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What crisis? Chelsea bounces back against Spurs (Yahoo Sports)

What crisis? Chelsea bounces back against Spurs (Yahoo Sports)

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It was only a couple of days ago that Chelsea was a club in disarray. The headlines told of a manager’s frustration; of a depleted squad; of doom and gloom heading into a showdown with Tottenham. How quickly we forget that the Blues are also champions. Chelsea’s supposed descent into crisis took a wholly unsurprising and utterly predictable turn on Sunday. Marcos Alonso fired Antonio Conte’s embattled side to a 2-1 win over Spurs at Wembley, first with a splendid free kick, and then with a stunning 88th-minute winner: Alonso had given the visitors a 24th-minute lead with a wonderful free kick right into the top corner: But Tottenham, which had more of the ball and the better of the chances, equalized with less than 10 minutes remaining. Its nearly 60 minutes of pressure finally paid off i
Carr and Mack: We weren’t protesting anthem (Yahoo Sports)

Carr and Mack: We weren’t protesting anthem (Yahoo Sports)

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As Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat again for the national anthem, quarterback Derek Carr stood with a hand on linebacker Khalil Mack. After the game, Carr made it clear that he and Mack weren’t engaged in any form of protest. “We wanted to show them that it’s OK for a white kid and a black kid that come from two different neighborhoods [to] grow up and love one another and be best friends,” Carr said, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. “And that’s what me and Khalil are — we’re best friends and we love one another.” The gesture specifically occurred during the anthem because Carr (pictured talking to Lynch during last night’s game) and Mack realize that everyone is now watching what happens when the anthem is being played. “[W]e see what’s going on in the world and, obviously, everyo
Mike Glennon isn’t doing much to keep his job (Yahoo Sports)

Mike Glennon isn’t doing much to keep his job (Yahoo Sports)

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Mike Glennon was given the Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback job, but he hasn’t done much to keep it. Glennon, the Bears’ big free-agent acquisition this offseason, was underwhelming for the second straight preseason game. That will do nothing to quiet the excitement for rookie Mitch Trubisky, who was the second pick of the draft. Though, Trubisky didn’t look quite as good Saturday night in a 24-23 win against the Arizona Cardinals as he did during last week’s phenomenal debut. The biggest mark against Glennon was that he threw a terrible interception for the second straight week. [Now’s the time to sign up for Fantasy Football! Join for free] Glennon’s big mistake came near the goal line. On a slow delivery to Kendall Wright, Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu jumped in front of Wrigh
Mike Glennon isn’t doing much to keep his job (Yahoo Sports)

Mike Glennon isn’t doing much to keep his job (Yahoo Sports)

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Mike Glennon was given the Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback job, but he hasn’t done much to keep it. Glennon, the Bears’ big free-agent acquisition this offseason, was underwhelming for the second straight preseason game. That will do nothing to quiet the excitement for rookie Mitch Trubisky, who was the second pick of the draft. Though, Trubisky didn’t look quite as good Saturday night in a 24-23 win against the Arizona Cardinals as he did during last week’s phenomenal debut. The biggest mark against Glennon was that he threw a terrible interception for the second straight week. [Now’s the time to sign up for Fantasy Football! Join for free] Glennon’s big mistake came near the goal line. On a slow delivery to Kendall Wright, Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu jumped in front of Wrigh
QB picture coming into focus for Broncos, Texans (Yahoo Sports)

QB picture coming into focus for Broncos, Texans (Yahoo Sports)

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It appears the veteran quarterbacks in Denver and Houston will hold off the younger, more highly touted competition to start the regular-season opener. The Denver Broncos gave Paxton Lynch the chance to start the second preseason game, and he did nothing to win the job on Saturday night against the San Francisco 49ers. Trevor Siemian seems like the clear favorite to start for the Broncos in Week 1 of the regular season. The Houston Texans seemed to have a quarterback competition after rookie Deshaun Watson’s solid debut last week, but Tom Savage outplayed Watson on Saturday night and now likely has a big lead over the first-round pick. The Broncos’ competition seemed open all offseason, but Lynch never really made a move. Observers thought Lynch looked better in joint practices thi
Kyle Busch completes 3-race sweep at Bristol (Yahoo Sports)

