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Moshiri favoured Lukaku over Barkley

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Lukaku didn't sign for Chelsea, of course, but did turn down a new deal on Merseyside before leaving for Manchester United . Lukaku scored 61 goals in 141 appearances with the Toffees and, speaking about the Belgian international's exit at Everton's AGM on Tuesday evening, Farhad Moshiri told an eyebrow-raising story about negotiations they'd held with the 24-year-old. Read More »

Carabao Cup Semi-Final, Chelsea vs Arsenal

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Arsenal were dumped out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle on Sunday when they suffered a surprise 4-2 loss to Championship side Nottingham Forest in the third round. "That's a bit detrimental to the rotation as well". "We know where they like to win points from". Arsenal will be looking to change their fortunes in West London, having won just once against the Blues at their home in the previous nine meetings, whilst it is the only tournament Wenger has not won in English football. Read More »

Ellington scores winning basket as Heat beat Raptors 90-89

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In the midst of it, Johnson made a decision to throw the first punch and hit Serge in the face, before Ibaka retaliated and punched him right back. It was the only basket of the second half for Ellington, who finished with 15 points. "It certainly felt like there was something at stake from the very tip, and that's the way it should be in this league, " said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Read More »

Bills support Incognito, investigation ongoing

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An NFL investigation found that Incognito and two Miami Dolphins teammates engaged in persistent harassment directed at fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who left the team in the middle of the 2013 season. Incognito has not responded to the accusations. There are a few players that are getting older and might change their tune to the musical exit of retirement, but after getting to the playoffs and playing their best in a defensive effort, the organization feels like more can come ... Read More »

Sooners Wreck Tech, Claim Third Top-10 Win

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It was another statement win, this time against Young's father's alma mater, as the Sooners improved to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in Big 12 play. With four assists, Thomas reached 203 for his career and became the second player in league history to surpass 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 200 steals and 200 assists. Read More »

Packers to interview Gus Bradley for defensive coordinator job

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The Los Angeles Chargers have retained defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. According to ESPN , the Seahawks and Packers were interested in Bradley's services. The Chargers led the National Football League in passing yards under Whisenhunt's guidance, with Keenan Allen totaling a career-high 102 catches and 1,393 receiving yards and Melvin Gordon rushing for a career-high 1,105 rushing yards. Read More »

Coutinho signing a statement of Barca's long-term ambitions

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He's a great friend and it's a great honour to be able to play with him. The timing of Barca's move for Coutinho has been questioned because he will not be able to play in the Champions League this season having already played in the competition for Liverpool . Read More »

Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks free to talk with Giants

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Six candidates have emerged for the Giants' coaching vacancy. The Giants are one of those teams and are expected to interview him as early as Monday. As assistant head coach of the Panthers since 2015, though, he has played a larger role than other assistant coaches usually do in addressing and preparing the team. Read More »

National Football League to look into Panthers' handling of injury to Cam Newton

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Chancellor will likely be tuning in as Brees and the Saints will take on the second-seeded Vikings in the conference semifinal next Sunday. Both the Vikings and the Saint have had impressive seasons on the defensive side of the ball. The Saints led 21-9 at halftime, and Brees' 151.4 passing rating after the first half was the highest in the first half of a playoff game since Kurt Warner's 158.0 rating for the Arizona Cardinals in the 2008 NFC championship game. Read More »

Packers to hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator

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So Pettine replaces Dom Capers , who served in the position for eight seasons. The Browns hired Pettine as their head coach in 2014, but he lasted just two seasons in Cleveland. Gus Bradley and Vic Fangio will remain with their respective teams as coordinators. He became the head coach of the Carolina Panthers in 1995. Capers is an National Football League lifer, having taken his first defensive coordinator job with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992. Read More »

Party Claims: Wenger opens Iwobi investigation

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Wenger will demand an explanation from Iwobi at the club's London Colney training base on Tuesday with the 21-year-old facing a fine of up to two weeks' wages. "He has been out at a party, how long has he stayed?" "If your neighbour takes drugs what can you do about it?" And the American has named his new pet Gunner after he scored twice to help Forest to a 4-2 win and knock holders Arsenal out of the FA Cup at the City Ground on Sunday. Read More »

Nick Saban reportedly not interested in Giants' head coaching job

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Former Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians , who recently retired after the 2017 season, told Colin Cowherd on FS1 that he wouldn't be surprised if Saban is interested in the vacant job with the NFL's New York Giants . There has been speculation that Saban is interested in becoming the new coach of the New York Giants . Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins revealed he didn't "like" Saban's strict coaching style when he played under him at Alabama from 2012-14, and for that reason wouldn't ... Read More »

LaMelo Ball immediately proves he's the star of his Lithuanian team

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It's no accident LaVar Ball always seemed to be smiling whenever TV cameras panned to him seated at center court clad in a long-sleeve Big Baller Brand shirt. LaMelo came off the bench in the first half and didn't waste any time before misfiring on a 3-pointer from National Basketball Association range and getting a few assists, including one to his brother. Read More »

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah named PFA Fans' Player of the Month

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Now, he will hopefully hit the ground running once again, with Liverpool eager to take revenge for September's 5-0 mauling at the hands of City. Of course, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will combine with Salah up front to form what is still a very formidable front line and more than enough to score against Manchester City . Read More »

Isaiah Thomas' Best Shot At Big Contract Likely With Cavaliers

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Isaiah, who is now the ninth-highest paid player on the Cavs' roster, has averaged 15.0 points and 3.3 assists per game in his three contests since returning to the team after recovering from a nasty hip injury. "He looked at [Cavs athletic trainer] Steve [Spiro], and Steve gave him the OK". Cleveland will have Thomas' full Bird rights and can pay him, which Cavs owner Dan Gilbert might be inclined to do given that Thomas was one of the main assets the team received in exchange for ... Read More »

