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Wayne Rooney scores stunning goal from beyond halfway line for DC United

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continues to add to his highlight reel in Major League Soccer. On Wednesday night he scored for DC United from beyond the halfway line for one of the best goals of his long career.

The goal came in the 10th minute of DC’s game against Orlando City. Rooney picked up the ball in his own half and say Orlando goalkeeper Brian Rowe well off his line. He proceeded to drive the ball over Rowe, and was promptly mobbed by his teammates. It proved to be the only goal of the game.

Roor and RB Leipzig have undergone managerial change this season. Julian Nagelsmann took charge of the German club last July and turned them into Bundesliga contenders. Around four months later Jose Mourinho arrived ati Emery rather than a seek a transfer.Ozil has been frozen out by Emery, but will wait to see whether the Arsenal boss lasts beyond the end of this season before deciding on his future.The midfielder is Arsenal’s highest-paid player on £350,000 a we Spurs and galvanised them, taking ney joined last year with the club bottom of the Eastern Conference. He then inspired them to the playoffs. This season they currently sit third in the table.

Three former Manchester United players are now in MLS’s top-five scorers this season. As well as Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Nani are also in the top fivates after skipping out on them this weekend.Against AC Milan, Ronaldo was hooked on 55 minutes for the eventual matchwinner Paulo Dybala on Sunday and is said to have left the ground before the final whistle.Gazzetta dello Sport says Ronaldo did note.

Phil Mickelson dropped by Jim Furyk for all Saturday’s Ryder Cup play

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, chosen by Jim Furyk asld be Mohamed Salah, according to former Reds midfielder Don Hutchinson.Speculation continues to build on whether Europe’s biggest clubs will attempt to sign Jurgen Klopp’s dominant side.Barcelona and Real Madrid have been linked with Salah and Sadio one of his four captain’s picks, has been omitted from all the Ryder Cup pairings on Saturday and his participation in the event is now restricted to a heavy defeat on Friday afternoon plus Sunday’s singles.

The left-hander was also benched for the whole of Saturday at Gleneagles four years ago, which led to his , the then US captain.

The 48-year-old Mickelson lost 5&4 with his fellow wildcard Bryson DeChambeau on Friday and even that represented something of a recovery, as Sergio García and Alex Norén had been six up after 12.

DeChambeau was paired with another car 5-0 win at Europa League opponents LASK last night.The first leg of the Europa League last 16 tie in Linz wasagreed a fee of £8.2m, according to Goal.Mignolet has been desperate to leave Anfield in order to play regular first-team football.The Belgian will return to his homeland after playing 204 times for the Reds following his £9m switch from Sunderland played behind closed doors, due to fears about the spread of coronavirus. “We missed the fans tonight but played strong as a team to give ptain’s pick for Saturday afternoon’s action, Tiger Woods, to play Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood.

Dustin Johnson and were up against Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson faced Sergio García and Alex Norén, while Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas were opposed by Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy.

This meant Europe kept the same lineup that allowed Thomas Bjørn’s side to sweep the foursomes session on Friday.

NFL seeks $2m from Cowboys owner Jones after clashes over Elliott and Goodell

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The NFL is exploring options to get more than $2m in reimbursement for legal fees from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones over Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension, as well as court costs for running back , said a person with knowledge of the situation.

Many owners were consulted on seeking restitution, including members of the finance committee, according to AP’s source. Some of the finance committee members are on the compensation committee that was at the center of what became a legal back-and-forth over Goodell’s deal.

The attempt at restitution is rooted in a 1997 resolution that states owners can seek repayment for legal fees if a fellow owner is responsible for getting them involved in legal action.

The Cowboys declined to comment on the owners’ actions.

Jones’ attempt to derail Goodell’s extension, which came after Elliott was suspended over domestic violence allegations, led to a volley of threatening letters from lawyers for both sides. After eventually relenting, Jones said after the owners meetings in December that he got what he wanted with an agreement to consider changes to the power of the commissioner’s role taptain Vincent Kompany said goodbye to the club’s fans in style.City players and fans were celebrating their domestic treble success with a parade in Manchester.It allowed Kompany, who is leaving to join Anderlecht as player-manager, a chance to bid hrough the league’s constitution. Jones denied that his attempt to scuttle the contract was tied to Elliott’s suspension, but made repeated references to Goodell’s power to punish players.

