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Rice: West Ham's confidence is flying

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Lukasz Fabianski had saved his last three penalties but could do nothing to stop Deeney putting the visitors ahead, although the Polish goalkeeper did make a magnificent stop after the break to deny Abdoulaye Doucoure. Before the goal we had three very risky opportunities and dominated. Watford manager Javi Gracia was not about to get too giddy about his side's elevated position in the table. Read More »

Baker Mayfield unapologetic for on-field antics

I have been who I am. What's more important is that Mayfield has emerged as an excellent quarterback in the half-season since Jackson was sacked. "I'm not trying to get anybody's approval". After the first Bengals-Browns game Mayfield avoided Jackson's attempt at a hug, and now we have Mayfield saying he doesn't much care if people don't like his staredown of his former coach. Read More »

Weather cancels No. 23 Boise State’s First Responder Bowl vs. Boston College

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In September, the Dallas City Council approved a $300,000 payment to ESPN for two years of the game, which has been played on the day after Christmas since 2012. Boston College athletic director Martin Jarmond announced on Wednesday that fans who purchased tickets through the school to the First Responder Bowl will receive a full refund by January 2. Read More »

Stephen curry beat the buzzer as Golden State win LA Clippers

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He also got the last laugh after he exchanged heated words with Clippers guard Patrick Beverley in the first quarter, a sequence that earned both players a technical foul. The Celtics never trailed, shot 50 percent and outrebounded the Hornets 47-37. They lead the National Basketball Association in field goal percentage (48.5), free-throw percentage (83.0) and are second in 3-point percentage (38.5). Read More »

Steyn’s record-breaking achievement overshadowed by Olivier and Bavuma

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Pakistan was into the long South African tail, though, with Bavuma the only recognised batsman left. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed opted to bat after winning the toss and only Babar Azam provided any resistance with 71. "There have been a lot of Test matches and, hopefully, there is a lot more to come". 'On all different wickets around the world he's been absolutely superb, ' Pollock said, 'and what those figures don't tell is he's a fantastic guy as well'. Read More »

Inter Milan coach hails Kwadwo Asamoah for Napoli 'rescue'

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An Inter Milan fan died and four Napoli fans were stabbed before the Serie A match between the Italian sides, and there were allegations of racist chanting inside the San Siro. The mayor, who was at the San Siro for the match, said he would continue to go to games but would not tolerate any racist chanting. Daniele Belardinelli, 35, was struck after a group of Inter ultras had stopped and attacked a van of Napoli supporters on their way to the stadium around an hour before kick-off. Read More »

LeBron James injury: Lakers star gets MRI results, won't play vs. Kings

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As the Lakers have remained afloat with a 20-14 record in the competitive Western Conference, LeBron James suffered a left groin strain against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas and is officially listed as day-to-day. The 33-year-old James has carried the Lakers on his back this season and is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 7.1 assists per game in 34 games, his first season in Los Angeles. Read More »

Clemson preparing to face Notre Dame without DT Lawrence | AP sports

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If Clemson has to play Notre Dame without Lawrence, a literal giant piece of their defense will be missing. Dexter Lawrence , Braden Galloway , and Zach Giella all reportedly tested positive for ostarine, a banned substance by USADA, and Clemson is awaiting the B results in hopes they may come back negative. Read More »

How to Watch Rams vs. Cardinals

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If the Rams win next week, it'll be their first season with at least 13 wins since 2001 when they lost in the Super Bowl. The Rams have already clinched a spot in the playoffs and, earlier this week, McVay did not commit to Gurley taking the field in Arizona. Read More »

Howe hails 'outstanding' Pochettino ahead of Spurs tie

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Everton struck first against the run of play in a wildly open contest when Theo Walcott stabbed home at the near post from Dominic Calvert-Lewin's cross. "Everybody is talking about Liverpool and Man City , we are just kind of doing what we normally do", Kane told Sky Sports. We have had some good matches against them, we haven't quite been on the right side of the result, but we enjoy the challenge and we enjoy these challenges where we haven't achieved something yet but we're working ... Read More »

