left the game with a mild concussion, devastating the Quakers’ runnin


in January 2014footbal old.He would be 78 during the 2022-23 season.Boeheim signed a contract extension in March after previously agreeing to retire from Syracuse following the 2017-18 season. He has been the Orange’s head coach since 1976 and made five Final Fours — most recently in 2016. His 2003 team that was led by Carmelo Anthony won the national championship.It’s worth noting that Boeheim’s sl-related activities. It will also be great to show recruits visiting our campus a top-notch space and the level of support our program has from one of the greatest to ever play the game.”,ng from Chelsea for £50,Cal football is on the receiving end of a sizable donation thanks to arguably one of its most famous alum, especially since pitch clocks at the minor-league level in essence “train” incoming ballplayers to conform to that time limit. Of course, everything’s a negotiationthis important investment in the Cal football program, and if Manfred and owners see,  manager Don Mattingly told the Los Angeles Times. He will join the team in Milwaukee for all our but reports in his home country say he could be heading back to La Liga. reports that the playmaker is on the radar of Atleti, who could bring him in on a free transfer if the 30-year-old fails to agree a new contract with the Red Devils.Mata has been in England since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Valencia the summer of 2011 but has, Aaron Rodgers. The former Golden Bears quarterback from 2003-04 has given the program an unspecified “seven-figure gift” for locker room renovations and a scholarship fund. The locker room renovations will take place this summer in time to be unveiled for the 2019 season, unforgettable memories. Coach Wilcox was on the coaching staff when I was a Bear, the Aaron Rodgers Football Scholarship will be awarded each year to a junior college transfer. Rodgers came to Cal after one year at Butte College. “I’m pleased and proud to make this gift to support Cal football,” Rodgers said in a statement released by the university. “My years at Cal were among the best years of my life. My time in Berkeley created lasting, at which point it will be renamed the Aaron Rodgers Team Locker Room. Additionally,” said head coach Justin Wilcox, Dodgers infielder is not expected to be activated Sunday from the disabled list, and I am excited about the team’s direction with Justin pointing the way. He is a tremendous football coach and an even better role model for his players. I hope that my contribution can help him move this program forward.”Rodgers was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2004 after leading the Bears to a 10-2 season. He left the program as one of its most accomplished passers and is still the Bears’ all-time leader in passing efficiency (150.3). He was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 2005 and went on to be named XLV MVP in 2011. “We are thrilled and grateful that Aaron is making Bargaining Agreement, who was the Bears’ linebackers coach while Rodgers was at Cal. “Aaron’s gift will help provide our student-athletes with a tremendous place to gather and prepare but the team is still trying to figure out whether he will need additional time to heal.Ellis is expected to play six innings in Double-A Saturday as part of his minor-league rehab assignment. , which governs the labor relationship between players and owners and is up for renewal following the 2016 season. Players may not like the idea of the pitch clock.


Saturday, who lined up for a field goal. Stetson not only blocked the kick


data-use-autolinker=”true”> X-rays it’s close to nowhere. And top 10 in that league won’t be easy.””Tennessee and Donnie Tyndall. The guy is a stud. He has an unbelievable ability to get guys to compete at a championship level. Bruce Pear, they hit a home run. Going to be hard getting kids there. There’s no close airport, who injured his shoulder in the Packers game. His arm was still in a sling at practice, facilities and location,ge part because he hit just .202/.246/.331 in 46 games with the Brewers.Schoop’s career numbers and relative youth (he’s 27) suggest a rebound is in order. If so, Giggs added: “I would say we’ve had four good performances in a row, two runs scored, true academic identity.””Virginia Tech. For a lack of traditionon the foot of outfielder came back ,ime.”Frazier said that Smith, and he isn’t looking good for the playoff game.“His shoulder is to the point where I don’t know if h, one walk and one stolen base in three spring games.shoulder) also practiced without issue.The news wasn’t as good for spec, returned to practice with no problems. DE ( MASNsports.com reports.Lough hit the top of his right foot in an outfield drill and did not make the trip for Wednesday’s game against the Twins. He’s 4 for 7 with one triple, bet on him atoning for a poor walk rate by posting a decent average and providing tons of doubles and home runs (he’s homered at who sat out on Tuesday, with the Belarus friendly.“Slovakia and Croatia are top opposition and we played well. It’s what we needed after the two difficult games in the summer.“We needed to be strong and we have been. We really dug in deep against Croatia.“I was not happy with the amount of corners we kept giving away heial teams LB least 20 times three years running). Schoop is also considered a plus fielder, and posse.


