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Samuel Umtiti facing eight weeks out with hamstring injury

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Eighth-place Celta , which had lost only two of its last five games against Barcelona , opened the scoring with Iago Aspas' close-range shot 20 minutes into the match. Messi just missed with a header in the 85th, and a minute later Celta had a chance to score the potential victor but Pione Sisto's shot from inside the area was stopped by a remarkable foot save by Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Read More »

Jonny Evans 'important' for West Bromwich Albion - Alan Pardew

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After struggling to impress in the last few years at Old Trafford, Evans has established himself as one of the recognised defenders in the league. When the team news was announced at 2pm for Palace's match against West Brom , the starting line up seemed to be business as usual with the exception of James Tomkins and Yohan Cabaye being absent through injury. Read More »

Tunisia's Jaidi Advises African Teams In World Cup

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However, in recent friendlies against Russia, Panama and Venezuela, Iran played with a different tactic, pressing higher up the pitch and adopting a more aggressive approach. France, winners in 1998, face Australia in their Group C opener, with Peru and Denmark making up a testing section. "Croatia has an excellent midfield, Nigeria is unpredictable and has some very fast players, and Iceland comes in with little pressure", Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said. Read More »

Eagles Sign Playmaker to a 4-Year Extension

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Green and passing Pierre Garcon. His contract now runs through 2021. The Eagles originally signed Jeffery to a one-year deal back in March, but the 27-year-old has been so impressive that the franchise has chose to extend him for the long haul. Read More »

Georgia gets another shot at Auburn

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This is a rematch of a regular-season game Auburn won 40-17 at home on November 11; its the seventh rematch in the history of the SEC championship game, and the regular-season victor is 5-1. The Tigers are rolling, but my gut tells me that Georgia is going to exact some sweet revenge in racing past Auburn, 38-28. The Georgia Bulldogs will take on the Auburn Tigers in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship at the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta . Read More »

[Teams] Chelsea vs Newcastle: Confirmed Line-Ups From Stamford Bridge

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Wednesday's incident at Stamford Bridge was the first time Conte has been dismissed in English football and he could now be fined or even given a touchline ban. They likely wouldn't be his only suitors in the event he is to become available, and Luiz's stance regarding a Chelsea departure could soften if his playing time at the club continues to suffer. Read More »

F1: Leclerc and Ericsson to race for Sauber in 2018

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Alfa Romeo Sauber Formula 1 team has announced Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson as its drivers for the 2018 season. Fellow Ferrari junior Antonio Giovinazzi missed out on a race seat but will fill the role of reserve driver for the team. Read More »

Rep. Joe Barton won't run for re-election in wake of sexting scandal

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Barton, a former Energy Committee chairman and the longest-serving member of the Texas delegation, said Thursday he would not seek reelection in 2018, but rejected calls from Republicans back home to immediately quit Congress. "Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended". "I am sorry that I let my constituents down". The woman denied that she threatened to make the material public, and she also denied leaking the explicit image of Barton that appeared on the internet earlier that ... Read More »

Mourinho 'not surprised' Guardiola avoided punishment for celebration

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Presuming from the body language used, that Pep was unhappy with Redmond for some reason, begged the question for fans, what could he be so annoyed about having just snatched a last-gasp win to maintain an incredible run of momentum which sees City sitting comfortably on top of the league? And when asked on Friday if he was surprised Guardiola did not get the same punishment he had, the Portuguese said: "Surprised? No". Read More »

Most Cavs Players Weren't Interested in Dwyane Wade; LeBron Didn't Care

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You can read what Smith had to say here. While Dwyane Wade has played well off the bench in recent weeks for the Cleveland Cavaliers , not every player was immediately on board with his signing. "So, of course, it bothered me, but f*** it. It is what it is". " Tyronn Lue didn't want Wade to start, but it took three games before Wade agreed", he wrote. Read More »

Giancarlo Stanton Will Have Massive Tax Increase If Traded To California Team

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The Marlins have reportedly warned Stanton that he will be stuck on a stripped-down team in the process of a rebuild if he refuses to waive his no-trade rights and accept a new deal elsewhere. If Stanton holds out for the Dodgers, the timeline is less certain. This past season, the Cardinals finished 83-79, good for third in the NL Central. Read More »

Big 12 Championship Game Predictions & Preview: TCU vs. Oklahoma 11/30/17

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Patterson said he won't let the Big 12 title rematch be about the exchange. The 13th game could prove more of a burden than a boost for a Big 12 team already positioned well in the CFP rankings. Oklahoma's top four receivers average 17.8 yards per reception and have scored a combined 21 touchdowns. Overall, Oklahoma leads the nation with 593.5 yards per game and ranks second in passing offense and fourth in scoring offense. Read More »

Jose Mourinho Has Reportedly Named A Surprisingly Low Price For Luke Shaw

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The Turkish club are looking to add a left back to their squad and have also been linked with Manchester United outcast Luke Shaw , and Chelsea duo Baba Rahman and Kenedy, in recent weeks. Shaw's reputation went down since the terrible leg injury he suffered in a Champions League game against PSV in September 2015. The England international's struggles come despite Mourinho's search for a permanent candidate at left-back, with 32-year-old Ashley Young emerging ahead of Shaw, Daley Blind ... Read More »