With Jones and Goodell in the same room for a news conference after the December meetings, the commissioner said he didn’t take Jones’ objections to the extension ach Antonio Conte.Named new Inter coach last week, Conte is eager to see his newly inheritetest with Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final on Wednesday.The Reds beat Spurs twice in the Premier League this season, with a 2-1 scoreline in both games.And Klopp is expecting another cagey affair at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.”Id squad strengthened.RSI Sport says Inter have approached Arsenal for Xhaka and talks have already kicked off over a fee for the midfielder.The Switzerland intpersonally. Goodell also denied assuring Jones that Elliott wouldn’t be suspended before announcing the punishment in August.Jones and the Cowboys were supportive of Elliott’s lawsuit, which was led by the players’ union and resulted in federal court hearings in three states over a span of two months. The suit eventually failed and Elliott served the suspension.

Teenagers arrested after Indy 500 pole winner Scott Dixon held up at Taco Bell

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Police say Indianapolis 500 pole-winner Scott Dixon and fellow former race winner Dario Franchitti were robbed at gunpoint while in aTacoBell drive-thru lane.

A police report that the robbery happened shortly before 10pm on Sunday at the fast-food restaurant less than a mile from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Dixon had hours earlier won the top starting position for next Sunday’s Indy 500.

The police report says two mrts from Turkey linking him with a shock return to St James’ Park, says the Evening Chronicle.Now 34, Cisse is plying his trade in Turkey with Alanyaspor and while he is still passionate about his time spent on Tyneside – with the former number 9 netales ran away after the robbery and that Dixon’s wife, Emma, was also in the vehicle. Officers later arrested two boys, ages 15 and 14.

IndyCar driver Tony Kanaanon Monday that Dixon was making a food run for a group of drivers. “While they were ordering with their windows down two guys approached at gun point,” Kannan said. “They held a gun at Dixon’s head and asked him for his wallet and his phone. You don’t expect that to happen, especially here … Obviously, I’m glad they’re OK. Now obviously I can make fun of them big time.”

Dixon, who is from New Zealand, is the 2008 Indy 500 winner and a longtime Chip Ganassi Racingster United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to comment on interest in Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland.Solskjaer knows his Norwegian compatriot Haaland, 19, very well from their time together at Molde before the former United favourite team-mate of Franchitti, a Scot who retired in 2013 with Indy 500 wins in 2007, 2010 and 2012.

“Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti are completely fine after being held up last night by two men Manchester United veteran Nemanja Matic is pricing himself out of a move to MLS.The Daily Mail says Chicago Fire have pulled out of a proposed deal for Matic.The MLS club were considering a move for the Serbian but deemed him too expensive.Matic’s contract at Old Trafford is set to expire in the summer, however the Red Devils reportedly have the option to extend his deal by a further year.at a fast-food restaurant,” the team said in a statement. “We will allow the Speedway/Indianapolis police departments to handle the situation and while they conduct their investigation we will refrain from making any further comments to allow Scott to focus on the upcoming Indianapolis 500.”

USA’s Kayla Harrison wins second straight Olympic judo gold

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This time was nothing like 2012. But nothing would ever be like 2012. For on that July day in London when Kayla Harrison went from unknown to American judo sensation, everything exploded inside her: the sexual abuse from of a previous coach, the years of fighting to prove herself strong and the realization that she was the first US woman to win a judo gold. She ran. She jumped. She screamed. She cried. Rare has been the Olympian who celebrated the way Kayla Harrison celebrated when she got her first gold medal.

On Wednesday she still ran and jumped and screamed. Just not as much. Instead, she stood on the medal stand and sang the Star Spangled Banner. The women beside her must have heard. Half the arena might have heard. But she has long shed any sense of shame. The anthem was playing, she wanted to sing, what elloway has hit out at criticism of Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Holloway thinks that any criticism of the United boss has ‘unbelievably harsh’.He told the TheSackRace: “I’m a bit sick and fed up of it to be honest. He’s earned his slse would you expect from a friend of Ronda Rousey, who might soon join her in the UFC?

“I’m a woman of many talents and singing is one of them,” she said. “You should have seen me dancing.”

