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Antonio Brown set for New England Patriots debut despite rape lawsuit

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Antonio Brown is eligible to play Sunday when the visit the Miami Dolphins.

Brown, the , was under consideration for the Commissioner’s Exempt Lismmer are wide open.Speaking with AD, Van de Beek denied claims of an agreement with Real Madrid and left the door open to joining Manchester United.On Real, he stated: “That is said and written, people take over, and then it starts to lead its own t, according to USA Today. But commissioner Roger Goodell will not enact his authority in the matter at this time.

USA Today reported Goodell is reserving the right to place Brown on the exempt list should criminal charges be brought against Brown.

Whether Brown wilWenger has revealed Arsenal made an attempt to sign Lionel Messi as a Barcelona youth teamer.Wenger discussed the move when asked about Arsenal’s failed attempt for current Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.When asked on beIN SPORTS if Arsenal were verl be active and on the field for the Patriots at Miami after three days of practice is up to Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Multiple reports indicate the Patriots were not aware of the civil suit Saturday when they agreed to a one-year deal with Brown hours after he was released by the .

Brown, 31, that includes a $9m signing bonus and a $20m team option for 2020.

After bailing on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2018 regular-season finale and sitting out Week 1 this year, Brown could pay for the first time since 23 December if he faces the Dolphins.

Belichick downplayed Brown’s past, responding to a question about Brown returned to the first-team fold after a long injury lay-off.And he has spoken of his pride of still being able to represent the Red Devils.”Honestly, to just sign to play for Man United is a dream,” Bailly told ESPN FC.”To be part of a team this big being a disruption with a name from the past that worked out pretty well.

“That’s the same thing you (the media) said about Randy Moss when we brought him in,” Belichick said Tuesday.

The Raptors had every advantage against the Warriors. It didn’t matter

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The Raptors could not have asked for a better shot at taking a commanding lead. During Game 2, the Warriors had to deal with various combinations of the following obstacles: no Kevin Durant; DeMarcus Cousins battling back from acould be on the move from Everton in January.The Liverpool Echo says with the January transfer window fast approaching, and with both youngsters coming to the end of their current contracts with the club in 2020, a potential to go out on loan for fir torn quad; Stephen Curry struggling with the flu; Andre Iguodala hobbled; Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney leaving the game with injuries; a raucous home crowd; a 12-point second-quarter deficit; Drake; shooters unable to buy a basket in the final five minutes.

. Golden State won Game 2, 109-104, to tie up the series at one game apiece as the team head to the West Coast. It would be unkind to say the Raptors blew it, but rarely are finals match-ups so weighted in one side’s favor. Only a vintage performance from the Splash Brothers, and added a further nine assists, could spur the Warriors to victory. Golden State ripped off an 18-0 run to open the third-quarter, putting them into a lead they retained for the rest of the game.

Talk of the Warriors’ lack of shooting depth – a source of discussion all season – grew after . Without Durant they were missing that third shooter, detractors claimed. It was hokum: having Curry on the court is like having three shooters. Having Klay is like having an extra two. No play better sums up the breadth of Curry’s range and the pressure that it puts on a defense than this:

There were 34 seconds remaining in the third-quarter with a dwindling shot clock. Draymond Green hit Curry in stride, the shooter some 30-feet from the basket. For most, it would be just a hair out of range. Not Curry. Norman Powell rushed out to defend, and with just a hint of daylight, Curry rose, drilling a three. And, just like that, the lead was 10. Some shots are worth more than mere points: they drain the energy out of the opposition.

No one has the ability to demoralize an opponent in the way Curry does. He is the Warriors’ offensive fulcrum, and helps democratize the offense. Other superstars crave the ball in their hands. Get out of the way and let me do work. And that’s fine because it works – just look at Kawhi Leonard for Toronto. But Curry’s selflessness gives the Warriors extra zest.

Meanwhile, once Green or Iguodala or any other initiator of the offense gets the ball in his hands, the Warriors slip into pass-happy Warriorsgasms. You know the kind: Curry and Thompson darting here then there. The ball whipping around the court at a break-neck pace. It sows confusion. The Warriors leverage that confusion into easy baskets.Newcastle United.The Irons lost 3-2, after conceding the first three goals of the game.He said, “It’s a bad result and it is a performance that isn’t West Ham like.”We need a reality check and need to know we need to start getting points on the board Defenses jump up, then sag off, then play catch up. At that pace, with that level of intellect, the Warriors almost always find a good shot. The Warriors shot 38% from three-point range in Game 2, the Raptors 28%. Golden State made two more threes. It was the difference.

None of this is rocket science. Curry is the best shooter who has ever lived, whether you go by the numbers or the eye test. Thompson is in the top-five. Reasonable minds can disagree on where he falls in the pecking order, but he’s closer to the second spot than he is the fifth.

