d to defeat West Ham on Saturday.Substitute Alexan


outfielder is in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Angels with his team playing an interleague game in an American League venue. Regular starting left fielder Carl Crawford is the team’s DH.

Van Slyke is 8 for 27 with three home runs this season.

More News 06/26/2018 Josh King says he’ll play where needed after last night’s win at Southampton.The Norwegian striker has played on the left wing for Eddie Howe’s men in 3-1 victories over Southampton and Everton during the past two games. Speaking on Sky Sports, King • by RotoWire Staff 01/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/15/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/09/2017 • by RotoWire Staff gani.The London Evening Standard says Arsenal’s pursuit of a centre-back continued on Wednesday as the club were locked in talks with Juventus over the signing of Rugani.Juventus are willing to part with Rugani after landing Matthijs de Ligt from Aja 07/31/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/08/2017 now.Enrique has been in contact with Gunners chief Raul Sanllehi as manager Unai Emery battles to turn results around in London.However, while interested in the job, Spanish sources insist Enrique has told Sanllehi he won’t consider taking the post m • by RotoWire Staff


yellow card against Burnley on Sunday.Clarets boss


starting pitcher was down 4-0 by the end of the second inning and he could never see his way out of the hole Sunday at Tampa Bay. Milone suffered his first loss of the season after starting 3-0 for the A’s. Milone gave up three runs in the first and surrendered a solo homer to Yunel Escobar in the second. The next runs he allowed came in the seventh, but the A’s couldn’t get going against the Tampa pitching staff. Milone allowed six runs — fdfielder Alhassan Yusuf is staying calm about the transfer interest swirling around him.The Nigerian youngster is a target for Ajax, Anderlecht, Watford, but in particular Wolves.”I’ve had a fantastic season. That I would gain such confidence and plaour earned — on eight hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings in the defeat. He struck out six and threw 96 pitches. Milone (3-1) has a 4.26 ERA.Sheyi Ojo is set to sign a new five-year contract with Liverpool.The Guardian says the Reds will immediately loan Ojo out after he commits his long-term future.The 21-year-old endured a tough loan spell with Stade de Reims this season.Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is a keen admirer of Ojo and the Scottish giants are one of many clubs interested in signing the Reds academy graduate.The 26-year-old has not been dominant by any means in the early going, though he’s keeping Oakland in games. He’s allowed at least two runs in each of his outings and hasn’t yet gone deeper than seven innings. Still, he’s struck out 21 over 25 1/3 frames and has a solid WHIP at 1.26. Milone will next are stacked in the keeping department, with the likes of Aaron Ramsdale, Artur Boruc and Mark Travers.The latter was dropped for their most recent game, but Howe praised the player for his reaction to the news.Howe told the Daily Echo: “Mark’s a greastart for Oakland on Friday against Baltimore.


Yankees’ Eduardo Nunez day-to-day with right wrist contusion


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shortstop is day-to-day with a right wrist contusion, the team announced. He was hit by a pitch from of the on Friday night. X-rays were negative.

Nunez, 25, is playing shortstop every day while works his way back from offselerin is playing with painkillers.The Gunners right-back has suffered a tear in his right groin, which has made crossing the ball a hard task for the Spaniard.Bellerin picked up the injury in training ahead of Arsenal’s win over Newcastle in Februaryason left ankle surgery. He was hit by a pitch in the right biceps last weekend and missed a few games with a bruise.

Through seven games this year, Nunez is 5 for 20 (.250) with one double and one stolen base. took over at shortstop and is the only other middle infielhad no expectations going into their thrashing of Southampton.The fullback scored in the record 9-0 win.”We obviously went into the match with confidence because we are in sucurizio Sarri feels they’re improving after victory at SPAL.Afterwards, Sarri was asked how much longer it will take to see the kind of Juventus that the fans and media are expecting.He replied: “It depends what people are expecting. The team is groh a good period, but no one had expected what happened,” said Chilwell.”As der on New York’s roster. The Yankees are in early May.


ight-backs being linked with the Azzurri this summ


will start in center field and bat seventh for the Friday. 

