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Sainz trims Peterhansel's lead with first Dakar stage win

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The revised sixth stage was limited only to a 194km of timed section from the originally planned 313km but not before the riders tackled everything from snow, freezing temperature and rain, all this at an altitude of 4800m. "We all started together on the beach, and I was in the second group of riders to take the start". I am really happy to finish well without any major mistakes. Read More »

Thomas Davis to retire after 2018 season

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Davis also helped the Panthers to a berth in Super Bowl 50, playing in the game less than two weeks after having surgery on a broken forearm suffered in the NFC Championship Game. During training camp, Davis signed a one-year extension through the 2018 season with the intention of it being his last. In 2014, Davis was named the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year. Read More »

Zuma Wants Dlamini-Zuma As Interim President If He Resigns

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A report by the Mail & Guardian on Friday said Zuma was willing to vacate the Union Buildings only if former African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma takes his place as interim state president. ANC NEC members who spoke to the newspaper on condition of anonymity says the talks have now ground to a halt. Meanwhile Zuma is expected to attend the January 8 rally to be held at the Absa stadium on Saturday. Read More »

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic returns a week before Melbourne event

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Naomi Broady battled through to the second round of qualifying at the Australian Open but there were defeats for Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter. Del Potro could run into two-time Australian Open semifinalist Tomas Berdych in the third round, should the Czech take down fleet-footed Australian wildcard Alex De Minaur . Read More »

Jays sign Josh Donaldson to one-year, $23-million contract

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BC-BBA-Blue Jays-Donaldson, 175Josh Donaldson agrees to $23M, 1-year deal with Blue JaysAP Photo NY902Eds: APNewsNow. The previous record for an arbitration-eligible player was Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper's $21.625 million deal for 2018, which was finalized last May. Read More »

Liverpool handed a huge double boost ahead of Manchester City clash

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After losing the Champions League final against Barcelona in 2006 the talented left-back controversially made a decision to move to the Gunners London rivals Chelsea . "It's a real test going to Anfield , one of the most prestigious stadiums in the world". He also got the best from Jordan Henderson , realised Raheem Sterling's precocious talents and created brilliant gameplans which worked wonders in big games - the 5-1 win over then-league leaders Arsenal remains particularly ... Read More »

VP Pence to Lead US Delegation to Pyeongchang Olympics

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UK Sport has set British and Northern Irish athletes the target of winning an unprecedented five medals at next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The disqualification of two Russian sleds following the uncovering of systematic doping means Britain's four-man bobsleigh team, led by pilot John Jackson, is in line to be promoted from fifth to third. Read More »

Kris Bryant gets record first-year arbitration deal

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Russell is aiming to put a rough 2017 season behind him and take another step forward in his development in 2018. Toronto's Josh Donaldson , Baltimore's Manny Machado, Washington's Anthony Rendon and the Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant were among the more than 170 players headed to the exchange. Read More »

Fog warning remains in place until 10am this morning

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Visibility could drop to 100 metres in some places bringing risky driving conditions and hindering flight take offs, he added. It will be cold tonight, with dense fog and some frost for a time especially in midland, northern and eastern areas with overnight lows of -1° to +3°. Read More »

Saints beat Panthers with 31-26 score in NFC wildcard game

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That was in the first quarter, after the Panthers had driven all the way from their own 30-yard line to the Saints 7. Cam Newton also said it was hard seeing the season end. "It just fills up all of a sudden and you feel the intensity of the games and the crowd", Smart said. That is partly because of untimely injuries but partly because of a front office that simply never gave Newton a good enough crop of targets this year. Read More »

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge Is Wanted In Italy

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Similarly the Arsenal forward, it appears the Liverpool striker has "offered himself" to the Italian side, as he looks to get first-team football ahead of the World Cup in the summer, and apparently reckons being a backup to Mauro Icardi, the immovable object in the Serie A side, is a good idea. Read More »

