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England's Ashes defeat: It's time to rebuild cricket in this country England's Ashes defeat: It's time to rebuild cricket in this country
- December 31, 2017

From what turned out to be the final ball before lunch, Shaun Marsh was superbly caught behind by Jonny Bairstow off Stuart Broad . Anderson was using his left thumb on the shiny side - in theory, the wrong side to alter if you are looking for reverse swing - and could have been cleaning the ball, smoothing it, or removing something that had come loose. (more...)
Pep Guardiola Puts Early Estimate On Jesus Recovery Time Pep Guardiola Puts Early Estimate On Jesus Recovery Time
- December 31, 2017

Directly after that save, City broke forward, only for sub Jason Puncheon to clean Kevin De Bruyne out with the most agricultural of challenges. Guardiola said the midfielder was "lucky" it was not more serious but didn't give any more details. (more...)
Young, Naughton charged with violent conduct Young, Naughton charged with violent conduct
- December 31, 2017

Neither incident was spotted by match officials. According to the governing body's official website: "Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time are referred by The FA to a panel of three former elite match officials". United also have Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic injuries to contend with as they aim to catch Manchester City at the top of the table and, perhaps more realistically, avoid being overtaken by the chasing pack of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham. (more...)
Paul Scholes blast Paul Pogba's performances Paul Scholes blast Paul Pogba's performances
- December 31, 2017

Scholes has suggested that Mourinho may be deploying Pogba in the wrong position which, as a result, is preventing the player from making the most of his abilities. He wanted to score the goal ... that was clearly going in the goal and if he leaves it, it's a good goal. He explains if Pogba is pushed forward and freed of playmaking and defensive duties, we should see the world-class player his potential promises he can be. (more...)
Darts novice's stunning victory over World No.1 Darts novice's stunning victory over World No.1
- December 31, 2017

Rob Cross , from St Leonards, overcame the world number one and defending champion by six sets to five in an epic semi-final after winning a sudden death 11th leg in the deciding set. Lewis was the first player to reach the semis after coming through the preliminary round but, while he had his moments, failed to win the crucial points against Taylor. (more...)
How much Anthony Joshua will pocket from Joseph Parker fight How much Anthony Joshua will pocket from Joseph Parker fight
- December 31, 2017

Parker was reportedly demanding 40%, with Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn offering him half of that. Other potential opponents for in 2018 for Joshua, who attended prisons over Christmas week, have included American Deontay Wilder while for Parker a fight with Japan's Kyotaro Fujimoto has been on the cards. (more...)
Miami's Mark Richt flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct
- December 31, 2017

Alex Hornibook threw four touchdown passes, three to Danny Davis, in Wisconsin's 34-24 win over Miami in the Orange Bowl. And that meant it was time for Hurricanes to bring out the Turnover Chain . Richt was not ejected, but this controversial moment comes a day after Kentucky's Benny Snell was ejected from the Music City Bowl by an official for a similar encounter. (more...)
Great Way To End Year - Antonio Conte Delights As Chelsea Crush Stoke Great Way To End Year - Antonio Conte Delights As Chelsea Crush Stoke
- December 31, 2017

Chelsea's squad is stocked so heavily with talent that the absences of Eden Hazard , Cesc Fabregas and Andreas Christensen in the interests of squad rotation went nearly unnoticed against hapless Stoke on Saturday. "I am very happy to work with my players". Danny Drinkwater further dampened Stoke's spirits six minutes later as he rifled a half-volley home from almost 25 metres to score his first-ever goal for the club. (more...)
Knicks 105, Pelicans 103 — Postgame recap Knicks 105, Pelicans 103 — Postgame recap
- December 31, 2017

The 7-foot-3 Porzingis frequently esd matched up against guards on pick-and-rolls. "Maybe I'll get them as we go forward". Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins tied the game at 103 after drilling two free throws but Knicks guard Jarrett Jack put NY up again with two free throws of his own that made the score 105-103 with nine seconds left. (more...)
NZ born Wallabies player Hunt on drug charges NZ born Wallabies player Hunt on drug charges
- December 31, 2017

Hunt was subsequently charged with two counts of drug possession and is set to face the Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 29. 'The parties are awaiting information from the Queensland Police pertaining to the circumstances of the recent allegations before any next steps or return to Rugby activities will be contemplated. (more...)
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte explains why Eden Hazard was dropped against Stoke Chelsea boss Antonio Conte explains why Eden Hazard was dropped against Stoke
- December 31, 2017

Chelsea will offer Eden Hazard the opportunity to become the highest paid player in the history of the Premier League as they prepare to restart contract talks, according to reports. "My only hope is to continue to train him because I'm very happy for with his commitment, his behaviour and the atmosphere he has created with the three goalkeepers and the two goalkeeper coaches". (more...)
Khabib Nurmagomedov Makes Weight For UFC 219, Threatens Featherweight Run Khabib Nurmagomedov Makes Weight For UFC 219, Threatens Featherweight Run
- December 31, 2017

McGregor and Ferguson are elite as well and likely a level above Barboza, who absorbed a thrashing while trying as hard as he could to get to his feet. In his fight against Beneil Dariush, Dariush had a good performance with his boxing and takedowns until Barboza countered his takedown attempt with a flying knee knockout. (more...)
Raiders Preparing To Make 'Strong Offer' To Jon Gruden Raiders Preparing To Make 'Strong Offer' To Jon Gruden
- December 31, 2017