Gopher Basketball Player Could Face Expulsion After Third Assault Allegation

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The EOAA's finding against Lynch was issued the same day as a separate recommendation that he be suspended for sexual misconduct in an unrelated incident that occurred three weeks later. The latest decision by the school board comes after investigating an incident that happened off-campus on April 7, 2016. Both investigations had been ongoing since the fall. Read More »

Quarterback switch gives Alabama a lift as it claims another national title

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The Hawaii native has gotten chances to operate Alabama offense at times this season, as you might imagine with some of the Tide's blowout losses. "Rose said the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP will not officially participate in any physical gathering before or during the game due to weather and security concerns", reported the national daily. Read More »

Lane Kiffin says Alabama didn't care when Jake Fromm chose Georgia

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That seems a little bold considering Nick Saban had been praising Tagovailoa for a while and even said before the Rose Bowl that the quarterback might get into the game. "There were a lot of thoughts throughout the year that Tua was the best quarterback", Kiffin said. Patrick cut Kiffin off as he started gushing about Tagovailoa with comparisons to Steve Young, making sure to clarify that he meant Tagovailoa would have transferred from Alabama had he not played in the national title game. Read More »

Zinedine Zidane Named French Coach Of The Year

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Zinedine Zidane insisted that Real Madrid does not need any new signings in the January transfer window, despite trailing rivals and La Liga leaders Barcelona by 16 points. "I don't need anyone". I don't want anyone. "I'm not happy with the situation", he said. "There are tough moments in a season". What I think is that we have everything to move forward. Read More »

FA 'sets example' by adopting Rooney Rule for hiring future England managers

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The Rooney Rule, is named after NFL diversity committee chairman Dan Rooney and necessitates that clubs in American football must interview at least one BAME candidate for each head coach or senior football operation vacancy. English football's anti-discrimination group, Kick It Out, praised the FA for delivering a "watershed moment" it hopes will spur a wider push to promote BAME coaches. Read More »

Bayliss to step down as coach after 2019 English season

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Trevor Bayliss was assigned the role of England's coach in 2015. Bayliss, who was appointed in 2015 to succeed the sacked Peter Moores, said it would be time for a fresh approach when his four-year contract comes to an end."I'm contracted to September 2019 and that will see me out", the 55-year-old Australian told the BBC . Read More »

Donald Trump appears to forget United States national anthem

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Before entering the field for the national anthem Trump was greeted with a mixed reaction. I don't think I do, but if a few stray punchlines subconsciously cross my lips, it doesn't mean that I don't know the rest of it, too. Out". "We want our flag respected", Trump told the annual gathering of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville. Twitterati was quick to notice this and had a field day commenting on how Trump may have forgotten the words to the national anthem. Read More »

Panthers fire offensive coordinator Shula, QBs coach Dorsey

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Shula spent the past seven seasons with Carolina, working as quarterbacks coach for two seasons before becoming offensive coordinator in 2013 . Head coach Ron Rivera recently signed a two-year contract extension with the Panthers and now faces rebuilding his offensive coaching team. Read More »

Transfer roundup: Tottenham's Georges-Kévin Nkoudou to join Burnley on loan

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The BBC report that the 22-year-old will spend the rest of the season at Tottenham's Premier League rivals - now in seventh place, just two spots behind Spurs. Speaking about the move to the official club website, Nkoudou said: "When I spoke with (Kieran) Trippier he told me good things about this club, about the players and everything about Burnley". Read More »

Top Japan canoeist banned for 'evil' drink spiking

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The incident is Japan's first case of an athlete failing a doping test due to deliberate contamination, according to the Japan Anti-Doping Agency, which handed down the eight-year ban. "I was fretting. I did it as I thought he would overwhelm me". The federation condemned Suzuki's behavior as extremely malicious and said it is considering expelling him from the sporting community. Read More »

N.Korea says nuclear programme talks would dent inter-Korean ties

He added that he would "absolutely" be willing to talk on the phone with Kim Jong-Un, however Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations insisted there was "no turnaround" in America's stance that North Korea would have to stop nuclear testing before talks could happen. Read More »

Luke Walton Jokes He Subbed Lonzo Early Because Of LaVar's Trash Talk

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Vitale, a former coach and longtime observer of college basketball, added that LiAngelo Ball was not deserving of having been on the team to begin with and that he had "a better chance of growing hair than that kid playing in the NBA". Lonzo Ball was taken out early in a blowout win over the Atlanta Hawks Sunday night, and Walton joked about the reasoning after the game. LaVar subsequently signed his sons to professional contracts in Lithuania , where Goodman went to hear Ball say of the ... Read More »

Barcelona unveil Coutinho at Camp Nou

Philippe Coutinho was so keen to force through his dream move to Barcelona, that he offered to fork out €15m of his money to go towards their transfer fee to Liverpool. Without Coutinho, Barca beat Levante 3-0 to stretch their cushion at the top of the LaLiga table to nine points, with Lionel Messi , Luis Suarez and Paulinho on the scoresheet. Read More »

Rafael Nadal to play at Kooyong ahead of Australian Open

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Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal have given the 2018 Australian Open a huge boost after revealing that they are looking forward to the first Grand Slam of the year. 14, at the Tie Break Tens in Melbourne , where matches are going to consist of tie-breaks only, with no games and no sets. He is scheduled to play Tuesday at Kooyong, which regularly hosted the Australian Open on grass before the tournament moved to hard courts at Melbourne Park. Read More »