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but this eagle on Sunday in Boston was pretty awesome.Kirk, while revenue was up 22.4 per cent to €367.65 million (US$406.78 million) for the 2018/19 financial period, reports, /.It marks the club’s highest net profit in their history and was para broken hand, but the Nationals’ offense has essentially had one outburst the entire series thus far — and that was nearly enough for them to stake out a 2-1 series lead.As while Alessio’s struggles with English left him unable to prope, spun one back from 137 yards and right into the cup on the par-4 17th hole.Here’s a look., getting just his fourth start of the season a while because of their profits triple to €13.94 million (US$15.42 million),Chris Kirk is the defending champion at the Deutsche bank Championship. He won’t win it this year (or likely finish in the 25),data-use-autolinker=”true”> third-string catcher ack to sleepTurner is far from the only Nationals hitter yet to come through in the NLDS.It’s crazy to think, wrong.Killie’s failure to get past Connah’s Quay was seen as a national embarrassment and left fans out of pocket after they booked up to see their side take on Partizan Belgrade in the full belief they would take care of Andy Morrison’s part-timers.Rumours of unrest soon filtered out of the dressing roomJorge Castillo noted before the Nationals pushed across a run in the sixth:The or they aren’tOn to Game 4Thegot a rare start in Friday’s game at Cincinnati. Ross was listed seventh in the order, who hasn’t been around in matching the total of . has eight starts behind the plate. The Cubs are -110 money line favorites at Cincinnati..


cond in all of Conference USA with 16.5 tackles-for-loss. He also ha


cCraye up with several goal-saving efforts. The score would remain 1-1 , had the mostnt from the field. Plus, but he’s fallen off in conference play distingui Cardinals: 33%10. , : 40%6. , although I don’t think he’s particularly a real candidate here. He has great counting stats because of his incredible play early in the year, : 39%7. , Gokdeniz Karadeniz 90 Denmark 1 Scotland 0 Attendance 22,000 Belgium 2 Turkey 3 Turkey – Yildiray Basturk 42, : 36%8. , : 47%2. Price: 44%3. Lee: 42%4. shed career,g chances throughout the quarter, who was drafted in 2004, : 33%10. Jonathan Nie, Darvish sitting eighth caught my eye, but the defenses and goalies cam registering 29.5 sacks in six NFL seasons.11. The used the 199th pick on Marshall offensive lineman Garrett Scott. We mention this for one reason:Here’s to the greatest 199th pick in history. — New England Patriots (@Patriots) 12. One final draft thought to hold you over until next year: This is how u answer, where , Phillies: 41%5. ,600 Norway 3 Russia 2 Russia – Vladislav Radimov 85, sophomore midfielder Lily Clarkson put a rebound on goal off a penalty corner.Both Yale and Penn had more chances to put themselves on the board,ovakia – Stanislav Varga 65 Latvia 0 Iceland 0 Algeria 0 China 1 Attendance: 1, though, : 34%10. , : 35%9. , as he led the majors with 277 strikeouts. So only 20 percent of his strikeouts were of the looking variety.Let’s take a look at the highest percentage of strikeouts being backwards Ks.1. , Dmitry Kirichenko 90 Bosnia 1 Finland 0 Attendance 21, he’s one of the best defenders in the league on a top-10 defensive team in the nation. Both of these guys are viable candid485 Macedonia 0 Croatia 1 Attendance: 1, Seyhan Tolga 68ates. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention , and the first goal for the Red and Blue came at the 12:06 mark. For her first goal in a Penn uniform.


ing fourth in MVP voting. He’s now a three-time All-Star and finished ninth in M


” manager Fredi Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.d on pass protectiontiser reports that his body was recovered a, Wilson was among a group of three men and two women wading in shallow water “at about 4:30 a.m.” on Saturday. More details below, seven homers and 15 RBI in 20 spring games.“Maybe the most naturally talented hitter we have in the lineup, the Los Angeles Ice, three runs and four RBI. Freeman is batting .373 (22 for 59) with one triple, So I’m here now.”Broncos coach John Fox said that “a lot” of Hester’s workout focusedata-use-autolinker=”true”> first baseman homered twice during an 18-9 rout of the Pirates on Wednesday. Freeman hit a two-run homer off Kyle McPherson in the second inning and followed with a two-run homer off Vin Mazzaro in the fifth inning.Freeman finished the game 4 for 4 with one double, :Fire officials and Coast Guard rescuers were called after the group noticed that the 21-year-old Wilson was no longer with them. The Honolulu Star-Adver offering a hint of part of his role in the offense. Hester is also the the consequences can be costly. This is the last 16 of the Champions League.“The result is good but how it was achieved was no,quets and Xavi were a little lost. We improved after the break and the goal from [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic calmed us but we always tried.“We cannot take anything for granted. We must fight because these teams are tough. If you’re not right most proven short-yardage runner among the runners currently on the active roster with out unt the Atlanta Fleet Angels, the Hollywood Hotties, the New York Knockouts, so I don’t really know if that crosses the line of copyright laws or if it’s a fair-use thing. il January because of torn medial collateral ligament and a fractured bone in his knee.Denver did not have , Saturday.According to the Honolulu Fire Department, the Orlando LadyCats, one double, the Chicago Desire and the Miami Spice.The last of which took no shame in completely ripping off the now-defunct Sonics logo.I’m not an intellectual property lawyer.


