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Jürgen Klopp: we don't need any big-money buys at Liverpool Jürgen Klopp: we don't need any big-money buys at Liverpool
- March 16, 2019

The Merseyside outfit are in fine form after Jurgen Klopp's side booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals in midweek. I'm expecting Salah to get back on the scoresheet this weekend. "I completely do not agree but what can I say?" Messi and Ronaldo have faced each other on three occasions in the Champions, two of which coming whilst the Portuguese forward represented the three-time winners of the tournament, Manchester United . (more...)
World Rugby reveals Nations Championship plans World Rugby reveals Nations Championship plans
- March 16, 2019

Among other announcements made by World Rugby, the proposed new format would be "underpinned by a record commercial partnership" with marketing company Infront , which they say will guarantee nearly £5 billion ($6.6 billion/€5.9 billion) for investment in the sport over 12 years. (more...)
'There's no way' Anthony Davis is being dealt to Lakers 'There's no way' Anthony Davis is being dealt to Lakers
- March 16, 2019

Davis still has another full season with the Pelicans if they fail to trade him this summer. Rumors are circulating around the Lakers that owner Jeanie Buss actually considered trading LeBron James , and all because of her disdain for his friend and agent Rich Paul. (more...)
Young Canadian player of Romanian origin reaches Indian Wells semifinals Young Canadian player of Romanian origin reaches Indian Wells semifinals
- March 16, 2019

A week later, after making it to the final in Auckland, New Zealand, Andreescu was 107th in the world. The top half was rocked by the upsets of Djokovic and No. Andreescu broke Muguruza at love and then served out the match after a deuce game, hitting consecutive forehand winners. Andreescu appeared to be in danger of giving that advantage back when she fell behind 0-40 with a 3-2 lead, but then won five straight points for a huge hold. (more...)
Dominant Ireland get some of their rhythm back - Schmidt Dominant Ireland get some of their rhythm back - Schmidt
- March 16, 2019

Ireland skipper Rory Best looked forward to a monumental clash with Wales in his final Six Nations match after Sunday's morale-boosting defeat of France in Dublin. With a bonus point secured and one eye on Cardiff, Ireland were able to withdraw Best, Murray, Sexton and fellow British and Irish Lion Tadhg Furlong before the hour. (more...)
Rice handed first England call-up after switch from Ireland Rice handed first England call-up after switch from Ireland
- March 16, 2019

Given that the Three Lions' boss has called up four central defenders , it seems likely that Rice will be used as a holding midfielder, rather than being utilised in the back line. And he responded to Rice's critics, pointing to the fact that some of them "did not play for the country of their birth", a likely reference to Kilbane. (more...)
Vols will have their hands full with Mississippi State Vols will have their hands full with Mississippi State
- March 16, 2019

Heading into Thursday, Quinndary Weatherspoon led the Bulldogs in scoring with 18.5 points per game while Peters led Mississippi State in assists with 5.3 assists per game and Reggie Perry led the Bulldogs on the glass with 7.1 rebounds per game this season. (more...)
Jones says he will protect Cokanasiga from hype Jones says he will protect Cokanasiga from hype
- March 16, 2019

I don't need to reveal my selection plans for the future, but I do know that we'll have him ready for the World Cup. I recall looking after guys like Matt Giteau and George Smith in a similar way (when Jones was head coach of Australia) - expose them, bring them back, expose them, bring them back, and when they're ready, you let 'em go.' There was an admission that part of the selection equation centred on the hype and circus that surrounds a new star. (more...)
Golden Tate reenacts 'Show me the money!' scene to toast Giants deal Golden Tate reenacts 'Show me the money!' scene to toast Giants deal
- March 16, 2019

They incurred a $16 million dead cap hit for 2019 by trading Odell Beckham only seven months after signing to a five-year, $90 million deal that includes $65 million guaranteed. "In the four games the Giants played at the end of last season while Beckham was out with a quad contusion, they averaged 25.5 points a game, factoring in a shutout loss to the Titans". (more...)
FSU Basketball: 3 ways Noles can beat Virginia Tech in ACC Tourney FSU Basketball: 3 ways Noles can beat Virginia Tech in ACC Tourney
- March 16, 2019

He missed the second tilt between the two this season due to the ailment. Yes, the Blue Devils' freshman star now has his delayed big moment against North Carolina . The Blue Devils weren't much better from long-range, hitting just 25 percent of their attempts. Duke would win its first NCAA title two days later. A building packed to the brim with two shades of blue all seemed to agree on one thing throughout the evening: In a game between two of the best teams in the entire country, there ... (more...)
Thiem into Indian Wells semis, injured Monfils withdraws Thiem into Indian Wells semis, injured Monfils withdraws
- March 16, 2019

Monfils played a fantastic match in the 4th round after he trounced Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-0 6-2 and the German just upset Djokovic 6-4 6-4. "In a few key moments my serve really helped me out", Raonic said on court. Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since past year in the desert. With the momentum in her favour, Kerber edged out the seven-time grand slam champion in a closely fought second set to advance to the final four. (more...)
Ireland team announced for Six Nations clash with Wales Ireland team announced for Six Nations clash with Wales
- March 16, 2019

England head coach Eddie Jones believes Wales' fatigue could cost them the Six Nations Grand Slam as they host Ireland on Saturday. There are three survivors in Gatland's starting line-up from the Grand Slam clincher against France in 2012 - captain Alun Wyn Jones , wing George North and centre Jonathan Davies . (more...)
Arsenal handed boost ahead of Europa League tie with Napoli trio injured Arsenal handed boost ahead of Europa League tie with Napoli trio injured
- March 16, 2019

