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Unai Emery, Arsenal need to settle on a ‘Plan A’ and identity to progress forward

On the face of it, this was an excellent night for Arsenal — three points, back into the top four, and at long last, a clean sheet away from home. But this was a hugely disappointing performance, especially when Arsenal’s two matchwinners here were actually opposition players. Ben Foster’s dawdling when attempting to clear a […]

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Liverpool must win something to be called world’s best – Milner

James Milner says Liverpool must win something before they can live up to Porto head coach Sergio Conceicao’s assertion that they are sometimes “the best team in the world.” Liverpool take a 2-0 lead into the second-leg of their Champions League quarterfinal at the Estadio Dragao on Wednesday, and speaking ahead of the game, Conceicao […]

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The MLB Racial and Gender Report Card

There is nothing that better signals the end of a bitter winter and the beginning of spring like the start of another Major League Baseball season. Baseball has a special place on the mantel of American history. It gained its lore in the Roaring ’20s with the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Rogers […]

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Time to cut bait on struggling fantasy baseball players?

Victor Caratini hit .349 this spring for the Chicago Cubs. That didn’t move the needle at all on him in terms of getting drafted. However, despite being rostered in less than 1 percent of ESPN leagues, the catcher entered play Sunday in the top 10 in terms of fantasy points earned this season. Meanwhile, Gary […]

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The Thunder will go only as far as Paul George can take them

Some 50 minutes before tipoff, Paul George walked onto the floor at the Moda Center on Sunday with black tape canvasing both shoulders and picked up two basketballs. As is his pregame routine, standing on the baseline, he pounded both balls into the floor, shifting them between hands. He moved up, dribbling up to the […]

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Kawhi Leonard is still the key to the Raptors’ playoff redemption

For a fleeting few moments Saturday, Kawhi Leonard looked like the exorcist the Toronto Raptors brought in to help them cast off years of postseason torment. But a frenzied fourth quarter that featured some vintage Leonard, timely shot-making from a feisty, young Orlando Magic squad and a couple of late miscues, produced a 104-101 Orlando […]

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Niners targeting several WR prospects after missing on OBJ

In an offseason in which two of the best receivers in football were traded, the San Francisco 49ers’ only addition at the position came in the form of a low-cost flier on Jordan Matthews. No, the Niners weren’t all that interested in Antonio Brown, who openly campaigned for a trade to the 49ers on social […]

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NFL enforces helmet ban for Brady, 31 others

The NFL and NFL Players Association have added 11 helmets to their joint list of approved equipment for 2019 while eliminating a grace period for other models that have fallen short in laboratory testing, engineers and executives representing both groups said Friday. By the end of last season, 32 players, including New England Patriots quarterback […]

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Fantasy La Liga – Missing Messi?

The La Liga title race is effectively over following Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid last weekend. Barca now have an 11-point lead over Atletico — and a 13-point lead over Real Madrid — with just seven weeks of the season remaining. However, it’s Atletico Madrid who are the biggest favorites this weekend, at home […]

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Aaron Ramsey, Lucas Torreira lead Arsenal’s attack from midfield vs. Napoli

The openness of Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Napoli can be reflected by the fact that both sides will feel disappointed they did not get more out of this Europa League quarterfinal first leg. The home side had chances to extend their advantage and put the tie out of reach, while Napoli wasted presentable opportunities after […]