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NBA says Charlotte is eligible to host 2019 All-Star Game

NBA says Charlotte is eligible to host 2019 All-Star Game

Senate President Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore said in a joint statement. It's incremental change. We were part of the movement, pushing for that change. Silver issued a memo on March 20 to all 30 teams calling the resting of star players "an extremely significant issue for our league". And I'm also proud that we're going back. Read More

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Willett finds price tag comes with Masters jacket

Concerning golfers who are actually healthy and playing, however, Dustin Johnson is attempting to become the first player besides Woods to win four straight PGA tournaments since 1953. It would have been easy to pack it in there, but he responded with a 13-foot birdie splash at the par-4 third hole to right the ship. "Honestly, I think he'll be quite thrilled to get this Masters out of the way and then concentrate on the rest of his career without being the current Masters champion", ... Read More

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Fowler joins 4-way tie at the top in Masters

Rickie Fowler was the last of the quartet, opening his round par-eagle-birdie and roasting Augusta to a second-round 67. He bounced back with a birdie and stayed in the lead. "This is a lifelong dream and it's one of those things that when you're going through that, you don't know if this moment will ever happen", McGirt said. Read More

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Chelsea and Man City staff squared up after coach insult

The Spaniard says that the Blues have responded brilliantly to their defeat at Arsenal in September, but they still have a long way to go before they can call the league trophy their own. "All these questions are important, but we have one goal which is more important than the others". "Now the situation is clear - eight games left in the league and the [FA Cup] semifinal. Read More

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US Masters 2017: Adam Scott gets himself back in contention at Augusta

US Masters 2017: Adam Scott gets himself back in contention at Augusta

Scott, the 2013 green jacket victor, braved brutal windy conditions to sign for a three-over-par 75 during Thursday's (Friday AEST) opening round. Scott knocked his lengthy birdie effort past the hole by about four feet. "I would never say "I left it all out there", but I left it out there today". "I felt that from the positions I was in it wasn't a stretch to imagine shooting seven under [on] the front". Read More

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Arrieta, Cubs rebound with win over St. Louis

Gambling on the potential of exciting young players and signing them to club-friendly long-term contract extensions was essential as the St. Louis Cardinals embarked on a dominant run during the late 2000s and early 2010s. Now, it wasn't a ideal night for Baez as he did commit two errors on the night. After a few moments, Piscotty sat up and then walked off the field. Read More

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Eden Hazard: Chelsea are 'nearly there' in Premier League title race

Friend of Antonio Conte and agent Federico Pastorello then said publicly: "if offers from clubs arrive, new opportunities may arise, especially at historical clubs". "Today the Premier League is gone and in the last eight games, we have to think to qualify for the Champions League". We want to finish top. If it proves costly at the end of the campaign, we'll have only ourselves to blame. Read More

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Westbrook ties Oscar with 41st triple-double

The home crowd stood and chanted "MVP!" He later waved to the crowd after play stopped. "I heard it", Westbrook said . The game pretty much became the backdrop for Westbrook's triple-double watch. With a win there they can secure no worse than the 6-seed. Gasol led the Grizzlies with 14 points in the first half. Westbrook only put up 12 points in the 110-79 victory for Oklahoma City , but he added 13 assists and 13 rebounds for the all-around effort. Read More

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Leicester City still not safe from relegation: Craig Shakespeare

Leicester nearly led in the ninth minute after Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross was booked for a crude challenge on Demarai Gray. "They asked not directly but indirectly, but I said no. Influential football statistics website whoscored.com also rates Ndidi as Leicester City's best performing player with a 7.37 rating ahead of Christian Fuchs (7.04); Riyad Mahrez (6.87) and Kasper Schmeichel (6.85) respectively. Read More

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Pouille faces Edmund in France-Britain Davis Cup opener

Britain captain Leon Smith felt it increasingly necessary to try to boost his player's morale from the sidelines and it had the desired effect, with Edmund breaking back in the eighth game and forcing a tiebreak. The team will by represented by the likes of Pouille, French veterans Jeremy Chardy and Julien Benneteau , and doubles specialist Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Read More

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho draws confidence from unbeaten run

He told reporters: "Looking to the next season it's a good feeling to know that we don't lose many matches and had a fantastic run of 20 unbeaten matches in the Premier League". Are we going to buy a striker? We believe in Marcus, that's no doubt . Rashford's rise to prominence at United has seen him bond with Jesse Lingard, whose progress has been rewarded with a new deal keeping him at Old Trafford until at least 2021. Read More