First Responder Bowl enters weather delay due to lightning

Tough decisions have to be made. That is bigger than playing in the game. Ringler said discussions were held with ESPN and the athletic directors and coaches for both schools before deciding the cancellation was the prudent thing to do. "After about 30 minutes, some guys started to look at the forecast and it didn't look very good", Rypien said. All the time preparing for this game, missing Christmas at home - and now your bowl is canceled halfway through the first quarter. Read More »

Rockets' Paul leaves game with hamstring strain

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Tyler Johnson added 19 -producing a layup, a big block and a three-pointer to pull the Rockets to a 96-92 lead with less than three minutes remaining. "But we've just got to make adjustments and play even better". The plan for the Miami Heat on the game's final play was simple: Do not let James Harden win the game for Houston. Read More »

Leonard to start playing back-to-backs after missing 76ers loss

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General Manager Elton Brand addressed reporters pregame. But when you look at yourself and see how dominant you can be inside ... it doesn't matter. It was a big night for both Aussie Sixers, as Jonah Bolden (career-high 4 blk, 9 reb) returned from assignment with the Delaware Blue Coats with a bang. Read More »

Man City slump continues at Leicester to further dent title challenge

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They'd come to the King Power Stadium knowing fully well if that if they drop points again, then Liverpool's lead at the top of the table could potentially extend to seven points. We want to create our own history and it is the first time a Liverpool team has gone this long unbeaten in the Premier League and we have conceded only seven goals. Read More »

Pakistan fight back after South Africa’s Olivier takes six wickets

It was the only wicket the 35-year-old picked up during Pakistan's first innings as Duanne Olivier claimed his maiden Test five-wicket haul - bowling Shan Masood (19), Sarfraz Ahmed (0) and Mohammad Amir (1), trapping Asad Shafiq (7) lbw, and having Azhar Ali (36) caught in the slips as the tourists slumped to 96-7. Read More »

Golfer Jyoti Randhawa arrested on poaching charges in Uttar Pradesh

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The Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary is home to endangered species like the tiger, rhinoceros, swamp deer among others and along with the Dudhwa National Park and Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary, forms the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. "We were on alert as we had information through our local network about some suspicious people roaming in the forest area", said the field director. Read More »

Baseball player pays off parents' debt for Christmas

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The Kansas City Royals pitching prospect celebrated Christmas with his parents this year and handed them a letter containing his gift: a clearance of all the debt they accrued while supporting Singer's career in the expensive world of elite youth baseball. Read More »

India in charge on first day of Boxing Day Test in Australia

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat on a seemingly flat MCG wicket which would only get easier for batting later in the day. It brought Kohli to the crease to a huge roar from the large Indian contingent at the MCG, and he set about building an unbroken 92-run partnership with the ever-reliable Pujara. Read More »

Duke Basketball Now Number One Team In The NCAA

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Virginia (4) 5. Kansas (4) 6. KU's drop from the top-ranked team to No. 5 in the largest fall by a No. 1 team in the ensuing poll this season. The Jayhawks fell to the Sun Devils 80-76, which opened up the top ranking for the Blue Devils to grab. Read More »

Cameron Bancroft opens up on the Australian cricket ball tampering scandal

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During the play a ball was thrown to Cameron Bancroft , television footage showed Bancroft take an object out of his pocket before rubbing the ball, then putting something back in his pocket. The exiled Australian skipper returned home with the weight of the world on his shoulders, appearing a broken man at his Sydney Airport press conference. Read More »

Alabama players suspended for Orange Bowl

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Saban didn't indicate the duration of the suspensions or whether they might extend to the national championship game if Alabama wins. He started five games for the Crimson Tide, beginning with the Tennessee game on October 20. He played in all 14 games as a reserve last season. The victor will earn a spot in the CFP National Championship. Kickoff between Alabama and Oklahoma is set for 8 p.m. Read More »

