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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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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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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Warriors riding rocky road on path to three-peat

Warriors riding rocky road on path to three-peat

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While the Golden State Warriors have meandered through an up-and-down season, head coach Steve Kerr's message to his team has remained consistent: Winning a championship is difficult. Attempting to go to five straight NBA Finals is an arduous road not for the faint of heart. Trying to win an NBA championship for the fourth time in five years? The process is much more challenging than most understand. As the Warriors try to add to the list of incredible feats they've already accomplished, Kerr's message has proved prescient. The coach understood from the beginning that winning another title was never going to be as simple as running out an All-Star-laden lineup while adding DeMarcus Cousins to the mix. The basketball lifer knew that the process would be more arduous, but it…
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Thompson tweets apology to Warriors fans

Thompson tweets apology to Warriors fans

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Thompson's initial comments came unprompted on Sunday, when he was asked why the Warriors have struggled to find consistency throughout the season.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale "I expect our crowd to be little more into it, too," Thompson said. "Like, I know it's not the playoffs, but it is our last go-around at Oracle. Least you can stand up or something when we make a good play, especially in the beginning. We need that energy, especially this time of the year. It's hard to conjure up energy every single night 'cause you're looking forward to the playoffs and that run." Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he could see where Thompson's comments were coming from. Kerr and his players have been frustrated that they haven't been able to put on a…
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Bills to add WRs Beasley, Brown, sources say

Bills to add WRs Beasley, Brown, sources say

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The Buffalo Bills intend to sign former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley and former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver John Brown, sources told ESPN. Beasley will sign a four-year contract worth $29 million with $14.4 million guaranteed at signing, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by NFL Network. Brown will receive a three-year, $27 million deal, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by Adam Caplan.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale The signings of Brown and Beasley will address another position of need for the Bills' offense, which ranked 30th in the NFL last season. Buffalo is also expected to sign deals with running back Frank Gore, tight end Tyler Kroft and center Mitch Morse when free agency officially opens Wednesday. Brown, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds…
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Sweezy leaving Seahawks for Cards, sources say

Sweezy leaving Seahawks for Cards, sources say

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Former Seattle Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy has agreed to a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, sources confirm to ESPN. His addition gives the Cardinals a replacement for Mike Iupati, who is a free agent after finishing the 2018 season on injured reserve.china nike nfl jerseys cheap The NFL Network first reported Sweezy's deal with Arizona, which cannot become official until the start of the new league year Wednesday. Sweezy made 15 starts for the Seahawks in 2018 after re-joining the team on a one-year deal that paid him around $1.8 million factoring in roster and playing-time bonuses. Speaking at the NFL scouting combine last month, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said it was nice to finally be "established" up front, referring to continuity that Seattle's offensive line had lacked in…
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