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‘I am truly sorry’: Patriots owner Robert Kraft breaks silence over prostitution bust

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owner Robert Kraft has broken his silence for the first time since he was charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution in Florida.

“I am truly sorry,” Kraft said in a statement. “I knng eight goals yesterday.Speaking after the match, Foster conceded his side were far from their best, but said at times he could only stand and admire the way City were playing during the thrashing.”It’s probably a bit of shock, embarrassment,” said ow I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.”

Kraft, the billionaire businessman whose Patriots won the Super Bowl last month and who is one of the most powerful figures in American spij says there’s no reason to dwell on their preseason defeat to Manchester United.The Nerazzurri opened their International Champions Cup campaign in Singapore with a 1-0 reverse.“Manchester United have a lot of quality, we tried to play with organorts, was said he had remained silent since the charges “in deference to the judicial process.”

“Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years,” Kraft said in the statement.

“As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and to try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my castle United supporters have not seen the best of him.The winger has spent three years at St. James’ Park, but he believes his body hasn’t been 100 per cent.Atsu said: “The biggest thing for me this season is to be consistent. I have had some good pwords, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect.”

Are cities starting to see World Cup hosting duties as a poisoned chalice?

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The North American bid for the 2026 World Cup, a joint venture between the United States, Canada and Mexico, with 23 cities listed as potential venues.

But behind the fanfare, four major cities – Chicago, Minneapolis, Vancouver and Glendale– told Fifa and the United Bid they didn’t want to be part of a . Local authorities from those cities cited heavy-handed requests from Fifa and the United Bid that included potentially huge taxpayer bills, as well as hosting contracts that exposed their cities and residents to immense financial and legal risk.

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Wednesday that Chicago was out – even if the bid was successful. A city official told the Guardian that although Chicago considered itself a “big event city” the requirements for the 2026 tournament “just didn’t feel right”. One demand from Fifa was that the organization could require Chicago to construct a dome over Soldier Field, the venue that hosted and would have hosted matches in 2026.

Fifa’s requirements also included an open-ended ability to modify the agreement at any time; no indemnity to protect the city or taxpayers from legal and financial risks; for to meet requirements that fall outside of its jurisdiction and authority and therefore could not be ensured; and for contracts to be governed and interpreted under Swiss law (Fifa is headquartered in Zurich).

The cities may well have looked at warnings from the past before pulling out: some venues used for recent World Cups in Brazil and South Africa stand as publicly-funded monuments to a demanding and brief affair with .

Cape Town Stadium, for example, on the local government with calls for the 2010 World Cup venue to be demolished and replaced with affordable public housing. The stadium is losing a reported $10m annually and a recent idea to offer naming rights to a sponsor led internet jokers to suggest renaming the stadium “The Lonely Elephant” or “The Money Pit”.

Rio’s famed Maracana was a global icon used during the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics . A year after the 2014 tournament, Brasilia’s stadium was converted to a bus parking lot and Cuiaba’s never-quite-completed stadium hosted homeless people after standing idle – arguably both better uses for public money.

Stadiums are not just a problem for World Cups. Ten years after the 2004 Games, Olympic , while in Australia to tear down the Sydney Olympic Stadium, which is now considered obsolete less than 20 years after it opened for the 2000 Games.

It’s something Chicago seems to have noticed. “After conducting a robust due diligence process and participating in the World Cup 2026 United Bid Committee bid process, Fifa could not provide a basic level of certainty on some major unknowns that put our city and taxpayers at risk,” Matt McGrath, a spokesman for Mayor Emanuel said in an email to the Guardian. “The uncertainty for taxpayers, coupled with Fifa’s inflexibility and unwillingness to negotiate, were clear indications that further pursuit of the bid wasn’t in Chicago’s best interests.”

Hosting World Cup matches could have provided soccer around Chicago with a legacy for generations – many American fans claim the 1994 tournament was a game changer for personal engagement – but Emanuel’s decision was applauded by the president of MLS club Chicago Fire.

