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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs doubts to face West Brom


Elneny has joined in again so, apart from long-term injuries, everybody should be available. The FC crew criticise Arsene Wenger's inability to move past Arsenal's Champions League exit against Bayern Munich. Arsenal need a win at West Brom to keep up with their top-four rivals going into the global break. He has taken the team onto the next level and they should be confident of remaining in the top eight until May. Read More »

Former All Black Dan Carter wants England Vs. New Zealand classic


England and New Zealand have not met since 2014, when they played four times, but the clamour for the dominant forces in the northern and southern hemispheres to clash is growing. "I actually think it takes real courage to do that, and we're starting to do that more". A 61-21 thumping of Scotland gave England their second successive Six Nations title and the chance to complete the first back-to-back clean sweep since 1992-93. Read More »

Dane Piedt added to Proteas squad to boost spin department


South Africa , on their part, may opt to play the same set of players at Basin Reserve. Wellington offers the most pace and bounce of all the New Zealand grounds. Although neither team has been announced, Boult's long-time new-ball partner Tim Southee, who was dropped for the first Test despite picking 28 wickets in his previous five matches, confirmed he was back in the side. Read More »

Shakespeare insists Leicester can win UCL


Captain Wes Morgan set them on their way with the opening goal , forcing home a cross. At one point Mahrez, chasing back towards his own goal , beat N'Zonzi to a far-post header, which was symptomatic of the way Leicester were working for one another. Read More »

Davon House Back in the House


Apparently, Thompson doesn't believe in paying a premium at the offensive guard position, because he could have negotiated agreeably with Lang, who was coming off a four-year, $20.8 million contract extension. Last season, he played in 15 games and compiled 17 tackles and a sack. And then there's the fact that the Vikings would be subtracting from the Packers, their biggest rival. Read More »

CGF confirms Durban have been stripped of 2022 Commonwealth Games


Reports had suggested that the CGF was weighing up its options and that a decision was expected this week, but on Monday afternoon reports across the country began calling the news. Since then, however, they had not formed an Organising Committee or made any of the payments due to the CGF. Liverpool and Birmingham have expressed an interest in filling the gap and Smith says that needs to be done swiftly. Read More »

Jones on 6N title: We haven't got anything to celebrate yet


There's a perception that this year has been better and it probably has been, but you've still got to win and to win it you've got to stay undefeated. But in the age of professionalism, everything is about the next game - which is perfectly understandable when that game is a grand slam decider. " They'll be grossly disappointed by their performance on Friday (against Wales)". Read More »

Saints Trade Cooks To The Patriots For Picks

There are reports that the New Orleans Saints may deal star wide receiver Brandin Cooks , and the Patriots and Tennessee Titans are potential landing spots. Tight ends Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett (now with the Packers) led the Patriots in receiving in six games past year, while Edelman led in seven - including five out of the last seven games after Gronk was injured and placed on IR. Read More »

Robert Griffin III interested in playing for the Jets


Brock Osweiler signed a $72 million contract with the Texans previous year. The injury-plagued former No. 2 overall pick started just five games for Cleveland this past season, tossing two touchdowns compared to three interceptions in the process. Read More »

Marquette snags No. 10 seed in NCAA Tournament


SC wrapped up the season with a 2-8 record in the regular season and fell just short of making it to the big tournament and went on to play in the NIT. 1 OR or No. 16 North Dakota to move to the Elite 8. The NCAA introduced a new wrinkle to its seeding process this season, allowing the top seed to choose where it would like to play its tournament games. Read More »

Wales reap rewards after 'emotional' showdown with Ireland


A brace of scores took North's worldwide tally to 30 tries in 68 Tests, fourth in an all-time Wales try scorers' list led by Shane Williams on 58, followed by Gareth Thomas, 40, and Ieuan Evans, 33. 'The quality of players we have in our squad is unbelievable, and against Scotland we didn't fire on all cylinders, which really cost us a lot. "It's about making sure we come in Monday ready to perform. Read More »

