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Lakers Dodged A Bullet Missing Out On Paul George

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George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 79 games this season for the Thunder and was named a third-team All-NBA performer. While Westbrook's reason to throw the party is apparently unknown, the guest list certainly seems to suggest the Thunder are using the opportunity to woo George. Read More »

Best reactions to Spain's shocking loss

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Marca , meanwhile, handed De Gea the lowest player rating of any Spanish player on the pitch. Hierro also declined to place the blame for Spain's exit on the coaching drama so soon before the tournament. It has been confirmed that legendary midfielder Andres Iniesta has retired from Spanish worldwide duty. Ramos was involved early in pressuring Russia's Sergey Ignashevich into an own goal to give La Roja a flawless start, but the hosts equalised before the break when Artem Dzyuba ... Read More »

Worry in the Uruguay camp over Cavani injury

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The World Cup for Argentina was a disaster, and Sampaoli was at the heart of their failures. "Cavani, who has three goals this tournament, is now in a race to prove his fitness ahead of Uruguay's quarter-final clash against France on Friday in Nizhny". Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo & Portugal Get Eliminated From The World Cup & Fans Are Shocked

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His failure to get the best out of Lionel Messi, whose playing position never emerged from a fug confusion, has also seen Sampaoli face the wrath of fans and the media back home. He himself said it would not be right to speak about quitting after Portugal's exit: 'It's not the right time to talk about my future, or about the coach or any of the players . Read More »

Kane and England's new generation impress Granqvist

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But Sweden are a united force without the towering striker and, having impressed in the group stages, they will battle Switzerland for a quarter-final spot. Wayne Rooney believes "this could be the year" that England end a 52-year wait to win the World Cup again. "They have an important match, we have an important match and we have to see how that all plays out ". Read More »

Kawhi still wants to be a Laker after LeBron signing

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Redick signed a one-year, $23-million dollar contract last offseason. Paul informed the Cavs on Friday morning that the four-time MVP would not opt in to the final year of his contract; he was scheduled to make $35.6 million in 2018-19. Redick is arguably coming off a career year in Philadelphia, averaging a career high 17.1 points per game at a very nice 42 percent clip from beyond the arc. Read More »

LeBron James signs for LA Lakers in $154MILLION DEAL

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That being said, the squad would still have to be considered among the best in the Western Conference next season if it stays essentially as it is. Everybody has a theory why LeBron landed in the City of Angels. And it leaves the Cavs picking up the pieces of a James exit for the second time in eight years. He was a 10-time All-Star, a three-time All-Star MVP, two-time league MVP and, most memorably, the 2016 NBA Finals MVP. Read More »

LeBron James won't meet in person with Cavs when free agency starts

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That gives LeBron a few more days to make his decision, and he's reportedly mulling things over in the British West Indies at a stunning luxury beach house, aka "The Decision Cave ". Houston Rockets star James Harden . However, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN , the Cavaliers have a strong belief that they are still in the mix to sign James in free agency. Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo not thinking about retirement from global football

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Their dependable goalkeeper Fernando Muslera would make them the envy of their bigger rivals Argentina, beaten 4-3 by France earlier in the day after a chaotic campaign. Instead, Tabarez knows that the best way to nullify Ronaldo and heighten Uruguay's chances of reaching a World Cup semi-final, his side "will have to work collectively in order to try to limit the effect that he can have". Read More »

Dan Gilbert has "nothing but appreciation and gratitude" for LeBron James

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He talked with Kobe Bryant over the phone and invited Magic Johnson to his house in Brentwood. If it doesn't, James' transition to off-court mogul will come sooner than later. James will also be good for young, promising players like Brandon Ingram, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma - should they all remain. Read More »

LeBron James brings the LA Lakers what they crave the most: relevance

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Both players enjoyed plenty of success the first time around and eventually won back-to-back championships in Miami . The Lakers are also working hard to acquire Kawhi Leonard . Snoop is one of the Lakers' best-known supporters and shared an image of LeBron alongside some of the team's most legendary former players. The ball still may be in Cleveland's court. Read More »

Uruguay 2 Portugal 1 - It's more than just Cavani and Suarez

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Given their ages - Messi is 31 and Ronaldo 33 - this could be the last the world sees of the pair, who have monopolized the world player of the year award for the last 10 years, on the biggest stage of all. Record-breaking captain Cristiano Ronaldo starred with four goals including a hat-trick against Spain and the victor against Morocco. "I believe that Ronaldo is one of the best strikers in the world", Tabarez said. Read More »

Paul George opts out of contract, becomes unrestricted free agent

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According to multiple reports , Leonard could be traded sooner rather than later with multiple suitors in hand. If the answer to that question is an actual 100% chance Leonard leaves following the 2018-19. The stakes are much higher for the Lakers as LeBron and Kawhi are also up-for-grab this off-season - the former through free-agency, the latter via trade. Read More »

Defending champions Germany crash out after 2-0 defeat to South Korea

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Then, Mexicans at the game - and around the world - cheered wildly when South Korea scored its first goal. "We deserved to be eliminated ", Germany coach Joachim Loew said. "We looked at their strategies for the past four days". This time we did not succeed. "We have to admit this is a defeat". The team's bad luck in Russian Federation continued Wednesday, as Mats Hummels was unable to put away a free header from 6 yards out late in the match . Read More »

