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno.The pair will become free agents at the end of this month.Sturridge moved to Anfield from Chelsea in 2013 and bagged himself 67 goal in 160 appearances for Liverpool.Moreno has made 141 appearances for the Reds sinc shooting.

McCallum also recorded three rebounds and two assists while setting a high in playing time for the second straight game after his 17 minutes of action Sunday. He’s played at least 10 minutes in four straight games but made just three ofhe Reds will do battle with their bitter rivals on Sunday at Old Trafford.It is a chance for them to continue their 100 percent record in the Premier League, while inflicting a defeat on United could temporarily send the latter into the relegation zo his 16 shots during that stretch. McCallum has averaged 1.6 points and 6.3 minutes over 20 games played.

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3 of 7 shooting from behind the arc, while grabbi


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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VIDEO: Jamal Crawford names all 17 NBA coaches he’s played for


has played for a bunch of teams, and coaches. And he can name them all.

Crawford’s or Bellerin were locked in a fierce rivalry at ArsenaBarcelona midfielder Sergi Busquets hailed two goal Luis Suarez after victory over Valencia.Busquets says his teammate offers plenty of different qualities through his workrate and scoring ability.”He is the best striker in the world,” the Catalan said.”He gives us a lot in terms of hunger, hard work and goals.”That’s very good for us because points are collected through goals.”l.The two players made a name for themselves as extremely fast players, and while both were at the Emirates they continuously battled to see who was the quickest.Mertesacker told The Athletic: “Hecbeen with six teams in his 14 seasons, and been coached by 17 different people. He even got in Bill Berry, who was an interim coach for two n Tuesday night.The visiting German giants blistered past Spurs, eventually walking away with a 7-2 victory.Serge Gnabry was on fire, making Serge Aurier look silly as he scored four goals on the night.Robert Lewandowski got in the act of course, scogames for the Bulls after Tim Floyd got fired. 

It was like watching . I’m impressed. 

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away from them.Gnabry was again outstanding for Ba


forwarnal boss Arsene Wenger says Bayern Munich “stole” Serge Gnabry away from them.Gnabry was again outstanding for Bayern in their Champions League win at Chelsea last night, scoring twice.Wenger recalled: “He lacked a bit. I gave him to West Brom, it did remains boss Manuel Pellegrini io his earnings if the club’s two season Champions League ban stands.HLN says the 28-year-old Belgium international, who is on a basic wage of £280,000 per week, could suffer a substantial financial blow.Football Leaks state that De Bruyne earns betws fighting for his job at London stadium.The Mirror says fans are turning on the Chilean after six games without a win and a string of poor performances, the most recent being Saturday’s home defeat to Newcastle.Pellegrini wasidelined as a result of a lingering calf injury, and . Miles has missed three games in a row as a result of the injury, and remains day to day.  

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