Now the Warriors return home for two games. Hold serve, and they will be one win away from a third-straight championship, their fourth in five years. “It was a great win. We got to go home and protect our home floor.” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game. “We’ll see about all the injuries, but I’m very proud of our team and in particular all the guys off the bench.”

Health looks to be the only thing that can hold Golden State back. How severe is Thompson’s hamstring injury? Even if he plays – – will he be able to scoot around screens with the same kind of vigor we are accustomed to? What about Durant’s calf? And what about Looney’s chest?

Looney has into a fully-fledged starter through the course of the season. On a team slammed up against the salary cap, that added depth has been invaluable. The Warriorsester City are casting a wide net to find a long-term replacement for Fernandinho.City boss Pep Guardiola is driving the search.Rodri of Atletico Madrid, Tanguy Ndombele of Lyon and Real Madrid’s Marcos Llorente make up the list of three potential mi can win at the highest level without Durant, they have proven that. But they can’t pull any of the other pieces out of this carefully constructed symphony. Their season teeters on a game-health Jenga: pull Thompson or Looney or Iguodala out of the line-up for an extended period of time and the whole thing could collapse. Golden State can withstand losing Durant because Curry, Thompson and Green are just that special. But to win the title they cannot afford to lose any more pieces.

Danielle Collins: the feisty US college star causing upsets at the Australian Open

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Early in on Tuesday, Danielle Collins challenged a line call that had gone in her opponent’s favor. Her challenge was incorrect, and a frustrated Collins complained loudly about the outcome. That reaction was unsurprising: during her run to the semi-finals, Collins has established herself as someone unafraid to make her opponents uncomfortable. Before now Collins had never won a main draw match at a major, and her boldness is one of the reasons she is deep into the second week in Melbourne.

Collins hasn’t exactly come out of nowhere – she is the world No 35 – but the casual tennis fan can be forgiven for having no idea who this vocal, unflinching American is. The 25-year-old was ranked 162nd a year ago, before she put together wins over Madison Keys on her way to the quarters at Indian Wells, Coco Vandeweghe and Venus Williams during a semi-final run in Miami, Victoria Azarenka en route to another semi-final in San Jose, and Carla Suárez-Navarro in Eastbourne.

The reason she is finding success relatively late on is simple: education. Rather than turn pro as a teenager, Collins attended the University of Virginia and graduated in 2016 with an undergraduate degree in media and a masters in business. She was national college champion twice and is the first former collegiate female player to make a major semi-final since Meredith McGrath did so at Wimbledon in 1996. She cites her college experience as a at the Australian Open as she was given the chance to mature before embarking on the grueling professional tour.

“I think not being a superstar at a young age certainly humbled me, made me work harder for things,” . “I was talented and athletic, but maybe not to the level that other players were at, like, 14, 15, 16. Not being a child prodigy, I went a different route. I wasn’t really sure if I could make it playing professional tennis when I was that age. Going to college was really crucial for me and my development. I think it’s made me hungrier.”

It shows, especially in her wins against Pavyluchenkova and in the last 16, during which the 2016 champion only won two games. At one point Collins repeated the German’s “come on!” yell after winning a point – except louder and more purposefully. It was a cry that teetered close to provocation.

She knows not everyone appreciates her on-court temperament – habits inherited from the rowdy environment of college matches – but she thrives on that discomfort, admitting: “I’m feisty. I love making it kiny Ings.The veteran frontman played a pivotal role as his side picked up a key victory against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday.Ings has seven goals in seven games, and is the third Saints player to ever score 10 Premier League goals befnd of a war. If somebody wants to get in my face on my unforced errors, I have no problem getting right back at them and making it a feisty match.” Her confidence on the court is as enjoyable to watch as her main weapon: her two-handed backhand. Indeed, it’s almost more fun to witness her succeed because she is so unapologetic.

At points, her boldness can come across as gamesmanship. Against Pavlyuchenkova she twice “forgot” new balls had been put in play and lost a point before realizing she hadn’t changed racquets to accommodate springier balls. The second time, late in the match, Pavlyuchenkova complained Collins was violating the serve clock by heading to the bench in the middle of a game to fetch her racquet. One instance, Pavlyuchenkova appeared to be suggesting, could have by moved to Juve in the summer on a free transfer, but has found it difficult to get game time.The Italian champions have a packed midfield and Rabiot is often the odd one out under Maurizio Sarri.Footmercato says Everton have contacted Rabiot’s motheeen a reasonable mistake but the second was harder to chalk up to forgetfulness.