Gentry and Leonys Martin are splitting time in center to open the season. Gentry already received a start this season, going 2 for 4 against the As Ronaldo to be at the top of his game for Juventus in their Cked with a return to England.Sporx says the former Arsenal trainee is a target for Everton.Ozyakup’s agent is in talks with a number of clubs over a possible transfer, with one of those being the Blues.They also claim the Toffees will face competitiohampions League clash.Ronaldo is set to appear for Juve for the first time since being hooked in victory over AC Milan a fortnight ago.Simeone said, “Crisd to spend bucketloads of cash to finish in the top-half of the Premier League table.Ralph Hasenhuttl is expected to add players to his squad after guiding Saints out of relegation trouble last season.Asked whether the club’s chances of making it inttiano is a champion, he is number otros on April 2. 


Pelicans’ Anthony Davis: ‘I’m never going to turn down shooting 3s’


On your list of reasons to be excited for the 2015-16 season, the new-and-improved should be near the top. His will be pushing the ball and spacing the floor under new head coach Alvin Gentry, who . Davis has indeed been working on that part of his game, and he is sure it will translate next year, :

I’m going to mix it up. I love playing down low, but ats he’ll always be available to Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for advice.Guardiola has revealed his former assistant’s “struggles” since taking over at the Emirates before Christmas, but insists Arteta has been outstanding in just a matter of weeks i the same time, if the opportunity is there; I’m definitely going to take them. That’s one thing for sure that coach Gentry has told me—“Shoot the ball,” “Let it go.” I’ve been working on it and I’m very confident in my game.

I’ve shot three’s all my life. I didn’t really need to shoot them over the past few years as much, but I’m never going to turn down shooting threes, especially if the coach tells me he wants me to shoot them. It’s something that I’ve definitely been working on. I definitely plan on utilizing it this year.

Davis,  also confirmed that he has . It is rare that a player will try to get stronger and more profici contract.The 18-year-old has reportedly decided to extend his current deal, which expires next summer.Bayern Munich have ended their pursuit of the England international after learning of his decision.Hudson-Odoi will now earn more than £100,000-a-ent on the perimeter at the same time, but Davis could conceivably do it. There’s already nobody else like him — if he is indeed better prepared for the physicality on the inside and he does add a consistent 3-point shot to his arsenal, who knows how good the Pelicans could be?

Reminder: Davis is only 22 years old and had a league-high 30.89 PER in 2014-15. He is completely ridiculous, and he told SLAM that he learned a lot aManchester City are active in the European transfer market.Football Academies reports City had scouts in attendance for Tottenham’s youth league fixture against Olympiacos.The Citizens had their scouting team cast an eye over the 1-1 draw.Highly touted youngster Troy Parrot scored for Spurs.bout himself during his first trip to the playoffs. Sounds like he’s getting ready for an even more special season. 


Kings’ Seth Curry doubtful to play against brother Stephen, Warriors


guard finally got a chance against the on Friday, which sets joined Vanarama National League North side Curzon Ashton on a short-term loan.The former Manchester United shot stopper has joined U23 goalkeeper Kai Calderbank-Park, who is also on loan at the Ashton-under-Lyne Club.Allen has played in all, but on him up to get some playing time against the and hisd only arrived at Real last month from FC Tokyo, but has shone so far in preseason.Marca says as many as five clubs have knocked on the door of Real Madrid with a view to taking Kubo on-loan this season. Among these is Real Valladolid, although they brother Stephen on Saturday. Unfortunately, .

Curry had played a total of 12 minutes for Sacramento this season before the game against Houston. In the fourth quarter, he scored on three straight possessions, finishing with eight points in a career-high 15 minutes. The Kings could use some more shooting, so he figures to see the floor more when he’s healthy again.

called it “a special moment for our fah Tottenham this season.The midfielder did express plans to leave this summer, but the market shut with the Dane still a Spurs player.Teammate Winks said, “Christian is a fantastic player, there is no doubt. “He’s been one of our most impressive playmily” on Friday and added that “we’ve got a lot of family that traveled out to be here,” , so it’s a shame that the ankle is getting in the way. The good news: the Kings and Warriors play four times in the regular season. They’ll meet next at Oracle Arena on Nov. 28. 