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US warns North Korea, says all options on table

Pacific Command said in a news release. The launch came amid worries that North Korea might soon conduct banned nuclear or long-range rocket tests. The new missile could cover all of North Korea even when fired from a southern region of the country, it said. Trump and Xi will hold their first face-to-face meeting this week at the USA president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida where the growing tensions on the Korean peninsula will be high on the agenda. Read More

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Sublime Smith takes super form to IPL

Sublime Smith takes super form to IPL

Supergiant turned heads by picking two legspinners, Imran Tahir , the world No. 1-ranked T20 spinner, and Adam Zampa, their leading wicket-taker past year. While Dhoni, known as a finisher, looked pale, Smith ensured that he finished it off in style - that too by picking up two sixes off Kieron Pollard. After Rahane was out for 40, Smith took the voyage ahead with the most expensive player of this tournament, Ben Stokes. Read More

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Benzema refuses to give up on France recall

Benzema refuses to give up on France recall

It cost him a place in France's Euro 2016 squad and with Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann now the undisputed first-choice forward for France, Benzema remains out in the cold. Benzema is accused of acting as an intermediary between the presumed blackmailers and Lyon midfielder Valbuena. The problem is that it hurts me, because they are people I appreciate. Read More

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Brazil rebuilds after 7-1 debacle and aims high at World Cup

Brazil rebuilds after 7-1 debacle and aims high at World Cup

The striker missed the first four games of the South American qualifiers as part of a nine-game worldwide ban imposed after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in the 2014 World Cup. Things get much better in the immediate aftermath of the World Cup, as they crashed out of two Copa America tournaments without making any impact. It has produced six wins in six matches and 17 goals in South American qualifiers. Read More

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Argentina woe as Federation Internationale de Football Association hit 'abusive' Messi with a ban

The 29 year old's ban came hours ahead of Argentina's match against Bolivia in the South American Qualifiers, where they lost 2-0, jeopardizing their qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. Lionel Messi has paid for his potty mouth with a four-match ban. Messi was slapped with a four-match worldwide ban yesterday. Lionel Messi s four-match worldwide ban for swearing at an assistant referee was "unfair and totally disproportionate", his Spanish club Barcelona ... Read More

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Spurs star offers underwhelming verdict on Tottenham's title hopes

Yes, of course, it can happen and in our mind we must be positive to try to dream and give our best. Belief, faith and fight . Tottenham head for Swansea without Harry Winks, who is undergoing further scans on the ankle he injured during the 2-0 victory at Burnley on Saturday and is unlikely to play again this season, but could call upon Victor Wanyama, who was forced off just before half-time with a back complaint. Read More

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Dustin Johnson injures back ahead of the Masters

On how he describes his personality: "I have no idea". On if the six-month break he took in 2014 helped him: "I don't know". "I've been working on my short game a lot". Only 11 players broke par, the fewest since 2007. The course was closed for the rest of the day as the rain continued through the night. Johnson, who practised briefly on Wednesday before storms forced the early closure of the the course , is scheduled to tee off in Thursday's final first-round group alongside ... Read More

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Late run lifts North Carolina to NCAA title

Late run lifts North Carolina to NCAA title

Which makes a huge missed call with less than a minute to play that much more egregious. North Carolina has won the 2017 NCAA basketball championship with a 71-65 victory over the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Gonzaga held North Carolina to 4-of-27 shooting from 3-point range and 35 percent shooting overall to prevent the Tar Heels from running away from it. Read More

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Chelsea FC: 5 reasons Blues will beat Manchester City

Numbers now... six wins. And football is about results . I think Kante played very well in the first half but we were suffering too much in the midfield and for this reason I preferred to pick Matic and reinforce our midfield. "We created a lot of chances and defended, most of the time, well". Their fifth consecutive victory maintained the seven-point gap and means Pochettino's side have amassed 29 points since the turn of the year - more than any other side. Read More

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Yadier Molina rips Adam Jones for saying Puerto Rico celebrated early

Yadier Molina rips Adam Jones for saying Puerto Rico celebrated early

It was an emotional moment for the former World Series champion manager, who announced that this would be the last game he will manage when he was first announced as team USA's manager. Being in the finals was already a victory of sorts for the USA team, as this was the farthest our boys had ever made it in the worldwide tournament and they were so committed to bringing home the title under manager Jim Leyland . Read More