Kyle Busch completes 3-race sweep at Bristol (Yahoo Sports)

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Kyle Busch has won all three August races at Bristol for a second time in eight years. Busch passed future teammate Erik Jones for the race lead with 55 laps to go and deftly navigated lapped traffic over the last 25 laps to win for the sixth time at Bristol and for the first time at the concrete half-mile track since 2011. Busch won Wednesday’s Truck Series race and Friday night’s Xfinity Series race. He last won all three races in 2010 and is the only driver to win all three NASCAR national series races at the same track in a single weekend. Jones, the polesitter, put up a great fight but Busch was able to get by when Jones moved his car off the bottom lane to play defense against Busch and Matt Kenseth, who also got around him. [Full results from Bristol] While Jones was able to pass K
Wenger: Arsenal squad not manageable

Wenger: Arsenal squad not manageable

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Arsene Wenger says his first thought is not to sign new players as he reflected on Arsenal's 1-0 defeat to Stoke City at bet365 Stadium. Jese Rodriguez's debut strike 90 seconds into the second half gave Stoke the surprise victory on Saturday, although Wenger was unimpressed with the decision to disallow an Alexandre Lacazette goal for offside. Arsenal 8/1 to win Europa League Related The Arsenal manager was asked for an update on the club's transfer business following the loss and reiterated that any immediate movement would involve players going out, rather than in. "I expect to sell players first, that is all," Wenger told reporters. "I expect some players to go because we have too many players and it is not manageable.  "Many clubs are in this situation which is why the transfer market
‘We never give up’ – Simeone lauds Atletico’s escape act at Girona

‘We never give up’ – Simeone lauds Atletico’s escape act at Girona

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Diego Simeone hailed Atletico Madrid's fighting qualities after they salvaged a 2-2 draw at La Liga newcomers Girona despite having Antoine Griezmann sent off. Cristhian Stuani's quickfire first-half brace left Atletico reeling and a red card for Griezmann, booked for dissent immediately after receiving a caution for simulation in the 67th minute, appeared to seal their fate. Betis 14/1 to beat Barcelona with dabblebet But substitute Angel Correa rifled in at the end of a solo run with 12 minutes to play and Jose Gimenez converted Koke's 85th-minute free-kick. Atleti still needed a superb stoppage-time save by Jan Oblak from Olarenwaju Kayode to escape with a share of the spoils but Simeone was satisfied – given the circumstances – at his post-match news conference. "At 2-0 down many peopl
They’re stoked: Jesé, Stoke City stun Arsenal (Yahoo Sports)

They’re stoked: Jesé, Stoke City stun Arsenal (Yahoo Sports)

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The list of narratives that can be used to tell the tale of Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke City on Saturday is long. But no story is complete without two things: the goal that was, and the various goals that weren’t. Jesé Rodriguez, Stoke’s newest signing on loan from PSG, wheeled away less than two minutes into the second half to celebrate the goal that sent Arsenal to its first defeat of the season. But it was Arsene Wenger’s curtailed celebrations, and Alexander Lacazette’s protestations, and howls of displeasure from the away fans that will be the talking points from an intense evening at the bet365 Stadium. And that’s unfortunate, because Rodriguez’s goal was a wonderful emblem of his skill, and of the dimension he brings to Stoke. The former Real Madrid youngster is only 12 months re
Basketball League: Kano Pillars retain title

