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Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka ready and looking forward to Australian Open Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka ready and looking forward to Australian Open
- January 10, 2018

Former champions Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka gave Australian Open organisers a massive boost yesterday when they both said they were looking forward to next week's season-opening Grand Slam after battling long-term injuries. Nadal, who admitted to have started his preparation a little bit later than usual because of a long past year, will round out his preparation this week in the Tie Break Tens in Melbourne alongside Serbia's Novak Djokovic, France's Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios ... (more...)
Novak Djokovic back with a bang at Kooyong Classic Novak Djokovic back with a bang at Kooyong Classic
- January 10, 2018

Djokovic had been out for six months with an elbow injury, but showed no signs of discomfort as he put the world number five to the sword in his first competitive game since Wimbledon a year ago. A six-time victor at the Australian Open, tournament officials have been sweating on the fitness of Djokovic, who was forced to skip the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and the Qatar Open, having not played competitively since withdrawing from the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in July. (more...)
Farhad Moshiri: 'Voodoo ruined new Everton deal for Romelu Lukaku' Farhad Moshiri: 'Voodoo ruined new Everton deal for Romelu Lukaku'
- January 10, 2018

He subsequently moved to Manchester United in deal worth £90million but Moshiri, Everton's major shareholder, gave a remarkable insight at the club's annual AGM into why Lukaku performed an about-turn after receiving advice. Lukaku scored 61 goals in 141 appearances with the Toffees and, speaking about the Belgian international's exit at Everton's AGM on Tuesday evening, Farhad Moshiri told an eyebrow-raising story about negotiations they'd held with the 24-year-old. (more...)
Packers expected to hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator Packers expected to hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator
- January 10, 2018

On Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Packers were "preparing to hire" Mike Pettine . Pettine has sat out the last two seasons, but apparently is ready to coach again in 2018. That's the fourth time it has finished in the bottom third of the National Football League in the past seven years, including a dead-last ranking in 2011. (more...)
Serge Ibaka, James Johnson Ejected From Heat-Raptors Game After Throwing Punches Serge Ibaka, James Johnson Ejected From Heat-Raptors Game After Throwing Punches
- January 10, 2018

Johnson, who happens to hold a black belt and has competed in mixed martial arts in his past, actually seemed to be simply responding to Ibaka, who threw something of a forearm/elbow shiver in his direction. The Raptors forward previously received a one-game suspension last season after trading punches with Robin Lopez during the Raptors' overtime win over the Bulls. (more...)
Look away, Liverpool fans! Suarez welcomes Coutinho to Barcelona Look away, Liverpool fans! Suarez welcomes Coutinho to Barcelona
- January 10, 2018

The disappointment for Liverpool fans is that Coutinho leaves at a time when the club looked to be making great strides, particularly following the club-record signing of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton on New Year's Day. The 20-year-old France forward played the final minutes of Thursday's 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey. I have to thank them for understanding that this was my dream and that of my family. (more...)
LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball Earn a Win In Lithuanian Debut LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball Earn a Win In Lithuanian Debut
- January 10, 2018

Still, many expected LaMelo to be overmatched against pros in Lithuania , and that simply wasn't the case. The adjustment to playing against grown men in Europe won't be easy for the Balls , but both brothers looked comfortable facing kids their own age or younger on Tuesday. (more...)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set for Chinese Super League switch? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set for Chinese Super League switch?
- January 10, 2018

The CFA previous year introduced a 100 percent tax on incoming foreign transfers in an effort to encourage Chinese clubs to invest on local youth players, but media reports suggest both clubs are prepared to either incur the penalty or find a way to circumvent it. (more...)
Stoke sack Mark Hughes after FA Cup exit at Coventry Stoke sack Mark Hughes after FA Cup exit at Coventry
- January 10, 2018

Stoke City reportedly identify Derby County manager Gary Rowett and Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill as the early contenders to replace Mark Hughes . And today's 2-1 FA Cup third-round defeat to League Two outfit Coventry was the last straw for the Stoke board. But Hughes was defiant following the humbling by the Sky Blues, saying: "It's clearly a hard time for us". (more...)
Cruz Azul to cover Carlos Pena's £20k-a-week Rangers wages Cruz Azul to cover Carlos Pena's £20k-a-week Rangers wages
- January 10, 2018

