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Everton’s Ramiro Funes Mori faces nine months out after surgery

Everton’s Ramiro Funes Mori faces nine months out after surgery

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Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori is expected to miss a big part of the next Premier League campaign after undergoing further surgery on a knee injury that will sideline him for six-to-nine months. Everton’s Ramiro Funes Mori faces nine months out after surgery Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori is expected to miss a big part of the next Premier League campaign after undergoing further surgery on a knee injury that will sideline him for six-to-nine months, the club said on Wednesday. The Argentina international played 23 league games for Everton last season but sustained the season-ending injury while on international duty in March. Any hopes the 26-year-old had of returning early next season were dashed, however, after the defender suffered a serious setback during his recu
Jose Mourinho won’t allow Antonio Conte to humiliate him again in FA Cup showdown

Jose Mourinho won’t allow Antonio Conte to humiliate him again in FA Cup showdown

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Antonio Conte won’t mug off Jose Mourinho again. At least not to the same extent that he did in October when the Special One limped away from Stamford Bridge with his ego bruised, following a four-goal bashing. Why? Manchester United are no longer hostages to fortune. They know what the ­manager wants. And they can deliver it. The reason why I give ­Chelsea the edge is because Zlatan Ibrahimovic is missing. It is a shame for the FA Cup that the Swede will be absent in south-west London, it’s a stage tailor-made for him. A major occasion, under the lights, TV audience of ­millions. Two tribes going head-to-head. That is not to be – and that’s the reason why I think Mourinho will stop short of giving Conte a bloody nose. Look at what the Portuguese has done this s
ADRIAN PETERSON RUMORS: FREE-AGENT RB REPORTEDLY WILL MEET WITH SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

ADRIAN PETERSON RUMORS: FREE-AGENT RB REPORTEDLY WILL MEET WITH SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

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The Seattle Seahawks and free-agent running back Adrian Peterson are scheduled to meet Sunday. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com and Josina Anderson of ESPN reported the news. Seattle will mark Peterson's first visit in free agency. The seven-time Pro Bowler spent his first 10 NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings but hit the open market when the team declined his 2017 option. Jamaal Charles and Latavius Murray are also slated to meet with the Seahawks this week, per La Canfora. Their running back spot could use some competition after an injury-plagued 2016 saw no Seattle running back reach 500 yards on the ground. Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise provide a talented young tandem, but they combined to play 15 games last season. Peterson, 31, is coming off the worst professional season o
Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Massimiliano Allegri ‘gives Gunners three weeks to decide if they want him’

Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Massimiliano Allegri ‘gives Gunners three weeks to decide if they want him’

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Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has given Arsenal three weeks to decide whether or not they want him to replace Arsene Wenger. That is according to the Daily Star, who say the Italian has issued a come and get me plea to the Gunners with Wenger's future uncertain. The Bianconeri want to tie their manager to fresh terms, with his current contract due to expire at the end of next season. Arsenal are facing a battle to finish in the Premier League top four and were dumped out of the Champions League in humbling fashion by Bayern Munich, losing both legs of their last-16 tie 5-1. Martinez in line for rare start Arsene Wenger is facing another keeper dilemma for Arsenal's FA Cup quarter-final against non-League Lincoln, with an injury doubt over David Ospina. Boss Wenge...
USA avoids upset with walkoff win over Colombia in World Baseball Classic

USA avoids upset with walkoff win over Colombia in World Baseball Classic

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MIAMI – Breaking down Friday’s Pool C game of the World Baseball Classic between Colombia and the U.S. Team USA 3, Colombia 2, 10 innings: *** The game: Adam Jones’ RBI single in the 10th inning drove in the winning run as the U.S. barely escaped falling victim to one of the biggest upsets in the WBC’s four-edition history. The U.S. didn’t advance past the semifinals – and reached them just once – in the three previous WBCs, and it would have been in a precarious position had it lost its tournament opener to a heavy underdog. Colombia is playing in its first WBC, having earned a spot last year by going 3-0 in a qualifying round against Panama and Spain. Christian Yelich and Brandon Crawford worked one-out walks in the 10th off losing pitcher Guillermo Moscoso, and after an I
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: Red Devils ‘preparing to up David De Gea’s release clause’