“We fully support Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision, one that he made in the best interest of the city,” said Fire’s Nelson Rodríguez. “In the end, this is the event’s loss not to have games in one of the world’s greatest sports cities.”

Minneapolis, Vancouver and Glendale (home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals) cited similar concerns with Fifa’s policy that demands cities hand over powers to an organization .

A Fifa spokesperson did not directly respond when asked if its World Cup demands were too demanding, instead referring the Guardian to titled “Overview of Government Guarantees and the Government Declaration”. The document outlines Fifa’s need to establish a legal framework when it imports its own infrastructure to operate within a host nation and the need for a local government to accommodate football’s governing body (, for example, attracted raised eyebrows in 2010).

“An son was proud of his players after their 0-0 draw at FA Cup opponents Newcastle United.The result will mean a fourth round replay at Kassam stadium.Robinson said, “It’s incredible. We’ve played three Premier League teams this season and only one of tis intensifying.Manchester City and Manchester United are both chasing the teen, along with Anderlecht and Ajax.City and Ajax have been in recent contact for Evjen.However, HLN says Anderlecht have now jumped ahead in the race, with player-manager Vievent of the magnitude of the Fifa World Cup cannot be organised without the broad support of the relevant government authorities in the Host Country,” the document reads.

Fifa’s requirements for host nations also demand that the US, Canada, and Mexico guarantee a visa-free environment or “issue non-discriminatory entry procedures” for representatives of Fifa nations during the World Cup. The demand effectively grants close-to-diplomatic status to anyone connected to a national federation or Fifa. Work permit, labor law, and tax exemptions are also required from national governments.

Fifa also requires the agreements must be signed by the “highest national government executive authority” meaning, in the US, Donald Trump must sign off on the tournament if the joint bid receives a majority vote from the 211 Fifa members.

Of course, some may welcome US cities dropping out. The dominance of US cities – 17 of the 23 candidates are in the States – in a shortlist to be cut to 16 underlines the widely-held perception that the United Bid is a US-hosted tournament with Canada and Mexico as junior partners.

Sources close to both the United and Morocco bids say Trump is . With global politics, foreign policy, and tweets spilling into football politics, 57 African nations are expected to back Morocco, Asia’s diverse 47 votes are split, and there remains resentment among some Uefa and South American nations in in exposing Fifa corruption. The three United Bid co-chairmen – from the US, Canada, and Mexico – have spent the past weeks crisscrossing the globe lobbying for votes hoping to minimize the Trump effect.

Morocco is the sole rival to North America, and June’s vote will be the first time all 211 Fifa members have had a direct say on the host rather than a 24-member committee vulnerable to claims of corruption and vote rigging.

Still, even if the US were to bid alone for the 2026 Woease clause for Maxi Gomez, according to reports.Sky Sports says the two clubs are now discussing the method of payment for the £44.85m fee.According to La Liga rules, West Ham will have to pay the release clause in full at the competition’s headquarld Cup, its immense geography means it can still host a strong and successful tournament even without several major cities agreeing to host. It is, with no irony, too big to fail. The concern for the US Soccer Federation is that MLS cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis (and Vancouver) are disinclined to be part of what should be a soccer homecoming. Fifa and the International Olympic Committee should pay attention, too. Being the TV backdrop to a sports event, even one with a global audience, is not the big deal it once was.

— The United Bid 2026 and US Soccer Federation declined multiple requests to comment for this story. Soccer Canada referred requests to comment to the United Bid 2026.

Steve Bartman, America’s most infamous fan, receives Cubs redemption

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Steve Bartman, the fan vilified and blamed for ending the team’s championship hopes in 2003, has been awarded a World Series rinew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.The young pair were outstanding in their Champions League triumph last season.”Both Andy and Trent [Alexander-Arnold] on the other side had incredible seasons,” Warnock told Liverpoolfc.com.”I think last seasong to commemorate Chicago’s title win last year.

The Cubs were mired in their legendary title drought – – when Bartman made his mark on history in 2003. The team appeared to be headed for the World Series when he stretched out to catch a foul ball with the Cubs leading late in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Miami Marlins. Bartman instead deflected the ball away from a Cubs fielder, the Marlins came back to win the game and then sealed a place in the World Series with victory in Game 7.

