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Source: Global News

Kawhi Leonard and Raptors take on Cavaliers in home opener

Thursday 13:35 GMT

When Kawhi Leonard stepped off the court on Jan. 13, his bizarre final season with the San Antonio Spurs was already done after only nine games.

Kawhi Leonard showcases versatility, still ‘shaking off some rust’ in Raptors pre-season debut. “Coming to practice and going home,” Leonard said, on his experience so far in Toronto. “And trying to find something that’s close to the house and just enjoy my family as much as I can because season is on the way, time is going to be limited at the house, so just to try to stay comfortable with my family, and spending time with them.”

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Source: Common Domain

Trial Shows Elite NCAA Basketball Stars Are Valuable, but Often Voiceless

Thursday 13:35 GMT

The trial is showing how the attention lavished on star recruits—from coaches, apparel companies and school compliance officers alike—can miss its mark, and in some cases backfire, landing the athlete in trouble.

Elite players are at the heart of a college-basketball corruption trial underway in Manhattan federal court, but evidence and testimony has shown just how little say these players often have over decisions that can make, or imperil, their careers.

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Source: Common Domain

The End of the NCAA Illusion

Friday 20:57 GMT

Whatever fairy dust the NCAA used to sprinkle over the college game—a blend of nostalgia, regional pride, and, most of all, amateurism—doesn’t work anymore.

Instead, a lot of us are still trying to figure out what the government is doing here—what it’s attempting to prove, why it’s playing strongman for the NCAA. Technically, this is a fraud case: a jury must decide if NCAA member universities were victims, helplessly defrauded by rogue types steering elite players to their campuses.

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Source: BBC

Ben Morgan in England squad for autumn Tests but no Danny Cipriani

Friday 08:05 GMT

Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) co-captain, Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs), Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors)*, Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby), Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Michael Rhodes (Saracens), Nick Schonert (Worcester Warriors), Brad Shields (Wasps), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Elliott Stooke (Bath Rugby), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs), Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons). Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Nathan Earle (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens) co-captain, George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te'o (Worcester Warriors), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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Source: The Guradian

LeBron James arrives in LA with his greatness confirmed. What does he do now?

Friday 08:05 GMT

Indeed, the spectacle of his late career will be as much about watching the emergence of LeBron James the cultural product as the twilight of LeBron James the player.

Last month came news that James will star in Space Jam 2. James has always been acutely conscious of Michael Jordan’s shadow, but the decision to helm a sequel of Jordan’s 1996 hit seemed a little ostentatious, as if James was trying just a little too hard to outdo the master – even off the court.

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Source: DW

Bundesliga players on international duty

Thursday 12:41 GMT

Perfect Paco, miserable Munich, bizarre Bayer: there were mixed fortunes for Bundesliga players on international duty this week.

For good or for worse, Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Müller still form the spine of both Joachim Löw's national team and Niko Kovac's Bayern side - but the international break offered previous little respite for Bayern's beleaguered players.

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Source: The Guradian

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Friday 23:42 GMT

It came in the League Cup in August 2010, and was the clubs’ first encounter in 23 years and the first of three in a season when both were in League One.

Back then the Saints did the treble over them), but now Howe’s side are 10 places and 11 points ahead of them in the Premier League, have won five of their eight games to Southampton’s lonely one, and it looks like Southampton will need luck or charity to emerge from this meeting with anything but defeat.

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Source: The Guradian

Serena Williams coach advocates change in rules after US Open controversy

Friday 20:02 GMT

Patrick Mouratoglou, who admitted he used hand signals to try to help Williams during her controversial loss in this year’s US Open final, posted a statement to Twitter on Thursday saying that coaching would let “viewers enjoy it as a show” and “ensure that it remains pivotal in the sport.”

Debate around on-court coaching was sparked when chair umpire Carlos Ramos gave Williams a code violation after Mouratoglou gestured in her direction during her loss to Naomi Osaka at the US Open in September.

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Source: BBC

Jose Mourinho: Would sacking Man Utd manager be justified?

Saturday 06:04 GMT

The Premier League weekend before the international break was dominated by talk Jose Mourinho was about to lose his job as Manchester United manager.

Whether one of those gets the chance may depend on whether Sanchez's late winner against Newcastle proves to be Mourinho's Mark Robins moment.

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Source: Global News

Who is Shawn Austin Introducing Canada’s next big country star

Friday 21:52 GMT

Vancouver-born Shawn Austin is crushing it on country radio these days with a self-titled EP whose reception so far has been nothing but positive.

Since then, he’s signed to Sony Music Canada and dropped a number of melodic ear-worms and heartfelt jams, including his latest, You Belong. Dean Brody talks stripped-down Canadian tour, Dirt Road Stories and new music. Austin’s newest single has been crushing it on country radio, and he’s been making the rounds across Canada to celebrate, play music and share what’s in store for the near future.

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Source: DW

Saudi Arabia: Powerful, but not omnipotent after Khashoggi affair

Friday 21:52 GMT

However, the economic might of Saudi Arabia could limit the extent of any diplomatic reorientation towards the country, and perhaps, even a direct response to the Khashoggi affair.

Should the relationship between the West and Riyadh deteriorate in the aftermath of the Khashoggi affair, Saudi Arabia could retaliate by reducing its exports. Additionally, due to the imminent sanctions against Iran, around 1.7 million fewer barrels are expected to become available on the market.


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