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Laurent Koscielny Injury

Laurent Koscielny Injury "Certainly Serious" Says Arsene Wenger

Arsenal FC could be without Laurent Koscielny for the rest of season. " I don't remember ", Wenger said. The Gunners are seven points behind Manchester City for fourth, but have a game in hand on the Sky Blues. Leicester's impressive and in the end comfortable win over Sunderland last night made it six in a row since they sacked the Italian and they are now looking once again like the side that shocked everyone last season. Read More

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Trump tells Abe all options on table to handle N. Korea

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. However, a senior USA defense official told reporters Wednesday that the missile may have been an older liquid-fueled, extended-range scud missile fired from a fixed location. North Korea now has the strength to "wipe out" the United States "in a moment" with an H-bomb, the editorial said. Once deployed, the new missile will enhance South Korea's deterrence capabilities in the face of North Korea's expanding arsenal of missiles and ... Read More

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Play suspended at Masters Par 3 Contest

Play suspended at Masters Par 3 Contest

Masters practice round. Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, and Sergio Garcia , of Spain, walk up the 15th fairway during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. Johnson rose to No. 1 in the world starting with the first of three straight victories, the first player to do that going into the Masters in more than 40 years. Read More

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Expectations different at Chelsea and Spurs, says Conte

There was an element of good fortune for Palace as Andros Townsend was fortunate not to concede a penalty when Pedro's shot struck his arm after just 17 minutes. "I think they showed they were a good team". You never know what you're really going to get with Watford, but with Troy Deeney, who should be back, I fancy them to get a result. Read More

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Mahesh Bhupathi picks Rohan Bopanna, dumps Leander Paes for Davis Cup tie

Mahesh Bhupathi picks Rohan Bopanna, dumps Leander Paes for Davis Cup tie

An angry Leander Paes on Thursday lashed out at non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi, accusing him of flouting the selection criteria after being dropped from India's Davis Cup squad for the tie against Uzbekistan . "And now it is based on form". Then on who plays deuce court and ad court. The fact that the Fayziev will have played the previous day and his veteran partner not having played competitive matches in six months could work in India's favour but if India are to lose the rubber ... Read More

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Curry scores 42, Warriors clinch West with win over Suns

Curry scores 42, Warriors clinch West with win over Suns

CLEVELAND (AP) - Tristan Thompson's "Iron Man" streak is over. "I don't know, I've played in a lot of big games", James told reporters in Cleveland, pointing to his six straight NBA Final appearances. Smith was back after missing almost three months following thumb surgery. Thompson sprained his right thumb Tuesday and will not play in Wednesday's first-place showdown at Boston, ending his consecutive games played streak at 447 - a team record and the longest active stretch in the league. Read More

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Warriors provide an update on Kevin Durant's knee injury

Well, general manager Daryl Morey believes in it, as he's said the Rockets could take down the Warriors in the playoffs with a "barrage of 3-pointers". The Warriors' bench also provided a boost. The guy who plunged the daggers into San Antonio was former Spur David West , who was fantastic in the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points. Read More

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Pochettino on title chances after Spurs leave it late to beat Swansea

Pochettino on title chances after Spurs leave it late to beat Swansea

Tottenham's win could have big consequences come the end of the season, with the victory giving them a five-point cushion over third-placed Liverpool and strengthening their grip on a Champions League qualification place. "We got off to a really good start". Yet Walter Mazzarri's Hornets (10-7-13) have looked much improved since the return of the Premier League from the global break, with his team picking up back-to-back wins to move onto 37 points. Read More

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Westbrook nets 41st double-double

That is considered a quiet night for Westy, but he has officially tied Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles in a single season. The crowd stood and chanted "MVP!" Even with the 2014 MVP on his team , Westbrook had a tendency to play hero-ball and do things on his own. Read More

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Arsenal three-goal show adds to Slaven Bilic's West Ham woes

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has overcome the shock of the club's Champions League exit and his focus is back on the Premier League, manager Arsene Wenger said after the German ended his rough spell in Wednesday's 3-0 win over West Ham United. "We defended well with numbers, and we were also good on counter-attacks. We are always praised maybe more than we deserve it when it goes well and punished more than we deserve it when it doesn't go well, but that's our world". Read More

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Ibrahimovic waits to hear United's 'vision' before committing

Ibrahimovic waits to hear United's 'vision' before committing

Similarly to Lukaku, Ibrahimovic's efforts in the final third have been integral to United's results with the Swede's 15 league goals equating to 35% of United's overall total of 42. In the modern Premier League it is really hard to do it but we need to score goals to win matches. The 35 year old feels he is under a lot of pressure to make impact for his team to win matches. Read More

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