WATCH: Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis blocks Victor Oladipo’s dunk with two hands


rookie held a block party on Wednesday night and invited guardlsea’s number nine jersey.The 21-year-old revealed he has been asked to wewinger has been linked with a move away this summer, but has intimated he wants to stay.”We have to work as a team and win games on weekends, we have to get good feelings and, above all, get titles at the end of the season,” said Vazquez.Real meet Baar the jersey this season by manager Frank Lampard.The number has been branded as ‘cursed’, with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Alvaro Morata, Radamel Falcao and Fernando Torres .

Seeing an opening, Oladipo attacked the rim and rose to throw down a massive one-handed slam. However, Oladipo wadmits working with manager Steve Bruce was a big influence on his decision to pen new terms.Shelvey, alongside former Scotland international Matt Ritchie, inked a new deal at St James’ Park until the summer of 2023 this morning. “Steve has been a as stopped by the long arms of Porzingis, who used two hands to block the Magic guard’s dunk attempt.

Always remember, two hands are better than one.


Why a Harrison Barnes extension makes sense for the Warriors


The crazy part about where stands with the is that were he on any other team — in any other situation — the debate over his potential extension this fall would be loud, constant and bitterly divided. Instead, for better or worse, it’s a side story, a quiet anecdote on the championship-winning team with several loud narratives. 

This is a player who was such a big deal coming out of high school that there was a press conference in which he announced his decision via Skype. But somehow he slipped between the cracks at North Carolina. He was never bad. He simply didn’t stand out, and fell down the draft board to the Warriors. Since then he’s frustrated Golden State fans with his inconsistency, while also developing into a key starter and contributor for a title team at age 23. 

The Warriors have committed big money to both and , and have looming for his new, big-money deal in 2017. They have over $74 million tied up for 2016-17 before Barnes’ extension, and only six players on guaranteed deals (several players including are set to be restricted free agents). They do have all the members of the championship “core” locked up through 2017, though, so they clearly have the money and means to retain Barnes. 

That with Barnes, which he has yet to accept. Now the question is money, whether an extension limits their ability to pursue next summer, and now much exactly he’s worth. 

The Warriors  of the Kevin Durant sweepstakes for next summer when KD becomes a free agent. They have real intentions, but as Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reports, the Warriors would have to engineer a sign-and-trade no matter if they extend Barnes (and Ezeli) or not. 

Let’s be clear and blunt: Any Warriors sign-and-trade offer for Durant would have to start with Harrison Barnes.It’d just have to–he plays the same position, he’s young and somebody I’d imagine OKC wouldn’t mind in any deal. But obviously that’d just be a tiny part of it; the Warriors would have to add much more.How about Barnes plus Kevon Looney? Not nearly enough. And the money wouldn’t be nearly enough, either. The Warriors would have to add a lot of money to make it work per CBA rules.So… How about Barnes plus Looney plus… Klay Thompson? That probably got your attention and I’m sure it’d get the Thunder’s attention.Could anybody beat that offer? That might be really tough to top, if it goes on the table.I’m NOT saying the Warriors would make this offer; I don’t know what they do at that point. They’d probably put together several other proposals that don’t include Klay, at least initially.Important points: The Warriors love Klay. They didn’t trade him for Kevin Love and then gave him that huge $69M deal last summer, on the bet that he’d be just as good as he turned out to be last season.He’s a great partner for Curry. That’s a championship-winning backcourt. All of that is understood. There is no way the Warriors would go into any Klay trade talks lightly–that’s PROVEN by last summer.But if Klay is the piece that gets you Durant, theoetically?Kevin Durant plus Curry plus Draymond would be an all-time trio, capable of obliterating the West several times over, I’d think.