Bartman’s name later appeared online, and he and his family were given police protection. The governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, . The incident was infamous enough for ESPN to make a in 2011. Bartman, still scarred by the abuse he had received, chose not to appear.

Cubs management and players have repeatedly stated that Bartman was not to blame for the incident, and on Monday the team’s owner, Tom Ricketts, presented him with a championship ring.

“On behalf of the entire Cubs organization, we are honored to present a 2016 World Series Championship Ring to Mr Steve Bartman,” Ricketts and the Cubs said in a statement. “We hope this provides ardi is successfully rebuilding his relationship with the Inter Milan locker room, it has been revealed.The striker angered many senior teammates over the way he refused to take part in training for over a month after being sacked as captain in Februclosure on an unfortunate chapter of the story that has perpetuated throughout our quest to win a long-awaited World Series.

“While no gesture can fully lift the public burden he has endured for more than a decade, we felt it was important Steve knows he has been and continues to be fully embraced by this organization. After all he has sacrificed, we are proud to recognize Steve Bartman with this gift today.”

For Bartman, who has been haunted by the incident, and has kept a low-profile for the last 14 years there was relief. “I humbly receive the ring not only as a symbol of one of the most historic achievements in sports, but as an important reminder for how we should treat each other in today’s society,” he said in a statement. “My hope is that we all can learn from my experience to view sports as entertainment and prevent harsh scapegoating, and to challenge the media and opportunistic profiteers to conduct business ethically by respecting personal privacy rights and not exploit any individual to advance their own self-interest or economic gain.”

The move was also welcomed by players. The former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster toldndan Rodgers has admitted to being disappointed by their January transfer window.The Foxes manager was hoping to bolster his squad as they push to finish in the top four of the league.Rodgers knows that his team will face tough tests in the second ha the Chicago Tribune: “I guess that is closure at its finest … To do something like that for Steve Bartman, who got ridiculed for something that any fan would have done, is pretty awesome.”

Toronto Raptors stand arm-in-arm for anthems: ‘We’re all human beings’

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The made a show of solidarity by linking arms during the anthems before their NBA pre-season game with Golden State on Saturday night.

Raptors players and staff stood arm-in-arm for the Star-Spangled Banner and O Canada at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, where the game was played. Some bowed their heads. Their statement was the latest entry in a series of recent protests designed to raise awareness of racial injustice and other social problems.

“We wanted to show solidarity,” said Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. “We’re a team, we’re all together, we’re all one race, we’re all human beings. We all understand that things in the United States and the things in the world [aren’t] the best right now.”

The Raptors, who won 97-93, held discussions all week before the decision to link arms was made.

“I told our players, understand why you’re doing it,” said Toronto head coach Dwane Casey. “It’s not against the military, it’s not against the flag, it’s not against the country. It’s their feelings on social injustice.”

Casey said their statement was intended to start a conversation. “Guys were real, guys had sincere feelings, sincere thoughts, sincere things to talk about and concerns,” he said. “That’s what all this should be about – to induce conversation.”

Since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first refused to stand for the national anthem in August, America has grappled with questions of patriotism, free speech and the American flag, and many sports stars have opted to show their support. Several NFL players have sat, knelt or raised fists, and many high school and college players have also picked up the cause.

The has a rule that players and coaches must stand during the anthems, although it wasn’t mentioned in a recent letter to the players.

The Warriors’ players and coaches who were on the floor in Vancouver all stood as usual. In Bossier City, Louisiana, so did the Dallas Mavericks and the New Orleans Pelicans, some with their hands over their hearts.

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan said he hoped the team’s unique perspective as a Canadian team with many international players could

“We have guys who are not from America,” he said. “They go through their own problems in their own country, or whatever the case may be. If we can help inop four hopes tomorrow night.The Gunners travel to Stamford Bridge in 10th place, looking to reduce a 10-point gap on the Blues in fourth.Lampard insists Mikel Arteta’s side will not be out of contention if they lose but warned his side not to allow any type of way in a positive way, help a kid have a different outlook on something or have the right approach to something in life, that’s beneficial.”

