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Who needs Costa? Why Chelsea's reported Robert Lewandowski makes sense

Costa's relationship with the Blues ended after manager Antonio Conte sent him an SMS in which he told him that his services were no longer needed. Equally, the prospect of keeping him at Chelsea for six months is risky. If he has not been sold, the 28-year-old centre-forward will be expected to report for pre-season training with the rest of the first-team squad on July 10. Read More »

Pacers president: Paul George's remarks 'a total gut punch'

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The four-time All-Star, who averaged a career-best 23.7 points last season along with 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists, would be a massive upgrade for the Wizards with the trio of George, Wall and Beal. According to Dave McMenamin, the Cavs are not concerned with George's interest in Los Angeles. George reportedly had his agent relay the news now to IN president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard so he was upfront with his plans as well as giving the franchise the opportunity to ... Read More »

Federer beats Zverev to reach Halle quarters

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Zverev's erratic first serve was a liability and Federer pounced again at 4-4 in the second set to break the German, whose younger brother Alexander is through to the quarter-finals, and served out the match. In a match dominated by serve, Federer was better in the clutch moments, converting pressure into points when it counted. For now though the world number five will focus on winning the warm-up event in Halle for a ninth time, and he will face in-form home hope Mischa Zverev in the ... Read More »

Read confident broken thumb will stand the rigours of Lions

The inclusion of Daly and Williams ahead of North and Halfpenny is arguably the biggest surprise, Gatland claiming the decision was a reward for their mid-week showing against Super Rugby opposition, who were missing several regulars. It will be interesting to see if Savea gets released to play for the Hurricanes in midweek against the Lions . It's not about trying to get one-up on anyone, or me coming home. Read More »

Mithali Raj slams journalist when asked to name her 'favourite male cricketer'

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While speaking to ESPNcricinfo at the opening dinner, Mithali Raj was asked by a reporter which men's cricketer between India and Pakistan was her favourite to which, she replied, "Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer?" No matter how much a woman achieves in life, the mountains she climbs or the glass ceilings she smashes and in cricketer Mithali Raj's case - fours and sixes - she is always asked what about the man in her life? Part of the reason, according to her, has been ... Read More »

Messi to swap suspended jail term for fine

They said they are not opposed to the Barcelona star being fined €400 per day - a total fine of around €255,500 - for the duration of the sentence, an option also put forward by the player's defence team. The newspaper claims that Messi told Barcelona that he wanted to leave for Manchester City and was so angry at the club at that point he was willing to go public. Read More »

Di Maria strikes deal with Spanish prosecutor in tax case

Gestifute, the agency that represents Mourinho, said on Tuesday that neither Spain's tax agency nor the prosecution have contacted him regarding the allegations. Ronaldo, who is in Russian Federation at the Confederations Cup playing for Portugal, has played in Spain for Real Madrid since 2009. The football world in Spain has been rocked by charges of tax evasion or corruption pressed against some of its other leading stars. Read More »

Perez, Royals slam Sox

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With by far the fewest home runs in the AL, the Red Sox typically have to manufacture runs, but Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts opened the fourth inning with back-to-back homers off Ian Kennedy . But the Royals are red hot as well, winners in eight of their last nine games. Red Sox manager John Farrell made a decision to keep the left-handed Scott in to face the right-handed swinging Perez. Read More »

Markelle Fultz wore shoes made of basketballs to the 2017 NBA Draft

The Celtics are a very good team that's about to get better with their top-3 pick and potential free agent signing/s. Perhaps most interestingly, the draft isn't the only thing that will be of intrigue tonight. 1 pick. Washington's Markelle Fultz , right, poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the No. Read More »

Poland International Having Medical at Elland Road Ahead of Leeds Transfer

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Klich was a regular in Twente's starting line-up last season, helping them finish seventh in the Eredivisie table and chipping in with eight goals and six assists. Klich began his career at Polish club Cracovia and has had spells in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg (twice), albeit without making a first-team appearance, and Kaiserslautern . Read More »