Gruden was hired by Al Davis to coach the Raiders from 1998 through 2001, posting records of 8-8, 8-8, 12-4 and 11-5. The elephant in the room is that the Raiders now have a head coach in Jack Del Rio. Even if Gruden's deal is not approved because of the ownership condition, his contract could be negotiated in a way that would pay him a commensurate amount if fellow owners or the finance committee did not approve the deal. (more...)
Chelsea boss Conte reveals January plans for David Luiz Chelsea boss Conte reveals January plans for David Luiz
- December 31, 2017

Conte stated that he meant to rotate his full squad throughout the busy winter season, with plenty of "great games to face" in the months ahead. The Italian cut a positive figure following the Blues' 5-0 thumping of Stoke on Saturday, and spent a moment to reflect on the year that has been. (more...)
Fernandinho hails Pep Guardiola's leadership at Manchester City Fernandinho hails Pep Guardiola's leadership at Manchester City
- December 31, 2017

A single goal from Raheem Sterling in the first period gave them their 18th consecutive Premier League victory and more importantly a 15-point gap at the top, but Guardiola will have been impressed in just how dominant his side were against The Magpies. (more...)
Florida State vs. Duke Predictions Against The Spread 12/30/17 Florida State vs. Duke Predictions Against The Spread 12/30/17
- December 31, 2017

My mindset was really just, 'We have to win. Cofer's performance Saturday was more consistent and had a greater impact. Florida State ranks sixth in the nation in field-goal defense (36.9 percent) and 14th in 3-point defense (28.8 percent). (more...)
Offensive outburst lifts Butler past No. 1 Villanova Offensive outburst lifts Butler past No. 1 Villanova
- December 31, 2017

Nearly exactly a year after ending another ideal start to knock Villanova out of the top spot, Butler did it again. It was a stunning twist for Villanova, which had won 10 of its 13 games by 14 or more points and was allowing 65.8 points per game. (more...)
Phil Taylor into final after beating Jamie Lewis Phil Taylor into final after beating Jamie Lewis
- December 31, 2017

Jamie Lewis has been on the scene for a while, reaching the World Grand Prix quarter-finals in 2015, but has been in poor form for a couple of years and only scraped into this tournament through a PDPA qualifier. But Van Gerwen dug deep to avoid a repeat of his 2016 defeat at the hands of Van Barneveld. Two-time world champion Van Gerwen did not want to speak last night after the devastation of missing six match darts. (more...)
Morata rejects Pochettino claims over Tottenham transfer Morata rejects Pochettino claims over Tottenham transfer
- December 31, 2017

Morata is enjoying a fine debut season at Stamford Bridge, with 10 goals from 17 league outings, although his achievements pale in comparison to those of Kane, who has 18 in 19 to take his 2017 tally to 39 - a Premier League record for a calendar year. (more...)
Clippers Clash with Lakers in Clippers Clash with Lakers in "Battle of the Injuries"
- December 31, 2017

Bickerstaff. "We didn't play any defense", Walton said. "The coach tells me to be aggressive and it helps to look for your teammates, and that's what I was trying to do every chance I got", Evans said. "The guys know every decision I make might not always be right, but every decision I make is what do I believe is best for the team", Walton said. (more...)
New general manager Gettleman fires Giants VP Marc Ross New general manager Gettleman fires Giants VP Marc Ross
- December 31, 2017

Ross had been with the Giants since May 2007 and ran his first organizational draft the following year. Ross' first National Football League job was as a public relations training camp intern with the Giants in 1995. Just two days into his new job, Gettleman has already begun cleaning house. "That's my plan, OK?" NY is now mired in its worst season in franchise history, as it enters its Week 17 matchup with the Washington Redskins sporting an unseemly record of 2-13. (more...)
Benitez wants transfer 'help' after Brighton bore draw Benitez wants transfer 'help' after Brighton bore draw
- December 30, 2017

The Seagulls took their points tally to 22 from 21 games - four points clear of the drop zone - after a dour 0-0 draw at Newcastle, with whom they emerged from the Sky Bet Championship last season. He said: "We want to win and we think we can win, but Brighton will be thinking exactly the same". "The fans are awesome for the team, they have to be behind the team all the time", Benitez added. (more...)
Packers Sign Center Corey Linsley to Contract Extension Packers Sign Center Corey Linsley to Contract Extension
- December 30, 2017

WR Davante Adams have agreed to a $56 million contract for four years that will keep Adams from becoming a free agent in March. The deal is reportedly worth $58 million, including an $18 million signing bonus, and it will keep Adams - who leads the National Football League in touchdown receptions (22) over the last two years - in Green Bay through the 2021 season. (more...)
United States of America tops Canada outdoors United States of America tops Canada outdoors
- December 30, 2017

Kieffer Bellows and Brady Tkachuk scored in the shootout, while all four Canadians - Sam Steel, Robert Thomas, Taylor Raddysh and Drake Batherson - failed to convert. Still, the hockey spectacle for one day was special and unique, and won't be forgotten by anyone involved. Team USA wound up winning the game, 4-3 in overtime. (more...)
Marcus Smart's Late-Game Celtics Heroics Caught Isaiah Thomas' Attention Marcus Smart's Late-Game Celtics Heroics Caught Isaiah Thomas' Attention
- December 30, 2017

Thomas said that Cavs trainer George Sibel, who has been assigned to aiding in Thomas' rehab, jokes that he would prefer Thomas to sit out until April, when the playoffs begin. During the offseason, the Boston Celtics acquired Kyrie Irving from Cleveland in exchange for Isaiah Thomas , Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick. (more...)

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