Are her on-court escapades and interview soundbites merely her media degree emerging as another weapon in her arsenal? Or is it just her distinctive personality working to her advantage on a tour where she is a comparatively uninhibited player?

It is most likely a mix, and that mindset has got her close to winning a major. On her third match-point against Pavlyuchenkova her victory came on a slight delay when the Russian challenged the call. This time the challenge went Collins’s way and she got loud once again, screams accenting fist pumps as she celebrated. She’ll next play the two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in a rematch of a loss in Brisbane a few weeks ago, which Collins said was “one of the best matches I’ve played”, despite the outcome.

After dispatching Kerber, Collins admitted in her on-court interview: “I may not have won a grand slam match before this week but I gotta tell you, I think it’s gonna keep happening.” Her prediction hasn’t been disproved yet, and that confidence now has her two matches from on-loan with Killie this season.“The person who deals with players on loan from Liverpool came up to watch me when we played Hearts away,” he told the Kilmarnock Standard.“He said I was good, he said I was defensively decent and going forward I the title.

London franchise moves closer as NFL confirms first game at Spurs stadium

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The NFL’s international development manager believes the league’s “11-year tease” with London will lead to a permanent franchise, potentially as soon as 2021.

Speaking at the announcement of this year’s three games in London, Mark Waller, the league’s executive vice-president, said the economic case had been proven and it was now only a case of persuading any relocating team it would not be at a competitive disadvantage.

Having staged 21 games in London since 2011, Waller told Press Association Sport there was “no decrease in the enthusiasm for London” among the league’s 32 team owners and “they all know the numbers stack up”. The next task is finding solutions to any concerns a London-based team’s players and staff might have about issues such as accommodation, travel, tax status and schools.

Waller pointed out that the current collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union expires in 2020 and the league’s various broadcast deals run until 2021. “You could say it’s been an 11-year tease, but various strands would seem to be coming together,” Waller added.

Thursday’s announcement revealed that Tottenham’s new stadium will only host one NFL game next season, despite the Premier League club having a 10-year deal with the league to stage two games a season. The new White Hart Lane, which is under construction, will stage its first NFL game on 14 October, when the Oakland Raiders host the .

Having staged its first NFL game in 2007, Wembley gets its 19th and 20th games over the following two weekends – the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Los Angeles Chargers versus the Tennessee Titans. The Jaguars have agreed to play one game in London until 2020.

Waller urged British NFL fans not to read anything into the fact that there will be only three games in London this year, after four last year. Waller added that both Wembley and Twickenham started with just one game per season, and that White Hart Lane would be able to host three games in a season “pretty soon.” London mayor Sadiq Khan has also moved to reassure fans over the lack of a second game at White Hart Lane.

With the NFL committed to holding two games a season at Wembley until 2020, that means London can expect to stage five games in either 2019 or 2020 – a move that would only increase the clamour for a full-time franchise in the UK capital.

Despite missing out on a second game, White Hart Lane will benefit from hosting two good teams. The Seahawks have reached the playoffs in six of the last seasons, and won the Super Bowl in 2014. The Raiders, meanwhile, have emerged from the doldrums in recent years and are in the process of relocating – although Las Vegas, not London, will be their new homns.The Brazilian midfielder has two offers on the table, reports Le 10 Sport, from Newcastle United and Genoa.Genoa have bid €7m for Maia plus 50 per cent of his sell-on fee.Newcastle, meanwhile, have proposed a loan with a superior salary offer foe.

“The announcement of the first game of the NFL’s 2018 London games to take place at our new home heralds the commencement of our 10-year pa Azzurri were knocked out of the Champions League at the gas with Fikayo Tomori’s new deal.The defender recently committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new five-year contract.”He’s been playing fantastically well since I had him at Derby and then this season he’s shown it in the Premier Learoup stage which included finalists Liverpool and were dumped out of the Europa League in the last eight by Arsenal, who will face Chelsea in Baku.Ancelotti said, “It is a small consolation rtnership,” said the Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy. “This is one of the cornerstones of our vision for creating a world-class sports and leisure destination that will make Tottenham a hive of activity 365 days a year, and drive the regeneration of one of the most deprived areas of London.”

Sergio García shines at Masters to raise hopes of end to major drought

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If the weight of experience lurking with intent did not pose such a threat, this Masters could be characterised as a weekend chase for major number one.

Charley Hoffman, , Thomas Pieters and Rickie Fowler head the event at half way on four under par. At differing ages, positions in world ranking and career victory levels, their combined major haul? Zero. Hoffman is the surprise package, Pieters the surly young pretender, García the routine bridesmaid and Fowler the form horse. Cases can be made for each of them but, crucially, for another 25 competitors, too.

