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Grand Slam Events Take Steps to Curb Mid-Match Retirements

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Grand Slams will now give the injured who pull out on site before their opening match 50 percent of the first-round prize money, with the other 50 percent going to the "lucky loser" who replaces them. The three other slams will also allow 25 seconds, bringing them into line with regular Tour events, but are not now scheduled to have shot-clocks. They will now have one minute after they walk onto the court to be ready for the prematch meeting, and one minute to be ready to play after the ... Read More »

Jose Mourinho: 'Zlatan Ibrahimovic in no condition to start'

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The United boss again took aim at the Football Association after ruling Jones out of Wednesday's Champions League match at Basel and this weekend's return to Premier League action at home to Brighton. 'If the team is not winning, his presence on the pitch will be important, positive, more aggressive to play with (Romelu) Lukaku. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was left out of the squad against Newcastle but has travelled to Basel and could return. Read More »

Ball says he is fully fit for first Ashes Test

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Should a reshuffle be needed, number six Shaun Marsh will open the innings with fellow West Australian and Test debutant Cameron Bancroft. Vice-captain Warner remains a doubt after hurting his neck when going for a high catch during training at the Gabba on Tuesday, although Australia skipper Steve Smith backed him to be fit and ready for the start of the five-match series. Read More »

Edgerrin James among Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists

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Owens, who prepped at Benjamin Russell in Alexander City, has reached finalist status in both of his previous years of eligibility without being selected to take the final step into the Pro Football Hall of Fame . He was a nine-time Pro Bowl player and six-time All-Pro (including four times on the first team). It's the time of the year when the Hall of Fame roller coaster begins to gear up for another ride. Read More »

Shohei Ohtani Set to Join MLB After Posting Agreement Reportedly Reached

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Teams interested in signing him are limited to a minor league contract plus whatever they have available in their worldwide bonus pool. According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi , previous posting rules-which dictate MLB teams can pay NPB clubs a maximum fee of $20 million-will continue to apply this offseason before a new arrangement kicks in after the 2018 campaign. Read More »

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants more 'respect' in fixture schedule

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No English club has reached the Champions League final since Chelsea won the competition in 2012 and Conte's complaint was regularly made by his predecessor Jose Mourinho, who is now in charge at Manchester United. On league leaders Man City, he said, "It is hard to think that you can catch Man City with the way they are now playing, but the top teams have to try to fight until the end". Read More »

Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. relieved of duties

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Head Coach Jack Del Rio said in a statement, "After careful thought, I have made a hard decision to part ways with Ken Norton , Jr.as defensive coordinator". Remember, this is a franchise that desperately signed NoVorro Bowman after the worst team in the NFC cut him mid-season for bad play and a worse attitude, and then, three days later, the Raiders started Bowman and gave him play calling responsibilities. Read More »

3- 2-1, BAM! Georgia Dome set for implosion

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It took only 15 seconds to flatten the dome, which opened in 1992. "As far as the stadium goes, for me it starts with the fans", Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said, via CNN . Atlanta's public transit system, MARTA, had other ideas. With a groundbreaking set for early 2019, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority plans to build a new luxury convention center hotel. Read More »

Why Michigan's Alex Malzone deserves a shot at QB against Ohio State

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Ohio State locked up the East Division so the Buckeyes and Badgers are heading to a clash in Indianapolis in a couple Saturdays. The scenario is a lot different for MI. And, of course, losing to MI in itself never sits well with folks in Columbus. Best defensive performance: Defensive end Joey Bosa had a sack, a forced fumble and an interception in the 2015 game. Read More »

Griezmann admits Man Utd move is a possibility

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United were bitterly disappointed to miss out on Griezmann, who they thought was keen to move to Old Trafford where he could link up with worldwide team-mate, Paul Pogba. United are expected to return for Griezmann in the near future and it is believed the Frenchman's time at Atletico is coming to an end. Asked if he had discussed a potential January exit with anyone at Atletico, Griezmann added: "No". Read More »

Bundesliga side keen to land Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal insists that teammates Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are both committed to the club, despite continued speculation over their exits. "The quality of the contract has to be good, I'm convinced they love the club, they love the team, ' Arsene Wenger , speaking after the victory, said of Ozil and Alexis Sanchez ". Read More »

Oumar Niasse Becomes First Player To Be Charged For Diving

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Palace took the lead inside the first minute through James McArthur, but Everton levelled through Leighton Baines' penalty after Scott Dann was deemed to have fouled Niasse. Each panel member will be asked to review all available video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it was an offence of "successful deception of a match official". Read More »

Wenger Thinks Sanchez & Ozil Love Arsenal And Want To Stay

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Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes the Gunners will secure a top-two finish in the Premier League this season if they can build on their impressive performance against Tottenham. Spurs have not won a trophy since the League Cup in 2008, whereas Arsenal have lifted the FA Cup in three of the last four years. Ahead of Saturday's highly anticipated North London Derby, the biggest discussion was about if there had been a power shift from Arsenal to Tottenham. Read More »

What Channel Is the Vikings vs. Lions Game On?

