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Kyrie Irving Says He Plans to Play in 2019 NBA All-Star Game After Knee Injury
Kyrie Irving missed the Boston Celtics ' last two games with a knee injury, but that won't stop him from playing in Sunday's All-Star Game. "Yeah, I'm good," Irving told reporters Saturday when asked if he planned to suit up...
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Marseille 2-0 Amiens: Mario Balotelli scores third goal in four games
Mario Balotelli scores for the third time in four games for Marseille to help them to a home Ligue 1 win over Amiens.
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NBA All-Star Game 2019: LeBron vs. Giannis Rosters, TV Schedule and MVP Odds
Despite already blowing by the midseason mark, the NBA will press pause and showcase its brightest performers in the All-Star Game. Viewers clamoring for fundamental basketball will bicker about the players' laissez-faire approach...
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Dirk Nowitzki: 'I Haven't Announced' Retirement; Will Make Decision 'Later'
Despite rumblings this will be his final season in the NBA , Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki hasn't decided his future yet...
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LeBron James: 'I Kneel With' Colin Kaepernick After NFL Collusion Suit Settled
LeBron James continued to show his support for Colin Kaepernick in the wake of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback settling his collusion grievance with the NFL on Friday...
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Gianfranco Zola Says Gonzalo Higuain Is 'Getting Better' Since Chelsea Arrival
Gonzalo Higuain "is getting better" now "he is in a good place" since arriving on loan at Chelsea from Juventus during the January transfer window, according to assistant manager Gianfranco Zola...
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Santiago Solari: Sergio Ramos Was Asked 'Trick Question' About Ajax Booking
Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari has defended captain Sergio Ramos after the 32-year-old said he deliberately picked up a booking against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday...
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Rayo Vallecano 0-1 Atletico Madrid: Antoine Griezmann goal takes Atletico above Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid move above city rivals Real into second place in La Liga after Antoine Griezmann's goal sees off Rayo Vallecano.
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Luka Doncic Praises 'Monster' Zion Williamson: 'He's Not from This World'
Add Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic to the constantly growing list of people amazed by what Zion Williamson can do on a basketball court...
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Joel Embiid on Beef with Russell Westbrook: 'I'm Willing to Work It Out'
Joel Embiid is ready to squash his beef with Russell Westbrook . Westbrook? Not so much. The Team Giannis teammates were asked how they'd get along in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game and gave two very different answers...
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2019 Daytona 500: What time is the green flag scheduled?
The Daytona 500 is almost here. This is when you can expect it to get underway. William Byron has pole position for the 2019 Dayton 500, which will kick off this year’s NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday. This will be the 61st running of the prestigious race, which is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX (live streaming via FOX Sports GO, FuboTV). Things won’t get right underway, as the race itself has a scheduled Green Flag time of 2:50 p.m., as there are plenty of pre-race festivities to get through. Byron, driving a Chevrolet from Hendrick Motorsports, secured pole position with a time of 46.319 and a speed of 194.305 mph in qualifying. He also kept his car clean and damage-free in the first Duel on Thursday, his only job in that race. He finished in 16th, but will still lead off the Daytona 500, ahead of teammate Alex Bowman. Bowman finished 13th in the second duel, which was won by Joey Logano. Logano was in fourth going into the final lap, and then took an assist from Team Penske teammate Ryan Blaney to move into first, seeming to catch Clint Bowyer by surprise. Kevin Harvick comfortably won the first Duel, and will start third on the grid, next to Logano. The third row is comprised of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Bowyer. Six non-charter teams competed for four spots, and the ones who made it are Parker Kligerman of Gaunt Brothers Racing, Brendan Gaughan of Beard Motorsports, Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing and Casey Mears of Germain Racing. Below is all you need to know to watch the action on Sunday. Time, TV, and streaming info Time: 2:30 p.m. ET Green Flag: 2:50 p.m. (approx) Location: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla. TV: FOX Streaming: FOX Sports GO, FuboTV