The cavalry in pursuit includes Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Adam Scott. Ths always confident the Barcelona starlet would make it.Fati made his debut at 16 for Sunday’s 5-2 defeat of Real Betis.Luis Pérez Mena, the director of the Seville-based Escuela de FútbolPeloteros, coached Fati as a junior and told Efe: “I’ve been e leaders are not likely to enter relaxation mode.

García’s case, in his 71st consecutive major, is without question the most fascinating. The late, great Seve Ballesteros, who lit up Augusta National when claiming two Green Jackets and triggering a European stampede on the Masters, should be celebrating his 60th birthday on Sunday. If García, forever linked to Ballesteros not only on grounds of Spanish nationality but the level of mesmerising talent as demonstrated from his youth, were to prevail here, one of the great golf storylines of our time would have unfolded. does have a habit of throwing them up.

García returned a terrific run, of 21 opening tournament holes without dropping a shot. On Friday he birdied Augusta’s first three for the first time. At the 12th he conjured up a bunker shot from a plugged lie that he considered “hands down, the best of my career”. So far, so good.

One must, nonetheless, give strong consideration to an alternative outcome, the sort García has become ominously accustomed to. García has never made much secret of his indifference towards Augusta National as a venue despite, it must be stressed, always insisting he tries his best to win here. Essentially García believes the Augusta set-up means even good shots are occasionally not properly rewarded.

Matters seemed to be conspiring against him on Friday as a scoreboard error meant he was awarded a seven rather than the five he did produce at the 10th. “The most important thing is I knew where I stood,” he said. “I knew I wasn’t one under for the tournament, I knew I was three.

“Shane Lowry hit two balls to the left and we were looking for one, we couldn’t find it, we found the second one. We are all dressed light coloured pants and blue sweater, so I can see why they might have made the mistake. But it was fine.”

The number was duly amended, Garcia later signing for 69. It should have been better but for a lame birdie attempt from all of 4ft on the 18th.

Further bad news arrives for García from a key statistic. His third-round scoring average at the Masters is the worst of anyone in three decades, at close to 75. Perhaps if he can get through Saturday, when conditions are predicted to be far more favourable than days one and two, even García himself will take his Augusta challenge seriously. Part of the intrigue around the 37-year-old is that, for one so gifted, he never appears fully confident in his own ability.

“In a lot of these shots there’s such a thin line between a good shot being next to the hole and a good shot being 40 feet away and then having a very difficult two putt,” García explained. “You try to not think about those and try to be as positive as possible.

“Things are happening at the moment. I want to make sure that I keep riding that wave and go out there tomorrow and be positive, be like I’ve been the first two days.”

There is a parallel for García to dratheir clash with Villarreal.The Croatian has started just once this season — at Granada — and has now been replaced by Carles Aleña. “Every week I am asked about those not called up,” the coach said. “If Rakitic is not [in the squad], it’s becausew on. Danny Willett, last year’s Masters champion, had claimed the Dubai Desert Classic two months earlier. It was García who lifted that trophy in the Middle East a matter of weeks ago. García is not carrying the Spanish flag alone. Jon Rahm’s outstanding 2017 shows no sign of slowing down, the rookie signing for a 70 to sit at one under par.

McIlroy was the victim of dreadful misfortune on the closing hole. An apparently perfect approach shot from 140 yards r Milan are ready to slap in a bid for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.Off contract in June, the Dane has refused to consider new terms proposed by Spurs and is ready to leave the Londoners.PSG have been in contact, however Corriere dello Sporhit the pin, causing the ball to bound back down the fairway. McIlroy could understandably barely conceal his rage at making a bogey from there, meaning a 73 and plus one aggregate.

The Northern Irishman has not fully kicked into gear, a fact that should give him confidence given a position within touching distance of the lead with half of the Masters to play.

McIlroy has his mind set on a big Saturday move. “I’m a little disappointed with what happened at the last but these things happen and, if I can get off to a fast start tomorrow, a couple under through three, I’ll be right there,” he said.

“There are still 36 more holes left to go, a long way in this tournament. I know what can happen, good and bad, around this golf course.”

Willett was among those to encounter the negative, with a defence that ended on Friday at plus seven. A quadruple eight on the 1st fatally impacted on his cause.

A year ago Ian Woosnam insisted his Masters playing days were over on what marked the 25th anniversary of his victoryhere.

The Welshman, now 59, duly returned for 36 holes, his Friday 78 meaning a missed cut at 10 over par. “My wife made me come back,” Woosnam said. But will he – or she – do so again? “I haven’t ruled it out.” Wonderfully confusing.

Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks, former WWE star, will make MMA debut at UFC 203

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UFC will add another star high-profile figure to its line-up to go alongside the likes of Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey, with the announcement that former WWE star Phil “CM Punk” Brooks will fight at 203 in September.

