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Argentina coach Sampaoli optimistic in Nigeria group after Maradona critique

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I think in certain moments in qualifying we gave a glimpse of what we want but we need to use this time to obviously improve. "We will start to analyse the team and be ready for the World Cup , and the most important thing is for our players to be healthy and true, and we will be looking for friendly rivals outside Europe, from Africa, because we all know most about Europeans". Read More »

Stanton's Reps Receive Approval To Meet With Cardinals

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today added that both clubs were told following their meetings with Stanton that neither had been eliminated from trade talks. Heyman added that the Los Angeles Dodgers are his top choice, but the Giants and Cardinals are both a "real possibility". That's not necessarily news, either, as it's always been believed that Stanton would prefer to be on one of the coasts, especially the West Coast. Read More »

AAC Championship Predictions: Will Memphis cover vs. UCF? 12/2/17

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ORLANDO, FL-In a wild championship game chock full of yards and points the Memphis Tigers came up just short of winning the American Conference Championship Game, losing in double overtime to Central Florida, 62-55. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Knights are 7-point favorites to beat the Tigers, who opened as 7.5-point underdogs. Read More »

Watford settle for a point against 10-man Tottenham

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Tottenham were runners-up to Chelsea in the Premier League last time out and after also securing a creditable third-place league finish in the 2015/16 campaign, teams are now paying Mauricio Pochettino's side more respect. Sometimes it's important in football to feel that frustration and disappointment that it's not all easy and you can't win all games easily. Meanwhile, Watford boss, Marco Silva , said: "We did everything to win, like Tottenham and it was a tough game for both ... Read More »

Scott Frost Reportedly Leaving UCF for Nebraska

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The Omaha World-Herald's Sam McKewon also reports that many of Frost's assistant coaches, including Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander , will likely join the Huskers and could start recruiting as soon as this weekend. Scott Frost is going home. He moved to OR in 2009 and served as offensive coordinator from 2013-15, being named a finalist for the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant in 2014-when the Ducks reached the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against ... Read More »

SEC Championship Game, tv channel, start time

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The Tigers star RB suffered a shoulder injury in the win over Alabama last weekend. I think Georgia wins the rematch. This game could be a pick 'em, but Auburn does get the slight nod for two reasons over Georgia when it comes to the line . Read More »

Pardew to hold talks with Evans over West Brom future

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We lacked a bit around the box but in terms of effort, we were very good. They were at Wembley [last] Saturday, so real tough games and we have got three points out of those games and perhaps deserved a little bit more . "We didn't give them any opportunities". - The Eagles are the first English top-flight team to go 10 away games in a row without a goal since Man City in 1950 (12 games). Read More »

Former Gamecock Gets Big Contract with Philadelphia Eagles

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The Philadelphia Eagles made a move Saturday to keep their most productive wide receiver around for a while. Jeffery has signed a new 4-year, $52 million extension to remain in Philadelphia. "We are excited about his future here". Tight end Zach Ertz and wide receiver, Nelson Agholor are both having career-high season's. Originally selected by the Chicago Bears in the second round (45th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, the 6-foot-3, 218-pound Jeffery has 347 career receptions for ... Read More »

Leclerc joins Ericsson at Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team

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Sauber have confirmed Charles LeClerc and Marcus Ericsson will serve as their driver line-up for the 2018 Formula One season. The news leaves Pascal Wehrlein's hopes of securing another F1 drive with Williams, though Robert Kubica remains favourite to be Lance Stroll's teammate, which is the only remaining slot on the grid for next season. Read More »

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte accepts FA charge, will pay fine

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I said this a few times to the fourth official. "At the same time I didn't see that anything changed". "I want to respect this decision and also to pay this fine". For sure I made a mistake. But I repeat: the fault was mine, not the fourth official's. "During the game I suffer". Benitez was brought in for six months in November 2012 to replace the popular Roberto di Matteo but despite finishing third in the Premier League and winning the Europa League, beating Benfica 2-1 in Amsterdam, ... Read More »

Ben McAdoo Doesn't Have 'Any Regrets' About Benching Eli Manning

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Manning did not support the plan and suggested it would be better for Smith to just start instead. The Pro Football Hall of Famer, who spent his entire 15-year career with the Giants and played a big part in the team's Super Bowl win over the undefeated Patriots in February 2008, accused the Giants of throwing Manning "under the bus" as a way to salvage the season . Read More »