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Judging Dell Demps’ performance as Pelicans’ GM is impossible
New Orleans is too unique a franchise and situation to properly contextualize anyone’s job performance. Judging the competence of those running the New Orleans Pelicans is a fraught exercise. This is not a normal NBA franchise in a normal NBA market with normal lines of history, a normal ownership situation, or a normal outlook. Dell Demps, who was fired as general manager of the Pelicans after eight seasons on Friday, was never in a normal situation. He was hired by George Shinn, a franchisee going broke. Early in Demps’ tenure, there were legitimate fears around the league that the then-Hornets wouldn’t be able to make payroll. Those were tough times throughout the NBA, owing to the Great Recession. This was also before a franchise-friendly labor deal in 2011 and the explosion of T.V. revenue in 2016. Things were so bad in New Orleans that then-commissioner David Stern convinced himself and the other 29 NBA franchisees to collectively bail out the disliked and dislikable Shinn, purchase the team and let Stern act as the steward until a new ownership group could be found. Stern declared that he would let those already in charge of the franchise — including Demps — run the team. But according to multiple reports over the multiple years the NBA controlled the franchise, Stern found the pull of power irresistible. Stern famously vetoed the first Chris Paul trade Demps put together, funnily enough with the Lakers. The team ended up trading Paul for a package centered around Eric Gordon, a player Stern touted as someone New Orleans could build around (unlike the veterans that Demps had tried to acquire.) Another Stern step-in most people have forgotten? He reportedly prevented Demps from offering Gordon an early extension in the fall of 2011. Gordon’s agent at the time: Rob Pelinka, who is now the general manager of the Lakers. (It’s a small world.) That following summer of 2012, Pelinka orchestrated an enormous offer sheet from the Suns — $58 million over four years — that Demps and Stern felt obligated to match. For comparison’s sake: the summer Gordon signed that deal, the Warriors got the better, healthier Stephen Curry to sign an early extension for $44 million over four years. New Orleans botched that critical deal because David Stern was tying Dell Demps’ hands. Within a couple years, Stern had convinced the NFL’s Saints to essentially absorb the now-Pelicans into their project. Stern gave Tom Benson a sweetheart deal after blocking out-of-towners from making bids just as NBA franchise values were beginning to explode. But New Orleans was a challenged market in the best of days due to certain revenue and facility deficiencies; population in the city is still recovering from the tragic blow of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The NBA saved pro basketball in New Orleans, and also saddled it with years of instability owing to Stern’s reign and Demps’ failure to hit the jackpot again after drafting Anthony Davis. (One could argue he did hit the jackpot with the DeMarcus Cousins trade, but then watched the moneybags fall into a wormhole when Cousins’ tore his Achilles.) You can’t blame Stern for the instability without crediting him with saving the market from bidders who’d move the team to Seattle, San Jose, or Kansas City. You can’t fault Demps without acknowledging how abnormally tough his situation has been. The story now emanating from New Orleans is that Gayle Benson and Saints GM Mickey Loomis fired Demps in part due to the wackadoo situation Thursday, where short-timer Anthony Davis left the arena after a shoulder injury in the middle of a nationally televised game without anyone knowing that he was going to get an MRI. Well, without anyone but Demps knowing. Demps apparently didn’t forward the proverbial email, and coach Alvin Gentry had to answer the post-game media firestorm knowing nothing. No one gets fired just for that, and the Pelic-aints braintrust protests too much by claiming this had nothing to do with the Lakers subterfuge mess. Everything has everything to do with everything. It’s an unfortunate if appropriate end to Demps’ long, odd reign in New Orleans. You can’t quite explain whether it’s right or wrong, or what exactly is the reason for anything, or whether anyone should feel good or bad about it. It’s a quiet little chaos, a tangle of shrugs and hmphs. This is the New Orleans Pelicans. It’s a real mess, but no one can quite explain succinctly how things got this way, and certainly no one can really be blamed. Except maybe George Shinn. Yeah, let’s just blame George Shinn. That guy.