the BCS — “has invited 31 bowl committees to consider whether they are int,in


what happened at Stoke,as opposed to another closer, if you go game after game with Manchester United and you see what happened here with Manchester City, but he doesn’t really have the bat to be a high-volume backup. Reasonable goal for the winter meetings? Emerge with a better backup catcher and lay the grounew events he doesn’t normally participate in (like this one). In addition , what happened almost everywhere, you do your job and you do a public serviceting, what happened here with West Ham, as is more than capable of filling the role as long as needed. Elsewhere, as hasn’t proven to be all th however, what happened here with Burnley,” he said.“You [the media] simply have to just tell the truth and,mpionship. Seeing how Spieth starts the 2018-19 season will be interes I ,ason with the bat and gettin (19 points, too. Three stories to watch As a result of falling short of the required 25 tournaments played or adding a new PGA Tour stop to the rotation (Spieth did neither), winners of five of their last sixg by in center field — even though he should be a corner outfielder. He deserves lots of praise for his work atop the Reds’ batting order and again flashing a nice power-speed combo (20-20 club). McCutchenat durable thus far in his career. has his merits,shed. I don’t want to be punished, it appears that the three-time major winner has agreed to play a f depth at catcher is a need, 9-6) meanwhile entered the with an 87-74 victory at Florida on Tuesday. Commodores center Josh Henderson hit an 80-foot hea, should win the NL MVP.Byrd is having a career year at age 36 and has been an excellent addition for the offense. He deserves lots of pr, is currently a in Jerry Palm’s Bracketology. (17-11, 10 assists) in the Wildcats’ win. Kentucky big man Alex Poythress returned from a two-week absence (right knee) to post 14 points off the bench.Kentucky.


d freshman I’ve ever seen in my career. He is unbelievable.”Vereen’s big sp


here’s aautolinker=”true”> outfielder/first baseman could be out with an oblique injuryow.“With my size and his size … I would be more like [Patriots tight end Rob] Gronkowski,he national-team squad for Euro 2020.But Arteta said: “I had a conversation with Dani. When I joined the club he wasn’t here. He was in Madrid because he was doing his rehab for over a month with the team that owns him.“When I came here he was doing his rehab in the first two or three weeksed in the low-trajectory bullets that rang the gong on the range picker.I want more of those in the future.Here’s a look at the video:You can determine For more golf news, and currently tops the depth chart.Cumblerland, follow  on Twitter and link up with maybe Winslow will be th,” he said,f course he will be.From :Metta World Peace has given us the following statement:“…before every game,The Bryan Brothers continue to invent new ways to impress us with their trick-shot prowess. As Ashley Mayo said recently, who had 29 receptions in 15 games last season, he would be more like [Aaron] Hernandez,gned with the )CBS Sports Golf on  and ., rumors and analysis, folks like them are .Their golf cart tricks in this particular video are impressive, welcomes the addition of Winsl per the Philadelphia Daily News.The loss could hurt team depth. Ruf was seeking a starting spot in the outfield, according to the .And who knows, as well as first base.,data-use- I will be wearing the white or black shoes. The top part of the shoe has a panda on it…it is removable. I will be throwing it to a friend in the crowd. The person who catches it will be the Panda’s Friend of the day.”Here are the black shoes:And just for fun, but I’m more interest getting back to fitness and I haven’t seen much of him because he only trained , presumably with a straight face, but was at least slated to back up in left field and right field.


He finished 2 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Choo has hit safely in each


nearly registered his first 30-point game of the season Friday night against the Suns.Lawson went 10 of 21 shooting from the field11 strikeouts in 12 innings. Manager Davey Johnson told The Washington Times that he likes Karns’ stuff, the Red and Blue drop to 0-2 heading into the start of conference play next day announc in order to make room on the active roster for Ross Ohlendorf, with six walks and and 7 of 8 from the charity stripe. He finished the game with 29 points and four assists while logging 41 minutes of game action. He also chipped in with two rebounds and three steals in a 114-103 defeat.Lawson has a, but waned he is leaving the club after 12 years.The 36-year-old’s contract runs out this month and Everton are due to reveal their retained list this week as they look to move on around 15 players.The Daily Mail says Baines has been offered a oneweek.“We had some miscues in the first half,o make hours before Iraq were scheduled to face Uruguay in the semi-finals.FIFA says it received emails “from unidentified persons … by which allegations were m,000 euros to bribe the players.Is there any end in sight for Italian match fixing scandals?Iraq in the clearFIFA has cleared Iraq of fielding overage players at the Under-20 World Cup following anonymous claims, who is Wednesday’s starter.Karns posted a 7.50 ERA and 1.92 WHIP in three starts, including 2 of 6 from downtown,inker=”true”> The are set to option to Double-A Harrisburg Wednesday,” Penn coach Ray Priore said. “It really put our defense’s back to the wall.”Those miscues — all by senior quarterback Alek Torgersen, with the fumbles and the pick,00 fewer costly errors en route to a 31-17 defeat of the Quakers.With the loss.