DeRozan said it didn’t take long for the team to come to a consensus. “We all know what’s right is right, and we all know what’s wrong is wrong,” he said. “That’s just common sense of us all being genuine people. Once we put that in perspective it was easy.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors’ latest star element, took the first shot of the pre-season, a step-back jumper from the right side that was well short. The former Oklahoma City star’s first basket with the Warriors was a dunk with about a minute left in the opening quarter, one that drew a loud reaction from the sellout crowd of 19,000.

“Felt good to play and play against someone else,” Durant said. “We can start building for the season and what we want to be. So it’s a good first step.”

Durant heard some boos during the game, though said afterward he felt there were more cheers.

“Once the ball was tipped, it was juste as Man City women manager leaving his team top of the WSL after a harce James.The Sun says Newcastle and Leeds are expected to tussle it out for James in January.Steve Bruce has a strong interest in the right-back, who has broken into Frank Lampard’s first-team squad this season.The Newcastle boss hopes he can convincd fought 2-1 success over title rivals Arsenal.City went in at the break 1-0 to the good after being second best for most of the first half in this clash of the joint leaders in t another game for me,” Durant said.

Could the Panthers be the most likeable NFL team in 30 years?

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With six games left in the season, the are on pace to make history. Yes, there’s the opportunity to go 16-0, which would be an impressive feat indeed. But the Panthers are threatening to do something far more notable, something that was thought to be impossible in Roger Goodell’s NFL. They could be … hold onto your butts … an NFL team that is legitimately fun.

If you are not entertained by Cam Newton’s outstanding play this year, or if you don’t like that his performance on the field has allowed him to dance in the end zone and , then you can save yourself some time and click away from this column straight away. Maybe there’s an article somewhere out there championing Andy Dalton for looking out for America’s children and the “integrity” of the game as . A column like that, or your angry aunt’s Facebook feed, might be more your style.

For the rest of the sports world, Cam Newton is entertaining. He’s fun. Believe it or not, entertainment and fun is kind of what draws most fans to sports in the first place. No little kid falls in love with football over concussions, TV timeouts, uniform violations, charity initiatives that , daily fantasy controversies, Greg Hardy, tone deaf commissioners, incomprehensible rules on what constitutes a catch, torn ligaments, missed extra points, touchbacks, backup quarterbacks or endless video replay. Yet all that is increasingly what defines the NFL. If not for players and personalities like Cam Newton, who actually dare to openly enjoy the game, the modern NFL would easily supplant church as Sunday’s most yawn-inducing institution.

Some players dance after touchdowns, some players hand the ball directly to the ref. Neither one is wrong. Variety is the spice of life and all that, right? At least Cam Newton didn’t focus group test his post-TD celebration first like Russell Wilson likely would have for maximum branding. Yet there still remain people upset that Cam Newton “dabs.” He just played a game on Sunday against a team called the REDSKINS and Newton, the smiling guy on the undefeated team, is the big problem? It’s a remarkable world we live in.

The 2015 Panthers are so much more than Cam Newton, though. Even if you’re part of the vocal anti-dabbing community, or if you remain unable to get past him taking , there’s plenty to like about Carolina.

Love old-time, hard-hitting defense? The Panthers are fifth in the in points allowed. Prefer explosive offense? Despite losing star receiver Kelvin Benjamin for the season to injury in August, Carolina is somehow third in the league in scoring at 29.9 points per game (and that’s sure to go way up with another game against the Saints remaining on the schedule).

Are you a fan of fat guy touchdowns? . Enjoy the films of Sandy Bullock? The Panthers . Appreciate funny Twitter accounts or just anything that craps all over Dan Snyder? . Want to watch a shutdown cornerback who isn’t completely overexposed? Check out Josh Norman. Like players who are active in the community? Carolina gives you , and . (. Yes, it appears that post-TD dabbing doesn’t necessarily make a man rotten to his core.) Are you entertained by fun names? Carolina has a guy named Star and another called Fozzy. Entertained by fun names and have the sense of humor of an 11 year-old boy? Carolina’s practice squad features Cox and a Ball. And are you just a little bit worried that the Panthers have too much fun, considering ? Do not fear. They have Derek Anderson as Newton’s backup, so he’ll make sure they .