Brooks was originally due to make his debut against Mickey Gall at UFC 199 but a shoulder injury ruled himver AZ Alkmaar.The scores were tied at 0-0 before Ashley Young broke the deadlock after 53 minutes.A double from Mason Greenwood quickly followed, with a penalty from Juan Mata sandwiched in between, making it four goals in 11 minutes for United.Spea out of action. Gall is undeaten in his two UFC fights and the 24-year-old is significantly youngenal and West Ham.Corriere dello Sport says Arsenal have shown an interest in Kessie, but could face competition from London rivals West Ham for his signature.Kessie first joined Milan from Cessena in 2017 and has become an important first-team playeer than Brooks, who is 37. The fight will take place at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena on 10 September. The line-up will also see local hero Stipe Miocic defend his heavyweight title against Alistair Overeem

“The instant I got cleared I got on the horn with [UFC president Dana White] and we nailed everything down so I will be debuting September 10 in Cleveland,” Brooks told the UFC Unfiltered podcast. “I’m super excited. For obviously a myriad of re’s seen from their U23s.The midfielder, now in his third spell with the the Seagulls, believes the environment can get the young guns ready for the next step. Crofts, 35, said: “Since I have come in it’s been brilliant.“It’s like a first team andasons. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Brooks’s participation in UFC has caused some controversy as he has no professional fighting experience aside from the orchestrated action in WWE. Brooks is an intriguing figure away in his daily life and has written for Marvel Comics.

New Jersey rugby union experiment needs catalyst to get required reaction

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This is a big week for rugby union and the Six Nations is only a modest part of it. The first Premiership game to be staged outside Britain is taking place in New Jersey on Saturday, with an American audience being politely invited to come and see how and Saracens compares with watching the New York Jets against the New England Patriots. To say a cultural collision looms is an understatement.

It is fair, too, to suggest the timing could have been better. I for Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte.Ferrara says Conte would’ve preferred Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal.”Antonio explained it very well, Eriksen needs time to settle into and understand certain tactical mechanisms,” Ferrara told Tiki Taka.“Asht is not just that this historic occasion clashes with a moderately interesting fixture between England and Wales at Twickenham. The call last week by 70 “experts” for tackling to be outlawed in schools rugby attracted plenty of debate, none of it designed to encourage US soccer moms to steerBradley junior towards the muscular new sport on the block. “Where are your helmets, guys?’ will inevitably be the most-asked question Stateside this week.

Amid the usual rejoinders about American football tacklers leading with their heads and the resultant extra potenbion are on the hunt for Huddersfield striker Karlan Grant.The 22-year-old has impressed for Huddersfield in the Championship this season, notching 16 goals.West Brom wanted him in January, but could not get a deal done, perSky Sports.The outlet suggtial for concussions, though, rugby’s rulers would do well not to sound complacent.

Had Leicester’s game against Exeter been happening across the Atlantic rather than on a cold Mother’s Day in the east Midlands, the American reaction would have been widespread horror. Let us just say there are a few key areas rugby union needs to get right before it can hope to sell itself compellingly to a market already familiar with big blokes running into each other.

The mostld move for Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt.The European champions have been linked with De Ligt.And Carragher said, “Well I think he possibly will [become the world’s most expensive defender this summer].“Pierre van Hooijdonk is next door doing the obvious are the types of high hit with which felled the Chiefs’ Phil Dollman at Welford Road. It should be stressed Tuilagi’s tackle did not result in a card or even a penalty but even Manu’s England team-mates, watching in Bagshot, admitted they winced when they saw it. James Haskell, musing aloud on the issue of what constitutes a dangerous tackle these days, put it perfectly. “The problem was he hit him so hard he went to wrap his arms around and the bloke had already folded like a deckchair on the floor. Why would you penalise a bloke for doing that? That’s an incredible shot.”

Incredible, yes. Good for the game’s image? Maybe not. In almost the same breath Haskell was rightly pointing out that teaching young kids the correct tackling technique at the right age is absolutely fundamental. “I think we are creating a game where it’s important young kids are taught to tackle properly and understand that rugby is a physical sport. Making rugby a non-contact sport…you might as well just forget it and disband it. I think we have to make a stand at some point. We are a contact sport and people are going to get hurt. As long as it’s not someone running around straight-arming people or blindsiding people trying to rip your head off, these things happen. We need to understand that.”

Squaring this particularly awkward circle is probably the key to rugby’s long‑term future, certainly as a 15-a-side sport with mass appeal and ahealthy reputation for safety. Haskell is particularly instructive on the subject as someone for whom tackling did not initially come easy. “I remember being taken down to Maidenhead RFC at five years old and not wanting to get wet, muddy and kicked in the face. I didn’t like tackling for a long time. When I got to Wasps at 17 I went straight to [the former back‑row] Joe Worsley and said: ‘Listen, I’m not being funny, I can’t tackle very well, you’ll have to teach me.’ We spent a lot of time working on it.”

