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Wan-Bissaka, Mount named in England squad

Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been included in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad, while Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been recalled. Uncapped Wan-Bissaka left Crystal Palace to join United in a deal worth £50 million this summer and has promptly earned his first call up, as has Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, who has scored […]

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How the past is driving the Boomers’ golden generation forward

In 1996, prior to the Atlanta Olympics Games, Shane Heal lofted yet another 3-point attempt, this time from the left wing, that splashed through the nylon. Perhaps the defining image for a generation was Heal running back down the court, chest-to-chest with a hulking Charles Barkley, after the Dream Team power forward had undercut the […]

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Can Nick Nurse resuscitate Canadian hopes?

It’s a nondescript exhibition game between Team Canada and the New Zealand Tall Blacks, part of the lead-up to the FIBA World Cup, and Nick Nurse is displaying the same roiling emotions as if it were a national TV game taking place under the unforgiving microscope of an NBA season. There are few spectators in […]

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Broncos could have their latest undrafted rookie success in Malik Reed

For 14 of the previous 15 years, the Denver Broncos have exited the preseason with at least one undrafted rookie on the 53-man roster. The list includes players with Super Bowl rings, Pro Bowl appearances and one guy — Wesley Woodyard — who is set to enter his 12th NFL season. “You can see out […]

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Vikings have big plans for TE Irv Smith, but history suggests patience

That ability in the passing game has been evident over the past month, but his work as a run-blocker, an area where rookie tight ends often struggle, has caught some coaches off guard. “We saw a smaller (6-foot-2, 242 pound), athletic player but he’s really, on the line of scrimmage, has surprised some people, so […]

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Solskjaer hails United’s ‘risk and reward’ football

Manchester United’s 4-0 demolition of Chelsea is proof that cavalier attacking football is back at Old Trafford, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United occasionally rode their luck against Frank Lampard’s side, but eventually ran out comfortable winners thanks to two goals from Marcus Rashford and one each from Anthony Martial and summer signing Dan […]

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Alisson out ‘the next few weeks’ with calf injury

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is set to be out “the next few weeks” with a calf injury he suffered in the Reds’ 4-1 victory over Norwich on Friday, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.cheap nfl jerseys china nike “[It’s] not too cool. It’s a calf injury, which takes him obviously out for a while,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com […]

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Kemba on Team USA dropouts: ‘It’s our chance’

A lot of attention has been paid to the players who won’t be at Team USA training camp in preparation for the FIBA World Cup, but the players who are in attendance are grateful for the chance to represent their country. “This is like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a lot of us,” Boston Celtics guard […]

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Team USA’s green monster: A Boston quartet could take on the world

When Jaylen Brown got to town last weekend, he was looking forward to trying Mizumi, a high-end Japanese restaurant at the Wynn Hotel. So on Sunday night, with three of his Boston Celtics teammates also preparing for Team USA training camp, he was pleased they decided to go together. But when Brown, Kemba Walker, Jayson […]

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Mason Rudolph ready for Year 2 close-up with Steelers

“I don’t care (about the rotation), I’m ready to play and execute,” said Rudolph, who figures he’ll start a game and fourth-stringer Devlin Hodges might get a nod, too. Preseason action probably will decide if Rudolph can unseat Dobbs as the No. 2 quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger. Though Dobbs showed he was a gamer last […]