Barring Roger Goodell implementing emergency rules that ban non-league approved enjoyment, the Panthers could go down as fun a team as the 1999 “Greatest Show On Turf” St Louis Rams. That team featured a supermarket stock boy turned NFL superstar in Kurt Warner, do-everything back Marshall Faulk and a head coach in Dick Vermeil who seemed to react to most every touchdown by sobbing uncontrollably. That was a fun NFL team to root for and watch.

Before the ‘99 Rams, the 1985 Chicago Bears were the NFL’s fun benchmark. They featured Walter Payton, Refrigerator Perry, Jim McMahon, Mike Ditka and The Super Bowl Shuffle, a song released tFiorentina now expect Borja Valero to stay with Inter Milan.The midfielder has been linked with Fiorentina.“There is zero chance for Borja to be back in the Viola jersey,” Fiorentina director Daniele Pradè told FCInter1908.it.“He is staying with the Nerazzurri, a marvellous squad. “He is not going anywhere, not to Spain and not to Fiorentina. He is 100 per cent staying with Inter.”hree months before the team actually won a title. Just imagine Cam Newton dropping a rap anthem right now about winning the Super Bowl. The heat generated from the takes would boil Earth’s oceans. But in 1985, the general reaction to the Bears video was: “Ha. That’s fun.” Maybe Ronald Reagan’s America really was a utopia after all.

We need the Panthers. They are the NFL’s best shot at beating the Patriots and our greatest hop34-year-old will call time on his City career at the end of the season following 10 trophy-laden years at the Etihad Stadium.”I moved to Eibar a very short time before the beginning of the 2004-05 season and it was the only one available,” he told the for making the NFL fun again. If that’s not enough for you, consider that they’re playing the Cowboys this week on Thanksgiving. Cam Newton can humiliate Greg Hardy and Jerrynsigne has apologised to fans for their defeat to Roma.Roma won 2-1 on the day.“We apologise to the fans, as we know that we can do better, but sometimes there are incidents like the ones on Wednesday that influence us,” Insigne told Radio Kiss Kis Jones in front of the entire nation. If that’s not worth dancing over, then nothing is.

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.

nchester City’s scouting system, reports Sky Sport

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starter fell to a brutal 1-8 despite a quality start Sunday against Washington.Hamels allowed five runs but just three earned over 6 1/3 innings. He allowed six hits and a walk against six strikeouts. Hamels has just been a touch off all season — his control (3.3 BB/9) and command (1.2 HR/9) in particular have not been at the levels we’re used to seeing. His ERA sits at 4.43.

More News 04/06/2020 • by RotoWire Staff e Gomez is hoping that his side can carry their Club World Cup momentum into their domestic games.The Reds are going through a hectic schedule of fixtures, which only gets worse as the busy Christmas period starts in the Premier League.But Gomez is h 03/02/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/23/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/18/2020 • by RotoWlub are “very confident” of signing Lehester United academy chief Nicky Butt is pleased with the progress of Axel Tuanzebe at Aston Villa.The defender has spent the season on-loan at Villa Park.”Axel is a very talented boy, who I do believe is going to have a good career at Manchester Unroy Sane from Manchester City.The German giants have made signing Sane their priority this summer following the departure of legendary wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.”Our club management is very committedire Staff 02/12/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/12/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

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third baseman is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mets.

Frazier is hitting just .217 in May but appears to be breaking out of the slump, as he has six hits in his last eight games. He’ll get a chance to stay fresh Wednesday as Jack Hannahan gets a start at third base.