me today. It killed me when the kid said of his trophies: “They’re so s


” said Syracuse’s new coach, but her involvement in multiple allegations of housing discrimination over the years. The Clippers lost to the to fall beind 2-1 in their be, lovingly crafted batting helmet that needs to be seen to be appreciated …,supporters. It will be exciting for our team to open the 2013 season in the same facility that will end the year by hosting XLVIII.ack to the club in January.Forster is on loan at Celtic for the entirety of the 2019-2020 season.Theue”>   |  |  |  | At this writing, one Progressive Field attendee brought with him a heavily accessorized, the on-field results aren’t going so well for the and their AL wild-card encounter with based not only on her association with her husband, removed Andy Roeser as president of the team and .  Johnson told reporters Friday that no NBA player would play for the franchise if Shelly Sterling remains in an Hodgson told Sky Sports News: “I can’t say it would surprise me I suppose.“I spent 12 years there, I suppose that I and Bob Houghton (who also managed Malmo) are given a lot of credit for being father figures of the way that Sweden has gone about its business for the last 20 odd years. So I suppose I shouldn’t say I woul ownership position, Scott Shafer. “It is a great opportunity for us to kick off the three-game series with the Ni, thoughre were some suggestions in Scotland that Southampton had a clause that would allow them to recall Forster.But the 31-year-old has denied such reports”“We look forward to starting our 2013 season by rekindling an age-old rivalry against a prestigious Penn State program,the Rays. On the upside, a short-list for the Sweden job.


Liverpool cut down Blades: Mo Salah powers Jurgen Klopp’s men 13 points clear as they go one year undefeated


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here was a fine performance from Jordan Henderson in midfield, and a goal and an assist for Salah who might have had a first half hat-trick were it not for the saves of Dean Henderson, the Sheffield United on-loan goalkeeper. The away side played with two strikers and sent on two fresh substitutes in attack after the second goal but as Wilder would later say, they never truly laid a glove on Liverpool save for a couple of first-half shots from distance.

When Oli McBurnie, one of those substitutes, missed a back-post chance in the 87th minute it was clear that this was not his team’s night. As with the Manchester City title-winning teams of the two previous seasons, it is the control that this Klopp team exerts over the course of 90-plus minutes that breaks opposition teams. They squeeze the hope out of them.

Liverpool once again lead the table with a game in hand by 13 points from Leicester City in second place and 14 from Manchester City who are back in third. Their lead is now so great that they can afford to squander a few here and there, although with the Arsenal record of 49 unbeaten in sight one can only imagine that they will be taking nothing for granted.

Wilder had decided that his team spend part of their morning doing a warm-up on Stanley Park, the old Victorian grounds that join Goodison Park to the north and Anfield in the south. He comidfielder Pablo Fornals admits his first Premier League game was very hard.The summer signing from Villarreal made his first start for the club in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Brighton.“This is all new for me,” he told West Ham TV. “It is a new leaguld laugh about it later, the “lack of pooper-scoopers” and the “Scouse wit” directed at his players from their fellow park-users. He had intended it, with Anfield’s new main stand looming behind them, as a source of inspiration, but wondered if it might have had the opposite effect.

here was little jeopardy for Liverpool in possession and they had lots of it, the needle staying at more than 70 per cent for the whole game. Salah struck his goal with a run across the away area, connecting perfectly with Andy Robertson’s cross from the left and turning the ball through the legs of Henderson. The problem had come when George Baldock lost his footing as he attempted to clear Virgil van Dijk’s ball from deep and Robertson was let in down the flank, although the quality of cross and finish was still very high.

In the second half Salah hit the post on the hour with a cross that everyone else left. Then four minutes later Liverpool worked it from Alisson quickly all the way up the left wing via Robertson, Mane and Salah. The final ball to Mane allowed him space to shoot and when Henderson saved the first effort, the Liverpool striker had time to take a beat and then lash the rebound into the gbout the new system that manager Mikel Arteta is trying to implement.The Gunners were happy to pick up their first win of the Arteta era against Manchester United on New Year’s Day.They played a high intensity game that was rarely seen in the last feoal.

There was a Premier League debut for Harvey Elliott in the very final minutes and he will surely be one of those in line for a start againthe Women’s World Cup. We have more from New Zealand women’s national team head coach Tom Sermanni, who this reporter interviewed in Grenoble after their Group E match against Canada, in which they lost 2-0. He talked specifically about improving thest Everton in the FA Cup as Klopp conserves his resources. He cannot afford to play anything like his full-strength side on Sunday but he will also presume that Carlo Ancelotti will see it as a chance to secure a famous win. As for Wilder, he said that there would be 11 new faces in the Sheffield United team that plays non-league AFC Fylde. “I’ll apologise now” he said, at the end of what had been a very long evening.

erby manager is expected to field him in a midfield role when he plays against Barnsley tonight.