Nathan Redmond Refutes Report That Pep Guardiola Called Him a 'W--ker'

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In a statement, Redmond insisted the City manager was "only very complimentary" to him, but the Football Association has asked Guardiola to explain his actions. "They have unbelievable players". "I've played in my career against lots of managers and I will never judge the way opponents play against one of my teams". Read More »

Chick-fil-A Cape Cod is Collecting for Toys for Tots

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The New York Racing Association's (NYRA) annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation weekend of giving at Aqueduct Racetrack on Cigar Mile Day, Saturday, Dec. "We have over 20 Toys For Tots donation boxes in area retail stores and businesses", Small said. "One of my favorite memories of the holiday season was dressing up as an elf one year and delivering the toys to the children". Read More »

Toyota Future Adventure Concept (FT-AC) frowns its way into LA

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Compared to the RAV4 the Toyota FT-AC concept looks more aggressive with its pronounced, wide, black, front grille, 20-inch wheels and safari-style cargo roof rack system. Toyota call the concept "perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who want to dial up the adventure on their weekend getaways". An integrated Wi-Fi automatically uploads footage to cloud-based storage where real-time editing and posting can be accessed via mobile device. Read More »

ESPN Insider: Anthony Davis faces $25k fine after ejection

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Anthony Davis has been fined for his actions after being ejected from the New Orleans Pelicans game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. Davis has encountered his fair share of injury woes to this point in the season, including a scare with his knee and a concussion. Anthony Davis picks up his first ejection for a heated moment with the referees. Read More »

Severe-Weather Warnings for Melbourne

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Both the bureau and SES are urging farmers to protect their crops, and for everyone to pay close attention to the weather. Hail is possible in northwest Victoria as well as South Australia, with the storms spanning across southern and eastern Australia. Read More »

Osorio relishing chance to face off with world champion Germany

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The journey starts against Germany on June 17 in Moscow, followed by a date with South Korea in Rostov on June 23, and a finale against Sweden (with or without Zlatan Ibrahimovic) four days later in Yekaterinburg. "I think our first match (against Sweden ) will be the most critical for us to reach the round of 16". On that occasion, the Swedes went 2-0 up and gave Germany quite a scare until Andre Schurrle, who set up Mario Gotze's victor in the 2014 World Cup final , decided enough ... Read More »

Nemanja Matic Unlikely To Be Fit For Clash With Arsenal

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Matic, who arrived at Old Trafford from Chelsea at the start of the season, was substituted after 55 minutes of United's 4-2 win at Watford in mid-week with Mourinho saying the Serbia worldwide had a muscular problem. Since appointing Mourinho, United have faced fellow "big six" rivals away seven times in the league and not won once, securing three points and scoring only one goal in matches against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham. Read More »

FA Charge Conte With Misconduct After Dismissal Vs Swansea

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With Newcastle having played 24 hours earlier than Chelsea for their midweek draw at West Bromwich Albion , Conte is once again angry with his team getting less rest than their opponents. "I'm not stupid, if someone wants to joke with me I'm not the right person". If we have to play every two days, I'm ready. 'It is a odd coincidence. Read More »

Aaron Rodgers could return to Packers' practice on Saturday

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On Friday, head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that Rodgers could practice with the Packers Saturday for the first time since breaking his collarbone. Rodgers is first eligible for game action against the Carolina Panthers in Week 15, and it sounds like he's on track to be back under center by then. Read More »

We will miss Herath: Dinesh Chandimal

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The Sri Lankan chose to mock at Kohli's claim of green pitches for the ongoing series. In the same series against Australia, Dhoni quit Test cricket and Kohli took charge as India's full-time captain. "Mathews is a senior batsman we have got in our batting line up but it's not only him". India , who subjected Sri Lanka to a 9-0 home whitewash across all formats earlier this year, are unlikely to take their foot off the accelerator in the final home test before they leave for South ... Read More »

Yankees set to name Aaron Boone as next manager

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The New York Yankees have named Aaron Boone as their next manager according to the New York Daily News . Meulens has no managerial experience outside of the World Baseball Classic, but he has coached for the Giants for years and was a Yankees player back in the 1990s. Read More »

Who should Alabama, Ohio State root for in the Big 12 Championship?

