CHECK OUT EAGLES ERTZ, MCCOWN, SANDERS SHOWING SIXERS LOVE!

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Zach Ertz, Josh McCown, Miles Sanders introduced at Sixera dello Sport says Chelsea had scouts posted to wAston Villa have agreed a fee for Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings. Sky Sports says Villa will pay £25m for the Englishman, if add-ons are met.The Cherries will receive an initial £20m for a player they signed from Ipswich Town in 2015.Mings, 26, made 18 appearances on loan at Villa Park last seasonatch the Serb against Napoli on the weekenefender Eric Bailly fancies their Europa League chances this season.United play the second leg of their last 32 tie against Club Brugge at Old Trafford on Thursday night, with Bailly looking to build on his stunning return to the side against Chelsead.Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is a fan of Milinkovic-Savic and eager to explore the prospect of bringing the 24 year-old to London.The midfielder’s contract wits game

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HEY, TAKE A TIME OUT ON LAME CRITICISM OF SIXERS’ BRETT BROWN!

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So, the lame-ass local media are skewering Sixers coach Brett Brown for not taking a time-out as the Celtics came roaring back in the first half Thursday night from a 22-point deficit to ultimately win 108-103.

Down 48-26 early in the second quarter, Boston eventually cut the lead to five at the half and took control with a 28-19 third quarter, and Brown chose not to call timeouts with his team bleeding.

As much criticism as Brown is facing, rookie point guard Ben Simmons might be facing the steepest uphill battle heading into tonight’s matchup.

Simmons had arguably his worst game as a pro, scoring one pona are putting Philippe Coutinho up for sale.Currently on-loan at Bayern Munich, Coutinho is set to be sent back to his parent club at the end of the season.Mundo Deportivo says Bayern have no interest in triggering the €120m option in Coutinho’s dint on 0-for-4 shooting with five rebounds and seven assists. What’s worse: His negative-23 plus/minus ratio.

Rozier and backcourt mate Marcus Smart, meanwhile, combined for 39 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds, and Boston got a big 13 points out of Jaylen Brown off the bench.

Unlike the 76ers, who closed out the regular season with a bang, the Celtics were written off for much of the latter part of the schedule, after losing Kyrie Irving for the season and dropping four of six to close out the year. The Celtics’ seven-game series with Milwaukee in the first round did lt off interest for Michail Antonio.The Sun says the 29-year-old is wanted at Crystal Palace in case they lose Wilfried Zaha.Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia have also shown interest in offering Antonio a lucrative offer.The Middle East side were managed byittle to ease the chirping outside of Boston, especially with Philly so hot.

But Brad Stevens’ strategy of resting his starters down the stretch might be paying dividends, as Al Horford and Rozier are attack on the Inter Milan board.After their Champions League defeat at Borussia Dortmund, Inter coach Conte slammed his board and the quality of the squad they had assembled for him this season.Moggi was unimpressed and told a fans Q&A: “If Moggaveraging 35 or more minutes this series.

PHILLIES RADIO 3-FOR-1: STOCKER, JORDAN, FRANDSEN FOR ANDERSEN ON THE ROAD!

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Kevin Stocker, Kevin Jordan and Kevin Frandsen will be Phillies color analysts alongside three season ticket-holders who listed their Champions League final tickets on a resale website, reports BBC Sport.Since 1994 it has been illegal for an unauthorised person to sell on tickets.Spurs asked fans not to “ruin one of the biggest occasionsradio play-by-play announcer Scott Franzke, replacing Larry Andersen on the road.

Andersen requested a reduced role in 2018. He will be broadcasting exclusively home games at yle of Nigel Pearson.The Hornets have won twice and drawn once in their last three games, with Deeney scoring three times in the last two games.”If you don’t buy into what the gaffer wants, you won’t be here,” said Deeney.”He has hammered me a few tiCitizens Bank Park. Stocker, Jordan and Frandsen will rotate games on the road. A schedule will be announced at a later date.

Frandsen, 35, played for the Phillies from 2012-13. He has worked at KNBR 680 AM in San Francisco the rejected by manager Frank Lampard.And he insists the decision to stay put turned out to be the correct decision and has since made his debut in the Premier League and Carabao Cup.Gilmour said: “In pre-season the manager had a chat with me saying he past 18 months. He co-hosts “KNBR Tonight.” He previously spent a year as co-host for KNBR 1050 AM’s morning drive show, “The Audible.”

Jordan, 48, played for the Phillies from 1995-2001. He auditioned for the job during a three-game series last season.

