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Liverpool offer misfit striker in exchange for Lazio's Ogenyi Onazi

The Reds are desperate for more strength in the centre of the park, and Brendan Rodgers has identified 22-year-old Onazi as the man to help the Reds storm back up the Premier League table. The Nigeria international is a key man for the Serie A club, but Liverpool are looking to take advantage of Lazio's long-term interest in Borini by offering the former Chelsea and Roma forward...
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Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj is a loan target for Everton

Everton plan to push ahead with a loan bid for teenage star Adnan Januzaj, reports Dean Jones in the Sunday People . Januzaj, 19, signed a five-year deal at Manchester United in October 2013 and the club still have high hopes for the youngster. Boss Louis van Gaal is playing down the chances of his Belgian midfielder being allowed to leave Old Trafford in January. But Januzaj has...
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Liverpool planning £15m double raid for Aston Villa pair Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar

England midfielder Delph and Dutch defender Vlaar will both be free agents next June when their contracts expire. Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he has no plans to cash in on either player but Liverpool are ready to test that resolve. Kop boss Brendan Rodgers sees a cut-price swoop for Delph and Vlaar as the ideal solution to his club's faltering Champions League ambitions. Villa...
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Arsene Wenger to launch £20m bid for Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho

Arsenal are preparing to go back to Sporting Lisbon with a £20million offer for Portugal holding midfielder William Carvalho. Talks between the two clubs broke down in the autumn after Carvalho was valued at £30m by his Portuguese team. But with Arsene Wenger taking Arsenal through to the Champions League knockout stages, where they face Monaco, the importance of solving their...
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Real Madrid to demand David De Gea if Manchester United continue push for Gareth Bale

Real Madrid will test Manchester United’s resolve to land Gareth Bale by demanding David De Gea in part-exchange. United have earmarked £100million for Bale after losing out to Madrid in the race to sign the Welshman in the summer of 2013. And the Spanish giants are ready to hand an ultimatum to the Red Devils by telling them that including De Gea will be the deal-maker. Real...
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On the house: Bar offers free tab if Lions win against Packers

A bar in a Detroit suburb is going all-in on the Lions. The Pour House in Madison Heights, Michigan, is offering to comp patrons their entire bill if the Detroit Lions beat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. "There's a lot of excitement around here about the Lions making the playoffs, possibly getting that first-week bye and being two weeks away from the Super Bowl," said bar owner...
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Blues recall Lindbohm, Gunnarsson (concussion) skates

The St. Louis Blues recalled defenseman Petteri Lindbohm from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on Friday, the club announced. It appears he could also be in the lineup when the Blues host the Dallas Stars on Saturday, as per Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Lindbohm, originally a sixth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, has appeared in eight games...
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Blue Jackets’ Atkinson (upper-body) leaves game against Bruins

The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without winger Cam Atkinson for the remainder of Saturday’s game against the Boston Bruins. According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, Atkinson suffered an upper-body injury and will not return to the game. The injury appeared to occur on a harmless looking hit along the boards from defenseman Matt Bartkowski early in the opening period.
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‘We can build on this': Devils lose with Lou Lamoriello behind the bench

A new coaching situation – albeit a temporary one – but similar result for the New Jersey Devils. Even with general manager Lou Lamoriello behind the bench, one day after the firing of Peter DeBoer, the Devils lost to the New York Rangers by a final score of 3-1. They remain near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with a 12-18-7 record. But even with the result,...
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Stuckey: Trading Billups sent Pistons into spiral

Rodney Stuckey had a quick answer. The current Pacers guard was asked Friday afternoon before Detroit beat Indiana, 119-109, whether there was anything he would do differently during the first seven seasons of his pro career — all spent with the Pistons. Once considered an untouchable by former Pistons president Joe Dumars, he saw a lot of losing and clashing with previous coaches...
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Hornets coach Steve Clifford on why rookie Noah Vonleh doesn't play much right now

The question Charlotte Hornets fans ask me most: “Why isn’t Noah Vonleh playing more?” Rookie Vonleh was the ninth overall pick in June’s draft. He’s a power forward, which means he’s playing behind Cody Zeller, Marvin Williams and sometimes Jason Maxiell. Entering Saturday’s home game against the Orlando Magic, Vonleh had played a total of...
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Before deciding on the Cubs, David Ross heard on the radio that he signed with the Padres

David Ross thought the entire offseason was bizarre enough. As the former Red Sox catcher put it, “€œI was blown away and flattered by the offers and opportunities that came my way. It really shocked me.”€ Then the morning of Dec. 19 came around, and that took the unpredictability to another level. “That last day was crazy,” Ross said by phone Friday afternoon. Ross...
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Dodgers expected to announce Brett Anderson signing as early as Monday