And they followed that up with a 5-0 thrashing against the Ukrainian club on Thursday. When, moments later, the word " Arsenal " was slowly revealed on the little white slip designating Napoli's quarter-final opponents, the most common reactions would have been low groans, facepalms and that sort of slow, inwards folding motion that people make when they receive bad news. (more...)
Federer, Nadal, steam into Indian Wells quarterfinals Federer, Nadal, steam into Indian Wells quarterfinals
- March 16, 2019

Edmund suffered a 6-1 6-4 defeat to Federer in their last-16 match at the Masters 1000 event in the Californian desert. The German punched the air in celebration after a video review confirmed that his forehand victor caught the line on match point to seal the upset victory in Indian Wells . (more...)
Bryce Harper hit by pitch in foot, leaves game Bryce Harper hit by pitch in foot, leaves game
- March 16, 2019

In the sixth inning, Harper took a 96 miles per hour fastball off the right ankle from right-hander Trent Thornton . Harper rolled on the ground in pain, clutching his ankle, before limping off the field to the clubhouse. He proceeded to limp off the field with the help of a member of the team's training staff. He's now 0-for-5 with three walks in four Grapefruit League games. (more...)
Men's Basketball Bounced from SEC Tournament, 76-73 Men's Basketball Bounced from SEC Tournament, 76-73
- March 16, 2019

Next up: The Gators (19-14) advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. against the South Carolina-Auburn victor at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN . 4 SC and No. 5 Auburn . The senior forward was almost as good in the rematch and helped SC lead for much of the first half before Auburn rallied to forge a 36-all tie at the intermission. (more...)
Federation Internationale de Football Association pursues 48-team 2022 World Cup in Qatar with extra host Federation Internationale de Football Association pursues 48-team 2022 World Cup in Qatar with extra host
- March 16, 2019

A 48-team World Cup in Qatar and another Gulf state in 2022 moved a step closer last night after football chiefs pushed on with plans to extend the competition early. But he has been forced to drop the Nations League plan before Friday's meeting of the FIFA Council in Miami, after his own task force said there is no space for such a tournament in the worldwide calendar. (more...)
Man City face FIFA transfer ban Man City face FIFA transfer ban
- March 16, 2019

Chelsea have been banned from signing players for the next two transfer windows - they are appealing against the sanction - and City are expected to receive the same punishment once the case against them has been completed. A spokesperson said: "We have no comment on the matter at this stage". According to The Sun , FIFA are set to announce within days that City breached rules over the transfer of minors. (more...)
What to make of NCAA's Notice of Allegations sent to Georgia Tech What to make of NCAA's Notice of Allegations sent to Georgia Tech
- March 16, 2019

In the notice, the NCAA wrote the first allegation is "a severe breach of conduct". Bell is a former friend of Pastner's who became entangled in a divorce of friendship from Pastner and was later accused of extortion . The news comes weeks after Tech placed women's basketball coach MaChelle Joseph on leave for what it called a "pending personnel matter". Bell, who met Pastner while he was an assistant coach at Arizona , allegedly paid for airline tickets for former Georgia Tech players ... (more...)
Tyreek Hill investigated for battery, report says Tyreek Hill investigated for battery, report says
- March 16, 2019

Overland Park police spokesman John Lacy confirmed the 25-year-old is involved in a police criminal investigation, but would not confirm any other details about the case or his involvement. While he was in college in 2014, Hill was accused of punching and choking Espinal , who was pregnant with the couple's child at the time. As part of his plea agreement for the domestic abuse charge, Hill attended a 52-week batterer intervention course and was supervised for two years. (more...)
Charlie Whiting dies in Melbourne Charlie Whiting dies in Melbourne
- March 16, 2019

The F1 world was rocked on Thursday morning as it awoke to the announcement that race director Whiting had died from a pulmonary embolism in the southern Australian city where he was due to work this weekend. "We worked as mechanics together, became friends and spent so much time together at race tracks across the world". "Difficult to grasp when somebody is just not there anymore". (more...)
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix joining Eddie Jackson with Chicago Bears Ha Ha Clinton-Dix joining Eddie Jackson with Chicago Bears
- March 16, 2019

Pagano got a look at what Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - whom the Bears signed to a one-year contract Thursday that a source confirmed is worth $3.5 million - is capable of from a playmaking standpoint in 2016. After playing in 78 consecutive Green Bay games (including the playoffs) after joining the Packers as a first-round draft choice in 2014, Clinton-Dix will be on his third team in less than a year. (more...)
Raiders release former Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson Raiders release former Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson
- March 15, 2019

Nelson caught 63 passes for 739 yards and three touchdowns in his only season with the Raiders after entering as the team's highest-profile offseason signing. Nelson wasn't an ideal complement to newcomers Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams (think quick slot type), so just add that $3.6 million to that $52.1 million guaranteed. (more...)
Titans acquire Tannehill from Dolphins Titans acquire Tannehill from Dolphins
- March 15, 2019

While he won't be the starter, Tannehill immediately becomes one of the best backups in the league. Tannehill threw for 230 passing yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in Miami's 27-20 win over the Titans in Week One of the 2018 season. (more...)
Australia target CWC win after stunning India Australia target CWC win after stunning India
- March 15, 2019

To express solidarity with the Indian soldiers killed in the February 14 attack, Indian cricketers wore camouflaged army caps during the third ODI against Australia - which they lost owing to a thrashing performance again by Usman Khawaja. Ashley Turner, who made his ODI debut in the opening match of the series, hit a match-winning blitz of 84 not out in the fourth game to make a case for the World Cup squad. (more...)

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