Dionne: What Americans learned from Georgia election

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Tim Ryan of OH ran against her . Ryan fell well short but garnered dozens of votes, enough to underscore dissatisfaction with Pelosi and with her aging leadership team that has left promising young Democrats with few places to rise. Other members were even more blunt in their assessment of the Georgia defeat and Pelosi's culpability. "Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race, and Karen would not be defeated", House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement. Read More »

Ronaldo ready to pay $16.39 million in Spanish tax fraud case

According to reports , Ronaldo's treatment in Spain over the allegations has led to wanting a departure, despite winning three of the last four Champions League crowns with the club. Mr Mourinho has been accused of two counts of tax fraud - €1.6m in 2011 and €1.7m in 2012. Manchester United have switched their focus to Alvaro Morata with Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly ready to drop his feud with Real Madrid . Read More »

Nadal to miss Queen's in order to rest before Wimbledon

The 52-year-old, who will work with Wawrinka's regular coach Magnus Norman, also coached 18-time grand slam victor Roger Federer in 2010 and 2011. The Spaniard won the record 10th French Open title last Sunday after registering a resounding victory over Stan Wawrinka . Read More »

Devils on the clock with No. 1 pick in NHL draft

When that happens, the players most teams will be on the lookout for are the same ones they want in this and in every off-season: sturdy defensemen who can be relied on to eat up significant minutes and/or step in during a post-season run. Read More »

Germany edge Australia at Confederations Cup

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The Socceroos' fans - sparse but noisy - howled in anticipation. Their joy lasted only three minutes with the Germans earning a penalty in the 44th and Draxler putting them back in the driving seat. Goretzka was bossing the midfield: "He has such a physical presence defensively but is so risky timing his forward runs", waxed Low. The Socceroos weren't so easily defeated, and they brought themselves back within a goal courtesy of another howler from Leno. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho face tax fraud claims

Manchester United are believed to be front-runners in the race for the 4-time Ballon d'Or victor, while a stay at the Santiago Bernabeu hasn't been ruled out either. They claim that Mourinho, who took over at United previous year, failed to declare 3.3 million euros ($3.7m, £2.9m) during his time in the Spanish capital - 1.6 million euros in 2011 and 1.7 million euros in 2012. Read More »

Nuggets select Donovan Mitchell, send him to Utah Jazz in trade

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He shot 46 percent from the floor, including 35 percent from 3-point range. "I don't think he has that same ceiling, but his talent is definitely worth (a pick at the end of the lottery or soon after)". Mitchell also has a message for Gordon Hayward, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent. Lydon led Syracuse in rebounding (8.6 per game) and ranked second in scoring (13.2 points per game) last season and brings another physical presence to the Nuggets' front court. Read More »

Jarrod Dyson breaks unwritten rule with bunt, sparks rally

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Indians 6, Orioles 3: Austin Jackson had three hits and three RBIs, Erik Gonzalez homered, and Cleveland won three of four from the Orioles to complete a 7-1 road trip that began with a four-game sweep of Minnesota. "The way he was throwing out there, I just thought if we could get him in the stretch, get him off his comfort zone, and we did", Mariners manager Scott Servais said about Verlander. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo has four Ballon d'Ors for a reason - Russian Federation boss

Mexico lost Carlos Salcedo on 33 minutes when the defender was stretchered off with a shoulder injury after coming second-best in a tussle with Wood. "They deserve a lot more out of tonight", Hudson said. "We have four points and we have to congratulate our team". The first goal in the match was scored on 8th minute into the Russian net by Cristiano Ronaldo , who is the captain of the Portuguese side and is now considered the world's top footballer. Read More »

Check Out Pro Hockey Rumors For NHL Expansion Draft Coverage

Columbus is believed to be parting with the No. 24 overall pick in this week's draft, the Islanders with another first-round pick, the Blackhawks with Trevor van Riemsdyk , as well as a sizeable package from Anaheim - since the Ducks don't have a first-round pick this season, but a bevy of young depth on defence from which to deal. Read More »

