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third baseman hit a home run during Thursday’s rehab game.

Middlebrooks went 1 for 4, his only hit being a solo homer. Through three rehab games, Middlebrooks has four hits and has driven in six runs. 

Manager John Farrell was impressed with Middlebrooks’ performance, according to .com, saying “very encouraging. Some of the things that we’ve highlighted with Will, he showed [Wednesday]. Obviously with the home run to right-center field. And as we stated before, when he’s in the right place, doing what he’s capable of, he’s proven he’s a Major League player.”

Middlebrooks had to prove he was healthy in the minors to be promoted again, and his performance has been encouraging. 

More News Sean and Matty Longstaff.The duo have been in negotiations with managing director Lee Charnley and their representatives for a number of weeks now, with 19-year-old Matty’s contract the more pressing contract of the two deals, says the Evening Chron 01/11ousa Dembele says former Tottenham teammate Gareth Bale will be a big success in China.Real Madrid attacker Bale is set to join Jiangsu Suning.Dembele, who moved to Guangzhou R&F in January this year, insists Bale will comfortably fit in playing /2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/30/2018 striker Joshua King has tipped Eddie Howe to become England manager.King was full of praise for Howe, who has managed to establish the Cherries as a Premier League club after taking them up from League One.Speaking to Four Four Two, King said: “Eddi • by RotoWire Staff 02/25/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 02/24/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 01/03/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 10/10/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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rout of West Ham.Guardiola singled out Sergio Agu

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reliever hasn’t allowed a run since April 24.

Rosenthal didn’t get off to a great start but has thrown 9 2/3 scoreless innings over 11 appearances since April 24. He has added 15 strikeouts over that period. Rosenthal has mainly been used in a high-leverage setup role this year. 

More News 04/10/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/25/2020 9 shirt.The Ukraine coach says the Pole deserves it.Sheva said, “He made a great impact and now it’s right that Kris also takes responsibility for such an important shirt.“It’s not just a matter of wearing certain shirts. The history of Milan its • by RotoWire Staff and in a foreign land. But Raul Sanllehi, after so many years being kept away from the spotlight, is finally receiving the public appreciation he deserves.Kings of the summer market? It’s hard to argue otherwise. Particularly when talking just Premie 02/28/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/26/2020 • by RotoWire Staff nee at the famous stadium which kept him sidelined for 10 months.The Gunners face off against their rivals on Monday night.”It will be coming full circle,”said Holding. “Even if I am on the bench it will be brilliant to just walk back to the spot tha 12/07/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/20/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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rnemouth boss Eddie Howe would give his team a mod

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outfielder , who is off to a great start in 2013, will be a free agent after the season. If he hits the free-agent market, he’s expected to be , according to the New York Post.

“He would be a good fit for anybody,” an American League scout said. “He brings a little bit of everything: power, speed, hitting for average, and getting on base. He can play all three outfield positions. He’s disciplined and can serve as a good influence for younger outfielders. He can also take pressure off other players.”

Choo played his first game at Citi Field against the Monday. He said he hasn’t given much thought about where he will be playing next season, but he didn’t rule out signing with the Mets if the opportunity arises.

“With New York, you never know. If I have a der Ryan Inniss has joined League 2 side Newport County on loan until the end of this season, subject to international clearance.The 24-year-old centre-back made his Palace first-team bow in a win over Swansea City in the Carabao Cup last season, befgood opportunity, I’ll take it,” he said.

More News 03/25/2020 • by RotoWire Staff ity boss Pep Guardiola is ready to shake up his squad this summer.The Mirror says City are preparing for the departures of Fabian Delph and Danilo.The duo struggled for regular game time last term and may seek moves elsewhere.Delph is being linked wi 02/28/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/27/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/25/2020 • by RotoWire Staff eds won the trophy for the first time on Saturday against Flamengo thanks to an extra-time winner from Roberto Firmino.”We were so determined to win this,” said Robertson.”A week before Christmas, coming away from your families and it’s a tough time 02/23/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/21/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

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t.The Daily Record says Rangers are facing a fight

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starting pitcher turned in another stellar performance as he struck out seven and secured his fifth win of the season Tuesday night against the Astros.Fister (5-1), who made his eighth start, surrendered two runs in a 35-pitc reason for wanting to return to the club.The English winger, 22, joined the Gers permanently from Liverpool on Monday after spending the 2018/19 season on loan at Ibrox.And Kent says the presence of former Reds coaches Steven Gerard and Michael Bealh second inning, including a run-scoring double to J.D. Martinez. He allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings of work in a 6-2 victory.Fister has not allowed more than three runs in four starts at home. He has also struck out 15 over his last two starts at home. The right-hander improved his ERA to 3.06 after his seven-strikeout performance Tuesday.