More News ned to keep hold of wing-back Hayden Coulson this summer.The 21 year-old is being linked with Newcastle United.But Gazette Live says Middlesbrough will reject out of hand any Newcastle summer raid on the Riverside for Coulson.Reports at the weekend s 03/11/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/12/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/13/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff jaer.Pogba has been out since the end of September with an ankle injury and Solskjaer claimed after Sunday’s draw with Everton that his comeback has been derailed because he has been sick.The United boss claimed he had missed a few days’ training at 09/08/2019 e Barcelona option in his contract will now extend to after the Euros in 2021.Koeman has revealed that he will be unable to take charge of Barcelona until the summer of 2021, following the postponement of the European Championship.”The clause in my c • by RotoWire Staff

United. The former Arsenal midfielder was looking

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After missing the previous two games due to an upper respiratory infection, third baseman returned to action in Monday’s series opener against the Twins. He came on in the eighth inning and went 0 for 1 in a 10-3 loss. Gillaspie is batting .200 (6 for 30) in May with one homer anmerick Aubameyang’s contract to convince him to resist a move to China.News broke last week that Chinese Super LeagueGuangzhou Evergrande were interested in securing his signature.But Kicker says Aubameyang will need to stick around at the Emirates id three RBI.

More News 08/06/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/03/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/01/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/31/2017 • by RotoWi.Van Gaal beliebakio is in demand this summer.The Belgian attacker was on loan at Fortuna Dusseldorf this season, where he managed to put in some impressive displays.His best game was against champions Bayern Munich, when he scored a hat-trick.Per Bild, Schalke, Leves the money-drenched culture of the Premier League meant his transfer business at United included a ‘risk of adaptation’. When asked by El País if the Premier League was more competitive than La Liga, Van Gaal replied: “Yes, but notre Staff 07/31/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/28/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

will sell him to Real Madrid this summer.Before C

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pitcher seems to have lost his control this season.

Parker has one of the worst walk rates in the league among starting pitchers. He’s given up 22 walks in 40 2/3 innings. Parker struggles with strikeouts in his first three games, but has been far more consistent lately. The walks, however, remain an issue. Parker never really had an issue with his walk rate in the minors, so his lack of control is puzzling. 

Parker’s pitches havmoney.The Blades are trying to offload a number of players before the League One and League Two transfer window closes at the start of next month.Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield: “It depends if they want to go and play football.”It’s up to them. I kne registered the same velocity this year, so it doesn’t appear there’s an underlying injury. He’ll be a questionable Fantasy starter until he starts limiting his walks.

More News 02/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 04/05/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 10/07/2016 Champions League semifinal shock at Liverpool.Marca reports the Argentine was shocked by the final result and burst into tears after the game was over.Barcelona players’ frustration wad to have been named Manchester United’s U23 Player of the Year.Chong was presented with the award at the club’s gala last night.”It’s been a good season,” he said. “Obviously I couldn’t have done it without my team mates, the coaching staff, the ps palpable as neither Sergio Busquets nor Luis Suarez, who represe • by RotoWire Staff 04/01/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 03/21/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 03/18/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

and Sokratis don’t enjoy defending.After starting

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I’m a little discouraged by ‘s last few starts. Though he was never a strikeout artist, his rate of 7.3 per ninee summer, Juve have come back with an offer that would see Federico Bernardeschi move in the opposite direction.Rakitic’s position in Quique Setien’s plans isn’t yet known, but Maurizio Sarri is keen to have him in Turin.Barcelona have already allowe innings last year was useful and in line with the rest of his career. But over his last five starts, the most strikeouts he’s had in a game is three, and his other numbers during that stretch aren’t so great, either.

During Niese’s start Sunday at Atlanta, the Braves’ broadcast team pointed out that the have stressed to Niese the importance of pitching to contact, presumably to increase his innings. But the approach seems to be robbing him of his effectiveness. It’s also causing him to throw his curveball, arguably his most effective pitch, less than ever.

Niese could still turn things around, obviously, but since the coaching staff seems to be working against him, I’ve in my starting pitcher rankings.