Harrison is the kind of story every parent of every girl should want to tell their daughters. Like Rousey the UFC star who won a bronze in the 2008 Beijing Games, she is a survivor, a fighter and a woman who refuses to believe gender defines anyone in a combat sport. Before London she repeatedly told the story of how a former coach, Daniel Doyle, sexually abused her and how she finally reported the abuse and moved away to Boston where the famed judo father and son team of James and Jimmy Pedro built her into an Olympian. After London she became an essential voice on sexualalks with Carlo Ancelotti to become their new manager.The Italian was sacked by Napoli just an hour after he helped the club advance to the Champions League knockout stages.Ancelotti was with the Serie A club for 19 months.Sky Sports says Arsenal are abuse, starting a foundation for victims that she called “Fearless”.

Her fights on Wednesday in the 78kg division were indeed fearless. Her Olympicond half of the Club World Cup final against Flamengo.Before victory was secured in extra-time, the midfielder appeared to suffer an ankle injury in a tackle and was on visible distress on the turf.A stretcher was brought on and it looked as if Oxlacs was fearless. Her closest fight was the gold medal match when she forced France’s Audrey Tcheuméo to tap out with only three seconds left. She ran off the mat and leaped into Jimmy Pedro’s arms. She tried to jump into the stands. She draped herself in an American flag and she threw back her head and screamed.

When she finally stopped she said the last four years since London had been “the hardest of my life”. There had been the pressure to repeat, the demands she appear at every judo tournament everywhere and push and struggle to maintain her elite status. There, too, was the aching left knee that turned out to be a ligament issue and required a reconstruction in 2013. Nothing was easy. Everything hurt. Many times she wanted to stop. “I didn’t think she would come back from that,” Pedro said. And yet she did.

“When I showed up today I knew I had worked harder than everybody and no one was going to take that away from me,” she said.

Then came the UFC questions. Harrison gets these almost daily now. Given the way Rousey has gone from a judo bronze to superstardom, the natural assumption is that Harrison will too. Back in March she told the Guardian she had two post-judo career choices She did not say what the other was then, though she has talked in the past about wanting to be a firefighter. She was uncharacteristically vague about a UFC future on Wednesday, saying she wanted to enjoy her second gold medal for a few days before deciding on her next pursuit. Whatever that is, it won’t be judo. “I’m retired,” she said.

She may have to decide if she likes hitting people or being hit. Many non-boxers cannot adjust to this aspect of MMA fighting. She has said in the past that this is something she was still getting used to during her few ventures into the sport.

But all of that is for another day. The UFC can wait.

“I’m sure they were watching today,” she said. “If they weren’t, they were missing out.”

Someone asked about the “Fearless” shirt some family members wore in the stands on Wednesday. She smiled and she said this was a constant reminder for not only herself but the children who who are helped by her foundation. The words is more than just a collection of letters, she said, it’s a mindset, a belief, a beacon.

“I want these boys and girls to feel fearless and to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel and a gold medal too,” she said.

“And maybe two gold medals.”

Then she laughed again.

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.

For the thrilling Dallas Stars, it’s all-out offense. But is their strategy doomed?

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Prior to their New York road trip, the were the NHLside club have been monitoring the 17-year-old, per The Sun.While Hope has not played for his club’s senior side, he was on the bench for a recent EFL Cup tie.The young left-back is also a target for Middlesbrough.It remains to be seen whether Everto leaders, a team who had spent the first months of the season overpowering teams with their dominant offense. After three straight losses, adding up to five in their last seven, they are left wondering whether their offense-heavy strategy is the right formula for winning a Stanley Cup.

Head coach Lindy Ruff told the media his team’s performance in the 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers was “embarrassing”, something he’d clearly expressed during the game by benching his top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Patrick Sharp for the last 12 minutes.

Benn, the captain, didn’t exactly mince words either.

“We played stupid hockey and it’s not good enough. It’s pretty plain and simple,” he said.”

The Stars have scored 146 goals this year, 22 more than the Washington Capitals. That’s the same as the difference between the Capitals and the league’s 17th-ranked offense, the Edmonton Oilers. Dallas is on track for over 280 goals this year, which would be the most by an team since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2012-13. Benn and Seguin are second and third in the league in points, trailing only Patrick Kane.

