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Mourinho convinces Bale to sign with Manchester United

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The transfer speculation surrounding Gareth Bale and a potential transfer to Manchester United continues. Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane (L) gives instructions to Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale during the UEFA Champions League group F football match Legia Warsaw vs Real Madrid CF in Warsaw, Poland on November 2, 2016. Read More »

Video ref helps Italy halt England's World Cup momentum

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England ended the global break with a 1-1 home draw against Italy , as Lorenzo Insigne's late penalty cancelled out Jamie Vardy's opener for the Three Lions. Ciro Immobile came close in the opening stages after poor play by John Stones but it was not to be following some unconvincing finishing. The World Cup-bound hosts looked comfortable against the four-time world champions after Jamie Vardy's 26th-minute goal had brought a sizeable Wembley crowd to life. Read More »

Joel Embiid leaves game due to injury

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Embiid, 24, is enjoying his best season with the 76ers in Year 4, after the first two were washes due to a lingering foot injury. He posted on Instagram from an apparent hospital bed. Embiid finishes with 5 points (2-for-6 field goals, 1-of-2 free throws), 3 rebounds, and 1 turnover on Wednesday, yielding 7.6 FanDuel points. Some have accused Fultz of hiding while other rookies chosen later than him in the draft have had great success. Read More »

Lehmann resigns as Aussie coach

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Authorities also needed to act decisively to counter mounting concern from sponsors over reputational damage. "We're only playing a game". Bancroft and Warner have also confessed to their actions. Attempting to read a prepared statement and answer questions from reporters for the first time since receiving a 12-month suspension from global and domestic cricket, the former Australian skipper was visibly distraught. Read More »

Lehmann to resign as Australia coach

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That was due to run until the end of the 2019 Ashes series in England, but now Lehmann has joined the casualties of Australia's Cape Town debacle. Smith and co-captain David Warner have been banned for 12 months, while batsman Cameron Bancroft , who was caught with the "tape" that turned out to be sandpaper - he and Smith lied about it at a media conference during the third test - received a nine-month suspension. Read More »

Self's best coaching job? KU doubted all year until Final Four run

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That's because Jay Jay came up with his own scouting report to beat Duke, and it's pretty damn spot-on. According to Howard, his son, Jay Jay, made a decision to create the scouting report about the Blue Devils three months ago in an effort to impress his father and to help the Jayhawks avoid another loss to Duke. Read More »

Free Agency: TE Benjamin Watson agrees to 1-year deal with Saints

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You can read the release from the Saints below. Watson will sign a one-year deal with New Orleans after he led the Ravens in receptions in 2017. Watson, 6-3, 255 pounds, is a 14-year National Football League veteran who has played for the New England Patriots (2004-09), Cleveland Browns (2010-12), Saints (2013-15) and the Baltimore Ravens (2016-17), returning to New Orleans after his first stint with the club. Read More »

Lone dog Loyola part of Final Four

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They couldn't stay with us at the hotel. Custer said there were people who doubted that the two of them could ever be Division 1 basketball players. Everything seemed to be in place for John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats to make the Final Four, but fate was against them as well. Read More »

Mel Kiper mock draft 3.0 has Bengals gambling along offensive line

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During a conference call Wednesday afternoon, Kiper said he wouldn't be shocked if Allen went undrafted but added "I could see him getting drafted fifth, sixth, seventh round". "Jackson's not the most polished cover man in this year's deep class , but his combination of size, length, instincts and ball skills make him a ideal fit in Seattle, and give him as much upside as any prospect at the position this year". Read More »

Ball-Tampering Row: David Warner Apologizes for the Damage Done to Cricket

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The Indian Premier League also banned Warner, who had initially been confident of not only taking part in the T20 tournament but retaining his lucrative leadership post with Hyderabad. Sanitarium this week removed all material related to sacked Australian skipper Steve Smith from the website of its breakfast cereal Weet-Bix. "I need to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisors", he added. Read More »

Justin Rose: 'My time' to win Masters

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Three-time major champion Jordan Spieth and former Masters victor Adam Scott feature in this week's line-up and are already secure of a place at Augusta, although there are a number of high-profile names still not certain of a major appearance next week. Read More »

Not just Aussies: When Sachin Tendulkar was found guilty of ball-tampering

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Both Smith and Warner have been banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from playing for their respective Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises in 2018. Smith, Warner and Bancroft were found to have breached article 2.3.5 of the CA Code of Conduct, which relates to conduct at any time that is contrary to the spirit of the game, unbecoming of a representative, harmful to the interests of the game, or bringing the game into disrepute. Read More »