Stocker, 47, who was the shortstop for the 1993 National League championship team, has been a color analyst for the Pac-12 Network and CBS Sports Network the past 14 years. He worked six games with Franzke the past two seasons.

SIXERS WIN! SIXERS WIN! BEAT PELICANS 107-93 FOR 10TH VICTORY

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It is hard to imagine that a team out of the playoff race for months would get such a positive fan reaction when it won its 10th game of the season!

And last night&#8ler to defeat Kosovo 5-3 at St Mary’s.The result leaves England top of Group A with a 100% winning record after four games, while the Czech Republic moved into second place with a 3-0 win over Montenegro.Kosovo arrived in Southampton on a 15-match un217;s Sixers’ 107-93 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans did just that.

Maybe it was the Villanova effect, as the crowd was still glowing from Monday’s night’s NCAA championship Wildcat win, and they just wanted to cheer.

But in their heart of hearts the crowd knew that the Sixers has just escaped the historical jail of 9 wins.

scored 22 points to lead the Sixers to victory over the injury-depleted Pelicans, ensuring that the 76ers won’t tie their own league record for fewest victories in an 82-game season.

”We didn’t want to be a part of that,” Landry said. ”We tried to do whatever it took to lock in, in practice, in film sessions and just have a carryover to each and every game.”

Philly improved to 10-68 and now is one win clear of the 1972-73 76ers, who set an NBA mark for futility with a 9-73 mark. The 76ers have four games remaining.

”We hope to get a few more before our season ends,” coach Brett Brown said, adding he was happy fo bring Alan Stubbs to London stadium.The Mirror says Moyes wants Stubbs to join him at West Ham.The ex-Everton and Celtic defender, who played and coached under Moyes at Goodison Park, has been offered a position on the Scot’s back-room team at the or his players.

”They’re good people, they genuinely care (and) they put in a fantastic day’s work,” he said. ”Our record wouldn’t indicate that, but they do. And so to get a win and just move on, they deserve that.”

Isaiah Canaan added 16 points for the 76ers, who snapped a 12-game losing streak while winning for just the second time in the last 27 contests.

Landry made his first nine shots before finishing 9 for 10 from the field, including tying a career high with two 3-pointers.

Dante Cunningham led the Pelicans with 19 points and Alexis Ajinca chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Pelicans started five players who have combined to start just 76 games this season. And only Tim Frazier, whom the Pelicans signed on March 16, entered averaging more than 7.6 points. Joining Frazier in New Orleans’ starting five were Luke Babbitt, Toney Douglas, Ajinca and Cunningham.

The Pelicans were missing nearly 100 points ofer Andros Townsend has urged Wilfried Zaha to scrap plans of leaving this summer.Townsend scored another spectacular goal in to out-do Zaha’s own strike in the Saturday win that relegated Cardiff, but knows his team-mate is the man Palace must retain scoring without injured players Anthony Davis (left knee), Ryan Anderson (sports hernia), Tyreke Evans (right knee), Eric Gordon (fractured right ring finger), Jrue Holiday (right inferior orbital wall fracture) andNorris Cole (lower back).

”We don’t have any excuses,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. ”You have to make do with what you have. There’s no sympathy in this league.”

Helped by Landry’s 10 third-quarter points in just 4 1/2 minutes, Philly took an 88-73 lead into the final period.

The 76ers used a 10-3 run to open the final quarter to go in front 98-78 with 9 minutes remaining. T.J. McConnell capped the spurt with a spinning, driving layup that drew fans in the crowd of 10,978 to their feet.

”I didn’t see it tonight,” Gentry said. ”I thought we were trying, but we just didn’t have that energy we usually have.”

M-V-P! M-V-P!

The fans serenaded Landry with chants of ”M-V-P! M-V-P” late in the game, something not heard on Philadelphia’s home court since the days of recent Hall of Fame inductee Allen Iverson.

Even Landry was surprised by the crowd’s reaction.

”I was like, ‘What? MVP? Me?”’ he said. ”It was funny. It definitely put a smile on my face, and it makes me feel good.

”It definitely made me feel good that the fans of Philly, blue-collar people, the majority of them, appreciate the effort that I put in, each and every day.”

NORRISTOWN’S MIKE PIAZZA JOINS JUNIOR GRIFFEY IN HOF!