Basketball League: Kano Pillars retain title

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Kano Pillars basketball club celebrate By Stella KabrukDefending champions, Kano Pillars Basketball Club on Saturday recorded 100 per cent finish to win the Kwese Premier League Savannah Conference 6 play-offs after winning all their five matches. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tournament was held at Indoor Hall of the Murtala Square Kaduna between Aug. 14 and Aug. 19. Six teams from the Savannah Conference – Kano Pillars, Gombe Bulls, Plateau Peaks, Niger Potters, Bauchi Net and Kada Stars- participated in the tournament. Bauchi Nets and Kada Stars replaced Mark Mentors and Defenders, both of Abuja, who failed to turn up for the competition. Kano Pillars had defeated Gombe Bulls 104-97, Kadda Stars 91-58 points, Bauchi Net 85-44 points, Niger Potters 103-71 points and P
Tennis: Kyrgios ousts Nadal in Cincinnati

Tennis: Kyrgios ousts Nadal in Cincinnati

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Nick Kyrgios: beats Nadal in Cincinnati Nick Kyrgios was at his ruthless best on Friday evening at Cincinnati’s Western & Southern Open, blasting past Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-5 to secure a spot in the semi-finals.It was the 100th tour-level victory for the Australian, reports ATPWorldTour.com. Kyrgios dominated from start to finish in his second match of day, reaching his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final of the year (Miami) and first in Cincinnati. Less than seven hours after rallying past Ivo Karlovic 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 in their rain-delayed third round affair, he needed just 80 minutes to thwart the soon to be World No. 1. The victory was even more impressive considering the contrast in styles between opponents, with Kyrgios overcoming the big-serving Karlovic and more baselin
Pujols ties Sosa’s prestigious homer record (Yahoo Sports)

Pujols ties Sosa’s prestigious homer record (Yahoo Sports)

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Albert Pujols snapped a two-week home run drought during Friday’s game against the Orioles and made some history in the process. With his two-run first-inning homer against Jeremy Hellickson, Pujols upped his career total to 609. That ties him with Sammy Sosa for eighth place on the all-time home run list and first among players born outside the United States. [Now’s the time to sign up for Fantasy Football! Join for free] Pujols became the ninth member of MLB’s 600 home run club in a win against the Twins on June 4. It came in dramatic fashion as he tucked a grand slam just inside the left-field foul pole at Angel Stadium. Angels slugger Albert Pujols rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run that tied him with Sammy Sosa for the most home runs by a foreign player. (AP) M
Mourinho: I have ‘faith’ in Martial to improve this season

Mourinho: I have ‘faith’ in Martial to improve this season

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho backed Anthony Martial to deliver at Old Trafford this season. Martial was absent from United's starting XI last week but the French forward came off the bench to help Mourinho's men to a 4-0 win over West Ham in their Premier League opener. The 21-year-old's future in Manchester has been questioned amid United's pursuit of a winger but Mourinho believes the former Monaco star will shine in 2017-18. Related "I have faith in him," Mourinho said ahead of Saturday's trip to Swansea City. "Probably, the player I was looking at [in the transfer market] was not a pure winger, because I have pure wingers. "The player I was looking for would allow me to play three at the back and do the wing-backs. As a pure attacking player, Martial is a good player. "He is...
Mayweather Sr. threatens to sue for cheating (Yahoo Sports)

Mayweather Sr. threatens to sue for cheating (Yahoo Sports)

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Conor McGregor is contractually prohibited from using any MMA techniques aside from punching when he faces Floyd Mayweather in his first professional boxing match on Aug 26. According to Mayweather, McGregor could be hit with a fine that could eat up 90 percent of his purse if he decides to do anything outside of throwing a legal boxing punch. But that may not be enough for Floyd Mayweather Sr., who doesn’t fully trust that the Irishman will resort to what he knows if things don’t go his way against his son. The father of one of the greatest boxers of all-time appeared on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” and said that he has plans to hit McGregor with a lawsuit if the UFC lightweight champions doesn’t play by the rules. “It’s gonna stop right there,” Floyd Sr. said. “And guess what? Then
Pochettino: No issue with Conte ahead of London derby