He is scheduled to take the hill Sunday night at Texas. He is 1-1 with a 3.13 ERA in four starts away from Comerica Park but was shelled for nine runs — eight earned — in 4 1/3 innings in his last start at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington last season.

More News 02/13/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 11/02/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff an Rice has emerged as a 2020 priority target for Manchester United.Goal says United could even make a move for the West Ham star in January – if they can stump up £80million.United are already thought to be drawing up a shortlist of stars they want 06/17/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staffielder Moussa Sissoko has returned to training this week.Sissoko required knee surgery after a collision with Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse on New Year’s Day. He has since made a return to the training pitch and said that he is feeling “fine” as hf 06/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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son ahead.Given how the team performed in the seco

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outfielder turned in another productive day at the plate Sunday against the Marlins. Crawford finished with two hits in the 5-3 win, including a run-scoring single in the seventh. He also singled in tol fullback Andrew Robertson expects RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland to make a big club move.The Norway international is today being linked with a January move to Liverpool’s rivals Manchester United.Robertson told VG: “He has been a fantastic plahe first and finished 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored.Crawford is batting .429 (6 for 14) with two RBI since his return to the lineup Friday.

More News 06/13/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 06/05/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 05/20/2016 • by RotoWire Staff pes the best for former manager Maurizio Sarri.Sarri left Chelsea for Juventus this month, leaving thlsea boss Frank Lampard defended his substitutions for their 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.Billy Gilmour came on for Mateo Kovacic for his debut while Michy Batshuayi replaced two-goal Tammy Abraham.Lampard said,”It was not bold because it was one fe Londoners as Europa League title winners.Asked about Sarri, whose reign was overshadowed by recriminations from fans and rumours of dressing-room u 05/17/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 05/13/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 05/03/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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nsists Achraf Hakimi is staying.The wing-back is o

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The committed two more compete in the EFL Trophy next season.The clubs have previout sell their stars in January.The Foxes are flying in third position on the Premier League after 12 matches.This has lead to the likes of James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu being linked with other clubs, but Rodgers is adamant they are going nowhere.”sly refrained from taking part in the competition, but their r City winger Ian Poveda is delighted with his move to Leeds United.The 19-year-old who joins the club on a four-and-a-half-year deal spoke about his style of play, what he hopes to achieve with the Whites and the prospect of working with Marcelo Bieunder-21 sides will next season become the latest Category One Academy teams to take part.United and Liverpool are part of the 1 errors Monday against the Padres, giving them 27 through 33 games. The Marlins are now tied with the Cubs for the . 

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star Fabrizio Maiello admits he was the brains beh

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starting pitcher has been a surprise in the early part of the season, and Al Melchior thinks he can continue to impress heading into Fantasy Week 6 (May 6-12). Al has Tepesch ranked 54th in for the week, thanks to a two-start week.

Tepesch does not have overwhelming, swing-and-miss stuff, so his success so far in his major league career has come as something of a surprise. Despite strikd they’re in talks to sign permanently Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.Smalling is on a season-long loan with Roma.De Sanctis said, “It is well known that we are trying to find a solution that makes everyone happy. “We are in no rush, we waing out just 5.79 batters per nine innings with a sinker that averages 90.6 miles per hour, Tepesch has emerged as a viable Fantasy option after his first five starts.  He is succeeding thanks to a heavy dose of groundballs and pinpoint control, a combination that has worked for him.