If it seems like it’s been a while since the news of the Dodgers’ signing Brett Anderson broke, it’s because it has been a while — nearly two weeks, in fact. The deal is still pending a physical and consultation with medical specialists, but Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodger should make the assignment official some time next week, even as early as Monday.
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Japanese infielder Takashi Toritani reportedly “mulling offers” from Blue Jays, Padres

Since the Blue Jays traded Aaron Hill to the Arizona Diamondbacks midway through the 2011 season, the club has used 14 different players at second base. The keystone corner has been a revolving door of disappointment and remains the Jays’ only vacancy among the starting nine. With pickings slim on the free-agent market, general manager Alex Anthopoulos is apparently looking to...
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Browns WR Phil Bates won’t play Sunday

The practice-squad player whom the Browns called up to take the place of suspended wideout Josh Gordon will not play Sunday. According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, the Browns announced wideout Phil Bates has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game against the Ravens. It’s unclear why Bates won’t play, but the club did say it was not an injury-related decision, per...
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Patriots put Alfonzo Dennard on IR

The Patriots have lost some of their enviable cornerback depth. The club placed reserve corner Alfonzo Dennard on injured reserve on Saturday. To replace Dennard on the roster, the club called up wide receiver Josh Boyce from the practice squad. The 25-year-old Dennard has started 20 games in three seasons with New England, but he had fallen down the depth chart in 2014.
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Legal fights looming over Gordon suspension

With the Browns suspending receiver Josh Gordon for the final game of the 2014 regular season, a fight is now looming over whether Gordon will be an unrestricted free agent or a restricted free agent following the 2015 season. Acquired by the Browns via the 2012 supplemental draft, Gordon currently is completing his third NFL season. But because (per a league source) the Browns...
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Julio Jones in, Steven Jackson out for Falcons vs. Panthers

With the NFC South on the line, the Falcons will be at full strength at wide receiver today against the Panthers. But the Falcons’ running game will be at less than full strength. Falcons receiver Julio Jones will play today, but running back Steven Jackson will not, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports. both players were listed as questionable, with Jones dealing with a hip injury...
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Rob Ryan on what went wrong with the Saints’ defense: ‘We drank the Kool-Aid too much’

Rob Ryan would like to be back next season. He just isn’t sure if he’ll be granted the opportunity to come back and fix a defense that performed well under expectations this season. And if he is brought back next season, Ryan said the person who needs to improve the most for this unit to get better is himself. “If I don’t (have the opportunity to come back), then I’m...
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No Marcell Dareus or Stephon Gilmore for Bills finale

With word that the Patriots were going to limit the playing time of their top players, Sunday’s game against the Bills was looking like an exhibition game in regular season clothing. That feeling is even harder to resist with the Bills ruling out two of their top defensive players. Neither defensive tackle Marcell Dareus nor cornerback Stephon Gilmore will be in the lineup for...
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How long will Harbaugh last in Michigan?

Now that Jim Harbaugh is reportedly doing the unexpected and uprooting from California and heading to Michigan, the question becomes how long he’ll be the Michigan coach? Harbaugh hasn’t stayed in any one place for very long as a head coach. He spent two years with the Raiders, three at the University of San Diego, and four at Stanford. Now, it will be four and out at San Francisco...
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Adam Vinatieri trying to become 4th kicker ever to have perfect season

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri has accomplished a lot during his illustrious 19-year career. During his time with the Patriots (1996-2005), Vinatieri played in four Super Bowls and won two of them with a game-winning kick. Vinatieri also made one of the greatest kicks in NFL history when he hit a 45-yarder in a snowstorm against the Raiders to force overtime in the divisional...
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Ravens rookie didn't know rookies could make Pro Bowl

No one was more surprised about making the Pro Bowl this year than Ravens rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley. Why was Mosley surprised? Because he didn't think rookies were allowed to be on the team. "I didn't know rookies could even make the Pro Bowl," Mosley told the Ravens official website this week. It's a good thing rookies can make it though, otherwise the Pro Bowl would need...
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Sam: Coming out was right thing to do

Michael Sam dismissed the thought that his sexuality has cost him a spot in the NFL. "I don't like to think that way," Sam said in an Oprah Winfrey Network documentary that aired Saturday night. "But I do believe I'm a very talented football player and I'm going to continue working hard and try to get that opportunity to play in the league." The first openly gay player drafted...
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Raiders still plan to approach the 49ers about Jim Harbaugh on Monday

The Raiders still remain very interested in obtaining Jim Harbaugh to be their next season coach, NFL sources said, even though Harbaugh has told friends that he plans to take the Michigan job. Oakland owner Mark Davis plans to discuss the matter with 49ers ownership as soon as the season concludes. Davis would be willing to engage in a trade for Harbaugh if necessary, while the...
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