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From Norristown to the L. A. Dodgers to the N. Y. Mets to Cooperstown!over keeping Max Aarons.The right-back has been linked with Manchester United, Tottenham and Crystal Palace but the Canaries are determined to keep him.There is little desire to sell ahead of their Premier League return given how Aarons could progres

Mike Piazza was an unwanted junior college first baseman taken by the Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft as a favor to his fatheror Chelsea attacker Pedro.With Pedro’s current deal set to expire in June, Chelsea are running out of time to cash in on the 32-year-old, and now Roma are set to tempt them with an offer, says Sky Italia. Roma have been forced into the market after w’s longtime friend, manager Tommy Lasorda, and only on the condition he would convert to catcher.

Until yesterday, no player drafted anywhere near that late had ever made it to the Hall of Fame.ld has already been earning rave reviews for his performances in the Championship.And The Sun reporters that Bellingham is among a crop of youngsters that Bayern would love to have at the Allianz Arena.The England under-17 international has two goals For that matter, neither had the No. 1 overall pick in any draft.

Ken Griffey Jr., and Piazza, polar opposites in some respects, were both chosen to enter the shrine in Cooperstown, N.Y., with Griffey receiving the highest percentage of votes ever at 99.32%, just three votes shy of unanimity. Tom Seaver held the previous record with 98.84% of the vote in 1992.

SIXERS SIMMONS: I COULD HIT 30% OF 3’S NOW, RATHER HIT 40%!

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Sixers guard Ben Simmons believes his 3-point shot is “going to come,” according to Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.

When will that happen? Whenever Simmons feels he’s gotten enough reps.

While Simmons has been a fantastic player early in his career, he’s been heavily criticized for his inability to shootrmed their interest in Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez.However, the movie mogul admits Real’s asking price is too steep for him.De Laurentiis told AS: “James is the most publicised player after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. “He wants to pl from beyond the arc. Simmons has attempted a few threes throughout his career, though many have been desperation heaves. It wasn’t until November 2019 that Simmons hit his first 3-point shot during a game.

One Western Conference coach told MacMullan his team would continue giving those shots to Simmoy playmakerenal fullback Carl Jenkinson.Hoops boss Neil Lennon is searching for a new right-back following the exits of Mikael Lustig, Jeremy Toljan and Cristian Gamboa.Jenkinson, 27, played just eight times for the Gunners last season but is keen to play more James Maddison.The England international is no longer at the top of United’s wishlist, according to the Daily Express.Maddison is expected to sign a long-term contract with the Foxes imminently.And with the 23-year-old committing his futuns until Simmons proves he can hit them.

DURANT AND DUBS SHOW CAVS THEY’RE IN ANOTHER LEAGUE!

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Sorry, King James.

In the Golden State Warriors’ 110-102 win over the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant delivered a 43-point, 13-rebound, seven-assist gem to lift his team within one victory of its third league championship in four years.

Cleveland basically wasted another opportunity.

On a night Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson went a combined 7-for-27 from the field and 3-for-15 from three-point range, Durant made sure the visiting Warriors had all they needed: a chance come crunch time.

After Kevin Love made two free throws to give the Cavaliers a 97-96 lead with 3:11 left, Curry finally pulled out of his shooting slump, hitting a layup and a three-pointer — ending a drought of nine misses from deep — to give Golden State a four-point cushion.

Moments later, after LeBron James responded with a three-pointer of his own, Andre Iguodala threw down a dunk over Tristan Thompson. It wasn’t long before Durant drilled a 33-footer from the top of the arc — in almost the exact same spot as his iconic shot over James in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals — to put the Warriors up 106-100 and help seal Cleveland’s fate.

Golden State now enters Game 4 on Friday with a 3-0 series lead, a severe blow for a Cleveland club that has made a practice out of overcoming long odds. But no team in NBA history has won a playoff series after dropping the first three games — and that’s in 131 tries.

In the aftermath of the Warriors’ 2016 NBA Fin.Klopp has downplayed Oxlade-Chamberlain’s angry reaction to being substituted in Liverpool’s 2-0 victory against Manchester United on Sunday.Oxlade-Chamberlain was replaced by Adam Lallana in the 66th minute at Anfield and was visibly unhappy to leaals collapse to Cleveland offer for Crystal Palace fullback Patrick van Aanholt.Having had a bid turned down for the Dutchman last week, Voetbal International says PSV tabled a new bid last night to Palace.PSV’s first offer was for €5m and Palace want €10m to sell.For hi, the Warriors had to come to terms with the fact that even with a core of Curry, Thompson, Iguodala and Draymond Green, they were vulnerable against physical teams that forced them out of their ball-movement principles. Without another world-class scorer, they were perhaps too reliant on Curry and Thompson hitting three-pointers.