It would not be a surprise if Tepeschare “purely speculation”.14-year-old Bobby is one of the highest rated youngsters at Newcastle United’s academy, with first-team manager Steve Bruce already aware of his potential.He made history at Toon this season when he became the youngster playe regresses through the rest of the season, but I wouldn’t expect it this week. He faces a pair of bottom-10 offensive teams, so he should be worth starting in the upcoming scoring period.  

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with the club.Allegri is stepping down at the end

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first baseman Manchester City will reportedly rekindle their interest in Dani Alves. The 35-year-old is a free agent after his contract with PSG expired last month.Alves rejected City in order to sign with the Parisians two years ago.Globoesporte says Pep Guardiola wants to be reunited with the Brazilian fullback, who he managed at Barcelona. hit his fourth home run of the season Thursday.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Davis hit a solo shot, bringing the Mets closer to tying the game in a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers. Davis struck out in two of his other three plate appearances. 

More News 11/06/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/15/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 01/27/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/10/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 06/25/2016 lm around Barcelona whiz Ansu Fati.The 16 year-old has just secured his Spanish qualifications and there is a debate whether he should be called up to the senior squad.De la Fuente said: “The good ones have open doors. He is an interesting player, of • by RotoWire Staff reports.Liverpool and Napoli maintain a strong interest in the 21-year-old.Genk expect Berge to depart with just 18 months of his contract.Goal says Chelsea have now joined the race for Berge’s coveted signature.The Belgian club’s sporting director 06/22/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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Three up, three down for new shortstop . In the first three games since his promotion from Triple-A last week, Gregorius has recorded two hits in each outing with a pair of home runs and a double.

“He sees the ball well,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said Sunday.erest in Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann. Sky Deutschland says the Premier League new-boys see Fahrmann as cover for No1 Tim Krul.The experienced keeper is available from Schalke after losing his first-choice status last season to Alexander Nubel.An “He has a real good approach with two outs. He’s a tough out. He doesn’t surprise me. We thought a lot of him obviously.”

Gregorius, acquired from Cincinnati as part of a three-team trade last December, has spent two games in the No. 7 spot of the batting order and one in the eight-hole. Both of his homers have accountesi was delighted for young pair Ansu Fati and Carles Suarez after victory over Real Betis.As Messi sat out the game, the young duo both featured in the 5-2 rout.”Great game of all, 3 first points in LaLiga and very happy to see the boys of the house d for his only RBI thus far.

“I am battling every at-bat,” he said. “I work each day to prepare for every game. I never give up.”

position.“I’m happy to welcome Gianluca to our team,” CEO Guido Fienga told the club’s official website.“I’m certain that with his expertise, he will represent an important resource within Roma’s management.”The 50-year-old added: “Roma are an More News 03/24/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 12/10/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 11/04/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/27/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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outfielder supplied most of the offense for his team in Sunday’s series finale against the Orioles. He went 1 for 4 with a home run in the 3-0 win.Gardner took starter Wei-Yin Chen deep for a two-run shot in the fifth inning that bounced high up off the foul pole in right field. It was his second long ball of the season.Gardner is batting .320 (8 for 25) in the last six games with five RBI and six runs scored.

More News 03/31/2020 arry has slaughtered Lyon’s stars after defeat to PSG.Dugarry slammed OL’s players, including ir.Fotospor says the Blades have seen a £11million bid rejected for Cakir.Cakir, 23, has attracted the interest of numerous Premier League clubs including Liverpool and Manchester United.The Blades are looking for a new keeper with loanee Dean Hendeformer Manchester United winger Memphis Depay and Houssem Aouar, a target for Manchester City.He told RMC: “The technical weakness of this team is shameful. • by RotoWire Staff 12/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 11/07/2019 • by RotoWire Staff Adama Traore says their last-gasp Europa League win at Besiktas typifies the spirit with the group.For the third time already this season, Wolves bagged a game-changing goal in injury time.Traore told the club’s website: “I think the whole team worke 09/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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pitcher continued to struggle but managed to close out Tuesday’s contest against the White Sox.Soriano, who entered the game in the ninth inning with a three-run lead, served up a two-run home run to Alex Rios before forcing Paul Konerko to fly out to end the game. He was charged with two runs on two hits and struck out one in an 8-7 victory. The right-hander has converted three of his first four save opportunities. After the game, manager Davey Johnson said Soriano tweaked his leg during Saturday’s game at Cincinnati but “it’s a non-issue.”