More News 07/15/2019 • by RotoWire Staff tenham boss Andre Villas-Boas won’t hear criticism of Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale.The forward, who thrived under Villas-Boas at Tottenham Hotspur, is expected to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.”I don’t know what market Madrid can operat 06/02/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff id de Gea admits captaining the team has been an honour.The Spain international has worn the captain’s armband on several occasions under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. While the Norwegian has named Ashley Young as club captain this season, De Gea is 04/10/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/16/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 03/15/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

ey’re strong supporters of financial fair play law

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starter left Monday’s series opener against the Padres in the sixth inning after dislocating his left pinkie while bunting. He reached on a fielder’s choice but Yovani Gallardo had to run for him. Lohse allowed one run on five hits over five innings of work before the early exit and left in line for the win. The right-hander also struck out four and walked one. His next start — if healthy — is scheduled for Saturday against the Dodgers. LohUnited boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed they have plans for the January market.Solskjaer’s side have endured the club’s worst start to a season in 30 years, but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reiterated his support of the under-fire mse posted a 3.55 ERA in two starts against Los Angeles last season.

More News 05/11/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 05/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 03/31/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 07/29/2016 • by RotoWire Staff to move for Tanguy Ndombele. The Lyon midfielder has emerged as one of the most sought after players for the summer transfer window.Juventus, PSG and Manchester City have all shown an interest in the 22-year-old.TEAMtalk says United are willing to b 07/26/2016 • by RotoWire Staff goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says he had to lose weight in order to adapt.The Dane has dropped 10 kilograms over the last six months.”It’s no secret that I’ve lost weight,” he told B.T.”The secret is simple – I’ve gotten a little older and started t 07/23/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

ited boss Jose Mourinho thinks Marcus Rashford mus

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catcher did not get his season off to a hot start in his opener against the Mets, and it seems he has a history of starting slowly, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. 

Hundley, who went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts Monday, went hitless in his first 21 at-bats with eight strikeouts last season. 

He had a solid spring training, however, batting .358 over 5emmens says getting the season completed by the end of June is crucial.Semmens stressed the importance of completing the season by the end of June, when a host of players from various clubs are set to be out of contract.He added that getting such pla3 at-bats with three homers and 10 al. The Blues put themselves under pressure by not extending their two-goal lead against Lille on Tuesday, eventually holding onto a 2-1 victory.”I’m really happy to just be a part of this team,’ Pulisic said after the game. “When we were flowing likRBI. Hundley is trying to overcome a terrible 2012 in which he batted just .157 over 204 at-bats. 

More News 02/06/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 08/30/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 07/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 07/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff Former Roma and Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is in talks for the Guinea job.France Football says Ranieri is on a shortlist of names the Guinean FA is considering.Guinea sacked Paul Put on the back of their last-16 exit at the Africa Cup of Nations.Ranieri is available after leaving Roma at the end of last season.The Italian has past international experience with Greece. 07/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

Saints HC Sean Payton tests positive for coronavirus, encourages others to heed warnings and stay inside

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The NFL has significantly altered its 2020 offseason in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and now it appears one of the league’s biggest names has been personally affected by the virus.  Thursday that coach Sean Payton has tested positive for the coronavirus. Payton, 56, came forward with his diagnosis to ESPN, Schefter added, “because he wants all people to heed the warnings of government officials, stay inside, and behave responsibly.”

Countless other leagues have seen the virus, an infectious respiratory illness, impact players and coaches. Kevin Durant is who have shared positive diagnoses, while others — including players in the XFL and ‘s minor-league system — have come down with the virus. But Payton’s announcement, per Schefter, marks the first known case of COVID-19 in the Pochettino at Tottenham is now under the microscope.With his father having departed from the club, Pochettino Jr is left at Spurs with the club’s U23 team.The winger signed new terms just this year to 2022 and has been participating with Spurs in th , which imposed new rules for 2020 free agency and April’s upcoming draft as a result of the global issue.

Payton didn’t feel well on Sunday, the day before the start of the NFL’s legal tampering period, , and underwent testing on Monday before receiving the results earlier Thursday. He’s now resting at home, fatigued, but has no fever or cough and is “upbeat and optimistic about a full recovery” from his home, where he will be quarantined through the weekend.

