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Lauri Markkanen drafted by the Bulls with the seventh overall pick


When you do this, you understand it's going to be hard". Butler's stark rise wasn't without some bumps in the road. "And if it does, it will really be a lovely thing to see". That was before Butler got dealt. The Bulls are right in the middle of the rumor mill heading into Thursday's draft as the team contemplates whether or not to trade All-Star forward Jimmy Butler . Read More »

Celts, 76ers finalize blockbuster for top picks

Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today that the team has acquired the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft from the Boston Celtics . If Boston holds onto the pick, it would have seven first-rounders in the next three years. The Celtics could be gearing up for more moves. During the summer of 2013, they sold 3,400 season tickets. Read More »

76ers make Fultz top pick, Lakers snag Ball second

Duke had two players in the top 14, and nobody else placed more than one. The Los Angeles Lakers used the second pick to choose University of California Los Angeles point guard Lonzo Ball . Kansas freshman phenom Josh Jackson is heading to the desert to start his professional career. Fox ended up in the same state as Ball, who he outplayed when Kentucky ousted UCLA in the NCAA Tournament . Read More »

Di Maria sentenced to one year in prison for tax fraud

Ronaldo , meanwhile, has said that will testify in his own tax fraud case, having denied all wrong doing. Ronaldo is reportedly still willing to follow through with his threat of leaving Madrid and it is now up to Perez to convince the club's all-time leading goalscorer to reconsider. Read More »

Juventus head scout Javier Ribalta joining Manchester United's staff


Manchester United are set to appoint Javier Ribalta in a leading position involving player recruitment after he left his role as the head of scouting at Juventus. The 36-year-old was also responsible for the signing of Alvaro Morata, one of Manchester United's key targets this summer, and personally helped the Spain striker settle in Italy before he was sold back to Real Madrid for a profit last year. Read More »

Man Utd boss Mourinho refutes tax fraud accusations

Jose Mourinho's advisers have hit back at accusations that the Manchester United manager failed to pay millions of euros in taxes to the Spanish authorities during his time in charge of Real Madrid . The Spanish prosecutor said the Real Madrid forward knowingly used a business structure to hide his image rights income in Spain between 2011 and 2014. Read More »

Sauber drivers stunned by Kaltenborn exit


The two men spoke after arriving in the paddock at Baku ahead of this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand Prix and had differing views on the background to the departure of the Indian-born Austrian, 46, who had been team boss since being appointed by team founder Peter Sauber in 2012. Read More »

Angel di Maria given hefty fine for Spanish tax fraud

A prosecutor says he did not declare income from the use of his image rights in order to get an "illicit benefit". Real Madrid C.F. star Cristiano Ronaldo has been summoned by the Spanish authorities as part of the investigation into his tax affairs. Read More »

Real Madrid reject Mourinho contract allegations

JOSE Mourinho's representatives have released documents to show he "was in compliance with all his tax obligations" after it emerged Spanish prosecutors have filed a complaint accusing the Portuguese coach of committing two crimes of tax fraud to the sum of 3.3 million euros (£2.9m) during his time as Real Madrid coach. Read More »

Owen Farrell has been ruled out of Maori clash through injury

The difference between interpretations in the Southern and Northern Hemispheres has always been a subject of debate, but here I think we have a case of the Crusaders not being allowed to do what they are in Super Rugby, where the refs tend to promote continuity and allow the game to flow. Read More »

F1-Red Bull take top two spots in Azerbaijan practice

Red Bull led the opening practice session for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after making the best use of the softest compound tyre to beat Ferrari and Mercedes to the top spot. Perez appeared to take too much curb at the very tight Turn 8 - where the track winds around the walls of the old town - and wiped the right-hand side off his auto on the outside barrier. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo to pay €14.7m as gesture of goodwill

Earlier this month, Spain's Prosecutor's Office in Madrid filed a lawsuit against football legend Ronaldo for allegedly defrauding the country's tax office of €14.7m (£12.9m, $16.4m). Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo will testify on July 31 in a case in which he is accused of hiding income from the tax authorities, court officials said yesterday. Read More »

'Really rough and violent': Mexico critical of New Zealand after fiery clash

Ronaldo leapt high to plant an eighth-minute header past Igor Akinfeev and win it for the European champions, who, along with Mexico , are now in pole position to make the last four from Group A. "It was intense, it was competitive", New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson said after the game that was settled by Oribe Peralta's 72nd-minute strike for Mexico . Read More »

