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Inside the Red Sox rotation: five pitchers, five issues for 2018 – Boston Red Sox Blog

The way Dave Dombrowski chooses to see it, things will break the Boston Red Sox‘s way this season as long as the American League East turns into an arms race. Forget all about the David Ortiz-sized hole in the middle of the batting order. And never mind Giancarlo Stanton teaming up with Aaron Judge in New York. Dombrowski believes the division will be decided by pitching, and the Red Sox president wouldn’t trade his staff for any other. “If you told me right now that our starting rotation and our…

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England cricketer Ben Stokes faces trial accused of affray

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBen Stokes appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court England cricketer Ben Stokes is to go on trial after being accused of fighting outside a Bristol nightclub in September. The 26-year-old Durham all-rounder is charged with affray after a man allegedly suffered a broken eye socket. Mr Stokes, who missed the Ashes after being suspended from England duties, is accused jointly with two others. Ryan Hale, 26, and 28-year-old Ryan Aslam Ali, both from Bristol, will face trial on the same charge. Mr Stokes…

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Uefa wants referees to punish serious foul play and ‘protect football’s image’

FA Cup: Referees have to protect the players – Pep Guardiola Referees have been reminded by Uefa to protect players by punishing serious fouls in European club competitions. It comes after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola urged English officials to take care of the game’s “artists” when Leroy Sane was injured in the FA Cup win at Cardiff in January. Uefa has told referees they have a duty to “protect football’s image”. “We need players playing, so they must be protected,” said Uefa’s chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina. “We do…

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Six Nations 2018: England call up Sam Moore, son of of ex-Wales lock Steve

Sam Moore (L) played for England Under-20s v Wales Under-20s in the 2018 Six Nations England coach Eddie Jones has named the son of former Wales lock Steve Moore as an apprentice in their latest Six Nations squad. Cardiff-born back-rower Sam Moore, who plays for Sale, is a former Everton FC academy player of the year. He has also played for England U16s, 17s, 18s and 19s. His father made three Wales appearances, against Canada, Romania and Tonga in 1997 and his clubs included Swansea and Cardiff. Steve Moore made…

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Bulls management wants to tank, but players making that difficult

0:49 Zach LaVine drops 18 points and scores the go-ahead points to lead the Bulls to a 105-101 win over the Magic. CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls lost on Monday night despite the fact that the scoreboard says they beat an awful Orlando Magic squad 105-101 in a half-full United Center. In the battle for NBA draft lottery-ball supremacy, the Bulls took a major step back from securing a top-five pick in a few months. Monday’s pillow fight between two tanking teams offered a reminder of just how bad the…

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Dudi Sela, Ivo Karlovic win opening matches at New York Open

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Dudi Sela of Israel upset No. 8 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the New York Open. Ivo Karlovic of Croatia edged American Jared Donaldson 6-4, 7-6 (4) behind 20 aces in the other first-round match on Monday. The ATP tournament is in its first year on Long Island after moving from Memphis. No. 6 seed Ryan Harrison, the 2017 champion in the final year in Memphis, faced fellow American Donald Young at night, followed by Frances Tiafoe against 17-year-old Sebastian…

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Mario Barrios to fight in hometown San Antonio on Showtime card

Mario Barrios, an up-and-coming junior welterweight from San Antonio, will have his hometown fans cheering for him at his next fight while also getting national television exposure. Showtime announced on Monday that Barrios’ 10-round fight against Eudy Bernardo will be part of the Showtime Extreme coverage of the March 10 card at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio. Also on the Showtime Extreme coverage of the event will be a lightweight world title elimination fight pitting Richard Commey against Alejandro Luna and, time permitting, junior featherweight prospect Brandon Figueroa against…

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Lincoln Coleman, former NFL fullback, missing in Dallas, Texas area

The Dallas Police Department has asked for help from the public in locating former Dallas Cowboys fullback Lincoln Coleman, 48, who has been missing since Friday. Coleman was described as having diminished mental capacity and could be in need of medical assistance, a bulletin from the Dallas Police Department said. Coleman played only 12 games over a four-year NFL career but earned a Super Bowl ring with Dallas in 1994, when the Cowboys beat the Bills 30-13 in Super Bowl XXVIII. In that game, Coleman rushed for 57 yards on…

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Indianapolis Colts to name Los Angeles Chargers assistant Nick Sirianni new O-coordinator

The Indianapolis Colts will name Los Angeles Chargers wide receivers coach Nick Sirianni as their new offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates. Sirianni will work under new Colts head coach Frank Reich, continuing a partnership that existed when both were with the Chargers. When the Chargers promoted Reich to offensive coordinator prior to the 2014 season, Sirianni took over Reich’s role as the team’s quarterbacks coach. Since then, Reich has moved on first to the Philadelphia Eagles and now the top job in Indianapolis. Sirianni transitioned…

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Gregg Popovich of San Antonio Spurs — ‘Still have work to do’

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich expressed appreciation Monday for the NBA’s annual promotion of Black History Month before his squad’s game at Utah, saying “it’s important to bring attention to it, even if it angers some people.” Popovich was asked about why it’s important for the league to promote Black History Month. “I think it’s pretty obvious,” Popovich said. “The league is made up of a lot of black guys. To honor [Black History Month] and understand it is pretty simplistic. How would you ignore that? But more importantly,…

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