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Patrick Patterson of Oklahoma City Thunder fined $10K for criticizing officiating

NEW YORK — Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson has been fined $10,000 for publicly complaining about the officiating during the 2017-18 season. The NBA handed down the punishment Sunday. It stems from a post Patterson made on Twitter, writing Saturday: “There needs to be some kind of consequence for their downright awfulness rather than pointless apologies from their bosses. #dobetter.” The tweet comes on the heels of a blown call that cost the Thunder the game against Milwaukee on Friday night in Oklahoma City. Even though he stepped out…

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Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell going about business as usual

DETROIT — Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he plans on going to work Monday morning as usual and that “nothing at this point has changed” as far as his status as the team’s head coach and that he’s “still working.” Caldwell just finished his fourth season as the Lions head coach, and there has been speculation about his job security over the past month, especially over the past week, after Detroit was eliminated from the playoff race following a 26-17 loss to Cincinnati last week. All week, Caldwell has fielded…

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Ashley Young: Man Utd full-back banned for three games after accepting FA charge

Young scored twice at his former club Watford last month Manchester United full-back Ashley Young has been banned for three matches after accepting a Football Association charge of violent conduct. Young, 32, appeared to strike Southampton’s Dusan Tadic with an elbow in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. The incident was not spotted by referee Craig Pawson. Young accepted the charge on Sunday, and his argument the three-game suspension was excessive was rejected by a regulatory commission. He will miss United’s trip to Everton on New Year’s Day, Friday’s FA…

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New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault calls Kevin Shattenkirk ‘work in progress’

6:02 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN NEW YORK — Kevin Shattenkirk grew up a New York Mets fan, so he was giddy to have his New York Rangers using their Citi Field clubhouse as a locker room for the 2018 NHL Winter Classic. As a kid in New Rochelle, his best friend had season tickets, which meant Shattenkirk made many a pilgrimage to the Mets’ old home at Shea Stadium to watch his baseball heroes. “Mike Piazza was my guy,” he said. Piazza was traded to the Mets in 1998, where…

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Premier League in 2017: Who tops the table for the year, plus other stats

Chelsea and Manchester City have been the dominant teams in the Premier League over the course of the year Chelsea won the Premier League last season, and Manchester City have started this campaign in blistering fashion, but who tops the table for 2017? Harry Kane has had a phenomenal year but how many teams did he outscore, and did sacking a manager work? Delve into those statistics and more in our look back at a record-breaking 2017. Who tops the 2017 Premier League table? Chelsea won the title at a…

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Cesar Juarez, Isaac Dogboe fighting Saturday for vacant interim 122 pound world title

Junior featherweight contender Cesar Juarez has arrived in Accra, Ghana, hoping that when he leaves the African nation next week for the long flight back to Mexico that he will need an extra bag to transport a title belt. Juarez is in Accra on business. He is scheduled to face hometown fighter Isaac Dogboe for a vacant interim 122-pound world title on Saturday (beIN Sports Espanol) at the Bukom Boxing Arena in the first notable boxing match of 2018. “I know what this fight means to me and what a…

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Pro14: Dragons 9-22 Ospreys – BBC Sport

Dan Lydiate left the field with a suspected biceps injury Pro14 Dragons (9) 9 Pens: Robson 3 Ospreys (15) 22 Tries: Baldwin, Allen, Davies Cons: Biggar 2 Pen: Biggar Ospreys ended a run of 10 successive away defeats in Pro14 with victory over Dragons at Rodney Parade, but the win came at a price. Wales internationals Dan Lydiate (arm) and Cory Allen (biceps) both left the field injured during the first half. It was another Wales player – Dan Biggar – who inspired the visitors. He set up two tries…

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Did McGregor-Nurmagomedov just become the No. 1 fight to see in 2018?

LAS VEGAS — Let’s talk about the landscape of the UFC’s lightweight division as we head into 2018. It’s actually pretty similar to what it was heading into 2017 — with the exception of about $100 million. It starts with Conor McGregor, which, frankly, doesn’t add a whole lot of clarity. Prior to UFC 219’s main event between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm, a multitude of undercard fights had major implications. Here’s how it went down. Taken to the fifth round for the first time in her career, Cris Cyborg…

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Ryoichi Taguchi adds second junior flyweight title with unanimous decision vs. Milan Melindo

Japan’s Ryoichi Taguchi won a bloody, hard-fought unanimous decision against the Philippines’ Milan Melindo to unify two junior flyweight belts in the final world title bout of 2017 on Sunday at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo. The 31-year-old Taguchi (27-2-2, 12 KOs), who was fighting in his hometown, retained his 108-pound world title for the seventh time while also taking Melindo’s belt by scores of 117-111, 117-111 and 116-111. Taguchi came on strong in the second half of the fast-paced fight in which he had problems with the shorter…

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