Rangers midfielder Carlos Pena has returned to his homeland with Cruz Azul, the Mexican club has announced. The club has already made moves to strengthen in the middle of the park in the January window, adding Sean Goss and Jamie Murphy, while they have recalled Michael O'Halloran and Andy Halliday from loan spells. (more...)
Fred: I'm hoping Pep Guardiola calls me soon Fred: I'm hoping Pep Guardiola calls me soon
- January 10, 2018

The 25-year old told Globoesporte , "I would definitely develop with Guardiola. He'll call me soon!" Both clubs are on the look out for new attacking midfielders, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan out of form and set to be sold for United, while Arsenal are resigned to losing both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil either this month or in the summer. (more...)
5 questions for Vikings, Saints ahead of playoff game 5 questions for Vikings, Saints ahead of playoff game
- January 10, 2018

Bank Stadium. "I would expect that they've kind of grown into their own identity now", Saints linebacker Manti Te'o said. "I'm getting pumped up for this game". The bitterness in Minnesota toward the team in black and gold only increased two years later when an National Football League investigation concluded then-New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams encouraged a bounty system created to financially reward players for hitting and injuring Favre. (more...)
Zara and Mike Tindall announce they are expecting their second child Zara and Mike Tindall announce they are expecting their second child
- January 10, 2018

In 2016, the Tindalls announced they were expecting their second child, before a spokeswoman confirmed they had lost the baby shortly before Christmas. After losing their second child to a miscarriage, Mike Tindall told the Sunday Timesthat the "one thing you do learn is how many other people have to go through the same thing". (more...)
Bills clean out locker room, Williams mulls over football future Bills clean out locker room, Williams mulls over football future
- January 10, 2018

It's hard for me to go down that road because I haven't sat back and thought about it. Considering the Chiefs are 6-0 when Hunt goes over 100 yards rushing, establishing the ground game should have been more of a priority for Andy Reid and Matt Nagy. (more...)
LSU product Jarvis Landry added to AFC Pro Bowl roster LSU product Jarvis Landry added to AFC Pro Bowl roster
- January 10, 2018

He also participated in the Pro Bowl following the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Landry has been added to the Pro Bowl as an alternate after being initially passed over when the team was announced in late December. Landry becomes the fourth Dolphins receiver to be named to the Pro Bowl three times and is only the second receiver, along with Mark Clayton, to do it three years in a row. (more...)
Landon Collins now thinks Giants should keep Eli Apple
- January 10, 2018

Apple struggled mightily in his second season, appearing in only 11 games. After a promising rookie season, Apple was inactive for a four-game stretch in 2017 and was involved in a feud with teammate Landon Collins that saw the star safety refer to Apple as "a cancer" during a radio interview. (more...)
Oshoala: France friendly not enough for Falcons, we need more games Oshoala: France friendly not enough for Falcons, we need more games
- January 10, 2018

Nigeria's women team will be taking on their French counterparts on April 4th in Paris - an encounter that will serve as Super Falcons' first game since winning the Women's Africa Cup of Nations in 2016. After the friendly against France, focus will switch later that month to securing a qualifying spot at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana as they aim to retain their continental title. (more...)
Trump stands on field for National Anthem at college game Trump stands on field for National Anthem at college game
- January 10, 2018

Trump stood on the field during the pre-game festivities, and during the Anthem, he placed his hand over his heart and sang along to some - but not all - of the song. However, while this was happening, the Democratic Socialists of America had set up a very different message right outside the stadium. . One person posted a GIF suggesting a certain cavalier attitude toward the anthem isn't exactly a new thing for Trump. (more...)
Rain washes out day three at Newlands in finely-balanced test Rain washes out day three at Newlands in finely-balanced test
- January 10, 2018

We needed to be realistic. The hosts still lead by 142 runs and have eight wickets in hand as the current score reads 65/2. "We're a team that is prepared to take risks to try to win matches", Du Plessis said. England earlier claimed Smith's prized wicket before lunch when Ali caught and bowled the Australian skipper when he seemed set to make his fourth century of the series. (more...)
Holders Arsenal knocked out of FA Cup by Nottingham Forest Holders Arsenal knocked out of FA Cup by Nottingham Forest
- January 10, 2018