UK safety operation underway after London fire

So far, seven have been found to have potentially combustible cladding. Ian McCormick, Auckland Council's building control general manager, said earlier this week that even though Auckland had buildings with aluminium composite panels (ACP), they were not necessarily unsafe. Read More »

Former Albany Devils defenseman taken in National Hockey League expansion draft

Teams had a year to prepare to lose one player in the process, and yet some fared far better than others. Got a lot of good players, a lot of good picks. Teams could protect seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender from exposure or eight skaters and a goalie. At least 20 of those players must be under contract for the 2017-18 season with average annual salaries that add up to at least $43.8 million, or 60 percent of the salary cap for the upcoming season. Read More »

Strahm takes loss to Red Sox


Velazquez earned the win at Philly last week, pitching 3.1 innings and allowing just one hit and one walk. The Sox are off on Thursday before returning home for a three-game series against the Angels. Miami's Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Hosmer finally dinged him in the third with an estimated 446-foot shot to center, a line drive that cleared the seats and landed in the fountains. Read More »

Jimmy Butler traded to Minnesota Timberwolves — IT HAPPENED

Butler's trade to Minnesota comes after a strain of rumors emerged involving other teams who were said to be highly interested in taking the guard/forward player in - one of them was this year's runner-up, the Cleveland Cavaliers . Adding to the difficulty was Dunn's underwelming first year in Minnesota, which diminished his trade value as well, even in the eyes of the point guard-needy Bulls. Read More »

Read confident broken thumb will stand the rigours of Lions

It is a huge honour for O'Mahony, but well deserved. "With the blocking, the rule says that as long as you don't change your direction of running, you are entitled to run back to help your team-mate, and that's the key, isn't it?" Once again Gatland has shown he is prepared to make the hard decisions, just as he did four years ago with Brian O'Driscoll, by leaving tour captain Warburton out of the starting side. Read More »

Real Madrid Soccer Star Ronaldo Charged With Tax Fraud by Spanish Prosecutors

Gestifute said the company, Tollin, does not amount to an offshore structure for evading taxes and was established in 2004 when Ronaldo signed for Manchester United . Spanish prosecutors sued the soccer superstar Tuesday for tax evasion , according to Bloomberg's Tariq Panja. In July a year ago, the Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge, were sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud . Read More »

Lonzo Ball is already recruiting LeBron James to the Lakers


The other option was fourth-year guard Jordan Clarkson along with both of those draft picks. And teams not named Lakers are aware that he would be a one-year rental. If it makes the decision for National Basketball Association executives any easier, Fox and Ball went head to head in the NCAA Tournament last season, with Fox dominating the game in all facets, propelling the Wildcats into the Elite Eight. Read More »

Ben Brereton pens long-term deal at Nottingham Forest


He told the club's official website: "I am delighted to have signed a new contract". Arriving as one of Philippe Montanier's recruits last summer, Damien Perquis never managed to convince either of his successors that he deserved to be in the team. Read More »

Black bear attacked aggressively in fatal attack


The Bird Ridge Trail in Anchorage , Alaska was closed after a fatal bear mauling earlier this week. A black bear has been seen for days raiding trash cans in the east Anchorage neighborhood. Because of the fatal outcome, a Chugach State Park ranger had no choice but to shoot the huge bear which weighs in at around 250 pounds (113-kilogram). Read More »

Salah flies in for Liverpool medicals

Asked if he returns to England a better player, Salah told Liverpool's website: "100 per cent, yes!" Salah's tirelessness, speed and decisiveness in the final third is ideal for the 50-year-old's assertive blueprint and complements the attributes of an already accomplished attack. Read More »

Major League Baseball Draft Begins Monday June 12

For the third time in team history, the Twins will have the first overall pick. The No. 2 prospect in the draft, McKay is also gifted in a similar way. After he was selected, Greene said on the MLB Network, "The Reds are awesome, I'm excited". "It's going to be fun to be involved, and being on the field a lot". Read More »

Celtics get their guy, select Duke's Tatum with No. 3 pick

Now with Fultz, Joel Embiid , Ben Simmons and Dario Saric , the 76ers have a talented, young, identifiable core that's already lured 14,000 season-ticket holders towards next season. The Celtics then took Duke's Jayson Tatum at No. 3 after moving down two spots in the trade with Philadelphia, drawing cheers from a large contingent of their fans at Barclays Center wearing green. Read More »