Can AS Roma’s players, manager react to their biggest wake-up call yet?

Can AS Roma’s players, manager react to their biggest wake-up call yet?

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Daniele De Rossi's verdict of Wednesday night's 3-0 cuffing at the hands of Real Madrid made tough listening for Romanisti. The Roma captain spoke of being "demoralised" at having to chase the ball all night, as Luka Modric & Co. casually strutted about the Santiago Bernabeu and batted around his side like a bored cat with a ball of wool but instead of anger, he seemed resigned. "In the past we've been given bigger slaps." This is their level, it seems: a red and yellow carpet for Europe's top attacking talent or, put another way, big stage cannon fodder. The 3-0 defeat was Roma's fifth straight loss away from home in the Champions League and in their last three European matches on the road (at Barcelona, Liverpool and now Madrid)…
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Brett Brown: Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz adding range

Brett Brown: Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz adding range

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Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz are expected this season to join the 76ers' "Big Three."nike nfl jerseys cheap china No, not as franchise cornerstones -- the No. 1 draft picks were already part of that trio with All-Star center Joel Embiid. But as long-distance shooters, Simmons and Fultz went 0-for-the season on 3s; Simmons, the NBA rookie of the year, missed all 11 attempts, and Fultz went 0-for-1. Sixers coach Brett Brown said Tuesday that both players have put in the work needed on their jumpers, though neither player will ever become defined by his work beyond the arc. Brown said Fultz took about 150,000 shots this summer under the tutelage of trainer Drew Hanlen. Simmons has worked with his brother, Liam, a former college basketball assistant coac Simmons attempted…
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Jimmy Butler’s trade demand ignites feud between Stephen Jackson, Andrew Wiggins

Jimmy Butler’s trade demand ignites feud between Stephen Jackson, Andrew Wiggins

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Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler formally requested a trade Wednesday -- and that set off a series of events that eventually involved former NBA player Stephen Jackson, Minnesota small forward Andrew Wiggins and Andrew's brother Nick Wiggins.cheap nfl jerseys china nike Butler and Andrew Wiggins have been teammates for only one season, as Minnesota head coach/president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau traded Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the draft rights to Lauri Markkanen to the Chicago Bulls to acquire Butler. Thibodeau, who coached Butler in Chicago from 2011 until 2015, was tasked with working with former top overall picks Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns to end a postseason drought that reached a league-long 13 seasons. And it worked! Even though Butler was available for only 59 games, the Timberwolves…
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Joe Maddon: Criticism of Willson Contreras over running gaffe is ‘over the top’

Joe Maddon: Criticism of Willson Contreras over running gaffe is ‘over the top’

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One day after calling out his catcher for not running hard out of the batter's box, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the criticism directed towards Willson Contreras is "over the top."nike nfl jerseys cheap china "Willson always plays hard," Maddon said Monday afternoon. "For anyone to say otherwise, please, come talk to me. It's inappropriate. It's incorrect. That's wrong. He had a bad moment, but he said he was sorry and did the right thing." On Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds, Contreras thought a fifth-inning ball hit to center field was a home run, so he began to jog around the bases. Instead, the ball hit off the wall, forcing the catcher to scramble to not be thrown out at second base. He barely made it there safely. "Horrible,"…
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Fantasy fallout of Max Pacioretty’s trade to the Golden Knights

Fantasy fallout of Max Pacioretty’s trade to the Golden Knights

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The odds that Max Pacioretty bounces back to his expected range of 30 goals and 65 points just got a whole lot better. With a week to go before the Montreal Canadiens start the 2018-19 preseason, they dealt their captain to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki and a second-round pick.cheap nfl jerseys china nike For Pacioretty, it means he doesn't have to try to have a bounce-back campaign on the same team that spun out of control last season, leaving him with easily the worst showing of his career (17 goals, 37 points). Pacioretty becomes, on paper, the best winger on the Knights. But as we learned a season ago, this isn't a team that translates from paper well. There is a better than…
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Chicago, Orlando have fallen to the bottom of the East after lofty expectations

Chicago, Orlando have fallen to the bottom of the East after lofty expectations

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Looking from the vantage point of the middle of May, this weekend's meeting between the Chicago Fire and Orlando City seemed like a potential playoff preview. Orlando was one of the hottest teams in the league, winners of seven in a row during one stretch. Chicago started more sluggishly, but it was at least treading water, and following a breakout 2017 season could reasonably dream of a midseason surge.nike nfl jerseys cheap china Less than four months later, Sunday's match at Toyota Park is of interest only to the morbidly curious. If MLS had a relegation system, or if its draft were still a relevant talent-acquisition mechanism, there would at least be something other than pride at stake between the two bottom sides in the Eastern Conference. As it is,…
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Why fullbacks are the best picks at defender in fantasy soccer

Why fullbacks are the best picks at defender in fantasy soccer

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Let's start with a few words of explanation, for the casual soccer fan, about the two different types of defenders. There are center backs, who play in the middle of the field and are primarily concerned with preventing goals. And then there are fullbacks, who play out wide and still have some defensive responsibilities, but also frequently move higher up the field and participate in attacks.cheap nfl jerseys china nike Fullbacks are much more likely to pick up assists and chances created, potentially leading to huge fantasy performances. Center backs typically collect their points via some of the less lucrative fantasy categories, such as clearances, blocks and passes completed -- generally more consistent performers, but far less likely to hit a fantasy "home run." Through the first four weeks of…
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Darnold-McCown connection filled with family, hugs and Snapchats

Darnold-McCown connection filled with family, hugs and Snapchats

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During a quiet moment recently in the New York Jets' quarterback room, Josh McCown pulled out his tablet and punched up a video of his son's first football game of the season. As dad watched with a critical eye, he was joined by Sam Darnold, who pulled up a chair and watched every snap of Owen McCown, the junior varsity quarterback at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.china nike nfl jerseys cheap Josh McCown took notes and texted them to his son, occasionally including tips from Darnold. As McCown said, "If Sam says it, sometimes it carries a little more weight than Dad." The middle man -- in this case, the old man -- was eliminated from the convo when Darnold, 21, and Owen, 15, started communicating directly.…
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Aaron Donald unhappy with Week 1 performance

Aaron Donald unhappy with Week 1 performance

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Aaron Donald played in the season opener with peace of mind. With a six-year, $135 million extension in hand, the Los Angeles Rams star defensive tackle didn't have to worry about his future. But even Donald's newfound security couldn't provide him with a sense of satisfaction after a victory over the Oakland Raiders. Donald expressed disappointment in his performance after Monday night's game, and the feeling lingered on Thursday. "I could have played better," Donald said. "I'm gonna always be my worst critique -- that's just about trying to push myself to get myself better."nike nfl jerseys cheap china Against the Raiders, Donald, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, finished with a lone tackle. "I feel the way he did, somewhat," defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said, adding, "I…
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How the Angels can convince Mike Trout to stay

How the Angels can convince Mike Trout to stay

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The Angels sit two games below .500 and 19 games out of first place heading into the season's final three weeks. They will miss the playoffs for the eighth time in the past nine years, while burdened with a top-heavy payroll, an underwhelming farm system and one major source of anxiety: Trout's expiring contract. The six-year, $144.5 million extension that Trout signed in the spring of 2014 will come to an end in the fall of 2020, which basically gives Eppler two offseasons.cheap nfl jerseys china nike Two offseasons to turn the Angels into a team that can consistently contend. Two offseasons to convince the greatest player of his generation that he should not leave. Trout has produced 62.8 wins above replacement since 2012 -- nearly double the output of…
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