Steelers lose Timmons to Miami


Timmons had 114 tackles and 2.5 sacks past year. The Steelers selected Timmons 15th overall back in 2007 and he was a fixture in the team's defense. His stunning longevity has provided a bedrock in Pittsburgh's swarming 3-4 defense for years and 2016 may have been one of his finest seasons to date. Read More »

Jurgen Klopp an advocate for introduction of video assistant referees


We knew it after the Arsenal game that this would happen, that in this press conference you would ask these questions and I would give these answers. We have to prove it on the pitch. Burnley haven't won both games against Liverpool in the same season since 1929/30 - they were relegated that season from the top-flight. Klopp said: "Divock was good [against Arsenal]". Read More »

Remy Ma Says She's Not 'Proud' Of 'shETHER'


As it turns out, Drake is featured on one of the three songs, and Wayne is featured on two. The 34-year-old rapper stayed oddly quiet when the rival star slammed her via new single Shether. Nicki Minaj wanted to be clear about this: " No Frauds " is not a diss record. Nicki Minaj (left) accused Remy Ma of being jealous of her on Instagram . Read More »

Cowboys to release Tony Romo Thursday


There is big interest in him from a couple teams, but the two that seem to be popping up the most for experts is the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans . Either way, it appears Dallas is content on moving forward with reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott . If Dallas does let Romo walk, let the madness begin! With a championship window open and the league's top defense already in place, the Texans are poised to be the most competitive team in the NFL if they can get the ... Read More »

Bills in the running for Ravens RT Ricky Wagner


Ravens coach John Harbaugh said at last week's National Football League scouting combine that the team was negotiating to re-sign Wagner. Per Pro Footballl Focus , Wagner immediately becomes the Lions' best offensive lineman; his 18th-ranked 84.5 grade supercedes even left tackle Taylor Decker's 82.4 mark. Read More »

Raiders secure new Vegas stadium financing from Bank of America

During the NFL Annual Meeting from March 26-29, NFL owners are expected to expected to vote on the Raiders' relocation request. The Raiders have been seeking a new partner for the proposed stadium in Las Vegas after casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson backed out of his pledge to help build the stadium. Read More »

Israel beats South Korea 2-1 at World Baseball Classic


Israel scored its only other run on Tyler Krieger's bases-loaded walk in the second inning, notching its first-ever win in the global tournament despite tallying just two extra-base hits. Blake Gailen took what appeared to be ball four on a 3-1 pitch, then lined the next pitch up the middle. Facing a lefty-lefty matchup against Jeremy Bleich with one out and runners on first and second, Seo jumped on the first pitch he saw and sliced a clean shot through the left side. Read More »

High fire danger Monday


Continue to monitor the latest forecasts. Rain and snow are not expected over the coming days. A High Wind Warning is in effect through 8 p.m. Monday for sustained southwest winds up to 45 miles per hour and gusts to 80 miles per hour for everyone along and east of the I-25 corridor. Read More »

Jamie Carragher delivers verdict on Chelsea's 2-1 win at West Ham


The team finished 10th last season, failing to qualify for European competition for the first time in the Abramovich era, with Conte admitting he is missing involvement at that level. While Chelsea continue to carry the air of champions-elect, their momentum has slowed since their autumn surge and they have won just one of their last four away games in the league. Read More »

Andy Murray targets first title of 2017


The numero uno though does not want to take his opponent lightly and reportedly acknowledged his opponent's good run in the ongoing tournament. It was the German who faltered first in the tie-break and Murray had four set points before Kohlschreiber went ahead at 9-8. Read More »

Liverpool Prepares for Arsenal, Klopp: We were inconsistent


That can be attributed to two factors: poor defending from the midfield back, and the inexplicable decision to rest Alexis Sanchez until the second half. I believe that's down to the collective performance'. "You focus on what you want". Klopp made a profit on his dealings in the transfer window last summer and did not sign a single player in the January window, despite Liverpool's form slumping at the start of 2017. Read More »

A reason for Bills fans to like Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett


There's no way the Browns, who own the first pick in the draft, can screw this up now, right? Any other way, barring an unexpected trade that just can't be refused, would be inexplicable. Garrett, asked why he'd be worthy of such a distinction, said he's a game-changer. Garrett is one of the players the Browns have been strongly considering with the No. Read More »