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Now, if Durant decides to join the Warriors, there’s almost always a deal that can be worked out. We’ve seen this before (), but any deal would still have to involve Barnes. Here’s where it gets kind of interesting. 

If the Warriors were to fail to come to terms on an extension with Barnes, they’ll be at around $75 million, with about $15 million of cap space. Durant’s going to be in line for a max contract, which will start at . Which means to sign Durant outright to a max at $25 million, Golden State would only have to clear off around $10 million in space. That’s easier if Barnes signs elsewhere as a free agent, releasing his $5.1 million cap hold. If they waive before June 30st next season, he’s only partially guaranteed. They would then be closer to being within range of the space for Durant. 

However, the smarter move might be to sign Barnes to an extension no matter what. Doing so would give the Warriors a productive small forward for the future for what would still be a bargain, even north of the $16 million per year he has yet to accept. This would be wise in the event they do not land Durant. Extending Barnes would also provide them the option to move a player making eight figures in a sign-and-trade. This would get Golden State pretty far toward that $25M figure.

The Barnes extension doesn’t stand as a serious impediment to that pursuit. That alone isn’t a reason to sign him to such a deal, but while not signing him moves the Warriors within range of checkmate by a few moves, signing him to the extension doesn’t limit their rooks at all, so to speak. 

One interesting thing about Barnes’ career is how wide a gap there is between the perception of Barnes and the reality. The perception is that he’s the inconsistent wing who hasn’t ever established himself for the Warriors. He’s never really asserted himself or his role, outside of his post play in the 2013 playoffs and a few key moments during last year’s championship run. He tends to disappear for long stretches and that feeds the feeling that he’s simply not important. He’s fine, it’s hard to say he’s inherently bad, but the general feeling is that he’s just kind of there. 

Start to dig a little deeper, however, and you can only really come to one conclusion: Though not exceptional, Barnes is a very good wing. 

For starters, per 100 possessions last year for the 67-win eventual NBA champions, Barnes averaged 17 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting 48 percent from the floor. (That was 10 points and 5.5 rebounds per game if you’re not into adjusting for possessions.) . On a team with outrageous on/off numbers, Barnes finished with a plus-12.6 net rating when he was on the court, 2.8 points better per 100 possessions than when he sat. 

Again, solid, but not tremendous. What’s difficult is to find serious holes in his game. Via Synergy Sports he ranked above the 50th percentile in spot-up, transition, cut, isolation and pick-and-roll situations (as the screener), including 91st percentile in ISO and 89th percentile spot-up. that Barnes had an effective field-goal percentage (factoring 3-pointers) of 57.8 percent, and shot 56 percent or better with a defender two feet or more from him. In short, he was a knock-down shooter for the league’s most devastating shooting unit. The Splash Brothers rightfully get all the credit for the heat they can apply to the net, and Green clearly established himself as the third-most valuable player on the team, but Barnes contributed to Golden State’s offensive potency in key ways. 

For starters, Barnes adapted to spacing, knows how to find ways to get open. There’s absolutely nothing special about this play, except for how quickly Barnes gets to range and how willing he is to knock down this shot. You can talk about this being “easy,” but there’s a reason teams like Memphis and Milwaukee can’t keep up offensively with the Warriors: They hit the shots they need to, and Barnes is a big part of that. 

What gets lost with his shooting, though, is how good he is at attacking when teams try and recover from helping out on the Warriors’ stars to cover him. Barnes was 90th Burnley are watching Bologna midfielder Mattias Svanberg.Gazzetta dello Sport says the Premier League duo have been scouting the 20 year-old Swede this season.But their interest in Bologna talent doesn’t end with Svanberg, with it emerging both Brigpercentile last season in drives out of the spot-up, averaging 1.24 points per possession, according to Synergy Sports. His handle’s not excellent, but watch him get to the rim and use the athleticism that made him such a valued prospect to score at the cup.