Weeks later, Golden State signed a player in Durant who can bail his team out of the most dire of circumstances. Even tammate Kepa Arrizabalaga could play as a central midfielder!The Spaniard enjoyed an impressive debut season in goals for the Blues after signing from Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2018.Green was third-choice goalkeeper behind Kepa, and he told BBChe stingiest of defenses can’t contend with one of the best scorers in NBA history using his 7-foot-4 wingspan to drain fade-away jumpers from near-endless range.

Three nights after Curry, Durant and Thompson fed off each other’s strengths to power the Warriors to a 19-point win over the Cavaliers in Game 2, Golden State allowed Cleveland’s physicality to force it out of its pass-happy ways early in Game 3. With the Warriors’ motion system stagnating, Curry and Thompson repeatedly settled for contested shots.

After Golden State dug a quick 16-4 hole, Durant went to work, using a mix of fade-aways and drives to the rim to cut the Warriors’ deficit to 29-28 at the end of the first quarter and down 58-52 at halftime. His scoring opened passing lanes and freed up easy looks for role players like JaVale McGee (10 points in 14 minutes), Jordan Bell (10 points in 12 minutes) and Shaun Livingston (eight points on five shots).

It didn’t help Durant’s efforts, however, that James — essentially a solo act in the series’ first two games — got significant contributions from his supporting cast.

Love, who was embarrassed multiple times by Curry in Game 2, chipped in 15 of his 20 points in the first half. J.R. Smith went a long way in exorcising the memory of his Game 1 time-and-score blunder by chipping in 13 points. Rodney Hood, whose sudden benching was a major story line entering Wednesday — he totaled four minutes in Games 1 and 2 — resuscitated his season with 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting.

Back from a bone bruise in his knee that sidelined him two weeks, Iguodala teamed with Durant, among others, to make life a bit more difficult on James. After ringing up a combined 80 points on 29-for-52 (55.8 percent) shooting, 17 rebounds and 21 assists in the first two games, James had to work harder to get open looks, shooting 13-for-28 (1-for-6 from three-point range).

By the time the final buzzer sounded, he had a triple-double: 33 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds. It didn’t matter.

“It’s almost like playing the (New England) Patriots,” James said, referring to the five-time Super Bowl champions. “You can’t make mistakes.”

NO BUTLER, NO PROB: JOJO’S SIXERS BLOW AWAY ROCKETS!

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Joel Embiid had 32 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Sixers past fellow MVP contender Harden and the Houston Rockets 121-93.

Harden, selected Western Conference player of the week earlier in the day, finished with 37 points – giving him 20 straight games with at least 30.

The Sixers played without four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler (sore right wrist), and Embiid more than made up for his absence.

Embiid was questionable before the game with lower back soreness and coach Brett Brown hinted during pregame it might be best for the Philadelphia big man to sit this one outrector Stuart Webber has admitted that selling James Maddison to Leicester City helped the club prevent a disaster.Some Norwich fans may be disappointed to see they only got £24 million for a player who has lit up the Premier League this season.Howe. Embiid clearly had other intentions.

“I want to fight with my teammates,” he said. “Whatever I have to do, I’ll do for my team.”

His 24 first-half points helped Philly to a 65-50 halftime lead, and he punctuated an entertaining opening 24 minutes by pinning Harden’s layup attempt with 7.5 seconds left for a crowd-pleasing block.

The duo had to be separated with 38.7 seconds left in the half, with each being issued a technical, after Harden took exception to Embiid’s foul on him.

The 76ers broke the game open in a dominant third quarter as they outscored Houston 29-13 to take a 94-63 advantage into the fourth. Ben Simmons stole Harden’s pass, made a layup and finished a three-point play after being fouled by Harden to make it 73-52. The lead kept growing, getting as large as 31.

“We were due for a game like this,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.

Harden had 10 points in the third but missed four of six field goal tries as the 76ers houndeTottenham boss Tim Sherwood says Mauricio Pochettino has no excuses for their Carabao Cup dumping by ColchesterTeden Mengi has signed pro terms with Manchester United.The teen confirmed this morning his new deal.Happy to sign my first professional contact with @ManUtd the hard work continues! #mufcpic.twitter.com/FICD0gIQrj— Teden Mengi (@TedenMengi_) September 21, 2019.Colchester are the lowest-ranked team remaining in the competition, and stunned the football world by dumping Spurs out on penalties afterd him defensively with double-teams and different looks. A tired-looking Harden’s air ball with 12.3 seconds left in the third showed the effects of the Philadelphia defense – and, perhaps, Harden’s offensive workload.

With the game out of range, Harden sat in the fourth.

“This is not a great way to rest him, but we rested him today,” D’Antoni said.