West Ham v Chelsea preview pack

Slaven Bilic has confirmed that West Ham United dismissed offers from the Chinese Super League for Andy Carroll, claiming manager and player "didn't talk about it at all ". "So I got used to the job a little bit". His place was anything but guaranteed at the beginning of the season but he proved himself. It's unfortunate for Michail Antonio that he will miss the game through suspension as he is probably vying for the Player of the Season accolade now; the team will miss his speed and direct ... Read More »

Potential Top-10 Draft Pick Reuben Foster Sent Home from NFL Combine


That can involve each team's doctors checking out a player, plus MRIs and X-rays at a local facility. This is a bad time to make a mistake like this. In addition to Friday's incident, Foster is also dealing with a rotator cuff injury, which would've forced him to miss the on-field workout portions of the combine anyway. Read More »

All set to hold PSL final in Lahore on Sunday


PCB has finally made it possible to bring the cricket to home. Quetta Gladiators reached Lahore for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final on Saturday and trained at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for their Sunday match against Peshawar Zalmi. Read More »

NASCAR at Atlanta: Vegas odds, key stats, sleepers, fantasy drivers to watch


For the past two Atlanta races, Jimmie Johnson has came out victorious. For fans and the industry, the weekend, which included races in all three of NASCAR's national series, was one to remember. This is partly because many competitors ran out of fuel in the final laps. Harvick won Stage 2 convincingly, but his vehicle tightened up in the final third of the race, as shadows covered Turns 1 and 2. Read More »

VJ Beachem Shines, Notre Dame Beats BC on Senior Day

Both teams had impressive showings from multiple players. She also broke a tie with Mary Gavin for the Notre Dame mark for assists. Notre Dame leads the nation in free throw percentage (.810) and is second nationally in assists turnovers ratio (1.70), third in fewest turnovers per game (9.7), 19th in three-point goals (9.6 per game) and 30th in three-point field goal percentage (.393). Read More »

Mauricio Pochettino offers rare insight into Tottenham's 'relentless' Harry Kane

I say, 'Harry, no. Harry, no!' 'Oh gaffer, come on! Harry Kane goes up against his great rival Romelu Lukaku on Sunday; two of the three joint-top scorers in this season's Premier League, two of the best young strikers in the game. Tim Sherwood identified the Belgium worldwide, then on loan at Goodison from Chelsea, as a target in a meeting with Daniel Levy at the start of April 2014. Read More »

Westwood and Fisher share lead as McIlroy defies illness in Mexico

McIlroy was suffering from an illness that he said had him up for most of the night and "praying to the porcelain bowl". "I don't really want to tell you what I'm feeling right now", McIlroy said. Don't miss this punch-and-run from Justin Thomas on the fourth! That was about the time Walker reached 6 under with a birdie on the par-5 sixth hole. Read More »

Price to meet with Dr. Andrews


Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski admitted there is concern when a pitcher's elbow is ailing. The soreness didn't crop up until the following morning, Farrell said . Price, 31, is going into the second year of a seven-year, $217 million contract with Boston. "It felt really good", said Rodriguez, who didn't pitch in a Grapefruit League game last season because of a dislocated kneecap. Read More »

'Fantastic' Taylor can upstage Haye-Bellew


Victory over her Italian opponent would give the London 2012 gold medallist three wins out of three since turning professional in October. His world title will not be affected and if he performs well, then it will only enhance his reputation just as it did for Sheffield's Kell Brook recently when he jumped up two weight divisions to fight Gennady Golovkin. Read More »

The Browns are reportedly 'strongly considering' taking Mitch Trubisky at No. 1

The Browns have a pair of Pro Bowl talents in offensive tackle Joe Thomas and linebacker Jamie Collins and have an emerging wideout in Terrelle Pryor (who is set to become a free agent), but otherwise lack star players. Teams can begin discussions with prospective free agents on Tuesday. "There's so much that goes into this decision and I think there's no rush by any stretch of the imagination because we want to make the right decision". Read More »

Red Wings trade Brendan Smith to Rangers for two draft picks

Vanek leads the Red Wings with 15 goals despite missing nearly a month of the season in November after going on long-term injured reserve with a lower-body injury. There are two teams interested in trading for Detroit red wings forward Thomas Vanek . The same can't be said for Detroit , as 60 points has the team closer to the top three in the draft than the playoffs. Read More »

Kirk Cousins slapped with franchise tag again - now can Washington sign him?

