The Athletic 2022-02-17T05:35:02Z /rss-feed/ ©2022 The Athletic Media Company. All rights reserved. 2022-02-17T05:35:02Z 2022-02-17T05:35:02Z Edwards: Cade Cunningham Rookie of the Year, Isaiah Stewart post touches and more thoughts going into All-Star break James L. Edwards III Will the All-Star break, rest, set Cunningham up for a big final stretch of the season? James L. Edwards III talks about it. 2022-02-17T05:34:04Z 2022-02-17T05:34:04Z Qui est ce Nick Bobrov que lorgne le Canadien, et pourquoi redoute-t-on autant le népotisme? Marc Antoine Godin Lundi après-midi, Jeff Gorton et Kent Hughes se sont rendues à Boston à l’occasion du Beanpot, cette mythique compétition impliquant les universités de Boston et dont la finale impliquait l’Université Northeastern, là où jouent deux espoirs du Canadien de même que les fils de Hughes et... 2022-02-17T05:15:53Z 2022-02-17T05:15:53Z Wild show up ‘a little loose’ in grudge match against the Jets: ‘It came back to bite us’ Michael Russo Minnesota has been routinely running over teams for six weeks but still found a way to lose again to Winnipeg. 2022-02-17T05:15:00Z 2022-02-17T05:15:00Z Lakers' Anthony Davis sustains right ankle sprain vs. Jazz, will be re-evaluated after All-Star break The Athletic Lakers star Anthony Davis was helped off the court after landing awkwardly and appearing to turn his right ankle in the second quarter of Wednesday's game against the Utah Jazz at Arena. 2022-02-17T05:10:54Z 2022-02-17T05:10:54Z Celtics offense falls back into old iso habits as Pistons snap winning streak Jared Weiss The Celtics almost got to the All-Star break with a 10-game winning streak. Almost. 2022-02-17T05:08:47Z 2022-02-17T05:08:47Z Benoit Assou-Ekotto: ‘An Italian club said they liked me but couldn’t tell their fans they were signing a player with my hair’ Charlie Eccleshare The former Tottenham and Cameroon full-back feels he was judged more for his opinions and hair than he was his good work out on the pitch 2022-02-17T05:05:23Z 2022-02-17T05:05:23Z ‘It was brutal – but it changed my life’: Carl Magnay on winning Football Icon and a contract at Chelsea Simon Johnson Carl Magnay won a reality TV channel and it changed his life forever. Here he tells the story of Football Icon and Chelsea 2022-02-17T05:05:08Z 2022-02-17T05:05:08Z The rise of the decoy penalty taker Nick Miller Chelsea used an emerging tactic against Palmeiras in the Club World Cup final - a decoy penalty taker. But why? And does it work? 2022-02-17T05:04:12Z 2022-02-17T05:04:12Z The Ronald Araujo or Eric Garcia debate, and what it means for the future of Barcelona’s defence Dermot Corrigan Ronald Araujo, despite having the strongest defensive stats compared to Garcia, has an uncertain future at Barcelona 2022-02-17T05:01:31Z 2022-02-17T05:01:31Z The Arnold Clark Cup: Wiegman’s England get their first true test in 10 months as Euros edge ever closer Florence Lloyd-Hughes Sarina Wiegman's England will host Germany, Spain and Canada over the course of a week in the first edition of the FA's new invitational cup 2022-02-17T05:01:16Z 2022-02-17T05:01:16Z Pressing problems, injuries but Haaland coming back soon: The different sides to Dortmund Jasmine Baba With an upcoming Europa League match against Rangers, Borussia Dortmund still have a number of tactical problems to iron out 2022-02-17T05:00:37Z 2022-02-17T05:00:37Z Pacers waiving Tristan Thompson; center will sign with Bulls after clearing waivers, Rick Carlisle says The Athletic The Indiana Pacers are waiving center Tristan Thompson, coach Rick Carlisle said Wednesday. Thompson will sign a new deal with the Chicago Bulls after he clears waivers, Carlisle added. 2022-02-17T04:56:03Z 2022-02-17T04:56:03Z When fit and firing, Cavani can still have a major impact for Manchester United Laurie Whitwell The striker has had a stop-start season but can still play a big role for United - particularly if used in a two up front 2022-02-17T04:54:27Z 2022-02-17T04:54:27Z A last dance in Europe for this Rangers squad – can they deliver a statement victory over Dortmund? Jordan Campbell With the final months ticking down on their fourth year in Europe as a group it would be timely to shock the competition by beating Dortmund 2022-02-17T04:52:42Z 2022-02-17T04:52:42Z Thrust from left-back and midfielders building from deep: Arsenal’s possession explained Art de Roché and John Muller The Athletic's possession visualisation graphic shows how Arsenal's control of territory is the result of a number of clear strategies 2022-02-17T04:46:21Z 2022-02-17T04:46:21Z Bruce is making Diangana feel loved in bid to spark winger back to his best Steve Madeley Grady Diangana has been a shadow of the player that inspired Slaven Bilic's side to promotion - Steve Bruce knows how crucial he could be 2022-02-17T04:45:20Z 2022-02-17T04:45:20Z Forest mailbag: Cooper contract, loan stars, play-off expectations and fighting with swans Paul Taylor and Nick Miller Nottingham Forest writers Paul Taylor and Nick Miller answer the key questions about the team - and one about a swan - from subscribers 2022-02-17T04:40:40Z 2022-02-17T04:40:40Z Football Manager 2022: Reviving my FM career Holly Percival Most people would be put off by a video game if it called you a failure on your first try... but Holly Percival is not normal people 2022-02-17T04:30:54Z 2022-02-17T04:30:54Z Knicks head into the All-Star break by blowing another big lead in loss to the Nets The Athletic The Knicks led by 28 points in the first half and 18 in the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold on to the lead. 2022-02-17T04:03:17Z 2022-02-17T04:03:17Z Bulls guard Alex Caruso could resume training in 7 to 10 days; suffered wrist fracture Jan. 21 The Athletic Bulls guard Alex Caruso may be cleared to resume dribbling and shooting drills in the next 7-to-10 days, Chicago coach Billy Donovan said on Wednesday. Caruso sustained the injury on Jan. 21 in a game against the Bucks. 2022-02-17T04:02:04Z 2022-02-17T04:02:04Z Rangers fans: Discuss the Dortmund first leg with our writer Jordan Campbell Jordan Campbell Pose your questions now and our Rangers writer Jordan Campbell will join in a couple of hours before today&#8217;s first leg in the Europa League&#8217;s opening knockout round away to Borussia Dortmund. Then, chew over Giovanni van Bronckhorst&#8217;s teamsheet, discuss the overall and individual... 2022-02-17T04:01:09Z 2022-02-17T04:01:09Z Celtic fans: Discuss the Bodo/Glimt first leg with our writer Kieran Devlin Kieran Devlin Pose your questions now and our Celtic writer Kieran Devlin will join in a couple of hours before today&#8217;s first leg in the Europa Conference League&#8217;s opening knockout round at home to Bodo/Glimt. Then, chew over Ange Postecoglou&#8217;s teamsheet, discuss the overall and individual... 2022-02-17T04:00:09Z 2022-02-17T04:00:09Z Leicester fans: Discuss the Randers first leg with our writer Rob Tanner Rob Tanner Pose your questions now and our Leicester City writer Rob Tanner will join in a couple of hours before today&#8217;s first leg in the Europa Conference League&#8217;s opening knockout round at home to Randers. Then, chew over Brendan Rodgers&#8217; teamsheet, discuss the overall and individual... 2022-02-17T03:46:44Z 2022-02-17T03:46:44Z Live Q&A: Fred Katz answers your Knicks questions Fred Katz The Knicks (25-34) are limping into the All-Star break. They have lost three consecutive games and are just 2-8 in their last 10. With the team taking a week off, now is the time to dive deep. Get your questions ready, submit them in the comments below and join me for a live Q&amp;A from noon to 1... 2022-02-17T03:29:48Z 2022-02-17T03:29:48Z Kent Hughes sends clear message to NHL that Canadiens are open for business if their prices are met Arpon Basu Kent Hughes has set his prices for the players the Canadiens are willing to trade and it is a first-come, first-served situation. 2022-02-17T02:53:08Z 2022-02-17T02:53:08Z Saints stick with Pete Carmichael as offensive coordinator: Sources The Athletic Carmichael has been with New Orleans since 2006 and served as the Saints' OC for the past 13 seasons 2022-02-17T01:02:05Z 2022-02-17T01:02:05Z As Reds minor leaguers arrive, team alters philosophy in hopes of protecting pitching arms C. Trent Rosecrans The fluctuating environment of the past few seasons, coupled with regime change in the Reds' pitching establishment, has led to new methods. 2022-02-17T00:56:34Z 2022-02-17T00:56:34Z Fifth player testifies to buying opioids from Eric Kay; closing arguments next in trial involving Tyler Skaggs’ death Sam Blum Jury deliberations could begin as soon as Thursday, with Kay facing up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted. 2022-02-17T00:17:20Z 2022-02-17T00:17:20Z Live Q&A: Vikings reporter Arif Hasan dishes on the new regime, free agency and the draft Arif Hasan With coach Kevin O'Connell in place, the Vikings can start looking to their offseason priorities. What will they do with QB Kirk Cousins? 2022-02-16T23:31:13Z 2022-02-16T23:31:13Z Bruins' Patrice Bergeron will return to lineup Thursday against Islanders The Athletic Bergeron left partway through a Feb. 8 contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins after a collision with Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby. Despite missing time, Bergeron was not concussed. 2022-02-16T23:23:59Z 2022-02-16T23:23:59Z Submit a question for Alex Schiffer’s Nets mailbag Alex Schiffer James Harden has left town, Ben Simmons has arrived. The Athletic's Alex Schiffer is here to answer your questions. 2022-02-16T23:17:45Z 2022-02-16T23:17:45Z Zac Taylor talks extension, Joe Burrow’s injuries, the Perine play and Jessie Bates’ future Jay Morrison On the day he signed a deal through 2026, the head coach addressed a number of post-Super Bowl questions. 2022-02-16T22:54:16Z 2022-02-16T22:54:16Z 2022 SheBelieves Cup guide: USWNT newcomers and opposition, match times, how to watch Jeff Rueter Everything you need to know to follow this year's SheBelieves Cup 2022-02-16T22:38:06Z 2022-02-16T22:38:06Z Jim Harbaugh, Michigan agree to 5-year extension after College Football Playoff appearance The Athletic Michigan and Jim Harbaugh have agreed to a five-year contract that runs through 2026, the school announced Wednesday. 2022-02-16T22:36:07Z 2022-02-16T22:36:07Z Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken receives raise The Athletic Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken has received a raise: 2022-02-16T22:25:49Z 2022-02-16T22:25:49Z Submit your Oilers questions for Daniel Nugent-Bowman’s upcoming mailbag Daniel Nugent-Bowman <p>Have a question about the <a class='ath_autolink' href=''>Oilers</a>? Ask here, and <em>The Athletic</em>’s Daniel Nugent-Bowman will respond to a selection in his mailbag next week.</p> 2022-02-16T22:12:16Z 2022-02-16T22:12:16Z Five Giants storylines we’d be watching if spring training kicked off this week Andrew Baggarly Spring training was supposed to start this week, and these would have been the hot topics as the Giants began their NL West title defense. 2022-02-16T22:09:03Z 2022-02-16T22:09:03Z Tottenham’s Antonio Conte on transfers: ‘What happened in January is not easy — we may have, on paper, weakened’ The Athletic Tottenham Hotspur head coach Antonio Conte has admitted the club’s January transfer window was “not easy” as they saw four players exit and only two arrive.Conte added that Spurs “may have, on paper, weakened”, given his squad now have two players fewer.The January transfer window allowed Tottenham to bring in Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus, but Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Bryan Gil and Dele Alli departed the club.Speaking to Sky Italia on Wednesday, Conte said: “What happened in January is not easy. Four players left in January. Four important players for Tottenham, two have arrived.“So even numerically instead of strengthening yourself, you may have, on paper, weakened.”Tottenham were also in talks over moves for Luis Diaz and Ollie Tanner but neither transfer materialised. Diaz opted to sign for Liverpool, while Tanner chose to remain with non-League Lewes.Conte added that “if you want to grow faster and if you want to be competitive faster you need players with a lot of experience” but stated he “understood” the “vision and philosophy” of Spurs was to sign younger players like 21-year-old Kulusevski and 24-year-old Bentancur.“Bentancur and Kulusevski are the ideal prospect for Tottenham,” Conte continued. “Because Tottenham is looking for young players, players to be developed, not ready players.”Three days after the January transfer window closed, Spurs director of performance Steve Hitchen resigned. It’s understood Hitchen was in talks with Everton over a move to the Merseyside club.The following day, Conte suggested that Tottenham’s flurry of deadline day exits showed that “something went wrong in the past” with the club’s transfer strategy.Tottenham lost their last Premier League match 2-0 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. They next face a trip to Manchester City on Saturday.(Photo: DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images) 2022-02-16T22:07:32Z 2022-02-16T22:07:32Z Kyle Shanahan’s 49ers coaching staff is taking shape; what will Trey Sermon’s role be in 2022? Mailbag Matt Barrows Among the questions this week: What to expect in a Jimmy Garoppolo trade and where will he ultimately fall in the pantheon of 49ers QBs? 2022-02-16T22:00:23Z 2022-02-16T22:00:23Z Sean McVay wants Aaron Donald to 'Run it back!' All-Pro DL says 'Why not?' at Rams' victory parade The Athletic The exchange comes amid speculation about whether McVay and Donald will return to the team. 2022-02-16T21:56:30Z 2022-02-16T21:56:30Z Lessons learned after Clippers split back-to-backs with NBA’s best two teams Law Murray After an adverse stretch of games against Golden State and Phoenix, the Clippers have plenty of lessons to takeaway ahead of All-Star break. 