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Anthony Davis Says 'All 29' Other NBA Teams Are on His Trade List Amid Rumors
As Anthony Davis prepared to play in perhaps his final All-Star Game as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, he offered insight regarding the teams he would prefer to be traded to...
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Bayern Munich Say Kingsley Coman Fit to Face Liverpool in Champions League Clash
Bayern Munich confirmed on Saturday that Kingsley Coman has been passed fit and is available to face Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League round-of-16 on Tuesday: The ...
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Kyle Kuzma Says $25,000 Bonus Motivated Him to Win 2019 NBA Rising Stars MVP
Kyle Kuzma isn't about to sleep on winning $25,000. The Los Angeles Lakers forward said the NBA 's bonus was the motivating factor in him winning the 2019 Rising Stars MVP on Friday...
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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 'Can't Predict' Franck Ribery's Bayern Munich Future
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge isn't sure Franck Ribery will be a Bayern Munich player beyond this season. Die Roten's CEO discussed the idea of a new contract for the 35-year-old winger, whose deal expires this summer...
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Anthony Davis: 'I Never Said' Celtics Weren't on List of Preferred Trade Spots
Anthony Davis has a list of preferred destinations, and it's good news for Boston Celtics fans. Davis, speaking to reporters as part of his All-Star media availability, confirmed ...
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Samuel Tefera: Ethiopian teenager breaks 22-year-old 1500m world record
Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera breaks Hicham El Guerrouj's 22-year-old 1500m indoor world record with a stunning display in Birmingham.
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Mikaela Shiffrin Overcomes Illness to Win 4th Straight Slalom World Title
Mikaela Shiffrin overcame illness to win her fourth straight slalom world title on Saturday at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden: The American was in third place after the first run but went on to take gold by 0...
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Anthony Davis Says He Plans to Play Rest of Season Amid Shutdown Rumors
Despite apparent unrest between Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans , the All-Star center doesn't intend to sit out the rest of the regular season...
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Kusal Perera: Sri Lanka claim one-wicket win in South Africa after record last-wicket stand
Kusal Perera makes an unbeaten 153 as Sri Lanka chase 304 to claim a stunning one-wicket win over South Africa in the first Test in Durban.
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Bengals RB Mark Walton Arrested on Battery Charge
Cincinnati Bengals running back Mark Walton was arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning in Miami on a battery charge. Per David Ovalle of the Miami Herald and Andy Slater of SlaterScoops...
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Bryce Harper Rumors: Free Agent Outfielder 'In a Mood to Celebrate'
For Major League Baseball fans who have been waiting for Bryce Harper to decide where he will play next season, there could be something happening soon. Speaking to 94WIP in Philadelphia , 106...
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Jayson Tatum on Being in Anthony Davis Trade Rumors: 'I Don't Take It Personal'
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum isn't offended that his name has frequently come up in trade rumors involving Anthony Davis...
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Even NBA All-Star Game Can't Escape Latest Twist in Ongoing Anthony Davis Saga
CHARLOTTE — In the second year of scheduling the NBA trade deadline before All-Star Weekend, the expectations were that transactional distractions would not overshadow the league's marquee event...
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Antonio Brown Rumors: Steelers Planned to Deal WR Before Trade Request
Antonio Brown's trade request earlier this week did not catch the Pittsburgh Steelers off guard. Per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , the Steelers had already determined ...
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NFL Mock Draft 2019: Predictions for NCAA's Most Coveted 1st-Round Prospects
Everyone loves the next big thing. This is part of the reason why the NFL draft is such an intriguing and attention-grabbing event. Future stars are coming into the league and hopefully will be changing the fortunes of a few franchises along the way...
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Daytona 500 Schedule 2019: TV Coverage and Schedule for NASCAR Season Opener
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is nearing its first race of the season, and it's a big one. Forty drivers will take the green flag on Sunday afternoon as a new year begins with the Daytona 500 ...