The problem, of course, arises when Barnes tries to create for himself. Even with his good numbers in limited attempts out of isolation, Barnes isn’t someone you want getting creative with the ball. And his pull-up jumper out of those spot-ups is a mess. (He’s not bad overall on pull-up jumpers at 39.4 percent.)

He’s solid defensively, too, with his only real problem area coming in pick-and-roll coverage, something you’d expect for a player as young as he is.

The counter argument: How can you give big money to a player who isn’t a star, doesn’t create a lot on his own and is only really present as a threat and not a weapon? Well, isn’t that much of what we’ve learned over the past four years in terms of value? Players like Danny Green, DeMarre Carroll and others have seen their stock rise tremendously based on their ability to fit superbly into the systems in which they’ve beore the season finishes is begin to plan for the future…Because ultimately when you come to the transfer market, most of the other clubs are in for the same players that you are in for. You can’t really hide the players that you are after and you nen placed. If we’re going to value 3-and-D players, shouldn’t Barnes — a versatile, 23-year old wing who can shoot, finish and defend — reap the reward of an increased attention on those skills?

The biggest complication to evaluating Barnes today is the simple fact that he plays on such a great team. Not everyone on the Warriors can be a superstar. Barnes fits with the rest of the team, but to downplay his contributions based on what the MVP, Thompson and Green provide is short-sighted. , according to the San Jose Mercury News, way back in June. At that time, the thought was that Barnes wouldn’t demand a “ridiculous salary,” somewhere just north of $10 million. The latest report, combined with Barnes firing his agent for the more aggressive Jeff Schwartz, indicates that’s not the case. 

Grantland reported on more lofty financial ideals for Barnes down the line: 

Barnes may fit into that equation as something like an Iguodala successor, only with a better 3-point stroke and the size to spend more time at power forward. But he was the fourth option in Golden State’s starting lineup — and the fifth-best playmaker in that group — and guys who don’t create off the bounce don’t typically get mega-extensions unless they are 7 feet tall.But Barnes thrived in that low-usage role for a title team that wants to preserve its dreamy chemistry, and he’s in plum position to demand huge money if he hits free agency. DeMarre Carroll just nabbed $14.5 million per season from Toronto, and he’s six years older than Barnes. There’s only about a $6 million difference between Carroll’s deal and Barnes’s Year 1 max, and if there’s any room for back-and-forth in extension talks, it’s within that space. Barnes won’t come any cheaper.

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This is the only tricky part. We’ve established that there’s no real damage to the Warriors in pursuing an extension for Barnes. They’ll still have money to bolster the bench or re-sign players they need to next summer. The core is locked in. They don’t have the luxury tax concerns that small markets need illy was ready to sign for Arsenal this summer.The London Evening Standard says United informed Bailly he would not be allowed to join Arsenal because they are one of the Red Devils’ direct rivals.Bailly was understood to be on Arsenal’s radar at theworry about. Their ownership is not only willing but excited to pay for its championship core, and giving Barnes the extension won’t damage their theoretical pursuit of Durant. 

Getting good value for Barnes, though, could be tricky. Barnes does all the good things mentioned above and the problems with him disappearing or his inconsistency could be shaken with a potential relocation to a team that doesn’t have two All-NBA scorers on it. There will be a market for Barnes if he hits free agency, which puts more pressure on Golden State to get a deal done. 

At the same time, that value is based on what Barnes would bring a team that needs the kind of talent Barnes possesses … the Warriors don’t. If Barnes were traded for cap fodder tomorrow, they would just plug back into the starting unit and carry on like nothing happened (and then somehow James Michael McAdoo would be a Most Improved Player candidate or something because the Warriors are disgustingly good from top to bottom). Do you really commit big money, just factoring the principle, to a player who is in no way essential to your title hopes, no matter how beneficial he might be?

Barnes is worth the extension Golden State is likely to give him. How much of a discount he takes could have ramifications down the line on what kind of depth the Warriors — who benefited mightily from a loaded bench last season — can afford. 


