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Steve Wilks expected to be fired by Arizona Cardinals

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Wilks, the last coach hired during the 2018 offseason, had a nightmare season in Arizona. Wilks replaced Bradford with Rosen late in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Chicago Bears. Given the way in which the Cardinals played this year , it's hardly surprising that Arizona would move on. "I love Wilks", Fitzgerald added. "I've had the honor of having him coach me on two different Super Bowl teams and our secondary was second to none with that style of defense ... Read More »

India vs Australia: Paine targets long-term improvement as series loss looms

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Sony Six and Sony Ten 3 will televise Australia v India series in English and Hindi commentary respectively across India . India may consider resting Ishant Sharma as he did not seem to have the sting at Melbourne. "He is very important for sure. You can't really predict an injury when it happens, you can just manage it", he added. In Test cricket he's a vital part of this team and we wanted him to be 100 percent fit for a longer period so he can contribute more to us in the Test ... Read More »

Lemieux scores twice as Jets end 2018 with win over Oilers

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That was the first time we we've had that dynamic with [Andrew Copp] in the middle and [Jack Roslovic] on the wing. "Anybody who knows me, I play a hard game. Fourth-line winger Brendan Lemieux supplied a pair of goals, including the victor. Petrovic had one assist in 26 games with the Panthers this season and is well-known to Nugent-Hopkins. Read More »

DeMar DeRozan has amusing explanation for Spurs' big second half against Celtics

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There's no such thing as a "good injury", but it certainly sounds like Irving dodged a bullet. LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 38 points in the win and keyed a mid-third quarter run that cemented the game. A microcosm of this team's uneven existence was Gordon Hayward's 22 minutes in which he didn't score a single point going 0-for-6 from the field, five of which came from beyond the 3-point stripe. Read More »

Juventus chief: We 'really like' Aaron Ramsey

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Ramsey will see his current deal with Arsenal expire at the end of the season and the Wales global is expected to leave the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer following a breakdown in contract talks. Ramsey scored just his third goal of the season on Tuesday's 4-1 win over Fulham . Today [Tuesday] he played 15 minutes and he scored. "Now, he is still an Arsenal player and we are certainly not the only ones interested". Read More »

Is the end approaching for Andy Murray? - Australian Open

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I'm not sure how much longer it's going to last but we'll see. After recovering from that, an abdominal injury sidelined him for the rest of the season and he began his pre-season preparations late after opting to have ankle surgery to clear up a persistent niggle. Read More »

Master Blaster’s Master No More: Ramakant Achrekar Passes Away

Ramakant Achrekar , who has honed a battery of Test cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar , died at his residence here on Wednesday. Best known for training the master blaster in his childhood, Tendulkar has always acknowledged Achrekar as his mentor, who was also a Padma Shri award victor. Read More »

Alex Ovechkin to skip all-star game, slapped with 1-game suspension

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But the 33-year-old says he has chose to give the game a miss and instead use the spare time to get some much-needed rest ahead of the rest of the campaign with the Caps. The All-Star Skills Competition will take place January 25, while the All-Star Game will take place January 26 at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. Read More »

Ravens Wild-Card Playoff Fan Events Announced

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Set to take the field on Sunday with an unorthodox, run-heavy offense led by a rookie quarterback - specifically, the youngest quarterback in National Football League history to start in a postseason game - the Baltimore Ravens don't exactly profile as a conventional playoff team. Read More »

Manchester United team v Newcastle United confirmed - Mata, Jones, Valencia all start

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On a more hard night for Solskjaer, though, against stubborn Newcastle, it was a second-half substitution from the Norwegian that propelled United to their latest success as Lukaku scored with his first touch in the 64th minute. Benitez told his pre-match press conference. Manchester United haven't won the Premier League title since 2013. "The best way to defend is to keep the ball and keep attacking". Read More »

WADA must act now on Russian Federation missing deadline: NADO

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Critics of Russian sports officials urged WADA to take a hard line against Moscow. It is understood any decision on fresh action against Russian Federation will not be made by WADA until the middle of this month. "Anything less than this will have a devastating impact on the anti-doping system". "This is why we created a pathway for clean, individual Russian athletes to compete in Pyeongchang, but only under the strictest conditions". Read More »

WADA must act now on Russian Federation missing deadline: NADO

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Critics of Russian sports officials urged WADA to take a hard line against Moscow. It is understood any decision on fresh action against Russian Federation will not be made by WADA until the middle of this month. "Anything less than this will have a devastating impact on the anti-doping system". "This is why we created a pathway for clean, individual Russian athletes to compete in Pyeongchang, but only under the strictest conditions". Read More »

Djokovic wins first match of 2019 in just 55 minutes

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The 31-year-old, who has made it clear he wants to match or better Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slams, was untroubled throughout. Khachanov, the third seed, finished last season ranked at a career-time high of number 11 and was the man who ended Djokovic's 22-match winning streak in Paris. Read More »

Mesut Ozil’s agent insists midfielder is 100% committed to Arsenal

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Emery hinted signings are possible this month as the transfer window reopens. 'He has suffered from injuries and illness, and is working hard to adapt to the different system employed by head coach Unai Emery . "I understand the supporters", Emery said. Fulham are reportedly close to securing a deal for Chelsea defender on loan for the rest of the season. Read More »

Andy Murray knocked out of the Brisbane International by Daniil Medvedev

Murray underwent hip surgery a year ago and after a hard fought first round win over James Duckworth on Tuesday, admitted he didn't know much longer his body would allow him to compete at elite level. "I hadn't really practised much. It didn't affect my play that way". The World No.16 won three titles in 2018 and, in his first match of the 2019 campaign, he hit 16 aces and pulverised Murray at times with his power. Read More »