2022-02-16T21:49:35Z 2022-02-16T21:49:35Z Adam Silver questions NYC's vaccine mandate for NBA: 'Oddity to me is that it only applies to home players' The Athletic "If ultimately that rule is about protecting people in the arena, it just doesn't make sense to me that an away player who is unvaccinated can play in Barclays but the home player can't," Silver said. 2022-02-16T21:19:18Z 2022-02-16T21:19:18Z Tiger Woods on return to golf: 'Wish I could tell you when I'm playing again' The Athletic "My golf activity has been very limited," Woods said. "I can chip and putt well but I haven't done any long stuff seriously. I'm still working on the walking part." 2022-02-16T21:09:34Z 2022-02-16T21:09:34Z ‘I don’t think there’s a rush for us’: New Canucks GM Patrik Allvin preaches patience ahead of trade deadline Thomas Drance Allvin, who has cast himself as a patient general manager, touches on the Canucks' plans as they approach the deadline. 2022-02-16T20:55:49Z 2022-02-16T20:55:49Z Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron set to return, grateful latest head injury wasn’t worse: ‘You think about your future’ Fluto Shinzawa Bergeron did not suffer a concussion. That is a good thing considering the Bruins captain's history. 2022-02-16T20:48:34Z 2022-02-16T20:48:34Z A’s prospect Lawrence Butler is ready to build on his breakout 2021 season: ‘Really show them who I am’ Melissa Lockard Butler emerged as one of the A's top position prospects in 2021, with a breakout season that saw him hit 19 home runs and steal 29 bases. 2022-02-16T20:27:37Z 2022-02-16T20:27:37Z High Point coach Tubby Smith to step down for rest of season; son will take over as coach The Athletic Smith decided to step away after contracting COVID-19 for a second time, in less than a year and having been away from the basketball program for an extended period, according to the school. 2022-02-16T20:06:09Z 2022-02-16T20:06:09Z Five things to watch as the Rangers’ season ramps back up: A bottom-six fix, a new D pair, trade candidates and more Arthur Staple The Rangers returned from a long break with much to prove and names in the trade-rumor mill, including Ryan Strome and Alexandar Georgiev. 2022-02-16T19:58:49Z 2022-02-16T19:58:49Z Mental mistakes, close calls and breakdowns spoil Kings’ return as the standings get tighter Lisa Dillman The Kings honored Drew Doughty on Tuesday but lost their hold on the important third-place spot in the Pacific Division. 2022-02-16T19:31:01Z 2022-02-16T19:31:01Z Why intra-MLS trade prices have gotten so high; FC Cincy interest in Gruezo; Cowell contract details: Notebook Sam Stejskal The decline of TAM and influx of GAM has had a material impact on the price tag of recent transactions between MLS clubs 2022-02-16T19:18:10Z 2022-02-16T19:18:10Z What’s next for Bengals’ offensive line? Assessing all 5 spots and the options Paul Dehner Jr. Cincinnati's glaring need was on full display in the Super Bowl and now the offseason needs to be about fixing it. 2022-02-16T19:13:17Z 2022-02-16T19:13:17Z Ohio State AD Gene Smith doesn't foresee Big Ten schedule changes to facilitate Alliance games with Pac-12, ACC The Athletic Ohio State AD Gene Smith said The Alliance of the Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12 may not lead to changes in scheduling formats. 2022-02-16T18:47:10Z 2022-02-16T18:47:10Z Giannis Antetokounmpo drops 50-point double-double on 21 shots in win vs. Pacers The Athletic The former MVP went 17-for-21 from the field and hit 14 of 18 free throw attempts in the win. 2022-02-16T18:43:27Z 2022-02-16T18:43:27Z Fan at Aston Villa vs Leicester fined after pleading guilty to homophobic abuse The Athletic A supporter who attended Aston Villa’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City on December 5 has pleaded guilty to homophobic abuse.Steve Carstairs, 44, admitted shouting homophobic slurs to the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service on Wednesday.The CPS authorised the West Midlands Police to charge Carstairs with a public order offence “which was homophobically aggravated in nature”.A WMP officer had heard Carstairs’ abuse during the match which led to his arrest.Carstairs, who had been sat in the Leicester away end, has been fined £200.Preena Mistry, senior crown prosecutor of the West Midlands CPS said: “Carstairs committed a homophobic offence at a football between Aston Villa and Leicester.“The defendant’s hideous comments would have caused great offence to those who heard him including children standing near him. The CPS will not hesitate to prosecute hate crime in circumstances such as these.”Villa won the match courtesy of two goals either side of half-time from Ezri Konsa, after Harvey Barnes had given Leicester a 14th-minute lead. 2022-02-16T18:43:15Z 2022-02-16T18:43:15Z Capitals trade targets? Connor McMichael’s usage? Utilizing LTIR? Mailbag, Part 2 Tarik El-Bashir Answering questions about Connor McMichael's deployment, Martin Fehervary's trajectory, the "fourth" line and Tobais Geisser's development. 2022-02-16T18:20:32Z 2022-02-16T18:20:32Z The Browns’ defense in 2022: Who’s back, who’s not and where the money must go to take the next step Zac Jackson A look at the Browns' current defensive roster and the decisions the front office must make on Jadeveon Clowney, Denzel Ward and others. 2022-02-16T18:00:27Z 2022-02-16T18:00:27Z Manchester United fans’ survey: Rangnick, Ronaldo, transfers and the future Laurie Whitwell and Carl Anka Who should United appoint as their new manager? Do you want Ronaldo at the club next season? Which young player deserves more minutes? 2022-02-16T17:53:04Z 2022-02-16T17:53:04Z OL Reign hire Nick Perera, captain of U.S. beach soccer men's national team, as general manager The Athletic OL Reign hired veteran indoor and beach soccer player Nick Perera as its general manager on Wednesday, the club announced. Perera, 35, has also served as the executive director of Washington Youth Soccer, where he created programming for the state&#x27;s soccer communities.Perera currently plays for the Tacoma Stars of the Major Arena Soccer League and is captain of the U.S. beach soccer men&#x27;s national team, as well as an elected member of the U.S. Soccer Athlete Council.&quot;He brings a wealth of valuable experience to the team and has incredible passion for the game,&quot; CEO Vincent Berthillot said in a statement. &quot;Nick’s values and goals fit well with our mission here at OL Reign and he is an experienced leader. We are confident that he will positively contribute to our club from a soccer perspective but also to the culture of our club.&quot;OL Reign had the second-best regular-season record last season at 13-8-3 before losing in the semifinals. The team returns to the field in the NWSL Challenge Cup on March 18.(Photo: Octavio Passos / FIFA via Getty Images) 2022-02-16T17:51:19Z 2022-02-16T17:51:19Z Christina Aguilera, Gabrielle Union and her 3-year-old daughter Kaavia among Angel City's new group of celebrity investors The Athletic The investor group also includes Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson East, celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and life coach Jay Shetty. 2022-02-16T17:42:07Z 2022-02-16T17:42:07Z Canadiens GM Kent Hughes on Ben Chiarot: 'If the right deal is there, we'll do it' The Athletic Chiarot is currently on injured reserve for a lower-body injury suffered against the Columbus Blue Jackets last Saturday. In 44 games this season, Chiarot has four goals and nine points. 2022-02-16T17:39:11Z 2022-02-16T17:39:11Z Manchester United charged after players surrounded referee in Brighton win The Athletic The FA has charged Manchester United for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Brighton &amp; Hove Albion.The incident occurred in the 53rd minute of the match when Brighton captain Lewis Dunk was shown a red card for a last-man challenge on Anthony Elanga.Dunk, who brought down Elanga on the edge of his box having lost possession of the ball, was initially shown a yellow card by referee Peter Bankes. That prompted United players to surround Bankes in protest at his decision, with Bruno Fernandes booked for his approach.An FA statement read: “Manchester United FC has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20.1 following its Premier League game against Brighton &amp; Hove Albion FC on Tuesday [15/2/22].“It is alleged that Manchester United FC failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 53rd minute, and the club has until Monday [21/2/22] to provide a response.”However, Bankes was also advised to use the pitch-side monitor to review his decision and subsequently showed Dunk a straight red card.Despite United players baying for Dunk to be sent off, Brighton head coach Graham Potter was unimpressed with Bankes’ call to reverse his initial decision.“It was a yellow card live, (Adam) Webster’s around on the cover,” Potter said after the match.“It’s not clear and obvious that he can’t get there, so I don’t understand the intervention.“As soon as the referee goes to the monitor, it seems it’s only going to go one way.”Dunk was dismissed with his side already a goal down, having seen Cristiano Ronaldo end his six-match goal drought with a strike from range in the 51st minute.Fernandes then added United’s second deep into second-half added time, scoring on the counter after Brighton pushed men forward.(Photo: James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images) 2022-02-16T17:35:47Z 2022-02-16T17:35:47Z As Cincinnati’s defense falters, the Bearcats continue to be hindered by inconsistency Justin Williams Most of Cincinnati’s issues won’t get resolved this season, but the Bearcats' defense is one area that could improve. 2022-02-16T17:28:35Z 2022-02-16T17:28:35Z A dozen Steelers contracts to consider, from JuJu Smith-Schuster to Stephon Tuitt and Diontae Johnson Mark Kaboly Could Smith-Schuster leave in free agency? Who could be released? What's next at cornerback with Joe Haden and Ahkello Witherspoon? 2022-02-16T16:51:08Z 2022-02-16T16:51:08Z Is the grind getting to Ilya Sorokin? Islanders goalie looks like he’s hitting a wall as his workload gets heavier Kevin Kurz Sorokin, the Islanders' best player much of this season, has an .888 save percentage and 3.33 goals-against average in his past seven games. 2022-02-16T16:28:17Z 2022-02-16T16:28:17Z Bengals sign head coach Zac Taylor to contract extension through 2026 season after Super Bowl loss The Athletic Taylor, 38, helped Cincinnati win the franchise's first playoff game in 31 years, ending the longest active drought in the four major North American sports. 2022-02-16T16:28:11Z 2022-02-16T16:28:11Z Submit your questions for Law Murray’s LA Clippers mailbag Law Murray With the Clippers at 29-31, currently clinging to the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, Law Murray dives into the latest mailbag. 2022-02-16T16:27:00Z 2022-02-16T16:27:00Z Bengals QB Joe Burrow won’t need surgery on sprained MCL, Zac Taylor says The Athletic Burrow's sprain will require rest but the injury is not expected to be a major offseason limitation. 2022-02-16T16:14:44Z 2022-02-16T16:14:44Z Leicester’s James Justin suffers injury setback and ruled out for two weeks The Athletic Leicester City full-back James Justin has sustained an injury and will not be available for two weeks.Justin, 23, had only just returned to action after a year out, having injured his right anterior cruciate ligament in an FA Cup tie against Brighton &amp; Hove Albion last February.The Englishman was making his fourth start on his return when he had to be withdrawn half an hour into Sunday’s 2-2 draw with West Ham United.Speaking ahead of Leicester’s Europa Conference League tie against Danish side Randers, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said on Wednesday: “We’re also wary that he’s coming back from a long-term injury. The plan ironically was to play him at the weekend and give Luke (Thomas) a rest.“(Justin’s) probably going to be a couple of weeks. Thankfully, it’s not too serious but there’s a slight strain in there so he’ll miss a couple of weeks.”Rodgers also ruled out Ricardo Pereira from Thursday’s game, as well as giving an update on two of Leicester’s long-term absentees, Jamie Vardy and Wesley Fofana. Vardy has been out since December with hamstring issue, while Fofana injured his right fibula in August.“(Vardy is) working very well,” Rodgers added. “He’s probably a couple of weeks away, 10 days to two weeks. He’s out on the field, he’s running, he’s working and he’s looking very sharp, so hopefully soon. (Fofana) starts (training) on Friday.”(Photo: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images) 2022-02-16T16:10:10Z 2022-02-16T16:10:10Z 2022 Olympics: Canada ousted by Sweden in men's hockey quarterfinals; U.S. eliminated by Slovakia The Athletic The Americans went down 3-2 to Slovakia, losing in shootout, while Canada was edged 2-0 by Sweden. 2022-02-16T15:38:24Z 2022-02-16T15:38:24Z As brothers Gemel and Givani Smith make Red Wings history, a proud parent watches with ‘a weird combination of feelings’ Sean Shapiro Gemel and Givani Smith became the first brothers to play in the same game for the Red Wings since Frank and Pete Maholovich in 1969. 2022-02-16T15:36:09Z 2022-02-16T15:36:09Z 2022 Olympics TV highlights: What to watch from Beijing on Wednesday night, Thursday morning The Athletic 2022 Olympics TV highlights: What to watch from Beijing on Wednesday night, Thursday morning 2022-02-16T15:24:02Z 2022-02-16T15:24:02Z Tottenham to go on first overseas tour since before pandemic with pre-season trip to South Korea The Athletic Tottenham Hotspur have announced a pre-season tour to South Korea ahead of the 2022-23 season.It is the club’s first tour abroad since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Son Heung-Min and Cho So-hyun, captains of the South Korea men’s and women’s national team respectively, both play for Spurs. Tottenham will play two exhibition matches in the Coupang Play Series. Dates and opponents have not yet been announced. Spurs are the most watched and best-supported overseas team in the country, while the club also has four Official Korean Supporters’ Clubs. Tottenham’s last pre-season tour abroad was in 2019, when they travelled to Singapore and Shanghai to take on Juventus and Manchester United. That summer, they also faced Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in Munich, and Inter Milan at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.Son said: “I am extremely excited to be returning home to South Korea this summer alongside my Spurs team-mates — for most of whom this will be their first visit. I can’t wait to see their reaction to the passionate Korean fans and the incredible atmosphere in what we are sure will be packed out stadiums for our matches.”Chairman Daniel Levy added: “We are delighted to be heading back out on tour after what has been such a challenging time for us all. Being able to take our team overseas during pre-season is always a key part of the preparation for any forthcoming season — I speak on behalf of all players and staff in saying we have missed being able to do so in recent years.