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Caldwell knows as well as anyone, past performance in the National Football League is not an indicator of future success. And I kind of lost it. Fox was coaching Denver in 2014 when the Broncos cut Prater. "We're anxious about how we play. We know that if we do certain things right the game could come out totally different". Floyd, who has 5 + sacks this season, was taken off the field on a cart. Read More »

Tyronn Lue not anxious about minutes for LeBron James

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LeBron James got his team rolling in the first quarter with 16 of his 18 points, including 3-of-4 3-pointers. "But we just came out and executed. It's a pretty big step for us". The Pistons (11-6) had their six-game home winning streak snapped. "When you're knocking down 3's like that, that's scary", Wade said. "It's only one loss in the column". Read More »

Ramos suffers broken nose in Atletico-Real derby

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Among the criticisms levelled at the Real is the performances of star forwards Cristiano Ronaldo , Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale , with the trio having scored just four LaLiga goals between them this season. Throughout the duration of the season, Zidane has sometimes been criticised for not using younger players such as Theo Hernandez and Dani Ceballos . Read More »

Manchester United eye Danny Rose after Tottenham player is dropped against Arsenal

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The defeat at the Emirates leaves Tottenham 11 points behind league leaders Manchester City in fourth and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris believes the club must improve their consistency to retain their place among the top clubs in England. England defender Danny Rose is in the frame to start, but Pochettino refused to comment on rumours Rose was "fuming" for being left out of Saturday's derby. Read More »

Tony Pulis gets the sack after West Brom's 11-game winless run

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Pulis defended his record at West Brom before losing to Chelsea and he also received support from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola after his dismissal. "I still think they run around". He said: "Say what you like about Tony Pulis , but he can't possibly be worse than Tony Pulis ". Pulis, who had been without a club for over an hour, takes the reins with West Brom in 17th place and in dire need of his no-nonsense attitude and organisational nous - qualities conspicuous by their ... Read More »

Here's why Sergio Ramos will miss Real Madrid's Champions League match

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Zidane added: "We are one step away from qualifying". Despite domestic competitions being hotly contested across Europe, it is the Champions League that most teams want to win, with a place in footballing immortality awaiting the victor. The Real boss is still missing Keylor Navas, Gareth Bale and Mateo Kovacic but travelled to Cyprus with a 20-player squad including under-19 keeper Moha Ramos, who has been installed in recent weeks as deputy to Kiko Casilla while Luca Zidane recovers from a ... Read More »

Brighton still have much to learn, insists Chris Hughton

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Stoke looked the more likely to steal all three points late on, as they threw men forward purposefully, but Brighton's rearguard rose to the challenge and ensured they held on for a point. In the 18th minute, Brighton almost took the lead, however, Izquieredo's shot went just wide off the post. And Stoke capitalised on that let-off just before the half-hour mark - Choupo-Moting providing a cool finish after Lewis Dunk failed to deal with Xherdan Shaqiri's hopeful lofted ball. Read More »

Steelers' Marcus Gilbert suspended for 4 games for PES use

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Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert released a statement through the Steelers on Gilbert's suspension. "Marcus Gilbert of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been suspended without pay for the team's next four games for violating the National Football League policy on performance enhancing substances". Read More »

Nationals announce 2018 spring training schedule

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Phillies pitchers and catchers will report to spring training on February 14 before opening their Grapefruit League schedule just nine days later as part of a truncated camp because of baseball's new collective bargaining agreement. In addition to the schedules, Major League Baseball also released some awesome new team hats for 2018 Spring Training. 22, the Red Sox will play 17 home games, starting with the traditional doubleheader in which both Northeastern and Boston College will play ... Read More »