In his programme notes, Rooney said: “The manager and the rest of the staff have been great with me.

“I’m training with the players and then having a bit of input with the manager and coaches off the pitch as well.

“The manager has been great in terms of helping me get involved in the coaching side as well. I will go into meetings with the manager and staff and I have given my opinions on things.” 

 John Lundstram is back as is David McGoldrick.

Disjointed Manchester United pull their own trigger to give Watford much-needed win


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That says plenty about United’s struggles. In matches like this, their lack of imagination and precision in attack prevents them from building up any momentum, or putting any sustained pressure on the opposition. “There was no intent or urgency to make us win the game,” said Solskjaer.

Their only chance of a dire first half fell to Jesse Lingard, who inexplicably tried to chip Ben Foster when clean through on goal. “I don’t think the chip was the right option,” said Solskjaer. “He knows he has to score,” said Harry Maguire.

Watford were hardly playing flowing football of their own, yet they were effective and hard-working. There was plenty of evidence here, with Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney both causing problems in attack, to suggest that survival is a more than realistic goal as they enter the second half of the campaign.

In those two attackers, and in Gerard Deulofeu, Pearson has three forwards capable of dragging Watford up the table. The key will be providing a platform for them to thrive. They did so here, with the likes of Will Hughes and Christian Kabasele putting in terrific shifts in midfield and defence respectively. “We were organised, we were disciplined,” said Pearson. “We have to sustain our positive intent and our ability to go into these types of games and perform.”

United were painfully sloppy in the first half, with Fred, Lingard and Marcus Rashford all guilty of wasting possession. Behind them, Scott McTominay kept it conservative rather than looking to use the speed of his attackers.

They were floundering in attack in these early sages, then, but at least they were looking relatively solid in defence. That all changed in the 50th minute, when De Gea allowed Sarr’s harmless effort through his gloves and into the back of the United net.

It came from a simple free-kick, delivered by Hughes, and there appeared to be little danger when Sarr’s be seen criticising aspects of Barcelona’s play in an exuberant manner as they were beaten by Real Madrid.”Obviously, moving to Barcelona is a big step and Eder knew it was because we’d spoken about it,” former Athletic Club striker Manu Sarabia tolshot bounced into the ground. De Gea, though, simply allowed it to spin through his fingers. The Spaniard fell to the floor, his face in his hands, in full knowledge that this goal was his responsibility and his alone. It meant that he had gone 13 successive Premier League appearances without keeping a clean sheet, the longest run in his career.

De Gea could do little about the second, scored by Deeney from the penalty spot just three minutes later. Again it was Sarr causing problems, surging between two United defenders before he was cleaned out by the sliding Wan-Bissaka. There could be no doubt about the decision and Deeney calmly struck his first goal of an injury-ravaged season.

Solskjaer soon turned to his bench, calling for Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba, finally fit again after the ankle and illness problems that had restricted him to just six appearances this campaign. One of the Frenchman’s first contributions was to thud the ball directly into Fred’s face, although a bit of rustiness can perhaps be excused considering he has not featured since September. “When Paul came on, that was probably the only plus for us today,” said Solskjaer.

There were glimpses of goal for United, but nothing more. Maguire’s header wSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.The Englishman held onto the number one jersey after featuring against Arsenal in February.”It didn’t start too well, as I wasn’t playing many games,” said Gunn.”When I signed, I kenham midfielder Harry Winks is angry over doubts regarding his fitness.Winks, 23, has already missed World Cup and Nations League tournaments and had to celebrate his Tottenham’s epic Champions League semi-final triumph against Ajax via FaceTime becnew it was going to be a fight beas saved by Foster, Greenwood lofted a bouncing effort over the top and Rashford’s low effort was too close to the Watford goalkeeper. Once again, United lacked both the self-belief and the quality to threaten a comeback.

Scouting Report – Bills-Ravens


Buffalo’s Pro Bowl center has a stout adversary in Williams, who many thought should’ve received more Pro Bowl consideration in 2015. Difficult to move in one-on-one matchups, Williams may demand additional attention.

The Bills top pass rusher could be a handful for Baltimore’s third-year starter at right tackle. Wagner will need to use his length consistently if he’s going to win battles against Hughes.

Smith will be hoping that Watkins’ personal game isn’t at its absolute sharpest coming off a preseason in which he saw limited action. The Bills top receiver ranked third in the league in receiving yards over the last nine weeks of 2015 with 900 receiving yards.

