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West Ham and Marseille agree fee for Dimitri Payet

Now, according to the official West Ham website , a like for like swap is in the offing... Payet has re-joined French club Marseille for £25million and has ended his spell in the Premier League. "We're going home", Payet tweeted alongside a photo of a small private plane with its door open. And yet, it's still too bad from a Premier League fan's point of view that Payet has gone. Read More »

Klopp will lead Liverpool to silverware, says Coutinho

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The Premier League leaders are probably the worst opponents for Klopp's men as they look to avoid equalling the unwanted record for successive home defeats - four - for only the second time in the club's history and the first time since 1923. Read More »

Asmir Begovic confirms he wants to quit this month

Antonio Conte has mastered the art of balancing a Premier League title challenge with the FA Cup - and Chelsea's convincing 4-0 win over Brentford was evidence of how a good cup run can help their league aspirations rather than hinder them. Read More »

Chelsea: Begovic keen to move on

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Rumours of Begovic's potential exit have been swirling for a few days, with Chelsea being persistently linked with replacements for the former Stoke City stopper, including Celtic's Craig Gordon and Brighton's David Stockdale. It's very important for me. "I haven't news about Asmir", Conte added. "I'm not scared of the young players". "Very unusual for it to finish after our game, the transfer window, with a tough game against Liverpool ". Read More »

Lowry Leads Raptors Over Bucks

However, they have looked better in the last two games despite DeRozan's absence, losing by a combined four points at home to San Antonio and on the road at Memphis. The Raptors haven't lost six in a row since December 3-12 of 2012. "It sucks, but we can't work like that", Lowry said of the lost opportunity. Lowry couldn't put his finger on why some teams are struggling. Read More »

Leo Santa Cruz regains belt with majority decision over Carl Frampton

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Frampton and his team will hope that the proposed third fight takes place in Belfast, but that is highly doubtful as the Mexican now holds all of the aces. Leading into the rematch, it became evident that Santa Cruz and Frampton were perhaps forever linked. "He's a Mexican fighter, and he likes to entertain", Schaefer said. Read More »

Thunder C Enes Kanter punches chair, ruled out with wrist injury

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Until he's back on the floor, he said , he'll try to assist from the bench, doing what he can for frontcourt mates Steven Adams , Domantas Sabonis , Jerami Grant and Joffrey Lauvergne . "Something like that, bro, he didn't mean to do it, obviously", Adams said. No one else can be as hard as he is on himself. "I feel bad for him, but he's still a good man. Read More »

Floyd Mayweather says Conor McGregor fight 'likely to happen'

If you, like most of us, have consistently shot down the possibility of Conor McGregor boxing Floyd Mayweather, well, it could be time to change that view. Gray then brought up McGregor's comments about himself being the true A-Side when comparing the two and the value they bring to the fight, before referring to Mayweather as "the scared-side". Read More »

India post 144/8 in 2nd T20 global against England

Feedback on umpiring is given through the match referee. Skipper Eoin Morgan and Joe Root took the score to 65 for two in 10 overs before Amit Mishra dismissed Morgan. Jasprit is a talented bowler, and very good at the death. 'Losing a batsman who had faced almost 40 balls on a wicket that wasn't easy to time on was a hammer blow and proved very costly. Read More »

NHL All-Star Game preview & how to watch

Like last season, it features a 3 on 3 format with a $1 million prize to be paid to the winning team. The main event happens on Sunday January 29 beginning at 12:30 PM Pacific Time , as the division teams consisting of the very best players in the world will battle for supremacy. Read More »

Arrogate wins the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational

The Pegasus was a succession of power. It was expected to be a match race between Arrogate and California Chrome, who finished second to Arrogate in the Breeders' Cup Classic in their first meeting. On Saturday, he showed no indication of any hardship. Chrome earned a career-best speed figure, but Espinoza was criticized for looking over his shoulder for Arrogate . Read More »

Wade to captain Australia's ODI team

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With the inclusion of Martin Guptill along with Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, the Kiwis will hope to reclaim the trophy. Australia's batsmen will have to overturn their recent horrific record at Eden Park if they are to get their Chappell-Hadlee series campaign off to a winning start. Read More »

New Lawsuit Alleges 52 Rapes By Baylor Players

The lawsuit comes after former head coach Art Briles, school president Ken Starr, and athletic director Ian McCaw were let go previous year following an independent investigation which revealed that the athletic department discouraged women from reporting instances of sexual assault, and encouraged them to remain silent about their allegations towards members of the team. Read More »

Watford, Hull and Leeds knocked out of FA Cup by underdog sides

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London Sutton United's FA Cup fairy tale continued on Sunday as holders Manchester United easily avoided the upsets that befell two other Premier League sides. It is the first time two non-league sides have reached that stage since the foundation of the Football League. "I'm the one that selected the team, I'm the one that made a lot of changes, it didn't work out for us". Read More »