Serena Williams tells infant daughter to 'keep playing' in viral ad

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Serena Williams has a new commercial that's beaming with girl power. "So keep playing, my girl". Williams tweeted the commercial out saying there are many reasons to quit, but even more to keep playing. Williams was eight weeks pregnant when she won a record 23rd grand slam and announced after the birth that the initials of her daughter's name Alexis Olympia Ohanian were a nod to the Australian Open. Read More »

Amanda Staveley makes £300m offer for Newcastle United

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Per various reports, the Spaniard has been warned that if Mike Ashley is still in place come the January transfer window, funds will not be available to him in order to improve the squad. She caused something of a stir when she was spotted in the crowd for the Magpies' 1-1 Premier League draw with Liverpool at St James' Park in October, and although her presence was initially played down, the situation has developed significantly since. Read More »

Penn State's dominant second quarter means all smiles in Happy Valley

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The fact that Lee's last pass, a 3-yard touchdown to tight end Jack Stoll, came on the game's final play and turned what would have been an 18-point win into a 12-point decision seemed to matter little to some fans, who wondered on social media whether this looked a little too much like the Ohio State and Michigan State collapses to consider it more a product of who was on the field than a disturbing trend for the entire team. Read More »

Marcus Rashford Had An Unusual Boyhood Manchester United Idol

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It's definitely coming back, but where they were to where we are now, we've still got a long way to go because they were consecutively winning. If Rashford hadn't discovered that he was a natural at centre-forward things could have been very different for the clun. Read More »

Packers' Aaron Jones reportedly arrested in October on marijuana-related charges

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The officer smelled marijuana coming out of Jones' vehicle and noticed he had bloodshot eyes, per the police report. The vehicle was searched and no contraband was found, per Larson. Jones has a final pre-trial hearing scheduled for February 1 while the Packers have yet to formally comment on the situation. Coach Mike McCarthy addressed the matter at a news conference Monday, saying: " He made a mistake ". Read More »

Baker Mayfield Won't Start vs. West Virginia After Kansas Antics

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Mayfield is being reprimanded for his actions during Oklahoma's win over the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, when he made inappropriate gestures and yelled obscenities toward the opposing bench after throwing a touchdown pass. Before the game during the coin toss, Kansas captains refused to shake Mayfield's hand after he stuck it out to shake. It's not the legacy I want to leave at OU. Read More »

Jeffrey Tambor Is Leaving 'Transparent,' Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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But the last season of House of Cards set up a potentially Spacey-less season; Transparent's fifth season returning without Maura, the matriarch of the Pfefferman family, would be a much steeper task. Less than a day after those claims by Lysette, Transparent writer and producer Our Lady J became the first and only member of the series to publicly back both accusers. Read More »

Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen reacts to Middlesbrough win

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Goals from Pablo Hernandez and Ezgjan Alioski did the trick as Middlesbrough were only able to score once, from the penalty spot with 13 minutes left. A win for Monk's side will see them go level on points with Aston Villa, while defeat will mean they remain very much within reach of the sides below. Read More »

Antonio Conte Praises His Switch to a 3-5-2 Formation

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Against Manchester United we played a really good game against a strong team, today we performed very well with the same players. "Do not forget that [although] this game became easy, last season we struggled a lot in both games against West Bromwich". Read More »

Arsenal appoint ace Dortmund scout Mislintat as head of recruitment

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Bayern Munich have also been interested in hiring Mislintat, though he has opted to move to north London to replace Steve Rowley, Arsenal's head of recruitment since 1996 who is set to leave the club at the end of 2017-18. He is credited with developing Robert Lewandowski and Ousmane Dembele, as well as current hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. "We look forward to him taking our existing recruitment approach forwards". Read More »

Man City attacker De Bruyne

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The Belgian maestro rifled a left-footed shot into the top corner, from outside the box on Saturday , securing his fourth goal of the season, as City comfortably beat Leicester 2-0 at the King Power Stadium - the Citizens 10th consecutive league win. Read More »

Former NFL player Terry Glenn dies in auto crash

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Glenn was 43-years-old. He is survived by his fiancee and three children. Ex-Patriots center Damien Woody, Glenn's former teammate, tweeted his condolences after the news broke. Terry Glenn played with the Cowboys from 2003-2007 during the start of Tony Romo's time as quarterback. He caught a career-high 90 passes in his rookie campaign in 1996, helping the Patriots win an AFC title. Read More »