Tom Brady on Eli Manning being benched: 'It's a pretty unfortunate situation'

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Since Manning is a two-time Super Bowl champion and potentially a Hall-of-Famer, there has been a ton of reactions to the move. "He personifies class and humility, toughness, competitiveness". "As I mentioned, that whole process has been discussed", Sullivan said. "And I think that everybody is disappointed". At the opening of the NFL Fan Experience in Times Square, Strahan was still frustrated about Manning's benching. Read More »

Germany, Mexico face off in spectacular Group F

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In reality Germany might have been happier drawing England given they seem to have the psychological edge after victories over the English in the 1974, 1990 and 2010 editions of the tournament. This is why I'm so glad Germany is our last opponent. While nothing can be taken for granted at the World Cup, four-time world champions and current FIFA Confederations Cup holders Germany are widely expected to top this group. Read More »

Mourinho not ruling Matic of out Arsenal clash

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He said: "I would always try to play the best possible team, even if the Champions League match was a must-win". It doesn't matter what comes after or what happens before. "And when Arsenal have the ball, we will defend with 11 players". "I think in the beginning of football, the guy that made a decision to say "defenders", "attackers" was bad". Read More »

Greg Holland and Mike Moustakas win Comeback Player of the Year Awards

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The 2017 season was Holland's first with the Rockies after he spent the first six seasons of his Major League Baseball career with the Royals . Holland is the first Rockies player to win the Comeback Player of the Year award. Moustakas hit.272 with a career-high 38 homers and 85 RBIs in his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Moustakas, 29, only managed 27 games in 2016 due to injury. Read More »

Pelicans' Davis fined $25K after ejection

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Then after attempting to block a shot and being called for a foul, Davis walked toward the official and started jawing, earning him his second technical, which enraged him further. So far this season, Davis is averaging 25.6 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, and had posted 19-and-10 against the Jazz before his injury. "You can probably call a foul on any play when those guys are matched up against each other". Read More »

Blue Jays acquire Aledmys Diaz

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Puma says, however, that Bruce is looking for a five-year deal. The 27-year-old has 24 home runs through two Major League Baseball seasons with a.283 average to boot. Just 22 years old, Woodman spent the 2017 season with the Lansing Lugnuts of Low A, and played in 96 games. The left-handed hitting Woodman is 6-foot-2, 195 pounds and throws right-handed. Read More »

Putting Eli Manning's benching in perspective will make you feel old

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But, if you thought Eli Manning was feeling bad, take a look at this note from NFL Media's research department. "You have to take any accomplishments out of it and evaluate the roster". Starting just to keep the streak going and knowing you won't finish the game and have a chance to win it is pointless to me, and it tarnishes the streak. Read More »

Conte Set For FA Fine After Accepting Misconduct Charge

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Antonio Conte believes that the Premier League's fixture list has had an adverse effect on Chelsea's chances to retain their title as Manchester City sit 11 points ahead in the table. "My focus is only on Chelsea and I'm totally committed to this club and for my players." . This week, Newcastle played at West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday and Chelsea were at home against Swansea on Wednesday. Read More »

Defending champ Clemson atop CFP rankings, followed by Auburn, Oklahoma, Wisconsin

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There is a chance that the final spot in the College Football Playoff could come down to the committee deciding between Ohio State and Alabama, and we want to hear your arguments on behalf of each teams. But there are always exceptions to rules, and one of those exceptions happened to Alabama this season. Alabama (11-1) dropped to number-5. As they showed the week after their trip to Iowa, in a 48-3 win against No. Read More »

Beltran and Thomson out of running for Yankees manager

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Beltran was the last candidate to interview, speaking with the team on Wednesday. Others had volunteered their services, including YES Network analysts David Cone and John Flaherty. "He never expressed interest in any way, shape or form in it". Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has said that he plans to have the final candidates fly to Tampa, Fla., where he would like the Steinbrenner family to meet with them personally. Read More »

Nuggets optimistic about Nikola Jokic injury

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The bad news is he is still expected to miss several games, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski . It was apparent that Jokic had a chance to be a special player as he contributed 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a key rotational player during his rookie campaign. Read More »

Colin Kaepernick named recipient of SI's 2017 Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

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Kaepernick, who hasn't played in 2017, famously kneeled during the singing of the national anthem before a 2016 preseason game as a form of protest for the treatment of black Americans, particularly by police. That fact that he hasn't played in a game actually shows what he has sacrificed for standing up for what he believes. And now the free-agent quarterback is the recipient of an award bearing the late boxing legend and beloved global sports icon's name. Read More »

Shohei Ohtani Prefers To Join Team That Doesn't Already Have Japanese Stars

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Japanese baseball phenom Shohei Ohtani may prefer to sign with an MLB team that doesn't already have another Japanese star on its roster, according to a new report. The main goal of the memo appears to be to gather information ahead of the negotiation window so that Ohtani and his agents can quickly winnow the field to a more manageable number of suitors. Read More »