“A trip to Korea, in particular, is long overdue — we are well aware of the incredible support we have there, with many fans travelling to London to watch our matches in recent years.”(Photo: Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images) 2022-02-16T15:21:39Z 2022-02-16T15:21:39Z Sarina Wiegman believes England can challenge for Euro 2022 The Athletic England Women head coach Sarina Wiegman is confident her squad will be ready to challenge for the Euros this summer. Ahead of the tournament on home turf, England will welcome Canada, Spain and Germany for the Arnold Clark Cup this month as they step up their preparations for the European Championship. All three are FIFA-ranked top-10 sides and will be the toughest competition Wiegman and her team have come up against since the former Netherlands coach stepped into the role last summer. Wiegman said: “When you go to a tournament, you want to win the tournament, just like all other teams, and there are lots of teams that would be able to do that or should be able to win the Euros because the game has developed so much.“Now more and more countries are (among) the favourites in this tournament.“I think the games are going to be again on a higher level than the tournament four years ago or the World Cup that the European teams played in too. “We have a plan. We now have this tournament, which we really need to know where we are at this point and what we need to do to become better as an individual and as a team, and then hopefully we&#x27;ll, I&#x27;m convinced, we&#x27;ll be ready on July 6 and we should be playing the best we can.”The Arnold Clark Cup will begin with England hosting Olympic gold medalists Canada in Middlesbrough on February 17.Three days later they will host Spain in Norwich followed by Germany in Wolverhampton on February 23.(Photo: Lynne Cameron - The FA/The FA via Getty Images) 2022-02-16T14:48:50Z 2022-02-16T14:48:50Z Giannis Antetokounmpo returns to drop 50 points in a win over the Pacers: ‘Man, just watching greatness’ Eric Nehm For most players, a 50-point game in the NBA would be a crowning achievement. For the two-time NBA MVP, it was a Tuesday night. 2022-02-16T14:47:34Z 2022-02-16T14:47:34Z What the Seahawks’ coaching changes mean for Russell Wilson and the offense Michael-Shawn Dugar Pete Carroll said a fresh start with a retooled staff "feels exciting," but the Seahawks have work ahead to keep pace in a tough NFC West. 2022-02-16T14:34:04Z 2022-02-16T14:34:04Z Rick Tocchet Q&A: Discussing Jack Eichel’s return from injury and the trade that sent him to Vegas Tim Graham Rick Tocchet, a former NHLer and coach, and current TNT NHL analyst, gives us his thoughts on Jack Eichel. 2022-02-16T14:33:40Z 2022-02-16T14:33:40Z NBA title contenders update: How much did Nets and Sixers improve at trade deadline? Which teams should have done more? Seth Partnow How big a talent upgrade did Philadelphia get? How scary is the Celtics' defense? What should we expect from the defending champ Bucks? 2022-02-16T14:23:31Z 2022-02-16T14:23:31Z Bojan Bogdanovic’s brand of basketball is not boring, it’s experienced efficiency: ‘My job, it’s to help my team win’ Tony Jones He's not likely to dunk on you or cross you up. But Bogdanovic, who left home at age 15 to play pro ball, fills a crucial role for the Jazz. 2022-02-16T14:21:11Z 2022-02-16T14:21:11Z Lowetide: Jay Woodcroft’s early Oilers roster challenges and possible upgrades Allan Mitchell Small tweaks have made a major impact and with Woodcroft as head coach the Oilers are on a roll. 2022-02-16T14:07:28Z 2022-02-16T14:07:28Z Kylian Mbappe: Ancelotti and Pochettino heap praise on 'unstoppable' forward The Athletic Mauricio Pochettino and Carlo Ancelotti were united in their praise of Paris Saint-Germain match-winner Kylian Mbappe after Tuesday night&#x27;s Champions League showdown at the Parc des Princes.Real Madrid transfer target Mbappe stole the show by scoring a 94th-minute winner in the first leg of the last 16 fixture.Ancelotti described the 23-year-old France international as “unstoppable” while Pochettino also lauded Mbappe by stating “he&#x27;s one of the best in the world”.“Mbappe is unstoppable,” said Ancelotti after Real Madrid&#x27;s 1-0 defeat. “We tried to control him. (Eder) Militao did very well. But he can always invent something from nothing and did so at the very last minute.”Pochettino added: “I’ve been saying that he’s incredibly mature despite his youth and he’s one of the best in the world.“I’ve been working with him for almost a year and a few months and you see him every day. He’s top.”PSG will face Real Madrid in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on March 9.(Photo: Loic Baratoux/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) 2022-02-16T14:03:08Z 2022-02-16T14:03:08Z Trade, keep or extend: What should the Canucks do with J.T. Miller, Tyler Motte, Brock Boeser and Conor Garland? Thomas Drance and Harman Dayal With the trade deadline coming up, the Canucks have some tough decisions to make with a quartet of players. 2022-02-16T14:02:57Z 2022-02-16T14:02:57Z USC football fan survey: How do you feel about the early days of the Lincoln Riley era? Antonio Morales It's time to gauge the temperature of the USC fan base, which is understandably striking a much more optimistic tone these days. 2022-02-16T14:02:35Z 2022-02-16T14:02:35Z Exploring the Rockets’ offensive wrinkles and analyzing the rebuild with an assistant coach Kelly Iko Going through a rebuild is tough, but the Rockets are showing glimpses of a promising future. 2022-02-16T14:00:52Z 2022-02-16T14:00:52Z Arizona State football survey: Share your thoughts on the NCAA probe, program leadership, the 2022 season and more Doug Haller Arizona State football is in a difficult spot. As an uncertain offseason rolls on, it's time to hear from the fan base. 2022-02-16T14:00:47Z 2022-02-16T14:00:47Z State of the 49ers, WR/TE: Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle brought some balance to the top David Lombardi and Matt Barrows The 49ers biggest offseason need as far as pass catchers may be finding a young speedster who can take advantage of Trey Lance's big arm. 2022-02-16T14:00:07Z 2022-02-16T14:00:07Z Tafur: The 7 big offseason questions facing the Raiders as the Derek Carr volleying begins Vic Tafur There's talk swirling about a potential short-term extension for Carr, but that would bump up the annual number — perhaps to $40 million. 2022-02-16T13:36:13Z 2022-02-16T13:36:13Z Target Center roars and Karl-Anthony Towns roars right back in Timberwolves victory Jon Krawczynski The night started with D'Angelo Russell challenging the fans, who answered the call. So did KAT once again. 2022-02-16T13:18:51Z 2022-02-16T13:18:51Z As Cavs head into All-Star break, a look back at their early-season success and what’s ahead Kelsey Russo The Cavs are stumbling into the break, but they know defense is their key to getting back on track after some downtime. 2022-02-16T13:10:57Z 2022-02-16T13:10:57Z Stars ride Jake Oettinger’s ‘spectacular’ performance to beat Avalanche, but can they hang in a playoff series? Saad Yousuf Jake Oettinger was the biggest reason why the Dallas Stars were able to hang around against the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night. 2022-02-16T13:05:34Z 2022-02-16T13:05:34Z Cardinals storylines to watch when spring training starts: Depth concerns, Oli Marmol’s debut and more Katie Woo A few things to ponder as we wait for spring training to start: Who's who in the bullpen? Are the starters healthy? Who will play short? 2022-02-16T13:05:28Z 2022-02-16T13:05:28Z Cowboys conversation: Dallas’ most important free agents, what to do about Amari Cooper, DeMarcus Lawrence Jon Machota and Bob Sturm Is it a decision of Lawrence or Cooper? Is Randy Gregory's future in Dallas? Can the Cowboys afford Dalton Schultz? 2022-02-16T13:04:30Z 2022-02-16T13:04:30Z Kyle Whittingham on Utah’s Rose Bowl moment and the next mountain to climb: ‘You’ve got to have no weaknesses’ Nicole Auerbach Utes coach Kyle Whittingham believes his 2022 team just might have what it takes to snap the Pac-12’s College Football Playoff drought. 2022-02-16T13:00:55Z 2022-02-16T13:00:55Z Blues’ forward depth gives them options, and Craig Berube continues to find productive line combinations Jeremy Rutherford The trio of Pavel Buchnevich, Robert Thomas and Vladimir Tarasenko combined for nine points and 23 shots directed at the net in Ottawa. 2022-02-16T13:00:27Z 2022-02-16T13:00:27Z Cox: Mbappe-Messi link-up and a classic goal help PSG dominate Real Madrid in battle of systems Michael Cox PSG's Kylian Mbappe was the obvious threat against Real Madrid - and his link play with Messi and sensational movement helped set up the win 2022-02-16T13:00:14Z 2022-02-16T13:00:14Z ‘Hard to quantify’: Will Rhymes on how the Dodgers built their farm system Fabian Ardaya Players such as Diego Cardaya highlight the Dodgers' success as MLB player development has undergone a revolution over the past decade. 2022-02-16T13:00:02Z 2022-02-16T13:00:02Z Jack Leiter’s Vanderbilt offseason, and the ‘short gap time’ to the big leagues Levi Weaver Leiter's time and experience at Vanderbilt's state-of-the-art pro facilities have given him a solid foundation to begin his pro career. 2022-02-16T12:55:36Z 2022-02-16T12:55:36Z 2022 Olympics TV highlights: What to watch from Beijing on Tuesday night, Wednesday morning The Athletic 2022 Olympics TV highlights: What to watch from Beijing on Monday night, Tuesday morning 2022-02-16T12:32:34Z 2022-02-16T12:32:34Z Getting to know the (minor league) Reds pitchers and catchers who are actually reporting this week C. Trent Rosecrans Spring training baseball is happening, of a sort, despite the lockout. Get familiar with the pitchers and catchers who arrive this week. 2022-02-16T12:30:22Z 2022-02-16T12:30:22Z Dallas win against Heat adds justification for Porzingis trade; Maxi Kleber’s dominant defense: Mavericks observations Tim Cato Initial reactions to new-look Mavs, including Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans, following a big win in Miami. 2022-02-16T12:30:21Z 2022-02-16T12:30:21Z NBA 75: At No. 3, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a record-breaking phenom on the court and a dynamic social icon off of it Jason Lloyd In addition to being a six-time MVP, six-time champion and Hall of Famer, Abdul-Jabbar is an activist and an acclaimed author. 2022-02-16T12:30:02Z 2022-02-16T12:30:02Z NBA 75: Maurice Stokes, the NBA’s first Black superstar, was the rallying cry for the players’ labor movement Curtis Harris Although Stokes' basketball career was only three years long, the Royals' All-Star laid the foundation for the NBA's present and future. 2022-02-16T12:18:53Z 2022-02-16T12:18:53Z Collin Gillespie from 3. Collin Gillespie in the post. Collin Gillespie from everywhere, to beat Providence Dana O'Neil Gillespie scored a career-high 33 points, including a back-breaking 3 in the final seconds, to lead Villanova to the road win. 2022-02-16T12:15:50Z 2022-02-16T12:15:50Z Analyzing Keith Law’s Red Sox prospect lists: Who’s in, who’s out, and where the system stands overall Jen McCaffrey Law sees a system with cream at the top and a tapering of talent from there. But could some starting pitching finally be coming? 2022-02-16T12:15:43Z 2022-02-16T12:15:43Z The Carson Wentz dilemma, Part 2: 10 reasons the Colts will bring him back Zak Keefer Moving on from Wentz would mean five different starting quarterbacks in Frank Reich’s five seasons in Indy. 2022-02-16T12:05:55Z 2022-02-16T12:05:55Z After the Bills prioritized defensive end last year, is patience the play this time? Joe Buscaglia The Bills have invested heavily with Greg Rousseau, Boogie Basham and A.J. Espensa. Should they give them more time to develop? 2022-02-16T12:05:21Z 2022-02-16T12:05:21Z Panthers’ trade/free-agent QB options: From Deshaun Watson to Jimmy Garoppolo, Carson Wentz and Gardner Minshew Joseph Person Is Watson a realistic option for the Panthers? What about Cam Newton? Could Minshew or Wentz be in the mix? 2022-02-16T12:03:11Z 2022-02-16T12:03:11Z Ravens news, notes and opinions: The Ravens and their history with centers, weighing a Calais Campbell return Jeff Zrebiec Will the Ravens let Bradley Bozeman walk? If Campbell is going to play another season, will it be — should it be — in Baltimore? 2022-02-16T12:01:38Z 2022-02-16T12:01:38Z Five Cleveland Guardians storylines we’d be watching if spring training began this week Zack Meisel There’s a lot to sort out with the Guardians’ roster, and once the lockout ends, there won’t be much time to do so. 2022-02-16T12:01:27Z 2022-02-16T12:01:27Z Pittsburgh connection — Joe Greene, Art Rooney Jr. on Aaron Donald. The GM search: Bouchette’s walk-through Ed Bouchette Joe Greene says Aaron Donald is small but creates havoc. James Harrison's Hall of Fame chances just got a boost — why? 2022-02-16T12:00:55Z 2022-02-16T12:00:55Z Is UConn destined for a first-round exit, the Sweet 16 or beyond? Discussing the Huskies’ strengths, weaknesses and tournament hopes Charlotte Carroll and Eamonn Brennan In Year 4 under Dan Hurley, the Huskies are on the right course. Eamonn Brennan and Charlotte Carroll weigh in on UConn. 2022-02-16T12:00:54Z 2022-02-16T12:00:54Z What should the Brewers do at DH? Will Sammon Tyrone Taylor is a potential breakout player, but the Brewers could also consider going after a big-name free agent like Kyle Schwarber. 2022-02-16T12:00:48Z 2022-02-16T12:00:48Z NFL Power Rankings: Rams end season as unanimous No. 1. Other teams weren’t so easy to slot Lindsay Jones Our voters had to consider unexpected playoff results and Tom Brady's retirement for the final rankings of the 2021 NFL season. 2022-02-16T12:00:32Z 2022-02-16T12:00:32Z Spring Hill, No. 602: For LeBron James and others, a place to dream Joe Vardon From 1996 until 2003, this is where he called home, much like those who rented the place after he moved on 2022-02-16T12:00:14Z 2022-02-16T12:00:14Z ‘Nothing is off the table’: What we’re hearing about Lightning and the trade deadline Joe Smith With no salary-cap space, would the Lightning be able to upgrade their roster via trade? 