Manchester United transfer news and rumours: Red Devils ‘preparing to up David De Gea’s release clause’

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Real Madrid's interest in David De Gea continues and is unlikely to ever go away until he is turning out at the Santiago Bernabeu. And according to El Confidential (via Sport Witness), United are set to look to hand the keeper a new deal at Old Trafford to protect his value. The Red Devils did similar in 2015, when his move to Los Blancos fell through. But the Spanish paper claims that contains a €50million release clause. Now, they say United have told the player's agent, Jorge Mendes, that they wish to hand the keeper a new deal, and take that figure up to the €70million mark. Griezmann on his future Antoine Griezmann has insisted he has no reason to leave Atletico Madrid as he continues to be linked with a summer switch to Manchester United. The French striker has alre
Luis Suárez’s dive exposes Barcelona’s cheating, amid the celebrations

Luis Suárez’s dive exposes Barcelona’s cheating, amid the celebrations

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The post-match Camp Nou scene that resonated most with me did not involve Barcelona’s group photographs. It was not Luis Enrique in such a mood that one thought he might be of a mind to reconsider his future. The sight of distraught Paris Saint-Germain supporters, motionless on the upper tier, was what struck a chord. Never mind celebrations, what lingered was that gut-wrenching feeling of painful defeat as experienced only by those who care passionately for their team, and which dismisses the cliche that football is “only a game”. It is unexplainable to anyone who hasn’t suffered the same level of dejection. In this case, those from France can only have sampled hurt turning towards anger when they reflected on Wednesday night’s events. If they could stomach the replays, that is. The
Alexis Sanchez back in body but not in spirit… as Arsenal man enjoys laugh on the bench during Champions League humiliation against Bayern Munich

Alexis Sanchez back in body but not in spirit… as Arsenal man enjoys laugh on the bench during Champions League humiliation against Bayern Munich

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As Bayern Munich were given a penalty and Arsenal disputed Laurent Koscielny's red card, one player turned his back and meandered towards the halfway line. Alexis Sanchez was back in body but not quite in spirit. Sanchez strolled over for a chat with Bayern's right back Rafinha as Koscielny made his exit and Robert Lewandowski scored his team's sixth goal of the tie. Disappointment? Maybe. But it seemed to epitomise Sanchez, resigned to his fate in a team he feels is inferior to his own quality. When Arsenal and his manager needed something super-human, he did just enough. Closing down but without the usual intensity. Little bursts of interest while more often lost in his own world of self-pity. He was not downright awful. There were flashes of his quality: a sumptuous pass or an exp...
Dirk Nowitzki’s legacy in Dallas more than just 30,000 point milestone

Dirk Nowitzki’s legacy in Dallas more than just 30,000 point milestone

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If you took Dirk Nowitzki’s word for it at the time, this modern-day reality was once his worst nightmare.It was early April 2013, nearly two years after his Dallas Mavericks won their one and only title and a few weeks shy of a playoff absence that would spark a league-wide debate about whether he’d want to finish his storied career where it had started. “Now that I already reached my goal (of winning it all), I really want to finish my career in Dallas," Nowitzki told me at the time. "But saying all that, I don't want another year next year with the same as this year, (with) the frustration and playing for the eight or nine seed. I think we all know that this is a very big summer for us.” That summer and beyond, with three first-round bow-outs still yet to come and the annual a
New laws mean players can be sent off

New laws mean players can be sent off

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The MCC has confirmed that umpires will have the authority to send players off for serious breaches of behaviour under updated laws of the game which will be used from October 1, 2017. They have also laid out the restrictions on bat sizes and there will be an amendment to the run out law to protect a batsman whose bat has bounced in the air once they have crossed the popping crease. These new laws follow the recommendations of the MCC Cricket Committee from their meeting in Mumbai in early December. An attempt to stamp out poor on-field behaviour at the lower levels of the game has led to a decision to bring in four levels of offences which the umpires can judge. The most serious, levels three and four, include temporarily or permanently removing a player from the game alongside a...