Arsenal players rated from their draw against Chelsea

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The lead barely lasted three minutes, however, as Chelsea were awarded a penalty when Hector Bellerin kicked Hazard in the box. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will serve a three-match touchline ban and be fined 40,000 pounds ($54,277) after being charged with misconduct by the FA. Read More »

Buffalo Bills GM cites 'misunderstanding' in alleged Incognito, Ngakoue racial slur incident

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So who will be under center for the Bills in 2018? We asked our panel of ESPN NFL insiders to weigh in. Mike Clay, NFL writer: Sam Bradford. It's a no-brainer decision, but Sean Payton made the call to go for it, dropping Brees back to pass with a slant-flat combo to his right and a slant to Michael Thomas on his left, with Alvin Kamara running a deeper cross from the slot. Read More »

Texas A&M Women's Basketball: Carter Named To Wooden Award Midseason Top 25

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A 6-2 guard from Norman , Young is one of six freshmen and four Big 12 players to make the top-25 list. A Creighton, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri player find their names on the John R. Carter is averaging 20.8 points and 5.2 assists for the Aggies. Gustafson is one of five Big Ten student-athletes to garner five Player of the Week awards in a single season. Read More »

Paul Dunne ready to perform in potential Ryder Cup audition

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Bjorn, who will captain Europe against US in September, has six Ryder Cup veterans among his players as they take on Team Asia today. I know we all are good friends on Team Asia, so everybody is friendly, funny. Asia captain Atwal believes his youthful team, which boasts 11 European Tour titles between them, including multiple winners Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand and India's SSP Chawrasia, has the strength in depth to turn the contest in Asia's favour. Read More »

West Brom boss Pardew convinced Livermore 'provoked' in West Ham fan incident

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It took David Moyes' side up to 16 place in the top-flight table. "We know it's a big game, a hard game. To be fair, in the opening games, the boys I am talking about have done really well". "It's an area that society has to look at, we're having problems with policing the internet, as we all know, stuff on there regarding radicalisation and terrorism that can't be removed for whatever reason". Read More »

Panthers unable to convert pivotal plays in playoff loss

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In a subsequent tweet, the team added: " Cam Newton is back in at quarterback ". Kelce went through the concussion protocol and was ruled out for the game. I asked Newton a question about what Jordan said in September following New Orleans' 34-13 victory over Carolina. "If he wants to send me his address I can send him some sauce". Read More »

'Wheelie bins dancing down the street' - Storm Eleanor hits the UK

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An amber warning was also issued for parts of the Republic of Ireland as well. A yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office covering most of the region and half the United Kingdom is in place until 7pm tonight (January 3). The Met Office warning continued: "Public transport may be disrupted or canceled and some bridges are likely to be closed". A coach of the railway company Montreux-Oberland Bernois (MOB) derailed due to the heavy winds of Storm Eleanor near Lenk in Switzerland. Read More »

UEFA Team of the Year revealed

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Both Buffon and Chiellini have been included, as has former Bianconeri full-back Dani Alves, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. The line-up is based on a 4-4-2 formation, which was by far the most popular system chosen by fans during the voting process with 459,797 selections. Read More »

Ronda Rousey's Dinner Date Fuels Rumours She's Entering The Royal Rumble

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Rousey has remained largely out of the spotlight since her last UFC fight, a December 2016 loss to Amanda Nunes. "But we have a great relationship with her, a very friendly standpoint for a long period of time now". The sports entertainment company will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of "Monday Night Raw" on January 22, with two shows slated to take place at the Manhattan Center and Barclays Center. Read More »

Catalonia's political situation affects Messi's contract

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The paper claims Messi demanded that Barca insert a release clause in his latest contract, signed late past year, which stipulates that he will only stay at the club in the event of independence if they remain in "a top European league". Furthermore, they are without key personnel in Chema, Roger Marti, Ivan Lopez, Jose Campana, Enis Bardhi and top scorer Jose Luis Morales for the trip to Catalonia. Read More »