Benitez says Newcastle need 'another miracle' to stay up

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As well as Tottenham and Watford, Newcastle were only one of three Premier League clubs to receive more transfer fees than they spent in the summer window. "Even today against a well-organised team, it's not easy, but still we can do a little bit better in the final third and then we will have better chances and we will score more goals". Read More »

LSU players involved in shooting acted in self-defense

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McKneely did not identify anyone involved in the shooting. Christopher Murell, who is one of three attorneys representing the men, suggested his clients were trying to protect themselves in the incident. The only comment so far from LSU has come from athletic director Joe Alleva, who said in a statement that the university was "in constant contact with law enforcement regarding this awful situation". Read More »

Arsenal injury blow as Henrikh Mkhitaryan ruled out for six weeks

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Mkhitaryan picked up the injury, during the Gunners' 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup quarter-final last Wednesday. The Armenia global subsequently missed the 3-1 win over Burnley on Saturday and Arsenal have confirmed he will be unavailable over the busy festive period after suffering a fractured metatarsal. Read More »

Kristaps Porzingis’ torn ACL healing, next evaluation in February

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Mills told reporters that he wouldn't put a timetable on his return. Team President Steve Mills said Friday the team is pleased with Porzingis' recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament ACL, and another round of testing scheduled for mid-February could clarify his timeline for his return. Read More »

Dereck Chisora takes swipe at Eddie Hearn's control over Dillian Whyte

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I've been around long enough and heard fighters say 'I'm going to come out banging in the first round, ' and then they come and do something else. I'm going to pound him and pound him and pound him. I don't think even Derek himself knows what he is doing. Boxing is like pimps and hoes; promoters are the pimps and us boxers are the hoes, that's how it is. Read More »

Indian coach Ravi Shastri launches passionate defence of 'gentleman' Virat Kohli

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With the current series tied at 1-1, Indian skipper Virat Kohli was optimistic enough work had been done on the pitch to ensure a result. We have seen Rishabh Pant perform then why not have Mayank Agarwal in the mix, then the challenge, because I need five bowlers, because the fast bowlers are exhausted you won't go with any other fast bowlers to be playing so it would be Shami, Bumrah and Ishant these three fast bowlers need backing up, two spinners I would go with experience, Ashwin and ... Read More »

Tottenham beat Everton in Premier League blowout

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Hello and welcome to the Premier League's latest transfer news and rumours of the day! The French global played a pivotal role in the tea as they eased to a 5-1 win over the Welsh side. "Experience is always good if you are young enough to use it". I said a few times that for me Tottenham had the most hard pre-season, and not due to not signing players because if you have the right team then why should you sign players? The build-up to this clash was dominated by talk of Manchester ... Read More »

Mitchell Johnson, Aakash Chopra in war of words over 'average' Perth pitch

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After Michael Vaughan of England and Australia's Mitchell Johnson ridiculed the call made by the ICC , Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar has come out in defence of the surface, saying that the pitch was "by no means "average". And they wonder why Test Match cricket is struggling . As per the new ICC disciplinary system, match referees rate the pitches and outfields after the completion of each match. Read More »

Mauricio Pochettino believes Spurs are title contenders

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Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful Dele Alli did not sustain a serious injury in Tottenham's Premier League thrashing of Everton on Sunday. The Toffees have not won since its added-time defeat in the Merseyside derby at the start of the month and have taken six points from a possible 21. Read More »

Rockets Sign Free Agent Austin Rivers

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The Rockets' next eight games come against teams with legitimate playoff hopes, starting with the Thunder on Christmas Day. Rivers' deal is reportedly guaranteed for the remainder of the season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski . "We got 54 games left". He averaged a career-best 15.1 points, 4 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the Clippers last season before an offseason trade to Washington. Read More »