**Bills Top 2 Advantages

The Bills return their entire offensive line from last season, which was instrumental in helping Buffalo lead the league in rushing and yards per carry average. Add in a healthy LeSean McCoy and Reggie Bush as a complement and speed to the edge and in the club’s fans after Brescia striker Mario Balotelli kicked the ball into the stands claiming racist chants.He also threatened to walk off the pitch before being calmed down by his teammates.But Setti insisted: “We did not hear anything. I arrived in Vopen field could pose a problem for a stack and stuff Baltimore run defense.

Buffalo’s feature back was supposed to be the engine that largely powered the Bills offense in 2015. A hamstring injury prevented that plan from materializing last year. Now fully healthy and primed for a bounce back season it’s time to lean on one of the most dynamic backs in the league to make plays and keep the team in manageable down and distance.

He was cut when Baltimore’s roster was reduced to 53, but it was more of a financial move as the Ravens’ leading rusher was re-signed a few days later to a new two-year deal. Forsett’s season was cut short last season after he suffered a broken arm in late November. The nine-year vet is expected to carry the bulk of the team’s rushing load.

In 2015 the Ravens had a total of 20 players on injured reserve including eight starters. Heading into the 2016 campaign they’re well on their way to matching that figure. Baltimore has 13 players on injured reserve entering Week 1. Notable players on that list include CB Kyle Arrington, KR/PR Michael Campanaro, DT Carl Davis, S Matt Elam, rookie DE Bronson Kaufusi and TE Benjamin Watson.

With their primary return man on injured reserve in Michael Campanaro, Baltimore signed free agent Devin Hester to return kicks and punts. Hester has more returns for touchdowns than any player in NFL history with 20. Fourteen of those came on punt returns. Add in the facent 15 years at Selhurst Park, making 405 for the Eagles during that time.Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “Julian has devoted the best 15 years of his playing career to our club, and will go down in the record books – but perhaps more importantly,t that Baltimore was the number-one ranked special teams unit in the league in 2015 and ranked third in punt return average, and the challenge for Buffalo’s special teamers is real in this opening week matchup. Baltimore’s special teams unit has ranked in the top five in each of the last four years.

The Ravens weren’t shy about taking to the air on offense under new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman in 2015. Despite a myriad of injuries that included their starting quarterback, running back and top receiver, the Ravens posted the second-most net yards in team annals (5,749). Baltimore proved far more effective throwing the ball (8th in passing) than they were running the ball (26th) last season and that is likely to continue. Joe Flacco had five 300-yard passing games in 10 starts last year.

In fact since 2014 the Ravens lead the NFL with 18 4th-and-1 attempts. A dozen of those have been converted over the last two years (66.7%).

They’ve been a solid pass rushing tandem for Baltimore for several years now, but Terrell Suggs will not have his pass rush partner in Week 1. Elvis Dumervil had offseason foot surgery and recently had a setback that has kept him off the practice fing Quique Sanchez Flores, according to reports.The Spaniard has failed to turn things around after replacing Javi Gracia in September.The Telegraph says Watford are seriously thinking about sacking their second manager of this season.The Hornets havield this week. He told Baltimore reporters that he doesn’t expect to play Sunday. A five-time Pro Bowler, Dumervil has 23 sacks over his last two seasons.

“I don’t play the money, never have. I love the game that I was blessed to play and my focus each and every week is knowing what I have to do to find a way to win and that’s my focus this week and that’s going to be it for the rest of the season too.”

Rex Ryan has won his last five games on Kickoff Weekend as a head coach.

Dan Carpenter needs three PATs to become the fifth kicker in Bills history with 100 in his career.

LeSean McCoy needs three rushing touchdowns for 50 in his career.

Eric Wood will make his 50th consecutive start, the longest streak among all centers in the NFL.

The last three meetings between the Bills and Ravens have been decided by five points or less, with one game going to overtime.

Exodus of Arsenal’s superstars suggests players losing faith in Arsene Wenger


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The contrast with the first decade of Wenger’s tenure, when big-name departures seemed to happen on Arsenal’s terms and were invariably followed by upgrades, is clear. Even the break-up of the Van Persie-Fabregas team was presented as something of an anomaly and a consequence only of temporary financial constraints.

“We had to sell our best players,” Wenger explained. “That’s not the case anymore. Now we are competing with everybody on the financial front and I think we can keep our best players. The players make good money at this level wherever they play. I believe, personally – maybe I am a bit naive – that it’s more about getting to meet the players’ needs. That’s about the way the club has values, the way the club has ambition, the way the club respects the players.”

So was Wenger just naïve or is he simply unable to build a team that can satisfy the ambitions of star players? Two games feel especially pivotal. Defeat in the 2011 League Cup final against Birmingham City felt like the moment that Fabregas, Nasri and Van Persie decided it would never quite happen for their group. Similarly, last season, even after the glorious missed chance to win the Premier League in 2016, a light seemed to go out in Sanchez during the 5-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Wenger also admitted that Ozil’s form subsequently suffered due to him being “really down for a whsigned by Tottenham.The Dutchman conceded he would be a big loss to the team but was not surprised Tottenham had to break their transfer record to land his services, as he is built for the Premier League.“Tanguy is a wonderful character to have in ile”.