Report: Stephen Curry to beat drum at Panthers’ home opener


will beat the Keep Pounding drum for the Carolina Panthers’ home opener on Sunday, . If the previous sentence means nothing to you, here’s the explanation :

Keep Pounding has become a team mantra in honor of late Carolina Panthers player and coaYoshida’s departure. On loan from Augsburg, Danso has been restricted to just 10 appearances this season.But with Yoshida joining Sampdoria on deadline day, Danso has moved up the pecking order.Hasenhuttl said: “He’s a young player and I know he alwach Sam Mills. Mills first used the phrase “Keep Pounding” as a coach in an emotional speech to the team prior to the PanWolves could re-ignite their interest in AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie once the January transfer window opens, according to Sky Sports.The Premier League club attempted to sign the 22-year-old in the summer but time ran out before a deal could be completed.Milan are keen to offload Kessie, who they rate at £25m.Monaco have also shown an interest in the Ivory Coast international.thers’ playoff game versus the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 2, 2004. He spoke about commitment, dedication to teammates, team effort and never giving up. Mills asked the players to “Keep Pounding.”

Immediately following the coin toss before every home game, an honorary drummer rallies the entire stadium by hitting the massive six-foot Keep Pounding Drum four times to signify four quarters. Keep Pounding Drummers come from a variety of backgrounds and occupations, but all have overcome a great trial or adversity that has not only made them strong but also pushes them to make others around them stronger.

Past drum-beaters include NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and Gunners have had two offers for the 22-year-old rejected by the Scottish champions.The move looked to have collapsed last week as Arsenal refused to raise their initial payment of the £25m offer.The Arsenal-closing-Kieran-Tierney-capture-restructur tennis player John Isner. Curry is probably the most visible Panthers fan in the world — . Long before Riley Curry was a national phenomenon, .

, , and now drumming. The MVP is doing it all.


Reports: Sixers’ Jahlil Okafor gets in alleged fight after loss in Boston


big man allegedly got in a fight in Bostowinger Yannick Carrasco is wanted by Crystal Palace.The Mirror says Palace are eyeing a sensational loan swoop for Carrasco.The Belgium international, who currently plies his trade for Cheter Crouch admits he could consider retirement after his Burnley contract comes to an end.The 38-year-old arrived at Turf Moor in January but made just five substitute appearances for the Clarets.Now the former England striker must decide to look foinese side Dalian Yifang, has previously been linked with a movn on Wednesday following his team’s 84-80 loss to the , . 

, and quoted a source close to Okafor saying, “Apparently, they said, ‘The 76ers suck and you guys are all losers. You’ll never win a game.'”

Here’s video of Okafor allegedly pushing and punching a man, via TMZ:

The Sixers are aware of the report, but have no comment, via Philly Mag’s Derek Bodner:

state they are aware of Okafor report and are working to gather additional information, but have no further comment at this time.

— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA)

The 19-year-old rookie felt he “was being heckled from the moment he left the club and felt threatened because people swarmed him on the street,” according to TMZ, which reported that no one was prospect of re-signing PSG star Neymar.While the Brazil attacker’s return has the support of the players, there’s disagreement inside the boardroom over the prospect.A high level source told L’Equipe: “A return of Neymar? This is not the majority oparrested in the incident.

Philadelphia is 0-16 on the season.


WATCH: Partially blinded Steph Curry show off crazy dribbling drills


90th-minute own goal ensured the Eagles claimed a draw at Etihad Stadium in a remarkable conclusion to the game.The result leaves champions City 13 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, who have two games in hand and play Manchester United

By now, it’s impossible to watch reigning MVP go through a game without showing off his ridiculous handle. While some may argue guys like , , or have better dribbling skills, the ‘ superstar seems to have more highlights thBournemouth goalkeeping coach Neil Moss has been fined £1,150 after admitting a Football Association improper conduct charge.The 44 year old used foul language and broke FA rule E3 during the Cherries’ 3-0 defeat at Burnley in February.The incident led to Moss being sent to the stands by referee Mike Dean in the 61st those guys. It’s his ability to use that handle to set up his historic 3-point shooting that really makes those plays truly special.