2022-02-16T12:00:05Z 2022-02-16T12:00:05Z Pistons 2022 NBA Draft big board, v 1.0: Who would Detroit prefer from Jabari Smith Jr., Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero? James L. Edwards III Who would go No. 1 if the Pistons held the top spot in the 2022 NBA Draft? 2022-02-16T12:00:03Z 2022-02-16T12:00:03Z Are Erik Haula and Mike Reilly enough, or do the Bruins need trade upgrades at center and defense? Fluto Shinzawa Haula has been the Bruins' No. 1 center for the past three games, and Reilly has played on the No. 1 pairing for two straight games. 2022-02-16T12:00:02Z 2022-02-16T12:00:02Z Kirk Cousins in Denver? Matt Ryan in Cleveland? What about Rodgers and Russ? 10 (mostly) bold NFL offseason predictions Sheil Kapadia Prepare yourself for a wild NFL offseason, when fantasy could easily become reality. 2022-02-16T11:45:44Z 2022-02-16T11:45:44Z Mandel’s Mailbag: Is Luke Fickell’s new contract the best value in CFB? Did we underestimate NIL’s influence? Stewart Mandel Which middling programs in the 1990s and 2000s were elevated by a great coach-player combo? 2022-02-16T11:30:28Z 2022-02-16T11:30:28Z Washington Commanders QB Taylor Heinicke balances candor with his calling Ben Standig As the Commanders evaluate their quarterback room — present and future — their 2021 starter will do whatever it takes to keep a place in it. 2022-02-16T11:15:45Z 2022-02-16T11:15:45Z Wisconsin football recruiting: Re-ranking the Badgers’ 2018 class based on each player’s on-field production Jesse Temple A look back at Wisconsin's 20-player class and how things have worked out in Madison. 2022-02-16T11:15:19Z 2022-02-16T11:15:19Z Alabama’s 2018 recruiting class, revisited: For the Crimson Tide, a down year is all relative Aaron Suttles Jaylen Waddle and Patrick Surtain II emerged as the stars from Alabama's 2018 recruiting class, which ultimately produced mixed results. 2022-02-16T11:15:10Z 2022-02-16T11:15:10Z Penn State recruiting Class of 2018, revisited: Led by Micah Parsons, how did a highly ranked group pan out? Audrey Snyder Like Penn State's 2022 class, the 2018 group was ranked No. 6, headlined by three five-star recruits. How did it actually pan out? 2022-02-16T11:05:47Z 2022-02-16T11:05:47Z Glory Stories: The night Georgia football’s longtime radio team finally called a national championship Seth Emerson A first-hand account of the feelings and emotions inside the radio booth during the biggest UGA win in more than four decades. 2022-02-16T11:05:36Z 2022-02-16T11:05:36Z Q&A: Cindy Parlow Cone on her campaign to remain as U.S. Soccer Federation president Steph Yang The U.S. Soccer president answers questions about how she's handled her unexpected term, and what she hopes to do in the future 2022-02-16T11:01:27Z 2022-02-16T11:01:27Z David de Gea calls on Manchester United to 'kill the game' in the future after Brighton win The Athletic David de Gea has urged his Manchester United team-mates to kill games after his side ended their three-game winless run by defeating Brighton 2-0. United had previously lost to Middlesbrough on penalties in the FA Cup and drawn with Burnley and Southampton in the Premier League despite taking one-goal leads before failing to capitalise on their first-half dominance. A nervy Old Trafford was fearing a late equaliser by 10-man Brighton until Bruno Fernandes sealed the victory with a 90th-minute goal to add to Cristiano Ronaldo&#x27;s opener.“I was there saying, ‘Come on, we have to kill the game’ because, in the Premier League, you never know,” said a relieved De Gea after Tuesday&#x27;s win at Old Trafford.“Even with 10 players they can score so the goal was too late, but at least we scored the second goal. We should have scored much earlier, we had a couple of good chances and then you suffer when you don&#x27;t score the goal. You don&#x27;t kill the game, you suffer.“They are a good team, they know how to play, but this is football. We win the game and we are happy.“To be honest, I think we had control of the game in the second half. The first half wasn&#x27;t the best, they had a couple of good chances but then we reacted very well in the second half.“We scored a goal, we got the red card for them. Even like this, we gave a couple of chances at the end.” Manchester United&#x27;s win saw Ralf Rangnick&#x27;s side leapfrog West Ham into fourth spot in the Premier League. They are next in action on Sunday when they travel to Elland Road to face Leeds United.(Photo: PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images) 2022-02-16T11:00:26Z 2022-02-16T11:00:26Z Maple Leafs trade targets: Which defencemen should Toronto add before the deadline? Jonas Siegel There are several blueliners who could be a nice fit in Toronto and fill a need on their right side. 2022-02-16T11:00:17Z 2022-02-16T11:00:17Z How Georgia Tech commit Carsten Sabathia, CC’s oldest son, found a love for baseball that’s distinctly his own Lindsey Adler The 6-foot-4, 240-pound first baseman has committed to play at Georgia Tech starting this fall. 2022-02-16T11:00:13Z 2022-02-16T11:00:13Z LeBrun: Wild GM Bill Guerin on ‘staying patient’ and weighing his options ahead of the deadline Pierre LeBrun There is no pressure on the Wild to make any big moves at the deadline, but GM Bill Guerin might do something if the price is right. 2022-02-16T08:35:38Z 2022-02-16T08:35:38Z Ten clean sheets in 16 games – Wes Foderingham has come of age as a Sheffield United player Richard Sutcliffe 'League One Wes' has had to bide his time at Sheffield United - but he is looking increasingly at home at Bramall Lane 2022-02-16T08:11:08Z 2022-02-16T08:11:08Z ‘It can take a year for a coach’s ideas to come across on the pitch’ – Is Pochettino finally taming the PSG circus? Jack Pitt-Brooke Against Madrid, Pochettino's PSG were structured and dominated the ball, then when they did lose it, they pressed to win it back 2022-02-16T04:29:42Z 2022-02-16T04:29:42Z Carsten Sabathia, son of former MLB pitcher CC Sabathia, commits to Georgia Tech's baseball program The Athletic Carsten Sabathia, son of former New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, has committed to Georgia Tech’s baseball program. 2022-02-16T03:14:04Z 2022-02-16T03:14:04Z Celtics dominate 76ers by 48 points; Marcus Smart leaves game with sprained ankle The Athletic The Celtics held a 48-point lead to destroy the 76ers 135-87 in Philadelphia Tuesday night. Boston guard Marcus Smart left in the second quarter after suffering a right ankle sprain, however. 2022-02-16T02:58:08Z 2022-02-16T02:58:08Z Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski 'not feeling well,' exits at halftime vs. Wake Forest The Athletic Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski exited Tuesday night's game against Wake Forest at halftime after being attended to by team trainers several times. 2022-02-16T02:33:17Z 2022-02-16T02:33:17Z Sidney Crosby scores vs. Flyers for 500th career NHL goal The Athletic Crosby became the 46th player to ever reach the milestone and the second active NHL player to do so after Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin. 2022-02-16T02:27:34Z 2022-02-16T02:27:34Z Flyers place D Rasmus Ristolainen on injured reserve The Athletic Ristolainen suffered an upper-body injury on Feb. 9 against the Detroit Red Wings and did not play in Saturday's game, also against the Red Wings. 2022-02-16T01:58:49Z 2022-02-16T01:58:49Z ESPN's Dick Vitale undergoes vocal cord surgery, will rest voice for 4 weeks The Athletic ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale underwent surgery on his vocal cords Tuesday, he announced. In January, the longtime broadcaster said would not call any more games this season due to his ongoing battle with Dysplasia on his vocal cords. 2022-02-15T23:49:31Z 2022-02-15T23:49:31Z British Columbia to ease arena capacity limits, venues allowed to return to 100 percent attendance The Athletic This means the Vancouver Canucks will be allowed to increase local crowds starting at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday. 2022-02-15T23:31:01Z 2022-02-15T23:31:01Z James Harden says Sixers are perfect fit: 'Philly was my first choice' The Athletic James Harden wanted to go to the Philadelphia 76ers, even when he was leaving the Houston Rockets 13 months ago. After 80 games with the Brooklyn Nets, Harden is now a member of the Sixers, a team he sees as a &quot;perfect fit.&quot;&quot;Philly was my first choice,&quot; Harden said during his introductory news conference on Tuesday. He finally landed with the team via trade Thursday, along with Paul Millsap, in exchange for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks.Playing on three teams in the span of two seasons &quot;wasn&#x27;t planned like this,&quot; Harden said. He admitted there were a lot of ups and downs the past year. But that&#x27;s in the past, according to Harden, who is excited about this &quot;opportunity of a lifetime.&quot;&quot;I’m in a place where I can be the best James Harden I can be on the court,&quot; Harden said.The Sixers have a 34-22 record, sitting fourth in the Eastern Conference. There is no date set for Harden&#x27;s first game with the Sixers; he is out through the All-Star break and will miss the All-Star Game because of a hamstring injury.(Photo: Steven Ryan / Getty Images) 2022-02-15T23:02:54Z 2022-02-15T23:02:54Z Kylian Mbappe after late winner against Real Madrid: ‘I’ve not decided my PSG future’ The Athletic Kylian Mbappe is “very happy” as a Paris Saint-Germain player but says he has not yet decided his future, following his side’s Champions League round-of-16 first-leg win against Real Madrid on Tuesday.Mbappe scored the only goal of the game in the 94th minute at the Parc des Princes, finishing smartly after beating two Real defenders.It was a big game for Mbappe, with the 23-year-old favouring a move to Real once his PSG contract expires at the end of the season.After winning the crucial tie with PSG, Mbappe said to Movistar: “I’ve not decided my future. I play for Paris Saint-Germain, one of the best clubs in the world.“This game to influence my future? No — I’ve not decided, I give my best and then we will see what happens next season.”Real had two bids rejected for Mbappe towards the end of the summer transfer window last August, with the second offer worth up to €180 million (£154.4 million).“How to ignore the (transfer) context? It’s easy, you have to play football,” Mbappe added when speaking to Canal+.“We ask too many questions, we say too many things. We talk about PSG and Real, two big clubs.“I’m a PSG player, I’m always very happy.”(Photo: Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images) 2022-02-15T22:13:09Z 2022-02-15T22:13:09Z Nationals star veteran Ryan Zimmerman retires after 16 seasons The Athletic Veteran Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman on Tuesday announced he is retiring from baseball after 16 seasons in Washington. He said in a statement released by his agency, CAA, and on the Twitter account of his family foundation. He said he will remain involved with the organization “in many ways” in the future, likely a reference both to the post-career five-year personal services clause written into his 2012 extension and his love for the franchise with which he won a World Series.News of Zimmerman’s retirement did not come as a complete shock. Zimmerman, 37, found success in a part-time role in 2021 (14 homers, 46 RBI and 104 OPS+ over 110 games) and made it through the season healthy. But he said at the end of the year, after experiencing multiple ovations over the course of the Nationals’ season-ending series at home, that he wanted to make sure he shared a moment with fans in case he didn’t get another chance. He left the door open to a reunion with the Nationals, as he did leading into 2021. But he explained that he wouldn’t know until the winter whether his body would be up to preparing for the rigors of a baseball season.Zimmerman signed his final contract with the Nationals in January 2021. He first joined the organization in 2005 as a first-rounder out of the University of Virginia. He was the Nationals’ first amateur draft pick after the franchise moved to Washington from Montreal. He made his major-league debut the same year. He didn’t return to the minor leagues again outside of the injury rehab assignments sprinkled throughout many of his prime years.Over the course of the 17 years that followed his debut, Zimmerman grew from bright-eyed young stud to oft-injured veteran, then World Series champion in 2019 and mentor to a new generation of Nationals. His awards — two Silver Sluggers, a Gold Glove and two All-Star Game selections — may never do justice to the impact he left on a baseball-starved town.&quot;On behalf of my family and the entire Washington Nationals organization, we would like to congratulate Ryan on a tremendous career and thank him for his contributions both on the field and in our community,&quot; said Nationals owner Mark Lerner in a statement. &quot;Ryan will forever be Mr. National. From the walk-off home runs, to carrying the World Series Trophy down Constitution Avenue, to the final day of the 2021 regular season when our fans gave him an ovation that none of us will soon forget, Ryan gave us all 17 years of amazing memories. We wish him, Heather, their four beautiful children and the rest of their family nothing but the best in all of their future endeavors.”Although injuries took a toll, Zimmerman ended his career as the franchise leader in games played (1,799), hits (1,846), runs scored (963) and RBI (1,061). His career .475 slugging percentage ranks fourth among retired Expos and Nationals players, his .816 OPS sixth, and his .277 average eighth. Zimmerman spoke in his final press conference as a player that if he were to decide to end his playing career, a major perk would be to be more present for his young children and wife, as the Zimmermans continue to live together in the DC area. He reiterated the sentiment in his statement.“To my kids, Mackenzie, Hayden, Henry and Benjamin: Thank you for teaching me that baseball is not even close to the most important thing in the world,” he wrote. “You guys changed my perspective on a lot of things and made me a better person. I am so excited to have the ability to be around a lot more, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of you.”Read his full statement here.