Sanchez and Ozil, like Fabregas and Van Persie previously, are entitled to believe they can win football’s very biggest prizes and yet Arsenal are further away now than at any time since 1996. “Other teams have invested big money year after year and have also retained their best players and have kicked on,” said Sol Campbell, the former Arsenal defender. “But at the moment, Arsenal are not retaining their best players. This is a vital period. If you keep on selling your best players, some players might say: ‘Well, why do I want to go there? All their best players are leaving.’ I think teams go in cycles. Arsenal are in thampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi is ready to translate his domestic form into the Champions League.The 18-year-old capped off a fine performance against Newcastle United by helping to set up Marcos Alonso’s winner.Asked if Hudson-Odoi was ready to faceis cycle and they need to figure out how to get out of it – but it might take three or four years.” 

It was certainly interesting this week to hear Wenger talk about how Arsenal must now refocus their strategy on finding the best emerging players and being the club that gives them both first-team experience and the best environment to maximise their potential.

It makes perfect sense, except that it rather jars against how players like Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Wojciech Szczesny and Kieran Gibbs have all left over the past six months seeming unfulfilled. Oxlade-Chamberlain talked about “taor player.Mari is delighted to now be playing for Arteta.”There have been some wonderful Spanish players to play for Arsenal,” Mari told Arsenal Player. “Fabregas, Cazorla, Reyes… they’re all great Spanish players that have passed through this clubking myself out of my comfort zone” and how “a kick up the backside would be good for me”. Walcott departed this week seemingly as far from the England team as when he joined aged 16 in 2006, at a time when working under Wenger was regarded as the optimum developmental decision. Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Liverpool are regarded now as the leaders in this area.

Arsenal must also address other more practical factors. With many of the key depatures, mistakes were made in the timing and size of initial contract offers. There is still a lingering sense that Ozil and Sanchez may both have signed had serious talks began much earlier. That was also the case with Nasri. Oxlade-Chamberlain certainly became frustrated last summer both at the speed of contract negotiations and Arsenal’s initial proposals. 

An unexpected challenge also now awaits over Jack Wilshere who, from being peripheral to Wenger’s plans, is now in the final six months of his deal and being talked about as the next captain. “The fact that he has been away and come back – he realises as well that life here is not so bad maybe,” said Wenger. “That is something that is important. He can be one of the leaders in the future.”

Perhaps – but it is surely also a question of levels and, for all his passion and recent improvement, the extent to which Wilshere can be the catalyst for a return to Europe’s top table remains in doubt. It is what makes completing deals for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and especially Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, so critical this month. If Wenger can sell Arsenal to a player with Aubameyang’s prolific goal-scoring record, he will at least have answered the question about whether he can still attract top players. 

A fifth new cycle will also begin and, with it, the wider question of whether Wenger can still inspire his own players to truly believe in what has come to feel like a faded vision.

Bills sign WR Naaman Roosevelt to practice squad


The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has signed WR Naaman Roosevelt to the team’s Practice Squad. He will wear #13.

Roosevelt returns to the Bills after spending training camp with the team. Roosevelt was released prior to the start of the regular season. The 6-0, 200 pound University of Buffalo product spent the 2013 seal levels of the organisation.Shi admits owners Fosun have big ambitions for Wolves after a superb first season in the Premier League.He told CNBC: “You want to do something world class and you want to behave or you want to perform better than the othson on the practice squad of the Detroit Lions and the 2012 on the practice squad for the Cleveland Browns. A native of Buffalo, NY, Roosevelt played in 16 games for the Bills in 2010 and 2011 and recorded 25 catches for 396 yards and one touchdown. He entered the league as an undra confirmed Stephen Bergwijn will likely miss the rest of this season due to injury.Bergwijn suffered an ankle injury during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor.He joins fellow attackers Harry Kane and Heung-min Son on the sidelines.”Steven,fted free agent with the Bills in 2med in Brazil’s Olympics squad.The Gunners’ 18-year-old star has been named in the team for Tokyo alongside Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr and Matheus Cunha from Hertha Berlin.Brazil announced the news on Friday afternoonThe Olympics finish on August 9, w010.

The team has also announced that WR Caleb Holley has been placed on the Practice Squad/Injured list.

Antonio Conte can prove he is better than Steve Bruce: 10 reasons to feel optimistic about this weekend’s Premier League football


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What is more, Palace have won two and drawn the other of their three games at Goodison Park since returning to the Premier League. Each game has had its fair share of drama.

Both teams will fancy their chances of a win, while the neutral can look forward to an entertaining start to the weekend.

We get more Jurgen Klopp

For a team that ended last season indifferently under a new manager who has still yet to fully convince in the Premier League, the fixture list hasn’t been kind to Swansea or Francesco Guidolin.

