Brazil’s draw vs. Panama underscores that the pieces aren’t falling into place for Tite

Brazil’s draw vs. Panama underscores that the pieces aren’t falling into place for Tite

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When Tite took over as Brazil coach almost three years ago, the pieces immediately fell into place. He gambled on a teenage centre-forward named Gabriel Jesus, who straightaway appeared to have solved a long-running problem. Gabriel worked well with Neymar, and as the wins kept rolling in and confidence soared, Philippe Coutinho was at last successfully incorporated into the side. Brazil, at one point in danger of missing the 2018 World Cup, cruised to Russia and travelled with high hopes of winning the competition in Europe for the first time since 1958. In the event, they fell short, losing the game of the tournament 2-1 to Belgium. Tite recognises that the balance of the side was not quite right -- not helped by the slump in form of the talismanic…
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Pep Guardiola’s style speaks to new reality for managers: they must look as good as their tactics

Pep Guardiola’s style speaks to new reality for managers: they must look as good as their tactics

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Pep Guardiola has built a reputation for making complicated things look easy, dating back to his playing days as a slight but influential midfielder. In February, he lifted the Carabao Cup with his Manchester City squad: a fourth trophy in under three seasons, the first part of a possible quadruple.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china That final at Wembley was messy. So too was Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, but Guardiola remained casually resplendent in skinny trousers and a sweater. Based on his outfit, he might as well have spent the afternoon doing graphic design in his studio. The primary job of a football manager is to instill a singular idea of how his club operates. It's tactical -- managers determine how the team should play and get players to execute…
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Source: Ichiro retiring after Thursday’s game

Source: Ichiro retiring after Thursday’s game

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After the Mariners took the field in the eighth inning, all players except Suzuki left for the dugout. Suzuki then waved to the crowd before leaving the game for defensive replacement Braden Bishop. Suzuki received a standing ovation from the crowd and hugs from his Seattle teammates.cheap nfl jerseys china nike Suzuki, 45, was 0-for-4 with one strikeout. He grounded out to short in his final at-bat. Many expected Suzuki to retire after the series in his native Japan or when the Mariners returned home for two spring training games with the San Diego Padres before the regular season resumes against the Boston Red Sox. Japanese fans had been hoping it would not be the end of his career, but they knew it was likely. In Japan, they also thought…
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The Stitches Are Showing

The Stitches Are Showing

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Now that it is over and Manny Machado and Bryce Harper have their money and their jobs, the beginning of baseball's real season -- the border war between owners and players -- can begin. Major League Baseball's CBA expires in 2021. There hasn't been a strike since Aug. 12, 1994, when Barry Bonds was in the second year of a record six-year, $43.75 million deal and when Harper was 21 months old. There are no active players who were playing in 1995, when owners unilaterally imposed a salary cap on the striking players and then opened spring camps with replacement players. Only a handful -- CC Sabathia, cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale Fernando Rodney and Ichiro Suzuki, to name three -- were playing in 2002, when baseball last nearly shut…
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Jazz’s Mitchell: Challenges caught me off guard

Jazz’s Mitchell: Challenges caught me off guard

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After leading the Utah Jazz to a first-round upset of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoffs last year, it was inevitable Donovan Mitchell would return this season with a target on his back. But after struggling for much of the early season, Mitchell is now outperforming his rookie year and has led the Jazz back to the brink of a playoff berth.cheap nfl jerseys china nike Mitchell, in an interview with Sports Illustrated, said he initially was caught off guard to begin his sophomore season and credited his turnaround to teammates and the sage advice of some of the NBA's best, most-seasoned players. "Coach [Quin] Snyder stressed to me that this year was going to be a lot different, and it was one thing for me to hear, and…
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‘We got some true talent in the starting lineup’: Philly’s five reasons to believe

‘We got some true talent in the starting lineup’: Philly’s five reasons to believe

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When the Philadelphia 76ers went all-in on this season not once, but twice -- first by trading for Jimmy Butler, then for Tobias Harris -- it was because they saw a window to compete for a championship right now. It was a decision fraught with risk. Philadelphia gave up a lot to trade for both players. And with both of them headed for unrestricted free agency this summer, those deals could wind up being a pair of extremely expensive seasonal rentals. Then there's the fact that it's hard to work in one star-level player in the middle of an NBA season -- let alone two of them. Still, the Sixers have always argued it was worth the risk. Why? Because in the NBA, talent generally wins out. And after making…
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Ravens can’t afford to let C.J. Mosley walk, but can they afford him?

Ravens can’t afford to let C.J. Mosley walk, but can they afford him?

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History indicates the Ravens will find a way to keep him. In their 24-year existence, the Ravens have never allowed a first-round pick who reached multiple Pro Bowls to go elsewhere after his rookie deal expired. But contract numbers -- and not the team's track record -- will dictate whether Mosley will remain in Baltimore. Even coach John Harbaugh acknowledged at season's end that there are "limitations with the money" after expressing his desire to keep Mosley. Mosley is the top tackler for the NFL's No. 1 defense. He is a four-time Pro Bowl player. He is an underrated leader. The Ravens have to determine whether all of that means Mosley should be paid at the same level as the Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly and the Seattle Seahawks' Bobby Wagner.cheap…
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Can the Falcons afford to keep up with the Joneses into the future?

Can the Falcons afford to keep up with the Joneses into the future?

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Former NFL wide receiver Roy Green talks primarily football with Julio Jones, but Green has mentored Jones long enough to understand Jones' mindset on business matters. When it comes to Jones' contract situation and the possibility of becoming the NFL's highest-paid receiver with the Atlanta Falcons, Green has a good sense of what Jones is thinking.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china "I do know that his priority is for all of his players to get taken care of," Green said. "He doesn't want to break up the team because you have to pay him a certain amount of money. There are ways for him to get his money. His biggest talks are all about his teammates. His attitude is amazing. He's all about his teammates." Cleveland's Odell Beckham Jr. currently…
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Why Willson Contreras’ makeover might hold key to Cubs’ season

Why Willson Contreras’ makeover might hold key to Cubs’ season

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This year, Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is going to let his play do the talking. Not long ago, the sometimes boisterous backstop was arguably on his way to becoming the best in the game at his position when -- very suddenly -- his development stopped. His energy never quit, but his bat and glove betrayed him as he dropped off both on offense and behind the plate. His second-half demise in 2018 mirrored his team's -- but now both are on the comeback trail. Contreras is out to prove that he is every bit the All-Star who was voted a starter just last season. "I'm going to do my work and let what you see speak for myself," Contreras said recently at Cubs camp while wearing a T-shirt with…
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Let’s find homes for Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel

Let’s find homes for Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel

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Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel remain unsigned. They are fine ballplayers. Either one could help any of the 30 teams, though the price those teams are willing to pay for their services has obviously remained a barrier, and the two pitchers remain drifting about in free-agent land.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale One hurdle to their employment that has perhaps been under-reported is that both players turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from their previous team. That means the signing team must pay a draft-pick penalty, which varies depending on that team's financial status. It's worth noting that all first-round picks are now protected unless a team has multiple first-round picks. In that case, the team loses its later pick. This is an obstacle and part of the reason Kimbrel…
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