More News nager Frank Lampard.For all the vital work Lampard has done with the emerging talent this season, it seems he has also relished trying to get the best of Kovacic.”It’s been nice, nice of course,” Kovacic told the club’s website.”Now I see why he was 03/18/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 02/29/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 02/28/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/01/2015 • by Jason Lempert 08/18/2015 • by Sean D’Oliveira rien Rabiot.Off contract in June, Rabiot is weighing up his next move, fielding interest from Manchester United and Arsenal, among several heavyweight suitors.Le 10 riker Dwight Gayle.While manager Steve Bruce wants to keep Gayle at the club, he accepts that he may have to cash in on his frontman to secure funds for other signings.The Telegraph says Newcastle have put a £15 million price tag on Gayle for the JaSport says Everton are also in contact with Rabiot’s minders.Indeed, negotiations hav 08/05/2015 • by Michael Hurcomb

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LeBron James says he can be better next season, and he’s right

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In the same interview Sunday where admitted that he still has nightmares about the Cavs’ Finals loss to the , James also says he believes he can improve next season. James said he plans to get “back in the lab” in September after an August trip to China. 

That’s actually true, but in reality, it has more to do with how much James coasted for the early part of last season than anything else. James was an MVP-caliber player once he returned in January all the way through the e with Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic.Off contract in June, Matic’s camp are already in contact with Inter about a move.Inter coach Antonio Conte has approved the move, having worked with him at Chelsea.United would be prepared to let Matind of the regular season. However, before that, he was kind of only “really good, better than 90 percent of the ” which is down considerably. James’ heart wasn’t in his defense, and it took him really the entire year to learn how to properly use the weapons around him. 

Even the playoffs had their bumps and bruises. James’ Finals run was masterful. The way he lead the short-handed as far as he did was beyond reason, an absolute masterpiece. He also shot downright horribly. Check this out. 

So yeah, he’s probably going to come back with a little better offensive game next year. He’s added post moves in the past, and in 2013 he refined his 3-point stroke to great success. He could, and probably will, make minor adjustments, and thus imprvements, again this season. If anything, James should be better next year by simple virtue of the Cavaliers’ health improving. Still, it’s mostly about the comittment and effort at this point of James’ career.

This chart shows James’ recent production in points, rebounds and assists per 100 possessions. You’ll notice his total production is up there with some of his better seasons, but that most of it was courtesy of assists and rebounds, with a much smaller scoring load, because he had to do nearly everything for that Cavs team due to injuries. 

(Side note: I maintain that 2012 was his best career season from beginning to end including the playoffs, but from a purely statistical standpoint, holy freaking wow was he amazing in 2009. The numbers are just berserk: 47.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, 9.8 assists with a 37.4 PER. Just unreal. Do you know how well the had to play, and how bad the rest of that Cavs team had to be, for him not to win with those numbers?)

This year, James stayed away from the post in the regular season, then had to turn to it on in the playoffs when Love and Irving went down. He was forced to isolate from the same spots over and over again, not just because of injuries but due to a general lack of creativity in the Cavs’ offense. Those things will be better next year. 

Will James at 31 be better than he was in 2012 through 2014? Maybe not. Last season was the first time he looked truly human, limited by a back injury and needing several weeks off mid-season. His game does rely on athleticism to a degree and overall outstanding production does taper with age — even Jordan discovered that as he continued to rack up titles past age 33. You develop more control of the game, more ways to influence it and wield the floor and make teammates better. discovered that in 2009 at age 30. James has been discovering it, and itrner wants to join Liverpool should he leave RB Leipzig.The Germany star has been heavily linked with the Reds in recent months, with reports over the weekend claiming Jurgen Klopp was set to make a £60m move for the striker.The striker wants to lea’s easier for him witlatan Ibrahimovic.Mourinho has ruled out bringing Ibrahimovic to Tottenham… because he already has Harry Kane at his disposal.”I have more than a connection, amazing player, amazing guy, but I would say no chance,” said Mourinho when asked about a h his ability to share the ball. 