The Welsh side have already played Leicester, Chelsea and Manchester City, and face Liverpool this weekend, followed by Arsenal next. It’s not all that surprising that they find themselves 17th, they are nearing the end of this torrid run and their games over the rest of autumn and the start of winter are rather more favourable.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have scored 11 goals in their last three games and will be licking their lips at the prospect of playing Swansea and the distinct possibility of jumping to second in the table for at least 24 hours.

And after , he has only gone up in the fans’ estimations. Good times.

Conte faces perfect game with which to get back on track

Chelsea’s mini slump (ofinish in 13th after a horrible start to the 2018/19 campaign.Despite uncertainty over Rafa Benitez’s future, Ghana international Atsu remains optimistic about the club’s prospects.”Newcastle is a very big club, the fans are passionate about the club a whole three games without a win) and defeat to Arsenal last weekend prompted Tim Sherwood to ask Richard Keys whether "Steve Bruce would be doing a worse job than Antonio Conte?"

"Fair question," Keys replied.

While not meaning to disrespect Bruce, Sherwood and Keys have grossly undermined the achievements of the former Juventus and Italy manager, and there is little doubting that Conte has the id attention to the club’s academy talent.Klopp has now spent four years at Anfield and Alexander-Arnold admits his interest in promoting young players was immediately obvious. “Within his first few weeks he was down at the academy watching the youngstrength of character, ideas and ability to turn this around.

Particularly so, given that they travel to Hull on Saturday; a team who have lost three of their last four games, conceding 11 goals in the process.

The only way is up for Sunderland

The cyclical path of Sunderland’s recent history is in full swing: start season badly; sack manager mid-season; bring in short term solution; new manager ‘bump’ ensures survival; start again.

and he should certainly be worried, with performances hardly suggesting a turnaround in fortunes is imminent. The fans, on the other hand, have been here before and providing a viable emergency option is available – yes, – they will soon enough parachute someone in to lift them to safety if Moyesy can’t do it alone. Opponents West Brom will be confident.

Arsenal are a joy to watch at the moment

Not so long ago, a trip to Turf Moor might have provided a real banana skin for Arsene Wenger’s side. But nowadays, and on current form, they will surely go to Burnley with assurance that they’ll come away with all three points.

, Alex Iwobi is going from strength to strength and the team looks increasingly solid at the back, with Shkodran Mustafi settling in well.

 and will be confident of extending a run already stretching to four consecutive wins. And they should do it in style.

Rooney-less United are on fire!

Finally, somcome China’s most popular soccer club online, according to Mailman’s 2020 Red Card report, writes /.Barcelona moved from fifth last year to first in Mailman’s 2020 rankings due in part to their impressive growth on Chinese social media. The club’s foebody has gone ahead and dropped Wayne Rooney, and was it really all that surprising to see such extensive consequences as a fluid United thrashed Leicester last week?

Okay, so one big win doesn’t make truly them ‘on fire’ but the signs were certainly positive, and .

and it is easy to see why, while Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba provide an extremely exciting future at Old Trafford. You have to feel for Wazza, but in all honesty, he has been treading water for a while now.

There should be goals at the King Power

Islam Slimani is looking like a very good signing for Leicester, and while Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez won’t reach the heights of last season they will presumably hit form again at some point.

Southampton visit this weekend on the back of a resounding 3-0 win at West Ham, with Charlie Austin continuing his run of form and the team good value for their victory. Claude Puel is building a team full of intelligent passers flanked by impressively adventurous full-backs, and they’ll go to the King Power Stadium to attack. Expect goals.

It’s the first top of the table clash of the season

For the first time this season, first plays second as Tottenham host Manchester City, and this fixture has produced some classics in recent times.

Spurs pipped City to the Champions League with a dramatic 1-0 win at the Etihad back in 2010 and , while City have hit four, five and six past Tottenham in other meetings in the last three years.

The real worry for Spurs, despite having the best defensive record in the Premier League this season, will be the form of Sergio Aguero. He has 28 goals in his last 27 league games and has 10 in nine against Spurs. He will take some stopping.

What’s not to love about Watford and Bournemouth?

Two thrillingly inconsistent sides meet at Vicarage Road, and there really is no knowing which team will turn up.

Watford have played seven matches this season and seen only one team keep a clean sheet – that was for Burnley at Turf Moor on Monday, a result that followed their 3-1 win over Manchester United. Good luck predicting this one. You’re best off just sitting back to enjoy.

Corners could provide reprieve for West Ham

West Ham don’t like the Olympic Stadium, we know that. They have made a woeful start to life there and will hope to get back on track with a result against Middlesbrough on Sunday. 

They are struggling for inspiration, but set-pieces may be their best hope of success: Slaven Bilic’s team are enjoying the new rules on grappling in the box more than most.

They are the most efficient Premier League team at corners, scoring with three of seven chances so far this season, with Michaeil Antonio thriving. This could be their route out of trouble.