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The former Test captain has been perhaps Australian coach Justin Langer's most influential mentor and the rare public airing of his opinions and beliefs often carries significant weight. Middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, who hit a gritty 63 in the first innings at Melbourne , is not available after jetting back to Mumbai to be with his wife who recently gave birth.
  • Napoli asked for halt to Inter Milan match after racist chants

    Napoli asked for halt to Inter Milan match after racist chants

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    As a result of the chants, Inter have been punished with a two-match stadium closure, and boss Luciano Spalletti has condemned his side's fans' actions. Koulibaly's compatriot and Senegal teammate Sadio Mane has now sent a message to the centre-back. Also, Koulibaly was suspended for two matches - one for the red card and one for applauding the referee.
  • Kansas City Chiefs: Adding D.J. Swearinger not likely scenario

    Kansas City Chiefs: Adding D.J. Swearinger not likely scenario

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    In all likelihood, former Washington safety D.J. Swearinger is a high-maintenance guy. That's on me. I've got to control that and get better at that, but like I said, live and learn and keep moving forward. But I definitely didn't think it would cost me my job, knowing that me and the coach had an understanding. But as it stands, he's keeping himself out of the discussion regarding potential coaching staff changes.
  • Man City boss Guardiola: Up to me to fix this

    Man City boss Guardiola: Up to me to fix this

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    Just four days after Andros Townsend had helped Crystal Palace to a 3-2 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Pereira hit an 81st-minute victor to give Leicester a 2-1 victory on Boxing Day at the King Power Stadium. David Silva, who has been out with injury since his side's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea , has returned to first-team training and could start at the King Power Stadium.
  • QUIZ: Name every team to lead the Premier League at Christmas

    QUIZ: Name every team to lead the Premier League at Christmas

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    Pep Guardiola ends the calendar year with his Manchester City side embroiled in what has suddenly become a thrilling title race for the first time in his Premier League managerial career. 'I saw the game against Everton . In the second half (against Tottenham ) we didn't see that. "I think he is exhausted and it is a tight hamstring, but we hope it is not a big issue".
  • Deontay Wilder confirms Tyson Fury rematch after Anthony Joshua’s backlash with fans

    Deontay Wilder confirms Tyson Fury rematch after Anthony Joshua’s backlash with fans

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    It would appear at the moment at least that it will be Joshua vs Whyte and Wilder vs Fury next up. Dillian Whyte has a "very, very good" chance of being Anthony Joshua's next challenger, according to their promoter Eddie Hearn. 'I think he's about 80% likely to fight at Wembley on April 13'. America's Jarrell Miller would be the favourite if he fought in the US. With Whyte in the ascendancy, Chisora had another point docked for an elbow that landed on his foe's chin.
  • Real Madrid 4-1 Al Ain

    Real Madrid 4-1 Al Ain

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    Real have won the last three editions of the tournament, also lifting the trophy in 2014, and moved ahead of Barcelona as the team to have won it the most times . Benzema - who has six league goals this season - did set up Modric's opener, yet he is ultimately in the Madrid team to score goals, not make them. Marcos Llorente then produced a fine finish of his own on the hour mark for his first ever Real Madrid goal, firing in a low strike after the ball came to him following a Toni Kroos ...
  • Raptors' Lowry, Ibaka to sit out against Pacers

    Raptors' Lowry, Ibaka to sit out against Pacers

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    Fred VanVleet hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 25 seconds left and the Toronto Raptors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Pacers 99-96 on Wednesday night. Just 11 fourth-quarter points for the Pacers doomed their hopes at finishing off a big bounce back victory on Wednesday. The Raptors recovered the ball and Green sealed it with a pair of free throws.
  • Taylor Heinicke to start in place of Cam Newton on Sunday

    Taylor Heinicke to start in place of Cam Newton on Sunday

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    Newton finished the night with his worst statistical game of the season in nearly every category, with just 4.5 passing yards per attempt, 131 total passing yards, and a 55.2 completion percentage. "We had a great conversation, he understands going forward what we have to do". Newton has been shut down with a shoulder problem. "I wish I could say what the injury is because I don't really know what it is either", Newton told reporters.
  • New York Yankees: Machado favors Bronx, will decide after New Year

    New York Yankees: Machado favors Bronx, will decide after New Year

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    Then he proceeded to explain, in raised voice, why Machado should not leave without signing with the Phils. Should the Yankees not sign Manny Machado , he'd play for shortstop, for now. There have been rumors all offseason that Philadelphia will land either Machado or Bryce Harper , and all indications are that the Phillies would choose the star infielder if they had to pick one.
  • Andros Townsend scores stunner as Crystal Palace shock Manchester City

    Andros Townsend scores stunner as Crystal Palace shock Manchester City

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    Silva attempted to head away but the ball dropped invitingly towards Townsend around 30 yards out and he met it with a ferocious volley that flew into the roof of the net. Jamie Vardy scored as Leicester upset Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. A key figure in City's record-breaking Premier League campaign last season and England's run to the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-finals, Walker looked to be running on empty as he was at fault for the two avoidable Palace goals.
  • Cincinnati Reds swing trade for Dodgers' Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood

    Cincinnati Reds swing trade for Dodgers' Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood

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    Dealing the mercurial Puig - who was apparently disgruntled by his playing time last season - as well as the veteran Kemp also frees up an outfield spot in Los Angeles. But the biggest piece in the deal might turn out to be Wood, who has a combined ERA of 3.20 over the last two seasons. The 27-year-old, an All-Star in 2017, put up a 3.68 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 135 strikeouts in 33 appearances (27 starts) for the Dodgers a year ago.
  • Agent confirms French star's departure from PSG

    Agent confirms French star's departure from PSG

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    This situation could force the midfielder to leave the French club earlier as it is the only way PSG will receive any money for him. PSG sporting director Antero Henrique disclosed that Rabiot was dropped from the first-team for expressing his desire to quit.
  • My hundred irrelevant, says Virat Kohli after India lose Perth Test

    My hundred irrelevant, says Virat Kohli after India lose Perth Test

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    Tensions flared-up towards the end of day three with none other than the two captains, Virat Kohli and Tim Paine , exchanging verbal volleys as the second Test between India and Australia headed for a nail-biting finish. The series is now levelled at one each with two matches to go. Australian coach Justin Langer has revealed that he considered declaring on day four due to the risky nature of the Optus Stadium pitch.
  • Shami terms Kohli-Paine verbal spat as part of game

    Shami terms Kohli-Paine verbal spat as part of game

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    When you play Test cricket it is a long match and you have a long time so a little bit aggression is there and sometimes you react in the moment. Former Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson told Fox Cricket: 'Coming into the series and saying he (Kohli) wouldn't initiate these kinds of stoushes and we saw a lot of that yesterday, the initiation when the bowlers were doing well and getting into Tim Paine .
  • Jose Mourinho leaves Man United after 2½ years

    Jose Mourinho leaves Man United after 2½ years

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    Sky Sports News understands that his assistant Michael Carrick will be appointed temporary manager to the end of the season. Two Xherdan Shaqiri strikes in the second half gave Liverpool a commanding lead though, and United have now conceded more Premier League goals this season than in the whole of last term .
  • De Bruyne's injury could be 'blessing in disguise'

    De Bruyne's injury could be 'blessing in disguise'

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    Explaining his decision to rest Sterling from the start against Marco Silva's side, Guardiola said: 'Everyone deserves to play, everyone wants to play. Jesus coolly fires past Pickford from the left of the area after Sane had slipped a delightful pass into his path. Everton will rue some poor play trying to move it out from the back, as Mina's terrible clearance was key to City opening them up with two simple passes.
  • Raptors rout Warriors without Kawhi Leonard to complete sweep

    Raptors rout Warriors without Kawhi Leonard to complete sweep

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    Toronto decimated the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday and then laid waste to the Warriors on Wednesday, easily beating two of the top teams in the Western Conference in successive road games. "He's like that fire extinguisher that you need to break in case of emergency. He just calms everyone down". Curry's correct about the first 12 minutes.
  • Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks tweets out awkward message after trade confusion

    Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks tweets out awkward message after trade confusion

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    He's probably not the only one with plenty of emotions going on after such a wacky development, but he'll stay in Memphis for now while the Suns and Wizards try to figure out what they're going to do with Ariza. to the Grizzlies, while Austin Rivers and guards MarShon Brooks and Wayne Seldon Jr. make their way to Phoenix. Except, there appeared to be some confusion over which "Brooks" they were referring to.
  • Chargers WR Allen leaves with injury after near-spectacular catch

    Chargers WR Allen leaves with injury after near-spectacular catch

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    Unfortunately, that's what happened for a number of key Kansas City Chiefs players leading into Thursday's game against the L.A. Chargers . Mahomes, who is once again the favourite to be the NFL MVP, is fully aware of the threat he will face when he takes the field on Thursday night.
  • United need old De Gea back for visit to Liverpool

    United need old De Gea back for visit to Liverpool

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    They now occupy sixth position in the division, eight points off the top four. Liverpool have been rocked by a fresh injury blow ahead of their clash with Manchester United after confirming Joel Matip is facing six weeks out with a fractured collarbone.
  • Patriots Rue Missed Chances After Stunning Loss To Dolphins

    Patriots Rue Missed Chances After Stunning Loss To Dolphins

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    The Miami Dolphins' miracle win over the New England Patriots was aided by what proved to be a costly mistake by the Patriots. In the second half of Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins, Brady was helped off the field by the Patriots training staff after spending a moment on the turf and examining his knee.
  • Three talking points from Arsenal vs Huddersfield

    Three talking points from Arsenal vs Huddersfield

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    Despite struggling for their usual fluidity and having a first-half goal from Alexandre Lacazette disallowed, Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to 21 matches with Lucas Torreira's 83rd-minute finish. Regular starting duo Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi have been ruled out with suspensions, while Rob Holding has sustained a long-term knee injury. The Arsenal playmaker has not featured for the Gunners since the 1-1 draw against Wolves back in early November, missing the last five games ...