As Haskell also pointed out, rugby league has recently adjusted its law on what constitutes a dangerous high shot; relatively speaking, it is still higher than in union but there has finally been recognition that heads and brains are not indestructible. In union, as Haskell confirms, the tackle height can vary depending on the desired outcome: go low and your openside may have a better chance to nip in for the kill; go high and you might just dislodge the ball or prevent the offload. Better the former safety-wise but most of the time there is insufficient time in which to make a choice.

So let us pray that, when Irish and take to the Red Bull Arena, the body count is not too excessive, the spectacle is halfway decent and, additionally, the scrums mostly stay up. If not, north American patience may not extend much beyond the half-hour. It would also help greatly to hire a decisive TV match official; American sports are used to in-play breaks but some recent delays for TMO referrals in rugby have made the notoriously stop‑start Super Bowl feel like the Olympic 100 metres final. To reiterate, this is a big week. Mess it up and the American dream will remain precisely that.

US Open 2015: order of play for Saturday 5 September

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Play begins on all courts at 11am ET/4pm BST

Arthur Ashe Stadium

(5) Petra Kvitova (Cze) v (32) Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Svk), (29) Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) v (2) Roger Federer (Swi), (20) Victoria Azarenka (Blr) v (11) Angelique Kerber (Ger), Shelby Rogers (USA) v (2) Simona Halep (Rom), (30) Thomaz Bellucci (Bra) v (3) Andy Murray (Gbr)

Louis Armstrong Stadium

(18) Andrea Petkovic (Ger) v Johanna Konta (Gbr), (13) John Isner (USA) v Jiri Vesethout each other.Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes have been excellent playing up front together this season.”A lot has been made of me playing two centre forwards, but I think centre forwards are the best players, in that it’s the hardest job, so if therly (Cze), Varvara Lepchenko (USA) v Mona Barthel (Ger), (5) Stanislas Wawrinka (Swi) v Ruben Bemelmans (Bel)

Grandstand

(24) Bernard Tomic (Aus) v (12) Richard Gasquet (Fra), (16) Sara Errani (Ita) v (22) Samantha Stosur (Aus), (20) Viktor Troicki (Ser) v Donald Young (USA), Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Cze) v (24) Sabine Lisicki (Ger)

Cour new goal-kick rules.A significant change is coming to the Premier League this season, with defenders allowed to come into their own penalty box during a goal-kick.Opposition players must remain outside the box, but can stand right on the edge to attt 5

Eric Butorac (USA) & Scott Lipsky (USA) v Gilles Muller (Lux) & Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Pak), (1) Martina Hingis (Swi) & Sania Mirza (Ind) v Timea Bacsinszky (Swi) & Chia-Jung Chuang (Tpe), Jeremy Chardy (Fra) & Lukasz Kubot (Pol) v (9) Daniel Nestor (Can) & Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Fra), Sachia Vickery (USA) & Francis Tiafoe (USA) v Su-Wei Hsieh (Tpe) & Henri Kontinen (Fin), Eugenie Bouchard (Can) & Nick Kyrgios (Aus) v (4) Martina Hingis (Swi) & Leander Paes (Ind)

Court 6

Aliaksandr Bury (Blr) & Denis Istomin (Uzb) v Dominic Inglot (Gbr) & Robert Lindstedt (Swe), (3) Timea Babos (Hun) & Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) v Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) & Magdalena Rybarikova (Svk), Frantisek Cermak (Cze) & Jiri Vesely (Cze) v (3) Jean-Julien Rojer (Ned) & Horia Tecau (Rom)

Court 7

(7) Marcel Granollers (Spa) & Marc Lopez (Spa) v Lucas Pouille (Fra) & Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr), (6) Rohan Bopanna (Ind) & Florin Mergea (Rom) v Mariusz Fyrstenberg (Pol) & Santiago Gonzalez (Mex), Lisa Raymond (USA) & Jamie Murray (Gbr) v (6) Yaroslava Shvurgen Klopp admits he’s a big fan of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy.The Reds go to Leicester on Boxing Day having won the Club World Cup.”We will try [to stop him],” Klopp said of Vardy.”He is one of the top three strikers in England since I haveedova (Kaz) & Juan Sebastian Cabal (Col), Alla Kudryavtseva (Rus) & Alexander Peya (Aut) v (2) Yung-Jan Chan (Tpe) & Rohan Bopanna (Ind)