Pochettino: No issue with Conte ahead of London derby

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino played down comments made by Antonio Conte after meeting with his Chelsea counterpart, who had questioned his rival's ambition. Conte highlighted Tottenham's ambition before the start of the season after Spurs had yet to spend during the transfer window following their runner-up finish to Premier League champions Chelsea last term. The Chelsea boss also insisted that Tottenham not winning the title or qualifying for the Champions League is "not a tragedy". Related Heading into Sunday's London derby, Pochettino – who made his first signing of the window following the club-record arrival of Davinson Sanchez – said Conte explained his comments. "Last week, we had an opportunity to talk a little bit and he was very clear with me," Pochettino said. "He trie
Draxler not trying to leave PSG after Neymar arrival, says agent

Draxler not trying to leave PSG after Neymar arrival, says agent

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Julian Draxler is not seeking a move away from Paris Saint-Germain in the wake of Neymar's arrival for a world-record fee of €222 million. The Germany international's agent Roger Wittmann denied reports in France that Draxler is considering his future at the club after the signing of Neymar from Barcelona. Draxler joined PSG from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in January, but is yet to feature for the club after starring in Germany's triumph at the Confederations Cup. Related Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been linked with a move for the 23-year-old, but Wittmann insisted Draxler will stay with PSG. "We are not interested in whether [French newspaper] L'Equipe wrote something," Wittmann said to Sport 1 in Germany. "There has been no change, it is not a topic. "If som
Jardim lauds record-breaking Monaco

Jardim lauds record-breaking Monaco

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Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim praised his side for overcoming a slow start against Metz to record a 15th straight Ligue 1 victory, a new record in the competition. Radamel Falcao's 78th-minute goal secured a 1-0 away win and moved the champions one clear of the previous best of 14 set by Bordeaux in 2009. Monaco's run began back in February and has been completed without Kylian Mbappe, who was left out of Friday's squad amid rumours of an impending move away from Stade Louis II. The visitors were made to work for their piece of history by a resilient Metz before Falcao's late intervention made it 23 league matches unbeaten. "We're happy because we finished with a win and we set a new record of 15 wins in a row," Jardim said after the match. "I think we played well even though in the first 3
Mayweather: My legacy is on the line (Yahoo Sports)

Mayweather: My legacy is on the line (Yahoo Sports)

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Despite what is expected to be a massive financial coup for Floyd Mayweather when he steps into the ring on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas to face UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, there is a lot on the line when it comes to Mayweather’s legacy. Much has been made about McGregor leaving his comfort zone of the UFC and putting on a pair of boxing gloves to square off with the man who is recognized as the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of our generation. However, Mayweather realizes that there is a great risk that comes with putting his pristine 49-0 record on the line against a man who has never boxed professionally. Of course, Mayweather is the betting favorite, and for good reason. But in a sport where it only takes one punch to change everything, Mayweather admits that he can’t take
Bell vetoed deal agreed to by his agent, Steelers (Yahoo Sports)

Bell vetoed deal agreed to by his agent, Steelers (Yahoo Sports)

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Give Le’Veon Bell this: He does not lack confidence. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back is holding out, and how he got to this point has been an interesting story. When the deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign a long-term deal came and went, there were reports that Bell had turned down a large contract from the Steelers. It was such a nice amount that Bell’s agent agreed to it and the Steelers thought they had a deal, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Friday. But Bell nixed the offer, the report said, in essence betting on himself this season. While the amount of guaranteed money in the contract has still never been revealed, Bouchette reported it was worth $12 million a season and contained $30 million in the first two seasons. It’s hard to imagine many s
War of words over Elliott part of much larger battle (Yahoo Sports)

War of words over Elliott part of much larger battle (Yahoo Sports)

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If the Ezekiel Elliott suspension battle brought us anything this week, it may have been the smoldering start to an inevitable labor inferno. For some NFL players and agents, that was the biggest takeaway from the bombastic statements exchanged this week between the league and the players union. On one side, the NFL accused the NFLPA of smearing an alleged domestic violence victim through leaked media reports. On the other side, the union responded with a denial, framing the NFL as lying hypocrites attempting to create a “sideshow” to distract from previous “failings.” In the history of the often-fiery relationship between the league and union, it was one of the more intense exchanges. And to some of those standing in the middle of both parties – including a handful of players and age