Salah has everything to succeed at Liverpool, says former Red Luis Garcia

Roma said Salah moved for 42 million euros ($46.8 million), which — using the current exchange rates — makes him Liverpool's most expensive signing in British pounds. Liverpool spent an initial EUR42million to lure Salah back to the Premier League, though the total fee could reach EUR50m if clauses based on his success and the club's are achieved. Read More »

Di Maria agrees deal in Spain over tax fraud

The prosecutor recommended a sentence of 16 months and a fine of almost 800,000 euros ($890,000). The Argentinian, who now plays for Paris Saint-German, is unlikely to spend any time behind bars though - most sentences under two years in Spain are suspended for first-time offenders. Read More »

76ers, Celtics fans set to pack arena for draft

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It's custom-made. I got my hashtag on the side. The Sixers picks in the second round are No. 36, No. 39, No. 46 and No. 50. Tatum gives the Celtics some immediate rotation flexibility, with the ability to play both forward spots and defend as many as four positions . Read More »

NBA Draft night: Milwaukee Bucks have #17 pick in 1st round

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Wilson, a 6-foot-10 MI forward who graduated from Capital Christian High School. It seems hard to believe it, but Wilson spent three seasons with MI. In recent years, Thon Maker and Rashad Vaughn were both drafted largely off the strength of strong performances in workouts in Milwaukee, while although Malcolm Brogdon didn't visit for a workout last summer, he was said to have wowed Bucks personnel when they met him at the Draft Combine. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo Charged with $16.5 Million in Tax Fraud

Ronaldo's agents, GestiFute , previously confirmed his compliance with tax authorities by publishing past year details of his £191m (US$ 243m) worth in assets . The Portuguese footballer is accused of knowingly using a "business structure" to hide income made from image rights. "In conclusion: the declared amount can be discussed, but it is clear that the football player did not try to evade taxes". Read More »

Celtics trade first overall pick to Philly

Fultz , who is expected to be taken with the No. 1 selection by the Philadelphia 76ers , stood in the middle of the front row holding a basketball and wearing a gray suit. "We're not mortgaging our future". "We're using, to some degree, house money". The Sixers worked Fultz out on Saturday night as talks with the Celtics got to the final stages. Read More »

Baseball is making a comeback in Amarillo

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The move was announced Wednesday, and will go into effect beginning in the 2019 season. Northwest Arkansas is the youngest Texas League franchise as it is in its 10th year. "Congratulations to the San Antonio Missions for advancing to Triple-A", said new San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. The facilities we have, the kind of ownerships groups we have, the Elmore group mirrors that. Read More »

Dodgers Win Big Once Again, Yasiel Puig and Mets Players Get Heated

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Steven Matz gave the Mets their best pitching performance of the series, allowing three earned runs on six hits with five walks and eight strikeouts over six innings. It was a crushing blow for the Southern California native, who was facing the Dodgers for the first time. "I love it when people get mad", Collins said before wrapping up this four-game set. Read More »

Gay couple recreates Pride photo 24 years later

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One tweet featured the photographs side-to-side along with the caption, "It's just a phase". The second photo ― nearly identical to the first ― was shot at the Equality March for Unity & Pride in Washington earlier this month . It was a hard time for us, since three months earlier I had lost my brother to AIDS. Later, they posted the images alongside one another on social media, where the result quickly made the rounds on Reddit and went viral. Read More »

76ers take Fultz, Lakers grab Ball to start NBA draft

It's hard to criticize the Magic for making this trade since they acquired three future firsts (with one of them turning into Mike Miller) just to drop down two spots and pick the player they admired all along. Fultz spent two days working out with the Celtics - meeting with Danny Ainge and going through workouts with coach Brad Stevens. The tease of the potential ahead has caused Sixers fans to react with their wallets: the Sixers said Wednesday they have sold a franchise-record 14,000 ... Read More »