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Sam Allardyce: Everton to name ex-England manager as boss

Sam Allardyce was photographed with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri at Goodison Park on Wednesday Sam Allardyce is expected to be confirmed as Everton’s new manager after a five-week search for a successor to Ronald Koeman. The former England boss watched Wednesday’s 4-0 win over West Ham, which moved Everton up to 13th. Allardyce, who has been out of work since leaving Crystal Palace in May, discussed terms earlier in the day. He will assume control from caretaker David Unsworth, who has been in charge since Koeman was sacked in October….

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Clay Matthews on Aaron Rodgers: Probably should have kept him off IR – Green Bay Packers Blog

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Clay Matthews‘ groin injury, which kept him out of last Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh, afforded him the opportunity to spend more time around Aaron Rodgers. And not just for another State Farm commercial. The Green Bay Packers linebacker got an up-close look at the quarterback’s rehab from his broken collarbone and came away with this revelation: “I think we probably should have kept him off IR.” Aaron Rodgers would have preferred to be in uniform for last Sunday’s meeting with Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers, but…

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Former Seattle Mariners 2B Bret Boone causes stir with remarks on harassment

Former Seattle Mariners second baseman Bret Boone has apologized for his comments to a reporter making light of sexual harassment. “All, there are zero excuses for what I said earlier. None. It was 100% wrong,” Boone wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “It was offensive. It was inappropriate. It was not remotely productive to any conversation regarding harassment. I apologize and it will never happen again.” Seattlepi.com reporter Stephen Cohen wrote Wednesday that after he tweeted about his disappointment in the allegations against radio host Garrison Keillor, Boone sent him a…

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Oakland Athletics keep Jake Smolinski with $775,000, 1-year contract

OAKLAND, Calif. — Outfielder Jake Smolinski agreed to a $775,000, one-year contract with the Athletics. Smolinski missed almost the entire 2017 season following right shoulder surgery, before returning to play in 16 games, including 11 in the outfield — nine of those in center — that A’s manager Bob Melvin considered a major step heading into the offseason and toward the 2018 campaign. Smolinski will have competition to earn a starting spot next season, with rehabbing Dustin Fowler in the mix to start at center after Fowler was acquired in…

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Golf — Why do we care so much about Tiger Woods’ return at the Hero World Challenge?

NASSAU, Bahamas — He is about to turn 42 and has been playing high-level tournament golf for more than 30 years. He’s hit thousands upon thousands of golf balls, and though he competes in a noncontact sport, even Tiger Woods concedes that “there are certain areas of my body that are just worn out.” And so it is for some that there is fatigue when it comes to yet another comeback, the latest to being this weekend at the Hero World Challenge. It was here a year ago at Albany…

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UFC 218 preview and breakdown

The UFC hits Little Caesars Arena in Detroit this weekend for a UFC 218 pay-per-view event. Original plans called for a featherweight title fight between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar, but Edgar was forced to pull out due to injury. In steps former champ Jose Aldo, who lost the title to Holloway five months ago. The Brazilian great will attempt to make the most of an immediate rematch, which he felt he deserved anyway. In the co-main event, veteran heavyweight Alistair Overeem will try to solidify a future title shot…

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Miami Open tennis tournament reaches deal to move to Miami Dolphins’ stadium

MIAMI — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has moved closer to bringing a championship to his stadium — in tennis. The Miami Open signed paperwork with the Miami mayor’s office to move from Key Biscayne to the NFL Dolphins’ stadium beginning in 2019. Miami-Dade commissioners must approve the agreement reached by Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s administration, a spokesman for the mayor said Wednesday. Showcase matches would be held in the 65,000-seat stadium, which recently underwent a $500 million renovation, with other matches on the adjacent grounds. The tournament has been held…

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Ben Stokes: Police ‘seek charging advice’ over Bristol nightclub incident

Ben Stokes is expected to play for Canterbury this weekend A decision on whether England cricketer Ben Stokes will be charged after an incident outside a nightclub will not be made for several weeks at least. Stokes, 26, was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after an incident in Bristol on 25 September in which a man suffered a fractured eye socket. He was released under investigation. Avon & Somerset Police announced on Wednesday it had completed its investigation and sent the findings to the Crown Prosecution Service…

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Floyd Mayweather visits Great Wall during luxury trip to China

12:21 PM ET ESPN staff Floyd Mayweather is doing his best to keep talk of another big money comeback off his mind as he concentrates on enjoying a ‘luxury vacation’ in China. Mayweather, who came out of retirement to fight UFC superstar Conor McGregor in August, has repeatedly stated that his TKO victory over the Irishman would be his final fight. Despite several reports to the contrary, Mayweather — currently boasting a perfect 50-0 record — reinforced his stance by confirming to Stephen A. Smith over FaceTime Tuesday that he…

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England Lions: Worcestershire’s Steve Rhodes will not coach U19 side amid ‘disciplinary matter’

Steve Rhodes has been in charge of Worcestershire since 2006 Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes will not coach England at the Under-19 World Cup after the county confirmed he is under investigation. It has been reported Rhodes delayed telling the county about the arrest of all-rounder Alex Hepburn, who has now been charged with two counts of rape. Worcestershire have not commented on those reports. However, chairman Steve Taylor confirmed that Rhodes, 53, is “under investigation but not suspended”. The ECB said his duties with the under-19s will now…

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