Court 11

(4) Marcin Matkowski (Pol) & Nenad Zimonjic (Ser) v Marco Cecchinato (Ita) & Andreas Seppi (Ita), Samuel Groth (Aus) & Lleyton Hewitt (Aus) v Colin Fleming (Gbr) & Treat Huey (Phi), Eugenie Bouchard (Can) & Elena Vesnina (Rus) v (6) Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) & Abigail Spears (USA), (11) Sara Errani (Ita) & Flavia Pennetta (Ita) v Asia Muhammed (USA) & Maria Sanchez (USA)

Court 13

(17) Karin Knapp (Ita) & Roberta Vinci (Ita) v Margarita Gasparyan (Rus) & Alexandra Panova (Rus), Adrian Mannarino (Fra) & Fabrice Martin (Fra) v (15) Raven Klaasen (Rsa) & Rajeev Ram (USA), Leonardo Mayer (Arg) & Joao Sousa (Por) v Federico Del Bonis (Arg) & Diego Sebastian Schwartzman (Arg)

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(6) Tomas Berdych (Cze) v (31) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spa), (26) Flavia Pennetta (Ita) v Petra Cetkovska (Cze), Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) & Sam Querrey (USA) v Daria Gavrilova (Aus) & John Peers (Aus), (15) Kevin Anderson (Rsa) v (20) Dominic Thiem (Aut)

Very possible Gerrit Cole will make first start for Pirates next week

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It is very possible right-hander and top prospect will make his major league debut for the on Tuesday, reports Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. Lefty is unlikely to make the start after being diagnosed with inflammation in his left forearm.

Cole, 22, was the first overall pick in the 2011 draft and came into the season as one of the game’s very best pitching prospects. He’s gone 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 68 innings spread across a dozen Triir top January targets.Bruce had been interested in bringing Olivier Giroud on loan from Chelsea but the striker now looks set for Inter Milan.”If there’s something available and there’s a deal to be done, we’ll try to do it,” he said. “But we have tple-A starts this year, though he is currently riding a 19-inning scoreless streak.

Before the season, Baseball America ranked Cole as the  and said he “certainly has the looinho says he has received over 50 messages from people at Manchester United after his recent appointment.Mourinho replaces Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, but it appears he is still regarded with affection by many at Old Trafford.The Portuguese coach lk of a No. 1 starter who could anchorday as Real Sociedad’s latest signing.A presentation media conference is scheduled for 1:30pm.Arriving in Spain on Sunday night, Monreal had a message for La Real fans: “Aupa aficion, I’m already in Donostia. I really want to start, I know there is a their rotation” in their 2013 Prospect Handbook.

The Pirates come into Friday at 35-25 and four games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central.

outh relegated from the Premier League.The Clarets

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outfielder (knee) told reporters Thursday he hasn’t resumed baseball activities, but he’s hopeful he’ll go on a next week. He added the swelling in his knee hasn’t gone down.

“I want to get back in this lineup 100 percent, not 80 percent,” hend Claudio Ranieri have been linked with the AC Milan head coach role by various Italian outlets following their poor start to the season under Marco Giampaolo, says Sky Sports.Milan lost 3-1 at home to Fiorentina on Sunday – their fourth defeat in t said.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Harper will have by Dr. James Andrews Monday.

s focus again.The player was flustered after last minute interest from Manchester United during the transfer window.The Cherries denied him the move, and United went on to loan Odion Ighalo instead.But Francis thinks that King will bounce back.Franci More News 03/10/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/10/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/10/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff hy to discuss transfers within the next few days. The Spaniard succeeded Unai Emery as Gunners boss last week and has immediately set his sights on bolstering his squad during the January transfer market. Asked about transfers ahead of the Boxing Day 09/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

nal is expected to be sold by the Parisians, with

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As expected, starting pitcher (triceps) was Tuesday to start against the Giants. Johnson was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and .267 opponents’ batting average in three rehab starts (Class A and Double-A).

More News 09/16/2015 • by Marty Gitlin 09/06/2015 • by Sean D’Oliveira n their upcoming Champions League clash.The Blues are facing off against Lille in the second game of the group stages.And they know that it is crucial for them to get a win, given they lost theier Matthew Upson insists Carlo Ancelotti would be entering new territory at the Emirates, despite his extensive resume.The Italian is reportedly holding talks with both Arsenal and Everton after he was sacked by Napoli this week.Ancelotti has won titr first game at home to Valencia.Two defeats would put t 09/04/2015 • by Sean D’Oliveira 09/04/2015 • by Marty Gitlin 09/01/2015 • by Sean D’Oliveira mer Barcelona and PSG fullback Alves’ signing presentation was held yesterday by Sao Paulo and he was asked about their deal for ex-Atletico Madrid fullback Juanfran.Alves said, “I placed myself at his disposal to help him, he is a person who is chan 07/26/2015 • by Sean D’Oliveira

ve insists Arsene Wenger was never offered a job b

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first baseman hit his 11th home run in a loss to Baltimore.Fielder’s homer was the Tigers’ only run off Orioles starter Kevin Gausman. He finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and the RBI. Fielder is hitting .274/.390/.50t his Liverpool first-team players for the fourth-round replay with Shrewsbury Town.After Sunday’s 2-2 draw, Klopp vowed to field Liverpool’s “kids” in the clash at Anfield, which falls in the club’s winter break.And Wijnaldum says it is important fo0.

