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New England Patriots’ Adam Butler says Jacksonville Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey better be able to back up Super Bowl guarantee

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots won’t say if Jalen Ramsey‘s Super Bowl guarantee is on their bulletin board, but it’s definitely on their minds as they prepare for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. “If you’re going to make a statement like that, you better be able to back it up,” Patriots defensive tackle Adam Butler said Wednesday. Ramsey, star cornerback of the Jaguars, made headlines with his pep rally boast last Sunday at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field, telling a large crowd, “We are going to the Super Bowl, and we…

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FA Cup: Referees must wait and view footage before making decisions – Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte discusses the controversial penalty decisions in his side’s FA Cup victory over Norwich saying that referee Graham Scott should have viewed footage of the tackle on Willian before refusing to give a penalty and booking the Chelsea player. Norwich manager Daniel Farke says some of his players were in tears after their penalty shoot-out defeat. WATCH MORE: Highlights: Chelsea 1-1 Norwich – Chelsea win 5-3 on pens Source link

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NFL Insiders predict – Best 2018 team fit for Le’Veon Bell of Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell said last week that he’s prepared to sit out a season, or even retire, if he is hit with the franchise tag for the second consecutive year. The 25-year-old Bell played on a $12.1 million franchise tag in 2017, and that number is projected to increase to around $14.5 million for next season. From the wild-card round through Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, ESPN.com has the playoffs covered. • Schedule, coverage, more »• Resetting the NFL playoff bracket » Last July, Bell turned down…

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Minnesota Twins hire retired Justin Morneau as special assistant

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have hired the recently retired Justin Morneau as a special assistant. The team said Wednesday that Morneau will become the fourth former Twins player from his generation to get the job, joining Michael Cuddyer, Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins. The 36-year-old Morneau will be involved in the amateur draft and be a resource for player acquisitions. Morneau was drafted by the Twins in the third round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft and played 14 seasons in the majors, including 11 with the Twins from…

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Boston honors Willie O’Ree, who broke NHL color barrier

BOSTON — Hockey pioneer Willie O’Ree was honored in Boston on Wednesday, the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Bruins forward breaking the NHL’s color barrier. At a news conference at the TD Garden before the Bruins game against the Montreal Canadiens, Mayor Marty Walsh declared Jan. 18, 2018, to be “Willie O’Ree Day”. O’Ree made his debut in 1958 during a 3-0 victory against the Canadiens at the Forum in Montreal. Willie O’Ree became the first black player in the NHL in 1958. AP Photo Walsh called O’Ree a…

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McIlroy begins busy Masters prep in Abu Dhabi, itching for a win ESPN Golf

Imagine if during Tiger Woods‘ prime he went three full years without winning a major championship. From the time he won his first major title at the 1997 Masters to his 14th at the 2008 U.S. Open, Woods never went a stretch of more than 10 majors without winning one of the game’s four biggest tournaments. Rory McIlroy is not ready to hand the United States the next Ryder Cup despite a convincing win by the Americans in 2016. Rory McIlroy told The (London) Telegraph that he now has a…

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Ben Stokes ‘extremely delighted’ to rejoin England squad

Ben Stokes made his England debut in 2011 England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he is “extremely delighted” to be available for selection again for the tour of New Zealand. The 26-year-old has not played since an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September and has now been charged with affray. Earlier on Wednesday, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced it would consider Stokes for selection again. “Can’t wait to get back out with the Three Lions on my chest,” he tweeted. “Representing my country is one of the greatest…

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LPGA returns to Los Angeles after 13-year absence

LOS ANGELES — The LPGA is returning to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence with a $1.5 million tournament in April. The HUGEL-JTBC Open will be played April 19-22 at Wilshire Country Club, which has hosted previous LPGA, PGA and Champions Tour events. The 72-hole event announced Wednesday is part of the tour’s California swing that includes the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, Kia Classic in Carlsbad and a tournament in San Francisco. The LPGA visited Los Angeles from 2001 to 2005, when its Office Depot…

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Pittsburgh Pirates fans urge MLB to force owner Bob Nutting to sell team

PITTSBURGH — Some Pittsburgh Pirates fans are signing a petition to express their frustration following the team’s decision to trade star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants. In response to the Pirates’ recent trades of stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, veteran infielder Josh Harrison said in a statement that “perhaps it would be better for all involved” if he also was traded. As of Wednesday, more than 28,000 fans signed a petition on change.org asking Major League Baseball to force Pirates owner Bob Nutting to sell the…

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Eddie Jones: England coach’s new deal does not rule Lions role in 2021

‘Can’t be arrogant or presumptuous’ about the England job – Jones England head coach Eddie Jones’ new deal does not rule him out of coaching the British and Irish Lions in South Africa, says RFU boss Steve Brown. The Australian has signed a contract extension to remain at Twickenham until 2021 – when the Lions next tour. But although he will still be committed to England at that point, Brown is open-minded. “We certainly wouldn’t preclude him from doing the Lions,” Brown told BBC Sport. “We are planning for success,…

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