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Gossip column: Evans, Shaw, De Gea, Lanzini, Willian, Coutinho, Werner

Transfer news Newcastle are keen to sign Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, 22, but do not want to pay the ¬£20m fee the Red Devils want. (Sun) Arsenal will again target West Brom’s 29-year-old defender Jonny Evans in the January transfer window. (Mirror) Manchester City will also bid for Northern Ireland centre-back Evans. (Telegraph) Liverpool and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 23, says he could still sign a new deal with the club, despite reported interest from Juventus. (Liverpool Echo) Lawro’s predictions Check out Lawro’s verdict on the weekend’s Premier League…

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Which young star will win a Stanley Cup first?

Emily Kaplan: If I was asked this question two months ago, I would have answered McDavid, without hesitation. I believed that the Edmonton Oilers were poised to win a Stanley Cup as soon as this season. Given where things stand now in Edmonton, I’m not as bullish. I do see Auston Matthews hoisting a Cup for the Toronto Maple Leafs — heck, probably while wearing a C on his sweater when that happens — but just not yet. The Maple Leafs are still working on their rebuild, and while they’ve…

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Junior lightweight Lamont Roach Jr.

Inside the ring, 2017 has been a very good year for undefeated junior lightweight Lamont Roach Jr. He has three consecutive victories and is scheduled to fight his first main event Thursday when he takes on Rey “Flash” Perez at the MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Outside the ring, however, it has been a year marred by tragedy. In January, his 25-year-old cousin, Jermaine Roach, was shot and killed, and in October his trainer, Bernard Roach, died of a heart attack suffered while jogging. Where:…

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All Golf 

Golf — Although Tiger Woods remains exempt into many events, he can’t play anywhere he wants

Tiger Woods is set to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, where, as the tournament host, he is eligible for a special exemption given to … the tournament host. While everyone else in the 18-player field will be ranked among the top 50 in the world, Woods — ranked 1,199th — will be making his first tournament start since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic prior to the second round on Feb. 3. Since then, he underwent his fourth back surgery. Stalled on 79…

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Ashes: Joe Root says England are motivated by Australia’s behaviour

What really happened between Bancroft & Bairstow? Australia v England, second Ashes Test Venue: Adelaide Oval Date: 2-6 December Time: 04:00 GMT Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website. Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app. England will use Australia’s behaviour after winning the first Ashes Test as motivation for the second match in Adelaide on Saturday, says Joe Root. Captain Steve Smith was laughing in the news conference as opener Cameron Bancroft…

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Novak Djokovic brings aboard Radek Stepanek as coach

MONACO — Novak Djokovic is bringing aboard former top-10 player Radek Stepanek as a coach. Djokovic, a 12-time major champion, and Stepanek announced their partnership during a joint appearance on Instagram Live on Thursday. Said Djokovic: “So this is the new team, baby. This is my new man.” Added Stepanek: “Now it’s official.” Novak Djokovic, right, is adding former top-10 player Radek Stepanek to his coaching team.¬†Michael Regan/Getty Images What was not immediately clear was how Stepanek and Andre Agassi, who began working with Djokovic on a part-time basis at…

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World Cup 2018: England boss Gareth Southgate ‘will not write off’ tournament

Gareth Southgate was appointed England manager on a four-year deal in November 2016 World Cup 2018 draw Venue: State Kremlin Palace, Moscow Date: Friday, 1 December Time: from 15:00 GMT Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two & the BBC Sport app from 15:00 GMT, live on BBC Radio 5 live Drive from 15:20 GMT and follow live text commentary from 13:00 GMT on the BBC Sport website. England manager Gareth Southgate says his side “cannot go to a World Cup and not try to win it”. The draw for next…

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Threats of ‘fire and heat’ but George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr a cold war

Nov 30, 2017 Isaac RobinsonESPN Much — some say far too much — is made of mind games in boxing. On Tuesday, down countless flights of stairs in the luxurious dungeon of The Savoy, a forthcoming world title fight brought together several of the sport’s very sharpest tongues. While they have in common intelligence, George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr. are markedly different in the way they present themselves. It was Groves who entered first. Sharply-suited and with closely-cropped ginger hair, the WBA world super-middleweight champion is a 29-year-old who…

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Atlanta Braves trade closer Jim Johnson to Los Angeles Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels have acquired pitcher Jim Johnson and the Atlanta Braves‘ remaining $1.21 million in international bonus signing allocation for minor league left-hander Justin Kelly, it was announced Thursday. The deal increases Los Angeles’ possible bonus offer to Shohei Ohtani to $1,315,000. Los Angeles had been 28th among the 30 teams in bonus space for Ohtani. The trade Thursday elevated the Angels to seventh behind Texas ($3,535,000), the New York Yankees ($3.5 million), Minnesota ($3.07 million), Pittsburgh ($2,266,750), Seattle ($1.557,500) and Miami ($1.49 million). He’s…

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New York Rangers say Mika Zibanejad out with concussion

NEW YORK — Rangers center Mika Zibanejad missed practice and is out with a concussion. The Rangers and Canadiens have exchanged forwards, with Peter Holland heading to New York’s AHL affiliate while Adam Cracknell will report to Montreal’s team in Laval, Quebec. The team announced Zibanejad’s status Thursday. New York also acquired depth center Peter Holland from the Montreal Canadiens for forward Adam Cracknell. Coach Alain Vigneault said Zibanejad is going through the NHL’s concussion protocol. Zibanejad missed the Rangers’ most recent game Tuesday against Florida. Zibanejad has been one…

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