More News 10/04/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 02/15/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/10/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 08/09/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 08/01/2016 • by RotoWire Staf can leave this summer.The Sun says fed-up Old Trafford hierarchy are now ready to sell him for £150million.They would have let him go last summer but a fee of £180m put off Real Madrid and Juventus.Now Pogba, 26, and his agent Mino Raiola have beef ker Odsonne Edouard.Manchester United, Everton and Newcastle are keeping tabs on the French youngster.The Daily Record says Edouard has netted 21 times in the league this term – eight more than his closest challenger Jermaine Defoe.Celtic have opened 07/29/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

31-year-old was criticised for his wastefulness i

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The have arances for Everton since joining from Juventus in the summer, starting twice in the Premier League.But he is yet to score as he adjusts to life in say on the striker’s decision to join Borussia Dortmund. The former RB Salzburg striker signed for Dortmund ahead of rival interest from Manchester United, which had been regarded as faggled to celebrate his goal against Tottenham knowing the injury suffered by teammate Andre Gomes.Tosun netted a 97th minute equaliser as the Toffees shared the points with Spurs at Goodison Park.But the result was overshadowed by former Barcelona stvourites.It was suggested Haaland’s father Alf-Inge and his agentEngland.Calciomercato says Milan are monitoring his situation and aren’t ruling out a January move forrecalled catcher from Triple-A Omaha for depth after placing Salvador Perez on the bereavement list Saturday.Moore is hitting .190 with five homers and 12 RBI in 24 games in the minors. He is expected to be sent back down to Omaha once Perez returns.

hing staff should Mikel Arteta go to Arsenal.The c

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pitcher turned in a solid performance but did not factor in the decision Friday night against the White Sox.Koehler pitched four scoreless innings before allowing two runs in the fifth and a run-scoring s Maddison, according to the Leicester Mercury.Maddison had been linked with moves to Manchester United, Manchester City, Spurs and Arsenal, while Chilwell was thought to be City’s first choice left-back option for next season.However, Chilwell is notingle to Paul Konerko in the sixth. He was also struck by a line drive on the back of his shoulder in the third, but stayed in the game. He was charged with three runs and six hits over six innings of work. He struck out three and walked one in a 4-3 defeat in extras.Koehler has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his first three starts. He is expected to make his next start Wednesday at home against Tampa Bay. He is 0-1 with a 0.90 ERA through his first 10 innings of work at home.

More News 03/02/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 08/29/2019 ted.Mayevsky insists the youthful line-up of United was no insult towards Astana’s players.He said in the aftermath: “Absolutely no problem. Understand yourself, Manchester is one of the best teams in the world, and even the young guys who are in it, • by RotoWire Staff 08/13/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/06/2019 • by RotoWire Staff oys not to go mad in the transfer market.Norwich City, Sheffield United and Aston Villa are all preparing for their top-flight return.Former Everton boss Allardyce told the Mirror: “When you see how that backfired it could be about the balance of w 02/06/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 07/24/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

n Wan-Bissaka and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are happy to

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outfielder hit his seventh homer — a solo shot off Brandon Morrow in the eighth — for his only hit. He was 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in Thursday’s 12-6 loss to the Blue Jays.Jones is hitting .301 with three home runs and eight RBI in his last 12 games. He has a .315/.348/.497 line with seven homers and 31 RBI in 197 at-bats.

More News 12/11/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/29/2019 ving Arsenal.Gilmour has confirmed he will leave this summer as he comes off contract.The midfielder announced the development on social media:14 years.. from the age of 6 years old to 20 years old. I leave the club I have supported all my life. Than • by RotoWire Staff 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff itic is one player who has been linked with an exit before the window closes, despite Valverde’s insistence that he is a player being counted on.”He’s very important for us,” Valverde said.”His work is there. Right now I don’t know if he’ll stay, but 09/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff undergone minor surgery.Hasenhuttl has undergone a ‘minor procedure’ last week following a leg injury. An official Saints statement read: “First team manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has undergone a minor procedure on a leg injury in a local hospital and wi 09/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff