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Rookie QB Christian Hackenberg could be active vs. Patriots

Following a scary moment for the New York Jets a few weeks when Bryce Petty got clobbered, the quarterback appears to be ready to start on Saturday. Petty can provide the highlight of the Jets' lost season by executing his way to a victory on Saturday.

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JR Smith Had 'Distracting Posse', 'Sense Of Entitlement — George Karl

George Karl burned a lot of bridges during his coaching career, a function of his proclivity for going to the press about his problems with players, rather than to their faces. Did Karl describe his time in the Rockies as an enjoyable one? Karl also wrote Smith, who is now out with a broken thumb, had "a huge sense of entitlement, a distracting posse, his eye always on the next contract and some really unbelievable shot selection".

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Cris Cyborg Flagged for UFC Anti-Doping Violation

Cris "Cyborg" Justino is in the news once again, as the UFC's announced that the renowned, featherweight fighter has been notified of a potential anti-doping violation. " Not for a steroid , and she has a prescription as part of the post fight therapy she's been receiving due to the severe weight cut", Justino rep Ray Elbe wrote on the popular MMA message board The Underground (Via MMAJunkie ).

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Ibrahim Afellay in line for Stoke City return against Liverpool

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Stoke City boss Mark Hughes shared how he was surprised that Liverpool allowed Joe Allen to leave in the summer, after the Welshman had performed so impressively during the European Championships, as quoted by the club's official website .

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South African National Football Coach Sacked

At a hearing that took place over five days this month, Mashaba was found guilty of gross misconduct, insubordination and violation of the federation's communications policy. Assistant coach Owen da Gama took charge of a friendly against Mozambique while Mashala was suspended. The pressure increased considerably on Mashaba after he failed to qualify the team for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, winning just one match in the entire campaign.

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Browns' Thomas takes credit for Pro Bowl dodgeball

Thomas, 32, has never made the playoffs, his only winning season was as a rookie and the Browns are 47-111 in his career. Haden is one of the few playmakers they have on either side of the ball with two Pro Bowl appearances on his resume.

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Jadeja, Ashwin second Indian duo to occupy top spots among ICC bowlers

India blanked South Africa 3-0 at home to regain the No.1 Test spot in January and beat West Indies 2-0 away in this period. Indian spinner Ravindra Jadeja's humour livened up an otherwise boring event in Chennai. England, who were 6 down for 182 at stumps on Day 4, were banking on Jonny Bairstow to put up a fight to go past India's lead. England skipper Alastair Cook did not hide the fact, saying: It was a game of missed opportunities again 400 on that wicket was a good score.

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Ford recall affects F-Series Super Duty, police vehicles, sedans and SUVs

Ford has announced two new recalls, one of which affects the brand new 2017 Super Duty lineup. This can lead to the fuel tank moving out of position and potentially contacting the ground. Oil, like gasoline, increases the chance of an engine fire when it's splattered all over hot metal parts. About 1,157 of the recalled vehicles are in the USA, 126 in Canada and six in federalized territories.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic likely to extend Old Trafford stay, confirms agent

Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted the Premier League's 25,000th goal when he gave his team the lead at the Liberty Stadium. He scored a brace in the 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, the same in a 2-0 win over Southampton in August, twice in a 3-1 victory at Swansea City in early November, the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with West Ham United in late November, the opener in the 1-1 draw with Everton earlier this month and the late victor at Crystal Palace last week.

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Pirates agree to $26M deal with Nova

Combined, Nova went 12-8 with a 4.17 ERA and struck out 127 in 162 innings. Nova, who missed most of 2014 after Tommy John surgery, followed high-profile relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller and outfielder Carlos Beltran out of NY ahead of the August trade deadline.

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UNC receives third Notice of Allegations from NCAA

UNC rebutted those claims in an August 1 response, but the NCAA rejected UNC's response to the first ANOA on Oct 25. The NOA notes that the classes were used particularly to keep at-risk student athletes eligible in basketball and football, putting more blame on the school's flagship programs.

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Alviro Petersen handed two-year ban by CSA

Petersen admitted to committing several breaches of CSA's anti-corruption code - four charges of failing to disclose details of an approach to engage in corrupt conduct; four charges of failing to disclose full details of evidence involving another player; four charges of failing to provide accurate and complete information to investigators; and one charge of concealing and destroying information that was relevant to the investigation.

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Crystal Palace Announce Sacking of Manager Alan Pardew After Dismal 2016

The ex-Newcastle and West Ham manager said that he had "a lot of good feelings for this football Club and am sad that my time there has ended". "I feel that I have a special bond with the club and hope that hasn't been affected". His representatives are set to hold talks with Palace over the next 24 hours. Hodgson, who was Allardyce's predecessor in the England job, has been out of work since his Three Lions exit in June but has recently spoken about his desire to return to the game if ...

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Hugo Lloris signs new long-term contract with Tottenham

Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen have extended their deals in recent months. The Frenchman has been at White Hart Lane since 2012, having joined from Lyon, and his performances over these last four years have prompted the club to tie him down.

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Michael Floyd Had .217 BAC, Could Face Jail Time

On Thursday, Belichick was asked specifically about Floyd's blood-alcohol concentration, which was measured at 0.217 percent. Video of the incident was also released Wednesday by Scottsdale police, and shows body cam video of an officer observing Floyd's SUV stopped despite twice receiving green lights.

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Kellyanne Conway to be counselor to the president

While she originally endorsed Republican candidate Ted Cruz, and described Trump as someone who " literally bulldozed over the little guy to get his way ", she became the billionaire real estate mogul's campaign manager in August after Cruz left the race.

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Odell Beckham Fined $18K For Cleats Honoring Craig Sager

The NFL fined Odell Beckham, Jr . for wearing cleats in honor of the late Craig Sager last weekend. The NFL allowed players to wear tribute cleats for charity but not during this past week of games. 18k without a single warning, but the world would never kno, they act like it's no big deal. Uniform rules in the league specifically state cleats worn by players have to match the colors of their team.

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Hercules blown away by Barcelona: Arda Turan made hat - trick

The Copa del Rey will resume in the first week of January. Luciane Vietto and Wissam Ben Yedder both scored hat-tricks, while Gabriel Gomez grabbed a late consolation for the visitors in a 9-1 defeat. Striker Rodrigo scored a goal in each half for Valencia , which earned only its third win in 10 matches since former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli took over in October.

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Lloris extends Tottenham contract until 2022

The announcement came via Spur's official Twitter page, and reads: "We are delighted to announce that Hugo Lloris has signed a new contract with the Club, which will run until 2022 .". That's the lowest in the Premier League era and the lowest number of league goals conceded in any season since 1970-71. Lloris initially joined Tottenham from Lyon in August 2012 and has gone on to establish himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

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Chelsea coach Steve Holland 'honoured' to land England assistant manager job

Holland, who has been combining his role as first-team assistant manager at Chelsea with life as No2 to Southgate, initially with the England Under-21s, since 2013, will depart Stamford Bridge after eight years on the staff next summer.

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Coach K will not cave to those calling for Allen suspension

Then on the bench, Allen, a preseason All-American, had an animated reaction. This is not Allen's first rodeo. Allen tripped multiple ACC opponents last season and was reprimanded by the league. Maybe people won't remember that Elon led mighty Duke by a point at halftime on the winter solstice. "We got distracted", Krzyzewski said. Elon stayed afloat with a 9-0 run capped by a Brian Dawkins 3-pointer.

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Baggies In £18m Bid For Manchester United's Schneiderlin

Morgan Schneiderlin looks destined to leave Manchester United in January. The Toffees have already had talks with United over a move for Schneiderlin who is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. Schneiderlin cost £24million when they bought him from Southampton in the summer of 2015. West Brom recognise that Everton could be a more attractive proposition, with Schneiderlin also playing under Koeman at former club Southampton, but are determined to make a serious play for the 27 year-old.

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Diafra Sakho sidelined in Hammers blow

Bilic, speaking ahead of the Boxing Day trip to Swansea, said: "He had a back operation and he's going to be out for six to eight weeks". Bournemouth winger Max Gradel is a player Bilic is confident he can bring in on a loan deal when the transfer window opens on January 1.

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Gladbach dismisses coach Schubert

Gladbach has sacked coach Andre Schubert with the club in 14th position, just four points above the automatic relegation zone and three points adrift of the playoff spot. Gladbach returned to the Champions League this season after an impressive fourth place finish in 2015/16 - Schubert's first season in charge after stepping up from the role of reserve team coach.

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Tokyo 2020 looks for savings

The cost estimate is still more than double the original projection made during the bidding process, but that did not include security and transportation costs. The games operational cost is expected to take up about half of the total budget. "We are still keen to see further savings". In the battle to cut costs, she had proposed moving the canoeing venue 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of Tokyo to Miyagi prefecture, one of the areas hardest hit by Japan's 2011 tsunami disaster.

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Christian McCaffrey Sitting Out Sun Bowl ... Not Worth Jeopardizing NFL Career

While crusty keyboard warriors chastise Christian McCaffrey for "betraying his team", "being a me-first player" and whatever other exhausted college football cliches they've dusted off to once again defend the NCAA, the 20-year-old is about to make life-changing money.

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Miami's Mark Richt: 'It's sad' to see McCaffrey, Fournette skip bowl games

If you're the Jags or the Jets, one of which look primed to take Fournette in the draft , you know what you're getting. "There's a hot topic, and people, they ask me like I'm going to shed some light on it or revelation, you're talking about a lot of people", Harbaugh said.

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Gary Neville admits he has loved watching one Chelsea player this season

He is now back to his best under Antonio Conte and hasn't missed a single game for them under the Italian. The selections are similar, with two other players - Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana - also making the cut for both pundits.

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Surprise, surprise: Liverpool to target Joe Hart move

The Reds were linked with a move for the English goalkeeper in the summer before he eventually joined Torino on a season-long loan. The report claims that Liverpool are watching Hart's progress at Torino, and could be interested in a summer move to lure him away from Manchester City on a permanent basis.

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Truck Plows Into Christmas Market in Berlin

Officials suggested that a perpetrator or perpetrators might be on the run . "A soldier belongs to the Islamic State carried out the Berlin's attack, which came in reaction to targeting our peoples by the coalition's countries", the statement read.

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'Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants - 12/22/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction'

Quarterback Eli Manning, who has thrown for 3,491 yards this season, is having a typical season for him. Odell Beckham Jr . and Sterling Shepard have combined for 1,765 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Victor Cruz has 29 receptions.

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Nigeria legend Austin Okocha urges John Obi Mikel to leave Chelsea

When probed more about his January plans, he said: "The winter transfer window is always special - we'll see what we can do". Mikel who is out of contract at Chelsea at the end of this season is rumoured to be heading to the former European champions when the transfer window reopens in January.

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Rangers, Rivers United, Wikki, IfeanyiUbah Draw Tough CAF Opponents

Only Al Ahly (Egypt), TP Mazembe (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Enyimba (Nigeria) have staged successful defences since the 1964 launch of the Champions League. The draw for the preliminary and first rounds of the CAF Champions League will hold in Cairo, Egypt. The Clever Boys will host Louisianne on the weekend of 10-12 February 2017, with the return leg taking place the following weekend.

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Draxler could still join Arsenal over PSG

The Daily Mail reports that Julian Draxler is on the brink of signing a four-and-a-half year deal with the French giants. Arsenal may be set for yet another transfer setback as it appears they are on the verge of losing out in the chase for a German worldwide.

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Jadeja and Ashwin write their names into the record books

Ashwin picked up 72 wickets from 12 Tests this year, for which he was also named the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year. South African batsman Quinton De Kock was named ICC ODI Cricketer of the year. Afghanistan's Mohammad Shahzad was named the ICC Associate/Affiliate Cricketer of the Year while the West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite won the T20 International Performance of the Year.


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