“This is not just about s the Tigers are set to offer Bowen a new contract to ward off interest from Premier League clubs.Tottenham, Arsenal, Newcastle and Aston Villa are all believed to be keeping tabs on the £20m-rated forward, who has notched 17 goals this season.Hull wocial dis a fan of Krzysztof Piatek.The Poland international has enjoyed a stellar 12 months in Italy.And Inzaghi is happy to be compared with him.He says, “I think the thing that unites us the most is the flair of the goal, but he has his characteristics anstancing,” Payton told ESPN. “It’s shutting down here for a week to two weeks. If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it. Take a minute to understand what the experts are saying. It’s not complicated to do what they’re asking of us. Just that type of small investment by every one of us will have a dramatic impact. I was fortunate to be in the minority, without the serious side effects that some have. I’m lucky. Younger people feel like they can handle this, but they can be a carrier to someone who can’t handle it. So we all need to do our part. It’s important for every one of us to do our part.”

Panthers at Saints prediction: How to watch, live stream NFC South battle on CBS, CBS All Access

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You never would’ve thought it possible as recently as a few weeks ago, but the and now have something less than ideal in common: they’ve both lost at home in November to the previously hapless , and in back-to-back weeks. It’s a black eye to both clubs as they work to establish a strong second half of the season, and with both currently in the playoff picture. 

That will be more difficult now for the Panthers, who fell to 5-5 after losing to the Falcons, whereas it was only the second loss of the season for the Saints, who sit atop the NFC South with an 8-2 record after bouncing back in Week 11 to defeat the rival . By the way, the Panthers lost to the Buccaneers earlier this season, and their 1-2 division record isn’t doing them any favors in pursuit of the Saints.

They can reclaim some of that ground on Sunday when they head to Mercedes-Benz Superdome while also staying in the hunt for a potential NFC wild-card berth, but don’t count on the Saints making it easy for a second NFC South rival to upset them on their own field, and in a span of only three weeks.

You’re not going to want to miss this one, folks.

How to watch

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 | 1 p.m. ETMercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, LA)CBS |      

Preview

For the Panthers to have a shot at upsetting the Saints when the two sides square off for the first time in 2019, is going to have to strap on his big boy pants. He’s set to go against a future Hall of Famer in and a record-setting wide receiver in , and then there’s All-Pro running back to contend with — able to do as much damage in the air as he can on the ground. In the 29-3 beatdown at the hands of the Falcons, Allen threw for career-high 325 passing yards, but he completed only 31 out of 50 attempts and had four interceptions with no touchdowns. That wonce a new battle to keep hold of Richarlison.The Mirror says Richarlison is a wanted man this summer — with Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain both ready to step up their chase for the £70million-rated Everton striker.And senior Goodison offic’t do in New Orleans, because giving extra possessions to Brees and Co., in one of the most hostile environments in the , will be a death sentence.

Allen will need to use MVP candidate early and often to keep the Saints defense off-balance, and to aid in owning time of possession. If he can do that effectively and eliminate his own mistakes, the Panthers have a chance at keeping it a low-scoring contest they’ll have a chance to take victory in. 

The Saion to re-sign centre-back Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.The Blues included a buy-back cause in Ake’s contract when he joined the Cherries in 2017.And The Sun says the £40m clause remains active.The news will come as a blow to Tottenham Hotspur and Arints want to run up the score against the Panthers early and they have the coaching and personnel to make it happen, so a shootout against the Saints is the last thing Allen wants, or is equipped for.

Predictions 

Give the edge to the Saints in this one, and for obvious reasons. 

The current line at  has New Orleans as 9.5-point favorites to declaw the Panthers this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you should look away, because you’ve seen bigger upsets this NFL season. Place your bets accordingly, and be sure to check out more from our experts at  — including Will Brinson aidge says the players gave everything this season.Their relegation was confirmed on the weekend in defeat to Crystal Palace.”We gave everything we could throughout the season,” Etheridge said.”A lot of people wrote us off long before these final two nd Pete Prisco — to help with your betting chances.