Kyrie says Cavs didn't want him, LeBron says 'that makes no sense'

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Reportedly, the potential Kyrie trade would have Eric Bledsoe-represented by LeBron's good friend-going to Cleveland. Both sides have been hesitant to go into detail about their time together in Cleveland as well as the circumstances surrounding the blockbuster trade that had Thomas and Kyrie swapping cities. Read More »

Amir Khan Signs with Matchroom Boxing

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I want to win the world championship. I want a great year this year, no messing around, no play-time, I want big fights under my belt. That he has a reputation there potentially increases his value to Matchroom, who recently began expanding to America, and Khan said: "I had a lot of options but wanted my career to be in England". Read More »

Trevor Bayliss to step down after 2019 home season

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Whether you're going well or not I've always felt that roundabout, that four-year mark is the time to change. A new voice, a slightly different approach slightly reinvigorates things. You might blood a young fast bowler in South Africa, or a young spinner in the subcontinent. "But if we pick some new young players, everyone must expect that results might not be what we'd like". Read More »

Mike Tyson Is Opening A 40-Acre Marijauna Farm Called 'Tyson's Ranch'

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The 40-acre property, named Tyson Ranch , will dedicate 20 acres to the cultivation of medical cannabis, which Tyson is apparently an outspoken advocate for. Tyson Ranch will include a Tyson Cultivation School , which will teach growers to flawless their strains using the most modern techniques. It will be run by Tyson Holistic and will be called-what else?-Tyson Ranch. Read More »

Ibaka, Johnson suspended for throwing punches

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Since the Heat play again Wednesday against the Pacers, expect an announcement on any further punishment for Johnson to come prior to that contest. "I need a massage". If ever there were a time, it's now. However, the tension between these two teams would not stop there. He was incredible with 16 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and five blocks in 33 minutes. Read More »

"I find nothing wrong with" spanking my kids - Kelly Clarkson

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Perhaps Weezer will break out a Kelly Clarkson cover on their upcoming summer tour with Pixies , which begins June 22 in West Palm Beach, Florida. "Now she doesn't really do that kind of stuff as often". "Like, this is ridiculous'". And Kelly had previously admitted she was left feeling "humiliated" when her over-zealous reaction - in which she screamed "Oh my god that's Meryl!" - to meeting Meryl was shown on television. Read More »

Lithuanian group revamps video games for Ball bros

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The exhibition showcase , created by Lavar to show off the family brand, got off to a great start for the Balls as they won 90-80 over Zalgiris' U-18 team. And by children, I mean ones that looked even younger than the Ball boys. There were some impressive flashes of talent from youngest Ball brother LaMelo , who was considered a consensus top 30 prospect in the class of 2019 before LaVar pulled him out of high school last fall after a dispute with his coach. Read More »

Everton star insists his side are improving under Allardyce

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Everton defended well in the first half and blunted Manchester United's attack as the two teams went into the break at 0-0, but in the second half Mourinho's men came out firing on all cylinders. "But I think Scholes will be in the history (as) a phenomenal player, but not as a pundit. He's more of a player who will win games for you, and that's what you pay £90m for". Read More »

Royals offer Hosmer seven-year, $147 million deal, USA Today reports

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In a rather cold offseason hot stove, Hosmer's deal would be the highest contract given to a free agent this season. That last part brings to light some questions about the Royals' intent here: They've spent more the last few years than they used to, but not without letting everyone in the world know that they're at their limits. Read More »

Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets Preview 01/08/18

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LeVert was rusty all night, but had some nice moments with Jarret Allen . The game's Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 218 points with Toronto opening as a 7.5-point favorite. Clearly, the Raptors were intent on preventing the Nets from getting good looks at the three-point line , and big men Serge Ibaka and Valanciunas also did a great job of protecting the rim. Read More »

