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Antonio Conte speaks out on David Luiz's return to Chelsea's starting XI

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Chelsea will qualify for the Champions League Round of 16 should they leave with all 3 points against Qarabag this evening and may even qualify with a draw if Atletico Madrid fail to beat Roma tonight. However, Michy Batshuayi has once again been ruled out with an ankle injury while Victor Moses is also still working his way back from a hamstring problem. Read More »

Warriors' Kevin Durant probable for game vs. Thunder

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Kevin Durant (sprained left ankle) practiced fully on Tuesday but said he was unsure if he would be able to play Wednesday vs. OKC. In the meantime though, Durant has to play for the Warriors against his former team, who he has a good record against. Read More »

Glenn Maxwell flown in as niggles cloud Aussie XI

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Maxwell was said to have flown up as insurance, but just for Warner, who has a neck problem he sustained at training on Tuesday. The selection of the injury-prone Marsh was criticised by local media and pundits given his modest test record and Australia's usual preference for an all-rounder to help with the bowling load. Read More »

Kelly to decide between UCLA, Florida jobs

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The Gators have been conducting a head coaching search since firing Jim McElwain earlier this season. So a logical question is why now, why is Chip Kelly , the former coach at OR with a pair of National Football League stints at Philadelphia and San Francisco, making headlines when most of the news surrounding Kelly is speculation and rumors. Read More »

Brian Bowen will not play basketball at UofL

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Per ESPN's Jeff Goodman , a source indicated Louisville did not seek reinstatement for Bowen prior to Wednesday's decision. While Bowen will not play for Louisville this season, the school announced he will remain on scholarship and is free to transfer. Read More »

NFL may keep teams in locker rooms during national anthem next year

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When the commissioner being paid handsomely will he become severe, and intelligent? "This issue is killing your league", Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. In September, Trump expressed how important it is that players "STAND" and "Respect our Flag and our Country!" Trump was also critical of LaVar Ball, father of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, labelling him "ungrateful" after he refused to thank the President for helping his son LiAngelo Ball following his arrest in China. Read More »

Bills Name Tyrod Taylor Starting Quarterback vs. Chiefs Over Nathan Peterman

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McDermott called the decision to start Taylor "the right thing for our team" on Wednesday. "It's the right thing for our team". Follow Rochesterfirst.com for more details during the day. Considering there is a potential out on Taylor's contract after this season, per Spotrac , the front office will likely revisit the situation before the start of 2018. Read More »

Morgan urges voters to keep steroid users out of Hall

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Esteemed baseball writer Joe Posnanski shared Morgan's letter on his blog, and the Baseball Hall of Fame sent it to a wider audience. In a well-written letter to the Hall, obtained by TMZ , Morgan explained why he thought users should stay banned. Read More »

Nuggets Paul Millsap out three months due to wrist surgery

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Initial X-rays returned clean, but Millsap had further tests over the past two days that confirmed the need for surgery, league sources said. Playing just 13 minutes in Sundays 127-109 loss to the Lakers, Millsap left the game early after a disastrous start by Mike Malone's team. Read More »

Ange Postecoglou resigns as Australia coach ahead of Russian Federation 2018

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The announcement came at the tail-end of the Australian's five-year coaching contract with the Socceroos, and ended weeks of speculation after reports emerged he would quit even if they qualified for the World Cup in 2018. "I'll contact them all and reach out to all of them - their journey continues". Postecoglou was criticized at times for persevering with a three-man defensive system, and for Australia's lack of finish in front of goal in Asian qualifying when missed opportunities forced ... Read More »

Jose Mourinho denies Henrikh Mkhitaryan rift at Manchester United

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United return to Premier League action when they welcome Chris Hughton's Brighton to Old Trafford on Saturday (3pm). "I hope he doesn't get his spot", said Mourinho. Mourinho added: " Zlatan goes on the bench and he normally plays because he needs to play and because he's useful for us". The duo, in addition to Michael Carrick (calf) did not feature in training and are, thus, not part of the traveling squad to Basel. Read More »

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants more 'respect' in fixture schedule