Warner told Bancroft how to tamper

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Smith and Bancroft won't be considered for leadership roles for another year, whilst Warner won't be considered for team leadership positions in the future. The BCCI's decision to ban Steve Smith and David Warner for the IPL 2018 has been taken in consultation with the Cricket Australia (CA), the Committee of Administrators (CoA) head Vinod Rai confirmed. Read More »

Controversial Insigne Penalty Earns Italy Draw At Wembley

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Insigne stepped up and leveled matters from 12-yards out as England conceded their first global goal in 10 hours and 24 minutes. "I think the ruling is "clear and obvious" and it's not". The win in front of a capacity crowd of 72,717 in Berlin's Olympic Stadium between Fifa's two top-ranked sides gave Brazil a modicum of revenge for their 7-1 hammering in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup on home soil. Read More »

Manchester United will move for Arturo Vidal

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Vidal has will have one year left on his contract in the summer and may seek a new challenge. Arturo Vidal could be on his way out of Bayern Munich as soon as this summer. Arturo Vidal has spent last three years with Bayern, having joined from Juventus, scoring 14 goals in 79 Bundesliga outings. Vidal is the "standout candidate", according to Robson, but he added Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is also being considered along with Jean Michael Seri, Marco Verratti, Fred and Jorginho. Read More »

Jaguars acquire QB Cody Kessler from the Browns

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Look for the team to still use a selection on a quarterback, and one in the early rounds of the draft is definitely still in play. The Browns drafted Kessler in the third round of the 2016 draft out of USC, and he was pressed into service as a rookie when Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown both went down with injuries. Read More »

Kansas Joins Villanova, Loyola-Chicago, Michigan In The Final Four

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Both teams have star players that have driven them through the tournament. "I mean, they wouldn't be in this position if they didn't do those things". "We knew the identity of their team was the toughness and physicality, and that proved to be true". Villanova shot just 16.7 percent from downtown, but made up with the poor shooting with solid work inside the paint and efficient shooting at the free throw line. Read More »

Are the Aussies lying over how long they've tampered?

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The 25-year-old was later charged by the ICC and fined 75 per cent of his match fee. Footage emerged of Australia opener Cameron Bancroft using a foreign object on the ball and then hiding it down his pants. South Africa defeated Australia to take 2-1 lead in the series. "I don't know. Steve said it's the first time they've tried it, so he's saying they have [changed their method]", said Broad. Read More »

Australia sending Smith, Warner, Bancroft home after ball-tampering scandal

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Discussing sanctions against the players, Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland said "the reputation of Australia as a sporting nation has been damaged in the eyes of many". There has been an outcry all over South Africa that Bancroft, who was shown on the big screen trying to hide a yellow piece of tape down his pants on Saturday afternoon after illegally trying to rub the ball received the same punishment - three demerit points - for his offence as Kagiso Rabada did last ... Read More »

Wade, Heat stymie the Cavaliers, 98-79

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The Cavaliers shot just 36.5 percent (31 of 85) from the field and four of 26 from three-point range (15.4 percent) in a losing effort against the Heat . James said Monday that if he had a vote, he would cast it for himself in the MVP race. Kelly Olynyk and Dwyane Wade led a strong first quarter finish that the Heat sustained in the second period with an 18-3 blitz to take the fight out early from the Cavs . Read More »

Tottenham match pivotal for Chelsea and Antonio Conte, says Dennis Wise

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Given these stats, it would be interesting to see how many Paddy Power football bets have been placed on Tottenham to come away with all three points from Stamford Bridge this weekend. Brazilian winger Moura signed for the club from French side Paris St Germain in the January transfer window for a fee of around 25 million pounds ($35.3 million). Read More »

Atlanta Dealing With 'Massive Inconvenience' of City Hack

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Officials have not said if they plan to pay the ransom. "Our information management team is working with the FBI, Homeland Security and also external partners from Microsoft and Cisco cyber-security incident response teams to help resolve this issue". Read More »

Lakers' Isaiah Thomas Will Undergo Hip Surgery

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He also didn't play Saturday against the Grizzlies. After struggling in Cleveland on the court, and potentially creating some strife in the locker room as well, Thomas was traded to Los Angeles. He's averaged 15.2 points on 37 percent shooting with 4.8 assists and 3.0 turnovers per game. He's expressed interest in staying with the Lakers, but the team's primary focus will likely be on targeting one or a pair of the stars who become free agents this summer. Read More »

Su'a Cravens Reportedly Traded to Broncos from Redskins for Draft Picks

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Additionally, Washington will get a conditional sixth-round pick in 2020. Washington has been shopping Cravens this offseason after he missed the entire 2017 season while contemplating an early retirement. Some had speculated that Cravens might quit football, perhaps related to the past concussion or the knee injury, but he was cleared to play football again this past December after suffering from post-concussion symptoms. Read More »