Records fall as Manager, Player of Month winners named

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One of their biggest obstacles to doing so comes on Sunday, as they travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool . Pep Guardiola has won a record fourth consecutive Premier League Manager of the Month award. All the talk in the build-up to this game is about how City are near-unbeatable, but Liverpool have not suffered defeat in front of their own supporters since April 23 - just 18 days after City's last setback at English football's top tier. Read More »

Everton reportedly favourites to sign £110000-a-week star

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That has increased the chances of Walcott ending his 12-year stay at Arsenal this month and Everton are now in pole position, ahead of Southampton , to land the England global. Asked about Allardyce's comments, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "I can not tell you much more". "I don't get optimistic otherwise I get disappointed so we will wait and see", Allardyce said. Read More »

Panthers interviewing Turner for coordinator spot

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Shula and Dorsey served as Carolina's offensive coordinator and QBs coach, respectively, from 2013 through this season. As Newton also wrote, Norv's brother Ron is now an offensive consultant with the Panthers and his nephew Cameron is the assistant QB coach. Read More »

Point Spread in Saints vs. Vikings Playoff Matchup Climbs Again 1/11/18

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Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. "We just have to come out and play our game, regardless of who's mad at who for whatever reason", wide receiver Jarius Wright said. The Saints chalked it up to timing because it was Week 1 of the regular season. Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram Jr. will have the greatest run of his life, finding pay dirt on a 45-yard scamper. Read More »

James, Curry lead NBA All-Star voting

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Curry, Durant, Green, and Klay Thompson made the squad last season. I don't feel like I came in at 18 and I've played 79-80 percent of games. Players will be sorted by conference and position (guards and frontcourt players), and the two top guards and three top frontcourt players will be named starters. Read More »

Le'Veon Bell threatens Steelers right before his playoffs start

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The team did have a long-term offer on the table until July 18, the deadline for franchise player designees to avoid playing this season under the tag by inking a different deal. Even with Antonio Brown having an MVP-caliber season, one could argue that Bell is Pittsburgh's most important offensive player. At the same time, Bell and his teammates are right to feel a little bit of pressure to strike while the iron is hot. Read More »

Jaguars vs. Payments: Blake Bortles will determine this recreation

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Yet these yinzers want another piece of that bitter Belichek and Brady pie after the officials robbed us of the No. 1 seed and home field advantage roughly a month ago. Pittsburgh averaged 4.33 yards per carry running up the middle during the regular season. Jacksonville allows barely more than 14 points per game ( three last week, 16.8 in the regular season). Read More »

Raptors spread the ball around in lopsided win over Cavaliers

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One of Instagram's great features is how it seems to serendipitously display likes and comments from the most relevant people to spark the NBA Petty Warz machine. "We know that. But until we play better defensively, I think offensively sharing the basketball, everyone on the same page - and if guys have agendas, we've got to get rid of our agendas and play the right way". Read More »

Antonio Conte makes claim about Eden Hazard's Chelsea FC future

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Hazard has made 18 Premier League appearances for Chelsea this season since returning to action in September from a broken ankle sustained on Belgium duty in June, registering six goals and two assists. "When you miss them, you are sometimes wondering: 'Shouldn't I play in Spain in the next few years?' That's why I want to take my time to make a decision on that contract extension". Read More »

Stokes named in England test squad for NZ

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Batsman Gary Ballance and fast-bowlers Jake Ball and Tom Curran have been dropped after being part of the Ashes squad. Top order batsmen James Vince and Mark Stoneman retain their places, despite both players only averaging in the 20s in the recently concluded Ashes series against Australia. Read More »

Celtics, 76ers set to meet in London

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He is everything Boston wanted him to be and more . Jayson Tatum was a non factor and Kyrie Irving could not stop front rimming his shots. But we can collectively forgive Jaylen Brown because he pulled off the move in the most badass possible way Thursday afternoon. Read More »