Barcelona Reportedly Considering Mesut Ozil as Philippe Coutinho Alternative

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The Blaugrana were linked with Coutinho throughout the summer transfer window and had several bids for the player rejected, and BBC Sport's Phil McNulty reported in August the biggest of those was worth £114 million. Recent reports, however, have suggested that PSG are also interested in signing the 25-year-old. The experienced centre-half played a role in persuading Neymar to quit Barcelona and join for a world-record £200m this year. Read More »

Tour rookie Austin Cook holds one-stroke advantage at halfway in Georgia

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Cook, who will jump from world number 302 into the top 150, owned a three-shot lead when the day began and admitted "I slept awful last night" pondering what a victory might mean to his career. "Staying the moment", he said was a big key to winning. Cook was bogey-free through 36 holes and took a one-shot advantage into the weekend where he held steady and never surrendered the lead. Read More »

Real Madrid coach Zidane: Ramos and Ronaldo can work together

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He added: "I'm looked at as a goal machine, like a guy who has to score all the time". Ronaldo's struggles in front of goal to start the La Liga season have been widely covered in the media, with the generally-clinical attacker having managed a paltry solitary goal from 55 shots in the Spanish top-flight. Read More »

Donald Trump criticizes Marshawn Lynch for anthem protest in Mexico

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Oakland Raiders' Marshawn Lynch sat for the national anthem on Sunday. On Monday, the President tweeted that running back's actions amounted to "great disrespect" and that the " NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. It is highly unlikely that the National Football League would - or even could - suspend Lynch as there is no rule forcing players to stand for the anthem . Read More »

Former Wimbledon champion Novotna dies aged 49

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Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Ms. Novotna had for years sought to dominate the lawn at Wimbledon. Novotna was the 1997 WTA Tour Championship victor, a three-time Olympic medalist and 1988 Fed Cup victor for Czech Republic . 'Her star will always shine brightly in the history of the WTA. Read More »

Conte Is First Choice As New Manager For Italian FA Boss

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Conte? Gian Piero Ventura lost his job as Italy boss this week after their failure to make next year's World Cup following defeat to Sweden over two legs in their playoff match. Amongst the names in the frame, according to Tavecchio, are Massimiliano Allegri , Roberto Mancini , Carlo Ancelotti and Claudio Ranieri . It was only a penalty shootout exit in the quarter finals that brought the dream to an end. Read More »

After beating Bears, Lions look to tighten NFC North race

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Second-year running back Jordan Howard , who has rushed for 716 yards and four scores, ran for 197 yards on 36 carries in the two meetings versus Detroit last season. The only experienced outside pass rushers remaining are Pernell McPhee and Sam Acho. "He puts great pressure on the quarterback". Fox said it looks like "a really serious knee injury". Read More »

Ancajas scores 6th round TKO win vs Conlan, keeps IBF belt

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After getting deductions in the fifth round due to low blow, Ancajas, 25, went berserk in the sixth round and chased his Irish opponent in every corner of the ring. "Medyo kinabahan nga rin kami kasi nagka-ubo at sipon siya, siguro dahil sa lamig", said Jimenez of the biting cold weather in Ireland. While Conlan displayed courage in the entire fight, he was simply overwhelmed by the southpaw Ancajas, who boosted his record to 28-1-1 with 19 KOs, his third straight abbreviated victory. Read More »

Conte: 'In-form Chelsea have regained hunger'

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But with seven points accumulated, Conte's side can guarantee safe passage if they win in Baku. "It's very hard to think that someone can stop them", Conte explained. Incredibly, since Conte arrive in west London, Azpilicueta has played every single minute of every single one of Chelsea's Premier League matches. Read More »

Sanchez & Ozil shine as Arsenal win North London derby

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Arsenal took Spurs on at their own game, relentlessly pressing and harrying their opponents into mistakes and showcasing their usual flair in attack with Mesut Ozil walking away with a deserved man of the match award. In the end, what happens in the changing room is the real thing. The playmaker is so often called out for failing to show up in the big games, but this just goes to show what a difference it makes when he and Sanchez put a shift in. Read More »

Stefon Diggs has a quiet game Sunday as Vikings beat Rams

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The Vikings' defense could end up being a big factor in the playoffs. It looked as if it might be more of the same when they marched 75 yards on the opening drive and took a 7-0 lead on a 6-yard run by Todd Gurley . "That's our goal every week", safety Harrison Smith said of stopping the run. Zimmer said Bridgewater is ready now to play in a game . After Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings can dream about being the first team to have a home Super Bowl. Read More »