James may be better next season. He may make subtle changes to his game, add something here or there. That’s only natural for a player as great, and as intelligent, as James. But it will be hard for any sort of remarkable improvement to take place. The simple truth is he’s already too good a player, undoubtedly one of the best ever put on a uniform, to get that much better. It’s just a matter of when he decides to turn it on and how consistently throughout the season he decides to remain in that mode. 

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Jeanie Buss: Lakers organization ‘devoted’ to helping Lamar Odom

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Giving more perspective on the type of person Lamar Odom truly is, players like , and have to their former teammate during his hospitalization. The  for Odom has been phenomenal to see as everyone is pulling for his recovery.a has recalled the day Cesc Fabregas bought a Range Rover for Chelsea teammate Willy Caballero – with a twist.Bulka was at Chelsea with Monaco midfielder Cesc.And he recalled to Foot Truck: “Once he told a goalkeeper: ‘If you stop me a penalty, I giv 

since his initial hospitalization and is now recovering in a Watford have partnered with the soccer-based social networking and media app Dongqiudi, which becomes the club’s official media partner in China, reports, /.The two parties will collaborate on content production, fan service and other interactive experiences, designed to give supporters a better content experience, while expanding the Premier League club’s presence in the country.Los Angeles hospital.  has reported that Odom will need “a lot” of rehab to fully recover, and according to team president Jeanie Buss, his former team will do whatever they can to help him through this process.

“The reports that I’m getting are so positive that he’s going to make it through what was a really difficult time,” said Buss about Odom on her recent appearance on the  podcast (24-minute mark). “We’re, and when I say we’re, it’s the Laker organization, my family, we’re devoted to helping him and however we can as he comes through this, because he is a former Laker, he is a champion with the Lakers and we all love him. To see everybody rally around him was very touching. A lot of people love him and are pulling for him.” 

Throughout Odom’s recent ordeal, the amount of positivity that is directed towardy star Leroy Sane should join Bayern Munich, according to Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke.Dortmund were narrowly beaten by Bayern to the Bundesliga, the latter’s seventh title in a row.However, Watzke does not see the issue if Bayern stre him is amazing. Odom will no doubt need the support and positivity to continue once he is released from the hospital and it sounds like the Lakers and Buss will be doing whatever they can to help their former player through this difficult time. 

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Steph Curry is getting a wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s in San Francisco

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I guess one of the perks of being the NBA’s Most Valuable Player is your recognition goes through the roof. Add a championship to that equation and people will want to see you everywhere. For ‘ superstar , he’s becoming one of the most popular athletes in the entire world.

You know what that means: it’s time for him to get a wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s museum in San Francisco. Here’s a sneak peak at what the figure will look like thanks to a Yoack arrived at Real this summer, but he has not been a regular in the starting line up.He is behind veteran Sergio Ramos and Rafael Varane in the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu club.AS says Tottenham Hotspur want to sign Militao, with Jose MouTube video showing the making of it.

The wax figure is expected to be debuted at the museum in the first quarter of 2016, . I know for certain that one of Michael Jordan exists in some place on the Las Vegas strip because I specifically remember it being next to a wax figure of Whoopi Gll needs to improve.The fullback was outstanding for victory at Manchester City on Saturday.But Fletcher told TV2: “He loves to defend himself. It’s refreshing to see, but he has to get better with the ball. Hopefully he is working on receiving and poldberg. Which talk show host will Curry be placed nReal Madrid are close to securing Casemiro to a new contract.The Brazil midfielder, reports ABC, is on the brink of putting pen to paper on a contract to 2023.Real president Florentino Perez has insisted Casemiro must stay and is happy to be dealing in the 27 year-old.Perez turned down offers of up to €80m for Casemiro last summer.Casemiro joined Real in 2013 from Sao Paulo.ext to? We’ll have to wait to find out.

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Paul George: ‘I don’t know if I’m cut out for a four spot’

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Sure, the completely uprooted their entire offensive scheme and the identity of their team that had made them Eastern Conference contenders when healthy over the past three years. And sure, in doing so the team , , that brings with it more physicality and a different set of priorities. And yes, George made it pretty clear early on he wasn’t “thrilled” with that idea, a , despite Bird openly saying .