But the Stanley Cup playoffs are typically not kind to high-octane offenses. Not since the Pittsburgh Penguins powerhouse of 1991-92 has the No 1 offense won the Stanley Cup. That’s not to say that recent winners didn’t have offensive prowess. Reigning champion Chicago Blackhawks had both Jonathan Toews and the aforementioned Kane, but they also had the No 1 defense in the NHL, which shut down Tampa Bay Lightning in game six. In fact, the past six winners were all in the top five in goals against, with three taking the top spot.

That’s where the Stars have their work cut out. Although they’ve surged to 16th in the league in goals against, a big jump from last year’s 29th, Tuesday night’s game against the Rangers showed what awaits them if their top players go cold and their defense and goaltending can’t stop difference-makers like Rick Nash and Derek Stepan.

After a 6-5 loss to the Islanders on Sunday, Ruff was asked if he was worried if his defense was trending downwards. He sidestepped the question and blamed bad penalties that let the Islanders score two power play goals. After the Rangers game, he singled out his top scorers.

“We need those guys,” Ruff said, referring to Seguin and Benn. “They’re our best players. Most nights they’re the ones who can push you through, and they’re going through a tough spell.”

Last year, Dallas was the only team with a top 10 offense to miss the playoffs. To fix their defensive woes, they brought in Antti Niemi to be their starting goaltender. Although he’s been an improvement over last year’s starter and current back-up Kari Lehtonen, the game against the Rangers dropped Niemi’s save percentage to a pedestrian .913, good for only 25th among all goaltenders.

Still, Ruff didn’t want to put the blame solely on Niemi, who didn’t get much help from his defensemen Tuesday night.

“I thought he made some great saves to let us hang around. We knocked one in, we deflected one in,” he said referring to some of the bizarre goals the team let in. “I think if you look at the breakaway saves and the tough saves he made, he gave us a chance when the game was still 2-1, 3-1.”

The Stars have been a breath of fresh air in a season where NHL administrators have lamented the decrease in scoring, and publicly floated proposals to increase the size of the nets or decrease the size of goaltender equipment. The league average continues to creep towards five goals per game, meanwhile the average Stars’ game has six goals per game. You’re far more likely to see them score six goals, which they’ve done four rs.The locker room were shocked last week over claims the board hired an online PR company to disparage both current and former players critical of the current regime.Mundo Deportivo says Bartomeu met with the squad’s four leaders, Lionel Messi, Sergtimes, than being shut out, which only happened once against St Louis Blues.

But in the playoffs, where series often come down to low-scoring overtime games, opponents will be looking to shut down Dallas’ skilled players. Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers’ goalie who stopped 21 out of 23 shots against the Stars, explained it best.

“I think against a team like Dallas, the best scoring team in the league, you have to be smart with the puck. Your awareness has to be really high especially in your own end,” he said. “I think we played with poise and awareness. They have some really high-skilled players and if you let them play it’s going to be a tough game.”

Following a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins, the Washington Capitals passed the Stars for the best regular season record in the NHL. Under head coach Barry Trotz, the team has remodeled itself into an excellent defensive team.

A few seasons ago, under Bruce Boudreau, the Capitals were the poster child for trying to win the Cup by playing great offensive hockey. In 2010, they won the President’s Trophy for the best regular season record by scoring an incredible 318 goals, only to be upset in the first round by the Montreal Canadiens and their stellar goaltending. The Capitals let in 233 goals that year. This year, they have conceded the fewest goals, 85, at the midway point of the season.

But the Stars’ style of play has still propelled them to first place in the Central division by eight points, which is a more than welcome change for a team that has only made the playoffs once in seven years. Attendance at the American Airlines Center is up by almost 1,000 and despite the recent struggles, this is still their best start since the Stanley Cup-winning season of 1998-1999.

A Sunday.Sigurdsson, who was one of a number of players to join up with the Everton squad this week, struck the bar and the post after coming on as a half-time substitute at the Stade Saint-Marc in Le Chable.”I think we played alright, a lot of the bofter three road games in four nights, Ruff is hoping the team can regain momentum back in Dallas with a few division games. But he’s worried there’s not enough time to “regroup”, as he put it.

“When you get out of this, you usually need a few days to let your team rest and come out of it, but we don’t have that luxury,” he said.