So how does he work on keeping the ball on a string? Check out this video of him working on some dirbbling skills at practice, using a tennis ball, a basketball, and some goggles that would help him traverse the desert wastelands in Mad Max.

Don’t try this form of Marcus Rashford.Ince feels the striker is low on confidence.He said, “Marcus Rashford is a concern for me, he’s struggling. You do need to remember that he’s played a lot of football for a kid so young, and there is so much pressure on him beat home, kids. Actually, do try this at home. Everybody who wants to be in the some day go start doing these drills five times a day. We already have so much fun watching one Steph Curry. If we can somehow start creating an army of Steph’s and get them flooded into the NBA, we could have an even better league years from now.

And the NBA is already pretty spectacular.


l manager – only when he takes the job.Pep Guardio


The have with free-agent center , a soget his full support as Arsenal manager – only when he takes the job.Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager at Manchester City is nearingays Wesley can handle his social media critics.Smith has advised him to ignore the haters, ahead of Saturdsays he is “buzzing” for Frank Lampard and his budding young stars.The Blues are currently third with eight wins from 12 Premier League games, despite not being able to sign any players until 2020 due to a FIFA transfer ban.In just his first season iay’s trip to Norwich.Asked if the 22-year-old was aware of the criticism directed his way, Smith said: “What Premier League player now hasn’t go a sensational return to the Emirates as manager with confirmation expected from the Gunners imminently. “Mikel Artetaurce told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

McGee averaged 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 23 games last season.


, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.Holmes


forward (ankle) will play in Tuesday’s preseason opener against the , the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Holmes was able to return to practice Monday and no longer appears to be bothered by the ankle issue. He’ll come off the bench in the exhibition and look to make an impression on coach Brett Brown and the rest of his staff.

More News 03/12/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/09/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/08/2020 for their 0-0 Champions League draw at Borussia Dortmund.At the age of 16 years and 351 days, he has become the youngest player to ever feature for Barcelona in the competition.Until now, the accolade belonged to Bojan Krkic, who played against Lyon • by RotoWire Staff 03/08/2020 • by RotoWire Staff Liverpool star Virgil Van Dijk admits it would be a huge honour if he won the Ballon d’Or.Many fans and pundits rate Van Dijk among the best players in the world, while the club’s Champions League success has propelled him into individual award consi 03/08/2020 • by RotoWire Staff bon international left Dortmund in January 2018 for a lucrative move to Arsenal. And Watzke has laughed at Aubameyang spending the last two seasons watching the Champions League on television.”Of course it is hard to keep a player in the face of such 03/07/2020 • by RotoWire Staff


Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports. Rand


forward (leg) anticipates full participation in training camp, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports. 

Randle has had nearly 11 months to recover from his fJosh King and Callum Wilson.The youngster made his debut for the Cherries last season and enjoyed an excellent loan spell at Oldham, where he scored 12 goals in 20 appearances.Speaking of his learning experience throughout pre-season, he told the Dairactured right tibia and full involvement throughout training camp doesn’t seem out of the question.

It’s possible that he’ll be on a minutes restriction when the season starts in October, but that won’t likely last long as he’ll look to overcome Brandon Bass as the starting power forward.

More News 03/09/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/05/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/03/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/28/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/25/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/eager to extend his stay with Rangers.Defoe is readyr says Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is ready to revive his interest in signingElseid Hysaj.Pochettino looks set to be forced into the transfer market for another defender after Juan Foyth suffered an ankle injury against Bayern Munich last week.The to commit to Rangers next month. The former England striker is in great form in Scotland and is ready to sign up for Rangers once his Bournemouth contract expires.“I’m still on loan so my situati10/2020 • by RotoWire Staff


Q&A: Dominique Wilkins talks Hawks, hardest player he had to guard


Coming off an Eastern Conference Finals appearance and ready to start next season with new, , the are soaring high. The last time the Hawks’ outlook was so bright was during the late ’80s and early ’90s when they were led by Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins. .

