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EFL: Transfer window to close on Thursday, 9 August

Lewis Grabban joined Aston Villa on loan from Bournemouth on the final day of the January transfer window EFL clubs have voted through proposals to shut the summer transfer window for permanent transfers on Thursday, 9 August at 17:00 BST. That brings the 72 EFL clubs in line with the Premier League, who voted in favour of closing the window before their season starts last September. The 2018-19 EFL season is scheduled to start on Saturday, 4 August. Clubs outside the top flight will still be able to sign players…

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Sinoti Sinoti: Newcastle Falcons winger signs contract extension

Sinoti Sinoti has scored three goals in nine games for Newcastle Falcons this season Samoa winger Sinoti Sinoti has signed an undisclosed-terms contract extension with Premiership side Newcastle Falcons, beyond the current season. Sinoti, 32, has three tries in nine league games this season to take his total to 14 in 57 matches since joining the club in December 2013. The former Toulon, Aironi and Wellington player has made five Test appearances for his country. “Sinoti has a unique skill set,” said director of rugby Dean Richards. “He finds space…

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Mel Kiper: Cleveland Browns could take Saquon Barkley first, QB fourth – Cleveland Browns Blog

Running back Saquon Barkley first overall to the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Draft?
 Mel Kiper thought about doing just that with his second mock draft, which was released Wednesday. But he went against it because sticking with quarterback Josh Allen as the first overall pick provided a cleaner mock draft. But Kiper readily admitted that Barkley could be the first overall pick, with the Browns taking a quarterback fourth. “It depends on how they stack the board on the quarterbacks,” Kiper said Wednesday on a conference call with the…

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Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio Spurs elects against returning to active roster

7:30 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN After spending 10 days before the All-Star break in New York consulting with a specialist to gather a second opinion on his right quad injury, All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard bears the burden of determining when he’s prepared to play again, sources told ESPN. Leonard has been medically cleared to return from the right quad tendinopathy injury, but since shutting down a nine-game return to the San Antonio Spurs that ended Jan. 13, he has elected against returning to the active roster, sources said. If Leonard…

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Remember 2016? These Chicago Cubs could be just as good – Chicago Cubs Blog

MESA, Ariz. — Steve Cishek took the mound for his first live batting practice session with his new team earlier this week. As the reliever stood on the mound against the Chicago Cubs‘ A-list of hitters — a former MVP (Kris Bryant), a perennial candidate for the award (Anthony Rizzo), a former All-Star starter (Addison Russell) and an emerging star (Willson Contreras) — he realized exactly what he got himself into when he signed as a free agent during the winter. “It’s ridiculous,” the righty said later that day. “Our…

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Adil Rashid and Alex Hales’ focus on white-ball cricket is ‘good decision’ – Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are part of England’s squad for the ODI series against New Zealand New Zealand v England, first ODI Venue: Hamilton Date: Sunday, 25 February at 01:00 GMT Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, BBC Sport website and app. Live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website and app Adil Rashid and Alex Hales have made a “good decision” to focus solely on limited-overs cricket, says England all-rounder Moeen Ali. All-rounder Rashid will only play white-ball…

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Gossip: Courtois, Pogba, Maguire, Moro, Ranieri, Benzema

Real Madrid want Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 25, to delay agreeing a new contract until April, when they plan to choose between signing him or Manchester United’s Spain international David de Gea, 27. (Telegraph) Belgium international Courtois has said his agent will listen to any offer from Real Madrid. (Mirror) Paul Pogba’s agent has offered the Manchester United midfielder to some of Europe’s top clubs. The 24-year-old Frenchman was a substitute for United’s Champions League draw with Sevilla on Wednesday. (Sports Illustrated) England central defender Harry Maguire, 24, is ready…

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Billy Stanlake: Yorkshire sign Australia bowler for T20 Blast

Billy Stanlake has played six T20 internationals for Australia Yorkshire have signed Australia international fast bowler Billy Stanlake for the 2018 T20 Blast. The 23-year-old, who at 6ft 8in is the tallest player to ever represent his country, is set to play a minimum of 12 games for the Vikings. The paceman helped Australia win the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 tri-series against New Zealand on Wednesday. “It’ll be a great experience and hopefully an exciting few weeks,” he said. “It’s a huge club with great history and tradition and I’ve only heard…

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With no trip to White House planned, Golden State Warriors to spend part of D.C. trip with local kids

12:20 AM ET Chris Haynes Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers NBA and Warriors for ESPN.com Covered Cavaliers and NBA for Cleveland Plain Dealer from 2014-2016 Covered Trail Blazers for Comcast SportsNet NW from 2011-2014 Fresno State University graduate Ramona Shelburne Close ESPN Senior Writer Senior writer for ESPN.com Spent seven years at the Los Angeles Daily News OAKLAND, Calif. — With President Donald Trump tweeting last September that a White House invitation for the Golden State Warriors was “withdrawn,” the reigning NBA champs have decided to go on a private…

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