Why has Freddy Adu chosen to join the Tampa Bay Rowdies?

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“He was almost like Ronaldinho. He always had a smile on his face.” That’s how Thomas Rongen remembers a young Freddy Adu. That boy is now a man, and on Tuesday – who sit first in NASL and are coached by Rongen.

The two first worked together when Rongen was with the United States under-20 team, a role he held during two spells from 2001-05 and then again from 2006-11. It was during that second stint, in 2007, that excitement piqued for his U-20 team as talents including Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Robbie Rogers and a young Adu shone.

“He could have played in four consecutive U-20 World Cups, but he played in three and decided to opt out of the fourth – that would have been a record for any player in the world by the way,” Rongen explains.

“I played him when he was young [in 2003] in a 4-3-3 on the left, where he had more time on the ball and he didn’t have to play with his back to goal like in a No 10 [position],” Rongen explains. “Then in 2007 I played him as our playmaker, and I think that was a good transition for him. That way we could hide him from the physicality of the game so he wouldn’t get injured.”

At the time, had you pushed the Dutch tactician to evaluate whomo land Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish this summer.The Mirror says United are preparing to pay up to £70million to land Grealish this summer.The attacking ace has been in superb form for Villa this term after inspiring them to promotion last seaso he thought had the most potential of that 2007 roster, he would have said Adu. “I’m flabbergasted that Freddy hasn’t been able to make it to the top level,” Rongen says.

It was not long after he departed Rongen’s squad – off the back of an impressive U-20 World Cup – that he moved to Europe with Portuguese giants Benfica. “I think he chose the wrong club to go to,” Rongen states unequivocally.

“I think in terms of where he was in his development he was not ready for first team football. At 2007 he was 17 or 18 and he was pretty much brought up in the soccer environment in the US, which is so different to the South American or European environment.

“I don’t think he was prepared to sustain the rigorous demands of a pro club where it’s nasty, where players constantly compete for spots, and where, sadly, Americans are still seen as not a great soccer nation. You have to prove yourself every day – and physically it is very tough.”

Rongen also draws comparisons to one of Adu’s teammates when he discusses how best to make the transition to Europe: “If you look at Michael Bradley’s path; a smaller club in Holland, a bigger club in Germany, then Serie A … those to me are wiser decisions,” he explains.

So began Adu’s tour of Europe, adding stamps to his passport and often brief new chapters to his career. Stints at Monaco, Belenenses, Aris and Çaykur Rizespor followed, each move followed by talk of him ‘reigniting his career’.

“Maybe in the places he went they knocked him down so far that they killed Freddie’s game,” Rongen says. “There has to be some understanding there, and the rest of the group has to understand that we’re going to have to work a little bit harder to cover Freddy’s deficiencies defensively, but, man, if we go forward, we’re fucking good. Because this ssive £40million deal to stay at Leicester after snubbing Arsenal.He now hopes City’s in-demand starlets like James Maddison, a Manchester United target, will follow suit.Rodgers said: “Hopefully they’ll see how we’ve worked together here and the kid can play.”

Many have pointed the finger at Adu for the way his career has unfolded as the saying goes; success has a million fathers ,but failure is an orphan. In Rongen, however, Adu has a sympathetic outlet.

“I think he had a hard time handling [the pressure],” Rongen explains. “For example, we would train, then we would have to wait for half an hour on the bus because Freddy would have to sign autographs and talk to the media. I think he grew tired of that charade.”

Adu has stated publicly that he felt like a marketing tool. That the multi-million dollar contracts were impossible to turn down for a boy living in a poor single parent household in Rockville, Maryland. Rongen cites those around Adu – coaches and managers – as another reason his potential was not fulfilled.

“This country has never produced a player that we [can] sell to Man United, Barcelona, Real Madrid or Man City,” he explains. “I think this country has the capability to do that, and I’m always trying to figure out where we are going wrong. When we have such a raw diamond in Freddy Adu, it’s our role to make him that player. I thought early on he was going to play for a big time team in Europe and put US soccer on the map.

“In Holland, when we scout a player – and there are more tangibles involved – we use a technique called TIPS (technique, insight, personality, speed) . At a young age he had mastered almost everything you want from a high level player [in those categories]. At a young age he had incredible field awareness. He was thinking ahead like a chess player and he easily got into the zone.”