That greatly complicates the situation between Cousins and Washington as the two sides near the franchise-tag deadline Wednesday. The Redskins can still negotiate a longterm deal with Cousins until July 15. If Cousins stayed put this season, Washington would risk him leaving as a free agent next year and receiving just a third-round compensatory pick in return. Read More »

The Bernstein Brief: NFL Draft Craziness Just Starting


His 40 yard dash, 3 cone drill, vertical jump, broad jump, and bench press should all be the best at his position and maybe among the best at the entire combine. On-campus pro day workouts give players a more familiar and favorable setting to replicate numerous same activities they did at the Combine. We all know how that experiment worked out, and it was a total disaster. Read More »

Rangers Trade For Red Wings' Defenseman Smith


The Wings also are exploring moving forward Thomas Vanek, their biggest trade asset, before Wednesday's deadline. Smith's agent has spoken with Holland about a contract extension, but sources have told TFP a deal does not appear likely, at this stage, and a trade is expected barring a last minute change in negotiations. Read More »

Antonio Brown: "A lot of pressure" to win a Super Bowl


While the Steelers were wise to lock up Brown, they should be cautious with giving Bell a long-term extension. Though not officially calculated, the tag should be worth more than $12 million for Bell. However, with Brown now signed, sealed and delivered by the Steelers, the free agency market can now be set. At the rate the salary cap is expected to increase in the coming years, the Steelers should be more than capable of absorbing the costs of this deal long-term and by 2020, the cap ... Read More »

Kohli: "Our worst batting display in the last two years"


It's been 4502 days since Australia won a Test in India , I know it to the day. "A billion plus people didn't see this coming". The Smith century remained the bulwark of Australia's second innings which kept flourishing despite it being a hard pitch. Read More »

Macron would beat Le Pen in French presidential runoff


Polls have consistently indicated that both Mr Macron and Mr Fillon would convincingly defeat Ms Le Pen in round two. In a typically fiery speech to 3,500 supporters, the far-right Front National leader said both her rivals, Emanuel Macron and François Fillon, did not believe in France anymore. Read More »

Giants apply franchise tag to Jason Pierre-Paul

On Monday, as first reported by Pro Football Talk , the Giants used the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul. He will make around $17 million if he plays under the tag in 2017. Clearly limited in 2015, he signed a one-year contract last offseason. The Giants ended up withdrawing their long-term offer. "I've done proved it". Hendrickson said he will meet with the Giants brass this week in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine to try to get closer to a deal for Pierre-Paul. Read More »

Maple Leafs acquire Brian Boyle from Lightning for playoff run


The Maple Leafs still hold a second-round pick in the 2017 draft. The Tampa Bay Lightning are at risk of missing the playoffs this season due to various injuries and underwhelming play at various stretches of the season. Boyle almost signed with the Maple Leafs two summers ago but opted for Tampa instead, so it is an organization he had an interest in becoming a part of and now that's been made a reality. Read More »

Mo Farah maintains innocence over doping amid leaked U.S. report


Usada said the naturally occurring amino acid was given to six American runners in a way that " almost certainly " breached rules which state that L-carnitine can not be given in doses of more than 50ml over any six-hour period. The report citing the recent allegations, which was written in March 2016 and reportedly leaked by Russian hacking group Fancy Bears, suggested Mr Salazar had given athletes secret infusions of a research supplement based on the chemical L-carnitine. Read More »

Red Bull shows RB13 images in online launch

Horner, though, believes they have one of the best-looking cars to work with this year. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will drive for the team which has teased their new auto with an epic video ahead of the first day of pre-season testing in Barcelona on Monday. Read More »