Nietes now a 4-division champion

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Pacquiao has a record eight world titles in eight divisions, while Donaire has four. Dominating the first half of the 12-rounder, Nietes earned the nod of judges Levi Martinez, 118-110, and Patricia Morse Jarman, 116-112, while judge Samuel Nieto sided with Ioka, 116-112. Read More »

Greece beats the U.S. on Serena Williams's return

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So a GOAT selfie - that stands for the Greatest of All Time, for the uninitiated - was definitely a must right after their biggest mixed doubles showdown at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Tuesday, January 1. "I watch him all the time but I never knew how incredible that shot was". When asked if he meant she was the greatest female tennis player of all time, Federer clarified that he meant the greatest "overall". Read More »

Holgorsen to Talk to Houston

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Holgorsen and Houston are reportedly finalizing a 5-year, $20 million dollar deal. The Houston Cougars have found their new head coach. Houston then fired head coach Major Applewhite Sunday before formally requesting to speak with Holgorsen Monday where the Mountaineers then granted permission to the Cougars . Read More »

Barcelona deny an agreement with Rabiot... but admit contact with PSG

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They add that other clubs have not given up on the idea of signing Rabiot, either, and say there have been "various meetings" with the hierarchy at English sides Liverpool and Tottenham and Italian side Juventus. However, it's looking more and more likely that Rabiot will be leaving the French outfit come the summer, and due to the Bosman Rule, he could agree to join an overseas team as soon as January . Read More »

Unai Emery sends message to Aaron Ramsey about Arsenal speculation

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Ramsey moved to Arsenal in a £10m deal from Cardiff in 2006 after the Wales worldwide opted to move to the Gunners rather than Manchester United . "He's a great midfielder but at the moment he's an Arsenal player". Ramsey has racked up 353 appearances for the Gunners over the last decade, contributing 61 goals in the process and winning the FA Cup on three occasions. Read More »

Ex-Blue Jay Troy Tulowitzki agrees to deal with Yankees

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Toronto will pick up the $20 million tab on his contract for 2019, while the Yankees pay $555,000 to take a chance on the oft-injured 34-year-old. According to Passan, Tulowitzki is expected to play shortstop for NY while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery . Read More »

CAF Awards: Aubameyang, Mane, Salah make top three

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The awards gala night is scheduled to hold on January 8, in Dakar, Senegal. Gabonese star Aubameyang, 29, will be praying for a second title after making the top three final shortlist since 2014. Aubameyang who was named as Africa's best in 2015 equals Yaya Toure and Michael Essien's record for being among the finalists five times in a row. He rose to fame a year ago after breaking records and winning several awards, most notably the Golden Boot and the Top Scorer of the Top Five Leagues. Read More »

Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls - 12/30/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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But, they have dropped two of their last three games. "Just one of those days". I thought we had to start with spacing. Since leading the Raptors to emphatic road victories in back-to-back games over the LA Clippers and Golden State Warriors on December 11 and 12, Lowry has only played in one of Toronto's past eight games - a 126-101 loss to the 76ers in his native Philadelphia on December 22. Read More »

Sup? Is 49ers' George Kittle trying to court Steelers' Antonio Brown?

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Something was up during the week, as several players and coaches were blunt when asked about Brown. He did not practice later that day and then was placed on the injury report under the guise of "coach's decision". That is an astronomical number for any team to carry in dead cap for one player. Brown's current deal with the Steelers runs through 2021, with an average annual salary of $17 million. Read More »

Alabama, Clemson to meet again in CFP final

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Lawrence also has a chance to become the first starting freshman quarterback to lead his team to a national title since Oklahoma's Jamelle Holieway pulled off the feat in 1985. The biggest football game of Kyler Murray's life may have marked the final time the Heisman Trophy victor stepped on a football field. "If I haven't spoken about it, I don't think it's the conversation to be had". Read More »

Harry Kane completes Premier League set as Tottenham ease past Cardiff

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Unai Emery's side can take encouragement from a nine-game unbeaten run in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium since a 2-0 loss to defending champions Manchester City. Spurs lost 3-1 to Wolves over the weekend, snapping a five-game winning streak. His goal that got Spurs up and running was scrappy, but his assist for Son's goal was much more pleasing on the eye. Read More »

Seahawks win ugly, survive Cardinals upset bid

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Finding an opening, Wilson connected with him for a 37-yard gain along the right sideline to move the Seahawks to the opposing 25-yard line. Larry Fitzgerald , in potentially his final National Football League game, had a attractive one-handed, left-handed grab for a 15-yard touchdown. Read More »

Wizards' John Wall to have surgery on heel; out for season

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The 28-year-old Wall is expected to make his decision final next week as doctors have recommended he have the surgery soon and he will finalize a timetable for the procedure in the coming days, ESPN adds. The surgery will fully heal the bone spurs that have nagged him for years. He played in only 41 games last season because of a knee injury and has been plagued by the heel injury for several seasons, according to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports . Read More »

Oakland Raiders name Mike Mayock as General Manager

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The Oakland Raiders had a press conference this morning introducing him as the new GM alongside friend and head coach for the Raiders, Jon Gruden. Mayock will replace Reggie McKenzie, whom the Raiders fired earlier this month. Asked if Derek Carr , who signed a five-year, $125 million contract extension in the summer of 2017, was the Raiders' longtime answer at quarterback, Mayock did not hesitate. Read More »

Steelers' Antonio Brown reportedly benched in Week 17 following practice tirade

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Brown got upset that Roethlisberger wanted to run a hot read over again during a walk-through, so coaches sent another player to run the play, a source close to the situation told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. "This is the stuff that's hard to deal with". "I'm not going to answer any questions about Antonio". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports , however, that Brown had a disagreement with a teammate Wednesday morning during a walk-through practice preceding their regular afternoon ... Read More »