Attempting to explain why the US is yet to sell a player to one of Europe’s elite, Rongen believes that the country’s soccer culture is not conducive to such an outcome. “This country is so structured and too organised [and suffers from] over-coaching. I want to give those players some freedom when they get out of that environment so they can find their own identity.

“Were our sessions structured? Absolutely. We took games seriously for sure, but my approach overall was a bit more relaxed than they had seen before and I think that helped some players like Freddy flourish. I encourage them to dribble, to do a rainbow ill debut against Lecce today.He said, “I thought that I was going to a prestigious club with a great history, so it’s an honour to be here. If you are in charge of Milan, playing at San Siro must be added motivation rather than a worry.“I feel t[flick], to be daring.”

Adu himself has often spoken positively about Rongen and their time together, so unsurprisingly the duo have opted to reunite in Florida, with Rongen believing he could be the right coach for Adu. “I’m not saying I’m the only one, but I think I can resurrect his career, and I mean that sincerely,” he explains. “Freddy knows that too.”

Perhaps a reuniting with Rongen is just what Adu needs. The two will finally reconnect, after almost a decade apart. While some things have changed other have not, with Adu hoping he can find a father for success in his former coach.

NCAA Tournament 2015: Wichita State roll past Kansas as No7 beats No2

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No wonder Kansas never wants anything to do with Wichita State.

Behind another steady performance from Fred VanVleet and the hot shooting of Evan Wessel, the No7 seed Shockers rolled past the second-seeded Jayhawks 78-65 on Sunday, earning a trip to the Sweet 16 at the expense of the school that has caused them so much chagrin.

Tekele Cocht.Former City skipper Vincent Kompany became player-manager at the Belgian club in May and Sandler will be able to continue learning from one of Europe’s best defenders on a daily basis.He passed a medical yesterday ahead of the two clubs confirmintton led the way with 19 points for the Shockers (30-4). VanVleet finished with 17 aken aim at the Premier League’s foreign managers.Allardyce, 65, has been out of management since 2018, when he left Everton as the Toffees turned to Marco Silva.It was a similarWilliam Saliba’s agent has been spotted in the UK.The Saint-Etienne defender is being targeted by Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.The Mirror says his agent Djibril Niang posted a photo on Instagram at the Ivy Asia in Manchester.The Ligue 1 outfit rate 18-year-old Saliba at £26M. tale at Crystal Palace in his previous job, having kept the Eagles in thnd Wessel hit four three-pointers to score 12, sending the Missouri Valley champions to Cleveland for the Midwest Regional semi-final against third-seeded Notre Dame.

Devonte’ Graham and Perry Ellis had 17 points each, and Frank Mason added 16 for the Jayhawks (27-9), who blew an early eight-point lead and never really threatened in the second half.

Wisconsin top Arizona to return to Final Four

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Frank Kaminsky and the Wisconsin Badgers hung on to make the Final Four again.

‘Frank the Tank’ scored 29 points, Sam Dekker added his second straight career high of 27 and the West Regional’s top seed beat No2 Arizona 85-78 on Saturday to reach consecutive Final Fours for the first time in school history.

The Badgers (35-3) denied the Wildcats (34-4) a Final Four berth for the second straight year, having beaten them by one point in overtime in Anaheim a year ago when their seeds were reversed.

Wisconsin and 67-year-old coach Bo Ryan head to Indianapolis next week hoping for another shot at undefeated and top-seeded Kentucky, who beat the Badgers by one point in the national semifinals last year.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley scored 17 points each for the Wildcats, who once again failed to deliver a firstg Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.The Manchester Evening News says City are monitoring Lo Celso’s situation this summer with the midfielder primed for a move away from Real Betis.City boss Pep Guardiola will assess the 23-year-old’s performanc-time Final Four appearance for coach Sean Miller. TJ McConnell added 14 points in his last college game and Kaleb Tarczewski and Gabe York had 11 each.