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Going into championship game week, eight teams still have a shot at filling the four spots in the college football playoffs. If the Wisconsin Badgers (12-0) beats the Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2) in the Big Ten Championship and Oklahoma Sooners (11-1) beats the TCU Horned Frogs (10-2) in the Big 12 Championship, then both Wisconsin and Oklahoma will likely go in the playoffs ahead of Alabama. Read More »

How to Watch USC vs. Stanford

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But USC enters this one having had two weeks to prepare. We've come a long way. In a way, USC has arrived at its full-circle moment. Southern California safety Chris Hawkins still remembers what Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey did in the 2015 Pac-12 championship game. Read More »

Kate Winslet Reveals Matthew McConaughey Auditioned With Her For 'Titanic'

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Winslet said, visibly taken aback by the question, later explaining that she didn't and she "should've laughed" Winslet also said that while her children have only seen "half" of the film, she covered her son's eyes during her nude scene. She also revealed she interviewed for the part of Rose with Matthew McConaughey-not Leo DiCaprio-and she caught hypothermia after filming the infamous scene in the water. Read More »

Pep Guardiola: Man City manager regrets Nathan Redmond outburst

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I admire Redmond as a player and say thank you for his comments but if the FA want my statement again I am able to explain whatever they want. If people don't believe me, we should cancel our press conference. What we can not excuse is Guardiola seeming to goad and undermine opposition players in an aggressive manner as they walked off the pitch. "I've faced this kind of team a lot in my career and I have to think how to beat them". Read More »

I said thank you to Mohamed Salah - Jurgen Klopp

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Liverpool play two league away games in four days when they travel to Brighton in Saturday afternoon's clash. In the meantime, we'll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it's released, our live matchday thread, and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. Read More »

Shohei Ohtani will sign with an Major League Baseball team by Christmas

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The 23-year-old Ohtani is pretty much the coolest baseball player in the world, a 100 miles per hour throwing dinger hitting machine. MLB owners have approved a new posting agreement with Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan that allows teams to begin bidding for the 23-year-old phenom, the Associated Press reports . Read More »

Michael Owen states his prediction for Chelsea v Newcastle

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The Brazilian has fallen out of favour in recent weeks, with Andreas Christiansen coming into the team in his place. Mikel Merino is relishing going head-to-head with Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge. 'I think Rafael did a great job in his time with Napoli. Benitez won the Europa League for Chelsea and deserves some credit for that. "The normal fans in the street are fine". Read More »

Croatian Football Federation Answer New World Cup Kit Leaks

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Pundits expect that the pendulum will swing next year in Russian Federation as Argentina appear to be weak and struggled to qualify even with Lionel Messi in the team. We could play a friendly against Serbia, who play a similar football to Croatia. Meanwhile, Brazil will look to put the embarrassment of 2014 behind them. Read More »

No. 3 Michigan State hosts No. 5 Notre Dame on Thursday night

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But Michigan State has shown - in back-to-back wins over North Carolina and Notre Dame - it can dominate when its best player is not its best player. Notre Dame , meanwhile, didn't want to move the game to the beginning of the season. "It's grueling when you have to dig out of a hole". "We just have an all-around team", Bridges said. Read More »

Ole Miss receives punishment for NCAA violations

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The Rebels were also penalized by the NCAA with an additional loss of 13 football scholarships. SBNation's Steven Godfrey confirmed the bowl ban. According to an SB Nation report, former assistants David Saunders and Barney Farrar were hit much harder, with Saunders' show-cause running for eight years and Farrar's running for five. Read More »

I don't expect anything 'special' from United, says Wenger

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Mourinho's side are eight points behind Pep Guardiola's Premier League leaders going into this weekend fixtures. Prediction: Arsenal Win/Draw & BTTS (Yes) (13/10) Arsenal have been superb on their turf, recording 11 straight wins - could be 12 if they beat Huddersfield on Wednesday - at the Emirates. Read More »

Marcus Rashord 'will be watching' World Cup 2018 draw

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He said: "It feels like club football now". We're all together in the games room, playing pool, having a laugh and I think it is really bringing the squad together nicely. "On the day, anyone can beat anyone, which we saw at the Euros". England will be based in Repino, in St Petersburg, and could end up travelling more than the 4,411 miles notched up commuting to their fixtures at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Read More »

Paul Clement eager to strengthen Swansea City attack in January

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Swansea head to Chelsea - where Clement worked in a variety of roles and was assistant manager between 2009 and 2011 - with only one win in 10 Premier League games. "You can get into these situations". "The gap between us and 12th position is six points, so we are far from being cut adrift". That has led to Clement to inform his scouting network to conduct a wide ranging search for players who can provide competition and add quality to his first-team squad. Read More »

Arsene Wenger believes Manchester United will not 'Park the bus'

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho to set his side out to attack when the two go head to head at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Arsenal welcome United having won their previous three Premier League games to move into the Premier League top four. The reason I say this is not a coincidence is because, if you look at the stats, the three League games that he played in before his injury all ended with clean sheets for Arsenal as well. Read More »

Sam Allardyce finalising deal to become Everton manager

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In the immediate aftermath of Everton announcing their decision to part ways with Koeman, a number of big name managers were named as the leading candidates to replace the former Southampton boss on Merseyside. Unsworth is to take the team for tonight's match. Talking about the managerial situation at the club, Unsworth said: "As we sit here right now, I believe the board are talking to a few people". Read More »

Real Madrid President Gives Warning To David de Gea

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Premier League champions Chelsea have emerged as surprise candidates to sign Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil from Arsenal. Even if Athletic's Kepa fails to move to Real, he could still be a vital part of the 2018 goalkeeping merry-go-around because if United lose De Gea or if Chelsea lose Courtois, they are likely to move for Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak, and Atletico would look to sign Kepa as Oblak's replacement. Read More »

Hawkeyes' Jewell named Big Ten defensive player of year

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He was a second-team selection previous year by both groups. Quarterback Trace McSorley, who leads the Big Ten in passing yards and total offense, was voted to the second team by the coaches and the media for the second straight season. Gesicki, a senior, is Penn State's career leader in receptions and receiving yards by a tight end. Two of the three finalists for the Big Ten's top football award can stare each other down in the conference championship game Saturday night at Lucas Oil ... Read More »

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston returns to practice, will start vs. Packers

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Winston was investigated for rape while he was a student-athlete at Florida State, and was named in another campus report as sexually assaulting a second female student. As always, it's always a growing process in everything. Starter Jameis Winston , who has missed the last three games, could be on track to return from a shoulder injury and retake the job from backup Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Packers. Read More »

Gomer Pyle Star Jim Nabors Dead at 87

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Nabors was 82 years old and Cadwallader 64 at the time. Nabors was probably best known for his role as Gomer Pyle , who first appeared on "The Andy Griffith Show". After leaving Gomer Pyle , Nabors hosted the short-lived variety show "The Jim Nabors Hour". "And at my age, it's probably the best thing to do". Read More »

Conor McGregor receives £350 fine for speeding

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McGregor was in court on Thursday in Dublin for a speeding ticket, where a judge ordered him to pay a fine of €400 ($476 ). The UFC star post in Instagram after a brief court appearance: "Getting charged in the super charge". McGregor's solicitor, Graham Kenny, appeared in place of the SBG star and informed the court that he would be representing the 29-year-old. The judge ultimately slapped McGregor with a £350 fine - just over $416 USA dollars - and even allowed him to pay his fine ... Read More »

Doeren turns down Tennessee, will return to NC State

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He then took the N.C. State job in 2013 and has been there since. Nothing has been normal about Tennessee's rollercoaster search for a new head coach. Pete Thamel from Yahoo Sports also reported Doeren's decision to stay at N.C. State. Doeren's decision will make Wolfpack fans happy. He is preparing for the team for its fourth straight bowl appearance. Read More »

New Zealand include pacer Henry for first Test against West indies

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Tom Blundell has already been confirmed to make his debut as wicketkeeper with Watling failing to recover from a thigh injury. The Black Caps will kickstart their summer schedule with the opening Test at the Basin Reserve on Friday. Roach's return has been welcomed by the Windies as he has brought a new dimension to their attack with his experience and ability to move the ball both ways. Read More »

Wenger expects Man Utd to attack Arsenal

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Saturday's tie at the Emirates is the highlight Premier League clash of the weekend, for not only have the sides produced classics in the past, they are among the most in-form sides in the English top-flight. They are all offensive players. Lacazette has now scored seven Premier League goals for Arsenal so far this season, and Manchester United legend Neville has been very impressed by his solid form. Read More »