Kieran Dowell may have just fired himself into Sam Allardyce's thoughts following a simply stunning display in Nottingham Forest's 4-2 giant slaying performance against Arsenal in the FA Cup. A few set-pieces aside, Forest were never really troubled, though. Forest pulled further clear in the second half when Ben Brereton sent David Ospina the wrong way from the penalty spot after Holding upended Matty Cash. (more...)
Drew Brees: Saints 'night and day' from Week 1 squad Drew Brees: Saints 'night and day' from Week 1 squad
- January 10, 2018

Bank Stadium for January 14. "It's night and day", he said. "You're still trying to find yourself, you're still trying to establish your identity, so that feels like ages and ages ago". But he's in the backfield, as well. Minnesota has a 7-1 record at U.S. Bank Stadium and will rely heavily on that home-field advantage to get to the NFC Championship Game for the first time since 2009 against the team they played the last time they were there. (more...)
Stunned Chiefs fans return to work after another improbable playoff failure Stunned Chiefs fans return to work after another improbable playoff failure
- January 10, 2018

They did not, with the Titans stunning the Chiefs 22-21 after trailing 21-3 at half . "His value is never going to be higher", Rapoport said. "We are crushed, yeah". OFFICIATING FUROR: The Chiefs complained vigorously about several calls by the officials, including two in which whistles for forward progress took away fumbles. (more...)
Formula E secures title sponsor in ABB Formula E secures title sponsor in ABB
- January 10, 2018

Ulrich Spiesshofer , chief executive of ABB , is excited at the possibility of shaping the future of transport. ABB's quick charging technology is already accessible to electric vehicle drivers on the road at around 6,000 charging stations globally. (more...)
CFP Championship Game: 5 reasons Alabama will win CFP Championship Game: 5 reasons Alabama will win
- January 10, 2018

Ridley is a sophomore. Been there, done that: There is no substitute for experience, and nobody has more experience playing in national championship games than Alabama. Auburn and Mississippi State had some success running against the Tide, but that was with the threat of a running quarterback and offenses that use motions and run-pass option plays to get linebackers and safeties out of position. (more...)
Liverpool to use Coutinho money to sign Strootman? Liverpool to use Coutinho money to sign Strootman?
- January 10, 2018

Divock Origi has admitted that he is open to a permanent transfer from Liverpool to Wolfsburg. Barcelona rejected the idea of loaning Philippe Coutinho back to Liverpool for the remainder of the season, according to the Daily Mail . (more...)
Gophers star Lynch recommended for expulsion in third sexual assault allegation Gophers star Lynch recommended for expulsion in third sexual assault allegation
- January 10, 2018

Lynch, who is in his fourth and final year of sports eligibility, is allowed to practice with the team, but is not allowed to play in games. According to the Student Conduct Code, Lynch has several grounds on which to fight the EOAA's suspension: significant procedural error; misapplication or misinterpretation of the rules he was found to have broken; the appearance of new evidence that might change the findings; and that the sanction was "grossly disproportionate" to the offense. (more...)
Alabama's Nick Saban won't be coaching Giants Alabama's Nick Saban won't be coaching Giants
- January 10, 2018

Saban also has the No. 5 recruiting class in the country coming in next season, per 247Sports. Why he would do it? Arians said that job is the Giants position. Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to a play during the first quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018, in Atlanta. (more...)
Predators officially sign trio of defenders to new deals Predators officially sign trio of defenders to new deals
- January 10, 2018

Weber, a third-round pick of the the Montreal Canadiens in 2007, is in his second season with the Predators. Weber and Irwin each received identical two-year contracts worth $650,000 next season and $700,000 during the 2019-20 season. A native of Victoria, BC, Irwin is also in his second season with the Preds. Subban will represent the Predators as Central Division captain at the NHL All-Star Game later this month. (more...)
Rob Gronkowski 'excited' to be back in playoffs after year away Rob Gronkowski 'excited' to be back in playoffs after year away
- January 10, 2018

A report last week said there was a rift between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft but tight end Rob Gronkowski said he and team mates were not losing any sleep over it ahead of their playoff opener on Saturday. (more...)
Alabama defeats Georgia in overtime to win college football national title Alabama defeats Georgia in overtime to win college football national title
- January 10, 2018

Alabama's win marked a stunning change of fortune in the matchup. The Crimson Tide were down 13-0 to the Bulldogs at the half. Saban made the decision to bench Jalen Hurts at halftime and put in true freshman Tua Tagovailoa , and it made all the difference. (more...)

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