Croatia advance with win against Iceland

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That forced Iceland to chase the game and they hit the bar through Sverrir Ingason before Gylfi Sigurdsson won a penalty through a Dejan Lovren handball and converted it to level. Bjarnason, harrying Pjaca from behind, gets a flailing arm in the face and goes down, bleeding. "It's actually a disadvantage for us, it's unusual to say it but now we have players coming in who are still at the highest level, all motivated players who want to punch themselves into their first team", he ... Read More »

The German dressing-room divide might explain their World Cup exit

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We are still trying to get over the shocking result from a couple of days ago, where Germany dramatically crashed out of the FIFA World Cup owing to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of South Korea . Guillermo Ochoa saved Emil Forsberg and Marcus Berg efforts in the first half, with Augustinsson volleying in the opener early in the second half. Yet, it was Korea that opened the scoring in stoppage time, courtesy of Kim Young-gwon. Read More »

Everything you need to know about the World Cup’s fair play tiebreaker

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ET from Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad. "I've been watching England away for 20 years and it's the first time I've come away feeling I've been made a fool of". Belgium has reasons other than fatigue to rotate its players. Referee Milorad Mazic of Serbia shows Mbaye Niang of Senegal the yellow card. The rewards? There are some, too. Read More »

Honda strike earns Japan draw with Senegal

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Though he did not elaborate on the lapses, the comment was particuarly true of the Keisuke Honda tap-in that made it 2-2, after full back Moussa Wague had put Senegal ahead for the second time. The clash in Yekaterinburg will feature an intriguing battle between Liverpool's Mane and Japanese defender Maya Yoshida, former team mates at Southampton, but Nishino said his entire defence and midfield was well briefed on the opposing striker. Read More »

Injured Romelu Lukaku a doubt for England clash

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The key is how the "bigger" nations evolve and develop as they progress through the knockout rounds and in the latter stages of the competition. Ultimately, though, the prospect of meeting Germany in the quarter-finals is no more. "If we win, great, but I don't think winning is the priority tomorrow". Comfortable victories over Panama and Tunisa have guaranteed qualification for the knockout stages with a game to spare and the abundance of riches that Martinez has at his disposal, ... Read More »

Musa earns Nigeria win over Iceland - and gives Argentina hope

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Then in the 75th minute, Musa outran an Iceland defender down the side of the field, moved with the ball into the middle, then dribbled around Iceland keeper Hannes Thor Halldórsson - making Halldórsson look comically slow in the process - before knocking in his second goal . Read More »

Coupe du monde : le Brésil tenu en échec par la Suisse (vidéo)

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Le Nigéria a dominé de surprenants islandais face à l'Argentine, ce vendredi, se rassurant avant la dernière journée de poules. Le Nigeria doit absolument se reprendre après sa défaite contre la Croatie-0-2). "Je crois que je me suis déchiré un muscle! L'idée était de faire sortir Neymar du match", a expliqué le sélectionneur de la Nati à l'issue de la rencontre. Read More »

International : Le Nigeria veut faire jouer à Messi son dernier match

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Il était aussi question d'une arrivée de l'ancien joueur Jorge Burruchaga, actuel manager de l'équipe, pour prendre en main le groupe avant le dernier match, contre le Nigeria mardi. Rojo , Banega , Di Maria et Higuaín sont titularisés face à une équipe nigériane qui ne bouge pas. Sublime. La "Pulga" se jette au sol, les bras en l'air, exultant après tant de frustrations, de crispations et de déchets. Read More »

Nigeria v Iceland - Preview and possible lineups

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Nigeria will face Argentina in its last Group D match on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. The Super Eagles are the only one of the three teams with their fate in their own hands. The Nigerian team that played the 1994 World Cup in the United States is widely considered the country's finest team in history. Who needs what to reach the knockout stage? Following Nigeria's limp 2-0 opening loss to Croatia , the team faced the prospect of being eliminated from the tournament. Read More »

Three players to watch in Nigeria vs Argentina

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But it is doubtful whether the gulf in World Cup pedigree and accomplishments between the two teams ( Argentina had won two FIFA World Cup titles and finished as runners-up on two occasions before Nigeria made her debut at the finals in 1994) would amount to much when Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir's whistle goes for kick-off on Tuesday night. Read More »

Mascherano: Messi is desperate to help Argentina

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While Messi escaped his ire, the captain's mother also revealed in an interview with Argentinian television that her son "suffered and cried" after the Croatia defeat. Yes, he's capable of beating them all but that's where the problem lies. Nigeria (four points) can top the group if they beat Argentina and Croatia lose to Ireland, as well as if Nigeria's goal difference improves ahead of Croatia. Read More »

Last chance saloon for Messi, Argentina

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However, if La Albiceleste and the Super Eagles draw in their game in Saint Petersburg, Iceland will progress to the last-16 if they beat Croatia by a two-goal margin and also score at least one more than any that Nigeria manage. Messi scored twice when Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in the group stage four years ago. "We know the scenario when we play Croatia , it's going to be a really tough game", coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said . Read More »

Belgium thrashed Tunisia by 5-2

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In Saturday's clash, Belgium were much the better team from the off but they were seriously aided and abetted by some ragged defending and non-existing marking from their opponents, epitomized after six minutes when Syam Ben Youssef needlessly crashed into Hazard to concede a penalty, which the captain calmly converted. Read More »