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NBA All-Star Weekend 2019: Updated TV, Live Stream Schedule and Predictions
The NBA All-Star Weekend opened with the Celebrity All-Star Game and the Rising Stars Challenge, and it will continue Saturday night with the Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Shooting Contest and the Slam Dunk Contest...
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Matt Kuchar issues apology to stiffed caddie during day of heckling at Genesis Open
The hottest controversy on Tour has a resolution but the damage to Kuchar’s reputation is done. After a month of missteps that left his good guy image in tatters, Matt Kuchar has issued a statement apologizing for stiffing his local caddie at the Mayakoba Classic and for his comments on the matter this week. The statement reads fine but it comes comically late and with the damage already done. Unless you’ve been completely off the grid and are unaware of the controversy, read a more complete timeline of the mess here. The short story is Kuchar used a local looper at the Mayakoba named David Ortiz (aka El Tucan) and gave him just .38% of his $1.3 million winner’s check at the end. It’s an obscenely low sum that became public and shame rained down on Kuchar over the last month, increasing this week with confirmation from El Tucan and a response from Kuchar. Reports on the ground at the Genesis Open on Friday revealed that Kuchar was hearing it from the fans throughout his opening round alongside Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau. There was the shout from the fan at Riviera’s 6th green that everyone tweeted about instantly. “Go low Kuch, go low. Just not on the gratuity! -6th tee fan @genesisopen after Matt Kuchar‘s tee shot— Geoff Shackelford (@GeoffShac) February 15, 2019 And then there was the guy with the homemade jersey, memorializing the percentage of the winner’s prize El Tucan received. Lots of Kuchar fans out here this week! #eltucan @the_fried_egg @NoLayingUp @RiggsBarstool @BrendanPorath pic.twitter.com/z5vfc07Mfh— Patrick Crow (@p_crow) February 15, 2019 Those were just two of the high-profile heckles on Friday but it sounds like the jabs were fairly consistent throughout the round. The entire saga had already become a PR disaster for Kuchar and his agent, Mark Steinberg, who also represents Tiger Woods and handled that 14-time major winner’s scandal 10 years ago. There really was no coming back from the perception change of Kuchar, but nonetheless, after a month of wrong turns, he issued a statement apologizing and indicating he would be giving El Tucan $50,000. It was released while Kuchar finished his first round at Riviera and then turned around to start his second round at the weather-delayed Los Angeles event. Statement from Matt Kuchar pic.twitter.com/fZWsK8RjzE— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) February 15, 2019 A few interesting notes from the statement. First, it came via the PGA Tour’s communications department. The Tour undoubtedly got involved with this mess, which made one of their marquee players and a top-10 all-time earner look horrible. It made the Tour look bad and his sponsors look bad. The sponsors were also no doubt a driving force behind the scenes with Kuchar’s agent and the Tour. Second, he says he will make sure El Tucan receives the full total he has “requested.” That’s an interesting word choice, but it’s good to see that after a month, El Tucan is getting what was deserved. It’s not the customary 10% of a winner’s purse that regular caddies get after a win, but the 3.8% is a marked improvement from the stiff job originally doled out in November. There’s an argument that a local caddie, as opposed to the Tour caddies that go with their player from stop to stop, should not get the usual 10%. Third, this statement comes just a few days before the PGA Tour and Kuchar go back to Mexico for the first World Golf Championship of the year. In addition to the pressure from fans, sponsors, and the Tour, this likely played a role in the statement and payment. Kuchar and his team almost certainly did not want to go back down to the WGC Mexico Championship with this still being the hottest topic on the Tour. It’s a fine apology and comes crafted with plenty of PR help — a stark contrast to Kuchar’s own words on Wednesday to reporters that made him look even worse. It does not do much to repair the destruction of Kuchar’s image. It was not just shouting on social media, but Kuchar’s colleagues on Tour said it was embarrassing and the caddies that make up a critical part the Tour were outraged. This became a national story beyond just the little golf corner of the world and it’s what will be associated with Kuchar’s name for a long time. It never should have gone this far, but El Tucan has some cash, and it may slightly mitigate the heat on Kuchar for the time being.
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