WWE Royal Rumble 2017: Best Finishes For John Cena Vs. AJ Styles

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I'll take good side winning with Naomi pinning Bliss, likely setting up their title match. The first PPV of the year by WWE is here. You can either subscribe to the WWE Network - a Netflix-esque service for wrestling - for £9.99 a month, or purchase the event on Sky Box Office from £14.95. Read More »

Brent Musburger retiring from ESPN play-by-play at age 77

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Katherine Webb-McCarron, the wife of Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron, tweeted a thank you to retiring ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger . "A love of sports allows me to live a life of endless pleasure". "Brent's catalog of big events is unmatched, and he has skillfully guided us through some of the most dramatic and memorable moments in sports with his authentic and distinctive style", ESPN President John Skipper said in a statement. Read More »

Bilic urges board to take Marseilles' £30m Payet offer

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And according to French sports daily L'Equipe, Marseille might face competition for the player's signature as an unnamed club have touched base with Payet's representatives. 'The only time I've spoken to him was when were in the training ground. There does not appear to be any way back into the first team for Payet at West Ham even if he is forced to remain at the club until the end of the season. Read More »

´They were heroes´ - Pochettino praises Wycombe

Pochettino opted to make a flurry of changes to the side that drew with Manchester City last weekend and it nearly cost the north Londoners dearly. But Pochettino was forced to make three substitutions before the 60th-minute and it took a goal from Son Heung-Min in the final minute of stoppage-time to finally break the League Two side, who led 2-0 at half-time and 3-2 after 83 minutes. Read More »

Ivanovic must make a decision - Conte

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All that was left was for Batshuayi to get his goal, coolly slotting home a penalty after Ivanovic had been fouled by Yoann Barbet. There was one excellent pass behind the Brentford defence to set Pedro running, but the Spain global was just offside. Read More »

Steven Gerrard: Liverpool Players "Owe" Klopp

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Many of my regular readers here I am sure will know that I am a big fan of Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager . Last week his side were in both domestic cup competitions and still competing for the Premier League title. "I said - and it's what I mean - that I am responsible for the bad things and not just the good things, and today was obviously not good, so that's my responsibility". Read More »

Vikings at the 2017 Pro Bowl Skills Competitions

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The Pro Bowl Skills Challenge also returns after a 10-year hiatus and is now being dubbed the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, which will feature a precision passing competition, a relay race known as the " Power Relay Challenge " and a dodge ball game . Read More »

Copa del Rey 2016/17: Barcelona and Atletico Madrid face off in semifinals

The hope was that two of Barcelona , Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid would meet in the final, but that all went out the window when the Merengues were shocked by Celta Vigo in the quarterfinals. "I value it as a semi-final and it's normal to face these against major teams, we're used to that", he told reporters. "To be the best, you must overcome the best". Read More »

Jese Rodriguez Close To Joining Middlesbrough On Loan

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Karanka also confirmed Ramirez handed in a transfer request but reiterates he will only be sold if his valuation is met. Claudio Ranieri, the Leicester City manager, refused to be drawn on the bid. We have four or five days to see what is happening". Middlesbrough already have one Spanish striking ace contributing to their season in the form of Alvaro Negredo but are looking to add another in the form of ex-Real Madrid striker Jese . Read More »

Stosur-Groth stopped in Open semi-final

Mirza already has six Grand Slam titles under her belt. For Dodig and Mirza this will be their second final at a Grand Slam tournament, playing in the final of Rolland Garros previous year and losing to Swiss Martina Hingis and Indian Leander Paes . Read More »

India vs England 1st T20 live score, updates and blog

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Raina, though, hasn't had much cricket coming into the tournament. When the teams for the limited-overs leg of the series vs England was revealed, one of the players who had everyone buzzing was that of Rishabh Pant, who was picked in the T20I squad. Read More »

Coach K bars his players from locker room, forbids wearing Duke apparel

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Sources told Goodman and O'Neil that Krzyzewski has instituted similar bans in the past to send a message to his players and that they will not be lifted "until they start living up to the standards of the Duke program". "The one thing I will tell you is that when I was a head coach, and I'm pretty sure any head coach at any point, different points during the season, have done things that they think will motivate their team, and we are certainly no different". Read More »

Daniel Cormier dreams of facing Jon 'Bones' Jones again someday

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It has been a very inactive one, as DC has only defended his belt once against Alexander Gustafsson , and defeated Anderson Silva in a non-title affair. In 2016, he won two straight bouts by knockout. Then he destroyed Glover Teixeira in just thirteen seconds at UFC 202. After more than a four-month delay, the rematch is back on. Read More »

Tiger Not Shining Brightly After First Round at Torrey Pines

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But, at least for his opening nine holes, that was it. Woods, starting play on No. 10 of the North Course , followed two holes later with a bogey, then made six straight pars to close the first half of his round at even-par 36. Woods no longer is mentally tougher than everyone on the field, he no longer has those nerves of steel and he no longer has any ability to handle adversity. Read More »