(Photo: G Fiume / Getty Images) 2022-02-15T20:31:05Z 2022-02-15T20:31:05Z Sun Belt-bound Marshall, Old Dominion, Southern Miss announce plans to leave Conference USA on June 30 The Athletic Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Miss announced Friday they will leave Conference USA on June 30 as they prepare to join the Sun Belt. 2022-02-15T20:12:07Z 2022-02-15T20:12:07Z Baylor, Dave Aranda finalize contract extension through 2029 season The Athletic Aranda led the Bears to a 12-2 record with a Big 12 title and a Sugar Bowl victory in his second year in Waco. 2022-02-15T19:58:02Z 2022-02-15T19:58:02Z Matt Harvey, 3 other players testify they received oxycodone from former Angels employee connected to Tyler Skaggs' death The Athletic Major League Baseball players Matt Harvey, C.J. Cron, Michael Morin and Cam Bedrosian testified Tuesday that former Angels communications director Eric Kay provided them with oxycodone pills. 2022-02-15T18:35:02Z 2022-02-15T18:35:02Z 'Inside the NBA' all-access telecast with Draymond Green, Steph Curry, Ja Morant, more to debut All-Star weekend The Athletic This year's NBA All-Star game coverage will debut "Inside the All-Star Game," an all-access experience on TBS, the league announced on Tuesday. 2022-02-15T18:16:44Z 2022-02-15T18:16:44Z Super Bowl LVI watched by 112.3 million viewers, up 14% from last year The Athletic It's the Super Bowl's best ratings since Patriots-Falcons drew 113 million viewers on average in 2017. 2022-02-15T17:50:30Z 2022-02-15T17:50:30Z Nets' Ben Simmons has no firm date for debut after trade: 'I'm heading in the right direction' The Athletic Simmons hasn't played this season, citing his mental health. He called the prospect of joining Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving "unreal." 2022-02-15T16:36:31Z 2022-02-15T16:36:31Z Rams coach Sean McVay about returning to sidelines for 2022 NFL season: 'We'll see' The Athletic The 36-year-old head coach also said winning the Super Bowl last Sunday might make it easier to step away. “I think you could definitely say that,” McVay said. 2022-02-15T15:33:24Z 2022-02-15T15:33:24Z Simone Biles, Texans' Jonathan Owens announce engagement: 'Can't wait to spend forever & ever with you' The Athletic "THE EASIEST YES," Biles said on Instagram. "I can't wait to spend forever & ever with you, you're everything I dreamed of and more!" 2022-02-15T15:23:43Z 2022-02-15T15:23:43Z Kyril Louis-Dreyfus admits he owns just 41% of Sunderland The Athletic Sunderland chairman Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has admitted he owns just a 41 per cent stake in the League One club, The Athletic can reveal.Louis-Dreyfus, who became the EFL’s youngest chairman aged 23 when first arriving into English football 12 months ago, has only ever stated he has a “controlling stake” in Sunderland.The previous ownership group, comprising of Stewart Donald, Juan Sartori and Charlie Methven, were known to have retained a shareholding but the club previously told fans in November that details could not be revealed due to “confidentiality clauses” in the takeover deal.Fans have been promised “openness and transparency” by Louis-Dreyfus, son of Robert — the former owner of Marseille — and it is now known that the Swiss owns less than a majority shareholding.In response to questions put to Sunderland by The Athletic, a club statement to supporters confirmed Louis-Dreyfus owns 41 per cent, with Donald — who previously held a majority between 2018 and 2021 — still holding a 34 per cent stake.Sartori, a Uruguayan businessman and political figure, continues to own his original 20 per cent stake, with Methven also retaining five per cent.It means Sunderland’s pre-existing ownership group owns a greater combined shareholding than Louis-Dreyfus but the club are eager to stress that it is the current chairman that is still the key decision-maker ahead of his first anniversary at the Stadium of Light this week.(Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Images via Getty Images) 2022-02-15T15:21:50Z 2022-02-15T15:21:50Z Sergio Aguero: I wonder if I will ever be able to sprint again The Athletic Sergio Aguero has revealed that his heart issues have left him wondering whether he will be able to sprint again. The 33-year-old striker was forced to retire in December after being diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia — an irregular heartbeat. Aguero was taken to hospital after he suffered chest pain in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Alaves in October.Speaking candidly on a Twitch stream, the former Manchester City man said: “If I try to play football now, I run out of breath. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever be able to sprint again. “I just feel like my heart doesn’t work properly.”Aguero scored 184 goals in 275 Premier League appearances at City to become the club’s all-time top scorer. He won five Premier League titles during his time at the Etihad. His first title was secured thanks to his famous injury-time winner against Queens Park Rangers in 2012. He also won one FA Cup and six League Cups.He joined Barcelona last summer, and scored one goal in only five appearances for the club.At international level, the forward helped Argentina win this year’s Copa America and represented them at three World Cups. He clocked up 101 games for his country, scoring 41 goals.(Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images) 2022-02-15T14:51:46Z 2022-02-15T14:51:46Z Notre Dame expected to hire Bengals' Al Golden as defensive coordinator: Source The Athletic The former Temple and Miami head coach has spent the past few seasons as the Bengals' linebackers coach. 2022-02-15T14:41:25Z 2022-02-15T14:41:25Z Scottish Women’s Premier League clubs to form new league under SPFL The Athletic Scotland’s top women’s teams will form a new league and cup competition this summer that will see them become part of the SPFL from the 2022-23 campaign. The switch will see the Scottish Women’s Premier League teams leave Scottish Women’s Football (SWF) to be run by the organisation which oversees the men’s senior club game.The SPFL will run a new two-tier league competition as well as a new League Cup.The announcement was made following months of talks between the clubs, Scottish FA, SPFL and SWF.Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell said: “The Scottish FA recently published its bespoke women’s football strategy, Accelerate Our Game, and a key pillar of that plan is to take our elite clubs and competitions to the next level. To achieve that we need to optimise the game’s governance and structures and the work undertaken by the Scottish FA, SPFL and SWF, and the clubs within the SWPL, has shown the collective desire to take the game forward. “With Hampden Park the new home of the Scotland Women’s National Team, and the team playing in front of record crowds, I am delighted that the various constituent parts of the game have come together to agree on a positive route forward for elite women’s football.”SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “Everyone at the SPFL is hugely excited by the prospect of working closely with the SWPL clubs to help increase the competitiveness, profile and income of elite women’s football in Scotland. “I have been struck by the ambition of all clubs involved to drive up standards, take the game to the next level and increase participation across the sport. “It is clear to see the many benefits that increased professionalism has brought to women’s football across the world. We believe we are well-placed to add significant value to the game in Scotland in both a sporting and commercial sense.” (Photo: Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images) 2022-02-15T13:10:20Z 2022-02-15T13:10:20Z Manchester United appoint Rick McGagh as their new head of fan engagement The Athletic Manchester United have appointed Rick McGagh as their first ever head of fan engagement.He is new CEO Richard Arnold’s first appointment to a leadership position.McGagh, who will join in April, previously worked for schools regulator Ofsted as their head of internal communications. He has also stood on the United&#x27;s Fans&#x27; Advisory Board and been a Fans’ Forum representative for the club.McGagh said: “Our fans want Manchester United to be the best football club in the world, both on and off the pitch. Supporters are what makes this club so special, and they should always feel they have the opportunity to contribute their views and be listened to. “From my discussions with the club about this role, I believe there is a clear commitment to improving how they engage with fans in order to create a stronger partnership and connection between club and supporters. I am honoured to have this opportunity to help achieve that.”His appointment follows a stretch of fan discontent after which owner Joel Glazer committed to strengthening engagement with supporters.At the end of last season, there were several protests after United stated their intent to join the proposed European Super League. United, like every other club in the Premier League who joined, pulled out after a few days.However, there was continued discontent. This culminated on May 2, when fans broke onto the pitch at Old Trafford before a fixture against rivals Liverpool, causing the game to be postponed.(Photo: Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images) 2022-02-15T12:52:22Z 2022-02-15T12:52:22Z Chelsea: Mason Mount expected to miss at least two weeks with ankle injury, battling to be fit for Carabao Cup final The Athletic Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is expected to miss at least two weeks with an ankle injury suffered during the Club World Cup final on Saturday.It rules the 23-year-old out of the Champions League tie with Lille next Tuesday, and leaves him battling to be fit for the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool on February 27. Mount was replaced by Christian Pulisic after only 31 minutes when an opponent fell on him. He left the stadium on crutches. However, The Athletic understands that the injury is not as bad as first feared — and certainly not as severe as the ankle injury which kept Romelu Lukaku out for a month in October. It appears to be a similar injury to one suffered by Mount in September 2019 after a challenge from Valencia midfielder Francis Coquelin. Back then, Mount returned to action against Liverpool only five days later. However, Chelsea are minded to be more conservative with his recovery on this occasion, rather than risk returning him to action too soon. Mount has made 34 appearances for Chelsea this season, and has started 10 of the club’s last 11 league fixtures.(Photo: Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images) 2022-02-15T09:41:11Z 2022-02-15T09:41:11Z Manchester United: Ralf Rangnick admits Harry Maguire is struggling to adapt to his playing style The Athletic Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has admitted that Harry Maguire is struggling to adapt to his playing style. However, he reinforced Maguire’s position as captain, saying he had “no reason to change that”. Maguire, 28, has struggled for form this season, and endured a difficult game in Saturday lunchtime’s 1-1 draw with Southampton at Old Trafford. He often appears more confident while playing for England as part of a back five, something Rangnick alluded to before United’s clash with Brighton &amp; Hove Albion on Tuesday evening. Asked about Maguire’s form, the coach replied: “I think after he came back from his injury he did extremely well. He had a very good performance against West Ham. “In the last two games he had some weaker moments both against Southampton and when we conceded the goal against Burnley. “The way we are playing now is new to him because in the English national team he is used to playing in a back three and here at Manchester United in a back four — but not being as proactive with that kind of defence when we try and be on the front foot.“This is something new to him and it will take some time for him to get used to that and adjusted to that.”However, he emphasised Maguire’s position as captain, saying: “But again, he is our captain and I don’t see any reason to change that. He is also a player who has to develop and get better like all the other players.” (Photo: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images) 2022-02-15T09:14:06Z 2022-02-15T09:14:06Z Real Madrid manager Ancelotti confirms Gareth Bale will leave in the summer The Athletic Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Gareth Bale will leave in the summer when his contract expires. The Welsh international, 32, has been at the Bernabeu since 2013. He has won four Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles. However, he has fallen out of favour in recent seasons, making only 20 La Liga appearances in the last three seasons combined. He spent 2020-21 on loan at Tottenham Hotspur. On Saturday he started his first club game since August, leading the line in a 0-0 draw at Villarreal. Speaking ahead of Madrid’s trip to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16, Ancelotti said: “I have a good relationship with him and the rest of the players. “Personal relationships are strong when everyone shows respect and he has always done that and has never let me down in that regard.“In the past, he hasn&#x27;t had great motivation, but he wants to end things here in a good way.“Bale has helped this club to win the Champions League, Copa del Rey and signing off on a high here would be good for his career.”(Photo: Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) 2022-02-15T05:15:38Z 2022-02-15T05:15:38Z Aces coach Becky Hammon headlines Women's Basketball Hall of Fame's 2022 class The Athletic Joining Hammon are fellow former WNBA stars DeLisha Milton-Jones and Penny Taylor, as well as current DePaul coach Doug Bruno, former coaches Paul Sanderford and Bob Schneider, contributor Debbie Antonelli and veteran player Alice Barron. 2022-02-15T03:35:17Z 2022-02-15T03:35:17Z John Madden remembered by coaches, former players, family at memorial: 'He loved Oakland' The Athletic The Hall of Fame NFL coach who passed away in late December at the age of 85 coached the Raiders for 10 seasons, leading Oakland to a Super Bowl victory in 1976. 