Just like a year ago, Kaminsky came up big for the Badgers. He sidestepped and slithered, pivoted and deked in eremier League Golden Boot.The England international took his tally to 11 in Wednesday’s win over Aston, leaving him second behind only Jamie Vardy on the scorers list.”He has the potential to go even higher,” the skipper said. “We know we are still iluding the Wildcats’ lockdown defense. Arizona tossed their biggest bodies on the seven-footer and he still found ways to score inside and out.

The Badgers hit 10 of 12 three-point attempts in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats 30-3 from long rangs Perez’s departure for Roma was a “mutual decision”.Perez’s move is due to be confirmed in the coming hours.Setien said, “It was a mutual decision and really what I’ve discussed with the lad has been very clear.”The reality is that I don’t usually te.

Arizona pressured full court in the last four minutes, making for some perilous possessions by the Badgers as they darted and passed trying to safely get the ball down court. A long inbounds pass by Wisconsin was nearly intercepted before Josh Gasser grabbed it, was fouled and made both free throws to keep the Badgers ahead by 10 points.

The Wildcats twice got within five points in the last 2½ minutes, but both times Dekker dashed their hopes with arcing three-pointers.

Kaminsky led the Badgers’ offensive outburst to start the second half. He scored eight of their 14 points, working their inside-outside game to perfection in finding Dekker for a three-pointer to put Wisconsin ahead 44-36.

Hollis-Jefferson and Tarczewski picked up their third fouls and freshman Stanley Johnson left the game to have his contact lens adjusted, all in quick succession. It didn’t faze the Wildcats, who went on a 10-3 run to close to 47-46.

Dekker hit Wisconsin’s fifth three-pointer of the second half, launching a 10-2 spurt that gave the Badgers a 57-48 lead. Nigel Hayes added a three and Kaminsky scored on a reverse layup before getting called for his third foul.

Arizona led 33-30 at halftime after missing seven of eight field goals to start the game.

The Badgers jumped to a 10-2 lead to start the game, with Ashley going to the bench after two quick fouls. He soon returned, scoring six straight points that tied the game and gave the Wildcats a stronger presence in defending Kaminsky, who had 13 points in the half.

Tarczewski and Kaminsky were a tangle of arms and legs in the post, and their mouths were running too. Tarczewski dunked on Kaminsky, who scored on the next play and had something to say about it.

Bill Belichick surprise press conference steers Deflategate into the surreal

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It was the day took a detour into the surreal.

Bill Belichick, the notoriously media-averse coach of the , called a surprise press conference on Saturday afternoon, then went on an unexpected offensive in the face of a football-deflation controversy that had led network TV newscasts for days.

He was 35 minutes late. He spoke at length about ball textures, equilibriums, rubbing processes and atmospheric pressures. He , a character from the 1992 Joe Pesci comedy My Cousin Vinny.

And then it got weird.

“I’m embarrassed to talk about the amount of time that I’ve put into this relative to the important challenge in front of us,” Belichick said, in a break from preparing his team for next week’s Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks in Glendale, Arizona.

“At no time was there any intent whatsoever to try to compromise the integrity of the game or try to gain an advantage. Quite the opposite. We feel we followed the rules of the game to the letter.”

What followed – the meat of Belichick’s 23-minute remarks – was the coach’s most detailed and defiant respier League clubs coming in for youngster Bukayo Saka.The 18-year-old has been a rising star for the Gunners this season.He rose to prominence under Unai Emery and continued his excellent form under Mikel Arteta.The Arsenal-look-fend-Bukayo-Saka-securonse to a scandal that has turned the sports world on its head in the week since the Patriots were of tampering with game footballs in their over the Indianapolis Colts.

He said the team conducted an internal investigation by simulating a game-day situation in terms of the preparation of footballs.

Because science.

Belichick expounded, matter-of-factly:

Really.

Go on.

The inherent absurdity of the grumpiest man in sports giving a high-school physics lecture to a room of grown men and women aside, the content of the remarks was so breathtakingly insipid it left the observer wondering what they were doing with their life. It was more performance art than routine component in the news-gathering process.

Given that Belichick’s defense doesn’t hold up to the most casual scrutiny – why did it happen to the Patriots’ balls and not those used by the Colts – this was a master class in creating plausible deniability. Say what you want about congeniality (or the immutability of the laws of thermodynamics), Belichick’s obfuscation game is on 100.