The important thing to remember is that George is a professional, and everyone involved has the patience and perspective not to overreact if things are a little awkward early on. You know, like after the first of the year. Oh, wait, hold on: 

“I don’t know if I’m cut out for a four spot,” George said after the Pacers’ 110-105 up winner, who has recently been linked with Juventus and Real Madrid, was a huge fan of Arsene Wenger’s side, which was largely filled up by his countrymen.He told The Times’ new Life Times podcast: “I was an Arsenal fan.”Arsenal and the French natiloss to the , a game in which he started matched up against 6-foot-11 All-Star .“I don’t know if this is my position. We’ll sit and watch tape and I’m sure I’ll talk with coach (Frank Vogel). I’ll talk with Larry (Bird) as well to get both their inputs on how the first game went but…I’m still not comfortable with it regardless of the situation. It’s still something I have to adjust to or maybe not. Or maybe it’s something we can go away from.”

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And we’re off. 

So let’s start with this question. Getting aside the fact that it’s preseason and any results should be taken with a huge grain of salt, how did George actually play in this new system? From 8 Points, 9 Seconds: 

In a lot of ways, stretches of the first half were the worst case scenario for a Pacer transition to the new smaller-faster style. What we saw was a team that couldn’t control the paint (outscored 34-18 in Points in the Paint) or their defensive glass (13 ORBs allowed, 21 Pelican Second Chance Points), while being unable to execute, offensively (5-for-23 from three, 10 turnovers).Paul George’s results were decidedly mixed. He clearly struggled guarding Anthony Davis, who scored 18 points and had 6 boards in 15 minutes. George’s lack of experience at the 4 also contributed heavily to the Pelicans’ success on the offensive glass. However, the Pacer star looked healthy and confident – perhaps the most important news of the evening – and scored most of his 12 first quarter points against an Anthony Davis that struggled to keep up with him in space.

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George spoke a lot about not only the size differential giving him problems, in that he’s just not strong enough to box out, but the actual requirements, hedging on the pick and roll, then recovering on the roll man, then boxing out, were taking energy away from him. Energy is precious for lead offensive players. If you drain an offensive player’s energy too much, it lowers their endurance and efficiency. It’s a two-way street, and George knows that. 

This is a bad game to take significant takeaways from, however. First off, it’s the first preseason game for crying out loud. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Heck, Muncie, Indiana wasn’t built in the time the Pacers have had in this system. Meanwhile, in this particular game, George was facing arguably the best power forward in the league in Anthony Davis. Of course he struggled, he was playing the Brow. 

Still, George is basically calling it quits on this idea one game in. How serious was he? He told the media that he’s not the only one with problems with the changes, a pretty serious thing to levy:

“Honestly, I’d rather build on what we’re going to do going into the season,” he said. “We’re playing around with this style now, trying to figure things out. But, it’s not just myself. Four other guys out there, it’s an adjustment for them. We all talk. A couple othreer with Manchester United.The Sun says the £505,000-a-week flop has stalled over a loan to Roma for the season after falling out of favour under boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Italians are now looking at other targets as Sanchez, 30, drags his heeler guys are uncomfortable with how we’re going to run things.“It’s new to everyone. It’s new to everybody,” George said, acknowledging a very important truth. “This is what preseason’s for. It’s Game One. We’ve just gotta build off it.”

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Overall, this is not good. Larry Bird and Frank Vogel can work to defuse the situation and in time, maybe George will come along. This started off badly and has only gotten worse, though, and at some point keeping the players, especially their best player, becomes a priority. The Pacers need to get everyone on the same page. The tried testing out new ideas when Dave Joerger took over in the 2013-2014 season, and they basically revolted a month in. 

Best laid plans in the can be laid to waste simply by the fact that the players don’t buy in. Right now, Paul George is pulling all his money from the investments, cashing out, and burying it in his back yard. Indiana has some damagenchester United are stepping up their interest in Bruno Fernandes.United have been linked to the Portuguese midfielder for the past months.However, no formal bid has arrived to Sporting.The Independent reports that United will start with a £50millio control to do this week.