SIXERS TO NBA: LEAVE THE DRAFT LOTTERY THE WAY IT IS!

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By ProBasketballTalk.com

The Sixers have made no attempt to hide the fact that they are choosing to bottom out in order to have the best possible odds of obtaining the highest of draft picks as part of their rebuilding process.

In advance of last season, they made a draft night trade for the injured and then sat him for the entire season, even though he was healthy enough to play toward the end of the year.

This summer, Philly drafted another injured player in , , who is  for the upcoming season. And, the team , who also will be unavailable for sone time due to injury.

Even though the Sixers are undoubtedly acquiring assets, they aren’t being used to help the team in the immediate future because the way the Draft Lottery is currently structured, teams are incentivized to lose in order to have a better chance of landing a top-three pick.

Adam Silve-Khelaifi has been charged by Swiss prosecutors following an investigation into the awarding of media rights for Fifa tournaments.Al-Khelaifi is accused of inciting criminal mismanagement in connection with allegations Jerome Valcke “exploited his por has stated on more than one occasion that , so . But the timing of those changes being implemented is something that the Sixers want to see delayed for as long as possible.

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The NBA is pushing toward changes to the draft lotte were hoping for a clean run at their former player.However, the 29-year-old was so impressive last season that other clubs are alerted to his £5million with £5million release clause.There are up to six teams vying for his signature, per the Lancasry system by next season but is facing a strong objection from the Philadelphia 76ers, the franchise that could suffer the most from it, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

Earlier this month at league meetings in Las Vegas, lottery reform measures were introduced and changes could be voted into place by the NBA Board of Governors at their preseason meeting in October. Though there are several facets and the proposals haven’t been finalized, essentially the goal of commissioner Adam Silver is to balance out the lottery odds so the worst team or teams wouldn’t have the highest chances of landing the top pick, sources said. …

In a new format, this could be altered so the bottom five or six teams all would have an equal chance.

The Sixers are entering year two of what is a stated rebuilding plan that’s scheduled . A quick change to the way the Draft lottery works would hurt those plans, at least the part about hoping to be in position to land another top draft pick by losing a bunch more games next season.

A one-year heads up before making any changes feels like it would be fair to the Sixers, as well as to other teams in less blatant but similar situations. But there are other factors in play, including lost ngstaff.The Times says Longstaff could leave his boyhood club for nothing in the summer with AC Milan and Inter prepared to offer him a five-year contract.His current deal at Newcastle expires on June 30, leaving him free to negotiate with teams outsrevenue in Philadelphia and a distaste for the strategy by other owners that could force its implementation more quickly — even though giving an equal shot at landing top picks to multiple teams could have the opposite of the desired effect, and may end up incentivizing more of them to lose in order to finish in that group by the end of the season.

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FIRST THE C’S MUGGED SIXERS JOJO, NOW THEY WHINE HE DIDN’T STOP TO SHAKE THEIR HANDS!

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It’s bad enough that the Celtics mugged Jojo Embiid in the last seconds of game 5 and got away scot free!

Now, the Celtics players are whining that Jojo didn’t stop to shake their hands!

Embiid apparently wasn’t in a hand-shaking mood after the Sixers lost Game 5 to tter City veteran Christian Fuchs has welcomed the approach of manager Brendan Rodgers.Fuchs penned a new deal with the Foxes last month.”When Brendan Rodgers came in, he had conversation with all the older generation players,” he told the Box-to-Box he Boston Celtics, 114-112, Wednesday night at TD Garden.

Afteready to sell Danny Rose this summer.The Sun says Spurs are willing to let England left-back Rose go — but his £80,000-a-week wages are proving a snag.Rose, who is 29 next month, fears his time is up.Rose recently confessed to being ready to leave the final buzzer sounded, Embiid e captain Luka Milivojevic has dismissed Leicester City as a title contender.The Foxes reached the top four with victory over Crystal Palace on the weekend.Palace have faced Manchester City and Leicester in their last two matches in south London.Bothwas shown heading straight to the locker room while the Celtics celebrated their series-clinching win.

Ben Rohrbach of Yahoo! Sports reported several Boston players “sounded annoyed” by the actions of the 76ers center.

The 7-footer engaged in a lot of trash talk throughout the series, and instead of staying on the court for a few extra minutes, Embiid disregarded the entire handshake.

“At least man up,” one Celtics player said in the locker room after the game, per Rohrbach. Embiid did give credit to Boston after the game, saying he’s “gotta give them a lot of respect.”

Apparently, shaking hands with the opposing team doesn’t fall under giving the C’s “a lot of respect.”