2022-02-15T02:42:19Z 2022-02-15T02:42:19Z Timberwolves, Patrick Beverley agree to 1-year, $13 million contract extension The Athletic Beverley, 33. is averaging 9.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists this season. 2022-02-14T21:54:33Z 2022-02-14T21:54:33Z Sixers' James Harden will miss All-Star Game due to hamstring injury; Cavs' Jarrett Allen to replace The Athletic Allen is the second Cleveland player to be named a first-time NBA All-Star this season, joining guard Darius Garland, who was drafted by Team Durant. 2022-02-14T21:24:40Z 2022-02-14T21:24:40Z AAC commissioner Mike Aresco pushes back against potential CFP expansion hurdles The Athletic American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco released an “open letter to college football” Monday, hoping to spark more conversation and support for expanding the College Football Playoff to 12 teams as soon as possible. “We are on the clock, and our window is narrowing for an agreement on a plan that could be implemented in 2024 and 2025,” Aresco wrote in the letter. “And although frustration has intensified, there is still hope.”The letter comes a month after ACC commissioner Jim Phillips poured water on expansion hopes by saying at a news conference that the ACC does not support expansion at this time. It also comes ahead of the next CFP management committee meeting on March 2. Aresco’s letter addressed Phillips’ concerns and the largest hurdles to expansion, citing two main issues: health and safety aspects and the automatic qualifying spots. Aresco noted that, in the 12-team model, most teams would not play any more games than they do now, and other steps can be taken to mitigate wear and tear. As for automatic qualifying spots, the original working group plan revealed last summer gave spots to the six highest-ranked conference champions. The ACC and Big Ten have since pushed an idea that would guarantee five spots for Power 5 champions and one for a Group of 5 champion. Aresco said that model “has received minimal support.”“Just as Major League Baseball does not give a privileged position to the American League East, and not to other divisions, simply because the Yankees and the Red Sox are the biggest brands, have and spend the most money, and have had the most recent success, the CFP should not be affording conferences privileged positions based on such factors,” Aresco wrote.Aresco told The Athletic he gave a heads up to everyone involved in the CFP and sent them a copy before publishing the letter.(Photo: Jessica Hill / AP) 2022-02-14T21:23:34Z 2022-02-14T21:23:34Z Golden Knights' Jack Eichel to make season debut Wednesday, captain Mark Stone goes to LTIR The Athletic Stone moving to LTIR helps alleviate the Golden Knights salary cap in anticipation of Eichel's return. 2022-02-14T20:04:27Z 2022-02-14T20:04:27Z Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell agrees to contract extension through 2028 The Athletic Fickell, who led the Bearcats to 13-1 season and an appearance in the College Football Playoff, has agreed to a new deal through the 2028 season. 2022-02-14T19:36:25Z 2022-02-14T19:36:25Z Canadiens trade Tyler Toffoli to Flames for first-, fifth-round picks, Tyler Pitlick, prospect The Athletic The Calgary Flames are acquiring Tyler Toffoli from the Montreal Canadiens, the team announced on Monday. Calgary will send first- and fifth-round picks, forward Tyler Pitlick and forward prospect Emil Heineman back to Montreal.Toffoli, 29, has recorded nine goals and 17 assists in 37 games played this season. He goes to a Flames team with a 26-13-6 record, second in the Pacific division.Toffoli went No. 47 in the 2010 NHL Draft to the Los Angeles Kings. He spent eight seasons with the Kings, which included winning the Stanley Cup in 2014. Flames coach Darryl Sutter coached that L.A. team. &quot;I&#x27;ve been chasing Tyler Toffoli since my days in Phoenix and his draft year,&quot; Flames GM Brad Treliving said. &quot;You look at the data on him, when you dig into it, the ability to drive play, shot generation and shot suppression is strong.&quot;The 2022 first-round pick heading to the Canadiens is top-10 protected. If it&#x27;s top 10, the Canadiens would receive a 2023 first-rounder and a 2024 fourth-rounder instead. The fifth-round pick is in the 2023 draft.Pitlick, 30, had two assists in 25 games for Calgary. Montreal is his sixth team in eight seasons.Heineman was a second-round pick by the Florida Panthers in 2020. Florida traded him to Calgary in a trade for Sam Bennett last year.The Canadiens are 8-33-7, currently last in the NHL. Darren Dreger of TSN was first to report the details of the trade.(Photo: Vincent Ethier / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) 2022-02-14T19:23:40Z 2022-02-14T19:23:40Z Rams WR Odell Beckham Jr. believed to tear ACL during Super Bowl win vs. Bengals: Reports The Athletic Beckham tore his left ACL in 2020 while with the Browns. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next month. 2022-02-14T18:10:27Z 2022-02-14T18:10:27Z AP Top 25: Gonzaga returns to No. 1, Providence enters top 10 in men's poll The Athletic Gonzaga moved back ahead of Auburn, which lost to Arkansas last week. 2022-02-14T17:39:05Z 2022-02-14T17:39:05Z Newcastle's Kieran Trippier suffers break in foot, expected to undergo surgery The Athletic Kieran Trippier has suffered a break in his left foot and is expected to undergo surgery on the injury he picked up in Newcastle&#x27;s win over Aston Villa.A Newcastle statement said: &quot;Trippier underwent an X-ray immediately after the game and scans have shown a fracture to the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot.&quot;The Athletic understands the right-back, 31, will undergo surgery this week in a bid to return as quickly as possible.In a tweet on Monday evening, the right-back said: &quot;It&#x27;s really frustrating to have picked up the injury yesterday. &quot;We&#x27;ve built some momentum and long may that continue. I will remain positive and work as hard as I can on my rehab to be back fit as quickly as possible.&quot;England international Trippier has featured in four Premier League games since his January arrival from Atletico Madrid. Newcastle have won three and drawn one, climbing out of the Premier League relegation zone as a result.He has scored two free kicks in Newcastle’s last two games, helping them to three consecutive league wins. They are now four points clear of danger, with a game in hand over Norwich in 18th. Trippier was also absent for a chunk of the season in November while at Atletico, missing a month due to a shoulder injury.(Photo: Visionhaus/Getty Images) 2022-02-14T17:25:45Z 2022-02-14T17:25:45Z Scott Boras says he has a plan to fix minor league baseball's wage issue The Athletic Outspoken agent Scott Boras said he has a plan to fix minor league baseball&#x27;s wage issue based on a bonus pool of player fines and cooperation from lower-level team owners, he said in an episode of The Athletic’s 755 Is Real podcast released Monday. Boras also said locked out players believe that the slide of competitive integrity is a &quot;cancer on the sport.&quot;&quot;I&#x27;ve got minor league plans,&quot; Boras said. &quot;I want minor league owners, who are making millions of dollars, I want them to enforce standardization of housing. I want them to provide food for those young men when they are in their cities, because no one knows their cities better than them. And we can create standards, but I gotta have someone enforce them. And someone from the team to enforce them.&quot;Major League Baseball&#x27;s owners continue to lock out its players, now in the fourth month of an elective shutdown. Representatives from the league and the players union met Saturday in New York, but little progress was made.On Friday in New York, a lawyer for MLB argued in federal court that minor league players should not be paid during spring training because, the league lawyer said, those players should be considered trainees. MLB is fighting against a lawsuit filed eight years ago by minor league players over their pay.Boras shot back at that argument.&quot;When you go to a big-league game, I realize it&#x27;s taken for granted because the players are just there,&quot; Boras said. &quot;The number of players that make it to free agency is really less than 15 percent. And the number of players that really spend three years in the major leagues, when you look at all the players who were drafted, it&#x27;s well less than 1 percent. &quot;We have to have an incentivized program to where if you play over three years in the Minor Leagues, you get a $50,000 bonus,&quot; Boras said. &quot;Not paid by the team, but paid by a contributory pool that we put player fines and penalties in over time. If you do actually make it to the Major Leagues, and you didn&#x27;t get a bonus that didn&#x27;t exceed a couple million dollars, you would then be able to get an extra $500,000 from making it to the Big Leagues. So that these men who have contributed their lives, and are gonna have short Major League careers, they&#x27;re getting a benefit from their Minor League service.&quot;Boras also went on to say that the biggest difference between the players&#x27; arguments over the current collective bargaining agreement and past CBAs is about competitive integrity.&quot;Sell off your free agents, it&#x27;s a race to the bottom so I can get all these value draft picks and get as many as I can,&quot; Boras said, pantomiming what he believes is the stance of owners. &quot;And it gave the fanbase a method of illustrating that losing was OK. That it was actually beneficial.&quot;And I think, when you introduce that non-competitive cancer into the sport, you&#x27;ve now created that the local fan does not go to the ballpark with the intent of having his team win everyday, and I think we need to reintroduce that into the game.&quot;(Photo: Mike Stobe / Getty Images) 2022-02-14T17:04:30Z 2022-02-14T17:04:30Z Abandoned Brazil vs Argentina match to be replayed, with Buendia, Martinez, Lo Celso and Romero given bans The Athletic FIFA has ruled that last September’s abandoned World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina will be replayed, with four players suspended and both teams fined. The match in Sao Paolo was called off after officials, said to be Brazilian medical chiefs, stormed onto the field minutes into the game.Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia, Tottenham Hotspur’s Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso had been accused by the Brazilian government of providing false information on immigration forms and breaking COVID-19 laws.The decision comes at the conclusion of FIFA disciplinary proceedings which were launched in September. Brazil have been fined 550,000 Swiss francs (£440,000), and Argentina 250,000 Swiss francs (£200,000). Martinez, Buendia, Romero, and Lo Celso have all been suspended for two matches “for not complying with the FIFA Return to Football International Match Protocol”.Lo Celso left Tottenham for Villarreal on loan in January.After the game, Brazil’s Federal Police opened a formal investigation into the actions of the Argentina players.“We can confirm an investigation has begun into the possible crime of supplying false information,” a spokesperson said.“Yesterday, the players were notified they must leave the country, which is the regular procedure, and statements from them were taken.”The game will be replayed at a date and location decided by FIFA.Both Brazil and Argentina have already qualified for the World Cup in Qatar.(Photo: Marcello Zambrana/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) 2022-02-14T16:59:53Z 2022-02-14T16:59:53Z Tamika Catchings stepping down as Indiana Fever GM, VP of basketball operations The Athletic Tamika Catchings is stepping down as the vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Indiana Fever, the team announced on Monday. Former Fever coach Lin Dunn, who guided the team to a WNBA title in 2012 and three total WNBA Finals, will join the franchise as interim GM and VP of basketball operations.Catchings had been the roles since 2019.&quot;Basketball has been central to all I do for as long as I can remember and has driven me to become the person I am,&quot; Catchings said in a statement. &quot;While change is never easy, now it&#x27;s time to take a step back from my role as general manager, take a well-earned rest, and prioritize my family, my philanthropy, our community and my other passions.&quot;The Fever drafted Catchings with the No. 3 pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft, after a stellar college career with Tennessee which included a national championship. A 15-year career in the WNBA, Catchings won several accolades, including WNBA championship (2012), WNBA Finals MVP (2012), WNBA MVP (2011) and five WNBA defensive player of the year awards. She was a 10 time WNBA All-Star, named on 12 All-WNBA teams and won four Olympic gold medals.From 2012 to 2016, Catchings served as the president of the WNBA Players Association. In 2020, the small forward was inducted into the James Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and in 2021, she joined the Women&#x27;s Basketball Hall of Fame.The Fever finished with a 6-26 record in 2021, failing to make the playoffs. Indiana opens the 2022 WNBA season on May 6 against the Washington Mystics.(Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE via Getty Images) 2022-02-14T16:38:20Z 2022-02-14T16:38:20Z Maple Leafs, Raptors, Senators games can go to 50 percent capacity on Thursday The Athletic Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Ottawa Senators games can go to 50 percent capacity on Thursday, the province of Ontario announced. Full capacity is scheduled for March 14 but if COVID-19 numbers keep trending in a positive direction, it could be moved to March 1. Currently, indoor sporting venues in Ontario have capacity limits of 500 people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was originally scheduled to be in place until Feb. 21. With the COVID-19 situation improving in Ontario, the government decided to move up its reopening plans, which include increasing capacity at sporting venues.The Maple Leafs take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday. The Raptors won&#x27;t play at home until March 1 against the Brooklyn Nets. The Senators will welcome back 50 percent capacity at the Canadian Tire Centre on Feb. 19 against the Boston Bruins.(Photo: Julian Avram / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) 2022-02-14T16:32:32Z 2022-02-14T16:32:32Z 2022 Olympics: U.S., Canada set for gold medal rematch in women's hockey after Americans down Finland The Athletic Hilary Knight led the U.S. with a goal and an assist, moving into second all time on the country's Olympic points list. 2022-02-14T16:07:01Z 2022-02-14T16:07:01Z Super Bowl 2023 odds: Chiefs, Bills tie as favorites; Rams, Bengals, Cowboys round out top 5 The Athletic The Rams (+1100) and the Bengals (+1200) rank third and fourth, respectively, to win the 2023 Super Bowl. 2022-02-14T16:05:44Z 2022-02-14T16:05:44Z Rams WR Odell Beckham Jr. ruled out after leaving Super Bowl vs. Bengals with apparent leg injury The Athletic Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr. went down with a non-contact injury midway through the second quarter of Sunday's Super Bowl matchup against the Bengals. 2022-02-14T15:47:38Z 2022-02-14T15:47:38Z Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte: I may have made a mistake in not selecting 'good guy' Joe Rodon The Athletic Antonio Conte has admitted he may have made a mistake by not calling on Joe Rodon to help fix his Tottenham side’s leaky defence.Spurs have conceded a combined five goals in their last two Premier League games with defenders Davinson Sanchez, Ben Davies and Emerson Royal all coming under fire.Rodon, who joined Tottenham from Swansea for £11 million in October 2020, has been an unused substitute in his side’s last nine Premier League games.Conte has praised Rodon’s attitude and has hinted the 24-year-old should have been given a chance to impress.“We are talking about a really good guy,” Conte said of Rodon after Spurs’ disappointing 2-0 defeat by Wolves on Sunday.“We are talking about a person whose commitment is very high every day.“But in this moment maybe I make mistakes to pick different players maybe. Maybe. My evaluation is to try to put on the pitch the best players at the moment.“If I didn’t do this then maybe I did different considerations.”(Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images) 2022-02-14T15:30:18Z 2022-02-14T15:30:18Z Sergio Ramos will not be fit in time to play former side Real Madrid in Champions League The Athletic Paris Saint-Germain’s Sergio Ramos will not be available to play against his former side Real Madrid on Tuesday evening. PSG host Real in the first leg of their round-of-16 Champions League match.The Spain international is continuing to train on his own following a calf injury and won’t be able to feature against Real, the club he represented for 16 years. The 35-year-old has made four Ligue 1 appearances, one Coupe de France appearance and is yet to feature for PSG in the Champions League because of injuries since his summer move from Real. In his most recent appearance for PSG, Ramos scored in their 4-0 win over Stade Reims and featured for the full 90 minutes alongside Marquinhos. Ramos is one of the most experienced centre-backs in the world and won the Champions League four times with Real and was a key name in their starting XI. He made 469 La Liga appearances and 129 Champions League appearances for Real before moving to the French capital last summer. (Photo: FRANCK FIFE / AFP via Getty Images) 2022-02-14T15:24:49Z 2022-02-14T15:24:49Z Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick admits his side will struggle to finish inside top three The Athletic Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has admitted his side will struggle to finish inside the top three this season.Rangnick’s side go into Tuesday’s Premier League fixture with Brighton &amp; Hove Albion in fifth spot, just one point behind fourth-placed West Ham who have played a game more. However, top-four rivals Arsenal, Wolves and Tottenham all have games in hand on United while third-placed Chelsea are seven points clear. Rangnick said ahead of Brighton’s visit to Old Trafford: “Right now, this is exactly what Manchester United needs and wants to finish fourth in the league, this is the highest possible achievement we can get. The Champions League, definitely to proceed, not an easy one. In the league it’s number four, that’s what we have to achieve and what we’re aiming at. “Next season, after being here 11 weeks, I know what it takes for next season but it’s not the time now to discuss this with everyone, my full focus is tomorrow, Sunday, Wednesday and the next couple of weeks. Full focus on the current squad, getting the best out of this season and then it’s time to speak about the next steps for the next couple of years.“If you look at the current table and the gap between us, Tottenham, Arsenal, and the top two or three teams there are probably some reasons they are that far ahead, this is something to talk about this season in May, June and take the right decisions.“I’m not sure if it’s about the players, from the last 10 weeks the players are ambitious, work hard, they don’t feel happy after last three games, they want to win and my job is to help them and show a pathway to win games. The other things we need to discuss at the end of the season.”Rangnick revealed Fred is available for selection again after missing United’s 1-1 draws with Burnley and Southampton due to testing positive for COVID-19, while Edinson Cavani remains sidelined with a groin injury. The German added: “Yes, Fred will be available again and will also be part of the group for tomorrow. Edinson is still out, the same with Nemanja (Matic). Alex (Telles) is back again in the squad, he was already part of the group for the Southampton game and he will also be available.”(Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images) 2022-02-14T15:01:48Z 2022-02-14T15:01:48Z Los Angeles Rams are Super Bowl LVI champions: Matthew Stafford leads late drive to top Joe Burrow, Bengals The Athletic The Rams orchestrated a 15-play game-winning drive with under two minutes remaining to top the Bengals, 23-20, and claim their second Super Bowl victory in franchise history. 2022-02-14T13:59:31Z 2022-02-14T13:59:31Z Wife of Rams WR Van Jefferson goes into labor midway through Super Bowl win The Athletic Jefferson leaves after 23-20 Los Angeles victory to join his wife who was rushed to the hospital mid-game after going into labor with their second child, a boy. 2022-02-14T13:55:20Z 2022-02-14T13:55:20Z Manchester City attackers Grealish, Palmer, and Jesus unavailable for Sporting The Athletic Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed Jack Grealish, Cole Palmer, and Gabriel Jesus are all unavailable for Tuesday’s trip to Portugal to play Sporting Lisbon. Grealish missed Saturday’s win over Norwich with a shin injury. However, Guardiola had hoped that the 26-year-old attacker would be available for the Champions League round of 16 tie. Speaking at the weekend, he said: “He is injured. It is a bit what he had last season at Aston Villa but less.“He trained after the game against Brentford and he was not good. We made a test and he was not ready today.“Hopefully (he will be) next Tuesday.”On Monday afternoon he confirmed: “(Grealish) is better but tomorrow isn&#x27;t available alongside Cole Palmer and Gabriel.”Jesus picked up a muscular injury while on international duty with Brazil last month, while Palmer has not played since featuring in a 4-1 FA Cup win over Swindon due to a foot injury. On Friday, Guardiola said he thought Jesus would be back “soon”. (Photo: Visionhaus/Getty Images) 2022-02-14T13:33:09Z 2022-02-14T13:33:09Z Champions League final tickets: UEFA to give away 10,000 tickets for free The Athletic UEFA will offer 10,000 free tickets to fans of clubs that reach this season’s Champions League final. Aleksander Ceferin, president of UEFA, has said the move is “to reward them for their support for European football during the COVID crisis”. The governing body will distribute 30,000 free tickets across their club competitions, alongside the 10,000 for the Champions League. They will hand out a further 8,000 tickets for the Europa League final (8,000 tickets) and free tickets to the Europa Conference League final (6,000 tickets), and Women’s Champions League final (6,000 tickets). UEFA will cover the cost of the tickets, ensuring clubs receive the same receipt, and want teams to reward “their most loyal fans”. The tickets cannot be given to sponsors, partners, or club officials. They have also announced that the prices of the two cheapest ticket bands have been frozen for the next three seasons amid the cost of living crisis currently taking place.Ceferin said in a statement: “Football fans are the lifeblood of the game, and we thought it would be a nice way to recognise the difficulties they have experienced over the last two years and how they nevertheless still managed to support their teams and live their passion even when away from the stadiums. “Fans are playing an integral part in the development of football, and we must ensure that loyal travelling supporters can attend historical moments for their cherished teams at affordable prices.”UEFA has previously been criticised for the perceived inaccessibility of European showpieces. This came to a head in 2018 and 2019, when the organisation’s decision to host finals in Kyiv and Baku led to complaints from Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea fan groups. The 2021-22 Champions League final is set to be hosted at the Gazprom Arena in St Petersburg.(Photo: Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images) 2022-02-14T13:21:21Z 2022-02-14T13:21:21Z Rams WR Cooper Kupp named Super Bowl LVI MVP after game-winning TD with under 2 minutes left The Athletic Kupp scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:25 to play in the game when he corralled a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford that put the Rams up 2022-02-14T13:10:31Z 2022-02-14T13:10:31Z Michele Tafoya to co-chair campaign for Minnesota Republican governor candidate; Super Bowl was final NBC broadcast The Athletic Tafoya worked 327 NFL games, including five Super Bowls, as a sideline reporter. 2022-02-14T12:47:09Z 2022-02-14T12:47:09Z Premier League to launch programme to improve standard and diversity of referees The Athletic The Premier League are set to launch a new development scheme to help improve the standard of refereeing in English football, The Athletic can reveal. In a shareholders’ meeting last week, the Premier League announced the creation an ‘Elite Referee Development Plan’. The aim is to establish a new global standard in match officiating performance and development. It is understood the Premier League hope the long-term scheme will provide an answer to some top-flight critics by increasing the standard of refereeing and help officials from under-represented backgrounds break into the game’s highest levels. Their aims include an increased English presence at major tournaments. No English referee made it to the 2018 World Cup, the first time that happened in 80 years, as Mark Clattenburg was the nominated official and moved to Saudi Arabia. The programme will work in a similar manner to the Premier League’s successful Elite Player Performance Plan which was introduced in 2012. In the short-term, the Premier League want to develop its select group of referees and increase representation within the first 12 months. No black or Asian referee has officiated a Premier League match in over a decade. In the long-term, it is hoped the plan will completely modernise the pathway for young referees. This will result in more and better elite match officials and a broad and diverse pool of referees at every level of the English game.It is understood that Tony Scholes, who was appointed the Premier League’s new chief football officer in November 2021, to effectively replace Richard Garlick, will play a leading role in the implementation of the scheme. The scheme has been worked on alongside the Football Association, English Football League and Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the organisation led by current referees’ chief Mike Riley.A Premier League spokesperson said: “There are many ideas being looked at as part of a draft plan to develop and enhance refereeing at the elite level. The plan is a work in progress with a number of different improvement areas being explored.“It was initially discussed with clubs last week and we will continue to work with PGMOL and the Professional Game Board before any proposals are agreed.“Similar to EPPP, the main priority is and will always be to create more and better home grown match officials with greater support and a strong performance culture.&quot;(Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images) 2022-02-14T11:19:15Z 2022-02-14T11:19:15Z Antonio Rudiger says his future at Chelsea is up to club The Athletic Antonio Rudiger has increased the pressure on Chelsea by suggesting the club are the ones who will decide whether he stays or goes.The Chelsea defender&#x27;s current deal expires at the end of the season and he has already received offers from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain to join them as a free agent in the summer.The Athletic revealed earlier this month the Germany international is now looking for a salary in the region of £225,000-a-week to remain at Stamford Bridge.It is understood Rudiger, who is one of the lowest paid senior players in the squad right now on £90,000-a-week, had already made up his mind to leave earlier in the campaign. The 28-year-old had been offered around £140,000 to stay in August with the warning the offer wouldn’t get any better than that and he was upset by their stance.Talks stopped for months until Chelsea reached out in late December to reach a new agreement. There is a bit more positivity on both sides that something could still be finalised but Rudiger feels the hold-up so far has been caused by the club.After being asked what it will take for him to stay, the centre half told The Athletic: “I feel great here, I have always said it. I think the way I play you can see that I’m happy here. But there are also other people who have to make decisions.”It is believed the Chelsea hierarchy have prioritised securing new terms with the Germany international over Andreas Christensen, who also has just over four months remaining on his contract.The hierarchy are upset Christensen walked away from two contract offers that they felt had been agreed and now has new agents negotiating from scratch. However, it is understood that not every factor of the Denmark international’s package had been given the green light.Rudiger has sparked some optimism and is willing to compromise by suggesting he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge to win the Premier League, a competition he has yet to win.Speaking after Chelsea won the FIFA Club World Cup Final by beating Palmeiras 2-1, Rudiger added: “Of course I want to win the Premier League.