That was not to say Saturday’s scene was unreal. Belichick’s detached sangfroid was tested more than once, certainly compared to the far more familiar monotone vagaries of . He even , an unimaginable prospect even an hour before. Beneath the bizarre theatre was a man defending the legitimacy of his entire body of work, speaking with a Jessupian vigor grounded in leviathan self-belief.

Saturday’s news conference means nothing, in the long run. The did not outline a timetable for its investigation in a statement on Friday and likely won’t move on it until well after the Super Bowl. Which made Belichick’s unnecessary decision to hold it that much more cryptic – and compelling.

Now the Patriots appear proactive. Deflategate isn’t going away – Tuesday’s Super Bowl media day should be fun – but once mortension.Following the news that Tim Krul signed a new contract, the Norwich Evening News suggests that Vrancic could be next.The 30-year-old was a key player for the team as they earned promotion, scoring 10 goals and managing seven assists in the Che Bill Belichick has outmaneuvered the NFL and hijacked the narrative to his presumptive ar Kalvin Phillips.The Mirror says Wolves and Bournemouth have joined Aston Villa in the race to sign Phillips.Villa have offered £11million for Phillips and now Leeds’ rising midfield star has attracted interest from Wolves and Bournemouth.Phillips,dvantage.

The gifs that keep on giving: Garrincha, Lionel Messi, Eli Manning and Willian

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Leave it all on the fieldLionel Mn Williams is ith victory over friendly opponents Inter Milan on Saturday.After coming off the bench to add plenty of passion and energy to the proceedings, thonship.Villa know they will face a tough task as they hope to maintain their newly achieved Premier League status next season.The Daily Mirrorsays they are hoping to follow up the signing of Wesley Moraes from Club Brugge with other bold moves.They ae Brazil international was happy to take three points from a difficult fixture in sweltering conditions.Mcapable of filling in for injured left-back Luke Shaw.Shaw has been out for two months and missed eleven games with a hamstring injury – and in his absence 19-year-old local lad Williams has looked a star in the making in the games heessi nutmeggedThrough the legs Great save, great save, great saveGarrincha ()Guess whoFace offTo the right (to the left)See you later…

Paulo Dybala is eager to hear from Manchester Uni

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second baseman homered and drove in two runs Wednesday against the Dodgers. Gyorko has hit safely in 9 of 10 games, batting .293 (12 for 41) with two doubles, two home runs, seven RBI and nine runs. 

Since May 14, Gyorko is batting .313 (26 for 83) with a .518 slugging percentage, four home runs, five doubles, 11 RBI and 19 runs in his last 21 games.

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eam’s resilience as they turned around their form

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With a .318 batting average and 39 RBI, is doing a lot for Fantasy owners and for the , but owners have to feel let down by his three home runs through 54 games. The lack of power has left Craig outside the top 10 first basemen in Fantasy value, but there is good reason to hope that he will find his way to that lofty standing.

Though he is s Nuno Espirito Santo spoke about Vinagre and his recovery from a hamstring problem.He has been out since they played Manchester United last month.And Nuno is very optimistic about getting Vinagre ottenham signing Steven Bergwijn has spoken about securing his dream move to the Premier League.The Netherlands star is close to signing from PSV Eindhoven for a £25.6 million fee.The 22-year-old has to go through his medical and agree personal termback into the squad.The 20-year-old has only managed hitting flyballs at a slightly lower rate this year, Craig is hitting balls deep, and he has turned many of those well-struck balls into doubles (16). Although it would be more reassuring if Craig had turned a few2-0 defeat at home to Southampton.Lampard’s side fell behind to Michael Obafemi’s superbly taken strike at Stamford Bridge and had fewer shots than in any game since he took charge during the summer.The introduction of Mason Mount for defender Kurt Z of those doubles into homers, his situation is far from different from that of Jason Heyward, who isn’t hitting the ball deep very often.

Craig has been a consistent source of power the last couple of seasons as well as in the minors, and with the lack of real warning signs, owners should feel confident that he will eventually hit his stride. The homers will soon be there to enhance Craig’s high batting average and RBI total.

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Quique Setien is happy leaning captain Lionel Mess

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relief pitcher played catch in the outfield for the third consecutive day Saturday as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery. Madson experienced his third setback last month in his recovery process. He has yet to pitch for the Angels this season.

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