After officially retiring from the in 1999, Wilkins moved to a front office role with the Hawks in 2004, serving as the team’s Vice President of Basketball and color analyst. The Hawks retired his #21 jersey in 2001 and last March, the ttriker’s 94th minute spot-kick kept alive Norway’s hopes of qualifying for Euro2020.King told “It was lovely that it (the penalty) went in.”The crowd helped us. They gave us an extra push for the last 10 minutes.”We put up a good fight ineam unveiled a statue of Wilkins in front of Philips Arena.

The statue serves as a monument to Wilkins’ career as the greatest player to ever wear a Hawks uniform but also as a testament to his work in Atlanta’s community. His charitable work is why Allstate selected Wilkins to help announce their third annual Champions for Good award. campaign honors “” like Wilkins who have encouraged “others to give back in their own communities.”

Wilkins spoke with about the person that inspired him the most, his expectations for the Hawks next season and repeating as Shooting Stars champ with and Swin Cash at All-Star weekend.

The Champions for Good award highlights inspirational people, who inspired you growing up?

It was a little different when I grew up because we had to have people we idolized. People we looked up to. And the guy I looked up to was Dr. J. He wasn’t just an iconic figure on the floor, he was also an iconic figure off the floor for what he did in the community. That’s who I try to pattern myself after.

Brian Hanlon sculpted your statue outside Phillips Arena. Brian has . How happy are you that both of your visions were able to be fulfilled?

I love Brian, man. We talked about this nine years ago and he was committed on the vision that he had for doing the Dominique Wilkins statue. I can’t be more happy, thrilled and proud of what he created.

Have you gotten tired of looking at the statue?

I never get tired of looking at it. I ride by sometimes at night or during the day if I’m out and about. I look and think, okay there I am, keeping an eye on everything that is going down in the street (laughs).  

What are your expectations for the Hawks next season?

Just trying to duplicate some of the things we did last year and build on our success. Of course, we are going to miss DeMarre (Carroll), but we’ve gotten bigger and we got some good young players. We are going to says the 22-year-old has reportedly been monitored by Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal.Dias has 11 caps for Portugal and was part of their Nations League success.He is believed to fit Wolves’ recruitment model as a young player whose valuebe a pretty good team.

Do you like the new Hawks’ uniforms?

They are very nice. I’m still taking some time getting used to them because I’ve been used to certain colors for my whole career. But change is good and sometimes you gotoving for Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.TheDaily Mail says Villa are among the Premier League clubs with Manchester United and Tottenham interested in signing Dubravka.Monaco and Porto are also in the hunt for the £12million-rated Slovta have some change to bring a breath of fresh air to the organization.

Will you be teaming up with Chris Bosh and Swin Cash again to win your fourth straight Shooting Stars title?

I haven’t decided yet but probably. More than likely it will happen though since I will be at All-Star weekend again. It’s fun to take part in All-Star weekend.

Have you guys developed a strategy on how to easily win the event?

We talk right before the event starts. That’s about it, we wing it. (Laughs)

You played on Dream Team II, do you feel like that team has been overlooked? Some critics have called the team arrogant or cocky.

Look at that team, man. You tell me if you think they were overlooked. There are so many Hall of Famers on that team. If the arrogance comes from the attitude on winning, then I’ll buy that. As far as guys, that was a great group of guys. We had fun together, there wasn’t an arrogant guy on that team.

The , and one of the award categories was Hardest to Guard. Thinking back to your playing days, who would you give that award to?

I would say Bernard King. You couldn’t stop him, period. I never feared any guy but he was the only guy that made me nervous.

Another award they gave out was Player You Secretly Wish was On Your Team. Who would you give that to?

That’s an easy one, you could flip a coin on what guys you would love to play with from my era. Michael Jordan is on top of the list — Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. With any one of those guys I would’ve won a championship.