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Conte said: "If you ask me if we're ready to catch up Manchester City , whoever prepares the fixtures must try to change something". "This (Qarabag) will be the most important game of the season because we have a possibility with a win to go through to the next round of the Champions League , so to start our path in this way was very positive". Read More »

David Warner gets Ashes nod despite neck injury

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England paceman Jake Ball has beaten out Craig Overton to be the touring side's fourth seamer in the series-opening Ashes test against Australia starting in Brisbane on Thursday. Prior to that, they had gone six matches without a victory. "As batters, that is the challenge we've got in the next seven weeks". Australia are banking on making a big statement at Brisbane's Gabba ground, where they have not lost a Test match since 1988. Read More »

Will Zlatan help or hinder Lukaku?

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He told Sky Sports: "I don't think they can play together as a front two". Mourinho's side slipped eight points behind leaders Manchester City before the worldwide break after a 1-0 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. After he was brought in at considerable expense as the future of the club's forward line, Lukaku should be Mourinho's first choice, but that will may be hard given Ibrahimovic's dominant personality, as Carragher noted. Read More »

Raiders part ways with defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr

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Norton has been the Raiders' defensive coordinator since 2015, when he joined the team. Pagano worked with the Chargers in multiple roles from 2002 to 2016, calling defensive plays for the last five years he was in San Diego. Oakland is the first team in modern National Football League history, since 1933, to go through the first 10 games of a season without an interception, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.? So when the Raiders play the Broncos on Sunday, Oakland's former offensive ... Read More »

Edgerrin James among Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists

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Former Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher has been selected as one of 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. Owens, who prepped at Benjamin Russell in Alexander City, has reached finalist status in both of his previous years of eligibility without being selected to take the final step into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Read More »

MLBPA Agrees to Extend Self-Imposed Deadline for New Japanese Posting Agreement

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News regarding the worldwide star's status should be available at some point Tuesday. The final hurdle now becomes the Major League Baseball owners ratifying the agreement. While Ohtani's current team will receive a $20 million posting fee, but future teams will receive posting fees for players on a sliding scale as follows: 20 percent for contracts under $25 million, 17.5 percent on contracts from $25 million to $50 million and 15 percent for bonuses above $50 million. Read More »

I don't regret staying at Atletico, Says Antoine Griezmann

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Antoine Griezmann has been Atletico Madrid's top scorer for the last three seasons but the French forward is now enduring a bad start to the new campaign. These two reinforcements will do us good. "I did not discuss this [an exit agreement] with the president". According to reports in the Spanish media, Griezmann's 200 million Euro release clause drops to 100 million at the end of this season, with all of Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid ready to make a move for the ... Read More »

Former Braves GM banned for life by Major League Baseball

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John Coppolella (far left) resigned as Atlanta's general manager last month. At least three other players signed for a bonus of more than $1 million. As a result, the Braves signed nine players - Juan Contreras , Yefri del Rosario, Abrahan Gutierrez , Kevin Maitan , Juan Carlos Negret, Yenci Pena, Yunior Severino , Livan Soto and Guillermo Zunigo - during the 2016-17 period, who "would have been unavailable to them had the Club accurately accounted for its signings during the 2015-16 ... Read More »

Australian Open to feature shot clocks

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Another key change was the GSB's decision to introduce 25-second shot clocks at the 2018 Australian Open in January. There have been 32 seeds at Grand Slam events since 2001 Wimbledon . Five minutes for warm-up and another one minute to ready for the start of the match. One minute for walk-on. Violation of this timing may subject a player to a fine up to $20,000. Read More »

Everton striker Oumar Niasse hit with diving charge

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Niasse went on to score the equaliser at Selhurst Park. The Senegalese global won a controversial penalty in his club's Premier League clash against Crystal Palace Saturday, going down under a challenge from Scott Dann . Niasse could be suspended for two matches if the panel that convenes to oversee his case rules unanimously he was guilty of the offence. Everton's Oumar Niasse has been charged by the FA with an alleged act of simulation after a penalty incident at Crystal Palace. Read More »