“Does it keep getting better and better for me at Chelsea? Yes. We had never won this trophy (FIFA Club World Cup) in Chelsea’s history before. I’m very delighted that we didn’t give up, that we did our thing. We tried everything and won.“I just want to help, I just want to be important and lead by example. This is the main thing. We all showed character against Palmeiras. None of us gave up. Thiago Silva gave away the penalty (for Palmeiras to equalise) but he didn’t lack anything. He continued and continued. And there was a great impact from the guys who came on from the bench, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Malang Sarr, Timo Werner and Saul Nigues. They all worked very hard.“The Premier League is the toughest competition to be honest because Manchester City set a very high standard. We have to get to a point where we can go on a long marathon.”Chelsea currently trail Pep Guardiola’s side by 16 points so are very unlikely to catch them this season. Rudiger will have to stay if he has to have a hope of winning the Premier League next year, although Manchester United are also known to be interested.(Photo: Francois Nel/Getty Images) 2022-02-14T11:15:19Z 2022-02-14T11:15:19Z Manchester United to appoint deputy football director to work under John Murtough The Athletic Manchester United will appoint a deputy football director who will work under football director John Murtough, The Athletic can reveal.They will help strengthen an increasingly prominent side of United’s operations.Among the key decisions made in the past 12 months was promoting Murtough from head of football development to football director and Darren Fletcher from an academy coach to technical director.This is seen as a fundamental area as United try to modernise their football set-up and ultimately recapture former glories, with Murtough — in particular — taking on a growing range of responsibilities.Numerous departments and people report into Murtough, including Fletcher, and it has become clear to United that the workload is too much for one person and he would benefit from support.The decision has therefore been taken to add another figure to that set-up.The recruitment process is already believed to be at the interview stage, with a number of options being spoken to.(Photo: Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images) 2022-02-14T10:07:54Z 2022-02-14T10:07:54Z Liverpool in talks for Manchester United and Crystal Palace Far East friendlies The Athletic Liverpool are in talks to play two lucrative pre-season friendlies against Manchester United and Crystal Palace in the Far East this summer.The Athletic understands that discussions are at an advanced stage for Jurgen Klopp’s side to visit Thailand and Singapore in July.The plan is to take on United in Bangkok on July 12 and then face Palace in Singapore three days later. Liverpool are also expected to embark on a Europe-based training camp in either France or Austria as they prepare for the 2022-23 season.Contracts have yet to be signed for the games in Asia but if the finer details are successfully ironed out then sources have indicated that an official announcement is likely to follow in early March.The pandemic has denied Premier League clubs the chance to embark on money-spinning overseas tours for the past two summers. However, with restrictions easing, some semblance of normality should return this year.(Photo: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images) 2022-02-14T04:55:42Z 2022-02-14T04:55:42Z Aaron Donald on potential retirement after Rams' Super Bowl win: ‘I’m living in the moment right now’ The Athletic Donald pressured Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow into an incompletion on fourth- and-1 with just 43 seconds to play in Sunday’s game. 2022-02-14T04:52:39Z 2022-02-14T04:52:39Z 2022 Olympics: American Kaillie Humphries wins gold in inaugural monobob event The Athletic Humphries finished the one-woman event with a four-run time of 4:19.27 seconds while her teammate Elana Meyers Taylor finished second in 4:20.81. Canadian Christine de Bruin was third in 4:21.03. 2022-02-14T04:47:29Z 2022-02-14T04:47:29Z Rams QB Matthew Stafford stays in game after appearing to hurt ankle in 3rd quarter of Super Bowl vs. Bengals The Athletic Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was looked at by the team's trainers after appearing to injure his ankle while being sacked by Bengals defender D.J. Reader in the third quarter of Sunday's Super Bowl matchup. 2022-02-14T03:26:08Z 2022-02-14T03:26:08Z After Odell Beckham Jr.’s injury in Super Bowl, Nick Bosa, Deebo Samuel, others speak out against turf fields The Athletic Bosa shared a petition that was started by Pennington, in which it states 16 of the league's 32 teams still play on turf. 2022-02-14T01:41:42Z 2022-02-14T01:41:42Z Scottie Scheffler bests Patrick Cantlay in 3-hole playoff to win 2022 Phoenix Open The Athletic Scottie Scheffler made birdie on the third playoff hole to defeat Patrick Cantlay, winning the 2022 Phoenix Open on Sunday. 2022-02-14T00:20:29Z 2022-02-14T00:20:29Z Baylor's Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua out for year with knee injury The Athletic Baylor&#x27;s Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury, the school announced Sunday. The junior forward sustained the injury during Saturday&#x27;s 80-63 win over Texas.Tchamwa Tchatchoua is in his third season in the program after transferring from UNLV. In 25 games played this season, he&#x27;s averaging 8.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the No. 10 Bears. With a 9-3 record in Big 12 play, Baylor trails only Kansas (9-2) in the conference standings. The two teams face off on Feb. 26 in Waco. (Photo: Adam Davis / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) 2022-02-13T23:49:57Z 2022-02-13T23:49:57Z Clippers' Norman Powell out indefinitely with fractured foot The Athletic The Los Angeles guard suffered a fractured medial sesamoid bone in his left foot and is out indefinitely. The treatment is believed to be non-surgical. 2022-02-13T20:33:27Z 2022-02-13T20:33:27Z Bucks' Pat Connaughton to undergo surgery on hand injury, expected to return by end of season The Athletic Bucks' Pat Connaughton to undergo surgery on fractured hand; expected to return to lineup 2022-02-13T20:12:34Z 2022-02-13T20:12:34Z Canadiens place D Ben Chiarot to miss 1 week due to lower-body injury The Athletic The Montreal Canadiens placed defenseman Ben Chiarot on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, the team announced on Sunday. Chiarot is expected to miss one week.The club recalled defenseman Corey Schueneman from the Laval Rocket, who dressed for Sunday&#x27;s 5-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Chiarot, 30, suffered the injury in Saturday&#x27;s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He temporarily left the game but did return.Chiarot is one of the top defenseman targets at the NHL trade deadline, scheduled for March 21. Through 44 games, Chiarot has five goals and four assists.The Canadiens have an 8-32-7 record, which is last in the NHL.(Photo: Vincent Ethier / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) 2022-02-13T19:49:30Z 2022-02-13T19:49:30Z Antonio Conte on Tottenham’s defeat to Wolves: ‘You cannot buy the winning mentality’ The Athletic Tottenham Hotspur head coach Antonio Conte feels that the commitment from his team “is not enough” after their 2-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. Goals from Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker in the opening 18 minutes moved Wolves into seventh — above Tottenham. Tottenham have lost their last three Premier League games — their worst run of form since Conte was appointed head coach in November. Spurs were without Eric Dier. The defender has been struggling with a thigh injury which is not thought to be serious. The 28-year-old has been a regular in Conte’s three-man defence and his absence was felt in the defeat to Wolves. “The problem is that you cannot buy the winning mentality,” said Conte. “You transfer it day by day and it is not sure that day by day, because there are players that are more open and they understand the process quickly, other players need more time to understand this. Winning mentality in my opinion means when you play I am ready to kill you and to live.“This is the difference in every duel, every second ball, every set-piece. When you show better desire than your opponent, when you understand the defeats have to hurt you a lot, not a little. This is not simple. We are working a lot to try and improve in many aspects, you know after when we lost against Mura then I said we had to work a lot and maybe we had to try and improve because there are a lot of situations to improve.“Compare the past and compare the season when this team reached the final of the Champions League, a lot of things have changed. Now in this moment we have to be realistic and we have to be together. Also with our fans. Our fans have to understand that maybe you need to have patience to wait to rebuild again the situation they were used to in the past.“We are working very hard with the players, with the players there is a great commitment but it is not enough. It is not enough. “I repeat that if we want to be competitive, we have to wait and build. Step by step. It is important to be realistic and speak very clearly. I like to do this and this is not the first time I am telling you the same things. This is not the first time.”Now in eighth, Spurs are five points behind West Ham in fourth, but Conte’s team do have three games in hand over the east London side. (Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images) 2022-02-13T19:36:20Z 2022-02-13T19:36:20Z Gerrard on Villa’s defeat to Newcastle: 'It was a really bad day for us. We didn’t deserve anything' The Athletic Steven Gerrard has said Aston Villa “didn’t deserve anything out of the game” following their 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on Sunday. Kieran Trippier’s goal earned Newcastle all three points at St James’ Park as Eddie Howe&#x27;s team made it three consecutive league wins and Gerrard&#x27;s Aston Villa struggled in front of goal. “It was a really bad day for us,” said Gerrard. “I was surprised with the performance we gave. There were no signs of that in the preparation but look, collectively we need to improve. We have a lot of work to do. We didn’t deserve anything out of the game by the level of performance we gave. That’s clear to me that there is a lot of work to do and changes to be made in the team as well.“We slightly improved after the break. We had a ten or 15-minute period when we pushed but in terms of what we created in the game, that was a concern.“We had one shot on target. I don’t think Newcastle have had to play ever so well to beat us. That is a big frustration as well. The goal we conceded was poor from our point of view. Our set plays, for and against were poor. In a lot of areas we were way off it.”Ollie Watkins thought he had equalised for Villa with a headed goal in the 61st minute. After a lengthy VAR review, the goal was overturned after he was deemed to be in an offside position. Gerrard did not blame the VAR decision to disallow Watkins’ goal for the poor performance by his team. He said: “VAR have took a long time to make a decision. That tells you it’s extremely close. Sometimes you perform to a level away from home where you make your own luck but I don’t think our level was anywhere near it today so we got what we deserved from this game. “We have no complaints with the outcome. It might have been different if that had went in our favour but we are clutching at straws if we are pointing fingers towards VAR.Gerrard added: “We want to see improvement now. The frustrating thing today is there were no signs of steps in the right direction. We were poor in a lot of areas today and that is a concern. “We have to be careful we don’t get dragged down. We’ve got to have a purpose for every single game. Today we never started plating or showed any urgency until half time. We never showed what we are about. We’ve got a lot of work to do in a short space of time.”Gerrard’s side drop to 12th after the defeat to Newcastle. Following their 3-3 draw with Leeds United on Wednesday it means Villa have dropped five points against teams below them in the table in the past week.(Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images) 2022-02-13T17:49:18Z 2022-02-13T17:49:18Z 2022 Olympics TV highlights: What to watch from Beijing on Sunday night, Monday morning The Athletic 2022 Olympics TV highlights: What to watch from Beijing on Sunday night, Monday morning 2022-02-13T16:55:11Z 2022-02-13T16:55:11Z Kieran Trippier to have foot x-ray having limped off in Newcastle’s 1-0 win vs Aston Villa The Athletic Kieran Trippier is due to have an x-ray on his foot having been injured in Newcastle’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa. Trippier, 31, limped off three minutes into the second half having scored the only goal in a tightly contested game. The England international was stamped on and received treatment before being replaced by Emil Krafth in the 48th minute. Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe confirmed after the game: “Trippier got stamped on and he couldn&#x27;t continue with a problem on the top of his foot.” Howe also confirmed Javier Manquillo was forced off in the first half having landed awkwardly on his ankle while Jamaal Lascelles was absent due to illness.Trippier’s first-half free-kick secured a third consecutive win for Newcastle and the left-back has been highly influential. He starred in a 3-1 victory over Everton on Tuesday which pulled the club out of the Premier League relegation zone.Newcastle sit 17th on 25 points, four points above Norwich.(Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)